A video posted online this week includes profanity-laced clips from past interviews and speeches by embattled, Bush-bashing Fresno State professor Randa Jarrar, in which she says farmers who support President Donald Trump are "just f---ing stupid."
The nearly 4-minute YouTube video, published Wednesday under the username Vigilante Goose, was emailed Friday to university officials -- including university President Joseph Castro, the Fresno Bee reported.
Jarrar, an English professor at the school, also known as California State University, Fresno, ignited a firestorm Tuesday, just after news broke about the death of Barbara Bush, whose funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Texas.
In Twitter posts Tuesday, Jarrar called the late first lady an “amazing racist,” and said she was “happy the witch is dead.”
-- I just think we need to be compassionate towards other people.
-- Did you know president Obama did the same move.
-- Did I not know that yeah, that’s kind of surprising.
-- Do you support sending troops down to the border?
-- Three knows.
-- It’s totally uncalled for act of power.
-- Definitely disprove. I don’t know. I think it just puts a bad light on America.
Rep. Nunes: This is really important to us because the intelligence investigation uses the tools of our intelligence services that are not supposed to be used on American citizens. So, we’ve long wanted to know what intelligence did you have that actually led to this investigation. So what we found now after the investigators have reviewed it is in fact there was no intelligence. So we have a traditional partnership with what’s called the Five Eyes Agreement…
Maria Bartiromo: Mr. Chairman you’ve got to explain what you just said. I think this is extraordinary. That you’re telling us that in order for the FBI, the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into so-called collusion between President Trump and the Russians there was no official intelligence used. Then how did this investigation start?
Rep. Nunes: I think that is the point. We don’t understand and never understood.
The difficult-to-pronounce word on everybody’s lips this week is Nxivm, the self-help “company” that former members have deemed a cult.
Nxivm (pronounced “Nexium”) is currently in the press because its leader Keith Raniere was arrested in Mexico on Sunday. Subsequently, he’s been charged with sex-trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. FBI official William Sweeney detailed on Monday that, “As alleged, Keith Raniere displayed a disgusting abuse of power in his efforts to denigrate and manipulate women he considered his sex slaves.”
Sweeney continued, “He allegedly participated in horrifying acts of branding and burning them, with the co-operation of other women operating within this unorthodox pyramid scheme. These serious crimes against humanity are not only shocking, but disconcerting to say the least, and we are putting an end to this torture today.”
Unlike other, less glamorous cults, Nxivm has always flirted with celebrity. A 2010 Vanity Fair piece alleged that Raniere went out of his way to court wealthy and influential followers. That article, “The Heiresses and the Cult,” told the story of Seagrams heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman, who quickly rose through the Nxivm ranks, helping to organize high profile events like the Dalai Lama’s visit to Albany in 2009.
Vanity Fair reported that the Bronfman sisters’ relationship with Raniere lead to a “massive gutting” of their trust funds “to help finance nxivm and the alleged investment schemes of its leader.” The article continued, “According to legal filings and public documents, in the last six years as much as $150 million was taken out of the Bronfmans’ trusts and bank accounts, including $66 million allegedly used to cover Raniere’s failed bets in the commodities market, $30 million to buy real estate in Los Angeles and around Albany, $11 million for a 22-seat, two-engine Canadair CL-600 jet, and millions more to support a barrage of lawsuits across the country against nxivm’s enemies.”
Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez defended the DNC's civil lawsuit against the Donald Trump campaign Sunday from criticism that includes Democratic lawmakers and strategists.
The DNC filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court, accusing the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russian agents and WikiLeaks. The New York Times reported the suit came as a surprise to even Democratic Party leaders.
ABC's George Stephanopoulos quoted former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod calling the lawsuit "spectacularly ill-timed," saying it helps President Trump portray the Robert Mueller Russia probe as a partisan vendetta.
Perez defended himself by saying that a civil suit needs to be filed within the statue of limitations and the DNC has a strong case. He also said it is important to "deter misconduct."
"It's hard to win elections when you have interference in elections. And they've done it with impunity. I'm concerned it will happen again. That's why we did it now," Perez said.
Stephanopoulos pushed Perez, asking if this type of lawsuit is a bad idea with the 2018 midterms coming up.
