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Alex Castellanos: Trump's Neo-Nazi Defense 'May Mean The End Of Trump Government'

33 min 7 sec ago

During ABC's THIS WEEK's round table discussion, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, said that Trump's governing power has vanished.

Dab Balz, the Washington Post's chief correspondent said that among Trump's bad weeks, "this may be the worst that he's had."

"Whatever he thought he was doing Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, with his varying statements, the judgment on him has been extremely harsh from fellow Republicans. And I think that really sums up the problem that he's had this week," Balz said.

Host Martha Raddatz then asked Alex, "So what does that really mean for him going forward?

Castellanos replied, "Well, it doesn't mean the end of the Trump presidency but it may mean the end of Trump government."

"It's going to be impossible for Donald Trump now to attract good people to government. And he hasn't filled out these positions that he needs to appoint. He has appointed about half of what Obama and Bush before him appointed at this point. It's going to be very hard for him to build his army to fight their army," Alex said.

Steve Bannon echoed similar sentiments while he was cleaning out his desk at the White house.

Yes, being an admitted neo-Nazi apologist who has no idea how to actually govern does have a down side.

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Fox's Ralph Peters Blames Obama For Naval Crash This Weekend

3 hours 40 min ago

On this morning's Varney & Co., Fox News' Ralph Peters eventually blamed the second naval crash in the last two months, the USS John McCain on President Obama.

Guest host Ashley Webster asked Fox News' military and strategic analyst, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, why with our fabulous technology, these crashes keep happening.

At first, Peters blasted the officers and the crew, "The obvious conclusion is the officers on the bridge and the seamen don't have basic navigation skills. They don't, no longer are drilled in basic seamanship. They don't have the discipline they should."

Peter expressed how much he loved the Navy, but said it was in a bad way right now, especially after the "Fat Leonard" scandal.

Peters continued, "You had the horrific behavior of the sailors who were grabbed by Iran without a fight."

Ashley, "Yes."

And then he claimed Obama had turned the military into wussies.

Peters continued, "But I think they're -- one of the parts of this problem, part of it is fundamental. Those sailors did not have the basic seamanship skills, but by God, they got their sensitivity training, they got their race relations training, they got their sexual harassment training and we have for a long time, but particularly under Obama, turned the military into a social engineering experiment."

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NASA Live Stream: Watch The Eclipse

5 hours 1 min ago

Clouds obscuring your view? Not in the direct path of totality? Here's the next best thing -- a video live stream of the eclipse.


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Katrina Pierson: 'Slavery Is Good History'

5 hours 33 min ago

Katrina Pierson, a top Trump surrogate during the 2016 presidential campaign compared removing Confederate statues to ISIS and told Fox and Friends that slavery was "good history" for America.

This is a low point in a malformed debate made by Trump and his supporters trying to justify his cancerous Charlottesville press conference.

F&F's co-host Ainsley Earhardt led a debate about the future of Confederate status in America and asked if Speaker Ryan will join Nancy Pelosi to take down "confederate monuments that are in the halls of Congress?"

Katrina Pierson responded by saying only ISIS does that type of thing and then began descending down a blackened path saying, "Americans actually love their history, their culture, good and bad, because it helps them learn and it helps keep people educated about why America is so great to begin with."

Stay with me.

Wendy Osefo was there to debate her and did not foresee where Pierson began on her malignant journey.

After Ainsley promoted a new poll supporting keeping the monuments where they are, Osefo gave Fox News viewers a history lesson.

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Lyin' Ryan To Finally Almost Hold A Town Hall

5 hours 38 min ago
Lyin' Ryan To Finally Almost Hold A Town Hall

One of the talking points that Randy Bryce has been hitting Lyin' Paul Ryan hard with is the fact that Paul Ryan shows a great disdain for his constituents. Bryce said that it's been more than 600 days since Ryan held his last public town hall meeting.

Politifact checked out this claim and found that Bryce was in error. It's been over 650 days since Ryan held a town hall meeting. Given that that article came out a month ago, it means that Ryan is closing in on the two year mark of refusing to meet with the people of his district.

Ryan doesn't understand what the big deal is, though. He's been regularly meeting with the people he represents - the Kochs, the Bradley Foundation, Sheldon Adelson, lobbyists bearing $350 bottles of wine. Y'know, the people that really matter.

