BREAKING: Trump Plans to Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement


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Trump According to a fresh scoop from Axios, President Donald Trump is planning to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. “President Trump has privately told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave the Paris agreement on climate change, according to three sources with direct knowledge,” per Axios. Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks had said that Trump planned to make a decision on whether to pull out of the climate agreement this week. Axios previously reported on Sunday that Trump was mulling a withdrawal from the agreement, but was undecided. Pulling out of the 2015 Paris agreement would serve a serious knock to President Barack Obama’s climate legacy, as Axios notes. “It also sends a stark and combative signal to the rest of the world that working with other nations on climate change isn’t a priority to the Trump administration.” Continue reading "BREAKING: Trump Plans to Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement"

Fox News Reporter Who Wrote Retracted Seth Rich Story Still Pursuing the Conspiracy on Twitter


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Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 08.09.39 Malia Zimmerman, the FoxNews.com reporter who wrote the now-retracted May 16 story that would breath new life into the Seth Rich murder conspiracy retweeted some curious articles on Monday, as flagged by CNN’s Oliver Darcy: The tweets were apparently deleted after Darcy reached out to Fox News, but a retweet of Zimmerman’s retracted story remains up on her account. Zimmerman’s report on the Seth Rich murder — which cited a private investigator and a “federal source” as having evidence that Rich was in contact with Wikileaks before his death — was almost immediately debunked, and eventually retracted by Fox News following public outcry. But that did not stop conservative media, notably Sean Hannity’s nightly broadcast, from running Continue reading "Fox News Reporter Who Wrote Retracted Seth Rich Story Still Pursuing the Conspiracy on Twitter"

‘I Am Making Progress’: Hannity Returns to Show With Seth Rich Conspiracy


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Sean Hannity returned to his Fox News show Tuesday night, opening his program with an extensive monologue promising updates on the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory. Hannity has pursued the theory that DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered because of his links to Wikileaks, after Fox 5 published a (now retracted) report alleging the existence of evidence of communication between Rich and the website. Despite the story’s retraction, push-back from authorities who believe Rich’s murder was a botched robbery, and pleas from Rich’s family to end the baseless speculation, Hannity continued to cover the conspiracy on his show. After reportedly speaking with the family, Hannity said he would no longer be talking about the conspiracy last week — but on Tuesday’s episode, after returning from a Memorial Day break, Hannity led his show with it. “I was asked by the family of the DNC staffer that was killed in Continue reading "‘I Am Making Progress’: Hannity Returns to Show With Seth Rich Conspiracy"

‘It’s Not a Change in Policy’: Nikki Haley Affirms US Commitment to NATO


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UN ambassador Nikki Haley said that the United States remains firmly committed to the NATO alliance in an interview with MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace. Haley’s comments followed President Donald Trump’s contentious speech before European members of NATO, in which he declined to explicitly affirm his commitment to Article 5, which binds member countries to collective defense of the alliance. Wallace first asked Haley “how the president’s reluctance to affirm our commitment to all for one, one for all at the NATO summit” affects Haley’s job of “shoulder to shoulder diplomacy.” “Article 5 is something that we have always supported,” Haley responded. “Do you support it today?” Wallace asked. “Yes, absolutely,” Haley said, stating that it is America’s policy to support collective defense. Wallace asked why Trump didn’t explicitly endorse Article 5 during the NATO meeting, and Haley responded that “there’s a lot of things he didn’t say, and Continue reading "‘It’s Not a Change in Policy’: Nikki Haley Affirms US Commitment to NATO"

Questions Arise Over Fox News Sole Anonymous Source Exonerating Jared Kushner


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A Fox News story out Monday defended Jared Kushner against a number of reports alleging the senior White House adviser attempted to set up a secret backchannel with Russian officials. The original Washington Post story — corroborated by The New York Times and other news outlets — reported that Kushner proposed establishing a secret backchannel with the Kremlin during a December meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Then came the Fox News story, published without a by-line, and the headline: “Jared Kushner didn’t suggest Russian communications channel in meeting, source says.” The report, which was retweeted by President Donald Trump, quotes a sole anonymous source claiming that during the December meeting “the Russians broached the idea of using a secure line between the Trump administration and Russia, not Kushner.” The source for the story was only broadly described as being “familiar the matter,” Continue reading "Questions Arise Over Fox News Sole Anonymous Source Exonerating Jared Kushner"

