CNN’s Toobin on Trump Attacking Omar: ‘Not a Coincidence’ He’s ‘Always After People of Color’


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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said Monday Donald Trump‘s attacks on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are an extension of the president’s feelings towards people of color in America. The CNN chief legal analyst was on New Day Monday to talk about the uptick in death threats Omar has received after Trump posted a tweet juxtaposing footage of 9/11 with the congresswoman’s recent speech. Omar has been under criticism lately from those who say she diminished the scale of 9/11 in her remarks when she referred to the attack by saying: “some people did something.” Here’s a reminder Omar’s remarks. Note that the 9/11 reference came in passing to her broader point about Muslims being discriminated against and held responsible for the actions of the perpetrators.
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Howard Schultz Gets Heated in Contentious MSNBC Interview: Can I Answer Without Being Interrupted?


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Former Starbucks CEO and potential 2020 candidate Howard Schultz appeared on MSNBC today following his Fox News town hall and got into a contentious back and forth with Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle. Schultz talked about the debt and deficit and said he considers this a moral issue because of how it impacts the American people. At one point Velshi told him, “A lot of Americans knew this a long time before you really rich guys started talking about how bifurcated America is, and that’s where we are today. So do you get why some people don’t think you’ve got all the answers?” (By “you,” Velshi made it clear he meant “you rich guys.”) “I’m self-made and I built a company that employed over 3 million people the last 40 years,” Schultz responded, “and gave health care, ownership, and free college tuition to every employee.” Schultz said Continue reading "Howard Schultz Gets Heated in Contentious MSNBC Interview: Can I Answer Without Being Interrupted?"

CNN’s Kaitlan Collins: There’s ‘A Sense of Panic’ in WH Over Trump Threat to Close Border


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CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins said on The Lead Tuesday afternoon that the White House has been struck with “a sense of panic” over President Donald Trump‘s threat to close the border. Collins reported today on the “mad scramble” in the West Wing to figure this out:
After acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said the President would follow through on his threat “unless something dramatic” happened, aides huddled in the West Wing with two goals: find a way to keep Trump from closing the border, and if that wasn’t doable, figure out the logistics in case he does. Administration officials have been unable to articulate when or for how long the President would close the border, whether that closure would apply to air travel and what it would mean for the US economy.
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Trump Acknowledges Closing Border Will Have Economic Consequences: ‘Security Is More Important to Me Than Trade’


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President Donald Trump today reiterated his threat to close the border as he acknowledged there would be negative economic consequences. “I’m ready to close it if I have to close it,” Trump said. “Our system is absolutely maxed out.” He continued, “We need to get rid of chain migration. We need to get rid of catch and release and visa lottery, and we have to do something about asylum. And to be honest with you, you have to get rid of judges.” At one point Trump was asked about the impact of closing the border on the economy. “Sure, it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy,” the president responded. “Trading is very important, the borders are very important, but security is what is most important.” “We’re going to have security in this country. That’s more important than trade,” he added. “Security is more important Continue reading "Trump Acknowledges Closing Border Will Have Economic Consequences: ‘Security Is More Important to Me Than Trade’"

Don Lemon Rips Democrats’ ‘Apology Tour’: ‘No One is Perfect’


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Don Lemon started off his show on Monday by calling out what he called the “official Democrats’ apology tour.” After heaving a big sigh, Lemon told everyone to sit down. “We’ve got to talk about what is starting to look like, maybe not even starting, maybe it’s been looking like that for a while but it’s definitely reached — reaching a peak now — the official Democrats apology tour.” He continued on by talking about the current controversy surrounding Vice President Joe Biden before declaring, “Still an awful lot of Democrats have been apologizing an awful lot lately.” Here is what Lemon said:
“The former Vice President Joe Biden is the latest to find himself in an unwelcome spotlight here after two women came forward to allege that he made them feel uncomfortable, uncomfortable. One says he kissed the back of her head in 2014. The other Continue reading "Don Lemon Rips Democrats’ ‘Apology Tour’: ‘No One is Perfect’"

Jared Kushner Dismisses Security Clearance Issue in Rare Interview: ‘I’ve Been Accused of All Types of Things’


