Anderson Cooper: There is a ‘Stench’ Coming From Officials Responsible for Mistreatment of Migrants


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On Tuesday night, CNN host Anderson Cooper slammed immigration authorities in the U.S. for failing to properly care for the influx of migrants coming across the border, amid Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders submitting his resignation this week. “Some of the people responsible… compare the influx of migrants to a storm or flood or a tide as if this all fell from the sky or rolled in from the sea,” the host observed. “At the end of the day, though, this is not an act of God. These are people, poor people, young people and whatever you think about the case they may have for coming here, they are here.” “They are now in custody here and those words in custody don’t just mean are being held, they mean in the care of, or as Webster’s has it, the act or process of preserving in Continue reading "Anderson Cooper: There is a ‘Stench’ Coming From Officials Responsible for Mistreatment of Migrants"

Tucker Carlson on Trump Accuser: E. Jean Carroll Making ‘Wacky Sound Bites’ While Trying to Sell a Book


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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson tonight mocked the media coverage of E. Jean Carroll, the writer who accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault, and said Carroll herself has made “wacky statements” in trying to sell her book. Carlson recounted Carroll’s allegations and said, “Carroll says she was devastated by what happened but she did not report it law enforcement for some reason, nor did she write about it, though she is a writer, during Trump’s presidential campaign or for the last two and a half years of his presidency.” He mocked the media coverage and showed some of Carroll’s comments from a recent interview, including her joking about asking for his tax returns and saying that bringing rape charges against Trump would be disrespectful to women raped at the border. “‘I wish I had asked for his tax returns.’ ‘I won’t bring criminal charges because it would Continue reading "Tucker Carlson on Trump Accuser: E. Jean Carroll Making ‘Wacky Sound Bites’ While Trying to Sell a Book"

Tucker Carlson on Trump Accuser: E. Jean Carroll Making ‘Wacky Sound Bites’ While Trying to Sell a Book


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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson tonight mocked the media coverage of E. Jean Carroll, the writer who accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault, and said Carroll herself has made “wacky statements” in trying to sell her book. Carlson recounted Carroll’s allegations and said, “Carroll says she was devastated by what happened but she did not report it law enforcement for some reason, nor did she write about it, though she is a writer, during Trump’s presidential campaign or for the last two and a half years of his presidency.” He mocked the media coverage and showed some of Carroll’s comments from a recent interview, including her joking about asking for his tax returns and saying that bringing rape charges against Trump would be disrespectful to women raped at the border. “‘I wish I had asked for his tax returns.’ ‘I won’t bring criminal charges because it would Continue reading "Tucker Carlson on Trump Accuser: E. Jean Carroll Making ‘Wacky Sound Bites’ While Trying to Sell a Book"

Ex-Fox News Reporter Carl Cameron Appears on MSNBC, Rips Fox’s ‘Entertainment Division’ as ‘Not Fact-Based’


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Former Fox News reporter Carl Cameron appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday night and ripped his former network’s “entertainment division” — i.e., Fox News opinion hosts like Sean HannityTucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham — saying that much of the primetime lineup is “not fact-based.” “I make a real distinction on Fox News, you have a lot of opinion hosts like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson… and you have a news division, there’s folks there like Bret Baier and Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith and Jay Wallace,” Cameron told MSNBC host Ari Melber. “They worked their butts off to try to be fair, and there is no secret there has occasionally been some disagreements between the news division and the entertainment division, I have a lot of friends who are in the news division. ” “The opinion hosts are just that and it’s not fact-based,” he Continue reading "Ex-Fox News Reporter Carl Cameron Appears on MSNBC, Rips Fox’s ‘Entertainment Division’ as ‘Not Fact-Based’"

9/11 First Responder Goes OFF on Congress After McConnell Meeting: ‘The Chairs They Put Their Asses In… We Pay for That Sh*t’


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9/11 first responder John Feal spoke emotionally at a press conference this afternoon, joined by other first responders following a meeting with Mitch McConnell, making it clear they have been and continue to be pissed off at congressional inaction. Feal was one of several first responders who appeared on Capitol Hill recently, along with Jon Stewart, to push for Congress to reauthorize the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. Stewart had called out McConnell for being a roadblock in the past few years on this issue and ended up in a public back-and-forth with McConnell before today’s meeting. “Mitch McConnell made a commitment to the 9/11 community,” Feal said, making it clear they fully intend to hold him to that commitment. One first responder who could not be there today was Luis Alvarez, who gave his emotional testimony to Congress just days ago and is now in hospice. Alvarez Continue reading "9/11 First Responder Goes OFF on Congress After McConnell Meeting: ‘The Chairs They Put Their Asses In… We Pay for That Sh*t’"

