WATCH: Boris Johnson’s Sister Strips on UK’s Sky TV to Protest Brexit


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Things got a little bare on UK’s Sky TV when a panelist on the debate show The Pledge decided to strip off her top to protest Brexit. And it just so happens, the panelist was Rachel Johnson, the sister of Brexiteer and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. It seems a Cambridge University professor named Victoria Bateman has been making her anti-Brexit point by campaigning nude, stripping down during a radio interview and other media appearances and even challenging a prominent Brexiteer to a naked debate. In a tribute to Bateman’s naked efforts, Johnson, a  Remain campaigner, decided to follow suit while on the air. “As I know, it can be hard to get your voice heard when talking about Brexit nowadays. It feels like we have hit saturation point,” Johnson said, noting that she planned to follow in Bateman’s example “every time we talk about Brexit, just to make Continue reading "WATCH: Boris Johnson’s Sister Strips on UK’s Sky TV to Protest Brexit"

Maher Rips Dems for ‘Swiping Left’ on Good Candidates: ‘Let’s Not Eat Our Own’


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At the end of his show Friday night, HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher ripped Democrats for “swiping left” on good candidates. He started off by saying that nearly 45 million Americans now identify as Democrats and “all of them” are running for president. Maher then said this, drawing applause:  “This time, let’s give them a chance. Let’s not eat our own, the way we nitpicked Hillary [Clinton] to death over her emails and other bullshit.” He then listed the controversies surrounding the candidates. “Kamala Harris has already had to play defense because it’s come out when she was a prosecutor she prosecuted people. Not very progressive. She should have found a way to apply more forgiveness, and the fact that she didn’t is unforgivable,” he quipped. “Elizabeth Warren claimed to be Native American — so what, Trump claimed to be human,” he joked. Maher then noted Continue reading "Maher Rips Dems for ‘Swiping Left’ on Good Candidates: ‘Let’s Not Eat Our Own’"

Bill Maher on Ilhan Omar’s Tweets: ‘I Don’t Know Why This Has to Be Seen as Anti-Semitic’


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Bill Maher tonight offered a defense of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Friday night on her tweets about Israel and AIPAC, asking why they’re considered anti-Semitic. Omar’s tweets were condemned by Democratic leaders for perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes and she put out this statement Monday: There have been some calls, including from Vice President Mike Pence, for her to lose her committee assignments. Tonight Maher said this about her tweets:
“She was talking about the Jewish lobby AIPAC and said, ‘It’s all about the Benjamins.’ Now, I probably don’t agree with her a lot about what she feels about Israel and Palestine, but I don’t know why this has to be seen as anti-Semitic. Now, she may be anti-Semitic, but if I criticize Saudi Arabia, that doesn’t mean I’m [an] Islamophobe.”
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Don Lemon: GOP Hypocrisy ‘Far Beyond the Hypocrisy on the Democratic Side’


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At the top of his show Friday night, CNN’s Don Lemon ripped Republicans for the hypocrisy which he said is “far beyond the hypocrisy on the Democratic side.” It happened during a conversation with Chris Cuomo over President Donald Trump‘s declaration of a national emergency to get wall funding. Lemon started by calling himself an “observer of politics.” “So I’m not really a political reporter, nor a political animal,” Lemon said. “I know people may think that, but I’m not. ..As an observer, the hypocrisy on the Republican side for the last few years, I can’t even fathom when it comes to evangelicals and conservatives, when it comes to this president and his past and what he says and what he does, how he treats people, he cheated on his wife, blind eye.” Lemon recalled all the Republican outrage about former President Barack Obama, Continue reading "Don Lemon: GOP Hypocrisy ‘Far Beyond the Hypocrisy on the Democratic Side’"

Hannity Goes Off on ‘Lazy Overpaid People in the Hate-Trump Media’ for Coverage of His Relationship With Trump


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Sean Hannity tonight went off on “lazy overpaid people in the hate-Trump media” for coverage of and speculation about his relationship with President Donald Trump. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that the White House called both Hannity and Lou Dobbs with a message on the compromise border bill that “Mr. Trump deserved support because he still forced concessions that he would never have gotten without a five-week partial government shutdown.” Hannity denied it ever happened and called the report fake news. Hannity addressed the issue on his radio show this afternoon, but on Fox tonight he said the media is “obsessed” with the idea that Trump is influenced by him and other prominent conservative commentators. He again denied receiving a call by the White House before going back to referring to himself as “the whole newspaper.” “What you have in the media right now is Continue reading "Hannity Goes Off on ‘Lazy Overpaid People in the Hate-Trump Media’ for Coverage of His Relationship With Trump"

