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    Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune brushed off criticism from former President Donald Trump in a Friday interview on Fox News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto.” During the interview, Thune was asked by host Neil Cavuto what he thought of the personal attacks he received from Trump, as well as the nature of his relationship with the former president now. (RELATED: Sen. Thune Says Republicans Are Engaging In ‘Cancel Culture’ When Censuring Their Own For Voting To Convict Trump) “Even though you didn’t even vote [inaudible] the impeachment trial in the Senate, and did not vote to convict the president, the very fact that you disputed the president’s claims of election fraud inspired his wrath when he said of you that your political career is over, and thought it would be a good idea for you to be primaried and challenged,” Cavuto began. “What did you think of...
    Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters “Diplomacy is back!” President Joe Biden declared at the Munich Security Conference last week. But so is bombing Syria, apparently. Biden has only been president a bit more than a month, but he has already ordered his first bombing campaign. (It took Trump four months to do the same.) The target was facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed militia in retaliation for rocket attacks against US troops in Iraq earlier this month. Presumably, Biden wanted to signal to Iran that it would pay a heavy price if it ordered attacks against US troops in order to pressure Washington to return to the Iran nuclear deal. But by bombing Syria for this reason, Biden proved how failing to rejoin the nuclear agreement endangers US national security – Iran’s nuclear program continues to advance while the US and Iran glide closer to a military confrontation. Biden knows these...
    Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber said in his annual State of the University letter that “false ideas” are “inconsistent” with the university’s core values. In his letter, however, Eisgruber goes on to spread the infamous “very fine people” hoax about former President Donald Trump. “I am a passionate defender of free speech,” wrote Eisgruber in his letter, before going on to explain that the university’s core value is “truth-seeking, not free speech per se,” adding that “false ideas” are “inconsistent with scholarly ideals.” “The reckless expression of offensive or false ideas may be protected speech, but it is utterly inconsistent with scholarly ideals,” added Eisgruber. “It corrodes, rather than serves, the cause of truth-seeking.” Ironically, however, the university president goes on in his letter to spread the “very fine people” hoax, which many on the political left have regurgitated in order to spread the false narrative that President Trump defended the white nationalists in...
    Savannah Rychcik February 18, 2021 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stopped herself when she mentioned former President Donald Trump during her press conference. “I was thinking this morning in anticipation of their announcement of the Citizenship Act that a couple years ago… guess it must be longer than that now when Trump was the new president. Did I say his name?” Pelosi said. Watch her remarks below: Nancy Pelosi mentions former President Trump during press conference and then stops herself: "Did I say his name?" https://t.co/Nj065CIsxp pic.twitter.com/Y05RrNt02m— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 18, 2021 President Joe Biden would also like to stop mentioning the former president, as IJR reported. He was asked during a CNN town hall on Tuesday night if he agrees with Pelosi’s argument Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump are “cowards.” “I’m not going to call names out,” Biden said. “Look, for four years, all...
    President Biden said he is tired of talking about former President Donald Trump even as he blamed his predecessor for delays in providing coronavirus vaccinations to the public. Biden used a televised town hall on Tuesday evening to promise he would accelerate the country’s inoculation program and said teachers should be closer to the front of the line so that schools could reopen faster. But one figure loomed large over the proceedings, much to Biden’s apparent annoyance — and occasional relief. So when asked by CNN moderator Anderson Cooper for a date when any American who wanted a vaccine could get a vaccine, Biden gave a July timeline before explaining that his administration inherited no stores of doses to accelerate vaccination efforts once it took office. “We got into office and found out the supply, there was no backlog. I mean, there was nothing in the refrigerator ... figuratively and...
    President Joe Biden vowed on Tuesday the COVID vaccine will be available to every American 'by the end of July' will millions of additional doses on the way. Biden made the promise during a CNN town hall on the pandemic as his administration faces questions about its target numbers to get the vaccine into the arms of every American. The first question from moderator Anderson Cooper was 'when is every American who wants it going to be able to get a vaccine.' 'By the end of July of this year,' Biden responded. 'By the end of July, we'll have over 600 million doses enough to vaccinate every single American.'  President Joe Biden vowed the COVID vaccine will be available to every American 'by the end of July' with an additional 600 million doses on the way President Biden is participating in a CNN town hall with moderator Anderson Cooper...
    Here in the new millennium, two district species of Americans have evolved. There are the Americans who, from many years of having it demonstrated to them, know Sen. Mitch McConnell to be dishonest, power-obsessed, and eager to sabotage both nation itself and the lives of its citizens in service of Republican Party power. And then there's the press, which cannot stomach the thought that the most powerful political figure of recent times is singularly corrupt and dishonest, a man who through relentlessly false claims and rhetorical psychopathies worked diligently to turn the Senate into little more than an exceptionally pompous Fox News show. On Saturday, Sen. Mitch McConnell gave a rousing speech blasting Donald Trump for a "disgraceful dereliction of duty," among other offenses, agreeing that there was "no question, none," that Trump is "practically and morally responsible" for an insurrection attempt that killed a police officer, injured around 140 others,...
    VIDEO20:2820:28Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivers statement after Trump acquittalNews Videos Minutes after voting "not guilty" in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the former president is clearly to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. "There's no question" that Trump "is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," McConnell said just after the Senate acquitted Trump of inciting the attack. "No question about it." But "the question is moot," McConnell said, because as a former president, "Trump is constitutionally not eligible for conviction." "After intense reflection, I believe the best constitutional reading shows that Article 2 Section 4 exhausts the set of persons who can legitimately be impeached, tried or convicted," McConnell said. "It's the president, it's the vice president, and civil officers. We have no power to convict a former office holder who is now a private citizen," he said....
    President Joe Biden charmed reporters with stories about his “love affair” with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and praise for his dogs, Champ Biden and Major Biden, and even gave one reporter his own personal cup of coffee. President and Dr. Biden chatted with reporters Friday morning as they inspected Valentine’s Day decorations on the North Lawn of the White House, and the president put on a veritable clinic in the Art of Bidening. HE began with a quip, turning to reporters and saying “The press is going to think this is for them.” One reporter, Kimberly Halkett of Al Jazeera English, asked “What is your gift for Valentine’s Day?” “It’s not Valentine’s Day yet, I can’t tell you. She’ll disown me,” Biden answered, adding “Valentine’s Day is a big day, Jill’s favorite day.” Asked what inspired her to put up the display, Dr. Biden said “I just wanted some...
    (CNN)In today's partisan political world, we often hear folks on both sides of the aisle say, "Elections have consequences," to explain policy shifts they support. Coming from Alabama, where we all too often have witnessed political figures using "dog whistle" style rhetoric to inflame passions and in many cases incite violence, I also remind people that words have consequences as well. And when those consequences include a violent insurrection in our nation's Capitol like the one on January 6, accountability is an absolute necessity, in order to protect our democracy. In my view, the House impeachment managers presented a concise and compelling case that former President Donald Trump incited the insurrection of January 6.At the outset, it is important to be clear that two "legal" issues have been dispensed with and should not be part of any senator's deliberations. First, regardless of one's personal opinion about the Senate's jurisdiction to...
    A man who was caught on camera carrying a Trump flag inside the Capitol building during last month's deadly riot has been arrested. Steven Omar Maldonado was apprehended by FBI agents on Wednesday morning at Orlando International Airport as he was preparing to fly to Puerto Rico.  Maldonado was identified after being recognized in news footage that was widely publicized in the days following the siege. His name was reported by a couple who then informed the FBI.   Steven Omar Maldonado is accused of participating in last month’s riots in DC Maldonado admitted to being the person featured in a photo showing a man breaking into the Senate Chamber during the Capitol riot and carrying a Trump flag Hearst Privacy Policy The FBI said it cross-referenced that information with Maldonado's driver's license, social media photos and surveillance footage from U.S. Capitol police. In eight pages of charging documents Maldonado...
    Evan Vucci/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.We’re now in the phase of the pandemic when painful anniversaries start arriving: The first known case in the US. The first travel bans. Soon, we’ll mark a year since the first coronavirus death in the US. But I think about today, a year ago, often—a moment that strikes me as especially important to recall, for all the lies that have flooded our lives ever since. We didn’t know about this until much later, in September, but on February 7, 2020, two days after Trump was acquitted in his first impeachment trial, the president spoke candidly to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. Trump admitted, in a taped, private phone call, that the new coronavirus was “deadly stuff”, and something to be worried about. “You...
