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Shocker: Matt Gaetz Marries Adult Woman

August 24, 2021

Shocker: Matt Gaetz Marries Adult Woman
Florida Man and well-known congressional sleazebag Matt Gaetz (R, FL-1) took a break from dodging a Justice Department inquiry into underage sex trafficking and traveling across state lines with a married woman to wed 26-year-old Ginger Luckey, merely 13 years his junior, in California. The couple met last year at Mar-a-Lago, of course. The bride markets preservatives you spray on fruits and veggies, and the goateed Gaetz brother-in-law founded a virtual reality company. As to the rest of family, his new sister-in-law called Mr. Gaetz a weird and creepy pedophile.

Congressman Gaetz wanted an Elvis imitator to officiate, but settled for former Rand Paul staffer and Trump fundraiser Sergio Gor, who has the power to marry people because he’s a Libertarian minister or something. It was a small ceremony on Catalina Island. In lieu of gifts, send weird conspiracy theories via Twitter, if you’re not banned.

More:

“Matt Gaetz, Republican in sex-trafficking investigation, marries in California,” AP via The Guardian

“’Trump Was an Inspiration for Me’: Matt Gaetz Tries to Shift the Focus With a MAGA Romance,” Abigail Tracy, Vanity Fair

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Matt Gaetz Youth Outreach

April 5, 2021

Matt Gaetz Youth Outreach

Last week saw reports that Congressman Matt Gaetz (R, FL-1) is being investigated by the Department of Justice for transporting a 17-year-old woman across state lines for purposes of sex, and conveniently paying for it by cellphone. There are receipts. No doubt Mr. Gaetz will justify his actions as a triumph of Free Market Capitalism. Luke Ball, the Gaetz communication director, resigned on Friday.

Here’s a list of fellow Republicans defending Matt Gaetz:

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You get the idea. Matt Gaetz is a well-known creep, even among fellow Trumpian bottom feeders, known for showing nude photos of his sexual conquests on the floor of Congress. One of his videos depicted a nude young lady with a hula hoop. There are reports he participated in similar acts when he was a member of Florida’s legislature,

Fact: Matt Gaetz was the only “no” vote on the 2017 human trafficking bill.

More:

“Matt Gaetz Is Said to Face Justice Dept. Inquiry Over Sex With an Underage Girl,” Michael S. Schmidt, Katie Benner and Nicholas Fandos, New York Times

“‘A 10ft pole is not long enough’: Matt Gaetz isolated in sex-trafficking scandal,” The Guardian

“Republicans Have Been Waiting for a Matt Gaetz Scandal to Break,” Matt Fuller and Sam Brodey, Daily Beast

“The Matt Gaetz Sex Scandal Has It All!” Ryan Bort, Rolling Stone

“Matt Gaetz Is Maybe Even More of a Creep Than We Knew,” Vivian Kane, The Mary Sue

“8 Wild Things You May Have Forgotten About the Florida Man Ensnared in Congress’s Latest Sex Scandal,” Daniella Byck, Washingtonian

Updates:

“Gaetz Desperately Fought to Keep Sharing ‘Revenge Porn’ Legal, Says Ex-Colleague,” Jamie Ross, Daily Beast

“Katie Hill: Matt Gaetz backed me but he must quit if nude-photo reports are true,” Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

“Stelter: After elevating Gaetz, Fox News barely covering scandal,” CNN

“John Oliver calls Matt Gaetz ‘the one white man on Earth that Tucker Carlson won’t defend’ during ‘Last Week Tonight’ segment,” Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story, via Orlando Weekly

“Rep. Matt Gaetz Fundraises Off Teen Sex-Trafficking Probe,” Sam Brodey, Daily Beast

“Trump and his allies abandon Gaetz,” Gabby Orr, Meridith McGraw, and Sam Stein, Politico

“Republicans Seem to Have Lost Matt Gaetz’s Number,”  Reic Lutz, Vanity Fair

“Women’s Group Taps ‘Fearless Leader’ Matt Gaetz to Headline Upcoming Event,” Blake Montgomery, Daily Beast

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Democrats Focus on Marjorie Taylor Greene like a ‘Jewish Space Laser’

February 1, 2021

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R, GA-14), the congresswoman from QAnon, has denied the reality of the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings, so naturally her fellow Republicans have put her on the House Education Committee. She also also thinks California’s wildfires were caused by secret Jewish space lasers, so maybe Republicans will put her on the Forestry Subcommittee, too. Democrats, appalled by this and her other conspiracy beliefs about 9/11 and international Zionist plots, and her rabid racism and Islamophobia, are calling for a vote to expell Ms. Taylor Greene from the House. This is milder treatment than the congresswoman has suggested for Democrats: execution.

