I Hearby Demand Donald Trump Hire a Copy Editor

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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Newly elected Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall, a long time obstetrician, hopes to unravel the Affordable Care Act and is cool with poor people losing insurance, because, well, he doesn’t seem to really regard them as human beings. “There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves,” he said to STAT news, adding, “Just, like, homeless people. … I think just morally, spiritually, socially, [some people] just don’t want health care.” [STAT]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon-Mobil who is now responsible for American diplomacy and promoting human rights around the world, didn’t feel like showing up to present the State Department’s annual human rights report today. Nor did State Department officials make any comments to highlight findings or condemn abuse outlined in the report. [The Washington Post]
  • Prolific tweeter Donald J. Trump misspelled “hereby”...twice...and that was not even the dumbest thing about his series of deleted tweets....
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  • Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign because he misled White House officials about discussing US sanctions against Russia. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied about his contact with Russia under oath, and has recused himself from overseeing an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. But now Trump is, via Twitter, demanding an investigation into Senator Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “ties to Russia. Why? As far as I can tell, it’s because Schumer met Putin in 2003, and in 2010 Pelosi had dinner at a table with a Russian ambassador, but recently told a Politico reporter she had never met him. The national outrage isn’t over politicians meeting with a Russian official, though, it’s about the whole politician lying under oath thing. [Twitter]
  • Vice President Mike Pence used his private AOL account to talk about state business for while serving as Indiana governor, and Hillary all read about it. [Twitter/NPR]
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Here are some tweets that the president was allowed to publish:

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Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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Jerry-Netherland
Jerry-Netherland

This has happened in the last 2 days: It came out that Sessions had 2 meetings with the Russian Ambassador during the campaign, then lied about it under oath to the Senate (that part’s the felony).

Then it came out that Kushner had accompanied Flynn when he visited with the Russian Ambassador at the end of December. This had nothing to do with the campaign; this was about conducting foreign policy contravening the sitting State Dept and sitting President. Flynn lost his job over this.

Every pundit and journalist in the last 48 hours seems to have got this wrong through the confusion of all this chaos; the story going around is that Kushner’s clean because he (so far as we know as of now) didn’t meet with the Russians during the campaign. But as I’ve sequenced above, THAT’S NOT THE ISSUE. Everyone was so caught up in Sessions’ story this week that they conflated Kushner’s facts with Sessions, and forgot that Kushner’s misdeed is actually the same as that of Flynn. Kushner must not be let off the hook. He and Flynn conspired against US Foreign policy while Russia was under sanctions.