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Whoopi slams House GOP on ethics: ‘It’s hard to stand up when you’re spending time on your knees’

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Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar let Paul Ryan and the House Republicans have it on “The View’s” first day back from the holiday break. In the dark of night, while still officially on a holiday break, the House Republicans voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. The branch is the only independent office that investigates misdeeds by House members.

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“I guess that swamp is stuck,” Goldberg said, talking about President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington corruption.

“First of all, Congressional ethics is an oxymoron,” Behar said. “Particularly in this Congress. But it’s sort of like on the slippery slope towards a dictatorship, you know. ‘First, we’re going to be very secretive about what we do. We’re going to police ourselves. You’re not going to know what bad things we’re doing. We’re going to keep it very quiet.’ It’s very scary.”

Goldberg remarked that Trump has come out against this move by Congress.

“With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

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“So, it’s just about priorities, it’s not that he cares about ethics of it,” Behar said about Trump’s comments.

Co-host Sunny Hoskins said that the women should give Trump credit.

“Because this Office of Congressional Ethics was created after all these things happened,” Hoskins said. “You had a string of really serious ethical issues and now the Republicans are saying, ‘We’re going to get rid of that. We’re just going to use the House Ethics Committee and we’re just going to police ourselves. Which means we’re going to get an A every time.’ It’s like, if you made me grade myself, I get an A every time.”

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Jedediah Bila noted that Republicans were the ones constantly calling for an “independent investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s emails, yet now that it is their ethics complaints they don’t want that.

Behar remarked that the Republicans simply don’t care that it looks hypocritical.

“You know, Jedediah, when you’re shameless there’s nothing you can do about it. They are shameless,” she said.

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Hoskins said that she was disappointed to see House Speaker Paul Ryan cave on this issue. Ryan initially came out against this and then agreed to support it.

“He doesn’t know whether he’s coming or going,” Goldberg said. “On Monday he’s like, ‘No! No! No!’ And on Tuesday he’s like, ‘OK, ok, ok.'”

Behar said that things like that make Ryan one of the worst. “He should know better,” she said. “The rest of them are a bunch of idiots, but he should know better.”

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Bila said that the Republicans should be standing up to things like this.

“It’s very hard to stand up when you’re spending time on your knees,” Goldberg said.

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Pompeo State Dept. homepage advocates ‘being a Christian leader’ — here’s why that’s more disturbing than it sounds

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The website of the U.S, Department of State currently features a photograph of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the words, “Being a Christian Leader.”

The link on the State Dept. homepage goes to a video and the text of Pompeo’s speech to the American Association of Christian Counselors in Nashville, Tennessee on October 11.

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Russia denies US news report it bombed 4 Syria hospitals in 12 hours

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Russia on Monday denied a US newspaper report that its warplanes bombed four hospitals in rebel-held territory in Syria over a period of 12 hours this year.

The Russian defence ministry rubbished the claim in a report by The New York Times, saying "the alleged 'evidence' provided by the NYT is not worth even the paper it was printed on".

The May strikes -- which the newspaper tied to Moscow through Russian radio recordings, plane spotter logs and accounts by witnesses -- are part of a larger pattern of medical facilities targeted by forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's devastating civil war.

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Black family arrested for ‘loitering’ on their own front lawn

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On October 1, a black family was standing in the front yard of their home, when police approached. They were arrested for loitering even though they were on their own property, reports KYW news.

Loitering offenses have historically been used as a way to purge people seen as undesirable, such as the homeless, from public spaces.

Now, the family is demanding answers from the Chester Township Police Department in Pennsylvania.

"It's a terrifying thing. It makes me feel as though the police can knock down your door, and drag you out of your home at anytime," Rachel Briggs told KYW. "This is an incident that made me feel like I'm a prisoner in my own home," she added. Her sons and nephew were dragged off to jail, where they spent the night while the family scrambled to make their bail.

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