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Listen to leaked audio from Obama’s strangely secretive off-the-record MIT speech

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On Friday, former President Barack Obama gave a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and insisted it not be recorded.

Nevertheless, Reason got leaked audio from the event and said biggest revelations stem not from any of the content of the former’s president’s speech, but from the measures security took to keep it private.

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Though the speech, which centered mostly on sports and his tenure at the White House, was “attended by hundreds of sports industry professionals, journalists, and students,” it appears that nothing from it got out prior to Reason publicizing the leaked audio.

Obama’s secretive session took place at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytic Conference, and a photo of the program listing warns that if caught, anyone caught leaking information about it could be “subject to removal from the conference and denied tickets to future SSAC conferences.”

Obama did not mention his presidential successor by name, but alluded to him by joking that his White House was largely without “embarrassing” scandals. He also remarked that Americans have split themselves into groups that now live in “entirely different realities,” and commented on his love of basketball and desire for an NBA junior league.

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Listen below, via Reason.

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Chinese news site run in US hired Republican strategist to help them get in good with Trump and his supporters

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NBC News broke a huge story that detailed the way that the Chinese news website The Epoch Times has turned from their conservative conspiracy theories to promoting President Donald Trump and running ads for him on Facebook. But the reporter revealed in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Tuesday, that the site recently decided to begin running its own political operation.

She described the site like a kind of troll farm where the young "reporters" they hired are forced to churn out many articles each day. They've always been a conservative site that opposes things like homosexuality and pop music, but now they're hoping to capitalize on evangelicals.

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WATCH: Spike Lee tears into Trump for empowering white supremacy

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On Tuesday, director Spike Lee talked with CNN's Anderson Cooper about race, slavery, and President Donald Trump — and pulled no punches on any of it.

"I think that most woke historians would say that this country, the United States of America, was built upon the genocide of people and slavery. I mean, that's a fact," said Lee. "And I think that if we Americans came to study how this country started, we wouldn't be talking about kick immigrants out, you know, because if it wasn't — I mean, Native Americans, people brought here as slaves, everyone was immigrants. I woke up this morning and went on Instagram and felt my ancestors, not the only one saying this but I think it's a very important date today in American history."

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Trump’s ‘indefensible’ comments just made it ‘much much harder’ for GOP to win in 2020: Ex-RNC Chair

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President Donald Trump's latest anti-Semitic trope is going to make it "much much harder" for Republicans to hold control of the White House in 2020, the former chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) explained on MSNBC on Tuesday.

Michael Steele was interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Matthews on "Hardball."

"There’s a long-respected leader of what's called Jewish Republicans, Matt Brooks -- I've known him for a long time -- this guy has the job of helping get votes, Republican votes, in the community, which generally votes Democrats," Matthews noted. "What is he going to deal with this baby, this assault on religious identity and trying to claim you must vote your group?"

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