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'You can't buy class': Don Lemon nails why Trump is so obsessively jealous of Obama

CNN's Don Lemon on Monday surmised that Donald Trump's seemingly obsessive fixation with dismantling Barack Obama's legacy is driven by jealousy, specifically over what Lemon described as the president's lack of class compared with his predecessor. Lemon was discussing Trump's most recent atta...

Former GOP Rep stuns: The Republic might be 'safer if Democrats take over the House in 2018'

Former GOP Rep. David Jolly on Monday made a stunning remark about his own party's power, suggesting maybe the United States will be safer if Democrats take over the House in 2018.' Jolly and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell were discussing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's recent claim that the U...

Kaepernick's 'collusion' lawsuit to be centered on Trump's influence over NFL owners: report

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's grievance lawsuit will be centered around the influence President Donald Trump has wielded over NFL owners and the league at large. According to CBS News, Kaepernick's grievance alleging “collusion” among NFL owners to keep him out ...

'Casual bigotry and white supremacist rhetoric': What I learned when I went undercover at a young conservatives boot camp

The Leadership Institute teaches young people how to mobilize for conservative candidates....

'Complete bull': CNN's Cooper shoots down 'blood and soil' mantra resurrected by Charlottesville white supremacists

Responding to Sen. John McCain's Liberty Medal acceptance speech rebuking the “blood and soil” ideology of white supremacists who support President Donald Trump, CNN host Anderson Cooper briefly shared his own thoughts on the infamous anti-Semitic phrase. “We live in a land m...

WATCH: Robert Reich destroys pro-Trump economist for lying about tax cuts 'benefits' to the middle class

As per usual, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich word-sparred with pro-Trump economist Stephen Moore about tax cuts. But the segment diverged from the norm when host Erin Burnett joined in to elucidate exactly how and why Moore was so wrong. As Burnett pointed out, the White House claims ...

Rose Garden peacemaking: Why Trump was kind to Bannon

President Donald Trump threaded a needle in the Rose Garden on Monday. There he was, standing next to his necessary ally and sometimes rival, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and being asked about his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who has become something of a hero to the GOP's ...

The Trump-Russia probe could make Clinton president

Sure, it's been more than 340 days since Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, but there's still one very narrow, highly unlikely and entirely unprecedented way that Clinton could become president. And it has some Democratic die-hards dreaming again....

'Unpatriotic': Watch John McCain torch Trump and Bannon's 'half-baked nationalism' during Liberty Medal speech

On Monday, Sen. John McCain alluded in strong terms to President Donald Trump and his ousted chief strategist and current Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon in his speech accepting the Liberty Medal. “To fear the world where we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to aba...

'It's a mystery': Reporters tell MSNBC's Ari Melber the White House refuses to say what Ivanka does

New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen and freelance journalist Hannah Seligson on Monday expressed confusion over the role of Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, explaining White House officials have declined numerous opportunities to explain the first daughter's job description. ...

'The empathy of a cockroach': Phil Mudd shames Trump's self-centered response to fallen soldiers

On Monday, President Donald Trump lamented from the Rose Garden about how difficult it was to call the families of fallen soldiers when discussing his plans to finally call the families of four military members in Niger over a week ago. “I felt very, very badly about that,” Trump said ...

NBA coach Popovich lambastes 'unfit' Trump as a 'soulless coward' for not calling families of slain soldiers

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich lambasted Donald Trump for failing to call the families of four American soldiers killed almost two weeks ago, calling the president a “soulless coward.” Popovich's comments came as Trump finally addressed their deaths at a Rose Garden pr...

White House 'completely blew off' Oversight Committee request for private email use by Kushner and other top aides

The White House on Monday rebuffed an inquiry by House investigators over the use of private email addresses and encrypted messaging apps by members of Donald Trump's administration, Politico reports. In a letter to leaders of the House Oversight Committee, President Donald Trump's Deputy Assistant ...

REVEALED: Trump Chief of Staff Kelly ordered ICE to label immigrants 'criminals' to justify mass raids

As part on an Intercept investigation into immigration policies under President Donald Trump, a cache of internal emails revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were instructed to portray undocumented immigrants as criminals to justify unpopular mass raids. According to the ...

Huckabee Sanders tries to spin Trump's fallen soldier smear of Obama: He was just 'stating a fact'

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against almost universal condemnation of President Donald Trump's smear of previous presidents not speaking with the families of fallen soldiers, saying the president was “Just stating a fact.” During a Rose Garden pres...

New York woman receives death threats against her children after 'unmasking' KKK members

A woman who “unmasked” KKK members in Gloversville, New York says she's received threats against the lives of her children in retaliation. Nicole Martish spoke to Albany's News10 TV station and told them that after speaking to Gloversville's Leader-Herald newspaper for ...

