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Kamala Harris Tells Fox News ‘I Am Not a Democratic Socialist’ When Asked About Bernie Sanders


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Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked California Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris if she needs to be more like “Democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders to win in New Hampshire. Harris spoke to reporters while campaigning in the state Monday, and Doocy scored a brief, Fox News-y exchange. “Senator Harris, one of the most popular Democrats in America right now is the guy who won here in 2016, Bernie Sanders, describes himself as a Democratic socialist,” Doocy said, and asked, “To compete in New Hampshire, do you have to––in the Democratic primary––do you have to move more toward the Democratic socialist part of the party?” Fact check: Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat, and he’s not “one of the most popular Democrats in the country right now.”

Fairfax Accuser Meredith Watson Speaks Out in Op-Ed, Says She’s ‘Willing to Testify in Public’


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Meredith Watson, who less than two weeks ago accused Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of raping her when they were both Duke University students back in 2000, says she is now willing to publicly testify against him. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Watson laments a “culture of sexual assault, harassment, and the disempowerment of women” promoted by leaders and organizations that refuse to take action against suspects of crimes against women. Watson accuses the Virginia General Assembly of refusing to take the “simple and responsible step” of holding a public hearing, and says she turned down offers from multiple politicians who said they would support her if she went on record about her rape for partisan purposes. “Likewise, I have refused to make this a financial issue by suing for compensation,” Watson writes. “I have refused to make it a law-enforcement issue. Despite nearly 100 offers Continue reading "Fairfax Accuser Meredith Watson Speaks Out in Op-Ed, Says She’s ‘Willing to Testify in Public’"

Roger Stone: Instagram Post Was Not Threat to Judge, ‘Was a Random Photo Taken from the Internet’


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Roger Stone‘s Instagram account today posted a picture of the judge overseeing his case, Judge Amy Berman Jackson. The initial post featured a crosshairs graphic and a caption saying “Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson.” The post has since been taken down. Stone posting something blasting the judge in his case caught a lot of attention. The second version of the Instagram post has since been taken down and he told CBS News’ Kathryn Watson he only did so because it “is open to miss interpretation.”

Trump Confidant Chris Ruddy Says White House Officials Discussing Ouster of DNI Dan Coats


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Chris Ruddy, the founder of the conservative outlet Newsmax and a confidant of President Donald Trump’s, told CNN today that — based on what he’s been told by White House sources — he believes Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats could be fired for attacking the administration’s stance on North Korea. “Dan Coats just went before an open session of Congress and they openly said that they believe the president’s policies and efforts in North Korea are going to fail based on the intelligence,” Ruddy told CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour. “I think you have a classic Continue reading "Trump Confidant Chris Ruddy Says White House Officials Discussing Ouster of DNI Dan Coats"

Kamala Harris Initially Called Smollett Attack ‘Attempted Modern Day Lynching,’ Now Says The ‘Facts Are Still Unfolding’


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Presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is softening her tone on the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett after evidence is showing he may have been behind the whole incident. After news broke in January, Harris called it “an attempted modern day lynching”: When asked about her tweet on the campaign trail with the new reports, Harris said “the facts are still unfolding.” “Okay. So I will say this about that. I think the facts are still unfolding. I’m very concerned about it obviously,” she said. Harris was also asked about the Smollett case Continue reading "Kamala Harris Initially Called Smollett Attack ‘Attempted Modern Day Lynching,’ Now Says The ‘Facts Are Still Unfolding’"

Journo Ernest Owens on CNN Panel: I Feel ‘Bamboozled, Hoodwinked, and Betrayed’ by Smollett


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On CNN this afternoon, Philadelphia Magazine writer-at-large Ernest Owens said he feels “bamboozled, hoodwinked, and betrayed” by Jussie Smollett. Owens initially wrote a lengthy piece about why the attack on the Empire actor hurt so deeply, but in a follow-up for The Daily Beast, he said he no longer believes Smollett. He told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, “As a black gay man myself, I want to believe victims, especially those in our community that are subjected to hate crimes.” Owens said hearing the details of the alleged attack resonated with him and to find out that a lot of the information coming out was a lie “disgusted me.”. At one point he said responsibility lies with Smollett after the version of events he shared last week, saying he should apologize to everyone who were siding with and rooting for him. Forbes columnist Adrienne Gibbs raised the Continue reading "Journo Ernest Owens on CNN Panel: I Feel ‘Bamboozled, Hoodwinked, and Betrayed’ by Smollett"

