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Conservative slams ‘birther’ Mark Meadows for using the ‘I have black friends’ excuse: ‘Lame’

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Conservative political commentator Charlie Sykes unloaded on “birther” congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) for his racist and bombastic performance during Michael Cohen’s hearing — and noted that he’s a symptom of a “cancer” within the GOP.

After Meadows brought a black HUD official to the House floor for a non-speaking role in his attempt to prove Donald Trump is not a racist, the North Carolina Republican got emotional when progressive freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) suggested he was using her as a token in a “racist act.”

Meadows went on to claim he was not a racist because he has “people of color” in his family — and Twitter sleuths pointed out soon after that he was recorded multiple times in 2012 saying he wanted to send former President Barack Obama back to “Kenya or wherever.”

“This whole hearing was a morality play in Washington how people were setting themselves on fire to serve Trumpism,” Sykes said. “If you want to show you’re not a racist, ‘I have black friends’ is like the lamest, most awkward thing you could possibly do. Simply to have someone stand behind you and not talk — I mean, which aide, which overpaid congressional aide came up with that?”

“There’s no question about it: Mark Meadows is, in fact, a birther,” Sykes told a panel on MSNBC’s AM Joy, “and this has been the sort of cancer in the Republican Party that they failed to address early on.”

The editor-in-chief of the never-Trump conservative Bulwark website noted that the president launched his campaign “by embracing birtherism.”

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“This is almost the original sin,” Sykes said. “And when you bring that back for Mark Meadows to say, ‘yes, I was implying that first African-American president of the United States was born in Kenya, but I don’t have a racial bone in my body’ — look, he showed us who he was and he reiterates it and his defenses dig a deeper hole.”

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Mitch McConnell takes checks from voting machine lobbyists — even as he blocks election security bills

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In 2016, Russian hackers targeted voting systems in 21 states and, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, breached systems in Illinois and two counties in Florida, gaining access to information on millions of registered voters. In his report, Mueller described the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 elections as “sweeping and systematic.”

This article was written by Donald Shaw and reprinted from Sludge, which produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics.

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Everything you need to know about the Green New Deal

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From its historic inspiration, to how AOC introduced the term to the mainstream and its main policy prescriptions

What is the Green New Deal?

Chances are that, regardless of which Democrat receives the 2020 presidential nomination, the concept of a Green New Deal will feature prominently into his or her subsequent campaign. It may be a program that is fully endorsed by the nominee, followed only in part or outright eschewed. Regardless, it is inconceivable that Americans won't be talking about a Green New Deal in 2020 — and so it is instructive to understand exactly what a "Green New Deal" actually represents.

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Trump fires back at reports on his lousy polling with accusation of ‘the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time’

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President Donald Trump started off his Saturday morning Twitter harangue by disregarding reports that his own internal 2020 polling shows him losing badly in key battleground states by saying things are great and that he is the subject of  "the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time."

According to Trump's tweet: "Despite the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time by people that are very dishonest and want to destroy our Country, we are doing great in the Polls, even better than in 2016, and will be packed at the Tuesday Announcement Rally in Orlando, Florida. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"

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