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Anderson Cooper just made fun of Ron Johnson for dodging reporters: ‘He was late for his first secret society meeting’

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During Thursday’s “AC360,” host Anderson Cooper couldn’t help but poke fun at Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for his major flub over a claim that the FBI had a “secret society.”

The news sent the right-wing conspiracy theorists spinning as some kind of verification that the so-called “deep state” existed as an internal shadow government to undermine President Donald Trump.

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The reality, it turns out is that the text was nothing more than a joke and an obvious one at that. FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were joking about a Vladimir Putin “beefcake” calendar and the first meeting of a fake secret society. For those who read the entire context of the text it became obvious that it was a joke. Johnson, however, spent Wednesday claiming it was proof of some kind of sedition and refused to release the full context of the text.

Today, Johnson became the fool. As reporters rushed to get a comment about the error from the senator, Johnson fled.

“As you saw, he was really eager to get into that elevator,” Cooper noted of the tape of Manu Raju chasing Johnson. “It’s almost like he was late for his first secret society meeting.”

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Fox News launches desperate clean up effort after Mulvaney acknowledges Ukraine quid pro quo

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Several Fox News hosts embarked on a large cleanup effort Thursday night in the hours after acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged that President Donald Trump withheld millions in military aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure the country to launch an investigation that could benefit him politically.

This article was originally published at Salon

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Pompeo now regrets not defending Ukraine ambassador as scandal ensnares the State Department: report

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Sources are saying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has become frustrated by the loss of some top officials and regrets his failure to defend the former ambassador to the Ukraine from a smear campaign.

One source said Pompeo failed to get involved because he was afraid of upending U.S.-Ukraine policy and be pushed out of the administration like former national security adviser John Bolton, reported CNN.

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Trump’s selfish betrayal of the Kurds is not just outrageous — it’s criminal

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Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria may well be remembered as one of the most egregious and inhuman disasters that he has ever taken since he came to power. For a President of the United States to make such a critical decision with so many implications, simply based on a conversation with Turkish President Erdogan, not only shows his shortsightedness and total lack of strategic approach, but his inability to appreciate how that will adversely affect our friends and please our foes. We are already witnessing the unfolding disaster, and there are no words to explain how and by what logic the President of the United States in particular can take such critical steps, knowing how disastrous the repercussions of his actions would be.

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