During a speech on the Senate floor after the Obamacare skinny repeal was voted down, Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that “it’s time to move on.” McConnell stated that “most of” the Senate Republicans kept their promise to repeal Obamacare. McConnell also thanked the House, and the president and vice president, who he said, “couldn’t have been and more helpful.” Later in the speech, he thanked all his Republican colleagues for the work they did to try and keep their promise to voters. He also characterized the vote as disappointing, and stated that he regretted that “our efforts were simply not enough this time.” McConnell then criticized Democrats and accused them of not working with Republicans and obstructing the process. He then asked what ideas Democrats have on health care and called on them to state their ideas. He then declared that he didn’t want to be a part of bailing out insurance companies without any reform. He concluded the speech by saying, “I think the American people are going to regret that we couldn’t find a better way forward. And as I said, we look forward to our colleagues on the other side suggesting what they have in mind.
Thursday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” host Nicolle Wallace took a shot at some of her cable news colleagues at the Fox News Channel. After commentary from Wallace’s panelists about the state of the news business during the Trump presidency, Wallace got into a back-and-forth discussion with the American Conservative Union’s Matt Schlaap about the Fox News Channel, which she questioned how it was different from “state-run media.” Partial transcript as follows: WALLACE: Elise Jordan, one of the measurements we have is that viewership at every news network is up. Newspaper subscriptions are up. I mean, people are hungry for the products at least of a free press. ELISE JORDAN, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: Well, and that they want to know what’s actually happened. And I think that you’ve seen some reporting that Fox News has suffered in the ratings because they don’t immediately report breaking news that’s not flattering to the president. And I just — what Gary Kasparov said, it just makes me think so much back to something that Andrew Sullivan wrote about democracy and about how you shouldn’t always be on edge if your democracy is functioning. You shouldn’t have to worry about your leadership. You shouldn’t have
A Thursday report in Circa cites three officials claiming that FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is the “top suspect” in an investigation into leaks of classified Department of Justice information to the media. The report claims the investigation is “criminal” in nature. It is unclear exactly what information Baker is suspected of leaking and to which new outlets he did so. Baker is reportedly a “close ally” of ousted FBI Director James Comey, who, in 2014, appointed him to his current post as the top attorney representing the bureau. According to a June report in Vox, Baker was one of the three officials to whom Comey turned for advice soon after his infamous private audience with President Donald Trump in which he later claimed, through a memo leaked to Columbia Law professor Daniel Richman, that the President asked him “let it go” with regard to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. If Circa’s report proves accurate, it may be the first name to drop in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s rumored extensive probe into leakers in the federal government. Neither the Justice Department nor the FBI responded to Circa’s request for comment on Baker being under investigation, but DOJ Spokeswoman
On the Friday edition of Breitbart News Daily, broadcast live on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 from 6AM to 9AM Eastern, Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief Raheem — the author of the new book No Go Zones: How Sharia Law Is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You — will continue our discussion of the Trump administration’s agenda. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton will weigh in on the Trump administration’s new Afghanistan policy, as well as Russia and Iran’s response to the new sanctions imposed by the U.S. House this week. Ned Ryun, the founder and CEO of American Majority, will discuss the controversy surrounding Fusion GPS. We’ll also hear from Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch about his new book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Live from London, Rome, and Jerusalem, Breitbart correspondents will provide updates on the latest international news. Breitbart News Daily is the first live, conservative radio enterprise to air seven days a week. SiriusXM Vice President for news and talk Dave Gorab called the show “the conservative news show of record.” Follow Breitbart News on Twitter for live updates during the show. Listeners may call into the show at: 866-957-2874.
The new White House communications director called the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, a member in good standing in The Opposition Party, on Wednesday evening to blast his co-workers in a rambling rant that was so outrageous and discordant that reporters wondered whether Scaramucci drunk-dialed Lizza, was drunk with power, or, revealing he was unqualified for his communications director job, did not know how to smoothly go on and off the record like Trump skillfully did recently with three New York Times reporters so such inflammatory comments do not reflect badly on his boss.
Thursday on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich chided Anthony Scarmucci, who was appointed last week as President Donald Trump’s White House communications director. Gingrich described Scaramucci as “full of himself” and urged him to slow down and learn the business. Remarks as follows: I think Scaramucci is full of himself, I think he got down here from New York and he is all excited; frankly he is talking more than he is thinking. He needs to slow down and learn the business. Scarramucci is not in the position of being a wealthy entrepreneur who says whatever randomly he thinks. His job should be to organize the communications of the President of the United States and help the president communicate with the country and picking fights internally doesn’t get you there. It may get you news coverage but he will learn very quickly that you can get news coverage lots of ways. This is a city where if you are in the White House you get plenty of news coverage. The question is whether or not it is useful news coverage or whether or not it gets you to where you want to go and I’m very
During an excerpt of an interview set to air on Thursday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that while President Trump’s criticisms of him are “kind of hurtful,” he intends to keep doing his job. Sessions said, “Well, it’s kind of hurtful, but the president of the United States is a strong leader. He is determined to move this country in the direction he believes it needs to go to make us great again. And he has had a lot of criticisms, and he’s steadfastly determined to get his job done and he wants all of us to do our jobs, and that’s what I intend to do.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
The police in Birmingham are on the hunt for two ‘Asian’ men after a teen girl was brutally raped at a train station, and sexually abused again by another Asian man she asked for help after the incident. The 15-year-old girl, who has not been identified, was with her friend at Witton railway station near Aston Villa when a man approached her and led her away. The man, described as being in his early twenties, “Asian” in appearance and slim build and around six foot tall, took the girl to a secluded area where he proceeded to rape her the Birmingham Mail reports. After the attack had ended the teen tried to wave down a passing vehicle and after getting in the car she says she was raped again by another man in his 20s who was also of “Asian” appearance. The second attacker was also said to have been a stockier build, had a short beard was around 5ft6 and wore black jeans and a blue jumper. Detectives from the Birmingham Transport Police and West Midlands police are both investigating the case. British Transport Police Detective Chief Inspector Tony Fitzpatrick commented on the case saying, “This was a horrifying ordeal for this
Thursday during his opening statement at the House Oversight Committee hearing on “Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses,” comedian Adam Carolla argued if there were more order on campus, then there would be less of a need for a law enforcement component to protect controversial speakers. Partial remarks as follows: We’re talking a lot about the kids, and I think they’re just that, kids. We are the adults. And I don’t think that we’re doing the children — I mean, these are 18- and 19-year-old kids at these college campuses. They grew up dipped in Purell, playing soccer games where they never kept score and watching Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, and we’re asking them to be mature. We need the adults to start being the adults. Studies have shown that if you take people and put them in a zero gravity environment like astronauts, they lose muscle mass, they lose bone density. We’re taking these kids, in the name of protection, we’re putting them in a zero gravity environment, and they are losing muscle mass and bone density. They need to live in a world that has gravity. You need to expose your children to germs and dirt and the
New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s financial disclosure form was not the only thing that may have leaked to Politico. In addition to those, details about White House security access and credentials for Scaramucci during his time at the Export-Import Bank before he was named communications director at the White House were leaked to Politico.
Citing alleged U.S. intelligence intercepts leaked by current and former U.S. officials, the Washington Post reported that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak told his superiors at the Kremlin that he discussed issues related to the 2016 presidential campaign with Jeff Sessions despite the attorney general’s assertions to the contrary.
The American Civil Liberties Union has uncovered memos that show the National Security Agency (NSA) and FBI “violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts,” as reported by The Hill on Tuesday.