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GOP Hypocrisy Marches on


Giving the Hatch Act the Hatchet

“It may be a Hatch Act violation. It may not be. Either way, I honestly don’t care anymore.”

— HUD regional administrator Lynne Patton, quoted by the HuffPost, after sending a political tweet from her government account.

Poetic Justice

His Other Chosen Son

It’s the universe’s most coveted endorsement,
And it carries the clout of the firmament.
Almost half of Republicans
And more evangelical Christians
Believe God wanted Donald Trump to be president.


No GOPers Step Forward in Defense of McCain

“Why have no Republican U.S. Senators stepped forward and expressed their absolute f**king outrage about these attacks on American hero John McCain by a White House staffer? It is despicable and the cowardice is nauseating.”

— GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, on Twitter.


Christie to Commission $85,000 Official Governor Portrait


Bergen County Record: “To most people, the image that sums up Chris Christie’s time as governor is the picture of him on that beach closed to everyone else, in that chair with his family and friends while the public was shut out of state parks on a holiday weekend during a government shutdown. … The image that Christie wants to officially mark his time as governor and the one that the public is paying for will be painted by an Australian artist whose portrait portfolio includes royalty and an international pop star — and whose fee comes with the highest price tag yet for New Jersey taxpayers. At a total of $85,000, Christie’s portrait will cost more than what his three predecessors combined paid to have their images hang in commemoration of their political service.”


Trump Trade Official Spends $1 Million on Furniture, Blames Obama

$1 million

“President Trump’s trade representative is spending nearly $1 million on new furniture — and blaming the Obama administration,” the New York Post reports. “U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spent more than $917,000 to furnish the two trade offices near the White House… That’s a significant increase compared to the last two trade reps.”


Mnuchin Spent $33k to Watch the Solar Eclipse


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s infamous trip to Kentucky to watch the solar eclipse last August cost taxpayers $33,000 because the secretary traveled on a military aircraft rather than on a commercial flight, the Daily Beast reports. Records show that the government has already spent nearly $1 million for Mnuchin’s flights on military aircraft.


Carson Spent $31k on Dining Set for His HUD Office


“Department of Housing and Urban Development officials spent $31,000 on a new dining room set for Secretary Ben Carson’s office in late 2017 — just as the White House circulated its plans to slash HUD’s programs for the homeless, elderly and poor,” the New York Times reports.

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How the GOP Ended Up with Candidates Like Donald Trump and Roy Moore

A new Morning Consult poll reveals that Republicans care more about a candidate’s policy positions than they do about his or her character. That explains how a serial sexual assaulter became president and a serial pedophile almost became a U.S. senator.

Here’s the data:


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The Republican’s Guide to Etiquette

We owe a debt of gratitude to the New York Times editorial boardScreen Shot 2017-10-10 at 1.18.02 PM for compiling a list of bad acts performed by the president of the United States that his fellow Republicans appear to be just fine with.

Republicans used to care a lot about how a president comports himself, and whether he acts at all times with the dignity his station demands.

But hey, that was then! In 2017, there’s a whole new bar for tolerable conduct by the commander in chief. Our original guide cataloged several dozen examples. Almost five months later, it’s clear that an update is necessary. This expanded list is meant to ensure that Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans never forget what they now condone in a president.

If you are president during these dark days you may: “Mock a foreign leader with a demeaning nickname and threaten his country with nuclear annihilation over Twitter; call for the firing of ‘son of a bitch’ athletes who choose to exercise their right to free speech”; and refer to the White House as a “real dump.”