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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.

“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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In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest

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Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.

"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.

The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.

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People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings

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The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.

So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.

Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.

"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.

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Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump

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There’s something interesting in today’s news:

A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.

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