Some Democrats think so, including Intelligence Committee member Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), who faces a tough re-election battle this November.
McCaskill called the lawsuit a distraction, but Perez told Stephanopoulos "we can walk and chew gum."
Washington D.C. Councilman Trayon White has declared that he will not resign and is “done apologizing” over the anti-Semitic controversies that surrounded him for the last few weeks. About a month ago, there was a significant commotion after White spread a conspiracy theory that the Rothschild family and other powerful Jewish people control the climate and government. More recently, White argued with experts at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and then left in the middle of his tour. As White continues to face scrutiny, he put up a 36-minute-long Facebook Live video where he lashed out at the media for criticizing his alleged anti-Semitism and his past donations to the Nation of Islam. White’s video appears to have been deleted from Facebook, though Washington Post managed to save a copy.
In his video, White called the reports about his early museum departure a “lie.” -- “I stayed the whole time. I voluntarily went and I took my staff,” White said. “If people don’t think I’m sincere, that’s on them.” White goes on to say “I’m not gonna be quiet” and that he’s had enough with the apologies. “I am not resigning, I’m not backing down, I’m not discouraged, I’m not depressed, so run all the media stories you want because my people are going to support me,” said White. “I’m done apologizing about that. I was sincere.”
CNN has become the laughing stock of the media even among some in the left. Now they've released yet another narcissistic ad attempting to claim that they put facts first, despite being known as the most unreliable new source and all of mainstream media.
Democratic Socialists of America, Socialist Alternative, and other leftist and anti-war organisations gathered to protest the christening of the US Navy's newest ship, the USS Portland, in its namesake city of Portland on Saturday.
What happens when 2 of the most hated groups in America confront one another? The left-wing group that had hundreds of people in Masks show up trying to fight gets their asses handed to them by the police!
The Antifa terrorists controlled by left-wing billionaire George Soros attempted to hurl numerous objects at the racist KKK members marching down the middle of the street. Police did not take kindly when several of those objects hit some of the officers trying to keep the peace. The situation quickly escalated when the members refuse to take off their masks.
French President Emmanuel Macron quipped he's trying to make France "great again" in response to criticism he's governed as an authoritarian, a nod to the famous "Make America Great Campaign" slogan of President Donald Trump.
Macron is making an official state visit to the United States beginning Monday to celebrate nearly 250 years of U.S.-French relations.
"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace noted some in the French press have compared Macron to Napoleon and King Louis XIV since he took office in 2017. Although the 40-year-old Macron is viewed as a progressive stalwart abroad, the Washington Post reports he's seen as a "liberal strongman" in his own country.
Discontent with him has grown in France for governing in a perceived autocratic fashion and being beholden to the rich, and critics have taken exception to his efforts to reduce the powers of Parliament. A recent poll showed only 42 percent support for his policies in France.
"Do you ever feel you need to guard against being arrogant?" Wallace asked.
"Definitely," Macron said. "But having authority, deciding, being aware of all the consequences of your decision, and thinking that you have to stick to your decision to deliver when it's good for the country, is not the same as being authoritarian or being arrogant."
"I'm here to serve my people in my country and make it great again, as somebody I know very well could say," Macron added. "That's the whole story, and make it great again means delivering good results, having more unity for the country, and being fair with the people."
Macron said ahead of his visit that he and Trump have a "very special relationship" due to what he says are their outsider statuses.
"We have a very special relationship because both of us are probably the maverick of the systems on both sides," he said. "I think President Trump’s election was unexpected in your country, and probably my election was unexpected in my country. And we are not part of the classical political system."
While the leader of the oldest ally of the U.S. and Trump have appeared friendly for the cameras, they differ on several significant issues, among them the Iran nuclear deal, Syria, the Paris climate accords and Trump's recent steel and aluminum tariffs.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) said she believes the country is ready for a woman president, although she said she was not "planning" on a 2020 bid for the White House.
In an interview with MSNBC host Al Sharpton at the National Action Network annual conference, Gillibrand said she was focused on her 2018 re-election bid to the U.S. Senate.
"But after '18, if you're re-elected, would you consider running?" Sharpton asked.
