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EDITORIAL: This Week In Stupid Questions, Stupid Answers And Hot Takes

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Tucker Carlson says the NSA is still spying on him, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blames “colonial” policy for the drug test that banned runner Sha’Carri Richardson from the Tokyo games and Rashida Tlaib says why stop at just the police when you can defund DHS too?

The 24-hour news cycle — coupled with thousands of media outlets and a gradual return from pandemic boredom to a somewhat normal life — makes it all but impossible for anyone to truly stay abreast of all the news.

So here it is, the week that was:

  • Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he could only think of one possible reason that President Joe Biden would tap Vice President Kamala Harris to handle the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border: “I have to wonder maybe they wanted Kamala Harris in this job because she actually makes Joe Biden look competent.”
  • Biden cited the Fourth of July holiday as a reason to table any discussion on Afghanistan, getting testy with reporters who pressed him on U.S. operators’ abrupt exit. “I want to talk about happy things, man,” Biden said, adding, “I’m not going to answer any more questions on Afghanistan. Look, it’s fourth of July. I’m concerned that you guys are asking me questions that I’ll answer next week, but on the holiday weekend I’m gonna celebrate it.”
  • Former Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill announced a new family July 4th tradition: watching footage of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. “We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family: on the Fourth of July and every Fourth of July going forward, we’re going to watch that video the New York Times put together of January 6,” she said on MSNBC.
  • Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy challenged press secretary Jen Psaki over the administration’s boast of a July 4 gathering that cost $0.16 less in 2021 than 2020. “Does the White House think 16 cents off a bbq has more of an impact on people’s lives than gas being a dollar more?” Doocy asked — to which Psaki replied, “I would say if you don’t like hot dogs, you might not care about the reduction of cost.”
  • Olympic qualifier Sha’Carri Richardson — track and field — was dropped from the team after she failed a drug test because she had used cannabis. Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez protested the decision, calling the drug policy an “instrument of racist and colonial policy.”
  •  Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters of California and Cori Bush of Missouri spent the July 4 holiday bashing the country that made them representatives in Congress. Both asserted that the freedom Americans celebrated on Independence Day was only for white people. “Black people still aren’t free,” Bush claimed.
  • Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson doubled down on claims that the NSA has been monitoring his communications — a claim the agency has denied. “Yesterday, I learned, and this is going to come out soon, that the NSA leaked the contents of my email to journalists in an effort to discredit me. I know because I got a call from one of them, saying ‘Oh, this is what your email is about.’ It’s not in any way a figment of my imagination. It’s confirmed. It’s true,” Carlson said, arguing that no one could have known the contents of the email any other way.
  • Former Republican strategist Matthew Dowd claimed on MSNBC that the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was “worse than 9/11” because it continues to divide Americans. “To me, though there was less loss of life on January 6th, January 6th was worse than 9/11 because it’s continued to rip our country apart and give permission for people to pursue autocratic means so I think we’re in a much worse place than we’ve been. And I think, as I’ve said to you before, we’re in the most perilous point in time since 1861 in the advent of the Civil War,” Dowd told host Joy Reid.
  • And finally, Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib is ready to dump funding for all federal law enforcement under the Department of Homeland Security umbrella. “The simple answer to that question is we must eliminate funding for CBP, ICE, and their parent organization: DHS,” she said, saying that they were “inept” at providing humane treatment for immigrants and refugees and that instead of helping those populations they “further continue, to terrorize migrant communities located within our communities.” She did not offer a solution to the problem beyond defunding all federal agencies charged with handling the situation.