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‘Corruption at its core’: Rep. Rashida Tlaib blows up on Republicans at Oversight hearing

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) lashed out at Republicans and the Trump administration during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday.

Tlaib suggested the administration was attempting to leave out communities of color in the upcoming census and that there was a political motive to include a citizenship question. She said it was a “racialized” decision.

The congresswoman referenced a report in The New York Times about deceased Republican operative Thomas B. Hofeller. He had authored “a study in 2015 concluding that adding a citizenship question to the census would allow Republicans to draft even more extreme gerrymandered maps to stymie Democrats,” the publication reported.

“And months after urging President Trump’s transition team to tack the question onto the census, he wrote the key portion of a draft Justice Department letter claiming the question was needed to enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act — the rationale the administration later used to justify its decision,” the New York Times wrote.

Tlaib called it pure corruption.

“This is cheating — in many ways an election. This is cheating by saying ‘We don’t want to count everybody. We want to count as [few] people as possible,’ and that impacts communities of color directly,” she said.

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“This is political motivation. This is very racialized. This is because you don’t want communities like mine being represented here in this chamber equally. It breaks my heart,” she added.

“This is corruption at its core,” Tlaib said.

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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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