CNN’s Zeleny: ‘The Democratic Bench Is Very, Very Thin’ – Still Trying to Figure Out Who Is the Party’s Heart

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On Friday’s broadcast of PBS’ “Washington Week,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny stated Democrats are still trying to figure out who is the party’s beating heart, and that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the party’s “driving force” because he’s filling a vacuum left by the fact that “the Democratic bench is very, very thin.” Zeleny was asked, “Who is the beating heart of the Democratic Party right now?” He responded, “It is the central question in all of politics. And Democrats are trying to figure it out, because it’s not — the answer is not what some would like. I mean, Bernie Sanders is still the driving force at the head of the party.” He added, “Bernie Sanders is going to give the party a lot of trouble in the next couple years. He is still occupying a lot of oxygen that [Senator] Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) thought was hers, that some other Democrats thought was theirs. The reality is, the Democratic bench is very, very thin. Look at the governors, almost nonexistent, the ranks there. State senators, decimated in the Obama years. In the vacuum, Bernie Sanders, in all of his glory, is rising up and loving every minute
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Trump: Workers’ ‘Interests Were Pushed Aside for Global Projects,’ ‘My Administration Has Offered a New Vision’

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During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump said, “American workers were forgotten by their government – and I mean totally forgotten. Their interests were pushed aside for global projects, and their wealth was taken from their communities and shipped across the world, all across the seas. My Administration has offered a new vision.” Transcript as Follows: “My Fellow Americans, A new optimism is sweeping our country as we return power from Washington and give it back to the American People, where it belongs. For too long, American workers were forgotten by their government – and I mean totally forgotten. Their interests were pushed aside for global projects, and their wealth was taken from their communities and shipped across the world, all across the seas. My Administration has offered a new vision. The well-being of the American citizen and worker will be placed second to none – and boy do I mean second to none. Since Day One I have been fighting for the hardworking people of this country – and this week we took historic action to continue delivering on that promise. We did so in one of the many proud industrial towns of our nation – Kenosha, Wisconsin – with
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Matthews on Coulter-Berkeley Controversy: ‘Free Thinking, Argument, Debate’ Are ‘Why We Come to College’

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On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews reacted to the controversy over author Ann Coulter speaking at UC-Berkeley by arguing that “free thinking, argument, debate” are why people go to college and asked those trying to cancel the speech, “why don’t you just don’t go?” Matthews said, “So, what’s going on with this violence anarchist thing — this anti-fascist thing on the left, followed by this right-wing thing, do you know what’s going on with these groups? Because they’re different. They don’t go to school all day, and go out and watch a speech at night. They’re schooled in this kind of action. They’re up for it.” He later wondered, “What about the people who are our age, or my age who run these colleges, who get paid because they’re considered to be grown-ups, and make judicious decisions based upon the principles the university’s founded on? Which is free thinking, argument, debate, left and right. That’s how we do things here. That’s why we come here, to hear radical ideas exposed to us because we’re not getting them at home. That’s why we come to college.” Matthews concluded, “But why don’t you just don’t go? And by the
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Maher: Cancelling Speakers on Campus Is The Liberal ‘Version of Book Burning’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher weighed in on the controversy over author Ann Coulter speaking at UC-Berkeley by declaring, “Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech, and now it’s just the cradle for f*cking babies.” And “this is the liberals’ version of book burning, and it’s got to stop.” Maher stated, “Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech, and now it’s just the cradle for f*cking babies, who don’t, — and I feel like –. You know, this goes on all over the country on campuses. They invite someone to speak who’s not exactly what liberals want to hear, and they want to shut — I feel like this is the liberals’ version of book burning, and it’s got to stop. Howard Dean tweeted today about this, ‘Hate speech is not protected by the [F]irst [A]mendment.’ Yes, it is! Threats are not protected by the First Amendment. This why the Supreme Court said the Nazis could march in Skokie. They’re a hateful bunch, but that’s what the First Amendment means. It doesn’t mean, ‘Just shut up and agree with me.’” He added that he “can’t believe” he has to remind liberals
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Maher: We’re ‘Gassing’ Syrians Too ‘With CO2’ – ‘Syrian Problem Started With Climate Change’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that Syria’s dysfunction started due to climate change, and “we talk about Assad gassing people, we’re gassing them too. We’re just doing it slower with CO2.” Maher said, “[T]he Syrian problem started with climate change. It did. 75% of Syrian farms failed. A million and a half people migrated to the cities. That’s where it began. And by the way, these people who are starving, which is — whether you’re bombed or you’re sarin gassed, or you’re starving, death is death. But — I mean, we talk about Assad gassing people, we’re gassing them too. We’re just doing it slower with CO2.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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DHS Secy Kelly: Movement of Illegal Immigrants From Central America ‘Has Dropped Off 70%’


