U.S. Coal Baron: Trump ‘Can’t Bring [Coal Jobs] Back’

Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 2.23.00 PM While many have accused Donald Trump of peddling fantastical promises about bringing jobs back from increasingly obsolete industries, the president is now taking heat on the issue from his own corner. Robert Murray, a coal boss and founder of Murray Energy, had tough words for Trump, telling The Guardian that the president should scale back his promises about bringing coal jobs back to the industry. “I suggested that he temper his expectations. Those are my exact words,” Murray told the newspaper. “He can’t bring them back.” According to Murray, the majority of job losses among miners has come as a result of technology and automation, rather than stifling regulations — and Murray is no fan of those. During his interview, the Trump supporting businessmen scoffed at climate change and global warming, saying instead, the United States had “an energy cost problem.” Murray also revealed he was opposed Continue reading "U.S. Coal Baron: Trump ‘Can’t Bring [Coal Jobs] Back’"

Trump Administration ‘Strongly Condemns’ Arrests of Peaceful Protesters in Russia

Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 1.18.46 PM The Trump administration has officially condemned the mass arrests of peaceful protesters in Russia. Since Sunday, hundreds have been detained as anti-Putin demonstrations engulfed the country. In a statement to Buzzfeed, Acting State Department Spokesman Mark Toner gave the official stance of the United States.
The United States strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout Russia on Sunday. Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values. We were troubled to hear of the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny upon arrival at the demonstration, as well as the police raids on the anti-corruption organization he heads. The United States will monitor this situation, and we call on the government of Russia to immediately release all peaceful protesters. The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under Continue reading "Trump Administration ‘Strongly Condemns’ Arrests of Peaceful Protesters in Russia"

Ex-Member Trashes Freedom Caucus: ‘They’d Vote Against the Ten Commandments’

Is the Freedom Caucus splintering? In the aftermath of the House health care fiasco in which they played an integral role, at least one member is calling it quits. Texas Representative Ted Poe stopped by the set of New Day, Monday, to explain why he was leaving the group. “The Freedom Caucus has always been the opposition caucus against the Democrats,” he said. “Now that we’re in the majority, it continues to be the opposition party.” Co-host Alisyn Camerota pressed Poe on what it would take to move the recalcitrant Republican bloc. “At the end of the day it was easier to vote no and I’m angry about that,” said Poe. “I got the opinion that there are some members of the Freedom Caucus, they’d vote against the Ten Commandments.” The interview continued with Camerota reminding Poe about the electoral benefits caucus member have Continue reading "Ex-Member Trashes Freedom Caucus: ‘They’d Vote Against the Ten Commandments’"

‘Drip Drip’: Senate Committee Will Question Jared Kushner Over Russia Ties

The congressional and FBI inquiry into Donald Trump’s campaign ties to Russia took another step closer to the commander-in-chief, Monday, with the New York Times reporting that Jared Kushner has been summoned for questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Kushner, who is married to first daughter Ivanka Trump, currently serves as a key White House advisor. It is known that Kushner met with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, at least once during his father-in-law’s presidential campaign and sent an aide to meet with him on a subsequent occasion. In addition to Kislyak, the Times reported that Kushner also met with Sergey N. Gorkov, an oligarch who leads a Russian bank currently under U.S. sanctions. Within minutes of publication, co-author Maggie Haberman called into New Day from an Acela Train. “This is the highest person to be touched by this Continue reading "‘Drip Drip’: Senate Committee Will Question Jared Kushner Over Russia Ties"

Report: Paul Ryan Begged ‘On One Knee’ Searching For GOP Health Care Votes

paul-ryan-7 It’s no secret, last week’s failure to vote on the American Health Care Act was a major blow to House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Wisconsin Republican trumpeted the bill despite a broad and bipartisan selection of critics, which included elected officials, journalists and interest groups. Now, an account in the Washington Post shows the desperate measures Speaker Ryan went to in his ultimately doomed effort to round up Republican votes. In at least one instance, he literally begged on one knee. Per the Post:
Ryan got down on a knee to plead with Rep. Don Young, an 83-year-old from Alaska who is the longest-serving Republican in Congress and remains undecided.
The begging, however, was a bust, and Young ultimately called Ryan’s cancelation of the vote a “victory for Alaska.” The effort to pass the American Health Care Act swiftly collapsed last week after scheduled votes for the bill on Thursday Continue reading "Report: Paul Ryan Begged ‘On One Knee’ Searching For GOP Health Care Votes"

Jeb! Bush Opens Up After Trump Election: ‘He Should Stop Saying Things That Aren’t True’

Former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush opened up about Donald Trump last week, sitting for an extensive interview with local Florida journalist Jim DeFede. The interview was filmed on the program Facing South Florida before it became clear that the Republican Obamacare replacement would fail. In a wide ranging discussion, Bush offered a mix of resignation and advice for the 45th President. “He hasn’t shifted to being president in the way people are used to,” noted Bush. “He should stop saying things that aren’t true that are distractions from the task at hand.” When DeFede asked whether Trump’s constant broadsides against his predecessor “diminished” his office, Bush said yes. “When you’re the president, your words have consequences,” said the former Florida governor. For Bush, the last 18 months have been an exercise in humility. During the Republican primary, Trump famously swept the GOP scion away, branding him Continue reading "Jeb! Bush Opens Up After Trump Election: ‘He Should Stop Saying Things That Aren’t True’"

‘It Was Fair’ Mike Cernovich Pronounces 60 Minutes Interview ‘Good Journalism’

Right wing media was abuzz this weekend after learning that Michael Cernovich would appear on 60 Minutes to discuss his website Danger and Play and fake news. The final result, Sunday, was a tense exchange between the liberal bête noire, and interviewer Scott Pelley. Despite the tension, Cernovich said the interview was “fair” and even declared the segment “good journalism.” “It was fair. They took their shots at me while giving me a chance to respond,” he said in a statement to Mediaite. “I have no issues with it at all. It was good journalism.” During the interview, Pelley laced into Cernovich over his coverage of Hillary Clinton’s health, specifically calling out a story he published titled “Hillary Clinton has Parkinson’s Disease, Physician Confirms.”
Pelley: You don’t think that’s misleading? Cernovich: No. You believe it’s true today? Oh, absolutely…She had a seizure and froze up walking into her Continue reading "‘It Was Fair’ Mike Cernovich Pronounces 60 Minutes Interview ‘Good Journalism’"