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Tapper Presses Comey on Saying ‘It’s Possible’ Trump Compromised by Russians: ‘It’s Possible There’s Life On Other Planets’

CNN host Jake Tapper called out former FBI director James Comey Thursday for repeatedly saying “it’s possible” President Donald Trump was compromised by the Russians. “You oversaw the Russia investigation for almost ten months. Do you have a general sense of how that investigation is going to end up?” Tapper asked. Comey, appearing on CNN to promote his recently released book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, told Tapper he had an idea of how the investigation was going to go but that he was “not completely” sure. Tapper pressed further, asking whether, based on his experience while FBI director, he thought people around Trump were going to be “found guilty of conspiring, aiding and abetting with Russians.” “I can’t say. I’ve left it out of the book for reasons that should be obvious. I can’t talk about classified information or sensitive investigative details,” Comey said. The CNN host asked about specific comments Comey had made about it being “possible” Trump was compromised by Russians. “You have left the impression that there’s something there. In your interviews, you have said when asked ‘do the Russians have something on President Trump,’ you have said, ‘It’s possible. It’s possible,’ which is not a very FBI director answer, don’t you think?” said Tapper. Comey noted he was no longer the FBI director but he hoped his answer was “honest,” “calibrated,” and he hoped it was...

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Natalie Portman Embraces Boycott of Israel, Refuses ‘Israel’s Nobel Prize’

Natalie Portman, the Israeli-born Oscar-winning actress, has informed a prominent pro-Israel foundation that she will not attend their event and claim its most coveted prize due to Israel’s recent efforts to prevent Hamas terrorists from killing Jewish citizens, according to an announcement. The Genesis Prize Foundation, which awards internationally renowned individuals for their commitment to Jewish values, announced late Thursday that Portman would” not to travel to Israel for the June 28 Ceremony organized in her honor,” according to a statement from the organization. Portman’s camp appears to believe that Israel’s recent efforts to combat attacks on its border from Hamas terrorists and affiliated militants have created an environment that is not compatible with her appearance in the Jewish state for the award. “A representative of Ms. Portman notified our Foundation that: ‘Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel’ and that ‘she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony,’” according to a press statement. “After a number of conversations with Ms. Portman and her representatives, we have been advised that Ms. Portman’s decision is firm and will not be changed.” While Portman, perhaps best known for her work alongside Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace, has positioned herself as a proud supporter of Israel, it appears she will not step foot in the country as a...

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Calif. Indivisible Leader Slams DCCC for Endorsing Candidate in Dem Primary: He Has ‘Done Some Despicable Things’

A leader for the group Indivisible, which has partnered with a number of liberal groups around the United States for town hall events since last year, slammed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Thursday on Facebook for endorsing one candidate over other Democratic candidates in the primary. The DCCC elevated Gil Cisneros by endorsing him for their competitive “red-to-blue” program, which supports Democratic candidates with the aim of unseating Republican lawmakers in districts across the country. It provides “top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to run strong campaigns,” according to the program website. “The son of a public-school cafeteria worker and Vietnam veteran, Gil attended college on an R.O.T.C. scholarship and served our country as a naval officer for ten years. An education policy expert, he started a foundation to create more opportunities for local students and give back to his community after winning the lottery in 2010,” the program’s website reads. Marian Bodnar, the leader of Indivisible’s chapter in California’s 39th Congressional District, wrote on Facebook she may have “overstepped her boundaries” but that she sent an email to the DCCC, grilling the group for its endorsement. “How dare you elevate Gil Cisneros to a favored position for CA39 when you haven’t consulted the actual residents of this district???!! Gil is a former Republican, does not connect well with people at all, and has done some...

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NRA Backs Lawsuit Against Vermont Firearms Magazine Ban

The National Rifle Association announced on Thursday it would back a lawsuit filed against Vermont’s new ban on certain firearms magazines. The group said it will support a suit filed by the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Vermont State Rifle and Pistol Association, a group of sporting goods stores, and Vermont citizen Leah Stewart. The plaintiffs allege that the new ban on rifle magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition and handgun magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds violates the Vermont Constitution. The magazine ban was part of new gun-control legislation signed into law by Gov. Phil Scott (R.) last week. Scott and his Florida colleague Gov. Rick Scott have both signed new gun-control legislation in the wake of the Parkland school shooting that left 17 dead and the protests for new gun and magazine bans that followed. Both Republican governors are now facing NRA-backed lawsuits over their new laws. The NRA said Vermont’s magazine ban, which affects the magazines that come standard with many of the most popular rifles and handguns on the market, will outlaw ammunition feeding devices that millions of Americans currently own. “The magazines Vermont has now banned are owned by millions of law-abiding Americans,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. “In fact, nearly half of all magazines in the...

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Comey: ‘I Don’t Even Dislike Donald Trump’

Former FBI director James Comey said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that he doesn’t hate or even dislike President Donald Trump. Tapper reminded his audience Thursday hat Comey has detailed interactions with Trump that made him uncomfortable, in addition to calling him unfit for office and his presidency a “forest fire.” “Ultimately you accepted Donald Trump’s dinner invitation. You promised honest loyalty. You later agreed Michael Flynn was a good man,” Tapper began. “Now, you write that your experience in high school gave you a lifelong hatred for bullies. Do you think President Trump is a bully? Do you hate him?” Tapper asked. “I definitely don’t hate him,” Comey said. “There are things he does that make me uncomfortable and I think are inappropriate that is somewhat like a bully-like behavior but I don’t hate Donald Trump. I don’t even dislike Donald Trump,” Comey said. The post Comey: ‘I Don’t Even Dislike Donald Trump’ appeared first on Washington Free...

