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Trump announces visit with Chinese president on actions against North Korea

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 09:27 AM PST

President Donald Trump discussed the latest North Korean ballistic missile test with Chinese President Xi Jinping via telephone on Tuesday.

“President Trump underscored the determination of the United States to defend ourselves and our allies from the growing threat posed by the North Korean regime,” the White House said in a statement after the phone call.

“President Trump emphasized the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearization.”

Since taking office, Trump has focused his North Korea policy on a campaign in which he appealed to China to use its influence in Pyongyang to halt the nuclear ambitions of dictator Kim Jong Un.

After speaking with Xi, the president tweeted out an announcement that his administration would impose a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea in light of the ballistic missile test on Monday.

The Treasury Department also laid out a new list of sanctions against Pyongyang last week after Trump moved to designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.

The post Trump announces visit with Chinese president on actions against North Korea appeared first on Dennis Michael Lynch.

Group demands list of lawmakers linked to $17M hush money fund

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 09:16 AM PST

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog, called for full disclosure about any member of Congress who is tied to taxpayer-funded payments used to settle sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill.

In a Nov. 16 report by the United States Congress Office of Compliance – which handles workplace grievances by congressional employees – one document detailed the awards and settlements paid to victims of sexual harassment and other work-related issues on Capitol Hill.

The settlements, funded by taxpayers, reached $17-million over the last 20 years.

With lawmakers using taxpayer dollars to quiet their accusers, FACT wants a list of those settlements made public for transparency purposes and to hold public officials accountable for their actions.

“Sadly, it has just come to light that for years the government spent millions in taxpayer dollars to try and quietly make sexual misconduct by lawmakers go away. That is an egregious affront to all the victims, as well as taxpayers,” said Kendra Arnold, the executive director of FACT.

“We don't need speeches and public posturing—we need the internal policy to change and immediate transparency. Congressional leaders need to name names and each day that goes by without action is another day more innocent people are put at risk of becoming victims of predatory behavior in the workplace.”

The Washington Free Beacon reports that critics are calling the $17 million taxpayer-funded settlement fund a “slush fund,” and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are calling for an end to the fund and reform of the workplace harassment policy on Capitol Hill.

Politico reports that Rep. Jackie Speier (D.-Calif.) said she knows of at least two people, a Democrat and a Republican, who are currently in Congress and also linked to sexual harassment allegations. She called the Office of Compliance an “enabler” of such conduct and has introduced a bill to reform the office, which has support from other members from both political parties.

“Make no mistake that the fault of the current complaint process lies within Congress, which authored and passed this deeply flawed legislation that established the Office of Compliance and its burdensome complaint process,” Speier said. “It is our responsibility to fix this law and do better for our employees.”

The Office of Compliance also covers workplace settlements that include other types of harassment and discrimination. But misconduct settlements don’t always come out of the fund.

Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) has been accused of paying a nearly $50,000 severance package for a staffer who had only worked for him for three months after she threatened a lawsuit. She claimed that to Grijalva's bad behavior on the job, including alcohol use, created a hostile work environment.

Grijalva's severance package illustrates yet another way lawmakers can use tax dollars to make accusers go away.

Another Democrat, Rep. John Conyers (Mich.), has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple former staffers. He settled with one woman from congressional office funds, again skirting the $17 million fund.

The post Group demands list of lawmakers linked to $17M hush money fund appeared first on Dennis Michael Lynch.

Trump raises issue of old ‘unsolved mystery’ involving Joe Scarborough

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 09:07 AM PST

President Donald Trump issued a tweet on Wednesday that has everyone talking about the death of a congressional aide who worked for former congressman-turned-talk-show-host Joe Scarborough in 2001.

"So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the 'unsolved mystery' that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!" the President tweeted.

Trump was referring to 28-year-old Lori Klausutis, who was found dead in Scarborough's district office in Okaloosa County, Florida, in July of 2001.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, Klausutis, of Niceville, Florida, told a co-worker and a mail carrier that she wasn't feeling well the day before she died.

Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Berkland has said Klausutis, 28, of Niceville, lost consciousness because of an abnormal heart rhythm and fell, hitting her head on a desk. The head injury caused the death, Berkland said. Two people who were looking for help with an immigration case found the woman on the floor on the morning of July 20, 2001. The medical examiner said she had an abnormal heart rhythm and lost consciousness. The cause of death was ruled as an accident. She fell and hit her head on a desk, which ultimately led to her death.

Scarborough has vehemently denied any involvement in the death. In a letter to Vanity Fair in 2005, the former congressman and television host said he had only met Klausutis three times and was never alone with her. He also pointed out rumors that he resigned from Congress because of her death are unfounded, as he announced his resignation in May 2001, and she died two months later.

The “Morning Joe” host had a strange way of responding to Trump’s claims on Twitter: “Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump’s bizarre tweets. He is not well,” Scarborough tweeted.

The post Trump raises issue of old ‘unsolved mystery’ involving Joe Scarborough appeared first on Dennis Michael Lynch.

Office of Special Counsel opens case file against Kellyanne Conway (videos)

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 08:35 AM PST

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway may have violated federal law when she made comments about GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore’s Democratic challenger in Alabama’s special Senate race, according to the former director of the Office of Government Ethics.

During an appearance on Fox News last week, Conway stated that candidate Doug Jones is “weak on borders” and “weak on crime.” Those comments caused Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, to file a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel alleging that Conway violated the Hatch Act.

The Hatch Act forbids federal employees from using their offices to campaign for or against political candidates.

In an email sent to Shaub on Tuesday, Ana Galindo-Marrone, the chief of the Office of Special Counsel’s Hatch Act Unit, said that the office had opened a case file on the matter.

“We have received your Hatch Act complaint and will open a case file to address this matter,” she wrote.

“I just want everybody to know Doug Jones. Nobody ever says his name and they pretend that he's some kind of conservative Democrat in Alabama, and he's not,” Conway told a Fox News panel last week.

Shaub, who resigned from the OGE in July, says that Conway violated the Hatch Act by appearing in her official capacity when she made the remarks about Jones. He points out that she was interviewed with the White House in the background.

The White House defended Conway, denying that her comments amounted to support either for Moore or against Jones.

"Ms. Conway did not advocate for or against the election of a candidate, and specifically declined to encourage Alabamans to vote a certain way,” Raj Shah, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said in a statement. “She was speaking about issues and her support for the President's agenda. This election is for the people of Alabama to decide."

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Claim: Kathy Griffin banned from ‘Fashion Police’ filming set

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 08:15 AM PST

Kathy Griffin is being described as a “monster” after appearing on the show “Fashion Police.” Her attitude and behavior were so distasteful that the disgraced comedian was not invited to the taping of the last episode.

“They invited everyone back except Kathy," a source told Naughty Gossip. "Kathy was a monster on the show, she was a monster when she left the show, and no one wanted her back to ruin the very last episode ever.

Producers did eventually edit a three-second clip of Griffin into the show, but she was not allowed on the set and no one discussed her after the clip was shown, according to the report.

The final episode of “Fashion Police,” focused on the late, legendary comic Joan Rivers, aired on the E! Network on Tuesday. E!'s official statement on the series finale said, "After more than two decades of countless laughs and unforgettable moments, E!'s iconic comedy franchise, produced by Wilshire Studios, will sign off to ‘Joan Rangers’ one last time when Fashion Police: The Farewell series finale special airs.”

Rivers co-created the series in 1995. “Fashion Police” is known to have forever changed the pop culture conversation, “covering every major award show and fashion event through the lens of its signature opinionated, relatable and self-deprecating comedic commentary,” stated the report.

After Rivers’ passing in 2014, the franchise continued, with the blessing of her daughter and the show’s executive producer, Melissa Rivers, who became a co-host in 2015. The current panel also includes Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, NeNe Leakes, and Margaret Cho. Over the past 20 years, the show has welcomed some of the most notable celebrities from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, and sports, the report said.

Griffin, 57, has been on a downward spiral since posing in a picture holding up what appeared to be President Donald Trump’s severed head in May 2017.

The post Claim: Kathy Griffin banned from ‘Fashion Police’ filming set appeared first on Dennis Michael Lynch.

New data reveals unexpected results in U.S. economy growth rate

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 07:50 AM PST

The U.S. economy's growth rate last quarter had to be revised after Commerce Department data revealed that it’s growing much faster than previously estimated.

