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Billionaire Trump official: ‘I don’t understand why’ unpaid federal workers need food banks during shutdown

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Trump Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Thursday told CNBC that he was baffled at reports of federal government employees going to food banks amid a government shutdown in which they’re being forced to work without pay.

In an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Ross — who as recently as 2016 had his net worth estimated at $2.9 billion — was asked what he made of reports that some federal workers had to go to homeless shelters to feed their families during President Donald Trump’s government shutdown that now ranks as the longest shutdown in American history.

“Well, I know they are, and I don’t really quite understand why,” Ross replied. “Because, as I mentioned before, the obligations that they would undertake, say borrowing from a bank or a credit union, are, in effect, federally guaranteed. So the thirty days of pay that some people will be out, there’s really no reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan against it.”

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White House flack: Trump made it clear he ‘disagrees with’ and ‘stands with’ people who chanted ‘send her back’

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White House spokesperson Mercedes Schlapp on Sunday insisted that President Donald Trump "stands with" people who chanted a racist slogan at his rally last week -- although she also claimed that he disagrees with the chant itself.

In an interview on ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked Schlapp why Trump let the racist "send her back" chant go on for 13 seconds after he attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

"He is not a racist," Schlapp said of the president. "He's a compassionate man whose policies have focused on the minority community."

"You also saw him in that room in North Carolina -- 13 seconds as the crowd chanted 'send her back,'" Stephanopoulos pointed out. "It seems like you're at odds with the president, you had a different reaction to that chant."

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Right-wing bigots target North Carolina concert by African band that stood up to Islamists

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Responding to hate, a Winston-Salem music venue rallies the community behind what just might be the greatest band in the world.

The comments in response to two sponsored posts on Facebook promoting an upcoming Winston-Salem concert by the Grammy-winning and internationally-acclaimed group Tinariwen came in a steady drip of loathing, vitriol and menace.

This article first appeared in the Triad City Beat.

One commenter from Smithfield wrote on July 13: “Gotta bring my AR, too….”

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Chris Wallace burns down Stephen Miller over Trump’s racist lies: He let ‘send her back’ chant ‘go for 13 seconds’

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White House adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's racist tweets directed at four non-white congresswomen: Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Rashida Tlaib (MI).

In an interview on Fox News, host Chris Wallace asked Miller to explain Trump's "go back" remark and the "send her back" chant at a recent presidential rally.

"That is not protecting the American people, that is playing the race card," Wallace said. "Let's take the Obama birther -- you don't think that questioning whether the first black president is [a citizen]..."

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