Author: Mollie Reilly

BREAKING NEWS: Trump Reportedly Revealed Classified Info During Meeting With Russian Officials

THE HUFFINGTON POST President Donald Trump revealed “highly classified information” last week during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, The Washington Post reported Monday. The Post, citing current and former U.S. officials with ties to the administration, reports that the information “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.” The publication did not elaborate on what the president’s disclosure entailed due to the sensitive nature of the information.  A White House spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment. Read the Washington Post’s full report here. Trump met...

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Advertisers Boycotting Bill O’Reilly Ignored Years Of Offensive Comments

THE HUFFINGTON POST Advertisers are fleeing “The O’Reilly Factor” following revelations that several women received a collective $13 million in settlements after accusing host Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment. But O’Reilly, who has worked at Fox News since the network launched in 1996, was a source of controversy long before The New York Times published its bombshell report on the accusations against him. The anchor has a history of making racist, sexist or otherwise inflammatory remarks — none of which prompted companies to pull advertisements from his show. Here’s a look back at some of O’Reilly’s worst moments in his...

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Too Many Women’ Face The Same Sexism April Ryan And Maxine Waters Did

THE HUFFINGTON POST SAN FRANCISCO ― Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held up reporter April Ryan and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) as examples of how women face routine sexism in the workplace, arguing Tuesday afternoon that even women in the highest echelons of their fields face structural barriers to success.  Hours earlier, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told Ryan, the Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, to stop shaking her head as he answered her question during Tuesday’s press briefing. And during a segment on “Fox & Friends,” Fox commentator Bill O’Reilly mocked Waters’ hair. O’Reilly later apologized...

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Roger Stone Says His Conversation With DNC Hackers Was ‘Completely Innocuous’

  Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump’s and a former consultant on his 2016 campaign, told the Washington Times on Friday that his conversation with Guccifer 2.0, the person or persons believed to be responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee, was “completely innocuous.” U.S. government officials have concluded that Guccifer 2.0 is likely an alias for hackers directed by the Russian government, and that their hacks were carried out with the intent of interfering with the 2016 election. “It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it,” Stone said of his conversation with the hacker persona. “The content of the exchange is, as you can see completely innocuous and perfunctory.” The conversation between Stone and Guccifer 2.0, which took place via Twitter direct messages, was first reported on Wednesday by The Smoking Gun. The report did not include details on what the conversations were about. However, citing two sources, The Smoking Gun reported that FBI agents investigating the DNC hack have obtained “detailed records” on Guccifer 2.0’s Twitter account. Stone, saying The Smoking Gun report mischaracterized the conversation, then provided screenshots of at least some of his DMs with Guccifer 2.0 to the Washington Times and Salon. The conversations Stone provided took place in mid-August and early September, and do not indicate collusion between hackers and Stone. However, the fact alone that the conversations...

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Caitlyn Jenner Says Trump's Blow To Transgender Rights Is A 'Disaster'

Caitlyn Jenner broke her silence on President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse federal guidance on protections for transgender students against discrimination, calling the move a “disaster.”  Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist, tweeted a video Thursday evening in which she directly called out Trump and his team for rescinding the guidance issued by the Obama administration last year in which public schools were instructed to allow students to use the bathroom that matched their gender identity. The guidance was not legally binding.  “From one Republican to another, this is a disaster,” she said. “And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”   Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me. pic.twitter.com/XwYe0LNUOq — Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017 She offered words of encouragement to young transgender people and touted the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen whose fight to use the school bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity will be heard by the Supreme Court next month.  “Mr. President, we’ll see you in court,” Jenner said, referencing Grimm’s case.  She also took a dig at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an ardent opponent of LGBTQ rights. According to a New York Times report published earlier this week, Sessions pressed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to sign off...

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Torture Memo Author John Yoo Has 'Grave Concerns' Over Trump's Use Of Executive Power

Former Justice Department official John Yoo, best known for writing the memos authorizing the George W. Bush administration’s use of torture during interrogations, says even he thinks President Donald Trump is going too far with his executive orders.  In a New York Times op-ed titled “Executive Power Run Amok,” Yoo says while he supports a “robust vision” of the executive branch, he believes Trump fundamentally misunderstands the separation of powers laid out in the U.S. Constitution. “Even I have grave concerns about Mr. Trump’s uses of presidential power,” he writes. Yoo has long advocated for largely unchecked presidential power in times of crisis, such as the Bush administration’s war on terror. He wrote several legal opinions that were used to justify the CIA’s use of waterboarding and broad surveillance programs, and he even said presidential power protected the executive’s right to crush a child’s testicles if the president believed it would help him obtain information. He also defended former President Barack Obama’s use of armed drones. But in his op-ed, Yoo argues Trump lacks constitutional restraint.  He specifically questions Trump’s executive orders calling for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and renegotiating NAFTA, and his firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she said she wouldn’t defend his executive order on immigration. Yoo also criticizes Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, arguing...

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California Leaders Condemn Trump’s Muslim Ban: It ‘Panders To Fears And Nativist Instincts’

SAN FRANCISCO ― California’s state Senate passed a resolution Monday condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order forbidding Syrian refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, arguing the ban “desecrates our American values and panders to fears and nativist instincts.” The resolution, authored by state Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León (D) and co-sponsored by the rest of the Senate’s Democratic caucus, also calls on the Department of Homeland Security to comply with federal court orders and to provide legal counsel to anyone detained. “The Senate condemns this executive order as a discriminatory overreach that illegally targets immigrants based on their national origin and religion, and urges the President of the United States to immediately rescind the executive order,” reads the resolution. The four-page resolution details the Senate’s reasons for issuing the condemnation, including the plight of refugees who are “fleeing the savagery, death, and destruction of the Syrian civil war,” the hastiness with which the order was issued, the intense vetting refugees already have to go through to be granted asylum in the U.S., the likelihood that the ban will be used as a recruitment tool for terrorist groups and federal court decisions blocking parts of the order. It also compares the order to the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the U.S. government’s refusal of asylum to thousands of German...

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Here’s The Advice Obama Got From George W. Bush The Day He Became President

On the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, ABC News published the handwritten letter George W. Bush gave Barack Obama ahead of his swearing-in on Jan. 20, 2009. “There will be trying moments,” Bush wrote. “The critics will rage. Your ‘friends’ will disappoint you. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. “No matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead,” Bush continued. A letter from an outgoing president to the incoming president has become a traditional part of the transition of power. Obama likely will leave a letter for Trump in the Oval Office on Friday morning. ABC also published the letter Bush received from his predecessor, Bill Clinton, in 2001. “The burdens you now shoulder are great but often exaggerated,” Clinton advised. “The sheer joy of doing what you believe is right is inexpressible.” You can read both letters here.  Clinton himself received a similar note from George H.W. Bush in 1993, wishing him well in his new role. That letter was held up as an example of the importance of a peaceful transition of power after Trump suggested he wouldn’t accept the election results if he had lost to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “There will be very tough times, made even more...

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