C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Lowell Fulson

C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Lowell Fulson I had to rub shoulders with the small town hoity-toity for a bit today. Many times when they weren't looking I rolled my eyes at their plastic sophistication. Most of us are from the sticks. I don't deny I am and they aren't fooling me. What are you listening to tonight? Full Story
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The Restaurant Industry Ran A Private Poll On the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well For Them.

The Restaurant Industry Ran A Private Poll On the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well For Them. One of the nation’s most powerful anti-minimum wage lobbying groups tapped a long-time Republican pollster to survey the public about a range of issues impacting the industry. A significant chunk of the survey focused on attitudes toward the minimum wage — and many members of the powerful lobby group aren’t going to like the results. The poll — which was presented on a slidedeck obtained by The Intercept and Documented — found that seven in 10 Americans want…
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Pompeo Secretly Met with Kim Jong Un

Pompeo Secretly Met with Kim Jong Un CIA Director Mike Pompeo “made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend as an envoy for President Trump to meet with that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un,” the Washington Post reports. “The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump’s most trusted emissaries and the authoritarian head of a rogue state was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because of the highly classified nature of…
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What Went Wrong at FiveThirtyEight

What Went Wrong at FiveThirtyEight This piece is only available to Political Wire members. Your support makes this site possible. Join today for exclusive analysis, new features and no advertising. Sign in to your account or join today! Monthly – $5 per month or Annual – $50 per year   Full Story
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Follow Pope Francis to Somewhere Good

Follow Pope Francis to Somewhere Good A news interlude dominated by speculation about “golden showers” and a graceless president who described his latest detractor as an “untruthful slime ball” invites us to search for higher moral ground. So it might be Providential that Pope Francis chose to make news last week in two ways. First, he did something that comes very hard to most public figures, and particularly to the current occupant of the White House: He apologized fervently for “grave errors.” He also issued a remarkable document on holiness that seemed made for the…
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#MeToo isn’t changing low salaries or lousy working conditions for cheerleaders

#MeToo isn’t changing low salaries or lousy working conditions for cheerleaders Getty Images Is there any other field in which the idea of treating women as second class citizens is as transparent as it is in professional sports and its cheerleaders? It's not just that athletes rake in millions while the cheerleaders who root for them can earn as little as $5 hour. It's also that the women are held to an absurd moral code of conduct, all while being exposed to routine harassment. What a trifecta of nonsense they endure. But now, they're speaking…
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White House Says Haley Was ‘Confused’ About Sanctions

White House Says Haley Was ‘Confused’ About Sanctions The White House put further daylight between President Trump and United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley as chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said she had gotten “ahead of the curve” in announcing new sanctions against Russia, the New York Times reports. Said Kudlow: “She got ahead of the curve. She’s done a great job. She’s a very effective ambassador, but there might have been some momentary confusion about that.” Bloomberg reports that Haley fired back at the criticism: “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.” Full Story
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I plead inHannity, your honor

I plead inHannity, your honor In today’s UnPresidented podcast Cliff and I share a collective howl over the revelation that Fox News’ Sean Hannity is Trump-lawyer Michael Cohen’s secret third client; and we also thoroughly enjoyed James Comey’s recent interview with George Stephanopoulos, in which Comey said Trump was unfit for office and possibly compromised by the Russians. Those are today’s two big topics in what has already become a busy news week. Hope you enjoy. This is a 14-minute snippet of the hour-long interview — listen to the full episode here with a $5/month…
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Blagojevich Appeals for Husband’s Pardon on Fox News

Blagojevich Appeals for Husband’s Pardon on Fox News Chicago Tribune: “On Monday night, Patti Blagojevich appeared on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ which airs on Fox — said to be Trump’s favorite news source. Carlson started the interview by asking her what ‘her pitch’ would be to the president for pardoning her husband.” Said Blagojevich: “My husband is probably the only person in the entire history of the United States who is serving any kind of sentence for simply asking for campaign contributions.” The disgraced governor was a contestant on Trump’s program “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2010…
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Another Playboy Model Claims Affair with Trump

