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Teen: Trump edited my tweet about CNN

Source: The Hill

A teenage Twitter user who Donald Trump retweeted to attack CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny said that the president-elect edited his tweet.

"Pathetic - you have no sufficient evidence that Donald Trump did not suffer from voter fraud, shame! Bad reporter," Trump tweeted, quoting part of the user's tweet.

But user @FiIibuster on Tuesday showed that his original tweet did not include the words “Bad reporter,” and noting that Trump added it.
"Dishonest @CNN is blaming me for calling @jeffzeleny a 'bad reporter'. Donald Trump added that to the end of the tweet, not me. Thank you,” the user, who claims to be 16-years-old, tweeted.


The president-elect said the network is "so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton... they don't know what to do," before reposting a stream of tweets attacking reporter Zeleny.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/307828-teen-trump-edited-my-tweet-about-cnn

Clinton lawyer pushes back at Trump's attacks in response to recount


Hillary Clinton’s lawyer Marc Elias responded to Donald Trump’s attacks and unsubstantiated charges of voter fraud Sunday night.

"We are getting attacked for participating in a recount that we didn't ask for by the man who won election but thinks there was massive fraud," Elias tweeted.

The president-elect went on a tweet storm Sunday afternoon over the news that the Clinton campaign had joined Jill Stein’s recount efforts in Wisconsin. The Green Party candidate has initiated a recount in Wisconsin and pledged to do so in Michigan and Pennsylvania, all states where the margin of votes between Trump and Clinton are relatively small. Unofficial vote tallies show Trump won in Michigan by less than 12,000 votes, Wisconsin by less than 30,000 and Pennsylvania by less than 70,000.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/11/28/clinton-lawyer-pushes-back-trumps-attacks-response-recount/94537024/

Top aide: Trump wont pursue Clinton investigation

Source: The Hill

President-elect Donald Trump will not follow through on his campaign pledge to pursue an investigation into Hillary Clinton, one of his aides told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"I think when the President-elect, who's also the head of your party, tells you before he's even inaugurated that he doesn't wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone, and content" to other Republicans, former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday.

"I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don't find her to be honest or trustworthy," she added. "But if Donald Trump can help her heal then perhaps that's a good thing."

Conway also said that "things that sound like the campaign" are not among Trump's priorities as he prepares his incoming administration.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/307153-top-aide-trump-wont-pursue-clinton-investigation

Team Romney explores blocking Trump at RNC

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Mitt Romney has instructed his closest advisers to explore the possibility of stopping Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, a source close to Romney's inner circle says.

The 2012 GOP nominee's advisers are examining what a fight at the convention might look like and what rules might need revising.

"It sounds like the plan is to lock the convention," said the source.

Romney is focused on suppressing Trump's delegate count to prevent him from accumulating the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/03/politics/mitt-romney-stop-trump-at-convention/index.html

Heart doctors outraged Florida dumps hospital standards after big gifts to GOP

Source: CNN

(CNN)The state of Florida is putting thousands of children with heart defects at risk, a group of cardiac doctors say, because of a change in policy that came after Tenet Healthcare contributed $200,000 to Florida Republicans.

In a widely publicized investigation in June, CNN revealed that a program at a Tenet hospital in Florida had failed to live up to state quality standards for children's heart surgery.

Less than two months later, the state decided to get rid of those standards.

That decision came after the giant for-profit hospital chain made contributions to Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his party that dwarfed those the company made to candidates or parties in other states.

"The whole situation is outrageous. It's just outrageous," said Louis St. Petery, a pediatric cardiologist in Tallahassee and former executive vice president of the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/13/health/florida-hospital-standards-republican-gifts/index.html

George W. Bush Made Retroactive N.S.A. ‘Fix’ After Hospital Room Showdown

Source: NYT

WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush sought to retroactively authorize portions of the National Security Agency’s post-9/11 surveillance and data collection program after a now-famous incident in 2004 in which his attorney general refused to certify the program as lawful from his hospital bed, according to newly declassified portions of a government investigation.

Mr. Bush’s effort to salvage the surveillance program without changes did not satisfy top Justice Department officials, who threatened to resign. But the newly disclosed passages of a report by inspectors general of six agencies suggest that the confrontation in the hospital room came after the Justice Department identified several problems, including a “gap” between what Mr. Bush had authorized the N.S.A. to collect and what the agency was collecting in practice.

