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Frank Atanassow
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Kindness and reason win over racism.

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> The thing is -- and this is largely of her own doing for having the email server in the first place -- it's pretty clear that email is part of what brought Hillary Clinton down. The exit polling is clear: 63% of voters said Clinton's use of private email bothered them.

I call BS. The email server was the bullet, not the gun. It was a pretext, a coat hook for conservatives to hang their hate on. If conservatives were actually so concerned about the danger of classified information falling into hostile hands, they wouldn't have looked the other way when Trump himself delivered it to Russia and Duterte; they wouldn't be turning a blind eye to the numerous, extensive and still-growing connections between the Trump administration and Russia; and they would have shown a bit of concern when the person they elected started picking fights with their nation's own intelligence services.

If it hadn't been the email server, it would have been something else.

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Following reports that IC learned from monitoring Russian spy-diplomat Sergey Kislyak's communications that Jared Kushner wanted to use Russian facilities for a secret "back-channel" with the Kremlin, the Democratic National Committee is now calling for Kushner to be fired.

> "Trump has no choice but to immediately fire Kushner, whose failure to report this episode on his security clearance is reason enough for a criminal investigation," DNC deputy communications director Adrienne Watson said in a statement. "The next question is whether the President authorized this, because no one stands between Trump and Kushner on the chain of command.”

Yesterday they just wanted to suspend his clearance.

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Despite the best efforts of Congress to undermine the ACA, the healthcare exchanges aren't failing, so "Trump and his team proceeded to pour the oil and light the match."

> Worst of all for consumers, Trump’s move this week may be the last straw for insurers. Faced with an administration that has made clear it will do what it can to cause the exchanges to fail, insurers are questioning whether they can continue to participate. The administration is proving that the one thing it can succeed at is failure.

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Joe Scarborough has had it with the Republican Party.

> If you want to abolish Medicaid, then just say you do, and explain to us why, but: Just. Tell us. The truth. Stop lying! And start remembering: duty, honor, country. That is what should drive you! Not some bizarre, obsequious fealty to Donald Trump.

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According to The Observer, the NSA has proof of Trump's collusion with Russia:

> [Admiral Mike] Rogers reportedly admitted that President Trump asked him to discredit the FBI and James Comey, which the admiral flatly refused to do. As Rogers explained, he informed the commander in chief, “I know you won’t like it, but I have to tell what I have seen”—a probable reference to specific intelligence establishing collusion between the Kremlin and Team Trump.

> Rogers then added that such SIGINT exists, and it is damning. He stated, “There is no question that we [meaning NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians.” Although Rogers did not cite the specific intelligence he was referring to, agency officials with direct knowledge have informed me that DIRNSA was obviously referring to a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton.

This is quite bizarre. They are reporting that Rogers told the whole of the NSA in some exclusive "town hall" broadcast, but no one else in the government.

> I have spoken with several NSA officials who witnessed the director’s talk and I’m reporting their firsthand accounts, which corroborate each other, on condition of anonymity.

This will need plenty of corroboration.

Also, this article is written in a very strange way. Most news articles are written in pyramid style, with the most important information first and details later. This one buries the lede near the end.

Also, it's classified on their site as "Opinion"...?!?!

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> In his acceptance speech, Gianforte apologized by name to Ben Jacobs, the Guardian reporter who accused the Republican of "body-slamming" him and breaking his glasses. "When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it," Gianforte told his supporters at his Election Night rally in Bozeman. "That's the Montana way."

Not Gianforte's way, then, since he publicized a false account that Jacobs:

> entered the [campaign] office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions... After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground.

...which was contradicted by a team of eyewitnesses from Fox News!

> At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!"... To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies.

The CNN article continues:

> Saying he was "not proud" of his behavior, [Gianforte] added, "I should not have responded the way I did, for that I'm sorry. I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I'm sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs." Members of the supportive crowd shouted, "You're forgiven."

I wonder if the police will forgive him too.

> After Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault, [Republican voter Karen] Screnar said she was only "more ready to support Greg." "We've watched how the press is one-sided. Excuse me, that's how I feel. (They're) making him their whipping boy so to speak through this campaign," Screaner [sic] said. "There comes a point where, stop it." Her husband, Terry, chimed in that he believed Gianforte was "set up."

I think, frankly, a lot of Republicans no longer deserve suffrage. They're as unfit to vote as Trump is to lead because they've lost their grip on reality. When it doesn't suit their narrative, even Fox News can't convince them.

Gianforte himself, BTW, is a Young Earth Creationist who wants to end retirement in America because the Bible says Noah was still working at the ripe old age of 600.

> “How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600,” he said. “He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.“

If it wasn't for the fact that he needs to go to prison first, I would say Gianforte belongs in a psychiatric ward. Instead, Montana gave him a seat in Congress.

Republicans have forgotten that freedom and self-determination are not worth much without education and reason (a conviction that acknowledging the truth leads to decisions with better outcomes).

Now they're undermining their own democracy and the rule of law. You could call this sedition. Their party leader is under investigation for ties to Russia, and hands out classified secrets like candy. You could call that treason. The Republican leadership is covering for him. You could call that a conspiracy.

The Republican Party needs to be dissolved.

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I think my jaw literally dropped when I read this.

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> “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia...

> Some of the lawmakers laughed at McCarthy’s comment. Then McCarthy quickly added: “Swear to God.”

> [Speaker of the House Paul] Ryan instructed his Republican lieutenants to keep the conversation private, saying: “No leaks. . . . This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

So the Republican leadership has suspected for more than a year that Trump was colluding with Russia. Then they covered for him and rode him into the White House, where they're continuing to cover for him. They're complicit.

Is there anything the Republican Party will not do for power? Are there any principles they hold? Not patriotism, obviously. Not being honest with the American people. Not following the law. Not even preserving democracy.

The Republican Party must be dissolved. They're literally working against the interests of Americans.

Think about this: thanks to Republicans, a guy who they believe is working for Russia is now hiring the next FBI chief. Because he fired the last one. Because the last one was investigating a man who worked for Russia. Whom he appointed as National Security Advisor. Knowing that he worked for Russia.

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In an effort to downplay the "Russia Hysteria", Tucker Carlson used the chyron "Tucker: What You Think Is Happening Often Isn't". Apparently Tucker has adopted former President Clinton's affinity for metaphysical investigation ("It depends on what 'is' is."), an interesting if unusual penchant for a Republican pundit. As I also enjoy provocative and abstruse thought, I've concocted some more headlines which Tucker is free to use in his coming shows.

Tucker: Crimes Are Not All Unethical

Tucker: You Can Prove Anything With Facts

Tucker: Studies Show, Often Smoke Without Fire

Tucker: In Many Ways, Watergate Was A Good Thing

Tucker: If Trump Leaked Intel, Why Didn't Democrats Stop Him?!

Tucker: Mama Always Said, 'Wrong Is As Wrong Does'

Tucker: Happening Isn't Think Often You What

Tucker: Trump Praised By Tucker

Tucker: Tucker: Tucker: Tucker: Tucker: Tucker: Tucker: ...

Trump: Studies Show, Broken Syntax Often Sign Of Creativity

Trump: Only Small Hands Can Reach Into Tight Spaces

Tucker: No Scandals At White House Today

FBI: Do We Really Need It?

Russia: Friends Or Besties?

Tucker: Do You Like My Bow Tie?

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