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And what did O'Reilly say about it, he denied it was true and said there is no proof Russia hacked anything, which is just laughable, here is a quote from O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: "Today the Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings about Russia allegedly subverting the presidential election. Front and center was the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who said this: 'I don't think we've ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process.'
Talking Points believes Mr. Clapper. However, there has been no definitive proof put forth that Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin did try to interfere with our vote. Mr. Clapper says he cannot expose his sources or explain how the USA got the information about the Russian hacking. So this becomes a very complicated matter because some Democrats are charging that the hack of Democratic stalwarts like John Podesta influenced votes."
And now the actual facts, from people in Congress who have seen the report and what it says, and they all disagree with O'Reilly.
WASHINGTON -- Russian President Vladimir Putin directed efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election with the goal of helping President-elect Donald Trump win, the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency concluded in a report released Friday.
Moscow is responsible for cyberattacks directed at the Democratic National Committee, the authors of the report argued. Russian spies gained access to DNC networks in July 2015 and maintained access until at least June 2016, according to the report.
"Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow's longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations," the three agencies concluded.
The report is the intelligence community's strongest expression yet of the charge that Russia was behind the DNC hacks and distributed information from those hacks to the public using various channels.
There's now enough evidence to conclude that Russia "clearly tried to meddle in our political system," Paul Ryan (Wis.), the Republican speaker of the House, said Friday.
"I wish that you could see the entire report," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said. "Protecting sources and methods is a very high priority for us -- but I think maybe the intelligence community in their protecting sources and methods could maybe release a little more information at least to Members of Congress, if not to the public domain."
Ryan and Pelosi are among the members of Congress who are regularly briefed on classified information. Bill O'Reilly is not, so he has no idea what he is talking about, he is simply spinning and covering for his friend Donald Trump.
Kellyanne Conway Stuns Chris Cuomo With Her Stupidity
In reality, she is just a bad liar who is not very smart, so she makes herself look like a fool when she lies and spins for Trump. And this is the far-right moron Trump picked to represent him, which says a lot about Trump, none of it good.
Kellyanne Conway is nothing more than a propagandist who blatantly sells lies and outright fabrications like some sort of PR spokesperson for a deranged cult. Much like Donald Trump, she often seems to ignore reality, making up whatever so-called facts she feels like spewing out at any given moment.
And of course O'Reilly never says a word about any of it, because he is also part of the Trump propaganda machine.
Just look at her interview Friday morning with Chris Cuomo where she said a lot of really stupid things, though none more idiotic than her claim that Russia actually didn't want Donald Trump elected because they're scared of him.
Yes she actually said that with a straight face and hopes someone will believe it.
After Cuomo asked her how Trump's helping the country take a stronger stance against Russia, that's when she showed how delusional she is.
"He's going to help because the Russians didn't want him elected," Conway said.
She supported this stupidity by claiming that most of Trump's policy stances are counterproductive to Russia's best interests, which is just laughable.
This kind of insanity left me speechless more times than I can count since Trump launched his campaign. For her to say that Russia didn't want Trump elected is ridiculous.
There's one man and one man alone who benefitted from this Russian cyber attack: Donald Trump.
The same Donald Trump who:
Has repeatedly praised the strength of Vladimir Putin.
Defended Putin against allegations that he's had political rivals and journalists killed.
Refuses to say anything negative about Russia.
Vladimir Putin has spoken highly of since being elected.
Bashar al-Assad, Putin's dictator buddy, has praised.
Had a campaign manager abruptly resign after being busted with ties to pro-Russian groups.
Had a former foreign policy advisor investigated by U.S. intelligence for ties to the Kremlin.
Selected for his Secretary of State a CEO who was awarded a friendship award from Putin.
Has attacked and criticized U.S. intelligence.
Negatively spoke out against NATO and the U.N.
Literally boasted about Putin's smart response to President Obama's sanctions against Russia for their cyber attack against us.
Cited Putin's comments against Obama, Clinton and Democrats on more than one occasion.
The list goes on and on.
It is crazy talk for anyone to claim that the one person Russia didn't want elected was the most pro-Russian presidential candidate in U.S. history -- the only candidate who ever benefited from a coordinated cyber attack against his political opponent.
The trust is almost half of this country chooses to live in some fantasy world where reality, facts and common sense cease to exist. A world where facts are whatever they feel like making up and reality is whatever delusions they want to laughably try to claim are true.
Obama Now Has The Highest Favorable Rating Of Any President Since 1993
Here is another great example of the O'Reilly bias, for 8 years O'Reilly has said Obama was a terrible president and a disaster, even though he has done a good job with almost no scandals. Now the job approval numbers prove it.
President Obama is set to leave office with the highest favorability rating of any president in 24 years.
According to Gallup, "The president will leave office with a much higher favorable rating than did his immediate predecessor, George W. Bush (40%). Bill Clinton's rating (57%) was similar to Obama's. Gallup began measuring presidential favorability using the favorable/unfavorable question format in 1992."
Obama's favorability rating is eighteen points higher than his successor, Donald Trump (40%). The popularity of the Obama administration goes beyond the President. Joe Biden has a 61% favorable rating, which is 19 points higher than Mike Pence (42%). First Lady Michelle Obama is easily the most popular political figure in the country with a 68% approval rating. Melania Trump's favorable rating is 37%.
Barack Obama is finally getting the appreciation that he deserves for being a good president. It can't hurt Obama's favorable ratings that he is being followed in office by the clown known as Donald J. Trump either.
Trump is not liked, and his behavior has made him hated by a large segment of the American people.
The grace, dignity, and scandal free manner in which Obama served the country will be greatly missed once people get a dose of the Trump administration. Obama deserved better throughout most of his time in office. Many Americans took him and the steady hand with which he guided the country for granted.
No matter what tragedy surrounded us, Obama was there always to calmly and reassuringly reaffirm his belief in the greatness and resilience of the American people.
O'Reilly and the Republicans may not have realized it, but they will miss the competence and intelligence of Barack Obama after he leaves office.
Senator John McCain Admits Handing Donald Trump-Russia Dossier To FBI
And of course O'Reilly does not say a word about any of it, because he is too busy defending and spinning for Trump. In fact, O'Reilly should get his salary from Trump, not Fox News.
John McCain has admitted handing documents to FBI director James Comey alleging contact between the Trump campaign and Moscow, and that Russian intelligence may have compromising information about the President-elect.
The Arizona senator confirmed on Wednesday that he passed on the information after not being able to make a judgement on its accuracy.
"Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public. Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgement about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI," he wrote in a statement to clarify his involvement in the scandal.
"That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue," Mr McCain said.
His statement came following reports Russian operatives had allegedly compiled salacious personal information about the President-elect.
CNN first published reports that the Republican leader had been presented with the claims by intelligence officials, however they did not include the specific allegations as reporters were unable to verify their accuracy.
BuzzFeed later published the entirety of the allegations, albeit with the caveat that they were unsubstantiated, with the President-elect later branding the publication a "failing pile of garbage."
Now imagine what O'Reilly would say, and how much he would cover this story, if it was about Hillary Clinton, or any other Democrat. O'Reilly would do his entire show on it for a week, if not longer, saying the President should be impeached. But when it's Trump, O'Reilly mostly ignores it, and what he does report is positive for Trump, defending and spinning the story for him.