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‘Fearless Girl’ Statue to Move, Wall Street ‘Charging Bull’ Wins

In a victory for the longstanding Wall Street “Charging Bull” statute, New York City Hall announced the “Fearless Girl” statue will soon move to a new location three blocks away. “Fearless Girl” was commissioned by the investment firm State Street Global Advisors to advertise an index fund. In March 2017, it was placed in front of the iconic bull statute, a piece of guerrilla art celebrating American entrepreneurship created by Italian immigrant and Free Beacon Man of the Year Arturo Di Modica. The statute immediately went viral as a feminist icon, with the bull being recast as a symbol of the patriarchy. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren posed with the statue, and it was dressed up as Wonder Woman during the release of the 2017 film. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) suggested the inanimate statue should ring the NYSE opening bell. But not everybody loved “Fearless Girl.” Di Modica denounced the statue as “an advertising trick” that detracted from and changed the meaning of his art. Another artist created a “pissing pug” statute urinating on “Fearless Girl,” which the artist denounced as “corporate nonsense.” The standoff could still live on; the mayor’s office announced it is also considering moving “Charging Bull” but has not made a decision. The post ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue to Move, Wall Street ‘Charging Bull’ Wins appeared first on Washington Free...

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Comey Won’t Say if He’d Now Prefer Clinton Defeated Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey wouldn’t say Thursday whether he’d prefer Hillary Clinton be president over Donald Trump, in spite of blasting Trump as unfit for office. CNN host Jake Tapper noted Comey talks about how he loathes bullies in his new book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership. Comey said his book tour wasn’t about Trump, however, saying it was more about facilitating a conversation about ethics and leadership. “It’s not a book about Donald Trump, and I hope very much it’ll be useful long into the future, beyond a Trump presidency,” he said. Tapper quoted Comey’s pointed criticisms of Trump’s presidency as a “forest fire” and Trump himself as “morally unfit” to be in the White House. “Do you think the nation would be better off if Hillary Clinton had won?” Tapper asked. “I can’t answer that,” Comey said. “That’s something—that hypothetical is too hard for me to go back in time and try and answer.” “You paint a pretty dire picture of President Trump. It’s hard to imagine how you don’t think the nation would be better off if Hillary Clinton had won,” Tapper said. Comey said he didn’t look at it in those terms, saying Trump was legitimately elected. The issue, he said, was Trump not adhering to the nation’s values. Tapper continued to press him, however, noting Comey had said Americans needed to respond...

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Comey: I Have No Problem with Congress Seeing My Memos

http://media.breitbart.com/media/2018/04/Comey-419-Thumbnail.jpg On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” former FBI Director James Comey stated that it’s “fine” with him if Congress gets to see his memos about his meetings with President Trump. Comey said he didn’t know if letting Congress see the memos is the right move because “I don’t know what considerations the department has taken into account.” He added, “It’s fine by me. I don’t care. I don’t have any views on it. I’m totally fine with transparency. I’ve tried to be transparent throughout this, and I think what folks will see if they get to see the memos is, I’ve been consistent since the very beginning, right after my encounters with President Trump, and I’m consistent in the book and try to be transparent in the book as well.” Follow Ian Hanchett on...

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Senate Narrowly Confirms Trump’s NASA Administrator Nominee

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R., Okla.) along a party-line vote to lead NASA. The vote was 50-49 after Democratic members expressed concerns over Bridenstine’s lack of a scientific background and comments he made on climate change, the Washington Post reported. “James Bridenstine is a climate denier with no scientific background who has made a career out of ignoring science,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D., Hawaii) said. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) reluctantly voted for his nomination, saying his lack of enthusiasm stemmed from his belief NASA should be “led by a space professional.” “I was not enthused about the nomination. Nothing personal about Mr. Bridenstine. NASA is an organization that needs to be led by a space professional,” Rubio said. He justified his vote by arguing it has been the tradition of the Senate to give deference to the president on choosing qualifications. Bridenstine’s supporters point to his experience in aviation and his long-expressed support for space exploration. The Post noted: Bridenstine is a former naval aviator who ran the Tulsa Air and Space Museum before coming to Congress in 2013. An avid supporter of space exploration, he sponsored the American Space Renaissance Act, a wide-ranging bill that touched on national security, how best to deal with debris in space, and how to regulate the commercial space industry. Earlier this week, Vice President Pence praised Bridenstine as...

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Charles Murray: Honored Disinvitee

NEW YORK—Charles Murray was the featured guest at this year’s Disinvitation Dinner, an event put on each year by the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale since 2015 in response to the trend of college students preventing controversial speakers from giving talks. Violent protests greeted Murray when he came to Middlebury College in March of 2017: A mob forcibly shut down his talk and injured his interlocutor Allison Stanger, a liberal professor who ended up in the hospital. Murray, now an emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and still regularly protested on campuses, focused his talk at Yale on how political and social polarization pervades American society. “It turns out people with strong political feelings don’t want to be around someone who disagrees with them,” he said Wednesday night, noting that politics increasingly determines where people get information and choose to live. Murray also said he believes that the American project of limited government is dead, but he still seeks reasons for optimism. Americans should be positive, he argued, because people across the political spectrum are simply sidestepping the government and thereby limiting its overreach, even though his desire is for the government to adhere to the Founders’ vision for human freedom unencumbered by the state. “The American project as it was originally conceived is dead and it’s never coming back. I truly believe that,” he said....

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