Trump responds to 1989 rape allegation

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 03:15:00 AM
Donald Trump's campaign took a dark turn when The Daily Beast posted a story based on 'Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump' which details an allegation made by Ivona Trump against her then-husband in 1989. The author of the report joins...

Valerie Plame on the Iran nuclear deal

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 03:09:00 AM
As GOP candidates slam Pres. Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, Valerie Plame Wilson, Jack Black and Morgan Freeman team up in a video by Global Zero to explain why Congress should pass the deal.  James Fallows and Valerie Plame Wilson join Lawrence to...

Ignoring Fox News debate game, Kasich surges

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 02:35:00 AM
Kasie Hunt, MSNBC political reporter, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Ohio Governor John Kasich's strategy of ignoring the Fox News debate qualification rules and focusing instead on early primary states is bearing fruit in polls in those states.

Notorious Israeli spy set for parole

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 02:22:00 AM
Dafna Linzer, managing editor for MSNBC Digital, talks with Rachel Maddow about the story behind the conviction of Jonathan Pollard for giving U.S. military secrets to Israel, and the surprising announcement of his parole after 30 years in prison.

House GOPer launches bid to oust Boehner

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 01:51:00 AM M. Alex Johnson, Luke Russert
A House Republican launched a bid Tuesday to kick the speaker of the house out of his job — an almost unheard-of rebellion that has been simmering for months.

NY Times botches Clinton e-mail story

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 01:50:46 AM
Rachel Maddow criticizes the New York Times for its misreporting and subsequent clumsy handling of a story about Hillary Clinton's e-mails, and points out the similarity to the excuses made about Judith Miller's sources in bad Iraq WMD reporting.

This boy just had both hands transplanted

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 01:28:00 AM
8 year-old Zion Harvey recently received a bilateral hand transplant - and he was the first juvenile to ever receive the surgery. Watch Zion's experience in this video produced by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

What SCOTUS would say about Sandra Bland

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 01:12:00 AM Rachel Kleinman
For Sandra Bland, what began as a routine traffic stop ended in an apparent suicide. But was her arrest constitutional? A legal scholar weighs in.

First female coach in NFL history

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 12:44:55 AM
Jen Welter tells Chris Hayes how she became the first woman to ever get hired as an NFL coach, and what it means to be working for the Arizona Cardinals.

The dentist and the lion

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 12:37:10 AM
Chris Hayes looks at the international outrage following news that a Minnesota based dentist killed Cecil, one of Africa's most beloved lions.


Scott Walker's Campaign Stop In Philly Goes Hilariously Off The Rails

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 09:48:19 PM
In Philadelphia, you don't mess with people's cheesesteaks.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) learned that the hard way on Tuesday while visiting two of the city's popular cheesesteak spots, where he cut in line, left behind his trash, and ordered the famous Philly sandwich — with American cheese and without onions, according to philly.com. The presidential candidate was also greeted by protestors during his visit to Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steakson. They held signs that included messages such as, "Scott Walker smells his own poop." Philly protesters bring, uh, colorful complaints about Scott Walker. pic.twitter.com/VqK6nygMwt— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) July 28, 2015His choice of sandwich, featuring American cheese, not cheese whiz, and without onions, made some on social media fear for his safety.Scott Walker cut in line at Geno's to order a cheesesteak with American cheese and no onions. He's not getting out of Philly alive.— Ethan Booker (@Ethan_Booker) July 28, 2015Photograph evidence showed that Walker was unable to eat all of his cheesesteak at Pat's, which the politician visited after eating at Geno's. He reportedly left his trash on the table.Scott Walker did not make it through his second cheesesteak. The remnants from Pat’s: pic.twitter.com/YjtTroBFW4— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) July 28, 2015In all, his actions in Philadelphia made some on Twitter question what kind of leader he would make for the country.If Scott Walker is dumb enough to cut a steak line in South Philly, do you really want him running the country? https://t.co/CCRpjvcsIZ— Dan Callahan (@D_Callahan_) July 28, 2015

