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A ha ha ha, we had to do a Google search to make sure nobody had put that crack in a headline yet. So anyway yes,Michael Steele spoke ill of Rush Limbaugh on late-night television, and then Rush Limbaugh said mean things about Michael Steele on the radio, and then Steele had to apologize because Rush Limbaugh makes a gazillion dollars a year putting cigars in his face and pontificating on the radio whereas Michael Steele is just some loser from Maryland.


There are a couple of sad/funny aspects to this story. Number one: Michael Steele, bless his heart, really is trying to help the Republican party by going on shows like whatever it's called, D.L. Hughley Talks About the News. Obviously he will not win over any young black liberal voters by doing so, but as President Obama has already proved, the point isn't always to win people over -- it's to look like you're trying. Michael Steele appears to be honestly trying to rescue the Republican party from becoming the exclusive province of angry old Southern whites, and that is commendable. It is just too easy to make fun of him, because he says such comical things all the time.

Second: All this outrage over Rush Limbaugh saying he wants President Obama to fail? STOP IT. Stop being outraged. Remember back in the first few years of the war when Republicans were always saying, "Democrats want us to lose! They want President Bush to fail! How awful of them, and unpatriotic!" even though no Democrats actually said they wanted to lose the war? Sure, this case is a little different because Limbaugh did actually say out loud that he wants the president to fail, and also we are not talking about matters of life and death. But the fact remains: it is annoying as shit when you are in the minority party and your motherfucking JOB is to oppose pretty much everything the president does, and the majority party comes out and acts all outraged that you don't support the president.

Anyway, the point is that the rancid megalomaniac Rush Limbaugh now has Michael Steele's testicles, in a jar.

Steele Apologizes To Limbaugh, Praises His Leadership [TPMDC]

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FINALLY. Of course, we say "finally," because we haven't been behind the scenes in the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees to witness the negotiating and wrangling firsthand, so we don't know what it's taken to make this happen, but clear your calendars for July 17, because Bobby Mueller is goin' to Congress!

Committee chairs Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler sent the letter late yesterday, accompanied by a subpoena, for Mueller to testify at 9 a.m. Eastern on July 17, which is a Wednesday, so you will presumably not be busy with brunch. The hearings for each committee will be back to back, after which members of Mueller's staff will meet with committee staff behind closed doors.

Schiff told Rachel Maddow last night that it should not be viewed as a friendly subpoena, because as we all know, Mueller has been very reluctant to become the star of the political circus this will surely create. However, he's gonna have to suck it up, because as we all saw after what happened when Mueller addressed the nation for 10 whole minutes, there is great value in actually having Mueller breathe life into his own work, for an American audience that hasn't read his 448-page report. (And we don't blame them/you! We probably wouldn't have read it all if it wasn't our job. It would probably be on our "list," like "someday I am going to watch 'The Sopranos' start to finish finally. And then I will read the Mueller Report!")

Point is, it needs to happen on live TV, where people can gather around at work and on the train and in the Fantastic Sams while they gets their hair did, and let this highly respected public servant tell the story of how America's most hostile enemy attacked the 2016 election in order to help Donald Trump, how the Trump campaign was positively orgasmic over that reacharound, and how Trump criminally obstructed the investigation into that hostile foreign attack at every turn.

And because Robert Mueller is a patriotic American who respects the rule of law and our institutions, he will be complying with the subpoena, because of fucking course he will.

Right off the bat, we have a couple of questions:

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The House of Representatives passed a $4.5 billion emergency bill to fund detention of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers yesterday, but the bill's demands that government meet minimal standards of humane treatment led Donald Trump to threaten a veto, because no one puts cruelty in a corner. The bill passed largely along party lines, 230-195, with four progressive Democratic first-term representatives opposing it because they believed the machinery of the New Cruelty shouldn't get a single dollar more. Trump prefers a bill already passed by the Senate, which would provide a similar level of funding $4.6 billion), but lacks the House bill's crazy radical requirements that migrants be held in less horrifying conditions than have been reported in the last week.

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