Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

The FBI agent "You're Fired" from the Trump-Russia investigation for sexting and thoughtcrimes, Peter Strzok, wants to testify before the House Judiciary Committee to set a couple of things straight.

Federal prosecutors in New York revealed that they'd recovered a bunch of things Michael Cohen tried to destroy, including encrypted messages, shredded documents, and (maybe) HIS EMAILS from an old Blackberry.

Trey Gowdy and Devin Nunes went on Trump TV to blow smoke up the asses of FBI and Justice Department officials ignoring their efforts to obstruct Trump-Russia investigations, and Nunes even threatened there will be "hell to pay."

Adam Schiff went on Meet the Press and stated it was "deeply disturbing" that Nunes received classified info from FBI field agents about HER EMAILS in 2016 and never bothered to tell anybody.

Steve Bannon crawled out of the ooze to lie about Trump's lying with ABC's Jonathan Karl, and reinforce Trump's policy of kidnapping Mexican children.

A new story by the New York Times examines how Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy came to fruition, and quotes Trump's senior policy advisor Stephen Miller, "It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law."

Beto O'Rourke led a march of hundreds to a tent city in Tornillo, Texas, for a Father's Day protest of Trump administration immigration policies that separate families.

Democratic lawmakers across the country spent the weekend drawing more attention to Trump's immigration policy by joining protesters, touring detention facilities, and publicly criticizing the administration.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen yelled at the press in a tweetstorm for "irresponsible" news reports on Trump's immigration policy, stating "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period."

A few hours later, Kellyanne Conway embraced her WASPy roots on Meet the Press and said that it was, in fact, the policy -- but it was all (somehow) the Democrats fault.

Meanwhile, as Trump spent Father's Day golfing and shitposting on Twitter, a number of prominent Republicans and former government officials came out blasting the administration's zero tolerance policy. Former First Lady Laura Bush wrote an op-ed in WaPo, and former NSA Director General Michael Hayden compared migrant detention centers to concentration camps. Even someone wrote a thing down for Melania Trump that kind of/sort of criticized the policy.

Trump is hoping to leverage the anger over his policy of kidnapping and detaining immigrant children in order to get funding for his border wall, and he's already threatening to shut down the government in September if he doesn't get his way.

Later this week the House is set to vote on two immigration bills, one moderate and one conservative, but the whole thing is just a charade so vulnerable House Republicans can go back home and say they tried. Trump's already shanked both bills, and they were already unlikely to pass.

Trump's White House comms team is desperate to avoid the appearance of a purge, so they've been slowly walking people to the door, single-file, while Trump himself takes over press duties.

Don't expect the old gang to get back together anytime soon, as people from Trump's 2016 campaign like Corey Lewandowski, David Bossie and Jason Miller don't want a paltry government salary just to hawk Trump wares; they're making tons of money hanging in the Balkans supporting pro-Russian nationalists.

A new blurb in Axios details how Trump's White House staff doesn't know what he's doing from one moment to the next, and John Kelly is sick of Trump promising not to do or say things, then going out and doing/saying the thing he swore he wouldn't do/say.

Trump's federal hiring freeze has pushed federal prisons to use nurses, teachers and secretaries to work as guards, and it's causing all sorts of horrible problems.

Trump has nominated an aide to Mick Mulvaney, Kathy Kraninger, to head the CFPB so that Mulvaney can scuttle back to the Office of Management and Budget and businesses can keep writing their own regulations.

The assault on federal workers and their unions continues as HUD wants to kick out all union offices from its federal buildings, AND revise contracts for employees of the Social Security Administration.

Wilbur Ross lied when he said he'd divest his business holdings before getting into government. He has kept his stake in a China/Russia-linked bank (being investigated by Robert Mueller!) while he attempts to stay awake long enough to negotiate Trump's trade war.

Paul Ryan still hasn't finished cutting up the social safety net, so don't expect him to go quietly into the night.

In Florida a constant stream of Trump-loving retirees are Republicans' best weapon against a Blue Wave because they're wealthy, white, and segregating themselves in private communities.

Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and racist Corey Stewart spent the weekend trading barbs, with Kaine attacking Stewart's support of white supremacists from Charlottesville, while Stewart went on Kasie DC and said, "Tim Kaine hates America."

Independent voters in Iowa's 1st district will ultimately decide if they want to keep corporate sleazebag Republican Rep. Rod Blum, or switch things up with the totally awesome Abby Finkenauer. Here's our take on the race so far!

Democratic candidates refusing PACs are doing far better than expected, with people like Beto O'Rourke seeing windfalls of financial support from local donors.

Democrats have been licking their pencils and wounds in Wisconsin and they're hoping to make a comeback in 2020 by putting money into the boots on the ground that need it most.

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford boohoo'd to Chuck Todd about losing his primary to a crazy Trump lady, and bitched about Republicans running in fear of Trump tweets, stating, "The idea that you can't speak out and say, 'I disagree with you here, but I agree with you on 90 percent of the stuff' ... is, again, a twilight world that I've never seen."

Arizona is seeing a record number of politically active Native Americans, but many still harbor a great deal of mistrust for government officials.

A suspected gang shooting at a 24-hour art festival in Trenton, New Jersey, left a 33-year-old man dead, and 22 others injured.

John Oliver 'splainered China, and how Chinese "President" Xi Jinping has consolidated power around himself to become a dictator for life.

The World Health Organization has listed "Gaming Disorder" as a mental health condition, and is asking medical professionals and families for help in disconnecting kids.

And here's your morning Nice Time! Sea Turtles!

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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