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    (CNN)"Lock and load," was one of the top comments on an online forum dedicated to former President Donald Trump on Monday night, soon after it emerged his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort had been searched by the FBI.Other posts were more explicit, "I'm just going to say it. [Attorney General Merrick] Garland needs to be assassinated. Simple as that." Another user posted, "kill all feds." Analysis: The extraordinary political storm unleashed by the FBI search of Trumps Florida resort Users also encouraged others to post the address of the judge they believe signed off on the search warrant. "I see a rope around his neck," a comment under a picture of the judge read.On the same forum, researchers previously found talk of violence and discussion on how to attack police officers in the weeks leading up to the January 6, 2021, attack.Amid the users on the forum Monday night was an alleged insurrectionist.Read MoreOne reply to the top-rated "lock and load" post came from an account with the username bananaguard62 and asked "Are we not in a cold civil war at this...
    New York (CNN Business)Alyssa Farah Griffin and Ana Navarro, two conservatives who have been extraordinarily critical of former President Donald Trump, were officially announced on Thursday as a permanent co-hosts of "The View."Co-host Whoopi Goldberg made the announcements during two live segments on the ABC daytime talk show.Griffin said she was "honored" to become a co-host and Navarro described it as an "enormous, incomparable privilege."The appointment of Griffin and Navarro to permanent seats on the show is not entirely surprising. Both have regularly co-hosted the show and several news organizations reported recently that Griffin would soon be announced as an official co-host. Ana Navarro (L) and Alyssa Farah GriffinGriffin resigned in December 2020 from the Trump administration, in which she'd held several positions, including White House communications director. Griffin has since leveled searing criticism at her former boss and colleagues who have covered for him.Read MoreNavarro, a longtime Republican strategist and commentator who has been a contributor on "The View" since 2019, has for years spoken in no-holds-barred terms against Trump and his allies.Both Griffin and Navarro are CNN political...
    Even to many of its defenders, the practice of Democrats buying ads to promote extremist Republican candidates because they believe they will be easiest to defeat in a general election is morally questionable, at best. But one famed Democratic strategist has no ethical qualms whatsoever with this controversial strategy. Speaking with Jim Acosta on CNN Saturday, longtime Democratic consultant James Carville gave his full-throated support to this gambit — which critics have denounced as sneaky and dishonest. “I don’t see any ethical or moral problem with doing this,” Carville said. He added, “I think most of the opposition to this is from the pontifical class mostly located on the coast. I don’t see anything wrong with this. And you try to do everything you can to help your candidate or your party win an election. And that’s pretty simple.” On top of all the questions of hypocrisy that present themselves to Democrats — who have spent the past six years denouncing former President Donald Trump as an existential threat to Democracy, and have now actively worked to put a number...
    (CNN)Murtaja Qureiris, once considered by lawyers and activists as the youngest political prisoner in Saudi Arabia, was released on Friday, the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights told CNN.His case was first highlighted in an exclusive CNN report published in 2019, which detailed how Saudi authorities arrested Qureiris when he was 13, three years after he ​​was accused of participating in a bike protest during the 2011 Arab Spring ​at the age of 10. ​After almost four years in pre-trial detention, before his 18th birthday, he was presented with a charge sheet recommending the death penalty. Prosecutors alleged that Qureiris belonged to "an extremist terror group" and committed violence during protests, including allegedly helping construct Molotov cocktails. Qureiris denied all of the allegations against him. ​Qureiris was traveling with his family to Bahrain when he was detained by Saudi border authorities on the King Fahd causeway that connects the two countries.Read MoreHe was 10 years old when he allegedly committed at least one of the acts in his charge sheet. He was charged with accompanying his activist brother, Ali Qureris,...
    Cairo (CNN)Libya was thrust back into the spotlight last week when it announced that it is pumping a million fewer barrels of oil than it did last year. That was big news for oil-consuming nations that are scrambling to look for additional supplies as crude from Russia, the world's third-biggest producer, comes under Western sanctions. Any additional barrels from Libya could provide a much-needed reprieve from soaring global inflation, analysts say. The Libyan oil ministry told CNN on Wednesday that production had shrunk to a near halt in June, to 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 1.2 million bpd last year. But on Monday, oil minister Mohamed Oun told CNN that production had climbed up to 800,000 barrels a day, saying some fields had come back online. The fluctuating output and conflicting narratives surrounding the industry demonstrate the disarray Libya's oil sector is in, with little clarity on who really is in control of the nation's most valuable resource. It also highlights the strategic significance of a fragmented country on NATO's southern flank where Western states are trying to regain...
    It appears the results of the network's latest poll, conducted by SSRS from April 28 to May 1, were so bleak for Biden and the Democrats that no amount of spin could make things appear better. The poll showed that a majority of American adults believe the president's policies have hurt the economy, and eight in 10 said the government isn't doing enough to combat inflation. Only a dismal 23% rated economic conditions as even somewhat good, the lowest mark since November 2011. And by a four-to-one margin, Americans said they are more likely to hear something bad than good about the economy. Economic pessimism even crossed party lines, as a near-universal 94% of Republicans rated current economic conditions in the U.S. as poor, joined by a whopping 81% of independents and 54% of Democrats. Biden's overall approval rating on the economy has cratered to just 34%, with 66% disapproving. Yet in the face of all the bad news, the White House continued to push misleading messages. While speaking on CNN's "New Day," White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein suggested...
