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Trump’s ‘basically racist’ comments are impossible to report objectively: MSNBC’s Mika

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski torched President Donald Trump’s complaints about media coverage, and said he was solely to blame for negative reporting about his presidency.

The “Morning Joe” host said Trump’s plainly hateful language was impossible to cover without comment, and she said that was entirely his fault.

“The challenge for the media has been, sometimes, how to characterize the things that have come out of the president’s mouth, and the things that he’s done and said in a way that is as objective as possible,” Brzezinski said. “As right down the middle as possible, because some of them are so incendiary.”

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“Some of the things he says are basically racist,” she added, “and it’s been difficult to just report on it because when you say what the president says, it sounds horrible. It’s not us — it’s him. He’s got a very extreme way of communicating his hatred.”


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Trump relaunches trade battle with Europe

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US President Donald Trump relaunched a major trade offensive against Europe on Wednesday, threatening to hit the EU with damaging auto tariffs if Europeans failed to agree a long-delayed trade deal.

"The European Union is tougher to deal with than anybody. They've taken advantage of our country for many years." Trump told Fox Business News on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

"Ultimately, it will be very easy because if we can't make a deal, we'll have to put 25 percent tariffs on their cars," he added.

Trump added that his attention would now to turn to Europe, after he sealed a trade truce with China after several years of a trade war that destabilised the world economy.

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Why teen depression rates are rising faster for girls than boys

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We’re in the middle of a teen mental health crisis – and girls are at its epicenter.

Since 2010, depression, self-harm and suicide rates have increased among teen boys. But rates of major depression among teen girls in the U.S. increased even more – from 12% in 2011 to 20% in 2017. In 2015, three times as many 10- to 14-year-old girls were admitted to the emergency room after deliberately harming themselves than in 2010. Meanwhile, the suicide rate for adolescent girls has doubled since 2007.

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Get ready for Enron II: Republicans are re-opening the energy market to underhanded dealing

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Neil Chatterjee, head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is taking our nation back to pre-Enron days when the commission was so weak it didn’t even explicitly prohibit manipulating energy markets.

Under Chatterjee, a former Mitch McConnell aide, the number of new investigations was halved – to 12 – in fiscal 2019, compared with the previous year. The commission reached just two settlement agreements for $14 million, a sixth or less of the annual average for penalties since 2007.

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