Colin Kaepernick Resolves Collusion Lawsuit Against NFL


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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick settled his complaint against the National Football League today, as the league released a joint statement with the athlete’s lawyers announcing a “resolution.” “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and [former teammate] Mr. [Eric] Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the letter stated. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.” Kaepernick, who was suing the league with his former teammate, alleged that NFL owners conspired to keep him off the field after the end of his 2016 contract due to his activism — namely, his kneeling during the national anthem to protest Continue reading "Colin Kaepernick Resolves Collusion Lawsuit Against NFL"

Sarah Sanders: ‘I Don’t Think Ann Coulter Has Any Influence Over This White House’ or Much of Anything


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed the idea today that Ann Coulter has any level of influence in the White House. By now, you’ve probably heard that Coulter is incensed at President Donald Trump for signing the compromise border security bill and declaring a national emergency: Fox News’ Dana Perino spoke with Sanders today and asked about the level of conservative Continue reading "Sarah Sanders: ‘I Don’t Think Ann Coulter Has Any Influence Over This White House’ or Much of Anything"

Kirsten Gillibrand Follows Beto’s Lead: If Locals Say it Makes Sense, ‘I Could Support’ Tearing Down Existing Walls


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A day after former congressman and potential 2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke said he would be willing to remove the walls in place in El Paso, Texas, presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said she would be open to the idea during a campaign stop on Friday. O’Rourke was also confident that if the proposal became a referendum to remove the wall for the townspeople to vote on, it would pass. “Well I would have to ask folks in that part of the country to see whether the fencing today is helpful or unhelpful,” she told reporters. “You know, Democrats are not unafraid of national security or border security. Democrats have funded border security for decades.” Gillibrand further stated Democrats just don’t want a “medieval” wall made out of concrete along the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border. “It is a hateful message. [Trump] is trying to create a picture of Continue reading "Kirsten Gillibrand Follows Beto’s Lead: If Locals Say it Makes Sense, ‘I Could Support’ Tearing Down Existing Walls"

Troller-in-Chief: Trump Mocks Democrats SOTU Reaction With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Video


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President Donald Trump, a.k.a. the commander-in-chief, a.k.a. the leader of the free world, used his vast and powerful sphere of influence to share a video designed solely to mock his Democratic Congressional foes. Early Friday afternoon after, and shortly after a Rose Garden speech in which he declared a National Emergency at the southern US Border to release border wall funding (and oddly admitting that it was something that he didn’t need to do,) President Trump shared the following video produced by Twitter user @Carpedonktum. The video (which you can watch above) depicts dour reactions of Democratic Congressional members (and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)!) during his State of the Union speech and is set to the tune of Everybody Hurts, the R.E.M. single from Automatic for the People which was released Continue reading "Troller-in-Chief: Trump Mocks Democrats SOTU Reaction With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Video"

McCabe Spox Walks Back Remarks on Talks to Oust Trump Via 25th Amendment: ‘Taken Out-of-Context’


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A spokesperson for Andrew McCabe is gunning for critics who’ve accused the former deputy FBI director of trying to remove President Donald Trump from office. McCabe spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz says her client has been “taken out-of-context and misrepresented” regarding several statements he’s made as he’s about to release his new book, The Threat. “At no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions,” Schwartz said. “He was present and participated in a discussion that included a comment by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein regarding the 25th Amendment.” McCabe is about to embark on a media tour to promote his book, in which he reflects on the threats facing the United States and the effects of Trump’s rocky relationship with the intelligence community. In a Continue reading "McCabe Spox Walks Back Remarks on Talks to Oust Trump Via 25th Amendment: ‘Taken Out-of-Context’"

Ann Coulter Responds to Trump’s Slam: ‘The Only National Emergency is That Our President is an Idiot’


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Minutes after President Donald Trump‘s White House Rose Garden speech in which Ann Coulter was deemed to be “off the reservation” by the president, the conservative commentator fired back. Appearing on KABC radio in Los Angeles, Coulter — who recently surrendered support for Trump over his slowness to fulfill his border wall promise, said signing the congressional bill is a mistake that would ensure no wall would be built: “not a wall, not a prototype, but some bollard fencing with the approval of local officials.” The right-wing pundit added the President had the authority to build a wall all along and didn’t need Congress to do it. “Forget the fact that he’s digging his own grave,” Coulter said. “The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot.” But not to dunk on Trump’s entire base, Coulter did acknowledge Trump did follow through on some of Continue reading "Ann Coulter Responds to Trump’s Slam: ‘The Only National Emergency is That Our President is an Idiot’"

Pelosi, Others Seize on Trump Saying ‘I Didn’t Need to’ Declare Emergency: ‘He Admits it’s a #FakeTrumpEmergency’


