A Connecticut woman accused former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriately touching her back in 2009, during a lunch fundraiser for Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). 43-year-old Amy Lappos first came out with this allegation in a Facebook comment in response to a post about Lucy Flores, a Nevada politician who has accused Biden of inappropriately touching her in 2014.
Lappos commented the following on Facebook under the pseudonym Alice Paul:
“I’m really disappointed to see this [Facebook] post ask ‘thoughts’ as if the grossness of men invading women’s boundaries to sniff and touch is debatable,” she said in response to a post asking for “thoughts” on Flores’ comments. “And shame on some of the women here excusing this as boys being boys or it’s not as bad as Trump. I can speak from experience when I say it’s an incredibly uncomfortable situation and not at all acceptable. We Continue reading "Woman Says Biden Inappropriately Touched Her at a Fundraiser: He Grabbed My Head, Neck, ‘Pulled Me in to Rub Noses With Me’"
Former Senator Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL) thinks former Vice President Joe Biden‘s apology to Lucy Flores for inappropriately touching her should be accepted as good enough. Biden is a good person, she told CNN’s Dana Bash, and it is is unfair to accuse “a man who spent his life being nice to people” over a misunderstanding.
Flores, a former Democratic state assembly member from Nevada, said during a campaign event in 2014, Biden had inappropriately put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and kissed her head. Biden says acting inappropriately was never his intention.
Bashed asked Moseley-Braun whether Biden’s statement was enough.
“I think so. I think so. What else are you supposed to do? You know, ‘Lucy, I’m sorry, I got too close to you?’ I mean, seriously, what else is he supposed to do? He’s apologized to her and said he will listen Continue reading "Dem Ex-Senator Defends Biden: ‘What is He Supposed to Say … I’m Sorry I Got Too Close to You?’"
In a back-and-forth discussion on CNN Newsroom Monday morning, Jim Sciutto repeatedly tried to get a border patrol agent to decide whether migrants illegally crossing the southern border are “evil, dangerous people” participating in an “invasion,” or whether they are simply “desperate people looking for help.” Border patrol agent Chris Cabrera refused to choose.
“Is this an invasion? Are these evil dangerous people who are trying to come in or are they desperate people weather you agree with it or not, are they desperate people looking people?” Scuttio asked Cabrera, in response to President DonaldTrump‘s description of the migrants headed up toward the United States-Mexico border.
Cabrera said “the short answer is yes, both.” He added that while many of the migrants are desperate and looking to escape harm in their own countries, there are also many “wolves in sheep’s clothing” who are taking advantage Continue reading "CNN’s Jim Sciutto Presses Border Patrol Agent Who Refuses to Say Immigrants are Only ‘Desperate’"
Outnumbered had a heated debate on President Donald Trump‘s rally in Michigan last night, in middle of a discussion over his tackling of health care — specifically, his promise to get rid of Obamacare. Fox News’ Harris Faulkner jokingly attributed Congress’s inability to come to a conclusion to their being “politically constipated.”
Fox News’ Ed Henry argued Trump is pushing back on their ideas for health care because he “loves the chaos.”
“It seems like they like chaos,” he said. “And while he’s got all these people saying ‘don’t do this! It’s risky’ and all the rest. The President loves the risk and he loves the chaos. Meaning, if you rip apart Obamacare, you’ve got to come up with something new. He likes that.”
The other hosts agreed on Congress’s ineffectiveness and inability to compromise, and said Trump would have to fix an underlying constitutional error Continue reading "Fox News Anchor Ed Henry Says Trump is Wading Into Health Care Because He ‘Loves Chaos’"
Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough say members of the Trump administration who proposed Special Olympics funding cuts are not actual Nazis, but if they were, they’d be the ones from the television sitcom Hogan’s Heroes.
Mocking the people who defended President Donald Trump‘s funding cuts only for him to reverse course hours later, the MSNBC hosts laughed and joked that they’d make very “incompetent” Nazis.
“Whenever people get overcharged and start talking about Donald Trump and say, you know, they’re all Nazis, I say no, no, no, no, come on, they’re not Nazis. But if they were Nazis, they’d be the one’s from ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’” said Scarborough, referring to the incompetent commander character in the sitcom’s fictional Nazi camp: “I mean, this is Colonel Klink action here.”
Scarborough joked that personally, he’d rather compare Trump to the fictional, even less competent cartoon character Mr. Magoo, Continue reading "Morning Joe on Special Olympics Cuts: If Trump Administration Members ‘Were Nazis, They’d Be the Ones From Hogan’s Heroes’"
CNN traveled to Pennsylvania this week to ask Independents what they thought about President Donald Trump after seeing the results of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation. They answered that they care more about other issues.
“In the wake of Attorney General Barr’s letter to Congress and what we have learned about the Mueller investigation, is there anyone here who feels more or less supportive of Donald Trump?” CNN’s Randi Kaye asked a group of 8 Independent panelists.
