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Hillary Clinton on Weinstein…What about Trump?

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Good Question….

Donald Trump is the President….

Weinstein is movie guy that just got fired form his won company and is going for sex therapy…

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton discussed the culture of sexual assault following a myriad of new sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood film producer and longtime Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News on Saturday, Clinton said:

“Look, we just elected someone who admitted sexual assault to the presidency. So there’s a lot of other issues that are swirling around these kinds of behaviors that need to be addressed,” Clinton said when asked if she had heard rumors of Weinstein’s behavior before the bombshell reports.

“I think it’s important that we stay focused, and shine a bright spotlight, and try to get people to understand how damaging this is,” she continued.

“The women coming forward is the only way that that story will be told,” she said.

Clinton’s comments come as accusations against Weinstein going back decades continue to surface from major Hollywood actresses including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Kate Beckinsale.

Trump faced major backlash during the presidential campaign when he was heard bragging about groping and kissing women on a leaked “Access Hollywood” tape from 2005. Eleven women accused the president of sexual harassment after the video surfaced.

Trump has denied such allegations and multiple past lawsuits against him have been settled….

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There was an attempted terror attack last Friday on a U.S. airport, and no one is talking about it.

By RETIII  @ Daily Kos
The North Florida Survival Group teaches “patriots” of all ages to handle weapons and survive in the wild.

This is pretty amazing.  As explained by Shaun King at the Intercept, a terror attack on a U.S. airport was narrowly foiled just this past Friday:

On past Friday morning, at 12:39 a.m., security footage from the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina showed a man walking through the front doors wearing black clothing and a black cap, while carrying a bag. “Based on a review of the video, the individual walked near the entrance to the terminal, went out of sight momentarily, and was then seen departing the area without the bag,” according to the criminal complaint.

Following the Transportation Security Administration’s protocols, airport security allowed a bomb dog to sniff the bag for explosives and the dog signaled to the team the presence of dangerous materials in the bag. The concourse was then shut down. The street leading to the airport was shut down. And Asheville Regional Airport officials found themselves in a dangerous emergency situation.

What investigators eventually found in the bag was AN/FO (Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil) explosives that, according to the criminal complaint, have been used “in a number of terrorist-related incidents around the world. When AN/FO comes into contact with a flame or other ignition source it explodes violently. Nails or ball bearings are often items added to the device so as to increase the devastation inflicted by the explosion.”

This bomb was meant to cause multiple deaths:

In fact, sharp nails and bullets were found in this improvised explosive device. Whoever built it designed the bomb to cause horrific bodily harm. Before disarming it, authorities discovered that the alarm attached to it was scheduled to go off at 6:00 a.m. that morning just as a fresh round of travelers was scheduled to arrive at the airport.

The man who planted it, it turns out, openly admitted to authorities that he was “preparing to fight a war on U.S. soil” and that this bomb was but one part of that war.

Holy cow!  Where is the wall-to-wall media coverage?  Why hasn’t President Trump been tweeting about this?  How is this story uncovered?

Well, as Shaun King points out, the answer appears to be because the bomber — who has been arrested — is not Muslim.  No, he is a White guy.  A militia type who wanted to kill Americans and start a war on U.S soil….

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Trump threatens NBC’s right to broadcast over leaked Nuke story….

Today’s leak of a meeting in which Donald Trump asked his national security team for more nuclear weapons and was talked down has not fit into Trump view that HE can do what he wants and ‘win’….

So he is going after the messenger

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NBC….

Trump and others have criticized the media continually….

Most of us accept the First Amendment idea that there is ‘Free Speech’ in this country….But?

Donald Trump is now the President…

And when he makes off the cuff remarks?

They get a different view then when he was an another New York Real Estate guy….

The mention of going after NBC’s broadcast licenses as an ay for Trump to beat down stories he doesn’t like isn’t gonna make the media back down…..

President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that NBC’s broadcast license should be pulled as punishment after NBC News published a report stating that the president sought a dramatic increase in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

“Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold’ increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning, equating the two TV news outlets he has most often lashed out against. “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”

It is the second time in as many weeks that Trump has felt compelled to attack NBC News, which reported last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came close to resigning last summer and called the president a “moron” following a meeting with members of the national security team and members of the cabinet. It was at that meeting, NBC News reported Wednesday, that Trump said he wanted a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear stockpile…..

