Trump Tweets About Summit Amidst Wild Slams on GOP Rep, Robert De Niro: ‘Got Along Great With Kim’

President Donald Trump sent out a series of tweets on Tuesday recapping his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The pair met in Singapore for a summit on denuclearization on Monday, and struck an agreement that was wheeled out with much aplomb, but was vague on the details or serious commitments. In it, Kim committed (again) to denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and the U.S. offered vague security guarantees in return. Trump then left back to the United States aboard Air Force One, and issued a set of tweets edifying his big summit (but not before brutally roasting Rep. Mark Sanford, a Republican incumbent who is facing an election today, over his decade-old affair). “Heading back home from Singapore after a truly amazing visit,” Trump tweeted. “Great progress was made on the denuclearization of North Korea. Hostages are back home, will be getting the remains of Continue reading "Trump Tweets About Summit Amidst Wild Slams on GOP Rep, Robert De Niro: ‘Got Along Great With Kim’"

WATCH LIVE: Golden State Warriors Celebrate NBA Title With Parade Through Oakland

The remarkable Golden State Warriors have done it again. For the third time in four years, the remarkable squad has brought the NBA championship back to the Bay Area. Following a narrow, overtime Game 1 NBA Finals victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors reeled off three more in a row to sweep the Cavs and take the title. Kevin Durant, for the second consecutive year, was named Finals MVP — averaging 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists for the four game set. Durant was brilliant throughout, but his 43 points in Game 3 — including a late game 3-pointer from about 30 feet out with the shot clock winding down — helped dash any legitimate hopes Cleveland had of winning. Durant, on Tuesday, will join his teammates — including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green — for the official victory celebration. Continue reading "WATCH LIVE: Golden State Warriors Celebrate NBA Title With Parade Through Oakland"

Thank You, Craig

I am proud that starting today, I am on the faculty of the newly rechristened Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. My friend Craig has given a generous gift to endow our J-school and we have named it in his honor. This represents an ideal alignment of missions — his and ours — in the service of trustworthy journalism in a public university.

I can’t remember exactly when I first met Craig. Like everyone I’ve ever witnessed meeting him, I was impressed to meet the Craig of craigslist. He is unique: a self-proclaimed nerd’s nerd, a model of humility, curiosity, goodwill, intelligence, humor, irony, and most of all generosity.

I love watching others puzzle over him. Many years ago at the rich and ritzy Foursquare business conference, I saw the CEO of a then-major media company throw up his arms in frustration at Craig’s refusal to clog his service with ads and

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Anthony Scaramucci and Michael Avenatti Make Their TV Debut Together… On Colbert

Remember those reports about a potential Anthony ScaramucciMichael Avenatti TV show? Well, now they actually will be appearing on TV together. Sort of. A few weeks ago, the New York Times reported that CNN and MSNBC had been approached with this idea: a show with both Stormy Daniels‘ lawyer and the former White House communications director. Would that actually happen? Who knows anymore. But last night Stephen Colbert revealed that they will be on together next Wednesday. “They want to have their own show,” Colbert said. “They want to have like an Avenatti-Mooch show. I don’t know who’s gonna do that show. We don’t know. So it’s gonna be us next week.” As The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz reported, Scaramucci recently said of Continue reading "Anthony Scaramucci and Michael Avenatti Make Their TV Debut Together… On Colbert"

Trump Doubles Down: ‘I Do Have an Absolute Right to Pardon Myself’

During his press scrum at the White House today, President Trump reminded reporters of his “absolute right” to pardon himself if he sees fit during Robert Mueller‘s ongoing investigation. There have been a lot of questions recently about whether Trump is “above the law” if he’s in a position to grant himself clemency if he’s ever indicted on anything. As Trump talked about his latest pardons and said he’s thinking about posthumously pardoning Muhammad Ali (whose conviction was already overturned), Trump was asked if he views himself above the law. Trump’s answer.
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Mitch McConnell Cancels Senate’s August Recess, Blames Dems: ‘Historic Obstruction’

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ordered the Senate into overtime by cancelling most of the August recess. The Senate Majority Leader blamed “historic obstruction” from Democrats today and said his colleagues would stay in Washington D.C. until they pass new legislation and make more progress reviewing President Trump’s nominees for various government positions.
“Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled. Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees.”
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Sam Nunberg Dishes on Trump’s Claim About Paul Manafort to CNN: ‘It’s a Lie’

Former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg was surprisingly sedate speaking to New Day‘s John Berman Monday morning. But he couldn’t help himself being a little eccentric, particularly by refusing to call something a lie that was clearly a lie — before conceding that it was totally a lie. President Donald Trump tweeted that former campaign manager Paul Manafort was only with the campaign “for a short time,” as part of an ongoing effort to cast Manafort — who has been indicted as part of the Russia investigation — as a peripheral character on the campaign. Nunberg begged to differ. “Paul helped him get delegates, helped him organize those states, especially New York, California, Pennsylvania and that’s ultimately what delivered Trump the nomination,” Nunberg said. “This is typical Donald that he always wants to distance himself,” Nunberg said later. “He will throw anybody out. He never knew them. Remember, When Continue reading "Sam Nunberg Dishes on Trump’s Claim About Paul Manafort to CNN: ‘It’s a Lie’"