Ex-CNNers Lou Dobbs and Stuart Varney Fume About the Current State of the Network: ‘It Makes Me Mad as Hell’


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Two former CNN anchors shared heated sentiments over what they say is CNN’s growing political bias since their departure — lamenting the network had fallen in deeper with Democrats ever since President Donald Trump was elected to office. Now at Fox Business, the ex-CNN anchors — Lou Dobbs and Stuart Varney — described feelings of anger and sadness toward their former employer. “To watch these folks that are playing with the outlet that you and I built along with hundreds of others, it is sad to think that creepy atmosphere is the legacy of Ted Turner. It’s horrific,” said Dobbs, who had been at CNN for 29 years until parting ways with the network in 2009 over a repeated clash of political views. Varney, another founding anchor, spent 21 years at the network. He resigned in 2001 after CNN founder Ted Turner referred to staff members who participated in Continue reading "Ex-CNNers Lou Dobbs and Stuart Varney Fume About the Current State of the Network: ‘It Makes Me Mad as Hell’"

Sens. Warren and Blumenthal Say They Don’t ‘Trust’ Barr’s Summary of Mueller Report


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Senate Democrats came out hard against Attorney General William Barr‘s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report, which had announced that President Donald Trump had been vindicated from charges of Russian collusion. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said they were not satisfied with Barr’s summary because they didn’t trust him. Asked by The Late Show comedian Stephen Colbert whether she trusts Barr’s judgement on the report, the Massachusetts senator said “no.” “And you shouldn’t have to ask me if I trust it,” Warren said, as the Monday evening audience cheered. “We should see the whole report. When we see the whole report, we’ll know what the basis is for the decision, period.” Blumenthal had a similar reaction when speaking to CNN’s John Berman Tuesday morning, urging Mueller to comment publicly on the report himself, in front of Congress.

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CNN Drops Mark Geragos After Legal Commentator Reported as Co-Conspirator in Avenatti Scheme


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The co-conspirator charged along with Michael Avenatti in a $20 million extortion plot against Nike has been revealed to be longtime CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos. Geragos had recently represented former NFL player and Nike representative Colin Kaepernick, in the football player’s lawsuit against the NFL. The criminal defense attorney, who represented a number of notable figures including Empire‘s Jussie Smollett and former Congressman Gary Condit, was the co-conspirator referred to in the criminal complaint against Avenatti, according to the Wall Street Journal. CNN told Mediaite that Geragos is no longer a contributor at the network.

Michael Avenatti Gets Roasted After Arrest: From 2020 to ’20 to 30′


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As if getting charged on an alleged $20 million extortion attempt from Nike wasn’t enough, Michael Avenatti now has to face the ridicule of the online mob. The former attorney, best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, is the subject of delight for many — particularly those already celebrating Trump’s vindication from Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s three-year-long Russia probe Sunday. “Finally time to take the bandages off of my massive “Avenatti 2020″ back tattoo. But first, to scan today’s headlines,” tweeted podcaster Patrick Monahan. MSNBC’s Sam Stein joked it “would be remarkable if Trump pardoned Avenatti just to own him.”

WATCH: Lindsey Graham Snaps at Reporter for Suggesting ‘Conflict of Interest’ During Mueller Presser


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During a press briefing on the conclusions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) became visibly aggravated when a reporter suggested a possible “conflict of interest” between him and President Donald Trump. The reporter brought up a speech Graham gave at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago over the weekend. “Does that public closeness with the President at least give an appearance of conflict of interest, given your role?” he asked. Graham reacted with incredulity, invoking the investigation of former President Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment back in the ’90s. “You’ve got to be kidding,” he said. “Did anybody ever ask during the Clinton impeachment that a Democrat was conflicted on speaking out on behalf of the President? I am a elected political official. I am a Republican. I’m going all over the country to speak to the Republican Party. I want Trump to win. I’m Continue reading "WATCH: Lindsey Graham Snaps at Reporter for Suggesting ‘Conflict of Interest’ During Mueller Presser"

