Trump Baselessly Accuses Joe Biden of Lying About Obama’s Lack of Endorsement: Something’s ‘Off,’ Real Reason is ‘Big Secret’


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Donald Trump accused former Vice President Joe Biden of lying about former President Barack Obama’s lack of endorsement and said the real reason was a “big secret,” implying — based on no evidence — that Biden’s mental health was behind Obama’s silence. “It’s part of the effort by the president to raise doubts about the health and mental capacity of Joe Biden,” Jordan Fabian, White House correspondent for The Hill, told CNN’s Erin Burnett. Trump had answered a wide range of questions earlier on Monday in an exclusive interview with The Hill and at one point, Trump fixated on Obama choosing not to endorse his former running mate in the 2020 Democratic primary. “[Trump] has taken repeated shots at Biden sometimes against the advice of his aides to try to knock him down a peg from being the Democratic front runner,” Fabian added. “He seems to be wanting to do that more and Continue reading "Trump Baselessly Accuses Joe Biden of Lying About Obama’s Lack of Endorsement: Something’s ‘Off,’ Real Reason is ‘Big Secret’"

Chuck Todd Confronts Trump About Kids at the Border: ‘They’re Being Held Hostage’


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NBC News anchor Chuck Todd grilled President Donald Trump over the mistreatment of migrant children at the southern border, asking him “Why aren’t you doing something?” Todd’s exclusive interview with Trump aired on Sunday morning’s edition of NBC News’ Meet the Press, and included an exchange about the most recent reporting on deplorable conditions for migrant children at the southern border. While Todd repeatedly pressed Trump about his administration’s failure to care for the children humanely, he also allowed several Trump falsehoods to go unchallenged. “I want to ask what’s going down with the, these, the children in these migrant camps,” Todd said. “The stories are horrible, Mr. President. You have children without their parents. You have kids taking care of kids.” “You’ve, you’ve read these reports,” Todd continued, as Trump agreed, “I know people are coming to you. I know you think this is the Democrats’ Continue reading "Chuck Todd Confronts Trump About Kids at the Border: ‘They’re Being Held Hostage’"

Jeanine Pirro Piles on Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign: ‘Stick to Making Friendship Bracelets’


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Fox News host Jeanine Pirro piled on 2020 presidential frontrunner Joe Biden over recent campaign missteps, saying he should “stick to making friendship bracelets.” Pirro noted that Biden has faced criticism from his competitors in the Democratic primary for his praise of “civility” in working with segregationist Democratic senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge. “I don’t remember things being this bad 15 months before the Republican primary,” Pirro said. Pirro also brought up that Biden mentions President Barack Obama in campaign speeches even though Obama has been silent on the state of the Democratic primary. “Even Joe’s best pal Barack is uncharacteristic all silent these days. Joe has to remind him that they are besties with the best friend forever bracelet. Joe, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for your best pal Barack to endorse you,” Pirro said. Earlier this month, Biden was made fun of for deploying a Continue reading "Jeanine Pirro Piles on Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign: ‘Stick to Making Friendship Bracelets’"

Shepard Smith: How Is Trump Iran Decision Different from Obama Pulling Back on Syria Red Line?


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Fox News’ Chris Wallace today questioned President Donald Trump‘s story on the tick-tock behind his decision to call off the Iran strikes, while Shepard Smith invoked the infamous Obama “red line” on Syria as a potential parallel. Smith walked through what we know thus far about the timeline leading up to Trump’s decision, and Wallace said, “I talked to a former top national security official in an earlier Republican administration who says this just doesn’t add up.” He also noted how “ten minutes before you’re learning for the first time that there were going to be 150 casualties seems pretty unlikely.” Smith then asked, “How is this different from President Obama pulling back from the red line in Syria?” “It’s a question you have to ask yourself,” Wallace said, noting it’s worth wondering what the reaction from Republicans would have been if Barack Obama had made Continue reading "Shepard Smith: How Is Trump Iran Decision Different from Obama Pulling Back on Syria Red Line?"

Shepard Smith: How Is Trump Iran Decision Different from Obama Pulling Back on Syria Red Line?


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Fox News’ Chris Wallace today questioned President Donald Trump‘s story on the tick-tock behind his decision to call off the Iran strikes, while Shepard Smith invoked the infamous Obama “red line” on Syria as a potential parallel. Smith walked through what we know thus far about the timeline leading up to Trump’s decision, and Wallace said, “I talked to a former top national security official in an earlier Republican administration who says this just doesn’t add up.” He also noted how “ten minutes before you’re learning for the first time that there were going to be 150 casualties seems pretty unlikely.” Smith then asked, “How is this different from President Obama pulling back from the red line in Syria?” “It’s a question you have to ask yourself,” Wallace said, noting it’s worth wondering what the reaction from Republicans would have been if Barack Obama had made Continue reading "Shepard Smith: How Is Trump Iran Decision Different from Obama Pulling Back on Syria Red Line?"

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: Trump Was ‘Obama-Like’ in Calling off Iran Attack… And That’s His ‘Worst Nightmare’


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MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle singled out Chuck Todd’s assessment that President Donald Trump calling off an attack on Iran was reminiscent of President Barack Obama, saying that’s “the president’s worst nightmare.” Todd was appearing on MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi and Ruhle to preview his exclusive interview with Trump airing Sunday and talk about Trump’s decision to call off a retaliatory strike against Iran. “It is the same impact as Barack Obama had when he set the red line and made that decision,” Todd said. “He’s making it clear that he does not want to kill anybody and he’s sending a message to Iran that we want to talk.” “What you said right there was the president’s worst nightmare,” Ruhle said. “You said it was reminiscent of Barack Obama.” “What he’s doing in this situation is Obama-like, isn’t that stunning?” Ruhle asked. Todd didn’t answer but Continue reading "MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: Trump Was ‘Obama-Like’ in Calling off Iran Attack… And That’s His ‘Worst Nightmare’"

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"