House Republicans Furious at Leadership For Caving on Border Wall: ‘Christmas Present’ For Democrats


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It appears President Donald Trump‘s dreams of building a big beautiful wall on the southern border are scuttled — for now — on Wednesday, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a short-term spending bill that will keep the government into 2019, but denies wall funding. The announcement signaled a pretty staggering retreat from the president, whose promise to build a wall was central to his campaign and something he insisted Democrats approve $5 billion for in this budget. Trump’s media defenders haven’t taken it well. The hosts of Fox & Friends were harsh Wednesday in their assessment of Trump’s efforts on the wall, and border security fetishist Ann Coulter predicted Trump will not finish his term over the brouhaha. House Republicans are equally furious, notably members of the arch-conservative Freedom Caucus. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) , the chairman of the caucus, called the continuing resolution that would Continue reading "House Republicans Furious at Leadership For Caving on Border Wall: ‘Christmas Present’ For Democrats"

House Republicans Furious at Leadership For Caving on Border Wall: ‘Christmas Present’ For Democrats


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It appears President Donald Trump‘s dreams of building a big beautiful wall on the southern border are scuttled — for now — on Wednesday, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a short-term spending bill that will keep the government into 2019, but denies wall funding. The announcement signaled a pretty staggering retreat from the president, whose promise to build a wall was central to his campaign and something he insisted Democrats approve $5 billion for in this budget. Trump’s media defenders haven’t taken it well. The hosts of Fox & Friends were harsh Wednesday in their assessment of Trump’s efforts on the wall, and border security fetishist Ann Coulter predicted Trump will not finish his term over the brouhaha. House Republicans are equally furious, notably members of the arch-conservative Freedom Caucus. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) , the chairman of the caucus, called the continuing resolution that would Continue reading "House Republicans Furious at Leadership For Caving on Border Wall: ‘Christmas Present’ For Democrats"

GOP Rep Adam Kinzinger Shrugs Off Jim Jordan’s Minority Leader Bid: ‘He’ll Get a Handful of Votes…’


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Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is apparently not impressed with Rep. Jim Jordan‘s (R-OH) effort to become House Minority Speaker. Kinzinger was the #OneLuckGuy on Tuesday’s Outnumbered, and he participated in their discussion about which members of Congress will assume which leadership positions in the post-midterms House of Representatives. The panel was certain on the whole that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will regain the speakership despite opposition among some Democrats. But as for the Republicans, Kinzinger dismissed Jordan’s bid in favor of Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
“Jim Jordan can mount his thing. He’s still trying to fundraise out of it. But if you look at it like the immigration debate we had over the summer, we had an opportunity to solve immigration with a border wall and fixing our system. He led the Freedom Caucus charge against a really good bill, and that’s why we are still sitting here with Continue reading "GOP Rep Adam Kinzinger Shrugs Off Jim Jordan’s Minority Leader Bid: ‘He’ll Get a Handful of Votes…’"

Never Has The Media So Staunchly Defended A Catholic Like They Have Pope Francis


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It wasn’t long ago when the press took allegations of systemic sexual abuse within the Catholic Church seriously. It was The Boston Globe who broke their bombshell report in 2002 about the cover-up by the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston became a global controversy. And now 16 years later, another bombshell report reveals systemic abuse from the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. According to the report released by a grand jury earlier this month, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania have been covering up the abuse of over 1,000 children committed by over 300 priests. It notes that “there are likely thousands more victims whose records were lost or who were too afraid to come forward.” And since then, allegations of a coverup have reached The Vatican. Former ambassador from the Vatican to the U.S. Archbishop Vigano claimed in a letter that Pope Francis was informed about Continue reading "Never Has The Media So Staunchly Defended A Catholic Like They Have Pope Francis"

After Taking a Deep Dive into the Jim Jordan/Ohio State Controversy, Here Are Some Conclusions


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Since the beginning of July, when it exploded nationally that prominent Republican Congressman Jim Jordan was being accused of having enabled sexual abuse of wrestlers by a team doctor when Jordan was an assistant coach at Ohio State thirty years ago, I have been skeptical of the media’s preferred narrative. I have written twice about the factual problems with the case and the dangers of the media rushing to presume that one story seems a lot like previous ones, thus creating confirmation bias. Since then, as I am all too prone to doing, I have spent an absurd amount of time trying to figure out what really did and did not happen in this strange story, which took another dramatic turn late last week. That’s when the most famous of Jordan’s “accusers,” former pro wrestler Mark Coleman, walked back much of his original story and distanced himself from the Continue reading "After Taking a Deep Dive into the Jim Jordan/Ohio State Controversy, Here Are Some Conclusions"

