Aurora Gunman Identified by Authorities


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During a press conference on Friday, the person responsible for the deadly mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois was identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin.  Aurora police chief Kristen Ziman began by saying that at this time, five people are confirmed dead. “When they located the offender, they engaged in gunfire with him ultimately killing him,” she said. “The shooter is identified as Gary Martin.” She added that the shooter “is a 45-year-old man and we believe he was an employee of the company. At this time, we are not sure of the motive of this act of violence.” Five officers were injured in the shooting. Authorities have not released the names of five victims. Watch above, via Fox News.

Chuck Todd Calls Out Trump, GOP Hypocrisy on National Emergency: ‘I Guess the Oval Office Really Does Change People’


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On Friday, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd called out Republicans for their hypocrisy when it comes to President Donald Trump‘s national security executive action. “Tonight I’m obsessed with evolution — political evolution,” Todd began. “And on the issue of the Constitution and presidential authority. Boy, have some Republicans evolved.” He then noted just four years ago Vice President Mike Pence seemed to have a “very strong opinion” on presidents using their power to go around Congress. Todd then played a clip of Pence saying he does not believe “presidents using their power to go around Congress,” before noting that, of course, that was during the Obama administration. He next played a second clip of Pence’s opinion when the president was Trump. “The president of the United States has the absolute authority under the Constitution and by statute to declare a national emergency and reposition resources,” Pence is heard saying, contradicting his Continue reading "Chuck Todd Calls Out Trump, GOP Hypocrisy on National Emergency: ‘I Guess the Oval Office Really Does Change People’"

Hannity: ‘Conspiracy Theory’ That I Tell Trump What to Do is ‘So Stupid and Inaccurate and Untrue’


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Fox News host Sean Hannity slammed the mainstream media on his radio show Friday afternoon, calling out the “conspiracy theory” that he directs President Donald Trump on what to do in the Oval Office. “It is so stupid and inaccurate and untrue and made up,” said a frustrated Hannity. “One quick point– nobody ever calls me, ever, to ask me before they either write or say this garbage.” The Fox News host said that if members of the media simply listened to the things Trump says “on a daily basis” and paid attention to his actions, without bias, they’d also be able to predict what Trump is about to do next. If the media took Trump seriously enough, Hannity says, they wouldn’t be acting surprised that he is declaring a national emergency for border security, since he had previously said he would. “He literally telegraphed every single thing that Continue reading "Hannity: ‘Conspiracy Theory’ That I Tell Trump What to Do is ‘So Stupid and Inaccurate and Untrue’"

House Judiciary Committee to Investigate Trump’s Declaration of a National Emergency


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The House Judiciary Committee has announced an investigation into President Donald Trump‘s declaration of a national emergency on the border. In a letter, the committee led by Jerrold Nadler announces an “immediate investigation” and says it “raises both serious constitutional and statutory issues.” They request that the White House make all those involved in the crafting of the decision available for a forthcoming hearing. “We believe your declaration of an emergency shows a reckless disregard for the separation of powers and your own responsibilities under our constitutional system,” the letter continues. It also takes note of the president’s rather blatant admission that “I didn’t need to do this” in today’s press conference. You can read the full letter here. [image via screengrab]

Chris Wallace on Trump Declaring Emergency: Maybe He Thinks He Can Tell Base ‘I Did Everything I Could’


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Fox News’ Chris Wallace spoke with Shepard Smith this afternoon following President Donald Trump‘s announcement declaring a national emergency at the border. Wallace noted the previous national emergencies declared by past presidents and said, “It’s a very different thing when you’ve had a debate for years, as we have, over funding a wall and Congress has decided not to give that funding to the president, for him then to say I’m going to declare a national emergency and take that funding anyway. I don’t think there’s ever been a declaration of a national emergency like that, where Congress refused to give the president money and the president took money on his own.” One political outcome here, he told Smith, is that Trump can still tell his base he’s fought for them as much as he can:
“You could say, as a cynic, perhaps, that he figures, ‘Well, even Continue reading "Chris Wallace on Trump Declaring Emergency: Maybe He Thinks He Can Tell Base ‘I Did Everything I Could’"

BREAKING: Multiple Injuries Reported in Active Shooting Incident in Aurora, IL; Shooter Apprehended


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Reports and social media postings coming out of Aurora, IL state there is an active shooter situation with multiple people wounded. ABC Chicago reports the situation is taking place at the Henry Pratt Company. The Daily Herald reported four City of Aurora Police Officers are also injured.
Schools near by have been placed on either complete lockdown or “soft” lockdown, where students can not leave the building. “There are reports of an active shooter at the Henry Pratt building near Cleveland and Prairie just east of Luigi’s Pizza, as a result, we are holding Continue reading "BREAKING: Multiple Injuries Reported in Active Shooting Incident in Aurora, IL; Shooter Apprehended"

BREAKING: Sarah Sanders Has Been Interviewed by Robert Mueller’s Office


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sat down with special counsel Robert Mueller‘s office for an interview. CNN broke the news this afternoon, and Sanders confirmed in a statement, “The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them.” The report from CNN notes that it’s “unclear” what was raised in the interview, but that it’s likely her public statements on the Russia investigation came up, especially her comments concerning the president’s role in crafting the statement from Don Jr. on the infamous Trump Tower meeting. Per CNN:
As Mueller wraps up his Russia probe, one focus of investigators has been conflicting public statements by President Donald Trump and his team that could be seen as an effort to obstruct justice, according to people familiar with the investigation.
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Colin Kaepernick Resolves Collusion Lawsuit Against NFL


