A semi-nude man accused of killing four people at a Nashville Waffle House is still on the run this morning. Police warn that he is to be considered armed and dangerous. The shooter was initially stopped by a patron who wrestled the AR-15 away.

Sean Hannity has a multi-million dollar real estate empire of 870 foreclosed homes in seven states owned by a nesting series of shell companies. Maybe that's why he's been so nice to HUD Secretary Ben Carson?

The DNC is suing the Trump campaign, Russia and Wikileaks for dicking around in the 2016 election, and DNC chair Tom Perez is telling critics on the far-left and right to wake the fuck up.

As our Five Dollar Feminist has been trying to tell you, there is a strange relationship between Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson, one of the lawyers involved in all those hush money payments to Trump's mistresses.

After a report from the New York Times's Maggie Haberman about how Michael Cohen might flip on Trump, Trump spent the weekend bitching on Twitter. Habersarus appeared on CNN to stand by her reporting, saying that everyone around Trump calls him "abusive," particularly to Cohen.

The Trump administration wants to use the Defense Production Act of 1950 to help the coal and nuclear industry. The little known rule is a leftover from the Korean War that allows the president to boost industries critical for national security.

The endless grift of snobbish piece of shit and EPA Director Scott Pruitt continues with a deeply discounted mansion owned by an employee of a telecom giant that was coincidentally lobbying for deregulation. Pruitt conveniently never listed the sale of the home on financial disclosures, and has had a lot of unethical side jobs.

Grifty bastard and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke seems to have blocked casinos from two American Indian tribes amid corporate pressure. SURPRISE!

The Trump administration contends Native Americans are a race, not federally recognized tribal governments, and they're threatening to take away their Medicare unless they get jobs.

Civil service workers are now the smallest share of the American civilian workforce since 1967 as more and more get forced out of their personally rewarding middle-class jobs. Thanks again, conservative budget fuckery!

Mick Mulvaney thinks there are problems in how we pay federal workers and that "we overpay at the lower levels and underpay at the upper levels. "This is a nice way of saying that he wants to fuck over career federal workers (read: DEEP STATE).

An Army chaplain at Fort Bragg says he was following orders from Jesus when he told another soldier that he couldn't conduct a gay wedding, and now it's raising questions about the validity of the Chaplain Corps.

Navy and Marine Corps leaders say that transgender troops are not fucking up unit cohesion. So shut it already, Christ.

The Trump administration is wasting time and resources with xenophobic bullshit and not allowing soldiers to do their jobs, and the death of Spc. Nemanja "Yani" Janicijevic, an immigrant soldier, is shining a light on their bureaucratic border wall.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments for the Muslim ban travel restrictions on ethnic and religious minorities later this week, but that fight is also dragging Trump's plan to create a National Vetting Center back into the spotlight.

Fact: There aren't enough impeachment lawyers for all the conservative politicians facing possible impeachment. LOLOL

The Senate foreign relations committee is expected to tell Mike Pompeo to fuck right off to his CIA hidey-hole in Langley after Sen. Rand Paul declined to support his nomination.

Aside from the nomination fight for Mike Pompeo, the Senate is up to some shady shit this week, like slashing debate times and fast-tracking Trump nominations.

After seeing candidates in bitter primary fights get even nastier, Democratic leaders are beginning to intervene -- but the strategy could backfire (again).

Eric Greitens's sex scandal has been a boon for Sen. Claire McCaskill as her Republican opponent, state AG Josh Hawley, faces attacks from the left and right.

Retiring Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker won't be mean to the Democrat running for his seat, nor can he find anything nice to say about the Republican candidate, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a corporate-controlled crank. This has prompted Mitch McConnell to bitch at Corker about staying on message.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wants to suspend rules for special elections to fill Blake Farenthold's empty seat in the House bro caucus.

For the first time, teachers in Arizona have voted to strike statewide on Thursday, provided state legislators do not meet their demands. Legislators have cut $1 billion from schools since 2008; Arizona ranks 47th in student spending.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced that the nation no longer NEEDS nuclear missiles or tests. Ahead of talks with the North, South Korea has decided to stop blaring K-Pop across the DMZ. As usual, Trump has prematurely bragged about creating peace in the far East, but foreign policy experts are warning that this could all be a clever ruse.

Obama's secret international diplomacy tour will take him to South Africa to give a lecture in commemoration of the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela; he'll also convene a five day meeting of 200 young people in Johannesburg.

The international grey market is salivating at the windfall profits it can make during Trump's trade war.

