Marco Rubio and Alex Jones threaten one another in pathetic confrontation

Things got heated outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about social media today when conspiracy theorist Alex Jones touched the person of Sen. Marco Rubio in a successful attempt to get him into a deranged discussion about social media.

When Jones reached out to touch Rubio's shoulder, the senator glared at Jones, warning him not to touch him again in front of a gaggle of reporters with cameras and notebooks.

"You're not gonna get arrested man," Rubio said after Jones said he had only "padded you nicely." "I'll handle it myself."

Jones then accused Rubio of threatening to beat him up.

“Marco Rubio just threatened to beat me up,” Jones told a camera trailing him around on Capitol Hill.

“I didn't say that,” Rubio said.

After being booted from most social media sites over his barely fig-leaved calls for political violence, Jones' fortunes have fallen fast. Expect more and bigger stunts like this.

Do not miss Jones' impression of Rubio, as captured by Vice News's Jesse Seidman.

UPDATE: I have made this into a looping GIF. You're welcome.

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It just got easier to change your gender in California, thanks to 2 new laws

Two new laws that allow California residents to officially change their gender identification went into effect this past Labor Day weekend. Read the rest

'FICTION' — Mattis denies words attributed to him in Bob Woodward's new book

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis denies the words attributed to him in Bob Woodward's new book, 'FEAR: Trump in the White House.' Read the rest

After Nike hires Colin Kaepernick for ad campaign, conservative halfwits destroy own property to own the libs

Nike hired Kap for an ad campaign: a satisfying yet bathetic result of his de facto expulsion from professional football for protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Conservatives are mad, obviously, and are expressing it by destroying the Nike-branded gear that they have already paid for.

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In-N-Out donates $25,000 to California Republican Party, under Trump. There's a boycott.

In-N-Out, the popular California burger chain, just dropped $25,000 on the California GOP under Donald Trump. Read the rest

Trump volunteer tries to block reporter from photographing rally protestor

Evan Vucci's incredible photo from last night's Trump rally in Evansville, Indiana, shows the moment one of his volunteers "blocks the lens of a photographer trying to take a photo of a demonstrator."

Evan is the AP's chief photographer in Washington, and you can follow him at @evanvucci. Here's the Instagram embed:

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A volunteer member of the advance team for #president #donaldtrump blocks the lens of a photographer trying to take a photo of a demonstrator during a #campaign rally in #evansville #indiana

A post shared by Evan Vucci (@evanvucci) on Aug 30, 2018 at 6:02pm PDT

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Trump on Mueller probe: 'I view it as an illegal investigation'

“I view it as an illegal investigation,” President Donald Trump said today, referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. Read the rest

What's this ex-ICE official doing at an anti-Muslim hatefest in Virginia?

“America is at stage two Islamic Cancer,” says the founder of ACT for America. Why exactly is Thomas Homan, former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), speaking at their upcoming event in Washington, D.C.? And he only retired in June. Read the rest

Trump says Sessions to remain Attorney General until after midterms

Hey, a lot can happen in 8 weeks.

Donald Trump, President of the United States, said today he's keeping Attorney General Jeff Sessions around until after the midterm elections in November. Read the rest

Andrew Cuomo tells Cynthia Nixon, 'Can you stop interrupting?'

The primary debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon got pretty intense. Read the rest

Now Trump's fundraising off his own threat to regulate Google's search results

ICYMI: Today, Pretend President Donald Trump feuded with an algorithm after Googling his own name.

Today the Trump administration threatened to regulate Google and internet search results, based on an early morning vanity search by Donald Trump. Democrats and Republicans said that would be a violation of free speech protections. So, Trump's "re-election campaign" [aka slush fund for whatever he wants] went and fundraised off the whole thing. Read the rest

Roger Stone denies not-yet-published story Trump knew of WikiLeaks DNC dump

Roger Stone's Instagram sure is weird.

In an Instagram video he posted today, longtime Trump consigliere Roger Stone said that a Ronan Farrow story soon to be published in The New Yorker reports that Stone explicitly told Donald Trump in October 2016 that WikiLeaks had obtained and was preparing to dump John Podesta's emails. Read the rest

Sweaty trumpkin congressman blames wife for illegal campaign expenses

Heading to Fox News for a softball interview about the alleged misuse of campaign funds on vacations, video games and other personal expenses, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Northrup Grumman) blamed his wife.

The dizzying kettle logic and suddenly obvious lies are not just a Trump thing. It's some kind of bizarre shedding process the GOP is undergoing as it metamorphoses into a nakedly amoral totalitarian nightmare moth. Read the rest

Find out who's manipulating you through Facebook political ads with ProPublica's free tool

“There's information about political advertising—including the choices about how to target ads to you instead of someone else—that's not in Facebook's Ad Archive,” says ProPublica's Jeremy Merrill. “It can only be exposed if you participate in this project with ProPublica, ABC and our other awesome partners.” Read the rest

KKK nut who shot at black man protesting racist Charlottesville rally gets 4 years in prison (yay)

“We went there to protect a monument,” he said. Read the rest

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner sentenced to 5+ years in prison for leaking secret report on Russian election hacking to The Intercept

Former Air Force language specialist and intelligence contractor Reality Winner has been sentenced to 63 months in prison. Read the rest

'Too Late to Protect 2018 Elections,' says Alex Stamos, former Facebook CSO

The latest read from Alex Stamos bears an appropriately grim title. Read the rest

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