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An NSA contractor has leaked evidence to The Intercept that details Russian attempts at spear phishing 100 election officials right before the election; it must be true because it burned its source, and Glenn Greenwald is gritting his teeth since it has nothing to do with Hillary's murderous email-o-tron 2000.

Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie won't start a White House war room to obstruct combat the Trump-Russia investigations presumably because they couldn't convince anyone to sit in a room and take orders from President Bannon, David Bossie, and Corey Lewandowski while Trump barks at the teevee.

Four major law firms have passed on representing Trump because they're afraid Trump won't listen to a word they say. That's not a joke, but it's pretty damn funny!

Trump's White House wanted to dump Russian oil sanctions even after it dumped Mike Flynn because reasons, money; also 'Merica!

The Trump Hotel in D.C. got $270,000 from a lobbying firm that is financed by Saudi Arabia, but don't worry, The Trump Organization and Donald Trump are totally separate entities and CERTAINLY not coordinating, or compensating one another in any way. [Archive]

All 18 Democrats on the House Oversight committee have signed on to invoke the "Seven Member Rule" for unredacted copies of the lease for the Trump hotel in D.C. in response to the Trump administrations policy of telling Democratic lawmakers to piss off with all their "rules" and "ethics" and "laws."

The Trump Organization is going to make new discount hotels which will promote Trump's MAGA slogan, and they're going to be chock-full of tchotchke Americana flair, and planted in those hellish, desolate areas of middle-America where unemployed, pill-popping Trumpkins already live.

Trump is SUPER MAD at Jeff Sessions stepping out of the way so Trump has to obstruct the long, flabby arm of justice all by himself.

WaPo dug into Scott Pruitt's claim of adding 50,000 new coal jobs and, SPOILER ALERT, it's a big load of crap.

REXXON might be MIA, just like the rest of the State Department, but I wonder if anyone checked to see if he was hiding UNDER the bed?

There was 8th grader who refused to pose for a picture with Paul Ryan, and the poor kid took a lot of heat from butthurt "patriots," so she wrote an op-ed that says, “I know what Paul Ryan stands for and I’m not going to take a picture with him.”

The author of the Torture Memo from the George W. Bush administration, Steven Bradbury, has been nominated for General Counsel of Transportation, so Crom only knows what kind of "enhancements" he'll recommend.

Trump thinks it's Democrats who are holding up everything, but if that were true Democrats would actually control Congress. [Infographic]

Nevada has a fancy new plan to give Medicaid to everybody. DID SOMEONE SAY SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE!? That's socialism!

Deep within the formerly smoke-filled rooms of Congress, Republicans are deeply concerned Trump is ruining their dreams of screwing all the poor people, and rewarding corporate malpractice.

A top-ranking US diplomat to China has quit over disagreements with the Trump administration, but the 27-year career foreign service officer was probably just throwing a partisan-fueled temper tantrum about the Paris Accord (and NATO, the EU, etc.).

Multiple diplomats in Not America are quietly expressing their frustration with Trump, but anyone who WILLINGLY goes to Not America is really more of an Ameri-can't.

Over 130 British imams are refusing to participate in burial services for the London attackers and are joining a chorus of Muslims around the world in condemnation because they're good people, just like everyone else.

The blacklisting of Qatar continues as regional banks freeze out the tiny Middle Eastern oil-dependent nation, and Qatar is asking Kuwait to say some nice things to all their neighbors.

Ever the optimist, Pat Roberson took to the airwaves to blame London's terrorist attacks on hippy lefties who don't feel like participating in a police state and actively stall the NuCrusades.

Mike Pence welcomed the Prime Minister of Montenegro in yet another attempt to look like an adult, and less like a constipated and sexually repressed religious zealot.

A Breitbart editor was fired for making racist statements about Muslims after the London attacks, and I swear I just saw a pig flying with a cow.

The Million Deplorable March in Canada drew about 100 people, according to Canadian police, but don't you dare tell that to the Daily Caller. They SWEAR there was over 5,000 people!

The GOP is planning to go all-in on the fake-news narrative for 2018 since they don't have any policy positions other than "Lie, cheat, steal and kill the poor." Reporters are advised to buy body armor and bourbon.

The 2020 presidential field is full of ladies right now and they're all busy sculpting their message. AWWW YEA!

