WATCH LIVE: Students Gather Outside White House for Gun Reform Protest

Student protesters have gathered outside the White House this afternoon to stage a lie-in to call for lawmakers to take concrete action on gun control. The lie-in protest comes just days after the horrific Parkland school shooting and amid calls from student survivors of the shooting making impassioned calls for gun control measures:

WH Says Trump Is ‘Supportive of Efforts to Improve’ Gun Background Check System

In the past few days, young survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting have been calling for lawmakers to take action on guns and singling out President Donald Trump in particular. On Twitter, Trump mostly stuck to tweeting about Russia this past weekend, though according to The Washington Post, the President “surveyed Mar-a-Lago Club members about whether he ought to champion gun control measures in the wake of last week’s school massacre in nearby Parkland, telling them that he was closely monitoring the media appearances by some of the surviving students, according to people who spoke with him there.” Would the president actually support any gun control measures? Well, today the White House put out this statement: Trump himself, however, Continue reading "WH Says Trump Is ‘Supportive of Efforts to Improve’ Gun Background Check System"

Rob Porter’s Ex-Wives Reportedly Got Apology from Orrin Hatch Over Initial Defensive Statement

Senator Orrin Hatch has reportedly apologized to Rob Porter‘s ex-wives to his initial statements defending the ex-White House aide. Porter used to work for Hatch, and in the days following the revelations of domestic abuse allegations against Porter, Hatch issued multiple statements. His first statement defended Porter from the “vile attack” against him. His second statement walked back the first and made it clear he thinks domestic violence is abhorrent. After that, he said he hoped Porter reconsiders and stays in his position. And following THAT, he said that it’s better that he resigned, adding that while he doesn’t take “all” of the allegations seriously, there’s enough there to be a serious problem. Well, both Colbie Holderness and Jennie Willoughby have now apparently received letters of apology from Hatch. Per CNN:
“It was a sincere apology for pain he may have caused us,” Jennie Willoughby, Porter’s second ex-wife, told Continue reading "Rob Porter’s Ex-Wives Reportedly Got Apology from Orrin Hatch Over Initial Defensive Statement"

Jeff Sessions Stands by Decision to Recuse in Russia Investigation: ‘I Did the Right Thing’

During an interview on Fox News this morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stood by his decision to recuse himself in the Russia case. It has been known for a while now that President Trump has been frustrated by that decision, and Maria Bartiromo asked Sessions if he regrets it. “I believe I did the right thing,” he responded, “the only thing i could do. I participated in this campaign, and as such, under explicit regulations of the Department of Justice, no one can participate in the investigation of a campaign in which they were an active participant.” Bartiromo also asked him about how he can “turn this ship around,” referring to how “politicized” the FBI and DOJ have been. The AG did not quite accept that premise, simply saying “we are setting a tone of professionalism and responsibility.” Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab Continue reading "Jeff Sessions Stands by Decision to Recuse in Russia Investigation: ‘I Did the Right Thing’"

Sen. Grassley Tweets at Trump ‘We Can No Longer Say There Is No Russian Interference’ in Elections

Senator Chuck Grassley has publicly been sending messages directly to President Trump about Russian election interference. First, he told the President yesterday what to tell Putin the next time they cross paths: And now today he said to Trump that Russian interference is pretty clear and undeniable: Trump himself claimed this morning he “never said Russia did not meddle in the election,” but weeks after the 2016 election he said, “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe they interfered.” [image via screengrab] — Continue reading "Sen. Grassley Tweets at Trump ‘We Can No Longer Say There Is No Russian Interference’ in Elections"

Parkland Student Calls Out Trump for Not Taking Any Action on Guns: ‘You Sicken Me’

Student survivors of the horrific Parkland, FL school shooting spoke on multiple Sunday shows today, and one of the students had a very direct message for President Trump. Trump claimed yesterday that Democrats “didn’t want to” solve the gun problem: David Hogg, who said the day after the shooting that “children will continue to die if we don’t take a stand now,” looked into the camera on CBS’ Face the Nation and said this to the President:
“President Trump, you control the House of Representatives, you control the Senate, and you control the executive. You haven’t taken a single bill for Continue reading "Parkland Student Calls Out Trump for Not Taking Any Action on Guns: ‘You Sicken Me’"

RT Elevates WH Spox Comments That Dems, Media Caused ‘More Chaos’ Than Russia

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Fox News yesterday that “Democrats and the mainstream media” created more chaos than Russia did. Hours later, Russian propaganda outlet RT elevated that statement: Naturally, RT elevating this got a bit of attention on Twitter: