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    (CNN)Republican senators are trying to stay out of the fray between former President Donald Trump and their leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell.With Trump warning he will push primary candidates who fit his mold in 2022 Senate races, many Republican senators facing voters next year are not eager to pick sides following the former President's blistering attack on the GOP leader after his impeachment trial. Senior Republicans are split over how to treat Trump: Pay homage at Mar-a-Lago or refuse to bend the kneeCNN contacted the 16 Senate Republicans up for reelection in 2022 on Thursday about whether they still back McConnell -- and just three responded. Their lack of response doesn't mean that McConnell is at risk of losing his spot atop the Senate GOP Conference, a position he's enjoyed longer than any other Republican senator in history. But it's a clear sign that Republicans are eager to avoid being caught...
    By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades ago, Republican President George W. Bush stood on a bank of the Snake River near Pasco, Washington, and declared that four hydroelectric dams would not be torn down on his watch, though many blamed them for killing endangered salmon. This month, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho issued a bold plan that called for removing those same dams to save the salmon. In between those two acts were decades of litigation that show no sign of ending and $17 billion worth of improvements to the dams that did little to help fish. Now the question is: Can Simpson's plan win approval from Congress and the Biden administration and help save an iconic Pacific Northwest species from extinction? Other Republicans are vowing to save the dams. Democrats have come out in support of Simpson's plan, which calls...
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades ago, Republican President George W. Bush stood on a bank of the Snake River near Pasco, Washington, and declared that four hydroelectric dams would not be torn down on his watch, though many blamed them for killing endangered salmon. This month, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho issued a bold plan that called for removing those same dams to save the salmon. In between those two acts were decades of litigation that show no sign of ending and $17 billion worth of improvements to the dams that did little to help fish. Now the question is: Can Simpson’s plan win approval from Congress and the Biden administration and help save an iconic Pacific Northwest species from extinction? Other Republicans are vowing to save the dams. Democrats have come out in support of Simpson’s plan, which calls for spending $33 billion to breach...
    THE Drowning's Jill Halfpenny has lifted the lid on plans for a second series and defended the show's divisive finale. Jill, 45, plays Jodie in the Channel 5 drama, a mother who becomes convinced a schoolboy named Daniel is her missing son, Tom. *Spoilers ahead for the finale of The Drowning* 5Jill Halfpenny has defended The Drowning's divisive finale and shared her thoughts on a second seriesCredit: ViacomCBS / Photographer - Bernard Walsh However, after many twists and turns, last night's finale revealed Daniel wasn't Tom, despite Jodie's brother Jason faking a DNA test to make it look like he was. In fact, lawyer Jason (Jonas Armstrong) turned out to be the bad guy all along, having been with Tom on the day he drowned in a lake before failing to tell his family what had happened and letting his sister believe her son could still be alive....
    JODIE Whittaker has been tipped to replace Ralf Little on Death in Paradise after her divisive Doctor Who exit. The 38-year-old star could be heading for the sunshine in another first, swapping the TARDIS for sandy beaches. 5Could Jodie Whittaker be leaving the role of the Doctor for Detective Inspector?Credit: BBC Jodie is reportedly set to leave the coveted Time Lord role behind after her third series is filmed this year. Now with Death in Paradise executive producer Tim Key revealing a woman could be next in line to lead the Saint Marie team in the BBC crime drama, Jodie has emerged a frontrunner. Bookmakers Ladbrokes are giving Whittaker top odds of taking on the role at 6/1. Other actresses in the running include Phoebe Waller-Bridge at 7/1, followed by The Thick of It star Joanna Scanlan and Michaela Coel both with odds of 8/1. 5The actress is top of...
    (CNN)Rep. Liz Cheney, under fire from former President Donald Trump and his staunchest defenders, is picking up support from some influential Republicans as her allies close ranks and resist the effort to oust her from the third-ranking spot in House GOP leadership.On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was the latest Republican to give her a boost, saying in a statement to CNN that she had "the courage" to act on her convictions in the aftermath of her vote to impeach Trump last month on a charge he incited the deadly insurrection that ransacked Capitol Hill on January 6."Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them," McConnell said. "She is an important leader in our party and in our nation. I am grateful for her service and look forward to continuing to work with her on the crucial issues facing our nation."The statement...
    Glazers out. Many times over the last 15 years these words have been seen scrawled on a banner or posted on social media. The Glazer family famously owns world soccer powerhouse Manchester United and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Its leadership of both organizations isn’t really associated with success, with the Red Devils and Bucs both going through extensive periods without much glory. MORE: Man Utd loss to Sheffield United had been coming | Brady leads Bucs to NFC title But in recent times, the two clubs have turned it around on the field: The Bucs have made it to Super Bowl 55 and Manchester United is a realistic title contender for the first time in nearly eight years. American businessman Malcolm Glazer and his six children purchased the Bucs franchise for a then-record $192 million in January 1995. The team hadn’t reached the playoffs since 1982 and had won just 87 games...