Group Warns Supporters 'NO Racial Slurs' At Georgia Confederate Flag Rally

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 08:55:23 PM
If the Confederate flag felt under-appreciated before, some Georgia residents are out to change that. A Facebook community, Confederate States of America Flag Rally 2015, is planning to host a gathering to support the Confederate flag on Saturday at Stone Mountain, a state park about 30 minutes from Atlanta. So far, about 40 counties have meet-up locations so attendees can carpool.There will be flag vendors.Per the organizers, the rules are straightforward:These rules are simple logical and easy to follow! 1.) NO racial slurs or offensive remarks 2.) NO alcohol, we do know its illegal and that will be opportunity for tickets/arrests 3.) NO taunting other vehicles, flipping other people off during the ride 4.) NO burning any flags of any type regardless of which flag 5.) STAY peaceful, which means NO violenceStone Mountain is the birthplace of the modern iteration of the Klu Klux Klan.Previously, Atlanta lawmakers and activists have suggested changing the sculpture or to "sand blast off" the Confederate leaders. The sculpture at Stone Mountain Park has been described as the "largest high-relief sculpture in the world." The massive sculpture can only be removed by an act of state lawmakers.

Fox Reporter Promised Baltimore Cops He Wouldn't Mention Freddie Gray

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 08:28:29 PM
A Fox TV reporter begins an email asking then-Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts for an interview by proclaiming, "I’m a POLICE fan!" according to the email obtained by The Washington Post.Rick Boone, formerly a reporter with WTTG-TV, Washington D.C.'s Fox affiliate, also told Batts that he wanted to write a "positive story" about the department, which would not "discuss Freddie Gray or the officers named in the investigation," according to the email dated May 3, weeks after Gray's death in April. Gray was a black, 25 year-old Baltimore man who was hurt while in police custody from a "high energy injury." His death, which caused riots in the city, has been ruled a homicide because police did not practice proper safety precautions."My coverage last week has been fair and always will be. Like to do a story to get the city’s message of rebuilding out," Boone continued in his email.Read the full story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2015/07/28/fox-tv-reporter-in-interview-request-im-a-police-fan/

GOP Lawmaker: Planned Parenthood No Different Than ‘Nazi Germany’

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 08:21:41 PM
A Texas state representative compared Planned Parenthood to Nazi Germany at a rally at the Texas capitol on Tuesday following the release of "sting" videos by an anti-abortion group, the Houston Chronicle reported. “To find out that this culture of death is now leading to the sale – this is no different than what happened in Nazi Germany," said state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R) at the rally sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Life in Austin, according to the Chronicle. "No different than doing the experiments on the old men and old women and now doing them on the babies. And I am so proud that Texas always takes the lead in trying to turn back what started with Roe v. Wade."The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee plans to hold a hearing Wednesday on the organization's practices regarding the sale fetal tissue.The videos, published by The Center for Medical Progress, purportedly show a high-level Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of fetal tissue, which ignited a storm among the pro-life movement, and, on the other side #StandWithPP.

