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Sunday morning talking heads

HotAir - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 08:01

Plenty of possible topics today for the Sunday shows between Trump dropping ObamaCare’s cost-sharing subsidies, the Puerto Rico recovery effort, the California wildfires, the ongoing NFL protest angst, and of course l’affaire Weinstein. But the focus will be on POTUS decertifying the Iran nuclear deal and how Congress might respond. The White House is running a full-court press this morning by deputizing its three chief foreign-policy officials, McMaster, Tillerson, and Haley, to make the case for decertification. The goal is to present a united administration front, but that’ll be tricky: The chief proponent of decertification within the cabinet was Haley, according to Politico, while the chief opponent was T-Rex. She won, he lost. And yeah, apparently that’s awkward behind the scenes:

Haley’s role was described by a half-dozen administration officials who took part in the Iran policy review. While many of the president’s cabinet members, aides, and advisers work to restrain his impulses, when it came to Iran deal Haley did the opposite—channeling what many Democrats and even some Republicans consider the president’s destructive instincts into policy…

At times, that put her at odds with other cabinet members, especially Tillerson, who vocally opposed her trip to Vienna in August – a matter that became another flashpoint in the ongoing feud between the two.

One White House official described the escalating tensions between Tillerson and Haley as reaching “World War III” proportions.

Given Trump’s unhappiness with Tillerson and Haley’s shrewd positioning of herself as his key ally on this matter, she’ll almost certainly be Secretary of State six months from now. Or six weeks from now. Or possibly six days from now. Haley will be the star guest on “This Week” and “Meet the Press” while T-Rex takes the lead on “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union,” with McMaster covering “Fox News Sunday.” Odds that Haley and Tillerson will contradict each other in describing the administration’s position towards Iran: Close to 100 percent.

Elsewhere, Susan Collins will be on “This Week” and “State of the Union” to discuss her plans to vote no on whatever the next key GOP legislation happens to be. And John Kasich will appear on “Meet the Press” to grumble and grouse about the demise of O-Care’s subsidies and the state of the GOP, as he spends 95 percent of his time doing nowadays. The full line-up is at the AP.

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George Lopez unleashes barrage of anti-Trump jokes at charity event — quickly learns hard lesson

The Blaze - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 08:00

Comedian George Lopez was reportedly booed off the stage at a charity event last week after he soured the crowd with a number of anti-Trump jokes.

What happened?

Lopez, a proud Mexican and liberal, has made his opposition to President Donald Trump very clear. But according to Page Six, Lopez’ outspoken liberalism made him the target at a gala in Denver earlier this month.

The gala was organized to benefit juvenile diabetes and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. Page Six reports that tables for the event sold for between $5,000 to $100,000. One large donor, Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei, who reportedly donated $250,000 and supports Trump, asked Lopez to steer clear of anti-Trump jokes.

But Lopez refused — and the crowd made their feelings heard loud and clear.

What did the comedian say?

According to Page Six, one attendee said: “George was asked nicely to stop making Trump jokes by a man in front row [Maffei] who just donated $250K. George doesn’t, continues. Gets booed.”

Lopez even directed a joke at Maffei: “Thank you for changing my opinion on old white men, but it doesn’t change the way I feel about orange men.”

Page Six also reported that Lopez made a joke about Trump’s proposed border wall: “I guess you can get some Mexicans to do it cheaper and they wouldn’t crush the tunnels ­underneath.”

Did Lopez get the message?

According to reports, Lopez finally relented — but added one final joke.

“Listen, it’s about the kids…I apologize for bringing politics to an event. This is America — it still is. So I apologize to your white privilege,” he reportedly said.

Lopez later left the stage, and a local television anchor took over the hosting duties. Lopez was listed as the event’s emcee.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ finally hits Harvey Weinstein after ignoring the issue

The Blaze - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 07:16

“Saturday Night Live” was criticized widely after the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal broke because they completely ignored it. But after a week of criticism, they finally tackled Hollywood’s biggest controversy.

Here’s one Weinstein sketch:

How did they mock Weinstein?

In one sketch, an actress round table panel discusses sexual harassment, and they veer into jokes at the expense of Weinstein. “I actually did have one meeting with Harvey, OK,” said one actress, “I was invited to his hotel room, and when I arrived he was naked, hanging upside from a monkey bars.”

“He tried to trick me into thinking his genitals were actually his face!” she continued. “It almost worked, the resemblance is uncanny.”

In another segment during the Weekend Report, pseudo-anchors mock Weinstein before going back to bashing President Donald Trump.

Here’s the Weekend Report sketch:

What was the response?

