ESPN Host Goes Off on His Own Network For Banning Political Talk: We Don’t Have ‘The Stomach’ to Fight Trump


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An ESPN host is speaking out against his company’s policy requiring him and others on the network to stick to sports. In a scorching four-minute segment on his show Thursday, Dan Le Batard blasted ESPN for banning political talk — unless they’re specifically covering an athlete who has spoken out. Speaking on his TV-simulcasted ESPN Radio program, Le Batard went off — voicing his frustration on not being allowed to criticize President Donald Trump‘s rally on Wednesday, which he slammed as “un-American.” “There’s a racial division in this country that’s being instigated by the president,” Le Batard said. “And we here at ESPN haven’t had the stomach for that fight.” Le Batard traced the no-politics edict back to the feud between the White House and former ESPN host Jemele Hill. “Jemele did some things on Twitter and you saw what happened after that,” Le Batard said. “And Continue reading "ESPN Host Goes Off on His Own Network For Banning Political Talk: We Don’t Have ‘The Stomach’ to Fight Trump"

Rand Paul Attacks ‘Guttersnipe’ Jon Stewart in 9/11 Fund Fight: Used to See Through BS, ‘Now He is the BS’


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Rand Paul, who has been torn to shreds for impeding the progress of the 9/11 funding bill, is vigorously defending himself — arguing that he’s just looking out for the budget. And, in the process, he’s going after 9/11 fund advocate Jon Stewart. In a fiery interview on Fox News Thursday, the Kentucky senator absolutely tore into the former Daily Show host for — as he sees it — distorting his position. “It’s really disgusting,” Paul said. “He pretended for years when he was on his comedy show to be somebody that could be both sides and see through the BS. Now he is the B.S.” Paul accused Stuart of lying about his stance — insisting that he simply wants to debate the spending measure and is not blocking it. “Jon Stewart can’t just have a free pass to lie to people,” Paul said. “Think he’s a Continue reading "Rand Paul Attacks ‘Guttersnipe’ Jon Stewart in 9/11 Fund Fight: Used to See Through BS, ‘Now He is the BS’"

Unearthed Epstein Party Video Reveals Trump Grabbing Woman and Patting Her on the Behind


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Earlier, we posted about MSNBC airing unearthed footage of President Donald Trump and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein together at a 1992 party in Palm Beach. Now, one particular moment from the video is getting some attention on social media. In a moment flagged by Time editor at large Anand Giridharadas, Trump — at the 1:30 mark in the video above — can be seen grabbing a woman from behind, and then patting her on the buttock. The women at the Mar-a-Lago bash were cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills — whom Trump once tried to purchase. At one point in the footage, Trump was seen whispering to Epstein at gesturing to one of the women. According to ABC News, at least 17 women have accused the president of sexual misconduct. Most recently, longtime Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll claimed that Trump raped her in a New York department store. Continue reading "Unearthed Epstein Party Video Reveals Trump Grabbing Woman and Patting Her on the Behind"

Unearthed Epstein Party Video Reveals Trump Grabbing Woman and Patting Her on the Behind


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Earlier, we posted about MSNBC airing unearthed footage of President Donald Trump and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein together at a 1992 party in Palm Beach. Now, one particular moment from the video is getting some attention on social media. In a moment flagged by Time editor at large Anand Giridharadas, Trump — at the 1:30 mark in the video above — can be seen grabbing a woman from behind, and then patting her on the buttock. The women at the Mar-a-Lago bash were cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills — whom Trump once tried to purchase. At one point in the footage, Trump was seen whispering to Epstein at gesturing to one of the women. According to ABC News, at least 17 women have accused the president of sexual misconduct. Most recently, longtime Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll claimed that Trump raped her in a New York department store. Continue reading "Unearthed Epstein Party Video Reveals Trump Grabbing Woman and Patting Her on the Behind"

The Harder They Come the Harder They Fall: Beto O’Rourke Campaign Reportedly Going Broke


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Is Beto going broke? According to a report from the Daily Beast, the Beto O’Rourke campaign had a brutal second quarter of fundraising — posting a meager $3.6 million. To put that figure in perspective, the first 18 days of the campaign resulted in a haul nearly triple that — $9.3 million. In a statement published by the Beast, O’Rourke campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon didn’t even seem to try to sugarcoat the dismal figures. “We always need more [money], but we have enough to execute our strategy —- for now,” O’Malley Dillon said in the statement. The O’Rourke campaign got off to a rocky start earlier this year with the candidate coming under for saying he was “born” to run for president in a splashy rollout feature published by Vanity Fair. Since then, the former congressman from Texas — who lost narrowly to Sen. Ted Cruz Continue reading "The Harder They Come the Harder They Fall: Beto O’Rourke Campaign Reportedly Going Broke"

The View Absolutely Destroys ‘Cowardly’ GOP for Sitting Silent on Trump Tweets: Republicans, ‘Where the Hell Are You?!’


