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MSNBC’s Mika asks whether shutdown pain is worth Trump’s political destruction

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski wondered whether Democrats should cave on President Donald Trump’s obsession with funding a border wall — or hold their ground and let his support continue to wither away.

The “Morning Joe” co-host and other panelists broke down the government shutdown’s continuing damage on federal employees and on the U.S. economy, and she said Democrats face a tough political choice.

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“No one sees an end,” Brzezinski said. “You wonder, one thought is to give him the money. Remember, Captain Ahab’s monomaniacal obsession with the great white whale which proved to be his undoing as readers reached the end of Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick?”

“In the city lines of the muddy Potomac, Washington, it is a driven and disturbed president’s focus on imaginary invasion of migrants that is proving to be the final undoing of his once iron-grip hold of a certain brand of American voter,” she continued. “Even these Trumpists have decided shutting down the government and damaging the economy and making air travel less safe is not worth winning a political punchline.”

She said even Republican lawmakers understood Trump’s “imaginary wall” would not secure the border, and she said the president had promised voters that Mexico, not taxpayers, would pay for it.

“Donald Trump owns the shutdown,” Brzezinski said.

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Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) has urged his fellow Democrats to give in to Trump’s demand for wall funding, but Brzezinski said that was politically risky but arguably the morally correct thing to do.

“It seems wrongheaded but might be the beginning of Democrats’ efforts to seek common ground if Trump starts grounding himself and border arguments in reality,” she said. “In many ways it would be morally and uncomfortable for Democrats to give an inch, it is clear, and why should they?”

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“Trump is slowly withering away politically, that is clear,” Brzezinski added. “Perhaps the widespread human suffering caused by the shutdown and the danger could make some Democrats feel the need to seek common ground, go higher when they go lower and do their best to try to get the government employees back to work.”

“Trump will be immature and obstinate, that is a given, we expect that,” she concluded. “Maybe, just maybe, Democrats should take the high road, and one possibility would be they do that, give the money, get what they can in return for the wall and do what Donald Trump won’t do, which is show humanity for the people who are suffering. It might be worth a try, something to consider at this point in Day 33.”

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Trump-loving “hate group” leader struggles to defend chauvinism during CNN interview on Portland chaos

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Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the scene of another far-right mobilization by groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer.

CNN's Sara Sidner interviewed Enrique Tarrio, who succeeded Gavin McInnes as the chairman of the Proud Boys. The group is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Tarrio had traveled from Miami to take part in the far-right rally in Portland and appeared to be wearing body armor.

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‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.

After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you,  you f**king n****r."

Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"

"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"

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‘I’m a nurse, what are you?’: Tennessee lawmaker humiliates anti-choice activists in brutal public grilling

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Anti-choice activists in Tennessee were unprepared for the grilling they got from a Democratic Party lawmaker when making the case for a bill that would outlaw abortion before many women knew they were pregnant.

One of the speakers in favor of the fetal heartbeat bill was Baptist Pastor Randy Davis, who was questioned by state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis).

"How many women executive pastors do you have in your convention?" Robinson asked Davis. "Or senior pastors."

"None," Davis replied.

"So is it the same ideology that restricts access to women being able to lead a congregation that leads you all to support women not being able to make a medical decision about their body?" Robinson asked.

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