Former Trump Aide Omarosa Sued by U.S. Government Over Financial Disclosure


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The U.S. filed suit against Omarosa Manigault this week, for “knowingly and willfully failing to file” her financial disclosure paperwork after being fired from the Trump administration. The government is seeking a $50,000 civil fine in the complaint, filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Reuters reports that Omaraso has had since January of 2018 to file the disclosure, and was give “several reminders” by White House ethics lawyers to take care of it. Since being fired by the White House, Omarosa has been a frequent critic of the Trump, and in addition to her tell-all book, has made many appearances on MSNBC to comment on the administration and Trump personally, particularly with regard to issues of race and gender. She has also made news several times for her apparent recording of conversations that took place within the White House.

White House Tells House Committee Kellyanne Conway Won’t Testify at Hatch Act Hearing


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The White House has already blocked a number of current and former officials from testifying before Congress, and now it’s happening again, this time concerning White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. The Office of Special Counsel recommended that Conway be fired for violating the Hatch Act by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.” President Donald Trump defended Conway and said he wouldn’t fire her, while Conway said just this morning it’s “not even clear” what the Hatch Act allows. The House Oversight Committee plans to subpoena Conway for testimony, and tonight, it appears that the White House is working to block her testimony. The Washington Post reported earlier tonight that White House lawyers rejected the request:
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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’"

Maxine Waters Under Fire For Accusing Trump of Provoking Iran: Don’t ‘Pretend Innocence’


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Rep. Maxine Waters finds herself on the receiving end of some pretty harsh criticism after she tweeted her own rebuke of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy on Iran. Last week an American drone was downed by Iranian military forces, which almost spawned a retaliatory strike by US Military. On Friday, Trump tweeted that the attack was “cocked and loaded” but called off the strike — and the potential deaths of 150 Iranians — was not proportional to the downing of an unmanned strike. Waters called out Trump for “stopping” a strike against Iran and siding with Iran’s claim that the American drone was in Iranian airspace. U.S. military officials, however, have steadfastly claimed that the downed drone was in International air space. Water tweeted:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rips Steve King and GOP: ‘You Were Too Racist Even For’ Republicans


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Decries Paul Manafort's Rikers Transfer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called out Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) embrace of white supremacists after he attempted to shame her for her comments drawing attention to migrant detention centers. King asked Ocasio-Cortez to accept an offer to tour the sites of Nazi concentration camps and the Holocaust. The freshman congresswoman has drawn condemnation from Republicans for comparing camps housing southern border migrants to concentration camps, comments she has defended. AOC quickly fired back at King, saying “the Republican Party literally stripped you of your Congressional committee assignments because you were too racist even for them.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rips Steve King and GOP: ‘You Were Too Racist Even For’ Republicans


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Decries Paul Manafort's Rikers Transfer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called out Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) embrace of white supremacists after he attempted to shame her for her comments drawing attention to migrant detention centers. King asked Ocasio-Cortez to accept an offer to tour the sites of Nazi concentration camps and the Holocaust. The freshman congresswoman has drawn condemnation from Republicans for comparing camps housing southern border migrants to concentration camps, comments she has defended. AOC quickly fired back at King, saying “the Republican Party literally stripped you of your Congressional committee assignments because you were too racist even for them.”

Fox Reporter Calls Out Abusive Trump Crowd Booing Her, Fellow Reporters at Rally: ‘Such an Unfortunate Environment’


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At President Trump‘s campaign rally last week, the MAGA crowd abusively booed and taunted reporters, as they often do at Trump events, and on Sunday’s Media Buzz a Fox Business reporter was critical of that environment. She also noted she didn’t have anything identifying her as being from FBN, implying it might have acted as a shield with the crowd. Host Howard Kurtz asked his panel about the media environment and criticism of the rally by the press, and about CNN and MSNBC cutting away during the event. “CNN took about five minutes of it, and broke away,” said Kurtz. “They said, well, anchor John Berman said, ‘after about four minutes it was all about attacks on the medial.'” He asked Fox Business Network correspondent Kristina Partsinevelos, “how did it seem to you?” In her answer, Partsinevelos brought up the crowd’s hostility and the environment around Continue reading "Fox Reporter Calls Out Abusive Trump Crowd Booing Her, Fellow Reporters at Rally: ‘Such an Unfortunate Environment’"

Ex-Trump Aide Jason Miller Repeatedly Calls Nadler ‘Fat F*ck’ While Defending Hope Hicks: ‘You’re Fat and Nasty’


