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Trump sees political gain in terror attacks

Trump sees political opportunity in terror attacks

06/14/16 11:22PM

Robert Costa, national political reporter for The Washington Post, and Charlie Sykes, conservative talk radio host, talk with Rachel Maddow about the political advantage Donald Trump see in news of terror attacks and how he is being advised on national security. watch

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 6.14.16

06/14/16 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:
 
* Paris: "France's president called Tuesday for increased security in this tense nation after an apparent Islamic State-inspired attacker fatally stabbed a police officer and his partner before he was killed by police."
 
* Pakistani and Afghan forces "exchanged heavy gunfire on Sunday and Monday in an unusually serious escalation of tensions at the border, leaving at least 13 people wounded on the Pakistani side and killing at least one Afghan police officer, according to the police and military officials in both countries."
 
* Economy: "Retail sales rose more than forecast in May, showing consumer spending will help boost economic growth in the second quarter. The 0.5 percent increase in purchases followed a 1.3 percent jump the previous month that was the biggest gain in a year, Commerce Department figures showed Tuesday in Washington."
 
* True: "Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stipulated Tuesday that responsible homeland security entails passing meaningful gun control reforms."
 
* Good for him: "Centrist Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) broke with members of his party on Tuesday and called on the House to take up legislation to increase scrutiny on gun purchases in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Orlando."
 
* Sadly predictable: "The National Rifle Association late Monday broke its silence on the slaughter of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, labeling calls for restrictions on assault-style weapons as a 'transparent head-fake.'"
 
* NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today "dismissed criticism from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that the alliance is irrelevant. 'We are as relevant as ever,' said Stoltenberg on the first day of a two-day defense ministerial meeting at the alliance headquarters in Brussels."
Sen. Joseph McCarthy's (R-Wis) at a March 9, 1950 session of a hearing on  McCarthy's charges of Communist infiltration in the state department. McCarthy, testifying before a senate foreign relations subcommittee, termed the subcommittee a "Tool" of...

After Orlando, some Republicans ready for McCarthyism

06/14/16 04:15PM

In 2008, then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) made a memorable appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball," telling Chris Matthews that she wanted an investigation into members of Congress to "find out if they are pro-America or anti-America." It was hard not to notice the parallels between the right-wing lawmaker and McCarthyism.
 
Two years later, one of Bachmann's closest allies, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), voiced support for the revival of the House Internal Security Committee, the 1960's-era successor to the McCarthyite House Un-American Activities Committee. "I think that is a good process and I would support it," King said in 2010.
 
What's striking is the degree to which the GOP's McCarthyite instincts just won't go away. TPM reported this morning:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposed the creation of a new version of the controversial House Un-American Activities Committee to root out American citizens who plan to commit terrorist attacks in the U.S.
 
"We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after Nazis. We passed several laws in 1938 and 1939 to go after Nazis and we made it illegal to help the Nazis. We're going to presently have to go take the similar steps here," Gingrich said in a Monday appearance on "Fox and Friends." [...] In 1959, former President Harry Truman infamously called the committee "the most un-American thing in the country today."
Occasionally, we'll hear Democrats accuse Republicans of embracing shades of McCarthyism, and in rare occasions, prominent GOP officials are quite candid while proving Democrats right.
 
The broader question, meanwhile, is whether Republicans mind. Gingrich is no doubt aware of the House Un-American Activities Committee's scandalous legacy, so his explicit endorsement of this as a contemporary model is a reminder that, for much of the right, Joseph McCarthy wasn't necessarily wrong.

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