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President Donald Trump is catching flak from politcal Twitter again, this time for how he might’ve undercut his own legal standing while declaring a national emergency relating to what he’s deemed a crisis on the southern border. Trump declared an emergency on Friday, confirming he will draw federal funding from various areas of the government to compensate for getting only a fraction of the money he sought for the border wall from Congress. The president took a series of question on his decision, and one of the most interesting moments happened when he told NBC’s Peter Alexander “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Repulsive That a ‘Chicken Hawk’ Like Trump Is Stealing Money from Our Military


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After President Donald Trump’s fiery press conference announcing a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) told CNN it was disgusting for him to take money away from the military to build a wall. “It’s repulsive that a chickenhawk like President Trump would steal money from the military troops, damage military readiness and damage national security. All in the name of going around Congress because he didn’t get his way in the compromise deal to build a border wall that is unnecessary, that is an ancient form of barrier for border security,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Not to get into the weeds, but you are the chairwoman of the subcommittee that handles funding on military construction, which is the pot of money that Donald Trump is now talking about, $3.6 billion is what the White House says that they’ll be redirecting taking and Continue reading "Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Repulsive That a ‘Chicken Hawk’ Like Trump Is Stealing Money from Our Military"

Chuck Todd: Trump’s ‘Miserable Mood’ Hurt His Defense of National Emergency, He Looked ‘Defeated’


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In his first reaction to Donald Trump‘s statements from the White House, NBC’s Chuck Todd observed that the president does not seem to be in a great mood, and he might’ve just damaged his own legal position once his national emergency declaration goes to court. Todd joined Hallie Jackson on Friday to assess Trump’s confirmation that he’s declaring a national emergency in order to requisition money from various areas of the government to build his southern border wall. Todd began by noting how Trump usually puts his emotions on full display in his various political engagements, and he thought the president seemed “miserable” and it hurt his delivery.
“He’s in a miserable mood about it, that’s why he’s having such a hard time championing it. He’s been told this will likely not work. This will slow things down. He has been told all of these things, which is why Continue reading "Chuck Todd: Trump’s ‘Miserable Mood’ Hurt His Defense of National Emergency, He Looked ‘Defeated’"

Trump Blows Up Following Confrontations With CNN’s Acosta, Brian Karem: ‘SIT DOWN!’


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After erupting on CNN’s Jim Acosta during the White House’s national emergency press conference today, Donald Trump shouted down  Playboy‘s White House correspondent Brian Karem after he asked the president to back up claims about border violence with statistics. Karem began his question by noting “numbers from your own border patrol, numbers from this government show that the number of illegal immigrants are down,” but was interrupted by Trump after saying “there is not violence on the border.” “Oh really, you had 26 people killed two weeks ago in a gunfight a mile away from where I went,” the president shot back, referencing his recent visit to El Paso, Texas. “I’m asking you to clarify where you get your numbers because most of the DEA crime reporting stats show that drugs are coming across at the ports of entry, that illegal immigration is down and the violence is Continue reading "Trump Blows Up Following Confrontations With CNN’s Acosta, Brian Karem: ‘SIT DOWN!’"

Trump Dismisses Jim Acosta’s ‘Manufactured Crisis’ Question: ‘You’re CNN, You’re Fake News’


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President Donald Trump and Jim Acosta, chief White House correspondent for CNN, got into another verbal clash during the press conference in the Rose Garden on Friday. Trump announced he will sign the government funding bill and declare a national emergency along the southern border. “I wonder if you could comment on this disconnect that we seem to have in this country where you are presenting information about what is happening at the border, calling it an invasion and yet there is a lot of reporting and crime data out, there is a lot of Department of Homeland Security data that shows border crossings at a near record low and shows undocumented immigrants committing crime at lower levels than native-born Americans,” Acosta explained. “You don’t really believe that. Do you really believe that?” Trump asked. “I believe in facts and statistics,” Acosta replied. “What do you say to Continue reading "Trump Dismisses Jim Acosta’s ‘Manufactured Crisis’ Question: ‘You’re CNN, You’re Fake News’"

Trump Fires Back at Ann Coulter Taunts: I Like Her But ‘She’s Off the Reservation’


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President Donald Trump has taken heavy criticism from Ann Coulter in recent weeks. On Friday, he responded by saying that he likes her, but considers her to be “off the reservation.” Responding to a question from NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell about the influence wielded by various conservative media figures, the president invoked Coulter’s name after citing Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. “Ann Coulter, I don’t know here. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year,” Trump said. “But the press loves saying, ‘Ann Coulter.’ Probably if I did speak to her, she’d be very nice. I just don’t have the time to speak to her. I would speak to her. I have nothing against her. In fact, I like her for one reason. When they asked her right at the beginning, ‘Who’s going to win the election?’ She said, ‘Donald Trump.’ Continue reading "Trump Fires Back at Ann Coulter Taunts: I Like Her But ‘She’s Off the Reservation’"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Plans Bill to Block Trump’s National Emergency Declaration


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her colleague Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) will introduce a bill to block President Donald Trump‘s national emergency declaration, she announced on Twitter Friday morning. “.@JoaquinCastrotx and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight,” she tweeted, confirming a report that she was planning a bill to block the Trump’s emergency declaration. Castro earlier indicated he would be joining the fight, announcing in a statement Thursday that he would counter Trump’s measure, using the National Emergencies Act. “If President Trump declares a national emergency to fund his border wall, I’m prepared to introduce a resolution to terminate the President’s emergency declaration under 50 U.S.C. 1622. (National Emergencies Act),” he said.

