Trump Calls on Jeff Sessions to Investigate Anonymous Op-Ed Author


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President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday that he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate who wrote the anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times Wednesday. The only public information about the author is that he or she is a “senior official” in the White House. “We’re going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he’s talking about also where he is right now,” Trump cryptically explained to reporters. “I don’t want him in those meetings,” Trump added in regards to if the author has high-level security clearance. Trump also said he was considering taking legal action against the Times for an endangerment of “national security,” calling publishing the op-ed a “disgrace.” He also said that The New York Times‘ stock dipped slightly after Trump spoke out against the article’s publication. Trump said as much Wednesday as Continue reading "Trump Calls on Jeff Sessions to Investigate Anonymous Op-Ed Author"

Brian Ross Returns to Television With George Papadopoulos Scoop


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Brian Ross, until earlier this year chief investigative correspondent for ABC News, returned to TV Friday with an exclusive on Law & Crime, Mediaite’s sister entity, about indicted former Trump aide George Papadopoulos. It was announced in August that Ross was joining Law & Crime as chief investigative reporter, along with Rhonda Schwartz, the former chief of investigative projects at ABC News, who joined as executive investigative producer. He hosted the trial network from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, and his upcoming show, Brian Ross Investigates, will debut in the coming weeks. On Friday, Ross told Mediaite and Law & Crime founder Dan Abrams that he attended Papadopoulos’s wedding at a court in Cook County, Chicago, IL and showed the exclusive, somewhat bizarre video from the event. “At dinner they said, ‘By the way, we’re getting married tomorrow. Would you like to come?'” Ross Continue reading "Brian Ross Returns to Television With George Papadopoulos Scoop"

Trump Hails Greg Gianforte, Who Bodyslammed a Reporter: ‘He’s a Fighter!’


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Today in President Donald Trump‘s world of crazy, a ringing endorsement of a dude who assaulted a member of the press. Cue shock here. At a rally in Billings, Montana Thursday night, Trump did his usual rounds of lauding the members of his party whom he’s given his blessing, and that included Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT). Thing is, Gianforte bodyslammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs last year, and was charged with assault. “I’ll tell you what, this man has fought in more ways than one for your sake,” Trump said of Gianforte last night to the people of Montana. “He is a fighter and a winner.” “Everybody has to get out and vote for Greg,” he added. In the wake of the bodyslamming incident, Gianforte apologized for his conduct and ostensibly donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists as part of a settlement agreement. “My physical response to Continue reading "Trump Hails Greg Gianforte, Who Bodyslammed a Reporter: ‘He’s a Fighter!’"

Melania Trump Rails Against ‘Cowardly Actions’ of NY Times Op-Ed Author: ‘You Are Sabotaging’ the Country


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Melania Trump, often quiet when it comes to controversial political topics, spoke out about the recent op-ed by an anonymous Trump White House official published by The New York Times. CNN’s Kate Bennett asked FLOTUS how she felt about the op-ed, which is making headlines nationally, and she was hardly complimentary of its author. “Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation’s founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy,” the First Lady said, breaking with her husband in her reaffirmation, rather than criticism, of one of our country’s most defining and necessary characteristics. However, she lamented that the author of the op-ed would not stand by their words if they leveled such grievous accusations against the president. “If a person Continue reading "Melania Trump Rails Against ‘Cowardly Actions’ of NY Times Op-Ed Author: ‘You Are Sabotaging’ the Country"

Associated Press Removes Article Claiming Death of Greek Director Based on Fake Tweet: ‘Gavras is Alive’


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Even The Associated Press isn’t immune to news hoaxes. The news wire withdrew a story claiming that Greek film director Costa Gavras was dead. The news proliferated after a tweet apparently by known Italian news hoaxer Tommaso De Benedetti claimed to have news of his passing and the Greek Culture Ministry ostensibly fell for the trick. Meanwhile, according to Poynter, the Greek culture minister hadn’t even tweeted about Gavras, and that Twitter account was also a fake. “The story was based on what was believed to be a tweet from the Greek Culture Ministry,” AP admitted. “The ministry says it came from a fake Twitter account. Gavras is alive and spoke on Greek state television Thursday.” Continue reading "Associated Press Removes Article Claiming Death of Greek Director Based on Fake Tweet: ‘Gavras is Alive’"

Mike Pence Breaks From Trump On Jeff Sessions: ‘I Hold Him in the Highest Regard’


