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O’Malley mocks Gingrich on $2.50 gas: He also promised moon colonies

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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley on Sunday suggested that Newt Gingrich’s recent promises about lowering the price of gas in America were absurd.

Gingrich vowed to get gas prices down to $2.50 per gallon if elected president by increasing domestic energy production. But economists noted that the U.S. would have to remove itself from the global oil trade to set its own prices.

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When asked about the plan on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” O’Malley said Gingrich also “has a plan to create moon colonies and lunar outposts within two years.”

He said Republican presidential candidates were trying to convince voters that the economy was getting worse, “when in fact it is getting better.”

“So now that it is getting better, they want to switch it,” O’Malley explained. “They want to say, ‘Oh, look at gas prices, the president is responsible for that.’ We are part of a global economy, and the fact of the matter is, domestic oil production has been increasing every year under President Obama.”

He added that the Republican candidates’ focus on social issues was “good for the president,” but “bad for the country.”

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“For the election I suppose it’s best for the president if they take their hard-right turn, sort of war on unions, war on women, and all these cultural issues,” O’Malley said.

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Conservative Florida official who smeared Parkland kids as ‘miscreants’ fumes after receiving X-rated prank

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The Florida official who called the Parkland activists "miscreants" appears to be the target of a mail prank, reports the Pensacola News Journal.

Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill got a package labeled "industrial strength dildos." In fact, the box contained paper, not the promised wares.

Still, Underhill was not amused. He brought the box to his office and went on a long rant about the lack of civility.

"There's no way this is even remotely appropriate in the way that we conduct business here in Escambia County," Underhill said, gesturing to the box.

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Fox contributor suggests Medicare for All would increase mass shootings

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On Friday's Fox and Friends, Fox contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy suggested that Medicare for All would increase the likelihood of mass shootings by lowering access to mental health care.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.) noted the lack of mental health care in his state, noting that if mass shooters got the treatment they need, they might not go on murderous rampages.

"And I would just say, Medicare for All is going to make that worse. You're going to have less reimbursement for people in the mental health profession," Campos-Duffy said.

"We already have a shortage of that. So, if you're worried about mental health -- which we should be -- in light of all those events that we're seeing, then we really should consider, what will Medicare for All do to our mental health services?"

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Conservative offers the perfect explanation for why Trump is ‘tanking’ in devastating new Fox News poll

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During an MSNBC panel, discussion on a new Fox News poll showing Donald Trump is lagging far behind a handful of the Democratic presidential front-runners, conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin suggested the president take a hard look at his declining numbers because the devil is in the details.

Earlier on MSNBC, fellow Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson looked at the same numbers and flatly stated, "This looks like a campaign going down the tubes right now."

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