Dem Congressman: Rudy Giuliani Sounds Like a ‘Crazy Old Uncle’


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Congressman Gerry Connolly (D- VA) said today that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani sounds like a “crazy old uncle.” Giuliani today once again walked back one of his public statements, this time concerning the Trump Tower Moscow discussions timeline, saying his remarks were “hypothetical” and not based on conversations with the President. After talking about Michael Cohen‘s upcoming testimony, Wolf Blitzer asked Connolly about Giuliani “shifting his story multiple times.” “It’s been a remarkable thing to see,” Connolly responded, “and one wonders if everything’s all right with Rudy Giuliani or is this a Machiavellian plan to cede the ground for a huge retreat.” When Blitzer pressed him to elaborate, Connolly said, “He sounds like a crazy old uncle, in contradicting himself and in in admitting things for the White House and Giuliani have steadfastly, absolutely denied.” You can watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab]

Bernie Sanders Goes There: ‘We Have a President of the United States Who is a Racist’


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During a speech honoring Martin Luther King Jr., possible 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called President Donald Trump a racist. Sanders was speaking at a King Day town hall held in Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, SC. In plain words, the Independent Senator said “today we talk about justice and today we talk about racism. And I must tell you, it gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist.” This echoes similar statements Sanders made in November of 2018 during a speech to the National Action Network, a nonprofit group founded by Rev. Al Sharpton. Then, Sanders said  “But we must be honest and straight-forward and say that we have a president who is a racist, a president who is a sexist. A president who is a homophobe. A president who is a xenophobe Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Goes There: ‘We Have a President of the United States Who is a Racist’"

Here’s How Fox News Accidentally Killed Off Ruth Bader Ginsburg With an Ill-Fated Graphic


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The hosts of Fox & Friends quickly apologized for an errant graphics package that appeared on Monday morning’s program which prematurely memorialized the life (and death) of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “We don’t want to make it seem anything other than that was a mistake. It was an accident,” Steve Doocy said. Ainsley Earhardt followed with “We apologize, big mistake.” Mistakes made on live television have existed since broadcast technology was invented, but the digital age has not been terribly kind to television broadcasters as these sorts of gaffes are immediately captured and memorialized by websites like ours. Such is the case with this example, which has led to the inevitable question of how does a mistake of this magnitude even get made in the first place? First of all, nearly every newsroom in America likely has an obituary pre-written for Justice Ginsburg, who is recovering from Continue reading "Here’s How Fox News Accidentally Killed Off Ruth Bader Ginsburg With an Ill-Fated Graphic"

New North Korean Missile Site Reportedly Discovered as Trump Preps for New Summit With Kim Jong Un


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As the White House prepares for a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a new report indicates that researchers have discovered a secret North Korean ballistic missile launch site. Beyond Parallel, a project from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has released a profile report on the Sino-ri Missile Operating Base. The facility is described as one of the oldest of approximately 20 missile sites that have never been declared by the North Korean government, and it apparently serves as a training ground and research & development headquarters for the Korean People’s Army Strategic Rocket Forces missile brigade, “The Sino-ri base appears to have been involved at different times in validating designs and testing capabilities for new launchers, support vehicles, and specialized equipment, etc,” the report states. “It has also been a site for assisting in the development of operational Continue reading "New North Korean Missile Site Reportedly Discovered as Trump Preps for New Summit With Kim Jong Un"

Chris Christie Details How ‘Riffraff’ Derailed Trump’s Transition: It Was a ‘Boatload of Sebastian Gorkas’


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A new portion of Chris Christie‘s upcoming memoir is elaborating on his disapproval for the people in President Trump‘s orbit. Axios has a report out with new excerpts from “Let Me Finish,” the autobiography from the former New Jersey governor that’ll hit the shelves later in the month. In it, Christie tears into “future federal felon Michael Flynn,” “greedy and inexperienced Scott Pruitt” and other Trump Administration “riffraff” who’ve saddled the president instead of helping him establish an actual proof of concept for governing the country. From the book, per Axios.
He got the Apprentice show loser Omarosa Manigault in whatever Omarosa’s job purported to be. (I never could figure that one out.) … Too few Kellyanne Conways. A boatload of Sebastian Gorkas. Too few Steven Mnuchins.
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Laura Ingraham Mocks, Imitates Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Accent: ‘She Doesn’t Sound Like Minnesota’


