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MSNBC’s Howard Fineman compares Trump to Farrakhan after synagogue massacre

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MSNBC’s Howard Fineman, a congregant at Tree of Life synagogue, was clearly upset when he compared President Trump to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in an exchange with fellow congregant Lou Weiss.

Weiss invoked Farrakhan’s name while trying to make a point about extreme rhetoric on both the left and right, saying that the divisive religious leader had been cheered at the 2017 Women’s March, while conservatives cheer for Trump.

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“I don’t think you mean to directly compare Louis Farrakhan and Donald Trump, do you?” asked Fineman as Weiss sputtered some weak denials. But if Weiss was expecting a scolding, he was in for a surprise.

“Here’s my point,” Fineman continued. “Above partisan politics, the president of the United States has a duty to try, as the only person we all vote for in an election, to bring us together as a nation.”

Fineman noted that Trump, like Farrakhan, succeeds by dividing Americans.

“Donald Trump’s method of politics, -I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with him on specific issues- but his method of is to sow division,” Fineman said. “That’s how he rose, that’s his whole career, that’s how he became president.”

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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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