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MSNBC host: I’ll bet Trump knows something “pretty extreme” about Lindsey Graham

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Gee, whatever can you mean? Never mind, we know exactly what Stephanie Ruhle means. Does NBC?

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle implied without evidence Tuesday that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) has something to hide and the president is blackmailing him over it.

Graham has become one of the President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies in the Senate, although he has criticized him for some key decisions, such as the military pullout from Syria. Ruhle seemed to imply there’s more to their relationship than politics, however, during a discussion about Graham with former Rep. David Jolly and professor Eddie Glaude.

“Before Don got elected, Lindsey Graham called Donald Trump a racist, xenophobic bigot. Those are Lindsey Graham’s words,” Jolly said. “I doubt Lindsey Graham could tell you Donald Trump has had a change of heart in the last 24 months, I bet the change of heart has been with Lindsey Graham, not the president.”

“Or it could be that Donald Trump or somebody knows something pretty extreme about Lindsey Graham,” Ruhle replied. “We’re gonna have to leave it there.”

Nothing like a little homophobia from the voice of the progressives, eh? The entire clip reeks of McCarthyite speculation and gossiping, but at least the run-up was coming from guest contributors. The sloppy turd at the end got dropped by an NBC News division television anchor. None of this, by the way, was informed by evidence or testimony of any kind — just the kind of spitballing that dents the credibility of Twitter trolls, let alone major news media outlets. “We’re gonna have to leave it there,” indeed.

MSNBC isn’t the origin of this speculation, although NBC News seems happy (so far) to amplify smears that would make Harry Reid blush. (OK, maybe not.) Free Beacon’s Paul Crookston notes that the chair of a leading Democratic super-PAC is passing along similar gossip on Twitter, supposedly having a Republican source who “thinks” Graham is involved in “serious kink.” This comes on top of years of speculation about Graham’s sexuality that has almost zip to do with anything, including the price of rice in China. However, as Crookston notes, Jon Cooper argues that Graham has “a strong likelihood” of being blackmailed by Russians due to his position as chair of, um … the Senate Judiciary Committee. “If so, that needs to be revealed,” Cooper insists, apparently not realizing he’s just endorsed the old policies that kept LGBTQ people from holding security clearances for decades.

And all of this is because no one can figure out why Lindsey Graham went from attacking Trump in the primaries to supporting him as the party’s president. Which is likelier: that Trump has something on Graham that his many political opponents couldn’t dig up before, or that Trump carried Graham’s state by 14 points in the 2016 general election? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

We’re gonna have to leave it there. However, let’s give Stephen Miller the last question, via Twitchy, and see how long it takes to get the answer:

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WATCH: Corbyn – “I have now tabled a motion of no confidence in this Government”

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Think Progress editor: Conservatives are thrilled a Chicago woman defended herself with a gun

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Last Tuesday a 25-year-old woman in Chicago was waiting at the bus stop in the early morning when she was approached by a 19-year-old man with a gun. The Chicago Tribune describes what happened next:

Laavion Goings Jr. was out of jail only two months when the 19-year-old walked up to a bus stop about a block from his home, pulled out a gun and tried to rob a woman on the Far South Side.

But the woman had a gun too and fired first, hitting Goings in the chest, according to Chicago police. The teen ran back to his home and made it as far as a stairwell in the foyer of a building before collapsing in the 400 block of West 103rd Street.

That’s where officers found him shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday, just minutes after the shooting. He died within an hour at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Video from across the street apparently captured the incident so police know exactly what happened. The intended victim had a concealed carry permit for her gun so she is not in any trouble with authorities. This is a clear case of self-defense.

Enter Zack Ford, an editor at Think Progress who was outrageously outraged that conservatives at the Dailly Caller were celebrating the fact that a woman defended herself with a gun against an armed mugger. (As I was writing this, Ford deleted all of his tweets, but screenshots exist.)

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By the time I saw that tweet it had about 4,000 responses and fewer than 200 had liked it. Truly a ratio for the ages. When Zack was called on this by his own followers he doubled down (from here).

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So she shouldn’t have had a gun even in this case where she used it to defend herself against an armed mugger. What was she supposed to do then, exactly? If you guessed ‘not fight back’ then you’re tracking well with Zack Ford’s mindset (from here):

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She should have “let him rob her.” That’s a great piece of armchair quarterbacking from a guy who probably hasn’t ever had a gun pointed at him. What happens if, having collected her purse, the mugger decides to drag her around the corner and rape her? Should she let that happen too? What if he’s high and shoots her for no real reason? The point is, Zack Ford has no idea what would have happened next if the woman hadn’t been armed. More importantly, she had no idea either. All she knew in that moment was that a man was pointing a gun at her and making demands.

It’s worth noting that this guy has been in trouble with the law before. From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Laavion Goings had been released from Cook County Jail two months earlier after pleading guilty to a drug charge and was on probation at the time of the robbery, according to authorities.

Goings pleaded guilty Nov. 1 to possession of methamphetamine, Cook County court records showed. He had initially also faced six counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer in connection with the same case, but the charges were later dropped by prosecutors.

