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Dem operative shuts down conservative pundit for dismissing the dangers of a government shutdown at Christmas time

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A former senior aide to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign outlined exactly what went wrong in an Oval Office meeting Donald Trump intended as a photo op — and shot down a conservative pundit while she was at it.

“President Trump brought the cameras into the Oval Office as a power play,” CNN analyst and political operative Symone Sanders said during a Tuesday panel discussion following the president’s disastrous meeting with Democratic leaders.

“He thinks he just knows how to handle and ‘manipulate the media,'” she added. “And I think he thought that those cameras would be a strong point for him. And I think it just dug him a bigger ditch.”

Sanders went on to say that with the GOP still in control of all three branches of government, a government shut down would be not just on Trump, but on the whole Republican Party.

Conservative “never-Trump” pundit Bill Kristol pushed back: “Most of the government is already funded. It’s not clear what the effects of a shutdown for a week or two would do.”

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“During Christmas?” Sanders rebutted.

Kristol responded first by saying that he doesn’t like Trump and didn’t like the antics the president exhibited earlier in the day before again dismissing concerns about the effect a government shutdown could have.

“It really offends me as an American that this is the way the White House is being treated as this ludicrous stage for squabbling,” the Weekly Standard editor said. “But I’m not so confident that Democrats win this fight as a pure political matter.”

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Sanders pointed out that “if the government shuts down on December 21st, even if it’s just through January 3, that means federal workers will have their paychecks withheld during Christmas.”

“I definitely think it matters,” she added.

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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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Do politicians actually care about your opinions? This researcher says no

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Earlier this month, a New York Times op-ed written by two political science professors, Ethan Porter of George Washington University and Joshua Kalla of Yale, discussed their troubling research findings: State legislators, the two claim, don't much care about the opinions of their constituents, even if they're given detailed data regarding their views.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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