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Corker for President…New York Daily News….

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Sunday evening, after the senator and President traded insults on Twitter, Corker said he feared Trump’s impulsiveness on the world stage might put the planet “on the path to World War III.”

He could have been referring to any of a few dozen mercurial outbursts, but likely the trigger was a Saturday tweet in which Trump asserted that “only one thing will work” to rein in North Korea — a statement that could only be read as a direct threat to strike Pyongyang militarily.

“Every single day at the White House,” Corker said, “it’s a situation of trying to contain him.”

Corker punctuated this by telling the Times that “except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus” — meaning, of the Senate’s 52 Republicans — “understands what we’re dealing with here.”

The GOP has long purported to stand for calm and principled leadership on the world stage. If it has any hope of continuing to offer itself as a steady hand on the tiller, more Republicans must follow Corker — rhetorically and, ultimately, electorally…..

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Donald Trump and North Korea….The Big Stick while quietly talking….Update….

The Hill has a piece out this morning leading with Trump saying ‘It is a waste of time ‘ to talk to North Korea….

Yea , Right?

While Trump and Kim where ranting at each other?

American and North Korean’s have been  talking directly to each other….

Trump’s comment to his Sec of State does NOT mean that the talking will stop(And it ofcourse is meant as slight to Tillerson for ‘outing ‘this)…It just means that Donald Trump is interjecting his views and the media is reporting them…America is STILL seeking a diplomatic solution  with the North Koreans while exerting pressue on them to back away from their nucler program…..This is plain ‘deal’ maneuvering …..

Remember….The Trump’s General’s KNOW what War is…Trump does NOT….

The Trump administration acknowledged on Saturday for the first time that it was in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests, seeking a possible way forward beyond the escalating threats of a military confrontation from both sides.

“We are probing, so stay tuned,” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said, when pressed about how he might begin a conversation with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, that could avert what many government officials fear is a significant chance of open conflict between the two countries.

“We ask, ‘Would you like to talk?’ We have lines of communications to Pyongyang — we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout,” he added. “We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang,” a reference to North Korea’s capital….

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It also turns out that Trump has ordered the American Government to use whatever means it can to pressure the North Korean’s….(China has begun to  crack down on the North Korea’s also….)

The efforts have been MUCH more extensive than previously reported….

Early in his administration, President Trump signed a directive outlining a strategy of pressure against North Korea that involved actions across a broad spectrum of government agencies and led to the use of military cyber-capabilities, according to U.S. officials.

As part of the campaign, U.S. Cyber Command targeted hackers in North Korea’s military spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, by barraging their computer servers with traffic that choked off Internet access.

Trump’s directive, a senior administration official said, also included instructions to diplomats and officials to bring up North Korea in virtually every conversation with foreign interlocutors and urge them to sever all ties with Pyongyang. Those conversations have had significant success, particularly in recent weeks as North Korea has tested another nuclear weapon and ballistic missiles, officials said.

So pervasive is the diplomatic campaign that some governments have found themselves scrambling to find any ties with North Korea….

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‘Sleeping Giant’ is getting companies to delist ads on Breitbart….

They are invisible but up to now pretty effecive in notifing companies that their ads go to the conservative Breitbart blog site which has championed views that some find racially and relgiously ‘insensitive’…..

Over 1,000 of those companies have pulled their ads from the sites rotation, which has caused alarm for the site which Steve Bannon has retreared to after leaviong the Trump White House….

The Breitbart site looks at the actions as going against it’s ‘free speech rights’….But I guess you could turn that around also….

Sleeping Giants is a mysterious group that has no address, no organizational structure and no officers. At least none that are publicly known. All of its leaders are anonymous, and much of what it claims is difficult to independently verify. A spokesman for the group wouldn’t identify himself in interviews for this story.

But the group does have a singular purpose, pursued as relentlessly as Ahab chasing a whale: It aims to drive advertisers away from Breitbart. “We’re trying to defund bigotry,” the spokesman says.

