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CNN’s Dana Bash calls BS on White House claim Trump wanted to ‘rebrand’ active shooter drills: What about ‘duck and cover?’

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President Donald Trump seemed to indicate active shooter drills were too scary for children. As the White House tried to clean up his remarks Thursday, they said that the president simply wanted to “rebrand” the idea of an “active shooter drill” so that it would be called something like “security drill” or a “safety drill.” The concern was about not scaring children.

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“We have to harden those schools, not soften them,” Trump said.

CNN’s Dana Bash called the excuse absolute nonsense.

“No. Absolutely not,” she said, explaining it didn’t add up for her. “I mean, I guess maybe it does in the Trump White House, because he knows from branding, for sure.”

She noted that historically, children have been forced to handle far worse.

“If you kind of look back in history, that’s happened way before the three of us were in school, but during the Cold War, they did drills where kids were told to go under their desks, duck and cover. And some of those kids were even given dog tags with their names on them in case they died and told that. So, — and you know, as far as I know, there were no mass school shootings back then.”

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She went on to say that the “branding” in the 1950s “was pretty harsh back then.”

“Of course not. That is not the issue,” she dismissed the White House excuse. “It seemed as though that was kind of a creative way to try to thread the needle and explain what the president meant when he said what he said.”

Watch her poignant comments below:

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists

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On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.

"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."

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