Jerry Nadler Repeatedly Called Hope Hicks ‘Ms. Lewandowski’ in House Hearing


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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks leaves the hearing room during a break at a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee June 19, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Former White House communications director Hope Hicks testified in a closed-door hearing this week before the House Judiciary committee, and the transcript of that meeting was released by the committee on Thursday. In that hearing, as CNN’s Abby Phillip discovered and shared on Twitter, Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler repeatedly referred to Hicks as “Ms. Lewandowski,” the last name of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, with whom Hicks has been romantically linked and about whom many of the committee’s questions inquired. Just to be clear, it wasn’t unclear that they were speaking with Hope Hicks. Here she is stating her name for the record in response to Rep. Nadler.
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Pelosi Dismisses Trump’s Suggestion Iran Strike Was Accidental, But Urges Caution: We Must ‘Not Escalate’


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After a briefing in the White House Situation Room, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was unequivocal. Though the possibility was floated earlier Thursday by President Donald Trump that Iran shooting down a U.S. drone over international waters was a “loose and stupid” mistake, the Speaker believes the strike was no accident. “Are you personally convinced, based on the intelligence you’ve seen, that this was an Iranian attack on an American asset operating legally in international airspace?” A reporter asked Pelosi on Capitol Hill. “Yes,” the Speaker said. Though she is convinced Iran took hostile action, Pelosi adopted a cautious posture. “However we go forward from here has to be strategic, and smart, and in close alliance with our allies,” Pelosi said. “We have common interests in the region. We know that the high tension wires are up there. And we must do everything we can not to escalate Continue reading "Pelosi Dismisses Trump’s Suggestion Iran Strike Was Accidental, But Urges Caution: We Must ‘Not Escalate’"

Pelosi Dismisses Trump’s Suggestion Iran Strike Was Accidental, But Urges Caution: We Must ‘Not Escalate’


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After a briefing in the White House Situation Room, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was unequivocal. Though the possibility was floated earlier Thursday by President Donald Trump that Iran shooting down a U.S. drone over international waters was a “loose and stupid” mistake, the Speaker believes the strike was no accident. “Are you personally convinced, based on the intelligence you’ve seen, that this was an Iranian attack on an American asset operating legally in international airspace?” A reporter asked Pelosi on Capitol Hill. “Yes,” the Speaker said. Though she is convinced Iran took hostile action, Pelosi adopted a cautious posture. “However we go forward from here has to be strategic, and smart, and in close alliance with our allies,” Pelosi said. “We have common interests in the region. We know that the high tension wires are up there. And we must do everything we can not to escalate Continue reading "Pelosi Dismisses Trump’s Suggestion Iran Strike Was Accidental, But Urges Caution: We Must ‘Not Escalate’"

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"

Roy Moore is Running for Senate Again and Nobody Knows Why


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Roy Moore, whose 2017 Senate campaign crumbled amidst allegations of sexual assault against minors, has decided to give a Senate run another go.

“Yes, I will run for the United States Senate in 2020,” Moore told reporters Thursday, adding,  “Can I win? Yes, I can. Not only can I, they know I can.”

Those on the left and the right have called out the absurdity of this idea:

This is pure fake news. I can assure everyone that by running, Roy Moore is going against my father and he’s doing a disservice to all conservatives across the country in the process. https://t.co/pjfDKfoIO0

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 20, 2019 Regarding allegations of Moore preying
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9/11 First Responder in Hospice Makes Heartwrenching Plea for Funds: Congress, ‘Do the Right Thing’


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The retired NYPD detective who gave a heartwrenching testimony before Congress last week for the 9/11 Fund appeared on Shepard Smith Reporting Thursday to make one more plea for Congress to renew the bill. Authorities assured Luis Alvarez and many other first responders that the air surrounding the debris of 9/11 while they dug through piles for victims had been safe, but we now know that air was filled with toxic dust. Eighteen years after the attacks and 68 rounds of chemo later, doctors told Alvarez there is nothing else they can do for his stage 4 cancer, and he is now in hospice care. “We did the right thing when we went down there. Now it’s the government’s turn to do the right thing by us,” Alvarez said Thursday on Fox News. The retired detective told Shepard Smith that he was comfortable and at peace, and not in a Continue reading "9/11 First Responder in Hospice Makes Heartwrenching Plea for Funds: Congress, ‘Do the Right Thing’"

Bernie Sanders Yells at MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Over His Demand for Biden Apology: ‘MA’AM!’ Sorry if You Disagree