Wednesday’s results for GDP, the value of all goods and services produced, show the economy was solid enough to withstand the damage from hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The revised growth rate is in line with President Donald Trump's goal, but economists generally see such an acceleration as unsustainable and expect it to slow sometime in 2018, according to a report in Bloomberg on Wednesday.

“Trump and congressional Republicans are pushing a tax-cut plan with the aim of lifting GDP gains to 3 percent annually, though analysts expect any economic boost to be modest, on balance, if the proposal becomes law,” according to the report.

Consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy, continues to be the main driver of growth.

Business investment showed the biggest improvement, making a 1.2 percentage-point contribution to growth. This is up from 0.98 points in the initial estimate a month ago. In addition to greater spending on transportation equipment, the data also reflected more software spending. Nonresidential structures were revised to a bigger decline.

“While the first look at third-quarter gross domestic income showed a pickup, the prior quarter was revised downward by 0.6 percentage point, reflecting a smaller gain in wages and salaries,” the report noted. “The average of GDP and GDI was a 2.9 percent gain. Corporate profits grew, albeit at a slower year-over-year pace than in the prior period.”

Price data in the GDP report showed inflation remains behind the Federal Reserve's 2 percent goal. Excluding food and energy, the central bank's preferred price index tied to personal spending rose at a 1.4 percent annualized rate last quarter, revised from 1.3 percent and following a second-quarter gain of 0.9 percent.

Bloomberg highlighted other details of the GDP report, including:

  • Net exports added 0.43 percentage point to growth, revised up from 0.41 point; inventories added 0.8 points, revised up from 0.73 point
  • Gross domestic income, adjusted for inflation, rose 2.5 percent after a downwardly revised 2.3 percent gain in the prior three months; second-quarter wages and salaries were revised downward by $26.5 billion
  • Nonresidential fixed investment — which includes spending on equipment, structures and intellectual property — increased 4.7 percent, revised from 3.9 percent
  • Residential investment fell at a 5.1 percent rate, smaller than the previous estimate of 6 percent drop
  • Stripping out trade and inventories — the two most volatile components of the GDP calculation — final sales to domestic purchasers climbed 2 percent, revised from 1.8 percent
  • Government spending increased at a 0.4 percent rate, revised from 0.1 percent decline; the figures reflected an upward revision to state and local construction spending
  • After-tax incomes adjusted for inflation increased at a 0.6 percent annual pace, revised from 0.5 percent; saving rate revised to 3.3 percent from 3.4 percent
  • GDP report is the second of three estimates for the quarter; the third is due in December as more data become available

President Trump celebrated in a Twitter post Wednesday morning, tweeting, “Economy growing! Excluding hurricane effects, CEA estimates that real GDP growth would have been 3.9% in Q3. Stock market at a new high, unemployment at a low. We are winning and TAX CUTS will shift our economy into high gear!”

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Whistleblower reveals disturbing news about aborted babies (video)

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 07:42 AM PST

A video has been released from the Center for Medical Progress featuring a whistleblower and former StemExpress procurement technician who explains the disturbing requirements for the company to acquire body parts from aborted babies.

According to Holly O'Donnell, technicians were only allowed to take fetal tissue from babies who were alive before they were aborted.

"Let's say a woman comes in for a medication abortion. And sometimes it doesn't work; and when it doesn't work, the baby will, it’s kinda hard to describe, but it will die. NFT [no fetal heart tones] we can't use that because technically it's dead tissue," O'Donnell explains in the video, which came out on Tuesday.

"There were a couple of times where I would have a specimen that was waiting to come out and I would go to the back lab and the medical assistant would say, 'You can't use this one, this is an NFT,’" O'Donnell said.

StemExpress, a "life-science company," previously had a business arrangement with Planned Parenthood to procure fetal tissue from the abortions they performed. The company stopped doing business with Planned Parenthood after a series of videos sparked a congressional inquiry into the organization’s practices.

"We value our various partnerships but, due to the increased questions that have arisen over the past few weeks, we feel it prudent to terminate activities with Planned Parenthood," the company said previously.

The post Whistleblower reveals disturbing news about aborted babies (video) appeared first on Dennis Michael Lynch.