Chuck Todd Talks About The Clown Show Trump Press Conference
In case you missed it, Donald Trump held his first so-called press conference Wednesday as president-elect. I use the term press conference very loosely because this train wreck was really nothing more than Trump picking and choosing what questions he wanted to answer, pushing more of his propaganda, and trying to bully journalists (mostly CNN) when they dared to asked him tough questions he didn't want to answer.
While there's plenty that could be said about this clown show, Chuck Todd summed it up best by pointing out one of the most dangerous aspects we face as a society with the rise of president Donald Trump.
"I was struck big picture-wise of how normal a circus is now to us," Todd said.
"This was a circus. We've never seen a president-elect, a transition, like we saw today. Where the press conference gets interrupted, you have a lawyer in here, the lawyer does half legal talk, half political spin."
"So I am struck at how normal crazy looked to us today," he added. "I mean, this was just a crazy scene. This is the norm of Donald Trump."
Todd also went on to say that this press conference was nothing more than a show for his supporters, calling Trump a master at deflection by answering but not really answering the questions that are asked of him.
And he is 100% right.
One of the issues that scared me most about Trump is my fear that he's going to make crazy the new normal. That childish, infant-like behavior from people who are supposed to be professional adults representing this country is going to become acceptable. That we will be so desensitized to outlandish behavior that something we should all be shocked and appalled by will get overlooked because of just how absurd Trump's behavior is.
Donald Trump is an absolute embarrassment to America. And I am stunned that over 60 million people were stupid enough to vote for this childish clown.
We are long past honest political differences between Democrats and Republicans on key political issues. We're now at a point where it is literally those who believe in and have a basic understanding of facts, science and adult professionalism vs. those who don't.
When I hear or talk with a Trump supporter, I don't even bother trying to use facts to counter their BS, it's absolutely pointless.
What I do is try my best to make them defend the ridiculous nonsense they believe. It's easy for them to spin out a talking point, or something they read on the net, but it's much more difficult for them to actually use some sort of factually sourced information to support the lies they believe.
And I found out real quick there is no talking to a Trump supporter, they do not believe reality, they just believe every lie Trump and his people put out, so I no longer talk politics with Republicans, or Trump supporters, it is a waste of time.
The so-called press conference Wednesday is exactly why I said that we must fight every single day to make sure the circus that Donald Trump and his brainwashed supporters have does not become normal. We have to do everything we can to let the rest of the world know that Trump and the fools who support him make up the minority in America.
Insane O'Reilly Thinks Trump Helped Himself At Wednesday Press Conference
If you want proof that Bill O'Reilly is biased for Trump here it is. Almost everyone who reported on the Trump press conference spoke out against Trump for what he did to the CNN reporter. Even Fox's Shepard Smith slammed Trump for 'belittling' the CNN reporter.
But O'Reilly wrote a long talking points memo defending Trump, and saying what a great job he did, while also claiming he helped himself. When everyone in America, and the world, was embarrassed by it, except for O'Reilly, Republicans, and all the Trump supporters.
Here is word for word what O'Reilly said:
O'REILLY: About 250 reporters faced the president-elect in New York City today, and many major points were made. The issue of fake news, fabricated reports about not only Donald Trump, but public figures in general, was front and center.Notice that O'Reilly said nothing about Trump refusing to take a question from the CNN reporter. But when Obama did the very same thing to a Fox reporter, O'Reilly lost his mind and demanded Obama take questions from Fox reporters. O'Reilly even said doing it would hurt Obama. But when Trump does the exact same thing, O'Reilly defends it and actually claims it helped Trump.
And btw, O'Reilly has also said many times that nobody should use Nazi examples for any political reason ever, and slammed Democrats who did it, but when Trump does it he says nothing, not a word. He mentioned that Trump said it, but never slammed him for it, or said anything about it.
Trump made a fool of himself, and O'Reilly reported he did great and helped himself. It's just ridiculous, and only a 100% biased, Republican, Trump butt-kissing hack, could ever say such a dumb thing.
CNN simply reported what Buzzfeed put out, and that is a fact. O'Reilly just wants all the Russia/Trump reporting to go away, because it makes him and Trump look bad, and because he is biased for Trump. Even though the reports show that Russia hacked people and leaked it to help Trump, O'Reilly just wants everyone to ignore it all.
Now that is bias, and some of the worst bias I have ever seen from any so-called journalist. It's not only bias, it's massive hypocrisy and a double standard, from O'Reilly, who claims to be a non-partisan Independent with a no spin zone.
Pervert O'Reilly Had Fox Settle Another Sexual Harassment Claim Against Him
This is number 3, or maybe number 4, I lost count.
In the weeks after Roger Ailes was ousted as the chairman of Fox News, company executives secretly struck an agreement with a longtime on-air personality who had come forward with similar accusations about the network's top host, Bill O'Reilly.
Juliet Huddy said that O'Reilly pursued a sexual relationship with her in 2011, at a time he exerted significant influence over her career. When she rebuffed his advances, he tried to derail her career, according to a draft of a letter from her lawyers to Fox News that was obtained by The New York Times.
The letter includes allegations that O'Reilly had called Ms. Huddy repeatedly and that it sometimes sounded like he was masturbating. He invited her to his house on Long Island, tried to kiss her, took her to dinner and the theater, and after asking her to return a key to his hotel room, appeared at the door in his boxer shorts, according to the letter.
In exchange for her silence and agreement not to sue, she was paid a sum in the high six figures, according to people briefed on the agreement. The agreement was between Ms. Huddy and 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News.
And of course both Fox News and O'Reilly's lawyer said her allegations were false.
Which is the very same thing he said about the phone sex with Andrea Mackris, O'Reilly said it was all lies and he would fight it to the bitter end, then he found out she had recored his dirty calls, so he paid her millions to go away and keep quiet. Then there was Andrea Tantaros, and who knows who else we never heard about.
In the aftermath of Ailes departure, executives declared that such behavior would never again be tolerated. but O'Reilly has continued to host his show on weekday nights at 8 p.m., and he published two more books.
Details about the allegations and the agreement between Ms. Huddy and 21st Century Fox are based on interviews with current and former Fox News employees, the letter written by her lawyers to the company, and three pages of a draft of the settlement agreement.
The letter was verified by several people who have been briefed on it. A person close to Ms. Huddy told The Times that she relayed accounts of Mr. O'Reilly's unwanted advances at the time they occurred.
The website Lawnewz.com first reported the existence of the agreement Monday afternoon.
Ms. Huddy made her allegations known to Fox News in the letter her lawyers sent to the network in August. The settlement was reached on Sept. 5, at a time when the company was finalizing other agreements, including one with Gretchen Carlson, the former anchor whose sexual harassment suit forced the departure of Mr. Ailes.
O'Reilly, who is 67, has a towering presence at Fox News. He was close to Mr. Ailes, who ran the network with unchallenged authority, and his show generated about $180 million in advertising dollars in 2015, according to Kantar Media, the ad-tracking firm.
He was also viewed by lower-level employees and program hosts as an influential figure in the newsroom; he was the gatekeeper to airtime on his show, and his support could be crucial to advancement.
