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A bad week for the Orange Shitgibbon means a great week for the United States. Let's hope for more weeks like this.

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Donald Trump and Republicans' stunning inability to bring their healthcare bill to a vote in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives capped the president's worst week yet in office, beset by one controversy and setback after another.

In just five days, the FBI confirmed the existence of an investigation into the Trump team's ties to Russian election meddling; the president's Supreme Court selection earned himself a Democratic filibuster; the administration's honeymoon with Benjamin Netanyahu hit the rocks; and Trump's self-made image as a master dealmaker suffered a humiliating blow. The president is no stranger to self-made controversies overshadowing White House messaging, but at least those wounds are self-inflicted. This week, the president, who skipped his traditional Mar-a-Lago jaunt Saturday, finds himself on the defensive with his agenda derailed by events he can't fully control.

Months of innuendo, cries of "fake news" and wild Trump accusations and deflections came to a head Monday, when FBI Director James Comey told Congress that feds have been investigating whether there was collusion between Trump surrogates and Russian operatives, who tried to influence the presidential election in Trump's favor. If that wasn't bad enough for Team Trump, Comey dismissed the president's unsubstantiated claims of Obama administration wiretapping by telling Congress that he has "no information" that could lend credence to Trump's allegations.

His calm and cool testimony belied the existence of a scandal that could rival the Iran-Contra affair in administration misbehavior if any of Trump's surrogates end up with criminal charges. Of course, Trump is going to be Trump, all bluster and bravado. His angry Twitter outburst following the news tracked the same narrative he's been selling all along: the Russia story is fake news, pushed by Democrats, with the real scandal being the leak of information to the press about details of the probe. While that spin may be manna for Trump diehards, the president faces months of negative headlines as the FBI probe (and parallel inquiries by House and Senate intelligence committees) continues on.

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Yup. Nailed it in one. 

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That's the thing about the Internet: It never forgets the stupid things you've said in the past. And it never lets you forget.

source: https://twitter.com/yashar/status/845690742198751233

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The English language does not contain superlatives equal to the task of expressing just how enormous a joke President* MoneyBooBoo really is. And his tenure is only going to get jokier.
Graydon Carter throws major shade.

It can reasonably be said that our dear leader is now the most ridiculed man on the planet. In fact, he may well be the most ridiculed man in history. For a preening narcissist who takes himself terribly seriously, being the butt of the joke heard round the world has got to hurt. The handpicked assortment of craven nitwits and supplicants that he has surrounded himself with have valiantly tried to insulate him from the derision. But they’re only human.



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Compare and contrast.

#Trumpcare
#Trumpfail
#ACA
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A crowdfunding campaign by a British Muslim who witnessed an attack in London that killed four people has almost reached a target of $37,000, which will be donated to the victims' families.

By the time of publishing, more than 1,000 people had donated $33,500 towards the fund.

On Wednesday, Muddassar Ahmed was barricaded in a nearby office building in Westminster at the time of the car-and-knife attack, which also wounded dozens.

"I was there and I was shocked," he told Al Jazeera. "Because I saw what happened, I felt that had to do something for the victims ... I wanted to raise money quickly so I launched the campaign late that night." "It was primarily to help families of the victims ... it was something that could be done to offer support and empathise with the families." Ahmed then called his friends to help with fundraising.

Two British Muslim MPs - Naz Shah and Yasmin Qureshi - have since voiced their support for the Muslims United for London initiative.

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via +Woozle Hypertwin, whom I quote in full:

"This is the healthcare bill we need. Keep pushing, keep raising awareness about it, keep contacting your representatives and telling them to support it."

#signalBoost
if you have a Democratic Congressman - call them ... tell them to support this bill that makes Medicare the healthcare system of the United States = Medicare for All ... Justice Democrats are busy petitioning the remaining reps that haven't already signed on to this bill ...

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This is terrorism, pure and simple.

Where is the outrage?

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A white man who police said traveled to New York City to harm black people turned himself in with knives in his pocket at a Manhattan police station on Wednesday, a day after authorities say he fatally stabbed a black man on a city sidewalk.

James Harris Jackson, 28, told police he left his home in Baltimore on Friday and took the bus to New York "because it is the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement," Bill Aubrey, a deputy chief at the New York Police Department, told reporters.

On Monday night, Jackson crossed paths with Timothy Caughman, a black man who was rummaging through garbage on a sidewalk in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, according to police.

A few minutes later, Caughman, 66, staggered into a nearby police station, bleeding from stab wounds to his chest and back. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Jackson turned himself in at a police station in Times Square soon after midnight on Wednesday and was arrested for murder, police said. He had seen images circulated by police from surveillance cameras showing him at the scene, dressed in a black coat, his blond hair combed to one side, police said.

"He said that 'I'm the person that you're looking for,' and he had knives in his pocket," Aubrey told a news conference. "It was revealed that the attack on Timothy Caughman was clearly racially motivated. It is believed that he was specifically intending to target male blacks."

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Bigotry and race hatred are a threat to US national security. Here's proof.

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Muslim special agents and intelligence analysts at the FBI are reporting a climate of fear inside the agency coinciding with the political ascendance of Donald Trump, the Guardian has learned.

FBI officials from Muslim-majority countries, a minority in a predominantly white bureau, say they are subject to an organizational culture of suspicion and hostility that leadership has done little to reform. At least one decorated intelligence analyst has been fired this year after a long ordeal which began with a routine foreign visit to see his family.

His case and others in which Muslim agents have reported a workplace culture that includes open-ended investigations predicated on their backgrounds were brought to the personal attention of the FBI’s director, James Comey, throughout 2016.

Muslim FBI officials are alarmed that their religion and national origin is sufficient for the bureau’s security division to treat them as a counterintelligence risk, a career-damaging obstacle that their native-born white FBI colleagues do not encounter.

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YouTube is losing advertisers as big-name companies pull ads from the site because, according to a report from The New York Times, “The automated system in which ads are bought and placed online has too often resulted in brands appearing next to offensive material on YouTube such as hate speech.”

More and more major companies are abandoning the ad services of YouTube's parent company, Google, amid concerns that ads for their brands are being placed next to extremist material. On March 22, The New York Times reported that AT&T and Johnson & Johnson “were among several companies to say Wednesday that they would stop their ads from running on YouTube and other Google properties amid concern that Google is not doing enough to prevent brands from appearing next to offensive material, like hate speech.” The decision by advertisers comes as Google has struggled in its efforts to prevent websites that peddle fake news from using its online advertising services to profit. It also comes as Google and YouTube have been criticized following a BuzzFeed News report for driving revenue for conspiracy theorists who broadcast to millions and monetize conspiracy theories like “Pizzagate,” which led to an armed confrontation in a DC-pizza shop.

Now, The New York Times reports that “the technology underpinning YouTube’s advertising business has come under intense scrutiny” as “other deep-pocketed marketers [are] announcing that they would pull their ads from the service.” According to the Times report, the problem “is particularly jarring” for YouTube specifically, because “YouTube splits advertising revenue with its users, meaning advertisers risk directly funding creators of hateful, misogynistic or terrorism-related content.”

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