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Bob Mueller vs. Ken Starr: A Classic Media Double Standard

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:27:02 GMT

Liberal reporters are scandalized by what they say is President Trump’s effort to “discredit” and “undermine” special counsel Robert Mueller, worried that it could presage an attempt to “remove Mueller, or end his investigation.” But when President Bill Clinton was being investigated by Ken Starr, journalists applauded Democratic and White House attacks on the independent counsel, and frequently joined in themselves. Today’s journalists seem appalled by attempts by the President and his allies that question Mueller’s credibility. Washington Post reporters Devlin Barrett and Sean Sullivan sounded the alarm in a front-page story on December 7: “Several law enforcement officials said...

Graham: Moore win would be 'gift that keeps on giving' for Democrats

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:10:46 GMT

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said in a Monday interview that a victory for GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore in Alabama's special election would be a “gift that keeps on giving for Democrats” in the 2018 midterm elections.

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:08:57 GMT

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media. Palihapitiya’s criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. “The short-term, dopamine-driven...

White House: ‘False Claims’ in Megyn Kelly Interview with ‘Politically Motivated’ Trump Accusers

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:01:45 GMT

NBC’s Megyn Kelly featured an interview with three Donald Trump accusers prior to a press conference by Brave New Films, a leftist company releasing a documentary of the accusers. A White House spokesperson said: These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory. The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.

Amid NYC Terror Coverage MSNBC Panel Complains About Guns in America, Trump

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:57:59 GMT

As information was still coming in regarding Monday’s attempted terror attack in the New York City subway, an MSNBC panel discussing the news ridiculously shifted the topic to outrage over guns and gun crime in the U.S. And on top of that, they bemoaned how President Trump would try to make the attack an immigration issue to support his temporary travel ban.The person responsible for kicking off the gun discussion was former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. After commenting on how few terror attacks have hit the U.S. since 9/11 (missing a few as he rattled them off), he opined: We will continue to...

CNN compares Trump to a bully after attack on Don Lemon

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:54:25 GMT

CNN compared President Trump’s behavior to that of a bully after he went after network anchor Don Lemon in a tweet Monday morning in response to a New York Times report saying he “hate-watched” Lemon’s show at night. "In a world where bullies torment kids on social media to devastating effect on a regular basis with insults and name calling, it is sad to see our president engaging in the very same behavior himself. Leaders should lead by example,” a CNN spokesperson told the Washington Examiner in a statement. After a New York Times

Mario Batali on leave from TV show and restaurant empire after 4 women allege sexual harassment

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:49:36 GMT

Batali has taken leave from his restaurants and co-hosting duties on ABC's "The Chew" after the website Eater reported Monday that four women, all unnamed, have accused Batali of sexual harassment. In the wake of the allegations, the Food Network announced it is putting plans to relaunch his seminal show, "Molto Mario," next year on hold. One woman described two instances where Batali made inappropriate and unwelcome physical contact with her, while the others alleged that Batali groped their breasts and buttocks at industry parties. Three of them worked for him, while the fourth has not but works in the...

Dem congresswoman demands teen pages be warned about Roy Moore (Hurl alert)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:48:05 GMT

A Democratic congresswoman asked the Senate’s administrative operations to have a plan in place to prevent GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore from targeting any of the teenagers in the chamber’s page program, should he win election. Rep. Gwen S. Moore, Wisconsin Democrat, said the reports of Mr. Moore’s pursuit of relationships with teens when he was a lawyer in his 30s, decades ago, demand action now.

CNN airs segment on Trump's soda consumption as NYC faced terror attack

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:47:19 GMT

An attempted terrorist attack caused massive chaos during Monday morning’s rush hour in New York City, but some CNN viewers could be in the dark because the network spent an inordinate amount of time covering an anti-Trump story about the president’s soda consumption while details of the chaotic situation unfolded. At 8:45 a.m. ET a law enforcement official told reporters, including the Associated Press, that a man had a pipe bomb strapped to him when it went off on a New York City subway platform. That was roughly the same time that CNN was in the middle of a segment...

