WATCH: Joe Biden Talked Civility With Segregationists While Campaigning for Doug Jones


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Former Vice President and current Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden spoke about his friendship and civility with segregationist former Senator James Eastland while campaigning for Doug Jones in 2017, even recalling how Eastland would call him “son” in a southern drawl. Biden is under fire for recent comments in which he mused about the “civility” he once enjoyed with the likes of Eastland, remarks that were not caught on video. But Biden has hit on this theme before. For example, Biden name-checked Eastland and other segregationists in his farewell Senate speech in 2009, of whom he said, “I never thought I’d develop deep personal relationships with men whose position played an extremely large part in my desire to come to the Senate in the first place to change what they believed in.” During that speech, he also imitated Eastland’s accent and spoke warmly of his friendship with late Senator Continue reading "WATCH: Joe Biden Talked Civility With Segregationists While Campaigning for Doug Jones"

Trump Presents Medal of Freedom to Economist Who Blamed Obama for 2008 Crash


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President Donald Trump presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative economist and former campaign adviser Arthur Laffer today. Laffer is a frequent guest on cable news shows, and recently appeared on Fox News to apparently blame the Great Recession on Barack Obama’s election and predict another recession if Trump loses re-election. “The stock market looks forward. And if they see an Obama coming into office they’ll crash, and that’s what led to the great recession,” he said in April. “I’m going to Continue reading "Trump Presents Medal of Freedom to Economist Who Blamed Obama for 2008 Crash"

Mitch McConnell Says We Don’t Need Slavery Reparations Because We Elected Barack Obama


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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he is against reparations for slavery by citing, among other things, the election of Barack Obama to the presidency in 2008. McConnell took questions at a Senate Republican Agenda press conference Tuesday afternoon, and was asked about the issue of reparations for slavery. “There’s going to be a hearing on Juneteenth about reparations for slavery, tomorrow,” a reporter told McConnell, referring to a House Judiciary Committee hearing on HR 40, which establishes a commission to study reparations. “I’m wondering, where do you stand on that issue, do you believe in reparations for slavery, and if not should there be a public apology from Congress or from the president in recognition of the theft of labor?” she asked McConnell. “Yeah, I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea,” Continue reading "Mitch McConnell Says We Don’t Need Slavery Reparations Because We Elected Barack Obama"

Two Obama Officials Violated Same Law as Kellyanne Conway. Here’s the Difference.


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Now that the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is calling for Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s firing over violations of the Hatch Act, comparisons will surely be made to the two Obama administration officials who were found to have violated the same act. Here are the key differences. On Thursday, the OSC released a report that found Conway repeatedly violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits certain partisan political activities by federal employees, and which called for her removal from federal service. During President Barack Obama’s administration, OSC similarly found two executive branch officials guilty of Hatch Act violations, one of whom is currently a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Then-HUD Secretary Julian Castro was found to have violated the act in 2016 when, during an April interview with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric, Castro mixed politics with his official duties by pontificating on the 2016 presidential election after Continue reading "Two Obama Officials Violated Same Law as Kellyanne Conway. Here’s the Difference."

Colbert Rips Joe Biden’s Name-Dropping Ways: ‘We Get it. You Know Barack Obama’


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The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert took a jab at Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden on Wednesday for his name-dropping ways. Colbert started off by noting that President Donald Trump and Biden were “were super catty about each other” in recent tweets. He then played a clip of Biden saying this: “Donald Trump, the president of the United States, just spent Saturday night attacking private citizens, using language like ‘Little Donny Deutsch’ and ‘total loser.’ Barack Obama wouldn’t do that. No president would do that. Most teenagers wouldn’t d0 that.” The comedian then noted that was not the only time Biden dropped Obama’s name and, in his estimation, it seemed Biden liked to talk about Obama even more than Trump. As evidence, he played a second clip of Biden talking about how his grandkid knew Sasha Obama. “My granddaughter, who is graduating from high school, and her best friend Continue reading "Colbert Rips Joe Biden’s Name-Dropping Ways: ‘We Get it. You Know Barack Obama’"

Colbert Rips Joe Biden’s Name-Dropping Ways: ‘We Get it. You Know Barack Obama’


