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Jake Tapper calls out GOP hypocrisy over Kathy Griffin photo: ‘Mocking the disabled’ should be condemned too

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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday nailed the hypocritical outrage over Kathy Griffin’s controversial severed Donald Trump head photo, arguing while her display was clearly “disgusting and offensive,” some of the president’s own behavior should be condemned as well.

“Indecent behavior should be condemned,” Tapper said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. “Including not just faux presidential beheadings but, said, mocking the disabled or denigrating POWs.”

Trump has done both those things. In November 2015, Trump—then a leading Republican candidate for president—mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski after growing frustrated that Kovaleski contradicted Trumps as yes unproven claim that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 terror attacks. A few months earlier, in July 2015, Trump declared former POW Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was “not a war hero” because McCain was captured and Trump likes “people who weren’t captured.”

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Tuesday, Tapper condemned Griffin’s photo—which featured the comedian holding a severed Trump head covered in blood. Griffin quickly apologized for the image, but has since lost a sponsorship and been removed from CNN’s New Year’s special.

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He also made is clear that no one was defending Griffin’s image.

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Despite Tapper’s nuanced view on condemning vile language and imagery, comedy Rosie O’Donnell took issue with he CNN host’s comment—until Tapper shut her down.

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This is how Florida Republicans plan to hand the election to Trump in 2020

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In 2018, voters in Florida passed Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to ex-felons. The measure passed 65 to 35 percent.

Now, Florida Governor and major Trump ally Ron DeSantis is expected to blunt the impact of the measure by approving a bill that would require ex-felons to have paid off all fees connected to their sentence before voting. That means Donald Trump might get a major boost in 2020, reports the Daily Beast.

SB 7066 requires ex-felons to pay off all financial obligations from their sentencing or get them excused by a judge.

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Dear NeverTrumpers: Please quit lecturing actual Democrats about how to win

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As I write this, we are just hours away from the first debate of the presidential primary season. It's hard to believe that four years have passed since the last round of primary debates. It feels like 40. But here we are, getting ready to embark on yet another presidential campaign featuring Donald Trump. Everyone on the planet has advice for the Democratic candidates about what they need to do to beat him. It may be the most annoying conversation in all of politics, and that's saying something.

The pundits are all dully blathering on about "lanes" again, extending the horse race metaphor to ridiculous lengths, as they did in the GOP primaries in 2016. So far they've declared the lanes to be "establishment," "insurgent," "youth," "black vote" and "working class." And yes, they are meaningless, since the person who wins the nomination will have to take up big parts of all these "lanes" and more. But it makes it easy for pundits and analysts to drone on endlessly about polling, despite the fact that there is very little chance this campaign will end up going the way they predict.

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Donald Trump Jr shamed for sucking up to his dad on Twitter: ‘Ivanka is still his favorite’

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President Donald Trump retweeted about a half dozen posts early Wednesday from his wife and children, but not one particularly approval-seeking tweet from his namesake son.

The president's namesake son hyped his father's promotion of the "American Dream" late Tuesday, but Trump didn't include that one among several others posted by Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Melania Trump, as well as another touting son-in-law Jared Kushner's Middle East peace plan.

"For the last 50 years our biggest net export has been The American Dream, but because of @realDonaldTrump we’ve brought that American Dream home, where it belongs," tweeted Donald Trump Jr. "He’s doing this for you, your children, and for your grandchildren. Let’s Keep America Great! #2020"

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