O'Reilly had run into problems before. In 2004, a producer on his show, Andrea Mackris, sued him, asserting that he had made unwanted sexual advances and lewd comments in a series of phone calls and dinner conversations. According to the suit, O'Reilly told her on multiple occasions to buy a vibrator, called her when it sounded like he was masturbating and described various sexual fantasies.
After two weeks of sensational headlines in New York's tabloid newspapers, OReilly settled for millions of dollars, according to people briefed on the agreement. Even though he said she was a scammer and he would never settle.
According to the letter related to Ms. Huddy's case, her lawyers said that O'Reilly began sexually harassing her in 2011. Ms. Huddy tried to find a landing place at the network and appeared as a guest on Mr. O'Reilly's show.
In January 2011, O'Reilly invited Ms. Huddy to lunch near his multimillion-dollar home in Manhasset, Long Island, according to the letter. After lunch, he drove her back to his home, where he showed her every room, including his bedroom, and his collection of presidential memorabilia.
"To shock and disgust, as Ms. Huddy was saying goodbye to Mr. O'Reilly, he quickly moved in and kissed her on the lips," the letter said. "Ms. Huddy was so taken aback and repulsed that she instinctively recoiled and actually fell to the ground. O'Reilly, looking amused, did not even help Ms. Huddy up."
The very next week, O'Reilly asked her to join him for dinner at the Harvard Club, followed by a Broadway show, according to the letter and to current and former Fox News employees.
Ms. Huddy was not interested in having a romantic relationship with O'Reilly but, the letter said, "she felt compelled to comply with O'Reilly's request, given that he had total control over her work assignment."
During the Broadway show, according to the letter, O'Reilly moved close to Ms. Huddy in a way that made her feel uncomfortable. He tried to hold her hand but she pulled it away. Then he dropped a key to the room at a Midtown Manhattan hotel he was staying at into her lap, and told her to meet him there after the show. He stood up and left, the letter said.
Ms. Huddy went to the hotel to return O'Reilly's key, according to the letter. She asked him to meet her in the lobby, but he refused and asked her to join him in his room.
"Ms. Huddy declined and explained that she was not interested in O'Reilly on a personal or sexual level," the letter said.
Note: Now think about this folks, over the 30 or so years O'Reilly has been at Fox ask yourself how many times he did this with women at Fox who either did what he wanted to keep their job, or did not report him. I would bet it happened many many times, not just the 3 or 4 we know about.
O'Reilly persisted and again asked that Ms. Huddy come up to his room, and she ultimately went up give him the key, according to the letter.
When O'Reilly opened the door to his room, he was wearing nothing but boxer shorts, according to the letter. Ms. Huddy was "very embarrassed, handed O'Reilly his key and quickly left," the letter said.
In the months after O'Reilly and Ms. Huddy went to the show in Manhattan, his "obsession with her only escalated," the letter said.
O'Reilly started calling Ms. Huddy at all hours, even while he was on vacation. At times, the calls were about work, but they were sometimes highly inappropriate and sexual, the letter said. On some occasions, it sounded like O'Reilly was masturbating, the letter said.
"Disgusted, Ms. Huddy came up with an excuse and hung up the phone."
O'Reilly's pursuit continued and Ms. Huddy tried to distance herself from him, it said. She answered and returned fewer of his calls.
"Ms. Huddy's rejection of O'Reilly did not sit well with him, as he began to retaliate against her both on and off air," the letter said.
O'Reilly nitpicked her work and would berate Ms. Huddy for minor mistakes, according to the letter. O'Reilly stopped preparing her for segments and would surprise her with story angles that they had not discussed.
In 2013, Ms. Huddy was replaced on a segment she had on his show. Another segment that she was featured in, called Mad as Hell, was quickly canceled. She did not complain, fearing retaliation, she told current and former Fox News employees at the time.
As part of Ms. Huddy's confidential agreement with 21st Century Fox, she agreed not to disparage, malign or defame the parties and the company, on its behalf and on the behalf of O'Reilly and Mr. Abernethy, agreed not to disparage, malign or defame Ms. Huddy.
The consequences for breaking the confidentiality of the agreement are severe, costing either side $500,000 per infringement, according to the document. Ms. Huddy is also liable if her lawyers or a person close to her discloses the terms of the agreement.
On Sept. 7, Ms. Huddy, who had hosted Good Day Early Call on WNYW, a Fox affiliate, went on the station and gave a tearful goodbye. "Thank you to everyone who has made the last 20 years the most challenging but best of my life," she said. "Perhaps someday, even someday soon, you'll see me on television again."
Trump Meets With Intelligence Community Then Lies To Protect Russia
And not only did O'Reilly not slam him for it, he defended Trump and helped him lie about it. O'Reilly put out the same propaganda Trump did, saying there is no proof Russia was involved, when it is a lie and there is proof.
Trump met with the intelligence community on Friday and then released a misleading statement that was full of lies to protect Putin and Russia.
Here is the statement from Trump:
TRUMP: I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of this community to our great nation.
While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.
There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful.
Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. Two weeks from today I will take the oath of office and America's safety and security will be my number one priority.
Keeping America safe is Trump's number one priority. Unless the attacks come from Russia and help Trump, then he is going to defend the attackers who weakened American democracy while looking the other way.
Trump's claim that the Russian cyber attacks didn't influence the election is based on nothing but his own spin. The Russian attacks did influence the election because the hacked emails dominated the media coverage and melded with Republican conspiracies about Hillary Clinton's emails to drown out any serious discussion about the issues for months on end.
The intelligence community is in total agreement. Russia was behind the attacks. It wasn't China or some other country. It was Russia, and those attacks helped Donald Trump win the election.
Trump met with the intelligence community, dismissed everything they had to say, and stuck to his own version of reality.
The man who is going to be entrusted with keeping America safe has already shown that he is more interested in helping Russia than the people of his own country.
Trump's statement was dishonest and untrue, but that's his story and he is sticking to it.
Trump Nominates Wall Street Lawyer to Head S.E.C.
So much for drain the swamp, Trump is making the swamp bigger. It's like putting the Fox in charge of the hen house, and it is not good for the American people, or the hard workers that work and live here.
President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he planned to nominate Jay Clayton, a partner with the prominent New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, the latest appointment with strong ties to Wall Street.
If confirmed, Mr. Clayton will be responsible for encouraging investment in American companies and providing strong oversight of Wall Street and related industries, according to a statement by Mr. Trump's communications office on Wednesday morning.
"We will carefully monitor our financial sector, as we set policy that encourages American companies to do what they do best: create jobs," Mr. Clayton said in the statement.
Now think about this, Bush did the very same thing and we were losing a million jobs a month when he left office.
The role of the federal agency is to protect investors and enable companies to raise capital through the public markets in a way that fosters economic growth.
An adviser to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Clayton would join several Wall Street alumni in serving in Mr. Trump's administration. Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs trader who runs his own hedge fund and invested in Hollywood movies before leading fund-raising for Mr. Trump during the election, has been nominated to be Treasury secretary.
Wilbur Ross, the billionaire investor, has been picked as the next commerce secretary, while Gary D. Cohn, who was No. 2 at Goldman Sachs, will be Mr. Trump's economic top policy adviser.
Report Says Putin Led a Complex Cyberattack Scheme to Aid Trump
WASHINGTON -- President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia directed a vast cyberattack aimed at denying Hillary Clinton the presidency and installing Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office, the nation's top intelligence agencies said in an extraordinary report they delivered on Friday to Trump.
The officials presented their unanimous conclusions to Trump in a two-hour briefing at Trump Tower in New York that brought the leaders of America's intelligence agencies face to face with their most vocal skeptic, the president-elect, who has repeatedly cast doubt on Russia's role.
The meeting came just two weeks before Trump's inauguration and was underway even as the electoral votes from his victory were being formally counted in a joint session of Congress.
Soon after leaving the meeting, intelligence officials released the declassified, damning report that described the sophisticated cybercampaign as part of a continuing Russian effort to weaken the United States government and its democratic institutions.
The report -- a virtually unheard-of, real-time revelation by the American intelligence agencies that undermined the legitimacy of the president who is about to direct them -- made the case that Trump was the favored candidate of Mr. Putin.
The Russian leader, the report said, sought to denigrate Mrs. Clinton, and the report detailed what the officials had revealed to President Obama a day earlier: Trump's victory followed a complicated, multipart cyberinformation attack whose goal had evolved to help the Republican win.
The public report lacked the evidence that intelligence officials said was included in a classified version, which they described as information on the sources and methods used to collect the information about Mr. Putin and his associates.
Those would include intercepts of conversations and the harvesting of computer data from implants that the United States and its allies have put in Russian computer networks.
The report may be a political blow to Trump. But it is also a risky moment for the intelligence agencies that have become more powerful since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but have had to fend off allegations that they exaggerated intelligence during the buildup to the Iraq war.
The declassified report described in detail the efforts of Putin and his security services, including the creation of the online Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release information gained from the hacks to the public.
"Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him," the report by the nation's intelligence agencies concluded.
Trump, whose resistance to that very conclusion has led him to repeatedly mock the country's intelligence services on Twitter since Election Day, issued a written statement that appeared to concede some Russian involvement. But Trump said nothing about the conclusion that Mr. Putin had sought to aid his candidacy, other than insisting that he still believes the Russian attacks had no effect on the outcome.
Trump's written statement came just hours after he told The New York Times in an interview that the storm surrounding Russian hacking was nothing more than a political witch hunt carried out by his adversaries, who he said were embarrassed by their loss to him in the 2016 election.
Speaking by telephone three hours before the intelligence briefing, Trump repeatedly criticized the intense focus on Russia.
Intelligence officials who prepared the classified report said British intelligence was among the first to raise an alarm that Moscow hacked into the Democratic National Committee's computer servers, and alerted their American counterparts, according to two people familiar with the conclusions.
The British role, which has been closely held, is a critical part of the timeline because it suggests that some of the first tipoffs, in fall 2015, came from voice intercepts, computer traffic or informants outside the United States, as emails and other data from the Democratic National Committee flowed out of the country.
The conclusions in the report were described on Thursday to President Obama and on Friday to Trump by James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence; John O. Brennan, the director of the C.I.A.; Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency; and James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I.
The key to the public report's assessment is that Russia's motives evolved over the course of the campaign. When it appeared that Mrs. Clinton was more likely to win, it concluded, the Russian effort focused on undermining her future presidency, with pro-Kremlin bloggers preparing a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #DemocracyRIP.
It noted that Putin had a particular animus for Mrs. Clinton because he believed she had incited protests against him in 2011. The report also stated that Russia collected data on some Republican-affiliated targets, but did not disclose the contents of whatever it harvested.
Yet the attacks, the report said, began long before anyone could have known that Trump, considered a dark horse, would win the Republican nomination. It said the attacks began as early as July 2015, when Russian intelligence operatives first gained access to the Democratic National Committee's networks.
Russia maintained that access for 11 months, until at least June 2016, the report concludes, leaving open the possibility that Russian cyberattackers may have had access even after the firm CrowdStrike believed that it had kicked them off the networks.
Hey Trump Supporters Your Guy Now Wants Taxpayers To Pay For The Wall
So much for Mexico paying for the wall, Trump now wants to use American taxpayer money to pay for it in a sneaky way by going around Congress.
One of Donald Trump's major campaign promises appears to be on its deathbed, according to sources inside the president-elect's transition team who say that Trump wants to pay for the wall via "the appropriations process."
House GOP officials say Trump will ask Congress to pay for building the wall.
-- CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 6, 2017
In other words, taxpayers not the Mexican government, as Trump repeatedly said during the campaign, will be paying for the monumental waste of money along the southern border.
According to the CNN report, the process of funding the border wall may begin as early as April and could be done without even having to pass a new bill.
More from CNN:
The Trump team argues it will have the authority through a Bush-era 2006 law to build the wall, lawmakers say, but it lacks the money to do so. Transition officials have told House GOP leaders in private meetings they'd like to pay for the wall in the funding bill, a senior House GOP source said.
"It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that's already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump's campaign pledge to secure the border," Indiana Republican Rep. Luke Messer said on Thursday.
Trump knows that he could not pass legislation to approve the type of wall he's proposing, so he's hoping to bypass Congress to get it done.
What's unclear is just how Trump will explain away what will be an undeniable abandonment of a promise central to his campaign from the very beginning. Even after his bungled trip to meet with the Mexican president last year, Trump reiterated 100 percent that our neighbors to the south will be funding his wall to keep immigrants out.
Building a Mexico-funded wall on the border was one of the first promises Donald Trump made as a presidential candidate. Despite the fact that illegal immigration from Mexico is actually declining, his supporters took the spoon and swallowed it whole.
It was (and still is) one of his biggest applause lines at rallies.
Now, one of his first acts as president will be showing those same supporters that he was just playing them for suckers all along.
Will they even notice? They probably will, they will just not care.
Trump Names Christie Aide Fired Over Bridgegate As White House Political Director
A key former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who federal prosecutors strongly suggested helped to create the culture that led to the Bridgegate scandal, has been hired by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the White House's political operation.
The Trump transition team announced Wednesday that Bill Stepien will serve as Trump's deputy assistant and political director. Stepien, who joined the Trump campaign in August as national field director, was fired by Christie in January 2014 amid the Bridgegate scandal in which aides to New Jersey's Republican governor directed the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge as political retribution against a local Democratic mayor.
Christie axed him during the scandal after emails were released in which Stepien referred to the target of the Bridgegate plot, Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, as an "idiot."
During the federal Bridgegate trial last fall, the government's key witness testified that he told Stepien about the plot less than 24 hours after it was hatched. Court documents also revealed that another Christie aide texted a colleague amid Christie's news conference on the bubbling scandal in December 2013 and claimed that Christie "just flat out lied about senior staff and Stepien not being involved."
Christie's lawyers threw Stepien under the bus during the trial -- just as Christie was being pushed out of Trump's inner circle -- alleging Stepien that had a romantic relationship with another Christie staffer convicted in the Bridgegate scheme, Bridget Anne Kelly.
According to the New York Times, Stepien's hiring was pushed by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is friends with long-time Stepien ally David Wildstein, the admitted Bridgegate lead conspirator.
Stepien also ran the legislative campaigns of convicted Bridgegate conspirator Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the powerful local agency in charge of the New York areas bridges, tunnels and airports.
In a statement announcing Trump's first wave of White House hires, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said that Stepian and other selected "individuals will be key leaders in helping to implement the President-elect's agenda and bring real change to Washington."
