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Maddow: Fox hosts calling for assault weapons ban ‘unsettling’ for GOP lawmakers

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MSNBC Rachel Maddow pointed to Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) quick backtracking on Thursday as a sign that Republican lawmakers are in an awkward position as the gun safety discussion continues after last weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando.

“I think the strain is showing a little bit,” Maddow said.

Earlier in the day, McCain argued that President Barack Obama was “directly responsible” for the massacre that resulted in the deaths of nearly 50 people because of his Middle East policy, only to release a statement saying that he “misspoke.”

While it’s uncertain what will happen after Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) filibuster on Wednesday calling for universal background checks on gun purchases, Maddow argued, Republicans are showing signs of disorganization in their response.

She attributed that in part to polling showing broad bipartisan support for the idea — and statements by Fox News hosts Gretchen Carlson and Bill O’Reilly calling for bans on assault rifles.

“That has got to be a little unsettling to Republican elected officials, right?” Maddow asked. “They know they’re against public opinion on this subject. But they count on Republican TV — they count on Fox News Channel to tell them what to think, what to say about it, and how to vote on this issue assuming that conservative media will have their back. If Fox News is a little wobbly on this issue, that’s gonna put Republican elected officials under even more strain.”

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Whoopi Goldberg scorches McConnell for obstructing Obama: ‘Maybe you should pay reparations for that!’

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Whoopi Goldberg shamed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for claiming the sins of slavery had been repaid with the election of President Barack Obama.

McConnell disagreed with reparations for slavery, lynching, discrimination and other racist institutions, saying the Civil War and Obama's election should be enough -- and "The View" host called out his hypocrisy.

"You know, Mitch, you said that you would make him a one-term president," Goldberg said, "and you did everything you could to not help him in the first four years. Maybe you should pay reparation for that."

Goldberg argued that black work and wealth had been stolen for centuries, and she said racism was much bigger than anything President Donald Trump -- whose name she never says -- and the Republican Party had done.

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Panicked GOP leaders scrambling to get Jeff Sessions to run for Senate so they won’t be saddled with Roy Moore

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According to a 2020 election analysis in the Washington Post, top Republican Senate leaders are cringing at the notion that former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore could be their nominee for the seat currently being held by Democrat Sen. Doug Jones -- and are looking for a way out.

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Federally-funded Catholic adoption agency blocks same-sex couple from fostering migrant children, because Jesus

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A Texas adoption agency that receives federal taxpayer funds is refusing to allow a lesbian couple to become foster parents, and they're citing their religious beliefs to support their discriminatory decision.

Bryn Esplin and Fatma Marouf, who are married and are both professors at Texas A&M University, were told by the agency because they're a same-sex couple they don't "mirror the holy family," and thus would not allow them to foster some of the thousands of migrant and refugee children the federal government is detaining.

The women pressed, saying that surely some of the 700 children under the agency's care were LGBT and would benefit from being placed with a married lesbian couple, as The Daily Beast reports.

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