A leak of government documents in 2013 revealed that the fight had been partly about the legality of the N.S.A.’s collection of data about Americans’ emails in bulk. But the latest disclosure shows that the Justice Department had additional concerns.


The newly revealed passages in the report show that the fight was about more than that. The passages consist largely of quotations and descriptions of the evolving Stellarwind authorization orders that Mr. Bush periodically signed, and which were drafted by David Addington, the top counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/us/politics/george-w-bush-made-retroactive-nsa-fix-after-hospital-room-showdown.html?_r=0

WH Responds - Vice President Dick Cheney: Wrong Then, Wrong Now

In 911 calls, Kelley tried to invoke diplomatic immunity

Source: NBC News

Audiotapes of several 911 calls placed by Florida socialite Jill Kelley as the media descended on her Tampa home show she complained about what she considered trespassing on her property and attempted to invoke diplomatic-type privileges.

“I am an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability,” Kelley told a 911 dispatcher. “They should not be able to cross my property. I don’t know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well?”

A South Korean official confirmed to NBC News that Kelley is an honorary consul for South Korea, but said she has no diplomatic immunity. He said Kelley assists the consulate based in Atlanta on occasion with things like passports and visas but is not an employee.

The U.S. State Department said Kelley has no formal affiliation with that U.S. agency.

“I can assure you that she does not work for the State Department and has no formal affiliation with the State Department,” State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said.

Read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/14/15162122-in-911-calls-kelley-tried-to-invoke-diplomatic-immunity?lite

Roger Ailes: "don’t go out there looking like someone ran over your dog"


How Karl Rove Fought With Fox News Over the Ohio Call

Shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday, Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes assembled his network's election team in a second floor conference room at Fox’s midtown headquarters to discuss the night’s coverage. He prepared them for the worst. “Guys," he told them according to a source familiar with the exchange, "if things don’t go your way tonight, don’t go out there looking like someone ran over your dog."

Six hours later, American Crossroads co-founder and Fox News contributor Karl Rove was on-camera seeming to ignore his boss’s orders. Shortly after 11 p.m., Bret Baier went on-camera to read a script written by Fox’s Washington managing editor Bill Sammon, based on an analysis by the network's decision desk, announcing Ohio for Obama. “That’s the presidency, essentially," Baier said.

Instantly, Fox phones lit up with angry phone calls and e-mails from the Romney campaign, who believed that the call was premature, since tallies in several Republican-leaning Southern counties hadn't been been fully tabulated. "The Romney people were totally screaming that we’re totally wrong," one Fox source said. "To various people, they were saying, 'your decision team is wrong.'" According to a Fox insider, Rove had been in contact with the Romney people all night. After the Ohio call, Rove — whose super-PAC had spent as much as $300 million on the election, to little avail — took their complaints public, conducting an on-air primer on Ohio's electoral math in disputing the call.

The episode "speaks for itself. It was live television," said a Fox News spokesperson. "Karl was in touch with the Romney people after he and Joe Trippi became concerned the call might be premature," said a Rove spokesperson. "It was then he found the Ohio Secretary of State website had roughly 7 percent more of the vote in and the two candidates separated first by 1,995 votes and then by 911." Hovering behind the dispute was Rove’s history as George W. Bush’s strategist in two close elections: In 2000, Fox had called Florida for Al Gore early, and then was forced to rescind the call later. At 2:16 a.m., they again called the race, this time for George Bush — that call, too, they'd had to rescind. (Adding to the controversy, Bush’s cousin, John Ellis, was leading the team of statisticians that made the call.)

This time, it was the network divided against itself, and Fox News' top producers held a meeting to adjudicate. The decision desk stood their ground. They knew how momentous the call was. Earlier in the night, according to a source, before making the call, Arnon Mishkin, who heads the decision desk, told Fox brass, “let’s remember this is Fox News calling Ohio. This will say something beyond Ohio going for Obama.” Fox brass told Mishkin to get the numbers right and ignore the politics: "If we think Ohio has gone Obama, we call Ohio," said a Fox News executive.

NBC News projects Obama to win re-election

Source: NBC News

NBC News projects Obama to win re-election

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/
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