Others named Wednesday to West Wing posts included former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault, who will serve as assistant to the president and director of communications for the office of public liaison.
GOP Congresswoman ObamaCare Twitter Poll Backfires
Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday posted a poll on Twitter to get feedback on Republicans proposed ObamaCare repeal. As it turns out, though, a majority of Twitter users who voted recommended keeping the healthcare law in place.
While Blackburn might have expected to hear only from her Tennessee district -- which handily reelected her in November -- she soon found the poll swamped with votes opposed to an ObamaCare repeal.
The poll from Blackburn, a member of President-elect Trump's transition team, received 7,968 votes, with 84 percent opposing a repeal of ObamaCare.
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Republican Senator Said Russia Must Pay The Price for Hacking
Senator John McCain said on Friday that Russia must be made to pay the price for cyber attacks on the United States and that it was possible to impose many sanctions, including on financial institutions.
McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has scheduled a hearing for Thursday on foreign cyber threats.
"When you attack a country, it's an act of war," McCain said in an interview with the Ukrainian TV while on a visit to Kiev.
"And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay, so that we can perhaps persuade the Russians to stop these kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy."
What did Trump say about it, he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, saying he was smart, and he also praised him for refraining from retaliation after the United States expelled 35 Russian diplomats.
If a Democrat did that O'Reilly and Fox News would call him a traitor, but when Trump does it they defend him and spin for him.
Trump Praises Fox News For Spreading Russian Propaganda
Donald Trump used his position as president-elect to praise Fox News for their pro-Putin coverage while criticizing CNN and NBC, who actually reported the facts about Russian spying activities in the US.
Trump tweeted this on 12-30-16:
Russians are playing @CNN and @NBCNews for such fools - funny to watch, they don't have a clue! @FoxNews totally gets it!
What exactly is Fox News doing that is making Trump so happy? They are reading Putin's statements verbatim on the air.
Much of the Fox News coverage is centered around the myth that Donald Trump will stand up to Russia and be respected by Putin.
It is clear who the boss is in the Trump/Putin relationship, and it isn't Trump. Meanwhile, CNN and NBC have earned the wrath of Trump by reporting on Russian spying activities in the US.
There were two dangerous precedents established by Trump's tweet. First, the president-elect is using the power of his position to criticize media outlets. Second, media outlets who report the truth about Russia are being criticized by name by Trump.
Donald Trump rewarded the network that pushed the pro-Trump/pro-Russia position and punished the press outlets that reported the truth.
Trump is engaging in a textbook endangerment of the free press, and if anyone thinks that his bowing down to Russia is a sign of strength, I've got a bridge to sell you.
Trump Lied About Intelligence Briefing On Russia Being Delayed
Trump wrote this on twitter: "The 'Intelligence' Briefing On So-Called 'Russian Hacking' Was Delayed Until Friday, Perhaps More Time Needed To Build A Case. Very Strange!"
Not only is that a lie, Trump used the words "so-called" as if it's not true, when we all know it is, and he is the only one who denies it is.
And here are some facts:
According to The Washington Post, an official said that the intelligence briefing regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election "was never scheduled to occur Tuesday," and that plans for a fuller Friday briefing have been in place for several days.
From the January 4 article:
A U.S. official disputed that there had been any delay in delivering the briefing that Trump requested on Russia, saying that high-level U.S. intelligence officials are scheduled to meet with the president-elect in New York on Friday.
The official said that Trump did receive a regular intelligence briefing on Tuesday, and raised the possibility of confusion on the part of his transition team or schedulers.
"It's possible that his team has some scheduling disconnect" and that "whatever he received today didn't meet his expectations," the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence matters.
But, the official said, the fuller briefing on Russia's election hacking was never scheduled to occur Tuesday, and that plans for a fuller Friday briefing have been in place for several days.
The officials expected to take part in that session include Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr., CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey and the head of the National Security Agency, Adm. Mike Rogers.
New York magazine noted "a senior intelligence official told NBC News that the president-elect's meeting with the heads of the NSA, CIA, and FBI, and the director of national intelligence was always scheduled for Friday."
And O'Reilly says nothing, but if a Democrat who was going to be the next President was saying this stuff he would call him a traitor for siding with Russia over his own intelligence agency. Wait a minute, O'Reilly did say something, but not about the Russian hacking, he cried about celebs refusing to show up for Trump when he is sworn in, that's what O'Reilly does, ignore real news to cry for his friend Trump.
Trump Sold Tickets To His New Years Eve Party
Tickets were on sale for a New Year's Eve party that President-elect Donald Trump and his family are hosting at the Mar-a-Lago Club this weekend, which once again raises more ethics questions that have dogged Trump's presidential transition.
Since Trump himself owns the Palm Beach, Florida, resort, those sales profit him personally.
Simply buying a ticket could be seen as an effort to curry favor with the president-elect. Those seeking an in-person audience with him also had an incentive to buy since Trump will be there.
Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave reporters the news on a Friday press call. He also noted that more than 800 guests are expected, including actor Sylvester Stallone and music producer Quincy Jones.
Despite Spicer's claim that Jones was expected to be present, the legendary music producer tweeted on Friday night that he would be spending New Year's Eve in Los Angeles with family and friends. Jones daughter Kenya Kinski-Jones called the claim that her father would attend the event "false information" and a "total lie."
Trump has hosted similar New Year's Eve parties at Mar-a-Lago many times in the past, including last year, when his presidential campaign was in full swing. But this year he's about to assume the highest office in the land.
Norm Eisen, who served as ethics counselor to President Barack Obama, had a one-word response to the spectacle:
-- Norm Eisen - @NormEisen - December 30, 2016
Trump has struggled to quiet criticism that his international business will create multiple conflicts of interest for his presidency.
He announced this past Saturday that he would be closing his charitable foundation to avoid the perception of such problems, but he has not laid out any plan to divest from his company and place his assets in a blind trust, as ethics experts recommend.
Obama Hits Russia With New Sanctions for Election Hacking
Saying "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," President Obama today released a new statement on sanctions against Russia, ordering 2 Russian compounds in Maryland and New York be shut down and 35 diplomats expelled.
"These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior."
Russia, knowing new sanctions were coming, had already warned the White House not to do anything in response to what Russia had done or they will do some more stuff that requires a response:
"People in the White House need to understand clearly that if Washington really takes new hostile steps, then it will receive a response."
Vladimir Putin can try to play the victim. He is about as good at it as Donald Trump, which is to say, not at all. Nobody is fooled by this saber rattling.
Lindsey Graham wanted President Obama to not be president for the rest of his term and just let Donald Trump handle it, saying this Wednesday:
"Putin has cleaned his clock. Here's what I'd prefer: Let the new Congress and new president deal with Russia. If I were President Trump, I'd call President Obama and say 'Don't start something that you cannot finish.'"
Sorry, Graham. We have a president. And his name is Obama.
This is advice which suggests Graham doesn't really want sanctions, because presumably, though by no means guaranteed, he is intelligent enough to know that Donald Trump is not going to bite the hand that controls his puppet strings.
Predictably, Donald Trump, the beneficiary of Russia's hacking, just wants to forget the whole thing, saying this:
"I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly -- the whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on."
Trump's response is the uninspiring babble of a weak leader: So our democratic processes were interfered with by a hostile power. Actually, we know all about what's going on, and a strong leader, President Obama, has just done something about it.