The panelists, whether for or against Trump, said seeing the results of the Mueller report hadn’t changed their minds about him. The changed feeling they had after the report, they said, was a relief to move on to more pressing topics.
“The economy is way more important to me,” said one woman. Another panelist said “health care and the environment” are other issues that are important to him.
Kaye asked Continue reading "CNN Panel of Independent Voters Care More About Economy Than Mueller Report"
President Donald Trump‘s proposal to cut funding to the Special Olympics, which angered many, has spiked talks of his budget cut proposals over the years.
“President Trump has reversed his position on funding the Special Olympics. Originally, his administration thought $17 million was too much to pay for them,” said CNN’s Alisyn Camerota this morning. “Do you know what else is expensive? Trips to Mar-a-Lago.”
As Trump began his weekend in his Florida vacation home Friday, CNN broke down the cost of how many Mar-a-Lago trips it would take to pay for Trump’s various budget cut proposals. CNN’s John Avlon used a diagram of coins representing $3.4 million each, which according to the Washington Post, is the cost of each trip.
“Think about that number, because the President goes there a lot. Some 51 nights over 19 trips. That translates to $69 million taxpayer dollars just Continue reading "CNN’s John Avlon Asks: How Many Mar-a-Lago Trips Does It Take to Pay for Special Olympics?"
George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy aide to President Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign who the first to be charged in the Russia probe, claimed Thursday he was set up by the FBI to plead guilty to a crime he did not commit.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur, Papadopoulos said there was a lot about his case that the public did not know, and that he only found out after the fact.
The young former Trump aide said he was “threatened with a charge of acting as an agent of the Israeli government for obstruction of justice” after a man named Joseph Mifsud, who was allegedly connected to the Russian government, had contacted him in 2016 with dirt on Trump’s then-opponent, Hillary Clinton. Following Papadopoulos’ arrest, Mifsud went missing. He has yet to be found.
Papadopoulos said he found out eight months after pleading Continue reading "Papadopoulos Suggests He Was Setup by the FBI: ‘It’s Not What You Think It Is’"
The hosts of Thursday’s Outnumbered engaged in a heated conversation that led to mild shouting over each other, as Fox News’ David Webb and Marie Harf clashed over how impeachment talks impact the Democratic Party.
Katie Pavlich said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s inability to keep Democrats together on the issue of impeachment will inevitably help Republicans. Webb agreed, saying Democrats on Capitol Hill were progressively circling their party down a drain by focusing on President Donald Trump instead of other important issues.
“All the Democrats don’t have to row in the same direction, but what they’re doing is rowing in a circle and that circle is circling a drain,” he said. “The party is literally taking itself out of a national party to more of a regional party. And this is what’s going to happen if they keep going.”
Harf strongly disagreed, citing the 2018 primaries as showing Continue reading "Outnumbered Gets Heated After Guest Argues Electorate is Trending Towards GOP: ‘Get Your Facts Right’"
President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló were thought of as being on good terms over the years, even meeting with each other back in 2017 over hurricane recovery and financial restructuring. Trump had praised Puerto Rican officials and noted repeatedly that Rosselló had thanked him for his efforts.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: "The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered……
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to use “full force” to have Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report on the Trump-Russia investigation released to the public, she reportedly told Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski in a private interview Wednesday.
Brzezinski told Joe Scarborough this morning that she had spoken to the Speaker regarding a book she was writing when Pelosi began discussing the Mueller report.
“I asked her if she’d be using her powerful platform as Speaker of the House to call on the Attorney General to release the Mueller report in its entirety, and this is what she said,” said Brzezinski, then turning to her notes and reading a transcript from Pelosi’s statement aloud.
Pelosi had told Brzezinski she is willing to use “leverage” in getting Attorney General William Barr to release Mueller’s report and underlying documents, and that she intends to use “full force” in making sure the public Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski: Speaker Pelosi Intends to Use ‘Full Force’ to Get Mueller Report Out"
Facebook has decided to come out hard against “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism” on its platforms, announcing a ban that would span Facebook and Instagram.
In a statement released to its own platform Wednesday, the big tech company promised to utilize tools such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to weed out white supremacy from its site. Moreover, Facebook has created an algorithm that redirects searches for words related to white supremacy or white nationalism to a website that aims to combat hate.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) confronted State Secretary Mike Pompeo Wednesday afternoon over the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Connolly invoked Pompeo’s recent meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh.
“At that meeting you said, I believe, that they would be held to account. But you were meeting with a man who is assuring you they would be held to account, when he is himself suspected strongly of having orchestrated the murder,” he said, lamenting Khashoggi was denied his inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness the day he was murdered in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.
Connolly said he had himself met with Khashoggi, who lived in his district. They had discussed Saudi issues. Connolly expressed bewilderment that President Donald Trump‘s administration would continue to engage in “business as normal” when it was confirmed that the Saudis were responsible for Khashoggi’s Continue reading "Dem Congressman Confronts Pompeo Over Khashoggi Murder: Will We Hold Saudi Crown Prince Accountable?"
