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Fox host on Trump s---hole remark: 'This is how the forgotten men and women talk'

Source: The Hill

Fox News host Jesse Watters defended President Trump's reported remark calling Haiti and some African nations "shithole" countries on Thursday, arguing that the "forgotten men and women" who make up the president's base would approve of the remark.

On Fox News's "The Five," Watters fought back against criticism from Democrats and some Republicans over Trump's remark, which some have deemed racist and offensive to immigrants from those nations.

"This is how the forgotten men and women of America talk at the bar," Watters told his co-hosts. "If you're at a bar, and you're in Wisconsin, and you think they're bringing in a bunch of Haiti people, or El Salvadorans, or people from Niger, this is how some people talk."

"Is it graceful? No," he added. "Is it polite, or delicate? Absolutely not. Is it a little offensive? Of course it is. But you know what? This doesn't move the needle at all."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/368631-fox-host-on-trump-s-hole-remark-this-is-how-the-forgotten-men

The hottest circle of hell is for the people who enable this atrocity.
Posted by fountainofyouth | Thu Jan 11, 2018, 08:27 PM (48 replies)

It's been almost a year since the New Yorker's most heartbreaking cover

Posted by fountainofyouth | Thu Jan 11, 2018, 08:09 PM (3 replies)

Did Lindsey Graham forget that his friend John McCain gave the dossier to Comey?

Politico, 10/25/2017:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has often clashed with Trump and who passed the dossier to Comey after receiving it last year, said even after learning about Clinton’s role in its production, he still believes the FBI needs to look into the allegations.

“I received the document, I looked at it, I thought that it ought to be seen by the proper authorities and I took it immediately over to Mr. Comey,” McCain said on Wednesday. “Who else was involved or whatever else players there were, it was my duty to give it to him and not to do anything else with it.”

Posted by fountainofyouth | Fri Jan 5, 2018, 07:37 PM (13 replies)

Like what you see, Ajit Pai?

Posted by fountainofyouth | Fri Dec 29, 2017, 09:15 PM (6 replies)

Obama issues warning on social media dangers in Prince Harry interview

Source: The Hill

Former President Obama issued a warning against "irresponsible" social media use in a wide-ranging interview with Britain's Prince Harry on Wednesday.

"One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases," Obama told Prince Harry on BBC 4 Radio.

"The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn't lead to a Balkanization of society and allows ways of finding common ground," he continued.

The former president went on to emphasize the need for face-to-face contact.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/366545-obama-issues-warning-on-social-media-dangers-in-prince-harry

I miss him.
Posted by fountainofyouth | Wed Dec 27, 2017, 08:41 AM (4 replies)

GOP Congressman says it's time to 'purge' FBI of anti-Trump elements

Source: USA Today

Florida GOP Rep. Francis Rooney said Tuesday he wants leaders at the Department of Justice and the FBI to "purge" officials he says are politically biased against President Trump.

"People need a good, clean government," Rooney said in an interview on MSNBC.

In recent weeks, Republicans have sounded the alarm that bias within the law enforcement community is compromising Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference and possible collusion with Trump associates.

In the interview, Rooney mentioned FBI agent Peter Strzok, whom Mueller removed from the Russia investigation after learning about texts he sent disparaging Trump. He also raised concern about Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who was reportedly demoted for hiding ties to Fusion GPS, the company behind a notorious dossier alleging Trump's ties to Russia.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/12/26/gop-congressman-says-its-time-purge-fbi-anti-trump-elements/982610001/
Posted by fountainofyouth | Tue Dec 26, 2017, 07:23 PM (54 replies)

EPA chief Pruitt had office swept for surveillance bugs

Source: The Hill

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had his office professionally examined earlier this year to look for covert surveillance devices.

The EPA paid $3,000 in March to Edwin Steinmetz Associates to do a “sweep for covert/illegal surveillance devices” in Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office at the agency's Washington, D.C., headquarters, documents provided to The Hill show.

The EPA source that provided the documents on the condition of anonymity said the sweep, which came weeks after Pruitt’s arrival at the agency, did not uncover any bugs.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/365495-epa-chief-pruitt-had-office-swept-for-surveillance-bugs

Meanwhile, contrast with the story from yesterday about EPA employees' emails being monitored.
Posted by fountainofyouth | Mon Dec 18, 2017, 05:20 PM (7 replies)

E.P.A. Employees Spoke Out. Then Came Scrutiny of Their Email.

Source: New York Times

One Environmental Protection Agency employee spoke up at a private lunch held near the agency headquarters, saying she feared the nation might be headed toward an “environmental catastrophe.” Another staff member, from Seattle, sent a letter to Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, raising similar concerns about the direction of the agency. A third, from Philadelphia, went to a rally where he protested against agency budget cuts.

Three different agency employees, in different jobs, from three different cities, but each encountered a similar outcome: Federal records show that within a matter of days, requests were submitted for copies of emails written by them that mentioned either Mr. Pruitt or President Trump, or any communication with Democrats in Congress that might have been critical of the agency.

The requests came from a Virginia-based lawyer working with America Rising, a Republican campaign research group that specializes in helping party candidates and conservative groups find damaging information on political rivals, and which, in this case, was looking for information that could undermine employees who had criticized the E.P.A.

Now a company affiliated with America Rising, named Definers Public Affairs, has been hired by the E.P.A. to provide “media monitoring,” in a move the agency said was intended to keep better track of newspaper and video stories about E.P.A. operations nationwide.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/politics/epa-pruitt-media-monitoring.html
Posted by fountainofyouth | Sun Dec 17, 2017, 08:47 PM (10 replies)

Report: Mueller focusing on obstruction of justice around Flynn

Source: Axios

Robert Mueller and his team are focusing on the days after White House officials were told Michael Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail, NBC News' Carol Lee and Julia Ainsley report, citing "two people familiar with Mueller's investigation".

Why it matters: This means Mueller's team could be working to determine if Trump obstructed justice and is likely seeking out what President Trump knew about Flynn's conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, and subsequently, when Trump learned Flynn lied about them.

That period: January 26 to February 13, 2017.

The focus reportedly includes interviews with White House Counsel Don McGahn, who briefed Trump and senior White House staff about Yates' report that Flynn had lied to White House officials on January 26 and that he was vulnerable to Russian blackmail, according to Sean Spicer. That included Flynn's lie to Vice President Pence, which is what Trump cited in his firing statements.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/report-mueller-focusing-on-obstruction-of-justice-around-flynn-2516559523.html
Posted by fountainofyouth | Mon Dec 11, 2017, 08:28 AM (2 replies)

Carter Page: I may have discussed Russia in emails with Papadopoulos

Source: Politico

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, said he might have exchanged emails about Russia with a fellow adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the president's campaign and possible collusion with the Russian government.

"It may of come up, yeah," Page told MSNBC's Chris Hayes when asked whether he exchanged emails with George Papadopoulos and whether the two discussed Russia.

As he has in the past, Page repeatedly declined to provide direct answer to questions about his role on Trump's campaign.

Page and Papadopoulos both served as foreign policy advisers for the campaign. Trump also named both of them when he listed off those who were shaping his views on foreign policy during an interview with the Washington Post.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/30/page-papadopoulos-russia-probe-244349

You read that correctly: Carter Page gave a TV interview this evening without an attorney next to him. It beggars belief.
Posted by fountainofyouth | Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:08 PM (16 replies)
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