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Trump unleashes furious tirade at reporter after being asked about indictment: ‘You’re at the top of the list!’

Trump unleashes furious tirade at reporter after being asked about indictment: ‘You’re at the top of the list!’Donald Trump has furiously berated two journalists for asking about the possibility of him being indicted after leaving office, labelling them as purveyors of ”fake news”.The president was speaking to a group of reporters following Robert Mueller‘s closely watched testimony before two congressional committees on Wednesday.During the session the former special counsel confirmed that Mr Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice once he left office.“Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?” Ken Buck, a Republican congressman, asked Mr Mueller.“Yes,” the former special counsel said in reply.“You believe that you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?”“Yes,” Mr Mueller said again.But the president insisted that Mr Mueller had corrected his answer, in an angry tirade at political journalists later in the day.“When you saw Robert Mueller’s statement, the earlier statement and then he did a recap, he did a correction later on in the afternoon,” he said when Hallie Jackson, a journalist at NBC News, asked him about the possibility of an indictment.“And you know what that correction was and you still asked the question, you know why? Because you’re fake news and you’re one of the worst.“And let me just tell you – the fact that you even asked that question, you’re fake news because you know what, he totally corrected himself in the afternoon and you know that just as well as anybody.”The president appeared to be confusing Mr Mueller’s response to Ken Buck with his separate answer to Ted Lieu. During the first hearing Mr Lieu asked if the special counsel had not indicted Mr Trump because of an Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo, which argues that you cannot indict a sitting president.The OLC is an agency which operates within the US justice department.Mr Lieu asked: “I’d like to ask you the reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?”“That is correct,” Robert Mueller said.But the 74-year-old clarified his remarks later in the day.“(W)hat I want to clarify is we did not make any determination with regard of culpability in any way. We did not start that process down the road,” he said at the beginning of his appearance before the House Intelligence Committee.Mr Mueller did not correct his answer to Mr Buck, but the president repeatedly insisted that he had in later exchanges with reporters.“He didn’t say that,” Mr Trump said to a second journalist who asked him about the indictment remarks.“Again, you’re fake news and you’re right at the top of the list also.“Let me just tell you…read his correction. Read his correction! If you read his correction you’ll find out. That’s why people don’t deal with you, because you’re not an honest reporter.”Yamiche Alcindor, PBS White House correspondent, said the president had also lashed out at her.“I quoted Robert Mueller directly to President Trump and he replied that I was being “untruthful” in my question. He was totally wrong,” she said on Twitter.Despite Mr Mueller’s testimony there is little sign Democrats will start impeachment proceedings against the president, although Representative Lori Trahan joined 90 others calling for an impeachment inquiry.Nancy Pelosi, the house speaker, opposes moving forward on impeachment for now. She said Democrats wanted to assemble the strongest case possible, focusing her remarks on Trump’s personal finances and his business connections.“One of those connections could be to the Russians and that’s what we want to find out,” she said.Members of Congress are expected to leave Washington at the end of the week for a long summer break, returning in September.Additional reporting by agencies



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Kamala Harris Just Taught a Debate Clinic. You’re Welcome.

