MSNBC’s Ari Melber Grills Rick Scott Adviser on New Voter Fraud Claims: Your Candidate Has ‘Embarrassed Himself’

Florida rejected recount results from the Broward County elections office on Thursday night after officials missed the deadline to submit by just two minutes. MSNBC’s Ari Melber had on Brad Todd, senior advisor to Rick Scott‘s Senate campaign, to react. “Brad, your candidate may ultimately win, and yet he has really sort of embarrassed himself by saying all these things aren’t true, by alleging this process was going to hurt him,” Melber said to Scott on The Beat. “In fact, before these numbers were just canceled out, the Democratic margin was decreasing?” “Wait a minute Ari,” Todd replied. “Every time when you’re a kid and you said the dog ate my homework, the dog really never ate your homework. And they really didn’t have this issue of two minutes ahead of time.” Todd then accused Broward County officials of deliberately missing the deadline because they realized Continue reading "MSNBC’s Ari Melber Grills Rick Scott Adviser on New Voter Fraud Claims: Your Candidate Has ‘Embarrassed Himself’"

Ari Melber Stunned Broward County Recount Won’t Be Used For Being Minutes Late: ‘Can’t Make It Up’

As the results of three Florida midterm races remain undecided, MSNBC’s Ari Melber appeared stunned Thursday night when he learned that for one key county, the vote recount wouldn’t be used. “Broward County now admits they submitted their recount numbers two minutes late and thus, under the rules, the results apparently will not count,” he said. “I want to tell you what that means. The entire developments, the drama, the protests, the counting, everything that’s been going on behind me the last few days, according to this breaking news tonight, that would be for nothing, because the state is going to use the original vote totals while this manual recount proceeds under state law.”
The recount will determine the outcome of the state’s U.S. Senate race along with its next governor and agriculture commissioner. For Broward, the missed opportunity to have the recount used it especially significant given Continue reading "Ari Melber Stunned Broward County Recount Won’t Be Used For Being Minutes Late: ‘Can’t Make It Up’"

AZ Senator Flake on Troops Sent to Border: ‘Can’t Call It Anything But a Stunt’

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) were together again Wednesday — and this time, they were jointly fired up about the idea of troops on the border ahead of the migrant caravan In an a Morning Joe segment evocative of their joint appearances during the final days of Justice Brett Kavanaugh‘s confirmation process, Flake and Coons ripped President Donald Trump for deploying troops to Tuscon, AZ — 90 miles from the border. Mika Brzezinski asked the senators what they would tell a soldier about the deployment face-to-face. “I think you can’t call it anything but a stunt here,” Flake said. “And it’s unfortunate that they’re going to be away from family during the holidays coming up and we just don’t know what really for. We don’t know where the caravan — if it makes it north — is going to come. I think it could be Continue reading "AZ Senator Flake on Troops Sent to Border: ‘Can’t Call It Anything But a Stunt’"

Maddow Sorts Out Trump’s ‘Hail Mary’ Whitaker Appointment: A ‘Desperate’ Effort to ‘Fix All His Problems At Once’

Donald Trump‘s appointment of Matt Whitaker as attacking Attorney General is a last-ditch “Hail Mary” move, argued Rachel Maddow Tuesday night on her show on MSNBC. And one that she says looks like it won’t work. Maddow summarized some of the news facing the president following the midterm elections as background for the argument. “There is a lot going on right now in the news, there is a lot of pressure on this White House and this administration,” she said. “And from everything we have seen thus far, this is a president who does not handle pressure particularly well.” “To the extent that his political fortunes and his legal jeopardy are tied up into one great double helix of a story right now, the president’s firing of Jeff Sessions in the immediate aftermath of last week’s elections, his effort to put in charge of federal law enforcement in Continue reading "Maddow Sorts Out Trump’s ‘Hail Mary’ Whitaker Appointment: A ‘Desperate’ Effort to ‘Fix All His Problems At Once’"

New Poll: Lester Holt Most Trusted News Anchor in America, Tucker Carlson Most Loved By Republicans

Tucker Carlson is Republicans’ most-loved television host, and Lester Holt is the most trusted anchor in news, according to a new Morning Consult/Hollywood Reporter poll. The survey, which ranks Fox News hosts by how much they are favored by Republicans, places Tucker first, with +31 percent net favorability. Shepard Smith, the anchor at Fox most fond of fact-checking the network’s opinion coverage, placed last, with just +2 percent net favorability. Carlson is trailed by primetime host Laura Ingraham (+26%), Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt (+25%) and news anchor/host of The Five Dana Perino (+24%). Ratings king Sean Hannity ranks fifth, just behind anchor Chris Wallace. Joining Shep at the bottom is Steve Doocy, with +12% favorability, which to be fair isn’t too shabby. The poll also looked at the most trusted names in news. NBC News anchor Lester Holt took the top spot, with 32% saying they Continue reading "New Poll: Lester Holt Most Trusted News Anchor in America, Tucker Carlson Most Loved By Republicans"

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Rips Wisconsin High Schoolers Over Nazi Salute Photo: ‘This is 2018!’

An image of dozens of Wisconsin high schoolers tossing up a Nazi salute has gone viral, shocking the nation. But when MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle first saw it, she didn’t want to think it was true. Calling it “yet another example of the deterioration of norms,” the cable host denounced the photo during her Tuesday morning broadcast, saying it stunned her the moment she saw it last night. “I’m a fool. I’m naive,” she said. “I didn’t want to believe it was true. My husband and I looked at it. I looked at it upside down, I looked at it backwards, I looked at pictures of my sons dabbing with their friends saying maybe I’m confused, but I’m not. This is 2018! There were parents of these kids taking that picture.” The image shows students of Baraboo High School and was snapped last spring, now prompting an investigation by authorities,
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Rahm Emanuel Has Reportedly Met With CNN, MSNBC Execs About a Possible Job

Is Chicago mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel headed to TV? According to the Daily Beast, Emanuel — who is leaving office next year — has taken meetings in New York with top executives of both CNN and MSNBC. Emanuel — who is, according to the Daily Beast, being represented by William Morris Endeavor — has been a regular on cable news through the years. From that standpoint, it seems only logical he would be courted by the major networks for a permanent opportunity once his term concludes. On Sunday, the Chicago mayor appeared on ABC’s This Week — where he sat on a panel with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, himself a former politician who has made a splash in the media world. Adam Collins, who serves as Emanuel’s director of communications, downplayed the speculation to the Daily Beast. “He’ll turn Continue reading "Rahm Emanuel Has Reportedly Met With CNN, MSNBC Execs About a Possible Job"