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Well, today we were treated to a fresh installment of the Roving Holiday where we get to read dozens of columns, think pieces, finger-pointing interviews, and leak-fueled-behind-the-scenes reenactments about yet another colossal failure by Donald J Trump (The "J" stands for Emotionally Stunted Assclown) and the Washington Generals of politics, the McConnell/Ryan Republican Party.

After the latest attempt at his "Silly Plebes, Health Care is for Millionaires" Bill collapsed last night for being insufficiently murderous for the likes of Mike Lee and Rand Paul, Majority Leader Yertle pulled the old Straight Repeal and We'll Totally Replace Later, Wink Wink alternative out of his drawer. "Let's just do it, and be legends," McConnell allegedly shouted, before doing a Jell-O shot out of Roy Blunt's navel.

But that shitty plan fell apart before the daytime soaps were over, with Senators Murkowski, Collins and Moore turning McConnell over on his back, and laughing as he swayed from side to side in an attempt to right himself...

Miles Archer

"He was playing with a firetruck, trying on a cowboy hat as the bill was collapsing. He had no clue"

(CNN) The collapse of the Republican bid to repeal and replace Obamacare Monday, alongside chaos brewed by the Russia scandal, has revealed a stunted presidency and a White House struggling to master the levers of power.

It also leaves President Donald Trump without a significant legislative triumph to show for his first six months in office.

"He was playing with a firetruck and trying on a cowboy hat as the bill was collapsing and he had no clue," a top Republican told CNN's Jeff Zeleny on Tuesday, mocking the "Made In America" week at the White House.


Trump had 2nd, private meeting with Putin during G20 summit. No American translator present.

(The Hill) The meeting took place during the G-20 heads of state dinner, according to Bremmer, hours after Trump's formal bilateral sit-down with Putin.

In that conversation, Trump spoke with the Russian leader for roughly an hour, joined only by Putin's translator. The meeting had previously gone without mention by the White House.

Trump's interactions with Putin are the subject of particularly intense scrutiny in the U.S., because of the ongoing special counsel and congressional investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.


Al Gore: Trump is first president to deliberately 'tear down America's standing in the world'

(Raw Story) Former Vice President Al Gore appeared on NBC’s Today on Monday to discuss his deep disappointment with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

Gore noted that he had a meeting with Trump late last year where he came away optimistic that the president wouldn’t hastily withdraw from the Paris deal, if for no other reason than it would hurt America’s standing as a world leader.

Now, however, he doesn’t have any optimism that we’ll see any kind of leadership from Trump on addressing climate change.

“We’ve never had a president who’s deliberately made decisions… to tear down America’s standing in the world,” Gore told Willie Geist. “The climate crisis is by far the most serious challenge we face. But he’s also undermined our alliances, such as NATO, and hurt our standing in the world in many ways.”


Russian Lawyer Brought Ex-Soviet Counter Intelligence Officer to Trump Team Meeting

(NBC) The Russian lawyer who met with the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counter intelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned.

NBC News is not naming the lobbyist, who denies any current ties to Russian spy agencies. He accompanied the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.

The Russian-born American lobbyist served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the U.S., where he holds dual citizenship.


Kellyanne Conway should learn that pieces of paper on TV invites memes

(Salon) White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway made a grave, amateur mistake Wednesday night when she appeared on Fox News holding up two sheets of white paper. The internet had a field day doctoring a still from that interview to alter what the print on the paper said.

Desperate to convince the American people that the collusion narrative is merely a liberal fantasy, Conway turned to props to help get her point across. The spin doctor held up two white sheets of paper with the words “conclusion,” “collusion,” “illusion” and “delusion.”


Jimmy Carter hospitalized after collapsing while working on Habitat for Humanity house

(The Hill) Former President Jimmy Carter was reportedly hospitalized after he collapsed on Thursday while working on a Habitat for Humanity Home in Winnipeg, Canada.

A spokesperson for the organization told CBC News that Carter, who is 92 years old, was hospitalized as a precaution.
"He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building," the spokesperson told the news outlet.

Carter was treated for dehydration.

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