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Ailes' Funeral: Loyalists Celebrate 'Act of Defiance'

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:01
Michael Wolff, Hollywood Reporter
At 59, Ailes had had his only child, son Zachary, now 17. A head taller than his father but with the same husky and confiding voice, he spoke as though television-ready with forceful resolve about not letting his own memory of his father be written by those who hated him, suggesting that his father had been done in by a kind of corporate shootout at the OK Corral. He quoted Wyatt Earp’s line from the 1993 movie Tombstone about the fight not being over: “I’m coming, and hell’s coming with me,” said Zachary Ailes about defending his father’s legacy.
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The Case for President Pence

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:00
Robert Kuttner, HuffPost
In raising the issue of President Trump’s removal from office, either through impeachment or finding of impairment via the 25th Amendment, I keep hearing otherwise sensible people say, “But then we’ll just get President Pence, and the Republicans will have time to regroup and recover.” Well, think again.
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It's Not What You Think

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:00
Rich Larson, The First Ten Words
Chris Cornell died early Thursday morning. His band Soundgarden played a show on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Two hours after the show ended, he was gone. For two days, I've been â?¦
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It's Time to Worry About Health Care in the Senate

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:58
David Leonhardt, New York Times
While the rest of the country has been transfixed by Trumpian chaos, members of the Senate have spent the last two weeks talking about taking health insurance from millions of Americans. There is an alarmingly large chance that they’ll decide to do so. But if they do, they will almost certainly rely on a political sleight of hand to disguise their bill’s damage. Understanding that sleight of hand — and calling attention to it — offers the best hope for defeating the bill.
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Federal Budget Released Today Puts Taxpayers First

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:58
Mick Mulvaney, Miami Herald
For the first time in nearly a decade, President Trump has done what every American family or business does each day: balance the books.
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Donald Trump's Budget Relies on Magic Economic Growth

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:57
Matthew Yglesias, Vox
To balance the budget while cutting taxes, increasing military spending, and holding on to Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to avoid cutting Medicare is a challenging task to say the least.
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Manchester Attack Shows How Terrorists Learn

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:57
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, The Atlantic
Yesterday’s terrorist attack that struck at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Britain’s Manchester Arena—leaving 22 people dead and 59 injured, by the latest count—feels perhaps even more callous and personal than other such recent atrocities. As The New York Times noted, the target was “a concert spilling over with girls in their teens or younger, with their lives ahead of them, out for a fun night.”
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Enabling Murder in Manchester

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:56
Bruce Bawer, City Journal
Western politicians worry more about being called Islamophobic than they do about stopping jihadist slaughter.
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Teen makes Islamic terror spoof campaign video, wins student body presidency. School is not happy.

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:37

As part of a 17-year-old’s campaign for student body president at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, California, he put together a joke video depicting Islamic terrorists with guns that said he’d protect his fellow students from ISIS if they voted for him.

And the kid won.

But when the school found out about the clip — posted to the student’s Twitter account in February — officials tried to strip the student of his election victory, the East Bay Times reported. It seems students who aspire to office sign a contract promising to not campaign using inappropriate messages based on race or bullying, KNTV-TV said.

That, of course, didn’t go over well with the boy and his parents, who challenged the matter in court on free-speech grounds, the Times reported. In the end, the district backed off and let the kid keep his student body presidency, the paper said.

But the parent of the current student body president is appalled at the outcome, saying the district “caved in to legal bullying” and that the boy’s video was “racially offensive.”

Karen Pearce let it be known on her Facebook page that she saw the video and was “so outraged.” She asked district officials to “think about the precedent you just set. You pretty much tied the hands of your principals, teachers and safety staff. Get caught drinking — just sue. Don’t like your grade — sue. Apparently things like right and wrong don’t matter here anymore.”

The Times described the content of the video in question:

According to court documents, there is extensive imagery of students using fake firearms — and the video briefly shows what appears to be a real firearm —  ostensibly to assault, rob and kill each other. The video also suggests a student engaged in a sexual act when armed “terrorists” abduct him from his bedroom, according to a court document.