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White House senior advisor Jared Kushner spoke with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham tonight about issues in his father-in-law’s administration following the White House criminal justice reform event today. Ingraham brought up the whistleblower who spoke to the House Oversight Committee who raised concerns about the security clearance process and how a number of clearances were signed off on despite some issues. “The left is going crazy about this security clearance issue,” Ingraham said. “I can’t comment for the White House’s process, but what I can say is that over the last two years that I’ve been here, I’ve been accused of all different types of things. All of those things have turned out to be false,” he responded, before bringing up “a lot of crazy accusations that we colluded with Russia.” Ingraham amusedly asked if he poses a “grave national security concern” to the country. Kushner just praised the Continue reading "Jared Kushner Dismisses Security Clearance Issue in Rare Interview: ‘I’ve Been Accused of All Types of Things’"

Tucker Carlson: Ilhan Omar ‘Repays Her Adopted Country’ by Attacking It as ‘Hateful and Racist’


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Tucker Carlson tonight ripped Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for comments she made about living in America under President Donald Trump, remarking on how she would “repay her adopted country” with such remarks. Tonight Carlson said, “She does not like Israel, but you’ve heard next to nothing about how Omar doesn’t like this country.” In a recent Vogue Arabia interview, Omar said of living in Trump’s America, “It’s challenging. It’s an everyday assault. Every day, a part of your identity is threatened, demonized, and vilified. Trump is tapping into an ugly part of our society and freeing its ugliness.” She also talking said in the interview, “When you’re a kid and you’re raised in an all-black, all- Muslim environment, nobody really talks to you about your identity. You just are. There is freedom in knowing that you are accepted as your full self. So the notion that there Continue reading "Tucker Carlson: Ilhan Omar ‘Repays Her Adopted Country’ by Attacking It as ‘Hateful and Racist’"

Tucker Carlson Calls AOC a ‘Moron’ for Green New Deal Town Hall, But Credits Her ‘Insightful Critique’ on Economy


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Tucker Carlson mocked Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a “moron” over her comments during the MSNBC Green New Deal town hall, but picked up on one thing she said he agreed with. Chris Hayes hosted Ocasio-Cortez for the town hall on Friday, and Carlson said of the MSNBC host, “Chris Hayes is what every man would be if feminists ever achieved absolute power in this country––apologetic, bespectacled, and deeply, deeply concerned about global warming and the patriarchal systems that cause it.” Carlson mostly mocked the comments from Ocasio-Cortez, including when she dismissed the idea of a growing tea party of the left and said “we’re not calling anyone names,” before adding that she finds the phrasing interesting because “the grounding of the tea party was xenophobia, the underpinnings of white supremacy.” “Yeah, stop with the name-calling, you racist white supremacist xenophobe!” Carlson mockingly responded. He continued, “So it’s Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Calls AOC a ‘Moron’ for Green New Deal Town Hall, But Credits Her ‘Insightful Critique’ on Economy"

CNN Legal Analyst Shreds Alex Jones For Using Psychosis as Excuse for Sandy Hook Trutherism: ‘An Insult to Psychotics’


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In a video deposition released a few days ago, InfoWars’ Alex Jones attributed his belief in a Sandy Hook shooting hoax to “a form of psychosis.” CNN legal analyst Paul Callan told Brooke Baldwin, “I was going to explain why ‘pond scum’ was an accurate way to describe him.” Regarding the claim of psychosis, Callan said, “Personally, I think it’s an insult to psychotics… It’s a cheap excuse, it’s a cheap attempt to use legitimate mental illness as an explanation for his utterly indefensible conduct.” He added that if they settle the case, Jones would likely “issue a public apology retracting his mindless, idiotic theories about how the shooting went down.” You can watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab]

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Whistleblower Raising ‘Huge Red Flag’ About WH Security Clearance Process


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A CNN panel this afternoon covered the concerning “red flags” raised by a whistleblower to Congress regarding the White House security clearance process. Tricia Newbold told the House Oversight Committee that the White House allegedly overturned 25 security clearance denials. The committee, chaired by Congressman Elijah Cummings, is still requesting information on the security clearance process from the White House. Ranking Member Jim Jordan has accused Democrats of “cherry-picking” Newbold’s testimony, saying that she testified that “only 4-5 of her unfavorable 25 adjudications were for ‘very serious reasons.'” On CNN this afternoon, Borger said that the number of people Newbold mentions raises “a huge red flag about what’s going on with the process inside the White House.” “One of the problems inside this White House,” she added, “is that so many of these people have never had any government experience before. So many of these people have Continue reading "CNN’s Gloria Borger: Whistleblower Raising ‘Huge Red Flag’ About WH Security Clearance Process"

Fox News’ Napolitano: Health Care Fight Could End Up Being ‘Politically Catastrophic’ for Republicans


