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Here’s why Republicans have no problem crushing the poor and sick to help the ultra-rich

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The health care bill passed by the House Republicans on Thursday would rip away insurance from an estimated 24 million Americans — while also delivering a massive tax cut for America’s wealthiest families.

While Republicans would never publicly admit that they are harming the poor and sick to help out the rich, a new poll shows that Republicans actually believe that rich people deserve everything they have — and they also believe the poor simply need to work harder.

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A new Pew survey finds that fully 66% of Republicans believe that rich people got that way by working harder, while only 21% believe that they’re typically rich due to luck or favorable circumstances.

Conversely, 56% of Republicans said that being poor is more likely to come from a “lack of effort” on poor people’s parts, while just 32% said people are poor due to circumstances beyond their control.

Among all voters, just 34% blame poor people for their own lack of success, while 53% think poverty comes from circumstances beyond people’s control.

Throughout the health care debate, some Republican congressmen have made statements that align with this view of what makes people successful.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), for example, said that people who take care of themselves and “lead good lives” deserve to pay less for their health insurance than people with preexisting conditions. And Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said that poor people would have health insurance under the Republicans’ plan if they simply made smarter decisions and didn’t spend money on “that new iPhone.”

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The ‘War on Christmas’ was started more than 500 years ago — by Christians

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If it feels like the “War on Christmas” is getting really old, it is. Almost 15 years have passed since Bill O’Reilly first opened December with a segment called, “Christmas Under Siege”—ten long years in which his cadences and refrains and echoing chorus have become as familiar to most Americans as Handel’s Messiah. More familiar, in fact.

Not that O’Reilly invented the idea. During the 1920’s, Henry Ford’s newspaper published a series of anti-Semitic articles titled, “The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem.” Among the complaints:

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Surprise! IG report finds anti-Clinton bias at the FBI

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The Justice Department inspector general's report debunked President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the FBI’s Russia probe was launched out of anti-Trump bias by FBI leaders. Conversely, it did find anti-Hillary Clinton bias among FBI agents.

Trump claimed for years that the FBI investigation was opened because of anti-Trump bias by FBI leaders, citing text messages sent between former top FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that criticized him during the 2016 campaign. Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that neither Strzok nor Page were in a position to start an investigation into Trump’s campaign and concluded that the FBI probe was justified, refuting claims that the probe was opened because of bias by the FBI’s top officials.

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Here are 5 huge lies Republicans are telling about the new report on the Russia probe

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's new report on the origins of Crossfire Hurricane, commonly called the Russia investigation, blew up many of the right wing's favorite talking points and conspiracy theories about the FBI. At the same time, it exposed real failures of procedures meant to protect American citizens against undue surveillance and exposed the need for serious law enforcement reforms.

But most Republicans seem unfazed that the report undercuts President Donald Trump's repeated accusations of "treason" and a "witch hunt," and they show no genuine interest in pushing policy to generally make law enforcement more responsible. Instead, they're trying to pin the blame on the Obama administration and bias against Trump, even though these claims actually distract from the genuine problems uncovered.

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