Chris Cuomo Emphatically Says Trump Takes Orders From Hannity: ‘What He Says, the President DOES’


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CNN’s Chris Cuomo‘s conversation with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Thursday took an odd but interesting detour when they veered from wall funding talk to the nature and qualities of Fox News host Sean Hannity. Not to mention his influence over Donald Trump, which Cuomo described as nearly total control. Gaetz and Cuomo were discussing where the money for the wall would come from under Trump’s apparent plan to declare a national emergency, when Cuomo brought up Hannity. Gaetz called the day’s events, including the deal, a win for Trump, saying that he pulled it off ‘without a lick of amnesty.” “I don’t know why it’s a win for him,” said Cuomo. “Because he, back in the day — who knows where he is now that, you know, he’s got Hannity and [Ann] Coulter and all these people in his head all the time, rent Continue reading "Chris Cuomo Emphatically Says Trump Takes Orders From Hannity: ‘What He Says, the President DOES’"

CNN Reporter Says Ilhan Omar ‘Angrily’ Responded When He Tried to Ask Question: ‘Are You Serious?’


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CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked Congresswoman Ilhan Omar about her response to President Donald Trump today and apparently got an earful in response. Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have said her apology for tweets perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes was not adequate. POTUS said she should resign, while Pence said if she doesn’t she should be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Omar responded to Trump in a tweet today saying, “You have trafficked in hate your whole life.” Raju tweeted this afternoon that he asked her about the back-and-forth, but both times he tried to ask a question she “angrily” responded:

GOP Senator James Lankford Accepts Omar Ilhan’s Apology: It Was ‘Entirely Appropriate’


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Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) told CNN this morning he accepts Rep. Omar Ilhan’s (D-MN) apology for her controversial tweets about the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC. “I do accept Rep. Omar’s apology and I think it’s entirely appropriate,” the GOP lawmaker said during an appearance on New Day. “She’s a brand-new, freshman representative. Sometimes, you get out there and you say things and then you try to correct it,” Lankford added. “For any of us that are on television, like right now, you get questions, you make responses or you put out a tweet trying to be funny or to try to press a point, and sometimes you go over the line.” Ilhan released the following apology statement on Monday after some accused her of promoting antisemitic tropes in her criticism of AIPAC:
“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the Continue reading "GOP Senator James Lankford Accepts Omar Ilhan’s Apology: It Was ‘Entirely Appropriate’"

Cuomo Asks Why Trump’s Bigotry is Treated Differently Than Ilhan Omar’s: Is It Because She’s Muslim?


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CNN host Chris Cuomo criticized President Donald Trump for hypocrisy after he called on a Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar to resign over anti-Semitic comments. Trump said Omar should resign on Tuesday, in response to the freshman congresswoman posting a tweet accusing U.S. politicians being under the influence of the pro-Israel lobby. It was a tweet Democratic leaders called anti-Semitic, and one Omar eventually apologized for. Cuomo pointed out that Trump once made comments that were “very similar” to what Omar said. “You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money,” Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition in 2015. “You want to control your own politicians.” “Why is it different?” Cuomo asked. “Is it because Omar is Muslim? And wears a hijab? I hear a lot of that, and it’s not right.” Cuomo then noted Trump’s silence on Rep. Steve King, the Continue reading "Cuomo Asks Why Trump’s Bigotry is Treated Differently Than Ilhan Omar’s: Is It Because She’s Muslim?"

Ex-Trump Aide Cliff Sims Explains Why He’s Suing President: ‘I Was Backed Into a Corner’


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Former White House aide Cliff Sims — the author of a tell-all Team of Vipers — appeared on CNN Tuesday morning with his lawyer to explain why he’s suing President Donald Trump, who he claims is attempting to silence him. “My first amendment rights as a government employee cannot be infringed upon by an NDA,” Sims told CNN’s John Berman. “I certainly didn’t want to do this, I’m probably the least litigious person you can imagine, I’ve never sued anybody in my life, but I was backed into a corner by some legal action the Trump folks took and so I felt like I needed to be able to stand up for myself.” Sims’ lawyer Bradley Moss argued that former federal employees “cannot be censored” from speaking out about their time in the White House after leaving — if the information they divulge is not classified. Moss noted Continue reading "Ex-Trump Aide Cliff Sims Explains Why He’s Suing President: ‘I Was Backed Into a Corner’"