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Fox News host  Laura Ingraham poked fun of Rep. Ilhan Omar‘s accent on the latest episode of her podcast. During the episode titled “Ocasio Cortez and the Democrats refuse to secure our borders, the assault on masculinity, and the March for Life,” Ingraham first called Omar a “freshwoman” before jokingly settling on “freshpeople.” “The Freshpeople caucus — the freshman caucus includes Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Democrat from Minnesota, also trying to outdo — I think all of them are trying to outdo one another to be the radical It-girl of the moment,” Ingraham opined. Ingraham then played a clip of Omar calling Trump’s wall “racist and sinful.” “I join the similar calls made by my colleagues, and I demand that the president end his temper tantrums and quest for a racist and sinful big wall,” Omar said in the audio clip. “And I demand that he work with Continue reading "Laura Ingraham Mocks, Imitates Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Accent: ‘She Doesn’t Sound Like Minnesota’"

Fox News’ Ed Henry Goes Off After Statement from Mueller Office: ‘Critics of the President Should Wake Up’


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Fox News’ Ed Henry went on a tear against the media tonight after Robert Mueller‘s office put out a statement disputing BuzzFeed’s report about President Donald Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie. Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said tonight, “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.” BuzzFeed is standing by its reporting. Henry noted to Tucker Carlson tonight what a rarity it is to hear from Mueller’s office, before bringing up how much coverage there was in the past 24 hours about this report. “As a reporter, I’m getting kind of angry about this,” he said. At one point he told Carlson the press should push back when Trump attacks “fake news,” but that things like this only give him fodder:
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CNN’s Erin Burnett on Statement from Mueller’s Office: ‘It Sounds Pretty Terrible for BuzzFeed’


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The news that Robert Mueller‘s office put out a statement disputing BuzzFeed’s big Michael Cohen report shocked pretty much everyone tonight, and on CNN Erin Burnett said it doesn’t look good for BuzzFeed. Mueller’s office rarely puts out statements, but in response to the report that got so much pick-up since last night, spokesman Peter Carr sent out a statement saying, “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.” CNN political correspondent Sara Murray told Burnett it’s remarkable they would have put this statement out in the first place, but said this is a “very different kind of story.” Former US district attorney Harry Sandick said Mueller’s office likely felt an obligation to “correct the record” and keep people from being “misled.” Burnett then said, “We Continue reading "CNN’s Erin Burnett on Statement from Mueller’s Office: ‘It Sounds Pretty Terrible for BuzzFeed’"

Preet Bharara Urges Caution on BuzzFeed Trump-Cohen Report: ‘The Stakes Are So High’


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Former US Attorney and CNN senior legal analyst Preet Bharara said tonight we should be cautious about the BuzzFeed report on President Donald Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie about the Trump Tower Moscow project. Last night when the news broke Bharara tweeting that he’s reserving judgment until more proof comes out: On CNN tonight, he spoke with Wolf Blitzer about the report and said if it’s true, “it’s bad news for the Trump presidency.” However, he expressed caution and said people should wait for more:
“If they can prove to a lot of people beyond a reasonable doubt that Donald Trump really did direct this lying and he suborned perjury, then Continue reading "Preet Bharara Urges Caution on BuzzFeed Trump-Cohen Report: ‘The Stakes Are So High’"

Chuck Todd Presses Lanny Davis on BuzzFeed Report: If It’s Untrue, Don’t You Have Obligation to Say So?


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Michael Cohen legal advisor Lanny Davis spoke with NBC News’ Chuck Todd this afternoon and repeatedly emphasized they have no comment on the bombshell BuzzFeed News report. Davis would not confirm or deny that President Donald Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, despite Todd repeatedly trying to get an answer. “If this story is true, it’s going to lead to the impeachment of a sitting President of the United States,” he said. “If this story is not true, don’t you think you have an obligation to tell us it’s not true?” Davis said he not only wants to follow hie client’s instructions, but to “honor and respect Bob Mueller.” “As much as the media would like Michael to say ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ ‘maybe’ about a story, anything to do with the Mr. Mueller investigation he does not want to comment on, nor Continue reading "Chuck Todd Presses Lanny Davis on BuzzFeed Report: If It’s Untrue, Don’t You Have Obligation to Say So?"