Sleeping Giants’ basic approach is to make Breitbart’s advertisers aware that they are, in fact, Breitbart advertisers. Many apparently don’t know this, given that Web ads are often bought through third-party brokers, such as Google and Facebook. The brokers then distribute them to a network of websites according to algorithms that seek a specific target audience (say, young men) or a set number of impressions.

As a result of such “programmatic” buying, advertisers often are in the dark about where their ads end up. Advertisers can opt out of certain sites, of course, but only if they affirmatively place them on a blacklist of sites.

So when an ad appears on Breitbart, Sleeping Giants or one of its 109,000 Twitter followers and 35,000 Facebook followers flag the advertiser, often accompanied by an image of the sponsors’ ad next to a Breitbart story…..

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Democrats in Congress get a deal with Trump for Harvey month and No Shutdown…

Did the head of the Republican party just cut a deal to bypass his own  parties rightwingnuts and make House Speaker Ryana and Senate Majority Leader McConnell happy?

People gotta stop fighting this dog’s call that Donald Trump has NO IDEOLOGY…..Schumer and Pelosi made the announcement folks….

THERE WILL BE NO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN….

(Most of us knew thgere wouldn’t be…Now the media can stop trying to front it….)

Democratic leaders say President Donald Trump has agreed to a plan to fund the government and increase the nation’s debt limit for three months as part of a deal to rush disaster aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the agreement Wednesday after meeting with Trump at the White House.

The deal promises to speed a $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill, which passed the House Wednesday, to Trump’s desk before disaster accounts run out later this week.

The move buys almost three months for Washington to try to solve myriad issues, including more funding for defense, immigration, health care, and a longer-term increase in the government’s borrowing authority….

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Did Donald Trump just switch parties?

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+ on “Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen and so do I. I think they’re going to make a deal.”

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North Korea does NOT have the ability to attack America…

So CNN is leading its 6:00 pm newscast with breathless coverage of the North Korean threat to erase the US?

Wait?

This is small country that does NOT,at this time, have a rocket that can reach North America
When they do have ONE?
They don’t a functioning weapon….

While North Korea did explode a nuclear weapon underground, and it has this summer tested what experts believe are ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, it hasn’t shown it can put the two together in a system that works.
“A successful test means they can build a weapon, not that they have any ready for immediate use,” said Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center….

Yet the talking heads on CNN are acting like little old North Korea has a whole ARSENAL of missiles with warheads NOW….

Seriously?
The media needs to stop  doing this shit to the American public….

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Fox News anchor decries the Trump ‘lies’ on the air….

You read the above right…..

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Between its “Fox and Friends” morning show and Sean Hannity at night, Fox News has become a haven for those who think this whole Russia thing is nonsense. On Friday morning, Steve Doocy even declared that “the Russia story is starting to fall apart.”

But on Friday afternoon, a Fox host went off on the Trump administration’s handling of Russia in a way we’ve rarely seen.

Shepard Smith is no stranger to challenging the administration and occasionally launching into personal editorials — including one about refugees back in 2015. But on Friday afternoon, he took it a step further, repeatedly accusing the administration of lying, deception and a coverup.

After reporting that there appeared to be more people in that meeting with Russian lawyer than previously acknowledged, Smith had either a Howard Beale or a Walter Cronkite moment, depending on your perspective, and he lit into the White House.

Here’s the transcript:

We’re still not clean on this, Chris [Wallace]. If there’s nothing there — and that’s what they tell us, they tell us there’s nothing to this and nothing came of it, there’s a nothingburger, it wasn’t even memorable, didn’t write it down, didn’t tell you about it, because it wasn’t anything so I didn’t even remember it — with a Russian interpreter in the room at Trump Tower? If all of that, why all these lies? Why is it lie after lie after lie? If you clean, come on clean, you know? My grandmother used to say when first we practice to — Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling. And there are still people who are out there who believe we’re making it up. And one day they’re gonna realize we’re not and look around and go, Where are we, and why are we getting told all these lies?

Most journalists are reluctant to use the L-word — “lie.”…..

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More Fox News Sexual Harassment and Discrimination lawsuits filed…

They just keep coming…..

