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‘The View’ Blows Up Over Meghan McCain’s Confusing Whistleblower Claim: ‘Don’t Scream at Me!’

‘The View’ Blows Up Over Meghan McCain’s Confusing Whistleblower Claim: ‘Don’t Scream at Me!’Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Things got heated yet again on The View when Meghan McCain and [insert sparring co-host du jour’s name] got into it, causing McCain to huff and pout.Leading off Friday’s broadcast of ABC’s gabfest by discussing the revelations that the whistleblower’s complaint against Trump involves Ukraine, McCain eventually derailed the conversation by trying to make some kind of point about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.Referencing her contentious exchange with Assange’s girlfriend Pam Anderson earlier this month, the conservative co-host grumbled that there are liberals who were fine with Assange’s leaks but are “screaming bloody murder right now about this whistleblower.” “I think all interference from a foreign country in our election, all of it is bad and should be condemned and you can’t play party politics with this, and there’s a lot of people on the left who are doing that with Julian Assange,” she exclaimed. “I’m mad there are people on the left that think that Julian Assange is OK.”The rest of the panel, understandably, was confused over what exactly McCain was talking about or arguing, causing the former Fox News personality to grow more frustrated. “You’re saying, Meghan, the people are against this whistleblower?” Sunny Hostin wondered, obviously seeking some clarity.“A lot of people are OK with what Julian Assange did—I’m sorry, are OK with what Julian Assange did, and not OK with this whistleblower,” she replied. “There are a lot of people in this country, and a lot of people in the hard left that defend Julian Assange.”As the panel broke down, McCain’s close friend Abby Huntsman jumped in to throw her colleague a lifeline, claiming McCain was saying that what Assange did is “just as dangerous as what the president is being charged with doing or people are assuming that he did.”The hosts again began talking over each other, prompting McCain to shout: “Excuse me, maybe I was clumsy in the way that I said it!”Co-host Ana Navarro, meanwhile, stared back while McCain added: “I don’t know what you just said.”“I said, don’t scream at me. I’m two feet away,” Navarro fired back, causing the audience to let out a loud “Oooo!”McCain, naturally, grumbled while she shot Navarro a death glare as liberal co-host Joy Behar quickly handed it off to a commercial break.Meanwhile, as the camera panned out while the show’s announcer hyped the upcoming segments, McCain could be seen abruptly leaving the table and storming off backstage.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Dan Rather: Corey Lewandowski Won Car-Crash CNN Interview, ‘The Press and Best Interests of the Country Lost’

Dan Rather: Corey Lewandowski Won Car-Crash CNN Interview, ‘The Press and Best Interests of the Country Lost’Steven Ferdman/GettyWednesday’s CNN appearance by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, the morning after he acknowledged to the House Judiciary Committee that he feels no obligation to be honest with the news media, re-ignited an ongoing debate among staffers at the cable network over who should and not be accorded airtime if they are simply using it as a forum to mislead.CNN Brings on Corey Lewandowski, a Known Liar, for Totally Batshit InterviewThe controversial booking of Lewandowski also provoked a barrage of criticism from journalists who argued that he’s a confirmed liar who can’t be trusted by viewers to be a credible source of information.Lewandowski is himself a former paid CNN commentator whose 2016 hiring, after being dismissed by Trump, embarrassed the network when it was disclosed that he was continuing on the Trump campaign payroll at $ 20,000 a month while working for CNN.Among CNN’s critics is former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, who told The Daily Beast that he agrees with concerns that Lewandowski’s appearance didn’t serve the public, and that a fiery televised confrontation of the kind that occurred Wednesday potentially helps the Senate Republican primary campaign Lewandowski is widely expected to launch soon in his native New Hampshire.“Unfortunately, the Congress, the press and the best interests of the country—in my opinion—lost that round,” Rather, who runs the News and Guts Media production company and anchors shows on AXS TV and The Young Turks YouTube channel, said in an email. CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker declined to respond to the criticism on the record, as did several staffers reached by The Daily Beast. A quick spot survey of  CNN employees, however, suggested that some CNN employees agree with Rather while other staffers believe that it’s not the news media’s job to censor government officials or prominent political figures such as Lewandowski, but instead to bring them on, interrogate them, and hold them accountable. During a 16-minute-long exchange that shed far more heat than light, Lewandowski regularly dodged, talked over and shouted over New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota’s questions and repeatedly insulted the network that once wrote him handsome checks.Lewandowski accused CNN of “hypocrisy” for employing fired FBI acting director Andrew McCabe as an on-air analyst, even as McCabe is being targeted by the Trump Justice Department for a criminal referral for allegedly making false statements to the DOJ inspector general.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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‘The ground is shifting’: Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for Trump

‘The ground is shifting’: Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for TrumpDemocrats appear to have their best shot at capturing the state since Bill Clinton won it more than two decades ago.



