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    Former President Trump blasted President Biden's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal in a sit-down interview with Fox News as he told told Sean Hannity a story of why the Taliban feared him too much to take over the nation.  'Under my conversations with Abdul, who's the leader of the Taliban, for 18 months, we didn't lose one soldier,' Trump said Thursday night, referring to Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder and senior member of the Taliban.  Trump then told Hannity he threatened to 'obliterate' Abdul if he did not follow his orders.  'Didn't you at one point tell him, 'I know exactly where you are,' and give him the exact coordinates where he was?' Hannity asked.  'No,' Trump replied. 'I sent him a picture of his house.'  'He said, 'But why but why do you send me a picture of my house?' I said, 'You have to figure that one out.''  'Didn't you at one point tell him, 'I know exactly where you are,' and give him the exact coordinates where he was?' Hannity asked. 'No,' Trump replied. 'I sent him a picture of...
    A former federal prosecutor accused Donald Trump's Justice Department of attempting to weaponize his office against the former president's political opponents, according to an explosive Thursday report. Geoffrey S. Berman was appointed to head the Southern District of New York, a high-profile office, in 2018 after reportedly being personally interviewed by Trump for the role. He was fired by then-Attorney General Bill Barr at Trump's request in 2020. In his new book, 'Holding the Line,' obtained by the New York Times, Berman describes significant pressure coming from the White House to investigate the current US Climate Envoy John Kerry as well as a Democratic lawyer named Gregory B. Craig. 'Trump’s Justice Department kept demanding that I use my office to aid them politically, and I kept declining - in ways just tactful enough to keep me from being fired,' Berman wrote. 'I walked this tightrope for two and a half years...Eventually, the rope snapped.' Kerry, Berman claimed, had angered Trump by having informal talks with Iranian officials behind the scenes to try and salvage the controversial Iran Nuclear Deal. As Barack...
    CNN appeared to alter the backdrop of President Joe Biden's fiery 'soul of the nation' speech from a stark blood-red to a gentler shade of pink. The change occurred mid-broadcast of Biden's Thursday speech in Philadelphia while he called out Trump by name and characterized 'MAGA Republicans' as being a threat to the democracy. Biden delivered the speech in front of Independence Hall and with red spotlights beaming up the brick facade behind him.  As the president raged against his opponents in front of the red backdrop, many viewers on Twitter began comparing him to the evil-emperor from Star Wars and the authoritarian chancellor from V for Vendetta. Then at one point during CNN's broadcast the red could be seen slowly transitioning to a softer pink-hue, which it remained for the rest of the speech. But the change appeared to only take place on CNN, as the backdrop remained red C-SPAN, CBS, AND MSNBC. 'CNN appears to have tweaked the video of Biden's speech from demonic red to Pepto-Bismol pink,' wrote former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Twitter, 'Very helpful,...
    A new poll released on Sunday shows Donald Trump having more support from his base going into the 2024 election cycle than President Joe Biden does among Democrats. It also suggests that inflation and the state of the economy remain top concerns for voters less than three months before the November midterms will decide which party controls Congress for the latter half of Biden's term. More than 50 percent on sides of the aisle also rated the other party as 'too extreme' in a sign of the continuously chilling political climate. Voters on the left surveyed by USA Today and Ipsos still aren't enthused about the 79-year-old commander-in-chief - despite a recent boost in his job approval numbers. Trump, on the other hand, has seen a slight boost in support since the FBI's raid on his Mar-a-Lago property in search of classified documents. When just given the two options, 59 percent of Republican voters said they would support the ex-president for another term while 41 percent said 'it's time for a change within the Republican Party.' Forty-four percent of Democrats...
    Jon Stewart went after the lack of accountability for former President Donald Trump during a recent podcast interview, reacting to the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. On the Thursday edition of The Problem With Jon Stewart, Stewart spoke with writers Robby Slowik and Maria Randazzo about the latest Trump news. Stewart dismissed the possibility that the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate would be the nail in the coffin for Trump’s power. “What blows my mind about this whole thing is everybody’s got that thing, like, ‘Is this it? Is this the thing?’ And I keep trying to explain to people, ‘No, no, it’s not.’ Like, why does anybody believe that there will be accountability in this man’s life on this earth?” Stewart asked. “Right? There’s been nothing up until this moment to ever show anyone, including him, and he’s just trained to believe that I can do anything I want,” Slowik added. “How could he not feel that way? He fucked a porn star while his wife was giving birth, paid the porn star $130,000 to keep it quiet. His...
    Steaks have seen a decrease in price since last month, which also reflects a drop in price from last year. The U.S. Labor Department reported a 1% drop in price from June and a 1.5% drop from last July. The price of ribeye and beef loin fell nearly 10% from the final weeks of July. Last year, a choice ribeye with the bone toted an average cost of over $12 per pound, but now, the ribeye goes for $8. Brisket also similarly decreased in price from an average of $4.50 per pound to $3.20. Meanwhile, ground beef has increased in price by 9.7% compared to last year, reflecting the overall increase in food prices by over 10%. The most recent consumer price index from the Bureau for Labor Statistics reports that while there was no change in food prices from June to July, prices are up 10.9% from last year. TAILGATING COSTS SOAR DUE TO INFLATION Senior woman comparing prices for meat selection. AMR Image/Getty Images While a decline in demand is considered...
