Political news sites are reaching across the aisle (to try and pull some cash out of Google and Facebook’s pockets)


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Who says bipartisanship is dead? Today’s lions-laying-down-with-lambs moment is a cross-ideological alliance that has the Tucker Carlson-founded Daily Caller working with Mediaite, Raw Story, and others to attempt to wrestle advertising dollars away from the usual suspects. The Wall Street Journal’s Lukas I. Alpert had the story of a political news partnership:
The alliance will offer marketers custom ad packages aimed at politically engaged readers, they said. “This is a way to try to bring some of the ad dollars now being directed at the tech behemoths back to midsize political publishers,” said Andrew Eisbrouch, the chief operating officer and general counsel at Law & Crime [and Mediaite]. “We want to offer a package that is different from what a marketer can get on Facebook or Google.” […] Political ad spending for the 2020 election cycle is expected to hit a record high of $9.9 billion, Continue reading "Political news sites are reaching across the aisle (to try and pull some cash out of Google and Facebook’s pockets)"

Mediaite is Hiring Editorial Interns for Summer 2019


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Mediaite is now accepting intern applications for Summer 2019. The ideal candidate is a current college student looking for hands-on writing and research experience at one of the major news and politics websites. Mediaite is a leading voice at the intersection of politics, media and entertainment. We are featured regularly on all the major news networks, and they get mentioned daily on Mediaite. As an intern, you’ll gain vital experience working for a digital media outlet. Tasks include copy editing, researching, transcribing and the opportunity to write for Mediaite. You will have the chance to contribute to stories for our site that millions of people will see, so English, Journalism, or Political Science degrees are especially encouraged to apply. You’ll be collecting bylines and padding a portfolio of writing samples, learning from our top team of talented writers and editors. We we are currently looking for candidates who can work Continue reading "Mediaite is Hiring Editorial Interns for Summer 2019"

SPOTTED: Sean Spicer, Extra Reporter, Makes Appearance at WHCD Party


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Wondering what former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is up to these days? Turns out he’s a mic-carrying member of the press. Spicer made a surprise appearance at UTA and Mediaite’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner party at Fiola Mare on Saturday night. But he wasn’t there to hobnob. He was on the clock, reporting on the event for Extra TV. Spicer, armed with a microphone and flanked by a cameraman, had stop and chats with Sen. Patrick Leahy, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams.

Rep. Jerry Nadler Gives Presser: Trump is ‘Wrong,’ Mueller Report is Not a ‘So-Called Total Exoneration’


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Rep. Jerry Nadler held a press conference on Sunday just hours after Attorney General William Barr released his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s findings. He started off by saying that he thinks President Donald Trump is “wrong.” “Earlier today I received a four-page letter from Attorney General Barr outlining his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report while making a few questionable legal arguments of his own. I take from this letter three points. First, President Trump is wrong. This report does not amount to a so-called total exoneration.” Nadler was referring, of course, to Trump’s tweet declaring, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” Nadler also raised doubt about Barr’s findings, noting the attorney general “auditioned” for the role. “Special counsel Continue reading "Rep. Jerry Nadler Gives Presser: Trump is ‘Wrong,’ Mueller Report is Not a ‘So-Called Total Exoneration’"

Pelosi and Schumer Call For Mueller Report to Be Made Public: Barr’s Summary Raises ‘Many Questions’


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President Donald Trump argues about border security with Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi as Vice President Mike Pence sits nearby in the Oval Office on December 11, 2018 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report in its entirety on Sunday, after Attorney General William Barr submitted a summary of the report to Congress. According to a four-page summary of the report written by Barr, Mueller exonerated Trump and his campaign on any collusion with Russia but did not make a determination on obstruction, instead leaving that up to Barr and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Barr and Rosenstein concluded that Trump did not commit an obstruction offense. “Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. “The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public Continue reading "Pelosi and Schumer Call For Mueller Report to Be Made Public: Barr’s Summary Raises ‘Many Questions’"

Neal Katyal Hits Barr for Concluding ‘Within 48 Hours’ There Was No Obstruction: I Have ‘Grave Concerns’


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Speaking on MSNBC shortly after Attorney General William Barr released the summary findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report, former acting Solicitor General and MSNBC legal analyst Neal Katyal said that the Attorney General’s letter gave him “grave concerns.” Katyal’s response was prompted by MSNBC host Katy Tur asking “Do you trust the assessment of Attorney General William Barr and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein?” “I really wanted to trust them, but quite honestly this letter caused me much more concern, grave concerns, really,” Katyal said. He further explained: “Because remember Mueller after two years of investigation doesn’t draw conclusion one way or the other on obstruction of justice, he says there’s evidence on both sides and then you have Attorney General Barr within 48 hours of receiving this saying I conclude that the evidence isn’t there and in particular, he’s says there’s not evidence of Trump’s Continue reading "Neal Katyal Hits Barr for Concluding ‘Within 48 Hours’ There Was No Obstruction: I Have ‘Grave Concerns’"

Fox’s Henry Challenges Donna Brazile: Will You Now ‘Accept the President’ as Legitimate?


