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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Trump’s got dope in the glovebox and he doesn’t want to get stopped

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MSNBC’s Ari Melber cited Jay-Z on Thursday during a conversation with Chris Matthews about President Donald Trump’s efforts to obstruct justice, detailed in the Mueller report.

“How many guys have been stopped by police officers for speeding or a bad license plate or a bad taillight, and they go, ‘oh, I’m stopped, they’re going to know I have dope in the car, I’ve got weed in the glove compartment,'” said Matthews. “You don’t know what they’re looking for, but you damn well know what you’ve got in the glove compartment.”

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“Donald Trump has a lot of stuff in the glove compartment. He doesn’t want to get stopped,” Matthews continued. It is in the report, actually. They had all kinds of reasons for obstructing justice.”

“First of all, you’re talking about what officers do when they step up to the car. I mean, there’s a famous legal expert who talked about, ‘Well my glove compartment is locked/ so is the trunk and the back/ and I know my rights/so you goin’ need a warrant for that,” Melber replied, as Matthews cracked up. “I’m talking about Sean Carter, but the Mueller part is real.”

“At the end of this obstruction section, he said, at times, Donald Trump was committing acts that were analyzed as evidence of obstruction,” he went on. “Not only because he had criminal intent, but because he wanted to lie to investigators about other matters that were embarrassing or incriminating.”


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Paul Krugman: GOP would ‘cheer on’ Trump if he launched ‘a military coup’

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New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Friday warned that it's wrong to compare President Donald Trump to President Richard Nixon, on the grounds that Trump is far worse and more dangerous.

Krugman acknowledges that there are some similarities between Trump and Nixon, such as their willingness to use racial grievance to gain power and their cavalier attitude toward obeying the law.

But Krugman thinks that the biggest difference between Trump and Nixon is that the Republican Party of 2020 is not the same as the Republican Party that pushed Nixon out in 1974.

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Last redoubt: Pygmies return to forest to isolate against coronavirus

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Dzanga-Sangha, a wildlife sanctuary in southwest Central African Republic, is a remote place, linked to the rest of the world by a narrow trail that becomes impassable in heavy rain.

But for the region's Pygmies -- outcasts in a country already ranked among the poorest in the world -- Dzanga-Sangha's isolation could be a blessing.

As coronavirus spreads in the CAR, with more than 1,000 cases officially recorded and four deaths, a campaign has been launched to encourage the Bayaka people, who divide their time between the village and the forest, to hole up in the reserve.

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Disturbing video exposes the dangerous message a State Patrol officer told team: ‘Don’t kill them, but hit them hard’

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Krystal Marx, the executive director of Seattle Pride, shared a disturbing video this week revealing the violent message an officer in the Washington State Patrol gave to his team as it prepared to confront protesters.

“Don’t kill them, but hit them hard,” he said as he walked through a group of his colleagues.

“I remember shaking,” Marx told the Seattle Times of the experience filming the patrol from her office window. “Why not say, ‘Restrain them, calmly’?”

Chris Loftis, a spokesperson for the patrol, gave the Times a statement trying to explain away the comment as poor “word choice,” but it was not reassuring:

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