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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace: ‘All he had to do is not put on jammies and crawl into bed with Vladimir Putin — and he couldn’t even do that’

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MSNBC host and former George W. Bush staffer Nicolle Wallace spoke with former Russian Ambassador Michael McFaul about the alarmingly low expectations that President Donald Trump had going into the Helsinki meeting with Vladimir Putin.

“I can’t think of a better word,” he began. “This was so easy, Nicolle. This was so easy for President Trump. We had such low expectations for this summit. All he had to do, just push back a little bit on some basic things to look like he was defending America’s national interest, our sovereignty. And instead, he chose very deliberately not to push back on Vladimir Putin and on the contrary, lavish praise on him.”

He also noted that he looks at foreign policy not from a Democratic or Republican perspective but from the vantage point of how it advanced American national interest. “And I can’t think of one place where that happened today,” he said.

“Can I just disagree slightly?” began Wallace. “I think the bar was even lower than what you describe. All he had to do was not put on jammies and crawl under the covers with Vladimir Putin and he couldn’t do that. He didn’t have to push back at all for his supporters and all the Republicans we put up before to simply give him a pass. He didn’t even meet his own low bar for not screwing this up.”

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How the Iraq war and the Great Recession of 2008 paved the way for the Trump catastrophe

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In my dream, it’s 2021. Donald Trump has lost by the biggest popular vote margin in history. (The Electoral College? Unanimous!) Criminal charges rain down on him. As squad cars ring Trump Tower, a nasal voice shouts, “Come and get me, dirty coppers!” From a bullhorn, the reply issues: “Come out with your tiny hands in the air!”

Nancy Pelosi must have dreams just like it. “Sources” say she seeks to quell impeachment by declaring she’d rather see Trump in jail. Who wouldn’t? But would the next batch of Barrs, Muellers and Rosensteins be any more likely than the last to get the job done? It’s a sweet dream, but a risky bet.

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No African American has won statewide office in Mississippi in 129 years – here’s why

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Mississippi is home to the highest percentage of African Americans of any state in the country.

And yet, Mississippi hasn’t elected an African American candidate to statewide office since 1890.

That’s 129 years.

John Stuart Mill wrote about “the tyranny of the majority” – the idea that an electoral majority will use the political structure to impose its will on the minority population – in his essay “On Liberty” in 1859.

Mill could have used the way Mississippi chooses statewide offices as the symbol of this tyranny. Mississippi requires winners to receive more than 50% of the votes. When no one receives a majority, the Mississippi legislature, not the voters, chooses the winner.

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Most US drug arrests involve a gram or less

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In the long-running television drama “Breaking Bad,” viewers watched the moral devolution of Walter White, a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher who tried to provide for the financial future of his family by cooking methamphetamine. He changed from a good man caught in a bad situation into a sociopathic offender who ruled over a crystal meth empire.

Walter White represents the sort of drug offender who justifies serious punishment. He earned enormous amounts of money by producing and distributing vast amounts of harmful drugs.

U.S. drug laws are designed as if every offender was a dedicated criminal like Walter White, treating the possession or sale of even small quantities of illegal drugs as a serious crime requiring serious punishment.

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