John Dean: Trump’s Behavior ‘Part of a Pattern’ to Block FBI Investigation

Legendary Watergate figure John Dean appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon to discuss President Trump‘s ongoing legal troubles surrounding Michael Flynn, the intelligence community and Russia. Lemon asked Dean, former White House Counsel to President Richard M. Nixon, whether he thought Trump’s behavior fit a pattern of intent to obstruct. Dean answered in the affirmative. He said:
“I think it’s a clear pattern. Even when he’s sharing his private thinking with Lester Holt and saying, well, I didn’t think this was a legitimate investigation. Therefore, I thought it was appropriate to fire this guy who was causing me all these problems–said in another conversation with the Russians that indeed he was relieved now that he had fired Comey because that took the investigation off of him. It’s just a steady pattern of he wants to block an investigation. And as president, regardless of his motive, he Continue reading "John Dean: Trump’s Behavior ‘Part of a Pattern’ to Block FBI Investigation"

So Who Is Kim Dotcom, This Guy Who Is Suddenly Popping Up in Seth Rich Stories?

Hot on the heels of Sean Hannity‘s one-man campaign to drag Seth Rich‘s murder out into a full-fledged conspiracy involving Wikileaks, the DNC, and of course, the Clintons, enter Kim Dotcom. Dotcom surfaced last Friday to tease information via Twitter about Rich’s alleged connection to Wikileaks and the John Podesta emails. Hannity then tweeted at the internet gadfly, credulously asking if Dotcom had any evidence. Dotcom replied, “I’m the evidence!” A series of tweets ensued which hinted at forthcoming information regarding the purported Rich-Wikileaks nexus. After stating that he was consulting with his legal team, Dotcom promised a statement would be released “on Tuesday”. That statement, which was released earlier today, didn’t actually have any information in it–except for what Dotcom claims was Rich’s nickname: “Panda”. A bit of a letdown to conspiracy theorists across the interwebz, the whole (and likely wholly) manufactured drama has people asking: Just who Continue reading "So Who Is Kim Dotcom, This Guy Who Is Suddenly Popping Up in Seth Rich Stories?"

Michael Steele Slams Trump’s Budget: ‘You’re Cutting Programs that Directly Impact Kids’

On Hardball with Chris Matthews, guest and former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele attempted to clarify some specifics of President Trump‘s recently released budget. When asked by Matthews whether the proposed budget was more a reflection of Trump’s priorities or of House Majority Leader Paul Ryan‘s, Steele said:
“It is a hybrid. It is a consultation between the West Wing and the Hill on where they want to go with some of these numbers and some of these programs. The thing to keep in mind before we get to the narrative is the fact that this is not a cut necessarily in programs but rather a cut in the rate of increase over ten years to those programs.”
Matthews interjected to note that the number of people in American society is increasing. Steele replied:

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Freelance Writer Gets Tons of Twitter Backlash for Tasteless Ariana Grande Jokes

Much of Twitter was in a stunned state of mourning as news spread about the terrorist attack outside of an Ariana Grande concert that left at least 19 dead in Manchester, England late Monday night. One user, however, figured the time was right for mockery–even as the horrific situation was still unfolding and the extent of the violence not yet clear. Freelance “reporter” David Leavitt tweeted the following just as the news broke: The site’s users swiftly took Leavitt to task:

Shep Smith Scolds James Woolsey for Criticizing Obama in Response to Manchester Attack

James Woolsey, former CIA director and one-time Trump adviser, wasted no time before using the apparent terrorist attack in Manchester, England as an excuse to criticize the policies of Barack Obama. Speaking with Fox News’ Shepard Smith, Woolsey said:
“Things are kind of coming to a head. I think the radical Islamists–and I would call them that–have decided to pick up the pace with the terrorist attacks and I think we’ll probably see some more. And we now have a president who is pretty straightforward that he is at war with them. He is not going to soft-pedal that. He calls them evil. And we haven’t had a situation like that. We did not have, in the eight years of the Obama administration, a president who wanted to fight and win a war–“
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‘It Was All Children With Just a Parent With Them’: Witnesses Describe Harrowing Scene at Manchester Arena

A man who attended the Ariana Grande concert where an alleged terrorist attack left at least 19 dead in Manchester, England spoke with Fox NewsTucker Carlson. Chris Pawley described the scene immediately prior to the explosion. He said:
“As we left, there were so many just young children in there, and teenagers, and in the foyer where the explosion took place as I was walking through I said to my partner–there was–lots of parents stood there and I said, ‘Look at them all waiting for their kids’ because I’d never seen it like that before, like so many people, so obviously they were waiting for their children to come out. So they would have been the people–well they were the people because 20 seconds later as I was walking to the steps, that’s when it went off.”
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Bill Maher Goes Off On Superhero Movies, Blames Them for the Election of the ‘Orange Sphincter’

AARP-eligible cynic Bill Maher spent a few minutes on the latest episode of Real Time to share his opinions on superhero movies. Spoilers: he’s not much of a fan. The 61-year-old cultural critic with his fingers on the pulse of, well, his pulse, dedicated an entire New Rule to slamming the genre–which he claimed has given Americans unrealistic expectations about how to find solutions to political issues. From Maher said, “The problem is that superhero movies imprint this mindset that we are not masters of our own destiny.” He then went on to blame that mindset for Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency (becoming the “Orange Sphincter”) before ending the segment by proclaiming that Americans should be their own superheroes. Watch above, via HBO.