BREAKING: Stephanie Grisham Announced as Next White House Press Secretary by Melania Trump


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First Lady Melania Trump just announced via Twitter that Stephanie Grisham, who has served as the First Lady’s press secretary, will be replacing outgoing Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House press secretary. Grisham has long been rumored as the presumptive favorite to take the Press Room podium and will become the third press secretary to serve President Donald Trump, following Sean Spicer then Sanders. For the second time, the Trump administration is combining the Press Secretary role and Communications Director role as Grisham will be filling both Sanders’ and Bill Shine‘s former position all at once. Melania Trump tweeted:

Trump Threatens Iran With ‘Obliteration’ After ‘Mental Retardation’ Attack: ‘Very Ignorant and Insulting’


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It currently appears that, under President Donald Trump, American foreign policy has devolved into a game of grade school playground exchanging of insults. At least that’s where we are in light of the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran. Trump responded on Twitter Tuesday to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calling the Trump administration’s new economic sanctions on the Persian Gulf state “outrageous and idiotic” and adding that the White House is “afflicted with mental retardation.” Trump tweeted a three-part Twitter thread. “Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality,” he wrote, while also touting the “most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone.” “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force,” Trump continued. “In some Continue reading "Trump Threatens Iran With ‘Obliteration’ After ‘Mental Retardation’ Attack: ‘Very Ignorant and Insulting’"

Trump Threatens Iran With ‘Obliteration’ After ‘Mental Retardation’ Attack: ‘Very Ignorant and Insulting’


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It currently appears that, under President Donald Trump, American foreign policy has devolved into a game of grade school playground exchanging of insults. At least that’s where we are in light of the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran. Trump responded on Twitter Tuesday to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calling the Trump administration’s new economic sanctions on the Persian Gulf state “outrageous and idiotic” and adding that the White House is “afflicted with mental retardation.” Trump tweeted a three-part Twitter thread. “Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality,” he wrote, while also touting the “most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone.” “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force,” Trump continued. “In some Continue reading "Trump Threatens Iran With ‘Obliteration’ After ‘Mental Retardation’ Attack: ‘Very Ignorant and Insulting’"

Ben Stein on Fox Business: ‘Black People’ Feel Attachment to Being ‘Underdogs’ and ‘Being Victimized’


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Ben Stein cannot be defined by a simple label. The former 80s actor, game show host, economist, lawyer and former speechwriter for both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford also appears to consider himself something of an expert on “black people,” evidenced by the punditry he provided on Fox Business’ Trish Regan Primetime. Host Trish Regan noted to her guest the current record low unemployment for Black-Americans under President Donald Trump, before asking if the political loyalty of Black-Americans might be starting to shift from traditionally supporting the Democratic party to the Republican party. Stein admitted that he didn’t “think that was true,” adding that he doesn’t know why. He then explained his reasoning, stating “There is a very deep attachment to black people feeling like they’re the underdogs and the feeling like they’re being victimized.” He then added, fairly, “and for a very long time they were underdogs, Continue reading "Ben Stein on Fox Business: ‘Black People’ Feel Attachment to Being ‘Underdogs’ and ‘Being Victimized’"

Eugene Robinson: Trump Got Votes from Some Black Men Because of the ‘Bling’ and ‘Gangsta’ Image


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Morning Joe regular and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson offered an interesting insight to explain some of the support then-candidate Donald Trump benefitted from the community of black men in the 2016 general election Tuesday morning, saying that Trump’s “faux machismo” was behind some electoral support. The comment came in the context of promoting Joy-Ann Reid’s new book The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story which is in book stores today. Robinson noted that — outside of the five boroughs of New York City — Trump didn’t have much following in the black communities until he started the “birther thing.” “Black people started to pay attention to him and not in a good way,” he stated, adding “because he was telling, you know, these ridiculous lies about the first African-American president in a way that sought to delegitimize him.” But Robinson did Continue reading "Eugene Robinson: Trump Got Votes from Some Black Men Because of the ‘Bling’ and ‘Gangsta’ Image"

Iranian President Hits Back at US Sanctions: The White House is ‘Afflicted by Mental Retardation’


