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Is Trump draining the Potomac swamp — or stocking it  with “a whole bunch of new critters”?

Checking in on the president’s often-repeated campaign promise to reform the business of government — by banning lobbyists, enforcing ethics, and stemming the influence of big money — Seth Meyers finds that the capital is just as dank and dismal as ever. If anything it’s actually a bit worse, because the Trump administration actively helps its appointees to conceal their violations of ethics rules.

But why fret about the details? If feels so good to scream “Drain the Swamp!” And the Trumpsters still chant on cue as if they believe it’s happening.

 

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On July 21, Verizon followed in DirecTV’s footsteps and announced it would not be renewing its contract with the far-right conspiracy theory network One America News. Having learned nothing from its catastrophic response to DirecTV, OAN denounced Verizon and encouraged viewers to harass and boycott the “radical Marxist corporation.” And since then, OAN has only further proved its worthlessness.

Without a major carrier, OAN remains focused on national issues like a fear of roving transgender gangs harassing conservatives, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s support for gay men who flash “their genitals to little boys and girls” (she appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race -- a show with no children -- two years ago), and Verizon’s “censorship” of OAN.

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Postcards from the great American labor shortage: A couple arrives at the Seattle airport after a five-hour flight and stands in line at the car rental desk. People are angry. At the desk sits a harassed employee explaining that he simply has no cars of any kind to rent. Nothing. Why? There aren't enough employees on hand to vacuum, wash, fuel and process the cars.

Another snapshot. A couple has been driving for several hours and requires a bathroom stop. They pull into a Burger King. The doors are locked. The only service is at the drive-thru. Why? Lack of employees.

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