• Trump Cuts US Ties to World Health Organization, Ends Briefing Without Taking Questions
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    Trump Cuts US Ties to World Health Organization, Ends Briefing Without Taking Questions

    President Donald Trump announced on Friday he was severing the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization, claiming China had “total control” over the organization and pressured the body to “mislead the world” about the COVID-19 pandemic. He then left the scheduled press conference without answering any questions.Trump also said the U.S. would be revoking Hong Kong’s special trade and customs treatment and would be suspending the entry of Chinese citizens who were identified as “potential security risks.” The president did not detail what those “potential security risks” were or how they would be determined, and reporters did not have the opportunity to ask for clarification given that Trump left the podium abruptly after his statement.Trump’s announcement — and subsequent departure from the White House’s Rose Garden — comes two days after the U.S. surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 deaths and a day after he tweeted about “shooting” protesters in Minneapolis, writing, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” (The tweet received a content warning from Twitter for “glorifying violence.”)Also Read: Twitter Hits Trump With Content Warning for Tweet 'Glorifying Violence'The president did not comment at all on the protests in Minneapolis or the murder charge filed against the former police officer who choked George Floyd with his knee for several minutes, causing his death.Read original story Trump Cuts US Ties to World Health Organization, Ends Briefing Without Taking Questions At TheWrap

  • MSNBC’s Cal Perry Called Out People on Air for Not Wearing Masks — and It Didn’t Go Well
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    MSNBC’s Cal Perry Called Out People on Air for Not Wearing Masks — and It Didn’t Go Well

    During a Memorial Day live shot in Wisconsin on MSNBC, reporter Cal Perry got some instant feedback when he pointed out that seemingly no one around him at Lake Geneva was wearing a protective face mask.“Including the cameraman,” said a man who was walking by. He added that no one in Perry’s crew seemed to be wearing one.The sassy retort from the mask-less lake-goer took place while Perry spoke live to anchor Katy Tur and soon got pickup around Twitter. Donald Trump Jr. even retweeted a clip of the moment published by the Daily Caller, shown below.An MSNBC spokesperson acknowledged that the camera operator’s mask was slipped down around his neck at the time the interaction took place. The crew and Perry have been traveling the country in a set of RVs, socially distancing and avoiding airplanes and hotels while reporting on coronavirus precautions and businesses re-opening in various states. Perry elaborated on Twitter that numerous people traveled from Illinois for the long weekend specifically because masks are required in Illinois, but not Wisconsin.Also Read: Anderson Cooper: Donald Trump Jr. Attacks CNN Because He 'Wants His Dad to Love Him' (Video)Trump Jr. is no stranger to tweeting out pictures and clips that don’t show national news outlets in the best light. Earlier in May, he responded to criticism from CNN’s Anderson Cooper by posting a picture of the journalist in waist-high floodwater while his camera crew filmed from a higher, less flooded area. The president’s son added two emojis — a clown and a banana — to his tweet.Trump Jr. has tweeted the photo of Cooper before. In 2018, Cooper responded on his show at the time, “I’ve covered hurricanes for about 14 years and it really does make me sad to think that anyone would believe that I would try to fake something or overly-dramatize a disaster.”Watch Perry’s MSNBC moment below.REPORTER: "You can see here, nobody's wearing [masks]."GUY ON STREET: "Including the Cameraman."pic.twitter.com/yMikEFrJMQ— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 26, 2020Read original story MSNBC’s Cal Perry Called Out People on Air for Not Wearing Masks — and It Didn’t Go Well At TheWrap

  • CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Faker’ Taunt: ‘Nearly 90,000 Americans Have Been Killed’
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    CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Faker’ Taunt: ‘Nearly 90,000 Americans Have Been Killed’

    CNN’s Kaitlan Collins redirected attention to the coronavirus crisis and its casualties Sunday night after President Donald Trump insulted her over a video that showed her removing her protective face mask.“Nearly 90,000 Americans have been killed by coronavirus, and the president is tweeting about me pulling my mask down for six seconds on Friday,” the reporter tweeted Sunday night.Her tweet was in response to one from Trump declaring her a “CNN faker.” The president took aim at Collins after his son, Eric Trump, posted a video of her removing the mask at the conclusion of a press briefing.Also Read: The Lancet Medical Journal Faults Trump's Coronavirus Response, Politicizing of Public Health“Just a reminder that @CNN is a total joke: ‘Mask-police CNN reporter @kaitlancollins caught removing hers at presser, as soon as she thought cameras were off,'” wrote the younger Trump.Trump spent Sunday attacking numerous news media figures by name. He attacked Collins’ CNN colleague Jake Tapper in a tweet that called CNN the “lamestream media” and suggested the network “illegally” smeared him and “got caught.”He also went after CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell, saying she and “60 Minutes” have been “doing everything in their power to demean our Country, much to the benefit of the Radical Left Democrats.”“I also hope that Shari Redstone will take a look at her poorly performing gang,” he wrote, referencing the ViacomCBS chairwoman. ViacomCBS is the parent company of CBS. “She knows how to make things right!”Read original story CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Faker’ Taunt: ‘Nearly 90,000 Americans Have Been Killed’ At TheWrap

  • Trump Asks NBC News to Fire Chuck Todd After ‘Meet the Press’ Admits Airing ‘Inaccurately’ Edited Clip
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    Trump Asks NBC News to Fire Chuck Todd After ‘Meet the Press’ Admits Airing ‘Inaccurately’ Edited Clip

    President Donald Trump made repeated calls for “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd to be fired after the show admitted that Sunday’s interview with Attorney General William Barr was “inadvertently and inaccurately cut short.”“Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd should be FIRED by ‘Concast’ (NBC) for this fraud. He knew exactly what he was doing. Public Airwaves = Fake News!” tweeted the president Sunday night, tagging the Twitter accounts for the Federal Communications Commission and its chairman Ajit Pai.On Monday morning, he tweeted the FCC again: “THIS IS A DISGRACE, EVEN WORSE THAN @NBC USUALLY IS, WHICH IS REALLY BAD. SLEEPY EYES MUST BE FIRED!” “Sleepy Eyes” is Trump’s nickname for Todd.Also Read: NBC's 'Meet the Press' Is Top Sunday Show Season-to-Date With 3.8 Million Average ViewersOn Sunday, “Meet the Press” played an excerpt from Barr’s CBS News interview in which he discussed Michael Flynn and said “history is written by the winner” — but didn’t play the rest of his comments: “But I think a fair history would say that it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law. It helped, it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice.”Sunday’s “Meet the Press” cut of the CBS News interview mirrored the one shown on Thursday’s CBS Evening News, which ended after Barr said “history is written by the winner, so it largely depends on who’s writing the history.” Friday’s CBS This Morning aired the clip in full, expanding it to include Barr’s statement about upholding the rule of law.Sunday, after playing the shorter clip, Todd remarked on Barr’s “cynicism,” then said, “It’s a correct answer, but he’s the attorney general. He didn’t make the case that he was upholding the rule of law. He was almost admitting that, yeah, this is a political job.”After Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec posted side-by-side transcripts of Barr’s full comments and those that were aired on the NBC News program, the “Meet the Press” Twitter account issued a reply.“You’re correct. Earlier today, we inadvertently and inaccurately cut short a video clip of an interview with AG Barr before offering commentary and analysis. The remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error,” it said.It was after Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway replied that “a tweet in no way covers the error” that Trump jumped into the Twitter thread with his initial call for Todd’s firing.Trump then spend part of Monday morning retweeting everyday user accounts criticizing Todd and NBC News.Read original story Trump Asks NBC News to Fire Chuck Todd After ‘Meet the Press’ Admits Airing ‘Inaccurately’ Edited Clip At TheWrap

  • Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: ‘Bush Would Have F—ed This Up Too’ (Video)
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    Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: ‘Bush Would Have F—ed This Up Too’ (Video)

    Over the last three years, people have frequently compared Donald Trump unfavorably to the last Republican president to preside over a series of wholly preventable disasters — George W. Bush. Specifically, it’s common for people to say very nice things about the 43rd president and suggest he would have handled these disasters well., especially given how the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is going.But on “Real Time” Friday, Bill Maher wasn’t having it, and during the mid-show bit, he made it plain when he said he thinks the 43rd president would have been almost as bad as he thinks Trump is.The joke came at the end of a frequent Bill Maher routine, “I don’t know it for a fact, I just know it’s true,” something he hasn’t done in a while. Rather than belabor the point, we’ll just list them all for you below (or watch them in the clip above):Also Read: Bill Maher Rips Democrats for Caring About Tara Reade Accusations: 'Exactly What Republicans Want'“I don’t know it for a fact that quarantine self-haircuts are better than what you’d get at Fantastic Sams. I just know it’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that people are going to f–k their first Tinder match after quarantine, I just know it’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that employees at Sears have no idea there’s been a lockdown, I just know it’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that the Kardashians are deciding which sister to sacrifice to the virus to stay relevant [laughs] that’s very mean, I’m just kidding.I don’t know it for a fact that Dr. Birx cries in her car. I just know it’s true.I don’t know for a fact that Melania tells Trump, ‘Not tonight, I might be asymptiomatic (sic). Asymptiomatic? Something like that.I don’t know it for a fact that Lou Dobbs drinks his hot dog water. Not really related to the crisis, but sort of.I don’t know it for a fact that you’ve been through so many categories on Pornhub you’re thinking of clicking on the one where the chicks are giants! [laughs] I haven’t heard about that one.I don’t know it for a fact that somewhere a Jewish mother is complaining to her son, ‘You never call. You never Zoom.’ I just know that one’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that your wife thinks about Gavin Newsom during sex. It’s true.And I don’t know for a fact that Bush would have f—ed this up too. Not as bad. But he would’ve.”Also Read: Bill Maher Jokes That Joe Biden Was 'Asked to Social Distance Even Before the Virus' (Video)Earlier in the show, during the monologue, per usual Maher ran through a grab bag of topics drawn from the week’s news. For instance, Cinco de Mayo, “or as we call it here in Hollywood: Cultural Appropriation Day,” about which he said “Trump supporters, they love Cinco de Mayo. They celebrated this year by putting salt on the rim of their disinfectant.” A reference, of course, to the time Trump literally suggested people could fight coronavirus by injecting disinfectant into their lungs. (You can’t. Don’t do that.)“Of course if you really want to get high you gotta eat the worm at the bottom of the Windex bottle, that’s how you really. Look, I love that holiday, always have. Lived out here for a long time. I partied by myself. I did. I was in the kitchen. I made tacos and guacamole and margaritas,” Maher continued. “I wrecked the whole place. I was like, ‘You know what? I’m gonna leave this for the cleaning lady.’ Then I remembered: I’m the cleaning lady.”Maher also talked about the disturbing news about the possibility that Asian giant hornets have been established in North America. “Did you see this? — we’re getting an invasion of Asian murder hornets. That’s what they’re calling it in the press because they never try to scare people. Asian murder hornets. Trump said ‘Impossible, I banned their flights in January.'”Read original story Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: ‘Bush Would Have F—ed This Up Too’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • Bill Maher Says Mike Pence Didn’t Wear a Mask at the Mayo Clinic Because He Wanted to Tell ‘Barefaced Lies’ (Video)
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    Bill Maher Says Mike Pence Didn’t Wear a Mask at the Mayo Clinic Because He Wanted to Tell ‘Barefaced Lies’ (Video)

    In the latest monologue of the at-home edition of “Real Time,” Bill Maher talked about the recent disturbing or just weird current events amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and one thing he took particular issue with the way Mike Pence handled a trip to the Mayo Clinic this week.On Tuesday, Pence toured the Mayo Clinic to get a look at how it is dealing with coronavirus patients, but the vice president inexplicably did not wear a face mask, despite being surrounded by sick people. Face masks are of course mandatory at the clinic, but Pence claims no one told him of this fact. There are some problems with that account, however.First, the Mayo Clinic has since said that Pence was definitely told about the policy in advance. And second, at least one journalist who accompanied Pence has said they were all told about the policy and instructed to comply with it. Pence was apparently so unhappy with that disclosure, that the reporter was banned from Air Force Two for two weeks in retaliation, according to the Washington Post.Also Read: Voice of America Reporter Says He Was Banned From Air Force Two Over Report on Mike Pence's Maskless Mayo Clinic Visit“You know who else is not popular this week? Mike Pence. Not popular,” Maher said about that. “Went to the Mayo Clinic. Everyone was wearing a mask, of course, it was the Mayo Clinic, or everywhere. And he did not have a mask. Mike Pence said, ‘No it’s okay. I’ve been tested. And besides, they’re called barefaced lies.'” Zing!Maher also brought up how Trump has responded to the possibility that the supply of meat in the U.S. might be affected by coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing facilities. Trump issued an executive order requiring those facilities to remain open (even though the order doesn’t require worker safety to be taken into account).“Yeah, don’t don’t f— with lunch,” Maher said. “The War Powers Act, which is at his disposal — he could use it for you know masks, ventilators. He used it this week to make sure that the meatpacking plants were kept open. Because meat, now it’s personal. You step on Donald Trump’s meat hose and s— just got real.”Also Read: Mike Pence Wears Mask to General Motors After Public Shaming Over Mayo Clinic VisitMaher also talked about the thing everyone has been talking about for a week now — how Donald Trump literally suggested it might be possible for people to fight coronavirus by injecting disinfectant into the body. (As always, absolutely do not do this.)“Yes. This incomparably stupid man actually suggested — and he’s the president of the United States, I don’t know if you know that — actually suggested this week that people ingest cleaning disinfectants,” Maher complained. “And his voters started calling poison control centers to see if that was okay. Deplorable? They’re the unbleachables.”After briefly touching on Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of Joe Biden, Maher concluded by poking fun at the order to begin reopening Georgia, which began this week and will continue next week. “States are starting to open up for business again. Georgia leading the way. They have opened up the tattoo parlors and the beauty salons. In the south, what they call the ‘high-tech sector,'” Maher joked.“And it’s good to see that in Georgia things are becoming normal again. When I say ‘becoming normal,’ I mean being able to get a tattoo of Jesus wrestling a snake,” he continued. “Oh and bowling alleys in Georgia. If you’re in Georgia, bowling alleys are open, barbershops and tattoo parlors. Because what could be safer businesses than ones involving razors, needles and sticking your fingers in other people’s balls.”You can watch the whole monologue above.Read original story Bill Maher Says Mike Pence Didn’t Wear a Mask at the Mayo Clinic Because He Wanted to Tell ‘Barefaced Lies’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • New York Times Deletes Tweet Saying ‘Some Experts’ Warn Against Ingesting Disinfectant
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    New York Times Deletes Tweet Saying ‘Some Experts’ Warn Against Ingesting Disinfectant

