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Poll: Trump Badly Losing Fights with Media

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:10:21 -0500

Public Policy Polling: PPP's newest national poll finds that Donald Trump is losing all of his fights with the media- and voters really think he needs to reduce his cable news consumption. 62% of voters nationally think Trump should keep his cable watching to less than an hour a day, and 82% think he needs to keep it under 2 hours a day. Just 6% of voters in the country think it's a good idea for Trump to spend more than 2 hours a day watching cable news. Last week Trump declared that the news media was the 'enemy of the American people' but we find that only 35% of voters believe that, to 53% who say that isn't the case. By a 48/44 spread they say it is actually Trump who is the greater threat to the American people than the media.(image)

White House Afraid of Media

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:13:28 -0500

CNN and other news outlets were blocked Friday from an off-camera White House press briefing. The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were also excluded, while conservative media organizations Breitbart News, The Washington Times and One America News Network were allowed in. The Associated Press and Time magazine boycotted the briefing because of how it was handled. New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet wrote, "Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest."(image)

Is Trump Already Messing with Gov Data?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:31:20 -0500

FiveThirtyEight: During the presidential campaign, [Donald] Trump famously questioned the validity of the unemployment rate ("one of the biggest hoaxes in politics") and other government statistics, and in the weeks before he took office, many experts fretted about the possibility that Trump could seek to erode or manipulate government data. Now we're seeing the first hints that could be happening. Last week, the Journal reported in a separate story that some in the White House were trying to fit economic forecasts to the administration's tax and spending plans, rather than the other way around. Trump's newly confirmed budget director, Mick Mulvaney, once voted to eliminate funding for the American Community Survey, the Census Bureau's premier source of annual data.(image)

Gabby Giffords to Rep. Gohmert: Grow a Pair

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:33:14 -0500

As Republican lawmakers across the country have faced raucous, chaotic town halls in recent days, a number have refused to have these events. Some cited safety as a reason, while others said they didn't want their events "hijacked" by the confrontations seen elsewhere. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), in a statement released this week, blamed his decision not to hold these events in person on "the threat of violence at town hall meetings." He also pointed to a specific violent event to bolster his case, invoking the 2011 shooting that severely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and killed six others. The former congresswoman responded Thursday, and she made clear that she does not agree with lawmakers shying away from meeting with members of the public. "To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage," Giffords said in a statement. "Face your constituents. Hold town halls."(image)

Lindsay Lohan: I Was Profiled Over Headscarf

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:33:05 -0500

Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport. The actress told a British talk show that she was stopped while traveling to New York. She said an airport worker "opened my passport and saw 'Lindsay Lohan' and started immediately apologizing, but then said: 'Please take off your headscarf.'" She told Good Morning Britain on Tuesday that the incident made her wonder "how would another woman who doesn't feel comfortable taking off her headscarf feel?"(image)

White House Told FBI to Refute Trump-Russia Links

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:48:00 -0500

The White House unsuccessfully pressed the FBI and other intelligence agencies to discredit recent news reports asserting alleged contacts between associates of President Trump and Russian officials, a U.S. official said Thursday. The official who is not authorized to comment publicly said the White House sought to specifically refute reports earlier this month in The New York Times claiming that Trump associates had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the course of the past year. CNN first reported the development earlier Thursday. In addition to the FBI, the official said other agencies were approached with a similar request. The official declined to elaborate or identify which agencies received similar requests from White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.(image)

Mexico Rejects Trump Deportation Plan

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:27:57 -0500

Mexico has condemned new guidelines issued by the United States on deporting undocumented immigrants. Under plans unveiled by the Trump administration on Tuesday, almost all people staying in the U.S. illegally can be subject to deportation. The new rules include sending undocumented people to Mexico, even if they are not Mexicans. Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said his country could not "accept unilateral decisions imposed by one government on another." ... Roberto Campa, head of the human rights department of Mexico's interior ministry, said the plan to deport non-Mexicans to Mexico was "hostile" and "unacceptable."(image)