Another Playboy Model Claims Affair with Trump Former Playboy Playmate Barbara Moore told the Daily Mail how President Trump “cheated on his pregnant fiancée Marla Maples – who later became his second wife – during a steamy six-month affair.” “Moore met Trump three months after she became Playboy‘s Miss December centerfold – and claims the president was a ‘great lover’ and a true ‘gentleman’. The pair embarked on a passionate love affair which saw Moore spending time with the billionaire at Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower behind Maples’ back.” Full Story
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Watch NPR’s David Folkenflik’s brutal takedown of Fox’s handling of Sean Hannity

Watch NPR's David Folkenflik's brutal takedown of Fox's handling of Sean Hannity CHUCK TODD (HOST): I feel like by basically saying Sean Hannity is not accountable to any standard whatsoever of journalistic ethics that we would hold others to, does it send the message that those that are professional journalists at Fox News are nothing but cover for Sean Hannity? […] DAVID FOLKENFLIK: You’ve got a thing that where he causes pain time and again and the thing is he does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox, they have doubled down…
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A fake CNN site started a viral Barbara Bush death hoax. Radio stations blamed CNN.

A fake CNN site started a viral Barbara Bush death hoax. Radio stations blamed CNN. Sarah Wasko / Media Matters A hoax from a fake CNN website that claimed former first lady Barbara Bush had passed away has gone viral on social media. It was also amplified by numerous radio stations, and some stations blamed CNN for the hoax. On April 15, a spokesperson for the Bush family announced that Barbara Bush was in “failing health” and had “decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.” On the morning…
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Is This Guy The Thug Who Threatened Stormy Daniels?

Is This Guy The Thug Who Threatened Stormy Daniels? This morning Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti released a sketch of the man Daniels says threatened her and her young daughter in 2011 when she was planning to go public with the story about her affair with Donald Trump. Here is the sketch in larger format: And here is a recent photo of Trump's Director of Security, Matthew Calamari, Jr. This is Dir of Security for Trump Org, Mathew Calamari Jr, he looks heavier here then in the sketch but... pic.twitter.com/xpb5mnsWyC — Loepoole (@PooleLoe) April 17,…
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Andrew Napolitano Hammers Hannity: ‘He Can’t Have It Both Ways!’

Andrew Napolitano Hammers Hannity: 'He Can't Have It Both Ways!' Andrew Napolitano took care of chastising Sean Hannity so Fox News could stand by their man, Sean Hannity. On today's Outnumbered Overtime, Napolitano shook his finger at Sean Hannity's failure to ever disclose his attorney-client relationship with Trump fixer Michael Cohen. "I love [Hannity]. I worked with him for 20 years," Napolitano said. "He can't have it both ways. If he was a client, then his confidential communications to Mr. Cohen are privileged. If Mr. Cohen was never his lawyer, then nothing that he said…
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Attorney-Client Privilege May Be the First Casualty of the Michael Cohen Investigation

Attorney-Client Privilege May Be the First Casualty of the Michael Cohen Investigation The extraordinary attempt by Michael Cohen, the president’s longtime fixer and personal attorney, to recoup materials collected during a law enforcement raid last week failed in federal court on Monday. A federal judge ruled that, for the time being, the government would control access to the materials, while forbidding investigators to review any potential evidence. But amid breathless coverage of a hearing that included an appearance by adult film actress Stephanie Clifford and the revelation that one of Donald Trump’s favorite Fox News personalities was on…
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Israel’s “melting pot” turns 70: This is why I call myself an Arab Jew

Israel’s “melting pot” turns 70: This is why I call myself an Arab Jew AP "Meranenet!” grandmother repeated the word, astonished. She tried to keep calm. “What can I say to you, Mishmish. I have no idea.” But because of the way she reacted, it was clear to me that she knew that word well. My grandmother Subhiya was born in Damascus. She is over 80 years old and has lived alone in a suburb of Tel Aviv since the death of my grandfather. They both came to this country in the evening of the…
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Wave Forming In Pennsylvania

