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Roger Stone: Trump averted a ‘coup’ by Mike Pence when Nick Ayers declined chief of staff job

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Longtime Trump ally and right-wing dirty trickster Roger Stone said on Monday that President Donald Trump averted a “coup” when Nick Ayers turned down the opportunity to be his new chief of staff.

Writing on his Instagram page, Stone hinted that Ayers, the outgoing chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, was part of a broader conspiracy to bring down Trump.

“Coup inside the White House by VP Mike Pence averted!” Stone said, while posting a New York Times story about Ayers turning down the job. “Thank God!”

Stone, who has a long history of peddling blatant lies about his political opponents, offered no evidence to support his claim that Pence was plotting a coup against the president.

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Stone recently earned praise from the president for flat-out refusing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. Among other things, Mueller has been investigating Stone’s regular boasts of being in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whether Assange gave him early information about future leaks of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s stolen emails.


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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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