MLK’s Son Rejects Pence Comparing Trump to His Father: ‘Love, Not Hate, Will Make America Great’


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Martin Luther King III speaks at the annual National Action Network Breakfast on January 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. The event was hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence compared President Donald Trump to Martin Luther King Jr. on the eve of the day celebrating the life and legacy of the iconic civil rights leader. On Monday, son Martin Luther King III pushed back. On Face the Nation on Sunday, Pence used a quote from King to characterize Trump’s border wall push. “Honestly, you know, the hearts and minds of the American people today are thinking a lot about it being the weekend where we remember the life and the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.,” Pence said. “One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.'” “You think of how he changed America, he inspired us to change through the legislative process to become a more perfect union,” Pence continued. “That’s exactly what President Trump is calling on Continue reading "MLK’s Son Rejects Pence Comparing Trump to His Father: ‘Love, Not Hate, Will Make America Great’"

Cohen Advisor Lanny Davis Says Client May Bail on Testimony Thanks to Witness Intimidation by Trump: ‘Family is Out of Bounds!’


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Attorney Lanny Davis, who represented former Trump insider Michael Cohen in court and now serves as his advisor, said on MSNBC Thursday that President Donald Trump is engaging in witness tampering and intimidation against his client. So much so, said Davis, that Cohen is considering whether to even “go forward” with his testimony. Davis made the remarks on The Beat to host Ari Melber. Melber said to Davis that that members of Congress, including committee chairs, have accused Trump of “potentially getting close to witness intimidation” over comments about Cohen’s father-in-law that Trump made on Fox News Channel. He played the clip, and then asked whether it was, in fact, intimidating Cohen. “Is that an impact on Mr. Cohen,” asked Melber, ” as we’ve seen reports about?” “Very much so,” replied Davis. “He is very concerned, as is his family, that a bully in the bully pulpit named Continue reading "Cohen Advisor Lanny Davis Says Client May Bail on Testimony Thanks to Witness Intimidation by Trump: ‘Family is Out of Bounds!’"

Shock Poll: Trump Gains 19 Points with Latino Voters During Border Wall Shutdown


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US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego California March 2018 In the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Thursday, President Donald Trump may have suffered some among Republicans overall, but he saw a huge point gain in a different demographic breakdown, and an unexpected one by conventional wisdom. In early December, the poll had Trump’s approval rating among Latino adults at 31%. The results from the poll released Thursday show the president’s job approval among Latino adults at 50%. That is an astonishing 19 point swing. Prior results had less variance, with Latino approval numbers at 36% in their November 1st findings. It was 27% in the pollster’s mid-October survey. The January poll was conducted during the government shutdown over border wall funding, most notably. So the big swing among Latinos was while Trump and Democrats faced off over funding for the wall. The president did not fare that well among all Americans, or even among Republicans, with a seven point Continue reading "Shock Poll: Trump Gains 19 Points with Latino Voters During Border Wall Shutdown"

Steve King Bashes McCarthy, Liz Cheney After House Condemnation: What Gives Her the ‘Moral Authority’ to Criticize Me?


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In a radio interview on KXFN-AM out of St. Louis, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), on Tuesday, discussed the move by House Republicans to strip him of committee assignments over his recent remarks about white supremacy and nationalism, quoted in the New York Times. King attacked the GOP over the decision, while also claiming many secretly agree with him. The lengthy interview conducted by host Ed Martin is available in full here. In the full interview, he states again that his remarks were misrepresented. Of House minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who led the stripping of committee seats, King said that “he decided he’s going to believe The New York Times over Steve King, and that’s a fact.” Martin, in the shorter clip above, calls the actions of the GOP an example of “the swamp,” and said that King has a record of “supporting decreasing the amount of immigration, Continue reading "Steve King Bashes McCarthy, Liz Cheney After House Condemnation: What Gives Her the ‘Moral Authority’ to Criticize Me?"

CNN Airs Harrowing Footage of ISIS-Claimed Suicide Bombing in Syria That Left American Casualties


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The aftermath of a suicide attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. - A suicide attack targeting US-led coalition forces in the flashpoint northern Syrian city of Manbij Manbij, Syria is a U.S. patrolled city in Syria. But the comparative order of the city was shaken on Wednesday by a deadly suicide bombing, for which ISIS has claimed credit. Purported footage showing the moment of that attack was released on Twitter and aired by CNN not long after the news broke (below) There is no official toll, but most press reports, citing a war monitor, put the deaths between 16 and 19. The Department of Defense has not released a statement on Americans killed or injured, but Operation Inherent Resolve confirmed on Twitter that Americans are among the dead. Inherent Resolve is the U.S.-lead Coalition fighting ISIS in Syria. Most press reports state that two or four Americans were killed, with possibly others injured.

