John McCain Makes Trump ‘Dictator’ Remark

Sen. John McCain slammed President Donald Trump's attacks on the media this week by noting dictators "get started by suppressing free press." "I hate the press," the Arizona Republican sarcastically told NBC News' Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press." "I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital."
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Arizona Senator and former US Presidential candidate John McCain has, along with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, been among the few critical voices of the Republican party under the Trump presidency. Some might think it personal, since Trump, on the campaign trail last year, condescendingly remarked of the military hero and former prisoner-of-war, “I like people who weren’t captured.”

But one gets the distinct impression both McCain and Graham are genuinely concerned at not only the ethical underpinnings of come of the early Trump policies, but also at the hijacking of the Republican party by a dangerously unpredictable, narcissistic and authoritarian Chief Executive.

And so it was that McCain came to draw the comparison yesterday that many in his party have dared not to draw. Indeed, in criticizing Trump’s fanatical (and really quite cuckoo) war on the media, the Senator told NBC’s Chuck Todd, “That’s how dictators get started.”

The unflinching assessment came on the other side of a press conference which Rolling Stone described as “unhinged.” McCain wasn’t the only one to react strongly: the administration’s pick for National Security Advisor, retired Admiral Robert Howard, declined the position after watching Trump’s performance.

Expect Trump vs. The Media to show no sign of mitigating.

WATCH: Bill Maher’s Full Interview With Alt-Right-Winger Milo Yiannopoulos

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Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been called a fascist, a white supremacist, and pretty much everything else in the “liberal epithet” lexicon. (His scheduled appearance at UC Berkeley literally inspired rioting. It was subsequently cancelled.) Factor in his boss Steve Bannon and the current US President they shower with so much adoration, and it’s hard to tell who is a puppet of whom.

Proof of his polarizing powers, an invitation to appear on HBO’s  Real Time With Bill Maher last night saw award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill pull out of the show in protest. The latter, a frequent Real Time guest, issued a statement insisting the the show is “…like family to me. But Yiannopoulos is many bridges too far. There is no value in ‘debating’ him.” Maher publicly criticized Scahill’s decision.

Surprisingly, however, despite having shown little ideological mercy with recent guests like Tomi Lahren and Piers Morgan, Maher did not exactly go for the throat with Yiannopoulos. Watch the full interview here:

 

After Three Weeks, Americans Want Obama Back

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A new survey by Public Policy Polling has revealed something about the Donald Trump presidency that probably won’t come as much of a shock: Americans would rather have Barack Obama back.

Indeed, 52% of those surveyed long for the two-term former President to be back in the White House. In a most stunning development, two weeks into the Trump administration, 40% of voters already think he should be impeached.

“Usually a newly elected President is at the peak of their popularity and enjoying their honeymoon period after taking office right now,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But Donald Trump’s making history once again with a sizable share of voters already wanting to impeach him, and a majority of voters wishing they could have Barack Obama back.”

What else did the poll reveal? As Republicans go, Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain enjoys significantly greater credibility than Trump, by a 51% to 37% margin. And as for some of Trump’s self-proclaimed enemies? 68% of those surveyed have a favorable view of the National Parks Service – and do not approve of the President’s censorship of the department’s social media accounts. Amongst the “opposition party” media, the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN all have a higher credibility rating than President Trump.

Congress continues to languish at a 13% approval rating.

Oh, Mother Darling: Grey Gardens Is On the Market

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Pack your bags and jump on the Jitney because the most iconic East Hampton house is up for sale.

For the first time in decades, Grey Gardens is on the market. The house formerly belonging to Jackie Kennedy’s family members, Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, went into disarray as the women grew old with their cats. In the late ‘70s, new owners took over and began restoring it to its former glory.

Now, the estate is going for $19.995 million. With seven bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms, the home is just a short walk from the beach with a pool, tennis court, lavish gardens, and a stucco cottage.

If you’re in the market, the property is available through the Corcoran Group. Just don’t forget to invite us to your Fourth of July party. We’ll bring our own flag.