Apparently, Ryan's indifference to the people has been hurting him in the polls because he's been busy trying to placate the people without actually holding a town hall. Instead, he's been having phone conferences and "safe" town halls at very controlled sites.

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Did Donald Trump Retweet A Bot? How To Be A Twitter Sleuth

6 hours 20 min ago
Did Donald Trump Retweet A Bot? How To Be A Twitter Sleuth

This morning Donald Trump post the retweet above. Whenever I see Trump retweet an account I don't recognize, I instantly have to start digging. Now I will show you how to dig as well.

First thing I noticed from the account that Trump retweeted was that it only follows 5 people, and only has 49 tweets. Then I looked at the original tweet:

My first big indication was that Trump retweeted this within 5 minutes. That seems rather quick, but still not enough to really make me declare this some bot. So I decided to dig further.

Twitter offers an API, which is an acronym for Application Programming Interface. It's how things like Hootsuite, Tweetdeck and even the Twitter mobile apps connect with Twitter. To help developers out, they also provide a console. So what does that show me? Well let me show you how to utilize this awesome forensic tool and then you can see exactly what I found.

First, you must have a Twitter account and be logged in in order to utilize the console.

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Elite New York Times Columnist Lectures Dems On Being Too Elite

6 hours 38 min ago

Oh, I love conservatives -- especially when they're such obvious elite jerkoffs as Bret Stephens, lecturing Democrat Rep. Brendan Boyle on how they don't "stand" for anything. (I found myself screaming at the TV, 'We stand for EVERYBODY, which is why YOUR voters hate us!")

Mind you, this climate-denying weasel elitist is currently married to a Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim -- who has a doctorate in Italian literature. From Cambridge. Isn't this the kind of thing people like him ridicule about Democratic elites?

"Look, the problem is, I don't know what the Democratic party stands for, other than hating Trump," he said.

"And, you know, you saw it in that special election in Georgia where you had all the enthusiasm, you had thousands of volunteers, tons of money. and a district that could have swung your way. It doesn't do it, and I think it doesn't do it for this reason, above all to average Americans, Democrats stand for the party of contempt.

"They stand for the party of contempt for ordinary Americans, for their struggles, for -- also for sort of traditional values, and until that changes and there's a genuine outreach to sort of the white working-class American voters, that's going to be the indelible image of the Democrats as the party of professors, Elizabeth Warrens who are out of touch."

(You mean, former REPUBLICAN Elizabeth Warren, who suddenly became an out of touch academic as soon as she switched parties?"

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'We're Getting The Ramifications Of What Having A Sick Man In The White House Means'

7 hours 38 min ago

I'm not going to pretend to be a Washington insider. I am not now nor will I ever be a Villager. But over the almost fifteen years of blogging here at C&L, I've been part of listservs with activists, journalists-both blogosphere and mainstream--think tanks members, and other political institution officials. I've cultivated relationships with congressional staffers for when I needed to get a statement. I've gotten and given tips from producers of comedy and news shows you've watched.

I'm not writing this to humblebrag. Lots of bloggers can say the same. I simply want to point out that I communicate with many people both in front of the camera and behind the scenes on a fairly regular basis. And like them, my membership and participation on those lists is dependent upon my respecting the confidentiality of the other members and the specifics of our conversations (I'm no Tucker Carlson).

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USAToday: The Secret Service Has Run Out Of Money To Protect Trump

8 hours 34 min ago
 The Secret Service Has Run Out Of Money To Protect Trump

All that carping about Obama's vacations? Seems a little ironic now. USAToday reports that Trump has cleaned out the Secret Service funding allotment:

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast.

Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, in an interview with USA TODAY, said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year.

The agency has faced a crushing workload since the height of the contentious election season, and it has not relented in the first seven months of the administration. Agents must protect Trump – who has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia – and his adult children whose business trips and vacations have taken them across the country and overseas.

"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,'' Alles said. "I can't change that. I have no flexibility.''

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Sasse Wants To Say Something Deep About Race, Gets Sidetracked Preemptively Blaming Left, Media

8 hours 38 min ago
Sasse Wants To Say Something Deep About Race, Gets Sidetracked Preemptively Blaming Left, Media

This Friday night, Senator Ben Sasse posted a long, disjointed Facebook essay titled "The Next Charlottesville." Sasse wants to be thought of as a different kind of Republican -- he's opposed to President Trump and he's skeptical of (some) ongoing partisan battles. But he's still, in many ways, a modern culture-war Republican, much as he tries not to seem like one.

