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Montana GOP Congressional Candidate Body Slams Guardian Reporter (UPDATED)
May 24th, 2017, 07:21 PM

Tomorrow is the Montana special election to fill the seat in the House of Representatives left vacant by Ryan Zinke, who is now Secretary of the Interior.

Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, was covering an event for Republican candidate Greg Gianforte when he asked a question about the CBO score for the AHCA.

This took place at the Gianforte campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana.

Via The Guardian:

Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire running for the seat vacated by Ryan Zinke, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter.

“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance. “This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”

Jacobs subsequently reported the incident to the police. Gianforte’s campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Audio of the abortive interview recorded by Jacobs captures the altercation, and appears to reference previous questioning from another Guardian reporter. “I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte said. “The last guy who came here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same thing. Are you with the Guardian?”

“Yes! You just broke my glasses,” Jacobs replied.

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TrumpCare CBO Score Is Even Worse Than Expected
May 24th, 2017, 07:21 PM
TrumpCare CBO Score Is Even Worse Than Expected

After the CBO score for Trumpcare was released today, Senator Bernie Sanders spoke the truth when he said not to call it a health care bill. He's absolutely right.

You cannot call a bill that tosses 23 million people off their insurance a health care bill.

You cannot call a bill that raises premiums 800 percent for some low-income people over age 55 a health care bill.

You cannot call a bill that endangers people who have pre-existing conditions a health care bill.

You cannot call a bill that brings back lifetime and annual limits on benefits while eliminating essential health benefits a health care bill.

You cannot call a bill that strips $800 billion out of Medicaid and leaves Granny to die on the living room sofa a health care bill.

And yet, that is what has happened. The CBO score today affirms that all of these things are true, but Republicans are still calling it a health care bill.

It is a death bill. No more, no less. It will kill women, children, poor people, and those with pre-existing conditions.

Michael Hiltzik has a good summary of the report if you're not up for reading the whole thing.

Why I'm Actually Feeling A Little Sad For Sean Spicer
May 24th, 2017, 07:21 PM
Why I'm Actually Feeling A Little Sad For Sean Spicer

I'm no apologist for Sean Spicer, but on a human level it's just sad and pathetic that Donald Trump is such a petty, small-minded person that he couldn't find a place for Sean Spicer to be in the meetings with Pope Francis.

Spicer, after all, is a devout Catholic. It's reported that the "only thing he wanted" was an opportunity to be in the room with Pope Francis.

According to Politico, there was an agreement in place to limit the delegations. But still, there could surely have been a spot for Spicey, no?

No. Instead, Hope Hicks, Dan Scavino, thug bodyguard Keith Schiller, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster were allowed in with Jared and Ivanka and Donald and Melania.

Politico reporter Annie Karni reports that "other members of the traveling Trump team who are not practicing Catholics said they gave up their spots to accommodate Catholic White House aides. But Spicer – a regular churchgoer who was mocked last year for appearing on CNN with ashes on his forehead in honor of Ash Wednesday – was notably absent."

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Fake Russian Document Influenced Comey's Clinton Announcement
May 24th, 2017, 07:21 PM
Fake Russian Document Influenced Comey's Clinton Announcement

During the 2016 campaign, the FBI came into possession of a document which purported to claim that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had made a tacit agreement not to push too hard into the Clinton email investigation.

According to a report in the Washington Post, the document was an email between Loretta Lynch and a Clinton campaign staffer by the name of Amanda Renteria. In this alleged email, which was not supplied to the FBI, it indicated that Lynch told Renteria that she would not let the FBI investigation into Clinton go too far.

The document, obtained by the FBI, was a piece of purported analysis by Russian intelligence, the people said. It referred to an email supposedly written by the then-chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and sent to Leonard Benardo, an official with the Open Society Foundations, an organization founded by billionaire George Soros and dedicated to promoting democracy.

The Russian document did not contain a copy of the email, but it described some of the contents of the purported message.

You know what's coming next, don't you?

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Keith Olbermann Blasts Hannity For Craven Seth Rich Exploitation
May 24th, 2017, 07:21 PM
Keith Olbermann Blasts Hannity For Craven Seth Rich Exploitation

There is probably no better person to rip Sean Hannity for his cynical, craven effort to use the tragic murder of Seth Rich for political distraction than Keith Olbermann, who does not disappoint.

In the process, Hannity and Newt Gingrich are exposed for the sniveling cowards they are.

Yes, Hannity told viewers he wouldn't talk about Seth Rich anymore, but he never apologized to Rich's family for exploiting him. He never apologized to viewers for lying to them.

And then there's this. It appears there may have been some collusion with New Zealand hacker Kim Dotcom to gain access to Rich's account for the purposes of planting some evidence.

Dave Weigel:

According to experts and Rich’s family, the emailed invitation from appeared to be an attempt to gain access to Rich’s email. Joel Rich, who maintains his late son’s Gmail account, did not click the link. Meanwhile, Dotcom was promising on Twitter to prove that the younger Rich had been in contact with WikiLeaks — and Fox News host Sean Hannity was telling his 2.37 million Twitter followers to be ready for a revelation.

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A (Hilarious) Message For Trump From Former Mexican President Vicente Fox
May 24th, 2017, 07:21 PM

What are the options for a former president of Mexico? Vincente Fox is making a career out of trolling Donald Trump.

