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Trump Launches White House 'Witch Hunt' to Identify Aides Who Talked to Watergate Journalist Woodward

Well, we knew this was coming: Bob Woodward's new book featuring lots and lots of unflattering descriptions of Trump is resulting in yet another Trump meltdown.

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North Korea Lashes Out After Trump's Latest Tantrum

On Friday, Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he was canceling the next meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean negotiators and, in fact, would be suspending negotiations with North Korea entirely for the time being. Because Trump is a liar, we don’t actually know if this is true or if it will remain true past, say, next Thursday, but his announcement seems largely due to Trump finally realizing that North Korea has been playing him for a chump, rebuffing even preliminary denuclearization discussions while insisting that the United States lift sanctions first if any progress is to be made.

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'Please Don't': Republican Senator Jeff Flake Warns Trump Not to Fire Sessions Over Russia Probe

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was on Meet the Press this morning, in part to reminisce about his friend Sen. John McCain, and in smaller part to weigh in on the sitting President of the United States being marked as an unindicted co-conspirator in an illegal campaign finance scheme revolving around the payment of "hush money" to mistresses in order to keep their stories out of the press during the last critical weeks of the 2016 election. This is only tangentially related to the larger probe into whether or not the same candidate and campaign team sought and received the assistance of Russian government actors in order to procure damaging information about his campaign opponent, the accusation of “collusion” that has put President Co-Conspirator into an unending daily fit for two solid years now.

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American Boatbuilders Are the Latest Casualty in Trump's Trade War

Add boatbuilders to the list of American industries taking a beating due to Trump's new tariffs and resulting trade war. A retaliatory European Union tariff of 25 percent is drying up sales overseas, and Trump's aluminum tariffs just happen to hit the thing that small recreational boats need a lot of: aluminum.

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Don Lemon Reveals Trump Called Him 'Racist' for the Most Absurd Reason

CNN anchor Don Lemon has been a frequent target of Donald Trump's puffy wrath of late. Discussing the attacks on-air with his other CNN anchors, Lemon revealed that Trump's antipathy toward him has been both long-lasting and pointedly race-based; after a 2011 interview in which Trump was asked to defend his crackpot claims that President Barack Obama was not actually an American citizen, Trump fumed at him for the pointed questions.

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Trump Bizarrely Claims Harley-Davidson Lost Sales in 2017 Because of This Year's Feud With Him

In our latest episode of The Worldwide Adventures of Idiot Manchild, we learn that Donald Trump's former best friend now turned hated enemy Harley-Davidson suffered reduced sales in 2017 because of something they did a year later. That's right, attempting to keep your company afloat after Donald Trump screws you is such a grave injury to Idiot Manchild that it rips a hole in spacetime, causing you to lose business a year before any of it ever happened.

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Will Trump Pull the United States out of NATO?

Will Donald Trump give Russian leader Vladimir Putin the best of all possible gifts: pulling the United States out of NATO? As insane as that sounds, Trump has been making noises to other world leaders threatening to do exactly that. After opining to G7 leaders during their summit a few weeks ago backing Russia's claim to the now-occupied Crimea because, well, the people there speak Russian so there, Trump reportedly complained about the upcoming NATO summit on July 11:

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In Appalling Call for 'Civility,' Washington Post Compares Huckabee Sanders Restaurant Incident to Far-Right Terrorism

On Sunday the anonymous writers of the Washington Post editorial board lobbed a doozy of a stink grenade into the public discourse with an editorial demanding, per the title: "Let the Trump team eat in peace." It bemoaned that "strong political feelings have spilled into what used to be considered the private sphere." It grumbled that "social media have blurred the line between work hours and private time." It pouted, in an odd little aside, how ubiquitous cellphone cameras "make it ever easier to intrude."

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This Republican Congressman Just Approvingly Retweeted a British Neo-Nazi

Whenever you see a headline reporting that a House Republican proudly retweeted a European neo-Nazi, the odds are nine in ten it will be Iowa Rep. Steve King. This time, King urgently retweeted the anti-immigrant panic of British neo-Nazi Mark Collett, adding his own two cents: “Europe is waking up...Will America...in time?”

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Trump Plans to Ignore North Korea's Human Rights Abuses in Summit with Dictator

Well of course Trump isn't going to bring up human rights when meeting with the North Korean dictator. That'd be insulting to the nuclear rogue state, and Trump is only insulting to U.S. allies, not dictators.

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This Republican Congressman Seriously Suggested Sea Levels Are Rising Because of Falling Rocks

One of the worst duties of being a top-level American scientist or researcher is that you get summoned before House Republicans so they can explain why, in their minds, the entire collected research that you and tens of thousands of others have participated in is probably wrong because of Shit They Just Made Up.

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Trump Is Using Parkland Victims in Speeches - Majority of Families Say He Hasn't Bothered to Call Them

After Donald Trump invoked the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school during last week’s speech to the nation's largest domestic terrorism lobby (aka the National Rifle Association), BuzzFeed sought out some of the families who lost loved ones in that shooting to ask whether they had, to this day, ever been contacted by Trump. The answer is no—most haven't.