Donny Deutsch’s New MSNBC Show Off to Sluggish Start, Ratings Down More Than 15% From Launch


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The ratings are in for MSNBC’s Saturday Night Politics — a new hour hosted by Donny Deutsch. And the early returns are not promising. According to data from Nielsen, Saturday Night Politics pulled down 749,000 overall viewers in its most recent airing, and 82,000 in the advertiser-coveted adults 25-54 demographic. Both numbers are down more than 15% from the show’s May 4 launch — which posted 919,000 total, and 99,000 in the key demo. Over the eight weeks since Deutsch has taken over the timeslot, MSNBC has averaged 74,000 viewers in the 25-54 bracket. During the same eight week period last year, when reruns of Lawrence O’Donnell‘s The Last Word aired, MSNBC averaged 97,000 in the key demo. The silver lining for MSNBC in the early Deutsch numbers? Saturday Night Politics has improved in the total viewers category year-over-year, averaging 799,000 overall compared to the 584,000 brought in by Continue reading "Donny Deutsch’s New MSNBC Show Off to Sluggish Start, Ratings Down More Than 15% From Launch"

Insane Bodycam Footage Shows Police Recovering Newborn Abandoned In Grocery Bag


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A Georgia police department has released shocking bodycam footage from finding a newborn baby girl abandoned in the woods inside a plastic grocery bag. Local residents called the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month when they heard cries from the forest near their home. The family investigated and found an infant crying inside her bag, her umbilical cord still attached to her body, and officials were alerted shortly afterward. The video from the scene shows officials removing the baby from the bag, wrapping her in a jacket and giving her a first response medical examination. The infant – who has been nicknamed “Baby India” – was taken to the local hospital afterward, and Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman has informed the media that she was in “surprisingly” good condition. “It was obvious that the baby was a newborn. We believe within hours of our discovery that the baby had Continue reading "Insane Bodycam Footage Shows Police Recovering Newborn Abandoned In Grocery Bag"

Meghan McCain Clashes With The View on Calling Migrant Detention Centers ‘Torture Facilities’


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Meghan McCain locked horns with her colleagues on The View Tuesday in a debate about whether it’s appropriate to refer to migrant detention centers as “torture facilities.” The conversation started with the panel bashing DOJ official Sarah Fabian‘s argument that the government doesn’t need to provide items like soap and toothbrushes to establish “safe and sanitary” conditions at detention centers. Sunny Hostin attributed the situation to “a lack of empathy,” saying, “I think this administration doesn’t care” about these conditions or the migrants who have died in custody of border security. McCain agreed that the situation is “horrific” and a “humanitarian crisis,” but she objected to the idea that these centers are “torture facilities.” “I know what a torture facility looks like. I’ve been to one,” McCain said. “When you have a facility whose specific purpose is to torture people, that is not what’s going on. Yes, Continue reading "Meghan McCain Clashes With The View on Calling Migrant Detention Centers ‘Torture Facilities’"

WATCH: Fox Host Who Raged About AOC Concentration Camp Remark Compared Abortion to Holocaust


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Fox News radio host Todd Starnes raged at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for calling migrant detention facilities “concentration camps,” but in video flagged by Media Matters’ Jason Campbell, Starnes called abortion a “Holocaust.” Last week, AOC created a stir when she told followers, in an Instagram video, that “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps. 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.” On his radio show, Starnes played audio of Ocasio-Cortez’s remark, then asked “Anybody over in the Democrat Party, anybody at DNC headquarters, a little concerned, just a smidge, that they’ve got some anti-Semites in their midst?” But just a few days ago, at a speech for the Young America’s Foundation at Continue reading "WATCH: Fox Host Who Raged About AOC Concentration Camp Remark Compared Abortion to Holocaust"

WATCH: That Time Trump Stunned Morning Joe Crew by Bragging About Kissing Katy Tur


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NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host Katy Tur wrote about then-candidate Donald Trump forcing an unwanted kiss on her before a 2015 appearance on Morning Joe, an incident which Trump then bragged about just seconds after it occurred. Tur described the incident in her 2017 campaign memoir “Unbelievable,” with harrowing detail. “Trump arrives. Word spreads. I take a few steps toward the entrance and see Trump’s private security detail, coming in just ahead of him. Despite my desire to avoid any interaction, I walk toward the front doors and spot Trump—who shifts his path ever so slightly so he’s walking straight toward me—barreling, really,” Tur wrote. “Suddenly he is so close I can smell what he had for breakfast. And then, before I know what’s happening, his hands are on my shoulders and his lips are on my cheek. My eyes widen. My body freezes. My heart stops.” Continue reading "WATCH: That Time Trump Stunned Morning Joe Crew by Bragging About Kissing Katy Tur"