Fox addresses Donald Trump by first holding up a picture of himself at his own inauguration, and talking about what a solemn occasion it was for him.

Then he holds up a picture of Trump's inauguration and points out that Trump's obsession at that point was the guy before him and whose crowd was bigger.

"His was much bigger." notes Fox.

Then the retired president brings out "something that will make it easier for the bees living in your brain" to focus on what he is saying -- a beautiful piece of chocolate cake.

Note how the camera zooms in on the cake from time to time in the remaining video, apparently to help with Donald Trump's attention span.

More like this, please, and bigly!

Trump's Budget Is Pulled Out Of Steve Bannon's Butt, But You Knew That
May 24th, 2017, 07:21 PM

Brian Reidl, former chief economist for Republican Senator Rob Portman,
spoke to Ali Velshi this morning and gave the whole game away:

REIDL: I worked on budgets in the Senate. I've written budgets for presidential campaigns. I think I know what's happening. it all begins with the president's decision not to touch Social Security and Medicare. That's $1.5 trillion in spending that the president is going to let double to $3 trillion in spending over ten years. You also give defense a bump up and can't touch net interest directly. That's 60% of the budget that's not only off the table but it'll nearly double. when you set a target of balancing the budget in ten years, the only thing left to do is to essentially eviscerate the other 40% of the budget. The other 40% consists mainly of Obamacare, Medicaid, other health care programs, domestic discretionary spending and broad anti-poverty programs. I don't think they went in deciding they wanted to target those programs, it's when they made the decision to protect the other spending, they backed themselves into that corner. It's the only way to make the numbers add up.

ALI VELSHI: That makes a lot of sense. Brian, thank you for joining me.

No Ali! It makes NO sense because of what Mister Republican "I Know budgets" doesn't mention.

Not mentioned is what the so-called president calls "the largest tax cut in history."

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Stephanie Ruhle Shuts Down Pro-Trump Pundit Over Russia Denials: 'The OMGs Started 18 Months Ago'
May 24th, 2017, 07:21 PM
Stephanie Ruhle Shuts Down Pro-Trump Pundit Over Russia Denials:  'The OMGs Started 18 Months Ago'

MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle took down conservative pundit Ned Ryun on Wednesday after he tried to downplay President Donald Trump's Russia scandal.

During an MSNBC panel discussion about the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russia, Ruhle asked Ryun if he had been swayed by the testimony of former CIA Director John Brennan, who said that he was aware of contacts between Trump associates and Russian agents.

"There was no evidence, there is no evidence, there will never be evidence," Ryun opined.

"Nope," Ruhle interrupted. "You're not going to be able to sit here and say there will never be evidence because you don't know that."

"I guarantee there's not going to be evidence," Ryun insisted. "I know that frustrates you."

"It doesn't frustrate me," Ruhle replied. "To be honest, I find it irresponsible to simply be able to say, 'Mike Flynn was just a bad hire.' The president continues to never say anything bad against Vladimir Putin."

"Oh, my gosh!" the conservative pundit exclaimed.

"Hold on!" Ruhle shot back. "How can you say, 'Mike Flynn was just a bad hire? Trump's never said anything about Putin, but I know there's no evidence.' How do you add those up?"

Later in the hour, panelist Richard Stengel brought up the subject of impeachment.

"Oh, my gosh!" Ryun gasped. "I'm just sitting here going, now we're talking impeachment... the fact that we're event talking impeachment to me is just -- oh, my gosh."

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Trump Tells Foreign Despot The Location Of Our Nuclear Submarines
May 24th, 2017, 07:21 PM
Trump Tells Foreign Despot The Location Of Our Nuclear Submarines

The headlines speak volumes:

Trump’s ‘Very Friendly’ Talk With Duterte Stuns Aides and Critics Alike

Trump's chat with Philippine President Duterte raises alarms

Donald Trump Embraces Another Despot

And now we learn that not only does Donald Trump take a long phone call with a guy who has killed 7000 of his own people on the street in a despotic "drug war," he' tells Duterte he's doing a "great job."

Counterterrorism Expert: 'Trey Gowdy Should Have His Ass Kicked'
May 24th, 2017, 07:21 PM

Chris Cuomo opens this segment of CNN's New Day by talking about John Brennan's testimony and how Republicans insisted he said there is "no evidence of actual collusion."

"Joining us is senior counterterrorism expert Phil Mudd. They say John Brennan just said it. There are leaks all over the place. no evidence of actual collusion. This is a hoax. the president is right. Your response?"

Mudd told Cuomo to keep watching, because the White House "misportrayed" what officials are saying.

"The intel guys will get the intelligence, Russian interceptions showing one half of the story and significantly less than one half. They do not have visibility that is intel guys like the DIA, Director of National Intelligence and CIA director, into the significant part of the investigation that's conducted by the FBI," he explained.

"Interviews of American citizens. Looks into travel and financial. The intel guys will say 'I saw smoke' when Russian people talk about the interactions with the Americans. There's no way you can look at one half of the conversation and draw conclusion of collusion."

They showed a clip of Trey Gowdy from yesterday's hearing:

GOWDY: "Did you have evidence of connection between the Trump campaign and Russian state actors?"

BRENNAN: "As I said, Mr. Gowdy, I don't do evidence."

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