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Former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller erupted into an expletive-filled tirade against Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Thursday night in response to the lawmaker calling Hope Hicks “Ms. Lewandowski.” While he has since deleted the posts, Miller called Nadler a “fat fuck” repeatedly after the Democrat referred to Hicks, the former White House communications director, using Corey Lewandowski’s surname in a closed-door hearing. Lewandowski, a former Trump campaign manager, is rumored to have dated Hicks. “He’s a fucking scumbag anyone obsessed with attacking innocent Hope Hicks should take a long walk off a short pier,” Miller tweeted of Nadler. “That’s fine. We’ll call Mr. Nadler ‘Mr. MuffinTop,'” Miller added in another tweet an hour later. After making the one fat joke, Miller doubled-down, tweeting simply, “Fat fucks gonna fat fuck.” He followed that up with two more just like it: “You’re gross, you fat fuck” and “You’re fat Continue reading "Ex-Trump Aide Jason Miller Repeatedly Calls Nadler ‘Fat F*ck’ While Defending Hope Hicks: ‘You’re Fat and Nasty’"

From Hookers to High School: Five Craziest Moments from the Hope Hicks Hearing


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The transcript of the closed-door hearing with testimony from former White House communications director Hope Hicks was released on Thursday, and it was a long 192 pages with the word “objection” on almost all of them. There is, of course, a lot to go through in the transcript, even despite the objections and Hicks’ controversial “absolute immunity” agreement. But some things bubbled right to the top as the craziest moments, and we have a few of those here. 1. Objections Naturally, a top story from the hearing was the number of times her five lawyers objected based on the immunity. And Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu made a point of that by asking about mundane items.
Mr. Lieu. Most of my questions are going to be about your tenure during the campaign. However, I’m going to ask you a few questions at the beginning about your tenure at the White House Continue reading "From Hookers to High School: Five Craziest Moments from the Hope Hicks Hearing"

The Truth May Be Out There: Senators Receive Classified Pentagon Briefing on UFOs


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A number of U.S. Senators, including Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), have received classified briefings at the Pentagon on reported encounters between Navy pilots and unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, according to Politico. “If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of,” Warner spokesperson, Rachel Cohen, told Politico in a statement. The Navy had no immediate comment to Politico on Wednesday, and few details of the secret briefings were available. The briefings come after the New York Times reported of Navy pilots relating their experiences encountering unexplained flying objects. President Donald Trump told ABC News he has also been briefed on the subject. “I think it’s probably–I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, I mean, I’ve seen and I’ve read and I’ve heard and I did have one Continue reading "The Truth May Be Out There: Senators Receive Classified Pentagon Briefing on UFOs"

David Gergen Hits Biden for Angry Response to Criticism of Comments on Segregationists: Trying to ‘Have It Both Ways’


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CNN’s David Gergen said former Vice President Joe Biden’s angry reaction to criticism of his recent comments about working with segregationists in the Senate feeds the perception that “he’s trying to have it both ways.” Biden fired back on Wednesday after numerous 2020 rivals criticized him, including Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who called on the former vice president to issue an “immediate apology” for comments that somewhat breezily discussed past Congressional cooperation with a known segregationist and white supremacist, Democratic Senator James O. Eastland. “You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys,'” Booker’s campaign said in a press release. Unbowed, Biden instead called on Booker to apologize and touted a long record of fighting for civil rights. “There is not a racist bone in my body,” Biden shot back. “I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career, period. Period. Period.” John Berman, guest hosting for Anderson Cooper, Continue reading "David Gergen Hits Biden for Angry Response to Criticism of Comments on Segregationists: Trying to ‘Have It Both Ways’"

Biden Adviser Symone Sanders Defends Candidate: He ‘Did Not Praise a Segregationist’


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Symone Sanders, a former CNN contributor turned senior adviser to Joe Biden, defended the presidential candidate against the growing furor over his comments about working with segregationist lawmakers. Biden noted at a fundraiser this week that he worked with Senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, both segregationists. “Well guess what?” Biden reportedly said of working with the senators. “At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.” After Biden was called out by his fellow 2020 Democrats, including Cory Booker and Bill de Blasio, Symone Sanders defended the former vice president in a lengthy Twitter thread. “@JoeBiden did not praise a segregationist,” Continue reading "Biden Adviser Symone Sanders Defends Candidate: He ‘Did Not Praise a Segregationist’"

AOC Doubles Down on Concentration Camp Remarks Amid Blowback: To the ‘Shrieking Republicans…’


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Amidst blowback, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on her view that detention facilities on the U.S. southern border qualify as concentration camps. The New York Democrat took to Instagram Live on Monday to denounce the situation at the border. “The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing,” she said. Citing an Esquire article, AOC tweeted, “This is not hyperbole”: The comments have sparked a backlash. Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer called for AOC to apologize to Jews worldwide.”She used the extermination of 6 million people… to describe what’s happening at the Continue reading "AOC Doubles Down on Concentration Camp Remarks Amid Blowback: To the ‘Shrieking Republicans…’"

How to Influence US Iran Policy … Without Actually Existing


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Heshmat Alavi, an Iranian commentator, has been portrayed as a courageous dissident with a broad constituency and rare insight into the inner workings of the Iranian theocracy. His columns have been printed in Forbes, The Diplomat, The Federalist, Voice of America, The Daily Caller and The Hill. And his analysis, such as his assertion that Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran pumped money into the mullah's military budget, has been cited by the White House to justify leaving the agreement. But what if...he doesn't actually exist? The Intercept's Murtaza Hussain reported on Heshmat Alavi, and found that the columnist is not who he purports to be.