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Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano said today if Republicans are victorious in their fight to strike down Obamacare, it will end up being “politically catastrophic.” Napolitano first talked about the Mueller report and how there might be “some” evidence of conspiracy of obstruction, “just not enough to meet the standard of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.” At one point, anchor Julie Banderas asked him about the Republican concerns over Obamacare potentially being struck down. Napolitano called it an “enormous problem” for Republicans. He said he personally considers Obamacare unconstitutional but if it’s struck down, there’s the question of what it will be replaced with:
“You have 21 million people in the United States receiving government subsidized health insurance as a result of Obamacare. Are you going to take that away from them? It will be politically catastrophic, even though I don’t think it should have come in the Continue reading "Fox News’ Napolitano: Health Care Fight Could End Up Being ‘Politically Catastrophic’ for Republicans"

CNN’s Brian Stelter ROASTS Fox News: ‘I Don’t Know What’s Going on Over There’


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CNN host Brian Stelter lit into Fox News over a series of missteps — including the Fox & Friends banner that proclaimed Donald Trump had cut off aid to “3 Mexican countries” — and told his viewers “I don’t know what’s going on over there.” On Sunday’s edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources, Stelter teased a segment by noting that “The only network that actually is apologizing for something this week is Fox News. I’ll show you what they’re apologizing for in just a moment.” After the commercial break, Stelter noted that “If President Trump was watching Lou Dobbs the other night, he heard that foreigners may kill millions of Americans.” He then played a clip from Fox host Lou Dobbs‘ Fox Business Channel show, in which Dobbs claims that “tens of thousands, perhaps millions of Americans” stand to be murdered by immigrants. His intro was
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CNN’s Smerconish: Looks Like Alex Jones’ Words Are ‘Finally Catching Up With Him’


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CNN’s Michael Smerconish teed off on Alex Jones after the video deposition of the conspiracy theorist went up online yesterday. Jones claims in the video––during a deposition in the defamation lawsuit against him––that a form of “psychosis” is to blame for why he believed the Sandy Hook massacre was staged. Smerconish was bewildered by Jones trying to call his comments “punditry,” pointing out how victims and families are still dealing with their grief. “These media provocateurs likes Jones,” he said, “they know that passion sells. That’s what this is all about. They need people to pay attention to them. And the best way to do that is to be shocking. Many times with disregard of decency.” As for Jones in particular, Smerconish said his persona confirms that a lot of what the “men with microphones” say is “total BS” in the name of pushing an agenda. “They are far Continue reading "CNN’s Smerconish: Looks Like Alex Jones’ Words Are ‘Finally Catching Up With Him’"

Beto O’Rourke Officially Kicks Off Campaign in El Paso: ‘This Is Our Moment of Truth’


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Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D- TX) officially kicked off his 2020 campaign with a rally in El Paso this afternoon. He talked about his unsuccessful Senate race against Ted Cruz and talked up political change in Texas, before saying, “That’s why I am so glad to be here with you today in my hometown, in my home state, to announce that I’m running to serve you as the next President of the United States of America.” “Our children and your children and the generations that follow them are depending on us now at this moment,” he said. “This is our moment of truth… and we cannot be found wanting.” O’Rourke decried President Donald Trump for using “fear and division based on the differences between us,” and said at one point that the country should end “these love affairs with dictators.” You can watch a clip above, via Continue reading "Beto O’Rourke Officially Kicks Off Campaign in El Paso: ‘This Is Our Moment of Truth’"

Swalwell, Fox’s Cavuto Clash Over Trump and Russia: ‘Have You Read the Report?’ ‘No, But Neither Have You’


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Congressman Eric Swalwell (D- CA) appeared with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto to talk about the Mueller report and Swalwell’s public comments about how President Donald Trump “acts on Russia’s behalf.” “Do you know something that I don’t know?” Cavuto asked. “Do you know something, for example, in the Mueller report that others are unfamiliar with? Because to call the president a Russian agent or to make that charge amidst a report that’s been headlined that there was no collusion really makes folks wonder where you’re coming from.” Swalwell said again that Trump acts on Russia’s behalf, asking Cavuto, “Have you read the report?” Cavuto responded, “No, but neither have you, right?” Swalwell defended his position by invoking the Jussie Smollett case and saying, “Couldn’t it be the same case that we know what happened with Donald Trump and his team with the Russians, that they Continue reading "Swalwell, Fox’s Cavuto Clash Over Trump and Russia: ‘Have You Read the Report?’ ‘No, But Neither Have You’"