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The panelists of The View united Monday morning to absolutely destroy President Donald Trump for his racist tweets at four Congresswomen over the weekend. But they reserved most of their condemnation for a Republican party which has — to this point — refused to condemn the commander-in-chief. In a scorching opening segment, the panel shredded Republicans for not denouncing the president. Meghan McCain, the lone conservative, buried Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) over a Fox & Friends segment in which he referred to the congresswomen as “anti-America,” “anti-Semitic,” and “a bunch of communists.” “Seeing you on Fox & Friends was particularly, particularly hurtful,” McCain said. McCain went on to urge her colleagues to blast the GOP for their silence “Go at it, ladies,” McCain said. “Have a free for all. The cowardice I’m seeing — Republicans not speaking out … today is embarrassing.” “Bravo!” Whoopi Goldberg said. Continue reading "The View Absolutely Destroys ‘Cowardly’ GOP for Sitting Silent on Trump Tweets: Republicans, ‘Where the Hell Are You?!’"

AOC Accuses Trump of Leading GOP Into ‘Outright Racism’: ‘Hallmark Language of White Supremacists’


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Following his tweets on Sunday directing her and three other congresswomen to “go back” to their countries, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is accusing President Donald Trump of leading the Republican party into “outright racism.” In a Monday morning tweet, the congresswoman blasted the president for his racist tweets — calling some of the words he used “hallmark language of white supremacists.” “It’s important to note that the President’s words yday, telling four American Congresswomen of color ‘go back to your own country,’ is hallmark language of white supremacists,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.”

Newt Gingrich Defends Racist Tweets: Trump ‘Better Off’ When He Shows How ‘Anti-American’ Congresswomen Are


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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is defending President Donald Trump‘s racist tweets directed at four congresswomen as a savvy political gambit. Appearing Monday morning on Fox & Friends, Gingrich argued that the president is smart to put the quartet of Democratic House members in the spotlight — no matter what he does to put them there. “I think the president believes the more he can get the country to look at the so-called squad, the more he can get them to realize how radical they are, and how fundamentally anti-American their views are, in the long run, the better off he is,” Gingrich said. “I think he would like to see them the front page of the Democratic Party. And I think he thinks anything he does to elevate them is to his net advantage.” Trump, in a series of tweets on Sunday morning, directed Rep. Alexandria Continue reading "Newt Gingrich Defends Racist Tweets: Trump ‘Better Off’ When He Shows How ‘Anti-American’ Congresswomen Are"

CNN Owns Thursday’s Embarrassing White House Spectacle By Employing Brian Karem as a Contributor


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The narrative seemed so simple. So simple, and so easy to believe. When New York Times reporter Katie Rogers tweeted out her 38-second clip of the stunning, embarrassing White House clash between Trump administration castoff Sebastian Gorka and CNN contributor Brian Karem, it looked for all the world like the blame lied squarely with the former. “You’re a punk!” Gorka screamed at the outset of the clip – while getting right into the face of Karem. “You’re not a journalist! You’re a punk!” From there, chaos ensued, as a number of the conservative hangers-on who were at the White House for President Donald Trump’s absurd social media summit began doing what they do best – shouting full-throatedly into the void. It was an utterly humiliating spectacle – one sadly befitting this White House. The conclusion, on first blush, appeared as clear as it did unsurprising. Seb Continue reading "CNN Owns Thursday’s Embarrassing White House Spectacle By Employing Brian Karem as a Contributor"

It’s On: House Judiciary Authorizes Subpoenas for Kushner, Flynn, and Other Trump Heavies


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The gloves appear to be coming off. According to multiple reports, the House Judiciary Committee has authorized chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to subpoena 12 key witnesses — many of whom served in President Donald Trump’s administration — in its hearings on the Mueller report. Headlining the subpoena list: the president’s son-in-law — Jared Kushner. Other major figures include; former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Here’s the complete list:
1. Jared Kushner
2. Michael Flynn
3. John Kelly
4. Jeff Sessions
5. Corey Lewandowski
6. Rob Porter
7. Rod Rosenstein
8. David Pecker
9. Rick Dearborn
10. Dylan Howard
11. Keith Davidson
12. Jody Hunt

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Rush Limbaugh Loses it On Megan Rapinoe: ‘This Babe’ is ‘Showing Nike She Can Be Just as Anti-American as Kaepernick’


