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I didn’t think our cultural obsession with nostalgia would include Bush-era torture, but here we are!
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- In an interview with Fox Business, Dick Cheney said that the United States should restart the enhanced interrogation program, which is a government euphemism for torture. “If it were my call, I would not discontinue those programs,” Cheney said. “I’d have them active and ready to go, and I’d go back and study them and learn.” He insisted that the program, which included waterboarding, was “not torture.” He added: “A lot of people try to call it that, but it wasn’t deemed torture at the time.” “At the time,” is doing a lot of work in this sentence. [Politico]
- Speaking of cartoon villain vice presidents, Mike Pence would like Robert Mueller to wrap up his probe of the Trump administration. “I would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion,” Pence said in an interview with Andrea Miller. [Washington Post]
- It was a busy day for Fox Business and defenders of torture. During a guest appearance on the network Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said that torture “worked” on John McCain “[and that’s why] they call him Songbird John.” Host Charles Payne later apologized to McCain on Twitter. [Talking Points Memo]
- Betsy DeVos is looking to loosen federal funding restrictions on religious universities. I’m shocked, personally. [New York Times]
- Sean Hannity is slummy even for a slumlord. [Washington Post]
- The House is voting on the Farm Bill next week. The bill includes an overhaul of the SNAP program that Democrats say would leave nearly 1 million recipients from receiving benefits. [The Hill]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:
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