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That guy was the dude the Pete Davidson on SNL said looked like a hitman in a porno (LOL).

Lost his eye due to an IED in Afghanistan. He took the joke well.

More non-plussed that Liz Cheney, Dick's daughter, got elected.
He does look like a hit man in a porno. ...and Dick dribble always lands somewhere.
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders is apparently having a hard time finding a job.

Kind of hard to catch a job interview when you're caught lying repeatedly for the most incompetent administration in U.S. history, I would guess.

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Bernnie Federko

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U mad, bro

"Republican senators clashed with one another and confronted Vice President Pence inside a private luncheon [yesterday], as anger hit a boiling point over the longest government shutdown in history," the WashPost's Sean Sullivan and Paul Kane report:

  • "This is your fault," Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
  • "Are you suggesting I’m enjoying this?" McConnell snapped back.
Why it matters, per The Post: "The outbursts highlighted the toll the shutdown has taken on Republican lawmakers, who are dealing with growing concerns from constituents and blame from Democrats."

  • At the same time, the GOP senators are "facing pressure from conservatives to stand with Trump in his demand for money to build a wall."
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Bernnie Federko

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GOP grabs socialism as 2020 lifeline

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

For the first time since the midterms,Republicans find themselves playing offense as they push "socialism vs. freedom" as an opening 2020 message.

  • The Green New Deal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a powerful symbol of the issue that President Trump teed up in his State of the Union address when he said: "[W]e renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country."
  • The liberal proposals of Democrats' 2020 candidates, most notably Sen. Elizabeth Warren's "wealth tax," give Republicans more ammunition.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tells Fred Barnes in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece about Ocasio-Cortez: "I can pretty safely say this is the first time in my political career that I thought the essence of America was being debated."
Why it matters: Giddy House Republicans hope they can ride this message into 2020 — just as Dems seized their winning 2018 midterm message as soon as House Rs voted in 2017 to weaken protections for pre-existing conditions.

Republicans have long demagogued by branding Democrats "socialists." Now, some Democrats are helping by self-identifying.

  • But Jonathan Swan points out that the term — rarely defined by those who throw it around — packed more of a punch when the memory of the Cold War was fresh.
  • Polling shows younger Americans are souring on capitalism, and don’t findthe label "socialist" so scary.
  • And an Axios/SurveyMonkey polllast month found 70% of voters want the economic system reformed, with 58% saying it's skewed toward the wealthy.
  • So soaking the rich may turn out to be pretty darn popular.
Republicans taking an early victory lap on "socialism" may eventually find it hard to defend not raising taxes on billionaires. And the 2020 Democrats are wary of being branded "socialist":

  • Even Warren has said: "I am a capitalist."
  • And Sen. Kamala Harris said yesterday in New Hampshire: "I am not a democratic socialist."
Be smart ... Republicans are loving the moment but are rightly wary: They know it could change quickly — either because of something Trump says, or new facts that emerge from investigations by Mueller or House Democrats

Bernnie Federko

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2020's homegrown fake news crisis
An investigation by fact-checking company Snopes finds that a series of seemingly innocuous local websites, which have popped up all over the country, are being run by GOP consultants whose businesses are funded in part by candidates the websites cover, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.

  • Why it matters: The consultants setting up these websites, first reported last year by Politico, are expanding their efforts to more battleground states in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.
  • They claim that the sites are funded by ads. But the Snopes investigation found that the websites are often supported by wealthy benefactors.
Details: Michael Patrick Leahy, a Tea Party-connected conservative activist that is tied to one of the sites, Tennessee Star, wrote in an email to Snopes: "We are in business to make a profit, and have a number of advertisers to prove it."

  • But Snopes found that Tennessee Star runs ads from political groups such as the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity and local GOP fundraisers.
The big picture: It's difficult to draw a line between political activism and journalism in the digital era, in part because activists have gotten so good at using technology to blur lines by creating news outlets that look impartial.

  • Earlier reports have uncoveredmany of these efforts, and there isn't much framework in place to stop them from spreading.
  • While Congress has invested countless hours grilling tech companies about foreign meddling, far less attention has been paid to these types of misinformation efforts
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