Kathy Griffin Holds Up Donald Trump’s Severed Head in Photoshoot


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Kathy Griffin posed holding President Donald Trump’s bloodied, severed head, in a photo published by TMZ. In a shoot with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, known for shocking photos, Griffin holds up a model of the president’s severed head. Shields posted a behind the scenes video of the photoshoot on YouTube: According to TMZ, “Kathy joked that she and Tyler would need to move to Mexico once the pics got released, for fear they’d be thrown in prison.” Shields made a similar joke on Twitter on Friday: The photo drew an immediate backlash on social media, with many criticizing the celebration the beheading the president of the Continue reading "Kathy Griffin Holds Up Donald Trump’s Severed Head in Photoshoot"

Watch a Young Stephen Miller Joke About Torture — It’s As Bad As You Think


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A video released by Vice News shows a 17-year-old Stephen Miller, now senior adviser to President Donald Trump, joking about the advantages of torturing Iraqis. The video, filmed inside a bus, shows a young Miller speaking into a microphone about the Iraq War. “In concern, to the issue of the Iraqi civilians,” he started. “I think that as many of them should survive as possible, because the goal of any military conflict is to kill as few people as possible.” “But as for Saddam Hussein and his henchman, I think the ideal solution should be to cut off their fingers,” Miller joked. “I don’t think it’s necessary to kill them entirely,” he continued. “We’re not a barbaric people, we respect life. Therefore torture is the way to go. Because tortured people can live. Torture is the celebration of life and human dignity.” “And I only hope Continue reading "Watch a Young Stephen Miller Joke About Torture — It’s As Bad As You Think"

Kevin McCarthy is Spending His House Recess As a Weatherman


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House majority leader Kevin McCarthy took some time out of his busy schedule avoiding constituents to stop by his local news station and deliver a weather report. The Republican lawmaker joined Aaron Perlman on Eyewitness News Tuesday morning, during the House recess, and the two bantered about humidity. McCarthy then delivered a weather report on his home state California, and the congressman discussed local ice cream shop Dewar’s with Perlman. McCarthy made sure to advise constituents to “stay out of the river,” due to rising waters. “Sometimes you live in D.C., sometimes you live in Kern County, and you still know what’s happening in your own area. That’s a good congressman,” Perlman said. “I’m always checking the weather!” McCarthy replied. [image via screengrab]

Fox News Show The New Revolution to Focus on the ‘Populist Movement’


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Fox News is set to debut The New Revolution, a one-hour political Sunday show debuting June 4, according to a press release. The program, on at 9 p.m., will be hosted by Steve Hilton, an adviser to former British Prime Minister David Cameron turned Fox News contributor. Per the release, the show will “focus on the impact of the populist movement” in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election and surging populist candidates abroad. Hilton — who for his work for Cameron was satirized by British sitcom The Thick of It — was a supporter of Brexit, and endorsed Trump in a write-up for Fox News claiming “working people” could not afford a Clinton presidency. The first episode with “present interviews with employees from the Silicon Valley who have not opened up about their political views for fear of backlash.” In addition, the show will feature Continue reading "Fox News Show The New Revolution to Focus on the ‘Populist Movement’"

Five European Leaders Just Joined Together to Troll Donald Trump


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Five prime ministers of European countries joined together to mock President Donald Trump’s infamous orb photo-op taken during his trip to Saudi Arabia. The heads all five Nordic countries — Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland — took a photo with their hands on a soccer ball while at an informal meeting in Norway. The set up was a reference to a viral photo of Trump grasping a large, glowing orb with King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi at the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, which will work to combat extremism. The European prime ministers took the photo at a meeting between Nordic heads of state in Norway, and follows a NATO Continue reading "Five European Leaders Just Joined Together to Troll Donald Trump"

Morning Joe Pays Tribute to Mika’s Father Zbigniew Brzezinski


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Morning Joe on Tuesday featured an extended tribute to host Mika Brzezinski’s father, former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who died on Friday. Zbigniew Brzezinski died in a hospital in Virginia, at the age of 89. He was special counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson and served as President Jimmy Carter’s NSA during the Iranian hostage crisis. Though the Warsaw-born foreign policy expert was a long-time Democrat, he endorsed President George H.W. Bush in 1988 and served in his administration. Zbigniew would later emerge as a vocal opponent to the Iraq War, endorse President Barack Obama in 2008. Mika commemorated her father during Tuesday’s episode of Morning Joe, along with her new fiancé and co-host Joe Scarborough. “He lived a remarkable life, and it’s nearly impossible to boil down all that he did, the impact he had, and all that he meant to so many people, but Continue reading "Morning Joe Pays Tribute to Mika’s Father Zbigniew Brzezinski"

