NBC Scores First 2020 Debate, Will Air on Back-to-Back Nights in Prime Time This June


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The 2020 Democratic Presidential debates figure to be TV ratings bonanzas. On Thursday, the DNC announced which network will be the first beneficiary. As we first reported in our daily newsletter Live From the Green Room, NBC News has scored the first debate. MSNBC’s Ali Velshi reported the news at the conclusion of his show Thursday, in a clip which can be seen above. The debates will air on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo on dates soon to be announced. That’s right — dates, plural. The first debate will air on back-to-back nights in primetime. The field will be capped at 20, with no more than 10 candidates on the stage for each session. There will be no “junior varsity” debate this time around, as there was during the 2016 Republican primary — in which candidates which trailed in the polls were relegated to earlier debates in front of Continue reading "NBC Scores First 2020 Debate, Will Air on Back-to-Back Nights in Prime Time This June"

‘Lost Economic Opportunity’: NY Gov. Cuomo Rips Into State Dems For Rejecting Amazon’s HQ2


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With Amazon announcing they will not be moving their second headquarters to New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) released a statement bashing state Democrats, without naming them, for their part in making the move not happen. “Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business. We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good paying jobs for our state and nearly $30 billion dollars in new revenue,” Cuomo said, saying it could have gone towards things like schools and infrastructure. “A small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelming supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state’s economic future and the best interests of the people of their state,” Continue reading "‘Lost Economic Opportunity’: NY Gov. Cuomo Rips Into State Dems For Rejecting Amazon’s HQ2"

Ocasio-Cortez Staffer Lights Fire to D.C. Swamp: People Here are ‘Careerists’ Trying to ‘Get to K Street’


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s (D-NY) team is wasting no time trying to drain the swamp. In an interview with the Washington Post, Dan Riffle — a legislative assistant for the high-profile freshman congresswoman — took a shot at fellow Democratic Capitol Hill staffers, calling them Ivy League “careerists” looking to score lobbying jobs on K Street. Here’s Riffle’s comment, from the Post‘s report:
“I remember getting to the Hill thinking, ‘The staffers here are going to mostly be activists and idealists.’ Then I got here, and I found out that’s not true at all. These are careerists. These are people who grew up on the Upper West Side and went to Ivy League schools.” “I don’t mean to paint too broad a brush. But these are people who don’t think big and aren’t here to change the world. They’re here because it’s a good, safe, stable Continue reading "Ocasio-Cortez Staffer Lights Fire to D.C. Swamp: People Here are ‘Careerists’ Trying to ‘Get to K Street’"

Kamala Harris Reportedly Winning the Social Media Primary By a Lot


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California Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is crushing her competition online, according to new reporting from Axios. Harris officially kicked off her bid for the Democratic nomination a few weeks ago, drawing a huge crowd to a rally in Oakland. And according to research published by Axios Thursday, she’s drawing even larger throngs online. In the past three months, articles about Harris have clocked 16.5 million interactions from influential Twitter and Facebook accounts, over 2 million more than her next competitor, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Harris’ dominance extends to Google, Instagram, and Twitter. Per Axios:
On Google, Harris was searched twice as often as Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who were next closest, Continue reading "Kamala Harris Reportedly Winning the Social Media Primary By a Lot"

Ocasio-Cortez Celebrates New York Rejecting Amazon: We Defeated the ‘Richest Man in the World’


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Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) congratulated New Yorkers Thursday for having “defeated” Amazon’s plans to build headquarters in New York City, which she does not believe will help New Yorkers. The congresswoman also took a jab at “the richest man in the world,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, whom she had criticized in the past for poor corporate hiring practices. “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez. “I think it’s incredible,” said Ocasio-Cortez when asked by congressional reporters Continue reading "Ocasio-Cortez Celebrates New York Rejecting Amazon: We Defeated the ‘Richest Man in the World’"

BREAKING: William Barr Confirmed by Senate to Become Next Attorney General


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William Barr has secured the Senate votes he needs to become the new Attorney General of the United States. With a 54-45 vote, Barr has obtained enough votes from Republicans and some Democrats to obtain a simple majority. The news means Barr will take up the AG position after he previously held the job under George H.W. Bush‘s presidency. Once he’s sworn in, Barr will take Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein‘s place in supervising Robert Mueller‘s ongoing investigation. Several lawmakers opposed to Barr’s confirmation have said they’re concerned by his lack of commitment to publicly release Mueller’s findings, even if he does think the investigation should be allowed to run its course. [Photo via Getty Images] — —
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5 Takeaways From the Stunning First Excerpt of Andrew McCabe’s New Exposé on Trump and the FBI