    Donald Trump Jr. said in remarks supporting Matt Gaetz's reelection that the U.S. would be more safe if his father had hidden the nuclear codes at his Mar-a-Lago estate rather than allowing them to transfer hands to President Joe Biden. 'Donald Trump has the nuclear codes! In the linen closet at Mar-a-Lago!' the eldest Trump child mockingly said as justification for the FBI raid during a speech in Florida that resembled a stand-up comedy act. 'By the way, for the record, I say that if Donald Trump actually still had the nuclear codes it would probably be good,' Don Jr. said to cheers from the pro-Gaetz crowd. 'Our enemies – our enemies – might actually be like, 'Okay, maybe, let's not mess with them,'' he added to the delight of the audience. 'Unlike when they look at Joe Biden then they say, 'You know what? We should attack now.'' At the Monday event in support of Gaetz's reelection campaign, Don Jr. also defended the Florida congressman against attack ads from his competitor claiming he could be the 'informant' that gave...
    GOP Rep. Scott Perry now says he is not the target of the federal probe that included FBI seizure of his cell phone.  Perry, whose phone was snatched by federal agents one day after they raided Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, said late Wednesday night that he'd been informed he was a witness, not the target, to the investigation.  'In a discussion with the DOJ (federal Department of Justice), my attorneys were informed that I'm not a target of its investigation. I've directed them to cooperate with the Justice Department in order to ensure that it gets the information to which it's entitled, but to protect information to which it's not - including communications that are protected under the speech and debate clause of the United States Constitution,' he said through a campaign spokesperson.  Members of Congress are shielded by the Constitution from prosecution for their political views by the executive, meaning that it is unlikely he could be charged for his objections to Pennsylvania's 20 electoral college votes for President Biden on January 6, 2021.  Meanwhile the FBI paid visits...
    Former President Trump was seen leaving New York Attorney General Letitia James' office seven hours after he entered for a deposition in her civil suit against the Trump Organization.  Despite the lengthy meeting, Trump's testimony did not fruitful for New York investigators - the former president vowed to plead the Fifth, the right to remain silent, before it began. Trump attorney Ronald Fischetti, who was present in the meeting, told the New York Times that Trump answered exactly one question throughout the duration of the meeting - what his name was.  Trump read a statement 'the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country' and said as James sat across from him that she 'openly campaigned on a policy of destroying me.' Trump pleaded the Fifth, and then from about 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a long lunch break and other breaks in between, the former president repeated 'same answer' to all of her questions.  A spokesperson with James' office confirmed they could not get the former president to talk.  'While we will not comment on specific details, we...
    Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters, a venture capitalist and military veteran who has been accused of espousing white nationalist beliefs, sailed to victory on Tuesday night with an endorsement from Donald Trump. He'll now face incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Kelly in November's midterm election Donald Trump has been having a field day celebrating his litany of successful endorsements in Tuesday night's primary races, boasting to followers on his Truth Social app from the early hours of Wednesday and throughout the morning. Voters in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Washington and Arizona went to the polls for several key primary races that will define the next three months ahead of the November midterm elections. On the GOP side, it was a referendum on whether voters want a Trump-led future or a return to more establishment principles.  Trump bragged he 'ran the entire board' with his endorsements.  In Michigan, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the ex-president over the US Capitol riot lost to a former Trump administration official named John Gibbs. A Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate also bested a...
    Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images Phil Mickelson was heckled Friday before teeing off during a LIV Golf event in New Jersey, and his shot ended up in a bunker. The 2021 PGA champion was at former President Donald Trump’s club and course in Bedminster. As he sized up the 16th hole at the Trump National Golf Club, a voice cut through the silence. “Do it for the Saudi Royal Family!” a man yelled at the six-time major winner. “Do it for the Saudi Royal Family!” — A heckler shouts at golfer Phil Mickelson before his first shot at the LIV Invitational, which has come under criticism for its sponsorship given the kingdom’s human rights abuses. pic.twitter.com/aphVSHsAWR — The Recount (@therecount) July 29, 2022 “Do for the Saudi Royal Family.” -Heckler shouts at Phil Mickelson before he tees off at LIV Golf Tournament At Trump’s New Jersey Golf Course. pic.twitter.com/Pa0Wv6Ig1H — ???????? Obama’s ???????? Portrait ???????? (@2016Primary) July 29, 2022 The New York Post reported: As Phil Mickelson was about to get underway for his shotgun start on the par-3 16th, a man...
    "The day before the surgery, Trump called me into the Oval Office and motioned for his team to close the door. ‘Are you nervous about the surgery?’ he asked," Kushner recounted. "How do you know about it?" Kushner replied. "I'm the president," Trump said, according to Kushner's book. "I know everything. I understand that you want to keep these things quiet. I like to keep things like this to myself as well. You’ll be just fine. Don’t worry about anything with work. We have everything covered here." While Trump has not officially launched a 2024 White House bid, he is widely expected to purse the presidency during the 2024 contest. Biden has said that he plans to run for reelection provided that he still has "good health."
