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Today Sen. John McCain promised that Senate Republicans will “be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” then quickly backtracked after GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Jeff Flake disagreed. Also, Jared Kushner is reportedly seeking funding for a Trump-brand cable news station and white supremacist Stephen Bannon plans to expand Breitbart News across Europe, while Shep Smith hopes to drag Fox News back to reality in the post-Roger Ailes era. The Raw Story’s Brad Reed and the Washington Post’s Callum Borchers offer possible lineups for Trump TV, while No More Mister Nice Blog’s Steve M. finds nothing funny or positive about a 24/7 alt-right rage channel, especially as a new poll shows 73% of Republicans think the 2016 election will be “rigged,” a meme that John McCain introduced to presidential campaigns in 2008. And while Hillary Clinton may post a historic gender gap advantage, her staffers see the next three weeks as “a joyless, nail-gnawing slog through Trump Tower’s moat of mudslinging – and the day-to-day worries of WikiLeaks’ dump of internal emails,” the latter showing how Russian intelligence has weaponized the U.S. media against Clinton and democracy itself. Will a “Fox News on steroids” Trump-Gannon media empire, fed by Russian hacking, turn a Clinton presidency into eight years of the past eight months?


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