Trump Too Lazy And ‘Indifferent’ To Hurt Allies By Sharing Intel, White House Officials Tell NYT






WASHINGTON ― White House officials offered a candid and unflattering defense of their boss on Tuesday, telling The New York Times effectively that President Donald Trump is too inept to have hurt U.S. allies through his sharing of sensitive intelligence with Russian officials during a meeting last week.
Trump has come under heavy criticism in the wake of Monday’s Washington Post report  revealing that he “went off script” and offered up “highly classified information” to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. There’s general agreement that Trump didn’t break the law by doing this, but experts have raised concerns that the disclosure may have compromised the U.S. partner that gathered the intelligence ― Israel, according to reports Tuesday.
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Fox News Guest Says Stop Freaking Out About Trump’s Chaos Because It’s Not The Civil War






There’s been plenty of alarm over President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to fire FBI director James Comey, the man heading up an investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
Critics have been quick to accuse Trump of abusing his power and of threatening the very institutions of our democracy with the move. And thanks to the president’s increasingly unhinged comments on the matter, it seems unlikely that these concerns are going anywhere soon.
In a Fox News segment Thursday night, however, host Tucker Carlson and conservative historian James Rosen encouraged viewers to step back and chill. Because if you really think about it, these trying times could be so much worse. Does anybody even remember the Civil War anymore?
Watch the clip, via Media Matters:



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Cable News Praises Trump On Syria, Because Bombing Stuff Is ‘Presidential’






President Donald Trump announced the first serious military intervention of his young presidency on Thursday evening, a strike on a Syrian air base launched in retaliation for a horrific chemical weapons attack on civilians earlier in the week. 
The strike was largely symbolic, and some critics of the move saw it as little more than a slap on the wrist for Assad. And while it raised a number of questions about a possible retaliation, civilian casualties, legality, and just how comprehensive the military strategy was, there was one constituency that, by and large, approved. 
On cable news, Trump’s decision to take action was nothing short of heroic.
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria said Friday morning that “Donald Trump became President of the United States” the moment the bombs started dropping.

Trump Adviser Gets Owned By CNN Anchor After Asking For Proof Campaign Is In Trouble




Michael Cohen, executive vice president at the Trump Organization and a special counsel to Donald Trump, on Wednesday appeared on CNN, clearly hoping to convince viewers that everything is just peachy at the former reality TV star’s presidential campaign. 
Anchor Brianna Keilar wasn’t having it. For 30 awkward seconds, she made Cohen squirm as he questioned whether Trump’s campaign has actually been crashing in the polls over the past few weeks.
Here’s the exchange:

BK: You say it’s not a shakeup, but you guys are down.

MC: Says who?


BK: Polls. Most of them. All of them.


MC: Says who?


BK: Polls. I just told you. I answered your question.


MC: OK. Which polls?


BK: All of them.


MC: OK.



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GOP Consultant Breaks Down Donald Trump’s ‘Loud-Mouthed Dick’ Strategy On Live TV




In a world filled with communications experts and professional political strategists, Donald Trump just doesn’t make sense.
Liz Mair, a Republican consultant who has worked for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and now former Utah governor and libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, made it clear Wednesday that while she may understand Trump, she still doesn’t quite get him.
“His message is being a loud-mouthed dick, basically, and going out there and offending people and then engaging in a bunch of airing of grievances,” she said on CNN. “That’s what he does. He doesn’t have another message. He doesn’t have anything else that he really wants to convey.”
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Donald Trump Fails To Deliver ‘Yuge’ RNC Viewership Ratings

After a week of rather pedestrian viewership numbers, reality TV star-turned-presidential-nominee Donald Trump took the Republican National Convention stage on Thursday hoping to offer some captivating primetime entertainment. After speaking for 76 minutes in the longest nomination acceptance speech in recent history, Trump seemed confident he’d done it.




Turns out, he wasn’t quite right.
With just about 30 million viewers on cable news and network television, according to Nielsen, Trump’s speech was the lowest-rated since at least 2004.

That’s for either party.




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Dallas Shooting Eyewitness Says Exactly What We Need To Hear After This Week




We like to criticize cable news networks for offering unhelpful and sometimes just plain awful programming during breaking news events, but sometimes they manage to get it right.
On Friday, minutes after MSNBC gave former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani a platform to spew his views about why black communities deserve to be policed by cops who often kill and mistreat residents, anchor Craig Melvin found a person in Dallas who had something of value to share.
Kellon Nixon, 34, brought his 5-year-old son downtown Thursday because they “wanted to be a part of something,” he told MSNBC. “We wanted to have our voices to support [Philando] Castile and Alton Sterling.”
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