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Rush Limbaugh: 'Studly Montana Republican' Beat Up A 'Pajama Boy Journalist'

56 min 48 sec ago
 'Studly Montana Republican' Beat Up A 'Pajama Boy Journalist'

Rush Limbaugh mocked the assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by Montana's GOP candidate Greg Gianforte ahead of today's special election.

His message as usual is to despise left wing politicians and supporters so much that it's just fine to beat the sh*t out of them without provocation. It's all one big joke.

Hey, they drink seaweed smoothies and tofu latte's anyway, so who needs them, right?

Daily Rushbo supplies the transcript:

RUSH: In Montana — ladies and gentlemen, I must do something. I must join the chorus of people condemning what happened out there. This manly, obviously studly Republican candidate in Montana took the occasion to beat up a pajama-clad journalist, a Pajama Boy journalist out there.

The story is he grabbed his neck and threw the guy to the ground because the journalist was being insolent and disrespectful and whiny and moany and accusatory. And the manly, studly Republican simply didn’t realize that on the big stage you can’t do this kind of stuff and kicked the guy’s ass to the ground. This cannot be accepted. This must be condemned. I wonder how many people in Montana are now gonna vote for the guy, though? (laughing)

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The Late Show Presents: God Thinks Trump Is Getting 'Needy'

2 hours 56 min ago
 God Thinks Trump Is Getting 'Needy'

Stephen Colbert continues to taunt the man who has enraged most of the EU and NATO, and Europeans are letting Trump have it pretty nicely. Stephen briefly recaps the tour of humiliation for the citizens of this once great beacon of freedom. ..Sigh...

Meanwhile, across the pond, overseas, Donald Trump's 'Magical Misery Tour' continues.

Colbert breaks down Trump's first foreign foray featuring some intensely embarrassing faux pas, from all three religions, no less. He asks the Lord His opinion on this sojourn.

COLBERT: Well, Lord, how do you feel about Trump going to all these holy sites around the world?

THE LORD: I don't know. You pray with three major religions in one week?

Seems a little needy.

Come on, buy a God a drink FIRST.

Trump's loose lips didn't evade this comedy bit, no way!

COLBERT: Well, the 'president' was praying to you at the Western Wall in Jerusalem yesterday. Can you tell us what he prayed for?

LORD: Oh, sorry Stephen. Unlike some people, I don't give away top-secret information from Israel.

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Stupid Republican Wants Conspiracy Investigated 'Because It's On The Internet'

3 hours 56 min ago
Stupid Republican Wants Conspiracy Investigated 'Because It's On The Internet'

Okay, that does it. I’m moving to Corpus Christi and running for congress, dammit.

Republican congressman Blake Farenthold often gets talked about at the beauty salon. That’s because he is a gluttonous, gap-toothed, knuckle dragging, ducky pajama wearing, idiot man who is as worthless as a four card flush.

All over the news is a story about Sean Hannity ranting for weeks about the young man killed in Washington, DC being the source of the DNC leaks. It is fake news, has been proven to be fake news, and the murder victim’s parents and brother have begged Hannity to stop it. Fox News and Hannity have backed off the story and one particularly insane story about it has been removed from the Fox News website.

Everyone thought this conspiracy theory went the same way as the story that Hillary Clinton ran a child pornography ring in the basement of a Washington, DC pizza joint that doesn’t even have a basement.

But, no, some damn fool told Blake about it.

And Blake says we need to investigate it because “it’s on the internet.”

Out loud. He said that crap out loud. Hellfire, there’s even a video of it via CNN.

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It's Easy To Imagine The Pope's Gift Backfiring

4 hours 56 min ago
It's Easy To Imagine The Pope's Gift Backfiring

You probably know about this:

Pope Francis joined an international chorus urging Donald Trump to meet U.S. commitments on climate change in talks at the Vatican Wednesday.

Francis gave the U.S. president a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for urgent, drastic cuts in fossil-fuel emissions after a half-hour meeting in his private study.

Francis’s choice of gift suggests he is adding his voice to those pressing Trump not to renege on the Paris accord, which is the cornerstone of global efforts to limit climate change.....

“Thank you, thank you,” Trump told Francis as they shook hands after the meeting. “I won’t forget what you said.”