Fox News was hit with new sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits on Monday, adding to the catalog of complaints that has rattled the U.S. cable news network and its corporate parent 21st Century Fox Inc.

New York City lawyer Douglas Wigdor filed lawsuits in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of Kathleen Lee, a Fox News Radio shift editor who says she was sexually harassed and subjected to “unceasing retaliation” for complaining, and Naima Farrow, who maintains she was fired from her job as an accounts payable coordinator after telling supervisors she was pregnant.

In a third case in the same court, Vidya Mann, a Fox News accounts receivable specialist, said she was taken on as a temporary employee but passed over for permanent jobs in favor of white coworkers.

A spokeswoman at Fox News said the company believes the suits are without merit, noting that the company took prompt action and takes all complaints of discrimination seriously.

The new legal claims come as Fox News is already battling a series of lawsuits that led to the resignations of former chief executive Roger Ailes, who died last week, star anchor Bill O’Reilly and network co-president Bill Shine…..

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Trump’s White House Tapes…

…by   @ The Oligarch Kings….

Please speak clearly

Please speak clearly into the chandelier…

In the early morning of May 12th President Trump, clearly pissed off with James Comey his FBI chief whom he had just sacked, tweeted “James Comey better hope that there are no “Tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press”.

The American Press, blinded by their endless comparisons of Trump to Nixon, charged off on a moral crusade at the suggestion this was another indication of the paranoia in Trumps administration, and that The Donald was falling back to using the dastardly low-down dirty underhand evasive dark arts of ol’ Tricky Dicky himself.  There were suggestions that these tactics were so low as to be illegal.  It certainly played well to the Press’s current obsession with impeaching Trump at the first opportunity.  If they could remind everyone of all that “expletive deleted” fun we all had back in the 70’s with chunks of tape going missing at vital moments in the Watergate scandal, then hey so much the better..

Certainly, as tweets go it was confrontational to the point of threatening, a clear shot across the bows of an opponent, and most certainly unlike the quieter arm twisting we might have expected from more subtle operators.  A vulgar man pushing his weight about.  But was it illegal or even unusual?

What most people do not realise, but which I should have hoped an educated Press would have known, is that Trump and everyone else in Washington are perfectly within their rights to tape conversations even if the other party is unaware that they are being taped.  In Washington DC (unlike where you or I might live) it is perfectly OK, and perfectly legal to make tapes as long as one of the parties (here D Trump Esq.) are aware.

Secondly it’s not even unusual for the President of the United States to record his phone conversations or meetings in the White House, and it’s been going on for decades….

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Trump 2020 Campaign already trying to neutralize the media…

For those who haven’t been listening?

Donald Trump….

Like any authoritarian person in power is trying to take out media/press opposition in order to control the information going to the public….

The media has from the start of his campaign focused on comments from Trump that have little to no basis in fact….

Trump has resorted to calling any media view that doesn’t mirror his as ‘Fake News’….

His effort IS already in motion for 2020….

The President’s 2020 campaign is escalating a public relations war with broadcasters over airing a 30-second TV ad with a “Fake News” banner overlaid on the faces of well-known anchors. On Friday, Trump’s camp trotted out an incendiary “censorship” claim over the refusal of CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS to air its “First 100 Days” clip.

“Apparently, the mainstream media are champions of the First Amendment only when it serves their own political views,” said Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of the President and a campaign consultant, in a statement. The ad was paid for by the campaign, titled Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

Trump added: “Faced with an ad that doesn’t fit their biased narrative, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC have now all chosen to block our ad. This is an unprecedented act of censorship in America that should concern every freedom-loving citizen.”….

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The 2017 White House Correspondent’s Dinner w/o the President…

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….from the NY Times…

….No one knew quite what to expect at this year’s edition of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, the chummy Washington ritual that became a flash point over press freedom in a year when the White House and its correspondents are anything but friendly. The president skipped the event. Celebrities stayed away. Comedians turned down the gig.

But even as Mr. Trump heckled the proceedings in real time — joking at a Pennsylvania rally about reporters’ “consoling each other in a Washington ballroom” — attendees said the often-frivolous dinner felt oddly profound. Part pep rally, part therapy session, the event became a moment of catharsis for a political press corps that has faced months of unrelenting strain.