Ms. Taylor Greene

More:

“Parents of Sandy Hook victims slam Taylor Greene’s appointment to Education Committee,” Lexi Lonas, The Hill

“GOP Congresswoman Blamed Wildfires on Secret Jewish Space Laser,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“How Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, promoter of QAnon’s baseless theories, rose with support from key Republicans,” Michael Kranish, Reis Thebault and Stephanie McCrummen, Washington Post

“The Republican establishment’s long dalliance with the conspiracist right,” Zack Beauchamp, Vox

“QAnon Fears That Greene’s Obsession with Jewish Space Lasers Is Distracting Her from Battling Baby-Eating Cannibals,’ Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

Update:

“McConnell says ‘loony lies’ spread by Marjorie Taylor Greene are a ‘cancer’ on G.O.P.,” Catie Edmondson, New York Times

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Trump Press Secretary resigns. Will anyone notice?

June 13, 2019

Trump Press Secretary resigns. Will anyone notice?

White House Press Secretary and renowned prevaricator Sarah Huckabee Sanders will leave her thankless job right before July’s big MAGA Bund Rally. Mrs Sanders held only two White House Press Briefings in 2019, the last on March 11th. She spent lots of time in the White House north driveway, so maybe she’ll get into the driveway repair business back in Arkansas.

More:

“Sarah Huckabee Sanders, A Liar, to Resign as White House Press Secretary,” Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams

“Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leaving White House at the End of the Month,”Peter Baker and Katie Rogers, New York Times

“Sarah Sanders’ legacy: The death of the White House press briefing,” Brian Stelter, CNN

“The White House does not need to hire another person to lie for the president,” Heather Timmons, Quartz

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Santorum Sells Catholic Cryptocurrency

June 13, 2019

Santorum Sells Catholic Cryptocurrency

CNN Political Commentator Rick Santorum, former Republican Senator and erstwhile Pope of Pennsylvania, is now on the board of a blockchain-y digital coin called Cathio, “a new payment, remittance and funding platform which provides efficient, secure, and transparent movement of funds within the Catholic world,” promising to provide a “turnkey solution for Catholic organizations to bring their financial transactions into alignment with their beliefs.” “Turnkey”? Wouldn’t that be St. Peter?

How did a Pennsylvania politico get involved with Vatican Venmo? Maybe it’s because his son-in-law is the firm’s CEO.

More:

“Rick Santorum Is a Cryptocurrency Guy Now, Apparently,” Tom Mckay, Gizmodo

“Santorum, Schlapp Shill For Catholic Crypto Coin Whose Founder Has Sketchy Past,” Josh Kovensky, TPM Muckraker

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Manafort Trial Begins

July 31, 2018
Manafort Trial Begins

Paul Manafort’s new LinkedIn photo.

The first federal trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort begins today. This is his trial for money laundering, bank fraud, and related charges resulting from Mr. Manafort’s unregistered lobbying and consulting for Russia-backed candidate Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine’s 2010 presidential election.

In this trial, with one exception, we don’t expect to hear any references to the defendant’s role in Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, or his presence at the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russian operatives, but there are certain to be juicy details about the lavish lifestyle funded by Paul Manafort’s questionable gains.

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Pruitt Family Values

June 18, 2018

Pruitt Family Values

Recent discussion of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s brilliant Washington career has concentrated on his abuses of science, taxpayer dollars, and the power of his office, but he’s not so selfish that he neglected the Republican love of Family Values. Mr. Pruitt assigned EPA aides to try to get his wife a job with a conservative group and a Chick-fil-A franchise, and his daughter a White House Internship and a place in a good law school.

