Monthly Archives: December 2018

CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Live Science reports: Long-lost cultures are sometimes known by the goods they leave behind. The Neolithic Corded Ware people of Europe, for example, got their name from the distinctive decorated pottery they made. If today’s humans ever get a similar moniker, we might be known as the Chicken People. Domesticated chickens, it turns out, could be a signpost for future …

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Sanders And Warren: We’re Both Probably Running

The New York Times reports: Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders met Wednesday night at her condominium in Washington to discuss their political intentions but did not reach any accord about coordinating their dueling presidential ambitions, according to two Democrats briefed on their discussion. Only the two senators were present and they stated what has become abundantly clear: that …

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REPORT: Jared Kushner Considered For Chief Of Staff

CBS News reports: Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is under consideration to become the next White House chief of staff, CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett has confirmed, citing a source familiar with the process. Kushner met with Mr. Trump on Wednesday to discuss the job.  Current White House chief of staff John Kelly is set …

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NRA Money Beg: Buy A Membership Today Because Some Soldiers Won’t Be Home For Christmas [VIDEO]

Media Matters reports: The National Rifle Association is encouraging people to buy its membership by playing on the fact that service members will be away from their families during the holidays. In the two-minute spot released on December 12, NRA President Oliver North points out, “As we gather with loved ones this holiday season, tens of thousands of American soldiers, …

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Prosecutors Probe Trump Inauguration Committee For Giving Access Or Policy Concessions To Major Donors

The Wall Street Journal reports: Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it raised from donations, people familiar with the matter said. The criminal probe by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, which is in its early stages, also is examining whether some of the committee’s top donors gave …

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NBC News: Trump Was In The Room When Cohen And Pecker Discussed Quashing Trump Adultery Stories

NBC News reports: Donald Trump was the third person in the room in August 2015 when his lawyer Michael Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker discussed ways Pecker could help counter negative stories about Trump’s relationships with women, NBC News has confirmed. The “Statement of Admitted Facts” says that AMI admitted making a $150,000 payment “in concert with the …

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Senate Votes To End US Involvement In Yemen War

The Washington Post reports: The Senate voted, 57-38, to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen as lawmakers continue to express outrage and frustration with the president’s refusal to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi despite the CIA’s finding that Mohammed likely is responsible. Thursday’s action is largely symbolic, as the resolution is …

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NYPD Makes Arrest In Subway Anti-Gay Hate Crime

The Associated Press reports: Police say they have arrested a man suspected of sucker-punching a woman and fracturing her spine in an anti-gay attack aboard a New York City subway train. Allah Allasheed was charged Thursday with assault as a hate crime in the Nov. 30 attack in Queens aboard a Manhattan-bound E train. The 54-year-old’s arrest comes days after …

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Trump Claims Tariffs Are Paid By Exporters: China Is “Paying 25% Interest On Everything They Send To Us”

Axios reports: President Trump, who has deemed himself “a Tariff Man” and made tariffs a centerpiece of his presidential agenda, incorrectly explained how they work during an interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner. “We have placed tremendous tariffs on China. When China sends things into America now, they’re paying 25% interest on everything they send in.” Reality check: Tariffs are …

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Trump Claims Cohen Pleaded Guilty To Keep His Wife And “Rich Father-In-Law” Out Of Legal Trouble [VIDEO]

Law & Crime reports: Trump joined Fox host Harris Faulkner for an interview Thursday afternoon in no small part to defend himself against the accusation that he was implicated in a crime when his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced for campaign finance violations. One of the things he threw out there was the idea that Cohen pleaded guilty to keep …

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Trump Attacks “Crazed” Mika Over “Butt Boy” Comment About Mike Pompeo, Praises Homocon Richard Grenell

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump called out MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski after she was slammed with heavy criticism following her use of a what some characterized as a homophobic phrase to describe Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s response to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. When discussing what she characterized as an uninspired response from Pompeo to the killing of …

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Former Apprentice Staffer: Trump Was A “Speed Freak” And Invited Teen Beauty Contestants Up To His Suite

Mediaite reports: A former staffer on The Apprentice and current stand-up comic named Noel Casler claims that Donald Trump was a “speed freak” who snorted crushed-up Adderall, and also says that Trump invited teen beauty pageant contestants up to his suite. Casler told the crowd “I’m not kidding this is true. I had a 24-page NDA non-disclosure agreement, I didn’t …

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2019 Rock Hall Of Fame Inductees: Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Zombies

Pitchfork reports: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 inductees have been announced. Radiohead, the Cure, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, Def Leppard, and the Zombies are the latest class of inductees. The 34th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is happening on March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Stevie Nicks, the first …

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In Farewell Address Sen. Jeff Flake Warns US Is “By No Means Immune To The Shadow Of Tyranny” [VIDEO]

“I believe that we all know well that this is not a normal time, that the threats to our democracy from within and without are real, and none of us can say with confidence how the situation that we now find ourselves in will turn out. To say that our politics is not healthy is something of an understatement. “Let …

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Hannity Busted Deleting Tweets About Michael Cohen

Newsweek reports: Fox News host and President Donald Trump superfan, Sean Hannity, was caught deleting past tweets that tied him to the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, just hours before Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday. A “Screenshot Bot” Twitter account uncovered Hannity’s attempt to sever past ties with Cohen, who Trump recently referred to as “weak,” …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Pleads Guilty Of Conspiracy

Talking Points Memo reports: Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C. federal courtroom today to a conspiracy charge, according to reports from the courthouse. CNN reported that Butina admitted at the plea hearing to “knowingly engaging in conspiracy against the United States.” Butina ran much of her infiltration campaign while studying at a master’s program at …

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Professor Apologizes For “Satirical” Call To Tax And Regulate Homosexuality: I’m Actually A Gay Man Myself

Yesterday the House Workforce Committee canceled a hearing on the minimum wage after one of its witnesses, San Diego State economics professor Joseph Sabia, was revealed to have written misogynistic and anti-gay blog posts, one of which called for “taxing and regulating homosexual acts.” Well, we have an update: In a statement, Sabia apologized and said the post was satirical. …

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Roy Moore Claims Fraud In CBS Defamation Suit

Back in September, Roy Moore filed a $95 million defamation suit against Showtime after Sasha Baron Cohen trolled him with a “pedophile detector” on the show which earlier this week earned a Golden Globe nomination. Showtime’s parent company CBS has filed a motion to dismiss, prompting a rebuttal from busy, busy nutbag lawyer Larry Klayman. From the Hollywood Reporter:  “There …

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TEXAS: Apple To Build Billion Dollar Austin Campus

NPR reports: Apple plans to build a 133-acre campus in Austin, Texas, that will cost $1 billion and employ 5,000 new workers, the company announced Thursday. The company says the move is expected to make it the largest private employer in Austin. Apple already employs more people in Austin, some 6,200 workers, than it does in any other city outside …

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Schiff: The DOJ Needs To Revisit Its Indictment Opinion

CNN reports: Rep. Adam Schiff argued today that the Department of Justice “needs to re-examine” the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion that a sitting US president should not be indicted. “I think the Justice Department needs to re-examine that OLC opinion, the Office of Legal Counsel opinion, that you cannot indict a sitting president under circumstances in which the failure …

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