    Washington, DC (CNN)Rep. Madison Cawthorn -- the freshman Republican representing North Carolina's 11th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives -- has in recent weeks become the center of chaos within the GOP. At 26 years old, the youngest member of Congress has sparked uproar in the Republican Party after claiming on a podcast that people in Washington have invited him to participate in orgies and used cocaine in front of him -- the latest incident in a string of controversies surrounding Cawthorn that include calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a "thug" and the Ukrainian government "incredibly evil." The comments from the political newcomer, who faced charges in March for driving with a revoked license for the second time in five years, have drawn the ire of members of his own party.CNN reported on Wednesday that Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina is throwing his weight behind one of Cawthorn's primary opponent -- an extraordinary broadside against a fellow Republican from his home state, as internal frustration with the controversial MAGA firebrand reaches a boiling point.According to multiple...
    Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images A writer for CNN argued that the controversy over Joe Rogan’s history of using the N-word is comparable to the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Yes, really. John Blake, a senior and producer for CNN, published a column on Sunday that begins thusly: “The podcaster Joe Rogan did not join a mob that forced lawmakers to flee for their lives. He never carried a Confederate flag inside the US Capitol rotunda. No one died trying to stop him from using the n-word. But what Rogan and those that defend him have done since video clips of him using the n-word surfaced on social media is arguably just as dangerous as what a mob did when they stormed the US Capitol on January 6 last year.” Blake, of course, is referring to the public fallout surrounding the resurfaced tapes of Rogan using the N-word multiple times over the years. The embattled podcaster has apologized for using the term, but as Blake noted in his piece, Rogan has derided the outrage as a “political hit job.” Blake’s...
    The admission comes just weeks after Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) empowered parents to do exactly what Wen suggested by signing an executive order moving the power to determine masking from school officials to individual parents. Democrats grumbled over Youngkin's order, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki as recently as Monday complained about it — all while praising Murphy's decision. What was the reaction to Wen? Wen's comments triggered a tsunami of reaction online, the consensus of which went something like this: "science" has not changed — only Democrats' political standing has changed. "The polling numbers have changed. The political landscape has changed. That's why you're promoting a different propaganda message now. That's all. If the science itself had changed, we'd see new peer-reviewed studies that indicate the change," psychology professor Geoffrey Miller said. "As others noted, there is nothing in The Science™ that changed to justify Dem politicians suddenly ending mask mandates. All that changed is the political fear they have. Conflating 'The Science' with politics like this is a key reason many...
    Discovery's CEO has sparked confusion by calling CNN 'a leader in news to the left' ahead of his company's acquisition of the network, though it appears to have been awkward phrasing to describe the company's portfolio, rather than political leanings. CEO David Zaslav, who will lead the combined company after Discovery merges with CNN parent WarnerMedia later this year, made the remark in an interview with CNBC on Friday, prompting laughter from host Joe Kernan. In the interview, which was closely watched as Zaslav made his first public comments since the ouster of CNN boss Jeff Zucker, the Discovery CEO was describing the new company's portfolio of offerings. 'We have this great entertainment menu, which should keep people in the home, from the kids to the grandparents. Why would they go anywhere else? And then we're the leader in news to the left...' said Zaslav, gesturing to his left. Kernan, who makes no secret of his conservative leanings, burst out laughing as he responded: 'Definitely to the left. Did you say to the left? Man you weren't kidding.' The CNBC...
    (CNN)When Xiomara Castro led a march through the Honduran capital in 2009, demanding that her husband, who was ousted in a military coup, be returned to power, it was the first time she seized the political spotlight, according to Honduran political experts CNN spoke to for this article.Now, the former first lady is ready to take center stage as Honduras' first female president, promising a radical agenda to counter years of governance plagued by corruption and scandal.Castro, a democratic socialist, will be inaugurated on Thursday following a landslide victory in the November 2021 presidential elections. Her party, the Freedom and Refoundation Party (Libre) won the vote with a lead of more than 14 points over her nearest opponent, Nasry Asfura, the capital's mayor and candidate for outgoing President Juan Orlando Hernández's National Party.Winning 51% of the vote share and 1.7 million votes, Castro garnered the largest number of votes in the country's history, underscoring the public's appetite for change. Read MoreThe 62-year-old ran on campaign promises to battle corruption (and promised to enlist the United Nations to strengthen that fight),...
    London (CNN)If 2020 renewed calls for racial equality as Black Lives Matter protests exploded throughout Europe, 2021 brought in the backlash as parts of the political establishment waged a so-called "war against woke."Stripped of its original meaning of a person being awake to progressive issues, "woke" has been appropriated from the Black vernacular and turned into a political lightning rod in the West's culture wars. It is now used pejoratively by lawmakers and pundits from both left and right, criticizing the perceived excesses of social and racial justice movements.The politicization of the word, which has seen degrees of success in the United States, has bolstered political resistance to calls for more equality in Europe. The amorphous term has also been interpreted differently, depending on where it is deployed. In the United Kingdom, woke is used to "describe anything that could previously [be] described as 'politically correct,'" Evan Smith, a visiting fellow at Australia's Flinders University and author of "No Platform: A History of Anti-Fascism and the Limits of Free Speech," told CNN. The term is "used to describe a broad...
    CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin took aim at Attorney General Merrick Garland for attempting to strike a bipartisan tone on behalf of the Justice Department.  During his lengthy remarks commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, Garland provided an update on the DOJ's ongoing investigations into the hundreds of criminals who have been arrested and charged for their involvement.  AG MERRICK GARLAND SAYS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS ‘NO HIGHER PRIORITY’ THAN INVESTIGATING JAN. 6 CAPITOL RIOT Garland also rejected the notion that the DOJ was acting in a partisan manner in solely going after political foes of the Biden administration while listing various criminal incidents that occurred beyond the Capitol riot.  "These acts and threats of violence are not associated with any one set of partisan or ideological views, but they are permeating so many parts of our national life that they risk becoming normalized and routine if we do not stop them," Garland said.  U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at the Department of Justice,  in advance of the one year anniversary of...
    CNN’s Newsroom reacted to remarks made by former top Trump adviser Steve Bannon outside a federal courthouse after being arraigned on Monday on criminal contempt charges. Bannon was indicted for defying a subpoena by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. He turned himself in to the FBI on Monday. Bannon railed against the charges from the Department of Justice and threatened to go “on offense” against President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Bannon called the charge the “misdemeanor from hell.” “You heard the remarks from Steve Bannon after this first appearance. Also from his attorney David shown. Steve Bannon calling this he said it is the misdemeanor from hell,” said CNN co-host Victor Blackwell following remarks from Bannon and his attorney, David Schoen. “Referencing attorney general Merrick Garland, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Biden, even squeezed in a Hillary Clinton reference there as well, so clearly the man versus the administration narrative is the one that he wants to follow.” Blackwell then introduced the panel: senior justice correspondent Evan Perez, senior legal analyst Elie Honig and congressional correspondent Ryan Nobles. Perez called the...
    (CNN)Marina Nemat was only 13 years old when the freedom that she had taken for granted -- singing in public, wearing a swimsuit at the beach and holding her boyfriend's hand -- was suddenly taken away.But what shocked Nemat the most was the speed of her nation's descent into a theocratic regime in 1979. Within a matter of months, she and her fellow Iranians lost the limited rights they had enjoyed under the country's previous government, itself a repressive monarchy.When Nemat dared to protest against the new regime, she was arrested and sent to the notorious Evin prison, where she would spend the next two-plus years, released just shy of 19 -- alive, but deeply broken. From that traumatizing time, she says she learned "those of us who have experienced what the loss of basic rights looks and feels like have an obligation to speak up."Wai Hnin Pwint Thon was already four years old when she first met her father, Ko Mya Aye, a democratic activist who had been sent to prison for leading a peaceful protest against the military...
    (CNN)Marina Nemat was only 13 years old when the freedom that she had taken for granted -- singing in public, wearing a swimsuit at the beach and holding her boyfriend's hand -- was suddenly taken away.But what shocked Nemat the most was the speed of her nation's descent into a theocratic regime in 1979. Within a matter of months, she and her fellow Iranians lost the limited rights they had enjoyed under the country's previous government, itself a repressive monarchy.When Nemat dared to protest against the new regime, she was arrested and sent to the notorious Evin prison, where she would spend the next two-plus years, released just shy of 19 -- alive, but deeply broken. From that traumatizing time, she says she learned "those of us who have experienced what the loss of basic rights looks and feels like have an obligation to speak up."Wai Hnin Pwint Thon was already four years old when she first met her father, Ko Mya Aye, a democratic activist who had been sent to prison for leading a peaceful protest against the military...
    (CNN)The University of Florida told three professors hired to testify as expert witnesses in a voting rights case against the state of Florida that they cannot participate.The University of Florida told the professors "that they were not authorized to serve as experts on behalf of Plaintiffs in this matter as part of their 'outside activities,'" according to court documents filed Friday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division.The case challenges parts of Florida's Senate Bill 90, which an attorney for the plaintiffs says "imposes substantial and unjustifiable restrictions on the ability of eligible Floridians to vote and register to vote."The law added restrictions such as new ID requirements for voting by mail, limiting who can return a completed mail-in ballot, prohibiting the use of non-profit and private funds to conduct elections, expanding partisan observation power during ballot tabulation and creating additional restrictions for drop box use, CNN previously reported.Cannot wait for Washington: How voting rights activists are navigating new restrictions ahead of November elections"The University told Dr. Smith that 'outside activities that may...
    In this episode, Vince and Jason react to Joe Rogan flipping out on CNN for lying about his ‘horse dewormer’ medication, Hillary still focusing on the Jan. 6th insurrection, and discussing the Democrats flip-flop on the Defund the Police movement. (RELATED: Joe Rogan Confronts CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Over The Network Lying About His Ivermectin Usage) “Vince & Jason Save The Nation” is a political debate show that grapples with America’s most pressing questions. The show features intelligent, brutally honest conversations between Vince Coglianese and Jason Nichols, two nationally renowned political commentators who come from opposite sides of the political divide but share a profound love of country. Enlisting the support of their fascinating and talented guests, Vince and Jason tackle the existential issues confronting America and set out on their quest to Save the Nation. Subscribe to Save The Nation on Apple Podcasts: https://rb.gy/mletxb Subscribe to Save The Nation on Spotify: https://rb.gy/jd7gdx
    Moscow (CNN)Millions of Russians are expected to head to the polls over a three-day period starting Friday in elections taking place against the backdrop of an unprecedented assault on democracy over the past year. Voters will choose members of the State Duma -- the lower house of the Russian Parliament -- as well as several regional and municipal heads. The ruling United Russia party, which backs President Vladimir Putin, is widely expected to win a majority. And country's embattled opposition -- which has backed tactical voting efforts to chip away at Putin's monopoly on power -- appears to have the slimmest of chances to reverse the country's slide into authoritarian rule. Two opposition activists who spoke to CNN allege that Russian authorities have gone to extreme lengths to prevent them from winning office, as part of a concerted attempt to quash electoral competition. Putin says several dozen in his inner circle test positive for coronavirusThe head of Russia's Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova, has dismissed criticism of the vote, saying the "entire political and social spectrum" of Russia is...
