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CNN airs photo of Elizabeth Warren beside Karl Marx — but later clarifies ‘she’s not really a socialist’

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CNN on Sunday aired a photo of Elizabeth Warren beside a photo of Karl Marx. But host Fareed Zakaria later pointed out that Warren “is not really a socialist.”

During Zakaria’s Sunday CNN program, he teased an upcoming segment about Warren’s wealth tax by showing a photo of her next to a photo of Karl Marx, the communist founder of Marxism.

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A few complaints surfaced online, but Zakaria quickly pointed out that the comparison was absurd.

Before ending the segment, the CNN host asked billionaire David Rubenstein if he would object to Warren’s proposed tax on the richest Americans.

Rubenstein did not object: “Whatever the laws are, I’m going to comply with.”

Following a commercial break, Zakaria explained that Warren is, in fact, “not a socialist.”

“Little has terrified the titans of Wall Street more in recent years than the prospect of an Elizabeth Warren presidency,” he said. “They say she vilifies the rich and they know she plans to levy taxes on their wealth.”

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“For all the fears about her – and some are legitimate — Warren is not really a socialist, not in the sense the word is usually used,” he added.

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Bernie Sanders urged to end 2020 bid — by his own campaign manager and longtime strategist: Washington Post

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Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders is receiving advice to quickly exit the 2020 presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

"A small group of Bernie Sanders’s top aides and allies — including his campaign manager and his longtime strategist — have encouraged the independent senator from Vermont to consider withdrawing from the presidential race," the newspaper reported, citing "two people with knowledge of the situation."

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Trump appears to have fraudulently manipulated financial markets yet again

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

It was a busy week for the regime, as Trump and his team work tirelessly to manage the political fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it seems like he made time for some fraud.

In March, global oil prices crashed as a result of a dispute between Russia and the Saudis, dragging down stock markets and making it unprofitable to extract shale oil, which accounts for almost two-thirds of crude oil production in the U.S.

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How a general strike might play out in the United States

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The idea that pandemic-related economic insecurity might spur a general strike has been trending among pundits and the public in the past week. Such a labor action, which would imply a complete shutdown of all industries as all workers cease showing up to work, would be historically unprecedented, a prominent historian told Salon.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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