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Car Smashes Into New Ten Commandments Monument at Arkansas State Capitol, Driver Arrested

Share Tweet Email The new Ten Commandments monument outside state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., is blocked off June 28, 2017, after someone crashed into it with vehicle / AP BY: Jack Heretik Follow @JackHeretikJune 28, 2017 10:21 am A man was arrested Wednesday morning for driving his vehicle into the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol and smashing it to pieces less than 24 hours after the six-foot granite statue was installed. A spokesman for the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office, Chris Powell, said capitol police arrested a male suspect, who Pulaski County jail records identified as Michael Tate Reed, 32, of Van Buren, Ark., the Associated Press reported. Reed faces preliminary charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespassing, and first-degree criminal mischief. The Ten Commandments statue fell to the ground and broke into several pieces after it was hit by the car. The 6,000-pound monument, which was privately funded, was installed without ceremony Tuesday morning on the southwest lawn of the Capitol in Little Rock. A law in 2015 mandated that the state allow the monument to be displayed near the Capitol. The Ten Commandments Monument Display Act required the secretary of state to permit and arrange for the statue. Last month, a state panel gave final approval to its design and location. Another Ten Commandments monument was destroyed nearly three years ago at Oklahoma’s...

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Chuck Todd: Republicans ‘Have Maybe a Week’ to Pass Health Care Bill After Recess

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Paul Crookston Follow @P_CrookstonJune 28, 2017 8:56 am “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd said on NBC’s “Today” Wednesday that Republicans are running out of time to get their health care bill through the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) originally set the July 4 recess as the deadline to pass the bill, but he announced yesterday that they would delay the vote until after the holiday. Todd said that Republicans have a small window of time to pass the bill. “I don’t think time is on the side of Mitch McConnell,” Todd said. “I think they have maybe a week to get this done after they get back, or they are going to have to admit they are going to have to work with the Democrats.” Todd argued that the challenge Republicans face has to do with the bill’s unpopularity. “This is not wine, Hoda, this does not get better over time,” he said to “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb. “This is the kind of bill that gets harder to support over time, this is why Mitch McConnell so badly wanted this to be done in a week.” “Now you are going to have a mobilization of opposition groups,” Todd said. “Any one of these Republican senators that decides to have any public event of the Fourth of July, they are probably...

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Harold Ford Jr: ‘I Was Disappointed’ With Dem Senators Bashing Health Care Bill

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Katelyn Caralle Follow @Katelyn_CaralleJune 28, 2017 8:45 am Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D., Tenn.) critiqued Democrats on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday for not recognizing problems with the Affordable Care Act and for not helping Republicans solve them in the new health care bill. Host Joe Scarborough said that the Republican health care bill would “never pass without Democratic support.” “Remember Obama started off with this health care plan. So we have to expand accessibility, expand affordability and we’re gonna cut costs while we’re doing it,” Ford responded. “The problem with Obamacare is that the premiums are going up too fast.” Co-hosts Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi appeared to agree with Ford, nodding to his statement. “I was disappointed to listen to some Democratic senators last night who all they could say was ‘this bill is terrible, it was rotten to the core,’” Ford said. “But we have to recognize there are some challenges here.” Ford said that Democrats should try to be more understanding and bring more to the table than just criticism. “Democrats ought to offer: ‘Should tort reform be a part of this? Can we honestly say where Medicaid has gotten out of control? Is the income better than the age to consider?’ This is where we have to go next,” Ford said. “I say to [President Donald Trump], you will not pass tax reform, infrastructure reform or...

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Brzezinski Blasts Trump for Displaying Fake TIME Magazine Cover: ‘He’s Got a Screw Loose’

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Paul Crookston Follow @P_CrookstonJune 28, 2017 8:15 am MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mike Brzezinski expressed concern for President Donald Trump’s mental health after discussing his relationship with the media, and specifically, a phony Time magazine cover that has been displayed in various Trump properties. “He’s got a screw loose,” Brzezinski said. “No seriously, how do you do that?” “There’s something wrong,” she said, laughing. “There’s something wrong.” Brzezinski also criticized Trump for his administration’s media tactics. She discussed how Press Secretary Sean Spicer was forced to defend Trump’s inauguration crowd size before moving onto the “make-believe” Time cover. “A helpful insight for Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Someone might want to tell her that she’s working for a president who forced his press secretary on day one to go out and lie about crowd size,” Brzezinski said. “Forced him to do that, and he did that with his tail between his legs and ruined his credibility from day one.” She added he was “so needy.” “The make-believe cover is dated March 1, 2009, and highlights Trump’s reality show ‘The Apprentice,'” Brzezinski said. “Time magazine has since asked Trump to remove the phony cover. Phony. “A phony, fake, pathetic, made-up cover of Time magazine,” she added. This entry was posted in Politics and tagged Donald Trump, Media, Morning Joe, MSNBC. Bookmark the...

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Trump Continues to Blast ‘Fake News’ Media, Says New York Times Writes ‘False Story After False Story’

Share Tweet Email Getty Images BY: David Rutz Follow @DavidRutzJune 28, 2017 7:36 am President Donald Trump continued to rail against the press from his Twitter account on Wednesday, blasting the New York Times for writing “false story after false story” and also criticizing the media’s health care coverage. Trump said the New York Times doesn’t “call to verify the facts of a story” and was a “Fake News Joke.” He added that press outlets were falsely stating he was not “totally engaged” on health care reform and that he actually knows the subject “well.” The failing @nytimes writes false story after false story about me. They don’t even call to verify the facts of a story. A Fake News Joke! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017 Some of the Fake News Media likes to say that I am not totally engaged in healthcare. Wrong, I know the subject well & want victory for U.S. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017 Trump may have been responding to a Times story Tuesday that depicted him as out of the loop on the GOP’s proposed health care bill. Trump’s agenda suffered a setback Tuesday when Senate Republicans had to delay sending their Obamacare overhaul to the floor, as it became clear they didn’t have the votes to pass. The Times published a story that said Trump had been “largely on the sidelines as...

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