Charlie Pierce called this "some expert trolling" on the pope's part. Dave Weigel called it "trolling of biblical proportions."

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DeVos Says School Choice Means No Gay Families Allowed

5 hours 56 min ago
DeVos Says School Choice Means No Gay Families Allowed

Betsy DeVos testified today before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education in regards to Trump's disastrous 2018 Budget. And just like her confirmation hearing, DeVos refused to answer any questions that would expose her true agenda of funding bigoted religious schools with taxpayer dollars.

Bloomington, IN is home to Lighthouse Christian Academy, a Christian school that receives over $665,000 in state taxpayer funded vouchers. Yet in their handout, they flatly state that:

The Bible prohibits specific behaviors and limits marriage to a covenant relationship between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-25; Ephesians 5:22-33). LCA will instruct students in these teachings. Behaviors prohibited in the Bible include, but are not limited to:

 Heterosexual activity outside of one man-one-woman marriage. For example, premarital sex, cohabitation, or adultery (John 8:1-11; I Corinthians 6:9-20; Hebrews 13:4);
 Homosexual or bisexual activity or any form of sexual immorality (Romans 1:21-27; I
Corinthians 6:9-20);
 Practicing alternate gender identity or any other identity or behavior that violates God’s
ordained distinctions between the two sexes, male and female (Genesis 1:26-27;
Deuteronomy 22:5);

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4th Circuit Stomps On Muslim Ban: 'Drips With Religious Intolerance, Animus And Discrimination'

6 hours 59 min ago
 'Drips With Religious Intolerance, Animus And Discrimination'

Trump's Muslim ban has suffered a few setbacks, but possibly none so severe as the one delivered today by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a lower court ruling to block key parts of the ban from being enacted.

In their ruling, the Court was clear: This ban is based on animus and hatred toward Muslims, despite being wrapped in the cellophane of national security concerns.

The question for this Court, distilled to its essential form, is whether the Constitution, as the Supreme Court declared in Ex parte Milligan...remains “a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace.” And if so, whether it protects Plaintiffs’ right to challenge an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination. Surely the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment yet stands as an untiring sentinel for the protection of one of our most cherished founding principles—that government shall not establish any religious orthodoxy, or favor or disfavor one religion over another. Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation.

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Joe Lieberman Withdraws Name From FBI Nomination

7 hours 50 min ago
Joe Lieberman Withdraws Name From FBI Nomination

Welp, that was terrible while it lasted. NBC News:

Former senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman withdrew himself from consideration to be the next director of the FBI on Thursday, saying his work with an attorney President Trump has retained to represent him in the Russia investigation would be a potential conflict of interest.

"With your selection of Marc Kasowitz to represent you in the various investigations that have begun, I do believe it would be best to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, given my role as a senior counsel in the law firm of which Marc is the senior partner," Lieberman wrote Trump in the letter.

Trump had said last week that Lieberman was a leading candidate to head the bureau after his dismissal of Director James Comey earlier this month. But Democrats on Capitol Hill quickly expressed concerns about his nomination after his name was floated as a finalist.

Republicans like John McCain tried to play the "respected by both sides of the aisle" card, a card that was as much a Hashtag Fail as McCain's 2008 presidential bid, endorsed by Turncoat Joe.

And yes Joe as FBI Director would have been a total conflict of interest, but I suspect Joe also saw that adding another line to his government resume -- which might end up as a Wiki entry as "co-conspirator in the Trump-Russia cover up" -- wasn't worth the pay cut.

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Trump Embarrasses USA, Acting Like A Slumlord Instead Of NATO Ally

8 hours 30 min ago

While speaking in front of a remnant piece of 9/11 wreckage, a symbol and a ceremony of NATO's honoring our tragedy and also their invoking the Article 5 agreement, Trump used this opportunity and whined like a desperate slumlord trying to evict pesky tennents from one of his buildings instead of strengthening an alliance that he had consistently criticized during the campaign trail.

During his speech, at first praised NATO's response to 9/11, "...our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the article five collective defense commitments."

But he never said that the U.S. would also stand tall with our allies.

He then attacked our allies as if they were deadbeat dads saying, "NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations."

