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JM Ashby
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In other news, the Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America has issued an apology for Trump's disgusting political speech.

Meanwhile, Russian intelligence reportedly tried to infiltrate French president Emmanuel Macron's campaign by creating fake Facebook accounts impersonating people close to Macron.

The spying campaign included Russian agents posing as friends of friends of Macron associates and trying to glean personal information from them, according to the U.S. congressman and two others briefed on the matter.

Facebook employees noticed the efforts during the first round of the presidential election and traced them to tools used in the past by Russia’s GRU military intelligence unit, said the people, who spoke on condition they not be named because they were discussing sensitive government and private intelligence.

Finally, the Center for Public Integrity reports Steve Bannon is using a private publicist for official matters, possibly in violation of federal law.

If Senate Republicans vote to kick 15 million people off healthcare tonight, I'll update this post.

Update 1:33 a.m. EST... Senators John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins voted No on the so-called "Skinny Repeal" bill. It's dead.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    I’ll take the victory over the ACA repeal defeat, but must say that McCain could have achieved the same result by simply staying in Arizona and continuing his cancer treatments.
    I’m not impressed by his show-boating, but like I said, I’ll take the victory just the same.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I’d have been more impressed if he stood up for decency years ago when it could have headed things of rather than just plug one hole in the dike (after drilling several himself).

  • The Boy Scouts has a lot of problems with inclusion, but it took Trump to turn them into the Hitler Youth.

  • Badgerite

    Update: Oh myyyyy!
    That speech Senator McCain gave will now be his legacy. Because his actions and his vote showed that he meant it. He clearly was sending a message to McConnell.
    He stood up for representative government as it is meant to function.
    And the by product of that, intended or not, is that a lot of people will thank him for saving the lives and the health of themselves and their loved ones. Bless him for that.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Yea. He finally did a good thing after years of becoming worse and worse. It was good to see, it doesn’t forgive him the last decade.

      • Badgerite

        It was good to see. And I thought his statement about going about it the right way and providing “affordable” and “decent” healthcare to the people of his state was a break with the idea that healthcare should be rationed by wealth. I think we are slowly making progress with the idea that access to healthcare is a societal responsibility. Something we owe each other as citizens and as fellow humans. I think maybe he has come to the same conclusion that Jimmy Kimmel has about that. I sure hope so. I was very impressed with what he said, what he did and the way he did it.

        • Christopher Foxx

          I hear what your sayin’, but I’m more impressed with folks who act decently all along and not just because they suddenly realized they’ll be dead in a year and Palin and the last 10+ years are going to be what they’re remembered for.

          • Badgerite

            A little harsh.

          • Christopher Foxx

            A little harsh.

            Nope. Well deserved.

            And I’m tired of folks who grab their pearls and swoon whenever a Republican gets called on their shit. Yeah, I’m overstating your reaction, Badgerite. But there is an echo there of the kind of ridiculous concern about propriety that has enabled the Republicans for decades now.

          • Badgerite

            Well, we kinda want to bring them back from the cliff, you know. Since we and the country are tied to them, its a “they go over-we go over-and the country goes over” kinda thing. They do not have to follow “dear leader” over the cliff. There are other options. And the country has been through worse and split apart worse than this before and managed to come back together and do great things. And then there is Lincoln’s example.

  • Aynwrong

    I know there are families with their kids in the scouts who were disgusted by Trump at that rally but the crowd loved it and is anyone really surprised by this? All norms must be discarded for Dear Leader Trump.

    Russian propaganda is prolific and obvious and is now being directed at an ally but does the Party of Reagan (Whose campaign has long been rumored to have colluded with violent, radical, revolutionary forces in Iran while they were holding Americans hostage. Is collusion noe becoming a tradition in the Daddy party?) have even the slightest inclination to voice their support and come to their defense? Of course not.

    Supposedly the R’s are vewy, vewy, vewy upset at the notion of Trump dumping Sessions so he can fire Mueller. We’ll see…

    • fry1laurie

      Tom Lehrer said it best in the intro to his song “Be Prepared”: “The Boy Scouts of America, those noble little … bastions of democracy, and the American Legion of tomorrow. Their motto is–I would like to state at this time that I am not now and have never been… a member of the Boy Scouts of America.”

      • Well I was little I once wanted to join the Scouts to hang with two of my best friends. Dad thought the scouts were too militaristic. Listen to your parents kids.