Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter leader who resigned after her parents revealed she’s not African-American, is facing a felony theft charge in Washington state after she allegedly made false statements to secure nearly $9,000 in food and childcare assistance.
The charges against Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in October 2016, were first reported by KHQ-TV.
According to court documents, investigators with Washington state’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) started looking into Dolezal’s finances in March 2017 after the publication of her autobiography, “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.”
DSHS investigator Kyle Bunge said Dolezal had claimed that “her only source of income was $300.00 per month in gifts from friends.” However, the department found that she had deposited nearly $84,000 in her bank account between August 2015 and September 2017 without reporting it.
According to the investigation, the money came from sales of Dolezal’s autobiography as well as “the sale of her art, soaps, and handmade dolls.”
Authorities say Dolezal illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017.
Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted Republicans in a speech Thursday for “fake nationalism,” among other things.
“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” Biden said at the New York State Democratic Convention.
“This is a different deal. They are not — they are not who we are. They are not who America is. But what they are doing is they’re sending a vision of America around the world that is distorted. That is damaging. That is hurting us with this phony populism, and this fake nationalism.” Biden has openly stated that he’s considering a presidential run in 2020.
Europe’s new privacy law took effect Friday, causing major U.S. news websites to suspend access across the region as data-protection regulators prepare to brandish their new enforcement powers.
Tronc Inc., TRNC -0.16% publisher of the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News and other U.S. newspapers, was among those that blocked readers in the European Union from accessing sites, as they scrambled to comply with the sweeping regulation.
“We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market,” the company said in notices it displayed when users attempted to access its news sites from the EU on Friday morning.
Others U.S. regional newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises Inc., LEE +2.04% as well as bookmarking app Instapaper, owned by Pinterest. Inc., were also blocking access in the EU.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation foresees steep fines for companies that don’t comply with the new rules, aimed at giving Europe-based users more control over the data companies hold on them.
Morgan Freeman apologized Thursday for sexual misconduct with multiple women. However, certain instances in which Freeman displayed creepy, unsettling behavior with women have been caught on tape and were released Thursday.
A producer for WGN in Chicago named Tyra Martin had an extremely uncomfortable experience with Freeman. She had interviewed him many times and alleged that he constantly made comments that were sexually charged.
One encounter with Freeman left her feeling uneasy after Freeman had allegedly asked her not to pull her skirt down as she was getting up from the interview, but it remains unclear whether this encounter was recorded on-camera.
There was, however, an instance between Martin and Freeman that was caught on tape. Martin asks Freeman if he is enjoying the life of a bachelor, to which he responds, “I’m enjoying bachelor life immensely, because I get to look at you and drool.”
Another instance was caught on-camera in which Freeman was staring at the HLN guest Chloe Melas’ leg area and said bluntly, “Boy do I wish I was there,” while in the middle of a discussion about pregnancy. She was six months pregnant at the time.
At least eight women accused Freeman of sexual misconduct.
Hillary Clinton: "If you believe that standing up for evidence and reason and respecting the rule of law is critical to our democracy, you've got to vote for Democrats."
CUOMO: “I have something for you along these lines. You gave us a good segue there, Madam Leader. I want to bring in Mary Pat Linnan —“
PELOSI: “Hi, Mary.”
CUOMO: “— retired, lives in Maryland. Mary Pat, what is your question? Beautiful scarf you have on tonight.”
LINNAN: “Thank you. It’s from Ethiopia.”
LINNAN: “Leader Pelosi, quorum.us tells us that more than half of the senators running for re-election this year are over 65 years old. If they win, their term of service will be six years. Their constituents are about 20 years younger. Isn’t it time for some members to return to private service and to encourage younger folks to run for office, so they have —“ (Applause) [crosstalk]
PELOSI: “Should I take that personally?” (Laughter)
CUOMO: “You’re not in the Senate. So you’re good.”