    President Joe Biden made Unity™ the theme of his Inaugural Address. He mentioned the word “unity” no fewer than eight times. That is the standard to which his administration must be held — and it is a test that Biden is already failing to meet. (The other theme was Truth™ — a promise broken hours later, when Press Secretary Jen Psaki lied about the “Muslim ban.”) In December, I suggested nine ways Biden could demonstrate a commitment to unity. Here are nine ways he has failed: 1. Impeachment. Biden could put a stop to Democrats’ foolish and divisive impeachment effort, which seeks to hold a trial for former President Donald Trump even though he is no longer in office. Some experts say that such a trial would violate the Constitution. But even if it did not, the article of impeachment ignores the fact that the Capitol riot was pre-planned by...
    Fox News’ Peter Doocy pressed President Joe Biden’s White House press secretary Jen Psaki on former President Donald Trump’s impeachment, noting it will be “potentially divisive.” “If president Biden wants a theme of his presidency to be unifying the country, does he think that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer should drop a potentially divisive Senate impeachment trial?” Doocy asked Psaki at the press secretary’s first briefing. Psaki reiterated that Biden’s overarching goal is unity, highlighting the importance of bringing the nation together following such a divisive election. “We are confident, though, that just like the American people can, the Senate can also multitask and they can do their constitutional duty while continuing to conduct the business of the American people,” she added. “His view is that the way to bring the country together is to address the problems we’re facing, and so that means getting this Covid relief package through, having Democrats and Republicans take a...
    Actor Ben Stiller said President Donald Trump’s “divisive rhetoric” has “real-life consequences,” echoing a years-long narrative pushed by Democrats and the broader left accusing the president of inciting political violence. Stiller’s remarks came in a recent podcast interview with Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney of Trump’s. The Tropic Thunder and Zoolander star and Cohen discussed Twitter’s censorship of President Trump and the social media platform’s purging the president. “I wonder, in terms of just our everyday lives how much this is really changing our actual lives,” Stiller said. “And I think the people who have the ability to actually change our real life experience with Twitter are people like Trump, who can say something and then that will motivate people to do things, and that, to me, is the scary thing.” Last week, Facebook and Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s accounts. Instagram, and Twitch have indefinitely banned the president’s access on those platforms, as has Snapchat. The...
    Sunday on FNC’s “Fox Report,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) reacted to the Democrats’ push to impeach President Donald Trump over his part in the U.S. Capitol riot that left five dead and many more injured. Gaetz said that with Inauguration Day just 10 days away, “impeachment would be necessary.” He also argued impeachment “would be divisive.” “This impeachment would be unnecessary, it would be divisive, and it’s only being done because Democrats want to keep the focus on President Trump,” Gaetz advised. “You would think that with just nine, 10 days left in the Trump presidency for this term, you would have Democrats eager to focus on what Joe Biden would be bringing to the country — his exciting pics for the cabinet. But, you see, they have to continue to hold together A very fragile coalition by maintaining the focus on President Trump.” “Here’s what I expect: They’re going...
    Loading the player... President Donald Trump repeatedly claimed in the final months of his presidency — and without a trace of irony — to have done more for Black Americans than anyone with the “possible exception” of Abraham Lincoln. He boasted that the African American unemployment rate dropped to record lows under his watch before the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the economy. Trump heralded his administration’s criminal justice overhaul for shortening mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses and leading to the release of thousands of incarcerated people, mostly Black Americans. Trump also relished that he increased funding for historically black colleges and universities. President Donald Trump speaks with news anchor Bret Baier during a Virtual Town Hall inside of the Lincoln Memorial on May 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images) But in the end, historians say Trump’s legacy — and his electoral undoing — will be largely...
    Rumors that filmmaker Woody Allen died circulated on social media on Thursday and divided users. Notably, MEL Magazine investigative journalist Zaron Burnett III highlighted that many appeared to find joy in the actor’s alleged death. “It felt like scrolling through a bullfight, except the bull was woody allen,” he tweeted. “He’s not dead, was just rumored to be dead,” the journalist added. The rumor appeared to have spread through a fake image that appeared to be from the DiscussingFilm account. The publication’s editor-in-chief, Jacob, claimed that the news was fake. This is such a stinker photoshop, we never posted this lmfaooo. Woody Allen trending because of this is hilarious, but 1) we never use BREAKING: 2) there’s no image 3) you can see where the text is photoshopped in This is a terrible fake, how can you fall for this pic.twitter.com/sHaa1VCSGS — Jacob (@JacobDFilm) November 19, 2020 Nevertheless,...
