Dem. Congressman Suggests North Korea Could Smuggle Nuke Into U.S. Inside ‘Bale of Marijuana’

Brad Sherman Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) took to Twitter Wednesday to voice his fear that North Korea could smuggle a nuclear bomb into the United States – simply by hiding the devastating weapon inside a bale of marijuana. After the U.S. Senate was bussed to the White House for a briefing on North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence and other officials headed to the Capitol to brief Congress. While many Democrats slammed the briefing as little more than a photo-op, Sherman had serious questions for the Trump administration – namely, whether it’s prepared for North Korea to slip a nuclear weapon into the U.S. disguised as a large bale of marijuana. The congressman also suggested that North Korea could sell its weapons to a cash-rich Iran, and slammed the administration’s resolve as “weak.”

WATCH LIVE: Trump Signs Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection

President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign an executive order on improving accountability and whistleblower protection at 4:45 PM ET today. The EO will impact the Department of Veterans Affairs and the signing will take place at the VA. On Wednesday, VA Secretary David Shulkin held a press briefing on the upcoming executive order, explaining that the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Office will place “an executive in charge that will report directly” to him so they can identify who shouldn’t be working at the VA anymore. Shulkin acknowledged that there will be an additional cost to this office, stating that it is an important responsibility. However, he didn’t have the exact figures yet on the costs. Watch above, via the White House. [image via screengrab]

‘We Did Not Elect Ivanka’: Alex Jones Vlog Rants Against First Daughter

What’s Alex Jones up to these days? Besides a custody battle and a legal fight with Chobani yogurt, the man is live vlogging while he drives. Everyone needs to vent, you know? Today, in a clip he streamed to Facebook Live while he cruised down the street, Jones did something quite unlike his usual tactics: he tackled a topic the mainstream media is covering. Specifically, he went after Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the president. She has been elevated to a staff position in the White House, which is not really how a democracy works. “We did not elect Ivanka Trump to be the 45th President of the United States,” he said. He did, of course, defend the daughter of the candidate he pulled for in the 2016 election, adding, “I think she’s talented. She’s beautiful. I think the dresses she wears — the clothing lines are cool. I Continue reading "‘We Did Not Elect Ivanka’: Alex Jones Vlog Rants Against First Daughter"

‘Calm Down’: Spicer Says it Makes Sense Michael Flynn Wasn’t Vetted By Trump Administration

Prior to today’s White House press briefing, it was reported that the Department of Defense had warned former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn about taking foreign payments back in 2014. Also, Flynn is currently being investigated by the department’s inspector general. Therefore, it was natural that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was going to be confronted with questions about Flynn today. One of the things reporters wanted to know is what level of vetting the transition team and White House gave Flynn prior to handing him the job of national security advisor. Well, according to the spokesman, the blame was entirely on the Obama administration. Yep. That was his position. The White House was relying on the prior security clearance issued to Flynn by the prior administration and didn’t feel it was necessary to do anything else. With Spicer laying this gauntlet down, CNN’s Jim Acosta decided to confront Continue reading "‘Calm Down’: Spicer Says it Makes Sense Michael Flynn Wasn’t Vetted By Trump Administration"

NBC News President on O’Reilly: ‘I Would Never Let A Culture Like That Exist’

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In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim opens about Megyn Kelly, President Donald Trump, and what he thinks of what’s been going on over at Fox News, namely, Bill O’Reilly‘s departure. First, Kelly. Her new position at NBC was a hot topic when it was first announced– she’d been at Fox News for 12 years. There were some theories as to why it happened, and lots of speculation about where Kelly would go. We now know that in addition to a Sunday night show, she’ll be taking over either the 9:00am or 10:00am hour, replacing an hour of Today. Oppenheim told THR‘s Marisa Guthrie that he looks forward to what she’ll bring to the network, saying, “She is tough and fair; there’s a place for that. We’re not giving enough credit to the morning audience to think that they Continue reading "NBC News President on O’Reilly: ‘I Would Never Let A Culture Like That Exist’"

Trump Has Changed at Least Three Major Positions After World Leaders Explained Them to Him

Donald-Trump-in-Jan-interview-via-ABC-News A number of reports out Wednesday claimed President Donald Trump was considering an executive order to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump, who has repeatedly lambasted the agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico as “catastrophic”, reversed course Thursday, agreeing to renegotiate the deal after speaking with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. During a presser in Canada, Trudeau responded to questions from reporters on what led to Trump’s decision to stick with the trade deal, implying that all it took was explaining to the president the simple consequences of pulling out: According to The Record, a Canadian newspaper, Trudeau told Trump that NAFTA had in fact Continue reading "Trump Has Changed at Least Three Major Positions After World Leaders Explained Them to Him"

The One Group That Trump’s First 100 Days Have Been Great For? Progressives

obama-trumpedited-1Donald Trump is having the worst first hundred days of any president – that arguably includes William Henry Harrison who died 31 days into his term. But Trump has truly been a Godsend for one group of Americans: Progressives. Trump may actually make the Democratic Party great again. When President Obama was in office there was a sense of complacency among progressives. Despite the Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress for the final two years of Obama’s term as well as over 30 governorships and nearly two thirds of the state legislatures, there was little sense of urgency among Democrats. And that continued through the closing days of the 2016 presidential campaign as we assumed Hillary Clinton would win and all would be okay. But then Trump won. At first, progressives were dazed and confused. Soon stunned turned into depression for many on the left. I was truly concerned that Continue reading "The One Group That Trump’s First 100 Days Have Been Great For? Progressives"