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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hit back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday, calling the administration’s newly announced U.S. economic sanctions on the Persian Gulf state “outrageous and idiotic” and adding that the White House is “afflicted with mental retardation.” AP Reports:
Iran on Tuesday sharply criticized new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader and other top officials, saying the measures spell the “permanent closure” for diplomacy between the two nations. For his part, Iran’s president described the White House as “afflicted by mental retardation.” President Hassan Rouhani went on to call the sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “outrageous and idiotic,” especially as the 80-year-old Shiite cleric has no plans to ever travel to the United States.
Rouhani added, “The White House is afflicted by mental retardation and does not know what to do.” The term “retardation” as a means to Continue reading "Iranian President Hits Back at US Sanctions: The White House is ‘Afflicted by Mental Retardation’"

Joe and Mika Get Tense Over Politicized Rape Allegations: ‘I’m Just Trying to Complete a Sentence’


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Morning Joe co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough appeared to work through some communications issues Tuesday morning during a remarkably tense discussion over politicized rape allegations.  The context of this marital spat was President Donald Trump’s claim that writer E. Jean Carroll — who recently alleged that Trump assaulted her in an excerpt of a book to be published next week — was not his type. In a conversation of the media coverage and seeming political shoulder shrug over Carroll’s rape allegations, Brzezinski previously pointed her finger at Republican enablers of Trump’s character and alleged behavior, which has been “baked into the cake” of his character and reputation, ostensibly giving him a pass. Scarborough then pointed out that, in his esteem, the rape allegations against former President Bill Clinton brought forth by Juanita Broderick in the 90s, saying that Clinton also benefited from the same “baked in the cake” Continue reading "Joe and Mika Get Tense Over Politicized Rape Allegations: ‘I’m Just Trying to Complete a Sentence’"

Maxine Waters Under Fire For Accusing Trump of Provoking Iran: Don’t ‘Pretend Innocence’


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Rep. Maxine Waters finds herself on the receiving end of some pretty harsh criticism after she tweeted her own rebuke of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy on Iran. Last week an American drone was downed by Iranian military forces, which almost spawned a retaliatory strike by US Military. On Friday, Trump tweeted that the attack was “cocked and loaded” but called off the strike — and the potential deaths of 150 Iranians — was not proportional to the downing of an unmanned strike. Waters called out Trump for “stopping” a strike against Iran and siding with Iran’s claim that the American drone was in Iranian airspace. U.S. military officials, however, have steadfastly claimed that the downed drone was in International air space. Water tweeted:

A Prominent Writer Accused President Trump of Rape and the Media Shrugged


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Though it seems ancient by comparison, there was a time in the not-so-distant past in which a sitting president being accused of rape would be bombshell news. Wall-to-wall panel discussion on cable news suggesting a possible constitutional crisis and front page newspaper coverage with screaming headlines. This president, it seems is different, now we are so inured to sexual assault allegations against him. New York magazine website The Cut first published the mag’s cover story Friday afternoon. In it, well-known Elle advice column E. Jean Carroll alleged that she was assaulted by the then-businessman Donald Trump in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the ’90s. As skeptics have pointed out, Carroll’s account originates from a soon-to-be-published book entitled What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal, which has raised reasonable questions about the self-promotional timing. Yet in cable news interviews with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Continue reading "A Prominent Writer Accused President Trump of Rape and the Media Shrugged"

The View Buries Mayor Pete’s ‘Piss Poor’ Handling of Town Hall Protests: ‘Green Around the Edges’


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South Bend Mayor, and presidential hopeful, Pete Buttigieg held a town hall event Sunday evening in the college town over which he presides, and was met with protestors upset by the past firing of the city’s first African-American police chief, among other racial issues. The View co-hosts took note of the passion on display and had harsh words for how Buttigieg handled his constituents upset with Mayor Pete’s performance. Joy Behar kicked it off by saying Buttigieg should “fix what’s going on in South Bend” before trying to win the White House. “Do your job first there, and then run for president,” Behar said. Sonny Hostin, who went to college in South Bend, noted that Buttigieg “has a problem with the African-American community in South Bend which is 30% of the community. That’s significant.” After a commercial break, Whoopi Goldberg chimed in, saying Buttigieg’s response to protesters revealed Continue reading "The View Buries Mayor Pete’s ‘Piss Poor’ Handling of Town Hall Protests: ‘Green Around the Edges’"

Trump Assault Accuser E. Jean Carroll: ‘I Do Not Know if the President Ejaculated’


