Joe Jervis

GOP Rep-Elect Mark Harris: I Had No Foreknowledge Of Any “Wrongdoing” But I’m Totally Up For A Do-Over

NBC News reports: The Republican candidate leading in a contested House race in North Carolina would support a new election if potential fraud altered the result, he said Friday. In a video posted to Twitter, pastor Mark Harris said his campaign is “cooperating fully” with a state board of elections investigation into alleged absentee ballot irregularities. The Republican denied having …

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Trump: Rex Tillerson Was “Lazy And Dumb As A Rock”

Glorious Leader is ever so pissed at his former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who earlier today declared (on video) that his former boss is undisciplined, won’t read anything, much less his press briefings, and had to be talked about committing “illegal acts” multiple times. The infighting will never end. But now the press gets to resurface all of the …

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Giuliani: Mueller Thinks Manafort Is Lying About Trump

CNN reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has made clear to Paul Manafort’s attorneys that they believe the former Trump campaign chair is lying to them about President Donald Trump, according to the President’s attorney Rudy Giuliani. “In the questioning of Manafort, they did tell them at the time that they believed he was lying about certain things related to …

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Ocasio-Cortez Hits Back At Junior’s “Very Large Brain”

Talking Points Memo reports: Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) fired back at Donald Trump Jr. on Friday after the president’s eldest son shared a meme implying that her democratic socialist views would lead to Americans eating dogs. Since pulling off this one of this year’s biggest upsets during primary season when she unseated Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Ocasio-Cortez has become …

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Lance Armstrong Poised To Become Uber Billionaire

The New York Post reports: Now 47, Armstrong reached a $5 million settlement with the US federal government in April when they could have sought up to $100 million if the doping fraud suit went to trial. But that doesn’t appear to come close to the windfall he’s made on an early investment in Uber. The Texas native invested $100,000 …

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Christian Activist Faces 30 Days In Jail On Misdemeanor Charge Of Burning Iowa Library’s LGBT Children’s Books

The Sioux City Journal reports: Northwest Iowa Christian activist Paul Dorr has been charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief in connection with publicly burning four LGBTQ-themed books he checked out from the Orange City Public Library. Dorr drew national attention for a half-hour long Facebook Live video on Oct. 19 that showed him tossing the books into a burning barrel. Dorr, …

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Mueller Grilled John Kelly About Obstruction Probe

CNN reports: White House chief of staff John Kelly was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in recent months, three people with knowledge of the matter told CNN. Kelly responded to a narrow set of questions from special counsel investigators after White House lawyers initially objected to Mueller’s request to do the interview earlier this summer, the sources said. …

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New Log Cabin Republicans Director Hopes To Improve “Hiccups” On Trump’s Handling Of LGBT Rights Issues

“I think there’s a lot of ups and downs in the last two years with some of the administration’s actions. He has been more vocally supportive than any Republican candidate or president, but there have been a few things that I haven’t loved that the administration has done, and some things that I think we can do some work on. …

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Fox & Friends Host Was Paid To Appear At GOP Event With Candidate He Then Interviewed On Fox & Friends

Media Matters reports: Fox News host Pete Hegseth was paid roughly $10,000 by Republicans in Michigan to speak at a fundraising event with then-Senate candidate John James. Fox News then allowed Hegseth to repeatedly interview James and promote his candidacy on its network. Hegseth, a Republican who has said that he doesn’t consider himself a journalist, co-hosts Fox & Friends …

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2019 Grammy Nominations: Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Drake, Childish Gambino, Cardi B

Variety reports: Kendrick Lamar led the nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards, with eight nods recognizing his work for the “Black Panther” soundtrack, including the hit song “All the Stars,” with SZA. Drake is right on his tails with seven nominations, and producer Boi-1da and Americana singer Brandi Carlile are just behind them with six apiece. Cardi B, Lady Gaga, …

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Tillerson Unloads On Trump: He’s Undisciplined, Won’t Read His Briefings, Likes To Do Illegal Things [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The fired secretary of state, who while in office reportedly called Trump a “moron” (and declined to deny it), expounded on his thoughts on the president in a rare interview with CBS News’s Bob Schieffer in Houston. It wasn’t difficult to read between the lines. “What was challenging for me coming from the disciplined, highly process-oriented …

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Trump Confirms Bill Barr Will Be AG Nominee, Former Fox Host Heather Nauert Will Be Ambassador Nominee

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump said Friday he will nominate former Attorney General William Barr to again lead the Justice Department, a move that could have ramifications for the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The attorney general for President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, Barr in recent months has criticized aspects of the …

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John Kelly Expected To Resign, Not Speaking To Trump

We’ve heard this before, but multiple outlets are saying so. Axios reports: West Wing officials widely believe that chief of staff John Kelly’s departure is imminent and that Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Pence, will replace him. As we reported right after the midterms, Ayers’ backers have been telling the president he has the sharp political instincts …

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NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Rep-Elect Discloses $34,000 Debt To Outfit Linked To Absentee Ballot Fraud Scandal

The New York Times reports: The congressional campaign of Mark Harris disclosed late Thursday night that it owed more than $34,000 in connection with an absentee ballot and voter turnout operation that has prompted fears of election fraud and called the North Carolina Republican’s narrow victory into question. In a filing with the Federal Election Commission, Mr. Harris’s campaign listed …

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Trump Junior Attacks Ocasio-Cortez: Socialists Eat Dogs

The Hill reports: Donald Trump Jr. took aim at Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Instagram in a post Thursday suggesting democratic socialist policies the incoming congresswoman espouses would lead to Americans eating dogs. On Sunday, the freshman Democrat questioned why so many top Republicans were aiming their criticism at an incoming freshman lawmaker rather than towards Democratic party leaders. “I’m …

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Glorious Leader Issues Raging Anti-Mueller Tweetstorm

Mediaite reports: After taking a three-day break from criticizing the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump returned early Friday morning to using his Twitter account to attack and undermine the Mueller probe. Trump’s tweets come on the morning of what many are expecting to be a big news day for the investigation into collusion between the …

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CNN Building Evacuated After Late Night Bomb Threat

USA Today reports: Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN just after 10 p.m. Thursday and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle. Police said the building was evacuated and building security did a preliminary search. Police units then swept the building with the NYPD bomb squad …

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Kevin Hart Quits Oscars Hosting Gig Over Anti-Gay Past

Variety reports: Wednesday afternoon, comedian Kevin Hart was announced as the host for the upcoming 91st annual Academy Awards. By Thursday night, he had stepped down. The turn of events followed outcry over previous anti-gay tweets, and comments Hart made during stand-up routines nearly 10 years ago. Some of the tweets were feverishly deleted throughout the day on Thursday, leading …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

People Magazine reports: A surprise Taylor Swift performance will never go out of style! The 28-year-old pop star stunned guests of the Ally Coalition Talent Show in New York City on Wednesday night when she took the stage alongside singer Hayley Kiyoko to perform an acoustic version of “Delicate” from her reputation album. The Ally Coalition, founded by Swift’s pal …

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Trump Taps Former Fox News Host As UN Ambassador

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump has decided to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace departing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to three people familiar with the decision, Bloomberg News reports. Nauert, 48, is an unorthodox choice for the UN role given that she had little experience in government or foreign policy before joining the administration in April …

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