He continued, "But 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years — and not paying in those past years."

The member nations looked on in disbelief.

Trump surrogates have stated over and over again that what Trump said on the campaign trail has little meaning now since he's in office, but in this instance that's not true.

He put a smile on Putin's face with these words.

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House Members Go Full IOKIYAR On Body Slamming

9 hours 30 min ago
House Members Go Full IOKIYAR On Body Slamming

Turns out it's okay if you're a Republican to body slam a reporter and break his glasses, because he asked a question about a CBO score?

And look, if this was a bunch of trolls on Twitter, I wouldn't waste time on it. These are Republican elected officials excusing this kind of behavior.

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WATCH As Trump Shoves Another NATO Leader Out Of The Way

9 hours 48 min ago

At this point, Trump's sole purpose seems to be embarrassing the United States in front of the entire planet.

Fuckface von Clownstick, indeed.

Source: Towle Road

At a NATO gathering in Brussels, Donald Trump appeared to shove Montenegro Prime Minister Duško Markovic out of the way to get to the front of a group of leaders.

Trump’s shoving got the attention of the other leaders, who watched as he adjusted his jacket with a smug look of satisfaction.

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Ben Carson: 'Poverty Is A State Of Mind'

9 hours 56 min ago

He's Trump's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. NYTimes:

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview that was released on Wednesday. “You take somebody that has the right mind-set, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there.”

He added that helping people may not better their lives.

“You take somebody with the wrong mind-set, you can give them everything in the world — they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom,” Mr. Carson said.

The Times gets points off for blurring Armstrong Williams as "a friend and conservative media personality." C&L readers know Williams as a long-time grifter. He was Carson's business manager who it is said was responsible for the implosion of Carson's 2016 Presidential Campaign. He also was the guy in the center of the Bush Administration's payment to columnists to promote "No Child Left Behind."

So you see, poverty is a state of mind if you're always willing to take money on the grift. You're never poor if you're looking for the next political scam to fill your bank account.

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Montana Congressional Candidate Is Charged With Misdemeanor Assault

11 hours 49 min ago
Montana Congressional Candidate Is Charged With Misdemeanor Assault

As we've seen, being a multimillionaire can lead to certain, shall we say, impulse control problems.

Greg Gianforte, Montana congressional candidates and all-around Republican jerk who donated to white supremacists, was charged with misdemeanor assault after attacking a reporter last night.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin released this statement:

“Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation. Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between now and June 7, 2017.”

Gianforte can be fined and sentenced to jail time if convicted.

Remember, this wasn't someone punching someone in the nose in a drunken brawl. This was a stone cold sober candidate choking a reporter after knocking him to the ground.
Today, according to the Washington Post, three of the state's largest newspapers have withdrawn their endorsements.

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On Fox News, Gutting Social Safety Nets Is ‘Restoring The Dignity Of Work’

12 hours 56 min ago
On Fox News, Gutting Social Safety Nets Is ‘Restoring The Dignity Of Work’

Neil Cavuto promoted the Trump administration’s fiction that its budget did not break any campaign promises. But his guests took the cheerleading even further, suggesting the budget “gives people the pride” of living without a social safety net.

ABC News explains why Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney’s claim that the budget does not cut Medicaid and thus keeps a Trump campaign promise is “artfully evasive.” The Los Angeles Times reported that the budget also “includes $1.7 trillion in cuts to major social insurance and assistance programs, including food stamps, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Social Security disability.”

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Nicolle Wallace: 'Direct Line' Between Trump And Attacks On Reporters

12 hours 58 min ago

On Morning Joe, Scarborough asked Nicolle Wallace what she thought about the conflicting reports about the assault by a Montana gubernatorial candidate against Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

Greg Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault in the attack.

"I don't know what there is to sift through," Wallace replied.

"This is a candidate on the eve of his election, acting like a lunatic. And I saw Joe's tweets last night. and this animalistic behavior out of our politicians, that they've become -- I don't want to reveal too much about my viewing habits but it's something you see on "Reno 911," it's like a lunatic pulled over for swerving and acting belligerent at a traffic stop.