Many people found the critique from “Saturday Night Live” underwhelming:

SNL finally broke down and did the a Harvey Weinstein skit, if anyone cares

— Jeff Poor (@jeff_poor) October 15, 2017

SNL dutifully trying to find humor in the Weinstein story.

— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 15, 2017

Oh, finally a skit about Weinstein, but the gist of it deflects away from Weinstein, and focuses on a character who unstable. #SNL

— Allen

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Pelosi: President Trump Has Gone Rogue

Townhall.com - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 07:15
She is refusing to talk with him
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Theory: Jerry Jones is trying to be the bad guy in anthem protests

HotAir - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 19:01

There’s an interesting theory by Rick Gosselin from The Dallas Morning News on why Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made his edict on National Anthem protests. Goose, as he’s called here in North Texas, believes Jones is trying to be the bad guy, so he can protect the Dallas Cowboys brand.

Jerry Jones and the other NFL owners are, first and foremost, businessmen. Their business is making money. They’ve made that money in oil and cars and construction and real estate. They also make money in football. NFL owners wouldn’t have paid hundreds of millions of dollars for these franchises if they were money pits…

The protests have become a front burner issue — and will remain one as long as players are kneeling and fists are being raised. It’s in the NFL’s best interest to make the game the focus, not the pregame. And that’s what Jones is trying to do. Blame me, he’s telling his players. When you don’t stand for the anthem, blame me. When you don’t raise your fist, blame me. Let’s get everyone’s mind back on football, he’s saying.

It’s a smart theory, especially because Jones is one of the savviest businessmen in the NFL. He took a team which was losing millions of dollars in 1989 and turned it into the over $4B juggernaut it is today (regardless of playoff success or not). Jones isn’t the kind of owner to back down from pressure unless it really starts hurting his pocket, as evidenced by mostly giving control of the team on the field to Bill Parcells in 2003. The Cowboys weren’t successful and fans were starting to tune out and focus on more successful North Texas organizations like the Mavs and Stars. So Jones decided to surrender some control to show fans he was serious about winning. It was a calculated risk, and the humongous JerryWorld in Arlington proves it was a success.

Jones sees the protests as a distraction and his attempt to find a middle ground by kneeling before the anthem, then standing for it, failed. That was pretty unfortunate because the original plan was a good idea. The fact that it got almost everyone mad proves it. Just like the Steelers deciding to stay in the locker room for the anthem unfortunately failed, because no one really wants a middle ground. The sides are so dug in that the NFL and players are being forced to pick one or the other. You either stand for the anthem or you’re seen as un-American. You either protest or you’re seen as a racist or someone who doesn’t care about the community. It’s a ridiculous juxtaposition.

Let’s remember: these protests had nothing to do with the anthem or the flag itself. Colin Kaepernick was protesting what he saw as injustice by the police against the black community. His choice may have been the wrong decision, much like his choice of socks and T-shirts, but he was trying to raise awareness about an issue, much like NBA players have, and anyone who looks at the relationship between Bay Area cops and the community can see there are problems. The sad thing is, Kaepernick’s protest went from being one about police-community relations to one of respect for country. This is why Dez Bryant’s idea of being a positive role model in the community is a better way to go.

It’s still curious why the NFL requires players to be on the field for the anthem. It wasn’t a requirement until maybe the late 1990’s, and perhaps changing the rule is the best way to go. Let individual teams decide whether they want to be on the field for the anthem and go from there. Perhaps the NFL is requiring teams to be on the field because 14 teams got cash from the Pentagon for salutes to the military. It’s possible this is another example of cronyism which plagues this country: we’ll stand for the flag if you give us cash, and we’ll make sure our players do too. That’s pretty specious, if it’s true, and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

I don’t particularly care one way or the other if players are kneeling or holding up a fist during the anthem. It’s disrespectful, for sure, but it’s their choice. One could argue Dallas Stars fans are disrespecting the anthem by yelling “STARS!” twice during the song, when it plays before hockey games. But it’s a personal choice and doesn’t change how much fans love their country.

A possible solution between the NFL and the players’ union will probably be reached in the next month or so. Whether it’s one which satisfies those screaming the loudest is anyone’s guess.

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Watch: Journo grills Clinton for ‘still blaming others more than yourself’ — her response speaks volumes

The Blaze - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 18:41
What happened?

While on a tour promoting her new book about her failed presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton was grilled by British journalist Matt Frei for continuing to lay blame on others for her loss to Donald Trump last November.

Frei also debunked Clinton’s claim that her gender played a role in her loss, telling Clinton that voters more weighed who she is versus which genitals she was born with.

“Your dynastic appeal or perhaps it was the opposite: The fact that you were called Clinton, the fact that you were first lady basically trumped any novelty — if you forgive the term — of being the first female president of the United States. People looked at your name and your legacy more than they looked at your gender,” Frei said.

