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‘Salt in Mitch McConnell’s wound’: Corker announcement caps off rough day for GOP leadership

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It had already been a bad day for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) when centrist Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) announced he would not be seeking re-election in the 2018 midterms.

The GOP’s latest last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act had once again failed, Republican establishment candidate Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) seemed poised to lose his primary, and to top it all off, Kentucky’s Louisville University announced they were under investigation by the FBI.

Now, with the announcement that a high-ranking centrist Republicans was not seeking re-election, McConnell’s day went from bad to worse.

As “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd noted after Corker announced his retirement, the timing seemed especially bad.

“If you were looking for a time to rub salt in Mitch McConnell’s wound,” Todd said, “it would be today.”

Watch the off-handed remark about McConnell’s no good very bad day below, via MSNBC.

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People are calling Denver’s newest city council member a communist — but she’d rather be called an anarchist

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On April 10, Candi CdeBaca’s 33rd birthday, Denver’s second “bomb cyclone” of the year brought snow and heavy wind, and knocked out power in some areas, including at CdeBaca’s house in Elyria-Swansea. When CdeBaca, then a Denver City Council candidate, finally got power back and turned on her phone, she saw she had an unusually high number of missed calls and messages. Birthday wishes, she assumed.

“There was a death threat,” she said. “There were two of them within an hour. One of them said, ‘I was trained to kill commie shit like you.’”

The context: At a candidate forum on April 7, CdeBaca offered some remarks that, to many, sounded like she was advocating a Communist form of government.

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Iran says new ‘mentally retarded’ Trump sanctions mean ‘permanent closure’ of diplomacy

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Iran said Tuesday that new US sanctions targeting its supreme leader meant a “permanent closure” of diplomacy, while the country’s president labelled the White House “mentally retarded” as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions against Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week.

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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