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HEALTH-ZIKA/CONGRESS

Who could have guessed that GOP zeal against wrongdoers would so suddenly drop off a cliff?

Darren Samuelsohn asks various republicans about Trump’s massive violations, and gets a series of run-and-hide replies:

Asked if Congress had any oversight role on the potential conflicts connected to Trump’s many businesses, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell smiled and kept walking as he headed off the floor late Wednesday night, declining to say anything at all as he got into a private elevator.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) deflected a question about Trump’s potential conflicts to an aide. “Do you have an opinion on that?” the Iowa Republican asked, before he too stepped in an elevator.

Across the Capitol, the response from some of the chamber’s most powerful Republicans was largely one of indifference.

“That’s beyond my jurisdiction,” said Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for dishing out federal funds.

“Not for my committee,” added Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, the chairman of the House Ways and Means that has oversight of the IRS, the controversial agency that Trump famously used as an explanation during the presidential campaign as the reason he couldn’t release his tax returns.

“I don’t think that’s something that…the public is going to hold him accountable” for, said Rep. John Shimkus, an Illinois Republican running to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “I don’t think people are thinking he ran for president of the United States to line his pockets.”

You’d think the famous straight-talker John McCain, who is now 80 years old and
fresh off reelection to a new six-year term in the Senate, might have some ability to exercise independent judgment. But McCain’s stated policy, as revealed to the Huffington Post’s Laura Barron-Lopez, is, “I will not discuss President-elect Donald Trump.” McCain added, “I’m responsible for the people of Arizona.”

It’s not like he is a member of some branch of government that the founders designed as a check and balance on the executive. As far as Republicans in Congress are concerned, they’re all working for Trump now.

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Megyn Kelly: Pro-Trump TV hosts colluded to make Trump appear tough

How Much Money Megyn Kelly Reportedly Wants To Stay On Fox News

Responding to Howard Kurtz’ questions about her new book, Megyn Kelly said that TV hosts who supported Trump would collude with Donald beforehand to help give themselves credibility by making believe they were tough on him and called it “play acting.” On Fox News’ Media Buzz, Kurtz asked, “Certain TV hosts were in the tank for… Continue Reading →

BREAKING: The media/corporate complex strikes again

What’s next: FBI unlikely to conclude Clinton email review prior to election

The imaginary email scandal seriously suppressed millennial turnout. The intent was never to help Trump win; he won’t. It was to suppress the down ballot wins. The damage has been done.

This afternoon, Comey said, “Oops, never mind.”

This is what front pages looked like when the original story broke:

What do you suppose they’ll look like tomorrow?

No ticket splitting

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I know most of you aren’t going to vote for any Republicans, but you probably know some people who are thinking about it. Read this article, then use what you’ve learned to persuade them. This is important:

But as he has in so many ways, Donald Trump takes every ugly impulse Republicans have and turns it up to 11, and just about the entire party follows him down. So now they are making it very clear that from literally the day Hillary Clinton is inaugurated, they will wage total war on her. There will be no rule or norm or standard of decency they won’t flout if it gets them a step closer to destroying her, no matter what the collateral damage.

It’s important to understand that strong institutions are what separate strong democracies from weak ones. In a strong democracy, one party can’t come into power and just lock up its opponents. It can’t turn the country’s law enforcement agencies into a partisan tool to destroy the other party. It can’t say that the courts will function only at its pleasure. We have the world’s most stable system not just because there aren’t tanks in the streets on election day, but because we have institutions that are strong enough to restrain the venality of individual men and women. And now, Republicans are not even pretending that those institutions should be impartial and transcend partisanship. They’re saying, if we can use them to destroy our opponents, we will. Something is seriously breaking down.

And please, spare me any explanations for this phenomenon that rely on how “divided” Americans are. Are we divided? Sure. But there’s only one party that is so vigorously undermining core democratic institutions in this way. You may not like what Democrats stand for, but they aren’t engaging in widespread official vote suppression, chanting that should their candidate win her opponent should be tossed in jail, promising to prevent any Republican president from filling vacancies on the Supreme Court, suggesting that they’ll try to impeach their opponent as soon as he takes office, cheering when a hostile foreign power hacks into American electronic systems, and trying to use the FBI to win the election.

FBI based potential Clinton Foundation case on debunked right-wing book

Secret Recordings Fueled FBI Feud in Clinton Probe

The FBI was reportedly trying to build an investigation into the Clinton Foundation around claims made in a right-wing book riddled with errors written by a Republican activist with a history of bogus reporting. The author’s organization is headed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign chief executive and is funded by one of Trump’s top… Continue Reading →

Why I despise the Republican party

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Because they don’t actually believe in democracy. They want to seize power by any means necessary, and they really don’t care whether they have majority support.

To announce that they will start Clinton investigations immediately after the election, and that they will block any of her judicial nominees? Treason. Party power gone amok.

They only win by lying, cheating, and rigging the game. They’re the party of voter suppression, because the fewer the people voting, the better they do.

I have tried for years to see Republicans as human beings with their own values, but it’s like trying to rationalize cannibalism at this point.

In the Supreme Court battle, will GOP senators argue that Clinton wasn’t really elected?

Mitch McConnell

A Politico story notes the possibility that a Republican Senate might continue to maintain a Supreme Court blockade if Hillary Clinton is elected president — with no registered objections so far from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: A spokesman for McConnell pointed to comments made a month ago, when the GOP leader declined to speculate on how… Continue Reading →

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