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Rush Limbaugh went off on World Cup soccer star Megan Rapinoe Wednesday — claiming she’s “as anti-American” as Colin Kaepernick. During a rant on his radio show hours after the World Cup champs were feted in New York City, Limbaugh accused Rapinoe of trying to score an endorsement contract by appealing to progressives. “You know what I think this babe may be angling for? Kaepernick!” Limbaugh said. “She wants a Kaepernick deal with Nike! Damn straight! She’s angling for a Kaepernick. She’s showing Nike she can be just as anti-American as Kaepernick. ‘Give me a chance. Let me do the LGBTQ angle of Kaepernick.'” Limbaugh went on to say, “They think this is the kind of stuff that’s going to defeat [President Donald] Trump. They think this is the kind of stuff that’s going to take Trump out. They think this is the kind of stuff that Continue reading "Rush Limbaugh Loses it On Megan Rapinoe: ‘This Babe’ is ‘Showing Nike She Can Be Just as Anti-American as Kaepernick’"

AOC Hammers Biden in Candid Interview: It’s a ‘Big Problem’ When You Talk About Segregationists in ‘Glowing Terms’


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Thus far, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has kept mum on who she plans to endorse in the 2020 Democratic primary. But based upon a new interview, it seems a pretty safe bet that the freshman representative won’t be backing former Vice President Joe Biden. In a candid sit-down with New Yorker editor David Remnick for the New Yorker Radio Hour, Ocasio-Cortez absolutely hammered the former vice president on several issues. During a discussion about septuagenarian candidates Biden and Bernie Sanders, the congresswoman said, “I think that, when it comes to age, I think age gets used as a proxy for capacity. And so I think there are some folks that are of a certain age where you can kind of question their capacity.” When asked for an example, Ocasio-Cortez cited President Donald Trump — saying that she believes the commander-in-chief is not “all there.” Remnick then asked Continue reading "AOC Hammers Biden in Candid Interview: It’s a ‘Big Problem’ When You Talk About Segregationists in ‘Glowing Terms’"

Like U.K. Ambassador, Other Diplomats Reportedly Sending Trump-Bashing Messages Home: ‘Everyone’ Does it


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On Wednesday morning, Kim Darroch resigned his post as U.K. ambassador to the U.S. following the leak of secret diplomatic cables in which he absolutely bashed President Donald Trump. Based on a new report, other diplomats may now be sweating from having sent similar communications home. According to The New York Times, Darroch — who, among other taunts, said Trump “radiates insecurity” and could “crash and burn” — is evidently not alone among diplomats in communicating similar sentiments to their governments. Gérard Araud, who recently retired as France’s ambassador to the U.S., said that intercepted cables between other governments would yield exchanges just like the ones Darroch had with Downing Street. “Yes, yes, everyone does,” Araud told the Times. Speaking anonymously, another diplomat who’s currently serving told the Times “it could have been any of us.” Darroch’s comments stung Trump, who said his Continue reading "Like U.K. Ambassador, Other Diplomats Reportedly Sending Trump-Bashing Messages Home: ‘Everyone’ Does it"

Alex Acosta Holds Presser Defending Epstein Plea Deal: If Not For Me, He Would Have Walked


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Facing heavy criticism and calls to resign over his handling of Jeffrey Epstein’s case as a Federal attorney in 2008, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta claimed that the disgraced financier would have gotten off with an even more lenient sentence if it weren’t for him. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Epstein shifted blame in the case to the Palm Beach state attorney’s office, and claimed that if it weren’t for the efforts of him and his colleagues in the Southern District of Florida federal attorneys’ office, Epstein wouldn’t have gone to prison for even a single day. “Simply put, the Palm Beach state attorney’s office was ready to let Epstein walk free,” Acosta said. “Our prosecutors… presented an ultimatum: Plead guilty to more serious charges, charges that required jail time, registration and restitution, or we would roll the dice and bring a federal indictment. Without the work of Continue reading "Alex Acosta Holds Presser Defending Epstein Plea Deal: If Not For Me, He Would Have Walked"

Alan Dershowitz Breaks Silence on Epstein Indictment: Claims Against Me are Politically Motivated


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Alan Dershowitz is speaking out for the first time since Jeffrey Epstein‘s indictment. The legal scholar — who was reportedly ticketed to appear on Hannity Monday night, but was not seen — broke his silence Tuesday morning on local radio in New York. Speaking with host Joe Piscopo, Dershowitz highlighted his top-line takeaway from the Epstein indictment. “The indictment itself is fairly bare bones,” he said. “From my point of view, the important thing is that it doesn’t mention me.” Dershowitz has been accused of participating in Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking operation. Virginia Giuffre, who is suing Dershowitz for defamation, claims she had sex with him as part of that operation. Dershowitz flatly denies the allegation. “I just didn’t know the person at all,” Dershowitz said. He added, “Since the day I met Jeffrey Epstein, I’ve only had sex with one woman. It’s very Continue reading "Alan Dershowitz Breaks Silence on Epstein Indictment: Claims Against Me are Politically Motivated"