Jim Acosta on His Clash With Trump: The President Had a ‘Truth Emergency’ Trying to Make Case for Wall


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On Friday, President Donald Trump held a press conference at the Rose Garden where he announced his plans to sign a government funding bill and declare a national emergency in order to build his wall. During the presser, the president clashed with CNN’s Jim Acosta, who at one point presented Trump with statistics that don’t support his case for a border wall and added, “I believe in facts and statistics.” Trump blew up. “You’re CNN. You’re fake news. You have an agenda. The numbers you gave are wrong,” Trump scolded. “Take a look at our federal prison population. See how many of them percentage wise are illegal aliens. Just see. Go ahead and see. It’s a fake question.” Speaking on CNN Friday night, Acosta talked about what happened in the Rose Garden earlier and how Trump was trying to get away with “alternative facts.” Host Anderson Cooper Continue reading "Jim Acosta on His Clash With Trump: The President Had a ‘Truth Emergency’ Trying to Make Case for Wall"

Academy Reverses Decision on Oscar Telecast, All Awards Will Be Presented Live


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The Oscars ended up steeped in another controversy this week after announcing plans to adjust the telecast so that certain categories would be announced during commercial breaks and edited versions would air later. These categories included: Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Live Action Short. There was a lot of negative blowback to this decision from many prominent people in the industry:

CNN National Security Analyst Asks: Why Do We ‘Never Hear About’ Kellyanne Conway in Mueller Developments?


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On Friday, it was revealed Sarah Sanders was interviewed in the Russia probe. Sanders is just the latest among those closest to President Donald Trump and associated with his campaign to be ranked among those known to have been interviewed by the Special Counsel. However, CNN National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem made the point during a panel on Erin Burnett‘s show that one name is notably absent from the list of interviewees, at least so far. That name is White House counselor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. “I find this list fascinating because obviously some of them are from the campaign, some of them crossed over,” Kayyem began. “But these are the names we know, right? You and I watching TV getting to know the team, the campaign, the White House. These are the names we know because these are the ones Trump has put before us.” Continue reading "CNN National Security Analyst Asks: Why Do We ‘Never Hear About’ Kellyanne Conway in Mueller Developments?"

R.E.M. Hits Back at Trump for Sharing Mock-SOTU Video Featuring ‘Everybody Hurts’


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President Donald Trump today shared a video made by a Twitter user mocking the looks on Democrats’ faces during his State of the Union address. The video––which, as of this posting, is the president’s pinned tweet––features R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” and the band responded with a brief statement: R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills weighed in separately, even tagging Twitter’s Jack Dorsey:

Aurora Gunman Identified by Authorities


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During a press conference on Friday, the person responsible for the deadly mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois was identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin.  Aurora police chief Kristen Ziman began by saying that at this time, five people are confirmed dead. “When they located the offender, they engaged in gunfire with him ultimately killing him,” she said. “The shooter is identified as Gary Martin.” She added that the shooter “is a 45-year-old man and we believe he was an employee of the company. At this time, we are not sure of the motive of this act of violence.” Five officers were injured in the shooting. Authorities have not released the names of five victims. Watch above, via Fox News.

Chuck Todd Calls Out Trump, GOP Hypocrisy on National Emergency: ‘I Guess the Oval Office Really Does Change People’


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On Friday, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd called out Republicans for their hypocrisy when it comes to President Donald Trump‘s national security executive action. “Tonight I’m obsessed with evolution — political evolution,” Todd began. “And on the issue of the Constitution and presidential authority. Boy, have some Republicans evolved.” He then noted just four years ago Vice President Mike Pence seemed to have a “very strong opinion” on presidents using their power to go around Congress. Todd then played a clip of Pence saying he does not believe “presidents using their power to go around Congress,” before noting that, of course, that was during the Obama administration. He next played a second clip of Pence’s opinion when the president was Trump. “The president of the United States has the absolute authority under the Constitution and by statute to declare a national emergency and reposition resources,” Pence is heard saying, contradicting his Continue reading "Chuck Todd Calls Out Trump, GOP Hypocrisy on National Emergency: ‘I Guess the Oval Office Really Does Change People’"