The president reminded the world that he is still president and not Donald Trump, promising that these steps need not be the only ones he takes:
"These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia's aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized."
And that is how the leader of the free world leads.
Biased O'Reilly Cries About Celebs Refusing To Attend Trump Inauguration
O'Reilly is outraged that the same Hollywood celebs him and all his Republican friends slam and insult every night are refusing to go to the clown show called the Trump Inauguration. O'Reilly is so biased and in the tank for Trump the loon even called it reverse McCarthyism, when it's a free country and they are simply making a free decision not to attend the Trump Inauguration, which they have every right as free Americans to do.
Charles Krauthammer even mocked O'Reilly for his biased outrage, here is a partial transcript:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): The harsh truth is that there is reverse McCarthyism going on in the entertainment industry. Remember that in the 1950s, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy started accusing people in Hollywood of being Communists. That led to a black list where people were not hired because McCarthy smeared them.
Today, it seems anti-Trump zealots may be doing the same thing. If you are a Trump supporter, you are a bad person, and a number of entertainers believe their careers will be harmed, should they associate with the new Trump administration. Again, that is terrible, an awful state of affairs. Talking Points believes enough is enough of the anti-Trump movement. The man won the election, give him a chance. Respect the process. Stop the nonsense.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: You know, I find it hard to get exercised over the fact that we may be short a Rockette at the inaugural celebration.
O'REILLY: It's okay to deny somebody a job in Charles Krauthammer's world if they show up at the Trump inauguration? That's okay? To deny someone a job?
O'REILLY: But that's the fear, that's the cloak of fear that we are dealing with now.
KRAUTHAMMER: But you've shown no evidence that that's what's at play.
O'REILLY: Oh, stop. The evidence is there's nobody booked. That's the evidence, there's nobody booked, two weeks away.
KRAUTHAMMER: They don't want to play for Donald Trump.
KRAUTHAMMER: This is a republic.
KRAUTHAMMER: You are not summoned to perform for the king or for the dictator. In some places, if Kim Jong-un calls you to sing, you better show up, because otherwise you're not gonna make it to the morning.
O'REILLY: You -- you don't know anything about the Hollywood industries. They will perform for Joseph Stalin, okay, if they think it is going to help their career. Okay?
Law School Professors Oppose Sessions's Nomination As Attorney General
A group of more than 1,100 law school professors from across the country are sending a letter to Congress on Tuesday urging the Senate to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general.
The letter, signed by professors from 170 law schools in 48 states, is also scheduled to run as a full-page newspaper ad aimed at members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be holding confirmation hearings for Sessions on Jan. 10-11.
"We are convinced that Jeff Sessions will not fairly enforce our nation's laws and promote justice and equality in the United States," says the letter, signed by prominent legal scholars including Laurence H. Tribe of Harvard Law School, Geoffrey R. Stone of the University of Chicago Law School, Pamela S. Karlan of Stanford Law School and Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California at Irvine School of Law.
The professors from every state except North Dakota and Alaska, which has no law school, highlight the rejection of Sessions's nomination to a federal judgeship more than 30 years ago. Robin Walker Sterling of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, one of the organizers of the letter, said that 1,000 professors signed on within 72 hours.
"Clearly, there are many, many law professors who are very uneasy with the prospect of Attorney General Sessions, and they are willing to take a public stand in opposition to his nomination," she said.
The law professors wrote that some of them have concerns about Sessions's prosecution of three civil rights activists for voter fraud in Alabama in 1985, his support for building a wall along the nation's southern border and his "repeated opposition to legislative efforts to promote the rights of women and members of the LGBTQ community."
Gingrich Admits Trump Does Not Have A Plan To Beat ISIS
Remember that secret plan Trump said he had to defeat ISIS, well you guessed it, he was lying. There is no plan, and no strategy, just more lies from Trump.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich conceded that President-elect Donald Trump does not yet have a plan for defeating the Islamic State terrorist group.
"I don't think they have a strategy," Gingrich told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. "I think that what they know, which is important, is that they are gonna need a strategy."
Gingrich, an adviser to the president-elect, went on to express confidence that Trump's general-heavy roster of security advisers and cabinet members would develop a strong approach to fighting the terror group.
"They are going to be able to produce a very aggressive strategy. They have a much better grip on reality than the Obama administration did," he added.
Gingrich then suggested the United States should consider suspending civil liberties to combat terrorism as former President Abraham Lincoln did during the Civil War.
"People should go back and look at how Lincoln dealt with Southern sympathizers during the Civil War," Gingrich said. "We passed a Sedition Act for example, which changed our ability to control people who were advocating treason."
It is not clear what legislation Gingrich is referring to, but Lincoln did crack down on basic freedoms, including First Amendment rights. Most notably, however, Lincoln unilaterally suspended habeas corpus, or the centuries-old right to a speedy trial.
"Habeas corpus is, for many historians, a serious blemish on Lincoln's record," Jennifer Weber, a University of Kansas history professor, wrote in a 2013 op-ed in The New York Times.
Senator Says Trump Has The Maturity Of A 5-Year-Old
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said Thursday that he has little confidence Donald Trump will act rationally on nuclear weapons as commander in chief, in part because he thinks the president-elect behaves like a child.
Responding to Trump's vague tweet Thursday morning stating that he wants to "strengthen and expand" the nuclear capability of the United States, Merkley told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that the apparent escalation of tensions terrified him.
"We have an incoming president who has kind of the maturity of a five-year-old, wrapped by a massive ego," Merkley said. "And to have that just a second away from a nuclear trigger is very, very scary."
Trump's tweet came just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a similar call to strengthen his nation's nuclear arsenal. Experts have expressed concerns that this sort of rhetoric could signal a departure from decades of cooperation against nuclear proliferation in the international community.
"This is an area where it's constrained by international agreements, as it should be because of the risk of nuclear weapons," Merkley said.
Although Trump's tweet left many people worried, it also sparked uncertainty within his own camp, as his surrogates have repeatedly sought to walk back or clarify the president-elect's position on nukes.
On Thursday, Trump's aides claimed their boss wasn't actually arguing for building more nuclear weapons - to which the president-elect reportedly responded Friday that he was fine with doing just that.
"Let it be an arms race," he allegedly told MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski. "We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all."
Trump's incoming press secretary Sean Spicer later tried to temper those remarks, stating flatly that "there is not going to be" an arms race.
This confusion isn't likely to reassure people like Merkley, who believes nuclear policy should be approached with a level head and an understanding of the extreme stakes at play.
"There is really so much at risk here of irrational action," the senator told Chris Hayes on Thursday.
Trump Doing Exact Same Things He Slammed Clinton For Doing
Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak.
But some of those attacks have already slipped into the history books. From installing Wall Street executives in his Cabinet to avoiding news conferences, the president-elect is adopting some of the same behavior for which he criticized Clinton during their fiery presidential campaign.
Here's a look at what Trump said then -- and what he's doing now:
Then: "I know the guys at Goldman Sachs," Trump said at a South Carolina rally in February, when he was locked in a fierce primary battle with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "They have total, total control over him. Just like they have total control over Hillary Clinton."
Now: A number of former employees of the Wall Street bank will pay a key role in crafting Trump's economic policy. He's tapped Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council. Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary nominee, spent 17 years working at Goldman Sachs and Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist and senior counselor, started his career as an investment banker at the firm.
