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Name: Miles Archer
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The Onion Invites Greg Gianforte To Physically Assault Our Entire Editorial Staff

‘The Onion’ Invites Republican Candidate Greg Gianforte To Physically Assault Our Entire Editorial Staff


Given the important policies they oversee and the highly public nature of their work, it is to be expected that our government officials will at times come into conflict with the press, especially amid the tense political circumstances in which we now find ourselves. And it is not unusual for these tensions to reach an explosive flash point, as they did last night in Montana when Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte attacked a reporter from The Guardian for asking what was a shamefully antagonistic and prying question regarding the Republicans’ proposed healthcare bill.

In light of these events, our editorial board would like to state our unwavering support of Mr. Gianforte and invite him to physically assault every member of The Onion’s news staff.

It has always been the belief of this storied publication that elected officials and the press have important roles to play in our democracy: namely, that the former sets the policies that guide our nation, and the latter subserviently provides a mouthpiece to trumpet the will and intentions of the ruling class without question and without complaint. We here at The Onion are fully aware that our own reporters, like all members of the power-mad, out-of-control media, frequently overstep these sacred boundaries by scrutinizing the decisions and actions that those in mighty seats of authority, such as Mr. Gianforte, do not wish to discuss. And in such instances, it is important—imperative, even—that those who hold the reins of power put us in our place and punish us, preferably with considerable physical force, so that we never again commit such improper transgressions.

If any of our journalists have ever made Mr. Gianforte feel threatened in any way at all, whether by holding a recorder too close to his face, writing a story that did not paint him in a positive light, or disrespectfully seeking clarification on a point he or his party might have made, we encourage him to use his fists, knees, elbows, or a blunt object of his choice to make it known through repeated physical blows how we have upset him.

McCain sent out a "we're down to the wire" fundraising email for Gianforte today


Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-PA) gooses up Mulvaney's compassion a notch: "I don't know" if people will die

NJ Republican: Who knows if my health care plan will kill anyone?


Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), a multimillionaire former insurance executive, crafted an amendment that cut away protections for people with pre-existing conditions — which was one of Obamacare’s most popular provisions.

The bill passed in the House, thanks in large part to MacArthur’s amendment, before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could analyze its likely effects, and its report released Wednesday found that 23 million fewer Americans would have coverage under the GOP legislation.


MacArthur said shortly after the report’s release that he didn’t trust the analysis because the CBO’s actuaries are “not prophets.”

“I don’t put the same reliance on everything they say,” MacArthur said. “They’re trying to answer questions that I think it would be better where they say, ‘I don’t know.'”

Rep Trent Franks (R-AZ) just LOVES him some good ol' Montana-style body slammin'.

WATCH: GOP congressmen praise body slamming and say liberals ‘precipitated’ Montana attack


On Thursday, MSNBC caught up with several Republican lawmakers who either laughed off the incident or blamed liberals.

“You know, we didn’t have a course on body slamming when I went to school,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) joked. “I missed that course. I’m sorry I missed it.”

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) said that violence was unacceptable, but he insisted that “the left” had “precipitate” the attack.

“The left has precipitated this tense confrontational approach throughout the country in recent months,” Franks opined. “I reject any kind of thing where we use physical violence in a situation like that. It should not have happened.”

STEP 1: Shove. STEP 2: Do the "My sh*t doesn't stink" face, raise head. Step 3: Straighten jacket.


Paul Ryan: If he wins, he's been chosen by the people of Montana


Stay Strong UPDATE: The Michael Flynn Scandal Descends on Trump's DC Hotel

The Michael Flynn Scandal Descends on Trump's DC Hotel


Ekim Alptekin, a well-connected Turkish businessman at the center of one of the many scandals swirling around President Donald Trump and his White House, stood before a crowd of several hundred people in downtown Washington and sought to clear up a few things. "There's been a lot of media attention on it," he later told a reporter, "so I just wanted to address the issue."

The "issue" in question was no small matter. Last year, Alptekin paid $530,000 to retired Lt. General Michael Flynn to lobby on behalf of Turkish interests. At the time, Flynn was a top adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, and after Trump's shock victory, the president-elect rewarded Flynn with the job of national security adviser. But it later emerged that Flynn had failed to register as a foreign lobbyist for this work, as required by law, and that he was under federal investigation for his secret lobbying for Alptekin. (Flynn was fired in February, after only 22 days on the job, amid reports that he had communicated with the Russian ambassador and lied about it.)

So it was a bit awkward when Alptekin appeared in Washington this week for the 36th Annual Conference on US-Turkey Relations. (He chairs one of the conference's two main organizers, the Turkey-US Business Council.) In a speech on Monday, Alptekin addressed the Flynn controversy directly. "As many of you have read in the media," he said, "I hired the Flynn Intel Group in 2016 before the election with a mandate to help me understand where the Turkish-American relationship is and where it's going and what the obstacles are to the relationship." His willingness to confront such a thorny issue—legally and politically—caught some in attendance by surprise. Yet there was also a surreal quality to Alptekin's remarks, if only for this reason: He delivered them at the Trump International Hotel, owned by the president himself.

International intrigue notwithstanding, the 36th Annual Conference on US-Turkey Relations was typical of the glitzy conventions and forums hosted in Washington. There were panels on e-commerce, NATO, and cybersecurity, all with the theme of encouraging greater cooperation between the governments and industries of the United States and Turkey. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and now a Zelig of Washington's paid-speaking and overseas-junket circuit, spoke at a luncheon sponsored by several major Turkish conglomerates, where he poked fun at the president and plugged his forthcoming book, Understanding Trump.

Trump scolds NATO allies over defense spending

Trump scolds NATO allies over defense spending


Brussels (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday chided NATO member countries directly for not meeting their financial commitments to the alliance and declined to reiterate US commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pledge.

"Members of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations," Trump said. "Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States."

Speaking during the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 attacks and Article 5 of the NATO charter -- under which members pledge to jump to the aid of any member country that is attacked -- Trump declined to reiterate US commitment to the provision.

Trump first cast doubt on the provision during his presidential campaign, and NATO members had hoped the President would make clear the US was committed to Article 5 during his remarks on Thursday.

Trump greeted in Belgium with red MAGA-style "WE LOVE OUR HELLHOLE" baseball caps

Prominent Belgians have teamed up with a local newspaper to welcome Donald Trump to Brussels with a message: “We love our hellhole!”

The U.S. President, who said in a 2016 Fox News interview that Brussels residents were “living in a hellhole,” is in the city for meetings with EU, national and Nato leaders on Thursday.

The Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws gathered dozens of Belgian musicians, businesspeople and other figures for a special feature celebrating Brussels.

The participants wore “make America great again”-style red baseball caps reading “We love our hellhole.”


WATCH: Trump tries power handshake on French president and gets defeated by a white knuckle grip

WATCH: Trump tries power handshake on French president — and gets defeated by a white knuckle grip


French President Emmanuel Macron was ready on Thursday when President Donald Trump tried to use his power handshake move.

When meeting foreign leaders and even his own allies, Trump is known for pulling people close to him as his shakes their hand. A move designed to show dominance over the recipient.

But when the U.S. president tried the move on the French president on Thursday, it didn’t go as planned. Macron grabbed Trump’s hand and wouldn’t let go. The men’s knuckles could be seen turning white as Macron gripped Trump’s hand.

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