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MSNBC panel dreads Trump’s next move in ‘terror’ campaign against Dems: ‘The thing we all feared is now at our doorstep’

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Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” agreed a string of bombs mailed to prominent Democrats and media organizations were an act of terrorism, and the feared President Donald Trump’s leadership in a domestic political crisis.

Trump made “perfunctory” remarks calling for unity, according to political analyst John Heilemann, but the panelists couldn’t help but notice that in the same speech the president urged Democrats not to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

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“Make no mistake, this was a terrorist attack on America in great scope,” said presidential historian John Meacham. “Whether it was a foreign national or domestic, this was an act of terrorism, an attempt to assassinate a number of former duly elected leaders. We have to figure out in moments like this, our greatest leaders have led with a steadying hand and not an incendiary one.”

Heilemann couldn’t predict what affect the bomb plot would have on next month’s elections, but he said Trump’s provocations had been pointing the country in this direction since he launched his campaign.

“I think it’s obvious, given the nature of it,” Heilemann said, “and given the fact that for two years now, myself, you, others on this program and other programs have been predicting with horror and with dread, I should say, that given the kind of toxic environment in which we’re in and given the fact that the president has seemed for two years not interested in trying to detoxify the environment but rather pour gasoline on the fire at every opportunity, we’ve all, with dread, predicted that something like this would happen — and now it has happened.”

None of the bombs have detonated or caused any injuries, but Heilemann said that did not matter.

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“It did not succeed on its terms, but the thing we all feared, something like that that we predicted, is at our doorstep,” Heilemann said. “(Trump) did not pour gasoline further on the fire yesterday, but if you watched him in his prepared remarks at the White House and his rally in Wisconsin, you did not sense, I think, someone who grasped the gravity of it and certainly not someone who was taking extraordinary measures to try to calm the waters.”


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UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report

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Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.

A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.

But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.

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‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys

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In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.

"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.

The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.

"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."

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Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors

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A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.

"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.

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