In the video, the “abductors” shove used tissues into the boy’s face while another begins slapping his naked stomach, according to a court document. Another scene portrays the “terrorists” torturing him.

“The video makes repeated racist and insensitive references to Middle Eastern people, stereotyping them based on their dress, accents and language, names, manner of praying and religious dietary restrictions,” the document stated, the Times reported.

But the boy countered in his petition that the clip was meant to be a parody of action movies and contained no obscene, libelous or slanderous conduct, the paper added.

Spojmie Nasiri, president of the Council on American Islamic Relations in the Bay Area, told the Times that the video adds to Islamophobia.

“To allow these kind of incidents to just play out so innocently cannot be tolerated,” she told the paper. “If nothing more, the school district should take precautions to educate the student population how Muslims are a part of the fabric of this country.”

(H/T: EAGNews)

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Seth Rich’s brother begs Hannity’s producer: Please stop pushing this conspiracy theory about him and Wikileaks; Update: Fox retracts story on Seth Rich investigation

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:31

“ARE WE STILL AIRING THAT SH*T?!” a Fox News reporter texted to the Daily Beast when asked for comment about Hannity going all-in on the Rich conspiracy theory.

They’re still airing that sh*t. The Rich family has asked them to stop.

NEW: Brother of Seth Rich pleads with @seanhannity to stop spreading conspiracy theory in letter to exec producer

— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) May 23, 2017

The surge of interest in Rich’s murder started last Monday with a story from a Fox affiliate. According to PI Rod Wheeler, an FBI forensic report showed that thousands of emails to and from Wikileaks had been found on Rich’s computer. Connect the dots: If Rich, a DNC staffer, was in contact with Wikileaks and then Rich was murdered, Rich was probably the source of last summer’s DNC leaks. It wasn’t Russia! It was an inside job — and Rich, knowing too much, had to be eliminated by ClintonWorld. A few problems, though. An FBI source says the Bureau never had Rich’s laptop. A law enforcement source told NBC that there are no emails to or from anyone at Wikileaks on the computer. And Wheeler himself admitted that he got his info about the emails from a report on Fox News, not anything he had independently discovered.

But there’s a more basic objection to the story, via John Ziegler. Why the hell would anyone target Rich over a minor scandal like the DNC leaks and risk turning it into a much, much, much, much bigger one?

Let’s pretend that’s what really happened (LMAO). What exactly would be the motive for murdering Rich in the middle of a presidential election which you were widely expected to win?! So you are going to kill someone because they have created a political headache for you even though murdering them would obviously be a 10,000 times larger and more damaging scandal if it was ever found out?

Makes no sense. Plus, given how uniform the opinion is among U.S. intelligence outlets like the CIA and FBI that Russia was behind the DNC hacking, you need to believe that the conspiracy to cover up Rich’s identity as the true culprit goes very high and very wide among federal officers. This isn’t a matter of a few local cops hushing something up. If you think there’s something to the Rich story, you need to believe that Comey, Brennan, Clapper, and many others are in on it and that the Trump White House somehow can’t uncover the truth. President Hillary would have had an incentive to blame Russia and overlook Rich once in office, but President Trump doesn’t. To the contrary.

And yet, to the apparent dismay of reporters there, Fox News bombthrowers continue to cling to the possibility of Rich skullduggery. It’s not just Hannity. Newt Gingrich has pushed the idea, as has Geraldo Rivera. The Kremlin itself has begun pushing Seth Rich propaganda on Twitter, seizing an opportunity to shift blame for the hacking away from itself. It seems a matter of time before Trump is asked about it and answers either noncommittally or, true to form, credulously about the right-wing conspiracy theory du jour. Hannity remains the theory’s most ardent pursuer, though, and is promising more tonight — despite the appeal from the Rich family:


— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 23, 2017

Go figure that Kim Dotcom might say something that helps him build a base of support inside the U.S. given his own legal issues. “The other reporters I’ve talked to [about this] are similarly pissed about the whole thing,” a second Fox reporter said to the Daily Beast. “Some find it embarrassing, others downright heartless… It’s just gross.” Makes me wonder if the news side of Fox isn’t about to take matters into their own hands, as they did with Andrew Napolitano pushing dubious bombshells, by using their own programming hours to try to debunk fake news being peddled by other shows on the network.