WATCH LIVE: Trump Delivers Speech to Venezuelan Community in Miami to Support Juan Guaido


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Amid growing tensions in Venezuela over the future of the country’s leadership, President Donald Trump will speak in South Florida to lobby support for National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who the U.S. has recognized as the nation’s leader despite current President Nicolas Maduro’s claim to the throne. While speaking in front of some members of the Venezuela-American community in Miami, the president is expected to demand that the socialist nation “work toward democracy” and install Guaido as their president, or else. “The United States knows where military officials and their families have money hidden throughout the world,” Trump is expected to say, per remarks released by the White House ahead of the speech. His speech includes another demand for “Venezuelan military officials,” whose power could dictate who stays in power, to choose the “clear choice – work toward democracy for their future and the future of their families, or they will lose everything Continue reading "WATCH LIVE: Trump Delivers Speech to Venezuelan Community in Miami to Support Juan Guaido"

Jussie Smollett Was Reportedly Upset a Racist Letter Sent to His Studio Didn’t Get a Bigger Reaction


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“Empire” star Jussie Smollett paid two men to attack him on the streets of Chicago because he was upset that a racist letter sent to his studio didn’t get a “bigger reaction,” according to multiple CBS Chicago sources close to the investigation. The letter apparently contained white powder and had “MAGA” written on the outside of it, along with racial and homophobic slurs. Chicago police say HAZMAT responded to the letter and determined the white powder to be aspirin. The letter is now in the hands of the FBI. “When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack,” one source told CBS Chicago’s Brad Edwards, as the other sources reportedly corroborated. Ola and Abel Osundairo, the two Nigerian brothers who were paid $3,500 to stage an attack against Smollett while pretending to be Trump supporters, said they did not have an ideological motive for participating. Continue reading "Jussie Smollett Was Reportedly Upset a Racist Letter Sent to His Studio Didn’t Get a Bigger Reaction"

Roger Stone Shares Image of Judge Presiding Over Case with Crosshairs: ‘Help Me Fight for My Life’ (UPDATE)


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Roger Stone might’ve made his legal battles more complicated thanks to the picture he just put up of the judge who’s presiding over his upcoming court appearance. Stone posted a photo of District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on his Instagram that, it would seem, shows her face right next to a set of crosshairs. He also describes her supervision of his case as the newest legal weapon “Deep State hitman” Robert Mueller has pulled out against him, so he’s asking people to give him money for his defense fund. The original photo has been deleted, but Stone re-upped the post with the same message and a zoomed-in photo of Jackson, without the crosshairs. Stone has been a recurring news subject ever since the FBI took him into custody at his house several weeks ago. Stone has been charged with multiple counts of obstruction, false statements, and witness tampering, many of Continue reading "Roger Stone Shares Image of Judge Presiding Over Case with Crosshairs: ‘Help Me Fight for My Life’ (UPDATE)"

The Official Fast Food French Fry Power Rankings


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It is astounding how strongly I agree with these rankings from Lucas Kwan Peterson at the LA Times. I know it’s fighting words to slag on In-N-Out, but their fries really are dreadful:
And bringing up the rear is In-N-Out. Before you tell me there’s a way to “hack” these fries, or somehow make them better, either by loading them with American cheese and secret sauce, or by ordering them well-done, I will grant this: It certainly doesn’t make the fries any worse. Just as dumping the fries into a dirt pile on the shoulder of a highway access road and running over that pile with my car would also probably not make the fries any worse.

