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Not a Single Member of Trump’s Evangelical Council Has Resigned

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So many members of Trump’s manufacturing advisory council resigned over his support of armed extremists in Charlottesville, Va. that he had to disband the group to avoid further embarrassment. One by one, until Trump cried uncle at eight, leaders of industry released statements of resignation, adding their disagreement with the president’s views on race, anti-semitism, protest, and the circumstances of the loss of life at the white supremacy rally.

But not Trump’s evangelical council. Not a single member has resigned, from former Rep. Michele Bachmann to the Rev. Jerry Falwell to James Dobson.

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Jimmy Fallon Says We Can’t Go Back

Jimmy Fallon has been criticized for failing to call out Trump and for having him as a guest during the campaign, helping him prove that Trump hair is actually hair. But now Fallon has taken a stand, and made a statement that turned “was just disgusting” into a trending topic on Twitter.

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David Slack Just Won the Twitter

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There IS One Time When It’s Appropriate to Say, “You’re in Great Shape…Beautiful”

If your stomach turned when Trump greeted the First Lady of France as if she were a contestant in one of his beauty pageants, while his current wife stood next to him with a frozen smile, you’ll appreciate this decision chart published by Reebok.

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Also, Kanye’s Not This Crazy

“If any other person…let’s say Kanye West tweeted that. The reaction would be, ‘Kanye’s off his meds again.’ But the difference is, Kanye cannot launch an intercontinental ballistic missile strike against North Korea with one push of a button.”

— Former Obama senior advisor Dan Pfieffer, on the must-listen podcast, “Pod Save America,” commenting on Trump’s tweets attacking Morning Joe cohost Mika Brzezinski

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On Trump’s Twitter Wars: Did People Not Know He Was a Snake When They Voted for Him?

All we can say about the conduct of Donald Trump in his Twitter attacks on the Morning Joe anchors is the parable that he himself reminded us of while campaigning: You knew he was a snake when you picked him up.

Now what were we talking about before all this started? Oh yeah, financing a capital gains tax for rich people by taking away Medicaid. Gosh, I forgot all about that. Maybe that was the idea?

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Thank You, House Democrats, For Not Providing a Single “Yes” Vote on Trumpcare

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Vox’s Matthew Yglesias Wins the Day With this Tweet

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Twitter was quick to respond:

@MikeMarn 50 Shades of White. Now THAT’S obscene.

@dailyrefuge @mattyglesias to be fair, they are also going after geriatric care

@Donoghue_K Honestly, couldn’t they have found some excuse to get @KellyannePolls or Ivanka in the picture?

Jane? @Poeia All the women in that room should be ashamed of themselves.

Oh, wait…

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Time for Conservatives to Stand Up for Principles

For the community of conservative thinkers and experts, and more importantly, conservative politicians, this is a testing time. Either you stand up for your principles and for what you know is decent behavior, or you go down, if not now, then years from now, as a coward or opportunist. Your reputation will never recover, nor should it.

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Beyond Fact Checking: Why Trump’s Lies Are Beside the Point

handheartIf you have noted — and possibly pointed out to a Trump supporter — that his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was lying when he said Trump’s inauguration drew the broadest audience in history, period, then Trump has you right where he wants you. Bloomberg columnist Tyler Cowen explains why focusing on facts ignores what’s really going on, and the real reasons Trump’s staff is lying.

Cowen points out that some hardened leaders use loyalty tests that ask their followers to go against conscience. Spicer and Kellyanne Conway are passing their loyalty tests with flying colors.

Trump isn’t lying in hopes you’ll believe his version of things. The real reasons are much worse.

By requiring subordinates to speak untruths, a leader can undercut their independent standing…That makes those individuals grow more dependent on the leader and less likely to mount independent rebellions against the structure of command. Promoting such chains of lies is a classic tactic when a leader distrusts his subordinates…and it is part of the same worldview that leads Trump to rely so heavily on family members.

But there’s even more to it than that.

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