    The New York Times deleted a tweet linking to an article about President Donald Trump’s Thursday suggestion that ingesting disinfectant could be a possible coronavirus cure.“We’ve deleted an earlier tweet and updated a sentence in our article that implied that only ‘some experts’ view the ingestion of household disinfectants as dangerous. To be clear, there is no debate on the danger,” said a tweet from the account Friday.That tweet followed a new one linking to the original article. The updated copy read, “President Trump has promoted unproven and potentially dangerous treatments for the coronavirus. On Thursday, he speculated about treatments involving the use of household disinfectants that would be dangerous if put inside the body.”Also Read: White House Press Secretary Blames Media for 'Negative Headlines' About Trump Suggesting Disinfectant InjectionsThe now-deleted tweet read, “At a White House briefing, President Trump theorized — dangerously, in the view of some experts — about the powers of sunlight, ultraviolet light and household disinfectants to kill the coronavirus.”While the paper of record scrambled to clarify its original tweet Friday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany blamed the media for the negative attention Trump’s comments about injecting disinfectant have received.“President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing,” McEnany said in a statement. “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”Trump’s suggestion has been widely shot down, by everyone from White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx to Lysol, which released a statement against ingesting its products.Read original story New York Times Deletes Tweet Saying ‘Some Experts’ Warn Against Ingesting Disinfectant At TheWrap

  • Bill Maher Rips Media’s ‘Panic Porn': ‘Calm Down and Treat Us Like Adults’
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    Bill Maher Rips Media’s ‘Panic Porn': ‘Calm Down and Treat Us Like Adults’

    During this week’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher took issue with how people especially in the media have been reacting to the coronavirus pandemic. Expressing the worry that “panic porn” will cede any optimism about this crisis to President Trump, Maher also complained about how news organizations have covered the pandemic, saying media should “calm down and treat us like adults.”“Now that we’re starting to see some hope in all this, don’t hope-shame me,” Maher began. “You know the problem with nonstop gloom and doom is it gives Trump the chance to play the optimist. And optimists tend to win American elections.”As an example, Maher cited FDR’s famous “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” then said he worries that “as s— as he is, I can see Trump riding that into a second term. And then there will be no hope left for you to shame.”Then he turned his attention specifically to the media. “So look. If this insanity happens, again, news sources have to rein it in. Everyone knows corona is no walk in the park because you literally can’t walk in the park. But at some point the daily drumbeat of depression and terror veers into panic porn,” Maher continued. “Enough with the ‘life will never be the same’ headlines and stop showing us this,” at which point the screen displayed a common graphical rendering of coronavirus.Also Read: Bill Maher Says Coronavirus Should Be Called the 'Chinese Virus': 'We Should Blame China' (Video)Maher then said that anything “you magnify a thousand times” looks scary, and to illustrate that point he showed an extreme close-up of a pubic hair. Then he noted a recent Washington Post headline, ‘It Feels Like a War Zone,’ which included a photograph of a supermarket stocker unloading boxes in a store’s eggs and deli meats section. “This is not a war zone. This is a man with a box of eggs. And I’ve never seen a war zone with this much bacon,” Maher joked.Then Maher noted another headline, “Horrifying simulation reveals the dangers of jogging during the coronavirus pandemic.” “Look, this virus is easy to catch but if you can’t avoid it jogging, you can’t outrun much,” Maher said.“Two weeks ago, ‘Inside Edition’ said 76,000 in the world had died so some are making comparisons to the apocalypse. The apocalypse? Really? Because most of us are sitting at home smoking delivery weed and binge-watching a show about a gay zookeeper,” Maher continued. “Unless you’re a front-line health care worker for whom the phrase ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ doesn’t even begin to cover it, this is not the apocalypse.“And I know, I know, you expect ‘Inside Edition’ to be over the top but The New York Times?” Maher added. “They used the same word last week. ‘Braced for Apocalyptic Surge, New York Avoids Worst So Far.'” (That headline was later changed to “Virus Deaths Mount, but N.Y. Avoids Predicted Surge at Hospitals So Far.”),“And this was an article about how much better the city was doing than expected… Still bad, but you don’t have to put hot sauce on a jalapeno. Jeez, you sound like Lindsay Graham talking about ISIS when Obama was president.” Then Maher rolled a clip of Graham saying, “This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.”Also Read: Bill Maher Worries That the Coronavirus Quarantine Has Turned Him Into a Millennial (Video)Maher cited another New York Times headline, “‘It’s Terrifying': Millions More Out of Work,” adding, “What the f— is ‘it’s terrifying’ doing in a headline? Granted, it’s a quote, but who are they quoting? Trump? Fauchi? Stephen King? No, they’re quoting an event planner in North Hollywood. No offense to the event planners of the world, it’s amazing what you people can do with pine cones and silver spray paint.”Maher complained that he’d rather get a straight headline and make his own decision about how to feel. “There was never headlines like this before,” he said. “There was no ‘It’s terrifying: Planes hit World Trade Center. There was no ‘It’s sad: Titanic sinks after hitting iceberg’ or ‘First atomic bomb dropped: OUCH!'”Maher wasn’t entirely accurate here. For instance, on September 12, 2001, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s front page headline was “None of Us Will Ever Forget,” and the Denver Post ran with “Darkest Hour.” Meanwhile, on Aug 7, 1945 the New York Herald-Tribune’s front page read “Atomic Bomb Revolutionizes War,” while the New York Daily News headline about the event included a racial slur.But back to Maher: “The media also seems obsessed with finding young people who’ve died of COVID-19,” he continued. “The Washington Post says there’s 759 under 50 years old. Horrible, of course. Then I looked up how many under 50 died of the flu last year: almost 3,000.”Also Read: Can Endeavor Overcome Its Debt in the Middle of a Pandemic? | Podcast“So all this misery from distancing did some good,” Maher said, returning to the point. “Can I be happy about that? Death is terrible, of course, no matter how it comes. I’m against it, and I don’t care who knows it. But giving a proper perspective isn’t a cover up of the truth, it is the truth. Sudden dramatic deaths, like plane crashes, shark attacks, tornadoes, mass shootings, terrorism, awful as they are, kill far less than seasonal flu. Even hospital-acquired infections may very well kill more than coronavirus. 99,000 of them last year. 50,000 die of nephritis every year. And I don’t even know what that is.”“22 million Americans have filed for unemployment, and many will lose their health insurance. Studies show lacking health insurance kills people. But it doesn’t lead to pictures like this” — he showed a photo of a a mass grave — “And it doesn’t happen all at once.”“We need the news to calm down and treat us like adults,” Maher concluded. “Trump calls you fake news, don’t make him be right?”Watch the full segment above.Read original story Bill Maher Rips Media’s ‘Panic Porn': ‘Calm Down and Treat Us Like Adults’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • Sanders Suggests Former Press Secretary Is ‘Irresponsible’ for Not Endorsing Biden
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    Sanders Suggests Former Press Secretary Is ‘Irresponsible’ for Not Endorsing Biden

    Bernie Sanders said it is “irresponsible” for his supporters not to support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Tuesday, one day after his former press secretary refused to do just that.In an interview with the Associated Press, the Vermont senator laid out the choice his supporters face now that he has officially suspended his own campaign to secure the Democratic nomination: “Do we be as active as we can in electing Joe Biden and doing everything we can to move Joe and his campaign in a more progressive direction? Or do we choose to sit it out and allow the most dangerous president in modern American history to get reelected?”He went on to say, “I believe that it’s irresponsible for anybody to say, ‘Well, I disagree with Joe Biden — I disagree with Joe Biden! — and therefore I’m not going to be involved.'”Also Read: CNN's John King Apologizes for Falsely Saying Sanders Wasn't 'Nice' to Biden When Dropping OutOn Monday, after Sanders announced his support for Biden, his former press secretary Briahna Joy Gray tweeted, “With the utmost respect for Bernie Sanders, who is an incredible human being & a genuine inspiration, I don’t endorse Joe Biden. I supported Bernie Sanders because he backed ideas like MedicareForAll, cancelling ALL student debt, & a wealth tax. Biden supports none of those.”Asked about that by the AP, Sanders distanced himself, pointing out that she, like his other staffers, is now a “former” employee and “not on the payroll.”Read original story Sanders Suggests Former Press Secretary Is ‘Irresponsible’ for Not Endorsing Biden At TheWrap

  • Chris Evans backed off criticising Trump ahead of launching political website
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    'Captain America' star Chris Evans says he is "going to take my foot off the gas" on social media ahead of launching his political website, A Starting Point.

