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R.E.M. band member rips ‘President A**hole” Trump for re-tweeting parody video using ‘Everybody Hurts’

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R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills has responded to President Trump’s re-tweeting of a parody video created by a right-wing fan of Trump’s that featured the band’s song “Everybody Hurts” Friday. The meme sets the song to footage of Trump’s recent State of the Union speech, specifically focusing on reaction shots of prominent Democratic congressman, and a few Trump critics such as Mitt Romney, too.

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“The a**holes @CarpeDonktum created the meme. #PresidentAsshole retweeted it. Measures have been taken to stop it. @jack you need to get on this.” The bassist tweeted Friday.

It’s fair to say founding members of the band are no fans of Trump. Four years ago, R.E.M. railed against conservative figures who use their music without permission.

“Go f*ck yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” lead singer Michael Stipe said in 2015 on behalf of the band after their song, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” was played during a rally where Trump spoke.

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

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Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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