FRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.
The spectacle began on Friday morning at 11:00 am EST, when the Most Trusted Name in News™ spent 12 straight minutes on air flamboyantly hyping an exclusive bombshell report that seemed to prove that WikiLeaks, last September, had secretly offered the Trump campaign, even Donald Trump himself, special access to the DNC emails before they were published on the internet. As CNN sees the world, this would prove collusion between the Trump family and WikiLeaks and, more importantly, between Trump and Russia, since the U.S. intelligence community regards WikiLeaks as an “arm of Russian intelligence,” and therefore, so does the U.S. media.
This entire revelation was based on an email which CNN strongly implied it had exclusively obtained and had in its possession. The email was sent by someone named “Michael J. Erickson” – someone nobody had heard of previously and whom CNN could not identify – to Donald Trump, Jr., offering a decryption key and access to DNC emails that WikiLeaks had “uploaded.” The email was a smoking gun, in CNN’s extremely excited mind, because it was dated September 4 – ten days before WikiLeaks began promoting access to those emails online – and thus proved that the Trump family was being offered special, unique access to the DNC archive: likely by WikiLeaks and the Kremlin.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News on Friday that his investigators have already uncovered evidence of "abuse" in the U.S. government's surveillance practices.
“I believe there's evidence that abuses have occurred," Nunes said in his first interview since the House Ethics Committee dismissed allegations he had wrongly released classified information as part of the panel’s Russia investigation.
"We have had an ongoing investigation into DOJ [Department of Justice] and FBI since mid-summer for both FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] abuse and other matters that we can't get into too much. But it is very concerning."
Nunes pointed to the leaked conversation of former national security adviser, Gen. Mike Flynn with the Russian ambassador. The congressman said he is unaware of any leak investigation by the FBI or Justice Department.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. is pursued by reporters as he arrives for a weekly meeting of the Republican Conference with House Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Nunes is facing growing calls to step away from the panel's Russia investigation as revelations about a secret source meeting on White House grounds raised questions about his and the panel's independence. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
“I hate to use the word corrupt, but they become so dirty that, who is watching the watchmen? Who is investigating these people? There is no one."
Nunes said he will call Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, whose apparent demotion was first reported by Fox's James Rosen, over his contacts with the firm behind the Trump dossier -- to testify. The congressman said he believes the Obama Justice Department – from Attorney General Lynch, to her deputy, Sally Yates, FBI Director Comey as well as FBI agent Peter Strzok who was fired by the Mueller Russia probe over anti-Trump text messages -- may have valuable information.
"It's hard to believe that all of them, there was a very small circle that we’re looking into the Trump dossier overall." Nunes said.
Twenty-one masked men have been seen throwing molotov cocktails at a synagogue in central Gothenburg.
'We are in place with a number of units,' said Peter Nordengard, police chief of the West Western region, told the Expressen newspaper.
Dvir Maoz, the World Bnei Akiva youth movement's emissary in Gothenburg, said the attack happened a little after 10 p.m. while youths from the local Jewish community were attending a party inside the synagogue complex.
He described looking out from inside the synagogue lobby area and from the corner of his eye seeing 'a ball of fire' approaching the building.
'The guards saw it in the security cameras and called police right away. The children were stressed, it was the first time they had ever experienced a terrorist attack near them.'
Nothing like a massive group of liberals and Palestinian supporting Muslims calling for all Jews to be murdered in the streets of New York to prove that both Muslims and liberals have the same ideology when it comes to Israel. Among many other things.
Quotes such as, "Jews, remember Khaybar" can be heard, referring to the Muslim massacre of the Jews of the town of that name in northwestern Arabia in 628 CE.
Watch as a Palestinian terrorist shoves a 6 inch knife into an Israeli man who was standing there doing a little bit of window watching.
First the Palestinian terrorist throws his jacket on the face of another Israeli man, then he plunges the knife into the man standing directly beside him, then flees.