Not to be outdone, the “other” conservative cable news network, OAN, is now offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rich’s killer. Why does righty media suddenly have Rich fever? This is part of it:

The reason Hannity's conspiracy stuff keeps getting crazier: when you win, how to still argue the world is in cahoots against you?

— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) May 23, 2017

This, about the OAN reward, is part of it too:

It's stuff like this that'll make it hard for Fox to turn the page on the Ailes era. The market for this will be served one way or another.

— Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) May 23, 2017

The Rich conspiracies are popular again right now, I think, because Trump has been besieged by Russiagate hits from the media lately and it’s the fastest route to letting him off the hook. There’s no Russiagate collusion because … Russia didn’t do anything. Seth Rich did it! Trump is innocent, therefore all of the Russiagate bombshells lately are fake news, etc etc. That wouldn’t be true even if Trump really is innocent of collusion with Moscow, which I think he is, since obstruction for political reasons is an offense in itself. But the more you can muddy the waters among his loyal supporters about what really happened, the better it is for him — it does more damage to their willingness to believe the MSM, it makes Trump look like the victim of a bona fide criminal conspiracy involving murder, and it paints the left as so ruthless that they’d be willing to kill one of their own for leaking some emails. Hannity won’t let it go easily.

Update: Lo and behold, as I’m writing this post, Fox has pulled its original Wheeler/FBI story. They are no longer “airing that sh*t.” For now.

See what I mean about the news bureau striking back?

On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.

Will Hannity still be allowed to pursue the Kim Dotcom angle on his show tonight or is Fox management calling off the dogs entirely on this story? “We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted,” they say at the end of their retraction statement. Presumably that’s his green light to keep going.

Update: Case in point, Hannity just tweeted this after the Fox retraction of the story that rekindled interest in Rich:

Read Kim Dotcom and listen to democrats say over and over NO EVIDENCE of Collusion

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 23, 2017

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Noted Terrorism Expert Katy Perry Has A Genius Idea To Prevent More Attacks: Open Borders And Love - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:30
"No barriers, no borders, like, we all need to just coexist."
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Are Democrats Content on the Road to Catastrophe?

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:19
William Murchison, Townhall
Several things are amiss with the impeachment machine that's starting to shake and smoke as progressives put their hands to the crank. The first thing is the calendar date. Donald Trump has been president since Jan. 20. That makes his regime -- which does have the aura of a regime -- four months old. Roman emperors occasionally wore out that fast. Nero had three successors before things settled down for a while under Vespasian. Americans, by contrast, are more patient; they prefer waiting to see how things work out. Talk of leveraging Trump from power at this early hour looks a little...
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Why the New FDA Chief Matters

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:18
Habeeb & Cortes, RealClearPolitics
A Life and Death Tale of a Life Saving Drug’s Journey to Market The week before last, with little fanfare, Dr. Scott Gottlieb was confirmed as the new leader of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unlike other high profile nominees, not much ink or airtime was spent on his hearings or his ascent to his new job. But for Americans awaiting treatment from new drugs being created at some of America’s most innovative companies, any change at the FDA is cause for optimism.
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You won’t believe the award Black Lives Matter is about to receive

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:12

The Sydney Peace Foundation in Australia announced Monday that it will award its 2017 peace prize to Black Lives Matter.

The group, which is known for its peaceful and non-peaceful protests in countries around the world, including Australia, will accept the award on Nov. 2 at the city of Sydney Lecture and Award Ceremony at Sydney’s Town Hall, according to the Sydney Peace Foundation’s website.

