Van Jones: Athletes Should Be More Vocal Politically


Monday on “The Rich Eisen Show,” CNN commentator Van Jones said that professional athletes should use their platforms in the political world. “Do you think athletes should be more vocal than they are?” host Rich Eisen asked. Jones responded, “Of course. On both sides, on all issues.” “Democracy is not about the politicians, democracy is about the people,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter who you are. Just because you can throw a football well doesn’t mean you stop being a citizen, doesn’t mean you stop being a human being, doesn’t mean you stop being a parent. All of us are supposed to speak out.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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FS1’s Cowherd to Political Media: Either Land a Punch on Trump-Russia Story or Move On


Fox Sports Radio’s “The Herd” host Colin Cowherd said he was “over” the President Donald Trump-Russia stories that mainstream media continue to push. Cowherd said media either needs to “land a punch” or move on to a story that “affects Americans.” “I’m over the Trump/Russia stories,” Cowherd said Monday. “Either land a punch, political media or move to a story that affects Americans.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Watch: Young Reds Fan Kicks Marlins’ Dee Gordon in the Shin


Right before Sunday’s Miami Marlins-Cincinnati Reds game, a young Reds fan greeted Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon with a kick to the shin. Umpire Bruce Dreckman walked five-year-old Leo Schneider over to meet Gordon and he quickly kicked the speedy leadoff man. It turns out that Dreckman put Schneider up to it. “It was all planned,” Amy Danzo-Schneider, Leo’s mother, told MLB.com. “He’s not the type of kid who would go up and kick someone. Dee Gordon was motioning Leo to come to him. The umpire went with Leo, and Leo said the umpire told him to kick [Gordon].” Schneider’s attempt to slow Gordon down was unsuccessful, however, as Gordon led the game off with a single. He then stole second base. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Rand Paul: Trump Likely Has the Power to Pardon Himself

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he believes President Donald Trump has the ability to pardon himself. Host Jake Tapper asked Paul if he believes Trump has the power to do so, and Paul replied, “I think in all likelihood he does. I think that some of this hasn’t been adjudicated.” Trump himself believes he has the “complete power” to pardon, however, he tweeted out Saturday that he has nothing to pardon himself from. While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017 Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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NY Mag’s Gabe Sherman: Hannity, O’Reilly ‘in Talks’ to Have Shows with Sinclair Broadcast Group

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Sunday, New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman said he has sources “in and around Fox” that say Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity and former Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly are “in talks” to take their shows to Sinclair Broadcast Group. “[W]e have been talking about Sean Hannity this morning. My sources in and around Fox say that [he] and Bill O’Reilly are potentially in talks to take their shows to Sinclair,” Sherman reported Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” “Bill O’Reilly’s wanted to get back into the game,” he continued. “So, Sinclair really wants to build the future of a conservative media empire, and poaching Fox’s biggest names would help them do that. They already have Boris [Epshteyn], but this again is the groundwork for what I think will be the next conservative media platform in the post-Roger Ailes era.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Jesse Watters: ‘The Left Only Plays the Race Card When It’s Got Nothing Left in the Deck’


During Saturday’s “Watters’ World” on the Fox News Channel, host Jesse Watters reacted to MSNBC legal analyst Paul Butler saying Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to bring back policies that target young black men and comparing that to the behavior of rich white men in the President Trump-Russia investigation. “Have you ever noticed in the media these days everything is racist?” Watters asked. According to Watters, the left overplays the race card, choosing to play it “when it’s got nothing left in the deck.” “Russia has nothing to do with race and everything to do with politics,” he stated. “The left only plays the race card when it’s got nothing left in the deck,” Watters continued. “Little advice — it might be time to fold. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Kellyanne Conway: Scaramucci Will ‘Force’ the White House’s Message Through


Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” White House aide Kellyanne Conway discussed newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, saying Scaramucci will help the White House “force the message through” to prevent mainstream media from covering topics Americans do not care about. “This White House, with Anthony Scaramucci’s help, and the whole comms and press team together as one, Jeanine, we are going to force the message through so that people stop talking about the nonsense [and] the garbage that doesn’t create a single job, that doesn’t release one bit of energy production, that doesn’t put ISIS in retreat and to show all the news the incredible accomplishments the president has had in the first six months,” Conway told host Judge Jeanine Pirro. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Mark Steyn: Special Counsel’s Trump Investigation Is ‘Banana Republic Stuff’


Saturday on “Fox & Friends,” conservative talk show host Mark Steyn called special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump and Russia “banana republic stuff.” “We have a situation which civilized societies do not do, where they investigate someone in order to get something on him,” Steyn stated. “There’s not even the appearance of normality here,” he later added. “This special counsel thing, which should never have happened, it’s basically a fundamental assault on self-government by the American people. The people who are interfering with the election are not the Russians, the people who are interfering with the election are the deep state, the permanent bureaucracy, the media, the Democrats and half the Republican Party who have not accepted what happened on a Tuesday night in November and have determined to interfere with it.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Scaramucci: I’ve Seen Trump ‘Throw a Dead Spiral Through a Tire’

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New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci praised President Donald Trump for his competitiveness and athletic skill Friday. During Friday’s press briefing at the White House, Scaramucci described Trump’s athletic prowess, saying he has seen the president “throw a dead spiral through a tire.” “[Trump]’s the most competitive person I’ve ever met,” Scaramucci stated. “I have seen this guy throw a dead spiral through a tire. I’ve seen him at Madison Square Garden with a topcoat on, he’s standing in the key, he’s hitting foul shots and swishing them. He sinks three-foot putts. I don’t see this guy as a guy that’s ever under siege. This is a very, very competitive person.” “[T]he president’s a winner,” he added. “We’re going to do a lot of winning.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Michael Eric Dyson: We as a Nation Need to ‘Figure Out the Best Route to Racial Redemption and to True Justice’


Friday on ESPN’s “First Take,” author and Georgetown professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson weighed in on O.J. Simpson being granted parole Thursday after spending nearly nine years in prison for an armed robbery, saying that, collectively, Americans need to “figure out the best route to racial redemption and to true justice.” “[Simpson] represents some of the most reprehensible ideas in America, as well as the fact that justice for the African-American people continues to lurk in the future,” Dyson explained. He continued, “What we need to collectively as a nation is figure out the best route to racial redemption and to true justice, which means that these cases will become a thing of the past and O.J. Simpson will be a distant memory because we will have embraced a much more powerful and… colorful conception of what it means to act and behave justly in this nation.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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