Bill Weld on Primary Run Against Trump: Oval Office Meeting With the Russians Showed ‘Contempt for the American People’


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Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld is looking to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries, and on CNN today he pointed to one particular example of why he feels a primary challenge is necessary. In the interview with Alisyn Camerota, Weld brought up that infamous Oval Office meeting with Russian officials:
“One moment does stick in my mind and that’s the time when the president shooed all the U.S. press out of the Oval Office and brought in Ambassador Kislyak from Russia and Sergei Lavrov from Russia to have his summit meeting with them with nobody present except TASS, which is the the Russian state press orgqn. That showed contempt for the American people.”
He went on to express concern at Trump’s “tendency to associate with autocrats” and how Republicans are being too quiet in the face of the president’s “outrageous conduct and behavior.” That Continue reading "Bill Weld on Primary Run Against Trump: Oval Office Meeting With the Russians Showed ‘Contempt for the American People’"

After Bombshell Reports, Jussie Smollett Doesn’t Plan On Meeting With Chicago Police Today


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In another statement released by his lawyers, Empire actor Jussie Smollett does not plan on meeting with Chicago police. They are requesting to meet with him after reports of new evidence showing he may have staged the hate crime in January. “There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today,” the statement said . “Any news reports suggesting otherwise are inaccurate. Smollett’s attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf. We have no further comment today.” This is their first statement since the weekend, where they strongly denied he orchestrated the attack. “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” they said. ‘He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie Continue reading "After Bombshell Reports, Jussie Smollett Doesn’t Plan On Meeting With Chicago Police Today"

WorldWideWeb


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Jeremy Keith:
Nine people came together at CERN for five days and made something amazing. I still can’t quite believe it. Coming into this, I thought it was hugely ambitious to try to not only recreate the experience of using the first ever web browser (called WorldWideWeb, later Nexus), but to also try to document the historical context of the time. Now that it’s all done, I’m somewhat astounded that we managed to achieve both. Want to see the final result? Here you go.
Very fun, and impressive in-browser recreation of the NeXT interface. Daring Fireball is mostly readable — the biggest hindrance is the lack of support for HTML entities.

The View Hosts Determine Elizabeth Warren is Not ‘A Bad Bitch’ But Klobuchar and Kamala Are


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The hosts of The View took turns debating which of the Democratic women running for president wins the “bad bitch” primary, and while Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Amy Klobuchar made the cut, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) came up short. On Monday’s edition of ABC’s The View, the subject of “authenticity” came up, as Abby Huntsman praised Kamala Harris’ message about common ground, but lit into Warren’s beer-themed launch video. Co-host Meghan McCain opined that the Warren video was “weird,” and added “Elizabeth Warren, I don’t need you to be soft and warm. Be a bad bitch! I like that about you!” Joy Behar volunteered that “Klobuchar is the one that has the beyotch reputation that you were talking about.” “Being a bad bitch is a good thing!” McCain said. “For me, it’s like you’re tough and you’re strong, and you’re going to get things done. Continue reading "The View Hosts Determine Elizabeth Warren is Not ‘A Bad Bitch’ But Klobuchar and Kamala Are"

Bill de Blasio: I Was Right About the Money Being in the ‘Wrong Hands’ When Amazon Left NYC


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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) criticized Amazon for deciding against building their new corporate in the area, saying it proves there is too much money being in the wrong hands. “Amazon is not one of these companies that has been thought of as a total, you know, they just race through laws. You know, they raised the minimum wage. They raised it, voluntarily, to $15. If you chased away an Amazon, are you worried it’s going to chase away other companies,” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked. “Oh, no, no. Let’s be clear: No one chased away. This was Amazon’s arbitrary decision. We had an agreement,” de Blasio replied. “If I made an agreement with you, and there were issues that came up, but we had an agreement, you wouldn’t call me in the dead of night and say, ‘Hey, we’re taking our marbles, and we’re going home.’ Let’s be Continue reading "Bill de Blasio: I Was Right About the Money Being in the ‘Wrong Hands’ When Amazon Left NYC"

Protestors Chant For Northam’s Resignation Outside State Capitol: ‘We Got the Guillotine, You Better Run!’


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A group of environmental and racial justice advocates staged a protest Virginia Governor Ralph Northam‘s (D) office at around noon Monday, calling for his resignation over a controversial blackface photo from his medical school yearbook page. “We got the guillotine, you better run!” Protesters chanted to drums and tambourines, holding signs demanding Northam to resign. Other chants included phrases such as “No cops! No KKK! No fascist RVA!” and “We want a resignation!” The protesters were eventually met by police in an apparent standoff, per Virginia Mercury reporter Ned Oliver, as the cops locked the gates surrounding Northam’s office and requested asked for permits for the protesters to be standing there.