“In 2014, Black Lives Matter emerged as a global phenomenon when the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter turned into a rallying cry for a new generation of civil rights activists and organisers. A movement swept across the United States, affirming black humanity in the face of relentless police brutality, mass incarceration and racial disparity,” the foundation stated, noting that the movement’s reach extends far beyond the U.S.

“Built and sustained by many, the Black Lives Matter Global Network (BLM) has played a vital role in growing the Movement for Black Lives, and its loud calls for justice, dignity and equality have resonated around the world,” the foundation said.

The foundation’s website said that this is the first time a group has been awarded the prize and called the decision “timely”:

Climate change is escalating fast, increasing inequality and racism are feeding divisiveness, and we are in the middle of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Yet many establishment leaders across the world stick their heads in the sand or turn their backs on justice, fairness, and equality.

Opal Tometi, who co-founded Black Lives Matter, said the award reminds the group that it is “on a righteous path,” according to the foundation.

“Accepting this award is about our people on the ground striving for justice every single day,” Tometti said. “It’s truly meaningful to be recognized in this way. We’ll continue to push forward until structural racism is dismantled and every black life matters.

“It’s our duty in times like this to keep our eyes steadfast on the freedom we deserve,” Tometti said.

While many Black Lives Matter protests have been peaceful, a number of the group’s demonstrations and the actions of their supporters have been anything but.

Just last month, for example, a group of protesters gathered at Claremont-McKenna College in Southern California where they shouted “f*** the police” and “black lives matter,” as they shut down a pro-cop speech. The protesters later pounded on building windows at the college campus.

And in January, not long after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, a pro-Black Lives Matter preschool teacher in Seattle advocated to “start killing people.”

“First off, we need to start killing the White House. The White House must die. The White House, your f***ing White House, your f***ing presidents, they must go! F** the White House!” the teacher said.

It’s important to note that while these recent instances of Black Lives Matter sympathizers engaging in non-peaceful protests, the organization  said it does not condone violence of any kind.

Black Lives Matter lists as one of it’s “guiding principles” on its website: “We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.”

(H/T: Daily Caller)

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Change: MSNBC wins scoop-filled week … and Fox drops to third in key demo

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:01

The hits just kept on coming last week — and viewers just kept on tuning into MSNBC. After 21 years of chasing Fox News, it finally scored its first ratings win last week, both in total viewers and in the key 25-54 age demo. Fox came in second for prime time overall, but dropped to third in the demo for the first time in almost two decades:

MSNBC finished first in the key 25-54 demographic and in total viewers against its cable news rivals last week for the first time in its 21-year existence, according to Nielsen Research.

Overall, MSNBC finished second in all of basic cable, only falling to TNT, which aired several NBA playoff games.

Fox News finished third in primetime for the first time in nearly 17 years.

Last week might have been anomalous, especially in terms of content. Every afternoon last week had some breaking story that hammered Donald Trump and/or his administration, some more damaging than others. The natural implications of those stories might have driven prime-time commentary viewers to the network that has defined itself as the center of the Trump opposition, or to CNN and its perceived middle-road approach, rather than the network which has defined itself as Trump’s apologists. If that’s the case, then a smoother week might produce a return to previous form, and the normal Fox domination of prime time in both the overall and the key demo.

On the other hand, the status quo has long gone from Fox News. A year ago, Fox dominated with Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly, and Sean Hannity. Only Hannity remains, and last week he spent a good deal of his time avoiding the daily bombshells about Trump to focus on unsubstantiated theories about the unsolved murder of a DNC staffer from ten months ago. If viewers wanted to hear more about what was happening in real time, they had to go elsewhere. The network has also gone through some serious scandals that have disrupted their prime-time schedule, and it may well be that their audience is now looking at other options, at least for a while.