VX Nerve Agent Used on Kim Jong Nam

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:54:37 -0500

The chemical used to assassinate Kim Jong Nam was a VX nerve agent, an internationally-banned chemical weapon that acts within minutes, according to a preliminary report by the Chemistry Department of Malaysia. Malaysian police said in a statement Friday that tests on Kim's eyes and face revealed the presence of the substance. Nerve agents are the most toxic and fast-acting substance known in chemical warfare -- and VX is the most potent of all of them, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kim, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, died on February 13 before he was scheduled to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau. Malaysian police claim two women wiped his face with some sort of liquid at the instruction of four North Koreans.(image)

Trump is Coming After Marijuana

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:12:59 -0500

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects states to be subject to "greater enforcement" of federal laws against marijuana use, a move that could undercut the growing number of jurisdictions moving to legalize the drug for recreational purposes. Spicer, speaking at a White House press briefing, said that President Trump sees "a big difference" between use of marijuana for medical purposes and for recreational purposes. Spicer said that state's allowance of marijuana for recreational purposes "is something the Department of Justice, I think, will be further looking into." Advocates of liberal marijuana laws have eyed the arrival of Attorney General Jeff Sessions with unease. The former Republican senator from Alabama has a long track record of speaking out against marijuana use.(image)

Trump Wants to Expand U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:37:21 -0500

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack." He said, "I am the first one that would like to see ... nobody have nukes, but we're never going to fall behind any country even if it's a friendly country, we're never going to fall behind on nuclear power. It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we're going to be at the top of the pack." Russia has 7,000 warheads and the United States 6,800, according to the Ploughshares Fund, an anti-nuclear group. "Russia and the United States have far more weapons than is necessary to deter nuclear attack by the other or by another nuclear-armed country," said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the independent Arms Control Association.(image)

Court Upholds Maryland Ban on 'Military-Style' Arms

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:34:42 -0500

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a Maryland ban on assault-style rifles and large-capacity magazines isn't subject to the Constitution's right to keep and bear arms. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, reconsidered a divided ruling issued last year that found citizens have a "fundamental right" to own these weapons, and that laws restricting the right deserve the toughest level of constitutional scrutiny. Writing for a nine-judge majority, U.S. Circuit Judge Robert King said that weapons such as M-16s and the kind that "are most useful in military service" aren't protected by the Second Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision. That ruling limited the right to ownership of handguns for self-defense within the home.(image)

Quinnipiac: Trump Hits New Low of 38%

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:17:12 -0500

President Trump's approval rating has slipped to 38 percent, a new national poll finds. The Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday says that only 38 percent of Americans approve of Trump's job performance, while 55 percent disapprove of the commander in chief. According to Quinnipiac, the 17-point difference in Trump's approval rating is the worst he's fared in a poll since taking office in January. An earlier survey from the pollster this month registered Trump with 42 percent approval and 51 percent disapproval. "President Trump's popularity is sinking like a rock," Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the poll, said in a statement announcing the findings. "He gets slammed on honesty, empathy, level headedness and the ability to unite. And two of his strong points, leadership and intelligence, are sinking to new lows. This is a terrible survey one month in."(image)

Boehner: Republicans Won't Repeal and Replace

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:32:54 -0500

Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is "not going to happen." Boehner, who resigned in 2015 amid unrest among conservatives, said at an Orlando health care conference that the idea that a repeal-and-replace plan would blitz through Congress is just "happy talk." Instead, he said changes to former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement would likely be relatively modest. "[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare -- I shouldn't call it repeal-and-replace, because it's not going to happen," he said.(image)

Liberal Activists Threaten to Primary Democrats

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:45:21 -0500

Liberal leaders have a warning for their lawmakers in Washington: Get in line, or else. Frustrated by the party's performance on Capitol Hill and emboldened by the mass protests against President Donald Trump, a coalition of progressive groups say they are open to supporting primary challengers next year against Democratic members of the House and Senate -- even if many inside the party believe that intra-party races might ultimately only help the Republican Party gain more power. ... "Every single Democratic incumbent considering aiding and abetting the Trump administration needs to consider their jobs at high risk," said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a grassroots progressive advocacy group based in Vermont.(image)