That’s when Clinton laid blame on others.

What did she say?

She responded to Frei’s claim about her gender: “That doesn’t explain why I led all the way through, why I won the primary by 4 million votes, why I was winning, we had a great convention. I was thought to have won all three debates. That doesn’t explain it, Matt, so that’s why I had to really dig deep.”

Then Clinton claimed to take some responsibility for her loss, but placed the lion’s share of the blame on former FBI Director James Comey and Russia. She said:

And, yes, I take responsibility. Obviously, there were things I must have been able to do differently in order to have won. But at the end, there was this really perfect storm, and so you had the Comey letter and you had the enormous impact of the Russian theft of emails, the release of them by WikiLeaks, basically now a part of the Russian intelligence apparatus, and the weaponization of that. These were all new phenomena.

“So you’re still blaming others more than yourself?” Frei shot back.

“No, I take ultimate responsibility, I don’t blame others, but I think it’s important that people understand what happened. It easy to say, ‘Well, you know she wasn’t a good candidate.’ Then why did lead all the way to the end, why did I get nominated overwhelmingly?” Clinton replied.

“Did people lie at the polls?” Frei followed up.

“No, I think there were intervening events that caused people to worry, to have second thoughts,” Clinton said. “And I think it’s important to go into those.”

Watch the exchange:

What else has Clinton blamed?

From a list I compiled last month:

  1. Russian interference through either a disinformation campaign via WikiLeaks or Trump-Russia collusion. She’s also pointed blame at Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  2. Former FBI Director James Comey’s criminal investigation of her use of a private email server while secretary of state
  3. Poor voter data from the Democratic National Committee. Clinton has described it as “mediocre, “poor,” “nonexistent” and “wrong.”
  4. Voter suppression and voter ID laws
  5. Sexism
  6. Racism
  7. Barack Obama
  8. Bernie Sanders and his supporters
  9. Jill Stein
  10. The mainstream media, specifically the New York Times for aggressively covering her email scandal
  11. The Electoral College
  12. Bad polling
  13. People who assumed she would win
  14. “Gullible Americans”
  15. Fake News
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What does the $100 race really tell us?

HotAir - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 17:31

Yesterday someone posted this video, or a version of it, on Facebook. They found it to be touching and insightful and revealing. I found it to be dishonest and misleading. The concept here is that someone has invited a bunch of college-age people to run a race. The winner will get $100. But before the race starts, the coach/organizer gives some people in the crowd an advantage based on their background.

“Take two steps forward if both of your parents are still married,” he says. He continues, “Take two steps forward if you grew up with a father figure in the home.” And as most of the group steps forward, the camera lingers on some of the people who haven’t moved, several of whom are black. The coach continues:

Take two steps forward if you had access to a private education. Take two steps forward if you had access to a free tutor growing up. Take two steps forward if you’ve never had to worry about your cell phone being shut off. Take two steps forward if you’ve never had to help mom or dad with the bills. Take two steps forward if it wasn’t because of your athletic ability you don’t have to pay for college. Take two steps forward if you never wondered where your next meal was going to come from.

At this point, the coach asks the people in the front to turn around. Again, the camera goes back to the starting line where several black people haven’t moved. And then comes the kicker: “Every statement I’ve made had nothing to do with anything any of you have done. Has nothing to do with decisions you’ve made,” he says.

He then makes the racial metaphor explicit, “We don’t want to recognize that we’ve been given a head start but the reality is we have…The reality is, if this was a fair race and everybody was back on that line, I guarantee some of these black dudes would smoke all of you. And it’s only because you have this big of a head start that you’re possibly going to win this race called life.”

“Nothing you’ve done has put you in the lead your in right now,” the coach says. The young people finally run the race. We don’t really see who wins because that wasn’t the point. The clip ends with everyone holding hands, apparently praying together. The voice of the coach says, “If you didn’t learn anything from this activity, you’re a fool.”

There are several versions of this video on YouTube, all posted within the last week. I’m not sure any of these are original because the quality of all of them is somewhat poor as if they are copies. So I don’t really know for certain how old this clip is. Maybe it came out this week or maybe it’s 10 years old. It really doesn’t matter.

Most of the responses on YouTube and Facebook are about how insightful this is. The general idea is that this reveals how racial disparities in society are the result of people starting out with unearned advantages. But is that what this clip is actually showing? The commentary is explicitly racial but the questions are all about having a two-parent family and a steady income to pay the bills and put food on the table.

