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The bizarre reason why Trump didn’t pick disgraced Petraeus as secretary of state: MSNBC’s Morning Joe

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough revealed that President Donald Trump complained bitterly that he was unable to pick a disgraced general as his first secretary of state.

The “Morning Joe” host said Trump wanted to nominate retired four-star general David Petraeus, who was forced to resign in 2012 as CIA director over an extramarital affair and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified material.

“Donald Trump actually told me that he couldn’t pick Petraeus as his secretary of state because all the other generals told him that he had violated a sacred trust he had been given,” Scarborough said. “Just a little footnote to this question.”

Lawyers for Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, cited the Petraeus case in hopes of keeping their client, also a retired U.S. Army general, from serving a prison term for lying to FBI agents investigating his contacts with Russia.

“The judge wasn’t buying any of it,” said former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance. “For this judge, it was the wrong way of teeing up the issues.”

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Co-host Mika Brzezinski said the president may have ultimately decided against Petraeus for a more superficial reason.

“He said he works out too much,” Brzezinski said.

Scarborough said the president believed Petraeus would use up his daily energy too soon after waking up.

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“He said anybody that works out that hard in the morning, it is a misuse of your energies,” Scarborough said.


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Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today

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On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.

This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.

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Black GOP strategist called on the carpet by Joy Reid for trying to sidestep Trump’s racist rally as ’empowering’ voters

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An "AM Joy" panel on MSNBC descended into talking over each other as host Joy Reid confronted a black GOP consultant over Donald Trump's racist rally in North Carolina.

Presenting the conservative point of view, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister was asked point-blank by the host, "Lenny, hold on a second, because you as a man of color yourself -- do you feel comfortable in a party that does rallies like that?"

McAllister pushed back saying he had walked away from just those type of events, before admitting, "To the greater point. They're using racism as an avenue through which people feel empowered, they lend you the loyalty, they give you the vote. What Republicans need to do is continue to empower people, but not by using racism and not by using phobia."

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Dershowitz and Trump should both be worried what Jeffrey Epstein will reveal when he looks to cut a deal: ex-prosecutor

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On Saturday, Georgetown Law professor and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler discussed the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case with MSNBC's Joy Reid, and the conversation turned to Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's increasingly furious battle with David Boies, a prominent lawyer representing some of Epstein's alleged victims. Dershowitz has been accused by one of the women of also abusing her at one of Epstein's parties, a claim he categorically denies.

"I've had sex with one woman since the day I met Jeffrey Epstein," said Dershowitz in a Fox News clip Reid played for her viewers. "I challenge David Boies to say under oath that he's only had sex with one woman during that same period of time, he couldn't do it. So he has an enormous amount of chutzpah to attack me and to challenge my perfect, perfect sex life during the relevant period of time."

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