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What's happening on the floor of the House Of Representatives right now? Oh nothing, except for how a team of badass Democratic representatives, led by Congressman John Lewis, the Civil Rights badass hero, are staging a sit-in on the House floor, demanding action on gun violence:

More than two dozen Democrats were participating in the sit-in shortly before noon, with some lawmakers seated cross-legged on the floor. [...]

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the veteran lawmaker who was brutally beaten by police in the civil rights march on Selma, Ala., began the sit-in with a speech on the floor where he was surrounded by dozens of his colleagues.

"We have turned deaf ears to the blood of the innocent and the deaths in our nation," he said. "Mr, Speaker, where is the heart of this body. Where is our soul?

"How many more mothers, how many more fathers have to share tears of grief before we decide to do anything?"

You are probably going to want to watch Lewis's entire speech, as it is incredible and a transcript does not do it justice, so here you go:

 

Lewis asked, "Do we have the courage, do we have raw courage, to make at least a down payment on ending gun violence in America? ... Not next month, not next year, but NOW! TODAY!"

And then they sat:

 

The answer to Lewis's question about courage was obviously "Fuck no we don't," because soon after, the House went into recess and all the cameras were turned off. Here is Rep. Chellie Pingree, tweeting in defiance of that:

In the picture on the left, you can see Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis, who we are proud to note is our own personal congressman. (Well, not our PERSONAL congressman! He represents all the citizens of Tennessee's 9th, #politicalfact)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut is there. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois is there. Reps. John Larson, Steny Hoyer, Karen Bass ... all sitting in.

Democratic California Rep. Scott Peters shared video of the congresspeople speaking out and chanting, "No bill, no break!" on his Periscope account, and tweeted this picture and statement:

Oh, and here is former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who sadly knows too much about gun violence, tweeting her support:

So many, raising their voices and planting their asses until something, GODDAMNED ANYTHING, gets done. Can you tell they are pissed, a little bit? You can keep up with their badass act of activism, defiance and love by following the hashtag #NoBillNoBreak.

[wonkbar]<a href="http://wonkette.com/603211/senate-republicans-vote-to-send-thoughts-and-prayers-to-future-mass-shooting-victims"></a>[/wonkbar]The Senate had yet another chance to do something Monday night, eight days after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. The Senate failed, yet again. Maybe these fine Democratic reps might be able to get House Republicans to take real concrete action on HAHAHAHAHA can't finish that sentence. House Republicans are ginormous flaccid weenuses, eternally and pathetically beholden to the NRA. They do not care when people die in hails of gunfire.

But goddamn, at least these Democrats are raising hell.

[The Hill]

Evan Hurst

Evan Hurst is the senior editor of Wonkette, which means he is the boss of you, unless you are Rebecca, who is boss of him. His dog Lula is judging you right now.

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Oh hi! Michael Cohen is going to jail, because he is guilty! Just like Paul Manafort is guilty and GO THE FUCK TO JAIL! WHERE HE ALREADY WAS! (Read up on that here!) And all this news came out in the same hour, somehow, because we live in the dumbest fucking episode of "Law & Order" Dick Wolf ever threw on the cutting room floor, on account of how it was too stupid for words.

However, Cohen avoided a big nasty trial (or series of trials, like Manafort opted for) by just cold pleading guilty to a buncha fuckin' crimes, like a crimer who does a buncha fuckin' crimes all the time. And he implicated Donald Trump in a couple of them!

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HOLY FUCK this afternoon! Michael Cohen just finished a hearing in a New York courtroom where he said, "DURRRR I AM SO GUILTY," but this post is not about that. This post is about how Paul Manafort verdict has just come out! He has been found guilty on eight of the 18 charges he faced in the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA). The jury is hopelessly deadlocked on the other 10, and so a mistrial will be declared on those and Paul Manafort may get to be retried on them, in addition to his next trial over conspiracies against the United States and witness tampering, which starts next month in Washington DC. Maybe the government will decide Manafort is going to die in jail anyway, and play hooky from retrying those other counts. They probably need a vacay, don't you think?

Trump really does hire the best people!

NBC News's Ken Dilanian broke the news that Manafort has been convicted on five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to report a foreign bank account on an IRS form, and two charges of bank fraud. The short version of that is that he is guilty of EIGHT FEDERAL FELONIES (so far) and he is going to jail for EIGHT MILLION YEARS for each count. (OK, that is probably not completely accurate. But still, welcome to prison, Paul Manafort!)

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