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Morning Joe panelists hammer John Bolton for risking Iran war: ‘This is what we were worried about’

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski sounded the alarm on reports national security adviser John Bolton might be close to launching the war with Iran he has lusted for throughout his career in government.

The notorious “war hawk” has for decades called for regime change in Iran and North Korea, among others, aggressively pushed for the cancellation of the Iran nuclear deal, and now the White House is reviewing military plans to send up to 120,000 U.S. troops into the region.

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“This seems to me to be escalating tensions unnecessarily,” Brzezinski said. “You see John Bolton’s fingerprints all over this. This is what we were worried about when he was chosen for the job.”

Elise Jordan, who served in the Bush administration while Bolton briefly served as UN ambassador, said the push toward war with Iran should not be surprising to anyone who’s followed the hardliner’s career.

“We shouldn’t be surprised that someone who has a reputation as one of the most hawkish advisers in Washington is pushing Donald Trump along this path,” Jordan said, “and I think that we should be incredibly concerned any time that we’re discussing moving over 100,000 troops into position because of escalating tensions. I think I really cannot believe that we failed to learn anything from the first decade of this century, and we are actually considering escalating with Iran in a war that would further destabilize the region and unleash God knows what in terms of chaos in a very troubled region already.”

Co-host Willie Geist agreed the national security adviser was clearly pushing this reckless military plan.

“This does have John Bolton’s name written all over it,” she said. “He’s been an Iran hawk from the beginning. It’s one of the reasons that I think President Trump liked him as he watched him on Fox News. The piece says nothing is imminent. At this point they don’t have this plan, they’re developing a contingency if something should happen in the (Persian) Gulf, but we’re talking about a number of troops that approaches the number that went into Iraq, at about 120,000.”

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Here’s how Christian Nationalists have shaped the federal government’s response to coronavirus

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On Thursday, appearing on the Slate radio show "The Gist" with Mike Pesca, journalist Catherine Stewart outlined some of the ways the Christian Right is responsible for the federal government's disastrous response to coronavirus.

"The coronavirus pandemic is real wrath-of-God type stuff, isn't it?" said Pesca. "Well, there are some people who are waiting for this, who are ready for this, and who, quite scarily, have been tasked with the response."

"It's a complex question, and I think that Christian Nationalism, which is what we're dealing with here, is not a religion," said Stewart. "Many evangelicals are doing very positive things, many religious people are doing a lot of positive things in this situation with the coronavirus. But Christian Nationalism is not a religion, it's a political ideology that cloaks itself in religious rhetoric. And it's a movement that put Trump in power."

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Jared Kushner ripped by NYT columnist: He will ‘get us all killed’ with his incompetence

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On Thursday, writing for The New York Times, columnist Michelle Goldberg laid into President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who appeared at the day's coronavirus press conference to blame states for the federal government's slow response.

"Reporting on the White House’s herky-jerky coronavirus response, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman has a quotation from Jared Kushner that should make all Americans, and particularly all New Yorkers, dizzy with terror," wrote Goldberg. "According to Sherman, when New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, said that the state would need 30,000 ventilators at the apex of the coronavirus outbreak, Kushner decided that Cuomo was being alarmist. 'I have all this data about I.C.U. capacity,' Kushner reportedly said. 'I'm doing my own projections, and I've gotten a lot smarter about this. New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.'"

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Trump expected to tell all Americans to wear cloth masks in public: report

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The Trump White House is expected to urge Americans to wear cloth face masks when in public to help slow the transmission of coronavirus, in a reversal of current guidelines. The CDC says there is increasing evidence asymptomatic coronavirus carriers may be spreading the virus more than first believed, The Washington Post reports.

But studies going back weeks or longer made clear people who show few or no symptoms are "shedding" more of the virus – spreading it – at a rate higher than some who are fully symptomatic.

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