Steve Schmidt: ‘Donald Trump Is Emasculating Jeb Bush’

On Monday, political analyst Steve Schmidt told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Donald Trump is “emasculating” fellow Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush with his attacks. The on-going feud between Trump and Bush has been going on for some time now. Trump said Bush is too phony and nice, but “unhappy” and low-energy, while Bush has attacked Trump’s wish to build a wall at the United States border with Mexico, calling it “unrealistic.” “Look, Jeb Bush was a very successful governor, he’s a thoughtful man, he was a good, conservative governor. But every day, Donald Trump is emasculating Jeb Bush, and Republican primary voters are not going to default to the establishment candidate who is being weakened by these attacks that go unresponded to,” explained Schmidt. (h/t Politico) Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Barclays to Begin Offering Bitcoin Payments for Customers, Beginning with Charities

Barclays is about to become the first mainstream bank to openly and directly support bitcoin transactions, The Sunday Times reports. The Daily Mail echoed the news for its huge readership. Barclays has been experimenting with Bitcoin and working with digital currency start-ups for some time.  Speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Financials Conference in London, Barclays’ CEO Antony Jenkins warned the “banking sector has not yet felt the ‘full disruptive force’ of technology – but it will.” He elaborated on the growing concern among financial institutions that faster, cheaper payment systems will start to seduce their consumer and business customers in the coming years. In June, Barclays signed a deal with Bitcoin company Safello to explore financial applications of the blockchain […]

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‘Morning Joe’ Panel: Wasserman Schultz Rigging Debate Schedule to Benefit Hillary

Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” a panel including Bloomberg’s Al Hunt and “With All Due Respect” host John Heilemann agreed with Democratic presidential candidate former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) that Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is limiting the number of debates to only six in order to to benefit front-runner Hillary Clinton. Host Joe Scarborough asked, “Are they rigging it for Hillary? Is that what the deal is? Will anybody say what’s happening here?” Heilemann said, “I will sure. Look, every one of those candidates who is not Hillary Clinton has a strong argument to make that it seems like the party is protecting Hillary Clinton.” Hunt added, “Yeah, sure they are. I think, by the way, that O’Malley exaggerates the importance. The problem the Democrats have is they ought to have a Reince Priebus type as their chair person. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress, isn’t doing anything
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Scarborough: I Blame Cable News for Threat on Police Lives

Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough hammered his own platform for what he declared to be one of the root causes of the threat on police safety. “My argument, must have been a year ago is, if you go around and the countervailing attitude on cable news shows 24 hours a day are that there are white cops driving around black neighborhoods looking to shoot teenagers with their hands up in the air while they’re surrendering, then you are going to start a war on cops, that you are spreading a lie that is going to have serious fallout,” Scarborough said. “The focus on cops and sort of this 24/7 rush to just basically paint all cops with the same brush has led to this sort of anger. And yeah, I do blame it on cable news. I do blame it on the churning of the past year.
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Oldest Koran ‘Destabilises’ Islamic History, Scientists Say It Pre-dates Mohammed

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Fragments of an early Koran found in a Birmingham library may rewrite Islamic history after carbon dating revealed they could be older than Mohammed. Scientists at the University of Oxford had already revealed that the parchment was among the oldest known Koranic texts in the world, but now several historians say it could be so old that it pre-dates the Muslim prophet, thus contradicting traditional accounts of his life and radically altering “the edifice of Islamic tradition.” The dating reveals the text to have been written between AD568 and 645, while the dates of Mohammed’s life are traditionally given as AD570 to 632. This means that at the very latest it was written before the first formal texts were supposed to have been collated, and at the earliest it was written before or shortly after Mohammed was born. Some academics now say that the impact of the text could be
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