PELOSI: “Let me — let me say this. Two things. First of all, what I said earlier about money in — if you reduce the role of money in politics and increase the level of civility in politics, you will have more women, more young people, more people of color to elected office. (Applause)
And — and nothing is more wholesome than that. The fact is that Congress has a seniority system, so people in different regions want to make sure that the people who represent them are in a senior position to help express their views, the — the concerns of their region. But I’ll take it personally and say that as a woman who came to Congress later because I raised my five children before I decided that — to accept the opportunity to run for Congress, so lots of times women are a bit older because they have been raising their children, now I’m happy because lots of young people, young women are running with young children, and we’re trying to make it as family-friendly as possible. But I don’t — for me, I don’t think age has that much to do with it. I think it’s about — and especially as a woman, I — you know I say I want women to know that whether they’re going from college to Congress — well, they can’t really do that, but 25 years old to Congress, or in my case, from the kitchen to Congress after my kids were grown, that whatever you’re bringing, it’s new and fresh and different because you’re a woman. And that is with all the respect in the world for our male colleagues, but the important thing is to have the mix at the table, at the table. So I think that, again, reduce — the whole — as I said to you earlier, the whole environment is changing. These young people are registering, kids, 17 years old who are not even quite old enough to vote but will be by the time of the election. The women march and now they’re running. And now they’re running. And so there’s a whole — people say to me, how are you going to use all that talent? I say, no, how are they going to use us? How are we going to incorporate their fresh enthusiasm? I’ve never seen mobilization like it. And everybody has to justify their existence to their constituents, and that’s the democratic way. But, again, don’t — some members come to Congress older and they’re newer. Some people have been there 20 years and they’re younger, but they just got a younger start. So, anyway, that is all to say, we want to take the talent, the experience, the values where they are, and we want to have the mix in all of it. But if you have a problem with somebody who’s older, run for office. Run for office. I say that again, run for office.”
Nancy Pelosi’s remarks before the media today were less than five minutes, but many may still have been left wondering what the heck she said.
The House Minority Leader was seen slurring words, garbling her speech and correcting herself as she had difficulty talking.
Calling for an additional $50 BILLION in new federal funding for government schools, Pelosi said, “It’s important to note, uh, that the investment that we will make in our teachers and the education of our children is the more important investment a country can make and families can make,” seemingly getting lost in her statement, “in— wanting that for their children,” she said.
Standing alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Pelosi had to look at her notes to read the names of teachers union leaders with her.
“We’re all honored to be here,” she said, suddenly looking down, “to be here with the president of the National, uh, Education Association Li— Lily Eskelsen Garcia, and the head of the pa— uh, American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten.”
As so often government school defenders do, Pelosi caught herself nearly saying “teachers,” and instead saying “children.”
“And when tea— children are denied the tools they need…” she said.
“Yet instead of making smart, strong investments in our education system,” Pelosi said, “Republicans are fighting to slash— imagine this: slash teacher and school budgets,” slurring “slash.”
The would-be Speaker (if Democrats get their way) clearly didn’t read her remarks before delivering them, as she said, “…eliminating Title II— Title IIa.”
Later, she said the Democratic proposal’s intent is “raising teachers’ salaries— raging, raising teachers pay…”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with members of the European Parliament today (May 22) in what was billed as a “meeting” but ended up being more of an awkward hearing, in which the executive took a public lashing but was also let off the hook from many tough, detailed questions.
In one particularly uncomfortable moment for Zuckerberg, Nigel Farage, the well-known euro-skeptic and far-right leader, said that without social media, Trump and Brexit wouldn’t have happened, since these causes were able to circumvent traditional media to get their message to the public. “Perhaps you’re horrified by this creation of yours and what it’s led to,” he said to the 34-year-old, who looked a bit flabbergasted.