    Jared Kushner was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer while working in the White House.  Kushner wrote about his cancer scare - which never leaked to the press - in his forthcoming memoir, Breaking History: A White House Memoir.  The New York Times reported on an excerpt of the book on Monday.  In it, Kushner recalled a conversation he had with White House physician Sean Conley on an October 2019 trip to Texas. 'On the morning that I traveled to Texas to attend the opening of a Louis Vuitton factory, White House physician Sean Conley pulled me into the medical cabin on Air Force One,' Kushner wrote. '"Your test results came back from Walter Reed," he said. "It looks like you have cancer. We need to schedule a surgery right away."'   Jared Kushner (left) speaks to Ivanka Trump (right) at a Louis Vuitton factory event in Alvarado, Texas in October 2019. In his forthcoming memoir he reveals he learned he had thyroid cancer earlier that day  Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (from left), Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump sit in the audience for President Donald...
    Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) gave viewers a sneak peek at the January 6 Committee’s upcoming hearing by posting a montage of Donald Trump’s former White House officials talking about what the former president was doing while his supporters were rampaging around the U.S. Capitol. The committee’s eighth hearing is scheduled to begin Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET, and it’s expected to focus on Trump’s actions at the White House while the Capitol was coming under assault by his followers. The committee intends to examine Trump’s refusal to act against the violent mob, his refusal to condemn them, and the argument that the former president welcomed the chaos as he watched them fight on his behalf to overthrow the 2020 election. Kinzinger gave his Twitter followers an idea of what to expect by posting a series of deposition clips from former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former Mike Pence National Security Adviser Keith Kellogg, former Executive Assistant Molly Michael, and former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. All four were asked what was Trump doing as the Capitol attack transpired,...
    While Ivana Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump never explicitly said they disliked each other, their actions over the years have provided some insight about their true feelings of one another. Ivana, the first wife of Donald Trump and mother of his three eldest children, feuded with the former president's current wife while he held presidential office. The Czech-born model and businesswoman once claimed that she was 'the first lady' because she was 'the first Trump wife.' She also said she shared a close relationship with her ex-husband - which reportedly included a direct number to the White House, that she didn't use because she didn't want to cause any issues between Donald and Melania, 52. Ivana, 73, has said very little about Melania's role in their lives. However, she once admitted her daughter, Ivanka Trump, likes her father's third wife 'fine'. The mother-of-three passed away Thursday in her home in New York City's Upper East Side after suffering cardiac arrest. Melania has yet to publicly pay tribute to her Ivana despite other Trump family members having already done so. Ivana Trump (left)...
    Mike Lindell is now devoting himself to discrediting American democracy because a belligerent orange clown lost an election and responded by having a public fit. NPR has a worthwhile look at four of the most prominent election conspiracy theorists crisscrossing the country to speak to rapt (and extremely gullible) audiences about how the orange-headed narcissistic clown not winning reelection is Actually because of a secret conspiracy against him. It includes mention of Mike Lindell, forever known as That Pillow Dude; it doesn't mention Michael Flynn, the Trump-pardoned national security adviser who, for plane fare and three hairs plucked from a comely virgin's scalp, will come to your event to embrace whatever conspiracy theory you like. The three names in focus are the Lindell-discovered Douglas Frank (ex-high school teacher), Seth "Captain K" Keshel (ex-Army intelligence, and yes, they really call him that), and David Clements, (ex-business professor fired from New Mexico State for jeopardizing student health during a pandemic.) Between Pillow Dude and the three of them, they've racked up over 300 appearances nationwide, regaling audiences with charts and graphs and the...
    Arizona State Speaker of the House Russell Bowers During Tuesday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing, Arizona state Speaker of the House Russell “Rusty” Bowers, a staunch conservative Republican, testified as to his experience being harassed by both Trump and his minions in the days and weeks before and after the Jan. 6 certification of the 2020 election. Rep. Bowers chose to honor his sworn oath to the country when he refused to pretend that the Big Lie being pushed by disgraced president Trump and others had any legal validity. He has subsequently been forced to step in and stop his own political party’s attempts to flip the Copper State’s constitution on its head. The only disappointment in Bowers’ testimony is that Schiff didn’t ask the Arizona Speaker of the House more about the emails he received from Ginni Thomas, which urged him to throw away millions of Arizona constituents’ votes. Thomas is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and should probably be deposed 1,000 times for her part in the attempted overthrow of our government. But Rep. Bowers gave powerful and righteous testimony as to why...
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), founded in 1920 when Woodrow Wilson was president, has been around for 102 years. And in 2022, the ACLU is more important and badly needed than ever as Christian nationalists and the far-right, nakedly authoritarian MAGA movement attack everything from voting rights to gay rights to reproductive freedom. In fact, there has been a movement within the ACLU to expand and broaden the organization’s activities. But according to a report for HuffPost, the ambitions of ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero are giving the organization some growing pains. In an article published by HuffPost on June 17, journalist Molly Redden notes that the ACLU, under Romero, has “been trying to do things differently for years.” “Over the past decade, it has been Romero’s goal to build the organization — which has historically done most of its fighting in the courtroom — into one that wields as much political and cultural clout for civil rights as the National Rifle Association does for the gun lobby,” Redden reports. “Romero had even commissioned a study, in 2013, of...