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Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders interrupted MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle when she questioned his position on the recent Joe Biden controversy, shouting “Okay, MA’AM, I’m sorry. If you disagree with me that’s fine. That is my view.” On Thursday’s edition of Velshi & Ruhle, Ruhle asked Sanders about his demand for an apology from Biden over his controversial remarks about a time when Biden maintained “civility” with segregationist senators, and did so with a fairly aggressive defense of Biden. “Some are saying ‘Well, he was applauding or celebrating that,’ that wasn’t what Joe Biden was doing,” Ruhle said. “Joe Biden was trying to make the point that by partisanship is necessary. He’s done so working with the deplorable of the deplorables, that’s why he gave the example of the segregationists.” “So why is it that you believe he has to apologize?” Ruhle asked. Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Yells at MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Over His Demand for Biden Apology: ‘MA’AM!’ Sorry if You Disagree"

Eddie Gallagher Trial Bombshell: SEAL Team Seven Medic Claims HE Killed ISIS Fighter


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The trial of Navy SEAL accused war criminal Eddie Gallagher took a dramatic turn Thursday when a SEAL Team Seven medic revealed in testimony that he believes that he killed the teenaged ISIS fighter — and not Gallagher himself. Gallagher was turned in by seven of his fellow Navy SEALs for a series of war crimes, including apparently shooting civilians for sport. SEALs said he used a sniper rifle to gun down a school-age girl and an old man. In 2017, SEALs told investigators, Gallagher walked up to a teenage ISIS fighter being treated by medics and stabbed the prisoner to death with a hunting knife. In Thursday’s stunning testimony, combat medic Corey Scott testified on behalf of the prosecution that Gallagher had indeed stabbed the prisoner with a hunting knife. During cross-examination, however, he revealed that he put his thumb over a breathing tube after Gallagher stabbed the wounded Continue reading "Eddie Gallagher Trial Bombshell: SEAL Team Seven Medic Claims HE Killed ISIS Fighter"

Rand Paul Calls to Vote Out Republicans Who Don’t Block Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal


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Republican Senator Rand Paul delivered a call on voters to take action from the Senate floor Thursday, ahead of a vote to block President Donald Trump’s Saudi Arms deal. “This is a big deal and a big it is my hope the American people will watch how people vote and decide, is this who I want representing me?” said Paul. “Do I want someone representing me to someone who is selling arms to people who hate our country? Do I want to have people representing me who continue to flood the Middle East with arms?” The Senate has since passed the first of three resolutions packages against Saudi Arms sales with a vote 53-45, but Trump has pledged to veto the legislation. The resolutions would then need 67 votes to override the veto. Most Republicans voted against the block. “I’m a big fan of the president on many Continue reading "Rand Paul Calls to Vote Out Republicans Who Don’t Block Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal"

Pelosi Defends Biden on Segregationist Controversy: ‘Authenticity’ is Most Important ‘And Joe Biden is Authentic’


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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi defended former Vice President Joe Biden over his controversial remarks about a time when he maintained “civility” with segregationist senators, telling reporters that “authenticity” is the most important quality in a candidate, that “Joe Biden is authentic,” and that he “seems to have tremendous support in the African American community.” At the Weekly Speaker’s Briefing Thursday morning, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell asked Pelosi about the controversy, and its possible political effects. O’Donnell referenced the “back and forth between Vice President Biden and some of the candidates,” and asked “Do you think that is helpful to the party to sort of fight that fight over who best represents the party when it comes to sensitivities about race, do you think that there are apologies owed, or should be extended, and is this helpful to the Democrats at this time?” “I think that Continue reading "Pelosi Defends Biden on Segregationist Controversy: ‘Authenticity’ is Most Important ‘And Joe Biden is Authentic’"

Mediaite Brings Together a Bipartisan Group of News Sites for 2020 Election Advertising


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Mediaite announced Thursday, via the Wall Street Journal, a new and unprecedented coalition between a bipartisan group of mid-size political publishers, called the Digital News Alliance. This partnership brings together some of the most politically engaged audiences out there to offer joint advertising packages geared toward the 2020 political advertising cycle and beyond. The publishers include Mediaite, The Daily Caller, Raw Story, Alternet, Law&Crime, and the Washington Free Beacon.  The coalition will leverage its large combined audiences of politically active readers to provide advertisers with a unique offering that cannot be found elsewhere. Together, the properties have over 145 million pageviews per month, 11 million Facebook followers, and 1.1 million Twitter followers. “We are very excited to begin this unprecedented partnership,” said Andrew Eisbrouch, COO & General Counsel of Mediaite and Law&Crime. “At a time when both parties in Washington can’t get along, we’ve found a Continue reading "Mediaite Brings Together a Bipartisan Group of News Sites for 2020 Election Advertising"