Ben Stein on Fox Business: ‘Black People’ Feel Attachment to Being ‘Underdogs’ and ‘Being Victimized’


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Ben Stein cannot be defined by a simple label. The former 80s actor, game show host, economist, lawyer and former speechwriter for both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford also appears to consider himself something of an expert on “black people,” evidenced by the punditry he provided on Fox Business’ Trish Regan Primetime. Host Trish Regan noted to her guest the current record low unemployment for Black-Americans under President Donald Trump, before asking if the political loyalty of Black-Americans might be starting to shift from traditionally supporting the Democratic party to the Republican party. Stein admitted that he didn’t “think that was true,” adding that he doesn’t know why. He then explained his reasoning, stating “There is a very deep attachment to black people feeling like they’re the underdogs and the feeling like they’re being victimized.” He then added, fairly, “and for a very long time they were underdogs, Continue reading "Ben Stein on Fox Business: ‘Black People’ Feel Attachment to Being ‘Underdogs’ and ‘Being Victimized’"

Lawyer on CNN: Trump Will Be Deposed in Defamation Case Within the Next Few Months


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Nancy Erika Smith, the attorney who entered the public eye by representing Gretchen Carlson in her lawsuit against Roger Ailes, seemed quite confident on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is facing an imminent deposition. Appearing on CNN for a panel discussion on the social dynamics revolving around E. Jean Carroll‘s sexual assault allegation against the president, Smith argued that people are galvanized against the “misogynist,” “sexist culture” Trump is part of, and she noted that the president is still facing a defamation lawsuit from Summer Zervos — one of his other misconduct accusers. “Summer Zervos’ defamation case against Donald Trump has been upheld,” Smith said. “He’s going to be deposed.” Alisyn Camerota assumed Smith was saying that the deposition will come once Trump is out of office, and she seemed visibly surprised when the attorney answered that it could happen much sooner than that. “I think it’s Continue reading "Lawyer on CNN: Trump Will Be Deposed in Defamation Case Within the Next Few Months"

Lawyer on CNN: Trump Will Be Deposed in Defamation Case Within the Next Few Months


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Nancy Erika Smith, the attorney who entered the public eye by representing Gretchen Carlson in her lawsuit against Roger Ailes, seemed quite confident on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is facing an imminent deposition. Appearing on CNN for a panel discussion on the social dynamics revolving around E. Jean Carroll‘s sexual assault allegation against the president, Smith argued that people are galvanized against the “misogynist,” “sexist culture” Trump is part of, and she noted that the president is still facing a defamation lawsuit from Summer Zervos — one of his other misconduct accusers. “Summer Zervos’ defamation case against Donald Trump has been upheld,” Smith said. “He’s going to be deposed.” Alisyn Camerota assumed Smith was saying that the deposition will come once Trump is out of office, and she seemed visibly surprised when the attorney answered that it could happen much sooner than that. “I think it’s Continue reading "Lawyer on CNN: Trump Will Be Deposed in Defamation Case Within the Next Few Months"

Democratic Congresswoman Rips Trump Over Detention Center Conditions: ‘How Dare You Torture Children?’


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Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) tore into the Trump Administration on Tuesday by accusing them of keeping detained migrant children in horrible conditions to force Democrats’ hands as they continue to hash out a new border security spending bill. Bass gave an interview to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota which gravitated around numerous recent reports on how migrant children are forced to live in substandard conditions with little to no access to basic medical supplies. Bass said Congress does need to approve money on the situation, but she also accused the government of depriving these children on purpose, saying “this is inflicted on these children as punishment to try to bring Democrats to the table to compromise on the border wall.” As Bass and Camerota talked about how family separation still happens on the southern border, the congresswoman called it “a stain on our country” and that “if any parent did anything Continue reading "Democratic Congresswoman Rips Trump Over Detention Center Conditions: ‘How Dare You Torture Children?’"

