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‘No way out’: MSNBC reporter explains how the GOP is at the mercy of President Trump

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MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt said on Thursday that the Republicans didn’t really have a way out of a government shutdown unless they could talk the president off the ledge.

“There’s zero appetite for a shutdown on Capitol Hill, just none,” Hunt said, adding that Trump’s shutdown would be fundamentally different from previous battles. “The reality is Republicans don’t seem to have a way out of it, nobody does. There’s no game plan, there’s no end game.”

“I keep asking, ‘think we’ll have a shutdown or will we be here for Christmas?’ They all say ‘I really hope not, but I don’t know,'” she added. “That’s because it comes down to the president.”

“I’ve been talking to some of the president’s allies,” replied anchor Kristen Welker. “You raise the issue of leverage and they don’t think he has a whole lot.”

“They have a lot of tricks up their sleeves they can negotiate behind closed doors,” Hunt hedged. “I think it will take GOP leaders stepping up to the president and saying we really don’t want to do this.”

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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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