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The Young Turks - 08.19.14: Militarized Police, Ferguson Uprising, Obama, Fat Kids & 10k Club

Cenk hosting today.  The program that gives military equipment to local police departments was ratcheted down after Alan Grayson tried to pass legislation to ban the handing down of huge war machines like aircraft and nuclear weapons.  The bill was overwhelmingly voted down.  One caucus member said that its too hard to vote on a bill without lobbyist recommendations, meaning he’d have to decide for himself without knowing if he’s stepping on the toes of his masters with the money.  President Obama’s responses to the situation in Ferguson have been highly criticized by Conservatives.  Video of Paul Ryan talking about how we need to take a deep breath and not try to take advantage of the situation in Missouri.  This is part of the setup to force Obama to do nothing to change.  Mashup of multiple talking heads claiming that Obama has jumped into the situation before he knows all of the facts and that he’s inserting racism and pushing for more violence.  After all of these warnings, Obama spoke last night and said he has to be very careful not to jump in too soon or prejudge the situation before all of the facts are revealed.  Cenko Unchained.  Cenk talks about how Obama has shown he can take on the issue of discrimination and race with eloquence, but refuses to do so when it doesn’t directly affect him.  Cenk dives into ways Obama could bring to light the things that affect all of us regarding race.  Democratic Senators that are fighting to get Obama’s judges and issues passed are growing weary of Obama’s disengaged energy and lack of fight.  His only objective is to be seen as above the fray, not a Democratic president that works with fellow Dems.  With this huge loss of allies, Cenk warns that when his enemies attack in the form of impeachment, he won’t have fellow Dems to back him up.  This same scenario is what helped end Nixon’s presidency.

Ana joins Cenk for SCS.  P.E. teachers are now putting heart monitors on their chests to make sure that they are being active.  Ana likes this idea, but Cenk is completely against it.  TYT Supreme Court is split, so a poll will be posted for the TYT Army to decide.  A tribe of outlaw Instagramers post pictures of their daredevil escapades on top of NYC buildings at night.  The shots they get are amazing.

A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from August 19, 2014. For more go to

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