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  1. Lady Gaga Tells Mike Pence To Look In The Mirror

    Lady Gaga ripped into the anti-gay efforts of Mike Pence and his wife during a concert in Las Vegas and ripped him for being the worst representation of Christianity.

    Karen Pence just took a job teaching at a Christian private school that bans gay students and and forces employees to accept marriage is between a man and a woman.

    “And to Mike Pence who thinks that it’s OK that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ. You’re wrong. You’re the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian," Lady Gaga said.

    She continued, "I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is. That we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”

    I grew up Catholic and what these institutions have done in the name of religion is heartbreaking and disguising.

    Gaga also blasted Trump to end the government shutdown.

    Amen, sister Gaga.


  2. On Colbert, AOC Eats Ice Cream And Calls Out McConnell

    Turns out Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has long days just like the rest of us.

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    And she revealed on Monday night's Late Show that the ice cream she is eating in that picture is Ben and Jerry's Stephen Colbert branded flavor: Americone Dream.

    So Stephen pulled out two pints, a couple spoons, and started the interview.

    Ocasio-Cortez is known for her advanced social media skills, and she has been holding formal training sessions for her less hip colleagues. Her advice? Be authentic.

    "Don't use memes, if you don't know what a meme is." and "Don't talk like a founding father on Twitter."

    She also said that the shutdown had positives and negatives: "The downside of the shutdown is we can't get our work done, the upside is we can make trouble."

    "Trouble" like starting the "Where's Mitch?" meme on social media.

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  3. What The Hell Is Rudy Giuliani Lying About Now -- And Why?

    So Rudy Giuliani is confusing people again today.

    "So, Mike Barnicle, I think it would be a sad exercise to figure out what's going on with him. What about the story? What about pulling back big picture? Do his errors and misstatements and lies matter in the long term?" Mika Scarborough said.

    "We don't know, Mika. We don't know if they're lies, if they're just mistaken statements that he makes --it's so hard to follow him," Barnicle said.

    "The New Yorker interview you referenced, here's another example in the New Yorker. He's talking about the Buzzfeed story. From the moment I read the story, I knew it was false. Rudy then says 'Because I have been through all the tapes, I have been through all the texts and all the e-mails, and I knew none existed.' The interviewer says, 'What tapes have you gone through?' 'I shouldn't have said tapes,' Giuliani said. The level of incompetence he brings to this, whether it's planned or unplanned, only he knows. And Jim, I have never seen this before in a representative of the president of the United States, but we are continually getting into uncharted waters seemingly by the hour."

    "To be clear on one thing, Rudy does talk to Trump all the time," Jim VandeHei said.

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  4. Media Lionizes Trump, Even When He Fails
    Media Lionizes Trump, Even When He Fails

    So I was just reading a Politico Magazine piece that's a few days old, by a group of researchers who've determined that most of America has no idea how rich Donald Trump was at birth and how much help he had in his business career. When they're told the truth, their belief in his business confidence drops.

    What happens when Americans learn of the president’s privileged background? In a 2018 survey, we provided half the respondents the following question, which was intended to impart Trump’s biographical information: To what extent were you aware that Donald Trump grew up the son of wealthy real estate businessman Fred Trump, started his business with loans from his father, and received loans worth millions of dollars from his father in order to keep his businesses afloat?

    ... this information does have noticeable and statistically significant effects on evaluations of Trump’s character....

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  5. Trump's 'Compromise' Guts Asylum Laws
    Trump's 'Compromise' Guts Asylum Laws

    Monday night, Senator Mitch McConnell rolled out a 1,300-page bill in response to Trump's "compromise" outline announced on Saturday. The contours as described by Trump, but the details are far, far worse.

    Aaron Reichlin-Melnick is a policy analyst at the American Immigration Council. He reviewed the text as published by McConnell, only to discover that it guts our asylum system, as he tweeted in a long but important thread. The entire thread can be read in unrolled form here. There is also another thread nested in this one from Todd Schulte, president of FWD.us.

    The upshot: This bill would gut the asylum system, particularly for children seeking asylum from Central America. Here are some highlights, but I recommend reading the whole thread.

    Here's how the "compromise" bill shreds our asylum laws:

    1. Bans asylum for all Central American Minors (including those who come with parents!), unless the minor applies in their country.
    2. Limits applications to 50k yearly and grants to 15k yearly.
    3. Eliminates all review.

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