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Ex-Solicitor General mocks Trump defenders’ ‘everybody else does it’ excuse: That only works ‘in kindergarten’

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A former acting solicitor general pointed out that those who defend Donald Trump by claiming “everybody else does it” are acting like literal children.

Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general and current CNN contributor, responded to comments made — and later walked back — by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

On Monday, Hatch said he “doesn’t care” about alleged crimes committed by Trump, suggesting that other candidates make “hush payments” to people to keep scandals quiet and that Democrats are twisting laws to implicate the president.

“Hatch has since come back today and said he regrets that,” CNN host John Berman told Katyal. “But what about the argument that he and others were making, that basically a lot of candidates do this type of thing. Would that hold any merit in a court of law?”

The former acting solicitor general said that argument wouldn’t hold any water in court.

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“We don’t make excuses for felons and say, ‘oh, other people are doing it, too,'” Katyal said. “Other people aren’t doing it. This is a brazen campaign finance allegation of a magnitude we haven’t seen.”

“Even if other people are doing it,” he elaborated, “that’s the kind of defense you use in kindergarten. That is not what you use for a grown adult.”

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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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