At the very end of the hearing, when it had gone over its scheduled time, there were several strained minutes, during which Zuckerberg clearly wanted to stop talking in order to avoid answering some of the more uncomfortable questions. Since no one stopped him, he said he wanted to “be sensitive to time” and ignored questions that some of the more insistent politicians kept repeating, like whether Facebook would allow users to avoid targeted advertising. He said he’d give the other answers in writing, which only sparked more quibbling among the members.
Former United Kingom Independence Party leader and European Parliament member Nigel Farage told Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the online platform gave rise to "Brexit" and President Trump.
"Historically, of course, it's true that through Facebook and other forms of social media, there’s no way that Brexit or Trump or the Italian election could have ever possibly have happened," Farage told Zuckerberg at a hearing before the European Parliament on Tuesday. "It was social media that allowed people to get around the back of mainstream media
Farage also touted his own Facebook use, telling Zuckerberg he was his "best client in the room."
"I'm the largest user of Facebook in all of the EU institutions in terms of engagement, in terms of followers," he said.
Farage led the U.K. movement to leave the European Union in 2016 and has been a vocal supporter of Trump.
He made his remarks as Zuckerberg testified before the European Parliament about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Facebook suspended the research firm last month for using the private data of about 50 million people it acquired without permission."Perhaps you’re horrified of this creation of yours and what it’s led to," he continued
Today’s journalists routinely assert that it is “extreme,” “dangerous,” and possibly even criminal for the White House – or anyone else, for that matter – to criticize an investigation into the President. But twenty years ago, Independent Counsel Ken Starr was savaged by the same liberal media during his investigation of then-President Bill Clinton. At that time, Starr was harangued as a “partisan” and “inept prosecutor,” and a “peeping Tom.”
On Monday evening, MSNBC host Chris Matthews shared his take on the Trump administration’s attitude towards Mueller while hosting Hardball: “President Trump is indicating today that he’s willing to go to extreme new lengths to discredit the Russia probe.”
“It seems extremely dangerous that you have investigators investigating the investigation,” intoned a deeply concerned Don Lemon. The CNN Tonight host continued, “You have a President who appears to be, by anyone’s standards, trying to manipulate the process.”
Chris Cuomo was similarly incensed on Tuesday, providing the following synopsis on CNN’s New Day: “The logic is clear. Attack the people who are attacking you, even if it’s just in perception. Bring down their credibility, and that will reduce the impact of anything they find...”
During a segment on ABC’s This Week, CNN Contributor and former Ted Cruz staffer Amanda Carpenter mounted a particularly tone-deaf defense of the Special Counsel. “One of the problems here is that Donald Trump has a strong PR machine giving his side of the story out, and the Department of Justice and the investigators do not,” she claimed – as if the media are not themselves a massive anti-Trump PR machine.
The liberal media-wide closing of ranks around the Mueller investigation has ramped up in recent days, but it is nothing new in the age of Trump. In March, MSNBC White House Correspondent Peter Alexander suggested that a tweet in which the President had criticized Mueller somehow constituted a criminal act: “Does this effort to sort of undermine and discredit this investigation... does this only add to this obstruction of justice effort by Robert Mueller?”
Back in December of 2017, Lemon confessed on his show that he found conservative media criticism of Mueller “embarrassing,” and “shocking to watch.”
Journalists sang a very different tune when it was a Democratic President under scrutiny. Accusations of Ken Starr’s supposed partisan zeal and incompetence were commonplace throughout the investigation, and as the probe dragged on, the cacophony of dissenting voices only grew fiercer. MRC analysts combed the archives for the most egregious clips of pundits tearing into the Special Counsel, which can be viewed in the compilation video below.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder publicly urged his former employees at the Justice Department to defy President Trump’s request for transparency and public disclosures of information related to the unprecedented spy operation launched in 2016 against the Trump campaign.
Holder’s insistence that the DOJ and FBI “protect the institutions” rather than carry out their constitutional duties and protect the constitution, the document they actually swear to protect when entering their federal positions is telling and rather frightening.