TBT: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Once Bragged That His Border Tent City Was A ‘Concentration Camp’


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Amidst the current “concentration camp” controversy, a nearly decade-old video has emerged of Sherrif Joe Arpaio bragging about his own Arizona border tent cities to which he also referred to as “concentration camps.” Why are people now debating the definition of this term? Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez started something of a firestorm of debate when during an Instagram Live video, she called out the Trump Administration’s current border policy for using “concentration camps.” She said: “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are  They are concentration camps.” She then added, “If that doesn’t bother you…I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.” For many, the term “concentration camp” evokes the genocidal campaign led by Adolph Hitler in which 6 million Jews were systematically killed in Continue reading "TBT: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Once Bragged That His Border Tent City Was A ‘Concentration Camp’"

Cenk Uygur Slams Joe Biden’s Segregationist Comments: ‘Stop Bragging’ About Working With Racists


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On Cuomo Prime Time, left-wing host Cenk Uygur blasted former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent comments about Congressional cooperation with segregationist senators and connected them to a larger body of problematic rhetoric on civil rights and race issues that could doom his 2020 run. “I think that Joe Biden has a real problem here,” Uygur explained. “He keeps saying that he liked working with segregationists, not just on the Democratic side. Let’s not forget, he bragged about working with [Republican Senator] Strom Thurmond, who was a deeply racist Republican who ran for president under the segregationist ticket. So he’s got to stop bragging about how much he likes racists.” Uygur went to on point out that Biden still defends his key roles in passing the 1975 anti-desegregation busing bill and the controversial 1994 crime bill. The latter ushered in severely harsh sentencing restrictions, which have had a devastating effect Continue reading "Cenk Uygur Slams Joe Biden’s Segregationist Comments: ‘Stop Bragging’ About Working With Racists"

Chuck Todd Knocks Ocasio-Cortez for Doing ‘Tremendous Disservice’ with Concentration Camp Comments; AOC Responds


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On Meet the Press Daily, host Chuck Todd singled out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s recent comments about “concentration camps” on the US Southern border and castigated “sheepish” Democrats who didn’t call them out as proof that both sides of the political spectrum “cannot talk about right and wrong anymore.” Playing a video post from Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram feed, Todd took aim at the freshmen Congresswoman for grossly distorting history for her recent use of that loaded term to describe the Trump administration’s immigrant detention camps. “She just did the people there a tremendous disservice,” Todd intoned, referring to undocumented immigrants being detained in what have been documented as sometimes inhumane conditions at the border. “Be careful comparing them to Nazi concentration camps because they’re not at all comparable in the slightest.” Ocasio-Cortez did not invoke the Nazi regime in her original comments about the Trump administration detention camps, although Continue reading "Chuck Todd Knocks Ocasio-Cortez for Doing ‘Tremendous Disservice’ with Concentration Camp Comments; AOC Responds"

Fox News Attributes Spread of Flesh-Eating Bacteria to… Climate Change?


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Fox News addressed the effects of climate change today in a segment about flesh-eating bacteria on Shepard Smith Reporting. It even ran with the chyron ‘Study: Climate Change Could Lead to More Infections’. “Now that flesh eating bacteria story. Authorities say it may be spreading up the east coast. Researcher says the reason is climate change opening new environments,” said Shep Smith Wednesday. Smith went on to detail a study by the Internal Medicine Journal. The flesh-eating bacteria has spread to the Delaware Bay between Delaware and New Jersey. Researchers say the disease has infected five people over the last couple years. In the eight years prior to that, only one case was documented, according Smith. “You can get sick by going into infected we’re with an open cut or wound or eated contaminated seafood. Scientists say it shows up in places like Texas and Louisiana where the waters are Continue reading "Fox News Attributes Spread of Flesh-Eating Bacteria to… Climate Change?"

