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MSNBC’s Morning Joe shreds Trump’s ‘inept’ Oval Office speech: ‘He converted no one’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump managed to make himself even more “inept” during his Oval Office speech, while also shredding what’s left of his credibility.

The “Morning Joe” host said Americans already blame Trump for the government shutdown over his demands for congressional funding to build a border wall, and Scarborough said the president didn’t change anyone’s mind with a listless speech.

“This is an address he could have delivered on Fox News prime time and he would have reached his same audience,” Scarborough said. “He would have converted the same number of people, which is zero, because if they were watching him on Fox News, in prime time, chances are very good, they’d already be on his side. Last night, he converted no one. Last night, he made himself look even more inept. Last night, he made himself look even more lost.”

MSNBC political analyst Mike Barnicle said the president and broadcast networks had hurt their credibility with the public in the event of a real emergency, by broadcasting a prime time speech about a made-up crisis.

“What happens when there is a real crisis, when there is a real emergency?” Barnicle said. “Does he take to the airwaves? Do we give him the airwaves? Do we believe him? That’s a real question that has to be answered.”

“The president continually refers to, gets right up to the edge of this as a national emergency,” Barnicle added. “There is a national emergency, I would submit. We saw it last night. It’s him.”

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Co-host Willie Geist called on congressional Republicans to do something about the ongoing emergency in the White House.

“The networks and Democrats, everybody is acting as if he is fit, taking part in this colossal waste of time, which would be this presidency, instead of looking at it instead of saying, this person is not fit to lead, and acting on that fact,” Geist said. “I’m not sure why it’s happening. People smarter than me say that we’re here, and yet we still have situations like last night.”

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Heiress and designer, Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

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American heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, a designer and artist who became one of the most chronicled socialites of her era, died Monday, her son announced. She was 95 years old.

The great-great granddaughter of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, she was thrust into the spotlight as the "poor little rich girl" at the center of a sensational custody battle in the 1930s, before finding fame in her own right for her line of designer blue jeans and it-girl fashion.

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," her son, the popular CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, said in a tribute read on air.

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‘Black students don’t tip’: Texas restaurant says forcing African-American kids to pay gratuity is not racist

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A restaurant in Cypress, Texas has come under fire after an employee allegedly said that black students "don't tip."

Brittany Blakney told KPRC that she and her friends went to Locatelli’s restaurant to celebrate graduating from Prairie View A&M University.

Blakney said that she was surprised to find out that the server had already added a 15% gratuity to her check.

“He said, 'Black students from Prairie View don’t tip,'” she recalled.

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Kids in cages: Geneva protest urges UN action on Trump migration policy

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Teenagers huddled in a cage outside the UN in Geneva Monday, as protestors demanded that the world body address the "unconscionable" US policy of separating migrant families crossing its southern border.

Three teens wearing t-shirts with "#ClassroomsNotCages" scrawled across the front stood inside a small cage erected outside the gates of the United Nations's European headquarters, as dozens of demonstrators urged the UN Human Rights Council take on President Donald Trump's administration.

"The action today is about creating more pressure and more exposure of just how terrible and dehumanising this policy of the American government is towards children," said Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers, which helped organise the protest.

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