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Let's say you're preparing a cable TV news segment on fears that radical Muslim terrorists might sneak into America among the 10,000 Syrian refugees President Obama has agreed to accept. (We'll leave aside what a pathetically small number of people that is, for the richest nation on earth.) Who would you interview to offer some insight on that question? Maybe someone from the State Department who could explain the screening process? Maybe a security expert who might point out that homegrown terrorists pose a greater threat and that the 9/11 hijackers arrived on tourist visas? If you're Fox News, of course, you don't actually want information on the real risk, which is next to nil; you want to stroke your viewers' fears. So you invite Jan Morgan, the Muslim-hating bigot from Hot Springs, Arkansas, who started a lucrative wingnut trend last year when she declared her gun range a "Muslim-free Zone" in the middle of the Great Oklahoma Decapitation Panic. Obviously, this is someone who knows a lot about refugees!

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On Monday's edition of Fox Business's puckishly named "Intelligence Report with Trish Regan," Ms. Morgan was invited to share her thoughts about whether it's a good idea for the USA to help even a tiny number of the several hundred thousand Syrians who have fled that country's civil war. She expertly explained, as a person who has first-hand experience being terrified of Muslims all the time, that President Obama has clearly handed the nation over to Terrorism, Inc.: "This is not a humanitarian hand that President Obama is extending, it is an open door to an enemy invasion."

Morgan offered some scary fact-like claims: her certainty that "the FBI has documented that there are ISIS jihadists located now in every single state" (which isn't exactly what the FBI said, but who cares about details?), and the irrefutable Fox News "fact" that "81 percent of mosques in America are advancing or promoting violence," so it only makes sense that Islam as a whole should be "declassified as a religion and reclassified as a terrorist organization" because its holy book advocates violence. (Needless to say, the Bible's occasional calls for genocide aren't a problem.) This must have been a pretty exciting experience for Fox viewers, who got the rare treat of seeing another Fox News viewer using Fox News claims to provide some perspective to a Fox News host.

Not that it was a softball interview at all! Host Trish Regan had some tough questions for Morgan, like asking her about the heavy burden of keeping America safe through religious discrimination:

You have to worry about guns getting into the hands of the wrong people, so when you look at the idea of President Obama bringing 10,000 refugees in, many of whom could be extreme Muslims, that worries you, yes?

Not surprisingly, that does worry Morgan -- not only for her own sake, but also for all the Americans who'll have to have these dirty Syrians, most of them proven members of ISIS, living among them.

Regan also had to correct herself at least once when she called Morgan's gun range a "business," quickly changing that to "club," because Morgan has taken to claiming that the public accommodations clause of the 1964 Civil Rights Act doesn't apply to her business, since it's really a private club now: Everyone pays a membership fee, and she doesn't have to follow Big Government's dumb laws no more. We'd love to see her defend that in court.

In any case, Morgan says, at least there's one thing that can keep us safe from the 10,000 Syrian refugees who face a two-year screening process before being relocated to YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD and then activated as Killing Machines:

Thank God! Thank God, Trish, in America, unlike the other countries who are taking these refugees, I thank God that we have our Second Amendment, and our citizens have a right to bear arms to defend life. So at least we have that edge.

Fox Business then went to commercial and presented a story about funding priorities for NASA, based on an interview with a teenager who has seen The Last Starfighter 58 times.

[MediaMatters]

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Hell of a coincidence we have here! On the very same day that a Russian spy gets arrested for using the NRA as a conduit to the Republican Party -- ahem POLITICAL PARTY 1! -- the United States Treasury announces that it won't be collecting donor information from "social welfare groups." Guess which "GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION" is a tax exempt social welfare group that raised $337 million in 2016 and will now be able to hide its donor list from the prying eyes of the American public?

Here's a hint:

That's right, donors to the the NRA and those Kochsuckers at Americans for Prosperity can now dump infinity political dollars into their lobbying and electioneering efforts without having their names disclosed to the Federal Election Commission. Or the IRS. Or anyone who might object to propping up lunatic politicians who want to arm preschoolers.

In the bad old days, i.e. yesterday, "social welfare organizations" had to give the IRS names and addresses of anyone donating over $5,000. But now they get to keep it all secret, as White Jesus and Charles Koch intended. Here's how the Treasury explains the change on its website.

Tax-exempt organizations described by section 501(c), other than section 501(c)(3) organizations, are no longer required to report the names and addresses of their contributors on the Schedule B of their Forms 990 or 990-EZ.

Okay, now 'splain us how awesome this is gonna be, Steven Mnuchin!

Americans shouldn't be required to send the IRS information that it doesn't need to effectively enforce our tax laws, and the IRS simply does not need tax returns with donor names and addresses to do its job in this area. It is important to emphasize that this change will in no way limit transparency. The same information about tax-exempt organizations that was previously available to the public will continue to be available, while private taxpayer information will be better protected.

BOOOOORING! Hey, Mitch McConnell, you're a big old whore -- say the quiet part out loud to the Wall Street Journal.

The IRS's decision is a move in the right direction to end activist regulators' culture of intimidation to silence political speech. [...] More and more states were using these documents to chill political discourse, rather than encourage it.

That'll do it! Can't do anything about the pizza racists running their mouths and ruining the grift. But you can make it harder for customers to work out what corporate owners do with their earnings. Because money is speech, and speech is free, and we all have a First Amendment right to secretly fund organizations that team up with Russia to ratfuck American elections and starve the poor.

Thanks, Justice Kennedy!

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[Treasury.gov / WSJ]

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Fox News has been LI'L BIT CONFUSED about how to cover Donald Trump's treason meeting with Vladimir Putin. There was a lot of tut-tutting from Fox's daytime journalists (the "real" ones) on Monday, but then it was Double Dipshit Time on Monday night as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity took over the commentary. Carlson found the real election hackers (brown Mexican people who either move to America and become legal citizens who vote or brown Mexican people who are just born here, as if THAT is allowed!) and declared that Russian meddling is like number 115 on the list of things that threaten America. (The other 114 are the blacks and the Mexicans and the gypsies, because Tucker Carlson is a white supremacist.) Meanwhile, Hannity hosted Donald Trump for some kind of mutual lick-off session where Trump said that Putin had informed him that there was NO COLLUSION. It's good to have a KGB handler who remembers stuff like that!

But even then, there was a hopeful moment! Fox News's Chris Wallace committed an actual act of journalism Monday night when he interviewed Vladimir Putin, going so far as to stick Robert Mueller's indictments in the Russian leader's stupid fucking face and dare him to read them. He even asked Putin why he constantly murders people with poison. GO GET HIM, CHRIS WALLACE!

Usually the next morning's "Fox & Friends" is like Carlson and Hannity's afterbirth, but Tuesday morning was a little bit different! For some reason, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade and Abby Huntsman were not 100% pleased with Dear Leader's behavior in Helsinki! So they put on their Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski masks and did their best impression of a more dumber version of "Morning Joe," and oh my god it was SO WEIRD. Like, they would be outraged for a second, but then they would immediately compliment him and reassure him that he is a Very Good Boy who won that presidential election fair and square.

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