Trump to Abandon His Efforts to Put Citizenship Question on Census: Report


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President Donald Trump is reportedly ending his fight to put a question asking whether people are citizens on the U.S. Census. ABC News reports Trump is now planning to use his executive order to instruct the Commerce Department to ask Americans if they are citizens through other means. As recently as Thursday morning, it was believed Trump would be taking executive action to put the question on census forms. Under the Constitution, the Census must be undertaken every 10 years and a protracted legal fight to put the citizenship question on the forms could have delayed the Census–thus likely violating the Constitution. On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the forms for the Census are already being printed and said the deadline for adding the question had passed. A Supreme Court decision found that the Trump administration did not provide sufficient “rationale” for adding the question to the Census. Continue reading "Trump to Abandon His Efforts to Put Citizenship Question on Census: Report"

George Stephanopoulos Calls Out Julián Castro: Don’t Your Positions ‘Add Up’ to ‘Open Borders’?


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Democrats running for the 2020 nomination had a few “raise your hand” moments at the NBC debate last week, and among them was a question about decriminalizing illegal border crossings. Julián Castro was among those who raised his hand, and on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, host George Stephanopoulos asked him about it. At the debate, the specific direction from the moderators was to “Raise your hand if you think it should be a civil offense rather than a crime to cross the border without documentation?” Stephanopoulos pointed out that President Trump tweeted about the moment, and that the New York Post wrote about it. After reading from the reactions, Stephanopoulos asked, “Did you give an opening to the Republicans?” “Not at all,” said Castro, in contradiction to not just what the Post and Trump said, but also what the New York Times wrote in an article on Continue reading "George Stephanopoulos Calls Out Julián Castro: Don’t Your Positions ‘Add Up’ to ‘Open Borders’?"

CNN, Fox, C-SPAN and More Protest SC Dems Giving MSNBC Exclusive Live Coverage Rights


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Executives at C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, CBS News, and ABC News co-signed a letter to the South Carolina Democratic party protesting the exclusive rights and access granted to MSNBC for the state party’s convention Saturday, where many of the Democratic 2020 candidates will be appearing. Earlier this week, news broke that these outlets would not be able to do live coverage, and surprising no one, those other networks were not happy. Fox News told Mediaite they had lodged a complaint, and C-SPAN political director Steve Scully was extremely critical in comments he made to The Washington Examiner. The Greenville News reported Thursday that the state party is “allow[ing] at least” the local PBS affiliate to live stream the event too. But C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, CBS News, and ABC News sent a letter to Trav Robertson, the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic party, making it clear they’re not Continue reading "CNN, Fox, C-SPAN and More Protest SC Dems Giving MSNBC Exclusive Live Coverage Rights"

Trump’s Interview With ABC Gets Lower Ratings Than Celebrity Family Feud


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Trump's 30 Hours Interview With ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Are Americans growing tired of the Trump show? President Donald Trump’s interview with ABC News made serious headlines last week before its airing in full Sunday night, but according to the ratings viewers were not all that interested in the hourlong special. The interview had fewer viewers than Celebrity Family Feud, which aired in the same time slot last week, according to ratings site TV by the Numbers. The interview, with ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, came in third for its time slot Sunday night, with 3.91 million viewers. Celebrity Family Feud had amassed 6.1 million viewers, per TV by the numbers. The special could not compete with the finale of the U.S. Open on Fox, which drew 7.29 million viewers or CBS’ 60 Minutes, which came in at 4.67 million viewers. ABC News anchor David Muir nabbed the first primetime interview Continue reading "Trump’s Interview With ABC Gets Lower Ratings Than Celebrity Family Feud"

Trump Says He Decided Not to Fire Mueller Because He Didn’t Want to Look Like Nixon


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President Donald Trump contended he was never going to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and says he believes people would have compared him to Richard Nixon if he did so. “I wasn’t going to fire him. You know why? Because I watched Richard Nixon firing everybody and that didn’t work out too well,” Trump said. The comment was shown on ABC’s This Week via a newly-released clip of George Stephanopoulos’ interview with Trump airing Sunday evening. In the segment, although Trump stressed he didn’t want to fire Mueller he emphasized he could have under current law, specifically bringing up Article 2 of the Constitution at multiple points. “Article 2 outlines the powers of the presidency. The president’s defenders say he can’t commit obstruction of justice while exercising those powers,” Stephanopoulos explained. “Article 2 allows me to do whatever I want,” Trump argued. Stephanopoulos asked if this meant “when the Continue reading "Trump Says He Decided Not to Fire Mueller Because He Didn’t Want to Look Like Nixon"

CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox


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CNN’s Brian Stelter criticized various Fox News hosts for questioning President Donald Trump’s decision to do an interview with ABC News, arguing the hosts were trying to convince Trump to stick with his “safe space.” On her show Saturday night, S.E. Cupp was asking her guests about Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos where Trump suggested he would take information from foreign operatives if it was offered. Republican strategist John Brabender criticized the choice to do the interview. “People are not out there saying I want more Donald Trump,” Brabender said. “If I was at the White House, I would have said let’s give them access. … ten minutes of exclusive access is a lot of time with a president.” Cupp then played clips of Fox’s Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson appearing to criticize the choice to do an interview with Stephanopoulos in the first place. “They’re saying Continue reading "CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox"

CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox


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CNN’s Brian Stelter criticized various Fox News hosts for questioning President Donald Trump’s decision to do an interview with ABC News, arguing the hosts were trying to convince Trump to stick with his “safe space.” On her show Saturday night, S.E. Cupp was asking her guests about Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos where Trump suggested he would take information from foreign operatives if it was offered. Republican strategist John Brabender criticized the choice to do the interview. “People are not out there saying I want more Donald Trump,” Brabender said. “If I was at the White House, I would have said let’s give them access. … ten minutes of exclusive access is a lot of time with a president.” Cupp then played clips of Fox’s Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson appearing to criticize the choice to do an interview with Stephanopoulos in the first place. “They’re saying Continue reading "CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox"

Chris Christie Blames Sarah Sanders and WH Press Staff for Trump’s D-Day Interview Debacle


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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie refused to criticize President Donald Trump for using a cemetery full of fallen World War II heroes as the backdrop for political attacks, instead blaming Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her press staff for the incident that marred Trump’s trip to the U.K. On Sunday morning’s edition of This Week, host George Stephanopoulos led his panel in a discussion of Trump’s decision to attack political opponents like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi while sitting in front of the American cemetery in Normandy. Stephanopoulos and others pointed out that prior to the trip, Pelosi was reported to have said that she’d rather see Trump im prison than impeached, but former Obama official Patrick Gaspard pointed out that Pelosi’s purported comment was made in private. “It’s not the same as stating in front of graves of American troops at Normandy and blasting somebody Continue reading "Chris Christie Blames Sarah Sanders and WH Press Staff for Trump’s D-Day Interview Debacle"

ABC’s Martha Raddatz Hammers Pete Buttigieg Over Iran, Troops: ‘This is Not John Bolton Asking, This is the Military’


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ABC’s Martha Raddatz ate her Wheaties on Sunday and, throughout her interviews on This Week let no one off the hook, be it Republican Liz Cheney or Democrat Pete Buttigieg. In fact, she was almost relentlessly thorough with Buttigieg, asking him for justification for his answers, challenging him on his experience, and basically doing the kind of interview that seems almost from a bygone era in today’s cable news environment. The above clip is a portion of that interview, in which Raddatz hammered Buttigieg on the deployment of troops to the Middle East over the Iran threat. “The Pentagon is sending 1,500 more military personnel over to the Middle East to deter Iran,” said Raddatz. “Is that a good idea? Is that something you would have approved? “This is not a good sign. Escalation is the last thing we need in the Middle East right now,” Buttigieg replied. “And when Continue reading "ABC’s Martha Raddatz Hammers Pete Buttigieg Over Iran, Troops: ‘This is Not John Bolton Asking, This is the Military’"

Rahm Emmanuel Joining ABC News as Political Analyst


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Rahm Emmanuel Joins ABC It’s been less than two days since Rahm Emmanuel left office as mayor of Chicago, and yet, he already has a new gig booked as a contributor for ABC News. The Daily Beast reports that Emmanuel has been making the rounds among the networks to pursue a job as a TV pundit, but a source says the former mayor has decided to join ABC and appear as a political analyst on shows like Good Morning America. This comes on top of the news that Emmanuel is also joining The Atlantic as a contributing editor. In his debut article, published Tuesday, Emmanuel argues that Democrats don’t need to lean towards socialism, they need to provide justice for middle class America and “demand accountability from bad actors.” The former mayor speaks of a “middle-class revolt against the elites and the privileges they hoard” by saying that wealthy or powerful individuals have Continue reading "Rahm Emmanuel Joining ABC News as Political Analyst"

Pompeo Smirks When Asked If North Korea Executed Negotiators: Next Time My Counterpart Might Be Someone Else…


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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cracked a smile when asked about reports that North Korea executed four officials following the unsuccessful summit in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un. On ABC News Sunday show This Week, guest anchor Jonathan Karl posed the question: “There were reports out of the region that after the Hanoi summit several of the people that you were negotiating with, that were part of that negotiating team at Hanoi were executed. Do we believe those reports are accurate?” “I don’t have anything to add to that for you this morning,” Pompeo replied. “But there seems to have been some kind of a shakeup of his team over there?” Karl pressed. “It does appear that the next time we have serious conversations that my counterpart will be someone else,” Pompeo said. “But we don’t know that for sure, just as Continue reading "Pompeo Smirks When Asked If North Korea Executed Negotiators: Next Time My Counterpart Might Be Someone Else…"

ABC’s Karl Grills Pompeo: Does Trump Not Realize What You Have Said Publicly About Venezuela?