A surge in Palestinian terrorist stabbings has skyrocketed in the past few days after the United States officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The so-called ‘March of Shame’ attracted more than 10,000 people on Saturday, Ynet News reported. The protestors on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard chanted "Shame, shame, shame," "Bibi Netanyahu to Maasiyahu Prison," and "We will not give in until you give up."
Antifa terrorists controlled by George Soros and the Democratic Party attempted to attack a free speech, pro-border wall rally held in San Diego California, they made a huge mistake!
Watch as a group of left-wing terrorists tried to push and force their way into discussions that Trump supporters are having only to be pushed and shoved back when they persist. Eventually, a 17-year old Trump supporter is attacked by a group of adults only to have their asses whipped badly.
On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) stated Senator Al Franken (D-MN) should resign and slammed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) interview about Representative John Conyers (D-MI) on “Meet the Press” and called for Pelosi to resign as Minority Leader.
Moulton said Pelosi “did not say the right things, in any respect. She didn’t respect the women who have brought forward these allegations.” Moulton reiterated his call for Pelosi to step down from leadership so that a new generation can take over.
Later on, Moulton answered anchor Steve Kornacki’s question on whether Franken should resign by saying, “Yes. From what I know, he should resign.”
Moulton continued that “There will be more of these cases,” and it’s important to ensure that women “feel supported and can come forward.”
He added that sexual misconduct isn’t just a problem in Congress, and Congress needs to set the tone for the rest of the country, something it isn’t doing at the moment.
The Ventura County fire is now twice the size of Washington, D.C. Nearly 23,000 homes and businesses are threatened and 260,000 people have been evacuated—the equivalent of the population of St. Petersburg, Fla. A decade of drought and powerful Santa Ana winds are being blamed for the disaster.
A Facebook post is going viral as a mother records her son's heartbreaking story of being bullied in school. In the video, Keaton Jones who is in tears asks why bullies pick on him and others. Keaton's mother Kimberly Jones says it was Keaton's idea to record the video.
BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State on Saturday, announcing the end of more than three years of battles to regain control over nearly one-third of the country that had been under the terrorist group’s dominion.
Mr. Abadi’s carefully calibrated statement came months after armed forces wrested back control over Iraq’s major urban areas, notably its second-largest city, Mosul, and shifted focus to mopping up remnants of the militants who had escaped or gone underground in the vast desert border areas between Iraq and Syria.
Kim Jong-un has given a two-finger salute to sanctions against North Korea by unveiling his latest arsenal - hundreds of blue tractors, a video revealed.
The rogue leader showed off a parade of the farm machines in Pyongyang in a bid to highlight that the secretive state was supposedly still full-steam ahead.
Its premier Pak Pong Ju heralded the shiny new vehicles as supposed proof that "no one can stop us from moving forward", state media reported.
And it said that the production of the tractors showed "victory" was in the grasp for North Korea against "the enemy" - a nod to the West.
Palestinian groups once again called for a “Day of Rage” against Israel in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem on Friday and urged demonstrators to step up their protests.
The appeal came as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned that failure to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would increase the flames in the region.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad issued separate statements on Thursday calling on Palestinians to take to the streets following Friday prayers “in solidarity with al-Aksa Mosque.”
Hamas called on all Palestinians, especially youths, to “move to save the Aksa Mosque and defend Jerusalem against the Israeli siege imposed on the city.” Friday should be turned into a “special day in the history of the Palestinian struggle to preserve our rights in Jerusalem,” it said. The movement also called on Palestinians to clash with soldiers and settlers in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The Islamic Jihad organization also urged Palestinians to take to the streets on Friday to voice solidarity with the Aksa Mosque.
The time has come for a “popular revolution” against Israeli measures in Jerusalem, the group’s representative, Muhammad al-Harazeen, said, claiming Israel was seeking to alter the city’s Arab and Islamic identity.
Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh said Israel was working toward “evicting” Palestinians from the Aksa Mosque. Batsh praised the recent terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, saying they reflected the outrage of Palestinians toward Israeli measures in the city and on the Temple Mount.