  • Trump Attacks NY Times and Washington Post for Advertising Being ‘Way Down’ — When It’s Down Everywhere
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    Trump Attacks NY Times and Washington Post for Advertising Being ‘Way Down’ — When It’s Down Everywhere

    President Donald Trump attacked the New York Times and Washington Post for low advertising numbers amid the coronavirus crisis, suggesting the drop was caused by “fake news.”“Advertising in the Failing New York Times is WAY down. Washington Post is not much better. I can’t say whether this is because they are Fake News sources of information, to a level that few can understand, or the Virus is just plain beating them up,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Fake News is bad for America!”In reality, advertising is down across all media and has been since businesses started shutting down as the virus spread and Americans retreated — some voluntarily, some by government mandate — into their homes. This has nothing to do with individual outlets’ coverage. The Times recently covered the downturn in the advertising industry, not just in newspapers and digital outlets, but on billboards and more.Also Read: Can Local News Outlets Survive the Pandemic-Fueled Economic Downturn?Newspapers, especially local ones, are taking a beating as the novel coronavirus rips apart the American economy and ways of life — with some facing an existential crisis as the duration and severity of the pandemic and its aftermath remains unknown.Just in the past few weeks, numerous local papers have folded, laid off staff or cut back operations as advertising — the foundation of papers’ revenue — has disappeared with the closures of local restaurants, bars, shops and event venues.St. Louis’ Riverfront Times laid off nearly its entire staff last week because of dwindling advertising and a loss of revenue from now-canceled events. California’s Monterey County Weekly, meanwhile, laid off one-third of its staff. C&G Newspapers, a Michigan publishing group, suspended the publication of 19 of its print papers, while D.C.’s Metro Weekly and Las Vegas’ Gaming Today suspended their print editions. And Pennsylvania’s Trib Total Media laid off staffers and combined two Pittsburgh-area editions in what president Jennifer Bertetto called “a temporary adjustment in reaction to extraordinary circumstances.”American newspaper giant Gannett, which owns USA Today, announced pay cuts and furloughs for reporters making over $38,000 last week. Vice Media, a digital outlet, cut staff workweeks to four days to save costs.Representatives for the Times and the Post didn’t immediately return a request for comment on their advertising numbers or Trump’s specific call-outs. See his tweet below:Advertising in the Failing New York Times is WAY down. Washington Post is not much better. I can’t say whether this is because they are Fake News sources of information, to a level that few can understand, or the Virus is just plain beating them up. Fake News is bad for America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2020Read original story Trump Attacks NY Times and Washington Post for Advertising Being ‘Way Down’ — When It’s Down Everywhere At TheWrap

  • Joe Scarborough Questions Why Trump Held ‘Nothing’ Coronavirus Press Conference: ‘The Idiots Have Been Exposed’
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    Joe Scarborough Questions Why Trump Held ‘Nothing’ Coronavirus Press Conference: ‘The Idiots Have Been Exposed’

    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough didn’t hold back Monday morning when criticized not only President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic but the coverage he’s been getting from friendly media outlets, too. In fact, according to Scarborough, those outlets are “stupid.”“If you break down what the president said — a lot of people have been analyzing it over the night — nothing new, nothing noteworthy,” the “Morning Joe” host said of Trump’s Sunday evening press conference where he touted an unproven drug as a cure and refusing to let his medical expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, talk about it during a press conference. “This is the death of expertise; this is when the idiots have been exposed for who they are in the times of America’s greatest need,” Scarborough added.“What did America get out of cable news networks for running a two-hour, rambling press conference where [Trump] says the same thing?” he asked his co-host and wife Mika Brzezinski. The duo particularly took issue with Trump endorsing the drug hydroxychloroquine and wasting Fauci’s and Dr. Deborah Birx’s time, both of which may cost lives.Also Read: Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News - This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False InformationLater in the show, Scarborough turned on media “hacks” who support Trump at every turn in his tone: “Now, a lot of the same hacks that were saying that this was overblown, a lot of those same hacks are now actually trying to turn it around and say it was the media’s fault for not underlining the concerns about it.”He wasn’t done there.“Here’s the deal,” he went on. “You’re stupid. I know you’re stupid. If you’re being a hack for Donald Trump on the coronavirus, I know you’re stupid, so maybe you think other people are stupid. They’re not as dumb as you because you can’t argue that the press was overblowing it for two months and then when you find out that the press wasn’t overblowing it — that more people are going to probably die from this than died in 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, possibly altogether, if you believe White House numbers — you can’t then say, after two months of saying that the media was overblowing it, you can’t then turn around and say, ‘Oh, the media, they were asleep at the switch.'”Watch the former GOP representative’s recap of the situation from the top of Monday’s show, above.Read original story Joe Scarborough Questions Why Trump Held ‘Nothing’ Coronavirus Press Conference: ‘The Idiots Have Been Exposed’ At TheWrap

  • Fox News’ Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths
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    Fox News’ Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths

    “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace denounced U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams Sunday when the Trump appointee compared the coronavirus crisis to smoking and opioid usage.While governors of 42 U.S. states have issued stay-at-home orders for their residents to prevent the spread of the virus, Utah, Arkansas, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska and South Carolina — all with Republican governors — have held out, even as some have ordered non-essential businesses to close.Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the heads of the Trump Administration’s coronavirus task force, has spoken in favor of a national stay-at-home order, yet Trump has refused to issue one.Also Read: Coronavirus Diary: Squeezed Slowly to Stop the Pandemic“The coronavirus is not a state issue; it doesn’t follow or respect state borders. Dr. Fauci says he believes there should be a national stay-at-home order. Is he wrong?” Wallace asked Adams.TODAY: Dr. Jerome Adams on how the U.S. can most effectively combat the coronavirus. FNS FoxNews pic.twitter.com/Iv6nS9ZaVb— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) April 5, 2020After saying that even residents of states without a stay-at-home order are still following guidelines from the Center of Disease Control, Adams then compared the coronavirus crisis to smoking and opioid usage, saying that states have different laws on cigarettes and drugs and that “more people will die even in the worst projections from cigarette smoking in this country than are going to die from coronavirus this year.”Wallace challenged that comparison. “There’s a big difference between opioids and cigarettes, which are something that people decide to use or not to use, and the coronavirus, which people catch. It’s not an individual choice,” he responded.“And you know, when President Trump says that he is a wartime president, during World War II, FDR didn’t say, ‘Well, it’s up to each state to decide what to do.’ He mobilized the nation. Again, why not a national stay-at-home order? The coronavirus doesn’t recognize states’ rights, so does the federal analogy really work here?” Wallace pressed.Adams replied by saying that governors are “intensely protective of their right to be able to decide what’s best for their states,” but that he and federal public health officials would “do everything we can” to advise them.Watch the exchange between Wallace and Adams in the clip above.Read original story Fox News’ Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths At TheWrap