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Shortly after the Attorney General delivered his letter summarizing the findings in the Special Counsel’s report, Fox News Channel’s chief correspondent Ed Henry challenged newly hired Fox contributor and former head of the DNC Donna Brazile to make an unequivocal statement about the legitimacy of President Donald Trump. Anchor Dana Perino first asked Brazile simply to weigh in on the big news, and Brazile said that she was “gratified” that Rober Mueller was able to conclude and deliver his report. She added that is an American victory that we can now say that although the Russians tried to “destroy our democracy”, no Americans got “personally involved.” Brazile is naturally personally involved in the story, having been with the DNC at the time of the email hacking, and she and Perino discussed it before Ed Henry asked his own question. “Donna, real quick question from me,” said Henry. “Do you Continue reading "Fox’s Henry Challenges Donna Brazile: Will You Now ‘Accept the President’ as Legitimate?"

Trump Campaign Reacts to Mueller Report Summary With Video Montage: ‘COLLUSION HOAX’


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The Trump campaign celebrated the release of Attorney General William Barr‘s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s findings with a video montage declaring, “Mueller proves them wrong!” In a statement accompanying the video, the Trump campaign crowed: “While President Trump has been hard at work building a booming economy and making us safer. Democrats in the House and Senate took us on a frantic, chaotic, conspiracy-laden roller coaster for two years, alleging wrongdoing where there was none.” The statement continued on: “So distraught and blindsided by the results of the 2016 elections, Democrats lied to the American people continually, hoping to undo the legitimate election of President Trump. ” “COLLUSION HOAX” appeared at the top in all caps. The video itself is a series of all-caps headlines reading “DEMS HYPED COLLUSION WITH NO EVIDENCE,” and “MUELLER PROVES THEM WRONG” followed by a game show buzzer noise. Continue reading "Trump Campaign Reacts to Mueller Report Summary With Video Montage: ‘COLLUSION HOAX’"

‘Shame on Mueller’: Dershowitz Rips ‘Law School Essay’ Report Over Obstruction Findings


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Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz railed against Robert Mueller on Sunday after it was revealed by the attorney general that the special counsel did not reach a conclusion in his report as to whether the president committed obstruction of justice. Mueller’s report, according to a summary by Attorney General William Barr, exonerated Trump and his campaign on any collusion with Russia, but did not make a determination on obstruction, instead leaving that up to Barr. Barr concluded, after reviewing Mueller’s report, that there wasn’t enough evidence Trump committed an obstruction offense. Dershowitz was not pleased. “I thought it was a cop-out,” Dershowitz said on Fox News. Taking issue with Mueller’s report suggesting Trump may have committed obstruction whilst declining to draw a legal conclusion, the professor said the report “sounds like a law school exam. That’s not the job of a prosecutor.” He compared Mueller’s report to Continue reading "‘Shame on Mueller’: Dershowitz Rips ‘Law School Essay’ Report Over Obstruction Findings"

Lindsey Graham: ‘The Cloud Hanging Over President Trump Has Been Removed’ by Mueller Report


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Sen. Lindsey Graham celebrated on Twitter shortly after Attorney General William Barr issued the summary of his findings on the Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report, calling it a “good day for the rule of law.” “I have just received topline findings from Attorney General Barr,” Graham wrote. “Good day for the rule of law.” “Great day for President Trump and his team. No collusion and no obstruction,” he continued. “The cloud hanging over President Trump has been removed by this report.” Graham, though, was not done. In a second tweet, Graham crowed that it was a “bad Continue reading "Lindsey Graham: ‘The Cloud Hanging Over President Trump Has Been Removed’ by Mueller Report"

Trump Celebrates Mueller Findings: ‘This Was an Illegal Takedown That Failed’


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President Donald Trump‘s first reaction to Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s findings, which were revealed in a summary on Sunday by the attorney general, came via tweet. Moments later, he spoke to cable news outlets from tarmac in Palm Beach, Florida. “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” Moments later, Trump said in comments aired on Fox News: “It’s a shame our country had to go through this.” “It began illegally,” Trump said of the investigation. “And hopefully somebody is going to look at the other side, this was an illegal takedown that failed. And hopefully somebody is going to be looking at the other side. So it’s a complete exoneration, no collusion, no obstruction, thank you very much.” Continue reading "Trump Celebrates Mueller Findings: ‘This Was an Illegal Takedown That Failed’"

BREAKING: White House Releases Statement on ‘Total and Complete Exoneration’ by Mueller Report


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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 01:  U.S. President Donald Trump (C) departs the White House with first lady Melania Trump (R) and their son, Barron (L), February 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to travel to his home in Florida this weekend. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) The Attorney General has released his summary of the findings in the Special Counsel’s report, and they are that there was no collusion by any Americans, including President Trump and his campaign, with any Russians in the matter of the 2016 election. Not long after the release of the letter from Barr, the White House made an official statement through Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ twitter feed. “The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction,” said Sanders. “The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President“

