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James Comey expertly shot down Republicans’ ‘deep state’ conspiracy theory — to their faces

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Towards the end of his lengthy second hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey shot down right-wing conspiracy theories about the so-called “deep state” — right to the faces of some of the GOP lawmakers promoting the claims.

Though he was speaking in response to civil rights icon Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Comey’s comments about the “deep state” were in direct contrast to Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), both of whom have suggested inappropriate anti-Trump behavior at the FBI.

“We are going to be okay,” the former FBI director said after Cummings asked him if he believed America will bounce back from the damage many believe Donald Trump caused.

“We’re going to be okay,” he reiterated. “Because the culture of this nation, the culture of an institution like the FBI — there’s no deep state. There’s a deep culture, in the military, in the intelligence community, in the FBI — those three I know very well — a commitment to integrity and the rule of law.”

“No president serves long enough to screw that up,” Comey 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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