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Calif. Republicans scramble after posting picture of executioner ‘ready for Hillary’

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Republican Party officials in Riverside County, California are investigating a picture posted on an official account suggesting that Hillary Clinton should be led to the gallows.

According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the picture was posted twice on the Riverside County GOP Twitter account on Wednesday as a response to a question over where to get a “Republicans for Hillary” sign.

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The image depicts a hangman holding one noose and standing in front of two others, with the caption, “I’m ready for Hillary,” a takeoff on the Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign slogan.

The second time, the picture was posted with a note stating, “Sorry they never arrived but this is pretty popular.”

The Press-Enterprise reprinted the picture, which can be seen below.

Riverside Republican anti-Hillary executioner post

The county’s party chair, Scott Mann, seemed to contradict himself regarding the picture throughout the day. The Press-Enterprise reported that Mann initially downplayed it as “nothing more than political satire” showing how the former secretary of state has “gotten away with every scandal and political flip-flop in her public life.”

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In a separate statement later, however, Mann apologized for the use of the picture and suggested that an unidentified volunteer with access to the party Twitter account “will be held accountable.”

“I was horrified and had the Tweet taken down immediately,” Mann’s second statement read. “While some may think it was political satire, it clearly has no place in American political dialogue.”

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Joni Ernst accused of involvement in ‘dark money’ re-election scheme: report

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According to a report from the Associated Press, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) has been accused of illegally working with an outside group to help her re-election prospects in a tough 2020 fight with Donald Trump on the ballot.

According to AP: "An outside group founded by top political aides to Sen. Joni Ernst has worked closely with the Iowa Republican to raise money and boost her reelection prospects, a degree of overlap that potentially violates the law."

'Iwa Values, a political nonprofit that is supposed to be run independently, was co-founded in 2017 by Ernst’s longtime consultant, Jon Kohan. It shares a fundraiser, Claire Holloway Avella, with the Ernst campaign," the report continued. "And a condo owned by a former aide — who was recently hired to lead the group — was used as Iowa Values’ address at a time when he worked for her."

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Mike Pompeo under increasing scrutiny as as Trump impeachment ramps up: report

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On Saturday, WVAS Radio's Scott Simon profiled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — and how the impeachment investigation is shaping his political situation.

"As the impeachment inquiry against President Trump continues its march through Congress, questions are churning around his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo," wrote Simon. "For example, did he know, as witnesses testified before House investigators, that President Trump sought political favors from Ukraine in exchange for millions in U.S. assistance? Why did he take days to reveal he was on the now infamous July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy? And does he believe allies of the president who — despite the findings of the intelligence community — claim that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election?"

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World leaders mocked Trump because they’re tired of his ‘center of attention’ act: MSNBC guest

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During an MSNBC segment on President Donald Trump's abrupt departure from NATO talks in London after video was released of world leaders making fun of him, an MSNBC guest said those same leaders have become tired of his act.

Speaking with host David Gura, the LA Times Eli Stokols said international diplomats have realized there is no dealing with the president who is in his own world and just wants attention..

"Your colleague had a great line: 'This is a president who views norms like a teenager views curfews,'" Gura began.

"Well, he likes going to these things and blowing them up and being the center of attention," Stokols replied.

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