Ex-DNC Chair Donna Brazile Signs With Fox News as a Contributor


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File this one under: surprise pundit-network pairings. Fox News announced Monday that former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile has signed on to be a contributor to the network. In a statement via press release, the former head of the DNC acknowledged that she expects blowback from progressives, but argued that the left cannot afford to abandon the Fox News audience. “I’m delighted to be joining FOX News,” Brazile said. “I know I’m going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on FOX News. My response is that, if we’ve learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views. There’s an audience on FOX News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats. We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather Continue reading "Ex-DNC Chair Donna Brazile Signs With Fox News as a Contributor"

Shock Poll: Half of Americans Believe Trump is the Victim of a Witch Hunt in Mueller Probe


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Surveys have consistently shown that a strong majority of Americans think President Donald Trump should stop tweeting. But the possibility that America’s chief executive would delete his account seems rather remote — given that his core messages seem to be winning over the public. A stunning new poll conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University, which was released Monday, finds that half of all Americans believe that the president is the victim of a witch hunt in special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe — as he has constantly insisted. By a 50-47 margin, the poll shows that Americans believe Trump has been subjected to more investigations than his predecessors because of his politics. As expected, the numbers fall heavily along partisan lines, with 86 percent of Republicans believing that Trump is being subjected to a witch hunt, compared with 14 percent of Democrats. But the key — and perhaps surprising Continue reading "Shock Poll: Half of Americans Believe Trump is the Victim of a Witch Hunt in Mueller Probe"

Kellyanne Conway Dismisses Husband’s Concerns for Trump’s Mental Fitness


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George Conway has been banging the drum, of late, that President Donald Trump — under whom Conway’s wife, White House Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway, serves — is not mentally fit to hold office. When confronted by reporters Monday to weigh in on her husband questioning the mental capacity of her boss, Kellyanne’s answer was terse: “No, I don’t share those concerns,” she said. George Conway renewed his commentary on Twitter Monday morning, saying that Trump’s “condition is getting worse.” He proceeded to share pages from a book titled: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Kellyanne Conway claims she hadn’t seen her husband’s Monday morning dispatches. “I have four kids and I was getting them out of the house this morning to talk to the President about substance, so I may not be up to speed on all of [his tweets],” she said. Watch above, via CNN.

John Oliver Buries Tucker Carlson: He’s the Answer to the Question ‘What if the Sound THUD Grew a Face?’


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The controversial clips of Tucker Carlson calling in to shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge‘s radio show were unearthed late Sunday evening, March 10 — meaning HBO’s John Oliver had to wait a full week to get his shots in on the Fox News host. But when the comic finally got his chance, he made it count. As part of his feature segment on Last Week Tonight, Oliver buried Carlson — whom he referred to as the answer to the question, “What if the sound ‘thud’ grew a face?” Oliver played a clip of Carlson lamenting the anger generated by his comments. “The great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing,” Carlson said. “One day you’re having dinner with your family imagining everything is fine, the next your phone is exploding with calls from reporters.” “Okay, first of all, no one having dinner with Tucker Continue reading "John Oliver Buries Tucker Carlson: He’s the Answer to the Question ‘What if the Sound THUD Grew a Face?’"

Trump Personally Lobbied Erick Erickson For 2020 Support in Multiple Phone Calls


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Donald Trump in 2015: Erick Erickson was “fired like a dog.” Donald Trump in 2019: Vote for me, Erick! In what ranks as a pretty stunning flip-flop, the president — according to a report from the Daily Beast — has been personally lobbying Erickson, the former editor of the conservative site Red State, for his support in 2020. The Beast reports that the president placed multiple calls to Erickson in an effort to get him on board the Trump train. “He did most of the talking actually,” Erickson said to the Beast — describing their initial conversation in January as “surreal.” The lobbying effort proved successful as Erickson authored a Feb. 11 blog post for The Resurgent, titled, “I’ll Be Voting for President Trump and Vice President Pence in 2020. “I declared I would be ‘Never Trump,'” Erickson wrote. “A friend suggested I use a hashtag that had Continue reading "Trump Personally Lobbied Erick Erickson For 2020 Support in Multiple Phone Calls"

Jeb Bush Calls for a Republican Candidate to Challenge Trump in 2020


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Despite the best efforts of the Republican National Committee to close ranks behind President Donald Trump, the man who was the favorite to win the party’s nomination four years ago is calling for a competitive primary in 2020. In an interview with David Axelrod which will air on CNN Saturday, former Florida governor and one-time GOP presidential front-runner Jeb Bush “I think someone should run just because Republicans ought to be given a choice,” Bush told Axelrod. He added, “It’s hard to beat a sitting President, but to have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative, I think it’s important.”

