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Rand Paul Met Privately With Far Right Racist Rancher Cliven Bundy for 45 Minutes

A chip off the old block
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We noted earlier that GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul met with far right racist anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy yesterday in Nevada, but tonight it’s coming out that Paul and Bundy actually had a private sit-down meeting for approximately 45 minutes.

The Nevada rancher said that he had expected only to have an opportunity to shake hands with Paul and make small-talk. He was surprised when campaign aides found a private room and allowed Bundy, his wife and son to speak with the candidate for the better part of an hour.

According to Bundy, the two mainly discussed federal land oversight and states’ rights, in addition to education policy — a theme Paul brought up in his speech.

“I don’t think he really understood how land rights really work in the western United States,” Bundy said. “I was happy to be able to sort of teach him.”

A Republican candidate for President of the US makes time in his schedule to meet with a racist sovereign citizen head case, to talk about “states’ rights.” In 2015. Does this bother anyone but me?

A Meeting of the Minds: Rand Paul and Far Right Racist Rancher Cliven Bundy

The sovereign citizen connection
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Back in April 2014, Rand Paul’s father Ron came out in support of far right racist anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy (who is on video saying “the nigra” was better off under slavery), and yesterday Rand also expressed his support for Bundy’s “cause.”

This is the real Rand Paul; the guy who appears on Alex Jones’s show, who built his political career by appealing to anti-government extremists like Cliven Bundy. Don’t be fooled by his transparent pandering to some causes that appeal to liberals — he’s as extreme as it gets in US politics.

After the event, the Nevada rancher told the AP why he had come out to support Paul: “In general, I think we’re in tune with each other.”

“I don’t think we need to ask Washington, D.C., for this land. It’s our land,” Bundy added.

[…]

Paul told the AP in a separate interview that he favored federally owned land being handed back to the states. “I think almost all land use issues and animal issues, endangered species issues, ought to be handled at the state level,” he said. “I think that the government shouldn’t interfere with state decisions, so if a state decides to have medical marijuana or something like that, it should be respected as a state decision.”

Overnight Podcast: Marc Maron Interviews President Barack Obama

Everything he does drives the right crazier
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For your overnight listening enjoyment, here’s Marc Maron’s interview with President Barack Obama, in which Obama uttered the dreaded N-word to make a point about racism, and prompted Fox News to launch into paroxysms of fake outrage that are still going on tonight: WTF With Marc Maron Podcast - Episode 613 - President Barack Obama.

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At Last, the GOP Clown Car Has Its Bozo: Birther Donald Trump

So many clowns in that little car
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Every Clown Car needs its Bozo, and the GOP presidential campaign now has its very own — the world’s most famous Birther: Donald Trump.

And the Donald kicked it off with a series of incredibly fatuous statements. This is gonna be great, from the inadvertent comedy angle.

“I’m really rich,” Trump said after declaring his candidacy today.

Trump made many promises throughout his speech today: “I would do various things very quickly. I would repeal and replace the big lie, Obamacare.”

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”

“Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump, nobody.”

“I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” said Trump, who also said that he wouldn’t allow Secretary Kerry to spearhead the negotiations.

“And I promise I will never be in a bicycle race,” said Trump, referring to Sec. Kerry’s biking accident in May.

[…]

He added, “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

Lindsey Graham Says He’ll Have a “Rotating First Lady”

Spinning
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Lindsey Graham says being a bachelor is really no impediment to getting elected President, and he even has a great plan to handle that uncomfortable situation when people ask, “But where’s your First Lady?” Lindsey Graham Says He’ll Have a ‘Rotating First Lady’.

“I’ve got a lot of friends. We’ll have a rotating first lady,” Graham, who has never married, recently told the Daily Mail Online.

During the interview, Graham also said his sister, Darline Graham Nordone, could fill the spot. Nordone, who is married and has two children, did play an important role at Graham’s campaign announcement this month by introducing her brother, sharing how he helped take care of her after the two lost both of their parents at a young age.

The jokes. They write themselves.

Mike Huckabee Pulls the Duggar Family’s Endorsements From His Campaign Site

The ship is sinking
Politics • Views: 31,341
Admitted sex offender Josh Duggar

Megyn Kelly’s nauseatingly delicate and respectful interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” about their son Josh’s molestation of girls as young as five years old, was one of the most disastrous attempts to rescue a reputation I’ve ever witnessed.

There are articles all over the web today about this train wreck, in which the Duggars denied Josh had “molested” anyone, said the girls didn’t even recall being abused, and tried to play the usual “persecuted Christian” role that Fox News continually pushes out to their aging right wing audience.

And today, Talking Points Memo reports that even Mike Huckabee, who stood by the Duggars as the story got worse and worse, has now pulled the Duggars’ endorsements from his campaign site.

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Mike Huckabee Says He Wishes He Could’ve Been Transgender in High School So He Could Shower With Girls

Incredibly creepy
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If you watch the video below, you’ll see that GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee actually thinks this bizarre remark is funny, instead of desperately weird.

If he “could have felt like a woman,” the Republican former Arkansas governor joked earlier this year, then he could have seen his female classmates without their clothes on.

“Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” Huckabee said.

“I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?”

“Ridiculous?” I was thinking more like, incredibly creepy.

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Breaking: Senate Passes NSA Reform Measure, Requires Warrant to Collect Metadata

No more unlimited metadata collection
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The Senate has just approved a bill restoring Patriot Act provisions that lapsed on Monday. The USA Freedom Act now requires the government to obtain a targeted warrant to collect metadata — a big step in the right direction.

Washington (CNN) - The Senate approved on Tuesday a bill to reform National Security Agency domestic surveillance programs, ending a drawn-out showdown on Capitol Hill that saw counterterrorism provisions expire.

The vote was 67 to 32.

The bill, which passed the House nearly three weeks ago, now heads to President Barack Obama, who has pledged to sign the bill.

His signature will ultimately end the government’s indiscriminate collection of millions of Americans’ phone metadata, requiring the government obtain a targeted warrant to access the data instead.

“It’s historical. It’s the first major overhaul of government surveillance in decades,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democratic sponsor of the reform measure called the USA Freedom Act.

Report: Dennis Hastert Paid to Conceal Sexual Misconduct

Republican family values
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Wow. I mean, wowie. Former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert has reportedly been paying off a man for many years to conceal “sexual abuse” that dates back to his days as a high school wrestling coach.

Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday.

One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said.

“It goes back a long way, back to then,” the source said. “It has nothing to do with public corruption or a corruption scandal. Or to his time in office.” Thursday’s indictment described the misconduct “against Individual A” as having “occurred years earlier.”

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