Chris Wallace: ‘It Takes Two to Tango’ on Shutdown; Shepard Smith: ‘There’s No Tango Here,’ It’s on Trump


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Fox News’ Shepard Smith went back and forth with Chris Wallace a bit this afternoon over where the blame over the government shutdown goes. Smith brought up President Donald Trump‘s comments on camera that he would own the shutdown. Wallace said, “Well, I mean, it takes two to tango.” Smith responded, “There’s no tango here. The president said, ‘I’m shutting the government down.'” “He said he would shut the government down unless they gave him funding for the wall, and they refused to give him funding for the wall,” Wallace said. “I mean, both sides are party to this.” Smith brought up the midterm results to argue that the shutdown is now on POTUS:
“Everybody wants to play this as a ‘two sides speaking past each other.’ The ones who control the purse strings said no, the president said, ‘come on,’ they said no, and Continue reading "Chris Wallace: ‘It Takes Two to Tango’ on Shutdown; Shepard Smith: ‘There’s No Tango Here,’ It’s on Trump"

Chris Wallace on BuzzFeed Report: ‘Very Disturbing’ If True, But Take It With ‘A Giant Block of Salt’


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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace reacted to BuzzFeed’s bombshell reporting with some skepticism. On America’s Newsroom, Wallace said if it’s true, President Donald Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project would be “very disturbing” and is “the kind of thing that could get you impeached.” However, Wallace expressed serious skepticism about the report, saying, “I don’t know whether the story is true or not, and I would take it with a giant grain of salt––I guess you can’t have a giant grain, a giant block of salt.” “If it’s true, it’s a big deal,” he concluded. “If it’s not true, it’s a big deal because it’s going to make the press look really stupid.” You can watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab]

Matt Schlapp Offers Rock Solid Defense of Trump Committing a Felony: It’s Not Collusion!


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American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp leapt to Donald Trump‘s defense on Friday in response to the news surrounding the president and his former personal attorney. Schlapp was the #OneLuckyGuy on Fox News’ Outnumbered, so he was front and center for the discussion on BuzzFeed’s report that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the timeline for the proposed construction of a Trump Tower Moscow. Melissa Francis and Harris Faulkner started things off by recalling BuzzFeed’s controversial publication of the Fusion GPS dossier, along with Anthony Cormier‘s admission to not personally seeing the evidence referenced in his report. As the panel debated the report’s credibility, Schlapp declared (based apparently on his own intuition) that there will never be evidence of Trump’s wrongdoing because the president doesn’t text — he tweets.
“First of all, President Trump does not email or text. He tweets and he uses Continue reading "Matt Schlapp Offers Rock Solid Defense of Trump Committing a Felony: It’s Not Collusion!"

Cohen Advisor Lanny Davis Says Client May Bail on Testimony Thanks to Witness Intimidation by Trump: ‘Family is Out of Bounds!’


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Attorney Lanny Davis, who represented former Trump insider Michael Cohen in court and now serves as his advisor, said on MSNBC Thursday that President Donald Trump is engaging in witness tampering and intimidation against his client. So much so, said Davis, that Cohen is considering whether to even “go forward” with his testimony. Davis made the remarks on The Beat to host Ari Melber. Melber said to Davis that that members of Congress, including committee chairs, have accused Trump of “potentially getting close to witness intimidation” over comments about Cohen’s father-in-law that Trump made on Fox News Channel. He played the clip, and then asked whether it was, in fact, intimidating Cohen. “Is that an impact on Mr. Cohen,” asked Melber, ” as we’ve seen reports about?” “Very much so,” replied Davis. “He is very concerned, as is his family, that a bully in the bully pulpit named Continue reading "Cohen Advisor Lanny Davis Says Client May Bail on Testimony Thanks to Witness Intimidation by Trump: ‘Family is Out of Bounds!’"

Watch Fox News’ Heartbreaking Interview With Furloughed Federal Worker: ‘I’ve Actually Had a Breakdown’


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As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on with no end in sight, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith took time Thursday afternoon to put a human face to the ordeal and the impact it’s having on furloughed federal workers. “With the shutdown nearing a month now it’s important not to lose sight of the hundreds of thousands of Americans and their families who are hurting while Washington is trying to get its at together,” he began. Smith interviewed Brenner Stiles — an army veteran and single mother of three working for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Texas — who says the shutdown has “completely changed my life.” Stiles says she had to pull her four-year-old child out of daycare and tell her children “that Mommy is not getting paid.” “I’ve actually had a breakdown,” she said. “I’ve had to drive away to the corner Continue reading "Watch Fox News’ Heartbreaking Interview With Furloughed Federal Worker: ‘I’ve Actually Had a Breakdown’"

Fox News’ Outnumbered Baffled By Giuliani’s ‘Collusion’ Claim: ‘Why Did You Speak?’