NYT’s Michael Schmidt: Mueller Report ‘Not Satisfying’ Without Trump Testimony


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New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt feels Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into President Donald Trump is incomplete when it comes to questions of obstruction of justice, he told Morning Joe hosts Monday morning. Why did Mueller never seek a subpoena of Trump? Schmidt asked. Furthermore, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough added, why did members of the Trump administration lie about their contacts with Russians, if they were clear of guilt? Schmidt explained that Trump wanted to talk to Mueller, but his lawyers opposed the idea because they were afraid he would get himself in trouble by lying under oath. “We know of no subpoena that was served on the President. But because his lawyers thought he would lie, he didn’t go in for an interview,” said Schmidt. “They’re the ones that stopped him. He was the one that wanted to go in and do that. But this thing was concluded Continue reading "NYT’s Michael Schmidt: Mueller Report ‘Not Satisfying’ Without Trump Testimony"

Rep. Ilhan Omar Was ‘Sincerely Befuddled’ On Israeli Foreign Policy in Rare Admission of Being Underinfomed


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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) apologized online for saying “Israel has hypnotized the world” to commit “evil,” adding she did not realize her sentiments would be offensive to Jews. “In all sincerity, it was after my CNN interview that I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word ‘Hypnotize’ and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive,” the Democratic Congresswoman tweeted early Tuesday morning, agreeing with New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss, who had speculated earlier that “perhaps Ms. Omar is sincerely befuddled and not simply deflecting” with her comments about Israel.

Trump Campaign Appears to Be Photoshopping the President’s Fingers to Make Them Longer


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Spy Magazine‘s “short-fingered vulgarian” may have been satire roughly 30 years ago, but some jokes seem to have truth to them. It looks like President Donald Trump‘s fingers have been photoshopped on multiple social media platforms to make them seem longer, Gizmodo reported Monday. The technology website says they reached out to Trump’s re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale multiple times over the weekend to ask about it but received no response. Apparently, this was part of an effort to make the President seem not only more slender and more fit in his photos. Gizmodo found at least three different incidences since October 2018 where the President’s social media pages published photoshopped photos of him. Here’s one photo from his Facebook page on January 17, in which his pointed finger looks longer than it is: Here’s another one from the President’s Facebook page Continue reading "Trump Campaign Appears to Be Photoshopping the President’s Fingers to Make Them Longer"

Aviation Unions Say Mass Flight Cancelations Soon Likely Due to Shutdown: The System Will Completely ‘Unravel’


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President Donald Trump‘s government shutdown may soon have dire consequences on the aviation system, according to representatives of two major aviation unions. “If these workers can’t do their job, I can’t do mine,” said Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants, in a CNN panel Monday. “And these federal workers cannot cash thank you’s. They can’t. They have stressors on their family. They can’t even put a tank of gas in their car to get it to work. And as this starts to crumble and unravel, we’re going to see mass flight cancellations, we’re going to see a system that completely unravels and falls apart. We’ll not have private jets taking off to get people to the Super Bowl. No one will be able to get to Atlanta. This is going to have a massive economic impact.” Nelson added the extent of the effects Continue reading "Aviation Unions Say Mass Flight Cancelations Soon Likely Due to Shutdown: The System Will Completely ‘Unravel’"

Wendy Williams to Take Leave From Her TV Show for Health Reasons


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Wendy Williams, the 54-year-old host of The Wendy Williams Show, begins her “necessary, extended break” this week for health reasons — she announced on Twitter. “Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment,” Wendy Williams‘ family members wrote in a statement. “Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being.” In addition to dealing with her autoimmune thyroid disease, Williams is recovering from a shoulder fracture that “hurts like hell” which she had delayed treating until now. “In the key place where the fracture is, and trying to scurry Continue reading "Wendy Williams to Take Leave From Her TV Show for Health Reasons"

