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Jack Abramoff rips GOP lawmakers on ethics: ‘Some people still don’t get what happened in November’

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Jack Abramoff, the disgraced lobbyist whose influence-peddling landed him in prison, blasted “laughable” congressional Republicans for undoing the independent ethics watchdog his crimes inspired.

Abramoff, who has become an outspoken critic of the lobbying industry since his release from prison in 2010, said House Republicans had ignored the will of the voters by undermining the Office of Congressional Ethics, reported Politico.

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“President-elect Trump has called for reform, and made specific proposals to reduce corruption in Washington,” Abramoff told the website. “Congress should take his lead and offer real reform, not rip off the bandage of the OCE. I guess some people in Washington still don’t get what happened in November.”

House Republicans voted Monday to place the panel under their control, limit its powers and stop it from reporting investigations to the public.

“While there seems to be little question that some of the procedures of the Office of Congressional Ethics can and probably have created collateral political problems for innocent members of Congress, moving to diminish oversight is exactly the opposite of what Congress should be doing,” Abramoff said.

Abramoff, whose scheme resulted in the criminal convictions of Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) and 20 others, took a shot at Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who said he proposed the changes to “improve upon due process for individuals under investigation.”

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“When did Congress last concern itself with due process for individuals under investigation that aren’t members of Congress?” Abramoff told Politico. “Take it from me, they don’t!”


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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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The faith of Fox News: How the network’s propaganda warps viewers’ sense of reality

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News anchor Shepard Smith once characterized comparing the two as “apples and teaspoons.”

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Maddow warns Russia is interfering in the 2020 election in ‘exactly the same way’ as they did in 2016

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday warned that Russia and the Republicans are running the "exact same play" against Democrats in 2020 -- and this time will be aided by the United States Justice Department.

"And they are playing it again already for the next election. And some of it is happening just like it did in 2016. And some of it is worse and I think it’s going to be more powerful than it was in 2016. In part because this is a second draft for these guys, right? They ran this play in 2016. They worked out some of the kinks," she explained. "Now they’ll do it again with the benefit of knowing what worked for them and what didn’t work the first time around. It’s a second draft. It’s going to be better and more polished."

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