Wave Forming In Pennsylvania A new Muhlenberg/Morning Call poll in Pennsylvania finds Democrats lead Republicans on the generic ballot across the state, 47% to 38%. Other key findings: 55% of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of President Trump’s performance, while 39% think he’s doing a good job. Full Story
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Former federal prosecutor: Sean Hannity’s Michael Cohen explanation makes no sense

Former federal prosecutor: Sean Hannity’s Michael Cohen explanation makes no sense CHUCK TODD (HOST): Frankly I’m now confused by the many statements Sean Hannity has put out about whether Michael Cohen is his attorney or not. And in fact, to me is there anything that Hannity has said publicly that would indicate to a special master, well Hannity’s waved any client privilege because he’s claimed he’s not really his lawyer. MIMI ROCAH: Yea, I mean look, you’re not the only one that’s confused, even as a lawyer I’m a little confused too. He’s said some…
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Bills to Curtail LGBT Rights Failing in U.S. Legislatures

Bills to Curtail LGBT Rights Failing in U.S. Legislatures NEW YORK — In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBT rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory. In the thick of this year’s legislative sessions, LGBT activists were tracking about 120 proposed bills that they viewed as threats to their civil rights. Not one of them has been enacted as many sessions now wind down; only two remain under serious consideration.…
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Trump Welcomes Abe, Gives ‘Blessing’ to Koreas Peace Talks

Trump Welcomes Abe, Gives ‘Blessing’ to Koreas Peace Talks PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump on Tuesday gave his blessing for North and South Korea to discuss ending their decadeslong war and said that without his help, the two countries “wouldn’t be discussing anything.” At Mar-a-Lago with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump confirmed that the two Koreas are negotiating an end to hostilities ahead of a meeting between the North’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week. The meeting will be the third inter-Korean summit since the Koreas’ 1945 division.…
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Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke calls himself a geologist, but he has never held a job as one

Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke calls himself a geologist, but he has never held a job as one AP/Jacquelyn Martin Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is quite selective with what he feels should be known about him – and what he feels should not be known about him. One thing Zinke never forgets to mention is that he is a self-proclaimed geologist, a title he has used "40 times in public settings, including many under oath before Congress." But, as it turns out, he has never once held a job as a one, according to…
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Right Wing Round-Up: Ryan Zinke Is Not A Geologist

Right Wing Round-Up: Ryan Zinke Is Not A Geologist Ken Meyer @ Mediaite: Rep. Jim Jordan Tells an Astounded Anderson Cooper That He Has Never Heard Trump Lie. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Trump halts his own team’s plans for sanctions on Russia. Sara Ganim @ CNN: Ryan Zinke refers to himself as a geologist. That’s a job he’s never held. Cydney Hargis @ Media Matters: NRATV correspondent compares a black waiter to President Obama, says that job “meets his qualifications”. Aaron Rupar @ Think Progress: Trump turns state visit into infomercial for his…
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Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Welcome To Rainbow Totalitarianism

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Welcome To Rainbow Totalitarianism Scott Lively wants to be “the voice for conservative homosexuals.” Theodore Shoebat declares that “the Koran, alongside all other anti-Christian texts, must be banned and outlawed; the books must be burned and never allowed to have influence in society.” Bill Muehlenberg says that “homosexual activists—and their MSM allies—are at bottom heartless bullies and coercive utopians who will NOT allow any dissent and countering points of view. All opposition WILL be stamped out. Welcome to Rainbow Totalitarianism.” Larry Klayman asserts that “the situation we live in today is…
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On Tax Day, Stephanie Ruhle Fact-Checks Trump’s Tax Bill And Finds Promises Broken