    When former Sen. David Perdue lost Georgia’s 2022 GOP gubernatorial primary to Gov. Brian Kemp by a brutal 52%, it was not only a humiliating defeat for Perdue — it was also a major humiliation for former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Perdue and hates Kemp with a passion. As Trump sees it, Kemp committed a cardinal sin when he refused to go along with the Big Lie and acknowledged that President Joe Biden legitimately won Georgia in the 2020 presidential election. But some major Trump allies, reporter Greg Bluestein emphasizes in an article published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 2, are now rallying around Kemp’s reelection campaign. That includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Perdue himself. During the primary, Perdue campaigned on the Big Lie and slammed Kemp as a RINO (Republican In Name Only) who is soft on voter fraud and let the Biden campaign get away with stealing Georgia from Trump. Biden’s campaign, of course, did nothing of the kind; Biden won the Peach State fair and square. But after losing badly to Kemp,...
    Senate hopeful Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) needs to close a gap of more than 15 points if he’s to prevail in his runoff with Katie Britt on June 21. If a new Fox interview is any indication, it seems his strategy will be to aggressively court supporters of former President Donald Trump — whose endorsement he lost after delivering a mild rebuke of Jan. 6. And what better way to appeal to Trump and his voters — Brooks has evidently determined — than to completely embrace the false notion that the 2020 election was rigged. In a wild interview with Sandra Smith on Fox News Sunday, the Alabama congressman went completely in the tank for Trump and the Big Lie. “He was robbed, in my judgment, in 2020,” Brooks said of Trump. “In his judgment, he was robbed.” Brooks explained that his dispute with Trump was solely about the continued efforts to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election. But in principle, the Senate hopeful made clear he completely supported the incorrect notion that the contest was fixed against the...
    HOUSTON (KABC) -- There is growing demand for lawmakers to do something to stop mass shootings.Polls show a majority of Americans support background checks and other gun safety measures.This comes as as the National Rifle Association held its convention in Houston.Outside the convention center, thousands of protestors rallied against gun violence.Among the speakers was Texas candidate for governor, Beto O'Rourke."Let us commit ourselves right now to doing the hardest things that we can think of, because nothing about this will be easy," he said.Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, said organizers should've considered postponing the event. He held an event where he stressed there needs to be changes to laws."This is a situation and a problem that's not going to go away, just wishing it goes away," said Turner. "It's only going to go away if we step up and we take definitive action."Also among the speakers was David Hogg, who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead."Even if it's one law that saves one life, whether it be here...
    McCarthy has long made it known he did not plan to comply with the committee GOP Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced through his lawyer that he will not be complying with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee, citing 'procedural deficiencies.'  Attorney Elliot Berke wrote in a letter Friday that the committee had failed to establish its legitimate legislative purpose and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had failed to seat McCarthy's picks on the committee.  Pelosi rejected some of the minority leader's picks, citing their 2020 election fraud claims or, in the case of Rep. Jim Jordan, his proximity to the investigation. McCarthy pulled all of his nominees in protest, and Pelosi later appointed GOP Reps. Liz Cheney, Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, Ill.  'The words and actions of the Select Committee and its members have made it clear that it is not exercising a valid or lawful use of Congress' subpoena power,' Berke wrote in a letter to chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.  'Its only objective appears to be to attempt to score political points or damage its political...
    Joe Biden will give the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday while Donald Trump will speak to the National Rifle Association in dueling appearances that could preview the 2024 president campaign. Trump will be in Houston, just a few hours from the site of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where Biden and first lady Jill Biden will head to on Sunday to meet with family members of the 21 victims. Biden will also give another commencement address - this one on Saturday at the University of Delaware, his alma mater. Trump, meanwhile, will be in Wyoming on Saturday to headline a political rally for the primary rival to Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, whom he has vowed to defeat after she voted to impeach him for his role in the January 6th insurrection. The starkly contrasting schedules of the two men speak volumes about their personal convictions and this weekend's events could serve as a preview of a 2024 rematch should Trump decide to make another run for the Oval Office.  Joe Biden will...
    Donald Trump on Tuesday laughed off rumors of a potential 2024 challenge from his former vice president, Mike Pence, and insisted the 2020 presidential election needs to be re-litigated in a contentious interview with Fox Business host Stuart Varney. The portion of the interview, which appears to have been cut from the versions on Fox Business' website and YouTube channel, features the former president clashing with the news host and insisting his approval rating was 98 percent among GOP voters.  'What I hear from a lot of Republicans is that they don't want you to look back to the 2020 election and rehash it,' Varney told the ex-president. 'That's not what people are talking about. People don't want you to do that.' Trump countered, 'No, I think that you have to look back to find out. You have to look at history, Stuart.' 'If you don't look at history, you're going to be lost. It's gonna happen again, you can't let it happen again,' he said referring to baseless claims the presidential election was rigged. He pressed on, telling the...
    Jared Kushner lost Donald Trump the White House and presided over a 'wonky mishmash' of a campaign that cost him nearly $2billion and the presidency. This is Kellyanne Conway's takeaway set down in her new memoir, Here's the Deal. In the book, seen early by DailyMail.com, Conway, 55, not only eviscerates the former presidential son-in-law, she accuses him of trying to 'rewrite history' by claiming credit for Trump's 2016 win which, she says, was all her. 'I was the one,' the pollster-turned-presidential counselor writes, 'to develop a "secret sauce," to beat a woman for president and help lead Donald Trump in the Oval office,' she writes referencing Trump's 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton. Should there be any doubt about just who won Trump his seat, Conway takes care to quote the gratitude of others, such as Trump's Vice President Mike Pence who, in the chaotic aftermath of Trump's sensational victory, she recalls, sat down next to Conway and said: 'Kellyanne…none of us would be here without you.' Kellyanne Conway holds no punches regarding her apparent disdain for former fellow Trump staffer Jared...
