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Samantha Bee shreds Pence: Indiana hates him as much as Indiana Jones hates snakes

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Samantha Bee ripped into both the Republican National Convention and presumptive vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence on Monday, saying that Indiana would be better off losing him as the state’s governor with him entering the presidential race.

“Indiana voters hate Pence as much as Indiana Jones hates snakes,” Bee said after showing footage of him getting booed during an appearance at a baseball game.

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Pence got booed, she said, because of his record of supporting anti-LGBTQ and anti-reproductive health policies.

“It’s 10:30 in Indianapolis, 9:30 in Gary and 1952 everywhere thanks to Pence,” she cracked. “If you’re a lady Hoosier, you may recognize him as the governor to inspected your productive organs every 30 days to make sure you weren’t using them in a way that would make Jesus sad.”

But while Clinton may have told some lies during her career, Bee said, none was as big as Trump calling the governor his “first choice” for running mate, saying that he made the pick after vacillating between “Republican Littlefinger” Newt Gingrich and Pence, who she described as “Roger Sterling during an asthma attack.”

Bee also noted that she would be going to Cleveland on Tuesday for this week’s Republican National Convention, but admitted to being surprised that Sarah Palin — a vocal Trump supporter — would not be attending.

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“She’s mad because Trump stole her word salad spinner,” Bee said, adding, “But at least mega-star Scott Baio will be there — making this the second time he’s watched helplessly as someone jumps the shark.”

Watch Bee’s commentary, as posted by The Daily Beast, below.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean

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Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.

"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

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