"Well, I'm definitely not planning on it," she said. "I'm really focused only on '18."
Sharpton, who also interviewed Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) for "PoliticsNation" on Sunday, asked Gillibrand if she thought the country was ready for a woman president.
"I do," she said. "Hillary [Clinton] won the popular vote. The country's ready, and I think that what they really want is a leader who speaks from conviction, speaks from their heart with great authenticity and passion, and that could be a man or a woman. So I believe the country is ready. It's just about someone who is going to really share their values and fight for what they care deeply about."
Marxist Obama after ceding control of the internet to ICAAN, shows his cards and explains how speech considered to be "wacky" must be regulated.
Amy Schumer confirmed she is, in fact, white Friday on “The View.”
She stated that she would have liked if a “woman of color” was the star the new movie “I Feel Pretty,” the movie that she herself, a white woman, chose to star in.
“The backlash was people were saying your character is a blonde of healthy weight who is attractive, and you’re supposed to make us believe that you are ugly? How do you respond to that?”
“First of all, that’s the nicest backlash I’ve ever heard,” Schumer said.
“No, it just made me excited for people to see the movie,” she said. “It’s not about an ugly, vile troll getting beautiful. It’s about a girl who really struggles with self-esteem, which is something we can all relate to.”
“Also, I think it is fair to say that it’s a lot harder for other people,” she added, “and I recognize that I am a caucasian, like — I would love if this movie were starring a woman of color who’s had it way harder than me, and I think, I hope we get there. This is hopefully just a step in the right direction.”
As beautiful young co-stars in the long-running, Superman-prequel TV series “Smallville,” their biggest problem was dealing with their odd young pal, Clark Kent.
Then Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack signed up for an upstate seminar run by self-help guru Keith Raniere, and they met a real-life super villain.
Raniere was arrested while on the lam in his $10,000-a-week Mexican villa this week, charged by federal prosecutors with running a violent sex-slave cult called NXIVM (pronounced nexium).
Brunette Kreuk, who portrayed the young Superman’s love interest, Lana Lang, signed up, but got out before female acolytes began getting forcibly branded with cauterizing pens.
“Kreuk had come first, sometime around late 2005, early 2006,” said Frank Parlato, who first broke the story, in June, of women being forcibly branded as part of the NXIVM “sorority.”
“Kreuk brought in Allison” soon afterward, said Parlato, who worked as the group’s publicist in 2007 and 2008.
Mack played Clark Kent’s starry-eyed blond pursuer, Chloe Sullivan.
“Lana” and “Chloe” went from starring in the popular, sugar sweet CW series to starring as Raniere’s top sex-slave recruiters, said Parlato.
“Allison was used, as was Kristen, as a lure to bring in other women because of their celebrity status,” he said.
As the "Me Too" movement gained steam across the nation last fall, Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez went public with her own harrowing tale: that a political ally, Rafael Velasquez, had pulled out his penis and tried to force her to touch it while the two sat alone in a car.
But according to a newly released memo from the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, prosecutors have declined to charge Velasquez, saying there was not enough evidence to prove a crime took place.
If anything, investigators found evidence that conflicted with the commissioner's account — although they also declined to pursue Velasquez's counter-claim that the commissioner made the whole thing up and filed a false police report in order to promote her congressional campaign.
"This commissioner used these false allegations for political purposes, and the power of her office, to basically destroy my name and reputation in our community,” said Velasquez, who at the time was locked in a close race for the Miami Beach commission. “The only taxpayer-funded seat this criminal commissioner should occupy is a bench in state prison.”
Cuomo: I’m an Italian-American, I came from poor Italian-Americans who came here. You know what they called Italian-Americans back in the day? They called them wops. You know what wop stood for? Without papers. I’m undocumented.
“I think we’ve been very clear that it’s important for us to win this election so that we can meet the needs of the American people,” Pelosi said at a press conference on Thursday. “Whether or not the president should be impeached is a matter that is being dealt with in the Justice Department … whether they have the facts and the law to make a determination of how they go forward. “We don’t have that information,” she said.
On Friday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper shut down a conspiracy theory from a Democratic lawmaker who suggested that one of Donald Trump’s associates was connected to WikiLeaks.