Steve King Says Yes to Resolution Rebuking His Own Comments: ‘Let’s Vote for This’


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On Tuesday, H.Res.41, a resolution “rejecting white nationalism and white supremacy” serving as a condemnation of remarks by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), came before the House. King himself stood to deliver floor remarks, and said he would be voting yes. In the resolution’s text, King is mentioned among the “Whereas” statements.
Whereas, on January 10, 2019, Representative Steve King was quoted as asking, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?”;
Saying he recognized the “gravity’ of the issue before the House, King started off his remarks noting his own mention in the text of the resolution. “I began to read this resolution, Madam Speaker, and I started with the first whereas, and I’m going to read it as it’s here,” he said. He then began to read it, with commentary. “Whereas on January 10, 2019, representative Steve king was quoted as asking, quote, Continue reading "Steve King Says Yes to Resolution Rebuking His Own Comments: ‘Let’s Vote for This’"

Watch AG Nominee Barr’s Very Long Pause When Asked if He’d Jail Journos For ‘Doing Their Jobs’: ‘As a Last Resort…’


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Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general William Barr had a long pause in Tuesday’s confirmation hearing when Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) asked him about the jailing of journalists for, in her words, “doing their jobs.” He did answer, though, and will likely answer further, at length and in writing, at the Senator’s request. Klobuchar began the question by noting her own personal connection. “My dad was a reporter, so I grew up knowing the importance of a free press,” she said. “We obviously have the tragic case of a journalist who worked right here at The Washington Post, Jamal Khashoggi. And it’s a particular concern.” She pointed out her previous questioning of former AG Jeff Sessions on the topic. “I want to ask you something I asked Attorney General Sessions. If you’re confirmed, will the Justice Department jail reporters for doing their jobs?” That’s Continue reading "Watch AG Nominee Barr’s Very Long Pause When Asked if He’d Jail Journos For ‘Doing Their Jobs’: ‘As a Last Resort…’"

Chris Christie’s New Political Tell-All About Trump’s Inner Circle is a Jared Kushner Bash-Fest


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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was a Donald Trump campaign surrogate and is currently a Trump-friendly CNN contributor, has fired a shot at the Trump family in his new book — accusing the Donald’s son-in-law Jared Kushner of a “political hit job” against him. Christie’s new book “Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics” is set for release on Jan. 29, but The Guardian has an early copy and published the excerpt in question this week. In it, Christie relates the story of his firing as chair of Trump’s transition team, and puts the blame squarely on Kushner, though it was Steve Bannon, a now-fellow firee, who carried it out.
“Steve Bannon … made clear to me that one person and one person only was responsible for the faceless execution that Steve was now attempting to carry out.
President Donald Trump alongside his daughter, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House October 2017
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Celebrity Twitter Copes With News Anthony Scaramucci Will Join Cast of Celebrity Big Brother: ‘Oh, FFS’


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That’s right, THE Anthony Scaramucci is going to be on Celebrity Big Brother. Entertainment Weekly tweeted the news Sunday that the former (and momentary) White House Communications Director will be among the 12 guests in the house on Big Brother: Celebrity Edition when it premiers just over a week from now. It’s not unprecedented. Omarosa Manigault was on the first season of the show. Is it for buzz? Parity? Parody? Or even masochism? The internet sure wants to know, and they’re tweeting about it. Some celebrities have weighed in, of course, including actress Jane Lynch, who also happens to host her own game show featuring celebrities, Hollywood Game Night, had the tweet that perhaps best captured America’s collective Id, an instinctive, primal, gut reaction, not just to this news, but almost all news these last few years. Continue reading "Celebrity Twitter Copes With News Anthony Scaramucci Will Join Cast of Celebrity Big Brother: ‘Oh, FFS’"

Fox News’ MediaBuzz Gets the Jim Acosta vs Kellyanne Conway Battle Right and Wrong at the Same Time


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On Sunday’s episode of FNC’s MediaBuzz, host Howard Kurtz covered the confrontation between CNN’s Jim Acosta and Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway ahead of last week’s Oval Office address by President Trump. The question at hand: whether Acosta deserved the smack from Conway for his question about honesty. Kurtz and his guests got the answer both right and wrong in just a few short minutes. Kurt’z guests for the segment were Buck Sexton, host of “The Buck Sexton Show” and Bill Press, host of “The Bill Press Show.” Both are longtime political analysts and commentators, and notably, in Press’s case, with CNN, current home to Acosta. Kurtz played the clip from the exchange, during which Kellyanne Conway called Acosta a “smart ass”, before going to the guests. Turning first to Buck Sexton, Kurtz prompted, “White House correspondent, not a commentator, saying ‘can you guarantee the president Continue reading "Fox News’ MediaBuzz Gets the Jim Acosta vs Kellyanne Conway Battle Right and Wrong at the Same Time"

