Hypocrisy Alert:  GOP Senate Hopefuls Cared *A Lot* About Classified Information Last Year

Back in 2016 and earlier, ambitious Republican politicians scored political points by feigning outrage over the handling of classified information. Now these Republicans are running for U.S. Senate — or are weighing campaigns — and what action are they taking about Donald Trump’s dangerous recklessness with classified intelligence?

Nothing.

(Or, if you’re Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, worse than nothing: excuses for doing nothing that give Trump a free pass).

Let’s turn back the clock and take a look at what Republican Senate hopefuls said about the mishandling of classified information…

Pennsylvania: Rep. Lou Barletta: “A crime”
Florida: Gov. Rick Scott: Spent $1 million on ads about classified emails
Indiana: Luke Messer: “Dishonesty and poor judgment”
Missouri: Rep. Ann Wagner: “Cannot be trusted
North Dakota: Rep. Kevin Cramer: “Appoint a special prosecutor to formally investigate”
Pennsylvania: […]

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FLASHBACK: Republicans Demanded To Be Covered By Obamacare

The newest draft of the Republican health care plan would gut health insurance plans — but the GOP has exempted themselves from having to follow this dangerously bad law. Let’s take a look at what Republicans said just a few years ago, when they demanded to be covered by Obamacare.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“Republicans don’t want to face the consequences of gutting health care for millions of Americans — but they’ve exempted themselves so they can keep their own high-quality insurance. If you are a regular American suffering from cancer, or if your child has asthma, Republicans have no problem letting your premiums skyrocket, just as long as they don’t have to live by the same rules. But back in 2010, Republican Senators and Congressmen tried to score political points by demanding that they be included in the Obamacare exchanges. Saying one thing and doing another is […]

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What North Dakotans Are Reading About Rep. Kevin Cramer

It’s been a rough 24 hours for Rep. Kevin Cramer, who’s the leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in North Dakota — and apparently Sean Spicer’s only defender in Washington.

Here’s a sample of what North Dakotans are reading today about their Congressman’s latest misstep…

Grand Forks Herald: Port: Kevin Cramer says Spicer Holocaust comment was ‘dumb,’ but ‘technically right’

WDAY: Cramer calls coverage of Sean Spicer’s Hitler comments overblown

Grand Forks Herald: UPDATE: Cramer calls coverage of Sean Spicer’s Hitler comments overblown

Jamestown Sun: Cramer calls coverage of Sean Spicer’s Hitler comments overblown

West Fargo Pioneer: Cramer calls coverage of Sean Spicer’s Hitler comments overblown

CNN: North Dakota congressman: Spicer Hitler comment ‘not without some validity’

WDAZ: Cramer calls coverage of Sean Spicer’s Hitler comments overblown

The Forum (Fargo): Cramer calls coverage of Sean Spicer’s Hitler comments overblown

NY Daily News:  Read more after the jump.