The coach is correct that the young people themselves aren’t directly responsible for any of these advantages. What he doesn’t say is that all of these advantages nevertheless come from someone’s individual choices. Whose fault is it that some people don’t have married parents or a father figure in the home? That’s the father’s fault or maybe it’s the mother’s fault or maybe both of them are at fault. You know who is not at fault? The fathers and mothers of the other kids on the field, the ones whose parents got married and stayed married.

As for private education, tutors, cell phones, tuition and the next meal, all of those advantages are far more likely in a two-parent home. And here I’m not claiming marriage itself is some kind of magic, but having a home with two parents means more money and more time for kids. As we’ve already said, neither subset of young people on the field are directly responsible for those advantages, but their parents are directly responsible.

You know what else helps with those financial issues? Parents who finished high school and went to college. Again, that’s not up to the people running this race, but it is (or was) up to their parents. Did they drop out and get a dead end job? Did they go to night school and get a GED or a college degree? It makes a big difference when it comes to the advantages their kids will have later in life.

As an example, I started life in a family with married parents, one of whom worked making $50 a week. We lived in a small rental apartment. My mother remembers us eating a lot of hot dogs as the total she could spend on groceries each week was $10. A few years later my parents divorced. My life was not off to a promising start. I was going to be one of those people stuck on the starting line in the big race.

But my mother went to college and got a degree. She got a job working for the federal government and began working her way up. She met someone there and got remarried when I was six years old. Eventually, she made it to the very top of the organization she worked for, making a good income. She stayed married and my step-father also made a decent income. Together they bought a house in the suburbs and raised six kids in a blended family. I never had to take out loans to go to a state college. I never worried about my next meal or had to help with the bills.

None of those advantages were the result of choices I made. I was a child for most of it. But all of those advantages were the result of choices my parents, especially my mother, made. Yes, I was given advantages but only because she earned them. And as an adult, I can now see that was not always an easy road for her. I’m sure going to school with two small kids was hard. I’m sure getting divorced and remarried was hard. I’m sure staying married for the next 35 years was hard (my step-father passed away).

When I see this video I essentially see someone glossing over all those hard choices and difficult experiences that made it possible for many of those kids to have advantages in life. And yes, it also glosses over the poor choices of the some of the parents who didn’t stick around for their kids. One commenter on YouTube suggested you could do this same stunt with just black participants. Or you could do this with just white participants. Either way, you’d have some people with advantages and some people without them but it would be clear those were the result of individual choices made by their parents, not pre-determined by race.

That’s my take but as they say, your mileage may vary:

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Breaking: Oscar Academy expels Harvey Weinstein — but keeps other predators

The Blaze - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 17:25

The Academy of Motion Pictures has voted to immediately expel Harvey Weinstein over the numerous accusations of sexual assault and harassment, but they were then assailed for their hypocrisy for letting other predators stay.

What did they say about Harvey Weinstein?

The Academy released a statement Saturday about the disgraced movie mogul.

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein,” the statement read, “and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy.”

“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues,” it continued, “but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

“The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify,” it concluded.

Who is in the Academy?

There are approximately 6,000 members of the Academy, and they include famous celebrities such as Laura Dern, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Rory Kennedy, Michael Mann and Steven Spielberg.

What was the reaction?

While some praised the Academy for this action, others noted that they still had other sexual predators in their club, and pointed to the Oscar award that was given to child rapist Roman Polanski.

BREAKING: Oscars Academy expels Harvey Weinstein over ‘sexually predatory behaviour’.

* Child rapist Roman Polanski remains a member. pic.twitter.com/fRlzcXYaZp

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 14, 2017

OK so the Academy kicked out Harvey Weinstein.

But not Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, or Woody Allen.

Oh.

— Militia Etheridge (@MaryEmilyOHara) October 14, 2017

Oscars Academy has expelled Harvey Weinstein … but convicted child sex offender Roman Polanski still remains a member.

— Mark Williams-Thomas (@mwilliamsthomas) October 14, 2017

The Academy board voted to expel Harvey Weinstein today. How many board members knew that he was a predator before the news broke? pic.twitter.com/DYBAGVuYTC

— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) October 14, 2017

Serial Rapist Weinstein suffers unimaginable punishment,
Kicked out of Academy of motion pictures.

Cosby still a member.

— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) October 14, 2017

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Stephen Bannon declares war on the GOP establishment — but makes one exception

The Blaze - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 16:51

Former White House aide Stephen Bannon is making it clear that he is taking his war outside the walls of the Oval Office and taking aim on the Republican establishment — except for one senator.

What did Bannon say?

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, he said: “I’m going after the Republican establishment. And we’re gonna go after them.”

“There’s a coalition that’s coming together that’s gonna challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz,” he continued.

Bannon said he was working with the grassroots to fully vet candidates to take out incumbent Republicans.