    Democrats’ case to convict former President Trump in next week’s Senate impeachment trial is poised to center on one question: If his conduct on and before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection doesn’t warrant a lifetime ban from office, then what does? In a pretrial brief released Tuesday morning, the House Democratic impeachment managers—the nine lawmakers, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), tasked with prosecuting the case against Trump—offered the first official sketch of their plans to affirm what they call a “betrayal of historic proportions.” “If provoking an insurrectionary riot against a Joint Session of Congress after losing an election is not an impeachable offense,” they write, “it is hard to imagine what would be.” Much of the brief is animated by Republican arguments that the impeachment process is too rushed, that trying a former president might be unconstitutional, or that the country’s leaders should instead focus on the future...
    (CNN)We're now more than a week out of the Trump era and a week into the Biden era. CNN's What Matters newsletter talked to CNN reporter Kevin Liptak, who has covered the White House since the Obama administration, about what's changed so far -- and what effect we've seen the presidency take on the man who just took the oath of office. You can read all of Kevin's stories, which are some of the best-written in the business, here. The conversation, conducted by email, is below.Immediate differencesRead MoreWHAT MATTERS: We've all read about how President Joe Biden is essentially trying to undo what President Donald Trump did -- or at least to appear to be doing so. What are the immediate changes for journalists under a Biden administration?LIPTAK: The return of the daily White House briefing, which began hours after Biden was sworn into office, is the most concrete change...
    Photo credit: Zach Gibson, Getty Images Mitt Romney was just one of five Republican senators Tuesday who votd against an effort to reject the Trump impeachment trial at the outset. Romney has made it clear he believes Trump’s actions in stirring up the angry mob that stormed the Capitol were an impeachable offense, and he’s rejected the idea pushed forth by some colleagues that the trial would be unconstitutional. But with a number of Republicans in both the House and Senate saying the trial would be too divisive, Romney called out that logic in comments reported by The Deseret News: “I say, first of all, have you gone out publicly and said that there was not widespread voter fraud and that Joe Biden is the legitimate president of the United States? If you said that, then I’m happy to listen to you talk about other things that might inflame anger...
    Former President Donald Trump will meet with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Thursday in Florida, after calling the California Republican a 'p***y' for placing some blame on the ex-president for the January 6 MAGA riot.  Punchbown News first reported the get-together, noting that McCarthy had traveled to South Florida for donor meetings.  The ex-president was angry at McCarthy for his speech on the floor before Trump was impeached for a second time by the House of Representatives on January 13.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will meet with former President Donald Trump Thursday in Florida, Punchbowl News first reported, after assigning some blame to the president for the January 6 insurrection  McCarthy said that President Donald Trump is 'free from fault' for the violent siege of Capitol Hill on January 6 after the president appeared at a rally on the ellipse (pictured) and encouraged his supporters to march...
    ANTHONY Fauci says April will be "open season" for getting the Covid vaccine - but said not all Americans will have received the jab by then. On Tuesday, Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser clarified the president’s estimate of widespread Covid-19 vaccine availability to the public by spring during an interview on Fox News. 2Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser clarified the president’s estimate of widespread Covid-19 vaccine availability to the publicCredit: Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 2Fauci pointed out it will probably be late summer before everyone who wants the jab will receive itCredit: AFP or licensors Fauci said that he doesn’t think “there really is as apparent of discrepancy as what you might think” as he clarified Biden’s projection. “What you’re talking about is if you go through the priority areas — the 1A, 1B and 1C. You know 1A is health care providers, people in...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden has attended his first church service since taking office, with his son Hunter and family, before stopping his motorcade for carryout bagels. Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House to worship on Sunday. 7Biden leaves the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown neighborhoodCredit: Rex Features 7President Joe Biden and his son Hunter depart after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of WashingtonCredit: AP:Associated Press 7Hunter Biden carries bagels to the presidential motorcade after a visit to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in WashingtonCredit: The Mega Agency He frequented there as vice president and it's also where the nation’s only other Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, often went to Mass. Biden entered through the front, where a Black Lives Matter banner was hanging on one...
    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) blasted the “stupid” upcoming impeachment trial of Donald Trump, just before admitting that the ex-president is responsible for the mob of his supporters who laid siege to the U.S. Capitol. In a Fox News Sunday interview with Chris Wallace, Rubio condemned the push to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection after he has already left office. The senator complained that the post-presidency impeachment would be “really bad for the country” due to the bypass of protocol from the expedited process, plus the fact that an impeachment trial will “stir up” the country again. “I think the trial is stupid. I think it’s counterproductive,” Rubio said. “We already have a flaming fire in this country, and it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire.” From there, Wallace reminded Rubio that Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blamed Trump for the attack on the...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Washington Examiner White House correspondent Rob Crilly scored a coup for the conservative paper by getting Donald Trump’s first on-the-record comment since his presidential powers expired by brazenly approaching him during lunch at Mar-a-Lago. Crilly appears to be hanging around the resort to provide color and what reporting he can get on the Florida man’s activities, including this dispatch Friday afternoon: Former President Donald Trump gave nothing away about his plans for life after the White House as he dined with friends at his golf club on Friday. “We’ll do something, but not just yet,” he told the Washington Examiner as he sat at his regular table in the Grill Room of the Trump International Golf Club. An aide to the former chief executive then swooped in and swiftly, but politely, ended the interaction. Those marked his first words to a journalist since he left the White House...
    Donald Trump has been accused of 'throwing under the bus' his top Pentagon officials in the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection, as his Defense Secretary claimed that the president said 10,000 troops would be needed on January 6 - but failed to issue orders. In a remarkable report in Vanity Fair, published on Friday, senior Trump figures spoke candidly of the chaos. Christopher Miller, who until Wednesday was the Defense Secretary, said that when Trump made him head of the Pentagon, in November, 'the bar was pretty low.' He told the magazine he had three goals: 'No military coup, no major war, and no troops in the street. The 'no troops in the street' thing changed dramatically about 14:30…. So that one's off [the list].' Miller, 55, was named Secretary of Defense in November - against his family's wishes Kash Patel, 40, was named Miller's chief of staff...
    For the second time in two days, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who promised "transparency" in the briefing room, refused to reveal President Biden's position on critical issues facing Congress. In her Thursday White House briefing, Psaki repeatedly dodged questions on President Biden’s stance on the Senate filibuster, which Republicans fear Democrats running the chamber may move to eliminate. The new press secretary wielded a similar deflection tactic Wednesday as reporters pressed her for answers about Biden’s opinion on whether Biden supported an impeachment trial amid his calls to unify the country.   Both NBC News' Kristen Welker and Politico's Anita Kumar Thursday asked Psaki where Biden stood on the filibuster, the 60-vote threshold the Senate currently needs to end debate on most bills.  "I don't think I heard an answer about whether the president supports keeping the filibuster, where he sits on that. Has he talked to Senator Schumer about that?" Kumar...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Hours after the inauguration a Texas police chief praised President Joe Biden, not for his new job as Commander in Chief but for the unexpected visit he made in the Lone Star State two years ago. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo posted a picture, taken in 2019, of himself, then-candidate Joe Biden, injured HPD Officer Taylor Roccaforte and Roccaforte’s father. Acevedo tweeted the pic Wednesday. The visit took place during a campaign, yet not a peep of the visit went public. The officer, his family, & hospital staff were all lifted by the visit. I share this today to illustrate the decency of the man who we now call Mr. President, although he prefers to be called Joe. — Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) January 20, 2021 The Chief explained that Officer Roccaforte was shot three times following a crime spree near the location of a presidential...
    New York : The path is clear for new president Joe Biden’s economic team. The legislature that began on Wednesday, January 20, has two fundamental and urgent tasks on its economic agenda starting from day one, “rescue first and rebuild later.” In an economy prey to COVID, the first thing on the agenda is to get the country out of the crisis with the aid package for citizens, companies and local governments, as well as a rapid vaccination strategy. It is the rescue. The second thing is to start your schedule called Build Back Better with special emphasis on infrastructure, innovation, research and development and clean energy. The new president will undo much of what the Donald Trump Administration has done, especially in matters of labor rights, alternative energy, foreign trade (import tariffs), consumer protection and taxation, among other matters. The ultimate goal is to reverse the growing trend...
