Morning Joe Cracks Up Over Latest Trump Tweet: ‘Most Meta Thing He’s Ever Done’

In response to a tweet from President Donald Trump early Monday in which he put himself in quotation marks, the set of Morning Joe had lots of laughs. Trump’s tweet read, “Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional Races this year. The media refuses to mention this. I said Gillespie and Moore would lose (for very different reasons), and they did. I also predicted ‘I’ would win. Republicans will do well in 2018, very well! @foxandfriends.” The random quotation marks around the “I” led John Heilemann to call the tweet “the most meta thing he’s ever done.” “The quotation Continue reading "Morning Joe Cracks Up Over Latest Trump Tweet: ‘Most Meta Thing He’s Ever Done’"

Tavis Smiley Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations on GMA: ‘PBS Made a Huge Mistake’

Tavis Smiley responded to the sexual misconduct allegations that have been leveled against him by denying any wrongdoing — and slammed PBS for making “a huge mistake” for investigating him. Smiley made the comments while appearing on Good Morning America, where he insisted that he will “do anything to protect my reputation.” The author and media personality continued his critism of PBS’ handling of the allegations by saying the network only spoke with him directly regarding the claims after his attorneys threatened to sue. “They did not intend to talk to me nor did they talk to Continue reading "Tavis Smiley Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations on GMA: ‘PBS Made a Huge Mistake’"

Mother of Sandy Hook Victim Rips Trump For Appearing With NRA President on Shooting Anniversary: ‘Appalling’

In response to Donald Trump inviting National Rifle Association president Wayne LaPierre to the White House on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, Nicole Hockley — the mother of Dylan Hockley, who was one of numerous children murdered on that day — blasted the president for his “ignorance” in a Facebook post. Her statement condemning the administration for this action began by Hockley describing her son’s murder as something haunts her and her family “every day.” Hockley’s post was featured on the Sandy Hook Promise page — a nonprofit dedicated to gun control activism — and went as follows:
“Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the Sandy Hook shooting and what the President and his administration are trying to do to prevent similar massacres, Sanders remarked she was unaware of any regulation that could have been put in place to prevent anything. This shows a remarkable amount Continue reading "Mother of Sandy Hook Victim Rips Trump For Appearing With NRA President on Shooting Anniversary: ‘Appalling’"

Pope Francis Condemns ‘Fake News’: Media Bias is a ‘Very Serious Sin’

While President Donald Trump is perhaps the most vocal critic of “fake news” and opponent of supposed media malpractice, one of his critics is joining his side in combating the press as His Holiness himself condemned bad journalism. In an appeal to reporters, the pope described one-sided reporting, spreading false or misleading information, and general media bias as a “very serious sin.” “You shouldn’t fall into the ‘sins of communication:’ disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalised, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today,” said the pope, according to The Guardian. Pontiff went on to suggest that these types of media malpractice are a “grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others.” These comments follow a very obvious trend in which the current pope has become vastly more political Continue reading "Pope Francis Condemns ‘Fake News’: Media Bias is a ‘Very Serious Sin’"

Trump Insists He’s Not Planning to Fire Robert Mueller: ‘No, I’m Not’

After a drama-filled weekend in which many pundits and commentators speculated on the chances that Donald Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller — the official responsible for investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election — the president insisted to reporters that he is “not” considering dismissing the former FBI director. After Trump left the presidential retreat center Camp David today, White House reporters asked the president whether or not he was going to fire Mueller. “No, I’m not,” quickly replied Trump without providing any additional information. The theory that the president was considering firing Mueller has gained significant traction in the past 48 hours as Trump and his legal counsel have attacked the special counsel’s team for “unlawfully” obtaining tens of thousands of emails relating to the administration’s transition team. The president claimed the email dump — which was provided to Mueller by the General Services Administration — was Continue reading "Trump Insists He’s Not Planning to Fire Robert Mueller: ‘No, I’m Not’"

Senator Bob Corker Didn’t Read the GOP Tax Bill He’s Voting For: ‘I Never Saw the Text’

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee admitted to not actually reading the GOP tax bill that he has agreed to vote for, saying “I had like a two-page summary I went through with leadership. I never saw the actual text.” The Republican senator made the admission in an interview with the International Business Times, during which he also pushed back against claims that he switched his vote from no to yes after a provision was put in that he especially will gain from financially. Prior to his change of heart, Corker was the only GOP senator voting no on the legislation. Given Corker’s loud and public opposition to President Donald Trump as well as his plan to retire at the end of his term, some expected the senator to maintain his opposition to the tax bill as he could afford to keep burning the bridges with fellow Republicans. However, he Continue reading "Senator Bob Corker Didn’t Read the GOP Tax Bill He’s Voting For: ‘I Never Saw the Text’"

Trump’s Legal Counsel Claims Robert Mueller ‘Unlawfully’ Received Transition Team Emails

After Axios released a report today suggesting Robert Mueller had gained access to thousands of emails from the administration’s transition team, a lawyer for President Donald Trump alleged the special counsel got these files illegally. In a letter penned to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Kory Langhofer — who acts as legal counsel for Trump for America — said authorities “unlawfully produced TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office.” Reuters reports the president’s lawyer went on to accuse Mueller’s team, during their process of investigating Trump, of acquiring the emails with knowledge that the files were being wrongfully acquired, while also using “the materials in question, including portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege” despite not informing Trump for America. Mueller’s team reportedly received the emails from the government agency General Services Administration. Langhofer also added Continue reading "Trump’s Legal Counsel Claims Robert Mueller ‘Unlawfully’ Received Transition Team Emails"