On Tax Day, Stephanie Ruhle Fact-Checks Trump's Tax Bill And Finds Promises Broken Well, on the most wonderful day of the year (if you are wealthy) our friend Stephanie Ruhle takes us back in time to review the promises Trump and his GOP friends made about this fabulous new tax plan that got passed. Let's see how their claims match up to reality. 1. Donny swore the middle class was going to be the biggest beneficiary of this plan. NOPE. Most gains for the middle class were small, and go away by 2026. Corporate America,…
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Pompeo and Haspel Face Confirmation Headwinds

Pompeo and Haspel Face Confirmation Headwinds Wall Street Journal: “Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director and Mr. Trump’s pick to be the next secretary of state, is in danger of receiving an unfavorable committee recommendation, over concerns that his past hawkish statements complicate his ability to conduct diplomacy. While the full Senate could still vote to confirm him, that would mark the first time in more than 70 years the chamber would have bypassed a committee to do so.” “Gina Haspel, the nominee to lead the CIA and now the agency’s deputy director, is expected…
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Why Blake Farenthold Resigned So Abrubtly

Why Blake Farenthold Resigned So Abrubtly HuffPost: “The House Ethics Committee was about to rule against Farenthold in its investigation into whether he sexually harassed members of his staff, used official money for campaign purposes and lied in previous testimony to the committee.” “The committee gave Farenthold a heads-up about its coming decision… By stepping down, Farenthold was able to avoid whatever punishment the committee would have handed down.” Full Story
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Bernie Sanders’s Latest Criticism of Israel Signals an Actual Debate Coming in 2020

Bernie Sanders’s Latest Criticism of Israel Signals an Actual Debate Coming in 2020 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who has been increasingly vocal on the need to recognize the rights of the Palestinian people, laid out a vision for United States policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Monday that is far more sympathetic to the rights of Palestinians than the pro-Israel orthodoxy that dominates both major parties. Sanders, speaking at the national conference of the Middle East advocacy group J Street in Washington, D.C., called on the U.S. to adopt a more balanced policy toward Israel-Palestine. He…
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Is Fox News star Sean Hannity getting legal advice from TV’s “Breaking Bad”?

Is Fox News star Sean Hannity getting legal advice from TV’s “Breaking Bad”? Getty/Saul Loeb/AMC/Frank Ockenfels 3 The hit TV series "Breaking Bad" came to a close in September 2013, but Fox News star Sean Hannity may just make it great again. That's because several Twitter users suggested yesterday that Hannity has been getting legal advice from old episodes of the Emmy Award-winning show. The speculation first began after Michael Cohen, the personal attorney to President Donald Trump who is currently at the center of a federal investigation, failed to protect the identity of a “mystery” client. That client turned out to be none other than…
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Judge rules Joe Arpaio’s guilty verdict could stay on the books — despite Trump pardon

Judge rules Joe Arpaio’s guilty verdict could stay on the books — despite Trump pardon AP/Angie Wang/Susan Walsh Disgraced former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio may still face serious legal jeopardy — despite being one of Donald Trump's first political pardons as president. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled it would appoint a special prosecutor to argue that Arpaio's guilty verdict should remain on the books. Since the Justice Department under Jeff Sessions has refused to defend Arpaio's conviction for contempt of court, the new a special prosecutor will. Arpaio has…
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Sandy Hook families sue Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation

Sandy Hook families sue Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation Getty/Oli Scarff Alex Jones has spent years attempting to discredit the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which a gunman fatally shot 20 school children and six adult staff members. The Infowars host has repeatedly pushed the false narrative that the parents of the deceased children are “crisis actors.” Now, those real-life parents are suing him. In a pair of lawsuits filed late Monday, the parents of two children killed in the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, allege that Jones’ conspiracy theories have resulted in death threats, attorney Mark Bankston tells…
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Fox News on Hannity’s Cohen conflict: We don’t care

