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MSNBC panel erupts after former White House ethics chief makes fun of Trump

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While calling Donald Trump out on his latest “nonsense,” George W. Bush’s former White House ethics chief inadvertently told a joke that made an entire MSNBC panel burst into laughter.

“He’s accusing Robert Mueller of being a Democrat,” ex-White House ethics chief Richard Painter said, adding that “everybody in Washington knew that Robert Mueller was a Republican coming into the Bush administration at the FBI.”

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Painter added that “the only evidence” Trump has of Mueller’s Democratic leanings is that “he played on the same high school hockey team as John Kerry.”

“I guess that makes him a Democrat,” the former Republican joked, causing his co-panelists to start laughing. “It’s just ridiculous.”

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Could coronavirus really trigger a recession?

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Fears are growing that the new coronavirus will infect the U.S. economy.

A major U.S. stock market index posted its biggest two-day drop on record, erasing all the gains from the previous two months; companies including Apple and Walmart have been warning of potential sales losses from COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Americans to prepare for the outbreak to spread to the United States, with unknown but potentially “bad” consequences.

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Indigenous people may be the Amazon’s last hope

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Jay-Z files second civil lawsuit against Mississippi prison for ‘barbaric’ treatment of inmates

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Alleging "barbaric" conditions, rapper and record executive Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on behalf of 152 inmates, The Guardian reports.

The lawsuit states that Parchman prison is responsible for "abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation," adding that "the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the US Constitution."

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