If one ever searched for a “deep state” smoking gun it appears Holder has offered it up. Protect the “Institution” of the Justice Department at the expense of the US Constitution. Defy the President’s orders for the sake of the governmental apparatus.
James Clapper: Since I left government in my informed opinion that given the massive effort the Russians made and the number of citizens that they touched and the variety and multidimensional aspects of what they did to influence opinion and affect election and given the fact that it turned on less than 80,000 votes in three states, to me it exceeds logic and credulity that they didn’t affect the election. And it’s my belief that they actually turned it.
President Donald Trump cannot block users on his Twitter feed, a federal judge in New York City ruled Wednesday.
Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said in her ruling that Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing certain Americans from viewing his tweets.
The social media platform, Buchwald said, is a "designated public forum" from which Trump cannot exclude individual plaintiffs.
The judge's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed last July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, as well as seven other plaintiffs who said they had been blocked on Twitter by Trump.
The plaintiffs included a journalist who had tweeted at Trump that "Russian won" the presidential election for him, a surgeon and a Texas police officer.
The blocks on the social media platform prevented the plaintiffs from viewing or responding to the president's tweets when logged into their own Twitter accounts. Trump is an avid Twitter user and routinely makes news, often several times in a single day, with his posts.
The president has more than 52.2 million Twitter followers and has tweeted more than 37,600 times since signing up for Twitter in March 2009.
Wednesday will be declared Stormy Daniels Day in West Hollywood in honor of the Trump accuser's "courage" in "speaking truth," the city stated.
Daniels, described by the city as a leader in the #RESIST movement against the Trump administration, will be presented with a city proclamation declaring May 23, 2018 as Stormy Daniels Day. She will also be awarded the key to the city by West Hollywood Mayor John J. Duran.
“In these politically tumultuous times, Daniels has proven herself to be a profile in courage by speaking truth to power even under threats to her safety and extreme intimidation,” a city news release stated.
Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has filed a lawsuit against the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, over the legality of a 2016 hush agreement in which she was paid to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.
The president has denied any sexual encounter between the two.
In April, a composite sketch was released of a man the adult film star said threatened her over the alleged affair. Trump responded to the sketch by calling it “a total con job” on Twitter.
Wednesday's ceremony will take place about 4 p.m. at Chi Chi La Rue’s erotic apparel shop at 8861 Santa Monica Boulevard.
After 30 minutes of back and forth in court - trying to convince him to move out on his own - State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood ordered Michael Rotondo to be evicted from his parents' house in Camillus, N.Y. Rotondo's argument was that he was entitled to six months more time. Video by Douglass Dowty
Bloomberg: “The question is do you want to pander to those people?”
Bloomberg: “Taxes or life? Which do you want to do? Take your poison.”
Nanny-state-imposing left-wing billionaire Michael Bloomberg is now on video admitting how much he likes to raise taxes on poor people, calling such tax hikes a “good thing.” For years, Bloomberg has personally funded and promoted all sorts of regressive taxes and regulations in an attempt to push people around. He uses the coercive power of the government to force people to live their lives as he sees fit.
So here is Bloomberg on stage with another global mandarin, Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund. He refers to low income individuals as “those people” and then takes a shot at coal miners and the U.S. military. He clearly reveals his arrogant, bullying worldview. The entire thing is bad, but we've bolded a few of the most obnoxious sentences [click here for video]:
Michael Bloomberg: “Some people say, well, taxes are regressive. But in this case, yes they are. That's the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don't have a lot of money. And so, higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves. So, I listen to people saying 'oh we don't want to tax the poor.’ Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life. And that's why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don't want to do.
The question is do you want to pander to those people? Or do you want to get them to live longer? There's just no question. If you raise taxes on full sugary drinks, for example, they will drink less and there's just no question that full sugar drinks are one of the major contributors to obesity and obesity is one of the major contributors to heart disease and cancer and a variety of other things.