Top Dem Says AG Barr Must Testify to Congress Because ‘Mueller Did Not Exonerate the President’


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Shortly after Attorney General William Barr released his summary of the Mueller report to Congress, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced that he will be calling Barr to testify because “Mueller did not exonerate the President” of obstruction. Nadler made the announcement in a tweet which read “In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before @HouseJudiciary in the near future.” Barr’s four-page letter to Congress said that Mueller Continue reading "Top Dem Says AG Barr Must Testify to Congress Because ‘Mueller Did Not Exonerate the President’"

CNN Analyzes Mueller Findings: ‘The President Has Just Been Exonerated’


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After Attorney General William Barr submitted a letter to Congress summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report, a CNN panel analyzed its findings, with one panelist pointing out that the president has been exonerated. According to the letter, which was released by Rep. Jerry Nadler, a Democratic from New York, Mueller said he found did not find sufficient evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia to charge him with a crime. On the topic of obstruction of justice, Mueller declined to reach a legal conclusion, leaving that decision to the attorney general. Mueller, according to Barr, wrote about obstruction: “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Despite that, CNN’s Pamela Brown argued the report is a legal exoneration of the president: “Can we just take a step back and focus on the fact that Continue reading "CNN Analyzes Mueller Findings: ‘The President Has Just Been Exonerated’"

BREAKING: Mueller Found No Trump-Russia Collusion, AG Barr Says


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The two-day national nightmare is over, as Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report on his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and related matters.

Mueller submitted his report to Barr on Friday, at which point Barr promised to transmit the probe’s “principal conclusions” to Congress as soon as this weekend. What followed was a maelstrom of furious speculation and reporting on a report that no one had any actual reporting on. But on Sunday, Barr made good on his promise. In a four-page letter to Congress, Barr said, in part, that while the Mueller report “does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Barr’s summary includes two “principal conclusions,” one of which involves the Trump campaign and conspiracy with Russia:
The Special Counsel found that Russian government actors successfully hacked into Continue reading "BREAKING: Mueller Found No Trump-Russia Collusion, AG Barr Says"

Dean Obeidallah Rips Fox on AM Joy: ‘If Donald Trump Was Literally Arrested, Fox News Would Declare Victory’


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Comic and political commentator Dean Obeidallah tore into Fox News over the network’s hosts doing premature victory laps about the as-yet-unreleased Mueller report, saying that “If Donald Trump was literally arrested, Fox News would declare victory.” On Sunday morning’s edition of MSNBC’s .AM Joy, host Joy Reid joined Obeidallah in mocking Fox News’ coverage of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, none of which has been made public. Reid began by playing clips of people like Sean Hannity and Pete Hegseth “spiking the football” without having seen any of the report. “It’s remarkable what we’re seeing over there,” Obeidallah said, adding that “Lou Dobbs had Diamond and Silk on to go through the Mueller report, I’m not even kidding.” “Well, it’s not done unless Rayon and Cubic Zirconia weigh in,” Reid cracked. “Look, if Donald Trump was literally arrested, Fox News would’ve declared victory,” Obeidallah said. “It Continue reading "Dean Obeidallah Rips Fox on AM Joy: ‘If Donald Trump Was Literally Arrested, Fox News Would Declare Victory’"

Second Parkland Student in a Week Has Committed Suicide, Say Police


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People visit a makeshift memorial setup in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 19, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. The death toll of the Parkland massacre is still rising, as police confirmed on Sunday reports that a second Parkland shooting survivor has committed suicide, just one week after 19-year-old Stoneman graduate and shooting survivor Sydney Aiello killer herself. Police did not release the name or age of the second victim, but that they are a juvenile currently enrolled as a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Aiello, who had already graduated, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There are no details on the second victim, who was a minor, except for the confirmation that it was “an apparent suicide” and that police are still investigating. Aiello was friends with Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the shooting. Pollack’s father tweeted on Sunday about both suicides.

‘Oh Please’: Chris Wallace Demolishes Chaffetz to His Face Over Reason for Mueller Probe


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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace openly mocked former Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) for trying to spin the origins of the Mueller investigation as an FBI conspiracy, flatly telling him that “it originated because Donald Trump fired James Comey.” On this week’s edition of Fox News Sunday, Chaffetz tried to lead Wallace’s panel down a rabbit hole to explain the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but Wallace was not having any of it. Chaffetz predicted that “90 days from now, there is going to be an inspector general report that could be very damning about the highest echelons within the FBI and what they were doing,” and asked “how did it originate? How did they go to the FISA court and get…” Well, wait, wait — no, no, no, no,” Wallace interrupted. “No, I’m not going to — yes, we’re not going to go there. “It originated Continue reading "‘Oh Please’: Chris Wallace Demolishes Chaffetz to His Face Over Reason for Mueller Probe"