    CNN host Brian Stelter has been slammed for tweeting a claim that the 'real leaders' of 9/11 were news anchormen - and adding that 'political leaders were in bunkers or out of sight'.  Stelter tweeted a quote from an article written by AP writer David Bauder, saying: 'Network TV anchors were the closest thing that America had to national leaders on 9/11. They were the moral authority on that first day'.  He then added, 'especially with political leaders in bunkers or otherwise out of sight'.   DailyMail.com columnist and former host of The View, Meghan McCain was one of the first to criticize Stelter, saying: 'I don't know what this is even designed to mean other than to be incendiary on a dark anniversary'. 'First responders led & ran into danger and died. Mayor Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, George Pataki, President Bush, Chuck Schumer.... there were many real leaders leading us,' McCain tweeted in response to Stelter's initial tweet.  On Saturday, the former View host took to Twitter to criticize CNN host, Brian Stelter, after he tweeted a quote from an...
    Washington, DC (CNN)Members of the cryptocurrency world are donating to crypto-focused organizations, hiring lobbyists and ramping up advocacy efforts in a push to get lawmakers on board with the industry, as pressure builds on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to address a cryptocurrency provision of the bipartisan infrastructure bill before a vote in the House."The crypto world has been made politically aware," said Anne Fauvre-Willis, chief operating officer at Oasis Labs, a blockchain privacy company. "For many there has been a personal political awakening."The push follows a back-and-forth debate between Senators and dueling amendment proposals earlier this month that would have modified language included in the bipartisan infrastructure package meant to regulate cryptocurrency -- which uses blockchain technology for online transactions. Cryptocurrency, explainedDespite the debate, a cryptocurrency language compromise amendment failed before final passage of the legislation in the chamber Tuesday, leaving crypto advocates concerned for the fate of an industry they are personally invested in and care deeply about. As it stands, the provision would impose more federal regulation on cryptocurrencies and could dramatically expand the number of cryptocurrency users...
    (CNN)"Glass ceiling? Ha! What glass ceiling? Women, women exaggerate the problem of sexism," radio host Larry Elder said in a 1996 ad for his radio show.Then a hand slaps him across the face. "Blacks exaggerate the significance of racism," Elder adds. Another slap. "Medicare should be abolished," he continues. Slap. With each new comment, a hand slaps Elder across his face."What'd I say?" a grinning Elder asks as the ad concludes. Elder has long relished making provocative comments in his time as a radio host and columnist. But now, what he previously said could complicate the Republican's campaign to win California's September 14 recall election and unseat sitting Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. His comments about women -- which have already drawn attacks from his opponents -- are coming under scrutiny. And a CNN KFile review of his comments, dating back to 1996, show a lengthy history. Read MoreThe Elder campaign did not provide comment when CNN requested it.He has mocked premenstrual syndrome, known as PMS, calling it "Punish My Spouse (or Significant Other)." He prominently promoted on his webpage a...
    (CNN)America is being forced yet again to learn the same, repetitive lesson of the pandemic: Fighting a raging, evolving virus with cynicism-laced politics rather than medical data only leads to the same result -- a prolonged national nightmare.School kids are the latest victims as Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott, the Republican governors of Florida and Texas, prioritize ideology over public health guidance. The governors are clashing with local officials who are resisting their orders banning school mask mandates, which appear to directly contradict traditional conservative resistance to distant, centralized power.The Delta variant of Covid-19 is challenging the long-held belief that children don't get hit hard by the coronavirus. The American Association of Pediatrics reported last week that the US had an 84% increase in new Covid-19 cases among children from July 22 to 29, and Dr. Aileen Marty -- an infectious disease expert at Florida International University -- told CNN last week that children's hospitals in the Sunshine State are "completely overwhelmed."As the Delta variant scythes across the country -- especially less-vaccinated Republican states -- there are increasing signs that...
    Time Magazine national political correspondent Molly Ball said the "walls are closing in" on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo following the conclusion of the state attorney general's office's investigation into the sexual harassment claims against him, which found that he had harassed multiple women and retaliated against a former employee who complained.  "Can he weather this storm, these calls to resign, an impeachment inquiry and now a criminal complaint?" CNN's Manu Raju asked Ball on Sunday's "Inside Politics." "It's getting harder and harder to see how that would happen, just given the sheer volume of things coming at him at this point," she replied.  CUOMO SEXUALLY HARASSED MULTIPLE WOMEN IN VIOLATION OF STATE AND FEDERAL LAW, NY AG FINDS Top Democrats have renewed calls for Cuomo to resign following New York Attorney General Letitia James' shocking press conference. But the governor has thus far resisted those demands. "There is a feeling, you know, he is notoriously strong-willed, I guess you could say, a difficult and determined politician," Ball said. "And so there is a feeling that he will make this as difficult as possible. It's not going to go without a fight."  And...
