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Kate McKinnon’s ‘Day Off’ sketch on SNL makes us actually sympathize with the real Kellyanne Conway

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In a clip from Saturday Night Live this week, Kate McKinnon played an exhausted, overworked Kellyanne Conway — current campaign manager to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The sketch showed an eager, pink-pajamaed Conway waking up at home on her day off. Thrilled to not have anything to do, she skipped around the house to Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine” and made breakfast with her family…until her cell phone rang.

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The next frame showed Conway on CNN with anchor Jake Tapper — played by SNL cast member Beck Bennett — trying furiously to spin a Trump gaffe. Then normal life resumed. But the phone goes off again, which led to another TV appearance and then another.

“Yes,” she said at one point, “it’s true that Donald Trump did challenge Obama to a ‘penis-off’ and if the president would simply produce his penis, we could get back to talking about what’s really important, which is jobs.”

She even gets called in the grocery store and appeared before Tapper holding her bags. When he tried to press her on a point, she said, “Jake, I have to put this ice cream in the freezer.”

“Yeah, yeah,” he replied.

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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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