Eugene Robinson: Trump Got Votes from Some Black Men Because of the ‘Bling’ and ‘Gangsta’ Image


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Morning Joe regular and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson offered an interesting insight to explain some of the support then-candidate Donald Trump benefitted from the community of black men in the 2016 general election Tuesday morning, saying that Trump’s “faux machismo” was behind some electoral support. The comment came in the context of promoting Joy-Ann Reid’s new book The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story which is in book stores today. Robinson noted that — outside of the five boroughs of New York City — Trump didn’t have much following in the black communities until he started the “birther thing.” “Black people started to pay attention to him and not in a good way,” he stated, adding “because he was telling, you know, these ridiculous lies about the first African-American president in a way that sought to delegitimize him.” But Robinson did Continue reading "Eugene Robinson: Trump Got Votes from Some Black Men Because of the ‘Bling’ and ‘Gangsta’ Image"

Fox & Friends Reports DHS Secretary Leaked ICE Raid Details: Silence Makes Him Seem ‘Guilty’


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Fox & Friends put Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on blast Tuesday by accusing him of opposing President Donald Trump’s anti-illegal immigration plans and leaking details to the media in order to undo them. In the days following Trump’s postponement of plans for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to launch deportation raids across the country, multiple reports have said that McAleenan personally opposed the raid idea, and eventually leaked details about the operation to disrupt it before they could begin. Steve Doocy ran through the reports on Fox & Friends, saying McAleenan told ICE Acting Director Mark Morgan “to stand down and President Trump says ‘no we’re not going to stand down.'” “[McAleenan’s] silence is making it seem like he’s guilty,” Brian Kilmeade said. “But I would love to see his side of the story first. Hopefully we’ll get that today.” When Morgan appeared on the Continue reading "Fox & Friends Reports DHS Secretary Leaked ICE Raid Details: Silence Makes Him Seem ‘Guilty’"

Joe and Mika Get Tense Over Politicized Rape Allegations: ‘I’m Just Trying to Complete a Sentence’


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Morning Joe co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough appeared to work through some communications issues Tuesday morning during a remarkably tense discussion over politicized rape allegations.  The context of this marital spat was President Donald Trump’s claim that writer E. Jean Carroll — who recently alleged that Trump assaulted her in an excerpt of a book to be published next week — was not his type. In a conversation of the media coverage and seeming political shoulder shrug over Carroll’s rape allegations, Brzezinski previously pointed her finger at Republican enablers of Trump’s character and alleged behavior, which has been “baked into the cake” of his character and reputation, ostensibly giving him a pass. Scarborough then pointed out that, in his esteem, the rape allegations against former President Bill Clinton brought forth by Juanita Broderick in the 90s, saying that Clinton also benefited from the same “baked in the cake” Continue reading "Joe and Mika Get Tense Over Politicized Rape Allegations: ‘I’m Just Trying to Complete a Sentence’"

Stephen Colbert Mock Gags While Trying to Say Trump Did the Right Thing by Not Bombing Iran


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CBS Late Show host and frequent Trump critic Stephen Colbert poked fun at himself on Monday night when he mock-gagged while trying to praise President Donald Trump for not bombing Iran last week. “Last Wednesday night, Iran shot down an unmanned US Drone, and nobody knew what President Trump was going to do, including President Trump because, according to officials, on Thursday night, the president approved a strike on Iran,” Colbert said. “As late as 7:00 P.M., planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down. “So we were poised to start a war with Iran, but Donald Trump did the right thi—” Colbert said, before breaking off his sentence and pretending to be overcome with a violently ill reaction to his own comments complimenting Trump. Colbert then took several seconds to “recover” before trying again. Continue reading "Stephen Colbert Mock Gags While Trying to Say Trump Did the Right Thing by Not Bombing Iran"

Chris Hayes Clashes With GOP Rep Over Inhumane Conditions in Border Detention Camps: ‘You Think This Is Fictional?’


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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes got into a lengthy heated exchange with Rep. Michael Burgessover the numerous news reports of inhumane conditions at border detention facilities and challenged the Texas Republican’s claims that media coverage has been overblown: “You think this is fictional?” The contentious back-and-forth started when Hayes tried to get Burgess to agree that there is ample evidence the US has been mistreating large number of immigrants — particularly children — but to no avail. Instead, Burgess pushed back, saying conditions at detention facilities he’s visited were “tougher than ever” and “strained,” but he hailed the Customs and Border Protection agents as “heroes.” Hayes again tried to get a comment, this time about specific news reports of an immigrant detention holding facility in Clint, Texas, where 249 were just transferred out after lawyers interviewing them saw they were suffering in squalor with little to no access Continue reading "Chris Hayes Clashes With GOP Rep Over Inhumane Conditions in Border Detention Camps: ‘You Think This Is Fictional?’"

Bill O’Reilly Shredded for Botched Comments on Slavery: Imagine Writing So Many History Books ‘Without Knowing Any’


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Bill O’Reilly got blasted by online critics for suggesting that slavery was not, in fact, a significant component of America’s founding. The history book writer and former Fox News host took to Twitter on Monday to rail against Democrats for their talk about government reparations to African Americans descended from former slaves. To that end, he wrote…this: