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Mitch McConnell re-election campaign launch brags about stealing Obama’s Supreme Court nominee’s seat

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has just launched a campaign re-election video and website that focuses on his theft of a U.S. Supreme Court seat. Sen. McConnell blocked any and all votes for President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Merrick Garland, in what many believe was an unconstitutional abuse of power.

The 3-minute video almost mocks President Barack Obama, showing him telling the American people all he wants is for an “up or down” vote” on his SCOTUS nominee.

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As ThinkProgress and others noted, McConnell “launched his 2020 re-election bid by highlighting his own partisan obstruction…just weeks after McConnell penned an op-ed for Politico, in which he railed against ‘historic obstruction’ and ‘partisan delays’ from Democrats.”

Even the website mocks his theft of the Supreme Court seat. The “404” page visitors find when they are looking for a page not found has a photo of Judge Garland, with the caption, “Oops This Page Doesn’t Exist, But just in case, go donate and make sure it doesn’t come back,” implying Garland would be re-nominated again under a Democratic president and Democratic-controlled Senate.

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GOP leaders are pressuring Kansas Republican to resign from Congress immediately: report

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On Thursday, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Republicans in Kansas and Washington are pressuring Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS) to step down after just eight months in office.

It is currently unclear why they are calling for his resignation.

Watkins has thus far given no indications he will leave office. His spokesman Jim Joice stated that he has no plans to resign, and disputed the idea that Republican officials are pressuring him to do so, but acknowledged there have been conversations around the topic.

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LAX customs officer calls journalist ‘fake news’ and demands to know if he works for CNN or MSNBC: report

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On Thursday, Empire Magazine's James Dyer stated in a Twitter thread that he was stopped by a customs official while arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, aggressively interrogated about his journalistic career, and accused of being "fake news":

Wow. Just... wow. Just went through LAX immigration. Presented my journalist visa and was stopped by the CBP agent and accused of being part of the ‘fake news media’.

— James Dyer (@jamescdyer) August 22, 2019

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Trump’s State Department busted helping Rudy Giuliani dig up campaign dirt against Joe Biden

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The State Department assisted President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in setting up a meeting with a Ukrainian official to “strongly urge” the new administration in Ukraine to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

Giuliani backed out of a planned trip to Kiev earlier this year that was meant to dig up dirt on Biden. But the New York Times now reports the former New York mayor instead traveled to Madrid to meet with a top aide to new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, with help from the State Department.

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