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Forgive us, but we keep forgetting that Harry Reid is still Senate Minority Leader. Generally, he's just sort of fading into the background as he edges toward retirement, although we are ever mindful of the fact that he is probably mobbed up and could have us murdered if and when he feels like it. It must be that sense of security that has currently emboldened him to be our fave version of Harry Reid: "Fuck you, I'm almost out of here Harry." What's that version of Harry up to these days? Trolling the ever-living-snot out of the GOP, of course.

On Thursday, he said he would attach gun control amendments to a Republican-backed anti-Obamacare bill in the Senate. [...]

It would bar gun ownership by those convicted of a misdemeanor under a law designed to crack down on aggressive protesting at abortion clinics. [...] The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act of 1994 prohibits the intimidation of or interference with those seeking access to abortion clinics. According to the National Abortion Federation, the Department of Justice convicted 89 individuals under the FACE Act between 1994 and 2013.

Seriously, that is some straight up ball-swinging behavior from ol' Harry. Regrettably, it didn't mean anything, given that the Senate still voted to repeal Obamacare. Now, you might be saying "wait, haven't we voted to repeal Obamacare approximately eleventy billion times already?" Haha silly, that's the House that keeps tilting at that particular windmill. This time, it is the Senate engaging in an utterly impotent and frivolous waste of your tax dollars. Hooray!

Senate Republicans have tried more than a dozen times before to pass legislation to repeal Obamacare, but they could not get the 60 votes needed to overcome Democratic filibusters. In Thursday's vote, Republicans were able to prevent a Democratic filibuster by using a budget procedure known as reconciliation that allowed them to pass the bill with a simple majority.

What does the Republican repeal bill do? Oh, it gets rid of the individual mandate, gets rid of the mandate for employers with more than 50 workers, gets rid of fines for failure to comply, gets rid of subsidies to low-income people, gets rid of the Medicaid expansion ... you get the picture. In a particularly nice touch, those last two provisions wouldn't be in effect until after the 2016 elections, giving the GOP ample time to fool both the poors and the olds into thinking that they won't basically leave them to die in the streets. And of course it strips funding from Planned Parenthood because affordable reproductive health care really is the greatest tragedy facing America right now.

Never you mind. Bamz is going to veto this thing so hard, and every time they try again, Harry Reid is just going to attach more and more absurd amendments to every bill. The next 13 months are gonna be awesome.

[Raw Story/USA Today]

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Remember a few weeks ago when House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler sent a very nice and loving request to 81 people and entities associated with Donald Trump, including the White House, asking to please FUCKING GIVE IT a million documents, in order to aid Judiciary's investigation into Trump's millions of crimes? Well, the deadline was Monday, and some folks are helping! Others are not!

According to Nadler, they've already gotten "tens of thousands" of documents, and all signs point to more document requests coming, to approximately one million more people. There have been some surprises, too. Steve Bannon is helping a LOT, turning over thousands of pages (which is perhaps too much if you've ever seen that episode of "The West Wing," where CJ Cregg talks about being so crazy over-compliant with Congress that they just snow down investigators with everything, including take-out menus and junk mail). Trump Inauguration weirdo/longtime associate Tom Barrack is helping, and Hope Hicks is also too gonna be a good little helper. And so on!

And some are asking for "friendly subpoenas," like for instance attorney Keith Davidson, who used to rep Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who's asking for that in order to "formalize the process," as Politico puts it. (Some people don't like being asked nicely.)

Still others are saying straight up NO, and some of them have better reasons than others. Roger Stone is pleading the Fifth on advice of counsel because, you know, he's in trouble with the law right now. Rick Gates says he can't really help, citing how he is still a cooperating witness who is very business hunting wabbits in multiple ongoing investigations. And Julian Assange said no, because (LOL) he is a journalist, you guys, and Congress shouldn't subpoena journalists about their sources. (Actually WikiLeaks is a cut-out for Russian intelligence. Which is kind of like "journalist," except not remotely.)

But the real story here is that the White House, in response to pretty much every document request it's gotten, is saying "FUCK OFF! WE ARE GOING TO DO THE WATERGATE THING! IT WORKED OUT VERY WELL, IN WATERGATE! FUCK IT, LET'S DO THE WATERGATE THING!"

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