So, it's like saying, ‘I don't want to stop using coal because coal miners will go out of work, will lose their jobs.’ We have a lot of soldiers in the United States in the US Army, but we don't want to go start a war just to give them something to do and that's exactly what you're saying when you say 'well, let's keep coal killing people because we don't want coal miners to lose their jobs.' The truth of the matter is that there aren't very many coal miners left anyways and we can find other things for them to do. But the comparison is: a life or a job. Or, taxes or life? Which do you want to do? Take your poison.”
Christine Lagarde: “So its regressive, it is good. There are lots of tax experts in the room. And fiscal experts, and I’m very pleased that they hear you say that. And they all say that two things in life which are absolutely certain. One is death, the other one is tax. So you use one to defer the other one.”
Bloomberg: “That’s correct. That is exactly right. Well said.” [Applause]
A wealthy Democratic donor club plotting the future of the liberal movement hopes to be fighting for reparations by 2022, according to a document obtained by the Washington Free Beacon from the Democracy Alliance’s spring conference this week in Atlanta.
The desire was stated in the invitation for a Monday reception during the annual spring gathering, which was attended by top Democratic Party officials such as DNC chairman Tom Perez, former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, and Reps. Raul Grijalva (Ariz.) and Mark Pocan (Wis.).
The reception, “Way to Win: 2022 Victory Party,” was presented as a look forward at what’s possible if Democrats can be effective in coming elections.
“It’s 2022 and we are celebrating policy victories across the nation: Medicare for All and Free College, and next on the agenda is Reparations,” the group projected, according to an invitation to the event.
Remember back when Obama claimed that he wasn't meddling in the US election by illegally using the FBI despite on the candidate of the opposing party?
Now we know that that was a lie but here he is telling reporters in Germany that the United States does not spy on its citizens or listen to their phone calls by using the NSA. Which we now know was complete and utter BS!
Remember back when Obama claimed that he wasn't meddling in the US election by illegally using the FBI despite on the candidate of the opposing party?
Now we know that that was a lie but here he is telling then candidate Trump to "stop whining".
A number of media outlets are pushing back at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for limiting the reporters allowed to cover part of its chemical summit on Tuesday — including one reporter who says she was forcibly removed from the event.
Reporters from CNN, The Associated Press and E&E News were among a group of journalists barred from attending a two-day-long event kicked off at EPA headquarters Tuesday morning.
While a handful of reporters from publications including The Hill were personally invited to attend EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's opening remarks and the first section of the panel, other outlets not invited were not allowed to attend the National Leadership Summit on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), hazardous chemicals linked to cancer.
Media representatives in attendance included those from Politico, The Wall Street Journal and CBS.
“Historically, of course, it’s true, that through Facebook and other forms of social media there is no way that Brexit or Trump or the Italian elections could ever possibly have happened. It was social media that allowed people to get round the back of mainstream media.”
“Perhaps you’re horrified by this creation of yours and what it’s led to, I don’t know. But what is absolutely true is that since January of this year, you’ve changed your modus operandi, you’ve changed your algorithms, and it has led directly to a very substantial drop in views and engagements for those who have got right-of-center political opinions.
Four chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America are joining the Poor People’s Campaign to protest on the Capitol steps.
Those groups and their allies—including Multnomah County Democrats, Portland Association of Teachers, Jobs With Justice, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Portland’s Resistance, and Portland Tenants United—are unhappy about the governor’s plan to extend an existing tax break for small businesses to some sole proprietorships.
“Our tone deaf Governor is having a special session to expand tax breaks for the wealthy and continue class war on working people across this state,” said Emily Golden-Fields, co-chair of Portland Democratic Socialists of America, in a statement. “We say enough is enough!”
Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) is slated to pay her daughter another $108,000 for running a lucrative campaign operation that pulls in hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle, FEC filings show.
Karen Waters, the daughter of Rep. Waters, collected nearly $650,000 to date for running the operation for her mother's campaign.
