‘Informing the Masses’: April Ryan Explains Journalism To Stephen Colbert

American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan joined Stephen Colbert on the Late Show to discuss the life of a White House reporter in the age of President Donald Trump. Colbert kicked off the interview asking whether there is “a particular responsibility that [reporters] at the White House every day have?” “Get information, accurate information, facts for the American public,” Ryan responded. “It’s not about us, it’s about the American public. It’s about the First Amendment. It’s about freedom of the press. “Its not about us — it’s about informing the masses,” she added. Ryan, a 20-year veteran of the White House press corps, has recently been noted for her showings in the White House briefing room, and ability to provoke the ire of press secretary Sean Spicer. On the topic of Spicer, Ryan told Colbert she felt “so bad for Sean.” “Even though he did what he did to Continue reading "‘Informing the Masses’: April Ryan Explains Journalism To Stephen Colbert"

Rahm Emmanuel Drags Democrats: ‘We Come Off as Disdainful’ of the Middle Class

In a recent sit-down with Politico, Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emmanuel took issue with his party’s messaging and policy on middle class issues. Perhaps still roiled by Hillary Clinton‘s failure to win over working families at anywhere near the same rate as Barack Obama, the Democratic Party has struggled to come up with a coherent economic message during the Trump era. Speaking to the online news magazine’s chief Washington correspondent, Edward-Isaac Devore, Emmanuel pantomimed frustration with the Democrats on bread-and-butter issues by nearly bringing his fists down on the table when asked how the party was doing in appealing to middle class voters. He said: “I think we don’t talk about and fight for the middle class Continue reading "Rahm Emmanuel Drags Democrats: ‘We Come Off as Disdainful’ of the Middle Class"

Nixon Library Insulted By Trump Comparison: ‘Never Fired the Director of FBI’

Richard Nixon Richard Nixon hasn’t been in the news this much since Watergate. On the heels of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the media lit up with references to the 37th president. Across cable news, anchors and pundits called the dismissal “Nixonian” and reminiscent of his own Saturday Night Massacre. Comey and the FBI had been investigating alleged connections between the Donald Trump presidential campaign and Russia. But those comparisons received some pushback on Wednesday from none other than the Richard Nixon presidential library, which took to Twitter to remind the world that Tricky Dick never fired an FBI director. Sent out shortly after the Comey news broke, the tweet has gone mega-viral being retweeted more than 32,000 times. [image via screengrab]

Random Thoughts on the Twilight Zone Created By the James Comey Firing

So, just when you thought the roller coaster ride which has been the first few months of the Trump administration was starting to finally slow down, the president has shocked the world by firing FBI Director James Comey. Under any circumstances, such a dramatic act would cause an earthquake inside the Washington Beltway. But given the context of how we got here, this will understandably be seen more as the exploding of a nuclear bomb. Obviously with Comey having been directing an investigation into Trump’s campaign and possible collusion with Russia — and having been plausibly blamed for Trump’s fluke election victory for the way in which he handled the Hillary email issue — we were already in uncharted waters. Now, his firing by the man he may have inadvertently helped elect puts us beyond even the realm of the Twilight Zone, especially given the details surrounding it. Here Continue reading "Random Thoughts on the Twilight Zone Created By the James Comey Firing"

Looks ‘Politicized’: Paul Ryan Shifts Investigation Focus from Russia Collusion to Unmasking

Monday’s Senate meeting on “Russian Interference in the 2016 Election” was a tale of two hearings: for Democrats it was a chance to hear evidence that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was compromised by Russia; for Republicans a chance to focus on unmasking and leaks to the press. A similar disconnect was on display on Fox & Friends Tuesday, where Paul Ryan — with a little help from Steve Doocy — artfully shifted the conversation away from Russia to an investigation into unmasking and leaks. Doocy kicked off by claiming “the Democrats wanted to talk about whether or not there was collusion between the Russians and the Trump camp — no evidence of that.” “But the Republicans wanted to talk about how somebody inside the government unmasked a name or two,” he continued. “And then leaked to The Washington Post, and that they say is a crime. Continue reading "Looks ‘Politicized’: Paul Ryan Shifts Investigation Focus from Russia Collusion to Unmasking"

Sally Yates is Testifying Before the Senate Over the Russia Probe Today — But Who is She?

Screen-Shot-2017-03-28-at-12.03.31-PM Sally Yates is set to testify before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee this afternoon over discussions she had with the White House regarding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Yates was nominated deputy attorney general by former President Barack Obama in 2015, serving under Attorney General Loretta Lynch. A holdover from that administration, Yates served as acting attorney general from President Donald Trump’s inauguration, while a replacement was sought for Lynch. A long-time veteran of the Justice Department, serving under both Democratic and Republican administrations, Yates was thrust into the spotlight after she refused to legally defend the president’s travel ban executive orders in court. She was swiftly fired by the Trump administration, and replaced by Dana Boente. Yates has remained in the news since, over her involvement in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Those paying attention may recall that she was originally supposed to testify before the House Intelligence Continue reading "Sally Yates is Testifying Before the Senate Over the Russia Probe Today — But Who is She?"

GOP Congressman Chris Collins: ‘I Will Fully Admit…I Did Not’ Read Health Care Bill

Politicians and pundits have criticized the newly passed House health care bill — saying that it was rushed to the floor too soon, after just days of debate. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not had time to analyze the bill. And some Congressmen, it turns out, haven’t even had time to read it. Appearing on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer Thursday, Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) conceded that he hadn’t even examined the document. “I will fully admit, Wolf, I did not,” Collins said, saying that he relied on his staff to read the bill and brief him. Collins was not alone. In the very next segment, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) likewise said that he was briefed by his staff. Blitzer was taken aback by this. He pressed Collins on whether he had a responsibility to actually read the legislation which stands to impact so many. “This legislation affects Continue reading "GOP Congressman Chris Collins: ‘I Will Fully Admit…I Did Not’ Read Health Care Bill"