On Thursday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “The First 100 Days,” DHS Secretary John Kelly stated, “just in the last 60, 90 days, the movement of illegal immigrants up from Central America through Mexico has dropped off 70%. We’re at about a 15, 16 year low.” Kelly said, “Just to highlight something, just in the last 60, 90 days, the movement of illegal immigrants up from Central America through Mexico has dropped off 70%. We’re at about a 15, 16 year low. And frankly, we haven’t done all that much yet. there’s a fair amount of what I would call fencing here between the border. It’s very, very effective. The men and women that work the border, CBP and ICE and others, find it remarkably effective in keeping down the amount of illegal movement across the two borders.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Report: GOP Differences on Healthcare ‘Have Narrowed,’ Healthcare Reform ‘Very Much Alive’

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On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “At This Hour,” CNN National Political Reporter MJ Lee reported that House members are working on a deal on a healthcare bill “that could potentially bring on board 18 to 20 new yes votes from the House Freedom Caucus.” And Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) told her “the differences have narrowed, and this thing is very much alive.” Lee said, “So, there are signs of a possible breakthrough on healthcare, emphasis on possible. What we know is that leaders of the Tuesday Group, as well as the House Freedom Caucus have been in talks over the easter recess to try to revive the first failed healthcare bill that was pulled from the House floor. Now, what the members are trying to work on right now is a deal that could potentially bring on board 18 to 20 new yes votes from the House Freedom Caucus. Now, I just spoke a little while ago with Republican Congressman Tom Cole, and he tells me that the differences have narrowed, and this thing is very much alive.” She added, “Now, there are some serious obstacles heading into next week. As you know, Kate, members have to deal with the
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Warren: Part of Trump’s Election Was ‘Ugly Stew of Racism’ – Blaming Other Religions and Races ‘A Big Part’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) commented on President Trump’s election by stating, “Part of it is an ugly stew of racism. Part of it is, Donald Trump tapped into anger. … Donald Trump said, it’s their fault, those other people, those people who don’t worship like you, those people who don’t don’t look like you, those people who aren’t the same color as you. That was a big part.” Warren said of Trump’s election, “Part of it is an ugly stew of racism. Part of it is, Donald Trump tapped into anger. He got that people are deeply angry. They are angry that their kids can’t graduate from school without getting crushed by student loan debt, angry that there aren’t good jobs being creating right here, angry that after a lifetime of working hard, you can’t retire with a little dignity and security. And people are right to be angry. But Donald Trump said, it’s their fault, those other people, those people who don’t worship like you, those people who don’t don’t look like you, those people who aren’t the same color as you. That was a big part. He told a story. It’s
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Maher: I Don’t See a Lot of Dems ‘Who Have Learned the Lesson’ of 2016


During ATTN: and HBO’s “The State of the Union Interview” released on Wednesday, “Real Time” host Bill Maher stated that he doesn’t see a lot of Democrats “who have learned the lesson” from 2016. Maher said the Democratic Party has “possibilities. Of course, when you’re nowhere, you can only go up.” He continued, “I don’t, unfortunately, see a lot of people who have learned the lesson so far.” He then drew a distinction between liberals and “kale eaters” who are “dragging this party down.” Maher then cited protesters who say “The Vagina Monologues” is insensitive to transgendered people as an example of kale eaters. Maher also stated he thinks California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom would be a good candidate for the Democrats, and the party needs someone who is “charismatic.” He continued that the 2016 election showed people don’t care to dive into issues, and “want to be led. They don’t know the issues. Just show you have a pair of balls. That’s what they can’t stand, is that namby-pamby sh*t.” He concluded that Democrats should stop taking the high road, and “When they go low, you go lower.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Sessions: DACA Policy Is ‘If People Are Here Unlawfully, They’re Subject to Being Deported’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that while DACA enrollees aren’t being targeted, “the policy is that if people are here unlawfully, they’re subject to being deported. … [W]e can’t promise people who are here unlawfully that they’re not going to be deported.” Sessions said, “DACA enrollees are not being targeted. I don’t know why this individual [DREAMer Juan Manuel Montes] was picked up. Everybody in the country illegally is subject to being deported. So, people come here, and they stay here a few years, and somehow they think that they’re not subject to being deported. Well, they are.” Sessions was then asked what the administration’s policy towards DACA recipients is. He answered, “Well, the policy is that if people are here unlawfully, they’re subject to being deported. Our priority is clear. Our priority is to end the lawlessness at the border, stop the additional flow of illegals into the country, and then to prioritize those who’ve gotten in trouble with the law, recent arrivals, people who’ve been deported previously, drug dealers, and other criminal activities — activists. They need to be deported first. We’ve got so many of those right now,
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