Karen is in charge of a "slate mailer" operation for Citizens for Waters, Rep. Waters' federal campaign committee. Slate mailers, or endorsement mailers, involve a candidate or political group paying for the endorsement of another politician.
A candidate pays Citizens for Waters from their own political committees for her endorsement. If a candidate that she endorses does not directly pay her campaign committee, they must credit their own committee with in-kind contributions from Waters.
The mailers are sent to nearly 200,000 residents in South Central Los Angeles, an area where Waters holds considerable clout. The mailers contain an "official sample ballot" and brief quotes from Waters about the candidates and measures that she supports.
During the 2016 election cycle, Waters' campaign committee hauled in nearly $300,000 from more than 20 payments for slate mailer endorsements.
Kamala Harris, the former Democratic attorney general of California who last November won a seat in the U.S. Senate, gave Citizens for Waters $30,000 to appear on the endorsement mailers this past election cycle. Harris previously paid Waters' campaign committee $28,000 in 2010 to appear on the mailers as she was running for attorney general.
Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe appeared on CNN’s New Day to discuss his new book, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment, and the #Resistance Twitter influencer warned Democrats against throwing down the impeachment card too hastily.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo noted that Tribe’s book “comes with a note of political caution,” that “Democrats shouldn’t be rushing down the road of impeachment.”
Tribe explained that the impeachment is not about “garden variety crime,” but “abusing the authority that we give to high officials like the president.” The professor went on to give examples of offenses that Trump could commit that would not constitute crimes, but would be impeachable, including failing to protect the country in favor of enriching himself personally.
“But it will be available only if we don’t use it loosely, and ring the bell every time something looks amiss,” Tribe said. “You can’t be the boy who cried wolf and have a viable impeachment power. You can’t use it over and over again against the same president.”
“If you’re going to shoot him, you have to shoot to kill,” Tribe said. “And that requires an overwhelming majority of a bipartisan kind. Otherwise you’re just going to nick the guy, and make him feel empowered and vindicated.”
If Americans give the House of Representatives back to the Democratic Party this November, one of first things that will happen is the impeachment of President Trump, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) said Tuesday.
"There’s a good likelihood there will be articles of impeachment” brought against Trump, Rep. Green said. “Here is a point that I think is salient, and one that ought to be referenced. Every member of the House is accorded the opportunity to bring up impeachment. This is not something the Constitution has bestowed upon leadership. It’s something every member has the right and privilege of doing.”
Rep. Green, who has been one of the most vocal proponents of impeaching Trump, made the comments during an appearance on CSPAN. Here's a transcript:
ECHEVARRIA: “If Democrats take back the House in November, what is the likelihood that Speaker Nancy Pelosi bring up an impeachment charge?”
GREEN: “I’ll let Speaker Pelosi address her actions. But here is a point that I think is salient and one that ought to be referenced. Every member of the House is accorded the opportunity to bring up impeachment. This is not something that the Constitution has bestowed upon leadership. It is something that every member has the right and privilege of doing. I am not sure that there will be members who are going to wait for someone else if that someone else, doesn’t matter who it is, is declining to do it. We can all do it. And I think there is a good likelihood there will be Articles of Impeachment.”
ECHEVARRIA: “Have you heard directly from the Minority Leader about these efforts of yours, specifically asking you to stop or hold back? Anything along that line?”
GREEN: “Well, I don’t think you have to ask me what I’ve heard. If you have read publications, it is intuitively obvious to perhaps even the most casual observer that she and I are in different places on this. I respect her position.”
The organization that sells baby parts to the highest bidder is fighting tooth and nail to keep taxpayer dollars flowing into their abortion mills. For far too many years now, we’ve been listening to the left tell us that Planned Parenthood is primarily about providing “health care” to low-income families, and that abortion is just a minor part of their business. Now that President Trump is talking about taking away taxpayer funds that Planned Parenthood uses to extinguish the lives of unborn babies while promising to keep the funding for health care for low-income women intact, Planned Parenthood supporters are still crying foul.
Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said “if people don’t support abortion, they don’t have to have one” in response Friday to those opposed to Planned Parenthood receiving federal funding.
The Trump administration is set to announce the resurrection of a Reagan-era rule denying federal funding to clinics that discuss abortion with patients or share space with abortion providers.
Richards blasted the decision during an NPR interview as a “gag” rule that will destroy trust between patients and doctors, arguing women won’t get all the information they deserve about their pregnancies.
“Can you respond to the basic assertion being made there, that some people are profoundly morally opposed to abortion and they just don’t want the federal government to have anything to do with it, so just cut it off,” NPR host Steve Inskeep asked. “Set it to the side. Why not?” –WFB
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN's Don Lemon Thursday night that the president's claim that the Obama administration spied on his campaign is "hyperbole" but if it is true, it is a "good thing."
"They [the Obama admin's FBI] may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign, but, you know, the focus here... is not on the campaign, per se, but what the Russians were doing," Clapper said.
But if there was an intelligence agent "observing" the Trump campaign's interactions with Russia, "that's a good thing because the Russians posed a threat to the very basis of our political system."
"I think it's hugely dangerous if someone like that is exposed," Clapper said of the yet-unnamed spy inside the Trump campaign.
At the same time Thursday night, former U.S. attorney Joe diGenova was telling FNC's Tucker Carlson a different side of the story: "We have learned that the crimes were committed by the FBI, senior members of the Department of Justice, John Brennan, Mr. [James] Clapper, Mr. [James] Comey and others associated with the Democratic Party... And Donald Trump and his associates committed no crimes."
CLAPPER: “No, it isn’t a lie. I’m sorry. It isn’t a lie. I was thinking about something else, another program. I can get into all the technical details. He was asking about the metadata program and the euphemistic way he asked about it, I didn’t break code. I was thinking of another program that we had just gotten renewed, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. By the way, had I been on the same page with him and understood what he was asking me, I would have still been in a bad place because at the time that program was classified. And just on the face of it, trotting up the Hill testifying for 20 or 25 years, dozens of hearings, hundreds of questions and always tried to answer them straight. But gee, just for a change of pace, I think I’ll lie on this one question and by the way, do it on live television in front of one of my oversight committees. Really? No. So I made a mistake, but I didn’t lie.”
Republican congressional candidate Antonio Sabato Jr. said that California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is running the state "into the sewer" after a bill was proposed to give health care to illegal immigrants.
State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D), who wrote the bill, said that "California has never waited for the federal government ... to be able to take leadership on a whole host of issues." The bill would expand Medicaid, which covers children regardless of immigration status, to cover adult illegal immigrants as well.
"I completely disagree with the way Jerry Brown has been running this state," Sabato Jr. said. "He's running it into the water, into the sewer."
He called the bill "completely unconstitutional" and said California "will look like Venezuela" if it passes.
Orange County CA supervisor Michelle Steel discusses the newly proposed health care bill in California. David Asman.
Investigative reporter Ronan Farrow said on ABC's 'This Week' roundtable on Sunday morning that it was not only Russia that tried to interfere with the 2016 election, and American politics in general. In light of reports that the FBI traveled to Tel Aviv in the Trump election probe and an "Israeli specialist in social media manipulation" met with Trump Jr. in the months before the election. …
On Sunday’s installment of Showtime’s The Circus, CNN Tonight host Don Lemon was profiled and he lashed out at President Trump as a “racist” and insinuated that Trump’s criticism of him was racially-based.
Thankfully, the show also profiled our friends at the Daily Caller and, to the show’s credit, the interviews allowed for Daily Caller personality to offer some excellent points about liberal media bias. All the while, it inadvertently made a comment moments beforehand by lefty co-host Alex Wagner look absurdly foolish when it comes to media echo chambers.