“We are declaring war on the Republican establishment that does not back the agenda that Donald Trump,” he continued, “and the president of the United States, and that is an agenda that we know backs the working men and women.”

“Nobody’s safe. We’re coming after all of them,” Bannon said. “And we’re going to win.”

Why not include Ted Cruz?

Bannon simply explained that Cruz was a “good man,” and did not elaborate on why he was exempted from the Republican civil war.

Here’s the interview with Hannity:

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Steve Bannon: Bob Corker has trashed the commander-in-chief when we have troops in harm’s way

HotAir - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 16:01

Cynicism so thick that you actually *can’t* cut it with a knife. You’ll need some sort of power tool.

Say whatever else you want about Bannon but he’s the opposite of stupid. He knows there are gaping holes in this complaint, starting with the fact that we on the right trashed Obama at every opportunity despite the fact that there were troops in harm’s way every day of his two terms. Weak, diffident, irresolute, consumed with making nice with implacable terrorist regimes like Iran’s: That was our O on foreign policy. We kicked him in the nuts regularly for his flaws and he deserved it because those flaws led to bad policy outcomes. That’s precisely what Corker’s worried about with Trump. And Trump himself was an unusually aggressive offender as a private citizen in breaking the “no trashing the commander-in-chief!” rule. He accused Obama of being nothing less than an illegitimate president, supposedly having faked his birth certificate to avoid the “natural born” requirement. It’s one thing to criticize the commander-in-chief with troops in the field. It’s another to accuse him of having committed fraud to become commander-in-chief in the first place.

Beyond that, since when has Trump ever let respect for the military stop him from taking a dump on one of his critics? It didn’t stop him from squabbling with Khizr Khan, a Gold Star father, after Khan criticized him at last year’s Democratic convention. It sure as shinola didn’t stop him from dumping on McCain, as the McCain family will happily remind you:

Trump slammed my dads service when both of my brothers were (and still are) currently serving. Give me a break with this. https://t.co/yuLqqio5QL

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 14, 2017

Bill Mitchell, one of Trump’s biggest boosters on Twitter, coincidentally chimed in with this earlier today before Bannon’s speech:

The more I see of John McCain the more I believe he was the songbird in Vietnam and sold out his friends. He does that now every day.

— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) October 14, 2017

The best you can do to salvage a defensible point from Bannon’s comment is to say that he’s making an argument about party loyalty above all else. Private citizens can criticize the commander-in-chief and the other party can criticize the commander-in-chief but a senator from the president’s *own party* should not be criticizing the commander-in-chief. And I do think that’s what he’s going for here. This is part of his omnibus indictment of the GOP establishment ahead of the primaries. If he can add a little spice to that indictment by accusing Corker of fragging the head of the armed forces with the tacit consent of the rest of McConnell’s caucus, so much the better for populist turnout next spring. But the reply to that is easy: Country over party. Corker’s first loyalty is to the United States, not to the GOP. He doesn’t even work under POTUS in the executive branch. If he believes that Trump is so erratic or foolhardy in his foreign policy that he’s putting the lives of troops in the field at needless risk, he’d be derelict in his duty if he didn’t speak up.

Meanwhile, on Earth 2, Marco Rubio won the election and Bannon’s giving a speech today arguing that it’s the height of patriotism to accuse the commander-in-chief of treason for selling out America on immigration.

Bannon slams GOP senators for not denouncing Corker, who "has mocked and ridiculed a commander-in-chief when we have kids in the field." pic.twitter.com/moI5pt0HzH

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 14, 2017

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The best of #HillaryCourses tweets: Hillary Clinton mocked after news she may teach at Columbia

The Blaze - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 16:00

Hillary Clinton may become a professor Columbia University, an Ivy League school that costs nearly $70,000 to attend yearly.

According to reports, Clinton could take on the title of “university professor,” where she would lecture at different departments at the school or she may take a role in the institution’s esteemed law school or school of international and public affairs.

Clinton is currently on a national book tour, promoting her book that details her failed 2016 presidential campaign, titled, “What Happened.” A decision about Clinton’s career path will be made shortly after the end of the book tour.

But many social media users weren’t exactly thrilled with the prospect of Clinton becoming a university professor. People mocked her on Twitter with the hashtag — #HillaryCourses — joking about the “courses” she will teach.

4 a mere $500K #HillaryCourses will teach you how 2:
Make things disappear✔️
(People, emails)

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Trump’s weekly address: NFL players should respect the flag

HotAir - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 14:31

At first blush this seems like a lame, trivial topic for him to waste his address on, this week of all weeks. We may have just seen the most consequential seven days of his presidency. He ended the ObamaCare contraception mandate, canceled the unconstitutional cost-sharing subsidies, then topped it off by announcing he was decertifying the Iran deal yesterday. Those last two changes especially could have momentous consequences for the country and for the midterms. And they’re complex subjects, befitting lengthier explanations. He did address the Iran decision in a speech on Friday but you never know how many voters might have missed that on a workday. Subordinating significant policy changes to NFL culture-war material plays into his critics’ hands by making him seem less interested in the business of governing than in playing with shiny media-friendly objects.