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An excerpt of Andrew McCabe‘s upcoming memoir, just published in The Atlantic, contains a series of stunning details surrounding the former FBI official’s interactions with President Donald Trump and the start of Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation. The former FBI deputy director already made headlines Thursday after the release of segments from his 60 Minutes interview, in which McCabe said he and members of the Justice Department talked about the possibility of the 25th Amendment being invoked to remove Trump from office. McCabe also expressed his view that Trump possibly won the election with Russia’s help, which factored into his decision to launch investigations into the president. The Atlantic published a excerpt of McCabe’s new book The Threat, which examines threats facing the United States and the effects of Trump’s relationship with intelligence community. The excerpt contains McCabe’s recollection of two bizarre conversations with Trump, Continue reading "5 Takeaways From the Stunning First Excerpt of Andrew McCabe’s New Exposé on Trump and the FBI"

Trump Ally Tom Barrack Apologizes for Dismissing Khashoggi’s Murder: It Was ‘Reprehensible’


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Financier and Trump ally Tom Barrack recently made some comments dismissing the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, in which he said, “Whatever happened in Saudi Arabia, the atrocities in America are equal, or worse to the atrocities in Saudi Arabia.” Barrack continued, “The atrocities in any … country are dictated by the rule of law. So for us to dictate what we think is the moral code there, when we have a young man and regime that is trying to push themselves into 2030, I think is a mistake.” He was widely condemned for downplaying the murder of a Washington Post journalist––at a time when the White House is being criticized for not meeting the deadline to issue a report on it––and he ended up apologizing in a statement out this afternoon:
The killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was atrocious and is inexcusable. I apologize for Continue reading "Trump Ally Tom Barrack Apologizes for Dismissing Khashoggi’s Murder: It Was ‘Reprehensible’"

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:

Kevin McCarthy Asked About His Deleted Soros Tweet After Condemning Ilhan Omar on Fox News


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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had to answer for old charges of anti-semitism on Wednesday as he and other Republicans continue railing against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her controversial comments. In an interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner, McCarthy argued that Omar’s recent apology is not enough, and she ought to be pulled from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for saying Republican support for Israel is rooted in their financial backing by pro-Israeli groups. As McCarthy slammed Congressional Democrats for not taking further action against Omar, Harris brought up an old, deleted tweet of McCarthy’s that’s been getting a lot of renewed attention amid the Omar scandal. Back in 2018, McCarthy raised eyebrows when he accused three Jewish Democrat megadonors – George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer – of trying to “buy” the midterm elections. That message was posted while Steyer and Soros were being targeted Continue reading "Kevin McCarthy Asked About His Deleted Soros Tweet After Condemning Ilhan Omar on Fox News"

Dem Leader Steny Hoyer Hints at Possible ‘Further Action’ Against Rep. Omar if No Change


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Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) indicated possible “further action” against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Wednesday if she continues making anti-Semitic statements moving forward. He says only a “real test” based on actions will validate her apology. Per Fox News’ Chad Pergram: “Ms. Omar apologized. But the real test is actions going forward..we need to treat one another with respect.. if that doesn’t pan out, there could be further action.” Earlier this week the Democratic congressman expressed skepticism regarding Omar’s apology for controversial remarks she made about pro-Israel lobbyists. “Let’s see what happens. Apologies are nice but actions are better,” he told Continue reading "Dem Leader Steny Hoyer Hints at Possible ‘Further Action’ Against Rep. Omar if No Change"

GOP Congressman Slammed for Displaying ‘Racially Offensive’ Robert E. Lee Book


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Republican Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson is under fire for displaying a book in his congressional office that features a picture of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and a quote claiming that “The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa.” CNN reports that members of the American Federation of Government Employees discovered the book, “General Robert Edward Lee; Soldier, Citizen and Christian Patriot,” on display under glass in a reception area at Ferguson’s Congressional office. Legislative Political Coordinator and Union Steward Octavius Miller shared a photograph of the book to his Facebook account on Monday: The passage is from a December 27, 1856 letter from Lee to his wife, in which Lee opines that slavery is “a greater evil to the white than to the black race,” and that “The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially, and physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing Continue reading "GOP Congressman Slammed for Displaying ‘Racially Offensive’ Robert E. Lee Book"

Trump Reportedly Got a New Golf Simulator Installed in the White House


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President Donald Trump is getting a new golf simulator installed at the White House, replacing an older system installed during the Obama administration. Per the Washington Post, the $50,000 room-sized system was set up “during the last few weeks in a room in his personal quarters”:
The [White House] official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the president’s private residence, said Trump had paid for the new system and the installation personally… The White House official said Trump has not used his new golf simulator during executive time — or at all since it was put in.
The Post report reveals Trump groused about not being able to go to his Florida golf course during the weeks-long government shutdown. After the shutdown, the President golfed at his Florida club earlier this month with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. [Featured phot by Leon Neal/Getty Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Got a New Golf Simulator Installed in the White House"

69 ‘Nice’ Meme Declared Dead After Trump Uses it in Tweet: ’69 is Cancelled’