Former Ohio State Wrestler Backs Off Claim Jim Jordan Knew About Sexual Abuse


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One of the former Ohio State University wrestlers who accused Jim Jordan (R-OH) of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse is now saying he doesn’t know for sure if the congressman knew what was going on when he used to work as the school’s assistant wrestling coach. Last month, Mark Coleman said that unless Jordan is suffering from “dementia,” there’s no way he didn’t know about Dr. Richard Strauss‘ inappropriate conduct with numerous members of the wrestling team. However, Coleman has released a new statement saying his previous comments “were not accurate or were misconstrued by media outlets.” “At no time did I ever say or have any direct knowledge that Jim Jordan knew of Dr. Richard Strauss’s inappropriate behavior,” said Coleman in the statement. “I was angry and said words that I shouldn’t have said.” “Maybe I spoke without thinking…He may have known about some Continue reading "Former Ohio State Wrestler Backs Off Claim Jim Jordan Knew About Sexual Abuse"

Trevor Noah Shreds Jim Jordan Over Alleged Sexual Abuse Enabling: ‘It Doesn’t Get More Scumbag Than That’


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On Wednesday night, Trevor Noah weighed in on the recent allegations made against Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH). Last month, Jordan was accused by several former Ohio State wrestlers of turning a blind eye on the sexual abuse committed by the team’s doctor while he served as assistant coach decades ago, something he has vehemently denied. Noah began by mocking Jordan for wanting to impeach Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, insisting it was all because he “owned” the congressman during a hearing in late June when rebuking Jordan’s accusation that he threatened to “subpoena phone calls.” “Do you know how humiliating it is to be smacked down on C-SPAN?” Noah asked. The Daily Show host then pivoted to the allegations aimed at the Ohio Republican. “Turning a blind eye to rampant sexual abuse of the kids you’re supposed to be protecting. I’m sorry, it doesn’t get more scumbag than Continue reading "Trevor Noah Shreds Jim Jordan Over Alleged Sexual Abuse Enabling: ‘It Doesn’t Get More Scumbag Than That’"

President of Right-Wing PAC Mocked After Accidentally Reminding Everyone About Jim Jordan Allegations


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While trying to promote Congressman Jim Jordan’s campaign to replace Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, Ken Cuccinelli — who is the president of the Senate Conservatives Fund PAC and frequently appears on CNN — accidentally reminded everyone that the lawmaker has been accused of allowing physical abuse to take place while he was a wrestling coach. “2 time National, Division I wrestling champion. 4 time (that’s every year folks…) Ohio State High School champion wrestler,” tweeted Cuccinelli. “Who better to wrestle the Dems to the ground?” Of course, Jordan’s impressive college wrestling record is not what people think of when they associate the lawmaker with the sport. Instead, what immediately
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Jim Jordan Announces Run For House Speaker


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Rep. Jim Jordan announced his bid to replace Rep. Paul Ryan as House Speaker on Thursday, per multiple reports. The Ohio Republican sent a letter to colleagues announcing the run, NBC News reported: “Should the American people entrust us with the majority again in the 116th Congress, I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real change to the House of Representatives,” he wrote in his letter, per Axios. Jordan has long been rumored to be in the running to replace Ryan, but recent allegations that he ignored sexual abuse while a wrestling coach at Continue reading "Jim Jordan Announces Run For House Speaker"

Nancy Pelosi Says Jim Jordan is Pushing Rosenstein Impeachment to Distract From Ohio Sex Abuse Scandal


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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi threw some serious shade on Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) Thursday – right after the latter announced he was running for Speaker, no less. When asked by reporters why Republicans, led by Jordan, are moving to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Pelosi said: “I don’t know, but what I’ve heard is Jim Jordan wants to take attention away from the scrutiny that he is under in Ohio, that could be a part of it.” Jordan has been under a magnifying glass since allegations Continue reading "Nancy Pelosi Says Jim Jordan is Pushing Rosenstein Impeachment to Distract From Ohio Sex Abuse Scandal"

Twitter Appears to Have Updated Search Results of Top GOPers After Vice News Reports on ‘Shadow Banning’


