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Could it be that Michele Bachmann has been visitingJan Brewer's medicine cabinet? As we noted in our year-end review, the Arizona governor actually said and did some pretty sane stuff in the last year; now it almost looks as if several other prominent teabaggers are engaged in similar flirtations with reality. Just look at this National Journal article about the prospects for a clean Debt Ceiling bill -- Bachmann, who like other House Republicans seemed willing to hold a gun to the nation's head last fall, is not quite going so far as to actually support a clean debt ceiling increase, but she's also not holding hands with other Tea Party Caucus members and steering the economy toward a cliff this time around:


"What I've heard from other members," Bachmann says, "is that this is not going to be the hill that they're going to die on."

"You have to know when to hold them and you have to know when to fold them," added Bachmann, who isn't advocating for a clean debt-ceiling bill. "You just need to be wise to know when to have political fights. It isn't that our allegiance to principles have changed; it hasn't at all. You just need to know when your opportunities are and when to exercise your leverage."

Why, that sounds incredibly reasonable and measured, Rep. Bachmann. What's your dosage, incidentally?

Bachmann's not the only one, apparently. Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, usually a reliable teabag flinger (though nowhere close to Bachmann in frothing insanity) supports bringing a clean debt-ceiling bill to the floor:

"Give the Democrats their vote. We don't have to vote for it."

In other words, fine, you socialists can avoid default, but I'll still cast my symbolic vote against it to prove how pure I am. Also, the Koch brothers told me to shut up until after we try to take the Senate, but you didn't hear that from me, no way.

It's even looking like House Republicans may quietly ignore the "Hastert Rule," the informal prohibition on bringing any bills that lack a Republican majority. Obamacare is a done deal, and holding their breath until they turn blue isn't going to get the baggers anywhere, so they may be willing to let the debt limit pass, although they will of course vote against it themselves.

While Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana doesn't want a clean bill first, he says "there is some merit" to conservative members saying a clean bill should just move forward now. "We're at a point now where we've got about as much discretionary spending as we can get out of this administration," he says. He estimated that as many as 40 Republicans will vote against a debt-ceiling increase no matter what's attached to it.

Still, that's a big step forward from the usual talk about shutting down the government and insisting that a debt default would be no big deal. Whatever's being sneaked into their food, we're in favor of it.

And Shelly? We'll keep an eye on her. Or at least a little to the left of her.

[National Journal]

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Nancy Pelosi is making news again today after her weekly press conference, mostly because she said this about yesterday's nutbag performance from President Stable Genius:

[T]his time, another temper tantrum — again — I pray for the President Of The United States. I wish him and his family, his administration and staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.

She prays for him. And she's just kind of suggesting that maybe the president is unwell, in his brain. She's being very subtle!

When Glenn Thrush asked afterward what kind of "intervention" she might be talking about, she suggested that Article 25 would be just fine.

But many folks out there right now are saying "BUT WHAT ABOUT INPEACH! They are not going to do an intervention, because the intervention is called INPEACH!" (They are taking her words very literally, it would seem.) Every other damn day lately, there is news about how "NANCY SAID INPEACH IS BAD" or "NANCY SAID TRUMP'S ACTIONS IS SELF-INPEACH-ATORY, WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN, NANCY!" and whatever else, we don't know, because we have muted all of Twitter until further notice. (Here is some news about the House Democrats' weekly meeting yesterday, most of which was about Democrats yelling INPEACH! while Nancy Pelosi gave them cold showers.)

Here's the thing:

In today's presser, Pelosi was clearer than ever about her feelings on impeachment -- she doesn't like it, and she'd really hate for the nation to get to a place where that's inevitable, she is just saying it would be truly terrible for them to have to do that -- but they might just be FORCED to go there. And wouldn't that be just terrible? Nancy Pelosi is praying about that just like she is praying for Trump, under a big oak tree that casts all the shade she threw at Donald Trump for her entire fucking presser.

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Happy Throwback Thursday! Remember Paul Manafort? He's still in jail, don't worry. But it looks like he might be getting some company soon from his old pal Stephen Calk, who just got indicted today by the Southern District of New York.

Calk was a simple CEO and COB at the Federal Savings Bank of Chicago, but he had big dreams. He'd been an army pilot and a money guy, so he figured he was competent to be either Secretary of Treasury or Secretary of Army. He'd take Commerce or HUD, or even a cool ambassadorship to France, or the UK, or the UN -- he wasn't picky. Just any old position befitting a guy who is 100 percent going to be played by Michael McKean in the movie version of this nightmare.

Luckily Calk knew a guy on the inside. Sure that guy had recently been You're Fired from the Trump campaign for ratfucking the Ukrainian election, but Paul Manafort was still waving his bits all over Trumpland in the summer and fall of 2016, so Paul Manafort had the hookup that Calk needed. Luckily, Calk had what Manafort needed, which was MONEY. Manafort's fountain of untaxed cash had dried up since the Ukrainians gave his guy Viktor Yanukovych the boot, and he was in danger of losing multiple investment properties to foreclosure. So naturally Calk stepped up to the plate with $15 million in loans to keep the wolves at bay, because what are friends with more political ambition than scruple for, right?

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