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Anti-Trump Activists Call for President’s Assassination

Share Tweet Email AP BY: Andrew Kugle Follow @AndrewJKugleMarch 27, 2017 11:14 am Since the 2016 election, several prominent figures on the political left have made assassination threats against President Donald Trump. Many liberals unhappy that Trump being president of the United States have lashed out with jokes about his assassination–and actual threats against the president’s life. National Review reported on this trend over the weekend. Rapper Calvin Broadus, Jr., also known as Snoop Dogg, recently released a music video in which he shoots a clown dressed as Trump. Criticism of the video was muted until Trump himself responded to Snoop Dogg on Twitter. Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017 Shad Moss, also known as the rapper Bow Wow, came to his uncle Snoop Dogg’s defense by threatening to “pimp out” First Lady Melania Trump. “Ayo @realDonaldTrump shut your punk ass up talking shit about my uncle @SnoopDogg before we pimp your wife and make her work for us,” Bow Wow tweeted. Another rapper used his music to depict the murder of Trump. While rapping free style on a radio show, rapper Big Sean sang about killing Islamic State terrorists with the same icepick that he used to murder Trump. “I know Jay proud of me, he put this ’round my...

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Former Obama, Clinton Speech Writer: CNN Puts on ‘Stupid’ Trump Surrogates

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Madeleine Weast Follow @MadeleineWeastMarch 27, 2017 11:12 am Former President Obama and Hillary Clinton speechwriter Jon Lovett criticized CNN on Sunday for not critiquing the “stupid” political analysts on the network’s panels who support President Donald Trump. Brian Stelter was interviewing Jon Lovett about his new podcast, “Lovett or Leave It.” “On your news show, some of the cable news critiques was in that episode,” Stelter said. “If you could change one thing about this, about this format what would it be?” Lovett told Stelter that CNN makes a point to go after Fox News Host Sean Hannity for being “dishonest,” but does not call out CNN panelists who support Trump. “Smart person, smart person, smart person, stupid person, smart person, smart person, smart person, bullshit factory,” Lovett said of CNN panels, referencing Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany. Stelter asked Lovett if it was helpful to call Trump supporters stupid. “I’m not calling the Trump supporters stupid people,” Lovett said. “I’m calling the people that CNN puts on television are terrible representatives of the views of conservatives.” “So often on CNN there’s a world class journalist interviewing campaign rejects and ideologues and silly, craven people who do not care about informing people,” he continued. This entry was posted in Culture and tagged Barack Obama, CNN, Donald Trump, Obama, Obama Administration. Bookmark the...

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Josh Earnest Named NBC News, MSNBC Political Analyst

Share Tweet Email Josh Earnest / AP BY: Madeleine Weast Follow @MadeleineWeastMarch 27, 2017 10:12 am Former President Barack Obama’s final press secretary, Josh Earnest, was named an NBC News and MSNBC political analyst on Monday morning. Earnest, a Kansas City native, served as White House press secretary from 2014 to 2017. Axios obtained an internal memo from NBC New President Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC President Phil Griffin announcing the hire. “A native of Kansas City, Josh graduated from Rice University with a degree in political science and policy studies. With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of contributors and will be an asset for our two networks as we continue to cover the White House, Congress, and politics beyond the Beltway,” the memo read. Earnest, 42, stopped by MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday to announce his new job. He joins a string of recent former White press secretaries who have joined network and cable news outlets after leaving government, the Hill noted. Two of Obama’s former press secretaries, Jay Carney and Robert Gibbs, were hired by CNN and MSNBC, respectively, after leaving the White House. Ari Fleischer, who worked in the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2003, became a CNN contributor from 2011 to 2013. Tony Snow, who was a Fox News host before serving under Bush in 2006, then went to CNN...

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards Pays Women $12,000 Less Than Men

Share Tweet Email Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards / Getty Images BY: Brent Scher Follow @brentscherMarch 27, 2017 5:00 am Louisiana Gov. Jon Bel Edwards (D.) called his state’s record on the gender pay gap “an embarrassment and an outrage,” but he has failed to attain gender pay equality in his own office, according to records of salaries paid in the governor’s office obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Edwards has spent the past year pushing for a state gender discrimination law. Earlier this month, Edwards and his wife held an “Equal Pay Summit” after Louisiana ranked last in Bloomberg’s gender-equality ratings. Salary data obtained through Louisiana’s Department of State Civil Service, however, shows that Edwards has his own gender pay gap, as women working in his office make just 82 cents for each dollar earned by men. The analysis found that the median salary of the 43 women working in Edwards’ office is $55,000, which is $12,000 less than the median salary of $67,000 earned by the 23 men employed there. If calculated using average salary the pay difference expands to $21,712, with women earning an average salary of $63,043 and men earning an average salary of $84,755. The governor’s office employed 20 more women than men at the time the data was shared, but they were far more likely to be working for lower wages. While 16 of the 20 lowest salaries were...

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North Dakota Legalizes Constitutional Carry

Share Tweet Email Getty Images BY: Stephen Gutowski Follow @@StephenGutowskiMarch 27, 2017 4:59 am Republican governor Doug Burgum signed a bill legalizing permitless gun carry in North Dakota on Friday. The bill allows anyone over the age of 21 who can otherwise possess a firearm to carry it concealed on their person without having to obtain a permit beforehand. It does require that anyone legally carrying a firearm also carry a valid ID and inform police that they are carrying if they are stopped. The state’s permitting process will remain in place for those who want to obtain one for carry in other states that have reciprocity agreements requiring a physical permit. North Dakota’s new law comes on the heels of New Hampshire’s adoption of permitless carry in February. A dozen states have now passed some form of permitless carry in the last decade, 13 have adopted the policy since 2003. Including Vermont, which never restricted gun carry, there are now a total of 14 states that have passed some form of permitless carry. Permitless carry, often called constitutional carry by proponents, remains the second most popular form of gun-carry policy in America. Eight states still have policies that allow government officials to deny citizens gun-carry permits regardless of whether they obtain the required training and pass a background check (currently the least popular policy). Another 28 states have...

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