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Democrats are falling into the same trap they did in 2004: Nicolle Wallace

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace worried that Democrats are repeating the mistakes made in 2004 that resulted in Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) losing the presidential election.

Wallace asked her panel why Democrats weren’t fighting back harder against Trump’s racism.

“Because none of them have the gumption, the backbone and the moral clarity to make these arguments,” Dr. Jason Johnson said. “This disgusts me.”

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“That’s what people worry about with Donald Trump being able to be re-elected because he has conviction. Even if the conviction is wrong,’ he explained.

“They’re thinking strategically instead of morally. That’s the problem, this is not a strategic issue. It’s a moral issue. I don’t think the Democrats get it,” he worried.

Wallace, who served as communications director in the George W. Bush White House, gave her theory as to why Bush was re-elected in 2004.

“When John Kerry lost the 2004 election was the moment he said, ‘I was for it before I was against it.’ When the voters see you making a calculation and not reacting like a mother or father or neighbor, they’re instantly turned off,” she explained.

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Six dead in hours-long New York-area shootout

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Six people including a police officer and two suspects were killed during an hours-long shootout across a New York suburb not far from the Statue of Liberty, local officials said.

"Our officers were under fire for hours," Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters after the latest high-profile US shooting.

In addition to the officer and the suspects, three civilians were killed in the incident that began around midday at a cemetery and ended in a store, Kelly said.

Bomb squad officers were examining a stolen U-Haul vehicle "that may contain an incendiary device," he added.

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Climate pledges ‘misleading’, Greta Thunberg tells UN meet

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Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday accused wealthier nations of inventing ways to avoid slashing their greenhouse gas emissions, branding their climate action "misleading" at a summit in Madrid.

The UN climate forum tasked with saving the world from runaway global warming has become an "opportunity for countries to negociate loopholes and to avoid raising their ambition" to act on climate, the 16-year-old told delegates.

"Countries are finding clever ways around having to take real action."

Nations are gathered in Spain's capital to finalise the rulebook of the 2015 landmark Paris climate accord, which aims to limit global temperature rises to "well below" two degrees Celsius and to a safer cap of 1.5C if possible.

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Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic

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Scientists said Wednesday they have come up with an environmentally-friendly method that uses artificial sunlight to transform plastic into power-generating chemicals, as countries worldwide battle to reduce waste.

Huge quantities of plastic have piled up on land and been dumped in the sea across the world, with Asian nations in particular facing criticism for failing to tackle the problem.

Researchers in Singapore say they have converted plastic into "formic acid", which can be used in power plants to generate electricity, by using a catalyst which neither damages the environment nor costs a lot of money.

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