    (CNN)The Biden administration has continued to back negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban, insisting the latter is still invested in the political process and political success is still possible, even as the international community has accused the Taliban of atrocities that may amount to war crimes.However, experts and former diplomats say that the Taliban want full control of Afghanistan and will continue to seek leverage for that goal on the battlefield. The top US envoy himself has acknowledged that the Taliban feel "emboldened" by their recent military gains in the country.Taliban political leadership remains engaged in discussions with US officials from their perch in Doha, and regularly fly to capitals all over the world to discuss the future of Afghanistan, but the intra-Afghan negotiations in the Qatari capital have continued on and off for nearly a year with no tangible result. Now, the talks are taking place against a backdrop of escalating Taliban violence, including Tuesday's bombings in Kabul targeting the Afghan government's acting defense minister, and as the United States is weeks away from a full military...
    An attorney working with Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) ridiculed Mo Brooks for how the Alabama Republican lawmaker responded to his client’s lawsuit by invoking his personal history to deflect from his actions on January 6th. Swalwell has filed a civil lawsuit against Brooks and several other Republican figures, accusing them of helping to incite the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Brooks is filing for legal immunity from the suit, claiming he was “cooperating” with the Trump White House and acting within his duty as a member of Congress when he gave his bombastic “Stop the Steal” rally speech before the riot. The Justice Department has rejected Brooks’ claim, saying his actions that day were rooted in political campaigning, which falls outside the scope of his congressional capacity. Phil Andonian, an attorney working with Swalwell on the lawsuit, appeared on CNN’s New Day to dissect Brooks’ continued attempts to pursue legal immunity. The lawyer told Brianna Keilar that Brooks has already admitted in an affidavit that his activities were political in nature, “so as...
    (CNN)The US military is more known for brashness rather than understatement. So, a comment by an unnamed US defense official to CNN's Barbara Starr that "it's not going well" is an uncharacteristically deadpan assessment of the unfolding mess in Afghanistan. It looks rather like the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks next month will be remembered less for the US finally extricating itself from its longest war than the Taliban regaining vast swathes of territory in the country. In recent days, the US has ramped up fierce air strikes in support of Afghan government troops as Taliban forces advance on critical provincial capitals Herat, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah. The defense official told Starr that there was deep concern that the ultra-fundamentalist militia could take some of its target cities and trigger a collapse in confidence in the Afghan government. Powerful blast rocks Kabul after Afghan army urges civilians to leave Taliban-controlled areas of major city Since President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of all US troops from the country earlier this year, the Taliban has clearly been emboldened,...
    CNN swiftly jumped onto the new report on Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment allegations, with several of the network’s hosts and guests painting it as a damning indictment for the New York governor. As New York Attorney General Letitia James concluded her explosive press conference, Kate Bolduan broke down the “bombshell” findings that Cuomo harassed multiple current and former state employees. She turned to former New York City prosecutor Paul Callan for his analysis, and he agreed that the presser was “shocking” and “devastating” for Cuomo’s political future. “It appears to be a very extensive report, and it actually accuses the governor of activity that could even be criminal,” Callan said. “It’s a shocker, a devastating indictment of the governor.” When the hour switched over to Inside Politics, John King took the wheel as he poured through the revelations, calling it “damning detail after dating detail.” As King spoke to Shimon Prokupecz about what the political fallout will look like for Cuomo, he praised James’ press conference by saying “they were methodical, they were detailed, and a lot of those details...
    (CNN)Christian Sanon, the Haitian-American doctor accused by authorities of plotting the assassination of Haiti's President, spent months planning a foray into national politics in the country, holding weekly Zoom meetings through early this year with academics and business leaders, and at one point meeting with the man who allegedly supplied the mercenaries behind the killing, according to a person at the meeting. The political effort never included a plan for a violent overthrow, people involved in it said. Two men who attended meetings with Sanon called him a thoughtful politician with a genuine interest in improving the country. And a letter sent to a senior US State Department official in late May outlined a serious project that had the support of Haitian leaders who "represent approximately 80% of the population." But according to authorities in Colombia and Haiti, Sanon had a secret plan B. Haitian police allege Sanon recruited the more than two dozen men who stormed the residence of Jovenel Moise, the assassinated President, in an attempt to seize power. What the American accused of plotting to kill...
    (CNN)New revelations suggesting that the Trump administration abused Justice Department powers to target his political enemies underscore just how far the ex-President went to destroy cherished principles of American republican government.They show that the true extent of assaults on democracy by Donald Trump are still coming to light and are probably even now not fully known. But this is not just a drama about the alleged misbehavior of a former President. Taken together with the Republican Party's refusal to hold Trump -- who remains the GOP's dominant figure -- to account for the Capitol insurrection and its nationwide efforts to restrict voting, the new allegations also indicate that the freedoms and core values that have underpinned American life for two-and-a-half centuries remain in almost unprecedented peril.In some of the most chilling exposés yet of Trump's autocratic tendencies, The New York Times late Thursday unveiled a secret scheme by prosecutors against members of Congress conducting presidential oversight.In pursuit of leaks of classified information about contacts between Trump associates and Russia, the Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of...
