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Trump was caught on tape using the N-word on ‘The Apprentice’ — and the recording still exists: Authors

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Recorded evidence exists of President Donald Trump using a racial slur on the set of his NBC reality TV show, according to the authors of a new book — and it wouldn’t be too difficult to obtain.

Allen Salkin and Aaron Short, authors of the new book “The Method to the Madness,” told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that a producer from “The Apprentice” told them on the record that Trump used a racial slur in reference to a black contestant in the show’s first season.

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“If you’re talking about racism today, if you want final, audible evidence that Trump is a racist,” Salkin said, “you can ask Bill Pruitt, who was named in our book, an ‘Apprentice’ producer, who says on the record that Trump used the N-word backstage on a tape that you could probably get to explain his hiring decision on the first season of ‘The Apprentice.'”

Pruitt’s recollection matches claims made by former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault, who also served as a White House adviser.

“On this phone conversation, I was told exactly what Donald Trump said — yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant — and when he’d said them,” said Manigault, who said she has heard the recording. “During production he was miked, and there is definitely an audio track.”

Salkin said the contestant Trump referred to with the slur could probably get that tape by suing the show’s executive producer, Mark Burnett.

“If Kwame Jackson, the candidate who was not hired, were to file a lawsuit perhaps in discovery against Mark Burnett, MGM and maybe NBC, he could force MGM to open that archive and we could know for sure if there was a tape,” Salkin said. “Sam Nunberg, who was Trump’s close adviser, like I said 114 on-the-record sources in the book, says if such a tape were to emerge it would change the outcome of the 2020 election.”

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Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year

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Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was chosen as Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2019, the magazine announced Wednesday.

The 16-year-old has found herself in the role of spokesperson for a generation haunted by climate emergency since her solo strike against global warming outside Sweden's parliament last year.

The magazine cover has a picture of Thunberg with the subtitle "The Power of Youth."

.@GretaThunberg is TIME's 2019 Person of the Year #TIMEPOY https://t.co/YZ7U6Up76v pic.twitter.com/SWALBfeGl6

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Ex-Bush official shreds Barr for serving Trump’s ‘authoritarian’ ambitions

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MSNBC's Elise Jordan busted Attorney General William Barr's hypocrisy on surveillance.

The "Morning Joe" contributor and former White House official in the George W. Bush administration, where Barr also served -- and helped build the surveillance state before going on to work for telecommunications companies that turned over customer data to the government.

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Blast damages hospital near biggest US base in Afghanistan

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At least one person was killed and dozens wounded when a bomb exploded close to the largest US military base in Afghanistan Wednesday, damaging homes and a hospital under construction near Bagram Airfield, officials said.

The attack -- which has not yet been claimed -- comes as Washington resumed talks with the Taliban on Saturday, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war.

"The explosion happened in front of the gate of the Korean hospital which is almost adjacent to Bagram airfield," Parwan governor spokeswoman Wahida Shahkar said, referring to the US airbase located north of Kabul, in Parwan province.

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