To be very clear, I’m not suggesting he deserved to die. I am suggesting that he had a record and a history of violent, unpredictable behavior that would make it unwise for a young woman to wait around and see what he decides to do after he pulls a gun. Dana Loesch had a pretty sharp response along these lines:

But if you think it’s just the NRA that supports this kind of self-defense, think again. I watched three different local news reports on this story (two of them are below) and all of the local residents say the woman did the right thing (and many believe the mugger got what he deserved). Note, these were all black, Chicago residents who are probably not arch-conservatives or NRA members. One older gentleman in the 2nd clip below says, “I don’t feel sorry for the guy at all, I feel sorry for her.”

At some point, someone must have gotten through to Zack Ford. He deleted his tweets and posted this apology thread:

Again, Ford is the only person who made this about conservatives. I’m guessing that’s a knee-jerk reaction of his.

He sounds sincere but, needless to say, we don’t live in an ideal world and never will. In the real world, a gun is an equalizer for women who are, on average, smaller and not as physically strong as men.

For myself, I stand with the woman at the bus stop who was out before 6 am to go to work and was put in a terrible position by a man with a gun. She defended herself and that’s good news. I also stand with the neighborhood that is very glad she escaped harm thanks in part to her concealed carry permit.

A young woman in this first clip says, “I’m kind of proud that, like, that’s what she did, cause she stuck up for herself.” An older woman adds, “We don’t owe the offender anything.”

Here’s another clip from the same station featuring more reactions from local residents.

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The full list of Conservative and Labour rebels in the vote on May’s Brexit deal

Here are the full lists of those MPs from the two main parties who rebelled in either direction on the Prime Minister’s proposed EU deal.

Labour MPs who voted for May’s proposed deal:

Ian Austin

Sir Kevin Barron

John Mann

Conservative MPs who voted against May’s proposed deal:

Adam Afriyie

Lucy Allan

Heidi Allen

Sir David Amess

Richard Bacon

Steve Baker

John Baron

Guto Bebb

Bob Blackman

Crispin Blunt

Peter Bone

Ben Bradley

Sir Graham BRady

Suella Braverman

Andrew Bridgen

Fiona Bruce

Conor Burns

Sir Bill Cash

Maria Caulfield

Rehman Chishti

Sir Christopher Chope

Simon Clarke

Damian Collins

Robert Courts

Tracey Crouch

Philip Davies

David Davis

Nadine Dorries

Steve Double

Richard Drax

James Duddridge

Iain Duncan Smith

Charlie Elphicke

Nigel Evans

Sir David Evennett

Michael Fabricant

Sir Michael Fallon

Mark Francois

Marcus Fysh

Zac Goldsmith

James Gray

Chris Green

Justine Greening

Dominic Grieve

Sam Gyimah

Robert Halfon

Greg Hands

Mark Harper

Sir John Hayes

Gordon Henderson

Philip Hollobone

Adam Holloway

Eddie Hughes

Ranil Jayawardena

Sir Bernard Jenkin

Andrea Jenkyns

Boris Johnson

Gareth Johnson

Jo Johnson

David Jones

Daniel Kawczynski

Sir Greg Knight

John Lamont

Pauline Latham

Phillip Lee

Andrew Lewer

Julian Lewis

Ian Liddell-Grainger

Julia Lopez

Jonathan Lord

Tim Loughton

Craig Mackinlay

Anne Main

Scott Mann

Stephen McPartland

Esther McVey

Johnny Mercer

Stephen Metcalfe

Nigel Mills

Andrew Mitchell

Damien Moore

Anne Marie Morris

Sheryll Murray

Matthew Offord

Priti Patel

Owen Paterson

Sir Mike Penning

Mark Pritchard

Tom Pursglove

Will Quince

Dominic Raab

John Redwood

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Laurence Robertson

Andrew Rosindell

Douglas Ross

Lee Rowley

Grant Shapps

Henry Smith

Royston Smith

Anna Soubry

Bob Stewart

Julian Sturdy

Sir Hugo Swire

Sir Robert Syms

Derek Thomas

Ross Thomson

Michael Tomlinson

Craig Tracey

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Shailesh Vara

Martin Vickers

Theresa Villiers

Giles Watling

John Whittingdale

Bill Wiggin

Sarah Wollaston

William Wragg

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Today’s hot topics: Barr-apalooza, MSNBC doozy, Women’s March losing, and more

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Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have another great lineup for the news of the day! The show will be streamed on Hot Air’s Facebook page and embedded here and on the show page for those who are not on Facebook.

Join us as we welcome:

The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on the permanent TEMS page. Be sure to join us, and don’t forget to keep up with the debate on my Facebook page, too!

How can Republicans and conservatives keep the momentum going? Find out in GOING REDpublished in April from Crown Forum!

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Analysis: 7 key takeaways from Barr’s confirmation hearing

Former Attorney General William Barr took questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for hours Tuesday as he sought to win confirmation to his old job amid President Donald Trump’s ongoing onslaught against the Justice Department and the special counsel investigation being led by Robert Mueller.

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WATCH: The Prime Minister challenges Labour to call a no confidence vote

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Why journalists at the nation’s largest newspaper chain are nervous

The revelation sent a shudder through newsrooms across the country, from the southwestern border up to the northern Great Plains: MNG Enterprises, the hedge-fund owned company also known as Digital First Media, was submitting a bid to take over Gannett, the publisher of USA Today and about 100 other newspapers.

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