White House Communications Director Mike Dubke Resigns


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Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 07.26.18 White House communications director Mike Dubke has resigned after three months on the job, according to a report in Axios. The resignation is the first sign of a massive shakeup of President Donald Trump’s communications team, reportedly forthcoming following a disastrous week in which his administration failed to contain the fallout from a number of damaging reports. According to Axios:
Dubke served for just three months before tendering his resignation May 18. He offered to stay through the overseas trip, and Trump accepted. He has been trying to help restructure the press and communications operation, and is parting on good terms, a senior administration official said.
The report also notes that the resignation will be accompanied by broader changes in the comms team. Sean Spicer will remain press secretary, but do fewer on-camera briefings, and Trump himself with play a larger role in communicating the White House message to the Continue reading "White House Communications Director Mike Dubke Resigns"

McMaster ‘Not Concerned’ With New Reports About Jared Kushner, Russia


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National Security Advisor HR McMaster said he was “not concerned” following reports that Jared Kushner attempted to set up secret backchannels with Russian officials. A Washington Post story out Friday reported that Kushner proposed establishing a “secret and secure” backchannel with the Kremlin to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Speaking to reporters traveling with President Donald Trump to the G7 summit in Italy, McMaster said “the U.S. frequently sets up backchannels to countries for discreet communications.” “We have backchannel communications with a number of countries,” McMaster said. “What that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner so I’m not concerned.” According to Politico, chief economic advisor Gary Cohn declined to answer questions about the Kushner reports. The New York Times reported that the backchannel between Trump officials and Russia would be in service of Michael Flynn — McMaster’s predecessor — who was ousted from Continue reading "McMaster ‘Not Concerned’ With New Reports About Jared Kushner, Russia"

‘This is a Temporary State of Affairs’: Biden Rails Against Populism and Trump in Speech at Cornell


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Former Vice President Joe Biden railed against populism, hate speech and — presumably — the Trump administration in a powerful keynote address at Cornell University’s commencement. “I thought we had passed the days where it was acceptable for political leaders at local and national levels to bestow legitimacy on hate speech and fringe ideologies,” Biden said. “But the world is changing so rapidly there are a lot of folks out there who are afraid, and susceptible to this kind of negative appeal.” Biden commented on “the forces of populism not only here, but around the world,” ostensibly a reference to the rising support for populist politicians — from President Donald Trump to France’s Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders. Biden also Continue reading "‘This is a Temporary State of Affairs’: Biden Rails Against Populism and Trump in Speech at Cornell"

Hannity is ‘Bad Business’: Media Matters President Defends Boycott of Fox News Host


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A boycott of Sean Hannity‘s program, spearheaded by liberal watchdog group Media Matters, was recently launched in response to the Fox News host’s promotion of a conspiracy theory about slain DNC staffer Seth Rich. The liberal nonprofit published a list of advertisers for Hannity’s show, to pressure them into dropping from his program — a move Hannity called “liberal fascism.” Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, joined Michael Smerconish on CNN Saturday to defend his calls to boycott Hannity’s program. “I am trying to provide information about Sean Hannity to people that have to make business decisions about their relationship with Sean Hannity,” Carusone said. Smerconish asked if the campaign amounts to censorship, which Carusone pushed back on: “I don’t think that it is censorship if a company doesn’t want to associate with or give money to a personality,” he said. “I’m not saying Sean Hannity shouldn’t be able to Continue reading "Hannity is ‘Bad Business’: Media Matters President Defends Boycott of Fox News Host"

Russian Banker: Jared Kushner Met With Known to U.S. Officials as ‘Putin Crony’


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Screen Shot 2017-05-27 at 10.29.21 White House senior advisor Jared Kushner reportedly met with a Russian banker known as a “Putin crony” to U.S. intelligence officials. Following reports that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law attempted to set up a secret backchannel with the Kremlin, an NBC News story reports that the Russian banker Kushner met with in December is known to U.S. officials as “a graduate of a ‘finishing school’ for spies who was often tasked with sensitive financial operations by Putin.” According to NBC:
Sergey Gorkov, 48, graduated from the FSB Academy, which was chartered in 1994 to educate Russian Intelligence personnel. He has long served Russian President Vladimir Putin in critical economic roles. Most recently, Putin chose him to head of the state-owned VneshEconomBank (VEB). As the Russian state national development bank, VEB has played a critical role in blunting the impact of U.S. sanctions against Russia by finding Continue reading "Russian Banker: Jared Kushner Met With Known to U.S. Officials as ‘Putin Crony’"

