Archive for Ian Hanchett

Wilson: ‘Amazing’ ‘I’ve Become So Important That the White House Is Following Me’ – ‘I’m a Rockstar Now’

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Miami’s 7News WSVN reported that during an interview on Thursday, Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) responded to criticisms from the White House by stating that it’s “amazing” that she’s become important enough to be followed by the White House and will have to tell her kids “I’m a rockstar now.” According to 7News, Wilson responded to White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly’s criticisms of her by stating, “Let me tell you what my mother told me when I was little. She said, ‘The dog can bark at the moon all night long, but it doesn’t become an issue until the moon barks back.'” Wilson also reportedly addressed criticisms from the White House and threats she says she received from white nationalists by saying, while laughing, “You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words? This is amazing. That’s amazing. That is absolutely phenomenal. I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rockstar now.” (h/t Washington Examiner) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

McCain on Whether Trump Admin Has Been Forthcoming About Niger: ‘Of Course Not’

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) leaves the the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol after voting on the GOP 'Skinny Repeal' health care bill on July 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Three Senate Republicans voted no to block a stripped-down, or 'Skinny Repeal,' version of Obamacare reform. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
While speaking to reporters on Thursday, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator John McCain (R-AZ) stated that “Of course” the Trump administration hasn’t been forthcoming about the deadly Niger attack. McCain said that a subpoena might be required to get to the bottom of the attack, but he had “a good conversation with General McMaster, and they said that they would be briefing us. … And we’ll, hopefully, get all the details.” One of the reporters asked McCain, “Do you feel the administration’s been forthcoming up to this point about what happened there?” McCain answered, “Of course not.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Rep Wilson: Trump ‘Is a Sick Man’ Who ‘Feels No Pity’ – ‘I Have Proof’ of What He Told Widow

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) responded to President Trump’s charge that she fabricated her claim that Trump told Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow “he knew what he signed up for” by saying she has proof the president is lying and the president is “a sick man.” Wilson said, “I don’t know what kind of proof he could be talking about. I’m not the only person that was in the car, and I have proof too. This man is a sick man. He’s cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone. This is a grieving widow, a grieving widow who is six months pregnant. This is a young woman. She’s only 24 years old. She weighs maybe 110 pounds. And she has two other kids, 2 years old and 6 years old. And when she actually hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, ‘He didn’t even know his name.’ Now, that’s the worst part.” She added, “I didn’t hear the whole phone call, but I did hear him say, ‘I’m sure he knew what he was signing up for, and — but it still hurts.’ And I asked them to let me

Schumer: ‘Very Pleased With’ Alexander-Murray Agreement – Undoes Much of Trump’s ‘Sabotage’


During a press conference on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) praised the healthcare agreement struck by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA). Schumer said, “I want to salute both Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray for working hard on a bipartisan solution. We think it’s a good solution. And it got broad support when Patty and I talked about it at the caucus at lunch today.” He continued, “First, it stabilizes the system. Two years of cost-sharing provides real stability to the system. And we want to make sure that happens. We want to work in the long term to reduce premiums and increase coverage. Our Republican colleagues seem to be in the opposite place on the long term, but I think there’s a growing consensus that in the short term, we need stability in the markets. So, we’ve achieved stability, if this agreement becomes law. We’ve also put in some very significant anti-sabotage provisions. The president has been sabotaging this bill. And the agreement would undo much of that sabotage. So, overall, we are very pleased with this agreement.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Schumer: ‘Very Pleased With’ Alexander-Murray Agreement – Undoes Much of Trump’s ‘Sabotage’


During a press conference on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) praised the healthcare agreement struck by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA). Schumer said, “I want to salute both Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray for working hard on a bipartisan solution. We think it’s a good solution. And it got broad support when Patty and I talked about it at the caucus at lunch today.” He continued, “First, it stabilizes the system. Two years of cost-sharing provides real stability to the system. And we want to make sure that happens. We want to work in the long term to reduce premiums and increase coverage. Our Republican colleagues seem to be in the opposite place on the long term, but I think there’s a growing consensus that in the short term, we need stability in the markets. So, we’ve achieved stability, if this agreement becomes law. We’ve also put in some very significant anti-sabotage provisions. The president has been sabotaging this bill. And the agreement would undo much of that sabotage. So, overall, we are very pleased with this agreement.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