WATCH: Sen. Mark Warner Gives Jake Tapper Huge List of Reasons FBI Had to Suspect Trump


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Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday and ran down a comprehensive list of the investigations and allegations against President Donald Trump as they relate to Russian collusion, including that the FBI investigated whether he was acting on Russia’s, or Vladimir Putin‘s, behalf. Warner, who is the top dem on the Senate Intelligence Committee, read off an impressive litany to anchor Jake Tapper that was so comprehensive the host thought the Senator was done several times before he actually was. To start, Tapper asked the big question directly: “Do you think the president of the United States ever worked on behalf of the Russians against American interests?” “Well, Jake, that’s the defining question of our investigation and the Mueller investigation,” said Warner. “Was there collusion?” “I’m not going to talk about what we may have been briefed, in the gang of Continue reading "WATCH: Sen. Mark Warner Gives Jake Tapper Huge List of Reasons FBI Had to Suspect Trump"

Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s USCG Shutdown Video: ‘Can We Please Get Back in Our F**ing Boats, Now?’


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On Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night, the host talked about the government shutdown in his opening monologue, at one point specifically regarding the U.S. Coast Guard. Host Jimmy Kimmel began by showing a guide that apparently is designed to help members of the Coast Guard pick up extra money. “One group of workers impacted by the shutdown is the Coast Guard,” said Kimmel. “Someone in the coast guard support system put out a guide with a list of suggestions for alternate ways their workers can make ends meet during the shutdown, this is for real. It’s called managing your finances during a furlough.” He showed the sheet of suggestions, below.
“Why not sell a kidney while you’re at it,” he joked. Then he moved on to the parody video. “Not only is the shutdown affecting current members of the Coast Guard, it’s affecting recruitment to the Coast Continue reading "Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s USCG Shutdown Video: ‘Can We Please Get Back in Our F**ing Boats, Now?’"

Trevor Noah Roasts Steve King: He Defended Himself by Saying ‘What’s Wrong with Racism, Anyway?’


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The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah roasted Rep. Steve King on Thursday night for his comments in a New York Times article and subsequent statement about those remarks that he released via Twitter. “King has oftend faced accusations of racism,” said Noah. “Now that’s mostly because of all the racist stuff he says, but today he defend himself by saying ‘what’s wrong with racism anyway?'” They played a news clip on the story, in which a reporter is heard saying that King said he is “not racist” but that in the article King “questions why the term white nationalist and white supremacist are offensive language.” “Yeah, I’m not racist,” said Noah, mocking King. “You n*****s need to calm down! He closed the joke remarking that at least King didn’t do something really unforgivable like dance on a rooftop, referring to the recent video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Continue reading "Trevor Noah Roasts Steve King: He Defended Himself by Saying ‘What’s Wrong with Racism, Anyway?’"

Watch Kamala Harris Nodding Her Head Yes While Saying She ‘Might’ Run for President


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Despite the word “might” in her response to Late Show host Stephen Colbert on Thursday, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA_ made it more than clear that she does indeed intend to run for President in 2020. In the shared ‘wink-wink’ moment, Colbert asked his guest after the break about why she would write a book before a big election, and could it hint at anything. “Senator, let me ask you this — many people who put out books two years before a presidential election do so to introduce themselves in a broad way to the American people,” he said. “Um — are you going to run for president?” It was the context of the reply that made the sale. Laughing with a sort of ‘you know the answer’ face, Harris nodded several times and finally replied, “I might!” “You might,” said Colbert as Harris’ continued to laugh. “Alright, there Continue reading "Watch Kamala Harris Nodding Her Head Yes While Saying She ‘Might’ Run for President"

Check Out How Much Sinclair Broadcasting is Paying for Pro-Trump Boris Segments


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Uncritical and unabashed Trump-boosterism clips may seem ubiquitously available on cable news or a dime a dozen online, but they cost a bit more than a dime for the local news. In fact, it turns out Sinclair Broadcast Group is paying a royal sum for such content, as newly revealed documents show. Former Trump adviser and Sinclair’s chief political analyst Boris Epshteyn, who admitted that he signed an NDA with the Trump campaign and cannot “disparage” the president, is quite an expense to the massive media company, which force feeds his regular, one- to two-minute Bottom Line with Boris segment on local stations across the country. An over half a million dollar expense, in fact. TV News website FTLive has the story.
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Mulvaney Says Nobody Blames Trump for ‘Coarsening’ of Politics After Tapper Shows Devastating %!@#ing Montage


