WaPo’s Rucker: Democrats ‘Can’t Run Just as the Resistance Party’ – ‘They Need an Agenda, Some Ideas’

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On Friday’s broadcast of PBS’ “Washington Week,” Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker said Democrats lack a strong leader at the national level and can’t just be the resistance party if they want to win. Rucker commented on former President Obama’s statement against the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill by saying Obama is “trying to help galvanize Democrats, who don’t really have a strong national party leader right now.” He later stated, “[T]he bigger problem for the Democratic Party right now, is they need fresh faces, and they need a fresh message. They can’t run just as the resistance party. That’s what we learned in Georgia. That’s what we learned in all these other special elections. They need a vision for the future. They need a message. They need an agenda, some ideas, some policy ideas. Go out in the country. Try to figure out what a movement could look like. And they’re not there yet. They might get there by 2018, but they’ve got a lot of work to do as a party.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Brooks: Georgia Loss ‘A Big Loss’ for Democrats, Pelosi Has ‘Become a Central Liability’

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On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated that the loss in the Georgia special election was a major loss for the Democrats and that House Minority Leader Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has become a drag on people across the country. Brooks stated, “I think the Georgia loss is a big loss. I don’t think it’s, oh, this is always a Republican district, it’s not such a big deal. If the Democrats are going to pick up seats, it’s going to be in upscale, highly educated suburban seats. And this was tailor-made for that, a seat that Trump barely won. And so, if after all that’s happened in the last four or five months, they can’t pick up the seat, that, to me, is an indictment.” Brooks added, “It’s first, a sign that there’s limits to being anti-Trump. Second, that the Trump phenomenon was not just a fluke, that it’s based on some deep structural things in the economy that are driving people to support the Republicans, some deep structural things in the country, that people are extremely distrustful of government and extremely distrustful of Washington.” He continued, “There’s also a sign that the Republicans, despite all that’s happened,
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Maajid Nawaz: I’m Suing the SPLC for Defamation for Putting Me on Anti-Muslim Extremist List

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” author, columnist, and former Islamic extremist Maajid Nawaz announced a defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Lawsuit Center for listing him as an anti-Muslim extremist. Nawaz said he is “sick to death” of “well-meaning white men” liberals “who decide that I am saying the — what they don’t agree with, don’t allow for me to say about my own community, my own religious heritage. And as a result, listed me as an anti-Muslim extremist. So, I’m going to take them to court for defamation.” Host Bill Maher told Nawaz he’d like to be part of the crowdfund of Nawaz’s lawsuit. Nawaz added, “I’ve memorized half of the Koran. I’m a Muslim. I’m born and raised Muslim to a Muslim. I’ve learned classical Arabic and spent time in prison as a political prisoner for what I then thought was my religion. I’ve changed my views as to the interpretation of my religion, and along come these people…and decide that I don’t have the right to speak about my own heritage and critique it from within.” He further criticized the “hypocrisy” of the SPLC for speaking out against Christian fundamentalism in “their own Bible Belt,”
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Maher: Trump ‘The Worst Person Ever’ – Healthcare Bill ‘More Like a Manifesto from the Zodiac Killer’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated President Trump is the worst person of all-time and compared the Senate healthcare bill to a manifesto by the Zodiac Killer. Maher began by saying Trump is “the worst person ever.” He added, “Democrats have to stop losing elections, because — sorry Republican viewers, I love you, but the wrong people are in power. And they are not afraid to use that power. And let me tell you, they are full of good ideas. This week, a Republican Congressman introduced a bill to make it legal for senators and representatives to carry firearms at work, there at the Capitol. Which sounds like a good plan, until [Senator] John McCain’s (R-AZ) cell phone rings and he answers his gun.” Maher later said that the Senate healthcare bill is “More like a manifesto from the Zodiac Killer. They should’ve published this by cutting out letters from the newspaper.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Maher: The Best Thing You Can do for the Environment Is ‘Not Produce Another Resource-Sucking’ Human

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher pitched a holiday for people who don’t have children and argued that not having children is the best thing you can do for the environment. Maher said, “Now that we’ve had Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, let’s set aside this Sunday to celebrate people who are neither, with a new holiday called, ‘I Didn’t Reproduce Day.’” Maher clarified that there isn’t anything wrong with “having a small number of children.” He later stated, “[N]obody ever celebrates us, and they really should. Because you know what Mother Nature loves even more than electric cars? Condoms. There’s literally nothing you can do that’s better for the environment than to not produce another resource-sucking, waste-making human being, probably with a bad attitude.” He later added that having or not having children doesn’t have a “moral dimension” to it, and is merely a matter of preference. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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‘We’ll Never Make You Sick of Winning’: Maher Reads Satirical Democratic Party Slogans