But then I remembered: No one watches these things. Ask yourself, when was the last time a weekly address from either Trump or Obama made a dent in the political consciousness? Obama started doing them, I assume, on the theory that it never hurts to have an extra bit of messaging floating around out there, especially when the cost of producing it as cheap as it is with a weekly three-minute YouTube video. Trump carried on the tradition for the same reason, and also because traditions have their own inertia. But even with a few hundred thousand views, they’re totally negligible. Most of those viewers will be loyalists who already agree with the president on nearly everything. If you’re going to bother writing and recording these clips, you might as well strive for maximum virality. And what’s more likely to do that, Trump droning through the ins and outs of nuclear decertification or Trump goading NFL stars to get off their asses for Old Glory?

Every day millions of American citizens raise it, salute it, and honor it on the home front. American workers hang Old Glory above factory floors where they proudly stamp their products “Made in the USA” and more and more products are being so stamped because our economy is starting to boom. We are doing really well. Companies are moving back into the United States and far fewer will be moving out. Believe me. And it’s already happened. American schoolchildren put their hands on their hearts as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Before watching a football game, you want to see those players be proud of their country. Respect our country. Respect our flag. And respect our national anthem and we think they will. We certainly hope they will.

Ever the marketer, POTUS probably recognized the weekly address as an opportunity to burnish his “brand.” His core brand is that of a culture warrior against political correctness so that’s what he went with here, given a choice between the NFL, Iran, and ObamaCare (and, er, Puerto Rico recovery and the California wildfires). And Trump famously has always understood something about politics that his slicker Republican rivals didn’t, to their detriment in the primaries last year: People like big, bold, simple ideas. No one wants to listen to Jeb Bush rattle through his 15-part tax reform plan. They want the wall. They want to bomb the sh*t out of ISIS. And they want NFL millionaires to show a little respect during the anthem. Consultant Patrick Hynes knows:

In the 430-word memo, Goodell mentioned “fans” four times for a reason. The team owners — his bosses — are terrified of losing them. And rightly so. Last year’s slight slump in NFL television ratings is turning into a nosedive this year. Some teams are having a hard time getting enough warm bodies in the bleachers on game day. And among those that show up, a few, like Vice President Mike Pence, are walking out in disgust…

Trump’s rout of the NFL on this issue is in many ways the mirror image of his 2016 primary performance, when he caught so many opponents flatfooted. Republicans were badly out of touch with their base. Trump knew it and exploited the gap. And now he’s proven the same was true of the leadership of America’s dominant sport, to their great chagrin.

You can think he’s a bad president and still acknowledge that his political instincts are better than any congressional Republican leader’s. That may be his biggest failing on repeal and replace, in fact: If he had laid down the law early and demanded a more populist bill from Ryan and McConnell, at the very least the GOP’s ObamaCare efforts would have been more popular. No wonder he decided to take matters into his own hands this week.

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Police announce another Las Vegas shooting timeline update that adds major twist to investigation

The Blaze - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 14:16

Las Vegas investigators have once again revised the timeline of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting, which took the lives of nearly five dozen people and injured more than 500 others.

What do police say now?

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Friday investigators now believe the shooter, Stephen Paddock, shot and injured a Mandalay Bay security guard, Jesus Campos, around the same time he opened fire on concert-goers at a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, according to the New York Times.

It wasn’t clear whether Paddock was already firing on the crowd when he turned and shot at Campos or if he shot him and then turned on the crowd. Paddock had cameras in and around his room so he could monitor police activity.

Police last changed the timeline on Monday, saying that Paddock shot Campos at 9:59 p.m. before opening fire on the crowd at 10:05 p.m. They originally said Campos was shot after Paddock finished firing at the crowd.

Why did they change the timeline again?

Police altered the shooting’s timeline after MGM Resorts, the company that owns the Mandalay Bay, publicly disputed the updated timeline and said they did not believe the revised timeline was correct.

Instead, MGM said the 9:59 p.m. report was “manually created after the fact” and not accurate.

“We know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after, the time Jesus Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio,” MGM said in a statement on Thursday. Lombardo corroborated this on Friday.

Why is MGM defending themselves so earnestly?