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‘The Trumps will be a dynasty that lasts for decades’

‘The Trumps will be a dynasty that lasts for decades’At the California GOP convention, the president’s campaign manager tells delegates they have an important role to play in 2020.



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Pete Buttigieg: NRA has Donald Trump 'by the… base' on background checks

Pete Buttigieg: NRA has Donald Trump 'by the… base' on background checksDemocrat Pete Buttigieg criticized President Donald Trump Wednesday as the president has seemed to change his stance on background checks multiple times since two recent mass shooting.



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‘The kind of rape case we all dread’: Accused North Myrtle Beach suspect could be freed

‘The kind of rape case we all dread’: Accused North Myrtle Beach suspect could be freedA former North Myrtle Beach city employee accused of rape could soon be free on bond in a case described by a prosecutor as people’s worst fear.



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Mueller Reiterates ‘The Report Is My Testimony,’ Calls Demand for a Prosecutor to Testify ‘Unusual’

Mueller Reiterates ‘The Report Is My Testimony,’ Calls Demand for a Prosecutor to Testify ‘Unusual’In his opening statement before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning, special counsel Robert Mueller again stated that he would not comment on aspects of his investigation into Russian election interference that were not included in his final report, and noted that it is “unusual” to compel a prosecutor to testify about an investigation.“I do not intend to summarize or describe the results of our work in a different way in the course of my testimony today. As I said on May 29: the report is my testimony. And I will stay within that text,” Mueller said in his opening statement. “And as I stated in May, I also will not comment on the actions of the Attorney General or of Congress. I was appointed as a prosecutor, and I intend to adhere to that role and to the Department’s standards that govern it.”Mueller held a press conference in May to announce that he was stepping down as special counsel following a nearly two-year investigation. During the press conference, Mueller made clear that he would not provide any information related to the investigation that was not included in the report, prompting congressional Republicans and allies of the president to question the utility of his testifying before Congress.However, House Democrats, led by Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, insisted that Mueller appear before the panel, and engaged in months of negotiations with Mueller's team to secure his cooperation.Mueller's team reportedly resisted Nadler's efforts to compel the special counsel to speak to a range of issues, including whether the president would have been charged with obstruction of justice absent Department of Justice guidelines that prohibit the indictment of a sitting president.During his opening statement, Mueller hinted at his hesitance to testify about the investigation, calling Nadler's request “unusual” and reiterating that his office was unable to reach a determination as to whether the president illegally obstructed his investigation.“Finally, as described in Volume 2 of our report, we investigated a series of actions by the President towards the investigation. Based on Justice Department policy and principles of fairness, we decided we would not make a determination as to whether the President committed a crime,” Mueller said. “That was our decision then and it remains our decision today. Let me say a further word about my appearance today. It is for a prosecutor to testify about a criminal investigation, and given my role as a prosecutor, there are reasons why my testimony will necessarily be limited.”



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Trump Resumes Attack on Democratic Lawmakers in ‘The Squad’

