Stephen Colbert calls out Trump’s thin response to New Zealand terror attack

The world is still coming to terms with the tragedy of the Christchurch terror attack, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. However, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert noted that Ardern “made it clear that her country was united,” after the attack by a white supremacist on two mosques in which 50 Muslim worshippers were killed. After the attack, Ardern said she had spoken with President Trump directly, and that he had passed on his condolences to New Zealand. When asked by Trump what offer of support the U.S. could provide, the prime minister simply requested “sympathy and love for all Muslim communities.” “That’s not really Trump’s brand,” said Colbert on Monday night. “Trump has trouble showing love for …

Sen. Kamala Harris responds to pointed question on race in America

Washington (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris said Thursday that Americans have not had “honest discussions about race” and that “it is in our collective best interest” to have those conversations in response to a question about “racial divides” in the United States. She cited the recent passage of an anti-lynching bill in the Senate that she co-authored and a speech she gave about the legislation as an example of how she is contributing to the conversations about race that Oliver asked about. Harris went on to say that in order to move the “uncomfortable” conversation about race forward, “we have to speak truth to what happened.” “And we have to do it understanding — and to the point of the spirit of …

Sen. Amy Klobuchar takes the self-deprecating route to entertain Gridiron guests

(CNN)Sen. Amy Klobuchar addressed the quirkiest story to emerge about her since she announced her presidential candidacy right out of the gate. She went after another elephant in the room by addressing media reports claiming she often berated her staff. “So when Jerry called me about tonight, he asked, ‘Do you need a microphone or do you just prefer to yell at everyone?’” she said. “I said microphone,” Klobuchar deadpanned. Klobuchar was invited to address the annual white-tie, invitation-only affair hosted by Washington’s journalism establishment, along with her Republican colleague, Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. A relative newcomer to the Congress, Kennedy’s folksy, quick-witted sound bites have garnered attention. In a town known for its backbiting politics rather than its …

The utter absurdity of Trump’s July Fourth bash

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump likes big productions. Big bashes. Ideally to honor him. But consider what we are talking about here: The President of the United States is planning to give a speech that, knowing him, will almost certainly be political in nature.  And he is going to give it on the day in which we, as Americans, celebrate our independence. The thing is: We already have a big celebration on the Fourth of July! In Washington! I’ve been. It’s wonderful! The National Symphony Orchestra plays! There are fireworks! Given that fact, it’s not hard to see what Trump is doing here. He wanted a giant military parade in Washington on Veterans Day. That got postponed due to cost concerns — …

Michael Cohen testifies that Trump paid for portrait with Trump Foundation funds

Washington (CNN)The President’s former attorney Michael Cohen testified that Donald Trump directed his charity organization to refund a “fake bidder” for a portrait of himself. Cohen alleged that Trump directed the Trump Foundation to use its funds to reimburse the bidder and kept the art, which Cohen claims currently hangs in one of Trump’s country clubs. Cohen also provided the House panel with an article about the portrait auction that Trump wrote on and sent to Cohen. Trump tweeted about the portrait sale back in 2013. “Just found out that at a charity auction of celebrity portraits in E. Hampton, my portrait by artist William Quigley topped list at $60K,” Trump wrote then. Dan’s Papers, a local Hampton newspaper, reported …

McCabe: ‘I think it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset

(CNN)Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said Tuesday it is possible President Donald Trump is a Russian asset. McCabe is promoting his new book, “The Threat,” which paints a stark portrait of his time at the bureau under Trump, describing in vivid detail his version of interactions with top officials at the White House and Justice Department. The book was released Tuesday and became an instant best-seller. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway responded to McCabe’s comments on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” saying McCabe’s comment is “hardly dignifying with a response.” “He’s a liar and a leaker,” Conway said. The former acting FBI director went on the record in that “60 Minutes” interview confirming some previous reports about Deputy Attorney General …

Stephen Colbert calls Trumps national emergency plan ‘insane’

Donald Trump is set to declare a national emergency in order to unlock $8 billion in additional funds for his border wall, on top of the lowered $1.375 billion allocated in a bipartisan budget bill the president is also expected to sign.  The Late Show host Stephen Colbert unpacked the troubling situation in his opening monologue Thursday night, casually calling Trump’s plan “insane.” “He claims he could get all the funding he wants for his wall if he just declared a national emergency. That, of course, would be insane,” Colbert said.  “It would be usurping Congress’s power, there would be immediate court challenges. Many in his own party have said it would set a terrible precedent of unconstitutional overreach by …

Stacey Abrams, first black woman to give Democratic rebuttal, offers tough rebuke of Trump, GOP leaders

Washington (CNN)Democratic Party rising star Stacey Abrams sharply criticized the Trump administration and Republican leadership on Tuesday night in her response to the President’s State of the Union address. Abrams continued, “We cannot accept efforts to undermine our right to vote,” and said, “This is the next battle for our democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for our country. We must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be cast and counted is a power grab.” “The foundation of our moral leadership around the globe is free and fair elections where voters pick their leaders, not where politicians pick their voters,” she said. Abrams ticked through a litany …

Lifetime just released a movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in honor of their upcoming wedding

Senator Ben Sasse is getting trolled with fortune cookies.Image: CQ-Roll Call, Inc. Back in my day, people sent hate mail to their representatives the good old fashioned way — with letters. When I was a young kid, I once sent “hate mail” to George H.W. Bush using cut out magazine letters, accusing the president of failing to adequately protect the dolphin community. Nowadays, angry citizens are more sophisticated. They’re even willing to use edible means of engagement. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, for example, started receiving fortune cookie hate mail. today’s cookie expressed a hope for me “to be trapped in an elevator” with folks who are really angry at me https://t.co/mOdOQfJIRx — Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) February 6, 2019 The Senator …