Author: Domenico Montanaro

ESPN Flap Shows People Can’t Even Agree On What They’re Arguing Over In Trump Era

NPR Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s SC6, speaking on a panel last year. Hill has landed in hot water for calling President Trump a “white supremacist.” She’s got her critics and lots of supporters. D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York Race is again proving to be the sharpest dividing line of the Trump era. This week, President Trump and conservatives went after ESPN, the cable sports network, for comments made by Jemele Hill, who hosts of one of the flagship SportsCenter shows. It all started on Monday when Hill, who is black, tweeted in reply to someone...

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Can Trump Show A Nation He Cares?

NPR People wait to be rescued from their flooded homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Houston Monday. President Trump travels to Texas Tuesday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images On Jan. 28, 1986, President Ronald Reagan was supposed to deliver the State of the Union. Instead, he made a very different address to the nation that day, one that would transform the role of president, making it mandatory thereafter that presidents serve as consoler-in-chief. Hours earlier, the Challenger space shuttle exploded with seven on board, including teacher Christa McAuliffe. McAuliffe’s presence meant that millions of schoolchildren...

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FACT CHECK: Gingrich Misleads For Trump In NPR Interview With Claims Of Bias

NPR Donald Trump as a candidate on stage with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. John Minchillo/AP Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House, was on NPR’s Morning Edition Wednesday interviewed by Rachel Martin. Gingrich threw out a lot of allegations, including that the Justice Department is “very liberal” and “anti-Trump”; that Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and now special counselor in charge of the Russia investigation is biased because of donations to Hillary Clinton from people at his law firm; and that Mueller has hired “killers” to take down Trump. What Gingrich, who met with Trump...

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Is Trump Guilty Of Obstruction Of Justice? Comey Laid Out The Case

NPR Former FBI Director James Comey takes his seat to testify at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. Andrew Harnik/AP All we want are the facts, ma’am. During his congressional testimony Thursday, James Comey played his best Sgt. Joe Friday, the protagonist of the 1950s Dragnet TV series known for that signature line. Asked if he thought President Trump obstructed justice, Comey, the fired FBI director, declined to give his opinion. “I don’t know,” Comey said. “That — that’s Bob Mueller’s job to sort that out.” Mueller is the former FBI director, who is now the...

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Why The Russia Investigation Matters And Why You Should Care

NPR Some people have FOMO that they might miss an Orlando Bloom waitress update. Others have a fear of missing out when it comes to the latest on whether Michael Flynn is going to turn over documents that have been requested by Congress — and what’s going to happen next in the Russia investigation. Your author is in the latter category — and doesn’t really know how much people care about Orlando Bloom and his waitryst (see what we did there?), but it was a trending Google search. There is a divide in this country — and it’s not...

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The Shadowy History Of Secret White House Tapes

NPR In 2003, reporters listen to the then-newly released 240 hours of Nixon White House recorded conversations at the National Archives in College Park, Md. Joyce Naltchayan/AFP/Getty Images Donald Trump wasn’t the first president to think the mainstream media was “fake news” — and determined to do something about it. In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was irritated with reporting on a leaked conversation between himself and senators that portrayed his position toward the emerging threat of Germany as “the American frontier is on the Rhine.” In other words, FDR appeared to be pledging — in private — not to...

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Suspicious Timing And Convenient Reasoning For Trump’s Firing Of Comey

NPR Enlarge this image James Comey after testifying on Capitol Hill March 20. It was the first time he publicly acknowledged the FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump associates and Russia. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP The White House says President Trump fired James Comey because of how he handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Let that sink in for a moment. The president, who, as a candidate, campaigned before crowds that chanted, “Lock her up,” is telling the American people that he summarily fired the FBI director by letter, because he went...

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Say It Ain’t So: 129 People Have Already Filed To Run For President In 2020

NPR The 2020 election cycle might have already started. The Federal Election Commission shows that 129 people have filed to run for president in the next election. Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR There are way too many signs that the 2020 election is already beginning. Consider: -Here’s a crazy stat: 129 people have already filed to run for president in 2020, as of Friday afternoon. In fairness, in 2016, more than 1,700 filed. But… -One of them is President Trump. He’s not only already set up a reelection committee earlier maybe than anyone in history, but his campaign released...

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