Maher: Trump Still ‘The Worst Fat, Gross Creep,’ Despite Weinstein Revelations

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher remarked that President Trump is still “the worst fat, gross creep,” even in the wake of the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. Maher said, “On Monday, Trump called the pregnant widow of a dead American fallen soldier to console her and wound up pouring salt in the wound and feuding with her all week. … I mean, if you can take a week where it was revealed that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted every single female in show business, and still be the worst fat gross creep, that’s pretty good.” Later on, Maher said Trump had a bad week because he “dropped 92 spots on the Forbes list of richest Americans. He was also dropped to #2 on Forbes’ list of disgusting sex predators.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Carville: Trump ‘Has No Empathy’ or Sentence Structure – ‘Somebody Has to Look’ At His Mental State

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” former Clinton Campaign Manager James Carville stated that President Trump lacks empathy and sentence structure, and someone has to examine his mental state like people did at the end of the Reagan presidency. Carville said, “I think what happened was, is General Kelly told the president when he called this war widow that — look when, people — fighting men and women understand that when they take on this mission they could die for the country or for each other, and it’s something that binds them together, and you have to make that point. Of course, Trump has no empathy and his sentence structure is completely gone. He can’t say two sentences. … So, he gets on the phone, and he says, ‘Well, that’s what he signed up for.’ And General Kelly heard what I wanted. I mean, the truth of the matter is, somebody has to look. You know, when President Reagan was president, towards the end of his term, Howard Baker had a memo, and they seriously were looking to see if he had any kind of cognitive issues and they decided that he did not. I don’t think Trump is
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Napolitano: We Need To Do a Better Job Educating Students on the Dangers of Restricting Speech


On Friday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” University of California President and former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano argued students should be better educated about the First Amendment and the fact that restricting speech is dangerous. Napolitano said, “I think that we have to do a much better job of educating our young people about what the First Amendment protects, what it means, and how — once you start restricting speech, you are on a slippery slope. And so, we are educators, and that should be part of our mission. Because you’re absolutely right. We see an increasing number of young people believe that, you know, we should restrict people like, you know, Richard Spencer, or Milo Yiannopoulos, or Ben Shapiro from speaking at campuses. And we must remind them that, in the past, it was speakers favoring, say, the civil rights movement, who were sought to be restricted. So, again, education is key.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Wilson: ‘Amazing’ ‘I’ve Become So Important That the White House Is Following Me’ – ‘I’m a Rockstar Now’

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Miami’s 7News WSVN reported that during an interview on Thursday, Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) responded to criticisms from the White House by stating that it’s “amazing” that she’s become important enough to be followed by the White House and will have to tell her kids “I’m a rockstar now.” According to 7News, Wilson responded to White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly’s criticisms of her by stating, “Let me tell you what my mother told me when I was little. She said, ‘The dog can bark at the moon all night long, but it doesn’t become an issue until the moon barks back.’” Wilson also reportedly addressed criticisms from the White House and threats she says she received from white nationalists by saying, while laughing, “You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words? This is amazing. That’s amazing. That is absolutely phenomenal. I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rockstar now.” (h/t Washington Examiner) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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McCain on Whether Trump Admin Has Been Forthcoming About Niger: ‘Of Course Not’

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) leaves the the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol after voting on the GOP 'Skinny Repeal' health care bill on July 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Three Senate Republicans voted no to block a stripped-down, or 'Skinny Repeal,' version of Obamacare reform. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
While speaking to reporters on Thursday, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator John McCain (R-AZ) stated that “Of course” the Trump administration hasn’t been forthcoming about the deadly Niger attack. McCain said that a subpoena might be required to get to the bottom of the attack, but he had “a good conversation with General McMaster, and they said that they would be briefing us. … And we’ll, hopefully, get all the details.” One of the reporters asked McCain, “Do you feel the administration’s been forthcoming up to this point about what happened there?” McCain answered, “Of course not.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Dem Rep Wilson: Trump ‘Is a Sick Man’ Who ‘Feels No Pity’ – ‘I Have Proof’ of What He Told Widow