Sasse's post begins:

Over the last week, many Nebraskans have told me some version of this: ‎“There are lots of us here who are ‎scared about where the country is headed. I think more violence is inevitable." That much seems obvious. Less expected was where some of them went next. One of my constituents, a fairly energetic Trump supporter and a middle-aged man, told me:

**"To be clear, I think the alt-Right are a bunch of a**holes."‎

**"And we should admit that the President has done a bad job getting us through this."

**But "when the next rounds of violence come, I'll bet you most of it will come from the left."

**"And then some folks I know will respond in kind. It's gonna be a powder-keg."

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Times Reporter: Bannon Pushed To Privatize Afghanistan War

8 hours 54 min ago

Chris Cuomo said Steve Bannon will still be backing Trump on keeping more U.S. troops from being deployed in Afghanistan.

"Because this is such a fundamental part of his philosophy, that we should be out of there, the president supposedly bought into it and that leads us to tonight," Cuomo said, referring to Trump's planned address. (Who gets higher ratings: Trump, or the solar eclipse?)

Maggie Haberman, NY Times reporter, agreed.

"Look, there were many issues on which Bannon clashed with almost everybody else within the White House on that," she said.

"He believed that the U.S. should not be further drawn in and then he, you know, was advocating this privatization plan that was pushed by somebody named Erik Prince, who was a relative of a cabinet secretary. As it turns out, that did not go through any of the normal channels, it was all this side process that Bannon had going.

"I do think that Bannon sees himself as the keeper of this campaign pledge that the president made which was, you know, not getting further drawn into these foreign wars. I suspect you will see Breitbart, Bannon's website, reacting pretty strongly to whatever comes out of the president's mouth tonight."

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John Oliver To Sobbing Fox Anchor: 'No One Is Making You Do It'

9 hours 24 min ago

John Oliver recapped the events of the past week. (I know -- I can't believe it was only one week, either) and delivered a hard truth to sobbing Fox News employees:

“Here’s a tip," he said.

“If you’re getting emotionally overwhelmed and feeling judged for defending Trump in his ‘Nazi sympathizer’ phase, stop f*king doing it."

“It’s that simple. No one is making you do it. Also, and I cannot stress this enough, how did you manage to make this about you? That’s almost impressive.”

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Mike's Blog Round Up

9 hours 38 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

Progressive Eruptions: A Boston blogger reports on the anti-Alt-Right counter-protest there.

What Would Jack Do: Women find Nazis irresistible.....don't they?

Crazy Eddie's Motie News: Scaramucci may not have lasted long, but he got his final wish.

We Hunted the Mammoth: Here's how the Alt-Right commemorates the death of Heather Heyer (be warned, this is seriously ugly stuff).

Blog round-up by Infidel753. Tips to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.

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Extraordinary Democrats Like Derrick Crowe Are Crucial To Taking Back The House

9 hours 38 min ago
Extraordinary Democrats Like Derrick Crowe Are Crucial To Taking Back The House

Blue America has been busily vetting new congressional candidates since spring. Sometimes it takes a while since we don't base our endorsements on questionnaires but, rather, on "getting to know" the candidates and what they stand for and what their capabilities are.

We’ve certainly gotten to know Derrick Crowe, our newest endorsee very well. He is a progressive Texas Democrat who is running a campaign based on what he wants to do to represent the interests of TX-21 working families in Congress.

The district stretches from north San Antonio up through a corridor past New Braunfels and San Marcos into Downtown Austin almost to UT and then west into the Hill Country. It was drawn to minimize the solidly blue Travis County vote, but last year Trump underperformed past GOP nominees and barely won a majority (52.5%) in the district.

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Open Thread - Remembering (or Discovering) Dick Gregory

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 23:30
Open Thread - Remembering (or Discovering) Dick Gregory

This is a great time to rediscover (or discover for the first time) the work of Dick Gregory.

Rest in peace? Let's keep his genius alive.

Open thread below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club Remembers Sonny Burgess

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 23:00

One of the last original Sun Records rockabilly cats has, well, rode off into the sunset.

Arkansas born Sonny Burgess has died at the age of 88.

In 1955, him and Elvis shared many a gig. After one show Elvis told him he should go meet with Sam Phillips in Memphis and tell him you want to cut a record for Sun. It happened and the rest is history. Known for his bit wild guitar style and raucous approach to music more than a few rock-n-roll historians have declared Sonny's early sides "Punk rock before there was punk rock."

Sonny continued playing live up until July of this summer when he suffered a fall at his home. He passed away yesterday at Little Rock’s Baptist Health Medical Center.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Fox Host: We Tried Desperately To Get Someone From White House To Come On And 'Nobody Will'

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 22:00

Fox News host Leland Vittert revealed on Sunday that President Donald Trump either would not or could not get anyone from his administration appear on the network.

During a segment about Trump's outgoing chief strategist Steve Bannon, Vittert noted that only Trump surrogates from outside the administration would discuss the staff shakeup.

"Noteworthy," Vittert observed. "We, along with a number of other networks, have all tried to get somebody from the administration to come on today and to talk about this big staff shakeup. Nobody will."

"No member of the Trump administration is out talking about it," the Fox News host added.

Radio host Garland Nixon agreed that the Trump administration was "on radio silence right now."

"And that is a fear of the isolation of the Trump administration," Garland said. "Bannon being on the outside and going after members of the Trump administration is going to create further isolation because what he's going to do is anger element within the party even further more."

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Jerry Lewis R.I.P

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 19:00
Jerry Lewis R.I.P

Jerry Lewis has passed on.

Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later starred in “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Over the past 10 years of his life, the cranky icon’s reputation soured as he was forced to apologize for making a gay slur on camera during the 2007 telethon, continued to make racist and misogynistic jokes into his ’90s, and didn’t hesitate to share his right-wing political views.

Lewis’ pairing with Martin, featuring their improvisatory backbiting and physical chicanery, was an instant hit in 1946. When producer Hal Wallis saw them performing at the Copacabana and at Slapsie Maxie’s in Hollywood, he saw the potential for a new Bob Hope and Bing Crosby and signed them to a Paramount Pictures contract.

For the next 10 years, Martin and Lewis turned out one silly film after the next starting with “My Friend Irma” in 1949 and including “The Caddy,” “The Stooge,” “Artists and Models” and “Pardners.” None of their films grossed less than $5 million, a handy sum in those days.

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Jesse Watters: Left Removes Confederate Statues 'So Country Forgets The Democratic Party Enslaved Blacks'

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 18:00
 Left Removes Confederate Statues 'So Country Forgets The Democratic Party Enslaved Blacks'

Fox News host Jesse Watters lashed out at Democrats over the weekend for opposing statues of Confederate War "heroes."

In a controversial press conference last week, President Donald Trump defended people who marched with neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest taking down Confederate War monuments. Trump argued that there were "fine people" at the march who only wanted to protect their Confederate "heritage."

"I wonder, is it George Washington next week?" Trump bellowed at the time. "You really have to ask yourself, where does it stop?"

Unsurprisingly, Watters took the president's side on the issue. Haters gotta hate.

"Watters World personally believes that Confederate War statues are part of our nation's history," Watters opined on his Saturday night show. "And can serve as important relics to reflect upon."

However, the Fox News host admitted that the monuments are "divisive."

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Rep. Schiff On Trump's Mental Stability: 'There Are Serious Issues With Our President'

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 17:00

Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN's Jake Tapper that there are serious issues with Trump's capabilities and with the pressures of the presidency, "may very well get worse."

On this morning's State of the Union, host Tapper asked the California congressman if Trump should get rid of any others in his circle after Steve Bannon. Schiff named Sebastian Gorka and Skeletor Stephen Miller who "aren't capable of doing the job well." Maybe Schiff has a better idea of what Gorka's job actually is than the rest of us.

Tapper then turned to the issue of Trump's mental fitness.

Tapper began, "Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Jackie Speier, tweeted, "POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that placed the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th amendment." That's the amendment that would allow the removal of the president. Do you agree that President Trump is mentally unstable?"

Rep. Schiff replied, "Well, I certainly think that there is an issue with the president's capability. There is some attribute of this character that makes him seemingly incapable of introspection and a broad understanding of what the country really needs."

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