Michael Hayden On Jared Kushner’s Request to Russians: ‘Ignorance, Chaos, Hubris’


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CNN’s Michael Smerconish spoke with former head of the NSA and CIA Gen. Michael Hayden Saturday, in the wake of reports that White House senior advisor Jared Kushner tried to establish a backchannel with the Kremlin. Smerconish started by asking Hayden if Kushner’s actions struck him more as the result of “nefarious” intentions, or “naiveté.” “Well Michael right now I’m going with naiveté, and that’s not, particularly, very comforting for me,” Hayden responded. “I mean what manner of ignorance, chaos, hubris, suspicion, contempt would you have to have to think that doing this with the Russian ambassador was a good or an appropriate idea,” he added. “So again, naiveté doesn’t make me feel good about many things.” Hayden pointed out that the talks could have been borne out of President Donald Trump’s distrust for the previous administration, noting that was nonetheless dumbfounding, in the light of accusations that Continue reading "Michael Hayden On Jared Kushner’s Request to Russians: ‘Ignorance, Chaos, Hubris’"

Gary Cohn Says Coal ‘Doesn’t Even Make That Much Sense Anymore’


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Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 13.57.24 President Donald Trump’s economic adviser Gary Cohn trashed coal in comments to reporters aboard Air Force One Friday, according to the pool report. “Coal doesn’t even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” Cohn said. The comment is remarkably at odds with the rhetoric Trump campaigned on, specifically his promise to revive the coal industry. Trump’s pledge to “put miners back to work” has often been credited with the president’s electoral success in the Rust Belt, once home to a booming coal industry. As many have pointed out, Trump is unlikely to be able to put people back to work in the coal mines, and it looks like Cohn is aware with that reality, pointing to other more viable sources of energy. “Natural gas, which we have become an abundant producer, which we’re going to became a major exporter of, is such a cleaner fuel,” Cohn said. “If Continue reading "Gary Cohn Says Coal ‘Doesn’t Even Make That Much Sense Anymore’"

‘Complete Disaster’: John Boehner Grades Trump’s Presidency


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Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 12.05.25 Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner called President Donald Trump’s tenure thus far a “complete disaster” at an energy conference in Houston, according to the Associated Press. Speaking before the conference on Thursday, Boehner “praised Trump for his approach abroad and his aggressiveness in fighting Islamic State militants,” but noted that aside from foreign policy, his administration has been unimpressive: “Everything else he’s done (in office) has been a complete disaster,” Boehner said, according to Rigzone, an energy publication. “He’s still learning how to be president.” The Ohio Republican has grown increasingly outspoken since leaving office, often waxing poetic about the joys of retirement in the midst of a particularly thorny political climate. Per Rigzone, Boehner said “I wake up every day, drink my morning coffee and say, ‘Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.'” He also shut down out the possibility of running for future office: “I drink red wine. I smoke Continue reading "‘Complete Disaster’: John Boehner Grades Trump’s Presidency"

Dana Loesch: Media and ‘Progressive Left’ Are to Blame for Violence Against Reporters


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In the wake of newly elected Montana lawmaker Greg Gianforte’s body-slam of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, most pundits took to the airwaves to condemn the assault, and a few pointed to President Donald Trump’s encouraging of hostility towards the press as creating the climate for such incidents. Enter Dana Loesch — NRA spokesperson and foot-soldier in the War on Women — with the hottest take: Gianforte’s assault on Jacobs can be blamed on the media and the “violent progressive left.” In an segment with Tucker Carlson that may as well have been titled ‘But The Left!’, Loesch was careful to note that while Gianforte “behaved wrongly,” the media “in some respects, is culpable.” “The violent progressive left is in some respects culpable,” Loesch added. She went on to claim that the media has “underreported, and in some cases not reported at all, the violent behavior of many on the progressive left.” Loesch Continue reading "Dana Loesch: Media and ‘Progressive Left’ Are to Blame for Violence Against Reporters"