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The DC: Investigating an 'attempted bureaucratic coup' at the FBI and... ⚖️ Do you support lawsuits against Trump's emergency order?

by Countable | 2.19.19

Welcome to Tuesday, politicians and pundits...

Is it parody or collusion?

President Donald Trump tweeted over the weekend that Saturday Night Live’s “Republican hit jobs” should be looked into as they’re “the real collusion!”

“SNL” opened with a sketch featuring Alec Baldwin as Trump, mocking the president’s press conference earlier in the week where he’d declared a national emergency to secure funding for a wall along the southern border. 

Trump responded on Twitter, writing:

"Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!"

Has a line been crossed? Is SNL a "total republican hit job" that should be "looked into"?

On the Radar

  • Is marijuana different from heroin? Is it OK for vets to use marijuana as therapy? Should a VA doctor be allowed to recommend that their patient use medical marijuana? Current federal law classifies marijuana as being similar to heroin: "a high potential for abuse" with "no currently acceptable medical use." Do you agree? Listen to The Daily Dose, then weigh in (in 1/8th grams).
  • California has been joined by a number of other blue states in filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over this president’s declaring of a national emergency to get funding for his proposed border wall with Mexico. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said that the state is “ready to go. We're confident there are at least 8 billion ways that we can prove harm. It's become clear that this is not an emergency, not only because no one believes it is, but because Donald Trump himself has said it's not." But Judge Jeanine Pirro wrote on Fox News that “Trump’s border emergency shows being a leader means making the tough decisions.” She continued: "This week, we watched a leader declare a national emergency where one was unequivocally and undoubtedly needed.” Do you support lawsuits against Trump's emergency declaration?

Under the Radar

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has vowed to investigate allegations that top officials at the FBI and Justice Department considered an "attempted bureaucratic coup" to remove President Trump from office. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview on Sunday that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had talks in 2017 about invoking the 25th Amendment—a constitutional clause that allows the removal of a president if they’re deemed unfit. "It's stunning to me that one of the chief law enforcement officers of the land, the acting head of the FBI, would go on national television and say 'Oh by the way, I remember a conversation with the deputy attorney general about trying to find if we could replace the president under the 25th amendment,'" Graham said. Do you support a probe into alleged discussion of using 25th Amendment to remove Trump?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 11:30am EST, the president will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
  • At 12:15pm EST, the president will meet with Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
  • At 1:00pm EST, the president will have lunch with the vice president.
  • At 2:00pm EST, the president will participate in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 4.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday, February 25th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, February 25th.

What You're Saying

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

In honor of Presidents' Day, we ran a poll asking "Who's the best fake U.S. president?"

The overwhelming winner with 26.3% of the vote? Josiah "Jed" Bartlet from "West Wing."

Next was 12.2% saying "Other"—which usually meant "Donald Trump" or "Obama" in comments.

While Bartlet may not have been a surprise, the 3rd and 4th place choices were:

Frank Underwood from "House of Cards."

President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho from "Idiocracy."

There's still time to vote. Cast your ballot here.

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—Josh Herman

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  • Dicr
    02/19/2019
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    Trump long time friend Roger Stone threatened a Federal Judge. His apology isn’t enough. This administration and all the criminals in it need to go to jail. Impeachment is long overdue!

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  • Cndrla
    02/19/2019
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    I believe in the end Trump will go down hard, and I believe he will take many Republican Senators with him. Bye bye Mitch, Lindsey and Susan

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  • Debi
    02/19/2019
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    RID THE USA OF EVERYTHING TRUMP!!!

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  • Sally
    02/19/2019
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    Absolutely . This man poses a threat to the nation. Trump is the only emergency I can see

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  • suzanneh2017
    02/19/2019
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    I’m not sure how looking at the 25th amendment is an attempted coup. Just another exaggerated Trump lie. I absolutely think that every state should step up and challenge this bogus, vanity -based, national emergency. This country’s debt is out of control. Any money that can be scraped up should be spent on infrastructure. Roads, bridges, water systems, and finding a way to hold back the rising seas. Not to mention dealing with the increase in heat and drought that’s coming our way.

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  • Chuck
    02/19/2019
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    Take whatever legal steps are necessary to shut down Trump’s vanity wall!

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  • Brian
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    Impeach trump

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  • Dicr
    02/19/2019
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    Hillary was not part of the DOJ or any other government agency when she ran for president. Wing nuts on the right are clueless, they get their facts from a pathological liar.

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  • Lexpost
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    The problem of referring to discussions over the fitness and the possible compromising of the president as an “attempted coup” is that it makes constitutional provisions somehow un-American. If following the constitution is evidence of being a traitor, then America is already dead. Remember, when one goes to work for the government, or serve in the armed forces, one promises to defend the constitution from both foreign and domestic threats, not a president or any other person. The constitution transcends the people who occupy the offices of government that it created. As far as SNL goes, where were all these snowflakes when Obama was the target of their satire? When GWB or Clinton or any of their predecessors suffered the slings and arrows of editorial cartoons everywhere? WTF, right wingers? Is the presidency and the president really that fragile that the destruction of our republic is at stake?

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  • RAN
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    We need investigations in the FBI, DOJ, DNC, Hillary, Obama, and most of Congress. This coup was very widespread, I would say in most of government including many state governments. My question would be who is left to investigate? As far as the emergency at the southern border, congress and the states should leave president Trump alone. If it was up to congress our sovereignty would be gone, and they would let us be over ran by drugs and criminals. Congress has let our country fall to drugs and illegals for long enough, their democrat led coup failed!

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  • Carolyn
    02/19/2019
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    Yes. Any and all means should be utilized to stop Trump from wasting taxpayer money on this ridiculous wall.

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  • Bruce
    02/19/2019
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    Impeach the Russian agent in the White House now! Resign immediately Graham and McConnell you are both liars and in collusion with the Russian agent trump! Biggs resign immediately you lying coward and traitor.

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  • Michael
    02/19/2019
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    Yes, I support lawsuits against Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. It’s an obvious power grab to fill an ill conceived campaign promise. Of. Purse there is work to be done at the border but it needs To based on facts and real data. I wish the President would concentrate on real problems that affect me rather than making up a false crisis in an effort to appease his base.

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  • Wesley
    02/19/2019
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    The only treason sits in the White House.

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  • Shirley
    02/19/2019
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    I support President Trump,you people don’t live with the problems that are being caused! You just hate Trump so you don’t care about what is best for the rest of us “Thank You”.

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  • Kodiwodi
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    Any lawsuit against trump is a friend of mine.

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  • Ruth
    02/19/2019
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    Please act to oppose this abuse of questionable power.

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  • Colleen
    02/19/2019
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    If wishes were fishes you democrats would have an ocean full. There is NO collusion according to the FBI. He has done nothing to harm this country except to show us how dirty the deep state is. You people want him to fail so badly you will do anything to stand in his way. Hey countable. Wy don’t you do apoll on that actor that hired 2 black men for 3500 and then claimed he was attacked with a rope and bleach by two white guys saying this is maga country. That poll will never happen because it shows just how far democrats will go

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  • John
    02/19/2019
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    The 25th amendment was added to our Constitution for this exact reason. Anyone who disagrees is in support of tyranny. Get Trump out now.

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  • Esther
    02/20/2019
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    Yes, I support lawsuits against this trumped up emergency.

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