Three Suspended After Independent Journal Review Pushes Conspiracy Theory About Obama

Screen Shot 2017-03-21 at 2.45.22 PM Three suspensions at the Independent Journal Review have robbed the publication of what should have been a great week for it. Only one member of the press accompanied Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Asia recently and she was from IJR. Her big moment has been overshadowed, however, by the suspension of three of her colleagues: writer Kyle Becker, content editor Becca Lower, and Chief Content Officer Benny Johnson. (You know Johnson’s name because he got fired at Buzzfeed for plagiarism.) The post that caused the suspensions came after a Hawaiian judge blocked portions of Donald Trump‘s second travel ban. With no evidence, the IJR post insinuated that a coincidentally timely visit to Hawaii by Barack Obama was somehow responsible for the federal judge’s actions. Business Insider‘s Oliver Darcy, who broke the story of the suspensions, offered up this statement from IJR founder Alex Skatell:
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Spicer Defends Trump, Who Frequently Criticized Obama Golf Trips, For Playing Nearly 50 Percent More Than Obama

Before he assumed office, President Donald Trump frequently criticized President Barack Obama for what he deemed to be too many golf trips on the taxpayers’ dime. But since he took office on Jan. 20, Trump himself has hit the links at least 10 times. According to CBS Continue reading "Spicer Defends Trump, Who Frequently Criticized Obama Golf Trips, For Playing Nearly 50 Percent More Than Obama"

Dershowitz: Courts Essentially Saying If Obama Issued Trump Travel Ban, It Would Be Constitutional

Alan Dershowitz said on Fox News this morning that because court rulings against President Trump‘s travel ban are bringing up his own past rhetoric, the argument is basically “If Obama had issued the very same order with the same words it would be constitutional, but if Trump issues it it’s unconstitutional.” This week a federal judge in Hawaii and a district court judge in Maryland both ruled to block the revised travel ban, with the latter saying in his decision, “The history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the purpose of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban.” Such statements include President Trump’s initial call during the campaign for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on” and Rudy Giuliani Continue reading "Dershowitz: Courts Essentially Saying If Obama Issued Trump Travel Ban, It Would Be Constitutional"

Top House Republican: Trump Should Apologize To Obama For ‘Reckless’ Claim

Rep. Tom Cole, the deputy majority whip in the House of Representatives, called on President Donald Trump to apologize to former President Barack Obama over his wiretapping claim on Twitter days ago. CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked the Oklahoma Republican about the ongoing controversy. Rep. Cole replied, “I see no indication that that’s true. And so, it’s not a charge I would have ever made.” The deputy whip continued, “And frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think the president — you know, President Obama is owed an apology in that regard — because, you know, if he didn’t do it, we shouldn’t be reckless in accusations that he did.” Rep. Cole backed Trump during the 2016 presidential race, though he had labeled the billionaire a “work in progress” earlier that year. [image via screengrab]

GOP Rep. Spars With Cuomo: ‘I Have a Concern About What Our Intelligence Community Is Doing’

An interview between CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Representative Sean Duffy was certainly wide-ranging this morning, but ended up hitting the intelligence community pretty hard. On New Day, Cuomo asked Duffy about reports that the United States may use military intervention against North Korea and what that sort of action might look like. After a few answers, the host suddenly switched topics on the representative, bringing up Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him. Those allegations have been largely brushed off by intelligence groups within the government. Duffy, too, said he had seen “no evidence,” but if the administration was still insisting they had some, he would be willing to hear it. He and Cuomo went back and forth about elected officials’ responsibilities when Donald Trump Continue reading "GOP Rep. Spars With Cuomo: ‘I Have a Concern About What Our Intelligence Community Is Doing’"

‘Because the New York Times Wrote About It’: Trump Gives Tucker Carlson Wiretap Tweet Excuses

In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, President Donald Trump addressed the explosive tweets he sent out more than a week ago where he accused his predecessor of wiretapping the phones of Trump Tower prior to the election. Carlson wanted to know what provoked Trump to take to Twitter to publicly make those allegations against former President Barack Obama. “I had been reading about things,” Trump stated. “I read, I think it was January 20th in a New York Times article about wiretapping. There was an article, I think they used that exact term. I read other things.” He also brought up the reporting of Fox News’ Bret Baier. After saying he’d heard a lot of things about wiretapping and that it’s a “potentially a very serious issue,” Trump was asked why he didn’t immediately go to the intelligence community. “I don’t Continue reading "‘Because the New York Times Wrote About It’: Trump Gives Tucker Carlson Wiretap Tweet Excuses"

Obama Keeps Bracket Tradition Alive, Goes Out on Limb to Pick Duke vs. North Carolina Title Game

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 4.38.37 PM (3) As we posted about several weeks ago, President Donald Trump declined ESPN’s invitation to fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket, as President Barack Obama has done on the network for each of the past eight years. Fortunately for college basketball fans, Obama is keeping his tradition alive (although not on ESPN), and has put out a presidential bracket. Here’s who he likes in the men’s tournament. Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 4.51.58 PM Obama showed a tendency to favor chalk in his ESPN picks over the years. And a look at this year’s bracket shows that Obama has not strayed from that tendency now that he’s out of office. His Final Four is; Duke, Arizona, Kansas, and North Carolina. Two No. 1 seeds, and two No. 2 seeds. (Both of whom are considered formidable.) What fun is that? C’mon, Mr. President. Step out on a limb just a little. (For the record, the official Mediaite bracket
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