The other longer-term problem might be that viewers’ passions run toward opposition of the current administration, regardless of who it is. MSNBC serves up anti-Trump commentary by the ton, while Fox has mainly stuck to the pro-Trump approach to story and guest selection. That didn’t bother Fox when George W. Bush was president, but those were also the halcyon days for MSNBC and its prime-time anchor at the time, Keith Olbermann. Fox’s tone during those years was arguably less pro-Bush then than it is pro-Trump now, especially during the second term as conservatives grew more frustrated with the administration, which might hold some lessons for Fox now.

Rachel Maddow also suspects that opposition might be MSNBC’s biggest asset:

Maddow said her show hasn’t changed its approach to the news, but viewers’ appetite for political coverage has changed since President Trump’s inauguration.

“I do cable news in kind of a weird way. We haven’t changed how we do the show at all. It just seems like more people want that now,” she said.

Maddow has held MSNBC’s 9 p.m. timeslot since premiering in 2008, facing off for most of that time with Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” the longtime top-rated cable news show. Bill O’Reilly was ousted last month amid reports of multiple sexual harassment claims, replaced in the timeslot by Tucker Carlson.

In recent weeks, Maddow’s show surpassed Fox News overall and within in the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic.

The bottom line may be that it’s unrealistic to expect a conservative network to dominate cable in a (putatively) conservative single-party government, perhaps especially when the perception is that the network at times offers three different flavors of Trump apologetics night after night. If and when the news cycle calms down, we may get a clearer answer on that, but for one week at least, it’s Fox and not MSNBC that has to wonder whether it needs more changes in its prime time.

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Los Angeles Times op-ed explains how to cast a ‘binding’ spell on Donald Trump

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:47

Apparently, some liberals will go to great lengths — including engaging in witchcraft — to try to stop President Donald Trump.

The Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed Tuesday titled, “I put a spell on you, Mr. President” by Diana Wagman, a California-based novelist and essayist. In the op-ed, Wagman details her experience casting “‘A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him’ under the waning crescent moon last month.”

The Times columnist first encountered the spellbinding opportunity when she received an email from the “Oracle of Los Angeles” with the subject line, “Bind Trump, not your breasts.”

The “binding-spell movement,” according to Wagman, began with a Medium post by magician Michael M. Hughes, who wrote the initial spell “to be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until [Trump] is removed from office.”

“I don’t believe in the devil, but I do believe our country has gone to hell,” Wagman wrote, “and I am willing to try anything to save us.”

Before beginning the ritual, Wagman said she “researched” binding spells because she “didn’t want to send bad vibes into the universe” since “there is enough evil in Washington already.”

Ultimately, Wagman decided she saw no difference between “spells, meditation, mindfulness, the oms I say in yoga, [and] the prayers my Episcopalian family send my way,” so she took the plunge and joined some of her fellow liberals in casting a spell against the president of the United States.

Here’s how she did it:

I found an orange candle in a box of multicolored ones we use for our Hanukkah menorah. I printed the required tarot card off the Internet and propped it up. I cut an unflattering photo of POTUS out of the newspaper, and I burned it while chanting the words of the spell. My husband was watching “SportsCenter” in the other room. I stood at the kitchen sink. It took less than five minutes. More time was required to get the components together, although that wasn’t difficult — no eye of newt or boiling cauldron required.

At first, Wagman said she was “discouraged” because shortly after she recited the spell, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, the first step toward walking back former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The novelist made it clear she doesn’t believe in the devil, but noted her confidence that “insurance companies are his spawn.”

But fear not, recent events have renewed Wagman’s hope in her spell-casting abilities.

She cited the backlash over former FBI Director James Comey’s surprising ouster, Trump’s erratic Twitter behavior, and the continued concerns over the president’s engagement with Russian officials as proof of the spell’s success.

The moral of Wagman’s op-ed: Onward, liberal soldier.

“The next waning crescent moon will be May 23 [Tuesday],” Wagman wrote. “I plan to complete the ritual again, but that’s not all. I’ll keep signing petitions, calling my representatives, sending donations to the American Civil Liberties Union, and marching to City Hall.”

