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Congress saw some Nickelback hot takes on the House floor

It’s absolutely wild that in the year 2019, calling Nickelback bad still sparks a spicy discussion. But it’s true: Just ask U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan and Rodney Davis. 

We elect our representatives to be the voice of the people. As legislators, they vote on bills, forge a path for justice, and … debate about decades-old pop rock. 

Wisconsin Democrat Pocan stated on Thursday that only four out of 77,000 constituents wanted to keep a particular voting rights provision as part of the Democrats’ H.R. 1 bill. He compared that paltry number to “the percent of people who think Nickelback is their favorite band.” Read more…

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Donald Trump Jr. and Eric are rage-tweeting Michael Cohen’s testimony — except for one key moment

The Trump boys are back… on Twitter, that is.

On Wednesday morning, as Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, testified before Congress, two of Trump’s sons decided to stand up for their dear old dad on social media.

As Cohen discussed several allegations against the president — from racist comments he’s made in private to his connections with Russia — the boys furiously rage-tweeted to defend their father’s honor.

It seems Trump Jr.’s been glued to his TV from the start, comparing Cohen’s testimony to a “break-up letter” and quote-tweeting the GOP. Read more…

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Chrome extension also sends your tweets to Congress

Firing off a political tweet and want your representative to see it too? There’s a Chrome extension for that. 

It’s called ePluribus, and with a click you can also send your supportive (or angry) message off to Congress without having to type it again.

Before you can send anything, the extension requires you to enter your address to find the right people, plus your phone number — if it’s required by your representative. 

Once you’re logged in, you’ll be presented a list of reps when you tweet or post to Facebook. The extension is also added on the end of U.S. news sites like CNN, the New York Times, among other sites. Read more…

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