Trump Resumes Attack on Democratic Lawmakers in ‘The Squad’(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump drew fresh criticism on Sunday with an eighth day of attacks on the four progressive Democratic Congresswomen known as “The Squad,” whom he said he didn’t believe were “capable of loving our country” and should apologize for “hateful” comments.Sunday’s Twitter message came after the president said on July 14 that the women, all minorities, should “go back” to the “corrupt and inept” countries they came from — a message condemned by Democrats and some Republicans as racist and divisive.Trump is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The latest tweet came minutes after a segment on one of the lawmakers, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, on Fox News Channel.Three of the women of the Squad — Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — were born in the U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was born in Somalia and immigrated as a child.Trump this week briefly attempted to distance himself after people attending his campaign rally in North Carolina started a “send her back” chant in response to his criticism of Omar. Since then, though, he’s reversed that disavowal, saying the people at the rally were “incredible patriots.”By contrast, Trump called the women of the Squad, all first-term lawmakers, “weak & insecure people” who are “destroying the Democrat Party.”Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said Sunday that Trump is “worst than a racist” and compared the president to George Wallace, a former governor of Alabama known as an opponent of the civil rights movement.“He’s actually using racist tropes and language for political gain, to use this as a weapon to divide our nation against itself,” Booker said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “This is somebody who is very similar to George Wallace, to racists who use the exact same language.”White House adviser Stephen Miller, who has drafted some of the president’s most hawkish immigration policies, defended Trump on “Fox News Sunday.”Miller said there was a difference between Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the word “garbage” to illustrate the need for more ambitious policy initiatives, policies, and Trump’s use of the term in a 2014 tweet, when he said of former President Barack Obama, “Everything he touches turns to garbage!”Trump this week falsely claimed that Ocasio-Cortez had termed U.S. people “garbage.”Any criticism of Obama by Trump was done “out of love” for the U.S., Miller said; conversely, criticism of the president by the Democratic lawmakers was “anti-American.” Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of strategic communications, made similar comments on ABC’s “This Week.”Senator Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, said on CNN that he’d like to see “everybody tone down their rhetoric.” Asked about Trump’s latest tweet, Johnson said “that’s his opinion and I don’t agree with it.”In a CBS poll released on Sunday, a majority of Americans, 59%, said they disagreed with what the president said in his original tweets about the Squad, while 40% agreed. The survey showed sharp partisan differences, with 82% of Republicans agreeing with the statement and 88% of Democrats disagreeing. (Updates with Booker, Miller and Johnson from seventh paragraph.)\–With assistance from Craig Torres and Nour Al Ali.To contact the reporter on this story: Ros Krasny in Washington at rkrasny1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Ludden at jludden@bloomberg.net, Kevin MillerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Fox News Host: ‘I’d Grab My Wallet’ if I Met ‘the Squad’

Fox News Host: ‘I’d Grab My Wallet’ if I Met ‘the Squad’Fox News host Jesse Watters appeared to a make a racially insensitive joke about the Democratic representatives who are members of “the Squad” on Thursday. During a guest appearance on Fox & Friends, the anchor was asked by a member of the live audience what he would do if he had the chance to sit down with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).“First, I’d grab my wallet,” Watters said, eliciting laughter from the audience.It’s possible that Watters was referring to progressives’ proposals to raise taxes on wealthy Americans, rather than suggesting one of them might be willing to pick-pocket him. But the comment seemed to highlight negative stereotypes of people of color, the morning after President Donald Trump elicited chants of “Send her back!” pointed at Rep. Omar at a widely condemned rally in North Carolina.Watters went on to explain that he didn’t think he would “get along too well” with the four women.Trump attacked the four congresswomen in a series of tweets on Sunday, saying they could leave the U.S. and go back to where they’re from even though all of the congresswomen are American citizens. The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn the president’s comments as racist.Trump Rally Crowd Launches Into ‘Send Her Back’ Chant Over Ilhan OmarRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Explodes at Sunny Hostin for Defending Julian Assange

‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Explodes at Sunny Hostin for Defending Julian AssangeThe arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hit The View’s Meghan McCain hard on Thursday morning. “The politics of this have always been completely hypocritical on both sides,” McCain said, noting that President Obama’s attorney general Eric Holder declined to prosecute Assange on the basis that WikiLeaks is essentially a “journalistic” organization. “This is something that a lot of people who have put national security first, and I put myself in that category, have been warning about and warning about and warning about,” she continued, “and the only time the Democrats started caring is when it started affecting them politically and when Hillary Clinton's emails were released.”  Asked what will happen to Assange, McCain replied, “I hope he rots in hell!”Her co-host Sunny Hostin had a markedly different take on the matter, saying that if people “have a problem” with Assange and the secrets he published, then they must also have a problem with the the release of the Pentagon Papers and the Panama Papers, both of which she believes “protected our democracy.” She disputed the notion that Obama and Holder “punted” on Assange but rather that they decided the Constitution protected Assange "because our Constitution does protect Julian Assange.” “I’m sorry, I’ve got to push back hard on this,” McCain interrupted, to which Hostin said, “Excuse me, you can push back after I’m finished speaking.” Once Hostin had concluded her point about how the First Amendment should protect Assange’s right to disseminate even stolen material, McCain shot back, “I think what you said was just straight propaganda. They’re not First Amendment—he was a cyber terrorist from day one!” “There's a difference, Sunny, in being a whistleblower and being a straight-up hacker,” Abby Huntsman said, backing up McCain. “What we found out with Assange is he conspired with Russia to meddle in our 2016 elections. If that's not him committing a crime, I don't know what is.” Ultimately, as she did earlier in the week, moderator Whoopi Goldberg had to break up the fight and throw to commercial. “Whatever it is, we got to go,” she said. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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