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‘Beyond coincidence’: MSNBC’s Ali Velshi predicts ‘political’ motivation of bomb-senders

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MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Wednesday noted the pattern of recipients of suspicious packages sent earlier in the day — and why those recipients’ criticism from Donald Trump makes the threats clearly “political.”

“Everybody who got a package is a critic of the president in some way,” the MSNBC host said while reporting live from the street outside of Time Warner Center, the home of CNN that received one such package.

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“As a news organization, you’re meant to be critics of the president and everybody else,” he added. “That’s what the news does. It holds power to account. Everybody else has been in opposition to or a critic.”

Velshi went on to note that it’s “beyond coincidence” that all seven of the suspicious packages identified so far “have gone to people who either have been critical of the president or whom the president has been critical of.”

“I don’t know that we can separate that,” he said. “I don’t know that we can separate the reality of who has received these potential pipe bombs.”

Later, Velshi made note of the cultural context in which the packages were sent.

“This isn’t just a potential bomber attack where somebody has developed these and sent them out in a coordinated fashion,” he said. “There is something political about this. Whether or not it’s directed by somebody political, the idea that we have created this permissive culture in which once you have decided these people are the enemy, whoever these people are, that is the danger that we have in this society. It’s a child of what we’re seeing now.”

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75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan

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As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention.  They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki).   Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date:  July 3.

On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.

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‘Insane’: Park ranger shoots unarmed man through his heart and then handcuffs his dead body

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A ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park tased and then fatally shot a man during a New Mexico traffic stop and then handcuffed his lifeless body.

Charles "Gage" Lorentz was traveling March 21 from his work site in Pecos, Texas, to his family's home in southwest Colorado when he detoured at the national park to meet a friend, and that's where he encountered National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell, reported KOB-TV.

The ranger stopped the 25-year-old Lorentz for speeding on a dirt road near the park's Rattlesnake Springs area, and Mitchell's lapel video shows him ordering Lorentz to spread his feet and move closer to a railing.

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Former Trump administration official refers to a renowned Black scholar as ‘some criminal’

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President Donald Trump's former Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to renowned Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "some criminal" in an interview with The New York Times Magazine.

Sessions, one of Trump's earliest supporters who was later fired after years of attacks from the president, is currently attempting to reclaim his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions has desperately tried to tout his Trumpist credentials on the campaign trail, even as the president has waged a campaign aimed at sabotaging his primary bid.

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