R.E.M. Hits Back at Trump for Sharing Mock-SOTU Video Featuring ‘Everybody Hurts’


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President Donald Trump today shared a video made by a Twitter user mocking the looks on Democrats’ faces during his State of the Union address. The video––which, as of this posting, is the president’s pinned tweet––features R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” and the band responded with a brief statement: R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills weighed in separately, even tagging Twitter’s Jack Dorsey:

House Judiciary Committee to Investigate Trump’s Declaration of a National Emergency


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The House Judiciary Committee has announced an investigation into President Donald Trump‘s declaration of a national emergency on the border. In a letter, the committee led by Jerrold Nadler announces an “immediate investigation” and says it “raises both serious constitutional and statutory issues.” They request that the White House make all those involved in the crafting of the decision available for a forthcoming hearing. “We believe your declaration of an emergency shows a reckless disregard for the separation of powers and your own responsibilities under our constitutional system,” the letter continues. It also takes note of the president’s rather blatant admission that “I didn’t need to do this” in today’s press conference. You can read the full letter here. [image via screengrab]

BREAKING: Multiple Injuries Reported in Active Shooting Incident in Aurora, IL; Shooter Apprehended


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Reports and social media postings coming out of Aurora, IL state there is an active shooter situation with multiple people wounded. ABC Chicago reports the situation is taking place at the Henry Pratt Company. The Daily Herald reported four City of Aurora Police Officers are also injured.
Schools near by have been placed on either complete lockdown or “soft” lockdown, where students can not leave the building. “There are reports of an active shooter at the Henry Pratt building near Cleveland and Prairie just east of Luigi’s Pizza, as a result, we are holding Continue reading "BREAKING: Multiple Injuries Reported in Active Shooting Incident in Aurora, IL; Shooter Apprehended"

BREAKING: Sarah Sanders Has Been Interviewed by Robert Mueller’s Office


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sat down with special counsel Robert Mueller‘s office for an interview. CNN broke the news this afternoon, and Sanders confirmed in a statement, “The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them.” The report from CNN notes that it’s “unclear” what was raised in the interview, but that it’s likely her public statements on the Russia investigation came up, especially her comments concerning the president’s role in crafting the statement from Don Jr. on the infamous Trump Tower meeting. Per CNN:
As Mueller wraps up his Russia probe, one focus of investigators has been conflicting public statements by President Donald Trump and his team that could be seen as an effort to obstruct justice, according to people familiar with the investigation.
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Colin Kaepernick Resolves Collusion Lawsuit Against NFL


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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick settled his complaint against the National Football League today, as the league released a joint statement with the athlete’s lawyers announcing a “resolution.” “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and [former teammate] Mr. [Eric] Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the letter stated. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.” Kaepernick, who was suing the league with his former teammate, alleged that NFL owners conspired to keep him off the field after the end of his 2016 contract due to his activism — namely, his kneeling during the national anthem to protest Continue reading "Colin Kaepernick Resolves Collusion Lawsuit Against NFL"

Troller-in-Chief: Trump Mocks Democrats SOTU Reaction With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Video


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President Donald Trump, a.k.a. the commander-in-chief, a.k.a. the leader of the free world, used his vast and powerful sphere of influence to share a video designed solely to mock his Democratic Congressional foes. Early Friday afternoon after, and shortly after a Rose Garden speech in which he declared a National Emergency at the southern US Border to release border wall funding (and oddly admitting that it was something that he didn’t need to do,) President Trump shared the following video produced by Twitter user @Carpedonktum. The video (which you can watch above) depicts dour reactions of Democratic Congressional members (and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)!) during his State of the Union speech and is set to the tune of Everybody Hurts, the R.E.M. single from Automatic for the People which was released Continue reading "Troller-in-Chief: Trump Mocks Democrats SOTU Reaction With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Video"

McCabe Spox Walks Back Remarks on Talks to Oust Trump Via 25th Amendment: ‘Taken Out-of-Context’


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A spokesperson for Andrew McCabe is gunning for critics who’ve accused the former deputy FBI director of trying to remove President Donald Trump from office. McCabe spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz says her client has been “taken out-of-context and misrepresented” regarding several statements he’s made as he’s about to release his new book, The Threat. “At no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions,” Schwartz said. “He was present and participated in a discussion that included a comment by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein regarding the 25th Amendment.” McCabe is about to embark on a media tour to promote his book, in which he reflects on the threats facing the United States and the effects of Trump’s rocky relationship with the intelligence community. In a Continue reading "McCabe Spox Walks Back Remarks on Talks to Oust Trump Via 25th Amendment: ‘Taken Out-of-Context’"

Pelosi, Others Seize on Trump Saying ‘I Didn’t Need to’ Declare Emergency: ‘He Admits it’s a #FakeTrumpEmergency’


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President Donald Trump is catching flak from politcal Twitter again, this time for how he might’ve undercut his own legal standing while declaring a national emergency relating to what he’s deemed a crisis on the southern border. Trump declared an emergency on Friday, confirming he will draw federal funding from various areas of the government to compensate for getting only a fraction of the money he sought for the border wall from Congress. The president took a series of question on his decision, and one of the most interesting moments happened when he told NBC’s Peter Alexander “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”