Rep. Nina Lowey: We Didn’t Talk to Hannity, Coulter, or Drudge Before Striking Border Deal


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Many have questioned just how much influence Sean Hannity has in President Donald Trump‘s administration. But according to one key point person on the border security negotiations, the answer is zero. Appearing on CNN’s New Day Tuesday, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) — who chairs the House appropriations committee — said that the Fox News host’s bashing of the agreement as a “garbage compromise” is a sign that the deal has merit. “That probably confirms for me that it’s a good deal,” Lowey said. “I would hope Sean Hannity and all the other people you mentioned aren’t running this government. This was a bipartisan deal. Senate and House. Republican, Democrat. And I think we did an excellent job that all parts of our caucuses can accept.” New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota pressed Lowey — saying that a previous deal on the issue in September had been scuttled after the Continue reading "Rep. Nina Lowey: We Didn’t Talk to Hannity, Coulter, or Drudge Before Striking Border Deal"

Ana Navarro Blasts Trump for Mocking Klobuchar Braving Snowstorm: He’s ‘Afraid to Get His Little Hair Wet’


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On Sunday, President Donald Trump dubbed newly announced 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar a “Snowman(woman).” He also knocked her fight against global warming in the same tweet. “Well, it happened again,” Trump wrote. “Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!” In response, CNN’s Ana Navarro suggested that perhaps calling Klobuchar a snowman(woman) may not have been his brightest move. “I saw the tweet about Continue reading "Ana Navarro Blasts Trump for Mocking Klobuchar Braving Snowstorm: He’s ‘Afraid to Get His Little Hair Wet’"

CNN’s State of the Union Blows Up Over Northam and Racism: ‘This is Not About President Donald Trump!’


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A debate over the controversies engulfing Virginia’s leadership got contentious on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, after a guest brought up President Donald Trump. The discussion centered on Gov. Ralph Northam‘s blackface scandal, but also touched on Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring‘s blackface admission and the two sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. As the panel condemned Northam’s attempts to make amends and remain in office, former Democratic Rep. Nanette Barragán said Trump “has been one of the most divisive presidents, and frankly, racist himself.” “We can’t forget about the person who is dividing us,” Barragán continued. “And who himself is injecting this into the country.” “I cannot,” interjected CNN commentator Nina Turner. “I just can’t.” “This is not about President Donald Trump! This is about racism in the United States of America. Congresswoman I hear you, but on this we’re not Continue reading "CNN’s State of the Union Blows Up Over Northam and Racism: ‘This is Not About President Donald Trump!’"

Sen. Chris Murphy Tells Tapper the Ocasio-Cortez ‘Green New Deal’ Plan is ‘Absolutely Realistic’


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The “Green New Deal” dreamed up by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) gained unexpected steam in D.C. over the last week as experienced Democrat legislators signed on to the aggressive liberal progressive smorgasbord despite misgivings from both sides of the aisle and no clear picture on how it might actually be paid for. Among those endorsers was Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that the plan is “absolutely realistic.” “You co-sponsored a resolution outlining a ‘green new deal’ in the Senate that calls for a sweeping overhaul of the entire U.S. Economy in ten years by meeting 100% of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero emission energy sources,” said Tapper on State of the Union. He pointed out that Senator Angus King of Maine, who caucuses with Democrats, and former Obama administration energy secretary Ernest Monize both Continue reading "Sen. Chris Murphy Tells Tapper the Ocasio-Cortez ‘Green New Deal’ Plan is ‘Absolutely Realistic’"

Anderson Cooper Rips GOP Rep for Suggesting ‘Shadowy Conspiracy’ Behind CNN’s Roger Stone Raid Footage


