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President Trump promised voters he would “drain the swamp” in Washington D.C. Instead, Trump has been busy draining the nation’s capital (and U.S. embassies around the world) of competent employees.

Full Frontal host Samantha Bee won’t stand for the abuse of sentient animals, including humans. In today’s clip, Bee visits her own “rescue farm” for Obama-era State Department workers fired by the Trump team, as well as those who voluntarily quit upon witnessing the new administration’s abuses first-hand.

Former U.S.-Somali diplomat Elizabeth Shackelford, who resigned in December ’17, takes time out from rehab to tell Samantha why she returned to the private sector. Not only did Trump threaten to nuke Korea, replace diplomats with generals, and later call her beloved Africa a “s***hole,” he made Shackelford feel like she was wearing Ivanka’s latest perfume.

Ignore the old guy with the homemade megaphone. Oh, and don’t purchase any “Bee’s Sausage” you find on grocery shelves.

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Dr. Mehmet Oz and Sean Hannity

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Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity is priming his audience to see election fraud in any defeat for Dr. Mehmet Oz, his favored candidate who currently leads the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania with two percent of votes outstanding. If the fast-closing hedge funder Dave McCormick takes the lead and the Oz camp claims the election has been stolen, it could set up a potentially explosive proxy war with Hannity’s colleague Laura Ingraham, whose Fox program favors McCormick and has suggested he is likely to prevail when all the votes are counted.

The GOP primary was a chaotic slugfest that split Fox’s slate of pro-GOP hosts in an unusually public way. Hannity was Oz’s most prominent supporter, reportedly securing the support of former President Donald Trump and using his program to endorse the TV personality, give him a regular platform, and target the challenge from right-wing commentator and Fox & Friends regular Kathy Barnette. Ingraham, meanwhile, used her Fox program (which airs in the hour following Hannity’s) to promote McCormick, criticize Oz, and defend Barnette.

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Overturning Roe v. Wade is very unpopular, yet another poll confirms. Nearly two out of three people, or 64 percent, told the NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll that Roe should not be overturned, including 62 percent of independents. The poll also includes some good news for Democrats.

According to the poll, the prospect of the Supreme Court striking down Roe in the most extreme way is motivating Democratic voters more than Republicans: Sixty-six percent of Democrats say it makes them more likely to vote in November compared with 40 percent of Republicans. That echoes a recent NBC poll finding a larger rise in enthusiasm about voting among Democrats than Republicans.

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