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Racism expert drops mic on GOPers who were monsters before Trump: ‘We need to call them for who they are’

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Professor Eddie Glaude, head of African-American studies at Princeton University, on Wednesday blasted Republicans for using Donald Trump’s presidency as an “opportunity” to behave badly.

MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle argued on her Wednesday show that many Trump supporters would not turn against the president if he was caught on tape using the N-word.

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“No matter what President Trump said or if there’s a tape, I don’t think that anyone who voted for him last time is going to change their vote,” Ruhle said. “For all of those good GOP members who have been family values Republicans their whole lives, now they are sleeping in the swamp with reprehensible creatures.”

“I don’t want to give Trump too much power,” Glaude replied. “What he done is he’s provided an occasion for people to show who they are. He’s not created all of these folks. He’s not the cause or the reason why people are indecent, he’s just given them an occasion to be indecent.”

Glaude noted that “greed, selfishness, narcissism isn’t the sole possession of Donald Trump.”

“He’s given us license,” Ruhle agreed.

Pointing to a speech from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Glaude complained that “folks don’t give a damn about justice.”

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“They don’t give a damn about the country,” he continued. “Donald Trump has created a condition for grifters, for people who are narcissistic, who don’t give a damn about America, who definitely don’t give a damn about everyday working people — to take advantage of them. They’re the robber barons of the Twenty-first Century.”

“And if Republicans are so invested in their brand, they’re so invested in getting judges, they’re so invested in overturning basic policies in HUD that will allow us to track segregation,” Glaude added. “If they want to get for-profit colleges to make money, if they want to deregulate so that communities that are suffering under pollution — people are dying of cancer.”

He concluded: “If that’s what they want then we need to call them for who they are! We need to say who they are and they are not simply the result of Donald Trump. They are who they are.”

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Google pledges new $10 billion investment in US in 2020

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Google said Wednesday it would invest more than $10 billion in US offices and data centers in 2020, including its new campus planned for New York City and projects in 10 other states.

The pledge comes on top of some $22 billion invested by the US tech giant unit over the past two years.

"These investments will create thousands of jobs -- including roles within Google, construction jobs in data centers and renewable energy facilities, and opportunities in local businesses in surrounding towns and communities," said a blog post by Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google parent Alphabet.

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Devin Nunes’ income called into question as watchdog asks for investigation of his finances

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According to a report from the Fresno Bee,the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center is requesting a federal investigation into whether U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) is receiving legal services in violation of House ethics rules.

Over the past year, the conservative Republicans has launched a handful of lawsuits against critics -- including the McClatchy newspaper chain and a person on Twitter purporting to be one of his cows.

According to the Bee, "The complaint says Nunes appears to be in 'blatant violation of House rules,' because he would have trouble paying for all these lawsuits solely from his congressional salary of $174,000 per year. The group argues he’d only be able to pay if he received legal services for free, at a discounted rate, or based on a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer would get compensated from Nunes’ winnings if he prevails in his lawsuits."

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Americans ramp up new home buying in January

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New US homes continued to sell at a brisk pace in January, with sales hitting the highest level since July 2007 as builders struggled to keep pace, according to government data released Wednesday.

The better-than-expected results in the Census Bureau report showed the jump in new home sales that began last year had not tapered off in the first month of 2020, sending prices spiking.

Sales of single-family homes jumped in to an annual rate of 764,000, seasonally adjusted, an increase of 7.9 percent from December 2019, according to the report.

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