Chinese investors are suing Hillary Clinton’s brother and Gov. McAuliffe

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 07:16 AM PST

Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s brother Anthony Rodham are being sued by a group of Chinese investors who believe they were duped into a scam by the electric car company they helped found.

The 32 investors from China filed a lawsuit of at least $17.92 million against McAuliffe and Rodham for their involvement with GreenTech Automotive. In their suit, investors called the company a "scam perpetrated by savvy and politically connected operatives and businessmen."

“Plaintiffs now face the prospect of having to uproot their families once again, with the expense and stress of deportation to China looming before them,” the lawsuit suit reads. Along with McAuliffe and Rodham, GreenTech founder Charles Xiaolin Wang was also named in the accusations of running a “scam.”

According to the investors' lawyer, the group was founded after hearing of GreenTech's struggles to stay in business. "They basically said we lost all our money and now we're hearing these guys are going to go out of business," said Scott Abeles, the investors’ representative in the case.

The lawsuit brought against McAuliffe, Rodham and GreenTech alleges 26 of the investors who were expecting permanent residency in America might have to leave with their families. Additionally, they would lose all money made from working for the company.

The suit further outlines that GreenTech "milked" connections to McAuliffe and former President Bill Clinton. This was beneficial for the company since they could use these political ties to approve immigration paperwork much quicker and more efficiently.

Crystal Carson, a spokeswoman for McAuliffe’s political action committee, is debunking the suit brought against the Virginia governor as a “baseless suit which has no merit whatsoever.” McAuliffe departed from GreenTech in 2012 and has claimed since then that he no longer has any ties to the company.

No representatives have commented on Rodham’s behalf.

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DML: I Respond to 4 Interesting Emails You Sent Me

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 06:35 AM PST

Today, like every day, I respond to some of the messages you sent me over the past 24-hours.

To send a message, use the submit news tab.  To send a photo, email it to WeTrustDML@gmail.com

FROM BARBARA
Hi DML TEAM:::  Any woman over a size "zero" need not apply for a job on news channels, or meteorologists…… I hardly watch any news, but in between looking for something to watch, I had glaring at me a bright red, shoulders totally not covered dress on Fox & Friend.  I'm a person who says, even if a woman is walking naked in the street, a guy has no right to even touch her, help her, obviously. These woman on Fox, Judge Jeanine included, wear dresses 2 sizes too small for them, & they all have legs for days ( also on invisible Job requirements list). As a woman, this is all very disturbing.  I called my beautiful daughter to show her Kimberly Guilfoyle on Fox.  Her dress was up above her thigh, beautiful legs, getting a long view by camera person. We both agreed, not right.  I am by no means a prude, just saying, I am done with this marketing trick!!! Talk about all these sex offenses coming out ??? The biggest offense to "women" is these same women allowing themselves to be used by these same men & other women also in high positions. They are being sold, by men & woman. Now there's an offense. Thanks for all the clean stuff you  & Miss Mary & your family do. Thanks DML TEAM

DML:  I would wear a high pair of shorts, only problem is there is no razor that will cut through the hair on my legs.  On the other hand, perhaps if I did The Truth topless ratings would go up?  Nah, not with my tummy.  Fox News is a joke.

FROM KELLY
I’ll be attending President Trumps private mtg today in St Charles Missouri at the St Charles Convention Center. MO Senator Eigel got me on the list of attendees. There were only 1k ppl approved to attend!!! I’m so excited!!! He will be discussing the Tax reform plan. I’ll take pics and video if I get anything good I’ll forward to you!! So glad to have you back DML!!!!! Missed u tons!!!
God Bless You and your family!!
Kelly Hanratty
Navy veteran
Paramedic
Union member
Trump train

DML: Have fun!

FROM BRENDA
Why does president Trump continue to have Obama’s people. Doesn’t he know they are not trustworthy. Just don’t understand.

DML: I’m with you Brenda, it’s head-scratching.  But that sorta comes with supporting the president from time to time.  For those not understanding what Brenda is referring to, click here.

FROM LOU
The sound on The Truth yesterday was terrible!  I couldn’t stick around.

DML:  We are trying to fix it this morning.  If I cannot, I will use a cell phone.

