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House Republicans are realizing that ending their Russia investigation so soon made them look ridiculous

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House Republicans appear to be realizing that they undermined their credibility when they reported their conclusions about the Russia investigation this week.

According to a report from Politico, aides to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) had to corral the communications staffers of House Republicans after Intelligence Committee members discussed their widely criticized conclusions on the investigation into 2016 election meddling.

Not only did the committee members say they have seen no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign—which Democrats on the committee strongly dispute—they also said they don’t believe the Kremlin’s intention was to help elect President Donald Trump. This conclusion flies in the face of the well-known views of U.S. intelligence agencies and also contradicts the most recent indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

In the indictment, one of the Russian troll farms working to interfere in the election gave instructions to “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump—we support them).”

Ryan was reportedly concerned that the members’ focus on these issues distracts from the fundamental issue of securing American elections in the future. He directed the members to stick to the facts about the investigation, rather than get mired in debates about the details.

Nevertheless, many Republican committee members, including Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY), have declared that they think the CIA and other intelligence agencies got this one wrong. While they agree that the Russians were trying to hurt Clinton’s chances for victory, they don’t believe the Kremlin was backing Trump. Other Republicans on the committee agree with the intelligence committee, according to Politico.

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The mixed messaging and dubious conclusions are a public embarrassment, and any report the House Intelligence Committee ends up producing will have little credibility. These fractures among House Republicans reveal a party not unified in how far it is prepared to go to back Trump.

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Orange County Republican under fire after 3 women come forward with #MeToo allegations of sexual misconduct

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Republicans in Orange County are in chaos after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced at a GOP endorsement meeting.

"As Orange County Republicans considered a 2020 endorsement last week for Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, one local official made a surprising public declaration," the Sacramento Bee reported Monday. "County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett accused Brough of making unwanted sexual advances during their time together on the Dana Point City Council."

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New York Times admits they ‘downplayed’ the rape allegation against Trump

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On Monday, The New York Times issued a mea culpa for the nature of their coverage of the allegation by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll that President Donald Trump raped her in a department store in the 1990s.

"After an article last week reported the advice columnist E. Jean Carroll's rape allegations against President Trump, some readers accused The Times of downplaying the story," wrote staff editor Laura Takenaga. "Many have written to ask us why we didn't give the allegations more attention on our website and in print ... Some questioned whether the lack of prominence showed too much deference to the president's denials, or whether it even suggested misogyny or an unwillingness to believe a victim's account."

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LGBTQ pride ‘forces’ people to accept ‘a perverted and non-biblical view of sexuality’: West Virginia Republican

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West Virginia state Sen. Mike Azinger penned an angry op-ed for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, scorning the idea of LGBTQ acceptance and warning that it is a massive plot to indoctrinate people against Christian values.

"Tolerance, in the face of the violation of the commandments of God, is no virtue at all," said Azinger, a manager of a contracting firm with a master's degree in pastoral theology. He ripped into the local newspaper for covering an LGBTQ pride event the previous Saturday, thundering that, "Sexual deviancy is going mainstream."

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