Hundreds Prepare to Moon the Trump Tower in Chicago

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Over 900 people have RSVP’ed to a Facebook event called “Chicago Moons the Trump Tower,” with thousands more expressing interest.The event is organized by Chicago-based comedy group S#!TSHOW, which regularly posts satirical and irreverent political videos to their Facebook page, like this coverage of Trump’s inauguration:

Bailey Davis, an organizer of the event, explained “Certain things get people on their feet. Not everybody is going to watch 60 Minutes because they think it’s boring. If you ridicule [Trump] or make him feel like he’s the loser, that’s how he blows up. That’s what makes The Donald implode.”

The mass mooning (“Operation Kiss Our Asses, Release Your Taxes!”) is being done in protest of Trump’s refusal to release his federal tax returns, which, The New York Times has speculated, he may not have paid in 18 years. The event will take place this Sunday at 3:30 PM CST.

In the wake of mass media attention for their mooning, S#!TSHOW has launched a fundraiser for injured veterans to coincide with the event:

Federal Judge Halts Trump Travel Ban

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After President Trump signed an executive order barring all people from seven predominantly Muslim nations – Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – worldwide outrage swelled amongst the citizenry and officialdom. 218 million people were affected, resulting in no small number of travelers being turned away and separated from their families. Many called the order “unconstitutional.”

It all culminated in serious verbal confrontations with US allies Canada, Britain and Australia.

Now a Federal Judge, James Robart (who was appointed by George W. Bush) has temporarily halted the ban, with airlines receiving word from US Customs & Border Protection to immediately begin the reinstatement of cancelled travel visas. The judge’s order also stalls Trump’s 120-day ban on refugees coming to America.

The White House countered by calling Robart’s decision “outrageous.” The President’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer also quickly issued a statement: “The Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The President’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.”

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson reacted, “The Constitution prevailed today. No one is above the law—not even the President.”

The Department of Justice intends to challenge the judge’s order. Expect both sides to dig in their heels, and for a war of words to escalate in the press in the coming days.

The ACLU Has Raised More in Online Donations This Weekend Than in Typically Does in a Year

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Since Donald Trump imposed a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations, Americans have been pouring donations into the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) in unprecedented numbers.

The ACLU is a non-governmental organization comprised of about 200 staff attorneys plus thousands more volunteer lawyers dedicated to protecting and upholding the civil liberties laid out in the United States Constitution. They’ve assisted on such historic civil rights cases as Brown v. The Board of Education and Roe v. Wade. Their typical yearly online donation-based income totals to around $4 million – in the past weekend alone, they’ve received $24.2 million in online contributions, over six times their normal annual sum.

The spike in numbers is in large part due to celebrities and public figures matching donations in sizable figures:

Thank you Sia and thank you Lyft!

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Hits Back at Trump Muslim Ban

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Donald Trump yesterday signed an executive order banning the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – from traveling to the US. He also effected a 120-day moratorium on Syrian refugees coming to America.

Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau immediately leapt to the defense of reason and compassion, sending out the following tweet, just as Canada was celebrating its 150th birthday.

 

Shia LaBeouf Arrested for Pushing Man Who Said ‘Hitler Did Nothing Wrong’

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Shia LaBeouf has been arrested for pushing a man who appoached him and said “Hitler did nothing wrong” at his installation video outside of the Museum of the Moving Image. LaBeouf, who has set up a video of himself protesting Donald Trump’s presidency to continue for the next four years. LaBeouf encouraged viewers of the installation to chant “He will not divide us!” into the camera, which is situated below a white wall with the same phrase written above it:

In retaliation Trump supporters have attempted to block the lense with “Make America Great Again” signs and, now, neo-Nazism. LaBeouf has already confronted many of these people, but things got physical when LaBeouf gave a light shove to a man supporting Hitler. NYPD officers arrested LaBeouf and charged him with misdemeanor assault and a harrassment violation before being released.

Watch the video of the incident below:

And here’s the livestream recording of LaBeouf being arrested: