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Facing Sexual Assault Charges, KY Lawmaker Sings Christian Hymn Before Calling Accuser A Liar

1 hour 4 min ago
Facing Sexual Assault Charges, KY Lawmaker Sings Christian Hymn Before Calling Accuser A Liar

Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson (R) on Tuesday denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl.

Maranda Richmond told Louisiana Public Media that when Johnson was her preacher years ago, he sexually assaulted after she went to sleep at a New Year's party.

Louisiana Public Media detailed Richmond's encounter with Johnson that night.

That night, she woke after settling in on the sofa. She was groggy, unfocused. But she saw Johnson kneeling above her. He gave her a kiss on the head. She thought it fatherly, nothing out of the ordinary, simply one last goodnight gesture.

Then he started to stroke her arm. He slid his hands up, under her shirt and bra, and groped her. He stuck his tongue in her mouth. Then, he forced his hands down her pants, underneath her underwear, and penetrated her with his finger.

She begged her pastor to stop and tried to force him off, quietly. She remembers not wanting to awaken Sarah. But Johnson was a big man, roughly twice her weight.

He told her she’d like it. She said no, she didn’t. She pleaded with him: go away, go away.

Johnson held a press conference in the pulpit of Heart of Fire Church on Tuesday to counter Richmond's accusations.

The press conference began with Johnson and his supporters singing a Christian hymn about baby Jesus.

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Categories: Politics

CNN Reporter Defies Huckabee Sanders Threat, Asks Trump About Offensive Tweet

1 hour 20 min ago

During another press pool spray of Trump showing off his autograph, CNN's Jim Acosta was ignored by Donald when he asked what he meant by his sexually suggestive and offensive tweet to Sen. Gillibrand.

As Trump was departing, Acosta asked, "Mr. President, what did you mean when you said that Kirsten Gillibrand would do anything for a campaign contribution?"

As with almost all of his signing photo-ops, journalists yell questions at him as he's walking away and most times he stops and answers a few. Since the heat has been dialed up, he wanted to flee the scene very quickly.

But before the CNN reporter yelled out the question to Trump, he was ordered to stand down by Sarah Huckabee Sanders or he may face recriminations for his disobedience.

After the pool spray Acosta tweeted this:

Categories: Politics

Sarah Huckabee-Sanders Sounds Reeeally Upset

1 hour 23 min ago

You know, I don't envy anyone acting as Donald Trump's Press Secretary.

That's because I would never take that stupid thankless job of lying for the biggest liar ever to occupy the Oval Office.

But yeah, it's gotta be hard to not just start screaming from the podium that everything is awful, you know you're going to hell, except this is hell, and you'd quit but from here on in you're utterly unemployable and since you signed a non-disclosure agreement (stupid) you can't even write a tell-all book.

And now Crooks and Liars is fundraising off your misery?

Yeah, we are.

Any amount helps, and we especially need small recurring donations (put in less than you pay for Netflix/Hulu!) to keep our video archive server space paid for.

THANKS SO MUCH for all you do for us. We promise not to forward any money to a mental health fund for Donald Trump's Press Secretaries.

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Categories: Politics

Brian Kilmeade Shocked Sessions 'Could Never Preside Over A Russia Investigation'

2 hours 28 min ago

DOJ Spox Sarah Isgur Flores had to explain to Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade that since Sessions was a senior advisor to Trump's team, he had to recuse himself from any investigations into the campaign.

Kilmeade angrily said, "I wonder why he took the job then."

After a new report came out saying an FBI agent told an aide to Sessions that in his official capacities as a Senator, he wasn't required to reveal his foreign contacts, the right wing media circus went ballistic.

Suddenly they believe that Sessions did not have to recuse himself from the Russia investigations so that he could imitate Rep. Devin Nunes' despicable behavior trying to undermine his own Committee's work and either shield or torpedo all aspects of any investigation into the Trump administration.

Trump's favorite team of Fox News talking heads brought on the DOJ's spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores to discuss a DOJ official named Bruce Ohr.

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Here’s How Fox ‘Covered’ The Press Conference Of Donald Trump’s Accusers

2 hours 46 min ago
Here’s How Fox ‘Covered’ The Press Conference Of Donald Trump’s Accusers

This Monday, Brave New Films held a press conference with three of the women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. The very brief report on Fox News seemed designed more to provide Trump’s response than the women’s accusations.

As you can see below, the press conference lasted about a half hour. Fox’s report lasted a little over one minute. There was no audio of what any of the women said. Anchor Bill Hemmer spoke over the footage, which also included b-roll footage of Trump.

HEMMER: A group of women now who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual harassment and assault now speaking out about their experience. This is a news conference: Lexington Hotel, New York City, hosted by Brave New Films. The women expected to call for accountability and a Congressional investigation of alleged sexual misconduct by the president.

That was it for the press conference. If you wanted to know any of the women’s experiences or feelings, you were SOL if Fox was your only source of news this morning.

However, Hemmer spent just as much (in fact a tad more) time on Trump’s response.

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Tearful Jimmy Kimmel Holds Billy As He Pleads For Support For CHIP

4 hours 23 min ago

While holding his son Billy, Jimmy Kimmel made the case for CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, last night.

Republicans are using CHIP funding as a bargaining chip for their tax cut plan, probably to force Democratic support. (Because there are no moral lines they won't cross, of course.)

“It almost certainly covers children you know. About one in eight children are covered only by CHIP,” Kimmel said.

“Now, CHIP has become a bargaining chip. It’s on the back burner while they work out their new tax plans, which means parents of children with cancer and diabetes and heart problems are about to get letters saying their coverage could be cut off next month.

"Merry Christmas, right? This happened because Congress, about 72 days ago, failed to approve funding for CHIP since the first time it was created about two decades ago.”

He asked people to call Congress and ask them to fund it now. Unfortunately, he put up the wrong number. Here's the right one:

202-224-3121

You know what to do. Do it for kids like Billy who don't have millionaire parents!


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Categories: Politics

A Furious Mika Tears Into Trump Over This Morning's Tweet

4 hours 46 min ago

This tweet really pissed off Mika Brzezinski this morning as Morning Joe broadcast live from Alabama, and she called out Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her inevitable defense:

(While implying that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would have sex for money, Trump was acknowledging that no one would have sex with him for any reason other than money. But I don't think he realizes that. Poor pathetic thing!)

"I just want to -- I just want to say something beyond the fact that is reprehensible that the president of the United states would say something so derogatory and disgusting about a woman -- we're not surprised, Mr. President," an angry Brzezinski said.

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Donald Trump Furious At Nikki Haley For Defending Women's Right To Speak Out

5 hours 46 min ago
Donald Trump Furious At Nikki Haley For Defending Women's Right To Speak Out

The AP is reporting that Donald Trump was infuriated by Niki Haley's words on CBS' Face The Nation Sunday morning.

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations told host John Dickerson that women "should be heard" if they "felt violated."

"They should be heard, and they should be dealt with," Nikki Haley said after saying they were heard before the election. She continued, "And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up,” Haley said.

This is a very candid statement from one of Trump's own since he has a multitude of women alleging he sexually assaulted them. Three of them spoke out on Megyn Kelly's morning show today which put the pressure on the WH press Secretary.

Donald put himself back into the line of fire with his full throttled support of Judge Roy Moore's Senate campaign. He even recorded a robocall to support Moore.

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Rally Speaker Tells Voters About Roy Moore Visit To Bordello With Child Prostitutes

6 hours 45 min ago

Roy Moore pulled out all the stops at his final campaign rally before the upcoming election, bringing friends and family forward to testify to how fine, upright and upstanding he is.

One of them, Bill Sailing, shared a story from Moore's time in Vietnam, where they "accidentally" landed at a brothel featuring child prostitutes.

Sailing's story begins in Vietnam with the imminent departure of a buddy, who invited Moore and Sailing to a private club in the city to celebrate with "a couple of beers."

Generally, "private clubs" weren't just bars. But Moore and Sailing weren't expecting anything more than the equivalent of an officer's club or something, or at least that's the story he told.

According to Sailing, when they arrived they were shocked -- SHOCKED -- to find activities that were considerably more sinful than they expected. “I could tell you what I saw but I don’t want to,” Sailing said mischievously.

“There were certainly pretty girls. And they were girls. They were young. Some were very young,” Sailing told the audience.

But Sailing also said that Moore was shocked by the sight of prostitutes, telling Sailing they should leave right away.

According to Sailing, he and Moore asked their friend to leave with them but he didn't care to, so they left without him. Apparently child prostitution is bad if you see it, but it's fine to leave a pal there to enjoy those children.

Sailing finished the story by telling his audience the third man returned in the morning on the back of a motorcycle.

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Categories: Politics

Mike's Blog Round Up

6 hours 46 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

Happy Alabama election day! Remember -- either we'll send Doug Jones to the Senate, or we'll get to hang Roy Moore around the neck of every Republican next November.

Fair and Unbalanced: Trump's lawyer doesn't want to acknowledge how big a deal the Flynn indictment is.

Progressive Eruptions: The Republicans are cementing their status as the party of coddling molesters. Who's soft on crime now?

Dave Dubya's Freedom Rants: There's a dangerous new cult operating in the US.

Blue in the Bluegrass: Separation of Church and State? What's that?

Bonus link: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.....

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.

Categories: Politics

Open Thread - Cartoon Of The Day

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:30
Open Thread - Cartoon Of The Day

Open thread below...


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Categories: Politics

C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The Gap Band

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:00

Without fail, every Monday morning I wake up and this song is stuck in my head.

What are you listening to tonight?


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Alabama Farmer Who Lost Gay Daughter To Suicide Protests Roy Moore’s Homophobia

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:12

Sometimes it takes a devastating loss for someone to see the impact of their hateful, homophobic and bigoted views. In this video, a heartbroken dad named Nathan Mathis is seen outside a Roy Moore rally in Wicksburg, Alabama. Mathis is seen holding a photo of his daughter, now deceased. He explains that his daughter came out as gay and committed suicide at age 23.

Mathis is clearly overwhelmed with sadness and grief and alludes to him having said things he regrets. He doesn't say if those comments were towards his daughter specifically or just in the presence of his daughter, but regardless, you can see the pain and sorrow weighs heavy on his heard.

He repeatedly says that gay people are not "preverts" (perverts is what he meant) and that he is speaking out against Moore because that is how he describes them. He said that he wasn't sure what his protest would do, but said he had "mixed emotions" - he is a religious man. But he said he felt like he had to do and say something.

The message he wanted to share with his fellow Alabama neighbors is:

“I was anti-gay myself. I said bad things to my daughter myself, which I regret. But I can’t take back what happened to my daughter. But stuff like saying my daughter’s a pervert — sure, I’m sure that bothered her. Judge Moore didn’t just say my daughter — he didn’t call my daughter by name — he called all gay people are perverts. Abominations. That’s not true! We don’t need a person like that representing us in Washington.”

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CNN's Jim Acosta: When Reporters Make A Mistake, 'Trump Wants To Weaponize It'

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 20:00

During a White House briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders got very testy during an exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta, who then told CNN viewers that Trump's intentional attacks on the free press as fake news are inappropriate and very dangerous.

Host Brooke Baldwin asked him, "What was that like?"

Acosta replied, "Well, it's another day at the White House."

He continued, "I think what came up during this briefing was a pretty clear example of what the White House wants to do when it comes to the free press in this country. Every time there is a mistake, an honest mistake, it seems that this White House, this president wants to weaponize it and use it as a way to go after news outlets in this country."

This is in line with what was written in Axios this weekend.

Mike Allen reported on Trump's tactics against the media. "He just hammers something into submission, whatever it may be. ... With the media, he just wears it down, wears it down, then somebody slips and makes a mistake."

Maybe Trump will call that fake news also.

The Trump administration is good at picking apart those who they feel their rivals are and the free press is their #1 enemy. As it is in every banana republic.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Trump 'Should Immediately Resign'

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:49

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was direct. "President Trump should resign," she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour today in response to a question about her remarks about holding Trump to the same standard as Harvey Weinstein.

"These allegations are credible. They are numerous. I've heard these women's testimony and many of them are heartbreaking," she said, before restating her belief that he should resign.

Gillibrand added, "Whether he will ever hold himself accountable is something you can't hold your breath for, so Congress should have hearings. They should do their investigation. They should have appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable."

And now you understand why there's such a right-wing freakout over "due process" for Al Franken, right?


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Sarah Sanders Barks At Jim Acosta: News Media 'Purposefully Misleading' Americans

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:16

Sarah Huckabee Sanders seemed to be visibly rattled and hostile during her propaganda press briefing today, and her anger boiled over when she was asked about the photo posted by Dave Weigel.

CNN's Jim Acosta pinned her down on it, to her deep chagrin.

The original question was this: "I wonder if you can explain the discrepancy to the incidents like this which he calls fake news and talks quite a bit about and his silence on actual disinformation campaigns like Russia, Iran during the 2016 election to deliberately spread falsehoods. Why his silence on that and does he recognize the difference between these two?"

Whenever Huckabee Sanders starts her answer with the word "Look," you can assume she is lying and that she is angry.

"Look, the president is simply calling out a very direct and false accusation lodged against him," she said. "There was nothing more than an individual trying to put their bias into their reporting and something that, frankly, has gotten a little bit out of control."

Just getting warmed up, she continued, "We've seen it time and time again over the last couple of weeks a number of outlets have had to retract and change and re-write and make editor's notes to a number of different stories and some of them with major impacts including moving markets. This is a big problem and we think it should be something taken seriously."

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Ex-GOP Governor Calls For Franken's Reinstatement After ‘Absence Of Anything Resembling Due Process’

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:25
Ex-GOP Governor Calls For Franken's Reinstatement After ‘Absence Of Anything Resembling Due Process’

Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson (R) has called on Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) not to resign his Senate seat over sexual harassment allegations until he can receive “due process” from the Ethics Committee.

The Star Tribune reported that Carlson’s remarks were made in a Sunday posting on his blog.

“Being a victim can be painful but the answer to an injustice cannot be to create another injustice,” Carlson writes. “I am deeply troubled by the resignation of Al Franken and the complete absence of anything resembling due process.”

The former governor points to reports that one of Franken’s accusers may have been “coached” by Roger Stone, a longtime ally to President Donald Trump.

Now reports are surfacing that Leeann Tweeden, Franken’s prime accuser, may have been coached by Roger Stone, a major Trump operator. Since there was no vetting, we only heard her story. But there has been no explanation as to why she attended a USO event in 2009 honoring Franken and was captured on tape joking around with him. This is three years after she claimed to be traumatized by Franken.

She continued in 2011 with a tweet containing a photo of her and Franken together.

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Chuck Grassley's 'Booze Women And Movies' Are No Match For Great Liberal Politics!

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:11
Chuck Grassley's 'Booze Women And Movies' Are No Match For Great Liberal Politics!

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This had to be one of the weirder comments coming from a Republican not currently working in the Trump White House. Chuck Grassley, 83-year-old Senator from Iowa, defended his party getting rid of the Kardashian / Trump Children benefitting estate tax, saying:
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“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

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It turns out Chuck Grassley, and this is true:

  • has never tasted beer.
  • has slept with only one woman in his entire life. (That's real nice for Mrs. Grassley, but it's not the way most people do it.)
  • And how about movies, Chuck? Only post-code family pictures?

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Speaking of movies, a lot of people pay monthly for Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, and consider it worth it for access to the entertainment those services provide. (Not to mention cable!)

So what's it worth to you to have curated videos of the day's political news? Videos that won't go away just because Sinclair thinks they don't meet a conservative agenda?

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CNN Analyst Defends Roy Moore: He Won't Be Voting On Slavery

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:12

In a knockdown segment, Ed Martin, a CNN commentator and rabid Trump supporter defended Roy Moore's candidacy after he said America was better under slavery by claiming Jews still loved each other under Nazi occupation and Moore won't be voting on slavery.

The looks of disgust and outrage on the panel members painted a very clear picture.

CNN host Kate Bolduan sparred with Martin, who lied his way through this entire segment.

The CNN host read off just a few of Moore's outrageous statements on homosexuality, Islam and being an Obama birther.

To deflect, Martin claimed he didn't have the time to verify all of Moore's controversial remarks "I don't know when or how he said it and they are making it sound like it's the end of the case."

Bolduan interrupted, "No, no, no. Ed, Ed, Ed. This is like the third time just to me that you've said that, that you haven't heard the context and you don't know when it these were said. You've had the time to look at it, I can go through them right now if you want."

Of course Martin has the time to look at them, he's going on-air to address them and I'd bet he studied them intensely.

Martin acted like he was the host and said he didn't think we have the time, but he could answer each of them.

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Evangelical Women’s Group: Being Pro-Choice Is Worse Than Being A Pedophile

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:31
 Being Pro-Choice Is Worse Than Being A Pedophile

On Tuesday Alabama voters will face a tough decision - elect a twice removed Judge who has been accused of child molestation of children as young as 14 or elect a pro-choice, gun owning Democrat who successfully convicted KKK members who murdered children at a church.

Frank Luntz did a focus group last week where he met with a group of 9 Alabama voters and their verbal and intellectual gymnastics used to justify voting for Moore is truly disappointing:

Today, NPR interviewed Penny Young Nance, the head of the evangelical group "Concerned Women for America" to discuss her organization's views on the Alabama election and what she said was pretty much what was expected: a pedophile is better than a democrat.

She made it clear that the only issue she cared about was abortion. Period.

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