  • Why Isn’t California a Bigger Coronavirus Hot Spot? State Still Has Fewer Cases Than New York
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    Why Isn’t California a Bigger Coronavirus Hot Spot? State Still Has Fewer Cases Than New York

    California had 9,816 confirmed coronavirus cases, and 212 deaths, as of Thursday morning, according to the New York Times tracking service. In Los Angeles County, the total confirmed cases have totaled 3,518, according to the county’s Department of Public Health, while the number of deaths has reached 65.But public health experts wonder why the state — which recorded its first case of the novel coronavirus on Jan. 26 — has not seen as big a surge as hot spots like New York, which has reported 83,889 confirmed cases and 1,941 deaths as of Thursday — with 1,374 in New York City alone.California’s strict and early shutdowns of nonessential businesses and orders for residents to stay at home may have helped the state avoid an outbreak as severe as New York’s, but health experts told TheWrap that the worst is yet to come in California, and that big cities like Los Angeles still need to prepare for a potential onslaught of seriously ill patients in hospitals.“I want people to recognize that we’re going to see some things we don’t want to see. We’re going to see a lot more people sick and a lot more people die,” John Swartzberg, an infectious diseases and vaccinology specialist at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, told TheWrap. “That’s going to happen no matter what we can do.”California COVID-19 Cases, Johns Hopkins researchAlso Read: CNN's Chris Cuomo Announces He Tested Positive for CoronavirusAs has been extensively reported, the data surrounding the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. is flawed and imprecise, largely because not enough people are being tested. As of March 31, the California Department of Public Health reported the completion of 31,038 tests, with another 59,100 pending. That’s significantly less than the 220,880 New Yorkers who had been tested as of March 31, according to New York State’s public health department.Further, comparisons between states are flawed because of differences in population and population density. But in terms of the curve of infection, California appears to have made positive strides in reducing the severity of the outbreak, even though the numbers of cases and deaths have continued to increase significantly each day.“We are in a completely different place than the state of New York, and I hope we continue to be, but we won’t unless people continue practicing social distancing,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a Wednesday afternoon press conference.Also Read: California Gov. Gavin Newsom Orders All Residents Statewide to Stay at HomeStatisticaOne reason for that may be the early action on the part of state and local officials. On March 16, six counties in California’s Bay Area — San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda — announced a “shelter in place” order and closed nonessential businesses, launching one of the strictest orders issued in the U.S. at the time. Three days later, Los Angeles followed suit with a “safer at home” order, hours before California’s governor issued a statewide “stay at home” order that will last indefinitely.George Rutherford, the head of UCSF’s Division of Infectious Disease and Global Epidemiology, said that “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders are most effective when they’re put in place before there’s widespread transmission of a highly contagious disease. “All our indications are that this is working,” Rutherford said of California’s early and aggressive social distancing measures.There are, of course, other geographic or cultural factors that may have given California an advantage in its fight against COVID-19 compared to states like New York, public health experts told TheWrap.Some of the main factors influencing a region’s infection rate include the number of people, the average distance between people, the number of interactions people are having with one another, whether people are moving between centers of infection, when the virus arrived, public health interventions and the number of tests conducted, Robert Siegel, a microbiology and immunology professor at Stanford, said.Also Read: LA County Closes All Public Beaches, Trails and Piers Through April 19And in New York, certain lifestyle differences — such as the concentration of people living and working in small areas and the widespread use of the subway and other public transport systems — means that more people are interacting more closely with one another. “Even in grocery stores, because of the cost of real estate, their aisles are closer together. So they have a lot of interactions,” Siegel said.Neal Baer, an adjunct professor in UCLA’s Department of Community Health Sciences, said that Los Angeles’ “car culture,” together with the city’s “safer at home” order, could be another “critical reason” as to why Angelenos have not yet seen as high a number of cases. “That’s not to say that people don’t get exposed in Los Angeles, but maybe we’re less exposed,” Baer said. “Two weeks ago, we were already sheltering, and we were in our cars weeks before then.”Still, health experts said that maintaining aggressive social distancing measures — alongside increasing the number of tests, protective gear and medical equipment like ventilators and ICU beds in hospitals — will be key to reducing the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in California and, for that matter, any other state in the U.S.“If it’s not done uniformly across the country,” Rutherford said, “the virus is going to continue to get reintroduced into the places that have done the right thing, and our effort will be for naught.”And aggressive measures on a city, state and federal level, health experts cautioned, can’t end when the coronavirus pandemic seems to be waning, either.“People say that we couldn’t afford to, but we’ve somehow found the money to fund a standing army that’s the largest in the world. And the reason we’ve done that is because the population believes that we need to protect ourselves, not from a war that’s happening now, but from a war that might occur,” Swatzberg said. “We know there’s going to be recurrent pandemics. There always have been and there are going to be until our science is a lot better. Why haven’t we prepared for that?”Read original story Why Isn’t California a Bigger Coronavirus Hot Spot? State Still Has Fewer Cases Than New York At TheWrap

  • Whoopi Goldberg to Bernie Sanders: ‘Can You Explain Why You’re Still in the Race?’
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    Whoopi Goldberg to Bernie Sanders: ‘Can You Explain Why You’re Still in the Race?’

    On Wednesday afternoon’s episode of “The View,” host Whoopi Goldberg pressed presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on why he remains in the race against former vice president Joe Biden.“I’m told that you intend to stay in this race because you believe there is a path to victory. I want to know what that path is because this feels a little bit like it did when you didn’t come out when Hillary Clinton was clearly the person folks were going for. So, can you explain why you’re still in the race and what this path is that you see?” the ABC host asked while broadcasting live from her own home, which she began doing in mid-March as the coronavirus spread through the country.Also Read: Sanders Wants to Delay April 7 Wisconsin Primary, Calls Situation 'Dangerous' (Video)Sanders, also calling into the show from his home, told Goldberg that when Clinton became the Democratic nominee in 2016, he “worked as hard as (he) could” to get her elected and Goldberg demurred, saying that while that was true, she felt it took him a “very long time to hop in.”When Sanders said he didn’t “accept that characterization,” she interrupted to ask, again, why he is staying in the race.“People have a right, last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote and they have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America, especially in this very very difficult moment,” he countered. “We are assessing our campaign, as a matter of fact, where we want to go forward, but people in a democracy do have a right to vote and right now, in this unprecedented moment in American history, I think we need to have a very serious discussion about how they go forward.”In another interview conducted from his home Wednesday, the senator expanded on his position that Wisconsin’s April 7 primary should be delayed and voting should be done by mail-in ballots to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.Read original story Whoopi Goldberg to Bernie Sanders: ‘Can You Explain Why You’re Still in the Race?’ At TheWrap

  • Marco Rubio Accuses Media of ‘Glee and Delight’ That US Has Passed China in Coronavirus Cases
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    Marco Rubio Accuses Media of ‘Glee and Delight’ That US Has Passed China in Coronavirus Cases

