Washington Times editor Charles Hurt said Sunday on “Fox & Friends” that President Obama would “routinely” kick reporters out of press gaggles.
“I remember a column that I wrote in 2008 that got me kicked off the President Obama’s campaign plane,” Hurt said. “We would routinely get kept out of those gaggles in the White House. It was not a big deal.”
“I will tell you, the New York Times never mounted the ramparts to defend the First Amendment when that happened,” hurt continued. “The only time that they care about the First Amendment is suddenly when they get left out of something like this. It really is sort of obnoxious.”
Hurt went on to say that the First Amendment applies to both the press and political figures.
Rosie O’Donnell will lead an anti-Trump protest outside the White House Tuesday just before the president speaks to a joint session of Congress for the first time.
On Monday, the 54-year-old actress shared the news via Twitter that she along with other advocacy groups will participate in an anti-Trump rally in Washington D.C. to send “a clear message outside of Trump’s front door that his agenda does not represent the values of the American people.”
Donald Trump’s illegal immigration solutions may have been punch lines for actors on Sunday night, but none of them objected to being protected by a wall and “security maze” during their self-absorbed awards show.
“As a Mexican, Latin-American, migrant worker, human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separates us,” Gael Garcia Bernal said from the stage as he was presenting the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.
But Bernal — and the many other Hollywood elites attending the Academy Awards — were protected from the unwashed masses by big, beautiful walls.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Monday that he will not subpoena President Trump’s tax returns as part of his investigation into links to the Russian government.
California Rep. Devin Nunes also said during a press gaggle on Capitol Hill that he’s been told by federal officials that “there’s nothing there” regarding allegations that Trump campaign advisers made improper contacts with Russian agents prior to the election.
Trump’s tax returns have received new attention amid the ongoing probes into any links between his advisers and the Russian government.
But Nunes, who served on the Trump transition team, told reporters that a subpoena is not on the table.
New budget guidance by the Trump administration sent to federal agencies on Monday laid out “historic” increases to defense spending to be financed by cuts to other agencies including the EPA and State Department.
The guidance, which is expected to be included in President Trump’s budget blueprint he will release in mid-March, calls to increase military spending by $54 billion.
“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget and will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America,” Trump said during a meeting with governors in the White House. “This defense spending increase will be offset and paid for finding greater savings and efficiencies across the federal government. We’re going to do more with less.”
Former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile maintains that the Wikileaks emails showing her relaying CNN questions ahead of debates to Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary do not “tell a complete story.”
In an interview with Politico published Monday, Brazile, a former CNN contributor, acknowledged the emails “allegedly” show her passing the information to the Clinton campaign.
But she says the emails do not explain the full story.
KENOSHA, Wisconsin — The president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, stood in the front room of a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Speaker of the House’s district adjusting her hot-pink blazer. Her staff gathered around an iPhone watching a news report on the leaked draft of a House bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act — and defund Planned Parenthood.
Republicans have tried to defund Planned Parenthood for years.
Now, with the GOP in control of both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, it’s extremely likely the nonprofit will be stripped of the more than $500 million it gets from the federal government for Medicaid reimbursements each year. So this provision in the bill was expected; what was setting in for those in the clinic is that the process had begun.
ABC’s Sunday night broadcast of the 89th Academy Awards drew a 22.4 overnight rating, down 4 percent from last year’s low-rated show, according to Nielsen data released by the Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) unit.
The dip in the early figures for the Oscars could break the streak of higher ratings for award shows in 2017, following the Grammys and Golden Globes viewership gains over last year.
The 2016 Oscars show drew 34.4 million and was the third-lowest rated since 1974.
Nielsen’s overnight rating measures 56 major markets in the United States, which represents about 70 percent of the country and is an early indication of the final number. ABC will release viewership figures covering all of the United States later on Monday.
The awards went a few minutes past midnight on the East Coast and ended in controversy when presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty mistakenly announced “La La Land” as the best picture winner after getting the wrong envelope. The actual winner, “Moonlight,” was eventually announced.
Bill Nye said Monday that climate change skeptics suffer from a psychological problem preventing them from understanding how so-called man-made global warming affects their daily lives.
Climate change skeptics suffer from cognitive dissonance on global warming, a type of psychological disorder that prevents people from recognizing reality, the comedian and former TV show host told Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during a Facebook Live event.
“To the deniers out there. I want you to think about what is called cognitive dissonance,” Nye said, referring to situations wherein people prefer to bury their head in the sand instead of facing reality. It’s up to environmentalists and everybody else to save skeptics from themselves, he added.
“Instead of accepting that the climate is changing, deniers are denying the evidence and dismissing the authorities” simply because they don’t want to face a harsh reality, Nye said.
The two climate change warriors went on to complain how fossil fuel companies’ unwillingness to change their ways could lead to catastrophe.
“I know it may not be very popular thing to say, but the long-term implications of doing nothing about climate change are catastrophic,” Nye said about what could happen if Americans don’t take seriously President Donald Trump’s skepticism.
