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GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley rails against ‘no history’ History Channel

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) railed against the History Channel’s original programming, on Thursday, suggesting “if you don’t like history” you should watch one of the channel’s top rated shows, “Pawn Stars.”

As Salon notes, Grassley, has been a vocal critic of the History Channel since 2012, when he complained the network lacks “real old fashion history program.”

“Turned to the History Channel,” Grassley wrote in a March 10, 2012 tweet. “No history again.” In another he urged the network to “change channel name.”

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This Christmas, Grassley revived his beef with network, encouraging his followers to “watch some history on the History Channel before it disappears for something not so historical.”

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A&E launched The History Channel in 1995 to broadcast documentary programs and historical fiction shows. As was the case with music on MTV, ratings eventually dictated the channel expand it’s reach. In June 2007, it launched the reality-TV show “Ice Road Truckers,” which proved a ratings success for the network. Shortly thereafter, the channel changed its name to simply History.

Grassley is not the only person who’s spoken out against the remarkable lack of history on the History Channel. In a 2011 forbes.com article, Brad Lockwood asked the succinct question, “where’s the history on History?”

“Everything we do is History—from Pawn [Stars] and [American] Pickers, which are history one item at a time,” a History spokesperson told Lockwood.

Though Grassley admitted in 2012 to enjoying “American Pickers,” it appears the Republican senator is still dissatisfied by the channel’s offerings. Maybe his public advocacy will finally force the channel to put history back on History.

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‘Expect the worst’ as Trump doubles down on racist rhetoric to rile up his base: columnist

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In a column for the Daily Beast, commentator and Sirius radio host Dean Obeidallah claims that all signs point to Donald Trump doubling down on racist rhetoric in an effort to rally his base as his internal polling shows him losing the key states that propelled him to the White House.

As Trump officially launches his re-election bid in Orlando on Tuesday night, Obeidallah notes Trump is falling back on what helped him appeal to disgruntled white workers in the Midwest and that he will likely ramp up attacks on undocumented immigrants -- including official actions.

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The Democratic National Committee may reverse course on its plans to increase participation in 2020 presidential caucus states by offering off-site voting options—starting with telephone voting in Iowa and possibly online voting in other states.

That prospect of a reversal, at least in the early nominating caucuses, stems from growing concerns in top party circles about protecting the “integrity of the process” in a post-2016 climate, said James Roosevelt III, co-chair of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.

“It is entirely possible,” said Roosevelt. “The committee is going to be looking to be convinced that it will work. I think the committee is subject to competing pressures. One is to honor Iowa’s commitment to participatory democracy. And the other is to a heightened sensitivity that did not exist four or certainly eight years ago to the integrity of the process.”

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Trump was ready to ‘blow up everything’: Biographer Michael Wolff on why Mueller didn’t indict

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It is not an easy task to discern the truth when confronting a president and his allies who have created their own reality, one in which truth and lies have no absolute meaning and are, for them, ultimately interchangeable.

Donald Trump does this on a personal level: he has lied at least 10,000 times while president.

During his recent interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Donald Trump continued to lie in public, asserting that he did not try to fire special sounsel Robert Mueller. As multiple sources and witnesses agree, this is not true. Trump also asserted that he can do anything that he wants, according to the Constitution: He apparently believes he is a king or emperor. This too is a lie. The Constitution grants the president no such powers, and was drafted by the framers to stop demagogues and would-be tyrants such as Donald Trump.

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