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Conservative columnist reveals why Trump ‘already lost’ the government shutdown battle

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President Donald Trump had a tense meeting with Congressional Democratic leaders today, during which he was humiliated by their sharp rejoinders to his claims on the coming showdown over the budget and agreed to take responsibility for a federal government shutdown.

Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin has a new piece in which she argues that Trump has “already lost” the fight.

“The first rule of shutdown fights is never say you are for a shutdown,” she writes, because very few voters support them—especially when they have Christmas presents to mail. “Since Republicans control everything and are likely to be blamed for shuttering the government, the last thing President Trump wants to do is say he is for a shutdown. And that’s exactly what he said Tuesday.”

As Rubin writes, the Democrats Trump met with, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “tried to spare Trump the embarrassment” of declaring that he favored a shutdown by holding their meeting behind closed doors. Trump refused.

“It was an extraordinary moment when Trump not only lost the high ground as president but made Democrats look like the grown-ups,” she wrote. “It is not clear how Trump could have appeared any more irrational and unhinged.”

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Instead, Rubin said, the Republican-controlled Congress appears poised to oversee a shutdown with a Republican president, right around the holidays.

That shutdown will, she writes, “put an exclamation point on one of the worst years in memory for Republicans.”

Read the full column here.

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BUSTED: Leaked drug exec emails showed them encouraging opioid abuse to the point people would eat them ‘like Doritos’

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On Friday, the Washington Post published excerpts from a damning series of emails released in a landmark case in Cleveland around the irresponsibility of drug manufacturers and suppliers in contributing to the opioid crisis.

In one email exchange, Victor Borelli, an account manager for pharmaceuticals corporation Mallinckrodt, told KeySource Medical vice president Steve Cochrane that 1,200 bottles of 30mg Oxycodone tablets had been shipped, to which Cochrane replied, "Keep 'em comin'! Flyin' out of there. It's like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are..." and Borelli responded, "Just like Doritos keep eating. We'll make more."

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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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