Trump's Spousal Rape Disaster Is Much Bigger Than One Dumb Lawyer

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 07:50:34 PM
The Donald Trump news cycle is not ready to burn out yet, not while his lawyer, in a very Trump-like show of belligerence, told a reporter that spousal rape is legal when it most certainly is not. This week, the Daily Beast issued a timely reminder that Ivana Trump accused her ex-husband of raping her in 1989 during her divorce deposition. Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen denied this by arguing “she felt raped emotionally” but not criminally, whatever that means. (The one described in Harry Hurt III’s 1993 book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, actually sounds just like a criminal rape, complete with physical violence.) But then he added, to goose his argument, “You cannot rape your spouse,” and adding, in direct opposition to reality, “There’s very clear case law.”Thankfully, the response so far to this story is public outrage—causing Trump’s lawyer to quasi-apologize—because most of us easily grasp that there is nothing even remotely okay about throwing your spouse down and forcing yourself on them, as Trump was alleged to have done. There’s even been some stunned disbelief that it took until 1993 for all 50 states to ban raping your spouse. But we shouldn’t be so surprised, as there are more than a few people out there who continue to argue that it still should be legal to rape your spouse. As Irin Carmon at msnbc.com writes, “There is a long history of conservative opposition to the very concept of marital rape, which is a fairly recent concept in law.” She cites conservative pundit Phyllis Schlafly, Virginia legislator Richard Black, and the infamous Missouri congressman Todd Akin, all criticizing bans on spousal rape. In most cases, they claim that they worry about the poor hypothetical husbands falsely accused by vindictive women during divorce proceedings. (Of course, people file false reports on other crimes, too, including assault and theft, but for some reason no one thinks the solution is to legalize those behaviors.) But the fact that this attitude has a home in conservative circles shouldn’t really be a surprise. After all, resistance to the idea that all forced sex is rape is hardly limited to the question of spousal rape. Public discourse about sexual assault has been on the rise for years now, and the conservative punditry is still a reliable source of people spouting ignorance about rape that sounds more at home in some misogynist Internet forum than in supposedly mainstream media. Like James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal playing the “rape is just drunk girls expressing regret” card. (In reality, it’s that rapists pick intoxicated women because they know they won’t be believed.) Or George Will suggesting that a clear-cut case of rape can’t count because the victim willingly dated the rapist in the past. Or Andrea Tantaros on Fox News whining, “Where’s the personal responsibility for both sides?”—by which she means the victim and the rapist. “Really!” she continued. “If we say ‘personal responsibility for women,’ the feminists go berserk! They’re like, ‘No, we should be able to wear whatever we want and drink as much as we want and pass out in the streets.’” Yes, in 2014, a pundit was literally equating the victimless behaviors of wearing a short skirt and overdrinking with making the choice to physically violate someone against her will. While wearing a really short skirt at the time, because that is the era we live in. (Not that Tantaros can’t wear what she wants, of course. I promise I will never equate her short skirt wearing, which is utterly inoffensive behavior no matter what she says about it, with the rape of another human being.) None of this is particularly surprising. While rape is on the extreme end of the spectrum, women’s basic right to bodily autonomy continues to be hotly controversial, with conservative forces mounting daily assaults on it. Giving women the right to say no to pregnancy is treated, in right wing circles, like it’s the harbinger of the apocalypse. Just this week, Republican legislators tried to defund Planned Parenthood, which is just the latest of such efforts in recent years. Of course, Republicans are hustling as hard as they can to strip abortion access away from women, particularly in red states. And no, this isn’t about “life,” because part of the Republican assault on female autonomy involves attempts to strip women of their contraception coverage in their insurance plans, giving the power of whether or not to use insurance to pay for contraception over to their employers instead. The common theme here is that women’s bodies don’t belong to themselves. The red state abortion assaults conducted under the banner of “states rights” imply that women’s bodies belong to those states. The attacks on contraception coverage in your insurance suggest that women’s bodies belong to their employers. Hell, there’s even one Republican suing to strip his own daughters of birth control coverage, with the legal arguments unsubtly suggesting that those bodies belong not to them but Daddy. The grotesque rape apologist arguments made by conservatives range from suggesting that your date has a right to override your “no” to the idea that, if you drink or wear a short skirt, you have somehow become public property, for any rando to do with what he wishes. Obviously, how much autonomy conservatives “grant” women varies a lot from person to person, but the answer invariably falls short of how much autonomy men are allowed just simply by existing in the world. Trump’s role in the campaign is to take every gross conservative prejudice like this, and present it in its unvarnished, most grotesque form. It shouldn’t be a surprise that his team would pull the same stunt when it comes to communicating conservative hostility to female autonomy. Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist who writes frequently about liberal politics, the religious right and reproductive health care. She's a prolific Twitter villain who can be followed @amandamarcotte.

Americans Are Healthier Since O-care, Especially Minorities and Low-Income, Study Finds