“A binding spell is fine,” she said, “but it’s not enough.”

Tomorrow 5/23, perform the Binding Spell to Impede Trump and All Those Who Abet Him. Have to try everything!

— Diana Wagman (@dianawagman) May 22, 2017

Trump has for months claimed to be the subject of a politically motivated “witch hunt,” but it’s doubtful this is what he had in mind.

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Rachel Maddow predicts that the GOP will vote to impeach Trump, if one thing happens

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:32

If Democrats’ theories about President Donald Trump and Russia are proved true, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow believes that Republicans will “rise above their party” and impeach him.

Many Democrats currently assume that Trump has committed some political — or even criminal — wrongdoing by allegedly colluding with Russian operatives during last year’s presidential election to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign and win the White House.

The Democratic conspiracy theory gained traction earlier this month after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an active investigation into Trump-Russia allegations. Trump initially said he fired Comey upon a recommendation from the Department of Justice but later admitted that he planned to fire “nut job” Comey no matter what the DOJ recommended. Democrats allege Trump did so to alleviate pressure put on him by the FBI’s investigation into his campaign.

Speaking with Stephen Colbert on CBS’ “The Late Show” Monday, Maddow explained that federal investigators need to get to the bottom of the Trump-Russia allegations for the good of America.

She conceded that the entire series of events might be coincidental but cautioned against that view in light of the “millions” of contacts the Trump campaign had with Russian officials, citing a recent Reuters report that revealed 18 more previously undisclosed contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

Maddow also said that Trump’s abrupt decision to fire Comey needs to be investigated, offering the idea that Trump potentially committed obstruction of justice by doing so.

But Colbert noted that many legal experts such as Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz say that Trump didn’t commit obstruction of justice by dismissing Comey and was instead carrying out the duties of the head of the executive branch.

“He can’t go on trial for obstruction of justice but he could be put on an impeachment trial by the House and the Senate,” Colbert informed. “But do you think there is any chance that would happen if the Democrats do not get back the House and the Senate?”

Maddow quipped that she doesn’t try to analyze the situation in “partisan terms, then said:

If it’s proven that, lets say, the Department of Justice inspector general or the FBI itself determines that the FBI director was fired and other actions were taken to impede that investigation into the president and his campaign because he wanted that investigation to be knocked off course — it is hard for me to believe that Republicans would not rise above their party in that instance.

“I believe that — and I want to believe that,” Maddow emphasized.

Colbert appeared warm to the idea that Republicans might rise up if evidence proved Trump committed wrongdoing but cautioned that Trump has lowered political standards as president, and so it is unlikely to happen.

But Maddow said she was optimistic.

“I think that people, when confronted with real issues of national interest, that people do the right thing,” Maddow said to a thunderous applause.

Despite claims made by Maddow and other prominent Democrats, no concrete evidence suggesting Trump-Russia collusion has surfaced. Thus far, the FBI has confirmed only that an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

The bureau previously said last October that, after a thorough investigation into Trump’s campaign, they found no connection between Trump, his campaign, and Russia.

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Yeesh: Poll gives Democrat Jon Ossoff seven-point lead in Georgia House special election

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:31

Not the best. Really not terrific!

Handel trails Democratic upstart Jon Ossoff 51% to 44% at this hour, close enough in a low-turnout, stand-alone runoff to be anyone’s call, though clearly Ossoff is in a better position than is Handel.

The district is Republican leaning but not Republican invincible: Trump carried the district in 2016, but only by 1.5 percentage points, compared to, say, the neighboring 9th Congressional District, which Trump carried by 58 percentage points.

Ossoff does not live in the 6th Congressional District, but voters shrug. 84% of Democrats and 21% of Republicans say the residency doesn’t bother them. Karen Handel does not have a college degree, but voters shrug. 45% of Democrats and 76% of Republicans say it is not an issue for them at all.