 Loud cheers and a palpable sense of defiance broke out when the president of the Correspondents’ Association, Jeff Mason of Reuters, declared with sermonlike ferocity, “We are not fake news. We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people.” It was the longest ovation of the night.

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, seated on the dais, reminded the room of journalism’s power, and Mr. Woodward articulated the subtext of the evening when he addressed Mr. Trump directly, saying, “Mr. President, the media is not fake news.”

Even Mr. Minhaj — who opened with a blistering takedown of Mr. Trump, noting that the president was “in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke” — finished with an earnest ode to free speech. “Only in America can a first-generation immigrant Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president,” he said.

The event “was a line-in-the-sand night, to an extent I didn’t expect,” E.J. Dionne, a longtime Washington chronicler, said in the ballroom afterward. He added that “having Woodward and Bernstein sends another message” — that journalists can, under the right circumstances, topple a presidency.

Promoting the First Amendment was, in the end, the safest possible angle for the Correspondents’ Association, which liaises with the White House on behalf of its members and was wary of blasting the president in absentia….

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…from the LA Times…

“We’ve got to address the elephant that’s not in the room,” said Minhaj near the jittery beginning of his monologue. “The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow, it’s a very long flight. As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke.”

C-SPAN broadcast the dinner in its entirety, as they did a march in Washington earlier Saturday where an estimated 200,000 people protested Trump’s climate policy. In between the march and the dinner programming was a broadcast of Trump’s pep rally in Harrisburg.

 

“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now,” said former Hollywood celebrity Trump of the dinner.

All of it happened on Trump’s 100th day in office, a tenure that’s been one of the most contentious and rocky — particularly regarding the president’s relationship with the press — in modern memory. Trump also asked that his White House staff not attend the dinner.

The event at the Washington Hilton, which is sponsored by the White House Correspondents’ Assn., kicked off with the theme of speaking truth to power. Washington Post Watergate reporters and “All The President’s Men” authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were the guests of honor….

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11 Current or Former Fox News staffers sueing the company over race and sex issues…

Something has been, or is . very wrong at that place…

Eleven current and former Fox News employees filed a class-action lawsuit in New York against the network, accusing it of “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.”

The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in the Bronx, expands a complaint filed at the end of March by Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, two black women who worked in the Fox News payroll department. In particular, the suit contends that Judith Slater, the company’s longtime comptroller, engaged in racist behavior and made racist remarks and that senior executives ignored her actions. A third Fox News employee, Monica Douglas, joined the lawsuit earlier this month. Fox News fired Slater in February.

“When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne M. Christensen, said in a statement, referring to Fox News’ parent company. “We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs.”…

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Alex Balwin does double duty….Trump AND Bill O’Reilly….

Alec Baldwin pulled double duty on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. Not only was he back to play President Trump, but he also debuted a Bill O’Reilly impression — while interviewing himself as Trump.

The result: SNL got to tease two of its favorite foils at the same time — using only one actor.

The (not entirely seamless) sketch focused on O’Reilly’s budding problem of sexual harassment allegations, which Trump this week dismissed by saying, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”

In the sketch, even Baldwin-as-O’Reilly is incredulous that the president decided to weigh in his defense, at a time when advertisers are quickly fleeing. Asked about how much he actually knows about the case, Baldwin-as-Trump demurs.

“I’m more familiar with this case than, say, health care, but I really didn’t look into it much, no,” he said. “I was busy being super presidential, by bombing a bunch of s***.”….

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Trump wants NBC to stop their Russian story reporting…

Well Donald?….. Ya probably just helped their ratings for this month….

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President Trump on Saturday called for NBC News to devote more attention to his unproven claims that President Obama spied on him and stop covering the investigations into Russia’s interference in the election.

“When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?” Trump tweeted just before 9 a.m.

“It is the same Fake News Media that said there is ‘no path to victory for Trump’ that is now pushing the phony Russia story. A total scam!” he added shortly after.

It was not immediately apparent what NBC coverage Trump was taking issue with. Chuck Todd on Friday interviewed top Washington lawyer Abbe Lowell and former Obama press secretary Josh Earnest on “MTP Daily” about the latest Russia developments…

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