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 06:50:14 PM
Since the implementation of Obamacare picked up in the fall of 2013, Americans are reporting better health and easier access to doctors, a new study found. But minority Americans as well as lower-income Americans reported even greater gains.“The reduction in the uninsured rate among Latino adults was greater than the reduction among white adults,” the study noted, with Latinos reporting a reduction at 11.9 percent compared to 6.1 percent reduction among non-Latino whites. Likewise, non-Latino blacks saw a greater drop in the uninsured rate than whites, reporting a 10.9 percent reduction. In the areas of access to doctors and medicine, Latinos and blacks also made greater gains than their white counterparts. Additionally, the study compared the experiences of those in states that had participated in the Affordable Care Acts’s Medicaid expansion prior to March 2015 against those in the 22 states that did not. It found that there was a greater reduction (by a difference of 5.2 percent) of the uninsured rate for those in Medicaid expansion states, as well as greater gains in access to doctors and medicine, than those in non-Medicaid expansion states.“As states continue to debate whether to expand Medicaid under the ACA, these results add to the growing body of research indicating that such expansions are associated with significant benefits for low-income populations,” the study said.For the survey, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School's Brigham & Women's Hospital, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services looked at phone surveys of more than 500,000 Americans, nearly 50,000 of them in the lower-income bracket. The study used data from phone surveys that were conducted continually from January 2012 through March 2015, which included two Obamacare enrollment periods. The study was published in the July 28 issue of JAMA.The study cautioned that researchers couldn’t be certain that Obamacare had prompted the reported improvements in healthcare access, and outside factors such as the economic recovery could have played a role. (Researchers did control for economic-related variables like income, individual employment, and state unemployment rates). Researchers expressed more confidence in the Medicaid portion of the study since the non-Medicaid states functioned as a natural control group, but still acknowledged that the sample size in that portion of the analysis was much smaller than the overall study.

WATCH: The Onion Unveils Its 'Uncaged' VICE Parody Called EDGE

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 07:15:47 PM
The Onion Media Empire will now include "immersive reporting that is uncaged, unaccountable and totally fucked up" with a parody of HBO's VICE, the company announced Tuesday. If the preview is any indication, the Monday premiere should bring an even more hyperbolic version of VICE's Emmy-award winning show but with "cocaine that doesn't suck."This season on @EDGEtv: We hold a Geiger counter up to these orphans of war. pic.twitter.com/8O6C2SSjAz— EDGE (@EDGEtv) July 28, 2015If you've witnessed, or participated in, any instances of global horror worth our time, call the EDGE Atrocity Tip Line at 1-877-777-8192.— EDGE (@EDGEtv) July 28, 2015Watch the trailer below:

Hail the Patriots Among Us

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 07:18:37 PM
72-year-old vet Harry Tracey has been arrested after walking into an Army recruiter's office in Conyers, Georgia with a pistol to "keep the guys on their toes" in case a Muslim came to kill them.

Dem Sen.: Trump Lawyer 'Giving Akin A Run For His Money'

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 05:12:59 PM
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Monday night slammed the lawyer for Donald Trump who claimed that legally, a man cannot rape his wife, comparing him to former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), the politician known for his claim about "legitimate rape" in the 2012 election.Most shocking part of this? Trump's lawyer thinks it's legal to rape your spouse. Giving Akin a run for his money. http://t.co/eB9h2KjiFc— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) July 28, 2015.@groskogirl I spent years in the courtroom as a prosecutor, and it is incompetent for any lawyer to not know that rape is rape.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) July 28, 2015 McCaskill, who defeated Akin in 2012, was referring to comments made by Michael Cohen, a special counsel to Donald Trump, while defending Trump from sexual assault allegations made by his ex-wife.Cohen told the Daily Beast that "by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse," adding that "there’s very clear case law."He later apologized for his comments, which he said were "inarticulate."Cohen made the statement while defending Donald Trump from allegations made by his ex-wife, Ivana Trump, in a deposition quoted by the 1993 book, "Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump." Ivana said in the deposition that Donald assaulted her in 1989, pulling out her hair and then forcibly penetrating her, according to the book. Donald Trump denied her claims about the assault in 1993, and Ivana Trump softened her statements on the incident. She gave a statement for "Lost Tycoon," saying that she "felt violated" after the incident but did "not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense," according to the Daily Beast.Ivana Trump on Tuesday criticized the Daily Beast report, saying it was "without merit."Following the Daily Beast report resurfacing material from the 1993 book, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schult (D-FL) issued a statement condemning Cohen's comments.“This is a new low. Rape is rape. Full stop. End of story. There is no difference or division between 'forcible', 'legitimate', 'marital' or any other label Republicans slap on before the word 'rape'. All rape is a disgusting violation, and Americans have fought too long and hard for that to be acknowledged to still have it questioned in 2015," she said in a Tuesday statement. "It's a pattern of outrageous comments that must stop, and Republicans should call it what it is - despicable."

Sounds Legit

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 07:11:09 PM
Politico's Mike Allen to emcee Koch Brothers donor cattle call with Republican presidential candidates.