YOUR PHOTO

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Dems call on Conyers to resign over sexual allegations

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 06:11 AM PST

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) released a statement on Tuesday, calling on fellow Democratic Rep. John Conyers (Mich.) to resign now that former female employees have come forward saying he sexually harassed them.

Several Democrats have said that Conyers should face a congressional ethics investigation, but Jayapal is among the first to publicly demand his resignation. Politico reported that a group of Democrats, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, also privately urged Conyers to resign this week.

Allegations emerged earlier in the month regarding Conyers’ alleged inappropriate behavior, which ranged from unwanted touching to threatening to punish those who rejected his advances.

“It is not easy for me to reach this conclusion because, as a civil rights activist, I have looked up to Representative Conyers for decades,” Jayapal wrote. “I believe these women, I see the pattern and there is only one conclusion—Rep. Conyers must resign.”

She added that Democrats cannot ignore Conyers’ abuses while condemning President Donald Trump and Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct.

“This is a watershed moment where, finally, the country seems to be waking up and realizing we need to have a zero-tolerance policy toward sexual harassment. We cannot pick and choose,” Jayapal said. “Democrats cannot lambast Trump and Moore, and then turn a blind eye to our own who face credible charges against them.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had defended the lawmaker, calling him an “icon” whose accusers she does not know. On Tuesday, however, Pelosi walked back her defense after speaking with one of the accusers, Melanie Sloan. The lawmaker said she still thinks an investigation should be launched.

Jayapal granted that it is difficult to acknowledge the misdeeds of such an “icon,” noting, “No one ever wants to believe that someone they respect and have regarded as a champion for civil rights issues would abuse their power to harm and harass women.”

Conyers has denied the allegations leveled against him, saying that settlements he has reached with women do not prove any guilt.

“I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics,” Conyers wrote in a letter to Pelosi on Sunday.

But in her statement, Jayapal said people should start believing women rather than men’s denials.

“Sexual harassment is extremely difficult to prove in any court of law. That means that efforts to stop harassment must recognize that there will be gray areas,” she said. “Women will come forward and men will deny. The question is: What is society’s response? To truly change norms and cultures, we need to start believing women from the get-go.”

Conyers has stepped down from his role as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee amid the accusations.

The post Dems call on Conyers to resign over sexual allegations appeared first on Dennis Michael Lynch.

Trump Tweets Muslim terror videos and NY TIMES calls foul!

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:55 AM PST

“Trump Shares Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Videos.” That’s the headline from The New York Times Wednesday morning.

The Times’ writer leads the story with this paragraph: “President Trump shared videos supposedly portraying Muslims committing acts of violence on Twitter early Wednesday morning, images that are likely to fuel anti-Islam sentiments popular among the president's political base in the United States.”

I invite you to watch the videos Trump retweeted. Then I want you to pretend you’re a writer of news. Would your first paragraph be about “anti-Muslim” concerns? Or, would you report about the ongoing, nonstop violence that stems from the radicals who give Trump a reason to retweet such a series of videos?

The third paragraph of the Times article reads: “Mr. Trump retweeted the video posts from an ultranationalist British party leader, Jayda Fransen, who has previously been charged in the United Kingdom with "religious aggravated harassment," according to news reports. The videos were titled: "Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!" "Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!" and "Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!"

Again, the Times does all it can to fuel the narrative of “poor Muslims” and “evil conservatives.”

The best paragraph from the piece is one that tells the narrative of the Left. It reads: “It is unusual to see an American president push out this type of content on such a powerful social media platform. But the videos are consistent with how Mr. Trump has approached Islam, particularly during the campaign, when he said, “Islam hates us" during the 2016 presidential campaign and called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims coming to the United States.”

The Times goes on to say there is no evidence that the person(s) carrying out the beating in the last video is Muslim. NOTE: The video shows one person beating a boy, but there are others off to the side filming the event. I consider them just as guilty, thus, the Times should have used the word “persons.” But that wouldn’t fit their narrative.

So, in short, what it comes down to is that the Left would prefer Mr. Trump make his tweets read more like Obama’s rhetoric. Note to the Left: Obama’s rhetoric is what helped fuel the Islamic State. Wake up, already.

