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John Oliver rips Anthony Weiner for putting the US at risk of the ‘grinding hell’ of President Trump

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On Sunday evening’s  Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver began by saying his staff had hoped to say nothing about the presidential election this week.

And then came the news of the James Comey letter about possible emails by Clinton aide  Huma Abedin on a laptop confiscated from her husband, Anthony Weiner, after he was accused of sexting with a 15-year-old.

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Oliver lamented the new uncertainty thrust into a campaign that most thought was over because of yet another email controversy.

“Oh, perfect,” he bitterly explained. “Just what this election and everyone’s state of mind needed. Bacardi might consider changing their slogan to, ‘Bacardi: Because there might be more f*cking Clinton emails.'”

Pointing out that the possibility of new emails came to light because of Weiner, Oliver was properly disgusted.

“It’s true,” he explained, “Anthony Weiner is forcing the country into re-litigating the entire email controversy and putting Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency in serious danger.”

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“Carlos Danger,” he added, mocking Weiner’s online persona.

“So, to recap, the grinding hell of this election has thrown in yet another twist, with the election hanging in the balance all because Anthony Weiner allegedly sexted with a 15-year-old girl,” Oliver said.

Summing up his feelings about the whole campaign  — and speaking for most of America — Oliver added, “Please, let this thing be over soon!”

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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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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