MSNBC Sends Chuck Todd Packing To Early Afternoon. He Won’t Be Missed.

MSNBC has bumped Chuck Todd from the 5 p.m. slot, and there was much rejoicing. Starting August 19, the first day of the virtual Democratic National Convention, Todd's “MTP Daily" will air at 1 p.m. eastern. (I'd recommend watching “Days Of Our Lives" instead.)

Nicolle Wallace's “Deadline: White House," which airs at 4 p.m., will expand to two hours. The former Sarah Palin wrangler is smart, thoughtful, and fully prepared for the job. She treats politics as if real people's lives are at stake. Todd has long rankled me (and everyone) with his “horse race" style journalism. He's also a lousy interviewer, who admitted he was “naive"when he let Kellyanne Conway “alternative fact" her way through interviews. Or when he just sat there while Donald Trump insulted the nation's intelligence.

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Trump's Axios Interview Was Pretty F*ckin' Deranged, Yeah?

When we got our first snippet of Axios's big interview with Donald Trump, it confirmed our suspicions that even though Trump has talked to his Russian daddy Vladdy EIGHT TIMES since February, he hasn't bothered to say anything about how Putin has most likely been paying Taliban fighters to murder American troops in Afghanistan. Just didn't come up. Not on his mind. He thinks it's fake news, even though it's been in his briefings multiple times.

The president of the United States is an unhinged bastard who is actively working against America.

And now the full interview is out, and surprise, the president of the United States is an unhinged bastard who is actively working against America. This is 37 minutes of the most deranged shit we have ever seen from Trump, and credit goes to Axios's Jonathan Swan for not putting up with it.

Want to see Trump pore confusedly over elementary-school-level charts about the coronavirus, while bragging about how well he's handled the virus that's killed more than 150,000 Americans? Want to see Trump, when Swan responds with incredulity that 1,000 Americans are dying per day, say "It is what it is," and then continue bragging?

Want to see Trump completely unable to come up with anything to say about John Lewis, besides that Lewis didn't go to his inauguration, and Trump has done more for Black people than anybody except maybe Abraham Lincoln? Because of how that is the only thing Trump knows about John Lewis, and that is the only rehearsed line he has about Black people?

Want to see him tell accused child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell to have a great summer again?

All of that is here, in this Axios interview. And so much more!

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Senate’s Dumbest Republican Still Thinks COVID-19 A Slightly More Annoying Flu

We've often referred to Wisconsin's Ron Johnson as the Senate's dumbest Republican. That's probably unfair because no Democratic senator would still compare COVID-19 to the damn flu in August of 2020 after at least 155,900 Americans have died, but that's the nonsense the absolute dumbest member of the Senate was slinging on Steve Bannon's podcast Monday.

First, though, Johnson helped Bannon pitch hydroxychloroquine as the miraculous COVID-19 quick fix Democrats and doctors who graduated from medical school won't give us. Johnson considers this "one of the most frustrating issues" he's faced in the Senate.

JOHNSON: It's baffling to me that it became so politicized.

Big dummy conspiracy theorists, many of them Republicans, “politicized" hydroxychloroquine when they refused to trust actual medical experts — not quacks like Doctor Demon Semen — who keep telling everyone through their Picard face palm that hydroxychloroquine isn't an effective treatment for the coronavirus. Now, please wear a damn mask.

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If You've Ever Thought 'I Wonder What Jerry Falwell's Upper Pubic Mound Looks Like' This Is Your Blog Post!

You probably had a normal Monday. You got up, gave some ham slices to the cat, started your workday. You took a break, checked Twitter and Wonkette, gave some ham slices to the cat, went back to work. Maybe you ordered lunch takeout from a local eatery you like. You watched your shows last night while casually giving ham slices to the cat, and you fell asleep. Besides how you gave the cat at least 34 ham slices, which is way too many, you are normal.

Jerry Falwell Jr., though. Apparently he was busy deleting this on Monday, from where he had posted it on Instagram this weekend, we guess, until people started noticing it. This is not normal.

OK, you fucking nerd.

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250,000 Maskless, Clueless Bikers Descend On Small South Dakota Town

Surely this will not end well.

In what may go down in history as the stupidest biker-related moment since Altamont, nearly 250,000 bikers are gathering in Sturgis, South Dakota for a big biker rally, where they will, uh, ride their bikes, refer to their spouses as their old ladies (probably) and not wear masks ... at a time when COVID-19 rates are spiking all over the country again because of people continuing to do stupid shit like this. What could possibly go wrong?