    A CNN staffer has admitted to an undercover journalist that his network has been deploying "propaganda" in an effort to damage Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.  In another damning clip released by the right-wing guerilla news outlet Project Veritas, technical director Charles Chester was asked if CNN uses "propaganda" on-air.  "I don't know. I- yeah," Chester responded after initially struggled to answer the question.  When he was asked to explain how CNN uses "propaganda," Chester cited the scandals plaguing the GOP congressman, which had surfaced just days prior.  CNN STAFFER ADMITS NETWORK'S FOCUS WAS TO 'GET TRUMP OUT OF OFFICE,' CALLS ITS COVERAGE 'PROPAGANDA' "If the agenda, say, is to get, like, Matt Gaetz right now, he's like this Republican," Chester began. "He's a problem for the Democratic Party because he's so conservative, right? And he can cause a lot of hiccups in passing of laws and whatnot. So, it would be great for the Democratic Party to get him out. So we're going to keep running those stories to keep hurting him and make it so that it can't be buried and, like, just settled...
    CNN’s credibility crisis just got worse as ex-CNN political commentator Doug Heye points out their obvious journalistic imbalance via Twitter. CNN Politics tweeted out one of their stories Saturday announcing that Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, will receive the JFK "Profile in Courage" award for being the only Republican senator to vote for former President Trump’s conviction during his first impeachment trial. The tweet includes a secondary comment detailing the award "comes at a time when Romney is not holding the GOP accountable for restricting voting rights." WHITE HOUSE REPORTER ACCUSES PAKISTANI IMMIGRANT'S SON OF PUSHING 'FAR-RIGHT NARRATIVES' FOR DC MURDER CONCERN Heye replied to CNN on Sunday afternoon expressing distaste for the tweet’s telling language. "This is the kind of bad tweet that discredits good journalists and gives evidence that a thumb is on the scale." Fox News reached out to CNN for comment about the tweet.  According to his LinkedIn, Heye spent five years as a political commentator for CNN and now contributes to the Washington Post. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Other political figures like Republican...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper was pretty thrown by a comment made by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday. Cuomo again denied the allegations of sexual harassment by multiple women, and during his press conference he tried to point fingers at “cancel culture” and actually said at one point, “Part of this is that I am not part of the political club.” The governor was responding to growing calls from New York Democrats for him to resign, amid the investigation into accusations of harassment and the nursing home deaths scandal. Tapper took a moment to comment on a New York governor with the last name Cuomo saying he’s “not part of the political club”: So he’s the incumbent governor. His father was three-term governor of New York. The field was cleared for him so he could run for attorney general of New York. He was, at one point, married to a Kennedy. I mean, how can he say he’s not in the political club? Wall Street Journal reporter Deanna Paul said on CNN “there’s bad news ahead” for the governor, between the...
    (CNN)A broad majority of Americans say that political violence in response to election results is likely in the United States in the next few years, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.Overall, 71% say political violence in response to election results is at least somewhat likely, including 34% who believe it is very likely. The expectation that elections will lead to violence also cuts across party lines (78% of Democrats, 70% of independents and 65% of Republicans describe it as likely).There is far less partisan agreement over whether American democracy took a blow due to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Overall, 62% are concerned that the attack weakened American democracy. But a political divide was evident: Among Democrats (79%) and independents (64%), most say they are concerned that it weakened democracy, but just 36% of Republicans feel the same.Republican leaders, including Republicans in Congress and former President Donald Trump, receive sharply negative ratings for their handling of the response to the January 6 attack. Overall, 70% disapprove of congressional Republicans' handling of the response, and...
    The political fortunes of New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNY House Democrat calls for Cuomo to resign after latest allegation Third woman accuses Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances Cuomo administration hires defense attorney for nursing home probe MORE (D) have dropped like a stone — and his decline is sharpening hard questions about the favorable image he enjoyed in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by two former staff members, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett. New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, is overseeing an investigation into those allegations.  In addition, Cuomo has come under significant political pressure following the revelation that his administration withheld information about the number of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes. On Monday, one of Cuomo’s most persistent foes, New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNY House Democrat calls for Cuomo to resign after latest allegation Third woman accuses Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances Clinton: Allegations against Cuomo 'raise serious questions,' deserve probe MORE (D), said that if Cuomo had used his position to pressure a woman for...
    Donald Trump on Sunday gave the strongest indicator yet that he aims to retake the presidency - with Melania by his side. The former president told CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, that his wife would be 'the future first lady'. Melania, 50, was not spotted at the Orlando gathering, despite it being held only 200 miles from her Mar-a-Lago home. Trump on Sunday afternoon addressed CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference A woman wearing a Melania face mask is pictured at the Orlando venue for CPAC on Sunday A giant golden statue of Donald Trump welcomed participants at the annual meeting She has kept a low profile since leaving the White House on January 20, although she reportedly intends to carry on working on her 'Be Best' campaign against social media bullying. 'She goes to the spa, has lunch, goes to the spa (again), and has dinner with Donald on the patio,' someone familiar with her schedule told CNN. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'I'll beat them for a third time':...
    Fox News contributor Kimberly Strassel marveled Friday that the press had fawned over New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., in spite of his problematic handling of the pandemic, saying it showed the media wanted to "make this virus political from the start." Appearing on "The Faulkner Focus," Strassel reacted to a montage of media figures praising Cuomo's coronavirus response and overall leadership over the past year. Cuomo is now under fire after a report from the state's Democratic Attorney General revealed health officials underreported nursing home deaths from COVID-19 by up to 50 percent. "This is kind of shocking because as you just laid out, it really puts bare the degree to which the media wanted to make this virus political from the start," Strassel said, recalling negative coverage of Republican governors like South Dakota's Kristi Noem and Florida's Ron DeSantis for opening their states and being less restrictive with lockdowns, while Cuomo received "hero worship" from many in the media.  CUOMO MOCKED FOR CLAIMING ‘INCOMPETENT GOVERNMENT KILLS PEOPLE IN CNN, MSNBC APPEARANCES Cuomo initially required nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients last March, which...
