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MSNBC’s Mika says Ron DeSantis ‘monkey’ slur was no accident: ‘He clearly practiced in his mind’

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) intentionally slurred his opponent, Andrew Gillum, as a “monkey” during a Fox News appearance.

The “Morning Joe” co-host said the Republican candidate for Florida governor clearly intended to use racist language to denigrate Gillum, who would become the state’s first black governor.

“Listen to him ramping up to get to that statement he clearly practiced in his mind,” Brzezinski said.

DeSantis hit several points in the statement that have been perceived as racist, and Brzezinski believes that was his intention going into the interview.

“You know, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views and he’s a charismatic candidate,” “DeSantis told Fox News. “I watched the Democrat debates, and none of it was my cup of tea, but he performed better than the other people there.”

“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction, let’s build off the success of Gov. (Rick) Scott,” he added. “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda.”

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Brzezinski said the Trump-endorsed lawmaker’s comments were obviously and intentionally racist.

“Somebody was playing that on their phone, that soundbite, in my home, and I stopped in my tracks,” she said. “I heard it right away, and I didn’t hear it it any other way than the way I heard it — which was racist, planned, prepared and really ugly.”

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Saudi Arabia blames Iran for tanker attacks but does not want war

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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and called on the international community to take a “decisive stand”, but said that the kingdom does not want a war in the region.

Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday, which the United States also blamed on Iran, have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region. Iran has denied any role in the strikes south of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route and major transit route for oil.

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Businesses clamor for Trump’s ear as $300 billion in new China tariffs loom

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Washington is planning another tidal wave of tariffs on Chinese imports that represent a worst-case scenario for markets and major industries on both sides of the Pacific.

And on Monday, seven days of public hearings are due to begin as major businesses issue their loudest warnings yet about layoffs, lost business and America's waning industrial predominance.

Some industries, such as steel and aluminum producers, have benefitted from President Donald Trump's trade policies and strongly support tariffs.

But the lion's share so far are pleading with his administration to spare the imports they depend on -- if not to step back from the brink of an unprecedented all-out trade conflict that economists say would prove dire for global growth.

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Two AFP journalists beaten, detained in Central African Republic

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Security forces in Central African Republic beat and detained two journalists working for French news wire Agence France-Presse (AFP) covering a banned opposition protest in the capital Bangui, the reporters said Sunday.

Charles Bouessel, 28, and Florent Vergnes, 30, said they were held for more than six hours and questioned three times on Saturday after having been manhandled by members of the Central Office for the Suppression of Banditry (OCRB).

The pair also had their equipment confiscated and a camera smashed up.

AFP condemned the incident as "unjustifiable police violence".

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