Hannity: ‘Conspiracy Theory’ That I Tell Trump What to Do is ‘So Stupid and Inaccurate and Untrue’


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Fox News host Sean Hannity slammed the mainstream media on his radio show Friday afternoon, calling out the “conspiracy theory” that he directs President Donald Trump on what to do in the Oval Office. “It is so stupid and inaccurate and untrue and made up,” said a frustrated Hannity. “One quick point– nobody ever calls me, ever, to ask me before they either write or say this garbage.” The Fox News host said that if members of the media simply listened to the things Trump says “on a daily basis” and paid attention to his actions, without bias, they’d also be able to predict what Trump is about to do next. If the media took Trump seriously enough, Hannity says, they wouldn’t be acting surprised that he is declaring a national emergency for border security, since he had previously said he would. “He literally telegraphed every single thing that Continue reading "Hannity: ‘Conspiracy Theory’ That I Tell Trump What to Do is ‘So Stupid and Inaccurate and Untrue’"

House Judiciary Committee to Investigate Trump’s Declaration of a National Emergency


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The House Judiciary Committee has announced an investigation into President Donald Trump‘s declaration of a national emergency on the border. In a letter, the committee led by Jerrold Nadler announces an “immediate investigation” and says it “raises both serious constitutional and statutory issues.” They request that the White House make all those involved in the crafting of the decision available for a forthcoming hearing. “We believe your declaration of an emergency shows a reckless disregard for the separation of powers and your own responsibilities under our constitutional system,” the letter continues. It also takes note of the president’s rather blatant admission that “I didn’t need to do this” in today’s press conference. You can read the full letter here. [image via screengrab]

Chris Wallace on Trump Declaring Emergency: Maybe He Thinks He Can Tell Base ‘I Did Everything I Could’


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Fox News’ Chris Wallace spoke with Shepard Smith this afternoon following President Donald Trump‘s announcement declaring a national emergency at the border. Wallace noted the previous national emergencies declared by past presidents and said, “It’s a very different thing when you’ve had a debate for years, as we have, over funding a wall and Congress has decided not to give that funding to the president, for him then to say I’m going to declare a national emergency and take that funding anyway. I don’t think there’s ever been a declaration of a national emergency like that, where Congress refused to give the president money and the president took money on his own.” One political outcome here, he told Smith, is that Trump can still tell his base he’s fought for them as much as he can:
“You could say, as a cynic, perhaps, that he figures, ‘Well, even Continue reading "Chris Wallace on Trump Declaring Emergency: Maybe He Thinks He Can Tell Base ‘I Did Everything I Could’"

BREAKING: Multiple Injuries Reported in Active Shooting Incident in Aurora, IL; Shooter Apprehended


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Reports and social media postings coming out of Aurora, IL state there is an active shooter situation with multiple people wounded. ABC Chicago reports the situation is taking place at the Henry Pratt Company. The Daily Herald reported four City of Aurora Police Officers are also injured.
Schools near by have been placed on either complete lockdown or “soft” lockdown, where students can not leave the building. “There are reports of an active shooter at the Henry Pratt building near Cleveland and Prairie just east of Luigi’s Pizza, as a result, we are holding Continue reading "BREAKING: Multiple Injuries Reported in Active Shooting Incident in Aurora, IL; Shooter Apprehended"

BREAKING: Sarah Sanders Has Been Interviewed by Robert Mueller’s Office


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sat down with special counsel Robert Mueller‘s office for an interview. CNN broke the news this afternoon, and Sanders confirmed in a statement, “The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them.” The report from CNN notes that it’s “unclear” what was raised in the interview, but that it’s likely her public statements on the Russia investigation came up, especially her comments concerning the president’s role in crafting the statement from Don Jr. on the infamous Trump Tower meeting. Per CNN:
As Mueller wraps up his Russia probe, one focus of investigators has been conflicting public statements by President Donald Trump and his team that could be seen as an effort to obstruct justice, according to people familiar with the investigation.
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