Appearing on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) brought up the messages that were discovered between Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone and WikiLeaks as he suggested that the American public was not being told the truth about what happened.
“The larger issue here is, I do not believe that the Trump team, the family, the candidate, and associates like Stone are not coming clean,” Swalwell said. “I am here in Muscatine, Iowa, Anderson, talking to voters and what they are saying to me is, ‘just come clean, just tell us the truth so we can better protect the ballot box when we go to vote this November.’”
Not only were no votes changed due to “hacking” in the 2016 election, but, as Cooper pointed out, Swalwell’s suggestion that there is more to the story than Americans are being told regarding connections between Stone and WikiLeaks, has no factual basis in reality.
“Just for the record, the text exchanges over Twitter and direct message between Stone and WikiLeaks, the ones that have at least been released, and I assume those are the only ones, they don’t really show anything,” Cooper responded.
“It doesn’t seem like there’s any smoking gun there,” Cooper concluded.
Baltimore’s police commissioner addressed a crowd at a hip-hop concert alongside the mayor, but the audience didn’t seem interested in what he had to say.
“I want to take about 20 seconds to apologize for all the things that the police have done dating back 200 years,” Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said at Wednesday’s Eric B. & Rakim concert at Baltimore Soundstage.
A video posted by Baltimore Fishbowl shows De Sousa being met with a few applause but mostly boo’s — as well as several profanities.
“Two hundred years ago, all the way to civil rights. All the way to the ’80s where crack was prevalent in the cities and it affected disproportionately African-American men. All the way to the ’90s. All the way to the 2000’s when we had zero tolerance,” De Sousa added.
Despite opposition from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley confirmed Thursday that his committee will vote next week on a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired in the midst of the Russia investigation.
"Some have raised the question of why the committee plans on proceeding with the markup despite the fact that the majority leader has indicated that he will not take this bill up on the floor," said Grassley, R-Iowa., at a committee meeting. "The views of the majority leader are obviously important to consider, but they do not govern what happens here on the Judiciary Committee."
McConnell said Tuesday on Fox News that he would not bring the bipartisan bill to the Senate floor for a vote, even if it is approved by the Judiciary Committee. The committee is scheduled to vote next Thursday, after debating amendments.
"We'll not be having this on the floor of the Senate," McConnell, R-Ky., said during an interview on Fox News.
Grassley said he promised the bill's main sponsors — Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Thom Tillis and Democrats Chris Coons and Cory Booker — that he would schedule a committee vote if they worked together to merge two bills to protect Mueller into one.
Laura Loomer, a self-proclaimed investigative journalist, stood up and shouted at Comey while he was preparing to answer written audience questions at a Barnes & Noble event.
Loomer shouted "You're going to get locked up" and called Comey a criminal, saying that he would be "prosecuted for your transgressions" in a video posted to her Twitter account.
"You are not an ethical leader!" she yelled as security staff escorted her from the bookstore.
Loomer asked Comey about his role in overseeing the FBI's investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign's ties to Russia and the dossier of opposition research that was reportedly used as a piece of evidence in opening the probe.
In a tweet following her removal from the bookstore, Loomer fumed that Comey had refused to answer her question because it was not pre-screened. Other questions the former FBI director answered were written down on paper beforehand.
"Who does @JamesComey think he is to tell me and others what we can and can’t ask? I’ll ask him anything I want to ask whenever I want," she said.
"Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?" The Boston and Brooklyn public libraries are hosting, "Drag Queen Story Hour," for children.
DRAG Queens will visit primary schools to read stories to children in a bid to boost LGBT awareness.
The man behind the scheme hopes it will "spread a bit of happiness and love" and promote tolerance and individuality.
Former FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday he regretted including a paragraph about President Donald Trump's physical appearance in his new book, saying it's been a way for critics to attack the book.
Comey is in the midst of a wide media tour to promote A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, which includes his interactions with Trump before being fired last May.
Critics have charged Comey appears petty with his passages noting Trump's hand size, possible self-tanning and hair when they first met. However, he spoke about them during his interview Sunday night with ABC host George Stephanopoulosm, including noting Trump appeared shorter than he expected.