    Oprah Winfrey, Magic Johnson, Katie Couric, and others shared memories of the late journalist Larry King. Michael Caulfield/WireImage for Turner; Noel Vasquez/Getty Images; Stephen Lovekin/WireImage for Turner Larry King died at the age of 87 in Los Angeles on Saturday, his company said in a statement. People who were interviewed on "Larry King Live" shared memories of the famous TV journalist. His former colleagues, political figures, journalists, and celebrities also paid tribute to King. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Larry King has died at the age of 87, his company Ora Media said in a statement. The Emmy-winning political host died on Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the statement said. The statement did not state the cause of death. A source close to King's family stated in early January that King had been hospitalized with COVID-19 for 10 days. For 25 years, King hosted his CNN show "Larry King Live." Throughout his career, he interviewed some 50,000 people — according to CNN — including political figures, world leaders, business moguls, and pop...
    EXCLUSIVE -- 2020 Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell, a U.S. Army combat veteran, blasted CNN’s Jake Tapper recent comments about Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., as "below the belt" and a slap in the face to veterans from someone who bills himself as one of their closest allies."Obviously I’m disappointed in Jake Tapper’s comments about Brian because a part, not a small part, of Tapper’s public profile is his supposed, steadfast support of our nation’s veterans, right? For a moment, albeit a brief one, the mask came completely off," Parnell told Fox News. 2020 Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell, a U.S. Army combat veteran, blasted CNN’s Jake Tapper recent comments about Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., as "below the belt." CNN'S JAKE TAPPER BLASTED FOR QUESTIONING DISABLED VETERAN GOP REP'S PATRIOTISM FOR OPPOSING IMPEACHMENT During CNN's coverage of the House vote to impeach President Trump Wednesday, Tapper noted that Mast, a retired staff sergeant who served in Afghanistan, "lost his legs fighting for democracy abroad, although I don't know about his commitment to it here in the United States." The CNN anchor wrote the 2013 book, "The Outpost,"...
    (CNN)House Democrats on Monday pushed ahead with their effort to have President Donald Trump impeached, convicted in the Senate and disqualified from ever holding federal office again over last week's siege on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.But even in the unlikely event that two-thirds of senators would agree to convict Trump, there's little to stop him from continuing to ask his supporters for money in the months and years ahead, campaign finance experts say. Disqualification "has no bearing on the political committee money he already has raised, and it would have no bearing on his ability to continue to raise money into a political committee," said Paul S. Ryan, a top lawyer with the watchdog group Common Cause."He has a lot of options, and he has the infrastructure in place," added Larry Noble, a CNN contributor and former general counsel at the Federal Election Commission.Fact check: No, impeachment itself would not ban Trump from a 2024 runIn addition to his presidential campaign committee, Trump already has established a post-presidency vehicle -- the Save America political action committee --...
    (CNN)America is ideologically split, and if the animosity over the 2020 election results is any indication, we may be fast losing the ability to bridge the divide. Is there any way to reconnect?Could we learn how to discuss our beliefs with opposing friends, family and acquaintances -- perhaps over Zoom or socially distanced get-togethers -- and have a dialogue in which we disagree, yet emerge on the other side feeling understood? That's the premise behind The Better Arguments Project, a civic initiative by the Aspen Institute, Facing History and Ourselves, and Allstate, that wants to teach us how to have more productive arguments. These conversations don't have to drive us apart, the group says. In fact, by learning to argue 'better," we can come together. CNN discussed the group's work with Caroline Hopper, managing director of the Citizenship & American Identity Program at The Aspen Institute, which sponsors The Better Arguments Project. The chat has been lightly edited for clarity.The goal of a better argument to change how we engage with one another on any given issue. Read MoreCNN: What...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper shredded Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani for their incitement of the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol over the president’s defeat in the 2020 election. As CNN monitored the ongoing chaos surrounding Congress, Tapper declared “they’re not protesters, they’re insurrectionists.” “We have a name for people who commit violence in the name of various political ideology. We call them terrorists,” Tapper said. “That’s what we call people that commit acts of violence for a political of religious cause.” Tapper proceeded to blame Giuliani for the situation since the Trump’s personal attorney fired up the crowd earlier in the day by calling for a “trial by combat.” The CNN anchor then blasted President Donald Trump’s son for promising a “bloodless coup” against those who don’t help his father overturn the election. “Well, now it’s not bloodless anymore,” Tapper said. He also predicted Trump and Giuliani will try to weasel their way out of accountability by claiming they were being rhetorical at the “Save America” rally. Watch above, via CNN. Have a tip we should know?...
    (CNN)The White House liaison to the Justice Department has been barred from entering the building after she attempted to access sensitive information about possible election fraud, CNN has learned. Heidi Stirrup was put in the position after chief of staff Mark Meadows informed federal agencies in September the White House was replacing all of their liaisons, which was widely seen as a move to install loyalists in the roles. But after only a short time on the job, Stirrup is no longer allowed at the Justice Department after she attempted to secure information that she was not privy to regarding potential voter fraud cases, a person familiar with the matter told CNN. The Associated Press first reported this development. The White House personnel office did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. The Justice Department declined to comment. White House liaisons being removed from their jobs and replacedBut Stirrup appears to have already been placed in a new role. The White House announced Thursday she would be appointed as a member of the Board of Visitors to the...
