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Three shunned Republicans make a ‘pariah caucus’ — but they’re leaving their districts without much of a Congressman

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Three Republicans have been pulled from any committee or leadership positions as a result of their own stupidity. While the rare act of ethics is commendable, it means three Congressional districts don’t have much of an elected official.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) was barely reelected as he faced an epic scandal where he’s accused of using campaign cash to fund his family’s lavish lifestyle.

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Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) is in a similar boat after it was announced he was being indicted for securities fraud.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is an unapologetic racist, who’s making his party look bad.

These three districts may have constituent services and a voting member, but they don’t have the advocate that they once did, according to Politico.

“Now, while the rest of their colleagues work on crafting bills, the trio of committee exiles are searching for ways to spend their time on Capitol Hill so they’re not just waiting around to vote or aimlessly roaming the hallways,” the site reported Monday.

“I suppose they can form a ‘pariah caucus,’” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).

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“I’m disappointed, but I’m making the best of it,” Collins told Politico. “Each day, you get up and you do your best. You can’t control what you can’t control. But in my case, you offset it.”

The act of booting a member off of their committees is a relatively new thing. Politico noted it was 2006 when a Democratic member of the Ways and Means Committee was being investigated and he was removed.

“You would obviously prefer to be on the committees,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said. “You know the old saying: Congress on the floor is Congress in theater. Congress in committee is Congress at work.”

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Hunter and Collins will at least have a resolution in their court cases that could restore their powers if they’re not found guilty. However, as their trials continue, they could be removed from their own voters.

It’s unclear what Republicans intend to do with Steve King. His racist comments have been part of his persona for a very long time and they’re likely to continue in the future. Republicans haven’t managed to get him to leave Congress.

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If Democrats fight right-wing ‘fake news’ fire with fire, we all lose

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Democrats are increasingly worried about losing the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump. The party is in seeming disarray from the botched Iowa caucuses and the failure of an "electable" frontrunner to emerge early in the primary season. Trump's fundraising and digital operations are humming, buoyed in part by his acquittal at the Senate trial which refused to remove him from office for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 elections and obstructing the House's investigation of it.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Soledad O’Brien shames 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team for photo-op with Trump while wearing MAGA hats

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In an early Sunday morning tweet, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien expressed her dismay with members of the 1980 Gold Medal-winning Olympic hockey team for celebrating their historic win over the then-Soviet Union -- dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" -- with Donald Trump while wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

According to O'Brien, seeing them hand Trump a photo-op filled her with "disappointment."

Taking to Twitter, she wrote, " Ugh.... so disappointed by the @1980MiracleTeam . I loved watching that game as a kid with my dad. Loved watching the movie with my kids. To see them on a stage, in maga hats—kinda crushing I have to say."

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‘Nice deflection, Mr President’: Adam Schiff busts Trump for trying to blame him for his leaky administration

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took a shot at President Donald Trump on Sunday morning after the president tried to blame him for the leak describing a classified meeting lawmakers had with an intelligence official who warned the bipartisan group that the Kremlin is trying to help the president get re-elected.

As the president prepared to leave the White House for India, he told reporters that Schiff was to blame for the leaked meeting story, with the president insisting he personally had not been briefed on the report explosive report.

Responding to a 'Meet the Press" clip of the president making his accusation, Schiff tweeted back: "Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again."

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