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With so much attention paid to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani‘s claim that he “never said there was no collusion” between the campaign and Russia, it was only a matter of time before Fox News’ Outnumbered panel addressed this apparent backtracking. Since Giuliani and President Donald rump have both claimed there was “no collusion” in the past, people are viewing Giuliani’s latest remarks and the attempts to walk them back as a concession about what happened with people who worked for Trump in 2016. As Outnumbered discussed new reports that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen‘s paid to have online polls rigged, Melissa Francis asked if new information is about to come out of the Russia probe, and if Giuliani’s CNN interview was a misfired attempt to get ahead of the story. “He has a habit of saying these things that raise a lot of flags,” Francis Continue reading "Fox News’ Outnumbered Baffled By Giuliani’s ‘Collusion’ Claim: ‘Why Did You Speak?’"

The View Takes on Giuliani’s ‘Never Said No Collusion’ Remarks: ‘Sad’ He’s Lost So Much Credibility


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The View had a lot to say on Thursday as they discussed Rudy Giuliani‘s recent statement that “I never said there was no collusion” between the Trump Campaign and Russia. The former New York City mayor is trying to walk things back as political observers wonder if contradicted himself in a major way during his Wednesday night interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. Abby Huntsman wondered if the Trump Administration puts Giuliani in the spotlight to cause deliberate confusion, saying “every time I hear him speak, he contradicts something he said before, and I’m left with more questions.” Sunny Hostin said “there’s no way there wasn’t collusion” with the recent news about Paul Manafort‘s sharing of poll data. As she assessed that Giuliani was “getting tripped up with all the lies,” Hostin, Huntsman and Meghan McCain were all dismayed that Giuliani no longer has the credibility and the Continue reading "The View Takes on Giuliani’s ‘Never Said No Collusion’ Remarks: ‘Sad’ He’s Lost So Much Credibility"

CNN Anchors Challenge Rep. Omar on Claim Lindsey Graham is ‘Compromised’: ‘Based on What Evidence?’


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Newly sworn-in Rep. Ilhan Omar raised eyebrows on Wednesday when she tweeted a 2015 video of Senator Lindsey Graham calling out then-candidate Donald Trump, calling him a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” and adding “they got to him, he is compromised!” While it is true that Lindsey Graham’s public opinion of the Commander in Chief has shifted dramatically, it’s not entirely clear what Omar meant to say about Graham. But right-0f-center media immediately saw Omar’s tweet as an irresponsible outing of the confirmed bachelor, and not unfairly. Take, for example, the lede of FoxNews.com’s write up:

A hard-left Democrat from Minnesota is facing backlash and accusations of homophobia after repeating baseless allegations pushed by MSNBC and liberal activists that Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is somehow being blackmailed into supporting President Trump.

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Rep. Steny Hoyer Breaks With Speaker Pelosi: I Don’t Think a Wall ‘Is An Issue of Morality’


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House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) broke with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on whether having more walls on the U.S.-Mexico border as immoral. According to him, this is not an issue of morality, rather it’s one of if the wall works at deterring illegal immigration. “I don’t agree with that,” Hoyer told Fox News’ Brett Baier on Wednesday. “Look, I don’t think this is an issue of morality, it is an issue up, does it work? Sen. [John] Cornyn, Sen. [Lindsey] Graham, other members of the United States Senate and in put question whether a wall works, whether that is the best way to secure the border. Are some restraints — we have supported substantial restraints. We have supported fencing, we have supported other technologies. My own view is that this is not an issue of morality, a well is immoral if it tries to Continue reading "Rep. Steny Hoyer Breaks With Speaker Pelosi: I Don’t Think a Wall ‘Is An Issue of Morality’"

Fox’s Brian Kilmeade Hits Trump After US Troops Killed in Syria Bombing: ‘Clearly’ ISIS is Not Dead


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Brian Kilmeade is quickly becoming the policy iconoclast on Fox News opinion-based programming. While nearly all of Fox News conservative-based opinion shows are consistently pro-Trump, Kilmeade occasionally stands out in the crowd with reasonable criticism on some of President Donald Trump’s policies (though this is far and away the exception to the rule.) Fox & Friends hosted a studio audience on Thursday’s show and took questions about various topics of the day. One such guest asked about the situation in Syria and Trumps’ “pulling the troops out.” The guest continued “we’re afraid that’s going to create a vacuum where ISIS could rear its ugly head again,” before asking guest Pete Hegseth to opine. Hegseth, who has served multiple tours in the U.S. military, claimed that “we have got to keep crushing ISIS and the folks that wish us harm” before parroting President Donald Trump’s position that the U.S. Continue reading "Fox’s Brian Kilmeade Hits Trump After US Troops Killed in Syria Bombing: ‘Clearly’ ISIS is Not Dead"