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio had a heated exchange with the media on Sunday after he criticized news outlets for their coverage of the coronavirus, specifically the recent news that the United States has passed China as the country with the most confirmed cases of the disease.The U.S. passed Italy and China in the confirmed case count on Friday, with a current total on Johns Hopkins’ COVID-19 tracking survey of 136,800 compared to 97,689 in Italy and 82,122 in China. Rubio said on Twitter that “some in our media can’t contain their glee & delight” as they reported this news, suggesting without providing evidence that China may be withholding positive cases in official surveys.“We have NO IDEA how many cases China really has but without any doubt its significantly more than why [sic] they admit to,” he tweeted. Also Read: Mitch Albom Calls on 'Baby in a Suit' Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus CrisisHowever, medical officials have warned that the true number of coronavirus cases in many countries is not reflected in official counts simply because not enough tests have been performed to account for people who may be carrying the disease but are not displaying symptoms. This includes the U.S., where testing was minimal during the early stages of the pandemic and continues to be sporadic.Rubio continues to push for the U.S. to adopt a hardline stance against the Asian country. As the coronavirus pandemic has deepened, he has accused President Xi Jinping of covering up the disease’s spread and even accusing China of holding undue influence over the World Health Organization (WHO).The senator’s tweet prompted a wave of angry responses, including from former CNN contributor Roland S. Martin and reporters for several major newspapers.“This is a trash take,” Martin tweeted. “Media colleagues at NBC News and CBS News have DIED due to Coronavirus. You are a liar and this tweet is atrocious. You continue to be a massive disappointment.”Also Read: What Gateway Pundit (and Trump) Got 'Wrong' About NY Gov Andrew Cuomo and Ventilators“Every journalist I know is terrified about being laid off right now,” sports reporter Molly Knight wrote. “People are dying. You had the chance to remove Trump from office in January and looked the other way even though you know he’s corrupt and incompetent. Now look where we are.”New York Times reporter Alastair Coote echoed Knight’s sentiments, noting that the pandemic has had just as much of a personal impact on those writing about it as anyone else.“This anti-press attitude is getting very tiresome in a situation where journalists all over the country are losing their jobs and others are contracting and even dying from the virus,” he wrote. “To suggest any of this reporting is gleeful is insulting.”Read original story Marco Rubio Accuses Media of ‘Glee and Delight’ That US Has Passed China in Coronavirus Cases At TheWrap

  • Mitch Albom Calls on ‘Baby in a Suit’ Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus Crisis
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    Mitch Albom Calls on ‘Baby in a Suit’ Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus Crisis

    Donald Trump’s belittling rant against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prompted an angry op-ed from “Tuesdays With Morrie” author Mitch Albom in the Detroit Free-Press, who told the president to “show some respect.”Albom, who lives in Detroit, was responding specifically to complaints made by the president against Whitmer in a Fox News interview on Thursday, accusing her of not doing enough to combat the coronavirus pandemic in her state without mentioning her name. His comments came after Whitmer requested more federal support for Michigan medical centers in the form of additional supplies.“The governor of Michigan, she’s not stepping up,” Trump said. “I don’t know if she knows what’s going on, but all she does is sit there and blame the federal government. She doesn’t get it done and we send her a lot.”Albom urged the president to “stop complaining about her ‘complaining.’ Gretchen Whitmer hasn’t done anything that every Michigander doesn’t want her to do — ask the federal government for masks, ventilators, test kits and other aid to fight the COVID-19 virus that is infecting and killing us. She’s not speaking for herself. She’s speaking for the people.”Also Read: What Gateway Pundit (and Trump) Got 'Wrong' About NY Gov Andrew Cuomo and VentilatorsAnd, on March 28, the president tweeted: “I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic. Yet your Governor, Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer is way in over her ahead, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude! MAGA”“First of all, she has a name. Gretchen Whitmer. She is not ‘the woman’ or ‘all she does is sit there’ or ‘you know who I’m talking about’ — all phrases President Donald Trump has used besides saying the actual name of the person Michigan voters elected to govern us,” Albom wrote. “It’s ‘Gretchen Whitmer.’ Show some respect. At a time when Americans must adjust to a world without hugs, kisses or handshakes, the least a president of the United States can do is call our governor by her name.”“You can be Whitmer’s biggest critic, but you must admit she knows what’s going on,” Albom continued. “She jumped into action early on this virus, dialing down crowd sizes, closing the schools, going after gougers, then shutting the state down altogether, long before most states took similar steps.”Albom accused Trump of lashing out against Whitmer and other governors like Washington’s Jay Inslee out of a sense that they were not showing enough gratitude for his administration’s support and criticizing Trump’s early response to the growing pandemic, which he repeatedly downplayed before multiple U.S. states began closing businesses and ordering citizens to stay home to prevent further spread of the disease.Also Read: Trump, John Kerry Call GOP Rep Thomas Massie a 'Grandstander' and 'A-hole' for Blocking Stimulus Bill“Trump’s attacks on governors threaten to pull apart the country precisely when it needs to come together,” Albom wrote. “And you can trace them directly to his hurt feelings. If Trump perceives someone to be critical of him or even his policies, he uses a flamethrower in response.”“Let’s be honest. We have come to tolerate an infantile person in a grown man’s job, a baby in a suit. […] Now is not the time to be a child, Mr. President. Now is the time to put away childish things. To be a man. You can begin by respecting a woman. Her name is Gretchen Whitmer. She is our governor. And like her or not, she represents us to you. She counts. We count. Please, at least act like you understand that.”As of Sunday, the United States has reached over 125,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. That is the most of any nation in the world, though the actual number of infected Americans is believed to be far greater due to the lack of testing resources. Over 2,000 Americans and over 30,000 people worldwide have died from the disease.Read original story Mitch Albom Calls on ‘Baby in a Suit’ Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus Crisis At TheWrap

  • Did Ben Carson Fall Asleep During Trump’s Coronavirus Briefing? Twitter Users Sure Thought So
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    Did Ben Carson Fall Asleep During Trump’s Coronavirus Briefing? Twitter Users Sure Thought So

    “Trump is telling bedtime stories, Ben Carson is falling asleep.” That’s what one Twitter user wrote Saturday while watching President Donald Trump — surrounded by The White House Coronavirus Task Force — update the country about the coronavirus pandemic.During Saturday’s coronavirus briefing, Carson, who is the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, appeared with the president and seemed, at times, to close his eyes and sway. And because he was standing directly behind the POTUS, it was impossible to miss.“Is Ben Carson still awake,” TheBlaze’s Samantha Sullivan wondered. Another user called him “the sleepiest person in the history of sleepy people.”While a number of people straight-up tweeted pictures they took of their television screens to prove that the one-time presidential candidate was, in fact, closing his eyes, others just mocked him.Also Read: Stars Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus (Photos)@SecretaryCarson is literally falling asleep standing behind @realDonaldTrump during the Coronavirus press briefing. This response is a pathetic joke.— James Duke Mason (@JamesDukeMason) March 21, 2020Trump is telling bedtime stories, Ben Carson is falling asleep— John G (@johngar75) March 21, 2020Ben Carson is sleep or heavily medicated… this is insane. Eyes closed!— LesliBroadway (@leslibroadway) March 21, 2020Why is Ben Carson taking a nap during this press conference?— King (@spinnersmedia) March 21, 2020LMFAOOOOOOO Ben Carson is falling ASLEEP standing up there.— Shea Butter Hot Girl (@_Baetriot_) March 21, 2020I really wanna know what drugs Ben Carson is on. That’s one heavily sedated looking man & he should share with the rest of us— Turing Pest (@Krikalitika) March 21, 2020Someone wake up Ben Carson!— Stefanie Hammond (@stef3404) March 21, 2020Ben Carson is falling asleep behind Trump…hope he falls over and takes Trump down with him.— VitaBeez (@VitaBeez) March 21, 2020Carson did take the podium at the briefing, reiterating the administration’s plan to halt evictions during the crisis. “The president has authorized the immediate cessation of foreclosure and eviction proceedings for American citizens, single-family, forward mortgages as well as reverse mortgages.”Read original story Did Ben Carson Fall Asleep During Trump’s Coronavirus Briefing? Twitter Users Sure Thought So At TheWrap