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher mocked the Democratic Party’s lack of electoral success since President Trump’s election by reading satirical slogans for the party. Maher stated, “[T]he Democrats have lost these four states: Kansas, Montana, South Carolina, Georgia since Trump has been elected. And we got some of the posters that they were using in these races. I think it’ll show you that they’re less than inspiring.” Maher then read off satirical Democratic slogans, including, “Democrats: Consistently one of America’s top two parties,” “The Democrats: We’ll never make you sick of winning,” “Democrats: Preferred 2-1 by non-citizens,” “The Democrats: Let us win one or we’ll run Chelsea,” and “The Democratic Party: Wait, we thought everyone got a trophy.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Krauthammer: Witness Intimidation Charges Against Trump ‘Pure Rubbish’ – Dems Are Getting ‘Desperate’

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On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer dismissed Democratic claims that President Trump’s tapes tweet about former FBI Director James Comey constitute obstruction of justice and accused the Democrats of grasping at straws. Krauthammer said, “The idea that this is intimidation of a witness is pure rubbish. If you say to somebody, ‘Watch — I mean, you’ve got a great family, hate to see anything happen to your kids, watch what you say.’ That’s intimidation of a witness. If you say, ‘There may be a way to actually — to figure out exactly what was said, there could be a mechanism, thus you ought to watch what you say.’ That’s not intimidation at all. That’s just — I mean as you say, we’re now at sort of the tertiary level of accusation. You can’t get anywhere on collusion, we have yet in almost a year to have any evidence of collusion. So they’re on to obstruction. obstruction is really kind of shaky. There isn’t really that much there. So now you want to go to intimidation of a witness. They’re getting a bit desperate. This is going to happen. This will go on for
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Krauthammer: Witness Intimidation Charges Against Trump ‘Pure Rubbish’ – Dems Are Getting ‘Desperate’

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On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer dismissed Democratic claims that President Trump’s tapes tweet about former FBI Director James Comey constitute obstruction of justice and accused the Democrats of grasping at straws. Krauthammer said, “The idea that this is intimidation of a witness is pure rubbish. If you say to somebody, ‘Watch — I mean, you’ve got a great family, hate to see anything happen to your kids, watch what you say.’ That’s intimidation of a witness. If you say, ‘There may be a way to actually — to figure out exactly what was said, there could be a mechanism, thus you ought to watch what you say.’ That’s not intimidation at all. That’s just — I mean as you say, we’re now at sort of the tertiary level of accusation. You can’t get anywhere on collusion, we have yet in almost a year to have any evidence of collusion. So they’re on to obstruction. obstruction is really kind of shaky. There isn’t really that much there. So now you want to go to intimidation of a witness. They’re getting a bit desperate. This is going to happen. This will go on for
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Roland Martin: Black People Are Tired of Being Democrats’ ‘Side Piece’ and ‘Political Sharecroppers’

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On Friday’s “MSNBC Live,” TV One host Roland Martin argued that Democrats should stop chasing white Trump voters and that black people don’t want to be the Democratic Party’s “side piece” or “political sharecroppers.” Martin began by saying Democrats have the problem of not focusing enough on local races. He further stated that Democrats have to understand that they won’t have “all these perfect progressives, these perfect liberals. If you’re running in Texas and Mississippi and Alabama they’re going to look different than somebody than running in Ohio, somebody running in New York.” Martin then told Democrats, “they have got to stop chasing this epic, mythical white voter.” He continued by arguing that capturing white Trump voters wasn’t how Democrats won, and declaring, “You better go after people of color. Hillary Clinton, had she put the resources targeting people of color, she could have won Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. That’s where they failed. … Black people are tired of being the side piece for the Democratic Party. They’re tired of being political sharecroppers. If Democrats want to win, they have to drive turnout. We saw for the first time in 2016, Ali, black voter participation dropped. Not because black folks didn’t vote, but because of
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Rand: Senate Healthcare Bill ‘May Be Obamacare-Plus’ on Subsidies, ‘Subsidizes the Death Spiral’

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On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) argued that the Senate’s healthcare bill may provide more subsidies than Obamacare does. Rand said, “[W]hen we look at the bill, we actually find that with the Obamacare subsidies, not only are we keeping them, we may actually be providing more subsidies than Obamacare has. Our early estimates on the bill are that the bill may spend more in the next year or two than Obamacare does. And so, it’s hard for us to get our mind around that this is a repeal bill if we’re spending more, keeping all the subsidies, and then we’re going to start a brand new federal entitlement program where we give insurance companies money.” He added, “I keep reading it and…it sounds like Obamacare to me. It doesn’t even sound like Obamacare-lite. In some areas, it may be Obamacare-plus, on the subsidy side.” Rand later stated that the Republican bill “subsidizes the death spiral of Obamacare. It dumps a bunch of federal money, taxpayer money, or borrowed money into the insurance industry and says, ‘Hey, please lower the prices if we give you money.’” Follow Ian Hanchett on
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