    Barack Obama delivering a barn-burning closing address in the pouring rain. A friendly sparrow alighting on Bernie Sanders’ lectern. A fly combing through Mike Pence’s hair as he defends his boss against charges of cozying up with white supremacists. Political history loves a metaphor, and there may be no powerful symbol of the challenge facing President-elect Joe Biden than his taking the oath of office on Wednesday amidst the literal American carnage wrought by his predecessor, standing atop a stage just recently overrun by a mob willing to burn down the Capitol so long as President Donald Trump remained king of the ashes. Biden’s most pressing task: start sweeping up the ashes. His first address to the nation as its president will focus on bringing the nation back together during a moment marked by unprecedented crisis, according to Biden advisers. The theme—“unity”—is simple, but the country he seeks to unify...
    The Texas real estate broker who bragged about traveling to the US Capitol riots on a private jet says she only went because a 'very cute guy' invited her - before he 'hit it off with another woman.  Jennifer 'Jenna' Ryan, 50, of Frisco, turned herself into authorities last week for her role in the January 6 Capitol siege that left five people dead.  She was released from custody hours later and returned home, where she demanded that President Donald Trump pardon her from federal charges of knowingly entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct.  Ryan has now claimed that she decided to go to DC on a whim after receiving a Facebook message from a handsome stranger looking for people to join him at the rally Trump was holding at the White House.  'He was adorable,' the single realtor - who said she loves Trump, firmly believes his unfounded claims of voter...
    Joe Biden will try to turn the page on the Donald Trump era by focusing on the human toll of coronavirus before and after his inauguration, it emerged Sunday.  He and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will lead a national memorial for the dead of COVID on Tuesday night from Washington D.C., where he and Jill Biden will arrive earlier in the day.  And he will make use of the lack of traditional greeting at the White House from the outgoing president on the morning of the inauguration to go to church before his swearing-in. Then on Thursday he will attend a prayer service at Washington National Cathedral which is expected to be dedicated to those who have died of COVID, a number fast approaching 400,000 Americans. With the traditions of inauguration upended by a combination of Trump's refusal to meet Biden at the White House, massive security in the wake...
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, in a series of Tweets, explained that he felt banning US President Donald Trump’s account was the right move for the social network. “Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all,” he wrote. Dorsey blamed Twitter’s failure “to promote healthy conversation,” acknowledged that Twitter needs to “look critically at inconsistencies of our policy and enforcement,” and said that social platforms needed more transparency around moderation. Then, Dorsey plugged an effort to build a decentralized standard for social media he began in 2019 when he sought to hire five engineers to work on it. That’s how, eight tweets into a thread on why his company banned Donald Trump, the CEO of Twitter managed to change the subject to his passion for bitcoin. The reason I have so much passion for #Bitcoin is largely because of...
    Donald Trump's expected farewell speech has been mocked by his longtime spoofer Alec Baldwin who has imagined the president warning Americans they will soon be saying 'Sir, we need you back right away' after 'hundreds of thousands bad hombres show up in your suburbs and towns'.  In the speech, Trump (aka Baldwin) compares himself to George Washington with his 'big beautiful plantation' being 'very diverse like Mar-a-Lago' as he insists his farewell is 'very voluntary' after he 'decided against staying in Washington DC' just like the first president of the US.   Baldwin, who has played Trump during Saturday Night Live for the last four years, reprised his role as the president for the audiobook 'Hasta la Vista, America' which parodies the president's farewell speech to the nation. The 42-minute Pushkin Industries project, written by writer Kurt Andersen and performed by Baldwin, is a follow-up to the 2017 book 'You can't spell America...
    President Donald Trump has been warned that he faces potential civil liability over the Capitol riots – an event that has reshaped the pardon landscape with questions about whether Trump might pardon himself, Rudy Giuliani – or those who carried out the riots during the electoral count. There have been reports for weeks about a potential flood of pardons in Trump's final days in office. Trump has long spoke publicly and privately about a potential self-pardon – a potential act that gained new currency after the leak of Trump's call to the top election official in Georgia. That call featured Trump asking Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to 'find' 11,780 votes. Former Attorney Gen. Bill Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone have counseled President Trump not to seek to execute a self-pardon Now, on top of his existing legal woes, Trump is being advised he faces potential legal...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump and top White House officials did little to check in on Vice President Mike Pence while he and members of his family were inside the US Capitol when Trump-backed rioters stormed the halls of Congress on Wednesday, a source close to the vice president tells CNN.Pence was joined by his wife Karen Pence and his daughter Charlotte for the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes in Congress Wednesday. Several of the violent Trump supporters who were rampaging the US Capitol were heard screaming "where's Mike Pence," the source said, frightening the vice president and his family. Yet, the President and his top aides barely lifted a finger to check in on Pence to make sure he and his family were unharmed, the source added."Was he concerned at all that an angry mob that he commanded to march on the Capitol might injure the vice president or his...
    SACRAMENTO —  The Republican leader of the California state Senate posted, then quickly deleted, a tweet Wednesday accusing the mob that overran the U.S. Capitol in Washington as belonging to the leftist antifascist group known as antifa and not supporters of President Trump. State Sen. Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) added a comment to a tweet first posted by Lin Wood, a Georgia attorney who has filed unsuccessful lawsuits in support of Trump’s effort to overturn election results in several key states. Wood’s tweet included photos he alleged without proof were of an antifa member present inside the hallways of the Capitol after a violent, pro-Trump mob stormed the building during proceedings by the House and Senate to certify the electoral college results for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. “Patriots don’t act like this!!!” Grove wrote in the retweet of Lin’s posting. “This was Antifa.” A spokesperson for the...
    Four years ago, after taking the oath of office, President Trump delivered a pitch-black inaugural address that vowed to end the “American carnage” under his predecessor. That darkness Trump spoke of, a figment of his fevered imagination, came to pass Wednesday, a product of the president’s delusion, egoism and deliberate provocation. As tens of thousands lie dying from a pandemic worsened by the president’s self-centered response to COVID-19, Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and invaded the House chamber in a bid to overturn the results of November’s free and fair election. Police drew their guns. Lawmakers ran and hid. Tear gas wafted through the Capitol’s hallways, amid statues dedicated to the men and women who helped build what Americans fancy as the greatest democracy the world has ever seen. For those watching, its fragility never seemed more apparent. Among those aiding and abetting the president, as he has with...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) said in an recent interview that audio of a call in which the president pressured him to help overturn President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCotton breaks with conservative colleagues who will oppose electoral vote count Trump to give Nunes Medal of Freedom: reports Hogan says lawmakers' 'scheme' to overturn election results 'makes a mockery of our system' MORE's victory in the state wouldn’t have leaked if the president didn't tweet “something that was false.” In an interview with local NBC affiliate WXIA-TV released on Monday, Raffensperger said President TrumpDonald TrumpCotton breaks with conservative colleagues who will oppose electoral vote count Trump to give Nunes Medal of Freedom: reports Hogan says lawmakers' 'scheme' to overturn election results 'makes a mockery of our system' MORE “broke privacy” when he recently tweeted about the call, audio of which has sent ripples throughout Washington in the past day since its release....
    (CNN)At his confirmation hearing nearly two years ago, Attorney General William Barr boasted that there was an advantage to putting him in charge of the Justice Department -- he could afford not to care about the consequences of his decisions. Mostly retired and 68 years old at the time, Barr's pitch to senators in January 2019 was, "I can be truly independent." As Barr's second attorney general stint comes to an end today, the consequences are clear for the Justice Department when its leader lives by the credo that he doesn't care about how his actions are perceived. From interventions in cases that mattered to President Donald Trump to his rejection of Trump's vote fraud claims, Barr was a polarizing figure during his tenure: He meddled in criminal prosecutions by career prosecutors of Trump allies Roger Stone and Michael Flynn, signed off on unusual maneuvers by the department in lawsuits...
    Fox News host Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery personally insulted CNN media analyst Brian Stelter during a Tuesday afternoon segment complaining about mainstream media being mean to conservatives, calling the Reliable Sources host “ham-headed” and comparing him to a potato. Fox News’ midday panel show Outnumbered devoted a segment to conservative grievances over a Washington Post cartoon depicting Republicans who collaborated with President Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow the election as “rats.” Furthermore, the segment also took issue with Stelter comparing Americans who have been radicalized by the “right-wing media machine” to ISIS recruits and mass shooters. “The same pipeline that helps my children learn, helps you connect with your loved ones, also poisons some adults and distorts their reality. The body of research about radicalization is very clear,” Stelter noted during the Sunday segment. “The internet creates more space for extremism and the echo chamber effect accelerates the process. QAnon is...