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Twitter was recently approached about alleged “shadow banning” of prominent conservative users and while they didn’t exactly deny the allegations, the social media giant appears to have made changes to its platform after a recently-issued report by Vice News. The term “shadow banning” is used to describe Twitter users who haven’t been banned from the platform but their visibility is heavily diminished. The company has previously claimed such techniques are meant for trolls and racists. Vice News politics editor Alex Thompson discovered that several top Republicans were not appearing in the auto-populated drop-down search box including RNC chairwoman Ronna McDanielDonald Trump Jr.’s spokesman Andrew Surabian, and Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL). He then compared those results to prominent Democrats including DNC chairman Tom Perez and Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN). Thompson documented his findings with screenshots. Thompson presented Twitter with
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GOP Reps. File Articles of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein


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Multiple Republican members of Congress have filed articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Congressman Mark Meadows, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, says the move is being taken because “the DOJ has continued to hide information from Congress and repeatedly obstructed oversight.” Meadows and Jim Jordan filed the articles of impeachment along with several other members of Congress. As Politico reported yesterday, Republicans have been looking to take action against Rosenstein:
Meadows and a band of Trump Continue reading "GOP Reps. File Articles of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein"

The Media’s Obsession with Narratives is Corrupting Coverage of the Jim Jordan Controversy


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The modern media has a lot of major weaknesses, but one which often gets overlooked is how the narrative of a story can be greatly impacted by the coverage of previous ones which seem, at least on the surface, to be similar. A strong case can be made that this flaw is having a significant and negative impact in the coverage of the controversy involving GOP Rep. Jim Jordan and alleged sex abuse by an athletic doctor at Ohio State at least twenty-five years ago. This whole story is a direct “descendant” from several others which created the conditions for this one to be reported on in a way which creates a potentially dramatic misimpression. For instance, the “Catholic Church Scandal” clearly paved the way for the media to immediately buy totally into a narrative in the 2011 “Penn State Scandal,” which, after over five years of personally investigating it Continue reading "The Media’s Obsession with Narratives is Corrupting Coverage of the Jim Jordan Controversy"

Rod Rosenstein, Jim Jordan Collide in Fiery Exchange: ‘We Have Caught You Hiding Information!’


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Things got really combative on Capitol Hill today when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dealt with an aggressive line of questioning from Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) over the Department of Justice’s transparency. Congressional Republicans have been lambasting the DOJ recently for their hesitance in turning over classified records and documents pertaining to their use of secret surveillance in 2016. As such, when Jordan got his turn to ask questions to Rosenstein and FBI director Chris Wray, he cut right to the chase and asked: “Why are you keeping information from Congress?” Rosenstein denied that to be the case, which prompted Jordan to give a fiery declaration that “in a few minutes” the House will go “on record” and say the deputy AG has failed to comply their records request. As Rosenstein continued to refute the accuracy of Jordan’s statement, the congressman insisted Rosenstein has indeed been holding out. Continue reading "Rod Rosenstein, Jim Jordan Collide in Fiery Exchange: ‘We Have Caught You Hiding Information!’"

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Touts Bill Protecting Press Freedoms: ‘You Cannot Go After the Reporter’


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Republican Rep. Jim Jordan  (OH) — who was the founding chair of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus — is working with Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD) to pass a bipartisan bill protecting journalists, as the GOP lawmaker’s intent is to  “shield reporters from having freedom of the press rights violated.” The two appeared on CNN’s New Day this morning to discuss their bill, with Raskin pointing to the famous Thomas Jefferson quote in which the founding father said if he had to choose between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” “We cannot survive as a Republic without a free press,” added Raskin, who also referenced concerns over how Attorney General Jeff Sessions might prosecute journalists if this bill is not passed. Jordan promoted the bill, the Free Flow of Information Act, by outlining concerns he Continue reading "GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Touts Bill Protecting Press Freedoms: ‘You Cannot Go After the Reporter’"

Katy Tur Destroys Jim Jordan in Bonkers Interview: Why are You Okay With the President Lying?


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On Thursday, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (R) sat down with MSNBC’s Katy Tur to talk about the repeated lies coming out of the White House. Things went south fast. At one point, Jordan suggested that instead of focusing on the bad stuff like Paul Manafort‘s jailing and various Trump-ian lies, people should focus on all the good stuff going on in America. “I want to focus more on what the president and why the Republican Party, including you, are okay with the president lying? That’s what I’m basically getting from this,” Tur snapped back. Then after Jordan tried to downplay Manafort’s role in the Trump campaign, Tur said this: “I’m focused on all of the lies because the president walks outside or gets on Twitter every day and he lies.” She then went for the kill. “He lies! The Washington Post has been tracking it. Over 3,000 Continue reading "Katy Tur Destroys Jim Jordan in Bonkers Interview: Why are You Okay With the President Lying?"