More:

“Why Scott Pruitt’s effort to get his wife a job could be his most consequential scandal,” Amber Phillips, Washington Post

“For Pruitt Aides, the Boss’s Personal Life Was Part of the Job,” Eric Lipton, Steve Eder, Lisa Friedman and Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times

Background:

“Scott Pruitt’s [dirty] laundry list,” Mike Allen, Axios

Update:

“Whistleblower: EPA’s Pruitt kept secret calendar to hide meetings,” Scott Bronstein, Curt Devine and Drew Griffin, CNN

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Paul Manafort Is In the Gray Bar Hotel

June 15, 2018

Paul Manafort Is In the Gray Bar Hotel
Paul Manafort’s new LinkedIn photo.

Paul Manafort has homes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons, Florida, and Virginia, but he’ll spend the summer in federal jail. His bail was revoked after he was caught tampering with witnesses in one of his two federal trials, resulting in new charges of Obstruction of Justice and Conspiracy. He’s due in federal court in Virginia on July 25th. His second trial in DC is slated for September 17th.

More:

“Paul Manafort is in the klink. It’s OK to be pleased,” Virginia Heffernan, Los Angeles Times

“Judge Orders Paul Manafort Jailed Before Trial, Citing New Obstruction Charges,” Sharon LaFraniere, New York Times

“From ‘the Count’ to inmate: The fall of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort,” Tom Hamburger, Washington Post

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Scott Pruitt’s DC Bargain Bedroom Guide

April 6, 2018

Scott Pruitt's DC Bargain Bedroom Guide

Let’s say you were an energy state Attorney General who sued the EPA 13 times to reduce clean air restrictions on oil, gas, and coal use. You’d expect energy companies to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to your election campaigns, even in 2014, when you ran unopposed. What you might not expect is for Donald Trump to name you EPA secretary. But he did, Scott Pruitt. Now you’ve got to stay in DC, at least when you can’t jet somewhere else.

Scott Pruitt doesn’t mind spending taxpayer dollars on first-class air travel, a custom soundproof phone booth for his office, dubious raises for his appointees, or a full-time security detail, but spending his own money when he’s in Washington? No way. Mr. Pruitt is the poorest member of the Trump Cabinet, so of course he accepted a sweetheart deal on a Capitol Hill condo owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist, $50 a night, at least half the AirBnB rate for the neighborhood.

Ethical lapses may mean Scott Pruitt is on the way out, but not before he’s destroyed his agency and America’s environmental safeguards.

More:

“Pruitt Had a $50-a-Day Condo Linked to Lobbyists. Their Client’s Project Got Approved,” Eric Lipton, New York Times

“Scott Pruitt’s D.C. Lobbyist Landlord Also Funded His Oklahoma Attorney General Campaign,” Sam Stein and Lachlan Markay, Daily Beast

“EPA chief Pruitt joined by family in condo tied to lobbyist ‘power couple,'” John Santucci, Matthew Mosk, and Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News

“EPA ethics official says he didn’t have all the facts on Pruitt’s lease,” Cristina Alesci, CNN

“5 lies Scott Pruitt told this week about his mounting scandals,” Umair Irfan, Vox

“Scott Pruitt’s defenses are crumbling,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Scott Pruitt Stiffed Taxpayers for Around $3 Million in 24/7 Security and Expensive Flights,” Tom McKay, Gizmodo

“Top EPA staff who criticized Scott Pruitt were either demoted or reassigned,” Kyla Mandel, Think Progress

“Top Pruitt aide resigns amid growing scandal at EPA,” Katherine Faulders, John Santucci, Trish Turner, and Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News

“Inside the EPA: ‘It’s just a slow-motion train wreck,’” Emily Holden, Politico

“Chief of Staff Advised a Resistant Trump to Fire the E.P.A. Chief,” Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Lisa Friedman, New York Times

“Let’s Meet Scott Pruitt’s Potential Replacements,” Brian Kahn, Earther

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GOP: East St. Louis Toodle-Oo

February 5, 2018

Blair Garber, a member of the Illinois Republican Central Committee and chairman of the state’s Lottery Control Board, has resigned both positions after outcry over his tweet describing East St. Louis, Ill. as the “sh*thole of the universe!”

Guess that’s what they call an “East St. Louis Toodle-00.”

More:

“Parroting Trump: Illinois GOP official resigns after calling East St. Louis a certain vulgar name,” Fred Barbash, Washington Post

 

Top recording: “East St. Louis Toodle-O0,” written by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley, recorded by Duke Ellington and his Washingtonians, 1927

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