"The View" co-host Sara Haines said he understood Comey wanted to set the stage for the reader with his book, but she asked if it was worth it at the possible expense of his credibility.
"It's a Trump game to talk about those things," she said. "That's what he does."
"I think you're right," Comey said. "If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't put that paragraph in, even though—just because it gave people a handhold who hadn't read the book to attack the book. I just want people to read the book, so it can be useful to them."
He noted he also provided a graphic physical description of his first boss at a grocery store, saying he wasn't trying to pick on Trump.
"I wasn't making fun of his hands," Comey said.
"People have seized onto that as a distraction, so I'm answering honestly, if I had it to do over again, I would tear that paragraph out," he added.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) on Wednesday signed an executive order granting all parolees in his state the right to vote, taking unilateral action after the Republican-led Senate rejected a similar proposal.
“It is unconscionable to deny voting rights to New Yorkers who have paid their debt and have re-entered society,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This reform will reduce disenfranchisement and will help restore justice and fairness to our democratic process.”
About 35,000 people are on parole in New York state. According to Cuomo’s office, African Americans and Hispanics account for about 71 percent of that population.
Cuomo previewed his action during a speech Wednesday at the National Action Network’s annual conference in Manhattan, where he was introduced by its founder, the Rev. Al Sharpton.
“In this state, when you're released from prison and you're on parole, you still don't have the right to vote,” the governor said. “Now how can that be? You did your time. You paid your debt. You're released, but you still don't have a right to vote.”
Students protesting for expanded gun control measures were arrested outside Paul Ryan’s office after a brief sit-in.
After being given three warnings by Capitol police, four of the dozen students remained lying on the ground and were handcuffed and brought outside to a police van where they were searched and taken to a juvenile facility.
When asked why they did this, one girl simply replied “for gun control.” Another replied "we need to send a message," but was pulled away by police before she could finish answering
The two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia last week and accused of trespassing say they were there for a business meeting that they hoped would change their lives.
Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson came forward this morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America" to publicly share their story for the first time.
The entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood when they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager.
"I was thinking, they can't be here for us," Robinson said in the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts.
Starbucks manager told 911 of 2 men 'refusing to make a purchase or leave' before their arrests
Starbucks to close 8,000 stores to give staff 'racial-bias' training
Starbucks manager who made call resulting in black men's arrests no longer works for company
Jimmy Kimmel may not be funny, but he doesn’t have to worry about Nancy Pelosi taking his job away.
The House Minority Leader attempted to tell a joke to an environmental protest on Saturday, and it fell flat.
So flat, only one person laughed.
Nancy Pelosi had a hard time speaking after a liberal heckler yelled for “a new Congress” during an anti-Trump tax protest on Tuesday.
The House Minority Leader, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and a string of other malcontents took to the podium outside the Capitol to complain about President Trump’s tax cuts last year.
Pelosi began her brief remarks by laughing oddly.
Moments later, a heckler interrupted her, demanding “a new Congress.”
That threw Pelosi, and she stumbled mightily to continue speaking.
She claimed Republicans are “mortgaging our children’s future, placing a dark cloud over, putting a dark cloud over, over, dark cloud over this capitol, over our budget.”
Pelosi accused Republicans of cutting “a hundred trillion” dollars of education, before quickly correcting herself to say “billion.”
While telling a story about Pope Benedict and St. Augustine, she got confused and said Benedict quoted Benedict, before saying Augustine.
To emphasize her point, she said Augustine made his statement “17 centuries ago,” before attempti
ng to repeat it, only for gibberish to come out of her mouth. Later the protester called for a “50-state strategy,” a popular theme among the far-left who want a more robust DNC.
'The Ingraham Angle' shines light on shocking crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
Brookdale Community College is investigating why a professor shouted the F-word at conservative student in an incident around a conversation regarding sexual harassment.
Milwaukee School Board member Michael Bonds lashed out at MTEA vice president Amy Mizialko as Mizialko talked about a school bus proposal during Tuesday night’s Board meeting.
Bonds, the former Board President, told Mizialko to “go to Hell” as Mizialko railed against Bonds over a plan to reduce bus service to certain students.
The crowd erupted, calling for Bonds to be voted out of office in November.