Nye, who has a history of making dubious comments directed at skeptics, also brought up what he calls the connection between so-called denialism and the cigarette industry’s refusal to acknowledge the negative health properties of cigarettes. Keep reading…
There were many losers in the 2016 elections besides Hillary Clinton. National Democrats, President Obama, Jeb Bush, environmentalists, and free trade neoliberalism are but a few. In the constellation of figures and institutions whose work the 45th president is now set to upend, none may be as consequential as the Supreme Court and the work of a quiet Jewish judge from Brooklyn, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Nobody can deny that since her appointment in 1993, Ginsburg has been a lion. As a stalwart of the court’s liberal wing, she has authored major opinions ranging from gender equality, to insider trading to mental illness. Throughout her tenure, Ginsburg’s legal and intellectual powers have remained as sharp as Japanese steel.
Nevertheless, the Justice — now in her ninth decade — took an enormous risk by staying on the court past the presidency of Barack Obama. Regardless of party, there can be no debate that her decision to remain into the tenure of Donald Trump has put her life’s work and all of the causes she cares about at risk.
With the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia, Donald Trump, made good on a promise to the traditional conservatives who reluctantly backed his candidacy. After a requisite period of huffing and puffing from Senate Democrats, it is almost certain that Gorsuch will take his place on the high court. While it will no doubt be a bitter pill for progressives, the appointment will not change the fundamental ideological balance on the bench.
That wouldn’t be the case with Ginsburg. If replaced by a Gorsuch-style jurist, the Supreme Court would lurch distinctly rightward. You don’t have to be an actuary to see why the prospect has raised conservative hopes and jangled liberal nerves. Justice Ginsburg battled colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer a decade later. In 2014 she received a coronary stent after another health scare. During a recent appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Associated Press described her as “frail.”
CHICAGO: Donald Trump’s first joint session address to the Congress on Tuesday is generating a lot of debate as to what to expect from a president whose presidency has been the most unorthodox and unconventional.
Soon after coming into White House, Trump imposed a ban on seven Muslim countries from travelling to the United States which triggered protests and condemnation from around the world.
Since then we have been hearing about the incidents of detention and questioning from noted Muslims inside America at different airports. The address would also be the first to be attended by a Muslim girl on invitation of US Rep. Bill Foster.
According to a report in Chicago Tribune, 17-year-old, Samia Abdul-Qadir was invited after the Naperville North High School junior participated in Foster’s recent community discussion at the Islamic Center of Naperville on the local effects of the president’s attempts to ban travel from several Muslim-majority countries.
Abdul-Qadir told the 150 people in attendance about how a fencing teammate once told her she “looked like a terrorist” because she was wearing a hijab. “It pierced my heart,” she said.
Abdul-Qadir, who placed third in foil fencing in the Midwest regionals and advanced to the national competition last fall, will attend as Foster’s guest. Each member of Congress is allowed to invite someone to the president’s annual address, which is called the State of the Union after the president completes his first year in office.
“I’ve always been taught that America’s strength comes from the spirit of inclusion and diversity,” Abdul-Qadir said in a statement from Foster’s office. “I don’t think it makes America any safer to single out a group of people because of their religious beliefs. It goes against this country’s core values.”
Islamic State terrorists are teaching their fighters to eat non-Muslims, it has emerged.
A handbook found in the terror group’s training school has been found by a British counter-extremism think tank, revealing the horrifying new stance of the jihadis.
ISIS chiefs even give advice on what parts of the body to eat and how to prepare them and comes after a sickening report a mother was fed the remains of her own son when she was told by the terrorists it was meat and rice.
The memo was discovered by the Quilliam Foundation and its chief executive Haras Rafiq revealed cannibalism was on the curriculum. He said if there are no food supplies available during what they describe as a time of jihad, terrorists were encouraged to kill non-Muslims or Muslims who do not share their version of Islam for food.
Practicing Muslim Mr Rafiq said he found the discovery utterly revolting, and that their most horrific finding was that cannibalism was being taught in classrooms.
ISLAMABAD: In a surprise move, supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban Hibatullah Akhundzada on Sunday called for tree plantation in the war-ravaged country, highlighting the importance of plantation under Islamic injunctions.
Afghans believe decades of war and smuggling have caused irreparable damage to forests across the country.
The Taliban leader’s statement comes ahead of the spring plantation season, when insurgents also traditionally announce the beginning of their annual fighting season known as “Spring Offensive”.
“Tree plantation plays an important role in environmental protection, economic development, and beautification of earth,” the Taliban leader said in a statement released to the media in three languages.
“Allah Almighty has interconnected the lives of human beings with plants. Plants live off the soil while humans and animals off plants. If agriculture of plants and plantation of trees are eradicated, life itself would be put in peril,” Hibatullah said while highlighting the importance of plantation in the light of Quranic verses and Hadith.
White people should pay extra taxes because they are more privileged, an op-ed at Wesplain argues.
The article, titled, “It’s Time for White People to Pay for Privilege: The Equality Tax,”argues that all minorities face economic disadvantages.
“Racist employers, a disproportionate targeting of minorities by law enforcement, racial wage gaps, poor inner city schools; these all contribute to what is an undeniable reality for minorities,” the article claims.
To fix this, white people should pay a higher tax to make up for their privilege. The writer suggests a five percent tax to start with. A single white man should pay a five percent “equality tax,” while a single white woman would only pay 4.5 percent in the “equality tax.”