'7-year-olds have more humanity': Furious Nicolle Wallace calls out Trump's lie about fallen soldiers

An MSNBC panel on Monday ripped into Donald Trump's blatant lie about previous presidents not calling the families of fallen soldiers, with Donny Deutsch wondering if we elected the worst person on this planet' as president of the United States. 
The comment was made on Deadline: White House, ...

'South Park' creators releasing video game where you can battle priests, rednecks and racist cops

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have done it again by releasing South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the franchise's second video game. The game takes on “cishet-phobic” rednecks, police brutality and our culture's obsession with social media clout , all ...

'Give up the ruse': Conservative shreds Christians for cheering 'the most faithless president in history'

In a blistering editorial in the Washington Post, conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin blasted the so-called Christians who turned out at the Value Voters Summit in Washington D.C. over the weekend to listen to a “faithless” Donald Trump among other conservative speakers. According ...

Congressional investigators want info on GOP operative who committed suicide after hunting Clinton emails

Investigators in the House and Senate probing Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election are seeking information on a GOP operative who was actively searching for emails hacked from Hillary Clinton's private email servers, CNN reports. Longtime GOP activist Peter W. Smith was found dead in ...

Shep Smith lambastes Trump for claiming 'Obamacare is dead': 'It is still the law of the land'

Prior to holding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's hand in the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump spoke to press and told them that they shouldn't even bother covering the Affordable Care Act anymore because it's “dead.” “Obamacare is finished,” the ...

Disgraced evangelist Jim Bakker warns critics they will face God's wrath for making fun of him

In video captured by Right Wing Watch, disgraced evangelist Jim Bakker raged at his critics saying, they will face the wrath of God for mocking his End Time warnings and making fun of him throughout his checkered career. Not mentioning his time in the wilderness, after he spent time in prison after ...

Republicans might be warming up to the idea of impeaching Donald Trump

The push to impeach President Donald Trump could soon receive a major boost, with one Democratic lawmaker claiming that a Republican could support his planned articles of impeachment. Two Democrats, Al Green of Texas and Brad Sherman of California, have already filed impeachment articles in the ...

Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk governor's office in push against Kurds

Iraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor's office, key military sites and an oil field on Monday as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions with Kurds over an independence referendum. The rapid advance, involving troops, tanks and armoured vehicles, aims to recapture ...

'Such trash': Internet ridicules 'shameless' Trump's for boasting he and McConnell are buddies

On Monday, President Donald Trump held a Rose Garden press conference whose purpose appeared to be convincing the assembled crowd and media that he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are great friends in spite of reports to the contrary. “We've been friends for a long time...

'Categorically false': MSNBC's Katy Tur smacks down Trump lie that Obama never called soldiers' families

Immediately following Donald Trump's Rose Garden press conference where the president claimed former President Barack Obama never spoke with the families of fallen soldiers, MSNBC host Katy Tur called the president out. As Twitter lit up the president, with a former Obama official calling Trum...

Ex-Obama staffer nails 'deranged animal' Trump for lying about Obama not calling families of fallen troops

President Donald Trump on Monday said that former President Barack Obama did not call the families of soldiers who had died in combat , and a former Obama aide absolutely let him have it on Twitter.  Alyssa Mastromonaco, who served as a deputy chief of staff under former President Barack Obama...

Trump says he and McConnell are 'closer than ever before'

U.S. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell tried to move past the tensions that followed the collapse of the healthcare reform effort on Monday with a show of unity that focused on tax reform and other items on the Republican agenda. “We are probably now, despite ...

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency ahead of white nationalist speech at UF

Florida's Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in preparation for white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida on Thursday, October 19. In his executive order, the Associated Press reports, Scott warned that the “threat of a potential eme...

'Dead serious' Pennsylvania GOP mayoral candidate determined to enact 'narco bunnies' plan to sniff out drugs

While many police departments employ K-9 units that are used to sniff out explosives and drugs, one Republican mayoral candidate wants to see bunnies do the work. It all began when the Amherst, New York police proposed a drug-sniffing bunnies as part of an April Fool's joke on their Facebook, The ...

'The customer is always right!' Florida woman busted for nacho cheese tantrum at 7-11

“The customer is always right!” screamed one Florida woman after she attacked a 7-Eleven clerk. The Palm Bay Daily proved that this was nacho ordinary encounter with an angry patron. At nearly 2 a.m, the 7-Eleven clerk in Melbourne, Florida told Stephanie L. Hicks not to open the nacho ...

Ivanka Trump shoved aside Chris Christie to offer Michael Flynn any job he wanted in White House: report

According to a report in The New Yorker, presidential daughter Ivanka Trump reportedly commandeered a Trump transition team meeting from Gov. Chris Christie last fall and offered now-disgraced Gen. Michael Flynn any job he wanted in the White House. Christie headed up the Trump transition tea...

Florida deputy choked teen son unconscious for asking for money to hang out with friends

A Florida sheriff's deputy was arrested on child abuse charges following a violent confrontation with his teenage son over chores. Sgt. Robert Rahn was charged with one count of domestic battery by strangulation and one count of child abuse without great harm following the Saturday evening inc...