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The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert took a jab at Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden on Wednesday for his name-dropping ways. Colbert started off by noting that President Donald Trump and Biden were “were super catty about each other” in recent tweets. He then played a clip of Biden saying this: “Donald Trump, the president of the United States, just spent Saturday night attacking private citizens, using language like ‘Little Donny Deutsch’ and ‘total loser.’ Barack Obama wouldn’t do that. No president would do that. Most teenagers wouldn’t d0 that.” The comedian then noted that was not the only time Biden dropped Obama’s name and, in his estimation, it seemed Biden liked to talk about Obama even more than Trump. As evidence, he played a second clip of Biden talking about how his grandkid knew Sasha Obama. “My granddaughter, who is graduating from high school, and her best friend Continue reading "Colbert Rips Joe Biden’s Name-Dropping Ways: ‘We Get it. You Know Barack Obama’"

Anderson Cooper: ‘If Any Other President’ Said What Trump Did About Foreign Dirt, The GOP Would ‘Call Him a Traitor’


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CNN’s Anderson Cooper suggested Wednesday night that if any other president of the United States claimed that he was willing to accept intel from foreign agents and not notify the FBI the Republicans would have a much different reaction. In fact, he said, the GOP would brand the president a “traitor.” Cooper’s comments came during a conversation with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper over President Donald Trump’s bombshell remarks — made during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos — that he is open to reaching intel from foreign agents about his 2020 opponents and thinks the FBI director is “wrong” that he should have to report it. Cooper started off by noting when Trump makes shocking claims like this people just seem to roll their eyes. “You know, people just kind of roll their eyes at this point and it bears repeating this is not normal Continue reading "Anderson Cooper: ‘If Any Other President’ Said What Trump Did About Foreign Dirt, The GOP Would ‘Call Him a Traitor’"

Anderson Cooper: ‘If Any Other President’ Said What Trump Did About Foreign Dirt, The GOP Would ‘Call Him a Traitor’


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CNN’s Anderson Cooper suggested Wednesday night that if any other president of the United States claimed that he was willing to accept intel from foreign agents and not notify the FBI the Republicans would have a much different reaction. In fact, he said, the GOP would brand the president a “traitor.” Cooper’s comments came during a conversation with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper over President Donald Trump’s bombshell remarks — made during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos — that he is open to reaching intel from foreign agents about his 2020 opponents and thinks the FBI director is “wrong” that he should have to report it. Cooper started off by noting when Trump makes shocking claims like this people just seem to roll their eyes. “You know, people just kind of roll their eyes at this point and it bears repeating this is not normal Continue reading "Anderson Cooper: ‘If Any Other President’ Said What Trump Did About Foreign Dirt, The GOP Would ‘Call Him a Traitor’"

WATCH: Sparks Fly on House Floor After Dem Reads Scathing Letter Against Trump and His ‘Racist,’ ‘Dumb’ Supporters


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Ohio Democratic Congresswoman Marcia Fudge got into it with Republican Larry Bucshon of Indiana after Fudge read a scathing letter from a constituent that called President Donald Trump and his supporters, among other things, “racist” and “dumb.” During Tuesday’s “Morning Hour” speeches in the House of Representatives, Fudge announced that she would be reading a letter from a constituent named Pastor Dr. Ronald S. Williams, who is the Senior Pastor and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Zion Fellowship in Highland Hills, Ohio. Fudge then read the entire letter into the record, a letter which spared nothing in its condemnation of Trump and his supporters, but also took aim at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for her failure to lead impeachment proceedings against Trump. “Nancy Pelosi is a woman who I respect,” Rep. Fudge read, “however I do believe her hesitancy to impeach this president is her opinion Continue reading "WATCH: Sparks Fly on House Floor After Dem Reads Scathing Letter Against Trump and His ‘Racist,’ ‘Dumb’ Supporters"

MSNBC Host Laughs at Biden’s #BestFriendsDay Tweet to Barack Obama: ‘Little Bit Too Thirsty’


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MSNBC’s Kendis Gibson and a panelist poked fun at 2020 presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s #BestFriendsDay tweet addressed to former President Barack Obama, with Gibson calling the tweet “thirsty.” “His campaign popped up this tweet for Best Friends Day, yesterday.” Gibson said. “While some people thought it was interesting, other people thought it sounded a little bit too thirsty.” Democratic strategist Julie Roginsky said that the tweet showed that Biden is “running for Barack Obama’s third term.” “A lot of Democrats wish Barack Obama could have had a third term,” she continued. “This is the bed that [Biden’s] made, and he lying in it.” Gibson also noted that former Obama adviser David Axelrod responded to the tweet with an apparently incredulous “this is a joke, right?”