MSNBC’s Seitz-Wald: More Dem Candidates Will Run Away From Pelosi, ‘The Dam Is Kind of Breaking’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of “MSNBC Live,” NBC and MSNBC National Politics Reporter Alex Seitz-Wald stated that he believes the 2018 elections will bring more Democratic candidates running away from House Minority Leader Representative Nancy Pelosi and said, “the dam is kind of breaking” for Pelosi. Seitz-Wald predicted more Democratic candidates will run away from Pelosi in 2o18. He added, “This was always something that you heard in private, whispered behind the scenes from Democratic lawmakers, Democratic candidates, the elephant in the room — maybe the donkey in the room since we’re talking about Democrats here. But I do think the dam is kind of breaking. You’re seeing more and more people, and more senior people, speaking out against it. They watched what happened in that Georgia special election earlier this year, where Republicans ran hundreds of ads tagging Democrat Jon Ossoff with Nancy Pelosi. And there’s also a generational issue here. I mean, the entire House leadership on the Democratic side is run by people in their 70s, and there’s a younger crop of people coming in, this huge crop of candidates, a lot of them weren’t recruited, but just stepped up themselves, and they’re not super loyal to that leadership.” (h/t

McCain: Abandoning Obligations of Int’l Leadership for ‘Half-Baked’ Nationalism ‘As Unpatriotic’ As ‘Any Other Tired Dogma’

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During a ceremony where he received the Liberty Medal on Monday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) stated that fearing the world and abandoning the ideas that the US has advanced and the obligations of being an international leader in the name of “some half-baked, spurious nationalism,” is just as “unpatriotic” as holding to any other belief sent to the ash heap of history. McCain said, “To fear the world we’ve organized and led for 3/4s of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain the last, best hope of earth, for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism, cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is an unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Trump: ‘There Is No Such Thing as Obamacare Anymore’ – Premium Hikes Are ‘an Obamacare Mess’

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While speaking at a Cabinet meeting on Monday, President Trump declared that Obamacare doesn’t exist anymore and that when premiums increase, it is the Democrats’ fault because they voted for Obamacare. Trump said, “Republicans are meeting with Democrats because of what I did with the CSRs, because I cut off the gravy train. If I didn’t cut the CSRs, they wouldn’t be meeting. They’d be having lunch and enjoying themselves, alright? They’re right now having emergency meetings to get a short-term fix of health care, where premiums don’t have to double and triple every year like they’ve been doing under Obamacare. Because Obamacare is finished. It’s dead. It’s gone. It’s no longer — don’t — you shouldn’t even mention it. It’s gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore.” He later added, “I do believe we’ll have a short-term fix. Because, I think, the Democrats will be blamed for the mess. This is an Obamacare mess. When the premiums go up, that has nothing to do with anything other than the fact that we had poor health care, delivered poorly, written poorly, approved by the Democrats. It was called Obamacare. But I think we’ll have a short-term fix, and then

Sanders: GOP ‘Pushing the Most Destructive and Unfair Budget and Tax Proposal’ in Modern US History

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During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stated the Republican budget and tax plan is “the most destructive and unfair” in modern American history. Sanders said, “President Trump and his Republican colleagues are now pushing the most destructive and unfair budget and tax proposal in the modern history of our country. A budget that would do incalculable harm to tens of millions of working families, to our children, to the sick, to the elderly, and to the poor. At a time when the middle-class is shrinking, and over 40 million Americans are living in poverty, we need a budget that reflects the needs of working families of the middle-class, and not just the wealthiest people in our country, nor the largest campaign contributors.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Joy Reid: Trump Engaging In ‘Extortion’ By ‘Making’ Obamacare Fail

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On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” host Joy Reid argued President Trump is engaging in extortion by making Obamacare, which wasn’t failing, fail and then “essentially go back to Congress with hostages.” After playing a montage of Trump saying Obamacare should be allowed to fail before a repeal and replace option should be pursued, Reid stated, “[T]his is extortion. He didn’t let Obamacare fail. Because it wasn’t failing. He’s making it fail. He’s trying to push it over the edge, take 21 million people’s insurance away, and then essentially go back to Congress with hostages.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Alter: ‘Pathetic’ That Trump ‘Is a Destroyer’ – Even Putin Thinks He’s ‘Wrong on Iran’

