Hunter Biden says that in retrospect it was “poor judgment” to join the Burisma board but that he did nothing “improper” and only had a “brief exchange” with his father about the role. https://t.co/ee3ZXg9yu9
NBA superstar LeBron James was skewered Monday night after he criticized as “misinformed” a general manager’s tweet supporting Hong Kong’s ongoing pro-democracy protests — and then doubled down in a damage control tweet, saying the online show of support for the embattled demonstrators “could have waited a week.”
James, who’s considered one of the more outspoken athletes on social justice issues in a league that prides itself on being one of the most progressive in sports, was uncharacteristically deferential to NBA and Chinese leadership in his remarks about Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet of a slogan – “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” – expressing support for those marching in Hong Kong.
The single tweet from Morey’s personal account was soon deleted, but not before spurring a rebuke from some within the NBA and inciting a backlash in China. Authorities in the communist country last week canceled publicity events and news conferences and banned the broadcast last week of an exhibition game between the Brooklyn Nets and James’ Los Angeles Lakers.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., an ardent supporter of President Trump, got the boot on Monday when he tried to sit in on the testimony of a former top National Security Council expert on Russia who was appearing on Capitol Hill as part of the House impeachment inquiry into the president.
Gaetz, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, attempted to attend the testimony of Fiona Hill, a former deputy assistant to the president, but was told that because he was not a member of the House Intelligence Committee that he had to leave. The House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees are conducting the impeachment inquiry into Trump.
A frustrated Gaetz aired his disappointment to reporters after being told he was not allowed to sit in on the hearing, venting his anger over what he says are “selective leaks” by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and questioning why he was not allowed to be present during Hill’s testimony. Gaetz added that the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., was involved in the impeachment inquiry.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s zinger at an LGBT town hall may have gone viral, but CNN failed to disclose that the questioner donated the federal maximum to her 2018 Massachusetts Senate campaign.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo introduced Morgan Cox at the Thursday town hall as “the chair of the Human Rights Campaign board of directors” who was part of “a real estate investment firm in Dallas, Texas.” Cox asked Warren what she would say if “a supporter approaches you and says, ‘Senator, I’m old-fashioned and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman.'”
“Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that and I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman. I’m cool with that,'” Warren said, before adding to uproarious laughter, “Assuming you can find one.”
The CNN chyron described Cox as “Chair, Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors.” It could have just as easily identified Cox as “Donor, Elizabeth Warren.”
Unfortunately, we have to be extra careful now of anything being run about Syria, since apparently media will push anything they think critical of Trump whether it’s real or not without proper provenance, with just a “sorry, our bad” as a explanation.
ABC News aired footage claiming to show a Turkish attack on a Syrian border town that was actually from a 2017 video of an American shooting range.
During Sunday’s ABC World News Tonight, host Tom Llamas showed footage of several large explosions and machine gun fire over a night sky that he described as “appearing to show Turkey’s military bombing Kurdish civilians in a Syrian border town.” The same footage aired Monday in an early morning World News Now segment, where it was dated to October 11 and described as “video obtained by ABC News” that “appears to show the fury of the Turkish attack on the border town of Tel Abyed.” Good Morning America aired a brief snippet of the footage hours later while introducing a segment on Syria.
But the footage appears to be taken from a YouTube video uploaded by user derekknoll titled “Knob Creek night shoot 2017,” showing a controlled machine gun fire at a gun range. The caption reads “2017, Merica.”
President Trump announced Monday afternoon that he will soon issue an executive order imposing sanctions against Turkey for its “destabilizing” offensive in Syria, amid a bipartisan outcry over the president’s troop pullback earlier this year that endangered U.S.-aligned Kurdish forces.
The sanctions followed the president’s Oct. 7 threat, when he warned that “if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).”
In a statement posted to Twitter on Monday, Trump announced that steel tariffs would “be increased back up to 50 percent,” and the U.S. will “immediately stop negotiations … with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.”
The order would enable “powerful” additional sanctions against those who “may be involved in serious human rights abuses, obstructing a ceasefire, preventing displaced persons from returning home, forcibly repatriation refugees, or threatening the peace, security, or stability in Syria,” Trump wrote.
Current and former Turkish officials, as well as anyone contributing to “Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria,” would be targeted, Trump said.
Remaining U.S. troops in northeast Syria will be withdrawn as planned, Trump said, and redeployed “in the region to monitor the situation and prevent a repeat of 2014,” when ISIS made major territorial gains.
CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday erroneously linked a church shooting in New Hampshire to a violent meme video of President Donald Trump shooting the media in the “Church of Fake News.”
In his nightly newsletter, Stelter included a tweet from New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi slamming the meme video.
“How disconnected from humanity must you be to find humor in a depiction of a mass shooting of journalists inside a church—knowing, surely, that Americans have been slaughtered in churches & newsrooms, that it’s not a fantasy for the families that those shootings made incomplete?” Nuzzi wrote.
In between the text of two of Nuzzi’s tweets, Stelter linked to news of a New Hampshire shooting that occurred a day before the New York Times reported on the Trump meme, implying that they might be connected.
STEYER: “We are in the fight of our lives. Everything is on the table in 2020. They think so too, because they think that if they lose in 2020 that they are — they’re going to have to — the rules are going to be fair and they’ll never win again. And they’re right. If we win in 2020, they are done forever.
But it’s scary for us, too, because if they win, literally it could be the end of the world.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed a bill requiring all University of California and California State University campuses to offer chemical abortion to students for free.
Senate Bill 24 – the “College Student Right to Access Act” – passed the California Legislature in September, giving Newsom about one month to either sign or veto the bill. Prior to Friday, when Newsom signed the bill into law, every indicator was that he would sign it.
… “As other states and the federal government go backward, restricting reproductive freedom, in California we are moving forward, expanding access and reaffirming a woman’s right [to]choose. We’re removing barriers to reproductive health – increasing access on college campuses and using technology to modernize how patients interact with providers,” Newsom said in a news release.
Previously, former California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill. California state Sen. Connie Leyva introduced the bill that Newsom signed.
Here’s a viral video which folks on the left are using to bash Trump’s decision on Syria.
I left my husband behind us in Kobani. I thought I could save our daughter away from bombing, but unfortunately she died on the road. Where is the free world.. Where are those who talk about humanity, Who talk about values.. what does Ardogan want from us? pic.twitter.com/dlvrulNOo8
It has over 2 million views, with people like Alyssa Milano tweeting it out.
But if you look at it closely, you can see the child blinking at several points, even turning her head, after 2:00 mark. It’s a common technique in the Middle East, it’s even called “Pallywood” when Palestinians do it.
Here’s a translation of what’s she’s saying. Keep in mine it’s a translation by Turkish folks.