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Watch Native American activist promise to forgive GOP: ‘Custer already died for your sins’

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow devoted the first half of her show on Monday to examine the pattern of Republicans seeking to suppress the vote of minorities in America, focusing on GOP efforts to deny the vote to Native Americans living on reservations in North Dakota.

North Dakota Republicans successfully changed the law to deny voting rights to anyone without a street address — based on the knowledge that reservations rely upon Post Office boxes.

Earlier in the show, Maddow described the GOP scheme as a “heat-seeking missile to nuke the Native American vote” while Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is relying upon her past support on reservations to turn out during her reelection campaign.

O.J. Semans, executive director of Four Directions, a Native American voting rights organization, joined Maddow to discuss the developments.

At the end of the interview, Semans had a “drop the mic” moment.

“And one of the things I will say is Standing Rock will vote,” he promised.

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“And we will forgive the state legislature and the North Dakota Secretary of State for their sins, because Custer already died for their sins,” he said.

In 1876, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer was killed while commanding U.S. cavalry forces at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in Montana.

During the battle, over 270 men under Custer were killed in action by a united Native American force of 2,500 members, from multiple tribes.

The battle occurred after Custer violated the U.S. Senate-ratified Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868.

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Iran says new ‘mentally retarded’ Trump sanctions mean ‘permanent closure’ of diplomacy

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Iran said Tuesday that new US sanctions targeting its supreme leader meant a “permanent closure” of diplomacy, while the country’s president labelled the White House “mentally retarded” as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions against Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week.

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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