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On Saturday’s “MSNBC Live,” Daily Beast columnist and MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter argued President Trump just wants to destroy anything President Obama did and “Even Vladimir Putin” thinks Trump is “wrong on Iran.” Alter said, “It’s really pathetic. You know, this is a guy who’s supposedly a builder in the private sector. Now all he is is a destroyer. He just wants to take down anything that Barack Obama did. That’s no way to govern. We need some continuity in this country, and our allies expect it. Even Vladimir Putin thinks he’s wrong on Iran. You know, the only support he has is from Netanyahu, and there are all these reports that everybody in the intelligence community in Israel thinks it’s a terrible idea for Israel’s security, not to mention the security of the rest of the world, for them to blow up this Iran deal.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Steve King: Trump Decertifying Iran Deal a ‘First Step’ – ‘Puts Us In a Place’ Where We Can Scrap the Deal

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On Friday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Tom Shillue Show,” Representative Steve King (R-IA) argued President Trump’s decertification of the Iran nuclear deal is a “strong” action that puts Congress in position to shelve the deal altogether. King said Trump’s decision is a “strong move” that “isn’t the full move to tear up the deal, which I’m willing to do.” He added that the move puts Congress in a position where the Iranian deal can be scrapped altogether and is a “first step.” King also commented on DACA, stating that he wished DACA had been rescinded on Inauguration Day and expressed displeasure with reports that the president “maybe doesn’t really mean it” on rescinding DACA. He further stated he didn’t understand how the president’s heart ended up overruling his head. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

White House Legislative Affairs Director: We Think We Have the Votes to Repeal Obamacare in Spring 2019

Marc Short, White House director for legislative affairs, listens to a question during an off-camera press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 10, 2017.
On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short stated that the White House believes it has enough commitments for votes to repeal Obamacare when the next chance to do so comes up in the spring of 2019. Short said, “I think that this year in some ways we ran out of time. What happened is because you’re looking to repeal Obamacare under budget reconciliation, that budget window closed on September 30th. What we found with the Graham-Cassidy idea of block granting dollars back to the states, getting Washington, DC out of the way of trying to control healthcare and letting states have more flexibility in the plans, there became more and more receptivity to it. But there are a couple of members who are worried about the process and felt there weren’t enough hearings and questions.” Short added, “[W]e now believe, when we get the next chance, that we now have the commitments for the votes. But the reality is, that that probably won’t be until a 2019 budget’s passed sometime next spring.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Hillary: ‘I Give 10% of My Income to Charity Every Year’ and Weinstein Donations ‘Will Be Part of That’

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During an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, portions of which were broadcast on Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton denounced Harvey Weinstein’s behavior and announced that money she received from him would be part of the 10% of her income she donates to charity every year. Hillary said when she first heard the news about Weinstein, “I was just sick. I was shocked. I was appalled. It was something that was just intolerable in every way. And, you know, like so many people who’ve come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past.” She added that she “probably” would have called Weinstein a friend. Hillary continued, “People in Democratic politics, for a couple of decades, appreciated his help and support. And I think these stories coming to light now, and people who never spoke out before having the courage to speak out, just clearly demonstrates that this behavior that he engaged in cannot be tolerated.” Hillary also stated that she will donate the money she received from Weinstein to charity, adding, “I give 10% of my income to charity every year.

CNN’s Zeleny: ‘Most of the Leaders of the Democratic Party Are Beholden To’ Weinstein

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Inside Politics,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny stated that most of the Democratic Party’s leaders “are beholden to” Harvey Weinstein and his behavior wasn’t a secret. Zeleny began by stating that Hillary has “commented on virtually everything since leaving public life. It took, as you said, about five days for this [her statement on Weinstein].” Zeleny said, “Largely, it was an open secret, though, in all these circles, his behavior. And the reality is, California is the biggest and most flush ATM for Democratic politics in this country. He stood at the center of that. Nancy Pelosi, add her name to this list as well. She put out a very short statement on this. But the reality is, most of the leaders of the Democratic Party are beholden to him, have been beholden to him, and she still is the leader of the House Democrats here. Why not get out and give an interview, give a press conference? I mean, they have personal relationships with Harvey Weinstein. This is hypocrisy this week, no doubt. Because this was not a secret.” (h/t RCP Video) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Conway: Hillary ‘Needs to Not Be a Hypocrite About Women’s Empowerment’ – Still Keeping ‘Dirty’ Weinstein Money