Trump Fires Back at Ann Coulter Taunts: I Like Her But ‘She’s Off the Reservation’


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President Donald Trump has taken heavy criticism from Ann Coulter in recent weeks. On Friday, he responded by saying that he likes her, but considers her to be “off the reservation.” Responding to a question from NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell about the influence wielded by various conservative media figures, the president invoked Coulter’s name after citing Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. “Ann Coulter, I don’t know here. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year,” Trump said. “But the press loves saying, ‘Ann Coulter.’ Probably if I did speak to her, she’d be very nice. I just don’t have the time to speak to her. I would speak to her. I have nothing against her. In fact, I like her for one reason. When they asked her right at the beginning, ‘Who’s going to win the election?’ She said, ‘Donald Trump.’ Continue reading "Trump Fires Back at Ann Coulter Taunts: I Like Her But ‘She’s Off the Reservation’"

Trump Features Angel Moms and Dads While Announcing National Emergency Plan


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President Donald Trump tried to bolster his case for declaring a national emergency to secure funding for a southern border wall by spotlighting the parents of children who were killed by illegal immigrants, or allegedly killed by illegal immigrants. “We have some of the greatest people we know, they’ve been with me from the beginning of my campaign, almost from the first week, the angel moms,” Trump said Friday in the White House Rose Garden — pointing to the group of parents. “Unfortunately, we have new angel moms. One incredible woman who showed me her daughter who…was killed in the year of ’18. I said I haven’t seen you before. She said, I’m new. I said that’s too bad. It’s too bad. It’s so sad.” The president took a swipe at the media for, in his view, not providing sufficient coverage to these parents. “The press doesn’t cover them,” Continue reading "Trump Features Angel Moms and Dads While Announcing National Emergency Plan"

Justice Ginsburg Ruins Conspiracy Theories By Arriving at Supreme Court Today


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In the words of Mark Twain: “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Multiple reporters have confirmed that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is at the Supreme Court today, taking part in scheduled closed-door conferences with her colleagues. Since the court will reconvene on Tuesday after a four-week recess, it seems highly likely that Ginsburg will return to the bench when that happens.

FoxNews.com Smashes Traffic Record Despite Prolonged Twitter Hiatus


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Fox News continues to rule the roost of television viewership, but media observers might be a bit more surprised to learn that their online traffic is also getting impressive numbers despite their lack of presence on social media. Fox News Digital broke audience records in January with approximately 105.7 million unique clicks across a multitude of online platforms. This a 16 percent increase from their numbers around the same time last year, and its the highest month of engagement they’ve seen since the network was founded. “With the nonstop news cycle and the ever-evolving multichannel user, we have implemented new editorial strategies that make the FOX News Digital experience as seamless as possible for our users,” says Fox News Digital editor in chief Porter Berry. “We are confident that our numbers will only continue to grow.” Fox News Digital holds the number one ranking with 3.8 billion Continue reading "FoxNews.com Smashes Traffic Record Despite Prolonged Twitter Hiatus"

WATCH LIVE: Trump Announces Border Wall Emergency Decision at WH Rose Garden


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President Donald Trump is giving a speech in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, presumably to announce his decision regarding the situation at the border. The remarks are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. ET. Indications are that Trump will sign Congress’ latest, bipartisan spending agreement that will allow the country to avoid going back into a government shutdown. However, because the deal only provides a fraction of the funding Trump has demanded for border security, he’s expected to declare a national emergency so he can appropriate $8 billion from other areas of the government for his southern border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confirmed yesterday that Trump will take this approach and that he will support the emergency declaration. Several of the president’s other allies have gotten behind him on this, though a number of conservatives have condemned this approach for a variety of reasons as well. Continue reading "WATCH LIVE: Trump Announces Border Wall Emergency Decision at WH Rose Garden"

Brian Kilmeade and Pete Hegseth Flip-Flop, Are Now FOR National Emergency: Dems ‘Would Do the Same’


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“[Declaring a national emergency] would just be a disaster in the big picture and just show us being inept and unable to govern around the world and set a terrible precedent.” Those were the words of Brian Kilmeade on Jan. 10. But now that President Donald Trump is reportedly pulling the trigger on that move? “After the 35-day holdout, after the negotiation with 17 bipartisan bicameral, after he sees what’s in front of him, after he only gets hours to read it knowing that the government is about to shut down in a matter of hours, he was going to throw this in the street. So this is, ‘I tried. Now I’m going to use these powers.’ And the president sincerely believes it is an emergency.” Yes, Kilmeade has pulled a 180 on the shutdown — with his logic being that the president took his best shot Continue reading "Brian Kilmeade and Pete Hegseth Flip-Flop, Are Now FOR National Emergency: Dems ‘Would Do the Same’"

Amazon Spox Blames Ocasio-Cortez For Company Scrapping Planned NY HQ: She’s ‘Never Amazon’


