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June 8, 2018

President Trump and several Cabinet members attended a FEMA hurricane-preparedness meeting on Wednesday, and though Trump barely mentioned hurricanes or preparedness in his remarks, he did at one point pick up his water bottle and set it on the floor for no apparent reason. Without missing a beat, Vice President Mike Pence did the exact same thing. Nobody else felt the need to follow Trump's lead and it isn't clear what either Trump or Pence was thinking, but The Late Show imagined what happened next on Thursday's show, and there seems to be an assumption of sycophancy. Watch below. Peter Weber

12:28 p.m.

Louis C.K. is at it again.

The comedian in another graphic stand-up set Wednesday made the most direct reference yet to his sexual misconduct scandal, joking about the situation by saying, "I like to jerk off, and I don't like being alone," The Daily Beast reports. C.K. in 2017 was fired from all of his Hollywood jobs after admitting to masturbating in front of unsuspecting women, including at work. In previous stand-up sets that have been leaked, C.K. made vague references to having lost work and getting "in trouble" but did not directly mention the behavior that was first reported by The New York Times.

C.K. reportedly told the audience Wednesday that they had come to see him despite having "read the worst possible things you could read about a person." He also defended his increasingly controversial recent material, including a set that went viral in which he made fun of school shooting victims. "The whole point of comedy is to say things that you shouldn't say," C.K. argued, also commenting on being in the news over those jokes by saying that "if you ever need people to forget that you jerked off, what you do is you make a joke about kids that got shot."

Although C.K. didn't tell the school shooting joke again, he did repeat a widely criticized joke from his leaked December set about Asian men and threw in some new ones about 9/11, dead babies, and mentally challenged children. He also reportedly suggested that porn prevents men from molesting coworkers. The Daily Beast writes that although the crowd seemed to be with C.K. for the first half of the show, by the time he started joking about September 11th, "the energy started to go downhill" and "there were a lot of groans." Brendan Morrow

11:47 a.m.

A Democratic member of Congress is doubling down on her claim that her Republican colleague has been "compromised."

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was questioned on CNN Thursday morning about her tweet from the previous day, in which she said that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), once a critic of President Trump but now a supporter, "is compromised!" On Thursday, she repeated that statement and said that Graham has made "not only a 180 [degree] turnaround but a 360 [degree] turnaround" in terms of his Trump support, and so "I am pretty sure there is something happening with him."

As far as what that something is, she wasn't sure but speculated it could be "something that has to do with his funding when it comes to running for office," or "the polling that they might have in his district," or perhaps "some sort of leadership within the Senate." Regardless, he is "somehow compromised to no longer stand up for the truth," she said, also suggesting Graham is no longer fulfilling the oath he took.

CNN's Jim Sciutto responded that this is "quite a charge to make," asking her for evidence. She responded that the "evidence really is present to us" based on Graham's behavior, but when Poppy Harlow pointed out that "that's not evidence," she conceded that it's "just an opinion." She added, "I am pretty sure there are lots of Americans who agree on this." Watch the exchange on CNN below. Brendan Morrow

11:19 a.m.

President Trump and his lawyer have claimed "no collusion" at least 55 times altogether — and that's just on Twitter.

On Wednesday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time, telling host Chris Cuomo he "never said there was no collusion between the [Trump] campaign or between people in the campaign." Giuliani only said "the president" did not collude, he claimed, prompting suggestions that Giuliani just admitted to Trump campaign collusion.

A quick look back through Giuliani's TV appearances and tweets shows that's not exactly true. Giuliani has tweeted no fewer than 10 times broadly claiming "no collusion." Some of those tweets do, as Giuliani claimed, refer only to the the president. But others say members of the campaign team, in "all [cases] so far," have shown no signs of "collusion" or "obstruction."

Trump, meanwhile, has been a little less careful with his words. He's denied collusion at least 45 times in tweets, explicitly saying the Trump campaign committed "no collusion" 18 times and calling suggestions otherwise a "TOTAL HOAX."

That's not to mention Trump's official White House statement saying "there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity," or his many on-camera statements relaying the same. But those are some 145 claims to check out on another day. Kathryn Krawczyk

10:05 a.m.

