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Reparations hearing erupts in applause after Ta-Nehisi Coates gives McConnell an epic lesson on racism

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Author Ta-Nehisi Coates testifies before the House Judiciary Committee (Screen cap).

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates on Wednesday delivered an epic smack down of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reparations for slavery.

In Coates’s opening remarks, he responded directly to McConnell’s claim that the government should not pay out reparations to black Americans because slavery ended more than 150 years ago.

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Coates pointed out that the United States was still paying out pensions to the families of Civil War soldiers “well into this century” and he said that the government still honors treaties it signed even though no one who signed them is still alive today.

He also argued that the horrific treatment of black Americans did not simply end after the Emancipation Proclamation.

“When it ended, this country could have extended its hallowed principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all, regardless of color,” he said. “But America had other principles in mind. And so, for a century after the Civil War, black people were subjected to a relentless campaign of terror — a campaign that extended well into the lifetime of Majority Leader McConnell.”

He then went on to list racial atrocities that did occur in McConnell’s lifetime.

“He was alive for the electrocution of George Stinney,” he said. “He was alive for the blinding of Isaac Woodard. He was alive to witness kleptocracy in his native Alabama and a regime premised on electoral theft. Majority Leader McConnell cited civil rights legislation yesterday — as well he should, as he was alive to witness the harassment, jailing, and betrayal of those responsible for that legislation by a government sworn to protect them.”

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Trump’s 2016 ‘contract’ for America demolished by CNN host as a collection of failed promises

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On CNN Saturday, anchor Victor Blackwell examined President Donald Trump's promises from 2016 — and compared them to his record.

"At campaign rallies across the country, supporters of the president have held these signs: 'Promises Made, Promises Kept," said Blackwell. "So this morning, we're looking at the promises that the president delivered on and the ones that he has not."

"Let's take you back to October 22, 2016," said Blackwell. "Candidate Trump released his Contract with the American Voter, outlined 100-day action plan to, quote, 'restore honesty, accountability and bring change to Washington,' closed quote. 28 promises. Of those 28, nine have been fulfilled. And we're talking renegotiating NAFTA agreement, withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, selecting a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia."

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Republicans are praying Trump won’t ‘sabotage’ himself — and drag them down with him: CNN analyst

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On Saturday, CNN analyst Alex Burns described how Republicans have given up on trying to get President Donald Trump to stay on message, and are just hoping he doesn't actively work against them.

"So do we know anything about what is happening behind the scenes, his speechwriters, people, is there anybody trying to change the narrative for him and maybe he's just not listening?" asked anchor Christi Paul. "Because I think it is hard for people to understand the kind of support he has behind the scenes."

"Well, my understanding from my reporting is that, yes, there are people who have consistently tried to nudge him more in the direction of talking about the economy, generally, and signs of the economy that it may be recovering, although the signs are not as encouraging now as it might have been two or three months ago because of the surge in the coronavirus pandemic," said Burns. "But a lot of Republicans that I talked to at this point and they felt this way for a couple of weeks now, have sort of reached the acceptance stage of the President Trump experience in this campaign. Just feeling like, he's going to do what he's going to do and they just need to kind of run their own races and try to sort of grit their teeth and get through this and hope that he does not sort of sabotage himself even more dramatically than he has before election day."

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Trump’s ‘attempted purge’ of late ballots could screw over military voters: CNN’s John Avlon

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CNN's John Avlon on Friday explained how President Donald Trump's attempts to stop late-arriving ballots from being counted could screw over the same military voters who largely backed him four years ago.

During one of his "Reality Check" segments, Avlon cited the president's recent remarks about how he hoped the Supreme Court would cut off counting ballots on the day after election day.

"Hopefully, the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots, that won't be allowed by the various courts," the president said this week.

Avlon, however, argued that this could backfire on the president.

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