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Morning Briefing: 'House Speaker Paul Ryan Is Furious'

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 7, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 7, 2017 |

— My favorite takeaways from this Axios piece on Trump’s decision to screw over the GOP and side with “Chuck and Nancy,” ranked:

7. “Trump brazenly rolled his own party’s leaders.”

6. “McConnell rather doubts the president has a strategy.”

5. “The hostility that Republicans on the Hill feel towards Trump deepened.”

4. “One senior GOP official, summing up the day: ‘He f——d us.’”

3. “Democrats got more done in a single Oval Office visit in one afternoon than the congressional Republicans have achieved all year.”

2. “Democrats are more likely to flip the House in 2018: Republicans have less than ever to show their voters.”

1. “House Speaker Paul Ryan is furious.”

— Facebook is reporting that shadowy Russian organizations spent $100,000 in Facebook ads during the campaign, mostly on ads focused on divisive social issues from 470 fake accounts. So, yes: The Russians Rick Rolled us all goddamn year long. Facebook is turning names, etc., over to Robert Mueller.

— American folks cherry picked by late night shows are still remarkably dumb!

— I don’t know why this story tickled me, but Politico ran down Sean Spicer’s “celebrity score,” as determined by an online polling agency. He’s, uh, not popular: He scores 13 out of 100 (for comparison’s sake, Oprah scores a 96 and Megyn Kelly a 52). My favorite takeaway, however, is this:

Spicer also had a high “creepy” score of 27 percent, compared with 15 percent for the average politician.

— Steve Bannon has given an interview to “60 Minutes” that will air on Sunday night. A few excerpts have been released. The two soundbites going around this morning: 1) That Bannon thinks that Gary Cohn has an obligation to resign because he disagrees with Trump, and 2) the Catholic Church doesn’t want DACA rescinded because, Bannon believes, they need the money from aliens.

Steve Bannon is no longer in the White House, so who gives a sh*t what Steve Bannon says?

— Yesterday, dumbass Rush Limbaugh asserted that Hurricane Irma is being overhyped by liberals to “advance this climate change agenda.” Al Roker took issue:

And so did Mark Ruffalo:

— A D.C. restaurant owner had several email exchanges with one of Trump’s attorneys, Ty Cobb, basically taking the lawyer to task for representing Trump. Ty Cobb responded with an official White House email, because he’s apparently not a very good lawyer, and the restaurant owner gave those emails to Business Insider. There was a lot of cursing, etc., but the best bit was when Cobb basically suggested that he and General Kelly are the only adults in the room at the White House:

Asked later by Jetton to “set the record straight” and explain how Cobb is “justifying” his role at the White House to himself and others, Cobb replied he “can say assertively [that] more adults in the room will be better. Me and Kelly among others.”

Well, maybe John Kelly is the only adult in the room.

— Finally, it’s 2017, so of course Dennis Rodman — friends with both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un — is offering to broker a peace between North Korea and the United States. “I just want to try to straighten things out for everyone to get along together.”

Sounds about right.

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