    Some liquor stores say they've seen an increase in sales this week. AP Photo/David Zalubowski) The New York Times reporter Kevin Roose took to Twitter to share a photo of a nearly bare Ben & Jerry's freezer at his local grocery store on Monday. People responded with similar stories of seeing empty ice cream shelves and long lines at liquor stores leading up to election night.  Others joined the conversation by sharing their comfort foods and drinks of choice.  Liquor stores in Manhattan and Chicago told Insider that they've seen an increase in customers this week. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Monday night, Kevin Roose, a technology reporter at The New York Times, shared a photo of a nearly bare Ben & Jerry's section at his grocery store. He captioned the Twitter photo, "Anxiety index: the entire Ben and Jerry's freezer at the grocery store...
    President Trump signed an executive order expanding a ban on government agencies receiving sensitivity training involving critical race theory to federal contractors. “A few weeks ago, I BANNED efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies,” the president announced on Twitter on Tuesday. “Today, I’ve expanded that ban to people and companies that do business with our Country, the United States Military, Government Contractors, and Grantees. Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don’t, there’s nothing in it for you!” he said in a second post. The executive order says the government has prohibited federal contractors from “engaging in race or sex discrimination and required contractors to take affirmative action to ensure such discrimination does not occur.” It says contractors’ workers who participate in training that “promotes race or sex-stereotyping or scapegoating similarly undermines efficiency in federal contracting,” adding...
    President Donald Trump has expanded his ban on racial sensitivity training to include federal contractors.  Earlier this month Trump ordered federal agencies to cancel taxpayer-funded seminars on 'critical race theory', calling them 'divisive' and 'anti-American propaganda'.  On Tuesday, the president announced that the ban will now apply not only to federal agencies, but also to contractors doing business with the federal government and the US military, as well as grant recipients.  'Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don't there's nothing in it for you!' he tweeted in an attack on 'efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies'.  President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he has expanded his ban on racial sensitivity training to include federal contractors along with federal agencies Trump blasted racial sensitivity training as 'divisive and harmful' in a pair of...
    An audience member at a Joe Biden campaign event claimed that America was founded on "racism, sexism and other evils," and vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) agreed with him in her response. The incident occurred Tuesday at a campaign event in Detroit. The man was asking Harris a question and inserted the controversial claims into his preamble. "On behalf of the [unintelligible] black student union, we want to know that given that America is built on racism, sexism, and other evils, how will you as vice president advocate, whether through policy or just through the powers that you know that you can advocate on, how will we resolve these injustices for the black community, and specifically, for black women?" he asked. "Yes," responded Harris. "Thank you and thank you for your own leadership. Um, part of it is that I'm gonna...
    I urge those who still indulge the fiction that former President Barack Obama is a uniter and great statesman to read the transcript of his Democratic National Convention speech with an open mind and discerning eye. Obama proudly violated the long-practiced rule that former presidents shouldn't attack sitting ones. But he's Obama, exempt from the rules, and he was attacking President Trump, whom the left considers fair game for any smear anytime, anywhere, no matter how deceitful and malicious. Obama was petty, personal, dishonest and strikingly divisive while pretending to call for unity. He showcased the very qualities for which he torched Trump. TRUMP SLAMS DEMOCRATS, SAYS WHERE THEY SEE 'DARKNESS' HE SEES 'AMERICAN GREATNESS' To address every objectionable aspect of this speech would require a full book chapter, so let me just highlight some of its most noxious parts. Obama said: "I did hope, for the sake of our...
    Leaked documents describing contents from a diversity, equity, and inclusion training session at the federally funded Sandia National Laboratories caused Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley to send a letter Thursday to Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette questioning the program. Sandia, a federal contractor, who is responsible for building the country’s nuclear arsenal, last year sent its white male executives to mandatory diversity training. There, they were invited to associate terms such as “Aryan Nation” and “mass killings” with “white men” and create a list of “assumptions about people of color,” including stereotypes such as “have broken families,” and to list examples of “male privilege,” including “men can kill bugs more easily than ‘most’ women.” The educational documents were first obtained by Christopher Rufo, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation who reported the three-day training session was hosted by the group “White Men As Full Diversity Partners” at the...
