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Michelle Wolf destroys the NFL for blaming sinking ratings on anthem protests: ‘Like making sure JFK was wearing his seatbelt’

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The NFL’s ratings were down last year, at the same time Donald Trump urged his hardcore supporters to turn away from the league because black players had kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

The NFL has now instituted a rule requiring any player on the field for the anthem to stand, which Trump is counting as a win.

Comedian Michelle Wolfe, who gave a breakthrough performance at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, brushed Trump’s bluster aside with a short routine about why the NFL is sinking.

“NFL viewership is down but it’s not because of the protests during the national anthem—it’s everything else,” she said. “Addressing the national anthem and ignoring the other problems is like making sure JFK was wearing his seatbelt.”

She then went on to diagnose the problem.

“If there is an issue the NFL can address it’s: Cool it with the instant replays!” she said. “Just get refs with good eyes who can see things and make good calls, and then once you’re positive that those refs have good eyes and can make the right call maybe see if they want to be a police officer. That’s how you should become a cop!”

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‘Come heavily armed’: Oregon GOP lawmaker threatens state troopers over dispute with Dem governor

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On Wednesday, The Oregonian reported that GOP state Sen. Brian Boquist threatened to kill state troopers if they try to keep him in the Senate chamber to debate climate change legislation.

"I'm quotable, so here's the quote. This is what I told the [police] superintendent," said Boquist to reporters outside the Senate chamber. "Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I'm not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It's just that simple."

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has made passing a climate change bill one of her top priorities. While Democrats control Oregon's legislature, Senate Republicans have enough votes to block legislation by walking out and denying a quorum — which they have done to stonewall this legislation.

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Nightmare scenario: Trump could lose by 5 million votes — but still win re-election by one electoral vote

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President Donald Trump could potentially win re-election next year by a single electoral vote.

In that nightmare scenario for Democrats, the president could lose the popular vote -- again -- but still narrowly eke out an electoral win by holding onto four states he carried in 2016, reported Axios.

Even if Democrats flip Michigan and Pennsylvania, increase their vote totals in California and come close to winning Texas -- which could give them 5 million more votes than Trump -- their candidate could still lose if Trump narrowly wins Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

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Hope Hicks’ latest obstruction just gave the Democrats a major weapon: report

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Hope Hicks didn't provide much information for Democrats in her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee -- but she may have cracked the stone wall the White House has built around former staffers.

President Donald Trump's former communications director -- and perhaps his most trusted aide outside his family -- claimed blanket immunity throughout her closed-door testimony, but Hicks still gave Democrats something in their legal battle against the White House, argued Margaret Carlson for The Daily Beast.

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