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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was pressed in an interview Sunday on the president’s claims about Russia’s involvement in Venezuela. On This Week, anchor Jonathan Karl aired a clip of President Donald Trump saying, after his call with Vladimir Putin, that the Russian president is “not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela.” “Aren’t they already deeply involved in supporting [Nicolás] Maduro?” Karl asked Pompeo. “The president has said that the Russians must get out,” Pompeo replied. “I don’t think anything the president said is inconsistent with that.” Karl pointed out that Pompeo himself said that Russia convinced Maduro to stay in power when he was considering fleeing Venezuela: “Does the president not realize what you have said publicly? And what is obvious, that Putin is deeply involved in Venezuela? I mean, what does he mean when he’s saying he’s not looking to get Continue reading "ABC’s Karl Grills Pompeo: Does Trump Not Realize What You Have Said Publicly About Venezuela?"

Former U.S. Commander McChrystal: Trump is Immoral and Dishonest


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Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said in a rare interview Sunday that he considers President Donald Trump “immoral” and wouldn’t take a job in the administration. McChrystal, a retired four star general and former top commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, spoke to ABC News anchor Martha Raddatz about the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis and the administration’s Middle East policy. “If you were asked to join the Trump administration, what would you say?” Raddatz asked. “I’d say no,” McChrystal said. “Do you think he’s a liar?” Raddatz followed up. “I don’t think he tells the truth,” McChrystal said. “Is Trump immoral in your view?” the ABC anchor asked. McChrystal: “I think he is.” When asked what he would say to Trump supporters, McChrystal said he would not tell them “they are wrong.” “What I would ask every American to do is Continue reading "Former U.S. Commander McChrystal: Trump is Immoral and Dishonest"

Michelle Obama Reveals She Suffered a Miscarriage 20 Years Ago


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Michelle Obama revealed she suffered a miscarriage 20 years ago, and that both of her daughters with Barack were conceived through in vitro fertilization. Obama opened up about her troubles with pregnancy in an interview on Good Morning America Friday, where the former first lady was on to speak about her upcoming memoir, Becoming. “I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed,” Obama told ABC anchor Robin Roberts. “Because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them. We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.” “That’s one of the reasons why I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen,” she added. Obama said she realized “the biological clock is real” and “egg production is limited,” when she was in her mid-30s, and underwent IVF to conceive her daughters. Obama’s memoir, to Continue reading "Michelle Obama Reveals She Suffered a Miscarriage 20 Years Ago"

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Throws Water on Democratic Hopes: So Far They’re Having a ‘Disappointing Night’


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On ABC’s election night coverage, host George Stephanopoulos noted, after the network called KY-6 race for incumbent Republican Andy Barr over Democrat challenger Amy McGrath, that things weren’t going as well as Democrats had hoped and worked for in the House, all things considered. “So far Republicans have picked up one seat in the Senate,” he said, “Democrats have picked up 2 seats in the House, they need 23 to take control.” He then reported on the Kentucky race, and noted that it wasn’t a district the Democrats were necessarily expecting to win, nor were counting on for taking control, but that they did want. “So far, it just has to be said, the Democrats are having, so far, a lot of vote to come in, a difficult night,” he said. “They are not winning where they thought they were going to win,” agreed ABC’s Jon Karl. “We Continue reading "ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Throws Water on Democratic Hopes: So Far They’re Having a ‘Disappointing Night’"

Trump Calls Report Pompeo Was Played a Recording of Khashoggi’s Murder ‘FAKE NEWS’


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Yesterday ABC News reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was played a recording of Jamal Khashoggi‘s murder in the Saudi consulate. The State Department strongly denied the reporting, saying, “Secretary Pompeo has neither heard a tape nor has he seen a transcript related to Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance.” And now President Donald Trump has weighed in with his favorite phrase to attack the media: “FAKE NEWS!” There’s been massive international pressure on Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi’s murder. Pompeo went to Saudi Arabia this week and spoke with the king and crown prince. [photo via Getty Images]

Did Trump Insult ABC News Reporter Cecilia Vega and Tell Her She ‘Never’ Thinks?


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President Donald Trump held a contentious press conference with White House reporters on Monday, scolding them for asking questions about Brett Kavanaugh at his trade announcement. The presser started off with a tense exchange between the president and Cecilia Vega, ABC News’ senior White House correspondent. Trump called on Vega, before joking: “She’s shocked that I picked her. She’s like in a state of shock.” “I’m not. Thank you, Mr. President,” Vega replied. Trump’s reply made headlines, everywhere from the Washington Post to Buzzfeed News to the Daily Beast to Bloomberg: “That’s okay, I know you’re not thinking. You never do.” “I’m sorry?” Vega shot back, with a glare. “No, go ahead,” Trump said with a laugh, and Vega asked her question. It’s hard to tell exactly what Trump said to Vega, given the possible interpretations of their exchange, and how hard it is for Continue reading "Did Trump Insult ABC News Reporter Cecilia Vega and Tell Her She ‘Never’ Thinks?"