Maddow Praises Media For In-Depth Reporting on Russia Probe: ‘Thank You American Press Corps’

With more and more bombshell stories hitting the news cycle in recent days related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and any potential collusion with the Trump campaign, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow took some time out at the end of her A-block to heap praise on American reporters and journalists. After recapping all of the latest reports surrounding the probe and how it appears to really be ramping up, especially as it concerns former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, Maddow noted that the only reason we know as much as we do is due to the media. “Thank you American press corps!” The MSNBC star exclaimed. Highlighting that the public is aware of that investigators are all over Manafort’s foreign dealings and that the Mueller team wants to know why Trump hired him, Maddow then pleaded with her viewers to support their local media Continue reading "Maddow Praises Media For In-Depth Reporting on Russia Probe: ‘Thank You American Press Corps’"

Trump Comes to Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Defense: ‘Class Act Who…Doesn’t Lie’

A day after late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel hammered at Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), claiming the lawmaker lied to him about his health care bill passing the “Jimmy Kimmel test,” President Donald Trump came to the conservative senator’s defense. Earlier today, Trump said that the Obamacare repeal bill that Cassidy is pushing in the Senate has a “very good chance” of passing. The president also took shots at the current health care law, calling it dysfunctional. [image via screengrab] — Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

CNN Hires Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney Fired By Trump

Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who was fired by President Trump after Trump promised to keep him on, has joined CNN as a senior legal analyst, according to Politico. Bharara has become something of a well-known Trump critic since getting canned by the president back in March. A month after getting terminated, he joked about crowd sizes during a speech in an obvious dig at Trump, while also hitting the White House for hiding its visitor logs. In June, he said that there was absolutely a case of obstruction of justice against POTUS. On top of that, Bharara has built up a large social media following and regularly criticizes the Trump administration on Twitter. Bharara wasn’t the only former government employee/Trump critic that the network hired. According to Politico’s Michael Calderone, ex-Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub will now Continue reading "CNN Hires Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney Fired By Trump"

Spicer’s Still Furious About Story of Him Hiding in Bushes: ‘Fake Scene’ Created to be ‘Clickworthy’

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been all over the media landscape these past few days as he’s done interviews with major outlets, popped up on late-night television, and did a highly-criticized, self-deprecating cameo at the Emmys. Following his awards show appearance in which he poked fun at his much-derided defense of Trump’s inauguration crowd size, Spicer told the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush that he regretted blasting the media over the whole issue. However, in an interview with Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, Spicer refuted that characterization — claiming he just had general regrets and not specifically over the crowd kerfuffle. And that wasn’t the only thing he wanted to complain about. It appears that Spicer still holds a grudge over a story the Post ran in May which got a ton of attention.
Another resounding Spicer gripe relates to greenery and The Washington Post. Continue reading "Spicer’s Still Furious About Story of Him Hiding in Bushes: ‘Fake Scene’ Created to be ‘Clickworthy’"

Chris Christie Slams Jimmy Kimmel Over Health Care Monologue: ‘He’s Not a Serious Person on This’

Hours before appearing on Deadline: White House Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. Deadline host Nicolle Wallace observed that this position puts him on the same side of the issue as Jimmy Kimmel — who railed against the legislation’s co-author, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), in a scathing monologue on his show Tuesday. But Chris Christie will have absolutely nothing to do with Jimmy Kimmel, thank you very much. “Ugh, don’t say that,” Christie said. “I don’t come down on Jimmy Kimmel’s side…I’m not going to get into Jimmy Kimmel. He’s not a serious person on this thing, okay?” “But he’s helped crystalize the dangers of the Republican [plan],” Wallace said, in protest. “Nicolle, I’m not here to talk about late-night comedians, okay?” Christie said. “‘Cause then I want to talk about [Jimmy] Fallon, and I want Continue reading "Chris Christie Slams Jimmy Kimmel Over Health Care Monologue: ‘He’s Not a Serious Person on This’"

Trump: Graham-Cassidy Bill Has ‘Very Good Chance’ of Passing, Obamacare ‘Totally Dysfunctional’

As President Trump met with the President of Egypt this afternoon, he was asked about the ongoing Washington fight over health care. He said he’s heard about “repeal and replace” for seven years and assumed he would be signing a bill as soon as he got to the Oval Office. “It hasn’t worked out that way,” he said, “and I think a lot of Republicans are embarrassed by it, but I have to tell you, I think they’re gonna do a great job.” The President believes that they have a “very good chance” of passing the Graham-Cassidy bill, saying, “Obamacare’s only getting worse. It’s dysfunctional now. It’s totally dysfunctional.” Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Twitter Has Field Day After Trump References Non-Existent Country of Nambia: ‘Right Next to Zamunda’

Earlier today, President Donald Trump delivered a short address to African leaders who were gathered at the United Nations. During his speech, Trump talked about how he had “so many friends going to” African countries to try “to get rich.” And he also made up a country. “Uganda has made incredible strides in the battle against HIV/AIDS,” Trump stated. “In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak. Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.” Yeah, there’s no Nambia. And Twitter took notice and had all kinds of jokes.