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Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist scorches Fox News: They’re why ‘we can’t discuss things like adults’

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According to one Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, those who mourn for the days of civilized political discussion need look no further than Fox News for its loss.

“No, we can’t just discuss things like reasonable adults, and Fox News is the reason,” reads the headline of a Thursday Washington Post column written by the newspaper’s in-house cartoonist Tom Toles.

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“Many Americans are still somewhat unaware of how unfair and unbalanced this spigot of misinformation has become,” he wrote. “After all, what sane person would want to spend their time watching this unceasing river of drool?”

Touting Media Matters’ recent supercut of Fox News talking heads attacking the Justice Department, Toles derided the “ruthless propaganda” spewed by Donald Trump’s favorite channel as “jaw-droppingly beyond irrational.”

“This is a rusty razor being violently drawn back and forth across the throat of American discourse,” he mused. “No, there is no way to have a normal discussion with these people.”

“There is no possibility of having a conversation with these people,” Toles continued. “Their efforts are transparently about spreading hysteria, intimidation and the short-circuiting of the American justice system. For the purpose of protecting Trump, at any cost.”

“When the American conversation has come to this, we are in a very bad place,” he wrote. “This is no longer about discussion, or the examination of ideas. It is nothing but ruthless propaganda.”

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The right-wing network, Toles wrote, often takes crimes Republicans are guilty of “will immediately turn it around and accuse the other side of, and with a breathtaking vehemence.”

“Do you enjoy playing ‘I know you are but what am I?’ Forever?” he asked.

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Stefanik voters turning on GOP lawmaker after she threw away her credibility to defend Trump

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Over the course of the impeachment hearings, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has gone from a relative backbencher who sells herself as a moderate to voters in Upstate New York, to a theatrical partisan grandstanding for President Donald Trump and a top target of ire from Democrats.

But according to Politico, at least some of her voters appear turned off by her new stance.

"While Stefanik once able to strike a delicate balance between her Republican identity and her positions on issues like climate change, some think those earlier convictions are gone, like Phillip Paige, a former Stefanik backer and a member of SUNY Potsdam’s College Republicans," wrote Politico's Anna Gronewald. "A native of the 21st district’s Madrid, New York, Paige said he started to lose faith in Stefanik when she began supporting Trump as the party’s nominee in 2016. Paige supported John Kasich’s candidacy in that election. 'A lot of her boots-on-the-ground young Republican crowd has really become quite disillusioned,' he said. 'We saw her as what we thought the future of the Republican Party was and that really has been disproven. Unless, maybe the future of the Republican party is Donald Trump.'"

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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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