Trump is following in a long political tradition, one he derided on the campaign trail: If Cohn accepts the nomination, he'll be the third Goldman executive to run the NEC.
Then: "Crooked Hillary. Look, can you imagine another four years of the Clintons? Seriously. It's time to move on. And she's totally controlled by Wall Street and all these people that gave her millions," Trump said at a May rally in Lynden, Washington.
Now: Trump has stacked his Cabinet with six top donors -- far more than any recent White House. "I want people that made a fortune. Because now they're negotiating with you, OK?" Trump said, in a December 9 speech in Des Moines. The biggest giver? Incoming small business administrator Linda McMahon gave $7.5 million to a super PAC backing Trump, more than a third of the money collected by the political action committee.
Then: "She doesn't do news conferences, because she can't," Trump said at an August rally in Ashburn, Virginia. "She's so dishonest she doesn't want people peppering her with questions."
Now: Trump opened his last news conference on July 27, saying: "You know, I put myself through your news conferences often, not that it's fun."
He hasn't held one since.
Trump skipped the news conference a president-elect typically gives after winning the White House. Instead, he released a YouTube video of under three minutes. He also recently abruptly canceled plans to hold his first post-election news conference, opting instead to describe his plans for managing his businesses in tweets.
"I will hold a press conference in the near future to discuss the business, Cabinet picks and all other topics of interest. Busy times!" he tweeted in mid-December.
Then: "It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons set up a business to profit from public office. They sold access and specific actions by and really for I guess the making of large amounts of money," Trump said at an August rally in Austin.
Now: While Trump has promised to separate himself from his businesses, there is plenty of overlap between his enterprises and his immediate family. His companies will be run by his sons, Donald Jr and Eric. And his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have joined Trump at a number of meetings with world leaders of countries where the family has financial interests.
In a financial disclosure he was required to file during the campaign, Trump listed stakes in about 500 companies in at least 25 different countries.
Ivanka, in particular, has been caught making early efforts to leverage her father's new position into profits. After an interview with the family appeared on "60 Minutes," her jewelry company, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, blasted out an email promoting the $10,800 gold bangle bracelet that she had worn during the appearance.
Ivanka is also auctioning off a private coffee meeting with her to benefit her brother's foundation. The meeting is valued at $50,000, with the current top bid coming in at $25,000.
"United States Secret Service will be Present for the Duration of the Experience," warns the auction site.
Then: "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it, and we're going to have a special prosecutor," Trump said in the October presidential debate.
Now: Since winning office, Trump has said he has no intention of pushing for an investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state or the workings of her family foundation. "It's just not something that I feel very strongly about," he told the New York Times.
"She went through a lot. And suffered greatly in many different ways," he said. "I'm not looking to hurt them."
Trump Co-Chair Says Michelle Obama Is A Man Who Should Live With Gorillas
And of course O'Reilly never said a word about it, but when Bush was in office if any Democrat said anything about him or the first lady he was all over it and slammed them for saying it.
The New York co-chair of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign made racist and sexist comments about first lady Michelle Obama in a recent interview, suggesting that she was really a man and should live in Africa.
In an interview with ArtVoice published Friday, Carl Paladino said that in 2017 the thing he would most like to see go away was Michelle Obama.
"I'd like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla," he said.
Asked what he would like to see happen in 2017, Paladino wished death on President Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama's senior advisers.
"Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her," Paladino said.
"I don't talk to anyone from Huffington Post. Sorry," he wrote. He did, however, then release a statement to reporters through a representative saying that his comments had nothing to do with race.
"It has nothing to do with race. That's the typical stance of the press when they can't otherwise defend the acts of the person being attacked. It's about 2 progressive elitist ingrates who have hated their country so badly and destroyed its fabric in so many respects in 8 years," the statement said.
Paladino was the New York Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2010, but lost to now-Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Paladino has a history of making controversial comments and has landed in hot water before for sending racist and sexist emails.
Cuomo said on Friday that Paladino had embarrassed all New Yorkers.
"While most New Yorkers know Mr. Paladino is not to be taken seriously, as his erratic behavior defies any rational analysis and he has no credibility, his words are still jarring. His remarks do not reflect the sentiments or opinions of any real New Yorker and he has embarrassed the good people of the state with his latest hate-filled rage," Cuomo said in a statement.
Paladino was a big booster of Trump in the New York state primary and stood behind the president-elect as he spoke after winning the state's GOP primary in April. He has also met privately with Trump after the election and talked with him about the best moments from the campaign.
In a statement, Trump spokeswoman Jessica Ditto called Paladino's comments "absolutely reprehensible and said they serve no place in our public discourse."
Drain The Swamp Is Trump's First Broken Campaign Promise
And of course O'Reilly and the crew at Fox have not said a word about it.
Donald Trump made drain the swamp a slogan for everything his supporters despised about Washington: lobbyists, corruption, campaign finance and pay-to-play.
But in the weeks since Election Day, Trump and his allies have engaged in some of the same practices they accused Hillary Clinton of exploiting and vowed to change: cashing in on government connections by opening lobbying firms; enabling people to enrich themselves from government service; and selling access to the president-elect and his family.
A POLITICO review of all the times Trump used the phrase on the campaign trail reveals a number of promises that appear already to have been broken - and some of the challenges he might have going forward in keeping them.
Drain the swamp is an attractive saying to get people to vote for you. This is like clockwork every election cycle, lobbyists become the evildoers, the bogeymen, said Paul Miller, president of the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics.
Indeed, Trump's attacks on Hillary Clinton's embodiment of the Washington establishment helped turn voters against her, said Tim Phillips, president of the Americans for Prosperity, a pressure group backed by the Koch brothers.
Trump promised to ban executive officials from lobbying for five years; ask Congress to do the same for its own members and staff; expand the legal definition of lobbying "so we close all the loopholes that former government officials use by labeling themselves consultants and advisers when we all know they are lobbyists"; ban senior administration officials from lobbying for foreign governments; and stop foreign lobbyists from raising money for U.S. elections.
The transition reiterated the five-year ban in November, but it doesn't appear to apply to people working on the transition itself, and it isn't enforceable without an act of Congress. While it's still early, so far, the only lawmakers who have shown interest are Democrats, Reps. John Sarbanes of Maryland and Peter DeFazio of Oregon.
And Congress has shown no interest in strengthening its own lobbying ban. Trump also repeatedly promised a constitutional amendment imposing congressional term limits, but hasn't mentioned it since the election, and in any case, Congress would almost certainly refuse to pass it.
Closing loopholes has been conspicuously absent from Trump's rhetoric and his team's actions since the election. Quite the contrary, the transition's rules on lobbyists explicitly used the legal definition of registered lobbying that Trump criticized. Lobbyists are already talking about avoiding registering in order to serve clients before the Trump administration, according to Miller, the head of the lobbying association.
Trump's aides are also planning an outside political organization that will employ a number of consultants. (It will be led by Brad Parscale, whose digital consulting firm made more than $70 million from the Trump campaign.)