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Author E. Jean Carroll appeared on CNN’s New Day Monday morning and gave a detailed account of the sexual assault against President Donald Trump she wrote about in a new book, an excerpt of which appears this week as the cover story for New York magazine. Carroll outlined much of what she had written about but restated how fun and “charming” he found the then private businessman Trump to be as they shopped around a nearly empty Bergdorf Goodman outlet in the early 90s. The interview took a darker turn, however, as Carroll described the alleged attack, avoiding graphic detail. What Carroll described was being pinned against the dressing room wall “against her will” and alleging that Trump unzipped her pants, and left the rest for the viewer’s imagination. Any ambiguity of what occurred happened in the second segment after a commercial break (and featured above) in which host Continue reading "Trump Assault Accuser E. Jean Carroll: ‘I Do Not Know if the President Ejaculated’"

Scarborough Slams ‘Pathetic’ Mike Pence for ‘Lying’ Over Border Detention Conditions: ‘Should Read the Gospels’


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Joe Scarborough lit into Vice President Mike Pence for what he saw as “lying” to CNN’s Jake Tapper over “deplorable” conditions at border detention centers for children reported by a heart-wrenching story in this week’s New Yorker. The article reports that the conditions of border detention centers holding young children are nearly uninhabitable, with children being denied basic needs like soap, toothbrushes and even a warm and safe place to sleep. Or as was described in the segment above, “7 and 8-year-olds simply being forced to take care of 5-month-olds so they don’t know, because no one else would soiled diapers, shirts covered with mucus.” When confronted about these conditions by Tapper on Sunday’s CNN program State of the Union, VP Pence appeared to jovially dismiss the claims of government-sanctioned squalor as a result of congressional appropriations delays. After airing the clip, a visibly shocked Scarborough replied:
“Mike Pence Continue reading "Scarborough Slams ‘Pathetic’ Mike Pence for ‘Lying’ Over Border Detention Conditions: ‘Should Read the Gospels’"

ICE Raids to Round Up Immigrants Across Major Cities to Start This Weekend: Reports


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Multiple outlets appear to be confirming reports that ICE is planning a massive effort to take into custody those undocumented and illegal migrants across nearly a dozen cities. Writing for The Washington PostNick Miroff reports:
President Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin with predawn raids in major U.S. cities on Sunday, according to three U.S. officials with knowledge of the plans. The “family op,” as it is referred to at ICE and the Department of Homeland Security, is slated to target up to 2,000 families facing deportation orders in as many as 10 U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and other major immigration destinations, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the law Continue reading "ICE Raids to Round Up Immigrants Across Major Cities to Start This Weekend: Reports"

Trump Explains Decision to Abort Iran Strike: Death of 150 People ‘Not Proportionate’ to Shooting a Drone


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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the Oval Office the White House on June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump explained his Thursday night decision to abort a retaliatory attack on Iran after the Persian Gulf nation downed of an unmanned American drone earlier in the week. Trump took to Twitter and explained his actions in a four-part Twitter thread. “On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters,” Trump wrote. “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not … proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world.”

Scarborough Hits Trump Over Scuttled Iran Attack: ‘Loves To Insult, Loves To Bully, and Then Pulls Back’


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Joe Scarborough responded to reports of the decision to scuttle retaliatory attacks after Iran downing an American drone by noting a curious pattern in President Donald Trump’s behavior: he “loves to insult, loves to bully and then pulls back.” This particular Morning Joe segment opens with John Heilemann questioning what he sees as a lack of a cogent and well-informed foreign policy that plays in a catch-as-catch-can manner, or what he cleverly called an “ad-hocracy.” Scarborough followed, and in a long and meandering question to frequent Morning Joe guest Eugene Robinson, Scarborough called out what he deemed to be something of a character flaw in the commander in chief, evidenced by Trump’s last-minute calling off of a military strike against Iran. Noting what he deemed as an emerging “definite trend” Scarborough defined “the limits of Donald Trump’s approach which is to threaten, to insult, to bully and Continue reading "Scarborough Hits Trump Over Scuttled Iran Attack: ‘Loves To Insult, Loves To Bully, and Then Pulls Back’"

Fox & Friends Hosts Spar Over Scuttled Attacks: ‘Where is America’s Response to Iran’s Belligerence?’


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Things got a tad heated on the set of Fox & Friends Friday morning as hosts Brian Kilmeade and Ainsley Earhardt appeared to be at odds over reports that President Donald Trump scuttled retaliatory air strikes in response to Iran’s downing of an American drone. Fox & Friends is reportedly the president’s favorite television program, likely because it consistently offers a very pro-Trump position for the right-of-center opinion show. Kilmeade, however, has proven in the past to be the occasional outlier in what critics have derided as “state-run tv.” Previously in Friday’s program, Kilmeade stated his belief that the decision not to attack in response is sending the wrong message in the Middle East, and will only beget more attacks. After he made the same argument, Earnhardt pushed back — though in a way consistent with her Southern charming way — defending the Trump administration’s foreign policy on Iran. Continue reading "Fox & Friends Hosts Spar Over Scuttled Attacks: ‘Where is America’s Response to Iran’s Belligerence?’"