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Over 10 years after the inception of the 69 “nice” meme, President Donald Trump killed it with one tweet this morning. “The Gallup Poll just announced that 69% of our great citizens expect their finances to improve next year, a 16 year high,” the president wrote, before adding the often-cited kicker every time the number 69 is innocently mentioned, “Nice!” The 69 “nice” joke, which first started appearing on Twitter in 2008, usually pops up after a user posts the number “69” while referencing something innocent — get it, because 69 is a sex position? If the post is big enough, a flood of commenters will typically then respond with a “nice” of their own. The sophomoric meme reached its Continue reading "69 ‘Nice’ Meme Declared Dead After Trump Uses it in Tweet: ’69 is Cancelled’"

Rep. Ilhan Omar Fires Back at Trump: ‘You Have Trafficked in Hate Your Whole Life’


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Rep. Ilhan Omar has responded President Donald Trump calling for her to resign from the Congressional office to which she was only recently elected. Omar came under fire for a Tweet that was viewed by as anti-Semitic for promoting a trope that suggested pro-Israel lobby AIPAC had undue influence with the Republican caucus because of their financial contributions. Bi-partisan and immediate condemnation led to an “unequivocal” apology (that still equivocated) that was not good enough for the commander in chief. During a White House cabinet meeting press spray on Tuesday, Trump called the apology “lame” while adding that Rep. Omar “should be ashamed of herself” adding “I think it was a terrible statement. And I don’t think her apology was adequate.” He then went on to call for her to step down from office. Rep. Omar fired back on a Wednesday morning tweet addressing the president via Twitter:

Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction


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It is a serious and dangerous issue, vilification of the press. That is, when done by a government, by its leader, it is a potentially catastrophic harm. It’s easy for social media users or pundits to forget history when tossing off hot takes, but a powerful head of a powerful country backed by a committed movement labeling the press as an enemy of the people is a dire and dreadful thing. President Donald Trump has done this, and it is bad. Additionally, Trump uses the words “fake news” a lot to describe negative or critical stories, or just outlets not in his booster club. It’s a bit murkier — some supposed news is wrong or fake after all — but still a rocky, dangerous, yet well-trod ground. The press are not the enemy of the people, and a member of the press being attacked at a Trump rally is nothing
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Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction


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It is a serious and dangerous issue, vilification of the press. That is, when done by a government, by its leader, it is a potentially catastrophic harm. It’s easy for social media users or pundits to forget history when tossing off hot takes, but a powerful head of a powerful country backed by a committed movement labeling the press as an enemy of the people is a dire and dreadful thing. President Donald Trump has done this, and it is bad. Additionally, Trump uses the words “fake news” a lot to describe negative or critical stories, or just outlets not in his booster club. It’s a bit murkier — some supposed news is wrong or fake after all — but still a rocky, dangerous, yet well-trod ground. The press are not the enemy of the people, and a member of the press being attacked at a Trump rally is nothing
Continue reading "Bloomingdale’s Innocuous, Ambiguous, Humorous T-Shirt and the Gigantic Overreaction"

BREAKING: CNN Reports Trump Will Sign Border Deal to Avoid Shutdown


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  Despite his protests with it, it would seem that President Donald Trump is going to sign the bipartisan spending package Congress has agreed upon regarding border security. CNN has a new report that says two sources close to Trump have hinted that the president will say yes to the latest round of negotiations for Congressional spending. While this move will let the country avoid another partial government shutdown, political observers have noticed how the new proposal allocates only a fraction of the money Trump has demanded his southern border wall, even though he shut down the government for that very reason. — —
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House Democrats Reportedly Considering Subpoena of Trump-Putin Interpreter, Meeting Notes


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Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen reports Wednesday morning that House Democrats are planning a  vast probe of President Donald Trump and Russia” and are considering “ways to uncover what was said in a Trump private meeting with Putin” in Helsinki during the summer of 2017. President Trump has had a number of private conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. most notably the nearly two-hour private meeting in Helsinki,, the detail so of which have never been made public. The Washington Post reported that Trump has tried to conceal notes from this meeting, which if true, only has raised eyebrows even higher. Allen cites a blueprint for investigation provided by an unnamed Democratic member of Congress that detailed plans to Washington reporters during a Tuesday meeting. The congressional investigation blueprint, as outlined by the member to Allen includes:

Pence Calls for Ilhan Omar to ‘Face Consequences’ for Tweets: ‘No Place’ for Anti-Semitism


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Vice President Mike Pene suggested Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) should resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee and said “those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes” should face consequences. “[Omar’s] tweets were a disgrace & her apology was inadequate. Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress, much less the Foreign Affairs Committee,” Pence wrote, days after Omar tweeted “it’s all about the Benjamins” while commenting on AIPAC’s political influence. “Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words.” NBC News anchor Andrea Mitchell reported that Pence’s Continue reading "Pence Calls for Ilhan Omar to ‘Face Consequences’ for Tweets: ‘No Place’ for Anti-Semitism"