In response to the bombshell recording of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) admitting that the GOP keeping the House is the only way to maintain Donald Trump’s presidency, one conservative pundit argued that it’s time for the Republican Party to go.
In the tape obtained by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and recorded at a closed-door Republican fundraiser, Nunes gave donors a hypothetical scenario in which a candidate is given stolen emails from a foreign power and then releases the emails themselves. As conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin noted, the tape is very “embarrassing” for the GOP.
“It’s like all these Republicans went to the same bad law school and they never picked up the constitution and they know nothing about their laws because what they say is essentially nonsense,” the columnist joked.
Rubin noted that the tape is embarrassing not just for the party but specifically for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), “who has left an un-serious irresponsible person in Devin Nunes in a very important job as head of the House Intelligence Committee.”
“These people look like stooges,” the columnist said, for having “indulged a character like Devin Nunes.”
“If there ever was a better reason to get rid of Paul Ryan’s party, it’s this,” Rubin said. “They exercise no responsibility, it is always about the party, always about protecting the president, never about doing their constitutional obligation.”
Her takeaway: “That these people really are irredeemable.”
Watch below via MSNBC:
In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest
Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.
"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.
The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.
People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings
The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.
So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.
Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.
"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.
Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump
There’s something interesting in today’s news:
A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.