President Donald Trump hosted a Hanukkah celebration at the White House on Thursday – one day after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.
“Right now I'm thinking about what's going on and the love that's all over Israel and all about Jerusalem,” Trump said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Trump drew strong applause and cheers from the crowd for his remarks as he was joined by his family, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, Holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israels and Orthodox Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.
Soloveichik recited a traditional prayer that he claimed had special meaning this year in light of Trump’s recent actions with Israel
"For the first time since the founding of the State of Israel, an American president has courageously declared what we have always proclaimed, which is that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel," Soloveichik exclaimed.
At least two Palestinians are reported to have died during a day of rage in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the deaths. It said Israeli soldiers fatally shot one man near the Gaza border amid clashes over Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Dozens of Palestinians are said to have been injured in the violence.
As Friday prayers ended, scuffles broke out. Reinforcements were deployed in and around Jerusalem's Old City.
Water cannon were used in some areas, in response to stones thrown by protesters, while thick, black smoke could be seen as tyres were burned and tear gas fired.
US President Donald Trump's decision was a contentious one. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of the state they seek, but Israel regards Jerusalem as its eternal, indivisible capital.
Pres. Obama was labeled by most economists who were biased hacks as one of the worst presidents of modern times in terms of economics.
However, that didn't stop president Obama for trying to take credit for the entire first year of Donald Trump's presidency! President Obama even thanked himself for the millions of jobs brought into the United States from deals created by Donald Trump. The irony is that most of these jobs are manufacturing jobs that Obama himself mocked president Trump during the campaign over, even specifically saying the 40,000 number president Trump quoted during the campaign was an absolute ridiculous number. Now we know the number has reached 200,000 a month! Far exceeding even Donald Trump's estimates before becoming president.
If this morning’s employment report has you down, just listen to President Obama. The U.S. economy is gorgeous, he insists.
“In the United States, our economy is growing again,” Obama crowed during his trip to Germany last month. And the American people would appreciate all of this “if we had been able to more effectively communicate all the steps we had taken” to improve it, he recently told one news outlet.
“It is very hard to get good stories placed” about the economy, Obama whined to college journalists last week. “People will assign you stories about what’s not working. It’s very hard for you to write a story about, ‘Wow, this thing really works good.’”
That grammatical gaffe aside, a failure to communicate is not among Obama’s myriad weaknesses.
As his self-confident and hilarious appearance at last Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner confirmed, Obama is a gifted speaker. The national media have eaten out of his hand since he descended from the heavens, fully formed, at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. As president, he can summon two dozen TV cameras and just as many microphones just by crawling out of bed every morning. So, the notion that Obama cannot express his economic message “good” deeply insults the intelligence of the American people.
While Obama can talk the bark off a banyan tree, he cannot make Americans hallucinate prosperity. Here is the sad picture they actually see.
The unemployment rate has improved significantly, from 7.8 percent at Obama’s January 20, 2009, inauguration to 5.0 percent in April.
However, as more and more Americans stop looking for work, the Labor Force Participation Rate on Obama’s watch has fallen from 65.7 percent to 62.8 percent, a level last measured before Obama in March 1978. Since Obama took office, this metric has slid 4.1 percent.
Last month saw the creation of 160,000 jobs, a widely panned number, and much below the 200,000-plus jobs generated in five of the last six months. Nothing about the latest employment report spells “boom.”
Meanwhile, annualized GDP growth nearly stalled in the first quarter at a meager 0.5 percent. This is down from already tepid 1.4 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Obama is the only U.S. chief executive in history not to preside over even a single year with 3 percent GDP growth, as the Institute for Policy Innovation’s Tom Giovanetti observes:
‘From 1790 to 2000, U.S. real GDP growth averaged 3.79 percent,’ entrepreneur Louis Woodhill explained at RealClearMarkets. He expects final figures to show that ‘2015 will have been the tenth year in a row that real GDP growth came in at under 3.0 percent.’
During the Obama years, the number of Americans below the poverty line is up 3.5 percent.
Real median household income: down 2.3 percent.
