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GOP congressman who demanded all members come to DC to vote on stimulus skipped the previous bill to go to a fundraiser: report

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One of the most universally hated politicians in March became Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), who obstructed a voice vote on the coronavirus stimulus package and demanded every member drag themselves back to Washington, D.C. to record their vote. Just about everyone in both parties raged about it, from former Secretary of State John Kerry saying that Massie “tested positive for being an asshole,” to President Donald Trump blasting Massie as a “third rate Grandstander.”

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Massie, a libertarian budget hawk, insisted that he acted for “principled reasons.” But that stands in stark contrast with his own behavior.

According to The Daily Beast, even though Massie wanted to drag everyone back to Washington to vote on this bill, he couldn’t even be bothered to show up himself for the previous round of stimulus.

“Two weeks earlier, when Congress voted on a $850 billion coronavirus response bill, Massie didn’t bother to go to Washington D.C at all,” wrote Sam Brodey. “In fact, he scoffed at the idea that he’d even show up to put himself on the record. While his colleagues filed into the House chamber around midnight on March 14 to vote on that legislation — known as Phase 2 of the coronavirus response — Massie was back home in Kentucky, having just headlined a fundraiser for his reelection campaign and gearing up to reorganize his home pantry.”

He even tweeted about it in real time:

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Massie also joked about the virus and the stimulus effort on The Tom Roten Show after CPAC, referring to COVID-19 as the “Kung Flu” and saying the outbreak at CPAC was probably something else: “Half of my colleagues, who knows what they have based on their lifestyles?”

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Virginia mayor faces calls to resign after claiming Joe Biden had picked Aunt Jemima for VP

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On Monday, WTOP reported that Barry Presgraves, the mayor of Luray, Virginia, faces calls to resign following his post on social media that "Joe Biden has just announced Aunt Jemima as his VP pick."

"Mayor Barry Presgraves has been in office since 2008, but earlier announced he would not seek reelection in 2020. A lifelong town resident, he had previously served on the town council," reported Neal Augenstein. "A screenshot, purportedly from Presgraves’ personal Facebook page, was shared with WTOP but was not online Monday."

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MSNBC’s ‘demotion’ of ‘feckless’ Chuck Todd celebrated: ‘Hurray! More Nicolle, less Chuck’

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MSNBC host Chuck Todd was moved to an earlier timeslot where his show, "Meet the Press Daily," will likely earn lower ratings. Meanwhile, Nicolle Wallace seems to have been promoted to a two-hour timeslot leading into primetime.

Wallace, who has extensive experience in Washington, previously served in George W. Bush's White House until abandoning the GOP as the era of Trump came to power.

Todd has made several missteps where he's been unwilling to press GOP leaders who lie openly and obviously on camera.

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George Conway blasts ‘blundering cheat’ Trump in new op-ed: ‘His name should live in infamy’

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Prominent conservative attorney George T. Conway III has written yet another Washington Post op-ed blasting President Donald Trump.

"If there’s one thing we know about President Trump, it’s that he lies and he cheats. Endlessly," Conway wrote. "And shamelessly. But still, mostly, incompetently."

"So it should have come as no surprise that Trump finally went where no U.S. president had ever gone before. In a tweet last week, he actually suggested that the country 'Delay the Election.' That trial balloon was a brazen effort to see if he can defraud his way into four more years in the White House," he explained. "And why not try? After all, Trump has managed to swindle his way through life, on matters large and small, essential and trivial."

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