Woman Tells MSNBC Audience She Believed in Trump ‘Just Like I Believed in Barack Obama When I Voted For Him’


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During an MSNBC town hall event, a woman named Renee Elliott said that she believed in then-candidate Donald Trump when she voted for him “just like I believed in Barack Obama when I voted for him.” Elliott, who lost her job at a Carrier plant in Indiana despite Trump’s promise to save jobs there, was part of a panel of voters who joined Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren onstage during a town hall hosted by All In host Chris Hayes. Elliott was joined by Susan Cropper (another Trump voter who lost her job), Frank Staples (another Carrier employee who wrote in Bernie Sanders), and Dora Boyd, who voted for Hillary Clinton. At one point during the town hall, after Warren explain why she’s a good “fighter,” Elliott chimed in that the issue is whether candidates “honor their promises, do they honor their policies that Continue reading "Woman Tells MSNBC Audience She Believed in Trump ‘Just Like I Believed in Barack Obama When I Voted For Him’"

Rahm Emanuel, Who Called for ‘American Elites’ to be Held Accountable, Joins Elite Wall Street Bank


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Ex-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who wrote an essay late last month in The Atlantic decrying the nation’s economic elites, is joining an elite Wall Street bank as a consultant. The Wall Street Journal reports Emanuel, a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, will be joining boutique investment bank Centerview Partners LLC and opening a Chicago office for the bank. Robert Rubin, former Treasury Secretary for the Bill Clinton administration, is also an adviser at the bank. WSJ reported Emanuel has forged close ties to the financial community, with his biggest campaign donors including Chicago financiers Michael Sacks and Jay Pritzker and the founders of private-equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners. Emanuel regularly writes a column for The Atlantic, where he is a contributing editor. In his most recent piece, he criticized Democrats and argued they ignored the concerns of the middle class in America. Continue reading "Rahm Emanuel, Who Called for ‘American Elites’ to be Held Accountable, Joins Elite Wall Street Bank"

Rahm Emanuel, Who Called for ‘American Elites’ to be Held Accountable, Joins Elite Wall Street Bank


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Ex-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who wrote an essay late last month in The Atlantic decrying the nation’s economic elites, is joining an elite Wall Street bank as a consultant. The Wall Street Journal reports Emanuel, a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, will be joining boutique investment bank Centerview Partners LLC and opening a Chicago office for the bank. Robert Rubin, former Treasury Secretary for the Bill Clinton administration, is also an adviser at the bank. WSJ reported Emanuel has forged close ties to the financial community, with his biggest campaign donors including Chicago financiers Michael Sacks and Jay Pritzker and the founders of private-equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners. Emanuel regularly writes a column for The Atlantic, where he is a contributing editor. In his most recent piece, he criticized Democrats and argued they ignored the concerns of the middle class in America. Continue reading "Rahm Emanuel, Who Called for ‘American Elites’ to be Held Accountable, Joins Elite Wall Street Bank"

Poll Finds Trump Down Double Digits in Key States Like Wisconsin and Michigan


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A new Morning Consult polling site tracking President Donald Trump’s approval state-by-state finds that the president is down by double-digits in a number of swing states needed to win re-election. The polling site shows how Trump’s approval rating has changed month by month since his inauguration in 2017. Polling data for May shows that Trump’s approval is down by double digits in key states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa–all three of which flipped for Trump after previously going for President Barack Obama. The president also has negative net approval in Ohio and Pennsylvania at a smaller margin, both of which are also states he flipped. The only state that flipped to to Trump to not have negative net approval is Florida, according to Morning Consult. It has a net approval of Trump sitting at zero. Out of all 50 states, only nine have positive net approval ratings for Trump ranging Continue reading "Poll Finds Trump Down Double Digits in Key States Like Wisconsin and Michigan"

WATCH: Barack Obama Gets Standing Ovation at Game Two of NBA Finals in Toronto


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Past and present Presidents of the United States are on foreign soil over the past 24 hours, but each is experiencing very different receptions. While President Donald Trump just arrived for a multi-day diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom — and facing pretty massive protests — former President Barack Obama received a standing ovation before game two of the NBA finals he attended in Toronto Sunday evening. Obama had been making the rounds in Toronto of late, finding time to have a beer with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his Canadian journey culminated by sitting courtside for what became a surprising victory by the American visiting team Golden State Warriors over host Toronto Raptors. As Obama is introduced, one can see that rapturous response and standing ovation received by the 44th President of the United States. Watch above, via ABC.

