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Lindsey Graham went on a bizarre terrorism rant at Ivanka’s women’s conference — and no one could figure out why

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Attendees of Ivanka Trump’s women’s conference could be heard in hushed tones asking what on earth Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was talking about during his speech.

The Daily Beast reported Monday that Graham was a speaker during the Women Entrepreneurs Financial Initiative (WeFi) summit in the Ivory Coast. It was one of the president’s daughter’s pet projects, though it was unclear why Graham was speaking as neither a woman nor an entrepreneur. Clearly, he was confused too as he ranted and raved about the “radical ideology” in ISIS and Al Queda.

“It’s the enemy of mankind, not just the United States,” Graham said, of the imaginary invaders, recordings of the speech reveal. “Some of our soldiers will be needed, but not a lot. Most of the fighting will be done by people in the region. I promise you the enemy will lose because very few mothers or fathers want to turn their daughters over to ISIS, Al Qaeda or any other group.”

“We’re going to win this struggle. The only question is how long does it take and how many must die,” Graham said, noting that empowering women in Africa helped keep America safe.

“Giving a young woman in a remote, poor region an education and a voice for herself and her children is the terrorists’ worst nightmare,” Graham claimed. “So, if you really want to deal a blow to these evil people, build schools, create economic opportunity, allow a mother to have a say about the future of her children because she will inevitably say no to the terrorist.”

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According to The Beast, the attendees could be overheard whispering about Graham and asking each other what he was talking about.

When he was finished, the audience quietly clapped, still seemingly confused.

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‘White Identity Politics’ and white backlash: How we wound up with a racist in the White House

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Today's Republican Party is the largest, most powerful and most dangerous white racist organization in the United States -- if not the world. Donald Trump, the president of the United States, is its leader. These are plain if not understated facts. No embellishment is needed. The examples are many.  Over the last few days Donald Trump has repeatedly dug into his bucket of racist political scatology, saying on Twitter and elsewhere that four nonwhite members of Congress ("Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen," as he mockingly put it) should leave America and go back to their own "crime infested" and "totally broken" countries.

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Trump’s packed Supreme Court backs ‘forced arbitration’ that bars workers from taking abusive bosses to court

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They achieve this by forcing the vast majority of non-union private-sector workers to sign away their rights to go to court or use class or collective arbitration. Instead many millions of workers are being forced to forgo these efficient legal ways to resolve issues and to file individual arbitration claims.

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy says that by 2024 more than 80% of non-union private-sector workers will find courthouse doors chained shut by forced arbitration clauses that ban lawsuits and collective actions. (EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to press the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.)

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Corporations can legally put carcinogens in our food without warning labels — here’s why

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A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed something horrifying: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, was present in 17 of the 21 oat-based cereal and snack products at levels considered unsafe for children. That includes six different brands of Cheerios, one of the most popular American cereals.

I've written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.

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