Bill de Blasio Gets Called Out for ‘Clearly Suggesting’ Amazon Bailed on NYC Because of Jeff Bezos Affair


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Did New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio suggest that Amazon bailed on their plans to build new headquarters in New York because of CEO Jeff Bezos‘s affair? The Morning Joe crew certainly thought so on Friday morning, when de Blasio appeared on set. As part of a discussion on Amazon abandoning the Big Apple, the mayor coyly referred to “unusual” circumstances with the company. “I think we could all say that unusual things were happening within the Amazon family at that moment in time,” de Blasio said. “And that was said politely. There was clearly some unusual factors happening. We know who the ultimate decision maker is.” “You think his affair had something to do with it?” Donny Deutsch asked. “I only am saying it was an unusual environment,” de Blasio replied. That comment piqued Willie Geist’s curiosity. Several moments later, he pressed the mayor. “You Continue reading "Bill de Blasio Gets Called Out for ‘Clearly Suggesting’ Amazon Bailed on NYC Because of Jeff Bezos Affair"

Beto O’Rourke: ‘Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt’ That Trump Tried to Collude with Russia and Obstruct Justice


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Beto O’Rourke believes President Donald Trump — at the very least — tried to obstruct justice. Friday morning on CBS, in his first interview since announcing his bid for the White House a day earlier, the former Texas congressman told Gayle King — in response to a question about whether Trump should be impeached — that he is certain there are grounds for it. “It’s beyond the shadow of a doubt to me that if there was not collusion, there was at least the effort to collude with a foreign power,” O’Rourke said. “Beyond the shadow of a doubt that if there was not obstruction of justice, there was certainly the effort to obstruct justice. Whether that’s firing James Comey, the principal investigator into what happened in 2016, or in the light of day, tweeting to your attorney general as President Trump did to end the Russia investigation.” Continue reading "Beto O’Rourke: ‘Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt’ That Trump Tried to Collude with Russia and Obstruct Justice"

Round 15: Chris Cuomo and Kellyanne Conway Renew Their Bonkers Rivalry With an 18-Minute Shoutfest on CNN


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“Good evening, Christopher.” From that quote alone, savvy cable news viewers and regular Mediaite readers will have already been able to discern that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was back on Cuomo Prime Time on Thursday night. The giveaway in that quote? Conway is the only Prime Time guest who regularly refers to host Chris Cuomo as “Christopher.” Yes, these two know how to get under each other’s skin, as they’ve demonstrated time and again in what has become an absolutely insane rivalry. Click on those links and you will see the same words in the headlines to describe the Cuomo-Conway clashes. Bizarre. Circus. Off-the-rails. Thursday night’s showdown was no different. The two tussled for 18 minutes on a variety of subjects. As usual, nothing really got accomplished except every CNN viewer in America being forced to scramble for their remotes to lower the volume. In one especially Continue reading "Round 15: Chris Cuomo and Kellyanne Conway Renew Their Bonkers Rivalry With an 18-Minute Shoutfest on CNN"

Sen. Hirono Accuses Trump of an ‘Implicit Threat’ After Comments on ‘Tough’ Supporters: He’s ‘Encouraging’ Assault


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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is accusing President Donald Trump of making an implicit threat of violence. Appearing on MSNBC Thursday night, the Hawaii senator ripped the president for comments he made to Breitbart in which he said that things could get “very bad” if his supporters in the military, police, and motorcycle clubs decide to start playing “tough.” “What is that but a strong message inducing people to hurt others?” Hirono said. “This is not the kind of language the President of the United States should be employing! Words matter.” Trump’s full comment was as follows: “I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump,” he continued. “I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, Continue reading "Sen. Hirono Accuses Trump of an ‘Implicit Threat’ After Comments on ‘Tough’ Supporters: He’s ‘Encouraging’ Assault"

House Oversight Chair Demands Docs Behind Stormy Story Allegedly Spiked by Fox News