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway argued Hillary Clinton “needs to not be a hypocrite about women’s empowerment” and criticized Clinton for keeping “the dirty money” she received in donations from Harvey Weinstein. Conway said, “I felt like a woman who ran to be commander-in-chief and president of the United States, the first one ever, who talks about women’s empowerment, took an awfully long time to give support to those women who were coming forward, and has still, as far as we know Bill, kept the money, kept the dirty money that dirty Harvey has given her in her campaign. Even her running mate yesterday, Tim Kaine, was asked about this, and you had people like her former campaign manager from her first failed campaign, not the second failed campaign, Patti Solis Doyle, coming forward and giving a very strong statement. As I recall, Ms. Doyle even said some people should go to jail over this. You have to go look at her statement. I’m really happy and heartened, and frankly, proud of many Democrats across the aisle and a lot of people in the mainstream media who are otherwise very anti-Trump,

Fmr Clinton Campaign Manager: ‘It Is Disappointing’ That Hillary Hasn’t Condemned Weinstein

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” Patti Solis Doyle, who managed Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, expressed disappointment with Clinton for not denouncing Harvey Weinstein. Solis Doyle began by strongly condemning Weinstein’s actions and said he should be in jail. She then stated that Clinton and Obama are no longer elected officials and won’t run for office again. She added that Clinton has proved women’s rights are important to her with both rhetoric and actions and “her heart is in the right place. So, personally, it is disappointing that she hasn’t come out and condemned Harvey Weinstein.” (h/t NTK Network) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Fmr Clinton Campaign Manager: ‘It Is Disappointing’ That Hillary Hasn’t Condemned Weinstein

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” Patti Solis Doyle, who managed Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, expressed disappointment with Clinton for not denouncing Harvey Weinstein. Solis Doyle began by strongly condemning Weinstein’s actions and said he should be in jail. She then stated that Clinton and Obama are no longer elected officials and won’t run for office again. She added that Clinton has proved women’s rights are important to her with both rhetoric and actions and “her heart is in the right place. So, personally, it is disappointing that she hasn’t come out and condemned Harvey Weinstein.” (h/t NTK Network) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Hume: Either Both Pence Walkout and Anthem Protests Are Stunts, Or Neither Is


On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume argued that either both the National Anthem protests and Vice President Mike Pence’s walkout of an NFL game are stunts, or neither are. Hume said, “I think you can take the view that says the players are performing these stunts, some of them week in and week out. And the administration, in the person of Vice President Pence, have responded to that by kind of a counter-stunt. I think you can say they’re both stunts, or that neither are stunts. I don’t think — I don’t see how anybody could seriously argue that what the players have been doing is not a stunt and what the vice president did is a stunt. So, I think any kind of sensible and balanced look at this thing would say they’re both doing the same thing.” He added that he is “somewhat amused by a lot of liberal critics of the vice president who have suddenly developed a deep concern about our budget, after years in which the deficit was exploding, and now they’re concerned about this.” Hume concluded, “I have no doubt that he and

NRA’s LaPierre: We Should See if Bump Stocks Are ‘Worthy of Additional Regulation’ – We Didn’t Say Ban or Confiscate Them

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On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre stated that bump stocks make semi-automatic firearms function like automatic firearms and should be looked at to see if they follow federal law, but the NRA doesn’t believe they should be banned or confiscated. LaPierre said of a bump stock, “I mean, any look at it, it takes a semi-automatic firearm and it makes it perform like a fully automatic firearm. It makes it function like one. And, what the NRA has said is, ‘We ought to take a look at that and see if it’s in compliance with federal law, and it’s worthy of additional regulation.’ That being said, we didn’t say ban. We didn’t say confiscate.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