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) responded to President Trump’s charge that she fabricated her claim that Trump told Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow “he knew what he signed up for” by saying she has proof the president is lying and the president is “a sick man.” Wilson said, “I don’t know what kind of proof he could be talking about. I’m not the only person that was in the car, and I have proof too. This man is a sick man. He’s cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone. This is a grieving widow, a grieving widow who is six months pregnant. This is a young woman. She’s only 24 years old. She weighs maybe 110 pounds. And she has two other kids, 2 years old and 6 years old. And when she actually hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, ‘He didn’t even know his name.’ Now, that’s the worst part.” She added, “I didn’t hear the whole phone call, but I did hear him say, ‘I’m sure he knew what he was signing up for, and — but it still hurts.’ And I asked them to let me
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Gowdy: We Need to Talk to Comey About Clinton Again, ‘His Answers Have Been All Over the Map’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) stated that Congress needs to talk to former FBI Director James Comey about whether he decided not to charge Hillary Clinton before interviewing her, given the fact that Comey’s chronology doesn’t work and “His answers have been all over the map.” Gowdy said, “We are going to talk to his present and former colleagues. May the 2nd is when these memos, these heavily-redacted memos appear, where they are discussing, internally, whether or not to make a charging decision. It’s a month and a half later before he announces his decision, in early July. So, you’ve got — that’s two months, two months, from May the 2nd until July the 5th. There were two dozen witness interviews in that time period. So, if you’re discussing whether or not to charge someone in early May, and you haven’t interviewed two dozen witnesses, including one named Clinton, [Representative] John Ratcliffe (R-TX) asked exactly the right question [about whether Comey decided to charge before or after Clinton was interviewed by the FBI]. I’m just not sure that Director Comey gave him an accurate answer.” He later added, “[T]he chronology does not
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Schumer: ‘Very Pleased With’ Alexander-Murray Agreement – Undoes Much of Trump’s ‘Sabotage’


During a press conference on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) praised the healthcare agreement struck by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA). Schumer said, “I want to salute both Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray for working hard on a bipartisan solution. We think it’s a good solution. And it got broad support when Patty and I talked about it at the caucus at lunch today.” He continued, “First, it stabilizes the system. Two years of cost-sharing provides real stability to the system. And we want to make sure that happens. We want to work in the long term to reduce premiums and increase coverage. Our Republican colleagues seem to be in the opposite place on the long term, but I think there’s a growing consensus that in the short term, we need stability in the markets. So, we’ve achieved stability, if this agreement becomes law. We’ve also put in some very significant anti-sabotage provisions. The president has been sabotaging this bill. And the agreement would undo much of that sabotage. So, overall, we are very pleased with this agreement.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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MSNBC’s Seitz-Wald: More Dem Candidates Will Run Away From Pelosi, ‘The Dam Is Kind of Breaking’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of “MSNBC Live,” NBC and MSNBC National Politics Reporter Alex Seitz-Wald stated that he believes the 2018 elections will bring more Democratic candidates running away from House Minority Leader Representative Nancy Pelosi and said, “the dam is kind of breaking” for Pelosi. Seitz-Wald predicted more Democratic candidates will run away from Pelosi in 2o18. He added, “This was always something that you heard in private, whispered behind the scenes from Democratic lawmakers, Democratic candidates, the elephant in the room — maybe the donkey in the room since we’re talking about Democrats here. But I do think the dam is kind of breaking. You’re seeing more and more people, and more senior people, speaking out against it. They watched what happened in that Georgia special election earlier this year, where Republicans ran hundreds of ads tagging Democrat Jon Ossoff with Nancy Pelosi. And there’s also a generational issue here. I mean, the entire House leadership on the Democratic side is run by people in their 70s, and there’s a younger crop of people coming in, this huge crop of candidates, a lot of them weren’t recruited, but just stepped up themselves, and they’re not super loyal to that leadership.” (h/t
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McCain: Abandoning Obligations of Int’l Leadership for ‘Half-Baked’ Nationalism ‘As Unpatriotic’ As ‘Any Other Tired Dogma’

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During a ceremony where he received the Liberty Medal on Monday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) stated that fearing the world and abandoning the ideas that the US has advanced and the obligations of being an international leader in the name of “some half-baked, spurious nationalism,” is just as “unpatriotic” as holding to any other belief sent to the ash heap of history. McCain said, “To fear the world we’ve organized and led for 3/4s of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain the last, best hope of earth, for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism, cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is an unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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