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Ask and ye shall receive…a subpoena? Days after suggesting that a subpoena would free her client, Diana Falzone, from a non-disclosure agreement with Fox News, lawyer Nancy Erika Smith may be on the way to getting her wish. MSNBC reported Thursday that House Oversight chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has requested documents from Falzone. “Chairman Cummings [is] requesting ‘all documents related to women alleging extramarital affairs with President [Donald] Trump, payments by the president or anyone on behalf of him to silence those people,’ and in a sign that this relates to probing potential crimes, we know that this new request from chairman Cummings requests any documents regarding potential campaign finance violations,” MSNBC host Ari Melber reported. Melber noted that Cummings’s letter can “pave the way” for a subpoena. But lawyer Smith says that the letter alone is enough to free Falzone from her non-disclosure agreement Continue reading "House Oversight Chair Demands Docs Behind Stormy Story Allegedly Spiked by Fox News"

Lawyer for Ex-Fox News Reporter Calls Ken LaCorte a ‘Liar,’ Says Someone Above Him Killed Stormy Piece


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The lawyer representing former Fox News reporter Diana Falzone claims that former Fox News editor Ken LaCorte is not telling the truth about spiking Falzone’s story about the alleged affair between President Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels. Appearing on MSNBC, Falzone attorney Nancy Erika Smith claims that LaCorte himself did not kill the story — as he stated in a column published by Mediaite. “We think that we will be able to show that Ken LaCorte is a liar,” Smith said. She added, “For one thing, he didn’t stop the story. And that’s going to be evident.” Host Ari Melber asked Smith if she was claiming that LaCorte wasn’t even the one who oversaw Falzone’s story. “Yes,” Smith said. Melber asked if it was someone more senior than LaCorte. “Yes,” Smith said. LaCorte, in his column published by Mediaite, claimed that he personally spiked Falzone’s story because it was Continue reading "Lawyer for Ex-Fox News Reporter Calls Ken LaCorte a ‘Liar,’ Says Someone Above Him Killed Stormy Piece"

Actress Rosario Dawson Confirms She’s Dating Cory Booker: ‘He’s A Wonderful Human Being’


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It has been one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington and Hollywood for months. Now, it’s official. Actress Rosario Dawson confirmed Thursday that she is in a relationship with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). TMZ caught up with Dawson at Reagan National Airport, where she made her declaration. “He’s a wonderful human being,” she said. “[We] get to spend some time together when we can. Very busy.” Asked if an engagement was in the offing, Dawson said, “I have no idea. I am just grateful to be with someone I respect and love and admire so much who is so brilliant, and kind, and caring, and loving.” Watch above, via TMZ.

Lindsey Graham Calls For Hillary Clinton Special Counsel Before Mueller Report Released: Anyone Else Would Be ‘In Jail Now’


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The House unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday calling for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s final report to be made public. One key Senator, though, wants some strings attached. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blocked that resolution when it reached the Senate, calling for an investigation into Hillary Clinton to be undertaken first. Speaking on the Senate Floor Thursday afternoon, Graham called for a special counsel to be appointed to investigate “the abuses, potentially, by the Department of Justice and the FBI regarding the Clinton email investigation.” “Was there two systems of justice in 2016?” Graham said. “One for the Democratic candidate and one for the Republican candidate?” He added, “If the shoe were on the other foot…All hell would pay.” Graham referenced the tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, as well as a number of unfounded claims which Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Calls For Hillary Clinton Special Counsel Before Mueller Report Released: Anyone Else Would Be ‘In Jail Now’"

Hannity Back on Top in Total Audience Thursday Night, Maddow Ekes Out Key Demo


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One night after his rival Rachel Maddow topped him by posting monstrous ratings, Sean Hannity turned the tables and took back the No. 1 spot in Thursday’s cable news ratings. According to Nielsen, Hannity on Fox News posted 3.231 million total viewers on Thursday, besting The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC with 2.901 million overall viewers. Like Maddow the night before, Hannity placed in the top 10 of the overall ratings counting the broadcast networks, and beat out 9 PM offerings on NBC and Fox. NBC’s Brooklyn Nine Nine pulled down 1.99 milion viewers at 9 PM and Will & Grace posted 2.63 million at 9:30, while Fox’s The Orville checked in with 2.93 million. Maddow, however, squeaked by in the advertiser-coveted adults 25-54 demographic. The MSNBC show pulled down 534,000 viewers in that category, while Hannity drew 531,000.

