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Paul Ryan laments Obamacare repeal failure by reciting ‘Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) recited the lyrics to a mournful Gordon Lightfoot song about a shipwreck to lament the failure of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Ryan met behind closed doors with other House Republicans hours after Sen. John McCain joined two outspoken GOP opponents of the repeal measure, where he compared the doomed bill to “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” reported Politico.

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The House Speaker then recited a few lines from the doleful 1976 Lightfoot hit detailing the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald a year before, “when the gales of November came early” on Lake Superior, and the ship’s crew of 29 perished.

It’s not clear which lines Ryan recited from the song.

Ryan complained that infamously quarrelsome House Republicans were now the most functional part of the GOP-dominated government, the website reported.

Tea Party Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to step down after failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act after House Republicans passed a similar bill in May.

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“We need new leadership in the United State Senate,” said Brooks, who’s running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “If Mitch McConnell cannot get the job done, then those 52 senators need to get together and try to figure out who amongst them has the leadership capability to get the job done.”


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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’

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Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.

"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.

"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.

"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.

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Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’

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Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.

Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.

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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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