    President Donald Trump accidentally admitted that he lost the 2020 election at his first rally since November 3. Trump made the slip-up when speaking to supporters in Valdosta, Georgia, at a large campaign rally held to support Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler ahead of their runoff races next month. “We won Georgia, just so you understand,” Trump said at the start of his rally. The president lost Georgia, a result that was confirmed after a hand recount in the state. He also lost the election, and President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office on January 20. Trump railed against the voting process, deeming it rigged as the crowd chanted “four more years!” He has repeatedly assailed the results of the election, but his legal team has found no evidence in support of their claim it was stolen. The president then presented a bit of conventional wisdom. But...
    Morning Joe co-hosts and co-spouses Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough clashed when she blasted his Republican friends over coronavirus measures like masks, and he straight-up laughed at her in an extended bit mocking her anger. On Friday morning, Brzezinski talked about President-elect Joe Biden’s comments to CNN’s Jake Tapper about a push for 100 days of universal masking. “I just wonder, 100 days of masking across the board, Americans being required to wear masks, just how quickly the numbers will change,” Brzezinski said, with rising outrage, “and I wonder if some of the friends you’ve been talking to, Joe, and some of the Republicans who’ve been standing by as stooges to President Trump, not stepping up for the American people and their safety, and quite frankly [not] stepping up against the president’s stupidity and cruelty, not being a leader on this coronavirus, I wonder how quickly the numbers will...
    Days after he got a pardon from President Trump, former national security advisor Mike Flynn is calling for the president to declare martial law and have the military conduct a revote of the election he lost to President-elect Joe Biden. Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts during the transition, then sought to withdraw his plea, blasted out advertisement that the group We the People Convention printed in the Washington Times. It urges Trump, who has called the election 'rigged,' to declare a 'limited form of martial law' and have the military – who reports to him directly as commander in chief – conduct the revote.   President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who received a pardon last week, blasted out an article calling on Trump to declare martial law 'When the legislators, courts and/or Congress fail to do their duty under...
    Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaking in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2020. ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images Fourteen-year-old Tyler Gordon drew a portrait of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who inspires him, but he never thought she would actually see it.  His tweet of a time-lapse video of him drawing the portrait went viral.  Harris called him after she saw it.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A teenager from the San Francisco Bay Area who was inspired by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris painted a portrait of her. And while he hoped she would see it, he never expected that she would — or that she would call him.  Tyler Gordon, 14, got a call from Harris after a time-lapse video of him painting a portrait of her went viral. Gordon told Insider that he looks up to Harris who overcame a lot of obstacles to become...
    Sen. Kelly Loeffler speaks to the crowd of supporters during a "Defend the Majority" rally on Nov. 19, 2020. Relying on the effectiveness of rapid test results, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler left her mask off most the day Friday as she campaigned for the upcoming Georgia runoff against Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock, CNN reported. She rode a bus from the airport with Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. David Perdue—who’s also campaigning for a runoff election, his against Democrat Jon Ossoff—and she attended campaign events all day Friday. Now the businesswoman turned legislator is awaiting additional COVID-19 test results after an earlier test indicated she has the virus.  "Senator Loeffler took two COVID tests on Friday morning,” campaign spokesperson Stephen Lawson told CNN. “Her rapid test results were negative and she was cleared to attend Friday's events.” She was informed later in the evening after public events on Friday that her PCR test came back positive,...
    Former National Security Adviser John Bolton claimed that President Donald Trump “does not have a philosophy,” but then admitted he had expanded the Republican Party. Bolton joined CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Sunday’s “State of the Union” to discuss the president’s refusal to concede the 2020 election to former Vice President Joe Biden, and he argued that the party had to figure out a way to forge ahead without Trump. (RELATED: Here Are All The People Close To Trump Who Have Gone On The Record Denying The Atlantic Story) WATCH: Tapper mentioned the Trump campaign’s ongoing legal challenges with regard to the presidential election, asking Bolton whether Trump attorney and former Republican New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani could prove to be a liability for the party as a whole. “You once famously described Giuliani in the context of Ukraine and that scandal and described him as a, quote,...
    President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Republican senators that there are 'about 45 days left of the president's term,' according to Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn.  But throwing a bone to Trump - and his refusal to concede the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden - Meadows said the president could be around for another term too.  'But he did, I have to be honest with you, he did say, whether it's 45 days or four years and 45 days,' Cornyn told Capitol Hill reporters, repeating what Meadows had said in the closed door lunch.  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows went to lunch with GOP senators on Capitol Hill Wednesday. They describe Meadows of delivering a 'goodbye message' Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, told reporters that Meadows had said there are 'about 45 days left of the president's term.' But Meadows also...
    WASHINGTON -- After tweeting that Joe Biden won the election, President Trump later retreated from his tacit concession, saying the former vice president "only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA."His first tweet was the first time that Trump has admitted to losing to Biden, writing that the president-elect "won because the Election was Rigged."In that same post, Trump claimed that no vote watchers or observers had been allowed and the vote was tabulated by a company on the "Radical Left."In the tweets that followed, Trump again claimed the election was "rigged," writing in a tweet, "WE WILL WIN!"Twitter added warnings to the president's newest election tweets, noting that this "claim of election fraud is disputed."Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that there was voter fraud in the election. His campaign has filed a series of legal challenges in a number of states that have been based on...
    President Trump said for the first time that President-elect Joe Biden "won" the election for the first time. Shortly after, the president clarified his tweet, saying he concedes "NOTHING." "He won because the Election was Rigged," said the president in the first of the two tweets on Sunday. "NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!" He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020 After multiple media...
    “The November 3 election was the safest in the history of the United States,” several local and national election authorities, including the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said in a joint statement, which depends on the Ministry of Homeland Security. “There is no evidence of a voting system having erased, lost or changed ballots, or having been hacked in any way,” they said. “While we know that our electoral process is the subject of many baseless claims and disinformation campaigns, we can assure you that we have absolute confidence in the security and integrity of our elections,” they insist. Outgoing President Donald Trump had relayed unfounded information on Twitter hours earlier that an electoral system called the Dominion had “erased” 2.7 million votes in his favor across the country and re-allocated hundreds of thousands. to his Democratic rival Joe Biden in Pennsylvania and other...
    President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at a local Philadelphia election official who has called out claims of election fraud in his city 'crazy stuff' and who says he has been the subject of death threats.  Trump forwarded the Twitter attack on the official in a state where he trails Joe Biden by nearly 50,000 votes, while also lashing out at a pre-election poll that showed him badly trailing Biden in Wisconsin. Both states are part of the 'blue wall' that Biden restored in the elections, prying them from Trump.  'A guy named Al Schmidt, a Philadelphia Commissioner and so-called Republican (RINO), is being used big time by the Fake News Media to explain how honest things were with respect to the Election in Philadelphia. He refuses to look at a mountain of corruption & dishonesty. We win!' President Donald Trump attacked Republican Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, calling him...
    SACRAMENTO —  “Happy Days Are Here Again.” For decades, that was the unofficial theme song of the Democratic Party. A band played the song at the 1932 Democratic National Convention that nominated Franklin Delano Roosevelt for president. Then FDR made it his campaign song. As a young man I loved the song — until the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. Starting then, I abhorred it for 52 years. I was a newspaper reporter, sitting in the convention hall during the joyless meeting’s final night when the band struck up “Happy Days.” Outside, the cops were beating up thousands of kids who were protesting the Vietnam War. Inside, pro-war and antiwar factions had ripped apart the party. Delegates nominated Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey for president. Millions considered him a stooge of the war-pushing President Lyndon B. Johnson. With Democrats fractured, Republican Richard Nixon was elected in November. That year, Sen....