House Dem Caucus Chair Crowley: Argument That Pelosi Is a Liability in 2018 ‘Reflects the Sexism That Still Exists’

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On Thursday’s “MSNBC Live,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY) stated that the critique that House Minority Leader Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is a liability for Democrats in 2018 is a reflection of the sexism that still exists in politics. Crowley praised the current House Democratic leadership and urged focus on policy matters. He further argued that now isn’t the time to have a conversation about the House Democrats’ leaders. Host Katy Tur asked Crowley if he is concerned that Pelosi will be a liability for Democrats in 2018. Crowley responded, “I’ve heard that argument used so many times before, and I think it really reflects the sexism that still exists in politics today. I think Nancy Pelosi is held to a different standard than others are. The vilification of her in a very sexist way, quite frankly, is what’s led to this discussion.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Lewis: I Don’t Think My Push for More Gun Control Has Anything to Do With the Constitution

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight,” Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) stated that while he believes in the Second Amendment, he doesn’t believe his push for stricter gun control laws has anything to do with the Constitution. After playing a clip of Lewis speaking in favor of stricter gun control laws, anchor Don Lemon asked Lewis, “So you don’t think this has anything to do with the Constitution anymore, do you?” Lewis answered, “No. I believe in the Second Amendment, but there are people who say we cannot change things, we cannot make guns safe for people. At the same time, they don’t even believe in the First Amendment. There are people who are saying that the time is not right. Martin Luther King Jr. said on one occasion, at the height of the civil rights movement, the time is always right to do right.’ I don’t understand how, as elected officials, we can be at home with ourselves when we live in a society where our fellow citizens have been mowed down by guns. It’s not safe to go to school, to go to a church, a mosque, a temple, a synagogue, to go to a movie, go to a

Pelosi: Universal Background Checks Aren’t ‘Complete Answer’ — ‘We’d Have to Do Many Other Things As Well’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., criticizes President Donald Trump's pro-Wall Street policies during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
During a town hall on CNN on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated that universal background checks would save lives, but “many other things” would have to be done as well. Pelosi said that if background checks were expanded to cover various sales that are exempt, “it would save lives. But it isn’t the complete answer. We’d have to do many other things as well. And people have to be vigilant. We don’t want people reporting on each other. We respect people’s, not only Second Amendment rights, but their Fourth Amendment rights, but something must have been obvious to someone about this along the way.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Scalise: Vegas Shooting and My Experience Have ‘Fortified’ My Position on the 2nd Amendment


During a portion of an interview set to air on Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” House Majority Whip Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) stated that his position on the 2nd Amendment has been “fortified” by the Las Vegas shooting and his own experience with the Congressional baseball shooting and that promoting political agendas shouldn’t be the first thought after tragedies. Anchor Martha MacCallum asked Scalise if his position on the 2nd Amendment has changed as a result of the Las Vegas shooting and his own experience. Scalise answered, “I think it’s fortified it.” He continued that when tragedies occur, the first thought should be to pray for and help victims and law enforcement and not “promoting our political agenda.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Sen Murphy: ‘I’m For’ a Ban on Semi-Automatic Rifles

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) said he is for a ban on semi-automatic rifles. Co-host Willie Geist asked, “How could this have been prevented? Is there a law? Congressman Himes ultimately said yes, he’d be for a ban on semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15. How about you?” Murphy answered, “Absolutely. Let’s just be clear that the pace of these epic mass shootings, 10 or more people being killed, doubled after the Assault Weapons Ban expired. That’s not a coincidence. I think we also have to look at these aftermarket modifications that [allow] you, fairly easily, to turn an automatic weapon — turn a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon. … We have to get back to the evergreen changes, things like universal background checks, that frankly, probably would have stopped many of the other murders around the country that happened on Sunday before the shooting started in Las Vegas.” Geist followed up, “So, just to be specific, ban bump stocks and ban semi-automatic rifles. Are you for those two things?” Murphy answered, “I’m for both of those two things.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Brokaw: Gun Conversations Become ‘Emotional’ Between Gun Owners and People Saying There’s ‘Reasonable Middle Ground’

