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Here are 5 things Marianne Williamson said — that sounded surprisingly sane

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Democratic candidate Marianne Williamson has been the butt of jokes about the political candidates after she said that she would fight President Donald Trump with “love.” But her comments on the Tuesday CNN debate stage brought surprisingly sensible comments on issues that seemed to do well with the Detroit, Michigan audience.

Here are five things that she said that were spot on.

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1. Dark psychic forces from Trump in Flint, Michigan

“Flint is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Marianne Williamson about the water crisis. “We have communities, particularly communities of color and disadvantaged communities, all over this country, who are suffering from environmental injustice”

“If you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days.”

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2. “Yada, yada, yada”

If you’ve seen MSNBC’s mini-series on campaign finance reform, you know that the last thing elected officials seem to want to talk about is campaign finance reform. Williamson captured it with her “yada, yada, yada,” moment.

She blasted politicians who are willing to take hundreds of thousands of corporate dollars and then turn around and pretend to want to regulate it. She said it’s time to start over with people willing to say no to corporations.

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3. Slavery Reparations

“It is time for us to simply realize that this country will not heal — all that a country is a collection of people — people heal when there’s deep truth-telling,” Marianne Williamson said. “We need to recognize when it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice that has never been dealt with. That great injustice has had to do with the fact that there was 250 years of slavery followed by another hundred years of domestic terrorism.”

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4. The NRA has us in a “chokehold.”

Williamson noted that the NRA is the same as pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies and fossil fuel companies. None of it will change, she said, until a Constitutional Amendment is passed to get money out of politics.

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5. For a more moral economic system

“Conventional politics will not solve this problem because conventional politics is part of the problem. We the American people must rise up and do what we do best, and create a new possibility”

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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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