Mitch McConnell’s New 2020 Opponent Drops Viral Launch Ad: Everything Wrong in Washington ‘Started With This Man’


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Mitch McConnell has a new challenger in his 2020 Senate race, and she’s coming out swinging. On Tuesday morning, Amy McGrath — a retired Marine fighter pilot — announced that she’s taking on the Senate majority leader in 2020. And she kicked off her bid with a three-minute campaign ad which promptly garnered a ton of attention on social media. In the ad, McGrath absolutely blasts McConnell — essentially blaming him for all of the disorder in Washington.
Everything that’s wrong in Washington had to start someplace. How did it come to this? That even within our own families, we can’t talk to each other about the leaders of our country anymore with out anger and blame. Well, it started with [McConnell], who was elected a lifetime ago, and who has — bit by bit, year by year — turned Washington into something we all despise. Where dysfunction, chaos are Continue reading "Mitch McConnell’s New 2020 Opponent Drops Viral Launch Ad: Everything Wrong in Washington ‘Started With This Man’"

CNN’s Bill Weir Rails Against Trump’s Handling of Environment: ‘Barron Trump Won’t Be Getting a 30-year Mortgage in Miami’


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President Donald Trump is set, on Monday, to tout his environmental record, but one CNN correspondent believes it’s a complete sham. Appearing on CNN Monday morning, Bill Weir ripped the president for his handling of climate change. “The president is old enough to remember when you could taste the air in Los Angeles, and when the Cuyahoga river in Ohio was on fire it was so polluted,” Weir said. “And today you can swim the Cuyahoga. It’s beautiful. And you can go to L.A. and see the San Gabriel mountains. That didn’t happen by accident … It happened when Nixon signed the Clear Air and Water Act, and then 40 years of deliberate lawmaking to grind this thing out.” Weir called on the president to invoke his youngest son, Barron, as part of a call to action on the topic. “He should step to the microphone and say, Continue reading "CNN’s Bill Weir Rails Against Trump’s Handling of Environment: ‘Barron Trump Won’t Be Getting a 30-year Mortgage in Miami’"

Trump Posts Fake Ronald Reagan Quote Predicting a Trump Presidency


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Trump Afraid to Say He Doesn't Trust Kim Jong Un Because 'It Would Be Very Insulting To Him' On June 4, President Donald Trump ripped actress Bette Midler as a “sick scammer” for sharing a statement on Twitter falsely attributed to the commander-in-chief. One month later, President Trump shared a statement on Twitter falsely attributed to former President Ronald Reagan. Trump tweeted the quote on Monday morning from an account purporting to represent the Reagan Battalion — a conservative news site. Only, the account was phony (it has seven followers) and so too was the quote it tweeted on Feb. 20, 2017 — superimposed over a picture of Trump and Reagan shaking hands. “For the life of me, and I’ll never know how to explain it, when I met that young man, I felt like I was the one shaking hands with the president,” Reagan allegedly said.

British Ambassador to U.S. Reportedly Slaughters Trump in Leaked Secret Cables: ‘Radiates Insecurity,’ Could ‘Crash and Burn’


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A leading British diplomat reportedly bashed President Donald Trump in leaked secret cables to Downing Street. According to a report over the weekend from the Daily Mail, Kim Darroch — U.K. ambassador to the U.S. — completely trashed Trump to top British government officials. “We don’t really believe this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” Darroch reportedly wrote. The ambassador also wrote that Trump may “crash and burn,” and that the “worst cannot be ruled out” regarding Russia. “And we could also be at the beginning of a downward spiral, rather than just a rollercoaster: something could emerge that leads to disgrace and downfall,” Darroch wrote. He added, “For a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity.” The president was asked about the reported Continue reading "British Ambassador to U.S. Reportedly Slaughters Trump in Leaked Secret Cables: ‘Radiates Insecurity,’ Could ‘Crash and Burn’"

Biden Throws Shade at AOC: ‘She Won a Primary. In the General Election Fights, Who Won?’


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Joe Biden seems to be more than a little skeptical about the rise of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — and whether she should serve as a standard bearer for the Democratic party going forward. Speaking with Chris Cuomo on CNN, the former vice president threw shade at Ocasio-Cortez — arguing that her support of Medicare for all and other progressive stances cannot win closely-contested elections in battleground states. “I’m happy to debate that issue, and all those issues with my friends,” Biden said. “Because guess what? Again, look who won the races. Look who won last time out. “By the way, I think Ocasio-Cortez is a brilliant, bright woman. But she won a primary. In the general election fights, who won? Mainstream Democrats who were very progressive on social issues, and very strong on education, health care.” Biden went on to stress the importance of appealing to the middle Continue reading "Biden Throws Shade at AOC: ‘She Won a Primary. In the General Election Fights, Who Won?’"