    A group seeking to “Stop the Steal” and claiming that the presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump has gained some viral fame in the last two weeks, but a report claims that the movement has actually been in the works for four years and connects back to controversial adviser Roger Stone. As CNN reported, the Stop The Steal group has grown across social media with unfounded claims that the election was stolen from Trump through widespread fraud. But the report found that the group was actually traced back to Roger Stone, and actually started four years ago. Stone has long been a close adviser to Trump. The report noted that Stone’s political action committee first launched a “Stop the Steal” website in 2016 in order to drum up fundraising ahead of the election between Trump and Hillary Clinton. At the time, the group made a preemptive claim that Republicans were trying to steal the nomination from the real estate mogul and later claimed that Democrats would try to win the presidency by cheating Trump. “Donald Trump thinks Hillary Clinton...
    CNN star Van Jones slammed Trump voters as he said the too-close-to-call Election race had left him feeling "hurt" and Democrats "scared." The political commentator was speaking as Donald Trump defied those pollsters who had earlier predicted a landslide win for Joe Biden. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 3CNN star Van Jones admitted the close-run election has left his feeling hurtCredit: CNN An emotional Jones said: “I think a lot of Democrats are hurt tonight...I think there is a lot of hurt out there. He went on: "There is a moral victory and there is a political victory - they are not the same thing." The ex-Obama adviser then said: "The political victory still may come. "But I think for people who saw babies being snatched away from their mothers at the border, people sending their kids into schools where the n-word is now being used against them, for people seeing this wave of intolerance, they wanted a moral victory tonight. "We wanted to see a repudiation of this direction...
    Washington (CNN)TikTok is the latest political battlefield in the 2020 election, with groups on the left and right, as well as nonpartisan civic organizations, putting money behind TikTok creators to turn out the youth vote. Leading up to Election Day, political operatives have rallied TikTok creators -- some of whom were previously apolitical on the app -- to focus on politics and voting. A Democratic political action committee, called The 99 Problems, founded by a number of creative leaders in the music, fashion and entertainment industry, launched the House of US, a virtual hype house to get out the vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 raceMichael "Kiko" Akiko, a founding member of the group, said members of The 99 Problems came together over the summer to "vent frustrations about everything going on" at the height of the protests for racial justice and in the middle of quarantine. "We all challenged each other to stop complaining and instead take action." Read MoreAfter researching the 2016 election, the group decided...
    (CNN)A superintendent in Maine apologized Tuesday after receiving backlash from students for a memo telling staff to not display any "controversial" phrases including "Black Lives Matter" ahead of the election.Scarborough Public Schools District officials sent an email to staff on Monday reminding them not to wear clothing or display items with political or controversial phrases in the week leading up to Election Day. It listed campaign slogans from the Trump/Pence and Biden/Harris campaigns as examples, as well as the messages "White Lives Matter" and "Black Lives Matter."In response, a group of Scarborough High School students staged a protest on Tuesday outside the town municipal building before school started. They held signs with messages like "Racism Is Still Taking Lives" and "Why Is Demanding Equality Controversial." This website helps people with illnesses and disabilities participate in Black Lives Matter protests"You can't choose what race you are," senior Mia Golder, who was at the protest, told CNN affiliate WMTW. "You can choose your opinion on certain political stances, but because it is about someone's race, that doesn't make it political."Krystal Ash-Cuthbert, president...
    The Trump campaign is reportedly livid with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows over his candid admission about the administration’s overall strategy in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Meadows, on Sunday, had stunned State of the Union host Jake Tapper when he saidt: “We are not going to control the pandemic.” That revealing statement, coming nearly eight months into the outbreak and as positive cases break new daily records, prompted a withering political backlash for “basically waving the white flag” until a Covid vaccine is approved. In a statement to CNN’s Jim Acosta, an anonymous Trump campaign official blasted Meadows over the self-inflicted political wound. “Some on the president’s team are making crucial, last-minute mistakes,” Acosta reported. “After the White House admitted that a handful of staffers to Vice President Mike Pence contracted the virus, a Trump adviser told CNN that campaign aides were furious with Meadows saying ‘Everyone was clear that Meadows sh** the bed again.'” Watch the video above, via CNN. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's election endgame argument, far from bristling with new solutions to a pandemic that has killed 220,000 Americans, on Monday devolved into a campaign of insults against Dr. Anthony Fauci -- for telling the truth about the disease.Trump ridiculed Fauci as a "disaster" and an "idiot" who has been around for "500 years" -- trashing one of the nation's best hopes of easing the pandemic along with his recommendations to quell an alarming Covid-19 surge.His personal warfare against Fauci on a frenzied day on the campaign trail, while indecent and questionable from a strategic political perspective, revealed how the US government effort to beat the pandemic has been suppressed in the service of Trump's reelection."Tony Fauci has been the most clear, consistent proponent of the measures the United States needs to protect itself from a deadly disease," William Haseltine, a renowned public health expert and former professor at Harvard Medical School, told CNN's Erin Burnett on Monday."What Donald Trump is doing is attacking the fire department when the house in burning down. This is a very serious time."Read...
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