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McConnell Says He Won't Consider Calling Racist Ads Against His Own Family 'Racist' Until Election Is Over

If you're looking to pin the utter ethical collapse of the Republican Party on a single person, you could make a solid case that Sen. Mitch McConnell is patient zero.

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American Traitor Oliver North Will Become the New NRA President

Imagine the thought process that went into the decision to elevate one of the most notorious criminal actors in modern Republicanism to a top spot in the National Rifle Association.

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Donald Trump Wimps Out on Baseball's Opening Day Once Again

A long Washington Post piece about baseball's opening day and the century-old tradition of presidents attending the season's launch features this wonderfully blunt and cynical assessment, from the authors, on why Donald Trump has abandoned the practice.

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Trump Reportedly Hates Being President, but 'Doesn't Want to Go Down in History' for Resigning

Buried in an alarming-all-by-itself Politico article pondering how far down the line of succession we'd have to get, in the Justice Department, before we found someone who would not either have to recuse themselves from the Russia-Trump investigation or who an enraged Trump wouldn't also summarily fire—oh, and by the way Trump might simply change the executive order setting the Justice Department's line of succession, thus speeding up the process of, say, eventually just giving that job to Jared Kushner as well:

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Across the Heartland, Trump Voters Are a Bit Confused as to What the Hell They Voted For

The Washington Post decided to spare us a weeks-long series examining the minds of Trump voters by lumping a whole bunch of them together in a single story. Here's the union-member Iowa Democrat who voted for Trump as agent of disruption, but who now is alarmed at all the disruption.

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It's Been a Week, and Trump Is Well on His Way to Becoming Most Crooked President in History

It took one week. Within one week of becoming the nation's president-elect, Trump's newest hotel was already advertising itself as a way for foreign diplomats to curry favor with the newest president.

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Trump Plan to Prepare 'Whitewater' Attacks Hits Snag When Staff Accidentally Sends It to a Reporter

That the Donald Trump campaign is planning to attack presumed Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton over the so-called "Whitewater" scandal is not news. The exquisite Three Stooges-style execution of their plan, however, is worth our attention.

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Supreme Court Nixes Challenge to Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Law

For low-wage franchises fighting Seattle's new $15 minimum wage? No luck.

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Texas Republicans Find Craziest Person in State, Aim to Put Her in Charge of School Textbooks

Texas Republicans' drive to find the stupidest people in the state and elect them to office seems, if anything, to be picking up steam.

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The New York Times Botched the Terrorism Story that Was the Centerpiece of the GOP Debate

One of the recurring themes in the all-ISIS all-fear CNN/Republican "debate" on Tuesday was the premise that the San Bernardino terrorists, who we care about—as opposed to the Colorado Springs or Charleston terrorists, who we do not—were openly posting of their extremist plans and plots and associations on "social media", and yet government agents who were supposed to be in charge of these things were, because Obama, not "allowed" to look them up. Here's the Ted Cruz version:

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How Did CNN Just Happen to Find Two of the Nuttiest Donald Trump Supporters on the Planet?

The CNN interview with the crazy bug-eyed lunatic—sorry, with this patriotic and super-passionate Trump supporter—raises so many wonderful questions. For those that missed it, CNN conducted a group interview with Trump supporters to see what they fancied about the gerbil-topped menace, and the star of the show turned out to be the Jus' Folks woman who (ahem) rather emphatically explained that while politicians like our sitting president are all filthy liars, Donald Trump is a not-politician not-liar who "resonates" with people like her.

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Trump Asks His Supporters to Report on Their Neighbors: 'Most Likely You'll Be Wrong, But That's OK'

There is no bad historical idea that Donald Trump will not embrace. Or pat on the back, or lick roughly across the face, from left ear to right eyeball, in front of the gathering crowds.

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What Is the Jade Helm Conspiracy, Stupidest Thing to Come Out of Texas in 20 Years?

The supposed Jade Helm 15 conspiracy may be the single stupidest thing to come out of Texas in 20 years, and for a state that has reliably given us such treasures as Louie Gohmert, Steve Stockman, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, and George W. Bush himself that is saying something.

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Districts Most Endangered by Climate Change Still Represented by Science Deniers

An irony of climate change denial: Many of the places in America that will be most severely affected by climate change are represented by Republican science deniers.

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More than Half of Americans Willing to Concede that Poverty Is Not a Result of Character Flaws

Hey look, according to a new poll 47 percent of us aren't monsters.

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The 8 Most Absurd Things the Right Wing Did This Year

We did it! Sweet Jeebus, we actually did it, making it through our roundup of the stupidest and most ridiculous things to have happened in this year, a year the ancient calendars warned us would be the stupidest and most ridiculous of all possible years. I want to congratulate all of you who managed to look back over all this but who did not decide to just gouge out your own eyes and be done with it—on reflection, a better choice would have been a look back at all the cutest puppies born during the year, or an extended treatise on all the various flavors of ice cream that are out there and what popular winter songs they remind us of. Ah well, at least the memories provide us with a decent reason to finish up all that increasingly-iffy nog.

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