  • Mike Huckabee Offers a Corny Solution to the Nation’s Toilet Paper Shortage
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    Mike Huckabee Offers a Corny Solution to the Nation’s Toilet Paper Shortage

    Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has an a-maize-ing, quick fix to all your toilet paper needs, should you run short during the coronavirus “stay at home” orders beginning to sweep the nation. But his suggestion, it’s a rough one.“Those of us from rural south know how to handle toilet paper shortage. Eat more corn on the cob!” he shared on Twitter Friday. “The corn isn’t important, but the cobs are free and work great! (Just don’t flush them!) You’re welcome!”Those of us from rural south know how to handle toilet paper shortage. Eat more corn on the cob! The corn isn’t important, but the cobs are free and work great! (Just don’t flush them!) You’re welcome!– Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) March 20, 2020Um, yes, thanks, Mike.Also Read: Did Disney's 'Tangled' Predict the Coronavirus Quarantine Back in 2010?As you can probably guess, the jokes rolled in fast and furiously on Twitter, from one user calling him “Kernel Huckabee Sanders” to another saying “America does not need this imagery,” to many, many others commenting about that corn cob and where he can put it.But others got serious, slamming Sanders for his attempt to make light of a situation during a time when thousands are facing illness and, for some, even death.For one, @stillirise1963, who wrote, “People are DYING. WTF is wrong with you.”Toilet paper has been a high-in-demand item in the markets amid the coronavirus outbreak, as people fear that stores will close and people will be left with nothing to, you know, wipe up. Panicked shoppers have cleared the shelves of Charmin, Angel Soft, Cottenelle and the others, buying up dozens and dozens of rolls at a time. In Coral Springs, Florida, people offered free toilet paper to passerbyers on the road, holding up signs in the street that read, “We got your butt covered.”And just in case you’re not sure if your opportunities to squeeze your Charmin are running out, a calculator online offers an e-tool to figure out just how long each roll with last. Phew. Thank goodness for that, huh?Read original story Mike Huckabee Offers a Corny Solution to the Nation’s Toilet Paper Shortage At TheWrap

  • Meghan McCain Annihilates GOP Congressional Candidate for Mansplaining Her ‘Political Identity’
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    Meghan McCain Annihilates GOP Congressional Candidate for Mansplaining Her ‘Political Identity’

    “The View” co-host Meghan McCain was in a “put up your dukes” mood Saturday when a GOP congressional hopeful questioned her definition of “hardcore conservative” after she said Elizabeth Warren deserves respect for being a woman getting into the political arena who “fights as hard as” Warren did.The Twitter exchange was instigated after McCain tweeted a video clip Thursday of Warren suspending her presidential campaign.“Any woman who gets in the arena and fights as hard as Elizabeth Warren did deserves respect (and I’m a hardcore conservative),” McCain wrote. “It is not an even playing field for us against men and I hope some day it finally will be. She also skillfully nuked Bloomberg from@space in the debates.”Also Read: Meghan McCain Lashes Out at 'Cruel' Coverage of 'The View' Drama: 'We All F- Up on the Show'Saturday morning, Josh Barnett, who is running for Congress in 2020 in McCain’s home state of Arizona and a pro-Trump Republican, responded to McCain. “I think your definition of ‘hardcore conservative’ and my definition of it are not the same,” he tweeted.It took no time at all for McCain to fire back, “Yeah if sucking trumps ass every second, of every day, you’re right, I’m not.”Barnett tried to explain himself, tweeting, “What I said was not meant to be an ‘attack’ by any means. People always trying to make something out of nothing.”But McCain, in rare form, shot back again.“I think you should take a look at how you just manspalined to me my political identity,” McCain wrote. “I am a national conservative co-host of the most watched American daytime talk show. I know who I am and what I believe. I don’t know why this is so threatening to some men such as yourself.”Also Read: Meghan McCain: 'I Was Laughing My Ass Off' at NYT Presidential EndorsementJust to make sure she was perfectly clear that he was sparring with an Arizonian who, therefore, was a constituent of his, she added, “Also pro tip for you congressional race. There are a lot of conservative women like me in Arizona and across the country…”And, with that, she dropped the mic.You can read their exchange below:Any woman who gets in the arena and fights as hard as Elizabeth Warren did deserves respect (and I’m a hardcore conservative). It is not an even playing field for us against men and I hope some day it finally will be. She also skillfully nuked Bloomberg from@space in the debates. https://t.co/EVFIEbEWTI— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 6, 2020I think your definition of "hardcore conservative" and my definition of it are not the same…JS— Josh Barnett for Congress (AZ-07) (@BarnettforAZ) March 7, 2020Yeah if sucking trumps ass every second, of every day, you’re right, I’m not. https://t.co/XkjysAVZh5— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 7, 2020What I said was not meant to be an "attack" by any means. People always trying to make something out of nothing— Josh Barnett for Congress (AZ-07) (@BarnettforAZ) March 7, 2020I think you should take a look at how you just manspalined to me my political identity. I am a national conservative co-host of the most watched American daytime talk show. I know who I am and what I believe. I don’t know why this is so threatening to some men such as yourself. https://t.co/IMw1019GNH— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 7, 2020Also pro tip for you congressional race. There are a lot of conservative women like me in Arizona and across the country… https://t.co/IMw1019GNH— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 7, 2020Read original story Meghan McCain Annihilates GOP Congressional Candidate for Mansplaining Her ‘Political Identity’ At TheWrap

  • CNN and Univision Announce Moderators for March Democratic Debate
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    CNN and Univision Announce Moderators for March Democratic Debate

    CNN and Univision announced the moderators for the March 15 Democratic debate Thursday morning. CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper will moderate alongside Univision’s Jorge Ramos. Univision’s Ilia Calderón will also be on hand to facilitate questions from the audience.The debate will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET.The announcement came the same day Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race and one day after former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg suspended his campaign, too. The only candidates left in the race are Sen. Bernie Sanders, former vice president Joe Biden and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Qualification threshold announcements for this debate are forthcoming, but Gabbard has not yet met the criteria for any debates this year.Also Read: Democratic Candidates Fling Attacks, but Few Stick in Latest DebateViewers — and listeners — interested in the 11th Democratic debate of the primary season will be able to catch it live as it airs exclusively on CNN’s cable channel as well as CNN en Español, CNN International and Univision. The debate will also stream live without a requisite cable login on CNN.com’s homepage, on mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. It will also stream on Univision’s digital properties. The audio of the debate will stream on CNN’s Amazon Echo, SiriusXM and Westwood One Radio Network channels.Read original story CNN and Univision Announce Moderators for March Democratic Debate At TheWrap

  • Super Tuesday 2020: Sanders Leads in California but Biden Has a Big Night
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    Super Tuesday 2020: Sanders Leads in California but Biden Has a Big Night

