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Trump’s leaving Syria to cash in again on real estate deals in Russia and Turkey: MSNBC’s Morning Joe

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump is running another money-making scam by pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, against the advice of Republican lawmakers and his own administration.

Trump announced Islamic State militants had been defeated, which he later walked back, and ordered the Pentagon to begin planning for a full withdrawal of American forces in the civil war-torn Middle Eastern nation.

“This is the scariest thing,” said “Morning Joe” contributor Donny Deutsch. “He’s not beyond a ‘wag the dog’ (scenario). ‘Wag the Dog,’ of course, was a movie where a politician was in trouble and they created a fake war against Albania, and he’s doing the opposite right now.”

Deustch said the president’s baffling decision was intended as a diversion from the various investigations consuming his life’s work, as well as a string of political defeats.

“His latest production is an absurd lie that will end up possibly costing American lives,” he said. “We might be able to do a dotted line six years from now from a terrorist attack in this country that happened because we didn’t finish the job there.”

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Scarborough said taking troops out of Syria was a “favor” to Russian president Vladimir Putin, who has already publicly expressed his approval, and Trump sold out Kurdish allies to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who considers them terrorists.

“There are two Trump Towers in Turkey,” Scarborough said. “As we always say here, it’s not about foreign policy and it’s not about political money, it’s about his money.”

Scarborough said the decision to leave Syria was part of Trump’s long con.

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“I’ll say it again,” Scarborough said. “He’s not running for re-election. Everything he’s doing right now is to line his pockets two years from now.”


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Trump’s tax law threatened TurboTax’s profits — so the company started charging the disabled, the unemployed and students

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The 2017 tax overhaul vastly expanded the number of people who could file simplified tax returns, a boon to millions of Americans.

But the new law directly threatened the lucrative business of Intuit, the maker of TurboTax.

Although the company draws in customers with the promise of a “free” product, its fortunes depend on getting as many customers as possible to pay. It had been regularly charging $100 or more for returns that included itemized deductions for mortgage interest and charitable donations. Under the new law, many wealthier taxpayers would no longer be filing that form, qualifying them to use the company’s free software.

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Corporations are rapidly rendering sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination, life-threatening workplaces and wage theft immune to employee legal action.

They achieve this by forcing the vast majority of non-union private-sector workers to sign away their rights to go to court or use class or collective arbitration. Instead many millions of workers are being forced to forgo these efficient legal ways to resolve issues and to file individual arbitration claims.

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy says that by 2024 more than 80% of non-union private-sector workers will find courthouse doors chained shut by forced arbitration clauses that ban lawsuits and collective actions. (EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to press the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.)

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Corporations can legally put carcinogens in our food without warning labels — here’s why

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A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed something horrifying: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, was present in 17 of the 21 oat-based cereal and snack products at levels considered unsafe for children. That includes six different brands of Cheerios, one of the most popular American cereals.

I've written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.

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