Bannon and Lewandowski Reportedly Persuading Trump to Battle The DOJ

President Donald Trump is reportedly listening to an outside group of advisors regarding how to handle the Justice Department’s refusal to provide unredacted documents to congressional lawmakers. CNN reported Monday that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie, and president of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council Steve Cortes are all part of the group that is engaged in what one member described as a “concerted effort…to put pressure on [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein to comply with [House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin] Nunes’ information request.” Continue reading "Bannon and Lewandowski Reportedly Persuading Trump to Battle The DOJ"

Charlie Dent, Recently-Resigned GOP Rep Often Critical of Trump, Inks Deal as CNN Contributor

Charlie Dent might not be serving as the Republican representative of Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district anymore, but media observers might notice that he’ll still be talking politics on TV quite a bit. Politico media reporter Michael Calderone has learned that Dent has signed an agreement with CNN to join the network as one of their recurring contributors. For the last several months, Dent attracted attention by criticizing Donald Trump for his various political missteps. Dent has also spoken out against the rest of the GOP, saying that servility to the president is the only real platform the Republican Party has left. [Image via screengrab] — —
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CNN Panel Goes Off the Rails Over Trump’s Demand for Surveillance Probe: ‘Inept, Clueless, Out of the Loop’

A CNN panel went off the rails Sunday night over the news that Deputy General Rod Rosenstein has responded to President Donald Trump‘s tweet demanding an investigation into infiltration and surveillance of his campaign. “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday. In response, Rosenstein said he would have the Continue reading "CNN Panel Goes Off the Rails Over Trump’s Demand for Surveillance Probe: ‘Inept, Clueless, Out of the Loop’"

Fox News Dominates Royal Wedding Ratings, CNN Takes Demo

Fox News and CNN both scored a surge in viewership for their royal wedding coverage, allowing the rivals to each claim a win in the ratings department. Yet, who did best depends on how you break down the numbers. Nielsen data shows that overall, Fox outperformed any other cable news network in the size of its audience with more than two million viewers tuning in from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. CNN came in second, with more than 1.7 million viewers during that time slot, and MSNBC ranked third with just under one million. If you look at the key 25-54 age demographic channels aim to reach, CNN came out on top from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During each of those blocks, CNN more than doubled MSNBC’s numbers, surpassing Continue reading "Fox News Dominates Royal Wedding Ratings, CNN Takes Demo"

Jake Tapper’s CNN Panel Turns Into Shouting Match Over DACA Fix: Trump ‘Blew It Up!’

A CNN State of the Union segment descended into chaos Sunday as panelists engaged in a blame game over the absence of an immigration bill to fix DACA and pave a path to citizenship for the Dreamers. It began when CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked the group whether such legislation is a realistic possibility, seeing as certain moderate Republicans are joining Democrats in an attempt to force action. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) said she hopes things will progress, but that she’s still unsure whether enough politicos will get on board. “I’m feeling positive that it’s going to happen, but then you never know because things change, I don’t know with people getting intimidated and then they don’t want to do anything,” she told Tapper. Linda Chavez, a former White House staffer under the Reagan administration, approached the question with a serious dose of skepticism, but said she thinks Continue reading "Jake Tapper’s CNN Panel Turns Into Shouting Match Over DACA Fix: Trump ‘Blew It Up!’"

Kellyanne Conway Spars With CNN’s Stelter on Leaks, Trump Avoiding The Press: ‘Don’t Make This About You Again!’

Kellyanne Conway appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday for an extensive sparring match with Brian Stelter, who grilled the White House counselor on White House leaks, Donald Trump‘s erroneous comments about the Russia investigation, and why the president seems to be avoiding the press. Stelter, whose marathon interview with Conway went on for more than twenty minutes, first asked the official about Trump’s tweets claiming the Russia investigation is a witch hunt. Conway dodged the question, pivoting to Trump’s accomplishments in office. The Reliable Sources host moved on to press about leaks coming out of the White House, asking if any staffers have been fired, and after Conway took a swipe at the media for its coverage, Stelter fired back: “Why the constant attacks?” “Are you really arguing there’s not that many leaks out of the White House?” Stelter asked. “Yeah, I would argue that,” Continue reading "Kellyanne Conway Spars With CNN’s Stelter on Leaks, Trump Avoiding The Press: ‘Don’t Make This About You Again!’"

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Suggests Abortion Led to Santa Fe Shooting

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pointed to abortion as one of the potential causes for the Santa Fe school shooting on Friday that left 10 people dead. Patrick, a Republican, addressed the latest tragedy Sunday on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous. Patrick suggested that Americans should not be surprised by the taking of innocent life, since “we have devalued life.” “Whether it’s through abortion, whether it’s the break-up of families, through violent movies, and particularly violent video games,” Patrick said, reverting to a familiar Republican talking point. During his interview with This Week and Continue reading "Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Suggests Abortion Led to Santa Fe Shooting"