Fox News on Hannity’s Cohen conflict: We don’t care If anything good came from Monday’s revelation that Sean Hannity had concealed a massive conflict of interest from Fox News’ viewers, it was that his conduct was so egregious, and his network’s lack of interest in journalistic ethics so obvious, that it may have cleared things up for any mainstream reporter who still considers Fox a real news outlet. As part of Hannity’s campaign against special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump, the Fox host last week repeatedly denounced the FBI’s raid of the office…
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Meghan McCain accuses adult star Stormy Daniels of “publicity stunt” on “The View”

Meghan McCain accuses adult star Stormy Daniels of “publicity stunt” on “The View” ABC/Heidi Gutman After showing up at a federal court hearing for Michael Cohen, the disgraced personal attorney for President Donald Trump who recently found himself the subject of a raid by federal prosecutors at the behest of Robert Mueller, Stormy Daniels unveiled a sketch of the man who she claims threatened her against revealing her alleged affair with Trump back in 2011. While recounting the alleged threat to Anderson Cooper on "60 Minutes" last month, Daniels claimed that a man walked up to her and said, "Leave Trump alone. Forget the…
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Frank Gaffney Wonders If Cory Booker Is Afraid of Muslim ‘Enforcers’

Frank Gaffney Wonders If Cory Booker Is Afraid of Muslim ‘Enforcers’ On Thursday, Sen. Cory Booker grilled CIA director and secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo about his alliances with prominent anti-Muslim activists, including the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney. In an interview with Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes the next day, Gaffney wondered if Booker had pursued this line of questioning because he was scared of U.S. Muslim groups sending “violent guys as sorts of enforcers against him. “Why is it that Democrats like Cory Booker are turning a blind eye to this,…
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Trump Says Kim Summit Could Happen ‘Soon’ or Never

Trump Says Kim Summit Could Happen ‘Soon’ or Never President Trump “set wildly opposite expectations in one sentence for his possible summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including that it could never happen,” Roll Call reports. He first said his one-on-one meeting with Kim could happen “very soon,” before saying he expects negotiations will allow an “early June” summit to take place. But the president then moved up the possible date to “before that” before backpedaling. Said Trump: “It’s possible things won’t go well and we won’t have the meetings and we’ll just…
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Pro-Trump media attack judge in Michael Cohen case after Sean Hannity is revealed as his client

Pro-Trump media attack judge in Michael Cohen case after Sean Hannity is revealed as his client Agenda-driven right-wing figures and online media outlets are using their platforms to try to discredit Judge Kimba Wood, a federal judge overseeing the case of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, currently under scrutiny for possible bank fraud and wire fraud. Right-wing media started targeting Wood after she ordered Cohen to disclose the name of his anonymous legal client on the basis that there was no legal ground to withhold it; the client turned out to be Fox…
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Trump Campaign Pays Legal Fees for Ex-Bodyguard

Trump Campaign Pays Legal Fees for Ex-Bodyguard President Trump’s campaign “paid more than $66,000 to the law firm that represents Keith Schiller, his former longtime bodyguard,” NBC News reports. “Schiller, who left a White House job in September, testified to the House Intelligence Committee in November that someone made an offer to send five women to Trump’s hotel room in Moscow in the lead-up to the 2013 Miss Universe pageant…. Schiller painted the incident in a light favorable to Trump, saying he turned down the offer on Trump’s behalf, treated it as a joke and…
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Fox News Stands by Hannity

Fox News Stands by Hannity Fox News Channel says its management was unaware until it came out in court that host Sean Hannity shared a lawyer with President Trump, but that Hannity “continues to have our full support,” the AP reports. Full Story
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Trump Told to Stay Out of Speaker’s Race

Trump Told to Stay Out of Speaker’s Race President Trump wanted to endorse House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to succeed outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan but is being advised not to back a candidate in the race, ABC News reports. “A source close to the White House said Trump’s advisors are concerned that the endorsement could complicate the contest, and Trump’s future relationship with the next GOP leader should his preferred candidate lose or decide not to run.” Full Story
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Bernie Sanders Encourages Progressive Candidates At Training Conference