"It's not the way anyone should expect someone who wants to represent constituents behaves. And anyone who thinks it's too early to draw a direct line between Donald Trump calling reporters 'enemies of the state' and people beating up a working journalist, it's ridiculous," she said.

"And the fact that you have a Fox crew bearing witness is just beautiful, exquisite irony, sort of defending the account of The Guardian.

"I think it's time for all journalists to sort of stand together. And I think that it's -- that the White House thinks these are separate or isolated incidents, that they don't think they've created a climate with something like this can happen, is unsustainable."

Yes, Donald Trump has created an environment where reporters should be wearing body cameras. Making America great again!

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Mike's Blog Round Up

13 hours 56 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

The good Dr. Hunter S. Thompson once said,

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

He never saw the Trump White House. I submit into evidence the following links, your honor!

Bjork Report reminds us we still have to live through a lot before The Russian Usurper resigns or is impeached.

You Are Dumb wants to know why the Media keeps trying to convince us that The Russian Usurper looks presidential.

Buttermilk Sky is slack jawed at what The Russian Usurper wrote.

Bonus Track: The Awl goes to Hammacher Schlemmer.

Just as we were finishing this post, the CBO score for Trumpcare/Ryancare, or as I call it, Trickle-Down Healthcare came through. It looks bad. It looks really bad. I'm sure we'll have some takes on it for tomorrow's links.

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Med Tech Giant’s Case For Repealing ObamaCare At Odds With Its Financial Filings

13 hours 56 min ago
Med Tech Giant’s Case For Repealing ObamaCare At Odds With Its Financial Filings

In its push to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), one of the world’s top medical-technology companies is making claims about Obamacare that are contradicted by the company’s own financial filings, according to documents reviewed by TYT Politics.

Stryker Corporation CEO Kevin Lobo has made multiple statements on national television about the negative impact that Obamacare’s tax on medical equipment has had on his company and the industry. But those claims appear to be undercut not only by the company’s SEC filings, but also by statements made to Wall Street analysts by Stryker’s own executives, including Lobo himself.

Lobo’s opposition to Obamacare centers on its medical-device tax, which was was added to subsidize the cost of expanding coverage and was projected to net $27 billion for that purpose. Medical-device makers were singled out because they would benefit from expanded insurance coverage.

The tax was suspended for two years at the end of 2015 and would be repealed entirely by the AHCA.

“The tax, really, is a job killer. It’s an innovation killer,” Lobo told CNBC on Dec. 9, 2016. “Congress decided to suspend it. It had bipartisan support just for suspension for a two-year period but we look forward to, with the new administration, a full repeal.”

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Open Thread - White House Scandals Then And Now...

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 23:30
Open Thread - White House Scandals Then And Now...

Remember in 2009 when Glenn Beck cried because of the tyranny? Good times. Good times.

Open thread below....

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Washed Out

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 23:00

If the first part of your week has been filled with noise and chatter, why not take a moment to take a deep breath and blur all the hectic stuff out of the brain for a few minutes. Maybe this song from Washed Out's debut album, 2011's Within and Without, will help with that.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Fox News Reporter Tells Horrific Story Of Gianforte's Attack On Guardian Reporter

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 22:59
Fox News Reporter Tells Horrific Story Of Gianforte's Attack On Guardian Reporter

It turns out that the television crew Montana Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was about to meet up with before he attacked Ben Jacobs was from Fox News.

They have quite the story to tell, and it's not at all pretty.

As part of our preparation for a story about Thursday's special election to air on "Special Report with Bret Baier," we arranged interviews with the top two candidates, Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist. On Wednesday, I joined field producer Faith Mangan and photographer Keith Railey in Bozeman for our scheduled interview with Gianforte, which was to take place at the Gianforte for Congress Bozeman Headquarters.

Faith, Keith and I arrived early to set up for the interview in a room adjacent to another room where a volunteer BBQ was to take place. As the time for the interview neared, Gianforte came into the room. We exchanged pleasantries and made small talk about restaurants and Bozeman.

During that conversation, another man — who we now know is Ben Jacobs of The Guardian — walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte's face and began asking if him if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. Gianforte told him he would get to him later. Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.

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Montana GOP Congressional Candidate Body Slams Guardian Reporter (UPDATED)

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:45

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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