    Tom Cotton, a Republican U.S. Senator representing Arkansas, has filed a bill that would withhold federal funding to any schools that teach “The 1619 Project,” a Pulitzer-prize winning piece of in-depth journalism from The New York Times published in 2019 that explores the United States’s legacy of slavery. Cotton’s so-called Saving American History Act of 2020 would punish schools that teach lessons based on “The 1619 Project” by making them ineligible for federal professional development grants. “The New York Times’s 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded,” Cotton wrote. “Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage.” The 1619 Project is neo-Marxist propaganda. And it’s already been debunked by serious historians. Of course it shouldn’t be taught in schools. https://t.co/abRTAoQzu3 — Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) July...
    The nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) military and veteran non-profit organization is responding to the Department of Defense ban on certain flags at military installations. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper issued an order on flags displayed at military installations, stating that only the American flag, flags of the U.S. States, territories and D.C. along with military flags are allowed. While this ban includes the controversial confederate flag, it also includes any LGBTQ flags. “He went about it in a roundabout way that effectively bans the pride flag as well. The very symbol of inclusion and diversity,” said Jennifer Dane, Interim Executive Director of the Modern Military Association of America. She says that by not outright banning the Confederate flag, the Pentagon is attacking the LGBTQ community. “By banning the Pride flag, secretary Esper is essentially saying it is divisive and he is essentially telling thousands of...
    The guy who followed Trump to a commandeered church to wave a Bible around after gassing Americans to do it? Hmmm. Politico reports that top military leaders are "pressuring" Defense Secretary Mark Esper to ban Confederate flags on military bases, and that those officials discussed such a ban at a top-level meeting yesterday. The premise here is that the Pentagon wants Mark Esper to go directly against Dear Dumb Leader, Donald Trump, who most specifically has been campaigning against Confederate flag bans, against renaming military bases to strip the names of Confederate leaders, and against removing statutes of Confederate-traitors-and-the-horses-they-rode-in-on. Let's all put on our pundit hats and take a guess where Mark Esper is going to come down on this, shall we? The facts are these: Mark Esper has supported Trump through every rotten thing Trump has done to the military. He stood by while Trump pardoned war criminals and...
    Washington (CNN)Defense Secretary Mark Esper is set to unveil a policy aimed at barring troops from having racially or socially divisive symbols in public places on military installations, several defense officials tell CNN. It is not publicly known yet if Esper will specifically announce a long-expected ban on the Confederate flag as part of the policy change, which could come as soon as this week, although the military services have all wanted a ban for some time. Esper could choose to ban the flag or set an overall policy banning divisive symbols and leave it up to the services to decide on specific measures.Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman declined to comment.Esper has been personally involved in a number of initiatives inside the Pentagon bureaucracy to improve racial inclusion in the ranks since the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis in May sparked nationwide calls for racial justice and...
    Anderson Cooper unloaded on President Donald Trump for his increasingly open embrace of racist symbolism like Confederate flags, even as the country faces overlapping, unprecedented crises. In a long, uncompromising opening monologue, the CNN host began by blasting Trump’s “divisive inflammatory racist words” as the only prescription offered for a coronavirus pandemic that is now averaging more than 50,000 new daily cases in the U.S while numerous other Western countries have all but stopped the spread. “Tonight he’s safe inside his biological bunker surrounded by people wearing masks getting tested and… encouraging the rest of us not to follow the best scientific advice,” Cooper said. “He’s trying to persuade the country that the virus is simply vanishing, or if that won’t work, he’s trying to divert people’s attention elsewhere to smearing a black NASCAR driver, supporting the Confederate flag and statutes of traitors.” Earlier on Monday, Trump blasted both...
    “American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American concepts and chased down the terrorists to the very finishes of the earth,” Trump mentioned. “We are now in the approach of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and men and women who in quite a few scenarios have definitely no clue what they are accomplishing.”Making on equivalent remarks he delivered at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Trump when once again sought to deepen racial and cultural divisions in The us rather than trying to unify a place convulsed by the twin crises of the coronavirus pandemic and a sweeping reckoning on racism in The us.Continue to, Trump — who has a extensive keep track of document of exploiting racial tensions in The united states — castigated others for attempting to “foment hate, discord and distrust.” “We will not...
    President Donald Trump saluted America on the Fourth of July with remarks at the White House Saturday that echoed the divisive messaging he used to stoke culture wars in a fiery speech at Mount Rushmore the night before. The President spoke about defeating the “radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters,” and reiterated his strong stance on protecting monuments and statues some say are symbols of racial oppression. “Our past is not a burden to be cast away,” Trump said at the White House’s “Salute to America” event on the South Lawn. The President spoke more about the coronavirus Saturday than he did the night before in South Dakota, but he used mention of the virus to underscore his divisive message. “China must be held accountable” for the virus, he said, and again claimed that a vaccine will be available before the end of the year. Despite...
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