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Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi Senate race after joking about lynching

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Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith won Mississippi’s Senate race against Democrat Mike Espy after joking about a “public hanging” in a state known for its lynchings.

Backlash against Hyde-Smith’s comments led to a number of organizations retracting their donations to her campaign, including Google and the Major League of Baseball.

Along with the joke in which the Republican said she’d attend a “public hanging” at the behest of a friend she admired, other facts about Hyde-Smith — including that she and her child both attended all-white schools sometimes referred to as “seg academies” — have made race a deciding factor in her runoff election against her black Democratic opponent.

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A week before the runoff election to decide who would permanently fill the seat Hyde-Smith was appointed to after longtime Sen. Thad Cochran retired, a photo of the GOP candidate wearing Confederate garb and smiling resurfaced.

Hyde-Smith was also recorded earlier in November telling another joke in which she suggested liberals should have their votes suppressed. 

“And then they remind me, that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote,” she said at a campaign stop.

During the fallout from her “public hanging” comment, Hyde-Smith agreed to debate Espy in a private room devoid of reporters.

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After that debate, the Democrat said Hyde-Smith refused to look him in the eye while apologizing.


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Trump has shrunk the White House entirely around himself: ‘It is a government of one’

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President Donald Trump has cleared out all the constraints in his White House, which he's running much like the Trump Organization.

The president has chased away four national security advisers, three chiefs of staff, three directors of oval office operations and five communications directors -- an unprecedented amount of turnover for a modern president — and finds himself surrounded by compliant staffers and aides, reported Politico.

“It is a government of one in the same way in which the Trump Organization was a company of one,” said one former senior administration official.

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Whistleblower forced to come forward because intel officials consider Trump a ‘security risk’: CNN’s Avlon

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Addressing a bombshell report from the Washington Post that President Donald Trump made a "promise" to an unidentified world leader that "prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community," CNN's John Avlon said it was a sign intel officials regard the president as a "security risk."

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Avlon noted that the whistleblower is a Trump appointee which makes formal complaint all that much more alarming.

"A Trump appointee thinks this is of such concern that Congress needs to know," Berman began. "The question is: what was the promise, to whom, and what does it say about the president's notion of intelligence?"

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How the tyrant in the White House just took our government to a new depth of depravity

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To me, it feels ice-tinglingly creepy that the U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu in Washington wants to bring criminal charges against former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

The charge, basically that McCabe lied about a leak to a reporter, seems to come nowhere near close to supporting a criminal charge after 18 months of investigation, an expired grand jury and public humiliation for McCabe in firing him two days short of his professional resignation, killing off his pension. It seems that even a grand jury has decided not to react to the prosecution’s call for indictment.

But that’s not what’s wrong here. It is the White House squeezing the Justice Department to do its political bidding.

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