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John Oliver pounds GOP for invoking ‘bullsh*t’ rule to keep from voting for Scalia’s replacement

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HBO’s John Oliver made his triumphant return to Sunday night and immediately went after Republicans for a saying they will refuse to consider any nominations to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Calling Scalia’s death “the end of an era on the Supreme Court,” Oliver noted that “There is now a huge vacancy on the Supreme Court that needs to be filled, or if you listened to the Republicans in the last 24 hours — not.”

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Sharing a clip of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “delay, delay, delay,” Oliver said it just might happen.

“Well, that does not bode well because Mitch McConnell is actually pretty good at delaying things for people—whether it’s legislation, court appointments, or orgasms,” explained Oliver while posting a photo of McConnell’s face. “Believe me, if you ever need to ‘delay, delay, delay’ an orgasm, just picture this face and I guarantee you nothing will happen — possibly for the rest of your life.”

Oliver then turned to the “strange, unwritten rule” known as the “Thurmond Rule” — named after the late South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond — which posits that no president should be allowed to make a lifetime appointment to the bench within the last six months of his term.

“Yes, the Strom Thurmond Rule,” Oliver said before suggesting that he thought it might be about paying “hush money required to keep your secret family a secret” –referring to Thurmond’s out-of-wedlock child — or “how racist an old person is allowed to become before their age is no longer an excuse.”

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Oliver cautioned McConnell against using the informal rule — which he termed “bullshit” — by noting that McConnell himself had previously dismissed it.

“Our Democratic colleagues continually talk about the so-called ‘Thurmond Rule,’ under which the Senate supposedly stops confirming judges in a presidential election year,” McConnell said in a 2008 clip from the Senate floor. “This seeming obsession with this rule that doesn’t exist is an excuse for our colleagues to run out the clock on qualified nominees who are waiting to fill badly needed vacancies.”

“Yes, it seems the ‘Thurmond Rule’ is a bit like God: when things are going your way, you don’t bring it up a lot.  But as soon as you’re in trouble — it is all that you talk about,” he smirked.

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Rep AOC helped Bernie Sanders turn out ‘the largest crowd drawn by any candidate’: report

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) helped Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) turn out a huge crowd at a campaign rally in New York City.

Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, officially endorsed the Vermont senator at the event.

"Bernie Sanders has a crowd of 25,872 this afternoon at his Queens rally, according to the security company handling the event, Contemporary Services Corp. That would make this event, his first since his heart attack 18 days ago, the largest crowd drawn by any candidate," Buzzfeed News correspondent Ruby Cramer reported.

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‘Rudy is a lousy lawyer’: Ex-prosecutor reveals why nobody will hire Giuliani for legal work

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is getting rich selling his access to the White House, in spite of being a "lousy" attorney, according to a former federal prosecutor.

Paul Butler was interviewed on MSNBC by Kendis Gibson on Saturday.

"One issue is that representing Donald Trump has been great business for Rudy Giuliani," Butler noted.

"Since he’s started to be his defense attorney, there’s a huge demand for Rudy’s services. And let's face it, Rudy is a lousy lawyer. We’ve all seen him go on TV and by the time he goes off TV his client is in more trouble. So people probably aren’t hiring him for his legal skills, they want his access," he explained.

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Here’s what Trump and his defenders are hiding whenever they insist that something is ‘perfect’

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On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "AM Joy," civil rights activist and MSNBC contributor Maya Wiley pinned down what it means when President Donald Trump and his associates describe something as "perfect" — a word they have frequently used throughout the Ukraine scandal.

"The problem we have here ... is there is no sunshine, there is no light being shone on what happened here. And one of our questions should also be, why not?" said Wiley. "Every time we hear the word 'perfect' out of the White House — it was a 'perfect' call with the Ukrainian president, now Mick Mulvaney is saying [Trump National Doral] was a 'perfect' place [for a diplomatic summit], serving the needs — every time we hear 'perfect,' and we kind of get the suggestion that they're worried and they've got something to hide."

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