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On Monday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Today,” Tom Brokaw argued that it’s impossible to have a conversation on what kind of firearms can be purchased because it becomes emotionally-charged between gun owners “who are protected by the NRA, and other people who are saying, ‘There ought to be a more reasonable middle ground.'” Brokaw stated there should be a national conversation on the amount of mass shootings in the US. He added, “You listen to those weapons, they’re on full auto at that point. Where did he get that kind of a gun? You can now get an AR-15, which is a modification of a military weapon, an M1, but it’s supposed to be a single shot at a time, but it has a big capacity. I go to a gun store in Montana, and I’ve owned guns all my life, and it used to have mostly .30-30s and high-powered sporting rifles. Now, they’ve got racks of these adapted military weapons. Stan McChrystal, who led our forces in Afghanistan and Iraq said, we ought not to be selling these kinds of weapons to the American civilian population. They’re designed to do one thing, which is to kill people. And they can be

CNN’s Kayyem: Access to Weapons ‘A National Security Issue’ – ‘Outraged’ That ‘We’re Not Allowed to Talk About That’

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During CNN’s coverage of the Las Vegas shooting, CNN National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem stated that access to weapons in the US is a national security issue and she’s angered we’re not allowed to discuss that. Kayyem said, “I will say, we’re so focused on defense, right, that a part of security is minimizing the risk. And you will have others on air, but as a counterterrorism expert, I will tell you, whether he is motivated by ISIS or craziness or something in between, the access issue to weaponry in this country is now a national security issue. It just is. Because you have to minimize the capacity for someone who is either crazy or a terrorist, right, or in between to be able to kill that many people so quickly. That’s the unique thing about this country. Terrorism, violence happens elsewhere. Here it’s because of accessibility of a certain weaponry. So, I’d be remiss not mentioning it now. I know it’s highly political, but, as a security person, this is — I’m looking at the access issue and looking at these numbers, and absolutely shocked and outraged that, for some reason, we’re not allowed to talk about that.” Follow Ian Hanchett on

Brooks: ‘Maybe Mitch McConnell’s Job Should Not be Secure’

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On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks suggested that maybe Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shouldn’t have a secure job as leader. Brooks said, “The thing I think we learned this week is that Roy Moore and Steve Bannon, what we’ll call the nationalists, they have a story to tell. They have a story about the country and why it’s going astray. They have a story about what’s wrong with Washington and the swamp and why it needs to be drained. The regular Republicans, the Mitch McConnell Republicans, have no story. And they thought they could hold off the nationalists with money, and with logistics and with party organization. And I think one of the things we’ve learned is they can’t do that, that if you want to hold off Steve Bannon, you actually have to have an argument, you have to have a story about why his kind of Republican is the wrong kind. And they don’t have that. And if they don’t have it in Alabama, they’re probably not going to have it in Tennessee, and they may not have it in Wyoming, and they may not have it in Arizona, and all the other states

Trump: Democrats Don’t Want to Cut Taxes, They Want to Raise Them

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During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump stated Democrats “don’t want to cut your taxes, they want to actually raise your taxes, and raise them very substantially.” Transcript as Follows:  “My Fellow Americans, All American hearts are united with the people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands who have faced terrible devastation in the wake of two catastrophic hurricanes. We are working night and day in cooperation with territorial and local authorities to assist those in need, to help save and sustain lives, and to begin the long recovery and rebuilding effort. Our commitment to those affected is this: We are with you, we will stay with you, and we will come back stronger than ever. We are sending tremendous amounts of supplies, tremendous amounts of food and water, and we are sending great people to help. I know that it’s been devastating. I know your police force and everything else has been absolutely hurt, but we’re sending people to help, and it’s getting better on a daily basis. This week, I traveled to Indiana to announce historic tax reform for the American people. It is based on four key ideas. First, we will cut taxes on all Working American

San Juan Mayor: ‘I Was Asking for Help’ and Not Attacking Trump – General Buchanan Said He Doesn’t Have What He Needs