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BLM to protest ‘white capitalism’ with ‘Black Christmas’

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:45 AM PST

The Black Lives Matter Los Angeles chapter is launching a "Black Xmas" protest to "resist white capitalism."

Their message is meant to convince shoppers to buy from black-owned businesses only during the holidays. They are asking people to blacklist white-owned businesses and, instead, invest their money in the black community from Nov. 25 to Jan. 1, 2018.

The group specifically mentions resisting President Donald Trump and his ties to white capitalism in their boycott announcement: "Donald Trump embodies White capitalism. If you are anti-Trump, you should hold back your resources from him and the like," the organization wrote on its website.

Black Lives Matter organizer and professor of Pan-African studies, Dr. Melina Abdullah, explained the boycott in a 2016 op-ed piece. She claims the protest stems from Black Lives Matter's attempts to be rid of state-sanctioned violence often found in "white-supremacist capitalism."

"This season, more than all others, Black Lives Matter is asking people to wake up, to be conscious of our own economic power, and to protest – not just in the streets – but in the malls," Abdullah wrote in The Los Angeles Sentinel.

"Black Lives Matter is dreaming of and building for a #BlackXMas, where we divest from White corporations and invest in building Black community. Rather than lining the pockets of Trump and other White-supremacist capitalists, donate to Black-led organizations that are building new, liberatory structures in our communities."

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Monica Lewinsky ‘fixes’ CNN documentary title

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:35 AM PST

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, whose sexual affair with then-President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment, targeted CNN for producing a new documentary, effectively titled, “The Monica Lewinsky scandal.”

On Tuesday, Lewinsky took to Twitter to respond to CNN's HLN network for promoting a new, two-hour documentary looking back at the episodic events from the Clinton administration.

The network’s announcement on Twitter read: “HLN to revisit ‘The Monica Lewinsky Scandal’ with two-hour special.”

Lewinsky re-tweeted the post and crossed out the words “The Monica Lewinsky Scandal.” Following the marking, she drew two arrows into the screenshot and entered new title suggestions, including, “The Starr Investigation” and “The Clinton Impeachment.”

“Fixed it for you,” Lewinsky wrote. “You're welcome.”

Nearly two decades since the scandal, Lewinsky has reemerged to the public eye in the past few years, as an advocate for preventing cyber-bullying online.

The tweet from Lewinsky and the trailer to CNN’s two-hour special can be seen below:

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Fox News goes back to running impeachment ads (video)

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:27 AM PST

Written by DML

Last month, Fox News Channel announced it was pulling the ad that called for Trump’s impeachment after viewers complained to the right-leaning news network. However, it appears FOX is now running a new ad calling for the same action.

Tom Steyer is a billionaire from California. He is also a liberal and donates heavily to left-leaning causes. He vowed last month to do his part in getting President Trump impeached. According to CNN, his efforts are backed by $20 million worth of TV announcements.

Fox News began running the first ad by Steyer on its network, which is largely made up of pro-Trump Americans. You can see the ad by clicking here.

After outrage ensued from its viewers, FOX took down the ads and Steyer called foul.

Yesterday, while flipping through channels, I saw a new Steyer ad that again calls for the impeachment of Trump. When I looked to see where the ad was playing, I was surprised to see I had landed on Fox News Channel.

I just tweeted this to the president: “Mr. President, how do u feel when Fox & “Friends” runs ads again calling for your impeachment? Fox & “Scum” is more like it… trust me.”

The new ad, in its entirety, is at the bottom of this post. But first, the video below shows how it looks on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning. You will see an ad for Humana at the tail end of the Steyer ad, followed by “Fox & Friends” coming back from commercial break.

The ad leads to a website where a petition for Trump’s impeachment has grabbed nearly 3,000,000 signatures.

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Navajo Code Talker speaks out on ceremony controversy between Trump and Sen. Warren

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:23 AM PST

Mainstream media harped on President Trump on Monday, after he referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas" at a ceremony honoring Navajo Code Talkers who served in WWII.

"I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said. “Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time, longer than you, they call her 'Pocahontas.’"

Warren called Trump’s comments a "racial slur" in her issued response.

Sarah Sanders, during a White House press briefing following the event, when asked if she, personally, thought the comments were offensive, said, "I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career.”