    The Senate minority leader seemed confident Saturday he could become the majority leader.  “Now we take Georgia, then we change the world,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told a crowd of New Yorkers at a celebration in New York City for President-Elect Joe Biden's projected election victory. After Tuesday’s election, both Democrats and Republicans currently hold 48 seats in the Senate. Races are still being counted in Alaska and North Carolina, both of which lean Republican. Two Senate seats In Georgia will head to a runoff in January after no candidate won the majority. Georgia’s election rules require lawmakers-- other than the president-- to win over 50% of the vote to win the seat.  Republican Sen. David Perdue will face off on January 5 against Democrat Jon Ossoff after finishing ahead 49.78% to Ossoff’s 47.9%. Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler will compete against Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock. Loeffler finished with 25.94% of the vote and Warnock...
    Twitter censored Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) post about historical voter fraud by claiming the information is either “disputed” or “misleading.” After it was pointed out that Paul was quoting directly from the biography of Kentucky democrat Ed Pritchard, the platform removed its censorship. As President Donald Trump and other Republicans charge that there remains voter fraud across battleground states such as Pennsylvania during the 2020 presidential election, Paul noted that America had experienced voter fraud in the past. “KY Dem Ed Pritchard was convicted of voter fraud in 1949 for fraudulently casting 254 votes,” Paul wrote. “His biographer said: ‘the untidy truth was that widespread vote fraud was America’s dirty little secret . . .’ Elections with millions of mail ballots makes fraud more likely not less.” KY Dem Ed Pritchard was convicted of voter fraud in 1949 for fraudulently casting 254 votes. His biographer said: “the untidy truth was...
    THE DATES YOU NEED TO KNOW  NOVEMBER 23: All swing states election results are certified by this date DECEMBER 8: 'Safe harbor' deadline which means the statutory deadline for resolving disputed results. If the states have followed correct procedures, whatever the result is on Dec. 8 stands, even if one side still disputes it DECEMBER 14: Electoral college electors are chosen and sworn in  JANUARY 5: Georgia run-off elections for two Senate seats, determining who controls the Senate JANUARY 6: Congress certifies the Electoral College votes  JANUARY 20: At midday the new president is sworn in and assumes all of the powers of commander-in-chief - including the ability to direct the Secret Service and U.S. Marshals to remove unwanted White House guests Joe Biden seizing the lead in Pennsylvania and Georgia provides a strong indication of who will prevail in the Electoral College and ultimately be elected president – but...
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh conceded that President Donald Trump lost the 2020 Election to Joe Biden Friday, before swiftly walking it back. With the ongoing vote count putting Biden in an increasingly likely position to clinch the race, Limbaugh used his Friday show to discuss a series of recent remarks from sports columnist Jason Whitlock — who expressed hope that the love Trump has from his supporters would prevail over the hatred of Trump giving momentum to Biden. Limbaugh lamented the “literal unabashed raw hatred” against Trump, he claimed Biden to be a “vessel” with no connection to his supporters, yet conceded that the ex-vice president won, by saying Biden “can tell himself all along he’s been elected president, because he has.” The guy that won that did not have any kind of massive pro-support. He was just the vessel. He was just the recipient whatever anti-Trump sentiment...
    CNN’s John King briefly displayed a map featuring the dreaded prospect of a 269-269 Electoral College tie between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump — raising the natural question “What happens if there’s a 269-269 Electoral College tie between Joe Biden and Donald Trump?” While messing around with his “magic wall,” King briefly landed on the tie scenario, telling viewers “Take a gasp,” and telling me I better rush up the answer to that question before people started googling the crap out of it. So if you just arrived here from Google, GOTCHA! Here’s what happens in the case of an Electoral College tie, according to 270ToWin: If neither candidate gets a majority of the 538 electoral votes, the election for President is decided in the House of Representatives, with each state delegation having one vote. A majority of states (26) is needed to win. Senators...
    DONALD Trump may guarantee his daughter Ivanka becomes the first female President by appointing her as VP and then resigning if he wins a second term, Anthony Scaramucci has wildly claimed. "The Mooch" - who spent 18 months working with Trump - reckons the President may attempt to secure the "optics and the fanfare" of having the first woman to hold the presidency be a Trump. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 9Ivanka Trump could be the first female President, the Mooch reckonsCredit: AP:Associated Press 9Anthony Scaramucci had an explosive eleven days as Trump's communications director Credit: AFP or licensors 9Anthony Scaramucci speculated Trump sees Ivanka as his 'successor' Credit: AFP or licensors Scaramucci, who had an explosive eleven days as White House communications director, told The Sun Online: "If Trump wins, imagine how emboldened and how crazy he will be." He was booted...
    A big concern: After we couldnt find students or faculty at college, agency scrambled to crack down Costco is the latest retailer to drop Chaokoh coconut milk over allegations of forced monkey labor, PETA says FC Barcelonas president resigned in the aftermath of the Lionel Messi transfer saga, then immediately confirmed plans for a $6 billion European Super League © Getty/Josep Lago Bartomeu had been Barca's president since 2015. Getty/Josep Lago FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned along with the rest of the club's board of directors. The Spaniard's decision to step down comes just weeks before he was expected to be ousted by a vote of no confidence from the club's members. Bartomeu fell out with the club's star player Lionel Messi, which almost resulted in the Argentine forward leaving the Camp Nou in the summer. His final act as president was to announce that he...
    Bartomeu had been Barca's president since 2015. Getty/Josep Lago FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned along with the rest of the club's board of directors. The Spaniard's decision to step down comes just weeks before he was expected to be ousted by a vote of no confidence from the club's members. Bartomeu fell out with the club's star player Lionel Messi, which almost resulted in the Argentine forward leaving the Camp Nou in the summer. His final act as president was to announce that he had agreed for the club to participate in a proposed "European Super League" alongside a number of the continent's biggest clubs.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned along with the rest of the club's board of directors. The Spaniard's decision to step down comes just weeks before he was expected to be ousted...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE adopted a more measured tone at the start of the final presidential debate as he and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE sparred in the first section focused on the coronavirus pandemic. The debate grew more combative and personal as it continued, as Biden brought up Trump’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani responds to reports on 'Borat' scene, says he was 'tucking in' his shirt Fort Bragg deletes Twitter account after attributing explicit tweets to hacker Biden: Johnson should be 'ashamed' for suggesting family profited from their name MORE, claiming he was being...
    Presidential debates in 1858 and 2020. Kean Collection/Staff/Getty Images Candidates never used to campaign for themselves — supporters spoke on their behalf. Debates were televised beginning in 1960, and the first televised town hall debate was held in 1992. Attacking one's political opponent is nothing new, but the methods have changed. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. It used to be considered ill-mannered for presidential candidates to openly campaign for themselves. Times have changed. Presidential campaigns are now billion-dollar operations that involve attack ads, social media strategy, and lots of stump speeches. Here's how presidential campaigns have changed over the years.
    Donald Trump boasted that he makes politics exciting as he urged voters Tuesday not to cast their ballot for Democratic nominee Joe Biden because he is 'boring.' 'Nobody's going to be interested in politics anymore,' Trump said in reference to the outcome if Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins on November 3. Trump has dubbed Biden 'Sleepy Joe' and often questions the 77-year-old candidate's mental and physical fitness and stamina. He also gave his rival another nickname during his rally Tuesday evening: 'Gonzo Joe.' Left-leaning social media users immediately jumped on Trump's comment, claiming 'boring' politics would be a nice refresher from the recent news cycle. Trump arrived in Erie, Pennsylvania Tuesday evening for his eighth campaign rally in five days. Donald Trump said Tuesday during a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania that politics would be 'boring' without him as he made his closing arguments for why to vote against Joe...
    President Donald Trump has cut short his interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes. After walking out of his solo portion of the interview, Trump also refused to sit down for a segment he was scheduled to tape with Vice President Mike Pence, CNN reported. The president sat down with 60 Minutes’ host Lesley Stahl at the White House on Tuesday, October 20. According to sources close to CNN, the two spoke for about 45 minutes before Trump told Stahl she had enough material and walked away. Not long after the taping took place, the Republican presidential candidate took to social media to share a video of Stahl at the White House, shaming her for not wearing a mask after interviewing with him. Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come. pic.twitter.com/0plZG6a4fH — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump abruptly ended his solo interview with CBS News 60 Minutes Tuesday and called out host Lesley Stahl for not wearing a mask in the White House. According to CNN, Trump sat down with 60 Minutes host Lesley Stahl for 45 minutes on Tuesday before he unexpectedly ended the interview before he was supposed to tape with Vice President Mike Pence. 3President Donald Trump abruptly ended his solo interview with CBS News 60 Minutes TuesdayCredit: AP:Associated Press The president responded to the news on Twitter, saying, “Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come.” Along with his tweet, Trump shared a six second video clip of Stahl speaking with two other unidentified White House officials who were both wearing masks. White House Assistant Press Secretary Karoline Leavitt backed up the president, saying, “This is...