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On last night’s AC360, Anderson Cooper called out the Republican congressman who asked Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker about how CNN got exclusive footage of Roger Stone‘s arrest. At the time, CNN said that there exclusive was the result of “good instincts, some key clues, more than a year of observing comings at the DC federal courthouse and the special counsel’s office — and a little luck on the timing.” There has been skepticism of that statement, and during the hearing yesterday, Republican Congressman Doug Collins asked Whitaker about it, expressing serious concerns that they might have been tipped off. “It was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that,” Whitaker responded. CNN correspondent Evan Perez responded by saying “there’s a bit of a conspiracy being hatched.” Cooper recapped the hearing last night and took a moment to address that section in Continue reading "Anderson Cooper Rips GOP Rep for Suggesting ‘Shadowy Conspiracy’ Behind CNN’s Roger Stone Raid Footage"

Virginia Lawmaker Reportedly Plans to File Articles of Impeachment if Fairfax Does Not Resign


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On Friday night, CNN reported that Virginia State Delegate Patrick Hope plans on drafting articles of impeachment against  Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he doesn’t step down amid sexual assault allegations. Fairfax has strongly denied the allegations — now being made by two women — and says he has insisted he has no plans to resign. Yet, if Fairfax does not by Monday, Hope has pledged to file articles of impeachment. “We are learning that a Democratic Delegate from Northern Virginia Arlington County, Patrick Hope, I just got off the phone with him, he told me he’s now drafting articles of impeachment he plans to file Monday morning to force the lieutenant governor from office if he does not resign before then,” Ryan Nobles reported for CNN. Nobles continued on, recounting his conversation with the lawmaker: “He said it’s his desire that the lieutenant governor should leave office on his Continue reading "Virginia Lawmaker Reportedly Plans to File Articles of Impeachment if Fairfax Does Not Resign"

Democrat Rep. Tells CNN He ‘Believes Whitaker is Lying’ Under Oath About Conversations with Trump


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During a recess from Friday’s Judiciary Committee hearing with testimony from acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, CNN’s Maju Raju reported on his conversation with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), a member of the committee, about the assertions made up to that point. Anchor Brianna Keilar asked Raju for an update, and he ran through some of the events of the hearing so far before he related the exchange he had with Rep. Cohen. “[Whitaker has] tried to make it clear that he has not interfered with the Mueller investigation, which is a big concern of Democrats,” said Raju. “But I can tell you Democrats are not assured by his blanket assurances.” “In fact, I just talked to one Democratic member, Steve Cohen, who told me that he believes that Whitaker is lying about his insistence that he did not speak to the president about the Mueller investigation,” he said. Continue reading "Democrat Rep. Tells CNN He ‘Believes Whitaker is Lying’ Under Oath About Conversations with Trump"

CNN Denies Whitaker Claim Network May Have Been Tipped to Roger Stone Raid: A ‘Conspiracy Being Hatched’


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After Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker suggested — during his Friday testimony before the House Judiciary Committee — that CNN may have been tipped off to the FBI’s raid on Roger Stone, the network reiterated that they did not receive a heads-up. Ever since CNN filmed Stone last month while he was taken into custody, President Donald Trump and other conservatives have claimed without evidence that the outlet must have been tipped off by the Justice Department if they knew to be at Stone’s house ahead of time. CNN has refuted these claims before by saying there was no forewarning and they only acted on “unusual grand jury activity” that made it seem like Stone’s indictment was imminent. Shortly after his explosive condemnation of today’s “pointless” hearing, Ranking Committee Republican Doug Collins (R-GA) used his questions for Whitaker to advance the CNN tip-off conspiracy theory. When the committee adjourned, CNN Continue reading "CNN Denies Whitaker Claim Network May Have Been Tipped to Roger Stone Raid: A ‘Conspiracy Being Hatched’"

BREAKING: Parent Company of National Enquirer Responds to Jeff Bezos: AMI ‘Fervently Believes It Acted Lawfully’