Roger Stone Posts, Then Deletes, Instagram Calling For John Brennan to Be ‘Hung for Treason’


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President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone posted a call for former CIA director John Brennan to be “hung for treason” on his Instagram page. The posting was flagged by CNN host Brian Stelter Sunday afternoon, who noted Stone appeared to delete the image from his Story on Instagram about an hour later. The image was captured via screencap by a Twitter user in Stelter’s mentions. Brennan was a national security official in former President Barack Obama’s administration who has become a vocal critic of Trump in recent years. CNN national security analyst Sam Vinograd said she reported Stone’s post to Instagram, and later received word the post was removed for violating the platform’s Continue reading "Roger Stone Posts, Then Deletes, Instagram Calling For John Brennan to Be ‘Hung for Treason’"

Trump’s Own Chief of Staff Admits ‘Yes’ Russia Interfered to Benefit Trump, Blames Obama


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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney reluctantly answered “yes” when asked if the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election to benefit President Donald Trump, but quickly tried to shift blame for the interference onto former President Barack Obama. On Sunday’s edition of NBC News’ Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd repeatedly asked Mulvaney if he and Trump accept the fact that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was intended to benefit Trump, and while Mulvaney tried to evade the question, he finally had to admit the truth. “I want to move to the president’s response to Robert Mueller,” Todd said. “He seems to indicate that the whole Russia interference is a hoax. Does the president accept the fact that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, in order to help him win?” “I think the bottom line, and this got lost again this week, is that Continue reading "Trump’s Own Chief of Staff Admits ‘Yes’ Russia Interfered to Benefit Trump, Blames Obama"

Bret Stephens: If Any Dem Made Comments Like Trump’s on North Korea, ‘Crowd at Fox’ Would Demand Impeachment


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New York Times columnist Bret Stephens said there’s no question tonight Republicans would be up in arms if Barack Obama had said anything close to what Donald Trump said about Joe Biden and Kim Jong Un. Chris Matthews remarked upon how “strange” he finds it for Trump to “run on relative IQ.” “I think the psychological term of art, Chris, is projection,” Stephens said. He went on to remark upon how stunning it is that the U.S. preident would “openly side with a… psychotic or murderous dictator against an honorable opponent, whatever else you say of Joe Biden.” He brought up the tragic case of Otto Warmbier and what a “betrayal” this whole episode is:
“It is a stunning repudiation of two centuries of American foreign policy tradition. I cannot believe it is amazing that someone who identifies as a conservative that so many of my fellow Continue reading "Bret Stephens: If Any Dem Made Comments Like Trump’s on North Korea, ‘Crowd at Fox’ Would Demand Impeachment"

Mehdi Hasan on CNN: If Obama Spoke About Kim Jong Un Like Trump Does, GOP Would’ve Demanded ‘Execution’


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Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan asked the “what if Barack Obama did it” question on Monday as he reacted to President Donald Trump running cover for Kim Jong Un in Japan. Throughout the last few days, Trump has drawn flak for shrugging off North Korea’s latest weapons tests and saying he agrees with the rogue nation’s dictator that former vice president Joe Biden is “a low IQ individual.” As CNN’s Erica Hill asked Hasan about this for a panel discussion on The Lead, he responded that this follows the same track for how authoritarian countries deal with Trump. “Once he likes you as a foreign dictator and once you’ve flattered him, he will have your back,” Hasan said. “This is a guy who’s always been very loyal to people who flatter him, and will throw anyone under the bus the moment they don’t.” Hasan continued by remarking on Continue reading "Mehdi Hasan on CNN: If Obama Spoke About Kim Jong Un Like Trump Does, GOP Would’ve Demanded ‘Execution’"

Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Denounces Julian Assange Indictment: Criminalizing Journalism


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The Washington Post’s executive editor Marty Baron has come out forcefully against President Donald Trump’s administration charging Wikileaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act. “Dating as far back as the Pentagon Papers, journalists have been receiving or reporting on information that the government has deemed classified,” Baron said in a statement. “With this new indictment of Julian Assange, the government is advancing a legal argument that places such important work in jeopardy.” Assange was charged under the the Espionage Act Thursday with 17 counts of receiving or publishing classified military and diplomatic documents received from former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. The charges are unprecedented and marks the first time a publisher has ever been charged under the Espionage Act, which was considered by the Barack Obama administration but ultimately Continue reading "Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Denounces Julian Assange Indictment: Criminalizing Journalism"