MGM’s response will come under scrutiny as lawsuits are prepared. So, the company wants to position themselves as doing everything in their power negate any possible liability. From NBC News:

How exactly the carnage developed remains in the center of the dispute between MGM and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The casino hotel’s liability — and when it may have first alerted police to the shooting — is coming under question as potential lawsuits are prepared. The first such lawsuit was filed Wednesday by a shooting survivor against MGM, as well as the concert promoter and the manufacturer of so-called bump stocks, the rapid-fire gun modifications purchased by Paddock.

The two remaining major questions:
  1. What was Paddock’s motive? Two possible motives have so far been revealed: an undiagnosed mental illness and Islamic terrorism. Both are unconfirmed.
  2. Why did Paddock stop shooting when he did? It was more than an hour between his last shot and when SWAT teams breached his hotel door.
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Busted: Border Patrol Arrests DACA Recipients For Trying To Smuggle Illegals Across The Border

Townhall.com - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:30
About that debate over border security ....
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Conservative media is actually against Trump’s press comments

HotAir - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:01

There’s a new piece by McKay Coppins at The Atlantic suggesting conservative media would pretty okay with President Donald Trump’s comments on revoking the license of NBC and other broadcast news networks.

But for most of the past half-century, conservatives have at least claimed their press criticism was aimed at spurring reform. “We all know that you can’t live in a free country without a free press,” Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg told host Bill O’Reilly in 2012. “But you know what else? You can’t live in a free country for long without a fair press. We need a strong mainstream media. That’s why you and I criticize it.”

In the Trump era, that pretense has been dropped. With the rapid growth and rising influence of the conservative-media complex, most on the right seem to have given up on trying to “fix” the mainstream press. And many of the powerful figures in that world now openly declare that they are working to bring about the demise of the nonpartisan journalistic establishment in America.

Coppins goes on to cite comments made by Breitbart News Washington editor Matt Boyle, writer John Nolte, and Gateway Pundit as examples why the “conservative media” wants to see the government get rid of the mainstream media.

Yet, there are also plenty of conservatives and libertarian who have criticized Trump for his attack on the MSM. AP and Ed both wrote Trump was wrong in his challenge to the First Amendment. Katherine Timpf at National Review went even further, (correctly) using the “f-word,” as in fascism, in her condemnation.

Let me be clear: Calling for government control of the media is not a conservative view; it’s a fascist one. You’re fine to think that the government should control the media; you’re fine to espouse it — thanks, of course, to the First Amendment that you’re apparently totally fine with jeopardizing — but please understand that this idea is not compatible with conservative, or even traditionally American, values.

There’s no doubt the MSM has raised the dander of conservatives and libertarians, and for good reason. The newscaster plenty of people cite as an example of fair news, Walter Cronkite, wasn’t fair at all. Douglas Brinkley’s book Cronkite, written with participation from the ex-CBS News anchor’s family, showed Cronkite wasn’t biased, especially to Barry Goldwater. There’s also the stupidity of Dan Rather, who pushed the idea ex-President George W. Bush figured out a way to skip out on his service in the National Guard.

These are examples of biased press, and should cause people pause. It’s totally okay if someone decides to find another source for a story because it was written by an outlet which may or may not give someone a fair shot. That’s up to individuals, not the government. Yet, biased press is very much protected by the First Amendment. In fact, biased press is free press, whether it makes conservatives, libertarians, liberals, or socialists happy or furious. Federalists and Anti-Federalists used the press to put out their opinions on whether the Constitution should be approved. Jeffersonians used the press to get their viewpoints out to the masses.

It’s also important to remember it’s not just “conservatives” who have had issues with the press. California Senator Dianne Feinstein suggested only “real reporters” deserved to be protected in a 2013 media shield law (which should just be the First Amendment, but I digress). Her amendment thankfully failed.

But it shows both parties have issues with outlets which don’t give them favorable press, and there are politicians in both parties who want to see the press restricted. All political ideologies, especially those who believe in freedom and liberty, should reject this wholeheartedly.

People of all stripes are going to have to accept the fact press will always be biased. The solution is not the government deciding which outlet has the right to publish news, but the consumer. If a consumer decides to get their news from The New York Times or Reason or National Review, it’s their choice. The government shouldn’t have a say in it at all, and is barred from having a say in it, despite their attempts to do so (see Alien and Sedition Acts and equal time).

Those who support Trump’s call for limiting the press should probably reconsider their ideology, and stop pretending they’re “freedom lovers.” Those who read/watch/listen to outlets which push press limitations should also reconsider their support. Timpf is right: it’s not “conservative” to support a crackdown of the press. It’s fascist, and contrary to what this country was founded on, regardless if the reporter writes for an online outlet or a big TV network.