However, a response yet to be heard had been from the code talkers honored in the ceremony. CNN political analyst Joshua Green met with Thomas Begay, one of the code talkers honored. Green asked him about the event and the controversy that had erupted from it.

Begay claimed he was "puzzled" about the comment but not offended. "The Marines made us yell 'Geronimo' when we jumped out of planes and that didn't offend me either,” Begay said.

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Trump asks Hannity and Tucker Carlson why Hillary isn’t being investigated

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:11 AM PST

President Trump tagged Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity in a tweet on Tuesday, asking why “deep state authorities” aren’t looking into the handling of the investigation into then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s emails.

"Charles McCullough, the respected fmr Intel Comm Inspector General, said the public was misled on Crooked Hillary Emails," Trump tweeted, referencing the guest who appeared on Fox News. "Why aren't our deep State authorities looking at this? Rigged and corrupt?"

Appointed to his post by former President Obama, McCullough said that he experienced major and unprecedented resistance from Democrats when he tried to look into the seriousness of the investigation into Clinton's emails, in an interview on FOX Monday.

"I've heard people say this is overblown, I've heard people say this is much ado about nothing. Had the information been released, there would have been harm to national security," McCullough said in the interview. “There was personal blowback. Personal blowback to me, to my family, to my office.”

McCullough made an appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Tuesday to reiterate his claims. This happened about an hour before Trump's tweet.

Last year, the FBI, under former director James Comey, concluded that it would not pursue criminal charges against Clinton for her "extremely careless" handling of classified materials during her tenure as secretary of state. In the past few weeks, Republican lawmakers have urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate how the email case was handled.

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly said Clinton should be prosecuted for using a personal server when she was handling classified emails while in her role as secretary of state.

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Trump appoints Obama holdover associated with Benghazi to ambassador position

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 04:28 AM PST

Joseph Macmanus served in five foreign policy jobs as an appointed career diplomat under former President Obama. His service at the State Department continued, as acting secretary for legislative affairs, when President Trump ascended to the White House in January. And on Wednesday, Macmanus will begin an ambassadorship to Colombia, following a formal nomination by Trump.

The decision has drawn ire from multiple conservatives, including Sen. Mike Lee from Utah. The reasons concern Macmanus’ involvement in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack on a U.S. compound.

“I was extremely disappointed to learn that Joseph Macmanus has been nominated to become the United States ambassador to Colombia," the office of Sen. Lee stated in a press release.

“At a time when we should be cleaning up the State Department and realigning our foreign-policy priorities to reflect those of the current administration, an Obama-era diplomat is not the right person to head our embassy in Colombia, a critical U.S. ally in the region."

Following the events sparked by the Obama administration’s deposing dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Macmanus was exposed through emails obtained by Judicial Watch after the organization filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The emails showed Macmanus instructing State Department officials not to “forward to anyone at this point” information regarding the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Considering Macmanus’ unpopular handling of the attack in Libya, this nomination could be the first significant GOP Senate opposition to a Trump-picked candidate.

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BREAKING: NBC fires Matt Lauer for sexual misconduct

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 04:24 AM PST

Shock took over NBC studios and morning TV watchers as it was announced on-air by his co-hosts that Matt Lauer was fired from the network on Wednesday.

The firing is in response to an employee who filed a complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the “Today” show, where Lauer has been an anchor for two decades.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at NBC. But he added, “We were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Guthrie, looking shocked and ready to cry, said she was informed just moments before going LIVE.

“This is a sad morning at ‘Today’ and NBC News,” she said. “As I’m sure you can understand, we are devastated. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear colleague.”

Guthrie also said she was heartbroken for the woman who accused Lauer of misconduct, noting, “It’s long overdue” that women feel comfortable coming forward against abusive men.

Hoda Kotb, on the set with Guthrie, said she has known Lauer for years and “loved him as a friend and a colleague.”

“It’s hard to reconcile the man who walks in every day” with the person who was identified in the complaint.

Lauer is the second big name in morning media to lose his job this month over sexual misconduct claims. Last week, CBS fired Charlie Rose for the same reason.

Trump tweeted on the news: “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.’ But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack's past!”

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