Politics

Mika Issues On-Air Apology For “Butt Boy” Comment: The Term Is Offensive, I Especially Apologize To LGBTs

“I wanted to address a term that I used on this show on Wednesday that was vulgar. I knew it right away and I tweeted that it was a terrible choice of words and that I was sorry. But, please allow me to say this face to face: The term is crass and offensive and I apologize to everyone, especially …

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REPORT: Chris Christie Interviews For Chief Of Staff Job

Axios reports: President Trump met with Chris Christie on Thursday evening and considers him a top contender to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, according to a source familiar with the president’s thinking. “He’s tough; he’s an attorney; he’s politically-savvy, and one of Trump’s early supporters.” Trump has met with a couple of others, but the way he’s discussed …

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Cohen: Trump Knew The Hush Money Payoffs Were Wrong But He Was Worried About The Election [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to arrange hush-money payments with two women because then-candidate Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” if their allegations of affairs became public, the president’s former personal attorney said in an exclusive interview with ABC News. “I knew what I was doing was wrong,” Cohen told ABC News’ …

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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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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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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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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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Gingrich Swats Down Chief Of Staff Chatter [VIDEO]

Fox News reports: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday adamantly denied that he’s being considered for White House chief of staff, shooting down speculation that surged in the press after he was spotted visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a day earlier. Speaking on “Fox & Friends,” Gingrich said he and his wife Callista were merely there looking at the Christmas …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Legislature Approves Bill Mandating New Primary If Second US House Election Is Held

The New York Times reports: The North Carolina Legislature on Wednesday approved a bill requiring new primary elections if the state elections board calls for a second vote of a congressional election. The measure opens the door for Republicans to consider replacing Mark Harris, their candidate in the disputed race in the Ninth Congressional District. The bill, backed by substantial …

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Mike Pence Breaks Tie To Confirm “Unqualified” Judge

Courthouse News reports: With Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, the Senate has narrowly confirmed a judge to the Eighth Circuit whom the American Bar Association rated as not qualified. Jonathan Kobes, who has served since 2014 as general counsel to Senator Mike Rounds, R-S.D., will be the second Trump appointee on the Eighth Circuit the Senate has …

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FCC Votes To Allow Carriers To Block Spam Texts

The Verge reports: On a party-line vote, the FCC today approved a controversial measure that gives mobile phone carriers more power over text messages. The agency’s Republican leadership has pushed for the measure, which would classify text messaging as an information service. The move will give carriers leeway to stop spam texts without fear of breaking the law, Chairman Ajit …

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Meadows Drops Out Of Chief Of Staff Consideration

Politico reports: House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows is no longer under consideration to be President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. “Congressman Mark Meadows is a great friend to President Trump and is doing an incredible job in Congress. The President told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there,” White …

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Russia Accuses US Of Torturing NRA-Linked Spy

CNN reports: The Russian government claims that Maria Butina, the accused Russian spy who had cultivated connections with the National Rifle Association before the 2016 US election, was “tortured” while in US custody. In an exclusive interview with CNN Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova alleged that Butina was treated to a “medieval inquisition” while in detention and said …

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Bernie Backers Battle DNC In Federal Appeals Court

Courthouse News reports: A group of Bernie Sanders supporters faced off against the Democratic National Committee before an 11th Circuit panel Tuesday, fighting to resurrect their claims that the committee shafted them by favoring Hillary Clinton over Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary. The Sanders supporters urged the Atlanta-based federal appeals court, which held hearings in Miami on Tuesday, to …

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Russian Media Falls For Man In Robot Suit [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: A “hi-tech robot” shown on Russian state television has turned out to be a man in a suit. Russia-24 praised the ersatz android during coverage of a youth forum dedicated to robotics, boasting that “Robot Boris has already learned to dance and he’s not that bad”. But sharp-eyed bloggers were dubious. The Russian website TJournal listed questions …

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Tom Steyer Posts Job Openings For 2020 WH Campaign

Buzzfeed News reports: Tom Steyer posted a job listing on LinkedIn last week for several high-ranking positions on his potential 2020 presidential campaign, a spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. Steyer, a San Francisco–based billionaire and the Democratic donor behind the national “Need to Impeach” effort aimed at President Donald Trump, published the job openings under an anonymous account. The listing …

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Julian Castro Forms 2020 WH Exploratory Committee

Axios reports: Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced today he’s forming an exploratory committee to run for president in 2020. He will make his final decision about running on Jan. 12, per AP. This gives Castro an early start for courting donors, potential campaign staffers and media attention. The 44-year-old former San Antonio mayor will have more …

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Mika Apologizes For Calling Pompeo “Butt Boy” [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports: MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski referred to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as “a wannabe dictator’s butt boy” on Wednesday. She later apologized for the remark. On Twitter, Brzezinski expressed regret for her “SUPER BAD choice of words.” She made the comment during a discussion of the Trump administration’s muted response to journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in the …

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