    President Donald Trump supporters erupted into boos at his Thursday rally after the president called Dr. Anthony Fauci a “nice guy” before trashing him as “a Democrat.” Trump noted many members of his crowd were wearing masks before citing a CDC report for the second time today, which claimed that 71 percent of coronavirus patients reported always wearing a mask. The president then bashed Fauci’s mask policy and claimed that he is “a Democrat”– prompting rallygoers to boo the health expert. “You have my friend — and he’s a nice guy — Tony. Tony Fauci, he’s a nice guy. He said, ‘This is not a threat, it’s not a problem, don’t worry about it … It’s the craziest thing,” Trump said. “Then he said, ‘Do not wear a mask, do not wear a mask under any circumstances. Don’t wear a mask, don’t, don’t, don’t.’ Right? So we don’t wear a mask, and...
    Anthony Fauci has called on the Trump campaign to take the video of him seemingly praising the president down, calling it 'really unfortunate and really disappointing' and urging them not to use his words again, as he described Donald Trump's Monday night rally as 'asking for trouble'. Fauci, the head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was angered by the 30-second campaign ad, which began airing after Trump was released from the hospital on October 5. It cites the president's personal experience with coronavirus before cutting to a video of Fauci.  On Monday night Fauci reiterated his criticism over the weekend of the video, and warned the campaign they should take it down and not create another. Dr Anthony Fauci appeared on CNN on Monday night to discuss the Trump advert Donald Trump resumed campaigning beyond the White House on Monday The president was...
    Comedienne Kathy Griffin kept up her death wish announcements for President Donald Trump, tweeting that she wanted to see Trump "croak" during a rally — just days after he was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for the coronavirus. I kinda wanna watch trump’s rally Saturday night to see him croak. — Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1602208023.0"I kinda wanna watch trump's rally Saturday night to see him croak," she wrote Thursday on Twitter. Griffin followed that up the next day with her bar lowered just slightly:Patiently waiting for trump’s coma to commence. — Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1602261405.0"Patiently waiting for Trump's coma to commence," she noted.What was the reaction?Griffin is proof that living life on the D-list can be sufficient to gain fans, and indeed many folks enjoyed her attacks on Trump. But of course not everyone saw it that way:@kathygriffin You look so happy Kathy....
    It wasn't too long ago that Americans generally existed with a live-and-let-live mentality when it came to sociopolitical matters. You know — if one person didn't agree with another person's political candidate of choice, there might have been a heated discussion or two on rare occasions, but things for the most part didn't escalate from there. But now we're in the year 2020, and it's a different America. With the general election just weeks away, more and more leftists have decided that free expression and healthy debate no longer are sufficient. In their place are cancel culture, threats, harassment, property destruction, vandalism, and violence. Such was the case once again Saturday night — this time in Las Vegas. What happened? Supporters of President Donald Trump lined up on a street for a road rally — and just like clockwork, Trump-haters were out in force...
    Fr. John I. Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., is facing calls for his resignation for not following the same COVID protocols his students live under. He announced on October 2 he tested positive Fr. John I. Jenkins, the Notre Dame University president who pushed for a return to face-to-face instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, now faces calls for his resignation after attending a White House event without a mask and then testing positive for the virus.  After imposing tough social-distancing, mask-wearing, and travel rules as the campus reopened, Jenkins, 66, shook several hands and went mask-free even at the indoor portion of a September 24 reception at the White House for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor and President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Both students and faculty at the Catholic university in South Bend, Ind., are upset at their president's apparent...
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris apologized to Kayla Mueller's parents for her murder at the hands of ISIS, as they sat in the auditorium as invited guest of Harris' rival, Vice President Mike Pence.   'I know about your daughter's case and I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry,' Democrat Joe Biden's running mate said. 'What happened to her is awful. And it should never have happened. And I know Joe feels the same way. And I know President Obama feels the same way.'  Pence invited Carl and Marsha Mueller as his two debate guests as they have harshly criticized Obama and Biden's foreign policy.  Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris apologized to Kayla Mueller's parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, who were invited guest of Vice President Mike Pence's for their daughters death at the hands of ISIS  Marsha (left) and Carl Mueller (right) were guests of Vice President Mike Pence...
    Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician who is under fire for holding back information about the president's medical regimen, was 'hand-picked' for the job by predecessor Dr. Ronny Jackson. Conley has drawn sharp criticism for his weekend press conferences, undertaken outside Walter Reed medical center while the president undergoes treatment for COVID-19. He initially held back information about the president going on artificial oxygen, and has declined to disclose information about the state of the president's lungs. He also prescribed the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to the president as a preventive treatment for the coronavirus, and appears to have signed off on the president's short trip in an SUV outside of Walter Reed with agents in tow to waive to supporters despite having the coronavirus.  Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Donald Trump, briefs reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020....
    By JILL COLVIN, STEVE PEOPLES and ZEKE MILLER BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump declared, “I get it,” in a message to the nation Sunday evening before briefly leaving the hospital to salute cheering supporters from his motorcade, a surprising move that raised new questions about the president’s understanding of the coronavirus that has killed more than 209,000 Americans. Hours earlier, Trump’s medical team reported that his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days and that they gave him a steroid treatment typically only recommended for the very sick. The doctors also said his health is improving and that he could be discharged as early as Monday. “It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID,” Trump said, standing in his hospital room in a video posted on social media. “I learned it by really going to school.” He added, “I get it, and...
    (CNN)President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has said Armenia and its military forces "need to leave our territory, and then, the war will stop and then the conflict will come to an end."In an interview with Al Jazeera, President Aliyev went on to say that once the war is over "maybe some time later people of Azerbaijan and Armenia can again live together, in peace."Aliyev, however, gave no indication that a cessation of hostilities would end anytime soon, adding: "I think Armenian government overestimated their so-called importance on global arena, overestimated the possible international support to them and made very serious mistakes provoking us, attacking us and now they are suffering the very serious defeat." Rebels from Syria recruited to fight in conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, source saysLong-simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan have flared up in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region in recent days, with both sides accusing each other...
    Surprise! Visit Denver just announced a surprise, first-ever fall Denver Restaurant Week -- but then, this year has been full of surprises, all brought on by the unpleasant surprise of the coronavirus pandemic. When it was introduced sixteen years ago, Denver Restaurant Week was designed to help eateries through a typically slow period in dining: late February and early March. Now, of course, restaurants are anticipating business getting cold, very cold, as winter descends and those impromptu patios that have expanded seating for the last several months begin to look a lot less attractive.Related Stories Denver Extends Outdoor Dining Program Through October 2021 Beer Calendar: Get Out and Vote — for IPAs COVID-19 in Colorado Timeline: The First Six Months The fall Denver Restaurant Week, set for November 13 through November 22, is designed to heat up the dining scene with creative menus, offered both in-house and to-go. “For...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper pressed Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on a statement she made in 2016 about the U.S. Constitution mandating that the Senate confirm President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. The Sunday morning “State of the Union” conversation centered around Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stated intention to bring to a vote President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer. Seeming to acknowledge that there isn’t much Democrats can do alone to stop any confirmation, Klobuchar appealed to Republicans to follow the so-called “McConnell Rule” and wait until after a new president is installed. “I want to ask you about what you said in 2016 after Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court didn’t even get a hearing,” Tapper said before quoting Klobuchar’s words. “The Constitution is clear, the Senate must consider the president’s nominee and then...
    DURING a Tuesday morning interview, CNBC's Jim Cramer called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "Crazy Nancy" right to her face. Cramer quickly backtracked on the comments, saying he mistakenly used President Donald Trump's favorite nickname for the Speaker and he didn't mean to disrespect her like that. 4CNBC's Jim Cramer called Pelosi 'Crazy Nancy' to her face during an interviewCredit: CNBC 4Pelosi brushed off the use of Trump's nickname for herCredit: AP:Associated Press Pelosi was speaking to Cramer about another coronavirus stimulus package, and when Americans could expect a bill to pass Congress after months of hold-up. "What deal can we have, Crazy Nancy?" Cramer asked, before quickly blaming Trump. "I'm sorry, that was the president. I have such reverence for the office. I would never use that term," he added. "But you just did," Pelosi responded. Cramer tried to backtrack again after that, saying, "You know what I mean." Pelosi...