    Still, fringe candidates are luring GOP voters and winning key races. The Republican Party’s radical right flank is making inroads among voters and winning key primaries east of the Mississippi. But out West, among the five states that held their 2022 primary elections on May 17, a string of GOP candidates for office who deny the 2020’s presidential election results and have embraced various conspiracies were rejected by Republicans who voted for more mainstream conservatives. This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. In Pennsylvania, Douglas Mastriano, an election denier and white nationalist, won the GOP’s nomination for governor. He received 587,772 votes, which was 43.96 percent of the vote in a low turnout primary. One-quarter of Pennsylvania’s 9 million registered voters cast ballots. In Idaho, by contrast, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who also claimed Joe Biden’s election was illegitimate and has campaigned at white supremacist rallies, according to the Western States Center, an Oregon-based group that monitors the far right, lost her bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination to incumbent Gov. Brad Little....
    The foundation started by organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement spent more than $1.2 million lobbying members of Congress last year, including a push to impeach Donald Trump a second time, new tax filings show. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation on Tuesday released a 63-page Form 990, covering the fiscal year from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, at which point the group had $42 million in net assets.  The filing shows that the group's lobbying spending was devoted in part to 'lobby member[s] of Congress to vote in favor of impeachment.'  Trump was impeached by the House for a second time on January 13, 2021, a week before his term expired, on charges related to the US Capitol riot. He was acquitted in a Senate trial. Other lobbying priorities listed in the new tax filing included campaigning against the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which BLM organizers argued did not go far enough in reforming policing. The group also lobbied in favor of the more sweeping BREATHE Act, which would abolish the Drug Enforcement Agency and end...
    The number of severe injuries suffered by migrants attempting climb over the border wall in southern San Diego rose by almost five times since 2019 after former President Donald Trump increased the height from as low as 6ft to 30ft. UC San Diego Health revealed it had treated 375 people for high-severity injuries between 2019 and 2021. In comparison, there were only 67 such cases from 2016 to 2019. UC San Diego Health also reported 16 deaths since 2019, compared to zero deaths previously.  The study investigated border wall-related medical facility admissions from January 2016 to December 2021.  'The height increase of the border wall along the San Ysidro and El Centro sectors was touted as making the barrier 'unclimbable' but that has not stopped people from attempting to do with consequential results,' wrote Dr. Amy Liepert, the UC San Diego Health medical director of acute care surgery. At least 375 migrants were hurt and 16 died after falling from 405-mile long border wall between 2019 and 2021 that former President Donald Trump ordered its height to be increased to 30 feet,...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci blasted Donald Trump's 'less than optimal' response to COVID-19 while in office, and admitted he does not want to serve under the former president if he is re-elected in 2024. Speaking to CNN's Jim Acosta on Sunday, America's top infectious disease expert teased he would likely resign before serving as an advisor to Trump again. 'If Trump were to return to the White House as President, and COVID was still a threat or there was some other public health emergency, would you have confidence in his ability to deal with a pandemic of this nature? Would you want to stay on at your post?' Acosta asked Fauci. 'Well, no to the second question,' Fauci answered between nervous laughs.  'The first question, if you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think at best you could say it wasn't optimal.' He continued: 'And I think just history will speak for itself. I don't need to make any further comment about that, it's not productive.' Fauci and Trump have a history of clashes...
    Newly surfaced audio shows Lindsey Graham praising Joe Biden as police worked to clear the Capitol during the January 6 riot. The Republican senator speculated that the attack would unite Americans. 'We will actually come out of this thing stronger. Moments like this reset,' a somber Graham said from a secure location, according to audio obtained by reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns and aired on CNN. 'It'll take a while. People will calm down. People will [say] "I don’t want to be associated with that." This is a group within a group. What this does, it'll be a rallying effect for a while, where the country says, "We're better than this."' Graham, 66, goes on to praise Biden, who was set to be inaugurated in front of the building two weeks later. 'He'll be maybe the best person to have, right? I mean, how mad can you get at Joe Biden?'  The lawmaker from South Carolina gave an impassioned speech on the floor when Congress resumed moments later, telling his colleagues to 'count me out' of Trump world. Since then...
    After months of calling out progressives for their perceived missteps, liberal commentator Bill Maher has returned to form and sharply criticized the Republican Party, arguing that conservatives are abandoning their commitment to democracy. In the new episode of his HBO show Real Time on Friday, Maher argued that restrictive new voting laws, bitter acrimony over the 2020 election, and the US Capitol riot show that the GOP is willing to abandon democratic principles.  'Now many Republicans have decided that democracy is what's wrong with America,' Maher said in a monologue. 'That is pretty much the position of the Republican Party now, that you can vote for anyone you like, but it doesn't count if it's not us. Heads we win, tails we coup,' he added. Bill Maher has returned to form and sharply criticized the Republican Party, arguing that conservatives are abandoning their commitment to democracy Trump is seen at a rally in Ohio on Saturday to endorse JD Vance RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Donald Trump heads to Ohio to rally supporters for...
