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Chris Christie gets Twitter-pounded for pandering to anti-vaxxer crowd with ‘balanced’ comment

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s comments regarding a “balanced approach” to childhood immunization was greeted with amazement and mocking on Twitter, with responses that were as brutal as they were swift.

Speaking in London where he is on a trade mission, the pugnacious governor addressed the anti-vaccination controversy in the U.S. but qualified it with a comment some called “pandering” to the anti-vaxxer crowd.

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Christie said he and his wife vaccinated their kids in best interests of the children and public health, before dropping this bombshell:  “I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

Commenters on Twitter were quick to point out Christie’s over-the-top response to Kaci Hickox, a nurse who had been exposed to Ebola, whom the governor ordered be quarantined.  Others contrasted Christie’s stance on abortion, denying a woman’s right to make health decisions for herself, but showing more flexibility when it comes to parents exposing their children to childhood diseases.

A sampling of the tweets below:


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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

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This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

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