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Amazon’s abandoned plans for building a new headquarters in New York has been big news, and while some celebrate and others lament, a spokesperson for the company on Thursday pointed a very specific finger when offering their reason for ditching: Right at freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Jodi Seth, the head of policy communications at Amazon, spoke to NBC News senior media reporter Dylan Byers on Thursday, and in the interview took the official statement about politicians to a very specific place. “If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it’s ‘Never Amazon,'” Seth told NBC. The company had already cited political opposition, for which consequence Gov. Andrew Cuomo, himself a Democrat but a proponent of the deal, loudly rebuked his party. Seth told NBC that there was no single precipitating incident in their decision, but that “there were some local and state elected officials who refused to meet with Continue reading "Amazon Spox Blames Ocasio-Cortez For Company Scrapping Planned NY HQ: She’s ‘Never Amazon’"

Alan Dershowitz on McCabe’s Claim DOJ Looked at Ousting Trump Via 25th Amendment: ‘Clearly an Attempt at a Coup D’état’


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Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe‘s claim that the Department of Justice undertook serious discussions to try to remove President Donald Trump via the 25th Amendment rocked Washington on Thursday. And according to Alan Dershowitz, it’s an action which could be considered a coup. Appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday, the Harvard Law professor emeritus argued that the 25th Amendment’s scope is limited to presidents who cannot perform their duties. “If [McCabe’s comments are] true, it is clearly an attempt at a coup d’état,” Dershowitz said. He added, “The 25th amendment is about Woodrow Wilson having a stroke. It’s about a president being shot and not being able to perform his office. It’s not about the most fundamental disagreements. It’s not about impeachable offenses. And any Justice Department official who even mentioned the 25th Amendment in the context of President Trump has committed a grievous offense against the Constitution. Continue reading "Alan Dershowitz on McCabe’s Claim DOJ Looked at Ousting Trump Via 25th Amendment: ‘Clearly an Attempt at a Coup D’état’"

Trump Reportedly Will Declare National Emergency Friday, Announce $8 Billion in Wall Funding


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As first reported by Fox News and then later by other outlets including CNN, President Donald Trump is set to declare a national emergency and will announce that $8 billion dollars will be allocated towards the construction of a southern border wall. Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade — filling in for Tucker Carlson on Thursday night — reported that he spoke directly with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who broke down where the wall money will come from. According to Kilmeade, $1.3 billion will come from the spending deal which the president is about to sign, $600 million will come from the treasury forfeiture fund, $2.5 billion will be gotten from the Department of Defense, and $3.5 billion from the military construction budget. Multiple outlets are reporting that the president will declare the national emergency on Friday. Watch above, via Fox News.

Breakfast Club Radio Hosts Bury Fox News Over Kamala Harris ‘Reefergate’: They’re ‘Absolutely, Positively Lying’


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“They’ve been calling it ‘Reefergate,’ syndicated radio host Charlamagne Tha God told Ari Melber on MSNBC Thursday night. The host was referencing the fallout from an interview he and his Breakfast Show colleagues conducted with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). A number of outlets, notably Fox News, have devoted time to the question of whether the senator was lying about when she smoked marijuana. Harris told the Breakfast Club that she smoked pot during her college days. Later, she was asked by one co-host about her favorite music, and by another about her favorite music to listen to while smoking. Harris replied that she enjoyed Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur — both of whom debuted after Harris was in college. But the senator appeared to be responding to the question of her favorite music overall, not her favorite music to smoke by. That was the contention of Breakfast Club co-host DJ Continue reading "Breakfast Club Radio Hosts Bury Fox News Over Kamala Harris ‘Reefergate’: They’re ‘Absolutely, Positively Lying’"

Dan Abrams: Only Explanation Why Manafort Would Lie to FBI and Mueller is ‘He’s Begging For a Pardon!’


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There is — according to Dan Abrams — only one remotely conceivable reason that Paul Manafort would lie to the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller: It’s all about a pardon. During the closing segment of his SiriusXM show on Thursday, Abrams — the founder of Mediaite — argued that there is no other logical reason for President Donald Trump‘s former campaign chair to nullify his plea agreement by lying. “The only conclusion that I can draw as to why Manafort would keep lying about this is Manafort wants a pardon, ” Abrams said. “There is no other rational explanation for what Manafort is doing! He is begging for a pardon!” Former Federal prosecutor Elliot Williams, appearing as a guest on the SiriusXM show, concurred with Abrams. “There is absolutely no explanation for this,” Williams said. He added, “Either he thought he could lie and get Continue reading "Dan Abrams: Only Explanation Why Manafort Would Lie to FBI and Mueller is ‘He’s Begging For a Pardon!’"

Trump’s Physical is in and Nobody Buys That He Only Weighs 243: Maybe ‘From His Knees Down’


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The results are in from President Donald Trump‘s annual physical, and one number is raising quite a few eyebrows. According to a report by Dr. Sean Conley, the president weighs in at 243 lbs. — up four from his recorded weight last year. But many on Twitter are extremely far from convinced that the president — whose disdain for exercise and love of fast food are both very well documented — truly checks in at 243. Here’s a sampling of the skepticism: