What The Fuck Just Happened Today?

Today's essential newsletter. Logging the daily shock and awe in national politics. Read in moderation.
by @matt_kiser

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1/ Sean Spicer claimed Hitler "didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons." Instead he sent Jews to "the Holocaust centers." While emphasizing how serious the US takes Assad's use of sarin gas, Spicer – unprompted – said that even someone as despicable as Adolf Hitler didn't use chemical weapons. Hitler used gas chambers to kill millions of Jews. (Washington Post)

2/ The White House accused Russia of engaging in a cover-up of the chemical weapons attack in Syria. US intelligence confirmed that the Syrians used sarin gas on their own people. In a declassified four-page report, the White House asserted that the Syrian and Russian governments sought to confuse the world community about the assault through disinformation and “false narratives.” (New York Times)

3/ Tillerson warned Russia that Assad’s reign is “coming to an end" and that Russia is becoming irrelevant in the Middle East by supporting him. Putin insisted that the chemical attack had stemmed from anti-Assad rebel units and are "worth investigating thoroughly." Putin likened the accusations to the flawed intelligence that the Bush administration used to justify the invasion of Iraq. (New York Times)

4/ Tillerson tells Moscow to pick Assad or the US. Putin immediately showed he wouldn't back down, saying Russia knew about planned "provocations" to blame Syria's government for using chemical weapons and that the U.N. should investigate the attack. (Associated Press)

5/ Putin says the US is planning a "fake" gas attack in Syria in order to discredit Assad and accuse him of using chemical weapons. Putin also says the US is planning to launch more missile strikes on Syria. (Reuters)

6/ Eric Trump says Donald's decision to bomb Syria was influenced by a "heartbroken and outraged" Ivanka. Eric described his dad as "a great thinker, practical not impulsive." He also said "Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence." Correct. (NBC News)

7/ Republicans are sweating a surprisingly close Kansas congressional race to fill Mike Pompeo's seat, which he gave up in order to head the CIA. The Republicans are up about a point in the polls and a slim win would be read as a sign of a backlash against Trump in the heartland. The situation has caused Trump and Pence to record robocalls, and Ted Cruz to flew to Wichita for a rally. (Kansas City Star)

8/ North Korea issued a warning as the US Navy strike group headed toward the Korean Peninsula. The North said it's "ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US" and will defend itself "by powerful force of arms." The North called the deployment of Navy ships a "reckless moves." (BBC)

North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2017

9/ China offers concessions to avoid a trade war with the US. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a 100-day plan for trade that would provide better market access for financial sector investments and US beef exports. (Reuters)

I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2017

10/ The Government Accountability Office is reviewing Trump’s presidential transition, focusing on funding, ethics and communications with foreign governments. (Huffington Post)

11/ Trump's on pace to surpass 8 years of Obama's travel spending in 1 year. Travel to Mar-A-Lago have cost an estimated $21.6 million in his first 80 days as president. Trump has spent 21 days at Mar-A-Lago. Do the math. (CNN)

poll/ People love Bernie Sanders, hate Mitch McConnell. 75% of Sanders constituents approve of his job performance – the highest approval rating in the poll. 44% approve of McConnell's performance. (Salon)