Chris Cuomo Battles Rep. Jim Jordan Over Trump Claims of FBI Spy, Russia Probe: ‘That is Demonstrably False’


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Rep. Jim Jordan appeared on CNN’s New Day for a showdown with Chris Cuomo over President Donald Trump’s claims of nefarious FBI spying and new calls to open a second special counsel. Cuomo asked the Ohio Republican who has led the charge against the Russia investigation, to first react to Trump’s tweets claiming that the FBI used a “spy” on his campaign. Jordan, a Freedom Caucus member who is being pushed to replace Paul Ryan as House Speaker, argued that the New York Times reporting that the FBI had an informant speak to members of the Trump campaign supports the argument. Jordan went on to rail against the leadership of the FBI, demanding a second special counsel to “get to the bottom of this.” He touted legislation introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) on Tuesday calling for such an investigation — which Cuomo dismissed as lacking serious support from Continue reading "Chris Cuomo Battles Rep. Jim Jordan Over Trump Claims of FBI Spy, Russia Probe: ‘That is Demonstrably False’"

After Jim Jordan Decries Russia Probe on TV, Matt Gaetz and Hannity Endorse Him to Be House Speaker


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With House Speaker Paul Ryan facing a potential mutiny after announcing his plans to leave his post at the end of his current term, Congressman Matt Gaetz and Fox News host Sean Hannity have endorsed Congressman Jim Jordan to take the Wisconsin lawmaker’s top congressional spot. Following a fiery rant on Fox News tonight against the federal government’s supposedly unethical targeting of President Donald Trump amid their probe into Russian election tampering, Jordan netted prime time endorsements from Gaetz––the Florida congressman who’s appeared on InfoWars this year, made similarly over-the-top remarks about the Russia probe, and invited an alt-right Holocaust denier to the State of the Union––and Hannity, the undisputed king of cable news. “That’s why Jim Jordan should be Speaker of the House, then we’d have real oversight,” Gaetz said in response to Jordan calling for a special counsel to investigate the investigators behind Robert Mueller’s probe. “Checkmate — I’m Continue reading "After Jim Jordan Decries Russia Probe on TV, Matt Gaetz and Hannity Endorse Him to Be House Speaker"

Katy Tur Confronts Rep. Jim Jordan in Heated Clash: Isn’t Trump Doing What You Slammed Obama For?


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Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) gave an interview to Katy Tur on MSNBC today, and like most Jim Jordan interviews, the conversation moved at 100 mph while hitting a plethora of topics. Tur began with President Trump‘s latest rage-tweets against Robert Mueller, asking “if the president is innocent, why is he not acting like he’s innocent?” Jordan argued that Trump is acting like he’s innocent, albeit frustrated with the investigation. Jordan proceeded to talk about Andrew McCabe and the other high-ranking figures involved with Mueller’s investigation, though Tur reminded him that Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was the one who suggested Trump should try acting innocent if that’s really what he is. The discussion continued with Jordan asking when Mueller’s investigation will end, while Tur asked why Trump and his team are attacking the investigation if they’re so confident they’ll be cleared of any wrongdoing. Jordan eventually brought up Continue reading "Katy Tur Confronts Rep. Jim Jordan in Heated Clash: Isn’t Trump Doing What You Slammed Obama For?"

Chris Cuomo Battles Rep. Jim Jordan Over Dem Memo and FBI: ‘The Fix Was In!’


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CNN’s Chris Cuomo battled it out with Rep. Jim Jordan on Wednesday, over the competing Republican and Democrat memos on the FBI’s Russia investigation put together by lawmakers. Ever since the Republican memo, put together by Rep. Devin Nunes, was released and alleged bias at the highest levels of the FBI against President Donald Trump, Democrats have been working to release their own counter-memo. Cuomo first pressed Jordan on the latest in the expanding controversy roiling the White House over its handling of domestic abuse allegations made against Rob Porter, noting the senior official presented classified information to the president. The Ohio Republican took that opportunity to call out the FBI for its alleged FISA court abuses, which ended up being the focus of the rest of the raucous interview. “But, Chris, to compare it to the FBI doing what they did, taking a campaign document, dressing it Continue reading "Chris Cuomo Battles Rep. Jim Jordan Over Dem Memo and FBI: ‘The Fix Was In!’"