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MSNBC’s Mika begged Ivanka to speak out against baby jails — but her response was a ‘joke’

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski has been begging Ivanka Trump to take a stand against family separations, but the president’s daughter insists she’s doing enough.

The “Morning Joe” co-host has been sending social media messages to her friend, begging her to take action or speak out, and she’s not satisfied with the White House adviser’s response so far.

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“Ivanka called yesterday and I’ve been speaking to her, posting comments on her Instagram, so I can be sure that she reads them, letting her know that we really need to hear from her,” Brzezinski said.

Ivanka Trump has positioned herself as an advocate for women and families, and Brzezinski said she had failed her moral duty by remaining publicly silent on child detentions.

“I texted her, and I have it right here, because i wanted to talk to her, but I wanted to make it very clear the parameters of this conversation would be very clear and that I wasn’t going to be just a trusting (friend) any more,” Brzezinski said. “I’ve lost trust, and I said unless you can tell me where the little girls and toddlers are, and the intention of this administration is to reunite these families right away, now, that there’s nothing to talk about.”

Brzezinski said she would be happy to speak to Ivanka Trump on the record if she would speak out against her father’s policy, but the MSNBC host was disappointed in the response.

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“She wrote me back off the record, so I won’t mention what she wrote off the record, because that would be wrong,” Brzezinski said. “But it was kind of a just placating group of sentences, some that didn’t make sense, basically saying, talk is cheap or that she was making efforts.”

“I wrote back on the record, unless you can speak out in public for mothers and women and babies, and that she might want to understand that this is her moment, to talk about the ideals that this country (were) created on, the morals that this country holds close for the rest of the world,” she continued. “If she could show the world that she cares about mothers and children, that would be good, and that if she can’t, that no one is going to ever respect her again because this whole thing is a joke, this position that she holds is a joke.”

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Warren narrowly beats Sanders to take over second place for first time in new poll of 17,000 Democratic voters

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has narrowly taken second place in a new, just-released Politico/Morning Consult nation-wide poll of more than 17,000 registered voters. Warren beat Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for the first time in this specific poll. Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his first place position.

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Republicans keep dragging trolls, wackos and conspiracy theorists before hearings — are the Democrats finally fed up?

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Republicans in Congress returned to Capitol Hill following their August recess last week and immediately set out to make a mockery of their constitutional obligation — inviting discredited witnesses to provide expert testimony in a manner that only served to derail, dismiss and diminish otherwise serious subject manners.

Former Turning Point USA communications director Candace Owens was again invited by Republicans to appear before a House Joint Oversight Subcommittee on combating white supremacy. Owens, who previously argued that the 2018 mail bombings targeting Democrats actually resulted from a conspiracy plot orchestrated by liberals, claims the NRA was founded as a civil rights organization (it was actually started by Civil War veterans to improve soldiers' marksmanship), and has said, "Black Americans are doing worse off economically today than we were doing in the 1950s under Jim Crow,” to downplay the threat of white supremacy.

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Now Betsy DeVos is telling colleges what to teach

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I’m delighted to learn that everything must be fine with America’s public schools, with student loans and debts, with the growth of community colleges, with affirmative action in our school communities, with a healthy diversity, school assaults and shootings, fair pay, teacher satisfaction and childcare issues.

I know this because otherwise, I would have no explanation for why Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would have time to interfere with the content of college abroad classes.

Last week, the Education Department ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake their Middle East studies program run jointly by the two schools because it isn’t offering a positive-enough image of Judaism and Christianity in that part of the world.

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