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Fox News host rattled as DNC chairman blasts the channel as a conservative propaganda outlet

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Tom Perez, the chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, appeared Monday on Fox News and rebuked the conservative cable network.

In an interview with anchor Bill Hemmer, the chairman was asked if he would reconsider barring Fox News from broadcasting Democratic 2020 presidential primary debates.

“Here is why we won’t do that,” Perez replied. “Because I don’t have faith in your leadership at Fox News at the senior levels. I have great respect for Bret [Baier] and Chris [Wallace] and you. But … above your pay grade they don’t trust your own listeners and feel like they have to put the thumb on the scale.”

“Tom, who are you referring to?” Hemmer interrupted.

“The senior leadership of Fox News,” Perez said, “who has — they have pierced that line between editorial and your Sean Hannity shows. If they want to do that, that’s fine. When you are on the news division.”

“You know there is a line between what we do at 9:00 and what happens in the prime time. It’s like reading a newspaper, Tom. And it has been the same way for a long time. I really hope you come back. I really hope you reconsider,” Hemmer insisted.

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“I hope you have a good conversation with the people at the top,” Perez replied.

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large

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There’s a growing chorus of U.S. politicians, antitrust scholars and consumer watchdogs calling for stricter antitrust treatment of Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants. Some even say they should be broken up.

Most recently, U.S. lawmakers launched a sweeping review to determine if these companies have become so big and powerful that they are stifling competition and harming consumers, while federal regulators are also gearing up to take action.

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