    Rep. Steve Scalise, the number two House Republican, denied leaking audio of Kevin McCarthy talking about Donald Trump after the Jan. 6th insurrection and called it a political distraction in an election year.  Scalise, who would be frontrunner for speaker if Republicans win the House this fall and McCarthy's bid flames out due to his comments on Trump, said neither he nor his staff was behind the leak audio, which revealed McCarthy did actually make comments about Trump's responsibility for the insurrection - comments the GOP leader had denied making.  'Neither he nor anyone on his team recorded or leaked private conversations among members,' a Scalise spokesperson said. Scalise's office pivoted the situation into an attack on President Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, hitting out at their legislative agenda, which Republicans claim has led to the record high inflation being experienced by Americans.  'Millions of American are suffering right now under President Biden and Speaker Pelosi's big-government socialist agenda that has given us record high inflation,' Scalise's office noted, 'ith skyrocketing gas prices and a border crisis, yet the...
    A majority of voters have said they would support a political candidate who backs funding the police and expanding U.S. energy production, a new poll released on Wednesday shows.  The two issues rank at the top of a list of attributes that would sway Americans to vote for a candidate, as reflected in a new NBC News survey less than eight months until November's midterm elections to decide which party controls Congress. Asked if they were more or less likely to back 'a candidate who supports funding the police and providing them the resources and training they need to protect our communities,' 75 percent of respondents said it would boost their chances. Just 11 percent said it would be a turn-off. At the very bottom of the list is the issue of defunding the police -- 73 percent said they're less likely to support a candidate echoing the progressive call and 17 percent said it would help win their vote. That's a sizeable net difference of 56 percent.  And support for expanding domestic oil and gas production would make 69...
    Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis called President Joe Biden 'quasi-senile' in a radio interview where he also repeatedly called the president 'Brandon' in code for an expletive-laden chant. DeSantis, who is consider a leading potential Republican presidential candidate for 2024, particularly should former President Donald Trump not run – picked up an attack Trump used in 2020, when he repeatedly called his rival 'sleepy' and not up to the task of office. DeSantis referenced clean-up efforts that White House aides undertook after Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin 'cannot remain in power.' 'The contrast between a doddering, quasi-senile President who has to have his press team clean up his remarks after every time he opens his mouth, versus somebody like me who’s out there — I’m very direct, I mean what I say, I lead, and I get things done,” DeSantis told the 'Guy Benson Show on Fox News Tuesday.   Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis called President Biden 'doddering, quasi-senile' in a new radio interview. He also repeatedly called him 'Brandon'
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on Justice Clarence Thomas to resign from the Supreme Court, or if not then be impeached, taking Democrats' calls for recusal a step further amid texts revealing his wife's involvement in the election fraud claims that led to Jan. 6.  'Clarence Thomas should resign. If not, his failure to disclose income from right-wing organizations, recuse himself from matters involving his wife, and his vote to block the Jan 6th commission from key information must be investigated and could serve as grounds for impeachment,' the New York Democrat wrote on Twitter.   Five House members have now called on Thomas to resign or be impeached - Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Hank Johnson, D-Ga., Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., and AOC.  In 2011 watchdog group Common Cause found that the justice over the course of five years failed to disclose his wife's income from Heritage Foundation, where she was paid $686,589 between 2003 and 2007. Under the 'spousal non-investment income' section of his financial disclosure forms, he checked a box titled 'none.'  Five House members have now called on Thomas...
    Former President Donald Trump lauded Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Kim Jong Un while going after the top ranks of the U.S. Armed Forces. Speaking at a rally in Commerce, GA on Saturday, the former president noted that he played a clip from the movie Patton ahead of his address because he wanted to make a statement about the current brass of the U.S. military. “Where the hell are our General Pattons?!” Trump said. He went on to attack one general in particular, Gen. Mark Milley — the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Trump claimed Milley argued that it would be far cheaper to leave military equipment behind in Afghanistan than to remove it. “That’s when I realized he was a frickin’ idiot,” Trump said. “That’s what happened. He said it’s cheaper. I’ll never forget it.” From there the former president praised Putin, Xi, and Kim Jong Un — recalling fondly his two summits with the latter. “He’s a smart guy, he’s a tough guy,” Trump said of the North Korean leader. On Xi, Trump remarked, “he runs...
    The Biden administration on Friday reversed a Trump-era expansion of 'expedited removal,' whereby some illegal immigrants can be rapidly deported without an appearance before a judge.   The July 23, 2019 rule targeted immigrants across the nation who could not prove they had been in the U.S. continuously for two years or more. Prior to the rule's expansion, the 2004 expedited removal policy only applied to a 100-mile zone from the border, to those who had arrived by sea or to those who had been in the U.S. 14 days or fewer. In announcing the reversal of the expansion, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) withdrawal notice said that the Trump-era rule had been used so infrequently due to 'operational complexities and limited utility. The notice said that more aggressive use of the rule could subject Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to more legal challenges.  The expanded expedited removal authority was rarely used while it was in effect. Still, immigration activists celebrated the formal recission of the policy, which ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project direct Omar Jadwat said 'thumbs its nose at...