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On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz responded to criticisms of her by President Trump by stating that she was asking for assistance and not making “nasty” comments about the president. She also pointed Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the leader of military hurricane efforts in Puerto Rico, saying that he had insufficient amounts of troops and equipment. Cruz began by talking about private donations and stated, “It’s a good dawn. And we’re moving ahead. And that’s what it’s all about. It’s about saving lives. It’s not about politics. It’s not about petty comments. it’s about moving forward, putting boots on the ground, and saving lives.” She then responded to Trump’s tweets about her by saying, “I was asking for help. I wasn’t saying anything nasty about the president. But don’t take my word for it. General Buchanan, a three-star general has said, as one of the first comments that he’s made about the Puerto Rico situation, that he doesn’t have enough troops, and he doesn’t have enough equipment of what he needs to get the situation under control. So, who am I? I’m just a little mayor from the capital city of San Juan. This is

Maher: We Should Tell Trump ‘There Are Lots of Black People Kneeling in Puerto Rico’ So He’ll Focus on That

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher suggested telling President Trump black people are kneeling in Puerto Rico so he’ll focus on that. Maher began his opening monologue by taking a knee. He then stated, “Donald Trump is now officially the drunk at the end of the bar, b*tching about football.” He continued, “And you know, this is the world that we live in now, the stupidest a**hole alive says something ignorant every three days, and we have to debate it. ‘Uh, this just in, the president has tweeted that dogs are gay and Chinese people spit in the laundry. Discuss, America.'” Maher also said that OJ Simpson is a football player that Trump likes because he didn’t take a knee, just a “couple of heads, but never a knee.” He further suggested that we should tell Trump that “there are lots of black people kneeling in Puerto Rico, maybe he’ll get focused on that.” He added Trump will “get on it as soon as he finds out that they speak Spanish and can come here anytime they like.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

April Ryan: Al Gore Was ‘Like Chicken Little’ and The Sky ‘Is Falling Now’

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During the online “Overtime” segment of Friday’s edition of HBO’s “Real Time,” American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief and CNN Political Analyst April Ryan stated former Vice President Al Gore was like Chicken Little on climate change, and right now, the sky is falling. Ryan said, “Katrina happened to low-income black people in the 9th Ward. You’re seeing what’s happening in the Virgin Islands. You’re seeing what’s happening in Puerto Rico. People who live on the water — people who are in these communities tend to be those — the least of these. So, I mean, people don’t — and I hate to say this, but this is the way society is, they don’t listen to us. It took a former vice president to stand up and speak. … [H]e was like Chicken Little, ‘The sky is falling. The sky is falling.’ It is falling now.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Rep Soto: Hurricane Maria ‘Has Already Become a Katrina’

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On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Beat,” Representative Darren Soto (D-FL) stated that the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico “has already become a Katrina.” Soto said, “Well, this has already become a Katrina. We have American citizens, who pledge allegiance to our flag, serve in the military, pay taxes, and they don’t know when the power’s going to get back on. They don’t know whether they’re going to get water, whether they’re going to get food. And so, we need Trump administration to get up and act.” He added that his Katrina statement meant “That it’s an act of negligence, that they completely underestimated the scale of this, and are only now starting to react, after we stood on our desks for days screaming about the lives in jeopardy.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Price: My Charter Flights Were Approved By ‘Normal Processes’ – There Won’t Be Air Charters at HHS Going Forward

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On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” HHS Secretary Tom Price stated that his charter flights were approved by “normal processes” that prior administrations went through, he will pay for his portion of those trips, and announced there won’t be any private air charters within HHS in the future. Price said, “I think what the important point here is that, all of these trips were official business. All of them were within budget. All of them were approved by the normal processes that every other administration has gone through, prior to the trip, not after. But we’ve heard the concerns. I’ve heard the concerns. I’ve heard the criticisms. And, in order to make certain that people appreciate that my respect for the taxpayer is as strong as it can be and always has been in my 40-year career, we think it’s important to do a number of things. One is to say there will be no private air charters at HHS going forward. Second, is to cooperate fully, obviously, with the inspector general. There’s a review going on, and that I called for an internal review within the department itself. And then finally, to pay for my