    Former Vice President Joe Biden came roaring back into the hunt for the Democratic presidential nomination on Super Tuesday with big wins in at least nine states — including surprise upsets in Texas, Minnesota and Massachusetts (where Sen. Elizabeth Warren finished in a surprising third place).Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was widely expected to cement his lead as the front-runner, managed to win in Utah, Colorado and his home state of Vermont.As of early Wednesday, Sanders also held a strong lead in delegate-rich California, while Biden had the edge in Maine, which had been widely expected to lean toward Sanders. Still, the strong showing for Biden, including in California, gave new life to his campaign since he could also emerge as the lead in delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination. (In addition to Texas, Massachusetts and Minnesota, Biden secured victories in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina.)It was a disappointing showing for both Warren and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who only claimed a win in the U.S. territory of American Samoa despite spending $500 million-plus on ads and infrastructure in all the Super Tuesday states. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) picked up only a single delegate, from her birthplace in American Samoa.There were a total of 1,357 delegates up for grabs this Super Tuesday, with California — which hosted its primary on Super Tuesday for the first time since 2008 — representing 415 of them. Given that Californians have until March 3 to postmark their mail-in ballots, as well as the sheer size of the state, the final results for California’s primary will likely not come until several days — or weeks — after Super Tuesday.Vermont (16 delegates, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersVirginia (99 delegates, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenNorth Carolina (110 delegates, 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenAmerican Samoa (6 delegates)Winner: BloombergAlabama (52 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenMaine (24 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Expected winner: BidenMassachusetts (91 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenOklahoma (37 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenTennessee (64 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenArkansas (31 delegates, 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenColorado (67 delegates, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersMinnesota (75 delegates, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenTexas (228 delegates, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenUtah (29 delegates, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersCalifornia (415 delegates, 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersRead original story Super Tuesday 2020: Sanders Leads in California but Biden Has a Big Night At TheWrap

  • Chuck D Says Flavor Flav’s Cease and Desist Letter to Sanders Campaign Is ‘Not About Bernie’
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    Chuck D Says Flavor Flav’s Cease and Desist Letter to Sanders Campaign Is ‘Not About Bernie’

    Public Enemy Frontman Chuck D opened up about the cease and desist letter sent by his former rap partner Flavor Flav to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, saying in a series of tweets Sunday that Flav’s issue is “not about BERNIE.”Flav’s attorney sent a letter Friday to Team Sanders, telling them to stop using his likeness and Public Enemy’s name for his campaign. (Sanders’ campaign had announced a stop in Los Angeles last week with a poster using the title of Public Enemy’s famed song “Fight the Power” as a call to action for his campaign. The poster also said the rally will be Bernie Sanders and Public Enemy.)Chuck D, who has publicly endorsed Sanders for the Democratic nominee for president, admonished those who ascribed the cease and desist letter to any perceived distaste by Flav of Sanders’ candidacy. Instead, he says that Flav isn’t politically involved.Also Read: Public Enemy's Flavor Flav Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Bernie Sanders“It’s not about BERNIE with Flav… he don’t know the difference between Barry Sanders or Bernie Sanders, he don’t know either,” Chuck D tweeted, referencing an incident earlier this weekend when country singer Garth Brooks wore a Barry Sanders football jersey during a performance in Detroit, causing some to mistake it for an endorsement of the senator rather than a shoutout to the Detroit Lions legend.“I don’t attack FLAV on what he don’t know,” Chuck D continued. “I gotta leave him at the crib so y’all trying to fill his persona with some political aplomb is absolutely stupid. Obviously I understand his craziness after all this damn time.”Chuck D will perform on Sunday evening at a Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles as part of a spinoff group called Public Enemy Radio. While the poster includes the word “Radio” in the Public Enemy logo in smaller font, the news of the performance still brought out a response from Flav through his lawyers.Also Read: Joe Biden Wins South Carolina Democratic Primary; Sanders Is Distant Second“Sanders has promised to ‘Fight the Power’ with hip hop icons Public Enemy – but this Rap Icon will not be performing at the Sanders Rally,” Flavor Flav’s cease-and-desist letter sent Saturday read.“To be clear Flav and, by extension, the Hall of Fame hip hop act Public Enemy with which his likeness and name have become synonymous has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle and any suggestion to the contrary is plainly untrue. The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading.”Read original story Chuck D Says Flavor Flav’s Cease and Desist Letter to Sanders Campaign Is ‘Not About Bernie’ At TheWrap

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    Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Bernie Sanders

    This week in hip hop beef, Flavor Flav has taken issue with Bernie Sanders’ use of his likeness and Public Enemy’s name for his campaign.The Public Enemy co-creator sent a cease and desist letter via lawyers to Sanders. Flav’s bandmate and Public Enemy co-creator Chuck D has publicly endorsed Sanders for the Democratic nominee for president and plans to perform at a rally for the senator in Los Angeles.In his letter, Flav’s lawyers note that neither he nor the iconic group have not endorsed any candidate.Also Read: Ocasio-Cortez Insists Bernie Sanders 'Works Very Hard' to Tamp Down Bernie Bros' 'Toxic' Messaging“While Chuck is certainly free to express his political views as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy,” Flav’s lawyers wrote. “The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy… To be clear, Flav and, by extension, the Hall of Fame hip hop act Public Enemy with which his likeness and name have become synonymous has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle and any suggestion to the contrary is plainly untrue.”Sanders’ campaign announced a March 1 stop in Los Angeles last week with a poster using the title of Public Enemy’s famed song “Fight the Power” as a call to action for his campaign. The poster also said the rally, to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will be Bernie Sanders and Public Enemy.“It is unfortunate that a political campaign would be so careless with the artistic integrity of such an iconoclastic figures in American culture,” the letter reads. “Sanders claims to represent everyman not the man yet his grossly irresponsible handling of Chuck’s endorsement threatens to divide Public Enemy and, in doing so, forever silence one of the nation’s loudest and most enduring voices for social change.“Perhaps Sanders didn’t intend to sow these irreconcilable differences but, by and through his disregard for the truth, he has nonetheless.”pic.twitter.com/oNkP0YDhoi— Itay Hod (@Itayhod) February 29, 2020Read original story Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Bernie Sanders At TheWrap

  • MSNBC’s Scarborough Questions If Warren Should Drop Out to Help ‘Efforts Against Bernie Sanders’
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    MSNBC’s Scarborough Questions If Warren Should Drop Out to Help ‘Efforts Against Bernie Sanders’

    On Monday’s “Morning Joe,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough questioned a number of Democratic presidential candidates and whether they should continue to fight for the nomination on the grounds that their ambition could bolster the campaigns of President Donald Trump or Sen. Bernie Sanders.First, Scarborough took on Tom Steyer, the billionaire who continues to run ads in spite of not qualifying for debates. He questioned why Steyer, with all his money, hasn’t made the decision to fund other candidates’ races, before concluding, “It is a vanity project and been a vanity project for a very long time.”He added that Steyer’s campaign is “a vanity project that could help re-elect Donald Trump.”Also Read: Bernie Sanders Declared Winner of Nevada CaucusesLater on the show, he went after Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar. He said people are questioning whether it’s time for the women to “get out” of the race, especially given how they’ve been doing in early primary states compared to Sanders, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg. If they’re not going to “get out,” they need to “over-perform,” according to the former GOP congressman.“Amy Klobuchar — boy, she either has to really over-perform in South Carolina like she did in New Hampshire or she’s going to… It would make sense for her to get out of the race. Again, this isn’t my first rodeo,” he said.Sanders won the weekend’s Nevada caucus, making the Democratic Socialist the frontrunner in the race against Trump’s reelection.Read original story MSNBC’s Scarborough Questions If Warren Should Drop Out to Help ‘Efforts Against Bernie Sanders’ At TheWrap