Biden to Mega-Wealthy Donors: ‘I Need You Very Badly’


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Having two days ago said the first thing he would do as president is raise taxes, Joe Biden told a room full of affluent New York donors Tuesday that he didn’t think it was appropriate to “demonize” the rich. “Remember, I got in trouble with some of the people on my team, on the Democratic side, because I said, you know, what I’ve found is rich people are just as patriotic as poor people. Not a joke. I mean, we may not want to demonize anybody who’s made money,” Biden told approximately 100 wealthy donors, according to Bloomberg. “Nobody has to be punished. No one’s standard of living will change.” “When you have income inequality as large as we have in the United States today, it brews and ferments political discord and basic revolution,” he said. “It allows demagogues to step in” and blame “the other,” he said. “You’re Continue reading "Biden to Mega-Wealthy Donors: ‘I Need You Very Badly’"

Five Anchorwomen Sue NY1 for Age and Gender Discrimination


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Five anchorwomen at NY1, a prominent local news network in New York City, are suing the channel for age and gender discrimination. They allege that as women with tenure, they are being pushed aside for young faces, while men with tenure at the network are celebrated. One of the plaintiffs is Roma Torre, 61, well-known for her morning coverage and one of the channel’s longest-serving anchors. “We feel we are being railroaded out of the place,” Torre told The New York Times. “Men age on TV with a sense of gravitas, and we as women have an expiration date.” Other plaintiffs in the suit filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court include Vivian Lee, Jeanine Ramirez, Kristen Shaughnessy, and Amanda Farinacci. The anchorwomen said that since Charter Communications took over for Time Warner Cable in 2016, the cable channel has been reducing their air time and anchoring Continue reading "Five Anchorwomen Sue NY1 for Age and Gender Discrimination"

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Predicts Warren Will Trounce Sanders in IA, NH, & NV: ‘She’ll Blow Out Bernie Pretty Early On’


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Outside the confines of his own show, MSBNC’s Chris Matthews threw out a bold 2020 political prediction on CBS’s Late Show, telling host Stephen Colbert that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “will blow out Bernie pretty early on.” Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are seen as the chief rivals for the more progressive, left-wing bloc in the 2020 Democratic primary. Matthews said the demographics of the first three primary states could give Warren a big advantage very quickly. “I think Elizabeth Warren can win Iowa, because she’s very aggressive, very progressive, activists show up. We know how it works. The more moderate people don’t show up. She goes to New Hampshire, home court. Goes to Nevada, a big labor state; she could win three in a row,” Matthews told Colbert. “She’s the one who could start really fast. I think she’ll blow out Bernie pretty early on. Bernie will lose Continue reading "MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Predicts Warren Will Trounce Sanders in IA, NH, & NV: ‘She’ll Blow Out Bernie Pretty Early On’"

Rick Wilson Gives Dems 2020 Campaign Advice: Don’t Try to Play Catch-up With Trump’s ‘Tidal Wave of BS’


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Longtime White House critic Rick Wilson offered Democrats some free 2020 campaign advice on MSNBC’s The 11th Hour after President Donald Trump’s re-election kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida, warning the party that it would be fruitless to try to play catch-up with the “tidal wave of BS in this campaign.” Referring to a Trump supporter interviewed at the rally who said she supported the president because he “doesn’t lie,” Wilson noted that any voter who ignores the nearly 11,000 lies and misleading statements he’s made as president will never be persuaded to abandon him. “Those folks tonight,” Wilson said, “Donald Trump can say and do anything and there is no boundary he can cross with them that loses their vote. The ones committed enough to go show up in that room tonight live in a completely separate political sphere. It is hermetic. They live inside Donald Trump’s definition of Continue reading "Rick Wilson Gives Dems 2020 Campaign Advice: Don’t Try to Play Catch-up With Trump’s ‘Tidal Wave of BS’"

Trump Defender Steve Cortes Blasts Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Border ‘Concentration Camp’ Comments: ‘Then Barack Obama is a Nazi’


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On CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, Trump defender Steve Cortes got in heated argument about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) recent comments that the administration was confining undocumented immigrants in “concentration camps” on the border: “By that logic…then Barack Obama is a Nazi.” Cortes, who is reportedly on the short list to replace Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary, launched into the segment with the kind of fiery hyperbole the president loves to see from his advocates on TV. “[Ocasio-Cortez] very much demeaned the victims of that horrific tragedy,” Cortes said, referring to the Holocaust. “She also demeaned the American soldiers that smashed the evil perpetrators of that human tragedy. I would also add this. She also demeaned the current American citizens, many of whom are Hispanic, who do the very hard and dangerous work of guarding our borders. She equated them by association to Nazi SS Continue reading "Trump Defender Steve Cortes Blasts Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Border ‘Concentration Camp’ Comments: ‘Then Barack Obama is a Nazi’"