    The Russia-Ukraine crisis deepened on Tuesday, a day after Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinZelensky rules out ceding territory to Russia in late-night address to Ukraine US ambassador to UN calls Putin's peacekeeping forces 'nonsense' US relocates Ukraine embassy staff to Poland MORE declared two separatist regions of eastern Ukraine to be independent states.  The gravity of the situation is unmistakable, as is its capacity to affect the lives of millions of Americans.  President BidenJoe BidenUS ambassador to UN calls Putin's peacekeeping forces 'nonsense' US relocates Ukraine embassy staff to Poland UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting at request of Ukraine MORE addressed the situation from a tense White House early Tuesday afternoon, while Republicans sounded notes of criticism and caution.  Here are the main takeaways from a frenetic day.    Biden uses the I-word  Biden’s use of the term “invasion” was the single most significant feature of his White House remarks.  Specifically, he said Putin’s latest moves amounted to the “beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.”  The White House had, the previous evening, avoided the term...
    This weekend will feature rival conferences that demonstrate the warring factions of the Republican Party.  The Conservative Political Action Conference will take place starting Thursday in Orlando, Florida, where it moved last year to escape the D.C. area's stricter COVID protocols. Former President Donald Trump will be the headliner.  On Monday, organizers confirmed that former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard would be a 'special guest' at CPAC's Friday night Ronald Reagan Dinner. Additionally, Dr. Oz, who is running as a Republican for Pennsylvania's open Senate seat, will be on a healthcare panel on Sunday.   Trump's speech has been moved from the afternoon - when he typically addresses the conservative crowd - to primetime Saturday, showing that he remains the star of the party.  However, the anti-Trump elements of the Republican Party are also gathering, starting on Saturday. Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (left) and Dr. Mehmet Oz (right) will both be appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, where it was moved to get away from strict COVID-19 protocols Former President Donald Trump's CPAC speech has been moved...
    Phil Mickelson says he supports a new Saudi Arabian golf league despite slating the country's human rights record because it'll give US golfers leverage to reform the Professional Golf Association.   Mickelson reportedly made the remarks on the country's record on human rights in an interview with author Alan Shipnuck for his upcoming book, 'Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,' which is set for a May release. His remarks came as it was claimed Donald Trump is in talks to host the Saudi tournament at his New Jersey and Florida clubs. 'They're scary motherf****** to get involved with,' Shipnuck reported Mickelson as saying in a phone interview as posted to the website Firepit Collective. 'We know they killed [Washington Post reporter Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.' Phil Mickelson of USA talks to the media during a practice round prior to...
    John Eastman, an attorney at the heart of Donald Trump's quest to overturn the 2020 election, has handed over 8,000 pages of emails to the House select committee investigating January 6, according to a Monday court filing. The former law professor is also trying to use executive privilege to shield more than 10,000 documents, after failing to block a subpoena for 94,000 pages of emails.   Eastman had appeared alongside Rudy Giuliani at Trump's Stop The Steal rally shortly before the Capitol riot, where Giuliani infamously called for a 'trial by combat' over the election.  He was subpoenaed by the House panel late last year for having a key role in devising the ex-president's legal strategy that claimed former Vice President Mike Pence had the authority to singularly overturn President Joe Biden's electoral victory. The formal request for nearly 100,000 pages of online correspondence was sent to Chapman University, where Eastman used to work. He was also asked to come for a deposition himself. Eastman had unsuccessfully sued to block the documents' release citing attorney-client privilege. Instead, U.S. District Court Judge...
    Trump era Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe says there is 'enough evidence' to indict 'multiple people' related to the origins of the investigation into Russian involvement with the former president's campaign. Ratcliffe told Special Counsel John Durham, sources told Fox News, that the indictments could be connected to Hillary Clinton's lawyers hacking Trump's servers to try and fabricate ties to his campaign and the Kremlin in order to distract from her own email scandal. Clinton allegedly approved 'a plan concerning U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server,' according to a CIA Counterintelligence Operational Lead (CIOL) first revealed when a heavily-redacted version became declassified in October 2020. The September 2016 memo was forwarded from the CIA to the FBI to the attention of then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok. A source familiar with the matter told Fox that Ratcliffe has privately raised concerns regarding the CIOL's direction specifically to Comey and Strzok. Trump's Director of...
    Staff at the White House residence repeatedly discovered wads of printed paper clogging a toilet while Donald Trump was in office, a new book has claimed. In her forthcoming book Confidence Man, Maggie Haberman claims that staff believed Trump had been flushing pieces of paper. The book claims that the pieces of paper, which were believed to have been teared up, ended up blocking a toilet in the residence, according to Axios. The latest news comes after the disclosure by the Archives that officials recovered 15 boxes of White House materials that were being held at Mar-a-Lago – in apparent contravention of federal records acts. Officials described the matter, reported by the Washington Post, as 'preliminary,' saying it was not clear whether they would investigate the former president or his aides.  Meanwhile, the National Archives and Records Administration has asked the Justice Department to look into former President Donald Trump's removal of White House records as he left the White House – opening up a new area of potential legal exposure for Trump. Charging a former president with violating the Presidential Records Act...
    Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday accused Presidents Biden and Trump of tarnishing the image of the United States as talks resumed in Vienna to revive a 2015 nuclear deal.  'These days, the U.S. is being hit in ways it never computed,' said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to Iran's official IRNA news agency. 'The two American presidents - the current and former heads of state - have joined hands to tarnish the image of the United States.' He offered no further explanation but it marked an unusually direct criticism of U.S. president.  Iranian figures have repeatedly accused the U.S. of being untrustworthy after Trump in 2018 withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 agreement that lifted sanctions in return for limits on Tehran's nuclear program.