Trump Admits: ‘I Didn’t Need’ to Declare National Emergency ‘But I’d Rather Do it Much Faster’


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President Donald Trump bristled in the White House Rose Garden on Friday when he faced questions about his declaration of a national emergency to get the federal funding he needs to start constructing his southern border wall. When NBC’s Peter Alexander got the mic, he noted that Trump told Fox & Friends in 2014 that former president Barack Obama could be impeached for supposedly abusing his constitutional authority by using executive orders to enact his immigration agenda. Alexander also noted that by signing Congress’ latest bipartisan border security deal, he’d be getting less money than he would’ve gotten if he accepted the deal that was presented to him before the government’s recent shutdown. At that point, Trump interjected before Alexander got to his actual question, insisting “I went through Congress, I made a deal.” “I got almost $1.4 billion when I wasn’t supposed to get one dollar,” Trump Continue reading "Trump Admits: ‘I Didn’t Need’ to Declare National Emergency ‘But I’d Rather Do it Much Faster’"

Trump Features Angel Moms and Dads While Announcing National Emergency Plan


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President Donald Trump tried to bolster his case for declaring a national emergency to secure funding for a southern border wall by spotlighting the parents of children who were killed by illegal immigrants, or allegedly killed by illegal immigrants. “We have some of the greatest people we know, they’ve been with me from the beginning of my campaign, almost from the first week, the angel moms,” Trump said Friday in the White House Rose Garden — pointing to the group of parents. “Unfortunately, we have new angel moms. One incredible woman who showed me her daughter who…was killed in the year of ’18. I said I haven’t seen you before. She said, I’m new. I said that’s too bad. It’s too bad. It’s so sad.” The president took a swipe at the media for, in his view, not providing sufficient coverage to these parents. “The press doesn’t cover them,” Continue reading "Trump Features Angel Moms and Dads While Announcing National Emergency Plan"

Trump Declares National Emergency Over Border Security: Past Presidents Did It ‘Nobody Cares’


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President Donald Trump has confirmed that he’s declaring a national emergency to draw funding from various areas of the government and construct his border wall. In his speech from the White house Rose Garden on Friday, Trump railed against illegal immigration and the supposed “invasion” taking place at the southern border without a wall to stop criminal aliens from pouring into America. As Trump told horror stories about illegal immigrant crime and said “it’s all a big lie” when critics say a wall won’t fix the problem, Trump confirmed “I’m gonna be signing a national emergency.”
“It’s been signed many times before. It’s been signed by other presidents from 1977 or so, it gave the presidents the power. There has rarely been a problem. They sign it, nobody cares. I guess they weren’t very exciting. But nobody cares. They sign it for far less important things in some cases. Continue reading "Trump Declares National Emergency Over Border Security: Past Presidents Did It ‘Nobody Cares’"

Trump Called Obama’s 2014 Executive Immigration Action ‘Unconstitutional’


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As President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency to secure funding for his border wall, CNN resurfaced a 2014 clip from then-businessman Trump condemning Barack Obama’s use of executive action to push through his own immigration agenda. During a Fox & Friends appearance five years ago, Trump described Obama’s decision to temporarily stop the deportation of DREAMers’ parents as unconstitutional. “He has not been able to [make a deal], so now he has to use executive action and this is a very, very dangerous thing that should be overwritten easily by the Supreme Court,” Trump said at the time. He continued by saying Obama’s executive action should “absolutely not pass muster in terms of constitutionality, but it depends on what these justices do.” Trump went on to say that Obama could be impeached for the purported abuse of White House power:
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Donny Deutsch: ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Ocasio-Cortez Is Going to Hand the Presidency Back to Trump


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Morning Joe contributor Donny Deutsch warned Democrats about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her recent praise with Amazon not building their new headquarters in New York City. “When you have Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who I find extremely dangerous at this point, and I hope she doesn’t tweet ‘Who are you Donny Deutsch I don’t care about you or anything,’ basically she has a Twitter following that’s her power base, to basically come out and say what a great thing it is, we can take that money and give it to teachers. It doesn’t exist. It’s an abatement. $27 billion, we put down 3. That’s business. That’s what happens,” Deutsch said. He continued to say that if she and the new freshmen Democrats in Congress stay the course, then President Donald Trump will be re-elected:
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Justice Ginsburg Ruins Conspiracy Theories By Arriving at Supreme Court Today


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In the words of Mark Twain: “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Multiple reporters have confirmed that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is at the Supreme Court today, taking part in scheduled closed-door conferences with her colleagues. Since the court will reconvene on Tuesday after a four-week recess, it seems highly likely that Ginsburg will return to the bench when that happens.