And here's your late night wrap-up! The Daily Show had correspondent Michelle Wolf calling bullshit on Megyn Kelly; Jimmy Kimmel noticed Putin say something about Trump; Colbert caught up with covfefe; and Seth Meyers took A Closer Look at Trump's twitter fights.

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Republicans are devouring each other's carcasses, and we are here for it! Especially when one of those Republicans is King Kris of the Kansas Votefucker Klan ... errr, Clan! It's been a week since Kansans cast their votes in the gubernatorial primary, and the GOP looks to be rolling up its sleeves for a slugfest.

As we type, Kobach leads by 298 votes out of more than 314,000 cast -- a whopping 0.00095 percent, if you round up! The Kansas GOP begged Donald Trump to stay out of the race and leave the field clear for sitting governor Jeff Colyer, who took over when Sam Brownback wandered off to bring Jesus to the Hottentots on behalf of the US government. Safe bet that Colyer would be gearing up for the general election now if President Twitterthumbs hadn't flapped his yap. So thanks for that, Donny!

No, really, THANKS!

Remember the hanging chad debacle in Florida? Now picture it in a landlocked state with more cows than people. It's like fantasy island for Devin Nunes, ALLEGEDLY.

Oh, but we are to kid!

After first insisting he wasn't going to recuse from the counting, Secretary of State Kris Kobach (one and the same!) wrote Colyer a fabulously bitchy letter agreeing to hand off the tabulation to his deputy, Eric Rucker. Colyer had made the shocking suggestion that Kobach delegate responsibility to the Kansas attorney general, rather than his own political appointee, and Kobach was stretched out on the settee with a fit of the vapors at the gross impropriety of it all!

I will not breach the public trust and arbitrarily assign my responsibilities to another office that is not granted such authority by the laws of Kansas.

After several anguished paragraphs, Kobach closed by remonstrating that Colyer was betraying his office by destroying the faith of Kansans in the sacred integrity of their electoral process.

As governor of Kansas, your unrestrained rhetoric has the potential to undermine the public's confidence in the election process. May I suggest that you trust the people of Kansas have made the right decision at the polls and that our election officials will properly determine the result as they do in every election.

Said the guy whose entire adult life has been dedicated to whipping up panic about millions of imaginary illegal alien voters.

So now these two princes can kick the crap out of each other WITH VOTES, specifically, provisional ballots cast by unaffiliated voters under the supervision of poorly trained poll workers. Kansas holds closed primaries, meaning only registered Republicans can vote to select the GOP candidate, BUT an unaffiliated voter can cast a vote by checking a box identifying as a Democrat or a Republican at the polling place. This was news to some poll workers, who mistakenly directed over one thousand unaffiliated voters to use provisional ballots without checking the box indicating party preference. Whoops!

So, will those provisional ballots be counted based on voter intent? Or tossed based on strict interpretation of the statute? And does Kansas law mandate tossing mail-in ballots that arrive without a postmark on Wednesday, since there's no forensic proof that they were mailed before midnight on Tuesday? And how disgusted will the Kansas electorate be when one of these assholes emerges from the melée holding the other one's scalp? And how many millions of dollars are going to be spent on litigating the Republican primary while this nice lady Laura Kelly, the Democratic minority whip of the Kansas Senate, is out campaigning for November?

Even before this debacle, Kobach looked significantly weaker against Kelly than Colyer, with self-funded Libertarian Jeff Orman threatening to throw a wrench in the works. The Wichita Eagle reports on a Remington Research Poll conducted in July:

In a Kelly-Orman-Kobach race, the poll puts Kelly and Kobach effectively in a dead heat — 36 percent for Kelly and 35 percent for Kobach, with Kelly's lead within the margin of error. Orman has 12 percent.

Colyer leads in a three-way race with Kelly and Orman, according to the poll. In that scenario, Colyer receives 38 percent of the vote, while Kelly gets 28 percent and Orman receives 10 percent.

Which is ONE POLL, in a deeply red state, but ... Kobach is a crap candidate who's likely to emerge from this fight with two black eyes and a pissed off base. If there's anyone who can blow this election, it's Kris Kobach.

Keep fighting, Kris! You can do it! (And now we need a shower.)

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[Kobach letter / Wichita Eagle / Mother Jones / Kansas City Star]

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While most people spent this weekend telling Nazi punks to fuck off, a couple 11-year-olds were in Las Vegas hacking into voting machines. Why? BECAUSE IT'S FUN!

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