Another Day, Another CNN ‘Bombshell’ Is A Nothing-Burger CNN Walks Back Sessions-Russia Bombshell

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:46:20 GMT

CNN has quietly walked back more of their “bombshell” reporting on the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, and this time it’s a story relating to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ security clearance forms. In May, CNN reported that Sessions had failed to disclose meetings he had with the Russian ambassador when he was a senator. Justice Department officials told CNN that Sessions had not listed those meetings on a security clearance form, even though the form says to list “any contact” with the “foreign government” or its “representatives” in the past seven years. CNN framed the non-disclosures as more evidence of collusion between...

James Woods Wins the Internet Today With Chelsea Handler Kill Shot

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:43:38 GMT

Vapid Hollywood dinosaur Chelsea Handler came under fire recently for calling White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a ‘harlot’ and ‘trollop’ because of the make-up she wears during press briefings. James Woods moved in with the kill shot Saturday morning. Woods tweeted a video of Chelsea Handler being urinated on with a caption, “This person berates the character of @SarahHuckabee on a daily basis.” #ChelseaHandlerHumanUrinal ... That hashtag is amazing and that’s why we love James Woods! In case you missed it, here’s Handler calling a young Christian married mother of three children, WH Press Sec Sarah Sanders a...

Forget Collusion. Can Mueller Prove Russia Committed Cyberespionage? If not, what’s the point?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:29:57 GMT

The rationale for Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel is that Russia conducted a cyberespionage attack — hacking — to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign, and that the Trump campaign may somehow have “colluded” in this offense. Mueller has been at this for six months, and the FBI for a year before that. So isn’t it about time we asked: Could Mueller prove that Russia did it? Forget Trump. What about Russia? We have paid too much attention to the so-called collusion component of the probe — speculation about Trump-campaign coordination in Russia’s perfidy. There appears to be no proof...

Pentagon says transgender people can elist in military despite Trump opposition

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:23:03 GMT

A Pentagon official tells The Associated Press that transgender people can enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services. Maj. David Eastburn says the...

Autopsy Doctor Resigns, Says Sheriff Overrode Death Findings to Protect Officers (CTE Doctor)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:16:12 GMT

San Joaquin County’s chief forensic pathologist resigned Tuesday, one day after the release of memos alleging Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore interfered with death investigations to protect law enforcement officers. Dr. Bennet Omalu, and his colleague Dr. Susan Parson, who perform autopsies for the county, have accused Moore of trying to influence their medical findings, especially in cases where officers were involved in a person’s death. Omalu, a Nigerian-born neuropathologist, rose to national prominence in 2005 after he published his discovery in football players of a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. His discovery was documented in the 2015...

Surprisingly, Republicans and Conservatives Shouldn’t Fear a National Popular Vote

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:14:06 GMT

Republicans are hesitant to switch from our winner-take-all state laws allocating electors to the electoral college to using the National Popular Vote. The National Popular Vote Plan would award all of a state’s electors to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in all 50 states. There is a fear that such a move will benefit Democrats, since Democrats won the popular vote even though they lost the elections in 2000 and 2016. But the truth is, Republicans are likely going to lose their ability to win the necessary swing state of Florida in the future, and they can...

Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Doomed to Fail

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:11:27 GMT

Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. Postponements, cost-overruns and research and development-related problems mar the project. This should come as no surprise. The Su-57 program was never really viable. Back in early 2006, Russian president Vladimir Putin integrated all of Russia’s aviation companies into a single, state-owned holding — the United Aircraft-building Corporation. Over the time, UAC absorbed more than 20 aviation companies, and re-organized these into four aircraft-manufacturing divisions. One for combat aircraft, one for military transport aircraft, one for civilian aircraft and one for aircraft...

Report: Roy Moore quoted Hitler, questioned 9/11 attacks in 2011 interviews

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:10:37 GMT

Alabama Senate Republican nominee Roy Moore gave two interviews in 2011 in which he said the amendments to the U.S. Constitution after the 10th Amendment has caused problems, quoted Hitler and left open the possibility of new evidence behind the cause of the 2001 terror attacks, according to a report Sunday by CNN. CNN said it obtained audio files of the interviews Moore gave with what the network described as "a conspiracy-driven radio show" known as the Aroostook Watchmen show, which was hosted by two Maine residents. CNN posted three of the audio clips on its website. In 2011, when...