    CNBC's Jim Cramer called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 'crazy Nancy,' to her face Tuesday morning, utilizing the nickname President Donald Trump has given her.  'Sorry, that was the president,' Cramer immediately said after the slip. 'I have such reverence for the office, I would never use that term.'   Pelosi laughed and said, 'but you just did, but you just did,' and then called Trump the 'master of projection.'  CNBC's Jim Cramer (left) called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) 'crazy Nancy,' the nickname given to her by President Donald Trump. Cramer immediately walked back the comment   Pelosi said that Trump (left) gave her the 'crazy Nancy' nickname because he's the 'master of projection.' 'He calls other people crazy because he knows he is,' she said. Trump is photographed Tuesday with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right)  'Let me just say this, anything the president says is a projection of his...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on Crazy Jim’s Investor Power Hour CNBC’s Mad Money, hosted by financial media curiosity Jim Cramer Tuesday morning to discuss ongoing congressional negotiations for another — currently stalled — Covid-19 relief bill. Cramer is known mostly as an apolitical media personality. In 2017 he finally revealed whether he was pro- or anti-Trump and lamely came out as dispassionate, asserting he was pro-money. He has enjoyed a good relationship with Madame Speaker, however, which made this moment more curious. At one point, Cramer referred to Nancy Pelosi as “Crazy Nancy,” ostensibly citing the derisive moniker coined by President Donald Trump. Cramer asked his CNBC guest, “What deal can we have, crazy Nancy — I’m sorry, that was the president, I have such reverence for the office, I would never use that term, but it is hard isn’t it?” Speaker Pelosi appeared unfazed but shot back “But you...
    Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielSunday shows preview: With less than two months to go, race for the White House heats up Pence set to attend fundraiser hosted by couple who shared QAnon posts The 2020 stage is set: character, chaos and the Marx Brothers MORE on Sunday defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump slams Nevada governor at rally, takes aim at mail-in voting Former NFL coach Mike Holmgren slams Trump pandemic response, throws support to Biden Watch Live: Trump rallies supporters in Nevada MORE’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including his contradictory remarks on masks. McDaniel defended Trump’s earlier remarks casting doubt on the effectiveness of masks, noting that Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: McConnell: Chance for coronavirus deal 'doesn't look that good right now' | Fauci disagrees with Trump that US rounding 'final turn' on pandemic | NIH director 'disheartened' by lack of masks at Trump rally...
    President Trump on Saturday mocked his Democratic rival Joe Biden for ‘sleeping in his basement’ while he is making stops in the Western United States, including in fire-ravaged California as well as hotly contested electoral states like Nevada. ‘Once again, Sleepy Joe told the press they could go home at 9 A.M.,’ Trump tweeted on Saturday. ‘Meanwhile, your Favorite President, me, will go to Reno, Nevada tonight, three stops in Las Vegas tomorrow, with California and Arizona on schedule Monday. ‘Don’t worry, we won’t be taking off Tuesday, either!’ President Trump (left) on Saturday mocked his Democratic rival Joe Biden (seen right with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden) for ‘sleeping in his basement’ while he is making stops in the Western United States, including in fire-ravaged California as well as hotly contested electoral states like Nevada ‘While I travel the Country, Joe sleeps in his basement, telling...
    President Donald Trump told author Bob Woodward he has no responsibility to feel the 'anger and the pain' of African Americans - and then complained he didn't get a lot of love from that group. In his forthcoming book, 'Rage,' Woodward recounts a series of conversations he had with the president about race relations in the United States over some of the 18 interviews they conducted.  Woodward, in a June 19 interview, told Trump they shared a 'white, privileged' background, according to a copy of the book obtained by DailyMail.com.  President Donald Trump told author Bob Woodward he has no responsibility to feel the 'anger and the pain' of African Americans In this White House photo from December 2019 provided by Bob Woodward, President Donald Trump is seen speaking to Woodward in the Oval Office, surrounded by some aides and advisers, as well as Vice President Mike Pence,...
    President Donald Trump spoke privately about the deadly nature of the coronavirus in recorded interviews even as he was publicly downplaying the severity of COVID-19 early this year, before the pandemic would take nearly 200,000 American lives and counting. The president shared his stark assessment with the Washington Post's Bob Woodward in recorded phone interviews in February, as the virus was spreading from China to other parts of the world.  'This is deadly stuff,' the president told the Watergate reporter, Washington fixture and author who has interviewed U.S. presidents going back to Nixon.  'This is deadly stuff,' President Donald Trump told Bob Woodward in a Feb. 7th call where they discussed the coronavirus 'You just breathe the air and that's how it's passed,' Trump told him in a Feb. 7 call. 'And so that's a very tricky one. That's a very delicate one. It's also more deadly than even...
    Disgraced Trump fixer and personal lawyer Michael Cohen describes the president's obsessive 'hatred and contempt' for his predecessor Barack Obama in alarming detail in his new tell-all book.  In the book, Disloyal: A Memoir, Cohen claims that at some point in time, Trump hired a 'Faux-Bama' lookalike to star in a bizarre video in which he 'ritualistically belittled the first black president and then fired him'.  The book features a photograph showing Trump sitting behind a desk opposite a besuited black man with graying hair and an American flag pin on his lapel, alongside a book labeled 'Obama'.   CNN, which obtained an copy of the memoir, said that the actor who played Faux-Bama was not named and there's no hint of when or why the video was filmed.  However, a copy of the video has since resurfaced online as reports claimed that it was meant to be aired at the 2012...
    At a short but fiery press briefing Friday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed the Atlantic sources that said President Donald Trump made disrespectful remarks about American soldiers who died at war before leaving without taking any questions. “Ten sources went on the record debunking these lies, eight with first-hand knowledge, stating on the record one common truth: That this story is false. It never happened,” McEnany told reporters at the press briefing. She then quoted two new sources who denied the claims made in the Atlantic, Derek Lyons, Counselor to the President, and former Deputy Chief of Staff and retired military officer Dan Walsh.  “I can attest to the fact that there was a bad weather call in France and that the helicopters were unable to safely make the flight,” McEnany said, quoting Walsh. “Overall, the president’s support and respect for our American troops past and present is unquestionable.” McEnany...
    Fox News hosts and pundits spent much of Friday morning pushing back against an eye-popping report from The Atlantic alleging President Donald Trump called fallen military heroes “losers” and “suckers.” The network largely focused on the story’s multiple anonymous sources to suggest it was fabricated. And without a hint of irony, Fox News correspondent John Roberts on Friday morning cited on-air two anonymous sources refuting the bombshell report, claiming “the president never said that according to both of these sources.” Roberts also backed the president’s denial that he canceled a trip to a France war cemetery “filled with losers” because he didn’t want to get his hair wet. The morning after the president vehemently denied the story's allegations and said he’d “swear on whatever” that he never called the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) a “loser”—even though he very publicly has—the president's favorite morning show Fox & Friends ran cover...
    Twitter and Facebook both flagged a post from President Trump that some argued encourages voters to cast multiple ballots. On Thursday, the president urged Americans to send mail-in ballots in "as EARLY as possible" and suggested they also go to a polling location on Election Day to see if their original vote had been counted. “Based on the massive number of Unsolicited & Solicited Ballots that will be sent to potential Voters for the upcoming 2020 Election, & in order for you to MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS & IS COUNTED, SIGN & MAIL IN your Ballot as EARLY as possible. On Election Day, or Early Voting, go to your Polling Place to see whether or not your Mail In Vote has been Tabulated (Counted). If it has you will not be able to Vote & the Mail In System worked properly," the president said. He added, "If it...
