Ted Koppel tells Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he is bad for America

Ted Koppel to Sean Hannity: “You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”

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Sunday Open Thread

I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

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“I DON’T HAVE TO BE NICE TO NOBODY, WHEN YOU’RE BEING NASTY TO POOR PEOPLE”

TONE = CAUTION! ANGRY BLACK MAN aka Who you talking to, Negro. I’m a white man.

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Saturday Open Thread

I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

Positive News This Morning..

Ah…they are bright and they are what we need to lift up this country.

The Root’s Young Futurists of 2017 Will Put Your Life to Shame
The Root Staff
3/16/17 9:00am

They are young, gifted and black.

They are part of a generation that is poised to change the future. We know this because they are already changing the present.

Meet The Root’s Young Futurists of 2017!

For the past six years, we have honored 25 of the best and the brightest young people, ages 15 to 22, in the fields of social justice/activism, enterprise and corporate innovation, arts & culture, science and tech, and green innovation.

What these 25 men and women have accomplished at such an early age will leave those of us who are twice as old asking ourselves, “What have I done with my life?” And what’s even more amazing, they are just getting started.

Meet some of these incredible overachievers:

There’s Isaiah Cooper, the 16-year-old who became one of the youngest black pilots to fly around the United States. His next challenge will be even bolder: to become the youngest person ever to make a solo flight around the world, which would set a mark recognized by Guinness World Records.

Using only her determination and ability to organize, environmental activist Destiny Watford, 21, managed to halt the construction of an incinerator project in her Baltimore neighborhood. The project would have emitted 1,240 pounds of lead and mercury—annually. For her work, Destiny was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, the highest international award for environmental activists.

Moziah Bridges, the 15-year-old CEO of Mo’s Bows, has been selling his colorful, handmade bow ties since 2011. This young entrepreneur has designed and presented a bow tie to President Barack Obama and was named a fashion correspondent for the NBA Draft. This year, he plans to release a classic NBA collection of neckties and bow ties.

Click through the link and see all these wonderful young people.

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Mike Pence appears to be the “Trump transition team” member caught on wiretap

This week House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes got his hands on some kind of classified intelligence through unofficial channels, and it spooked him to the point that he broke every protocol – and may have broken his career in the process. Nunes insists someone on the Donald Trump transition team was legally picked up on a wiretap that was targeted at someone else. And it appears the person incidentally surveilled was Vice President Mike Pence.

Based on Nunes’ description, someone on the Trump transition team was picked up while speaking on the phone with someone who was the subject of a FISA warrant. Widespread media reports have long pegged four people in the Trump campaign’s orbit as being under FBI investigation: Michael Flynn, Carter Page, Roger Stone, and Paul Manafort. These are the four who could realistically have been the subject of a judge-issued FISA surveillance warrant.

Of the four men, the only one who is known to have had phone conversations with anyone on the Trump transition team during the transition was Manafort. And the one person Manafort kept calling? Mike Pence (source: Daily Kos. The two have long been aligned; Manafort went to great lengths to ensure Pence was Trump’s running mate. So it appears that Devin Nunes learned this week that Pence had been caught saying something disconcerting on Manafort’s wiretap. And that may explain why Nunes did what he did from there.

It’s not a secret that most Republicans in Congress, including Speaker Paul Ryan, view themselves as being more closely aligned with establishment Republican Mike Pence than with erratic outsider Donald Trump. So if Nunes came across evidence of Pence on a wiretap, it might explain why his first move was to panic and run to Ryan for advice. It would also explain why Nunes was of the belief that Trump himself might not have been aware of it, and felt compelled to take it to him.

This still doesn’t answer the questions of who leaked the classified information to Nunes, or why, or whether Nunes knew at the time who the real source was, or if he’s since figured it out. It appears someone was manipulating him as a useful idiot. But now the more immediate question may be what Mike Pence kept discussing with Russian puppet Paul Manafort during the transition, and if it implicated Pence in Trump’s Russia scandal. We don’t know that answer yet, but the FBI does.

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Friday Open Thread | So….they couldn’t have the vote on the abomination known as Trumpcare

Hmmph

These petty people told folks that the vote to repeal Obamacare would happen yesterday, which is the 7th Anniversary of its passage.

Yes, they really are that petty.

But…like Orange Julius, the Zombie Eyed Granny Killer doesn’t know how to count.

Cause, he didn’t have the votes. You know that creature had his smug speech about Obamacare repeal all done.

Why couldn’t it pass?

Because, it didn’t pass the smell test of the ‘Freedom Caucus’.

Poster KennyMack breaks down the basic problem:

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So what we’ve witnessed today….

The House GOP couldn’t pass a cruel and inhumane bill because they couldn’t make it cruel and inhumane enough. They tried to make it more mean spirited and destructive and still couldn’t pass it.

Let that sink in. This bill as is was terrible and the House Freedom Caucus didn’t think it went far enough.

Anybody after today still yapping about both parties are the same is a dumbass and can never EVER be taken seriously.

Ever.

What changes and concessions did the ‘Freedom Caucus’ want?

 

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FBI has information that indicates Trump associates coordinated with the Russians

Washington (CNN) — The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, US officials told CNN.

This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, according to one source.

The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.

In his statement on Monday Comey said the FBI began looking into possible coordination between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives because the bureau had gathered “a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.”

The White House did not comment and the FBI declined to comment.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer maintained Monday after Comey’s testimony that there was no evidence to suggest any collusion took place.

“Investigating it and having proof of it are two different things,” Spicer said.

One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests “people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready.” But other U.S. officials who spoke to CNN say it’s premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it’s largely circumstantial.

The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place, but the information suggesting collusion is now a large focus of the investigation, the officials said.

The FBI has already been investigating four former Trump campaign associates — Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page — for contacts with Russians known to US intelligence. All four have denied improper contacts and CNN has not confirmed any of them are the subjects of the information the FBI is reviewing.

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