GOP Sen. Jeff Flake: Donald Trump is like the biblical flood, and we need to build an ark

“We lost our way and began to rationalize away our principles in the process.” Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, has published a searing piece in Politico accusing his party of being in “denial” about Trump. “We created him, and now we’re rationalizing him,” he writes. “When will it stop?” In the piece, Flake traces his own journey of denial, writing about the “defense mechanisms” he deployed to protect himself from facing up to…

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Anthony Scaramucci is out, but the Mooch jokes are forever

Twitter reactions to Scaramucci’s firing quickly became a (frequently hilarious) pile-on. The news that President Trump has fired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci just 10 days after hiring him lit up Twitter on Monday afternoon. It’s exactly the kind of chaotic, melodramatic news fodder that makes for prime internet joke-slinging: Trump, acting under the influence of his newly hired chief of staff John Kelly, reportedly allowed Kelly to axe Scaramucci immediately after Kelly was…

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Trump’s opioid epidemic commission wants the president to declare a state of emergency

The panel wants Trump and Congress to act quickly to address the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history. A commission created by President Donald Trump has asked him to declare a state of emergency over the nation’s opioid epidemic. The recommendation, from a preliminary draft of the opioid commission’s report, comes in the midst of grueling statistics linked to the epidemic. In 2016 alone, drug overdoses likely killed more Americans in one year than…

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Scaramucci got fired after 10 days. Before his formal start date.

Sean Spicer might outlast him. When newly hired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was brought on board, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who had also been serving as a communications director, gave his notice. But just 10 days after Scaramucci’s first unofficial day and more than two weeks ahead of his official start date, Scaramucci has been removed from his post — and Spicer appears to still work in the White House. Scaramucci…

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Reclaiming my time: Maxine Waters’s beleaguered congressional hearing led to a mighty meme

Waters’s fiery refrain became the new “she persisted.” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) wasn’t messing around during a House Financial Services Committee hearing Thursday when she confronted Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin with a procedural interruption that has now gone viral. When Waters asked Mnuchin why his office had not responded to a letter from her office regarding President Trump’s financial ties to Russian banks, Mnuchin prefaced his direct response to the question with a series of…

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People are filing copyright applications to “own” the swastika and the n-word

The Slants’s Supreme Court ruling is opening a Pandora’s box on trademarking derogatory language. Nine applications to register derogatory words and symbols have been filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office following a US Supreme Court ruling in June that barring such trademarks was unconstitutional. The n-word and swastikas are among the culturally charged imagery and language that both individuals and companies are attempting to register for products, including energy drinks, sweatshirts, and fragrances,…

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The NY Post’s “Survivor: White House” cover is only 4 days old — and 2 people have already been voted off

By the end of last week, the well-documented chaos in President Trump’s White House had reached such a crescendo that the New York Post’s Friday, July 28, cover characterized the administration’s key players as contestants in a game of Survivor. I love that this @nypost cover from Friday is already outdated by two firings pic.twitter.com/SGFle4NToO — Kari Paul (@kari_paul) July 31, 2017 Surely the cover, and whom it featured, made sense at the time: Sean…

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Hackers hit HBO, warn they’ll release Game of Thrones content

“HBO is falling,” hackers warn. The sanctity of Game of Thrones’ seven kingdoms is under attack by a new force that goes far beyond the White Walkers and Cersei Lannister. Entertainment Weekly reports that hackers claim to have acquired 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO in a recent cyberattack against the network, and have already released unaired episodes of Ballers and Room 104 online. But the most devastating revelation centers on HBO’s marquee series. An…

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Obamacare keeps refusing to implode

This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here. In his Twitter feed, President Donald Trump often paints the Affordable Care Act as on the verge of collapse and implosion. The actual landscape looks significantly different — it’s a mostly functional marketplace with a few trouble spots. Those…

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3 senators are demanding an explanation for the Trump voter commission’s colossal screw-up

Democratic senators are raising questions about a July 13 disclosure from the US presidential commission investigating voter fraud that included more than 100 pages of unredacted comments from the public, including sensitive personal information like names and addresses. On Monday, Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) will send a letter to President Donald Trump asking why the commission publicized so much private information, much of it from citizens critical of the…

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