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Trump shutdown has GOP lawmakers silently ‘staring at their shoes in embarrassment’: Dem House member

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A Democratic lawmaker said that President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign a budget deal that will put federal employees back to work has members of the Republican Party too embarrassed to admit they are powerless.

Appearing on MSNBC’s AM Joy, Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) said Trump’s insistence on the wall has put members of his own party in a tough spot.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, he pointed out that many of his constituents are federal workers who are struggling without paychecks.

“They need their money now, they need their paycheck now and that’s what the president has to do,” Brown explained. “Not only is the ball in his court, the wall is in his hands. He can open up government now.”

With host Reid noting that the Democratic-controlled House has already passed multiple bills that would fund the government, she pressed him on how his GOP colleagues are handling Trump leaving them and workers hanging.

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“What do your Republican colleagues say to you behind the scenes, if anything?” Reid asked. “How do they justify hurting this many people over a thing that cannot and will not be done? There isn’t going to be a wall across the southern border like most Americans have figured that out and maybe even Trump supporters have. How do they justify it?”

“Most of them are embarrassed,” Brown admitted. “They get on the elevator together and they start looking down at their shoes because there’s very little for them to say to justify the Trump shutdown and to justify their vote in the House to reject the bipartisan bill that came over from the Senate that would have opened up the government.”

“As a result, they are simply enabling the president,” he concluded.

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BUSTED: Leaked drug exec emails showed them encouraging opioid abuse to the point people would eat them ‘like Doritos’

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On Friday, the Washington Post published excerpts from a damning series of emails released in a landmark case in Cleveland around the irresponsibility of drug manufacturers and suppliers in contributing to the opioid crisis.

In one email exchange, Victor Borelli, an account manager for pharmaceuticals corporation Mallinckrodt, told KeySource Medical vice president Steve Cochrane that 1,200 bottles of 30mg Oxycodone tablets had been shipped, to which Cochrane replied, "Keep 'em comin'! Flyin' out of there. It's like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are..." and Borelli responded, "Just like Doritos keep eating. We'll make more."

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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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