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Oh, hi Wonketariat! We have many newses for you to ingest today, so here are some of the things we may be talking about.


The gay-hatin' racist former judge with a hard-on for Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, has won the Republican primary for Jeff Sessions's Senate seat in Alabama. Moore beat the "establishment candidate" Luther Strange, and Donald Trump is running away from that loser BUT FAST.

Hey, everyone! The FBI is working with the IRS to share info with Robert Mueller on Paul Manafort.

There's worry on the Hill that bills to protect Robert Mueller and the Trump-Russia investigation might never make it to the Senate floor.

The GOP plan to rob from the poor and give to the rich is hitting some snags as Republicans can't make up their minds on whether or not to bundle ACA repeal with tax reform.

Trump will head to Indiana today to announce his tax reform policy that will cut corporate tax rates to about 20 percent. Per usual, nobody really knows a fucking thing about what the specifics are.

The plan to make private businesses pay for rebuilding fly-over country has been tossed in the shitter; Trump's White House officials are signaling that they want broke-ass states to foot the bill for their own infrastructure improvements.

A few Republicans are open to DACA reforms, but they keep pushing their own toxic crap in order to scuttle any attempt at immigration reform.

While giving a speech at a Detroit suburb, Betsy DeVos stated that she wanted to end the "borrower defense rule" so that she and bullshit for-profit colleges can once again pickpocket students.

The US will cap refugee admissions at 45,000, but the Trump administration technically doesn't have to let in Not Americans. We've just got to protect those Trump Steaks and that Trump Vodka.

For some reason, EPA chief Scott Pruitt needs a $24,570 phone booth. Since he's obviously not a Doctor Who fan, we assume it's so nobody can hear him raping Mother Earth.

In a new ruling, a federal appeals panel has made it easier to be a crooked bastard by making it harder to prove corruption in a court of law. We can all thank Gov. Bob "Transvaginal ultrasound" McDonnell.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to "You're Fired" federal workers who are "not loyal to the flag" as they keep ruining his ability to go helicopter hunting and frack his brains out -- except in Montana, because, "SOME PLACES ARE TOO PRECIOUS TO MINE."

DEA admin Chuck Rosenberg The acting has decided to "You're Fired" himself after finding it impossible to work with honor and dignity in the Trump administration.

HHS Secretary Tom Price's taxpayer-funded private air adventures include personal business meetings, lunch with his kid, and a quick jaunt or two to his island home.

Trump wasted a lot of time and money sending judges to the border to free up immigration courts, except the judges were so bored that they actually started helping stock supply rooms.

Cops in Texas can now get thrown into the slammer for refusing to honor ICE requests after a provision in its Fuck The Messicans anti-Sanctuary City bill was upheld by a federal appeals court.

A Podunk Nowhere, IL, superintendent has "You're Fired" himself after people were SUPER pissed and grossed out by this pervy op-ed he wrote about being a 15-year-old kid ogling the girls volleyball team.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman issued a decree, signed by his father, King Salman, announcing that women in Saudi Arabia can now drive cars. This is a big deal in the conservative Arab world.

Russian rubles were used to buy ads for Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump on Facebook in order to make people hate that old, technocratic email murderer, Hillary Clinton. Once again, Go fuck yourself, Jill Stein.

Back in the olden-timey days of 2015, Ukrainian activists tried to warn Facebook of Russian trolls only to find themselves beaten with banhammers of injustice.

Twitter is considering changing character limits so that way Russian Trump-bots can troll and shitpost at length. You're welcome, America.

Jeff Sessions has a sad that the Senate was mean to Elizabeth Warren for trying to read Coretta Scott King's letter on the Senate floor. "Nevertheless, she persisted."

Neil Gorsuch gave a speech at Mitch McConnell's alma mater, the University of Louisville -- which just happens to be McConnell's hometown, after being introduced by Mitch McConnell, and now some people (LIBARULZ) are calling out Gorsuch for a major ethics violation.

A dumbshit redneck fire chief in Pennsyltucky called sportsballers the "N-Word" on Twitter, but he later apologized for being "frustrated" that all the black people keep trying to make him feel guilty about being a racist.

Somebody wrote a very handy guide for "underprivileged" people to protest "societal issues" so that all the "outer-city people" don't get offended.

And here's your late night wrap-up! Stephen Colbert isn't sure why Trump can't follow his own boycott; Jimmy Kimmel is as sexcited as we are that Graham-Cassidy is dead; Seth Meyers had some thoughts on Puerto Rico; The Daily Show aired a retraction about team Trump's private emails.

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Dominic Gwinn

Dominic is a broke journalist in Chicago. You can find him in a dirty bar talking to weirdos, or lying in a gutter taking photos.

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Guys!

Last

month

was

crazy!

First, NASA sent its last message to the Mars Opportunity rover! THEN scientists said that all the insects are dying but not the human-looking ones in the GOP. As if THAT wasn't enough, some brave pendejos with grandes cojones are going to try and get seafloor creatures from under a giant ice shelf in the ANTARCTIC!

So, yeah, all three of those stories happened last month. Let's cover each in a science lightning round.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is terrible at her job. Her objectives and overall mission are evil, but if it's any consolation she can't effectively implement them. After buying her Cabinet position at Sotheby's, DeVos has spent the past two years trying to roll back Obama-era policies designed to protect and actually educate students. Unfortunately for her evil schemes, federal courts keep smacking down her slimy efforts. It's getting embarrassing.

DeVos recently had to cancel $150 million in student loan debt after courts said her attempts to stop the "borrow defense" regulations from taking effect were in fact illegal. Last week, she was forced to instruct colleges to follow the Obama rule barring mandatory arbitration agreements. She got kicked in the teeth earlier this month when a federal judge ruled she'd acted illegally ... again. This time, DeVos tried to delay an Obama-era guideline that required states to address racial disparities in their special education programs. Judge Tanya S. Chutkan called the delay "arbitrary" and "capricious."

The rule, drafted under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, would require states to identify districts with "significant disproportionality" in the number of minority students channeled into special education services, segregated in restrictive classroom settings or disciplined.

OK, so what was the "education" secretary's issue with this rule? We want to imagine there's some rationale we're not seeing and DeVos is more than just some yacht-collecting monster.

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