Your Daily Break From 2016 Nonsense

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 07:10:37 PM
Cool new archaeological discoveries at Jamestown announced today.

WATCH: Florida Cop Arrests Man, Tosses Peanuts To Him Like A Zoo Animal

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 04:54:23 PM
Sarasota, Florida police officer Andrew Halpin arrested a Florida man on July 18. After handcuffing and booking the man, Halpin started to toss peanuts into the intoxicated man's mouth like a zoo animal, the Herald-Tribune reported Monday. The man, intoxicated and handcuffed, couldn't catch the peanuts with him mouth and the food fell to the floor, the newspaper reported.Halpin helped him out by pushing the food with his boot toward the man, who then began eating the peanuts off the floor, according to the newspaper.The Herald-Tribune reported that the officer was using "dog commands" toward the homeless man.Halpin was suspended Monday after the police chief saw the security footage.Watch the Herald-Tribune video, featuring several officers who did not intervene, below:h/t RawStory

Welp

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 04:51:49 PM
Trump apologizes for saying you can't rape your own wife. Frankly, I think Trump should have stuck with George.

Vet Allegedly Brought Gun Into Army Office To Keep Recruiters 'On Their Toes'

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 06:25:49 PM
A 72-year-old military veteran was arrested for allegedly bringing a gun into an Army recruitment office in Conyers, Georgia last week to "keep the guys on their toes," according to the Rockdale News. Harry Tracey was arrested on suspicion of bringing a weapon onto government property, according to the Rockdale News.According to a police report reviewed by the newspaper, Tracey entered the office and began asking unusual questions."He asked if he felt safe, if he was armed and if he could protect himself against an attack like the one that happened in Chattanooga," an officer wrote in the police report.He lifted his shirt, revealing a black pistol tucked into his waistband, and left the office. Police located Tracey nearby, according to the Rockdale News.He reportedly told police that he brought his weapon to the office because of the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee that left two dead and others injured. Tracey said he did not mean harm, but wanted to "keep them aware of their surroundings," according to the Rockdale News.Tracey posted his $7,000 bail and was released from the county jail on Saturday, according to the newspaper.h/t: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/vietnam-vet-arrested-after-walking-into-army-recruiting-office-with-gun-to-keep-them-on-their-toes/

Trump Lawyer Apologizes For Saying That 'You Can't Rape Your Spouse'

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 04:21:44 PM
Micahel Cohen, a special counsel to Donald Trump, apologized on Tuesday for comments about marital rape that he made while defending his boss from allegations that Donald Trump sexually assaulted his ex-wife."As an attorney, husband and father there are many injustices that offend me but nothing more than charges of rape or racism. They hit me at my core. Rarely am I surprised by the press, but the gall of this particular reporter to make such a reprehensible and false allegation against Mr. Trump truly stunned me," Cohen said in a statement to CNN. "In my moment of shock and anger, I made an inarticulate comment - which I do not believe -- and which I apologize for entirely." In defending Trump from allegations made by ex-wife Ivana Trump, Cohen said that legally, "you can’t rape your spouse.""You’re talking about the frontrunner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as a private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse," Cohen told the Daily Beast. "You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law."He also threatened the Daily Beast reporter while addressing the rape allegations."I think you should go ahead and you should write the story that you plan on writing. I think you should do it. Because I think you’re an idiot. And I think your paper’s a joke, and it’s going to be my absolute pleasure to serve you with a $500 million lawsuit, like I told [you] I did it to Univision," he told the Daily Beast.The Trump campaign on Monday distanced itself from Cohen and his comments, and Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told CNN that Trump "disagrees" with Cohen's statements.Cohen was defending Trump against allegations made by Ivana Trump in a deposition, quoted in the book, "Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump," which was published in 1993, and which the Daily Beast resurfaced on Monday. According to the book, Ivana Trump said in the deposition that Trump assaulted her in 1989, pulling out her hair and then forcibly penetrating her. Donald Trump denied her claims about the assault in 1993. Ivana Trump gave a statement on the incident for "Lost Tycoon," saying that she "felt violated" but did "not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense," according to the Daily Beast.On Tuesday, she gave a statement to ABC News referring to the Daily Beast report, in which she said that the deposition was given "during a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald. The story is totally without merit."