Bernie Sanders Encourages Progressive Candidates At Training Conference   Bernie Sanders was the keynote speaker last week at a four day conference for the training of progressive candidates. ABC News reported: Sanders’ legacy political organization, Our Revolution, partnered with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) to host the conference and the organizers were excited by the number of signups. According to event representatives, 70 percent of the conference attendees were actively running in 2018 — 64 percent of them in districts President Donald Trump won in 2016. The group was noticeably diverse too: 55 percent women, 40…
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CNS Reporter Uncritically Repeats White House Misinformation

CNS Reporter Uncritically Repeats White House Misinformation With very rare exceptions, CNSNews.com reporter Melanie Arter is content to serve as an uncritical stenographer for White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other Trump White House media representatives. That means Arter is on occasion reporting false or misleading information -- and, thus, misleading her readers.For instance, a March 1 article features a prime bit of regurgitation from Arter:In an effort to illustrate the “historic obstruction of Senate Democrats,” the White House pointed to acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who is awaiting confirmation…
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Sandy Hook families are suing Alex Jones. This is what he said about the shooting.

Sandy Hook families are suing Alex Jones. This is what he said about the shooting. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is being sued for defamation by the parents of two children who were killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, that left 20 students and six educators dead. Over the past five-and-a-half years, Jones has repeatedly pushed conspiracy theories about the tragedy, including casting doubt about whether it even happened or claiming that the shooting was staged by nefarious groups using actors. Jones has said the shooting has “inside job written…
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Trump Loses SCOTUS Immigration Case Because Of Gorsuch

Trump Loses SCOTUS Immigration Case Because Of Gorsuch Three things about Trump: 1. It's not about principle, it's about loyalty to Trump 2. Trump is against immigration and immigrants, period, to soothe his racist base. 3. Trump can't fire a Supreme Court justice. So when Trump's appointee, Neil Gorsuch, voted against the Trump argument that undocumented immigrants who "commit crimes of violence" should be immediately deported? Hard to say who was more upset, Ann Coulter or the MAGA types on Twitter. And the thing is, Gorsuch's vote was entirely predictable, given his philosophy matches that…
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The Future of Mexican Climate Diplomacy

The Future of Mexican Climate Diplomacy Mexican views of the United States have deteriorated along with Mexican views of the current U.S. administration. Approximately two-thirds of Mexicans hold an unfavorable view of the United States—with 93 percent lacking confidence in the U.S. president’s judgment on foreign affairs—according to recent polling. This is in striking contrast to the generally pro-American views that Mexicans have held over the past decades. Meanwhile, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)—a left-wing populist who has vocally opposed the current U.S. administration and its plans for a border wall—has a significant lead in…
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The Future of Mexican Climate Diplomacy

The Future of Mexican Climate Diplomacy Mexican views of the United States have deteriorated along with Mexican views of the current U.S. administration. Approximately two-thirds of Mexicans hold an unfavorable view of the United States—with 93 percent lacking confidence in the U.S. president’s judgment on foreign affairs—according to recent polling. This is in striking contrast to the generally pro-American views that Mexicans have held over the past decades. Meanwhile, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)—a left-wing populist who has vocally opposed the current U.S. administration and its plans for a border wall—has a significant lead in…
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The right-wing media figures defending Sean Hannity’s relationship with Michael Cohen

The right-wing media figures defending Sean Hannity’s relationship with Michael Cohen Hannity is named as client of Cohen Cohen’s lawyer reveals Hannity as one of Cohen’s three clients. On April 16, Fox’s Sean Hannity “was named as a client of Mr. Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen.” According to The New York Times, Judge Kimba M. Wood, “a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, ordered that Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, disclose the name of the client in question — who turned out to…
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STEM Students Are Asking More of the #MeToo Movement