Journalists and Celebs Rush to Delete Tweets Slamming MAGA-Hat Kids


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You can delete your old tweets, but the internet is forever. At least, that’s what the Screenshot Bot tells us. Over the past 24 hours, journalists and public figures on Twitter have deleted previous posts slamming a group of MAGA hat-wearing teens for allegedly taunting a Native American vet, after more footage was released disputing the initial story. From CNN’s Jake Tapper to Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams, many on the internet are sharing a fuller explanation of the initial viral story. Others, however, are very subtly just using the ‘delete’ button. Recode editor and New York Times contributing op-ed writer Kara Swisher, for instance, deleted one tweet saying she was thinking of “finding every one of these shitty kids and giving them a very large piece of my mind,” and other tweets throwing slurs like “Nazi” and “nationalist.” Sinclair chief political correspondent Scott Thurman deleted a Continue reading "Journalists and Celebs Rush to Delete Tweets Slamming MAGA-Hat Kids"

CNN’s Jake Tapper: Federal Government is ‘Inflicting Pain’ on Its Own People


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CNN’s Jake Tapper described President Donald Trump‘s most recent shutdown of the federal government a way of “inflicting pain” on Americans. “There are lots of people that are legitimately hurting, 800,000 federal workers, countless federal contractors, and all the people who depend upon them,” said Tapper to The Lead panelists Friday afternoon, during a segment on the government shutdown. “This is the federal government inflicting pain on its own citizens.” Panelist Ryan Lizza responded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been strangely missing-in-action during shutdown talks, despite having the power to conclude them. “He’s the person who in previous government shutdowns sort of had the key to unlock them,” said Lizza. “I don’t know what his strategy is here… At what point is Mitch McConnell gonna go to the president and say, ‘Alright, it’s gone on long enough… let’s strike a deal’?” Watch above, via CNN.

Sarah Sanders Fires Back at Pelosi Over Leaked Flight Charge: ‘Outrageous’ She’d Claim Trump Would Put Lives in ‘Jeopardy’


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in front of a press gaggle Friday, over an accusation that the Trump administration tried to sabotage Pelosi’s scheduled commercial flight to Afghanistan. “Unbecoming of the speaker to make that type of accusation,” said Sanders, per Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News. “Outrageous that she would accuse the president of the United States of putting any life in jeopardy.” President Donald Trump had written a letter delaying Pelosi’s scheduled trip to Brussels and Afghanistan after she’d written a letter delaying his scheduled Continue reading "Sarah Sanders Fires Back at Pelosi Over Leaked Flight Charge: ‘Outrageous’ She’d Claim Trump Would Put Lives in ‘Jeopardy’"

House Democrat on Trump’s Letter to Pelosi: He’s Acting Like a ‘Man-Baby’


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President Donald Trump is acting like a “man-baby” with his letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, says Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI). “We’re ready to take up any legislation that the president may sign or any legislation with sufficient votes to pass it without the President’s signature,” he told MSNBC’s Katy Tur. “This is the president essentially being a man-baby all over again.” The White House told reporters that the president had canceled Pelosi’s trips abroad in “tit-for-tat” reaction to Pelosi’s decision to postpone the President’s State of the Union address. Kildee called that a “ridiculous” statement. “I will tell you this: [Pelosi] is a woman who’ll take all responsibilities extraordinary,” he said. “He works hard — she works harder than anybody here on the globe. President Trump should take a lesson from her. If he worked that hard, he would not have and we would not have a Continue reading "House Democrat on Trump’s Letter to Pelosi: He’s Acting Like a ‘Man-Baby’"

Throw Back Thursday: Lindsey Graham And Laura Ingraham Used to Date


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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Fox News host Laura Ingraham used to date, apparently. Per two 1999 reports, the two were seen showing signs of affection in public shortly after former Democratic President Bill Clinton‘s impeachment trial. “Leggy blond pundit Laura Ingraham and chubby-cheeked Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-NC) are an item,” the New York Post‘s 1999 issue reported. “The personable Graham, 45, is one of the House managers and an emerging star of the trial. Ingraham is the take-no-prisoners host of MSNBC’s ‘Watch It!’ Ingraham said through a spokeswoman that she never comments on her private life. A call to Graham’s office Thursday was not returned.” The Washington Post, which had apparently broken the story, Continue reading "Throw Back Thursday: Lindsey Graham And Laura Ingraham Used to Date"

Laura Ingraham Praises Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Invites Her to Come On Her Show


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Fox News host Laura Ingraham praised newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on her late-night show Wednesday and invited the 29-year-old to come on as a guest. “Really impressive that she goes from being–you know, she was working at a coffee shop–fairly modest means, and she takes on this very liberal Crowley, Congressman Crowley, third in the leadership in the Democratic Party, and she just organizes the heck out of it and rolls right over him,” said Ingraham. “I kinda like the fact that she’s like, ‘You guys lost to Trump. I’m gonna help take this party in a new direction.’ I kind of admire that.” Last week, the young congresswoman slammed Ingraham’s show on Twitter and decried the network’s alleged support of white supremacy.