So far, there have been a lot of the expected interviews with people who know they are taking a risk, but feel like it's worth it for some reason.

Via NBC:

One attendee, Stephen Sample, said he rode his bike from Arizona for the event.

"I don't want to die, but I don't want to be cooped up all my life either," the 66-year-old said.

Sample said he does have concerns about catching the virus and will try to avoid indoor bars and venues, where he feels there is a greater risk.

"I think we're all willing to take a chance," he said.

Sure, but are the people at their grocery stores back home also willing to take a chance?

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Trump's Pre-Existing-Conditions Shuffle Is Gonna Fool A Whole Lot Of People

Unfortunately.

On Friday, Donald Trump announced that he would be signing an executive order requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, which would be totally groundbreaking were that not already a thing someone (Obama) had already done and if he could actually do that through an executive order if it wasn't.

"Over the next two weeks I'll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers," he boasted at a press conference conference at a golf course he owns in Bedminster, New Jersey, "That's a big thing. I've always been very strongly in favor. We have to cover pre-existing conditions so we will be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all of its customers. This has never been done before."

This is far from the first time he has promised this — heck, he's even claimed to have already done it. In January of this year, he claimed:

"Mini Mike Bloomberg is spending a lot of money on False Advertising. I was the person who saved preexisting Conditions in your Healthcare, you have it now, while at the same time winning the fight to rid you of the expensive, unfair and very unpopular Individual Mandate and, if Republicans win in court and take back the House of Representatives, your healthcare, that I have now brought to the best place in many years, will become the best ever, by far. I will always protect your Pre-Existing Conditions, the Dems will not!"


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E. Jean Carroll Wants Trump's DNA — And A Judge Says She Can Keep Trying To Get It

He can't delay any longer.

Elle advice columnist E. Jean Carroll would like some of Donald Trump's DNA, and not for decorative purposes. As you may recall, unless it's since blurred together with the rest of Trump's 87,000 scandals, Carroll published a memoir last summer in which she recalled being raped in a dressing room in Bergdorf Goodman by none other than the current President of the United States back in the '90s. Subsequently, Trump called her a liar, said he'd never met her, and then, even more grotesquely, noted that she was not "his type."

Thus, in November, Carroll filed a defamation suit against him, seeking to prove that they had indeed met — and that the semen stain on the black dress she was wearing that day would prove it. As long as she could get his DNA.

Naturally, Trump and his lawyers have tried to stave off this lawsuit until the 12th of Never, claiming that as the President, he has immunity to civil lawsuits. They have asked that it at least be held off until an appellate court decides whether or not a similar sexual-assault-related defamation suit brought against him by Summer Zervos, a former apprentice contestant, can go through.

Whoops!

Via The New York Times:

On Thursday, Justice Verna L. Saunders in New York rejected their arguments, pointing to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that concluded Mr. Trump could not block a subpoena for his tax returns by the Manhattan district attorney's office.

The Supreme Court ruling determined that the president did not possess absolute immunity against state criminal subpoenas.

Although that ruling pertained to a criminal investigation, Justice Saunders wrote that the same legal question was relevant to Ms. Carroll's lawsuit — "whether the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution bars a state court from exercising jurisdiction over a sitting President of the United States during his term."

"No, it does not," Justice Saunders wrote.

She said the Supreme Court's ruling applied to "all state court proceedings in which a sitting president is involved," including those involving the president's unofficial or personal conduct.

And they should be!

E. Jean Carroll, for her part, is extremely jazzed about this. Given that Carroll says she was fired from Elle after Trump called her a liar, she has a lot of grounds for a defamation suit on top of wanting to prove that the assault happened.

While sure — there are all kinds of ridiculous people out there who would accuse a sitting president of horrible things, like faking a birth certificate, that are not true, it seems highly unlikely that Carroll would be going for DNA if it were not. The first rule of bullshitting people is to steer clear of easily falsifiable evidence. With something like a birth certificate, it is possible for someone stupid to stare at an actual "long form birth certificate" and go "Well, that could be faked!" With DNA? Not that easy! What would she even say if the DNA turned out to be from another person? That would be extremely awkward.

There are literally only two options here — E. Jean Carroll is telling the absolute truth, or she is completely delusional but somehow hid it for years and years while holding down a job as an advice columnist, of all things. Given that at least two women — former news anchor Carol Martin and Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook — have said that they firmly remember Carroll telling them about it at the time, the latter seems pretty damned unlikely.

[New York Times]

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