Really True

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 04:14:31 PM
President Bush's Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Kurtzer, says Mike Huckabee is guilty of the same sort of "incitement" that led to the murder of Yitzhak Rabin.

Texas Pastor Shoots Church Intruder

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 03:31:08 PM
A Houston-area pastor shot and injured a burglary suspect at his church early Tuesday morning, the Houston Chronicle reported. Police said a pastor at the Church of New Beginnings in Baytown, Texas, about 30 miles from Houston, was sleeping in the church office when noises woke him up just after 6 a.m., the Chronicle reported.The pastor grabbed a gun, confronted the intruder and shot him, authorities told the newspaper. Police have not released the name of the injured man or further details of the incident.

North Carolina GOP Chair Tweets Memes Linking Hillary Clinton To KKK

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 03:30:32 PM
The head of North Carolina's Republican Party recently tweeted a pair of memes linking Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to the Ku Klux Klan. State GOP Chairman Hasan Harnett, who is black, tweeted images of a wild-eyed and a winking Clinton alongside an image of KKK members. The text on the images read "The KKK was created as the militant wing of the Democrat Party in order to fight Republican reconstruction":Say NO to the #HillaryClinton and the #Liberal Takeover. #ChristianLivesMatter #KeepGodFirst pic.twitter.com/JAWEcsCmPT— Hasan Harnett (@HasanHarnett) July 22, 2015Say NO to the #Democrat Lies #Liberal Agenda. #BlackLivesMatter #KeepGodFirst pic.twitter.com/ueREVWozzS— Hasan Harnett (@HasanHarnett) July 23, 2015Harnett declined to comment on the tweets to Raleigh TV station WRAL. The state party's executive director, Todd Poole, told the news station that as the state party's first black chairman, Harnett "believes we have to learn from history and move past it."The chairman's tweets also paint a misleading picture of the Democratic Party's history. It's true that Democrats have historic ties to the South, from the Confederacy through to the Civil Rights era -- a fact that conservative pundits used to try to deflect blame from modern Republicans during the recent debate over the Confederate flag. But while certain Southern Democrats of yore were involved with the hate group, the KKK was never a part of the Democratic Party as an institution.

Politico's Mike Allen To Emcee Koch Bros. Q&A With 2016 GOPers

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 04:46:06 PM
Politico's chief White House correspondent Mike Allen has been booked to emcee part of an event set up by a group funded by the Koch brothers designed to connect Republican presidential candidates with wealthy donors, according to Politico. Days before the first GOP debate, several 2016 Republican hopefuls, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) and Gov. Scott Walker (WI) are set to travel to the event hosted by the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, which is funded by the Koch brothers, according to Politico.The candidates will use their time there to appeal to the Koch brothers and other conservatives who are planning to spend up to $1 billion in the 2016 election, according to Politico.The first GOP debate, in which only the top 10 Republican candidates will participate, will take place Aug. 6 in Cleveland.At the annual Freedom Partners conference, the candidates will appear in individual Q&A sessions, which will be moderated by Allen and streamed online to media outlets, according to Politico.h/t: https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/626019667430260736

Kurtzer: Huckabee Guilty Of Same 'Incitement' That Led To Rabin Assassination

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 03:19:22 PM
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer on Monday night condemned former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) "outrageous comments" comparing the Iran nuclear deal to the Holocaust and said that Huckabee's statements reminded him of the "incitement" that led to the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin."There are serious issues to be debated here but for anybody to equate what the president’s doing to what Adolph Hitler did in World War II is just extraordinary. And in some ways it’s a form of incitement, and we’ve seen the results of that 20 years ago in Israel. There was the same kind of incitement against Yitzhak Rabin and that led to a tragic outcome," Kurtzer, who served as ambassador under President George W. Bush, said on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes." "I just hope that people really stand back and understand that Mr. Huckabee has crossed a very serious line here," he continued. "Every Republican candidate should stand up, condemn this and ask him to retract it."Rabin was assassinated in 1995 after he helped broker the Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine.Despite strong condemnations of his remarks, Huchabee has refused to apologize for or back down from comments he made about the Iran nuclear deal on Saturday."This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," Huckabee said on Saturday in an interview with Breitbart News.Watch Kurtzer's interview with Chris Hayes at MSNBC.


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