Meadows: I Won’t Rule Out Raising Taxes on Wealthy to Partially Pay for Tax Cuts

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On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) argued that he doesn’t believe tax reform should be revenue-neutral and wouldn’t rule out raising taxes on wealthy to partially offset the cost of tax cuts. Meadows said it was crucial to ensure that tax reform isn’t just a break for the rich. He was later asked, “Do you rule out actually raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for some of this tax cut?” Meadows answered, “You know, that’s never been anything that I’ve ruled out, and when they talk about that fourth bracket, I don’t see that happening, but let’s say we keep that top bracket at 39.6%, which is, really was part of the discussion just yesterday. That would essentially mean that we do raise the taxes on some of those. Because we’re getting rid of some of the deductions that are out there. That’s why that top bracket was set at 35%, trying to make sure even with some of the cuts, that nobody sees an increase. But the other big part is, doubling that standard deduction. That goes to those that are working hard, trying to make sure that we

Dem Rep Green: ‘Impeachment Does Not Require a Crime’ – Congress Can Impeach for Behavior That Hurts Society


During an interview on SiriusXM Urban View’s “the Black Eagle” on Wednesday, Representative Al Green (D-TX) argued that the president doesn’t have to commit a crime in order to be impeached and Congress can impeach a president for behavior that impacts society negatively. Green said he is continuing his call for the impeachment of President Trump from a few months before. He also announced he will bring impeachment articles to the floor next week. Green continued, “[I]mpeachment does not require a crime to be committed. … That’s what some of these constitutional scholars have been confusing people with. Because they’re talking about what Mr. Mueller is doing, and he is investigating a crime. But, impeachment is a political remedy, and it simply means removal from office. It carries no criminal penalty. … But, regardless as to what Mr. Mueller does, the Congress can still impeach the president for his behavior that has an adverse impact on society. That is what impeachment is all about, a president who is unfit to serve because he has done things that would be harmful to society.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Trump: ‘Not Happy’ With Price’s Private Plane Use ‘And I Let Him Know It’

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While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, President Trump expressed displeasure with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s private jet use and said that he had communicated his displeasure to Secretary Price. Trump said, “I was looking into it and I will look into it. And I will tell you personally, I’m not happy about it. I am not happy about it. … And I let him know it.” The president did not elaborate on whether he would dismiss Price or what consequences, if any, Price would face, but promised he would “look at it.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Trump: ‘Not Happy’ With Price’s Private Plane Use ‘And I Let Him Know It’

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While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, President Trump expressed displeasure with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s private jet use and said that he had communicated his displeasure to Secretary Price. Trump said, “I was looking into it and I will look into it. And I will tell you personally, I’m not happy about it. I am not happy about it. … And I let him know it.” The president did not elaborate on whether he would dismiss Price or what consequences, if any, Price would face, but promised he would “look at it.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Rep Velázquez: More Time Should be Spent on Puerto Rico – Maria Is Going to End up Being ‘Trump’s Katrina’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “At This Hour,” Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), who was born in Puerto Rico, argued more time needs to be spent addressing the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and warned of Maria turning into President Trump’s Katrina. Velázquez said, “The reality is, Puerto Rico has been cut off from the rest of the world. And it needed, based on the preliminary reports –, when I came back with the governor of New York, we held a press conference. We explained the devastation. We begged for a more aggressive response. We need the Army there to help restore an infrastructure that doesn’t exist at this moment, and because of that, we are losing lives. People are dying. And let me say this, we need to spend less time on putting out tweets, and more time in addressing this humanitarian crisis. Because this is going to turn to be Mr. Trump’s Katrina.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Hillary: ‘Deeply Troubling’ That Trump Attacks Black Athletes for Peaceful Protest and Not Racists or Putin

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During an interview on SiriusXM Progress set to air on Tuesday, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stated it’s “deeply troubling” that President Trump has attacked black athletes for peacefully protesting and that he doesn’t attack white supremacists or Vladimir Putin. Hillary said, “I think it’s deeply troubling that the president would be attacking black athletes for expressing their opinions, peacefully. Protest a part of the American way of life. And it’s something that I’m very proud of, whether I agree or disagree. I think peaceful protest is part of what has helped us make progress, learn more, be a better country over time, and I just couldn’t help thinking that, he has attacked these black athletes for peacefully protesting, but he doesn’t really attack white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klaners, or Vladimir Putin, who interfered in our election. And I think it’s all part of his political calculation. And I really think that’s bad for the country. He wants to set people against each other. He wants to divide us.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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