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    On today's BradCast, Desi and I are back from holiday break, and just in time for the start of the new Congress, where the GOP had hoped to break the US House even further by gutting the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

    First: A huge thanks to Nicole Sandler and Angie Coiro for filling in for us while we were gone and allowing us some much-needed time off! Please support them, their work and all independent media, wherever you can find it! As today's show makes clear, it's more important now than ever!

    The US House watchdog office was formed by Democrats in 2008 after the massive Jack Abramoff influence-peddling and bribery scandals of the George W. Bush era. After voting last night — with no advance notice or public debate — to hobble the OCE, Republicans were forced to reverse their plans thanks to public outrage expressed through phone calls to Congress. Nonetheless, Donald Trump is being inappropriately credited by the corporate media for the reversal, despite the lack of evidence that he actually opposed the move or that his tweets were responsible for the GOP changing course.

    The episode suggests that public opinion, outrage and shaming may still matter in these United States, even in the Age of Trump, and even if the corporate media fail to notice. But we'll see. At the same time, as NBC News guts their own news reporting outlets, they've announced today they are hiring Fox "News" star Megyn Kelly for untold millions. And, in Wisconsin, the agency responsible for environmental protection has solved Climate Change…by simply changing their website to pretend it no longer exists. But, hey, "It's a New Year and Time to Face Reality". All of that and more on today's BradCast!

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    Bush legacy, mainstream media failure, Global Warming, Climate Change, environment, 2016 US Presidential election, Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), GOP, Democrats, NBC, Fox News, Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, United States, North Carolina, Wisconsin
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