Wife Gleefully Owns Her Husband in NY Times Comments Section After He Boasts About Facebook Boycott


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Meet Stu and Kathy Watson — husband and wife from Oregon. Stu believes in the power of face-to-face conversation. Kathy, on the other hand, is very online. On Thursday, the two had a debate in The New York Times comment section. Guess how that went. The topic was Facebook. Commenting on a piece titled “Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Says He’ll Shift Focus to Users’ Privacy,” Stu proudly declared he quit Facebook, and questioned what benefit anyone could derive from the platform. “I could never figure out why I should join Facebook to essentially re-create what I already had with e-mail,” Stu wrote. “And what was so darned important about the minutiae of my life that I had to broadcast it? And, as we all learned, it was really all about giving the overlords permission to sell our eyeballs to the scumlords. I killed my account two years ago, and can’t say
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CNN Reporter on Bill Shine’s Shocking Resignation: White House Staffers Didn’t Know What He Actually Did


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Moments after the shocking resignation of White House communications director Bill Shine, CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins gave some context to a move which caught many observers off guard. According to Collins, some in the West Wing wondered what it was that Shine actually did for President Donald Trump. “There had been criticism from people inside the White House questioning what it was that Bill Shine did, or what he had accomplished serving the president,” Collins said. “Because they did not believe that during his tenure in the White House that the communications strategy had changed all that much.” Shine, according to Collins, spent time attending to some of the little things — namely as they related to how Trump looked on television. But that, according to her reporting, led to some criticism from within on his handling of the overall messaging operation. Collins also suggested that Continue reading "CNN Reporter on Bill Shine’s Shocking Resignation: White House Staffers Didn’t Know What He Actually Did"

Ex-Clinton Spox Joe Lockhart Battles Ken Starr: Mueller Keeps Mum, Whereas You Did Pressers in Your ‘Driveway’


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Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart — who served under President Bill Clinton — battled Friday with ex-Clinton special prosecutor Ken Starr in a fascinating, multi-segment showdown on CNN’s New Day. During a wide-ranging segment covering both the current special counsel probe being run by Robert Mueller, and the Clinton investigation over which Starr presided, Lockhart showed there is still some bad blood over Starr’s handling of the Clinton inquiry. “The thing that, even 20 years on, probably still bothers me the most is, you have all of these things — you have counterintelligence, you have our national security at risk,” Lockhart said. “And Bob Mueller and his team have managed to do this the right way. Which is to keep it redacted, and they’ll reveal their cards when they want. “With Judge Starr and his team, I read about it every day in the paper. I read Continue reading "Ex-Clinton Spox Joe Lockhart Battles Ken Starr: Mueller Keeps Mum, Whereas You Did Pressers in Your ‘Driveway’"

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: I Don’t Think ‘You Can Indict a Sitting President’


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Seldom is CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin the bearer of good news for President Donald Trump. But on Friday, one of the most prominent legal figures on cable news did offer one nugget Trump would surely appreciate. Appearing on New Day, Toobin stated that when it comes to the issue of whether or not he can be indicted while in office, the Constitution is on Trump’s side. “I actually think the Justice Department policy is right,” Toobin said. “I don’t think under Article Two of the Constitution you can indict a sitting president. I don’t think it is permissible that someone elected by the entire country can sit there in court every day listening to evidence against him.” Also helpful to the president, according to Toobin, was the Paul Manafort sentencing on Thursday. Trump’s former campaign chair was given 47 months in prison in a case which Toobin Continue reading "CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: I Don’t Think ‘You Can Indict a Sitting President’"

Chris Cuomo Goes Off Over House Failing to Pass Anti-Hate Resolution Unanimously: ‘Congress, Please Do Your Damn Jobs!’


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Chris Cuomo went off Thursday night over the failure of the House to unanimously pass a resolution condemning hate. (The measure passed 407-23.) As part of his “Closing Argument” segment on Cuomo Prime Time, the host lambasted both parties for dropping the ball on the issue. Cuomo called out Democrats for not explicitly condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). “[T]hey drafted this resolution … to condemn anti-Semitism as a middle ground consequence,” Cuomo said. “But no naming of Omar, and no loss of assignments … This should have been simple! Either people who say ugly things get called out or they don’t!” The CNN host then called out the 23 Republicans who voted against the resolution. “If you can’t get unanimous consent on not bashing Jews, and Muslims, and other minorities, what will they ever agree on unanimously?!” He added, “Congress, please do your damn jobs!” Continue reading "Chris Cuomo Goes Off Over House Failing to Pass Anti-Hate Resolution Unanimously: ‘Congress, Please Do Your Damn Jobs!’"