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‘Where’s Jared?’ MSNBC’s Joy Reid mocks Trump Middle East expert Kushner’s absence during Syria attack

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MSNBC host Joy Reid elicited smirks of derision from her panel on Saturday morning when she pointed out that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was MIA during all the Syria saber-rattling depute being the man tasked with bringing peace to the Middle East.

Speaking with national security expert Malcolm Nance, the AM Joy host pointed out that the situation in Syria was complex and fraught with danger, before making light of Kushner’s absence and his lightweight geopolitical experience.

“We don’t have an ambassador in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin reminded the AM Joy host. “In addition to the fact that we do not have a secretary of state. So you don’t even have the diplomatic food soldiers waking up in capitals of Arab cities saying to the governments, ‘here is what we need from you and here is what we can offer to you to get on board.'”

“There’s a diplomatic vacuum,” he continued you’re asking what happens in terms of the message we’re sending, we’re not sending any messages.”

Reid then turned to Nance.

‘But Malcom, we have Jared!” the MSNBC host smirked. “Jared’s job was to solve all the Middle East problems. He is bestties with the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia. He is pitching loan ideas to Qatar.  So where is Jared?”

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“Well, to be honest, who cares?” Nance shot back, making the panel laugh. “Because he is not a player in this. What has happened here — our diplomacy is a giant vacuum, not just in the Middle East, but around the world. Many ambassadors have not been appointed and virtually no undersecretaries are sitting in their positions.”

“That means [Defense Secretary] General Mattis and the Defense Department are the de facto diplomats in this engagement,” he warned. “They are speaking and doing diplomacy with a hammer. And if that’s the case, then we’re going to be fighting these wars a very long time.”

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US kicks off Mideast plan, with Palestinians boycotting

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After a wait of two and a half years, the US administration is launching its Middle East peace plan Tuesday -- with an economic initiative that the Palestinians are boycotting.

For this most unconventional of US presidents, Donald Trump's Middle East peace-making bid is unlike decades of previous US attempts.

There is no talk of land swaps, a Palestinian state or other political issues that have vexed diplomats for decades.

The Trump administration says it will get to the political issues later.

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FedEx sues US government over shipment restrictions

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American logistics giant FedEx sued the US government on Monday, saying Washington's restrictions on exports and imports due to growing trade disputes and sanctions created an "impossible burden" for delivery firms.

The announcement of the lawsuit comes as Beijing and Washington face off in a trade war that has seen both sides exchange steep tariffs on hundreds of billions in exports.

The US has also sought to bar Chinese telecom giant Huawei from the American market and limit its ability to purchase US technology.

A statement by the delivery firm said the restrictions placed "an unreasonable burden on FedEx to police the millions of shipments that transit our network every day" or face heavy fines.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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