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Scarborough: Trump Has Made Media Stronger, Contributed to ‘Record Ratings’ at Morning Joe

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: David Rutz Follow @DavidRutzJune 28, 2017 7:07 am MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said Wednesday that President Donald Trump had only made the media stronger, pointing to his own show’s “record ratings.” The antagonistic relationship between the Trump administration and the media was a leading topic on “Morning Joe.” Panelist Mark Halperin ripped into White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders for blasting “fake news” in a lengthy, anti-media diatribe a day earlier, calling it a low point. Scarborough said the White House’s stance against the press was “short-sighted,” claiming polls showed Americans trust news outlets more than Trump. “Donald Trump is only making the media stronger,” Scarborough said. “We have record ratings for us at Morning Joe … subscription increases at the New York Times, Washington Post … Everyone is actually getting more viewers by holding them accountable.” Panelist Mike Barnicle agreed the strategy was short-sighted, but he also said the Trump team was “fairly successful” at running down the press. “It’s a 36 percent strategy. It’s a losing strategy,” Scarborough said. MSNBC and the rest of the cable news channels have seen vastly increased ratings overall at the outset of the Trump administration, bucking the trend for cable news viewership to decline the year after a presidential election. This entry was posted in Politics and tagged Donald Trump, Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe, MSNBC. Bookmark...

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President Trump’s Defense Budget Falls Short of Rebuilding Military, Report Says

Share Tweet Email Getty Images BY: Natalie Johnson Follow @nataliejohnsonnJune 28, 2017 5:00 am President Donald Trump’s defense budget is insufficient to begin substantially rebuilding the military as pledged on the 2016 campaign trail and merely represents a “more muscular status quo,” according to a new report from the American Enterprise Institute. Mackenzie Eaglen, senior defense-budget analyst at AEI, said the White House’s requested $603 billion base budget repairs the detrimental effects of Obama-era spending cuts and budget uncertainty, but lacks the investment needed for modernization efforts to begin in 2018. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R., Texas) on Monday proposed a nearly $37 billion increase to the administration’s baseline budget request in an effort to hire more troops and invest in modernization efforts. The move mirrors Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain’s call for a $640 billion base Pentagon budget. McCain has been critical of Trump’s budget proposal, which represents less than a six percent increase over last year’s defense funding and a mere three percent over the Obama administration’s projected budget for 2018. The proposal falls markedly short of the president’s pledge to produce one of the “greatest military build-ups” in American history. “No honest observer would call this a ‘historic’ increase,” Eaglen wrote. She went on to criticize the White House for too closely imitating the Obama administration’s approach to the military budget,...

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Former Judge: Panel May Have Improperly Dropped Charges Against Playboy Teamster

Share Tweet Email Teamsters President James P. Hoffa / Getty Images BY: Bill McMorris Follow @FBillMcMorrisJune 28, 2017 5:00 am An independent auditor ruled that the Teamsters were wrong to drop charges against an official who accepted tickets to Playboy’s Super Bowl Party from a company that employed union workers. On Friday retired Judge Barbara S. Jones sent a letter to International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James Hoffa saying that union leadership should have pursued charges against his executive assistant William C. Smith III. Smith was accused of accepting six tickets worth an estimated $6,000 from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, a company that employs union members and engages in collective bargaining with the Teamsters. “There was ample evidence before the IBT Panel to establish that the Super Bowl Party admissions had objective value despite the promotional nature of the event,” said Jones, who serves as an independent review officer. “I have determined that the IBT’s decision to dismiss the charge against Smith is inadequate under the circumstances.” Hoffa approved charges in November against several senior union officials stemming from an internal corruption probe, including the charge that Smith inappropriately accepted gifts from companies doing union business. A three-member union panel cleared Smith of those charges in May. Jones said that the panel erred in ruling that the free Playboy party tickets did not constitute a “thing of value.”...

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Washington Free BeaconSanders Refuses To Say Whether His Wife is Under FBI InvestigationPence Listens as Americans Tell Stories of Harm From ObamacarePalin Suing New York Times Over ‘Political Incitement’ EditorialMSNBC Anchor: Planned Parenthood ‘A Critical Tool For Helping Saving Lives’McCarthy Wondering Why Jimmy Gomez Hasn’t Been Sworn in as New Congressman YetNicolle Wallace Astonished at Idea Trump has ‘Grown,’ ‘Changed’ on Travel BanTrump Blasts Obamacare as ‘Melting Down’ at GOP Meeting, Tells the Press ‘We Love You Very Much’GOP Rep: U.S. Must Send a Message to Every ‘Two-Bit Tyrant’ Like PutinPelosi: GOP Health Care Bill Dishonors GodN.C. Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Pro-ISIS Terror Plot http://freebeacon.com Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:57:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 http://freebeacon.com/politics/sanders-refuses-say-whether-wife-fbi-investigation/ http://freebeacon.com/politics/sanders-refuses-say-whether-wife-fbi-investigation/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:46:41 +0000 http://freebeacon.com/?p=803068 The post Sanders Refuses To Say Whether His Wife is Under FBI Investigation appeared first on Washington Free Beacon. ]]> Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Tuesday appeared agitated when CNN host Erin Burnett questioned him about the FBI investigation into his wife, Jane. “We understand your wife has hired a lawyer to represent her in a possible probe into a land deal that fell apart. This was back when she was president of Burlington College,” Burnett said, before getting cut off by Sanders who disputed her statement. Burnett then tried to ask Sanders her question about whether he knew about the FBI investigation...

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Sanders Refuses To Say Whether His Wife is Under FBI Investigation

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Cameron Cawthorne Follow @@Cam_CawthorneJune 27, 2017 8:46 pm Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Tuesday appeared agitated when CNN host Erin Burnett questioned him about the FBI investigation into his wife, Jane. “We understand your wife has hired a lawyer to represent her in a possible probe into a land deal that fell apart. This was back when she was president of Burlington College,” Burnett said, before getting cut off by Sanders who disputed her statement. Burnett then tried to ask Sanders her question about whether he knew about the FBI investigation into his wife, but Sanders yelled over her. “Excuse me, excuse me,” Sanders shouted. “My wife is about the most honest person I know. When she came to that college, it was failing financially and academically. When she left it, it was in better shape than it had ever been.” Sanders then defended his wife by saying that the investigation into his wife was a politically motivated move by Brady Toensing, a chairman for the Donald Trump campaign in Vermont. “All that I will tell you now, Erin, it is a sad state of affairs in America. Not only when we have politicians being destroyed … when there are attacks against elected officials. When you go after your wife, people’s wives, that is pretty pathetic and that’s where we are right now and that’s about all I’m going...

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