French President Emmanuel Macron will head to Trump's White House later this week where they're expected to bitch at each other about foreign policy. Trump has opted to make his first state dinner a tiny one, booting out Democrats and media.

Rather than respond to a question about her husband's curious anti-Trump tweets, Kellyanne Conway railed against CNN's Dana Bash, calling Bash a mean mean sexist who was "crossing the Rubicon."

Amid chants of "Nazi scum, get out," Milo Yiano-whatever was kicked out of a DSA bar in Manhattan. There's video, and it's delicious.

App developer and Cambridge Analytica researcher Aleksandr Kogan apologized for stealing everyone's Facebook data on 60 Minutes and defended himself, saying that nobody cared back then, that stealing data was "a feature, not a bug." Kogan also says he isn't a Russian spy, and he might sue Facebook for being mean to him. [Transcript]

Last night John Oliver 'splainered the Iranian nuclear deal (JCPOA), and how it's not at all "a bad deal."

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I'd mentioned this week that there's definitely probably a tape out there of Donald Trump referring to a black person as a "nigger," because Trump is a racist and that's sort of what they do. Sarah Huckabee Sanders won't even affirmatively deny such a tape exists, and she's from the "two plus two equals five" school of communications management. I also speculated that once the tape was released, Republican supporters of the president would flock to defend his vile words: "Hey, if you rearrange the letters in "nigger," you get "ginger" and who doesn't like redheads and the occasional Dark 'n' Stormy?"

The shameful display has already started and the supposed recording isn't even available for pre-order on iTunes. Georgia State Senator Michael Williams stated in appearance on CNN's "New Day Saturday" that if Trump -- who's the president, by the way -- did say "nigger," it would certainly concern him as an "individual" but "not necessarily as a person that is running our country." So, uh, what the hell is that? This has been a standard argument from Republicans ever since Trump crawled his way out of the sewers of birtherism and onto a major political stage: "We think Trump is a terrible human being -- seriously, we have to shower immediately after meeting with him -- but we still think he's a suitable steward of the most powerful nation on the planet."

Normally, you'd think this would work the other way. You know, your brother-in-law is a nice enough guy. Your sister certainly could've done worse. You don't mind the slightly rambling sports-ball discussions with him at family gatherings. He's good for looking after the kids (as long as your sister is present or reachable by cell), but you'd never invest your hard-earned money into whatever half-assed business venture he's trying to get off the ground nor would you back his run for any serious political office.

I've long had issues with the "brilliant asshole" archetype in TV and movies. It's almost always a white male (because women and minorities must be perfect) whose emotional immaturity and overall jerkass behavior we're told to overlook because they're so goshdarned awesome. Do you want some PC "cuck" or do you want Dr. House to figure out that the MS symptoms you're suffering are really just because you ate a stale doughnut? Sherlock Holmes doesn't have time for your feelings or social niceties -- not while he's solving mysteries and being dreamy.

Trump, however, isn't "brilliant." He's just a guy who says "nigger." They're hardly a scarcity in the market. You don't even have to venture out to a klan rally to find one. You can order online -- same day social media delivery.

Williams argues that Trump didn't use the word "nigger" when he was in the "office of the president." It was just some youthful indiscretion when he was almost 60. I don't even know where he's going with this. Does he think Trump has changed? He routinely insults and belittles black people. He also calls black NFL players who peacefully protest "sons of bitches." Was that his way of weaning off calling us "niggers"? Has he been wearing a "nigger" patch on his arm to control his cravings for the racial epithet?

"He used the word in his personal life," Williams said. (It was actually in a workplace context -- SER) "Now if he were president and were to go on TV and use the n-word, I'd have a major problem with that."

It's heartening repulsive to see that Williams draws the line at Trump holding an official "nigger" press conference. I think once we reach that point, Trump will probably also reveal that his buddies on the Supreme Court discovered a typo in the Thirteenth Amendment and black folks' work-life balance will start to really suffer.

"I will always say using the n-word is wrong, and it's bad, and should never be accepted in our society. But just because (Trump) might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn't mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it," GOP state Sen. Michael Williams, who is white, told CNN's Victor Blackwell on "New Day Saturday."

Blackwell, who is black, had to sit there and listen to this crap from a white elected official who is just 45 years old. You know, the word "nigger" doesn't even appear in the Dred Scott decision, for example, but that's not necessary for reasonable people to understand that it was racist as hell. We all know Trump is racist, but now Republicans can't even repudiate the worst demonstrations of his racial animus. The first black president hasn't even been out of office for two full years and already "nigger" is being redefined. What would once end a campaign in its tracks when Blackwell and I were growing up is now just an "oops, my bad."

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