Senate Republicans Seem More Angry About 'Pee Tape' Leak Than Russian Interference

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Not many things amuse me these days, and I can’t quite explain why, but this photo sure does.

  • Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and senior member Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, have bravely made a criminal referral in the Russia investigation—not against anyone involved in potential collusion—but against former British spy Christopher Steele, who gave us the gift of the alleged “pee tape” and attempted to expose Russia’s interference with the election. [New York Times]
  • California lawmaker Kevin de León has introduced a work-around to Donald Trump’s tax bill that would essentially allow people to deduct more than the $10,000 limit. [Washington Post]
  • Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson’s home burned down on Tuesday. An arson investigation is underway. []
  • The FBI has launched a new investigation into the Clinton Foundation. [The Hill]
  • Robert Weaver, Trump’s nominee to lead the Indian Health Service, might be far less experienced than his resume claims. How shocking. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Climate change denier Scott Pruitt, who also incidentally heads the Environmental Protection Agency, is rumored to be gunning for attorney general if Jeff Sessions departs. [Politico]
  • Corey Lewandowski has some interesting new publicity photos. (And by “interesting,” I mean quite bad). [David Graham/Twitter/AP]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:


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Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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The news cycle has blessedly been all about the “Fire and Fury” book, with local DC bookstores having Harry Potter-like lines for midnight releases. In 7° weather.

I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time with Marz today. I got home a bit late (for me, which means 5:45) and had to start in with dinner and then the bath and bedtime routine for the little one.

If you want a good look at her face, here you go. Her beard is sometimes a mess, what with her drinking upwards of 2 litres of water a day. It’s not really noticeable because she’s got mismatched eyes which steal focus. When we first got her, the blue eye freaked me out, mainly because it made the brown eye look black. We called them “The Eye That Sees Your Future” and “The Eye That Sees Into Your Soul.” I’m used to it now. Also, they’re hidden under her giant bushy eyebrows and enormous eyelashes.

And now, to uncrate her, feed her, and then comb her and play with her for a bit.