MSNBC’s David Gura Defends NY Times, WaPo Pulitzers for Russia Coverage After Trump Says They Should Be Revoked


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MSNBC’s David Gura this morning defended the New York Times and Washington Post after President Donald Trump went after both on Twitter again. Trump, as Gura put it, “renewed his attacks on journalists” and called for the papers’ Pulitzer for Russia coverage to be taken away: “The two papers did not win a Pulitzer for coverage of collusion,” Gura responded. “They won it… ‘for deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that drastically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections Continue reading "MSNBC’s David Gura Defends NY Times, WaPo Pulitzers for Russia Coverage After Trump Says They Should Be Revoked"

Trey Gowdy: I Don’t Think Mueller Report Should Be Released, ‘Surprised’ So Many Republicans Do


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Former Congressman and current Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy told Neil Cavuto this morning he doesn’t agree with the calls for the Mueller report to be released. AG Bill Barr indicated in a letter yesterday a redacted version of the full report will be provided to Congress some time next month. Gowdy said today, “I’m in a really small minority, Neil. I don’t think the report should be released at all and I’m frankly surprised that so many Republicans think it should be.” He elaborated:
“A lot of Republicans think the investigation was flawed from its inception. Remember, that Strzok was biased, that Papadopoulos was set up, that the dossier was a political hit piece, so if the investigation was flawed from its inception, why is the report not also flawed? I don’t think the report should be released because the Department of Justice speaks in indictments. They’ve already Continue reading "Trey Gowdy: I Don’t Think Mueller Report Should Be Released, ‘Surprised’ So Many Republicans Do"

Ocasio-Cortez Dismisses Suggestion There’s a Growing ‘Tea Party of the Left’


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During last night’s MSNBC town hall on the Green New Deal, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the idea that there’s a growing “tea party on the left.” Former Congressman Bob Inglis said at one point, “I think we’re seeing the formation of a tea party of the left. The tea party of the right that tossed me out ten years ago and went into this decade of disastrous disputation, I think we’re at risk of that happening now on the left. Because, you know, last night Donald Trump was in Michigan. There was a crowd that was really cheering for him.” “What’s the difference between last night and tonight?” Inglis asked. “This is the mirror image. This is the flip side.” The audience did not exactly respond positively. Ocasio-Cortez rejected the comparison, saying, “We are committed to policies that make American lives better and we’re actually talking Continue reading "Ocasio-Cortez Dismisses Suggestion There’s a Growing ‘Tea Party of the Left’"

Bill Maher: George Clooney Calling for Boycott of Sultan of Brunei’s Hotels Is ‘Chickensh*t Tokenism’


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This week George Clooney called for a boycott of several hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei over the law being implemented that will punish anyone engaging in gay sex with death by stoning. Bill Maher last night said this bothers him because “it’s chickenshit tokenism.” “What about Saudi Arabia?” he asked. “If you really want to get back at them, stop driving. Don’t use oil.” Andrew Sullivan added, “The nice thing about a free society is that you can have a political life and then you can have your actual life… We can put politics in its place and we shouldn’t be dictating our lives like a religion according to the dictates of wokeness.” S.E. Cupp agreed with Maher that it’s hypocritical, bringing up how Hollywood does “a ton of business” in the United Arab Emirates. Sullivan said it’s just “virtue signaling”––which Maher agreed Continue reading "Bill Maher: George Clooney Calling for Boycott of Sultan of Brunei’s Hotels Is ‘Chickensh*t Tokenism’"

Laura Ingraham Mocks ‘Tin Foil Hat Wearer’ Rachel Maddow on Russia Coverage


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Fox News’ Laura Ingraham tonight mocked the media’s post-Mueller-investigation coverage, especially Rachel Maddow‘s. She said they’re trying to “cook up” new scandals to move on from Russia, pointing to CNN’s Anderson Cooper covering questions about the Interior Secretary nominee. But then Ingraham moved on to Maddow, saying, “Still reeling from being exposed as a tin foil hat wearer after her Russia theories all fell flatt, Rachel Maddow has a new conspiracy to unravel.” She showed a clip of Maddow talking about how the Trump administration has “no plan” to go back to the moon, following remarks by Vice President Mike Pence about getting astronauts on the moon by 2024. And yes, Ingraham even showed this graphic: “You’d feel sorry for these folks if they hadn’t done such damage to the presidency and the country,” she concluded. “But they were exposed as frauds in their coverage of the Continue reading "Laura Ingraham Mocks ‘Tin Foil Hat Wearer’ Rachel Maddow on Russia Coverage"