Selling Access To The President Was Trump's Son's Idea
It was Donald Trump's own son who had the idea of selling time with the President Of The United States in exchange for million dollar donations.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the fundraiser who was organizing the event that offered face time with the president in exchange for a million dollar donation to charity says that the plan was Donald Trump Jr.'s idea, "Hicks Jr. said the charity was initially Donald Trump Jr.'s idea as a way to promote conservation efforts. Beach, however, said he and Hicks came up with the idea in early December, formed a committee and had the nonprofit's documents drawn up, he said."
The concept of selling access to the president in exchange for anything raises a boatload of ethical questions. The idea that the Trump sons thought that they could get away with selling access to the president under the pretense of charitable donations to an unspecified charity should be setting off alarm bells all across the country.
A great deal of concern has been expressed about Trump himself profiting from the presidency, or using the White House for his own personal financial gain. Not as much attention has been paid to the activities of Trump's kids. They have a hand in running the family business, and they learned from their father.
Republicans tried to throw then president Bill Clinton out of office for the Lincoln bedroom sleepovers, while Donald Trump and family are attempting to take cash in exchange for time with the President Of The United States.
The American people put Trump in the White House, so they shouldn't be surprised that the corruption has already been attempted before the president-elect has even got in the door.
Some Small Business Owners Are Telling Trump Not To Repeal Obamacare
Small business owners are warning that the planned Republican repeal of the ACA would lead to a collapse in the insurance market that would leave small businesses scrambling to find health insurance.
"Let's be clear: rather than focusing on strengthening the coverage, the Republican plan would destroy the insurance market and leave millions of business owners without coverage," said Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance.
"Stripping subsidies and removing the individual mandate could lead to the death spiral of spiking premiums, dwindling healthy participants, and fewer insurance companies offering coverage. If we don't fight back, we could witness the near collapse of the private insurance market."
And small business owners won't be the only people hurt by the Republican plan. It is estimated that 30 million Americans will lose access to their health care if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"Mr. Trump and Republicans leadership in Congress are trying to push through a plan that would eliminate affordable health care for my employees and customers," said Marilyn Sealy, owner of Wells Rugs Service in Morristown and a member of the Main Street Alliance of New Jersey Steering Committee.
Marilyn called and spoke to Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R). "That means less money in the pockets of people in my community, and fewer people were buying goods and services from small business owners like myself. It would be a disaster for our state economy."
Repealing the ACA is viewed as the first step in the Republican plan to privatize Medicare by turning it into a voucher system that will lead to huge out of pocket costs for seniors.
Small business owners don't need the uncertainty that will come with ACA repeal. While major corporations can survive any changes, going back to the bad old days of health insurance could drive small businesses around the country out of business.
If Republicans really cared about small business owners, they would think twice about their haphazard repeal with no replacement plan for the ACA.
Newt Gingrich Wants Congress To Change Ethics Laws For Trump
Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich is advocating for Congress to change the ethics laws for President-elect Donald Trump, rather than forcing Trump to disentangle himself from his multibillion-dollar business to avoid conflicts of interest with his incoming administration.
Following Trump's electoral victory, ethics lawyers warned that that no president has ever come into office with such potential entanglements as Trump, and that his proposed plan to address his potential conflicts of interests by simply turning over his business to his children doesn't go far enough to ensure that Trump's presidential duties don't clash with his money-making dealings.
In fact, ethics lawyers have cautioned about Trump's potential conflicts of interest since September, with the former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush Richard Painter calling Trump's potential conflicts of interest a serious problem that is deserving of media attention.
Now, Gingrich, a staunch Trump supporter, is calling for a whole new approach for Congress to address Trump's potential conflicts of interest: “Change the ethics laws.” Gingrich also suggested that Trump could use the power of the pardon to get around ethics laws by saying "Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules. Period."
Newt Gingrich has a take on how Donald Trump can keep from running afoul of U.S. ethics laws: Change the ethics laws.
Trump is currently grappling with how to sufficiently disentangle himself from his multibillion-dollar business to avoid conflicts of interest with his incoming administration, and the president-elect has already pushed back a promised announcement of an ethics firewall.
Gingrich, the former speaker of the House and one-time potential running mate for Trump, says Trump should push Congress for legislation that accounts for a billionaire businessman in the White House.
"We've never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don't work," Gingrich said Monday during an appearance on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show" about the president-elect's business interests. "We're going to have to think up a whole new approach."
And should someone in the Trump administration cross the line, Gingrich has a potential answer for that too.
"In the case of the president, he has a broad ability to organize the White House the way he wants to. He also has, frankly, the power of the pardon," Gingrich said. "It's a totally open power. He could simply say, 'Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules. Period. Technically, under the Constitution, he has that level of authority."
Gingrich (who says he is not joining Trump's administration) didn't provide many details for what a new approach would entail, other than reiterating his support for an outside panel of experts Trump should convene that would regularly monitor how his company and government are operating and "offer warnings if they get too close to the edge."
Insane O'Reilly Now Says Abolishing The Electoral College Is All About Race
Which is a lie, the truth is it's all about the person with the most votes winning. It is an outrage that the person with the most votes loses, when I talk to people in foreign countries about this they just do not understand how the person with the most votes can lose.
I think it is time to change it, the one who gets the most votes should win, no matter what state the votes come from or how much they campaign in that state.
And btw, the heart of liberalism in America today is NOT based on race. That is a 100% lie from O'Reilly. The heart of liberalism in America today is about making things fair and equal for everyone, not just the corporations and the wealthy. Race has a small part in it, because blacks and minorities are discriminated against, by mostly white Republicans, but it is not the heart of liberalism.
Here is what O'Reilly thinks:
BILL O'REILLY: Abolishing the Electoral College, that is the subject of tonight's Talking Points Memo. After Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, the left in America is demanding that the Electoral College system put into place in 1787 be scrapped. But there's a hidden reason for this.
As we reported, even though Secretary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million, the progressive state of California provided all of that margin. Clinton defeating Trump there by about 4.3 million votes. So if the Electoral College were abolished, presidential candidates could simply campaign in the nation's largest states and cities,New York, L.A., Chicago, Houston, and rack up enough votes to pretty much win any election.
That's what the left wants. That's what they want. Because in the large urban areas and blue states like New York and California, minorities are substantial. Look at the landscape. Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami. In all of these places the minority vote usually goes heavily to the Democrats. And to that New York City, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco, don't really have a national election anymore, do you? You have targeted populations.
Newspapers like the New York Times and the L.A. Times have editorialized to get rid of the Electoral Cllege. They well know that neutralizing the largely white rural areas in the Midwest and South will assure liberal politicians get power and keep it.
Talking Points believes this is all about race. The left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with. Therefore white working class voters must be marginalized and what better way to do that than center the voting power in the cities.
Very few commentators will tell you that the heart of liberalism in America today is based on race. It permeates almost every issue. That white men have set up a system of oppression. That system must be destroyed. Bernie Sanders pedaled that to some extent Hillary Clinton did. And the liberal media tries to sell that all day long. So-called white privilege bad. Diversity good.
If you look at the voting patterns, it's clear that the Democrats are heavily reliant on the minority vote. Also on the woman vote. White men have largely abandoned the Democrats and the left believes it's because of racism that they want to punish minorities, keep them down.
So that's what's really going on when you hear about the Electoral College and how unfair it allegedly is.Summing up, the left wants power taken away from the white establishment. They want a profound change in the way America is run. Taking voting power away from the white precincts is the quickest way to do that.
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