Author: Amanda Terkel

Bill O’Reilly Lost His Job, But Fox Promoted His Racist Protege

THE HUFFINGTON POST Fox News host Bill O’Reilly lost his job on Wednesday, when the network decided it had to show the world it was no longer the type of place to tolerate a man accused of sexual harassment and improper behavior. The growing number of women speaking out about O’Reilly precipitated his fall. But he also had a long history of making offensive comments about women and people of color. The “younger generation” of the Murdoch family reportedly wanted to go in a different direction. But it’s not clear the new Fox will be all that different from...

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Congressman Who Lost Seat Over Anti-Gay Remarks Tapped By Trump For Big Agency Job

THE HUFFINGTON POST President Donald Trump intends to nominate former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) to head the Export-Import Bank, finding a place for a congressman who lost his re-election bid in large part because of anti-gay comments that turned off big financial donors. In 2015, Garrett told fellow Republicans in a closed-door meeting that he wouldn’t pay his dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee because the organization supported some gay candidates, Politico reported. Garrett has since clarified that he doesn’t oppose gay people running for office, but he believes the GOP should not support candidates who back same-sex marriage.His comments cost...

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Trump’s Expected Pick To Lead The Army Sponsored Anti-LGBTQ Bill In Tennessee

THE HUFFINGTON POST President Donald Trump is expected to choose as his Army secretary Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green (R), a legislator who is popular among many tea party Republicans and is the sponsor of a bill that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocates say takes direct aim at their community. Green’s confirmation would be a significant break with Eric Fanning, the previous Army secretary. Fanning, who held the job under President Barack Obama, was the first openly gay person to serve in the role. Green is the sponsor of SB 127, a bill that would bar government entities...

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Donald Trump Faces Deadline To Hand Over Evidence Of Wiretapping Allegations

Mark Wilson/Getty Images WASHINGTON ― The House Intelligence Committee has asked President Donald Trump to submit evidence of his allegation that his predecessor wiretapped Trump Tower by Monday. But it’s still not clear whether he or his administration will comply ― or whether there’s any evidence to offer. “We are reviewing the letter and will decline further comment at this time,” said Justice Department spokesman Pete Carr. The White House did not return a request for comment. Trump asked Congress to investigate his claim, which he tweeted about on March 4, that Barack Obama personally ordered surveillance on Trump Tower before the election. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said the committee would look into the matter as part of a broader inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. So far, there is no evidence that Trump’s allegation was anything but a conspiracy theory, perhaps picked up from a right-wing website. If there is proof, Trump seems to be the only person to have it. “He’s the president of the United States. He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on March 6. On Monday, Conway admitted she personally didn’t have any evidence that Obama had ordered wiretapping of Trump, although she put forward the theory that it could have happened through “microwaves that...

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Rep. Elijah Cummings Suggests Trump May Have Fired Preet Bharara To Block Investigation

WASHINGTON ― Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, questioned on Sunday President Donald Trump’s motives in firing U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, suggesting that he might have been acting in his own self-interest to stop a potential corruption investigation. On Friday, the Trump administration asked 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Barack Obama to resign. While it’s not unusual for presidents to put their own people in these positions, it’s normally not quite so abrupt and sudden. I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life. — Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 11, 2017 The dismissal of Bharara, who represents the powerful southern district of New York, was especially surprising, however, because in November, Trump had said he would like him to stay on. Bharara refused to submit his resignation and was therefore fired on Saturday. “Just not very long ago, the president was saying that he was going to keep the U.S. attorney there in New York. And then, suddenly, he’s, I guess, changed his mind. I’m just curious as to why that is,” Cummings said. “And certainly, there’s a lot of questions coming up as to whether Mr. Trump is – President Trump is concerned about the jurisdiction of this U.S. attorney and whether that might...

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HHS Secretary Tom Price Says ‘Nobody Will Be Worse Off Financially’ Under Obamacare Repeal

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s administration made a bold guarantee Sunday morning, telling Americans that health insurance won’t cost more if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act. “I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through, understanding that they’ll have choices that they can select the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their family, not the government forces them to buy,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” This line could become Price’s “If you like your plan, you can keep it” moment ― a sweeping sound bite that ends up being not true. (President Barack Obama eventually had to apologize for his promise in 2013.) Under the GOP health care replacement legislation, older and low-income Americans who want to buy private health insurance would be hit the hardest, receiving less generous tax credits than they do under Obamacare. Younger and more affluent people, on the other hand, would receive more assistance than they currently do. That means older and lower-income individuals could pay more for their premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Others may simply drop their insurance ― since there will be no mandate to have coverage under the Republican legislation ― and would have no protection from sky-high medical bills at all. Health policy experts have found that the net effect...

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GOP House Chair Tells Sean Spicer To Mind His Own Business On Obamacare Repeal

  WASHINGTON ― A Republican House committee chair said he would like White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to keep his nose out of Congress’ business on Obamacare repeal, highlighting the tensions between the two branches as they try to come to an agreement on the best path forward. “I will just point blank say that I would encourage Mr. Spicer if he’s going to start talking about my business to give me a darn call,” Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the House Rules Committee chair, said Wednesday. “I try not to get in his business, and I don’t appreciate him getting in my business.” Spicer tried to assure reporters Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s administration was approaching health care legislation thoughtfully by reaching out to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. “This was a full effort to reach out to members of the House and Senate. It’s going through regular order in the House. Every member of the House and Senate will be able to have their opportunity to have amendments offered through the committee process and on the floor,” Spicer said in his press briefing. During a House Rules Committee hearing Wednesday, Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) brought up Spicer’s remarks. The committee decides how legislation will be treated, including whether there will be an “open rule” process that allows members to add amendments. “We are very...

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Donald Trump Met Russian Ambassador During The Campaign, Despite Repeated Denials

  President Donald Trump and his advisers have, on dozens of occasions, denied Trump’s campaign aides and other associates had any contact with Russian officials. Those denials were not true. At least five members of his team met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump officially took office. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to mitigate the spiraling situation last week, telling reporters the main issue was that Trump himself had never met with any Russian government officials during the campaign. “The big point here is the president himself knows what his involvement was, and that’s zero,” Huckabee Sanders said on March 3. “And I think that he’s the primary person that should be held responsible, and he had no interaction, and I think that’s what the story should be focused on.” But according to a May 13, 2016 report in The Wall Street Journal noticed by AmericaBlog, Trump had at least some interaction with Kislyak on April 27, right in the midst of campaign season. The communication happened right before Trump delivered a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Wall Street Journal reported: “I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia—from a position of strength only—is possible, absolutely possible,” Mr. Trump said in a foreign-policy speech at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel in April. “Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to...

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