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Howard Dean says Clinton Foundation can help Puerto Rico better than Trump — hilarity ensues

The Blaze - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 12:29

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean alleged on social media this week that the Clinton Foundation should take over relief efforts of Puerto Rico from President Donald Trump — and social media erupted with laughter.

What did he say?

On Thursday, Dean wrote on Twitter:

What we should do is turn over the rehab of Puerto Rico to the Clinton Foundation. They know what they are doing. You have no clue. https://t.co/2IxYqyG7CJ

— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) October 12, 2017

Dean was responding to a tweet from Trump, who earlier said that “we cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

What is the Clinton Foundation’s history of relief effort?

After a powerful earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her foundation, the Clinton Foundation, help lead U.S. relief efforts in the impoverished nation. The foundation raised millions to build schools and even a hospital. However, many of the plans took years to unfold while others still haven’t come to fruition, nearly eight years after the quake. The Clinton Foundation has been a huge target of criticism over their Haiti relief efforts since.

That’s why Dean’s statement garnered more than 8,000 responses, most of which mocked him for his idea.

What did people say?

So they can rake in a bunch of money, do nothing and maybe fund another wedding?

— Mike (@Fuctupmind) October 12, 2017

I’m from Puerto Rico and all I’m gonna say is stay away from the island and keep your money grabbing Clinton friends away!! You’re crazy!!

— red (@kotuzak) October 12, 2017

Sure. My friend, a former CEO of Amex sent a ship of goods to Haiti & before it would be unloaded he was forced to pay 30,000 to Clintons

— Deplorabledonnawoman (@iiarwatch) October 12, 2017

pic.twitter.com/NcI3MJi0xE

— Angela J

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Surprise! FBI finds 30 pages on Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting

HotAir - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:31

It’s always in the last place you look, right? For more than a year, the FBI and Department of Justice insisted that they have no documentation from the country’s most famous discussion of grandchildren. On Thursday, the FBI and DoJ notified Judicial Watch that they may have some documentation after all — as much as 30 pages — relating to the Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch tarmac meeting that immediately preceded the FBI’s decision not to recommend action against Hillary Clinton over the exposure of thousands of classified items (via Debra Heine at PJ Media):

Judicial Watch was informed yesterday by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the FBI has located 30 pages of documents related to the June 27, 2016, tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, and proposes non-exempt material be produced no later than November 30, 2017 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02046)). …

The FBI originally informed Judicial Watch they did not locate any records related to the tarmac meeting.  However, in a related case, the Justice Department located emails in which Justice Department officials communicated with the FBI and wrote that they had communicated with the FBI.  As a result, by letter dated August 10, 2017, from the FBI stated, “Upon further review, we subsequently determined potentially responsive documents may exist. As a result, your [FOIA] request has been reopened…”

(Surprisingly, the Trump Justice Department refuses to disclose the talking points developed by the Obama Justice Department to help it respond to press inquiries about the controversial June 27, 2016, tarmac meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.)

Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton accuses the FBI of hiding the documents:

The discovery does raise questions as to the FBI’s first representation to the court. They asserted under oath that no documents existed relating to the Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting. Honest mistakes are not subject to perjury, but given the lack of transparency on this case and the track record of hiding communications from FOIA suits in the previous administration (especially relating to Hillary Clinton, whose use of a private e-mail server was to thwart such oversight), a court may not be inclined to see this as an oversight. This was not a broad search for records over a long period of time; the meeting took place at a specific date and time, involved a known number of DoJ personnel, and any documentation produced should have been easily found.

The size of the find seems curious, too. Granted, field reports tend to be detailed and verbose, but does it take 30 pages to document a supposedly impromptu meeting entirely focused on personal chit-chat, as Lynch and Bill Clinton later characterized it? That seems to indicate that the meeting was more substantial than advertised, and that again raises questions as to why the FBI couldn’t find thirty pages of documents related to it without the DoJ’s inadvertent disclosure in another case.

But then again, who knows? Maybe it took thirty pages to cover a discussion about grandkids. But if that was the case, it’s tough to imagine that the FBI would have had this much trouble in finding them.

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Late Night Talk Show Host: If You Like Trump, Then Go Away

Townhall.com - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:30
keep it coming!
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A First, Indispensable Step on the Iran Deal

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:28
Ray Takeyh, Washington Examiner
The de-certification of the agreement constitutes the first and indispensable step in a long path of renegotiating it.
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Dems Target Ryan, Not Trump, to Take Back House

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 10:42
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
Democrats are relying on a counterintuitive insight as they plot how to win back a House majority in 2018: The GOP’s milquetoast congressional leaders are much more effective foils than their blustery president, Donald Trump. To that end, Democrats are targeting House Speaker Paul Ryan—not Trump—as the centerpiece of negative advertising for the upcoming midterm elections.
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