    In November 2019, President Donald Trump made an unexpected visit to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland — and this week, New York Times reporter Michael Shmidt reported that Vice President Mike Pence was prepared to temporarily take over as acting president if Trump need to go under anesthesia. Regardless, Trump allies, including Republican Ronny Jackson, are maintaining that Trump’s Walter Reed visit was nothing serious. And CNN’s Brianna Keillar gave Jackson’s claims a rigorous fact-check on Wednesday. This week, Jackson — who served as Trump’s physician in the past and is now running for a Texas seat in the U.S. House of Representatives — insisted that the Reed visit was nothing “urgent” and was part of a “routine preventative medicine workup to keep him healthy as president.” But Keillar, during her fact-check, notes that the visit “did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam….. Medical...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has decided to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday, making the decision one day after a senior adviser for his campaign said he didn't want to go an disrupt the "peaceful nature" or the protests there, according to the Journal Sentinel. "Vice President Biden will hold a community meeting in Kenosha to bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face," a Biden campaign statement read. "After, Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden will make a local stop." Campaign adviser Symone Sanders just told CNN on Tuesday that while Biden did want to visit Wisconsin at some point, the campaign didn't believe now is the right time and that a visit could be disruptive to the city. "Look he doesn't want to do anything that would create a tussle, if you will, on the ground," Sanders said. "He doesn't want to do anything...
    President Donald Trump accused Democratic nominee Joe Biden of 'blaming the police' after Biden delivered an address blasting Trump for escalating the violence between cops, Black Lives Matter protesters and the president's own supporters.   In Pittsburgh Monday, Biden went after Trump calling him a 'toxic presence' and accused him of 'stoking violence in our cities' to make Americans feel unsafe, while the Democrat called on Americans to 'stand against violence - in every form it takes.'  Trump responded with a tweet - and then by posting a video clip of Biden tripping over his words.  President Donald Trump tweeted in response to Joe Biden's speech in Pittsburgh Monday. The former vice president called Trump 'toxic' and accused him of 'stoking violence in our cities' between Black Lives Matter protesters, police and Trump-aligned groups Trump reacted to Biden's speech by saying the Democratic nominee was 'blaming the police more...
    Lara Trump, the first daughter-in-law, played up President Donald Trump's propensity to hire women for leadership roles and the family's down-to-earth style in her Wednesday night address before the Republican National Convention.  Trump played up her North Carolina, public school roots, her amibition to make it in New York City and then her meeting of Eric Trump, the president's middle son and her husband of nearly six years.  'Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately,' she said. 'They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home.'  First daughter-in-law Lara Trump devoted her Republican National Convention speech to portraying the Trump family as down-to-earth and President Donald Trump as a woman-friendly employer  'They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were...
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) urged Americans during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night that if they oppose what the far-Left is doing to the country then they should vote to re-elect President Donald Trump. Paul began by recalling how he met Trump “many years ago,” saying that when they first met that he was “struck by how down to earth he was.” “I was planning a medical mission to Guatemala to perform charity eye surgeries. We needed money to fund the trip. Donald Trump offered to help, and immediately came through for us and for those kids,” Paul said. “Not only did he support my medical mission to Guatemala but he also contributed to another mission trip to Haiti a year later.” “We performed hundreds of surgeries in both countries,” he added. “Nothing is more beautiful to me in this world than removing the bandages from a person’s eyes,...
    LYNCHBURG, Va. (CNN) — Embattled evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. agreed to resign as Liberty University’s president Monday but withdrew his resignation when media reports about the decision emerged, the university said in a statement Monday night. “I call upon the University community and supporters to be in prayer for the University and for all its leadership, past, present and future, as we walk with the Lord through this stormy time of transition,” said Acting President Jerry Prevo in a statement. The executive committee of the school’s board is expected to meet Tuesday morning. The Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia founded by Falwell Jr.’s late father was in discussions with him about his resignation earlier Monday, a school spokesman told CNN. The conversations around his fate come after a series of recent public controversies about his behavior, including an affair a Miami man said he had with Falwell Jr.’s wife...
    President Donald Trump was trying to rewrite history and enlist frontline COVID workers to the cause. The strain showed. Flanked in the East Room of the White House by Americans involved in the fight against the coronavirus — a nurse, a trucker, a postal worker, another nurse — Trump set off Monday for more than four rose-colored minutes recasting the recent past before his Night 1 convention audience. “Tell me a little about your stories,” he asked his guests at first. But he had a few of his own: about dastardly Democrats and governors who disappointed him, about his preferred nicknames for the virus and the insufficient gratitude for his government’s efforts. “We have delivered billions of dollars of equipment that governors were supposed to give, and in many cases they didn’t get,” he complained. “So the federal government had to help them, and all of the people that did...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the press after meeting privately on Monday, during which Netanyahu heaped praise on President Donald Trump. “I have to say that quite a few years ago I had to stand sometimes alone in publicly rejecting the JCPOA and alerting the world on Iran’s aggression,” Netanyahu said. “That obviously changed with the inauguration of President Trump.” Netanyahu started by noting his frequent conversations with Pompeo, adding, “We have met here in Jerusalem and in Washington and in so many places in between, but every meeting was characterized by that same powerful alliance of values that has informed your activity and the activity of the Trump administration that cements even further the historic American-Israeli alliance.  I want to thank you, I want to thank the President, for all that you’ve done for Israel’s security and everything you’re doing to solidify this friendship.” Netanyahu...
    President Donald Trump said 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is 'more likable' than Hillary, hours after party officials orchestrated a four-day convention touting Biden's empathy and faith.  But moments after Trump acknowledged a strength of his rival, he offered: 'Who cares about personality?' Trump brought up the contrast at a speech before a group of conservative leaders at the shrouded Center for National Policy, which met at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Virginia outside Washington, D.C.   'Should I say it should I tell you?' he asked the supportive crowd after raising the topic. 'Clinton’s much smarter but not a likable person,' President Trump said Friday, comparing Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. 'Joe is not nearly as smart, but he’s more likable' 'Clinton’s much smarter but not a likable person,' he told the group. 'Joe is not nearly as smart, but he’s more likable.' Trump routinely attacks Biden's intellect and...
    Donald Trump went to Joe Biden's backyard on Thursday to attack his rival ahead of his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention - then the president stopped for some take-out pizza, which is a code word among Q-Anon conspiracy theorists. The president, after speaking to supporters at Mariotti Building Products, a kitchen remodeler in Old Forge, made an unscheduled stop at a local pizza joint to buy a couple of pies. It was an unusual move for Trump, who rarely makes such pit stops, unlike Vice President Mike Pence, who frequently stops at diners during his travels. Barack Obama, when he was president, also made several impromptu stops at diners and hamburger joints - which many politicians see as a way to meet and connect with 'the people.' President Donald Trump holds a pizza during a visit to Arcaro and Genell restaurant after speaking at a campaign event...
    If the definition of insanity is doing the same over and over again and expecting a different result then both the state of California and, most especially, its governor Gavin Newsom, are certifiably bonkers. See if you can spot the insanity contained in this report on Newsom’s response to the blackouts: Though the state would continue its “transition” to 100% renewable energy, Newsom said, “we cannot sacrifice reliability as we move forward in this transition.” Wait, what? Just moments earlier, Newsom had fessed up to the fact that California’s over-reliance on renewables – wind and solar – was directly responsible for its power shortages. So by what contortion of logic can it possibly make sense for California to commit itself to doing more of the very thing that caused its current crisis? That’s what ‘transition’ means, by the way. It’s the green movement’s codeword for ‘abandoning cheap, effective energy like...
    Former first lady Michelle Obama reiterated her support of "going high" in political debates during her speech for the virtual Democratic National Convention, and then attacked President Donald Trump. "When others are going so low, does going high still really work?" Obama asked, referring to her famous motto from a previous DNC speech. "My answer? Going high is the only thing that works. Because when we go low, when we use those same tactics of degrading and dehumanizing others, we just become part of the ugly noise that's drowning out everything else," she added. "We degrade ourselves, we degrade the very causes for which we fight," Obama continued. "But let's be clear. Going high does not mean putting on a smile and saying nice things when confronted by viciousness and cruelty," she added. "Going high means taking the harder path."...
    Boxing trainer Freddy Roach says Manny Pacquiao is two fights away from running to become president of the Philippines. “Manny would like to fight a couple of more times and then run for the presidency of his country,” Roach told BoxingScene.com on Thursday. Roach added that the race would be historic: “The first fighter to ever do that and it will be another part of his history and I think he will be really good at.” Granted, Pacquiao is certainly not new to politics. He has already been a member of his country’s Senate since winning election in 2016. Roach went on to list a number of possible opponents that Pacquiao might face in the ring before running for his country’s top political post. Pacquiao is reportedly considering bouts with Mikey Garcia and Terence Crawford. He might even try to arrange a high-profile match against Gennady Golovkin. Roach, though, felt...
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