Monthly Archives: February 2017

REPORT: Sean Spicer Pressured Top Officials To Discredit New York Times Story On Russia And Trump

Axios reports: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone and connected outside officials with reporters to try to discredit a New York Times article about Trump campaign aides’ contact with Russia, then remained on the line for the brief conversations, Axios has learned. Ten key points: Why it matters: The new details show how determined the ...

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John Oliver Rips GOP On Flailing Obamacare Repeal: They Still Have No Idea How To Go About It [VIDEO]

Bustle reports: You know how the Republicans in Congress have been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act for ages? And now that they actually have the chance to do it, they seem to have no replacement in place? Yeah, well your favorite late night host has noticed it too. John Oliver’s Obamacare segment took the talking points that make ...

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Marco Rubio: I Can’t Do Any Town Halls Because Mean Liberal Activists Will “Heckle And Scream” At Me

Via Breitbart: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) says he will not participate in town halls because political activists will “heckle and scream” at him to create a media spectacle for the cameras. “They are not town halls anymore,” Rubio told CBS Miami on Sunday. “What these groups really want is for me to schedule a public forum, they then organize three, ...

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SHOCKER: Gay Drama Moonlight Wins Best Picture After Presenters Announce Wrong Winner [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Paging Steve Harvey. “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture at the Oscars Sunday night instead of “Moonlight,” the rightful winner. In one of the most controversial categories of the night, Warren Beatty announced the Emma Stone-helmed flick as the Best Picture. The cast crowded onto the stage for their acceptance ...

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REPORT: Trump’s Navy Secretary Nominee To Withdraw

Remember the thing that Sean Spicer screamed “100% won’t happen”? Well, it’s happening: President Donald Trump’s nominee for Navy secretary, investor Philip Bilden, is expected to withdraw from consideration, sources familiar with the decision told POLITICO, becoming the second Pentagon pick unable to untangle their financial investments in the vetting process. Bilden’s withdrawal could come as early as today, the ...

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OPEN THREAD: 2017 Academy Awards

The 2017 Academy Awards begin at 8:30PM Eastern and many expect this year’s gala to be the most political in history. Weeks ago right wing sites began calling for a boycott of the show in anticipation of attacks on Donald Trump by the “Hollywood elite.” The New York Times, which has never before advertised during the Oscars, will run a ...

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White House Staffers Forced To Show Phones To Sean Spicer To Prove They Aren’t Sources Of Leaks

Politico reports: Press secretary Sean Spicer is cracking down on leaks coming out of the West Wing, with increased security measures that include random phone checks of White House staffers, overseen by White House attorneys. The push to snuff out leaks to the press comes after a week in which President Donald Trump strongly criticized the media for using unnamed ...

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Your Daily “Fake News” Meltdown From Hair Furor

The Hill reports: President Trump on Sunday claimed that reports about Russia are “fake news” pushed by the Democrats and the media. “Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!” the president tweeted. The New York Times reported earlier this ...

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REPORT: Billionaire Breitbart Owner Secretly Helped Brexit Campaign Use “Emotional Triggers” On Facebook

The Guardian reports: The US billionaire who helped bankroll Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency played a key role in the campaign for Britain to leave the EU, the Observer has learned. It has emerged that Robert Mercer, a hedge-fund billionaire, who helped to finance the Trump campaign and who was revealed this weekend as one of the owners of ...

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Executive Editor Of “Failing” New York Times: Trump’s Attacks On Us “Wildly Boost Subscriptions” [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: With President Donald Trump continuing his attacks on the New York Times this morning by once again labeling the paper as “failing,” NYT executive editor Dean Baquet appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources to discuss the president’s relationship with his publication, the press in general, and how Trump has actually been a boon for the Gray Lady. After host ...

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Father Of Navy SEAL Killed In Disastrous Yemen Raid Denounces Donald Trump’s “Stupid Grand Display”

The Miami Herald reports: Bill Owens said he was assured that his son, who was shot, was killed early in the fight. It was the first military counter-terrorist operation approved by the new president, who signed the go-ahead Jan. 26 — six days into his term. “Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it ...

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Rick Santorum: Millions Are Scamming Obamacare Through Its Preexisting Conditions Clause [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: CNN contributor Rick Santorum suggested on Sunday that it was a mistake to guarantee health care coverage for people with preexisting conditions because “millions” of them were scamming insurance companies. During a panel discussion about health care reform, Santorum argued that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law had damaged the health care system to the point ...

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Tom Cotton On Calls For Special Prosecutor: There’s No Allegations Of Trump Committing Crimes [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: As the Senate Intelligence Committee probes Russia’s attempts to influence the last U.S. election, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press” on Sunday that he felt they would be getting “way, way getting ahead of ourselves” to say a special prosecutor was necessary. “There’s no allegations of any crime occurring,” said Cotton, a ...

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House Intelligence Committee Chair Rejects Special Prosecutor Calls: It’s Like McCarthyism Revisited

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, rejected calls from his fellow Republican for a special prosecutor to investigate purported ties between Russia and members of President Trump’s administration and campaign. Earlier Saturday, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista (San Diego County), the former House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair, ...

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Trump: The DNC Chair Race Was Totally “Rigged”

The Hill reports: President Trump early Sunday tweeted that the race for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman was “rigged.” “Bernie’s guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!” Trump added. Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Saturday defeated Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to become the next DNC chairman in a win for centrist Democrats. The race, which ...

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Actor Bill Paxton Dies At Age 61

People Magazine reports: Emmy-winning actor Bill Paxton died due to complications from surgery, PEOPLE confirms. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said in a statement. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department ...

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Trump Chickens Out Of White House Press Dinner

The Liar In Chief this afternoon declared that he will not attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner rather than face the humiliation of a half-empty room and withering criticism from the stage. Yesterday Bloomberg announced the cancellation of their popular after-party after Trump told the CPAC audience that he plans to “do something” about the press. The WH Correspondents ...

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Obama Congratulates New DNC Chairman Tom Perez: He’ll Unite Democrats Under The Banner Of Opportunity

The Associated Press reports: Former President Barack Obama has congratulated Tom Perez on his election to lead the Democratic Party and commended his decision to ask runner-up Keith Ellison to be his deputy. Obama said in a statement that he knows “Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity, and lay the groundwork for a new generation of Democratic ...

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Bernie Sanders Warns New DNC Chairman Tom Perez: The Same Old Democratic Party No Longer Works

Politico reports: Seeking to move the party ahead, Sanders issued a statement congratulating Perez shortly after the results were announced. “I congratulate Tom Perez on his election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee and look forward to working with him,” he said, a break from his earlier warnings that a vote for Perez would be a vote for the ...

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Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez Narrowly Elected DNC Chairman After Controversial Voting [VIDEO]

Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee this afternoon in Atlanta on the second ballot after coming within a half-vote of winning during the first round. (Democrats Abroad get a half-vote each.) Perez narrowly beat Rep. Keith Ellison with a final second round tally of 235-200. Considerable controversy erupted during the first round ...

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