STEM Students Are Asking More of the #MeToo Movement Emmalina Glinskis  On April 14’s March for Science, students will not only be chanting about the integrity of evidence-driven science, but also about the ground-up changes needed to make their community inclusive.   The post STEM Students Are Asking More of the #MeToo Movement appeared first on The Nation. Full Story
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Hannity’s disclosure hypocrisy

Hannity’s disclosure hypocrisy Media Matters Sean Hannity is the perfectly crystallized representation of Trump-era punditry. Much like the president he slavishly devotes his entire programming schedule to deifying, Hannity is aggressively dishonest, unencumbered by anything remotely resembling a principle, and eager to rigorously impose harsh standards of conduct on his enemies that he would never dream of applying to his allies or himself. And, as with Trump, Hannity thrives despite his toxic, corrupt behavior because he operates within the poisonous world of conservative politics where the myopic pursuit of power and wealth are the only…
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Are Hugh Hewitt’s Claims About Sean Hannity And Michael Cohen The Most Moronic?

Are Hugh Hewitt's Claims About Sean Hannity And Michael Cohen The Most Moronic? While Fox News tries to downplay the Sean Hannity/Michael Cohen relationship by barely mentioning it during their broadcasts, MSNBC and CNN are asking many pertinent questions, especially when it comes to transparency. Unfortunately, MSNBC employs Hugh Hewitt, who came up with the most ludicrous and disingenuous explanation to date as to why Trump's fixer, Michael Cohen, was forced to tell the courts he's Hannity's lawyer. The same day, Sean denied it entirely.. Hewitt opined that maybe Hannity didn't know he was a…
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Taking Aim at Corporate Impunity, Sanders’ Bill Would Send Big Pharma Execs Behind Opioid Crisis to Jail

Taking Aim at Corporate Impunity, Sanders' Bill Would Send Big Pharma Execs Behind Opioid Crisis to Jail Julia Conley, staff writerWhile President Donald Trump attempts to place blame for the enduring opioid addiction crisis on immigrants, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Tuesday that he would introduce legislation to take aim at pharmaceutical companies and executives. Full Story
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April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Here’s How the Trump Hotel Marked the Occasion.

April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Here’s How the Trump Hotel Marked the Occasion. At least 20 women have accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault, but the national media, chasing scandal after scandal from the White House, has largely moved on from the story. At a gathering outside the Trump International Hotel last night in Washington, D.C., a small crowd of activists organized by the progressive social network Care2 aimed to resurrect the conversation. “There’s a Rapist in the White House.” “Trump is a Serial Sexual Assaulter.” “Groper-in-Chief.” “Impeach Trump.” These messages, projected with the…
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BREAKING: Imagine all the information!

BREAKING: Imagine all the information! TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018Kevin Drum passes it on: Kevin Drum, our favorite fraught blogger, has passed some information along.The information in question concerns public schools. More specifically, Drum follows up on yesterday's post, right here at this site, about Naep reading scores.Drum notes the fact that these scores have improved in the past twenty years. He provides data for all U.S. schools, public as well as private. We don't care that much about Hotchkiss and Choate, so the data we posted covered public schools only.That said, Drum notes the gains…
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Lance Wallnau: If Democrats Win In Midterms, ‘It’s Going To Inaugurate An Hour Of Darkness’ Over America

Lance Wallnau: If Democrats Win In Midterms, ‘It’s Going To Inaugurate An Hour Of Darkness’ Over America Right-wing preacher Lance Wallnau participated in another Truth & Liberty Coalition livestream event last night, where he warned that if Democrats gain control of Congress in the midterm elections, it will “inaugurate an hour of darkness” in America. Wallnau said that he is working to help conservative Christian voters connect locally so that they can “pray together and begin to exercise spiritual authority for God to show up” in their local elections. “This president, if he is in…
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Sanders’ Bill Takes Aim at Big Pharma, Threatens Executives Who Lied About Dangers of Opioids with Jail Time

Sanders' Bill Takes Aim at Big Pharma, Threatens Executives Who Lied About Dangers of Opioids with Jail Time Julia Conley, staff writerWhile President Donald Trump attempts to place blame for the enduring opioid addiction crisis on immigrants, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Tuesday that he would introduce legislation to take aim at pharmaceutical companies and executives. Full Story
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Sandy Hook Families Suing Alex Jones For Defamation

Sandy Hook Families Suing Alex Jones For Defamation It is time, America, for the Era of 'Conspiracy Theories For Profit' to END. Daily Beast: The parents of two children who died in the Sandy Hook massacre have filed defamation lawsuits against Infowars founder Alex Jones over his false claims that the 2012 school shooting was was staged. Lawyers for the parents say Jones’ conspiracy theories—including the false assertion that the parents of dead children are “crisis actors”—have led to death threats against them. Neil Heslin, the father of a 6-year-old boy killed in the shooting,…
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U.S. Will Pay the Price for Ignorance in Trade War With China

U.S. Will Pay the Price for Ignorance in Trade War With China In the early 1980s, a delegation of Chinese businessmen invited me to Shenzhen, a former fishing village growing into a booming metropolis constructed with what looked to be gigantic Lego pieces. Since then, the many ports along its coastline have become home to some 39 shipping companies responsible for launching 131 international container routes. Politicians may make promises to protect national boarders, but global markets will continue to shape the world. So it might be wise to remind ourselves just who is holding…
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The Democratic ‘Civil War’ Is More Civil Than War

The Democratic ‘Civil War’ Is More Civil Than War Francis Wilkinson: “Some civil war talk is likely a product of bothsidesism — the desire of pundits and reporters to find symmetry in increasingly asymmetrical political parties. Republicans have accommodated themselves to chaos and corruption so surely the Democrats must be ready to combust, too.” “Except that the Democratic Party is not much like the Republican Party. As Lara Putnam and Theda Skocpol wrote in a much-discussed article about surging grassroots Democratic action in suburbs and small cities, sightings of a Democratic Tea Party, let alone…
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As Trump Declares ‘Americans Are Winning’ on Tax Day, Common Good Faces ‘Grim Future’ Thanks to GOP

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Wisconsin Attorney General: Voter ID Gave Trump Win In State

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Charlie Dent’s rush resignation throws Pennsylvania’s GOP into chaos

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Hawley Says Greitens Likely Committed Felony

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Trump’s Legal Worries Grow as Judge Rejects Effort for President to Review Documents Seized in FBI Raid

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Health Officials Give Marijuana-based Drug Positive Review

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Gorsuch Votes Against Deporting Immigrant

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Government Accountability Office: Scott Pruitt Illegally Built “Privacy Booth”

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Republican figures and clickbait websites have been promoting an anti-Islam fake news company on Facebook

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Another One Bites The Dust: Charlie Dent (R-PA) To Resign From Congress

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Liz Crokin: The Shooting At Comet Ping Pong Was A Deep State ‘False Flag’

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Dent Will Resign from Congress

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Even Alan Dershowitz Has A Line He Won’t Cross For Hannity

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Politicized by Trump, Teachers Threaten to Shake Up Red-State Politics

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Nikki Haley just got Trumped on Russia sanctions

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Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize

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Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation

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Trump’s Legal Worries Grow as Judge Rejects Effort for President to Review Docs Seized in FBI Raid

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Headlines for April 17, 2018

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Cosby Jury Will Hear His Testimony About Giving Women Quaaludes

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Can Republicans Keep the Money Flowing?

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Ryan Zinke Falsely Claims He’s a Geologist

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Being the Anti-Clinton Won’t Work In 2018

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MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt: “It is possible” that Sean Hannity “did not know he was a client of Michael Cohen”

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Trump Claws Back Russian Sanctions Nikki Haley Announced Sunday

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Immigration reporter Manuel Duran is the latest immigrant detained after revealing ICE abuses

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Here’s How Focus On The Family Convinced The IRS To Call It A Church

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Why Trump Can’t Get the Best People

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