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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick settled his complaint against the National Football League today, as the league released a joint statement with the athlete’s lawyers announcing a “resolution.” “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and [former teammate] Mr. [Eric] Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the letter stated. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.” Kaepernick, who was suing the league with his former teammate, alleged that NFL owners conspired to keep him off the field after the end of his 2016 contract due to his activism — namely, his kneeling during the national anthem to protest Continue reading "Colin Kaepernick Resolves Collusion Lawsuit Against NFL"

Sarah Sanders: ‘I Don’t Think Ann Coulter Has Any Influence Over This White House’ or Much of Anything


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed the idea today that Ann Coulter has any level of influence in the White House. By now, you’ve probably heard that Coulter is incensed at President Donald Trump for signing the compromise border security bill and declaring a national emergency: Fox News’ Dana Perino spoke with Sanders today and asked about the level of conservative Continue reading "Sarah Sanders: ‘I Don’t Think Ann Coulter Has Any Influence Over This White House’ or Much of Anything"

Kirsten Gillibrand Follows Beto’s Lead: If Locals Say it Makes Sense, ‘I Could Support’ Tearing Down Existing Walls


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A day after former congressman and potential 2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke said he would be willing to remove the walls in place in El Paso, Texas, presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said she would be open to the idea during a campaign stop on Friday. O’Rourke was also confident that if the proposal became a referendum to remove the wall for the townspeople to vote on, it would pass. “Well I would have to ask folks in that part of the country to see whether the fencing today is helpful or unhelpful,” she told reporters. “You know, Democrats are not unafraid of national security or border security. Democrats have funded border security for decades.” Gillibrand further stated Democrats just don’t want a “medieval” wall made out of concrete along the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border. “It is a hateful message. [Trump] is trying to create a picture of Continue reading "Kirsten Gillibrand Follows Beto’s Lead: If Locals Say it Makes Sense, ‘I Could Support’ Tearing Down Existing Walls"

Troller-in-Chief: Trump Mocks Democrats SOTU Reaction With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Video


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President Donald Trump, a.k.a. the commander-in-chief, a.k.a. the leader of the free world, used his vast and powerful sphere of influence to share a video designed solely to mock his Democratic Congressional foes. Early Friday afternoon after, and shortly after a Rose Garden speech in which he declared a National Emergency at the southern US Border to release border wall funding (and oddly admitting that it was something that he didn’t need to do,) President Trump shared the following video produced by Twitter user @Carpedonktum. The video (which you can watch above) depicts dour reactions of Democratic Congressional members (and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)!) during his State of the Union speech and is set to the tune of Everybody Hurts, the R.E.M. single from Automatic for the People which was released Continue reading "Troller-in-Chief: Trump Mocks Democrats SOTU Reaction With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Video"

McCabe Spox Walks Back Remarks on Talks to Oust Trump Via 25th Amendment: ‘Taken Out-of-Context’


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A spokesperson for Andrew McCabe is gunning for critics who’ve accused the former deputy FBI director of trying to remove President Donald Trump from office. McCabe spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz says her client has been “taken out-of-context and misrepresented” regarding several statements he’s made as he’s about to release his new book, The Threat. “At no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions,” Schwartz said. “He was present and participated in a discussion that included a comment by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein regarding the 25th Amendment.” McCabe is about to embark on a media tour to promote his book, in which he reflects on the threats facing the United States and the effects of Trump’s rocky relationship with the intelligence community. In a Continue reading "McCabe Spox Walks Back Remarks on Talks to Oust Trump Via 25th Amendment: ‘Taken Out-of-Context’"

Ann Coulter Responds to Trump’s Slam: ‘The Only National Emergency is That Our President is an Idiot’


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Minutes after President Donald Trump‘s White House Rose Garden speech in which Ann Coulter was deemed to be “off the reservation” by the president, the conservative commentator fired back. Appearing on KABC radio in Los Angeles, Coulter — who recently surrendered support for Trump over his slowness to fulfill his border wall promise, said signing the congressional bill is a mistake that would ensure no wall would be built: “not a wall, not a prototype, but some bollard fencing with the approval of local officials.” The right-wing pundit added the President had the authority to build a wall all along and didn’t need Congress to do it. “Forget the fact that he’s digging his own grave,” Coulter said. “The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot.” But not to dunk on Trump’s entire base, Coulter did acknowledge Trump did follow through on some of Continue reading "Ann Coulter Responds to Trump’s Slam: ‘The Only National Emergency is That Our President is an Idiot’"

Pelosi, Others Seize on Trump Saying ‘I Didn’t Need to’ Declare Emergency: ‘He Admits it’s a #FakeTrumpEmergency’


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President Donald Trump is catching flak from politcal Twitter again, this time for how he might’ve undercut his own legal standing while declaring a national emergency relating to what he’s deemed a crisis on the southern border. Trump declared an emergency on Friday, confirming he will draw federal funding from various areas of the government to compensate for getting only a fraction of the money he sought for the border wall from Congress. The president took a series of question on his decision, and one of the most interesting moments happened when he told NBC’s Peter Alexander “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Repulsive That a ‘Chicken Hawk’ Like Trump Is Stealing Money from Our Military


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After President Donald Trump’s fiery press conference announcing a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) told CNN it was disgusting for him to take money away from the military to build a wall. “It’s repulsive that a chickenhawk like President Trump would steal money from the military troops, damage military readiness and damage national security. All in the name of going around Congress because he didn’t get his way in the compromise deal to build a border wall that is unnecessary, that is an ancient form of barrier for border security,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Not to get into the weeds, but you are the chairwoman of the subcommittee that handles funding on military construction, which is the pot of money that Donald Trump is now talking about, $3.6 billion is what the White House says that they’ll be redirecting taking and Continue reading "Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Repulsive That a ‘Chicken Hawk’ Like Trump Is Stealing Money from Our Military"