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March 20, 2017

Two years ago, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) — the same man asking tough questions about leaks during the House Intelligence Committee's hearing Monday on Russian election meddling — inadvertently leaked some classified information himself. Back in 2015, when Gowdy was the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Gowdy accidentally revealed the name of a CIA source during a discussion with Democrats, Politico reported.

Gowdy's reveal was inadvertent, and occurred due to the State Department's failure to omit the CIA source's name from the email being discussed. But on Monday, while talking about the leaked phone transcripts that led to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's resignation, Gowdy suggested anyone who leaks classified information ought to be prosecuted. "Some of that may rise to a crime, some of it may not," Gowdy said. "The felonious release of classified material is definitely a crime." Becca Stanek

February 17, 2017
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Just a month before The Associated Press reported Friday that the Department of Homeland Security had written a draft memo suggesting mobilizing members of the National Guard to "round up" undocumented immigrants, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was assuring Americans nothing like this would ever happen. During a town hall meeting Jan. 12, Ryan vehemently denied the possibility of deportation forces evicting unauthorized immigrants from the U.S., an idea President Trump had floated during his campaign. "That's not happening," Ryan said. "That's not true."

When a woman at the town hall with her daughter asked Ryan if he thought she should be deported, he was quick to say no. "I can see that you love your daughter, that you're a nice person that has a great future ahead of you, and I hope your future's here," Ryan told the woman.

The draft memo has reportedly been circulating among DHS staff for the last two weeks, but a DHS official said Friday the proposal was "never seriously considered." The Associated Press reported the document "calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana." Becca Stanek

February 16, 2017
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President Trump's press conference Thursday may have been billed as an announcement about new labor secretary nominee Alex Acosta, but it was so much more than that. After mentioning Acosta twice during his opening remarks, Trump veered into his campaign promises and, of course, his campaign competitor, Hillary Clinton.

In the course of a 76-minute press conference, Trump managed to utter the name of the woman who lost the presidential election in November a grand total of 11 times. That's not even including the more implicit mentions, like when Trump falsely claimed he won the election with 306 electoral votes (he won 304) and landed more Electoral College votes than anyone since former President Ronald Reagan (former President Barack Obama won 332 in 2012).

Trump's first Clinton call-out was a reference to Clinton allegedly receiving a presidential debate question in advance, which happened months ago when Trump and Clinton were still vying for the White House. "Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates. Can you imagine — seriously — can you imagine if I received the questions? It would be the electric chair," Trump said.

He then turned to how Clinton tried to "do a reset with Russia" while she was secretary of state and gave Russia "20 percent of the uranium in the country." "Hillary Clinton did a reset, remember?" Trump said. "With the stupid plastic button that made us all look like a bunch of jerks." At another point, Trump asked the audience if anybody really thought Clinton "would be tougher on Russia than Donald Trump."

You may recall: Trump defeated Clinton to win the White House three months ago. To be fair, Acosta's name did come up a third time towards the end of the press conference when Trump jokingly asked CNN reporter Jim Acosta — with whom he has publicly sparred — if he was related to his new pick for secretary of labor. Becca Stanek

December 5, 2016

What a difference a year can make. On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump tapped the man he criticized in November 2015 for "wanting to hit his mother on the head with a hammer" to serve as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

Trump's criticism of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson wasn't confined to a single tweet either. Shortly after that, Trump claimed Carson, then a competitor in the Republican presidential primary, had a "pathological temper" that could not be cured. "You don't cure these people. You don't cure a child molester. There's no cure for it. Pathological, there's no cure for that," Trump said, likening Carson to a pedophile.

While Trump apparently thought Carson's self-reported attempt to stab a friend when he was a teenager and theory that the Egyptian pyramids were actually built to store grain made him a questionable pick for GOP presidential candidate, he seems to be letting bygones be bygones.

Carson, who previously expressed concerns he wasn't experienced enough to run a government agency, will be tasked with enforcing fair housing laws, overseeing federal public housing programs, and assisting with financing for homeownership. Becca Stanek

May 31, 2016

If someone told California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) back in 1992 that he'd someday endorse Hillary Clinton for president, he likely wouldn't have believed it. As evidenced by this video of Bill Clinton and Brown debating each other during the 1992 Democratic presidential primary, Brown and the Clintons used to really, really dislike each other:

Back then, Brown criticized the Clintons for allegedly funneling public money into Hillary's law firm and said that Bill put his corporate loyalties ahead of environmental safety. Bill wasn't much friendlier. He hit Brown right back, accusing him of reinventing himself "every year or two" and being nothing more than somebody's "mouthpiece."

The threat of a Donald Trump presidency, however, has proved enough for the former combatants to bury the hatchet. On Tuesday, Brown endorsed Hillary ahead of California's state primary on June 7. With Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, Brown wrote in an open letter Tuesday, "this is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other." Becca Stanek

September 18, 2015

Every year, the Emmy Awards ceremony offers professionals in the television industry the opportunity to get dressed up and remind themselves how talented and important they are. And while the presenters of the awards are usually a part of the whole self-important charade, a genuinely hilarious moment occasionally breaks through — as in 2006, when Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert took the stage to present the Emmy for Best Reality Series.

Coming just months after Colbert's now-legendary roast of President George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents Dinner, taking potshots at the Emmys must have been like shooting fish in a barrel. "Good evening, godless sodomites," Colbert begins — and things only get truthier from there:

The 67th annual Emmy Awards ceremony airs on Sunday, September 20 at 8 p.m. on Fox. Let's hope Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert take the stage again. Scott Meslow