Man rescued from the Taliban couldn't believe Trump was president

A Canadian man rescued from a Taliban-linked group in Afghanistan last week said he thought his captors were joking when they told him Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States. Joshua Boyle and his wife, Caitlin Coleman, were kidnapped and held by the Haqqani network — whose ...

'Sorry for the bigotry': Town attorney forced to denounce wife after 'inexcusable' racist Facebook rant

The town attorney in Riverhead, New York has issued a formal denunciation of his own wife after she went off on a racist Facebook rant against black people this weekend. Riverhead Local reports that Riverhead town attorney Bob Kozakiewicz issued a lengthy apology after his wife, Dianne Delaney, ...

Smoke from California's raging wildfires spreads a public health emergency across the Bay Area

As you might have heard, those of us who live in the Bay Area are breathing air this week that rivals Beijing's, thanks to the fires raging across Northern California. West Oakland deals with bad air quality all the time, so I reached out to some folks there seeking perspective. Margaret Gordon, a ...

'Straight out of the Trump playbook': MSNBC's Velshi & Ruhle blast Wilbur Ross for hiding $2 billion in assets

Addressing a Forbes report that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross left more than $2 billion in assets off his financial disclosure forms , moving them into trusts , MSNBC hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle said the lack of disclosure was “right out of the Trump playbook.” Acco...

Firm behind explosive Trump-Russia dossier blasts Devin Nunes — and refuses to comply with his subpoena

The co-founders of the opposition research firm that produced the infamous Trump-Russia dossier will invoke their constitutional rights to refuse to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. Attorneys for Glenn Simpson, Thomas Catan and Peter Fritsch , co-founders of Fusion GPS , ...

WATCH LIVE: Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders hold White House press briefing

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is holding a briefing on Monday, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. . Watch live streaming video below:...

Fort Bragg busted for 'Spooktacular' Halloween party with children dressed up in blackface

A family “Spooktacular Halloween party” at Fort Bragg is drawing criticism after two children dressed in blackface were photographed with marionette strings. According to a WTVD report, the North Carolina community is shocked. Genessa Bingham, whose father is deployed overseas right ...

Life-size Pope Francis cutout stolen by woman during church bingo night

WASHINGTON TWP. , A life-size cutout of Pope Francis has been returned after it was apparently boosted Thursday night after a bingo fundraiser at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Late Friday, police in Washington Township, Gloucester County, wrote “ THE POPE HAS BEEN RETURNED...

In Puerto Rico, Tesla is doing what Donald Trump isn't

Almost one month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, technology firms like Tesla are stepping in to fill the relief-effort void that many say President Donald Trump has created. Following through with a pledge by Elon Musk that his company could solve Puerto Rico's energy crisis with ...

Donald Trump says he wants to run against Hillary Clinton in 2020

In office less than 10 months, President Donald Trump already has his eyes on the 2020 general election — and he wants to run against: the woman he already defeated. “I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020?...

Supreme Court rejects Guantanamo detainee's appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for a Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of being the mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole in a Yemeni port to go on trial before an American war crimes military tribunal. The justices declined to hear an appeal by Saudi ...

Is Facebook blocking access to data about Russian infiltration in the 2016 election?

The mystery is deepening over how much Facebook knows about Russian use of the social media platform to inject content and messaging intended to influence voters during the 2016 presidential election. Earlier this week, Jonathan Albright, the research director at Tow Center for Digital Journalism ...

WATCH: Black airline passenger berated by drunk man 'playing' his 'white card'

A drunken airline passenger was caught on camera berating a black woman on a Frontier Airlines flight from St. Louis to Denver earlier this year. River Front Times reports that the unidentified passenger went into an angry tirade after airline staff refused to continue serving him alcohol. In a ...

Josh Duggar loses lawsuit against tabloid and officials who revealed his child molestation scandal

A federal judge dismissed nearly all of Josh Duggar's complaints against Arkansas officials who released police reports related to sex abuse claims against him a decade earlier. U.S. District Judge Tim Brooks also dismissed a complaint filed by Duggar's sisters against the publisher of I...

Thousands without power in Ireland as freak hurricane batters island with 109 mph winds

Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless posed enough of a threat for the Met Eireann national weather service to issue a red alert. “Ex-hurricane ...

Rick Santorum goes down in flames after trying to debate former Obama official on CNN

Former Sen. Rick Santorum has claimed that he was the architect behind the Republican Party's health care plan, but when he went up against a former health policy aide for President Barack Obama, his bluff was called. Santorum has spent a lot of time arguing that the GOP plan to repeal ...

A libertarian utopia was actually tried here , and it failed miserably

Libertarians have a dream. It is to create a floating colony, either using ships or artificial islands, located in international waters. Residents of these communities would be out of reach of sovereign countries, so they would not be bound by government rules and best of all, they would pay no ...