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Sometimes it appears as if the President and the Vice President don’t speak. Vice President Mike Pence told CNN Wednesday that he holds Attorney General Jeff Sessions in “the highest regard.” Pence’s comment runs completely counter to President Donald Trump‘s repeated criticisms of Sessions, telling him to shut down the Mueller probe and calling it a “rigged witch hunt.” Sessions, for his part, recused himself from the investigation due to his part as an ally to President Trump during the 2016 election and his communication with the Russians. But the comment is more directly related to new reporting from veteran journalist Bob Woodward which claims that Trump called Sessions “ Continue reading "Mike Pence Breaks From Trump On Jeff Sessions: ‘I Hold Him in the Highest Regard’"

Trevor Noah Torches Kaepernick Haters For Torching Their Nike Gear: Burning Shoe Vids Are ‘Almost Like an Ad’


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The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah poked fun at conservatives who are burning their Nikes after the sneaker empire chose protesting quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of their new “Just Do It” campaign. The poster featuring Kaepernick – which reads “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything” – had Fox News pundits and their ilk furious at Nike. According to Noah, they have been burning their sneaks and ripping off logos on their clothes in protest. “Wow, people are so angry they’re burning their own shoes,” Noah opined. “You realize Nike already has your money, right? You’re only hurting yourself. Like I would love to see how they would protest Home Depot. ‘ALL THE WALLS IN MY HOUSE MUST GO!!'” “And also, I’m not gonna lie, I don’t know about you, but those flaming Nikes just make me want to pay even more,” he continued. “It’s Continue reading "Trevor Noah Torches Kaepernick Haters For Torching Their Nike Gear: Burning Shoe Vids Are ‘Almost Like an Ad’"

Brett Kavanaugh Says Roe V. Wade is an ‘Important Precedent’ During Confirmation Hearing


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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Wednesday that he “understand[s] the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade,” giving liberals something to feel relieved about with a nominee who, by all rights, was set to look to overturn the abortion statute. “Do you agree with Justice [Sandra Day] O’Connor that a woman’s right to control her reproductive life impacts her ability to ‘participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation?'” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked Kavanaugh. “As a general proposition, I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe V. Wade,” Kavanaugh replied, reciting the precedents established in Roe as well is in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. But this was, understandably, not good enough for Feinstein, who was looking to get to the heart of whether Kavanaugh believed Roe was “correct law.” “Have your views on whether Roe is settled Continue reading "Brett Kavanaugh Says Roe V. Wade is an ‘Important Precedent’ During Confirmation Hearing"

Brett Kavanaugh Says Roe V. Wade is an ‘Important Precedent’ During Confirmation Hearing


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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Wednesday that he “understand[s] the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade,” giving liberals something to feel relieved about with a nominee who, by all rights, was set to look to overturn the abortion statute. “Do you agree with Justice [Sandra Day] O’Connor that a woman’s right to control her reproductive life impacts her ability to ‘participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation?'” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked Kavanaugh. “As a general proposition, I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe V. Wade,” Kavanaugh replied, reciting the precedents established in Roe as well is in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. But this was, understandably, not good enough for Feinstein, who was looking to get to the heart of whether Kavanaugh believed Roe was “correct law.” “Have your views on whether Roe is settled Continue reading "Brett Kavanaugh Says Roe V. Wade is an ‘Important Precedent’ During Confirmation Hearing"

The View Laughs Out Loud at Trump’s Awkward Call With Bob Woodward: ‘These Things Are Starting to Bother People’


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The View had a good chuckle about the bizarre tape in which journalist Bob Woodward got President Donald Trump to admit he knew about Woodward’s desire to talk to the president for his new book, Fear. “Bob Woodward tried to get the guy in the White House to tell his side of the story in the book,” Whoopi Goldberg explained. “But it seems that he can’t quite get the story straight. Which is kind of tough. But, please listen to this audio that Woodward released.” The show then cut to the now-famous audio of Woodward speaking to Trump about whether he knew about the book, and he says no one spoke to him, but then it turns out that someone spoke to him, and that someone was Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). When Trump admitted in the tape that Graham had said something about it, the panel burst out laughing Continue reading "The View Laughs Out Loud at Trump’s Awkward Call With Bob Woodward: ‘These Things Are Starting to Bother People’"

The View Laughs Out Loud at Trump’s Awkward Call With Bob Woodward: ‘These Things Are Starting to Bother People’


