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‘If a Pence falls in the woods does it make a sound’: America ridicules ‘flat Mike’ for barely moving during Oval Office meeting

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While the trove of social media watching President Donald Trump couldn’t help but mock his temper tantrum unfolding in real time on national television, they quickly pivoted to question whether or not Vice President Mike Pence was actually alive during the meeting.

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace outright wondered what Pence was on to be so relaxed while the three leaders were going at it. She further wondered where she could score some for herself.

Pence sat nearly motionless for a while, at times even closing his eyes for an extended period. It was then he moved suddenly as if he nodded off and was shaken abruptly awake by the caterwauling around him. It was at that moment Seth Meyers wondered if Pence thought of a good zinger:

“Thought it was a cardboard cutout of Pence, then he moved, and it’s like ‘It Lives!'” joked Laurie Shade from Ohio. Ron Asher had the same observation, trying to start the hashtag #FlatMike

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Edrie Irvine wondered if perhaps the president was a potted plant. Two users suggested a skin-covered paperweight.

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Comedian Wanda Sykes joked Pence was clearly trying to burn soon-to-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi with his eyes.

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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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