Trump Accusers Re-Tell Their Stories to Megyn Kelly

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:06:52 GMT

Three women who accused President Trump of sexual misconduct just prior to the 2016 election spoke with Today’s Megyn Kelly Monday about their experiences. Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks said they were re-teling their stories in light of the new environment following the Me Too movement holding harassers accountable. The White House released a statement saying that the "timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes" and emphasizing that the American people "voiced their judgment" by electing the president. Samntha Holvey, a former Miss North Carolina who competed in the 2006 Miss USA contest, told Kelly that...

Not the Droids You’re Looking For: Software Scans Star Wars for ‘Diversity’

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:58:06 GMT

Political correctness meets technology in a new computer program that scans “Star Wars” films for diversity. As reported by Variety, University of Southern California engineer Shri Narayanan and his students “have been developing software that can analyze scripts, identify speaking parts and cross-reference actor names with a race database to breakdown dialogue by gender and race.” “One of our motivations is to see more (diverse) representations, especially those that are facing children,” Narayanan, USC’s Niki & C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering, said. With media, “you create what this sort of norm is, implicitly or subconsciously: that women look...

Palo Alto area a hot spot for auto burglars

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:55:28 GMT

Auto burglars are having a field day in the Palo Alto area. They come from as far away as Oakland, Richmond, Emeryville and San Francisco, several law enforcement officials say. Their preferred M.O is smashing a car window and grabbing whatever valuables they find inside. “It’s a huge problem with no end in sight,” said Wayne Benitez, a patrol sergeant with the Palo Alto Police Department. Benitez, who has been on the front lines of law enforcement for nearly 30 years, said that under new laws, particularly Propositions 47 and 57, criminals are not going to jail for property crimes,...

Berlin Police Find 200 Rounds Under Mosque (Quickly Rule Out Terrorism Of Course).

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:32:36 GMT

German police descended on a Christmas market in Berlin after two bags of bullets were found under a nearby mosque last night. About 200 rounds of ammunition was found in an underground car park in West Berlin - but officers quickly ruled out any terror link. The discovery came with Germany still on high alert after a wave of terror attacks and almost a year after a jihadist killed 12 by crashing a lorry through a market in the city.

A peek into India's top secret and costliest defence project, nuclear submarines

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:28:34 GMT

India's top secret nuclear submarine project reached another decadal milestone last month with the launch of a second ballistic missile submarine, the Arighat . On November 19, Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman cracked the auspicious coconut on the fin of the submarine in the drydock of the Ship Building Centre (SBC) in Visakhapatnam in a low-key ceremony. Following this, the SBC's drydock was flooded and the submarine quietly floated out. It will be at least another three years before the navy commissions the Arighat. The event skipped the high-profile public ceremony of the Arihant's launch in 2009 even as the...

Suicide bombing suspect was a cab driver bent on revenge: cops

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:24:48 GMT

The would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device underground near the bustling Port Authority Bus Terminal is a former New York City cab driver who told investigators he carried out the attack for revenge, law enforcement sources said. Akayed Ullah, 27, who is believed to be from Bangladesh and was living in Brooklyn, told authorities in sum and substance from his hospital bed: “They’ve been bombing in my country and I wanted to do damage here,” sources said.

BAE lands £5bn Typhoon sale to Qatar, but how will it affect future deals?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:15:39 GMT

Defence group BAE Systems’ shares jumped in early trading as investors reacted to a long-awaited export sale of the company’s Typhoon jet fighters. BAE shares rose almost 3pc after a £5bn sale of 24 of jets along with a training and support package to Gulf nation Qatar was announced on Sunday afternoon. BAE, Airbus and Italy's Leonardo each have a one-third share in the Typhoon programme. The deal also threw a lifeline to BAE’s programme building the Hawk training jet - the aircraft flown by the Red Arrows - whose production line is running out of orders. Qatar’s purchase also...

Disruptive protesters should be 'celebrated,' admin says

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:00:34 GMT

The Director of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University says college administrators should directly encourage student protests, even those that involve disrupting university functions. Categorizing protests as either "burner" or "builder" activism, Chris Purcell argues that "burner" protests are sometimes needed "to get the job done," after which administrators can "pursue building strategies." The Director of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University recently argued that student protesters should be “celebrated,” even if they stage sit-ins or disrupt university functions. In an essay for Inside Higher Ed last week, Chris Purcell argues that college administrators should celebrate, reward, and support all student activists,...