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Bill Maher rips Jeb Bush: He’s still ‘a cynical turd’ on marijuana laws

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Bill Maher closed Real Time on Friday by calling for an end to questions about past marijuana use as a means of vetting potential presidential candidates.

“Everyone from Bill Clinton to Newt Gingrich, Al Gore to Rick Santorum, John Kerry to Sarah Palin — they have all fessed up,” he said. “Come on, when even Ted Cruz cops to it? That one surprised me, I must admit. I thought, ‘Who would get high with Ted Cruz?'”

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“Well, if you’re drunk enough, maybe,” scientist Bill Nye responded.

While Cruz followed the typical political script and expressed regret for experimenting with the drug, Maher said, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said he was “a cynical little turd at a cynical school” when he did the same.

However, Bush instituted jail-only policies in his state for drug offenses — except in one case.

“Except when it was your daughter, when you made an exception,” Maher said. “Wow, that sounds like something a cynical turd would do.”

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While recent past presidents have acknowledged — or at least, not denied — that they smoked marijuana, Maher said, they all “owe a debt” to the tens of thousands of Americans who actually do go to jail for the same crime.

With that in mind, Maher called for President Barack Obama to bear that in mind and end the “war on drugs,” and pardon anyone currently in jail for non-violent drug offenses. Republican presidents, Maher said, offered pardons for the forces of the Confederacy, Vietnam War draft evaders, and Ronald Reagan gave undocumented immigrants a de-facto pardon with the order that allowed 2.7 million of them to remain in the country in 1987.

“If Republicans can pardon people for armed insurrection, desertion and speaking Spanish, a Democrat can forgive us for getting high,” Maher said.

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Watch Maher’s commentary, as posted online on Friday, below.

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Maddow reveals how Chinese group Falun Gong went from disrupting events to running a shadow campaign for Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday detailed the remarkable journey of the group Falun Gong shifting from disrupting White House events to dominating the conversation on Facebook.

Maddow hilariously recounted the "major embarrassment" for the George W. Bush White House when a protester interrupted remarks by President of China Hu Jintao.

The protester was credentialed to cover the event for the Epoch Times, which is controlled by Falun Gong.

"Well, NBC News has a scoop out today about that group, about how that paper, the Epoch Times has transformed itself a lot in the Trump era. It’s a real revelation, this reporting from NBC News," Maddow said. "I mean, Epoch Times and its media group, they’ve made themselves into a whole new thing entirely and in a very big way."

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Trump’s failed Federal Reserve nominee doesn’t even know what the interest rate was 10 years ago

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On Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo invited on Stephen Moore, supply-side economist and President Donald Trump's failed pick for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to discuss the state of the administration — and Moore made a hilariously wrong remark about interest rates that suggests the country was better off without him.

"There's no greatest economy ever," said Cuomo. "You know these things ... he's doing well. He's not doing better than we've ever seen before, and you guys got the benefits of juicing the economy with this tax cut. Fair point?"

"Let me say this, I think it's a pretty darn good economy," said Moore. "I'll cite a few statistics. It's a pretty darn good one. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years ... and for blacks and Hispanics and women."

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Chinese news site run in US hired Republican strategist to help them get in good with Trump and his supporters

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NBC News broke a huge story that detailed the way that the Chinese news website The Epoch Times has turned from their conservative conspiracy theories to promoting President Donald Trump and running ads for him on Facebook. But the reporter revealed in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Tuesday, that the site recently decided to begin running its own political operation.

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