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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin blasts Cohn’s righteous resignation: ‘He stomached the racism but couldn’t handle the tariffs’

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Tuesday blasted newly-resigned White House economic adviser Gary Cohn for not leaving the Trump administration after Charlottesville.

Cohn, Toobin pointed out, “made a big show of being disgusted” with President Donald Trump after he claimed there were “very fine people on both sides” including that of the white supremacists at the August 12 rally that led to the death of a counter-protester. The adviser reportedly considered resigning after Trump’s comments that appeared to equivocate on the side of neo-Nazis and Klansmen, but ultimately to stay to undertake the “opportunity” of rewriting the tax code.

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Though sources that spoke to the New York Times insisted Cohn was not resigning for a specific reason, his departure came days after reported clashes with the president over the latter’s decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs.

“He managed to stomach the racism, what he couldn’t take was tariffs,” Toobin mused. “If you wanna weight the moral imperitives of the two, it really doesn’t reflect all that well on Gary Cohn.”

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High school wrestling coach posted photo that mocked George Floyd’s death — but insists ‘I’m not a racist’

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A high school wrestling coach in the town of Spanaway, Washington drew criticism this week after he wrote a Facebook post that mocked the death of George Floyd and defended the police officers involved in the tragedy.

Local news station KOMO reports that wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck this week posted a photo of himself smiling and giving a thumbs-up signal while another person put their knee on the back of his neck -- a clear reference to the video showing a police officer with his knee on George Floyd's neck shortly before he died.

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Central Park incident just one more example of white women using their status to terrorize black men: NYT’s Charles Blow

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Amy Cooper is just the latest example of white women using their privilege and femininity to terrorize black men, according to a new column from Charles Blow.

The New York Times columnist explains that a video recording of an incident involving Cooper, an investment manager, and Christian Cooper, a science editor, has a long and shameful historical precedent.

"This racial street theater against black people is an endemic, primal feature of the Republic," Blow write. "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."

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New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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