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The View had a good chuckle about the bizarre tape in which journalist Bob Woodward got President Donald Trump to admit he knew about Woodward’s desire to talk to the president for his new book, Fear. “Bob Woodward tried to get the guy in the White House to tell his side of the story in the book,” Whoopi Goldberg explained. “But it seems that he can’t quite get the story straight. Which is kind of tough. But, please listen to this audio that Woodward released.” The show then cut to the now-famous audio of Woodward speaking to Trump about whether he knew about the book, and he says no one spoke to him, but then it turns out that someone spoke to him, and that someone was Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). When Trump admitted in the tape that Graham had said something about it, the panel burst out laughing Continue reading "The View Laughs Out Loud at Trump’s Awkward Call With Bob Woodward: ‘These Things Are Starting to Bother People’"

Trump Fires Back at Bob Woodward: ‘It’s Just Another Bad Book’


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President Donald Trump predictably denied the reporting in veteran reporter Bob Woodward‘s new book about the chaos inside his presidency. “It’s just another bad book. He’s had a lot of credibility problems,” Trump told The Daily Caller in an Oval Office interview. “I probably would have preferred to speak to him, but maybe not. I think it probably wouldn’t have made a difference in the book. He wanted to write the book a certain way.” Meanwhile, CNN reports that Woodward tried to get in touch with the president for the book no fewer than six times. “Maybe I wasn’t Continue reading "Trump Fires Back at Bob Woodward: ‘It’s Just Another Bad Book’"

Economist Editor-in-Chief Defends Inviting Steve Bannon to ‘Open Societies’ Festival


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After taking a huge amount of flak due to its decision to invite former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to appear in its Open Future Festival, The Economist is speaking out. The magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes released a statement Tuesday explaining why she and the magazine invited Bannon to be interviewed at the festival. “Mr. Bannon stands for a world view that is antithetical to the liberal values The Economist has always espoused,” she wrote. “We asked him to take part because his populist nationalism is of grave consequence in today’s politics.” “Worryingly large numbers of people are drawn to nativist nationalism,” Minton Beddoes added. “And Mr. Bannon is one of its chief proponents.” Most powerfully, she explained: “The future of open societies will not be secured by like-minded people speaking to each other in an echo chamber, but by subjecting ideas and individuals from all sides to Continue reading "Economist Editor-in-Chief Defends Inviting Steve Bannon to ‘Open Societies’ Festival"

Police Reports Reveal Witness Said Beto O’Rourke Tried to Flee the Scene of His 1998 DWI Arrest


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Though Texas Democratic Senate Beto O’Rourke has called his DWI arrest in 1998 a “serious mistake for which there is no excuse,” he hasn’t said anything about his alleged attempt to flee the scene. According to state and local police reports obtained by the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, O’Rourke, driving drunk, lost control of his vehicle and hit a truck, spinning across Interstate 10 into oncoming traffic. A witness later told police that O’Rourke attempted to drive away from the scene. Charges were dropped after O’Rourke completed a court-approved diversion program. Whether the new details of the arrest will become a point of attack for O’Rourke’s Senate opponent, Republican incumbent and human embodiment of the face you make when you lick a lemon Ted Cruz, remains to be seen. The Cruz campaign declined to comment on the police report to the Houston Chronicle Thursday. Continue reading "Police Reports Reveal Witness Said Beto O’Rourke Tried to Flee the Scene of His 1998 DWI Arrest"

Eminem Claims in New Album That The Secret Service Investigated Him For Potential Threat to Trump


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In a surprise new album released Friday, Eminem rapped about being investigated by the Secret Service after he famously freestyled about his enmity for President Donald Trump. In his track “The Ringer,” off the new album “Kamikaze,” Eminem rapped about being questioned about “Agent Orange” – the rapper’s name for President Trump –  getting the Secret Service to interrogate him. “Just sent the Secret Service / To meet in person / To see if I really think of hurting him / Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists,” Eminem raps. It’s a sly little jab to title his new outing “Kamikaze,” as in that 2017 freestyle against Trump, Eminem called him a “kamikaze that will probably cause a nuclear holocaust,” and said that “racism’s the only thing he’s fantastic for.” “That’s an awfully hot coffee pot,” Eminem raps in the freestyle. “Should I drop it on Donald Trump? Probably Continue reading "Eminem Claims in New Album That The Secret Service Investigated Him For Potential Threat to Trump"