Rudy Giuliani's Wednesday night bombshell left the world with a lot to take in.

On CNN's Cuomo Prime Time, the former New York City mayor and current member of Trump's legal team falsely declared he "never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign." He only "said the president" himself never colluded, Giuliani claimed to host Chris Cuomo.

The next morning on CNN's New Day, Joe Lockhart, who was former President Bill Clinton's press secretary, declared this just another example of Giuliani's "number one job:" "to confuse people." This could mean he is "condition[ing] the ground" because "something bad is coming," Lockhart said.

But on MSNBC, Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough took it a step further. Wednesday night's revelation all adds up to one thing: "Rudy Giuliani just told America and the world that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia, full stop," Scarborough said.

Meanwhile on Fox & Friends First, the ordeal just got a few seconds of attention, during which Giuliani's retort was characterized as him "firing back at CNN over claims he said the Trump campaign never colluded with Russians." What Fox & Friends First calls "claims" are easily viewable in a slew of video clips and tweets. Kathryn Krawczyk

9:56 a.m.

Facebook has taken down hundreds of accounts and pages after tracing them back to Russia's news agency.

The social media website said Thursday that it had removed 364 pages that were being run by a network originating in Russia and whose creators were engaging in "coordinated inauthentic behavior." Facebook says the pages, some of which were meant to look like independent news sources, were linked to employees of Sputnik, the news agency owned by the Russian government, who used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves.

"Some of the Pages frequently posted about topics like anti-NATO sentiment, protest movements, and anti-corruption," Facebook says. Nearly 800,000 people followed these removed pages, which also spent more than $100,000 in advertising.

Additionally, Facebook says it uncovered a separate network of Ukrainian pages and accounts that also originated in Russia, with 26 pages being removed that were bolstered by fake accounts. "We are constantly working to detect and stop this type of activity because we don't want our services to be used to manipulate people," Facebook said. Brendan Morrow

9:18 a.m.

As the longest government shutdown in history nears its one-month anniversary, a new poll shows President Trump taking a significant hit among his base.

A survey from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist published Thursday found that Trump's approval rating is down among suburban men, white evangelicals, Republicans, and white men without a college degree. The most drastic change was among suburban men, 42 percent of whom approve of Trump while 48 percent disapprove, compared to 51 percent approval and 39 percent disapproval last month.

Additionally, among white evangelicals, Trump is down to 66-to-23 approval from 73-to-17 approval last month. Among Republicans, he's down to 83-to-10 percent approval from 90-to-7 percent last month. Finally, among white men without a college degree, he's down to 50-to-35 percent approval from 56-to-34 last month.

These are all demographics that brought Trump to victory in 2016. A CNN exit poll at the time, for example, suggested 71 percent of white men without a college degree voted for Trump. "For the first time, we saw a fairly consistent pattern of having his base showing evidence of a cracking," Lee Miringoff, the director of Marist Institute for Public Opinion, told NPR about this new poll.

A previous poll by Morning Consult found that Trump's net approval rating is below zero in key states that he carried in 2016, including Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist's poll was conducted by speaking to 1,023 adults from Jan. 10-13. The margin of error is 3.8 percentage points. See more results at NPR. Brendan Morrow

8:45 a.m.

With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) floating the idea of disinviting President Trump from delivering the State of the Union, the president is apparently looking for another way in.

Officials in the White House are "discussing" whether it's possible for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to invite Trump to deliver the address, CBS reports. Pelosi on Wednesday wrote a letter to Trump suggesting they delay the State of the Union, which had previously been scheduled for Jan. 29. She said there are "security concerns" because of the ongoing partial government shutdown, although Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen subsequently said the department is actually "fully prepared" for the event.

It's the House speaker's role to invite the president to the State of the Union, and Pelosi did not actually say Wednesday the event was off or that she wouldn't bring a Jan. 29 resolution up for approval. But either way, White House officials reportedly see Pelosi's move as "a sign of weakness" in the shutdown fight, believing she's afraid Trump will use the address to rally the nation to his side.

Trump himself has not yet officially responded to Pelosi's State of the Union suggestion. Brendan Morrow

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