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Rep. Joe Walsh sells sexist double standards in his Congressional race

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It’s not hard to find things to criticize about Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL): from his time as a deadbeat dad to his failure to file proper disclosures about that debt to his ability to loan his campaign tens of thousands of dollars and take expensive trips abroad with his girlfriend while failing to pay said child support, the man who rode to office on a platform of fiscal responsibility in government has hardly been the arbiter of responsibility in his personal life.

So, given his double standards about his own life, it probably should have come as no surprise when he declared that former Veterans Administration official and double-amputee Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth was not a “true hero” because she talks about her service. His reasoning, such as it was, was that Vietnam War vet and former POW Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was and is reticent to talk about his own service.

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Of course, anyone who actually followed McCain’s career or his two Presidential campaigns might find the idea that McCain is reticent about his military service doesn’t square with their memories. But in case there was any doubt that Walsh’s version of events — or call for Duckworth to shut up about her service already — was grounded in reality, Nation blogger Katie Halper put together a short video (below) to remind people of just a few of the times McCain “reluctantly” mentioned his service.

Watch the video, first uploaded to YouTube on July 10, 2012, below:

[Disclosure: Katie Halper appeared with Spencer Ackerman in a 2008 video that I made at the Democratic National Convention for Jezebel, in which they talk to PUMAs about Sen. John McCain’s military record and whether or not he discussed it often.]

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[Photo via TammyDuckworth.com]

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HBO’s Bill Maher slams Trump’s White House lawn press conferences: ‘Brought to you by Adderall’

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HBO's "Real Time" host Bill Maher ripped Donald Trump on Friday.

"I've had so many sh*tty weeks, but this was a sh*tty week, I'm telling you," Maher said.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) called for a boycott of Maher's show this week.

"The one bright spot I could find, Trump finally found some white people to fight with. Denmark. He's fighting with Denmark, because, you know this, he's been wanting to buy Greenland

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Rachel Maddow reveals 9 major reasons so many Democrats are running against Trump in 2020

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC listed nine major reasons Democrats are running to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.

"As we close in on the third round of Democratic presidential primary debates, the acute angle of the funnel that the candidates are going through right now is starting to pinch a little bit," Maddow noted.

"I think it’s fair to say that the Democratic Party knew that a lot of people were going to get into this presidential primary to try to earn the right to challenge this incumbent president. Right? It’s not rocket science to figure that out," she continued. "It’s nothing personal about the president."

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WATCH: Joy Reid warns Trump is going to ‘tank the U.S. economy — just before Christmas’

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MSNBC's Joy Reid warned President Donald Trump is going to 'tank' the United States economy.

Reid was interviewed by Chris Hayes on a broadcast of "All In" with a live studio crowd on Friday.

"This new round of tariffs would increase everything," Reid noted. "Something like 70% of what you buy in Walmart is sourced from China."

"And so if you raise the prices — that’s tariffs are -- by 25% or 30%, you are essentially going to tank the U.S. economy just before Christmas," she warned.

"Kicking brown people out of the country is expensive," she said.

"If you're willing to go broke, if you are willing to lose your farm, willing to lose everything because you hate brown people so much you are willing to literally kill yourself economically for it," she said.

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