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Last week, President Donald Trump said that newly sworn-in Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) “dishonored” herself when she dropped an eff-bomb about him at an event. On Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper challenged new interim White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on whether Trump really has any room to talk when it comes to coarseness. “The president said her remark, saying that it was time to impeach the mf’er, was quote ‘disgraceful’, President Trump obviously is not known as a delicate flower with his language he uses, he’s sworn publicly quite a bit,” said Tapper. “Take a listen to some of it.” He then played a montage of clips of President Trump cursing in public events, including the eff bomb, and getting cheers from his crowds. Tapper asked Mulvaney, “does President Trump think that he has played any role in the coarsening of our national discourse?” “No, no, I Continue reading "Mulvaney Says Nobody Blames Trump for ‘Coarsening’ of Politics After Tapper Shows Devastating %!@#ing Montage"

WATCH LIVE: Nancy Pelosi Takes Gavel as 55th Speaker of the House


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Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives and the first woman to hold the position. On January 3rd, 2019, she takes the gavel again as the 55th Speaker; the second time a woman has held the position. Watch live (above, via Time) as the 116th Congress begins and Speaker Pelosi is inaugurated into her position. Again. They will begin at noon, starting with the invocation, then a quorum call for the new members of congress. After that, Rep. Pelosi will officially be voted in and take the gavel from current Speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). [Featured Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images] — Follow Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) on Twitter

Jake Tapper Confronts Mitt Romney Over Accepting Trump Endorsements: ‘Was That a Mistake?’


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On CNN Wednesday, Jake Tapper interviewed former GOP presidential nominee and current senator-elect Mitt Romney, following the blistering op-ed the latter dropped this week criticizing President Donald Trump. Among several topics, Tapper confronted Romney about his previous acceptance of Trump endorsements. “You said, in March of 2016– because There was a whole big thing in 2012, kids out there might not remember this, but when you ran for president Donald Trump wanted to endorse you, you wanted him to endorse you, and there was an event in Las Vegas, and you accepted his endorsement,” said Tapper setting up for the question. “And then in March 2016, you wrote in a tweet, ‘If Trump had said four years ago the things he says today about the clan, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled, I would not have accepted his endorsement.'” “Now, some people point out, okay, he hadn’t said those things, but Continue reading "Jake Tapper Confronts Mitt Romney Over Accepting Trump Endorsements: ‘Was That a Mistake?’"

Trump Says Syria ‘Was Lost Long Ago’: I Don’t Want to Be There Forever, ‘It’s Sand and It’s Death’


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In a long and news-making Q&A with reporters after his remarks at a Cabinet meeting at the White House, President Donald Trump addressed the issue of Syria extensively. After first talking about firing Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, Trump discussed both the timeline for troop withdrawal and the fate of Kurdish allies in the region once U.S. troops leave. The issue of the potential slaughter of those allies has been a point of contention even among Trump supporters in the days following his sudden announcement of the end of U.S. intervention in the Syria conflict. Asked about the timetable for withdrawing from Syria, Trump gave no specific timeline, but also did not back up claims made by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday that he was “pausing” or slowing down. “I never said fast or slow,” he said. “Somebody said four months, but I didn’t say that, Continue reading "Trump Says Syria ‘Was Lost Long Ago’: I Don’t Want to Be There Forever, ‘It’s Sand and It’s Death’"

Joy Behar Shreds Louis C.K. For Jokes About Parkland Survivors: ‘I Think He’s Just in a Pathetic Place’


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On The View on Wednesday, co-host Joy Behar lit up comedian Louis C.K., whose recent attempt at a comeback following his sexual misconduct scandal and disgrace became a controversy of its own. “He needs a therapist badly,” said Behar of Louis C.K’s routine, which included a bit referencing Parkland survivor teens testifying before congress. “He’s out there kicking — what do you call that, punching down, as we call it in the comedy world,” she said. “There’s so many targets to punch up to. There’s Trump, there’s everything going on in the world, there’s Brexit if you want to go there. There’s a million things to go after. Why would you pick kids who are suffering because of gun violence?” “Pick the NRA. Pick the NRA, don’t go after the victim,” Behar continued. “Although maybe he sees himself as a victim so he identifies with the Continue reading "Joy Behar Shreds Louis C.K. For Jokes About Parkland Survivors: ‘I Think He’s Just in a Pathetic Place’"