Americans on Food Stamps — 33 million then, 46 million now: up 39.5 percent.
Americans who own homes: down 5.6 percent.
National debt — $10.63 trillion then vs. $19.19 trillion last Wednesday: up 80.5 percent.
Former President Barack Obama thanked himself in a speech Tuesday in which he took credit for American economic growth occurring under Republican President Donald Trump.
Obama told an adoring crowd at a Chicago climate summit that despite “resistance at every step of the way,” his administration’s efforts to fight climate change resulted in a better economy.
“As we took these actions, we saw the U.S. economy grow consistently,” Obama said. “We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far — a streak that still continues, by the way.”
He then added a zinger: “Thanks Obama.”
A new survey reveals that young people believe being called a “snowflake” could be damaging to their mental health.
A new survey by insurance firm Aviva found that 72 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds believe the term “snowflake” is unfairly applied to millennials. 74 percent of respondents took it a step farther, arguing that they believe the use of the label could have a negative effect on young people’s mental health.
The study was born out of interest in the term “snowflake generation” which was originally used to describe young people who thought they were unique or special. Some suggest it was popularized by a line in the 1996 novel Fight Club and its 1999 film adaptation: “you are not special, you are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.” The word’s meaning eventually evolved to mean “overly-sensitive.” It is often used to describe college students who claim that they are offended by controversial or even mundane ideas.
Chuck Palahniuk, the author of Fight Club, has embraced the rise in popularity of the term. “There is a kind of new Victorianism,” he said. “Every generation gets offended by different things but my friends who teach in high school tell me that their students are very easily offended.”
Rep. Jim Jordan: There are a couple of fundamental questions here. Did the FBI pay Christopher Steele? I asked that of the Attorney General two weeks ago he wouldn’t answer the question. Did they actually vet this dossier?… Because it’s been disproven, a bunch of lies, a bunch of National Enquirer garbage and fake news in this thing. Did they actually check it out before they brought it to the FISA Court which I’m convinced they did. And all of this can be cleared up if they release the application that they took to the court… I think they won’t give it to us because they did pay Christopher Steele. I think they did use the dossier as the basis for the warrants to spy on Americans associated with President Trump’s campaign… (Strzok) is the guy who took the dossier to the Fisa Court.
TUCKER CARLSON: “The Mueller independent investigation has deep ties to the Democratic Party establishment. His name is Aaron Sibley. He is described as Mueller’s right-hand man. Back in 2015, he was a lawyer and represented Hillary Clinton’s I.T. Staffer Justin cooper. Cooper is the one who personally put in the secretary of state’s private illegal surfer stomach server in her home. They were stonewalled again and again. Documents that we obtained today show the frustration of homeland security and government affairs committee and trying to get to Mr. Cooper. Cooper chose to cancel the interview. “We are troubled by your attorney.” Take that and for a minute. A lawyer who played a defense role and a federal investigation into Hillary Clinton is now playing an offense of role and a federal investigation against President Trump. This is not the first time the Mueller probe has been dodged by questions of partisanship.”
Planned Parenthood could be breaking the federal law known as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that requires abortion clinics, hospitals and other places that do abortions to provide appropriate medical care for a baby born alive after a failed abortion or purposefully birthed to “let die.” That would be one of the potential ways Planned Parenthood could produce a “fully intact” baby to sell to StemExpress for research. Most “crunchy” abortion methods would do damage to the baby’s body.
The fifth undercover video in the controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact aborted babies.
The Justice Department has launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices and the sale of fetal tissue.
In a letter first obtained by Fox News, Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd formally requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the same panel that led the congressional probe into the women’s health organization.
“The Department of Justice appreciates the offer of assistance in obtaining these materials, and would like to request the Committee provide unredacted copies of records contained in the report, in order to further the Department’s ability to conduct a thorough and comprehensive assessment of that report based on the full range of information available,” Boyd wrote.
Fox News has learned that last month, the FBI first requested the unredacted documents from the committee.
Fox News is told that Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said they needed to receive a letter and be assured that the documents would be used for investigative purposes.