Former FBI Director James Comey urged for Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report to be made public, saying Tuesday he “can’t quite understand” why Mueller would neither charge nor exonerate President Donald Trump on obstruction of justice, per NBC News. Comey said he had no doubt the Russians had interfered in the 2016 presidential election to favor Trump.
Speaking to a Queens University event in Charlotte, Comey said he found Attorney General William Barr‘s summary of Mueller’s report “really confusing.” Barr’s letter, released Sunday, had said Mueller found no evidence of Russian collusion, but that the President was still not exonerated.
“The part that’s confusing is, I can’t quite understand what’s going on with the obstruction stuff,” he said, adding an obstruction case should not be “undermined by the absence of proof of an underlying crime.”
After weeks of speculation over who will “choose” former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to be their running mate – all eyes on former vice president Joe Biden – Abrams has decided to clear the air. Speaking to the women on The View Tuesday morning, Abrams said she doesn’t plan to “run” as a running mate for Biden or anyone else.
“I think you don’t run for second place,” said Abrams, to a cheering audience. “If I’m going to enter a primary, then I’m going to enter a primary.”
Biden was mocked heavily last week after it was suggested he wanted to have Abrams on his ticket in order to balance his “old white male” presence.
JUST IN: Asked about rumors Joe Biden might consider selecting her as his 2020 running mate, Stacey Abrams tells @TheView, "I think you don't run for second place."
Former Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate and now 2020 presidential contender Stacey Abrams says her failed campaign in 2018 is what will help her win her next election.
“I think that the success I had in our election transforming the electorate, the work I’ve done as a business leader, as a civic leader, as a political leader positions me to be just as capable as becoming the president of the United States as anyone running,” Abrams told the hosts of CBS This Morning.
The Democratic candidate thanked the people who encouraged her to run for office Tuesday morning, saying she hadn’t initially thought of the idea for herself even though she had been “having drinks” with other people who were thinking of running for office. She added she hopes to run her presidential campaign differently than she ran her gubernatorial campaign.
“My responsibility… is to make sure I’m running for the Continue reading "Stacey Abrams: Failed Run in 2018 Positions Her ‘Just as Capable’ as ‘Anyone Running’ for President in 2020"
Attorney and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz warned Special Counsel Robert Mueller not to sabotage himself after releasing his Trump-Russia findings by engaging in public opinion the way former FBI Director James Comey did after choosing not to prosecute former State Secretary Hillary Clinton.
“My question is will the Mueller report pass the Comey test? Remember, the Comey test is when you decide not to indict somebody, you don’t then say ‘oh my God, but she engaged in extreme carelessness,'” said Dershowitz, regarding Comey’s decision to criticize Clinton even after choosing not to prosecute her. “Everybody condemned him for that. So will the Mueller report commit the same sin?”
Comey was fired for his handling of Clinton’s case, calling her actions careless even after concluding that he won’t indict her. Dershowitz warned Mueller not to similarly get caught in mulling over the findings of his own report on Trump Continue reading "Alan Dershowitz Warns Mueller Not to ‘Commit the Same Sin’ with Trump That Comey Committed with Hillary"
Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti is “concerned” and “scared” about the charges against him — which he denied in an interview with CBS This Morning.
In his first interview since being arrested on federal charges of wire fraud and extorting $20 million from Nike in separate cases in New York and California, Avenatti said he was “nervous,” “concerned,” and “scared” of the charges.
“Sure, I’m nervous, I’m scared, I’m all of those things, and If I wasn’t, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense,” he said.
NEW: In his first interview since being arrested on federal charges of wire fraud and extortion, attorney @MichaelAvenatti denies charges but says he's "concerned" and "scared."
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) responded to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday, calling him out on indictment charges he faces in his home country after he swiped at her in a speech.
“From this Benjamin: It’s not about the Benjamins!” Netanyahu had said in an video address to the American Israeli Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning, referring to Omar’s infamous tweet accusing U.S. politicians of being beholden to Israeli money.
CNN’s Brian Stelter broke down the outcome of the dropped charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett Tuesday, musing the media “may never know what happened” on the night of the alleged attack against him.
Stelter says he thinks Smollett will get his job back from 20th Century Fox.
“The narrative has once again changed from victim to villain back to victim, it’s been very confusing… people don’t know what to believe and we may never really know what happened on that street in Chicago,” said Stelter. “But for his fans, his friends, this is a triumphant moment, that he can get back to what he wants to do, which is work.”
After facing ridicule on Twitter over his comment that “we may never really know what happened,” Stelter doubled down on his earlier statement, saying it is impossible to know whether or not Chicago police should be taken seriously Continue reading "Brian Stelter on Smollett: ‘We May Never Know What Happened On That Street’"