Paul Ryan: Greg Gianforte ‘Should Apologize’ For ‘Body-Slamming’ Reporter






WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday called on Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte to apologize after “body-slamming” a reporter for asking him a question.
“There is no time where a physical altercation should occur, with the press or between human beings,” Ryan said at his weekly press briefing. “So that is wrong, and it should not have happened.”
Police charged Gianforte for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs Wednesday night, when Jacobs was trying to ask him a question about the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill.
Fox News reporters present during the altercation backed up Jacobs’ account. But Gianforte’s campaign released a statement disputing the account and accusing Jacobs instead.
Ryan said Gianforte “should apologize” directly, but stopped short of saying Gianforte should withdraw or resign Continue reading "Paul Ryan: Greg Gianforte ‘Should Apologize’ For ‘Body-Slamming’ Reporter"

Greg Gianforte Blasted In Last-Minute Campaign Ads After ‘Body Slamming’ Reporter






After police charged him for assaulting a reporter late Wednesday, Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte is being targeted with last-minute campaign ads that highlight the incident as evidence he is “unfit to serve” and has “no business being in Congress.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and liberal group MoveOn.org each created ads against Gianforte soon after news of the altercation broke Wednesday evening. The ads, running as voters head to the polls in Thursday’s special election to fill Montana’s lone House seat, feature the direct audio recording of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs’ violent interaction with Gianforte.



After Jacobs tried to ask him a question about the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill, Gianforte reportedly “body slammed” Jacobs and broke his glasses. Fox News reporters who witnessed the altercation Continue reading "Greg Gianforte Blasted In Last-Minute Campaign Ads After ‘Body Slamming’ Reporter"

Republicans Go Into Hiding As Donald Trump’s Scandals Deepen

WASHINGTON ― In a sign that mounting scandals involving Donald Trump and his administration have perhaps become untenable for Republicans, GOP officials are refusing to appear on major television networks to defend or comment on the president.
Following reports that Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey to shut down his investigation of former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s ties to Russia, “CBS This Morning” reported Wednesday that it invited 20 Republican lawmakers, as well as White House staff, to appear on the program. 
“All declined our invitation,” host Charlie Rose said.




MSNBC host Chris Hayes responded that the same was true of his program.
On Wednesday morning, the BBC interviewed the White House correspondent of conservative outlet Continue reading "Republicans Go Into Hiding As Donald Trump’s Scandals Deepen"

Trump Administration Still Considering Making It Easier To Sue Media






President Donald Trump’s administration on Sunday continued its assault on press freedom and attacks on the media, with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reiterating Trump’s desire to make it easier to sue media outlets who publish stories unfavorable to the president.
“I think it’s something we have looked at, and how that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story,” Priebus told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “But when you have articles out there that have no basis or fact, and we’re sitting here on 24/7 cable companies, writing stories about constant contacts with Russia, and all these other matters.”

Summing Up Donald Trump’s First 100 Days In A Trump-Like Tweet






WASHINGTON ― Given President Donald Trump’s incessant Twitter usage, HuffPost asked guests at comedian Samantha Bee’s “Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner” on Saturday to sum up the president’s first 100 days in a Trump-style tweet.
“You have to tweet from the toilet, obviously,” Bee said. “Whatever it is, it feels like it came from someone sitting on the toilet and shrieking an idea to an assistant nearby.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper theorized about Trump’s preferred tweet formula before thinking about his answer.
“Declarative statement. Declarative statement. Adjective,” he said.
Actress and comedian Retta, star of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” put it simply: “Hot. Mess.”
Watch everyone’s responses in the video above.
Video by Will Tooke, Mike Caravella, and JM Rieger.
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Samantha Bee On Trump’s First 100 Days: ‘My Jaw Has Been On The Floor 300 Times’






WASHINGTON ― Comedian Samantha Bee roasted President Donald Trump Saturday at her “Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” a star-studded alternative to the actual dinner taking place the same night in Washington.
Saturday was also Trump’s 100th day as president. In an interview with HuffPost before her event, the host of TBS’ “Full Frontal” said she didn’t know where to begin when trying to describe what has shocked her the most about Trump’s first 100 days in office.
“I’ve been shocked every day,” Bee said. “I didn’t know I had it in me. Are you kidding? My jaw has been on the floor 300 times in the first 100 days.”
Bee also found humor in Trump’s recent attacks against her native Canada.
“That’s exciting for Canada,” she said. “It warmed Continue reading "Samantha Bee On Trump’s First 100 Days: ‘My Jaw Has Been On The Floor 300 Times’"

Inside Samantha Bee’s ‘Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner’






WASHINGTON ― Until its taping on Saturday, comedian Samantha Bee’s “Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” billed as a response to the storied Washington tradition, remained a mystery.
The show’s producers kept details about the special event under wraps, only revealing that they aimed to honor journalism and that proceeds would go to the Committee to Protect Journalists. 
After President Donald Trump announced that he would not attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, suggesting that it would be a more muted affair this year, Bee’s event became rumored as “the hottest ticket in town,” adding even more intrigue and speculation.
“You can’t compare the two events, really, because we’re filming a television show, and they really are having a dinner,” Bee told HuffPost before the show’s taping, while crew members Continue reading "Inside Samantha Bee’s ‘Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner’"