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Sam Brownback’s downward spiral accelerates after another godawful Kansas jobs report

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There are probably days when Tea Party Gov. Sam Brownback wishes he hadn’t been elected to a second term.

Even though many of Brownback’s Tea Party allies bit the dust in Republican primaries earlier this month, Brownback once again insisted that his supply-side tax cuts were working just as he planned and that prosperity was just around the corner.

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The Kansas City Star’s Yael Abouhalkah notes, however, that last month’s Kansas jobs report paints an absolutely brutal picture of the state’s economy right now, and that’s without even considering that Kansas’s state government is perpetually falling short on needed revenue for public services.

In total, Kansas lost 5,600 jobs last month and, over the past calendar year, has posted a net loss of 4,500 jobs. The state’s economic growth rate for the past year stands at a sickly -0.3%, which Abouhalkah notes places it fifth worst in the nation.

Most damning of all, he also notes that “Kansas had employment of 1,395,700 in July 2016 — or a stunning 600 fewer jobs than when Brownback’s second term started way back in January 2015.”

At any rate, this failed experiment in voodoo economics will hopefully serve as a warning sign to other states that massive tax cuts will not automatically lead to magical job growth and economic prosperity.

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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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