Kamala Harris Just Taught a Debate Clinic. You’re Welcome.(Bloomberg Opinion) — It’s a fool’s game to predict how voters will react to nomination debate performances – or, for that matter, how the media will construct the story of any debate. So I won’t play that game.What I will say is that Senator Kamala Harris of California put on a clinic Thursday night in how to do these events. From early on in the second Democratic presidential debate until her final statement, she earned her place in the upper tier of candidates who have ever participated in these events. Again, that doesn’t guarantee anything; Barack Obama won a nomination despite never really mastering that particular format, while several candidates who were good at debates never went anywhere. But yes, Harris is good at it.The centerpiece is the clip you’ll be seeing, in which Harris took on Joe Biden on the issue of, of all things, busing – a policy question that’s been out of the news for decades. It was in some ways a fascinating moment in U.S. political history, in which questions of race and ethnicity, generational change, education, political efficacy, and more all came together. But as to executing a plan, Harris pulled it off about as well as anyone could have. (And we know that it was a planned attack, because Harris’s media folks had material ready to go once it happened.)The thing is that when Harris interrupted to gain control of the floor in order to launch her attack, it was already (at least) the second time that she had effectively shushed the other candidates. It was a messy night, with lots of cross-talk and interruptions, but Harris was repeatedly effective at seizing moments when she wanted to.Of course, that wouldn’t help if she didn’t know what to do once people focused on her. But her answers were consistently solid. She’s excellent at shifting from anecdotes to policy, excellent at feeling her way to time limits – and excellent at exceeding the time limit without (in my view at least) seeming pushy or obnoxious. And her closing statement, in which she promised to prosecute the case against Donald Trump, was a strong way of labeling what she had been doing all night, and arguing that her particular skills are the right ones for the general election.Again: All of this is essentially theater criticism. We’ll just have to wait and see whether it will play well with Democratic party actors, with the media, and directly or indirectly with rank-and-file Democratic voters. What we do know is that Harris doesn’t need any immediate polling surge to at least stay in the conversation for the next few months, and she has quite a bit of support from party actors already – suggesting that if she does surge, she’ll be in good position to take advantage of it.It’s worth mentioning that all Harris would have to do is win the support of some of the undecided members of the California U.S. House delegation to move into first place in the endorsement race, at least according to the FiveThirtyEight accounting.As far as the rest of the night? I thought Pete Buttigieg probably did what his supporters were hoping for. Joe Biden had some solid moments, but all that’s going to matter for him is how people are going to read his exchange with Harris, so we’ll have to wait on that as well. I didn’t see anyone else who entered with a plausible chance and who really helped himself or herself. In particular, it’s hard to believe that anyone who wasn’t already in the Bernie Sanders camp was persuaded by his performance, which is the exact same thing he’s been doing since the 2016 primaries.It will also be interesting whether the candidates who did well during the Wednesday night debate wind up overshadowed by Harris (and Biden) on Thursday, or if they can retain some of the attention they earned.There’s going to be one more round very similar to these debates at the end of July. After that, there’s a two-month break, and then a September debate with a much more difficult threshold for earning an invitation. We’re about to go through a series of second-quarter fundraising disclosures, which not only count as evidence of how the candidates are doing but also generates helpful attention going forward from those who do well. So as far as the horse race is concerned, these debates won’t keep anyone in the headlines for long anyway. But for those of us who appreciate political skills, it was impressive to see Harris at work. To contact the author of this story: Jonathan Bernstein at jbernstein62@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Philip Gray at philipgray@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering politics and policy. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Biden’s Media Strategy: Duck The Press Unless You’re Under Duress

Biden’s Media Strategy: Duck The Press Unless You’re Under DuressBloomberg via GettyThe first time former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to national media reporters in nearly a week of campaigning was to address a political minicrisis of his own making.On Wednesday evening, hours after Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) had admonished him for fondly recalling the collegiality of segregationist senators of the ’70s, the former vice president was asked if he would apologize. “Apologize for what? Cory should apologize, he knows better,” Biden responded, standing outside an SUV on his way into a fundraiser. “There’s not a racist bone in my body, I’ve been involved with civil rights my whole career. Period. Period. Period.”The moment marked a new level of aggression in a still-nascent Democratic primary. It also put the spotlight on what Democratic officials say is a risky and often confusing campaign blueprint being deployed by the party’s presidential frontrunner. Increasingly, Biden seems to speak publicly or talk with reporters only when he is under duress. “It is not a tenable strategy,” said David Axelrod, who worked with Biden as the top communications adviser on the 2008 campaign, and in the Obama White House. “His message is that he’s the guy who can beat Donald Trump and he is viewed as the least risky choice. Over time, if the only interactions he has is around these screwups and gaffes, then he is going to start losing that message.” Booker, Harris, Warren Tee Off on Biden for His Nostalgia for Segregationist SenatorsOver the past few weeks, Biden has been forced to grapple with a number of minicontroversies and self-inflicted wounds. His nostalgia for former Sens. James O. Eastland (D-MS) and Herman E. Talmadge (D-GA) was preceded by a 24-hour flip-flop on a law banning federal funds from funding abortion (Biden went from supporting the Hyde amendment to opposing it). Those two instances came after Biden was criticized for not offering a full apology to Anita Hill and for humorously dismissing accusations that he made women uncomfortable by invading their space. Virtually every candidate running for president has to clean up the messes he or she makes. That’s especially true for the frontrunners and those who, like Biden, have a proclivity for speaking with limited filters. But what makes Biden’s current approach so confusing for other Democrats is that much of his public-facing campaigning has involved doing only that. Elsewhere, the former vice president has kept a notably low profile, taking little opportunity to push his larger campaign message or make proactive defenses of his political baggage.Biden hasn’t appeared on national television since the day after he officially declared his run for president. Since then, the campaign has repeatedly declined invitations from television and cable news outlets. One network source told The Daily Beast that over the past several months, Biden has been offered a number of appearances on MSNBC, including telephone interviews. And a CNN insider said the network reached out to the former vice president in the months before he even launched his campaign, inquiring whether he would be interested in participating in upcoming town hall events.In addition to missing many of the forums packed with 2020 Democratic prospects, Biden was the only 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to decline an interview by The New York Times as part of its package this week comparing the various candidates (and wouldn’t respond to questions when asked why he didn’t participate).“I think that it is never a good idea to sit on a lead. That rarely works out well, and that's what they’re doing,” said Axelrod.While in South Carolina this weekend, Biden worked the rope line well into the evening, mingling with press and voters, but his campaign has previously restricted press access, running the vice president’s press availabilities in a vastly different manner from the rest of the candidates. Biden’s campaign has at points sealed off the press at events, only allowing a single reporter to represent the campaign press pool at Biden fundraising events. Occasionally, the Biden campaign has even seemed to forget or reverse course on planned media appearances. Earlier this month, the former vice president’s staff told campaign reporters that he was going to be holding a press gaggle following an event in New Hampshire. But reporters were left hanging when Biden left the event and got into a waiting SUV without taking questions. For communications specialists, the reticence seems not just at odds with the realities of modern media, but also unwise, leaving the impression that Biden—who has a reputation for joviality—is almost afraid of the scrutiny. “If you are only interacting with the press when there is an issue of concern, you reinforce that perception that there are only problems,” said longtime Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, who runs Park Street Strategies. “You're in a turtle mode instead of being proactive about what you’re pushing out.”Biden’s defenders argue that the reason that he appears to interact with the press during times of duress is largely because those episodes are over-emphasized by the media itself. They point to polling data showing his consistent lead in the primary as evidence that the national press corps has fundamentally different priorities than the Democratic electorate. The campaign has created its media strategy around that theory as well. Instead of doing national interviews, they have focused the vast majority of their attention on smaller local news outlets in the early primary states. Since jumping into the race in April, Biden has sat down for at least a dozen interviews with local TV and radio stations in Iowa and New Hampshire.Biden hasn’t been entirely closed off from national outlets. His campaign is the only one in the primary that allows a print pooler into his fundraising events. And on Thursday, senior Biden adviser Symone Sanders told CNN that the former VP would be sitting down for an interview this weekend. Sources told The Daily Beast that Biden would likely be one of several candidates sitting down with host Al Sharpton at an event for 2020 presidential contenders in South Carolina that MSNBC has exclusive rights to broadcast. Nevertheless, Biden’s caution when dealing with the press has stood out in a field of candidates where many others seem willing to accept any media request or live-streaming opportunity. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) has been comfortable enough with campaign reporters to invite them on jogging outings, while South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is so willing to sit for interviews he took questions while drinking brown-bagged beer in a park in New York City.Campaign veterans say it would be unwise for Biden to go to those extremes, and not just because of his history of saying things that cause him political headaches. According to their logic, the former VP is already well known to the public and instead of re-introducing himself to voters, he can afford to spend that time on other campaign functions. The question now being asked of the Biden campaign is not just whether they took that theory too far but whether he could actually maneuver through the current media landscape if he tried. “You are not in the Hyde amendment era in the Democratic Party, and you are not in the James O. Eastland era of the party,” said James Carville, a longtime Democratic operative. “How can you have the give and take [with the press] when your instinct is to get on the wrong side of two great issues of the modern Democratic Party, and that’s abortion and racial relations? The world has changed.”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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Hannity Warns Iran: ‘You’re Going to Get the Living Crap Bombed Out of You’

