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Don't Be So Quick To Expel Roy Moore from the Senate

Over the last 48 hours, Republicans have been abandoning Roy Moore in droves. Last night on his Fox News show, Moore dead-ender Sean Hannity put Moore under a 24-hour deadline to prove his innocence or drop out of the race. In this climate it’s now widely assumed that should he be elected Moore either will be or should be expelled from the Senate over the multiple accusations of pursuing and in some cases assaulting teenage girls in the 1980s.

This is a very questionable idea.

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You Have To Watch This

A few moments ago on MSNBC, Roy Moore’s lawyer Trenton Garmon brought in host Ali Velshi’s “diverse” background as a partial explanation of why Moore dated underaged girls. The clear gist seemed to be ‘who are you to judge since they do this in your country too.’ For the record, Velshi is from Canada.

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What About Trump's DMs?

TPM Reader MM asks a pretty good question …

Everyone seems to think it’s most likely Don Jr. passed on the link that his dad tweeted.

Lord knows his dad is on the twitters a lot.

Why the automatic presumption that Assange hadn’t been in contact with Sr.?

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Learn About the Big Raid

Last night on CNN, Hill reporter Phil Mattingly explained how and why Republicans have decided to raid Obamacare to help make the numbers work for their tax cut. 13 million are estimated to lose coverage.

Here’s our report on why the Senate is going back to partial Obamacare repeal to get its big upper income tax cut over the finish line.

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This Is For Real

I can tell by how many of you are NOT clicking on the feature that you are skeptical any form of Obamacare repeal is really happening AGAIN. Some skepticism is understandable given the GOP’s track record this year, but this is very much for real.

Trump's Tweets May Be His Undoing

Many Americans have feelings of shock, embarrassment or just serial cringing watching Donald Trump’s presidential tweets. But intelligence professionals have noted for months that it also provides a priceless channel of information for foreign intelligence services trying to understand the President’s state of mind. All countries diplomatic personnel and intelligence analysts devote immense time and resources to understanding the views, motivations, weaknesses and agendas of key foreign leaders. Trump’s often erratic and impulsive tweeting patterns reveals sleeping patterns, moods, what makes Trump angry, what he’s focused on, who he’s hating or cuddling up to at a given moment. In some cases, his tweets actually having geolocations turned on. So they know precisely where he was. But there’s yet another dimension to Trump’s tweeting and generally impulsive nature and it bears on the Russia investigation.

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