H.R. McMaster Hails ‘Unifying Force’ McCain… Then Totally Ducks Question on Trump Flag Fiasco


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As the body of the late senator John McCain was transported to the site of a memorial service in his honor, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell spoke to former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster about McCain’s legacy – and how President Donald Trump treated it. “I think what Senator McCain has become and will remain in our memory and in his legacy, is a unifying force in our country,” McMaster said. “What the senator lamented in his last years was the polarization of American society and the opportunity that presents for Russians and others who are trying to undermine our democracy, undermine our confidence in who we are as a people and our values and our democratic processes and institutions.” “What John McCain did across his whole life is brought people together, together in our common identity as Americans, our common values and individual rights and rule of law and Continue reading "H.R. McMaster Hails ‘Unifying Force’ McCain… Then Totally Ducks Question on Trump Flag Fiasco"

Ron DeSantis Has Appeared More Than 100 Times on Fox News and Fox Business Since Trump Endorsement


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Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is something a frequent flier on Fox News and Fox Business. According to Politico, DeSantis has appeared on Fox News and Fox Business over 100 times in this year alone, and his ubiquitous appearance on the networks gave him the edge to win the Republican primary in his district and to be endorsed by President Donald Trump. Since Trump’s endorsement in late December 2017, Politico reports, DeSantis has made 121 appearances on Fox News and Fox Business – a chunk of television coverage that his campaign estimates would have cost $9.3 million. As Politico succinctly puts it: For Republicans, all politics isn’t local — it’s on Fox News. “We are in a political environment where far more attention is being paid to what is happening in Washington than what is happening in Tallahassee,” Todd Harris, a lead consultant for DeSantis, told Politico, adding that going on Continue reading "Ron DeSantis Has Appeared More Than 100 Times on Fox News and Fox Business Since Trump Endorsement"

CNN’s Oliver Darcy: Google Can Disprove Trump Charges About State of the Union Bias


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CNN Media Reporter Oliver Darcy reported Thursday that Google can easily refute President Donald Trump‘s assertion that Google was biased against him and did not promote his State of the Union Address. “Google basically, they promote the State of the Union addresses for each president,” Darcy explained. “The first year the president gives a State of the Union address, it’s not really a State of the Union, it’s just an address to Congress.” “Now the president — the video he tweeted showed no promotion for the 2018 state of the union address, which is not accurate,” he continued. “Google says they did promote it and there are screen shots in the internet archive that show Google had in fact promoted that address.” Indeed, as Politico‘s Jake Sherman pointed out by way of The Washington Continue reading "CNN’s Oliver Darcy: Google Can Disprove Trump Charges About State of the Union Bias"

Lindsey Graham on CNN: ‘Pisses Me Off’ When Trump Bashes John McCain


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Coming off of an incredibly emotional speech on the Senate floor, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke to CNN’s Dana Bash about his view of the relationship between President Donald Trump and late senator John McCain. “How can Lindsey Graham be the man and politician that John McCain was and strive to be even more so and play golf with Donald Trump, be there for Donald Trump and, frankly, sometimes, carry the water of Donald Trump?” Bash asked point-blank. “It’s pretty simple, if you know anything about me,” Graham replied. “I want to be relevant. I want to make sure that this president, Donald Trump, who I didn’t vote for, ran against, is successful.” “We went to President-Elect [Barack] Obama’s side in Chicago, John and I,” Graham continued. “‘What can we do to help you, Mr. President?’ I regret the relationship between the two. John is my Continue reading "Lindsey Graham on CNN: ‘Pisses Me Off’ When Trump Bashes John McCain"

MSNBC Guest Calls on DeSantis to Drop Out: Might as Well Have Just Said the N-Word


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Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), the Republican nominee for governor of Florida, made a comment about his opponent Andrew Gillum that drew outrage. “The last thing we need to do is monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” DeSantis said of Gillum, an African-American, in an interview with Fox News. “That wasn’t just a dog whistle, that was a bullhorn,” Gillum’s Communications Consultant Michael Hopkins told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “That was a blatantly racist comment. If DeSantis wants to say that he uses that kind of language all the time, then he should just stop talking.” “What he’s doing is not just denigrating the state, but denigrating the voters who are going out and trying to be good Americans and work hard and don’t want that kind of racist language used in campaigns across the state,” Hopkins added. Continue reading "MSNBC Guest Calls on DeSantis to Drop Out: Might as Well Have Just Said the N-Word"