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Trump’s nasty treatment of women has everything to do with a strategy Steve Bannon concocted in 2016

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President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have employed a kind of “forget women” electoral strategy for the 2018 midterms.

During a Monday discussion with MSNBC’s Brian Williams, Daily Beast editor Sam Stein referred back to an interview he did with former senior aide Steve Bannon.

“His point was very valid in that moment,” Stein explained. “He said, ‘If we’re going to win this election, it’s not going to be about winning over suburban women, it’s not going to be about winning over Independents, it’s going to be about bringing out the base, those who never voted before until the 2016 election. Get them out to the polls again.”

Williams noted that it’s clear Trump is going into a victim-blaming mode with a full attack on not only Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the other Brett Kavanaugh accusers, but against any woman that believed them. Women have officially become the opposition to the GOP, whether they wanted to be or not.

Stein said that some things the news is beginning to report at the Republicans’ urging are about Democrats coming after the GOP with “never-ending investigations” and demands for accountability. While polls show Americans want precisely that, the GOP perspective is almost asking if Americans truly want to go through all of that after all.

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It’s unclear whether or not the GOP will begin publicly saying they shouldn’t be held accountable because it’s annoying, but more absurd things have come from the president. However, this is one of the four “ominous-looking signs” the GOP is “putting out there for voters to chew on,” according to Stein.

“But the people who are voting for Trump may have gone complacent because they’re not politically active until 2016,” he continued. “It seems like Trump is buying into that logic.”

Williams noted that the interesting numbers in the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation are that senators that voted yes represent 143 million Americans. Senators who voted no serve 181 million Americans.

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Black Georgia lawmaker accuses white man of demanding she ‘go back where she came from’ in supermarket diatribe

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On Friday evening, Erica Thomas, and African-American Democratic lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives, was shopping at a Publix supermarket in Mableton when a white customer came up to her and shouted at her, telling her to "go back where you came from" — words echoing President Donald Trump's recent racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color.

Thomas' crime? She had too many items for the express checkout line.

Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!

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Trump offers to guarantee bail for rapper A$AP Rocky

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US President Donald Trump offered Saturday to guarantee the bail of rapper ASAP Rocky, detained in Sweden on suspicion of assault following a street brawl.

Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who he said gave assurances that the singer would be treated fairly.

"Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative," Trump wrote.

There is no system of bail in Sweden.

Trump said he and Lofven had agreed to speak again over the next 48 hours.

Fans, fellow artists and US Congress members have campaigned for the 30-year-old artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, to be freed since his arrest on July 3 following the fight on June 30.

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The best Civil War movie ever made finally gets its due

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On Sunday and on July 24, Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events are presenting big-screen showings in theaters nationwide of “Glory,” in honor of the 30-year anniversary of its release. The greatest movie ever made about the American Civil War, “Glory” was the first and, with the exception of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” the only film that eschewed romanticism to reveal what the war was really about.

The story is told through the eyes of one of the first regiments of African American soldiers. Almost from the time the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, S.C., the issue of black soldiers in the Union army was hotly debated. On Jan. 1, 1863, as the country faced the third year of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, rapidly accelerating the process of putting black men into federal blue.

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