Brian Kilmeade Belittles Trump’s Calling Off Iran Air Strikes: ‘No Action Looks Like Weakness’


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Fox & Friends opened Friday mornings show with news reports and panel discussions that focused on President Donald Trump’s reported decision to call off air strikes on Iran in retaliation to a downed American drone from earlier in the week. Co-host Brian Kilmeade appeared to contradict to the White House in condemning the broader lack of action and suggesting that Trump’s unwillingness to engage will only lead to more attacks. The New York Times reported Thursday evening that the President had approved the retaliatory attacks on Iran but that President Trump called them off at roughly 7:30 PM and instead chose to send a diplomatic message to Iranian leaders through Oman, encouraging talks over conflict. Kilmeade appeared to take issue with the lack of action, saying” North Korea is watching. All our enemies are watching. Of course, Assad is watching. and for seven weeks, nothing but provocations.” He then Continue reading "Brian Kilmeade Belittles Trump’s Calling Off Iran Air Strikes: ‘No Action Looks Like Weakness’"

Napolitano Shocked By Gallagher Trial Bombshell: Once in a Lifetime, Witness on the Stand Says ‘He Didn’t Do it, I Did’


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Fox News’ Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano expressed genuine shock at today’s bombshell testimony during Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s trial today, saying that  “it’s highly irregular, highly unusual, happens once in your lifetime that’s a lot that a witness gets on the stand and says ‘He didn’t do it, I did.'” Napolitano said that “this is almost Perry Mason-like, what stands out to me is this is a government witness that the government chose to put on the stand. Obviously, without thoroughly debriefing the witnesses, it’s almost unheard of for the government witness to say I did it.” The trial of Navy SEAL accused war criminal took a dramatic turn Thursday when a SEAL Team Seven medic revealed in testimony that he believes that he killed the teenaged ISIS fighter and not Gallagher himself. In stunning testimony, combat medic Corey Scott revealed that he put his thumb over Continue reading "Napolitano Shocked By Gallagher Trial Bombshell: Once in a Lifetime, Witness on the Stand Says ‘He Didn’t Do it, I Did’"

Eddie Gallagher Trial Bombshell: SEAL Team Seven Medic Claims HE Killed ISIS Fighter


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The trial of Navy SEAL accused war criminal Eddie Gallagher took a dramatic turn Thursday when a SEAL Team Seven medic revealed in testimony that he believes that he killed the teenaged ISIS fighter — and not Gallagher himself. Gallagher was turned in by seven of his fellow Navy SEALs for a series of war crimes, including apparently shooting civilians for sport. SEALs said he used a sniper rifle to gun down a school-age girl and an old man. In 2017, SEALs told investigators, Gallagher walked up to a teenage ISIS fighter being treated by medics and stabbed the prisoner to death with a hunting knife. In Thursday’s stunning testimony, combat medic Corey Scott testified on behalf of the prosecution that Gallagher had indeed stabbed the prisoner with a hunting knife. During cross-examination, however, he revealed that he put his thumb over a breathing tube after Gallagher stabbed the wounded Continue reading "Eddie Gallagher Trial Bombshell: SEAL Team Seven Medic Claims HE Killed ISIS Fighter"

‘Breaking News: Pigs Fly!’ Joe Scarborough Admits to Agreeing With Sean Hannity


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A Mika-less episode of Morning Joe opened Thursday morning with Joe Scarborough doing the previously unthinkable: agreeing with cable news rival Sean Hannity over the Trump administration’s conflict with Iran. Hannity interviewed President Donald Trump which aired Wednesday, and after the Fox News primetime host expressed real worry about the rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the commander in chief simply said: “don’t you worry about a thing.” Morning Joe opened with that clip, after which Scarborough exclaimed: “breaking news: pigs fly!” He then admitted that he shares the same concerns as his ideological foe. “ I agree with Sean Hannity. I really do. I mean, and anybody that’s seen what Iran’s done over the past decade, well, why don’t we just take it back a notch to 1979?” While this aired, Bob Marley’s Everything’s Gonna Be Alright Continue reading "‘Breaking News: Pigs Fly!’ Joe Scarborough Admits to Agreeing With Sean Hannity"