Howard Dean Slams Tulsi Gabbard: Doesn’t ‘Know What She’s Doing’ and ‘Not Qualified’


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Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean thinks all the 2020 Democratic candidates are qualified for the presidency, except for Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “I’m really not gonna take sides in this,” said Dean on CNN this morning, when asked for his thoughts on Democratic presidential candidates. “There are no candidates, with one exception, that I really don’t think should be president.” “And who’s that exception?” asked CNN’s John Berman. Dean replied, “Tulsi Gabbard. I don’t think she knows what she’s doing and I don’t think she should be qualified. She’s not qualified.” The former governor and DNC chairman based this on a report that Gabbard had met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad last year, as well as Continue reading "Howard Dean Slams Tulsi Gabbard: Doesn’t ‘Know What She’s Doing’ and ‘Not Qualified’"

Joe Manchin Calls Pelosi’s SOTU Letter to Trump the ‘Wrong Approach’


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Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) disagrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s approach to the government shutdown, saying she shouldn’t have rescinded her invitation to President Donald Trump to give the State of the Union address before Congress. “I’m not sure what her intentions are,” said Manchin, regarding Pelosi’s claim that she wanted to delay the SOTU for ‘national security’ reasons. “I have the utmost respect for Speaker Pelosi. But I think this is the wrong approach to be taking.” Asked by MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson whether the President should still give the SOTU address, Manchin said it’s up to Pelosi to invite him. “We should try to have every respect of dialogue that we possibly can,” said Manchin. “Where I come from in West Virginia we don’t act this way.” You can watch above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab]

Sean Hannity: Trump Will Soon Reveal ‘Five Different Buckets’ of Secret Info on FBI Corruption


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According to Fox News megastar Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump is sitting on a bombshell of information that could expose significant amounts of corruption under the Department of Justice. Speaking on his radio show Monday afternoon, Hannity addressed speculations that the President unfairly fired members of the FBI because they were investigating Russia. “Comey deserved to be fired,” said Hannity. “Sally Yates deserved to be fired. Frankly, there are a bunch of people still there that need to be fired.” Hannity, a longtime friend of the President, said he is hopeful and cautiously optimistic that equal justice will be promoted under newly appointed Attorney General William Barr. He added the corruption that occurred under former attorneys general, including Jeff Sessions, are yet to be exposed. “We know that the President has five different buckets of information that he’s holding in his hand that will reveal corruption Continue reading "Sean Hannity: Trump Will Soon Reveal ‘Five Different Buckets’ of Secret Info on FBI Corruption"

U.S. Attorney Goes Off on Fox News’s Gregg Jarrett’s Call For FBI to Be Shut Down: ‘Malicious’


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U.S. attorney Chuck Rosenberg pushed back at Fox News analyst Gregg Jarrett‘s call for the FBI to be shut down over the presumption of political bias. “This is an all-powerful, out of control agency, rogue agency, and frankly, it’s time that it be halted in its tracks, reorganized, and replaced with a new organization,” MSNBC’s Brian Williams quoted Jarrett as saying. “It is time that the FBI be halted.” Rosenberg, a former FBI official, slammed Jarrett’s statement as “deeply and maliciously false,” and implied he’d use improper words to describe it if he could. “Let me tell you this about the FBI, because I had the privilege of working there,” he said. “They are deeply tethered to the rule of law and to the Constitution, in particular with respect to counterintelligence investigations. They are among the most highly regulated investigations in our federal government…. And so the Continue reading "U.S. Attorney Goes Off on Fox News’s Gregg Jarrett’s Call For FBI to Be Shut Down: ‘Malicious’"