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For those of you who see signs and portents everywhere, which we kind of hope is about zero percent of Wonkette readers, because we are good decent people who do not read anything significant into mere coincidences, today was one of those days when Donald Trump's Twitter and the mundane lived reality of Fox News actual reporter John Roberts briefly touched, and ... Oh, rats! JUST YESTERDAY, Trump was fulminating about that dirty rat, Michael Cohen:


Actually, we suppose we could remind Trump -- as we're certain his actual attorneys and staff must surely have tried to -- there's nothing especially unthinkable or unheard of about executing a search warrant. It's a bit unusual to do so on a "president's" lawyer, we suppose, but the extraordinary thing there was that there was enough probable cause for a judge to sign off on the search, which has held up in court just fine. And of course, nobody broke in to nothin' -- Cohen let the feds in when they showed him the warrant, and thanked them for their professionalism.

Not that any of that is important to this very important coincidence: Today, Fox's John Roberts twote thusly!

Why, yes, there were comments about sinking ships and the like. The rat in question was apparently not Mr. Cohen, but it certainly sparked some memories of previous rodents sighted outside the presidential mansion, like this former rat being devoured by a vulture spotted last February by open government advocate dude Alex Howard, who also snapped that lovely pic up top. He figured it was pretty timely all over again, so he retweeted it shortly after Roberts.

Yale history person Joanne Freeman, who has a nifty new book out about members of Congress just plain wailin' on each other under the dome in the run-up to the Civil War (get it for your history buff friends / family members), certainly thought the metaphor was a bit obvious:

Oh, yeah, the footage IS a bit repulsive! But nothing like the average Sarah Huckabee Sanders press briefing (before Twitchy decides that's about her looks, we mean the LIES). Vulture's just eatin', man.

And now it is your OPEN THREAD. Please do not read any portents into that, will you?

[TPM / John Roberts on Twitter / Alex Howard on Twitter / Joanne Freeman on Twitter / Photo: Alex Howard, by permission & Creative Commons license 2.0]

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An unhinged wannabe fascist who tweets about golden showers did a news conference in the Rose Garden this afternoon. Also, Donald Trump was there.

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is in town, and everything about today's public appearance with Trump and Bolsonaro has been real stupid, just like how it was real stupid when Bolsonaro's stupid son was the stupid guest of honor the other night at a stupid Steve Bannon event at the stupid Trump trash palace hotel in DC.

During their pool spray, Trump excitedly told reporters that he was making plans to give NATO privileges to Brazil, because of how Brazil elected a big gross dipshit just like America did. Of course, considering how Trump treats actual NATO countries, Bolsonaro might want to reconsider whether he wants that.

Then a reporter asked him about his blubbering whiny-ass attacks on John McCain, who is still dead.

That's right, Donald Trump didn't even avoid the question about his very embarrassing behavior. He spoke about McCain as if McCain were still alive, whined about McCain killing Obamacare repeal, and concluded by saying, "I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be." As for McCain, he will continue living rent-free in the president's nightmares and his face will be the face of Trump's insecurities, because we guess that's what happens to John McCains when they die.

But enough about the pool spray! After they met in the Oval Office and did whatever fascists who should be prohibited entry to the White House via an electric doggie fence do (sniffed each other's butts, probably), they entered the Rose Garden and proceeded to hike their legs on democracy some more.

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Yep, we're breaking out the Wikimedia kitten image for this one.

CNN is out today with a story on members of the anti-vaccination/pro-disease movement who have found a delightful new way to win converts to their side in the war on science: find parents (mothers, generally) who have recently lost a child to a preventable disease, and then harass them on social media, because after all, good people refuse vaccines and anyone who advocates for vaccines must be burned to the ground. As your lawyer (we are not a lawyer), we advise you to secure any hurlable heavy objects near you before reading.

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