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After the explosive Medium post Thursday by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos blasting the National Enquirer and parent company AMI, as well as chairman and CEO David Pecker, the board (which includes Pecker) has issued a response. CNN read the response on the air a few minutes ago (above), in full. Here is that statement:
“American Media fervently believes that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos. Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him. Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.”
On CNN, anchor Poppy Harlow turned to legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Continue reading "BREAKING: Parent Company of National Enquirer Responds to Jeff Bezos: AMI ‘Fervently Believes It Acted Lawfully’"

WATCH: CNN’s John Avlon Breaks Down Past ‘Few Months of Belated Blackface Awareness’


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After the past week of continuous blackface headlines, CNN analyst John Avlon appeared on New Day this morning and offered viewers a brief explainer on the history of racist makeup and why they still impact America today. “Why in the world are we still bedeviled by something as stupid and cruel as blackface in 2019?” Avlon rhetorically asked. In the past week in Virginia politics, the state Attorney General Mark Herring (D) was exposed for wearing blackface to dress as Kurtis Blow in the 1980s, the state Senate Leader Tommy Norment’s admitted to helping edit a 1968 yearbook filled with racist content, and a blackface photo was found in Governor Ralph Northam’s (D) 1984 yearbook. (He also admitted to wearing blackface on a separate occasion). “It’s been a big few months for belated blackface awareness,” Avlon observed. “Afterall, Megyn Kelly torched her NBC gig after a cringe-worthy conversation in which she just couldn’t quite Continue reading "WATCH: CNN’s John Avlon Breaks Down Past ‘Few Months of Belated Blackface Awareness’"

CNN Tries to Hype Howard Schultz Ahead of Town Hall


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CNN appears to be trying desperately to make Howard Schultz a thing. Thursday on Inside Politics, John King began a discussion on Schultz by sharing some numbers from a new CNN poll which, on the surface, seem quite promising for the former Starbucks CEO. “Twenty percent of Americans describe themselves as likely to support Schultz,” King said. “Twenty percent. That’s a Ross Perot-like number.” King dutifully sounded a note of caution, saying the numbers ultimately mean little so far out from the election. But then added that 20 percent is “a big deal.” The comments were made while the on-screen chyron read: “Starbucks Founder Schultz Gaining Early 2020 Support.” But as the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel noted on Twitter, some very important context from the CNN poll was missing from the Inside Politics hype job discussion. First, Schultz’s unfavorable rating is extremely high compared Continue reading "CNN Tries to Hype Howard Schultz Ahead of Town Hall"

Jake Tapper Says Chaos May Save All Three Embattled VA Dems: ‘Why Would This Guy Resign and Not That Guy?’


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Could all of the chaos in Virginia politics actually save the three embattled Democrats at the top of the state government who are mired in scandal? Jake Tapper posited that theory Wednesday afternoon on The Lead. During a panel discussion with CNN White House correspondents Abby Phillip and Jeff Zeleny, Tapper floated that the idea that, because Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and Attorney General Mark Herring have all had controversies hit at the same time, all may remain in their posts because it would be hard for one to leave with the others staying. “I wonder, if in some weird and bizarre way, the fact that all three are involved in scandals almost helps them keep office,” Tapper said. “Because why would this guy resign, and not that guy? Why would that guy resign and not that guy? And the one who ultimately would Continue reading "Jake Tapper Says Chaos May Save All Three Embattled VA Dems: ‘Why Would This Guy Resign and Not That Guy?’"

Schumer on Trump’s ‘Investigations’ Remark at SOTU: ‘He’s Scared. He’s Got Something to Hide.’


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Sen. Chuck Schumer panned President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union speech on CNN Wednesday morning, telling New Day anchor John Berman he thinks the president is “afraid” of the investigations into him. Berman asked the New York Democrat about one line from Trump that drew applause from Republicans and an eyeroll from Nancy Pelosi:
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way.”
Schumer told Berman that “one of the functions of the Congress, the Article 1 section of government from the days of the founding fathers, was oversight of the executive branch.” The Senate Minority Leader took issue with Trump’s claim that the many investigations surrounding Continue reading "Schumer on Trump’s ‘Investigations’ Remark at SOTU: ‘He’s Scared. He’s Got Something to Hide.’"