The first round of this election was hyped by victory-starved Democrats as the first step back towards retaking power in Washington. It was a jungle primary with Ossoff the lone credible Democrat pitted against a divided field of Republicans, giving him a decent shot at winning Tom Price’s vacant House seat outright with 50.1 percent of the vote. He came up just short at 48, pushing him into a runoff against Republican Karen Handel. Handel was favored to win in what’s still a reddish district; as recently as two weeks ago, polls showed her two points up on Ossoff, who had stalled at 46.5 percent of the vote. Two weeks later, after a drumbeat of stories about Comey and Russia and Flynn and leaks, Trump’s job approval in the district is 34/51 and Handel is suddenly down seven. Here’s where I insert the obligatory caveat that It’s Just One Poll, with both candidates insisting that they believe the race is neck and neck. If Ossoff does pull this off next month, though, it’s going to send the GOP into a pre-midterm panic and boost Democratic morale sky high. It’ll be treated as proof that, although most Republicans are immune to Trump’s political stumbles, a small but critical number are not.

To see what I mean, compare the Democratic and Republican numbers in today’s Survey USA poll. The top line is Handel, the second line is Ossoff, third is undecided:

No matter where you are on the Democratic spectrum, it’s a cinch that you’re behind Ossoff. On the Republican spectrum, though, as you move further from the base towards the center, the crossover vote grows. Whether that’s because of misgivings about Handel or misgivings about Trump, I’ll leave to close observers of Georgia politics to say. I know how I’d bet, though. Of note, too: The GOP health-care bill may poll dismally nationally but support and opposition are divided in this district evenly at 47 percent. It’s not a huge albatross around Handel’s neck, which feeds the suspicion that Trump’s problems are the bigger headache for her.

This isn’t the only House special election making the GOP nervous, by the way. Casual political observers aren’t paying much attention to the race for Ryan Zinke’s vacant seat in Montana, but maybe they should:

The latest GOP polling shows Gi­an­forte with a nar­row lead. And for the first time, the Pres­id­ent’s ap­prov­al num­bers have dropped un­der­wa­ter in this Trump-friendly state. A Re­pub­lic­an poll con­duc­ted May 14-16 found just 46 per­cent of Montana voters view­ing Pres­id­ent Trump fa­vor­ably, while 47 per­cent viewed him un­fa­vor­ably. This, in a state where Trump won 56 per­cent of the vote, one of his strongest per­form­ances in the coun­try.

Two polls published earlier this month had the Republican, Greg Gianforte, leading Democrat Rob Quist by single digits — again, in Montana. A new poll out today from Gravis gives Gianforte some breathing room, putting him up 14, but Roll Call noted as recently as yesterday that the election was creeping towards “toss-up” status and Gianforte himself has taken to warning Republican voters that the race is closer than it should be. Montana votes on Thursday. If Quist pulls the upset there, all hell’s going to break loose.

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Police release name of Manchester bomber

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:06

Police in Manchester, England, named the suspected bomber on Tuesday that they believe is responsible for an attack on an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena Monday evening that left 22 people dead and 59 injured.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said at a news conference Tuesday that the suspect’s name is Salman Abedi.

“I can confirm that the man suspected of carrying out last night’s atrocity is 22-year-old Salman Abedi,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins said that the suspect’s identity has not yet been confirmed by the coroner, and so he wasn’t at liberty to “comment any further at this stage.”

According to the BBC, Abedi “was Manchester born and from a family of Libyan origin.”

The BBC also reported that Abedi has at least three siblings and the family “has lived at several addresses in Manchester.”

The Guardian reported that Abedi “is thought to have been known to both the police and the security services” prior to the attack.

Roughly 21,000 people were packed into the Manchester arena Monday night. As the show ended, the lights in the arena came on and thousands of people, many of them children, filed out of the building. That’s when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive just outside the arena, the BBC reported.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier Tuesday that the attack at Manchester Arena “was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom.”

The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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This article has been updated to include additional information.

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