Hannity Warns Iran: ‘You’re Going to Get the Living Crap Bombed Out of You’Fox News host Sean Hannity kicked off his show Thursday night by promising President Trump would “bomb the hell of out Iran” for downing an American drone and lashing out at a fellow Fox News personality who advocated for restraint. Shortly after Fox News’ Tucker Carlson—who has been privately advising the president against war with Iran—praised Trump for initially resisting calls for military action, Hannity took a completely different approach, insisting that Iran has essentially left Trump no choice.“A strong message needs to be sent that a huge price will be paid if you take on the United State of America,” Hannity declared. “Simple peace through strength, and it works.”Following his short monologue, the pro-Trump primetime star welcomed on Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera, who immediately noted that Iran claims they “have absolute, undeniable proof” that the drone they shot down was over territorial waters. Hannity, meanwhile, wanted to hear none of it.“They shot an American drone out of the air, they are not getting away with it,” he huffed.As Rivera attempted to make the point that Iran may not be in the wrong if the drone was indeed over their airspace, Hannity said Trump was “very clear” that the aircraft was over international waters before claiming Iran wants to wipe “the United States off the map” and is “fomenting terror.”Rivera, for his part, cautioned against rushing into “another military conflict,” prompting Hannity to clarify that he just wanted the U.S. military to shoot missiles and drop bombs on Iran.“If you shoot an American missile or a drone out of the air and you attack tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, you’re going to get the living crap bombed out of you,” Hannity declared.The Fox host, who is reportedly referred to as the White House shadow chief of staff, went on to argue with Rivera some more, at one point describing Iranians as “radical terrorists” who “killed our boys in Iraq” when Rivera suggested a renegotiation of the 2015 nuclear deal that Trump pulled out of. “What has happened to you?!” Hannity yelled at one point to Rivera.“I want the next generation of military weaponry so we can’t let these idiots in Washington, they have to be able to blow them out of the water and they must pay to take out a drone in international waters,” he continued. “I’m not believing a word that these lying mullahs say!”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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Winter Hair Mistakes You’re Making, According To The Pros

Winter Hair Mistakes You’re Making, According To The ProsCold, dry winter weather is basically your skin's worst enemy. Unsurprisingly,



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How To Handle A Stock Market Drop When You’re Retired

How To Handle A Stock Market Drop When You’re RetiredThere may be no worse feeling in the world for a retiree ― or someone hoping to retire soon ― than when the stock market takes a nosedive as it did this week.



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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Shared a Video Her Sons Made for Her Last Day of Chemo, and I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying

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Some big news out of the office of the Former President of the United States of America: Today is the *last* day of chemotherapy for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year.

The Emmy-winning actress — who has perfectly played Veep/President/Former Veep and President Selina Meyer — has been undergoing chemotherapy to treat the cancer. She has been sharing her journey along the way with all of us, because we love her, and we literally only want the best for her. Production on Veep’s seventh and final season was also juggled around to accommodate JLD’s treatment, and she has kept a positive, upbeat outlook since she first announced this back in September.

And now, she’s here to announce that her chemo is finally done, and rather than post a celebratory Instagram, she’s instead sharing what her sons sent her. Her sons with husband Brad Hall, Henry and Charlie, put together a cute little video where they jam out to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” — obviously to signify that it’s about time the cancer BEAT IT out of JLD’s body.

Oh, wait, also did I say cute video? I mean to say incredibly cry-worthy, because come on, they’re celebrating their mom, our president, JLD finishing chemo. It deserves a good cry.

Her sons aren’t the only ones celebrating this victory right now. When Julia finishes with her cancer treatment, we’re all rootng for her.

 

Also JLD’s birthday is in *two* days, so yeah, this milestone is a pretty good reason to really celebrate extra hard this year. We’re sending JLD all our love and the best. We need this former President now more than ever.


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Christie on baseball game confrontation: ‘If you give it, you’re going to get it back’

Christie on baseball game confrontation: ‘If you give it, you’re going to get it back’New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he does not regret confronting a baseball fan who heckled him at a game, saying simply, “If you give it, you’re going to get it back.”



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Trump to Sessions: ‘You’re kind of fired! (Maybe.)’

Trump to Sessions: ‘You’re kind of fired! (Maybe.)’The lesson of President Trump's breach with AG Jeff Sessions: The guy who held himself out on TV as the world's toughest CEO is surprisingly ineffectual.



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Transgender Navy SEAL to Trump: You’re taking liberty away from people who defend yours

Transgender Navy SEAL to Trump: You’re taking liberty away from people who defend yoursTransgender Navy SEAL Kristin Beck says that President Trump’s announcement barring transgender people from the military is robbing thousands of liberty.



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