The letter, sent to Grassley and Feinstein on Thursday, is a rare confirmation by the Justice Department of a federal investigation.
The judge presiding over the case of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has recused himself. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has confirmed that Judge Rudolph Contreras recused himself from the case, but has not revealed why. With Contreras out, the case has been reassigned to Judge Emmet Sullivan — an appointee of former President Bill Clinton.
Beverly Young Nelson has finally admitted that she forged a portion of the infamous high school yearbook that she and attorney Gloria Allred used as proof of her accusations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.
And in yet another blow to the credibility of ABC News, the disgraced, left-wing network downplayed the bombshell by presenting this admission of forgery as adding “notes” to the inscription. Worse still, the reporter actually coaches Nelson, puts words in her mouth, downplay the enormous significance of her deceit.
“Nelson admits she did make notes to the inscription,” ABC News tells us. “But the message was all Roy Moore.”
“Beverly, he signed your yearbook,” ABC News reporter Tom Llamas says.
“He did sign it,” she replies.
“And you made some notes underneath.”
“Yes,” Nelson says.
Six people have been injured after an out of control car crashed into pedestrians on a pavement in New York.
The vehicle, a black Lincoln, is reported to have jumped a kerb in Manhattan near the World Trade Centre after striking at least two cars.
Pictures and footage from the scene show the car mostly on a pavement with a damage front.
Other images show a bike crushed under a Ford Explorer that is understood to have been hit by the Lincoln before it drove on to strike a Mercedes.
Officials said they received a call to the scene on Liberty Street and Broadway shortly before 1.30pm and that it does not appear to be terror related.
None of the victims are believed to have been seriously hurt and have been taken to a number of local hospitals. including Bellevue and Presbyterian Downtown.
A New York Police Department spokesman confirmed the Lincoln hit one vehicle at Liberty and Broadway before heading east for one block where it struck another vehicle then mounted the pavement.
The driver of the Lincoln, said to be aged in his 60s, has been detained and is being questioned.
According to NBC New York, both the Lincoln and Explorer had Taxi and License Commission number plates.
The site of the incident is less than a mile from the spot where eight people were killing and many injured in a truck attack last month.
Suspect Sayfullo Saipov pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and terror in relation to the attack.
He is next scheduled for a hearing on January 23.
There is incredible footage of a band of brothers saving the homes of complete strangers. Dramatic video and photos show embers raining down as buddies from high school armed only with hoses risk their lives to fight an inferno in Ventura, California.
The 5 guys even climb onto the roof to spray down a flaming palm tree on that is dangerously close to igniting the building.
The city of LA is trying to outlaw house parties in the Hollywood Hills so Chad and JT stepped in to thwart a potential disaster.
Two students were killed when a gunman opened fire at a northern New Mexico high school Thursday morning, law enforcement officials said.
A spokesman for the New Mexico State Police told Fox News the suspected gunman was also killed. It's unclear how the gunman died.
Law enforcement said Aztec High School, which is located in the Four Corners region and near the Navajo Nation, has been evacuated after it went into lockdown.
A law enforcement official and a Navajo Nation spokesman said more than a dozen were injured, however it was unclear how they were injured.
Following weeks of accusations made against him, Sen. Al Franken has announced he is stepping down at the end of the year.
“I am proud that during my time the Senate I have used my power to be a champion of women and that I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside every day. I know there’s been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks, but I know who I really am,” Franken said on the U.S. Senate floor Thursday morning.
“Serving in the United States Senate has been a great honor of my life. I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a Senator, nothing, has brought this honor on this institution and I am confident that the ethics committee would agree. Nevertheless today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken added. “Even today, on the worst political day of my life, I feel like it’s all been worth it.”
“When somebody says like the person you just mentioned who I’m not going to advertise for, that he’s going to bring all these jobs back. Well how exectly are you going to do that? What are you going to do? There’s uh-uh no answer to it. He just says. “I’m going to negotiate a better deal.” Well how? How exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.