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It wasn’t long ago that Matt Taibbi called the Morning Joe crew Donald Trump’s “lapdogs,” for their eager doting on the then-frontrunner. At the time, damning audio tape had just been published of Trump praising Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. “I watched your show this morning,” Donald Trump said. “You have me almost as a legendary figure, I like that.”

Since then, the duo seem to have made a concerted effort to harden their coverage of the presumptive nominee. And Joe Scarborough, the show’s anchor and a former Republican congressman, has taken the opportunity to defend his party from what, it has become increasingly clear, is an existential crisis.

“You’re acting like a bush league loser,” Scarborough starts. And it doesn’t get nicer from there.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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