    DONALD Trump fans applauded a dramatically different look as he called himself the "45th and 47th president" while playing golf. In an undated video shared to social media, it appeared that the former president confirmed he is considering a run for the Oval Office again in 2024. 3Fans praised Donald's weight lossCredit: Twitter/The Columbia Bugle 3He played golf in the undated videoCredit: Twitter/The Columbia Bugle He has teased the idea for months in rallies and during interviews but has not yet officially confirmed it due to campaigning laws. Fans welcomed his comment in the video footage of him playing golf in what appeared to be one of his own courses. He wore a MAGA hat and white polo shirt as he teed up while his companions praised his shot. “Now on the tee, the 45th president of the United States,” the unidentified man speaking over the video states. “The 45th and 47th,” Trump appeared to joke in return, before taking his shot. Trump supporters commented on the ex-president's appearance after his 15lb weight loss...
    Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was conspicuously absent from her post on Fox News Wednesday. According to a report, that might have been because she was speaking with lawmakers on the Jan. 6 House select committee. CNN, after speaking with sources close to the matter, broke the news that McEnany had remotely addressed the committee. The Fox News host, who usually appears daily on Outnumbered, was subpoenaed by the committee in November after she was accused of making false statements by lawmakers about the 2020 election. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said at the time that McEnany’s subpoena was part of a broader effort to speak with people close to former President Donald Trump. “The select committee wants to learn every detail of what went on in the White House on Jan. 6th and in the days beforehand,” said Thompson. “We need to know precisely what role the former president and his aides played in efforts to stop the counting of the electoral votes, and if they were in touch with anyone outside the White House attempting to overturn the...
    Lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol asked Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday to voluntarily answer questions about former President Donald Trump's actions on the day of the violence. In its request, the House select committee said McCarthy had previously described a 'very heated conversation' with the president as the bloody events unfolded. And it pointed to media reports that he also told other Republicans that Trump had admitted ‘some degree of responsibility’ for the attack. The request seeks information about his conversations with the president 'before, during and after' the riot as lawmakers try to understand Trump's motivations.  The panel has already interviewed about 300 people and issued subpoenas to more than 40 as it seeks to create a comprehensive record of the Jan. 6 attack.  'You have acknowledged speaking directly with the former President while the violence was underway on January 6th,' wrote its chairman Bennie Thompson to McCarthy.  The House Jan 6 committee has asked GOP leader Kevin McCarthy for his cooperation, citing his 'very heated conversation' with President Trump as the violence unfolded...
    Jacob Chansley, who is spending 41 months in prison for storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 of last year, is blaming the media for making him the face of the riot. His mother, meanwhile, is placing some the blame on the shoulders of former President Donald Trump. The man and his impossible-to-miss costume, which consisted of a headdress and face paint, entered the Capitol building and eventually the Senate chamber en route to becoming the embodiment of Jan. 6. Chansley, who was instantly labeled the “QAnon Shaman,” spoke to Inside Edition on his mother’s cell phone from inside an Oklahoma prison for an interview that aired on Wednesday. Inside Edition’s Lisa Guerrero asked Chansley, “How are you doing?” Chansley resounded, “Considering the fact that I’m not in solitary confinement anymore, I’m better than I was when I was in solitary.” Guerrero then asked him if he had any regrets about participating in the riot. “In retrospect, one thing I can say that I regret is not working to ensure that there was far more peace on that day,” Chansley...
    As the United States prepares to face the somber anniversary of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, President Joe Biden will address the nation, with expectations that he will discuss the progress both law enforcement and the House select committee have made in bringing those responsible to justice, along with the need to heal the nation in order to preserve democracy. However, on that same date, both Donald Trump and his former adviser Steve Bannon will also address the nation, and their theme will be … different. As Biden addresses the nation, so will Bannon and Trump. They’re highlighting the anniversary with very different intentions, aided by a right-wing media that has spent the last year attempting to turn a violent insurrection into a “false-flag” operation staged by the FBI, a peaceful protest infiltrated by antifa, or to simply deny it happened at all. That media has gone from being horrified at what was happening on the day itself to being wholly engaged in a gaslighting campaign that claims the agencies and committee attempting to investigate Jan. 6 are the real villains. According to Axios, Trump...
    Donald Trump will hold a press conference at his Mar-a-Lago estate on January 6 where he plans to rail against Democrats and 'RINOs' and promote election fraud conspiracy theories exactly one year after the Capitol riot, he announced on Tuesday. At the same time House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing a 'solemn observance' marking a year since the deadly insurrection, she told her Democratic colleagues on Monday. Their polar opposite approaches are emblematic of the growing divide between Democrat and Republican lawmakers over their recollections of the day - even for those who were forced to hide while violent Trump supporters shattered through glass and overwhelmed law enforcement.  In a lengthy statement sent out this morning, the ex-president accused the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack of deliberately overlooking 'the rigged Presidential Election of 2020.'  He also described the January 6 attack as an 'unarmed protest' and said the real 'insurrection' was Election Day 2020.  'Why isn’t the Unselect Committee of highly partisan political hacks investigating the CAUSE of the January 6th protest, which was the rigged Presidential Election...