Harvard Rescinds Acceptance to Pro-Gun Parkland Student Kyle Kashuv Over Past Racist Comments


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On Monday, Harvard University rescinded their acceptance of Kyle Kashuv, a pro-Second Amendment activist who survived last year’s deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, over racist comments he made in high school that emerged on social media in May. “[The Admissions Committee] takes seriously the qualities of maturity and moral character. After careful consideration, the Committee voted to rescind your admission to Harvard,” the Ivey League school wrote in a letter to Kashuv that he shared on Twitter. “We are sorry about the circumstances that have led us to withdraw your admissions, and we wish you success in your future academic endeavors and beyond.”

Joe Biden Thinks Amazon Isn’t Paying Enough Taxes. Amazon Thinks It Is. What’s The Real Story?


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Joe Biden took to Twitter Thursday to join various other Democrats who have outed Amazon in light of reports that the company paid no federal taxes in 2018. “We need to reward work, not just wealth,” Biden said. But Amazon countered that their wealth is creating work: This comes Continue reading "Joe Biden Thinks Amazon Isn’t Paying Enough Taxes. Amazon Thinks It Is. What’s The Real Story?"

Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink


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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said a remarkable set of words on MSNBC on Thursday, although you wouldn’t know it by anchor Chuck Todd’s reaction. The two were talking Trump, of course, and Todd was essentially saying to Warner that it’s obvious Republicans can’t respect the rule of law or “norms” of government, so when will Democrats realize they can’t hope for decency from the bad guys. Warner, in turn, felt it was important to indict the American people in addition to the GOP. The specific context of the exchange was the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act, which Warner attempted to have passed by unanimous consent on Thursday, an effort blocked by Senate Republicans. Todd asked Warner to explain on what grounds Republicans would even object to such a bill, and Warner replied that the amount of fear among the GOP over angering Trump is “pretty wild.” Continue reading "Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink"

Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink


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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said a remarkable set of words on MSNBC on Thursday, although you wouldn’t know it by anchor Chuck Todd’s reaction. The two were talking Trump, of course, and Todd was essentially saying to Warner that it’s obvious Republicans can’t respect the rule of law or “norms” of government, so when will Democrats realize they can’t hope for decency from the bad guys. Warner, in turn, felt it was important to indict the American people in addition to the GOP. The specific context of the exchange was the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act, which Warner attempted to have passed by unanimous consent on Thursday, an effort blocked by Senate Republicans. Todd asked Warner to explain on what grounds Republicans would even object to such a bill, and Warner replied that the amount of fear among the GOP over angering Trump is “pretty wild.” Continue reading "Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink"

Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink


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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said a remarkable set of words on MSNBC on Thursday, although you wouldn’t know it by anchor Chuck Todd’s reaction. The two were talking Trump, of course, and Todd was essentially saying to Warner that it’s obvious Republicans can’t respect the rule of law or “norms” of government, so when will Democrats realize they can’t hope for decency from the bad guys. Warner, in turn, felt it was important to indict the American people in addition to the GOP. The specific context of the exchange was the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act, which Warner attempted to have passed by unanimous consent on Thursday, an effort blocked by Senate Republicans. Todd asked Warner to explain on what grounds Republicans would even object to such a bill, and Warner replied that the amount of fear among the GOP over angering Trump is “pretty wild.” Continue reading "Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink"

Rep. Steve Cohen Slams ‘Wacko’ Trump for Foreign Dirt Claim: ‘Ralph Kramden Ought to Send Him’ to the Moon


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Rep. Steve Cohen was clearly upset with President Donald Trump’s admission during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he is open to getting dirt from foreign operatives on his 2020 opponents. Trump also said during the same interview that he would not necessarily feel the need to notify the FBI of such contact. CNN host Don Lemon started the ball rolling on the Trump talk late Wednesday by asking the Congressman what he would do if he were “approached with that kind of information by a foreign entity.” Cohen said he would notify the FBI. “Unquestionably you’d call the FBI and you’d report it and anybody would do that when they’ve have seen the trouble — A.) They know the law that has been reported and B.) They see potential jeopardy that Trump’s put himself in by welcoming this information,” Cohen said. The Chairman of Continue reading "Rep. Steve Cohen Slams ‘Wacko’ Trump for Foreign Dirt Claim: ‘Ralph Kramden Ought to Send Him’ to the Moon"