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The Hill: Bannon Presses Trump to Hire Experienced Legal Team

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign has White House aides worried, despite the assurances of President Trump’s lawyer Ty Cobb that Mueller is handling the investigation “fairly.” Some sources close to the president have reportedly expressed doubts about Cobb’s competency to lead the White House’s defense. Chief among those critics is former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon.

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Donald Trump Pauses Decision to Allow Import of Elephant Hunting Trophies from Africa

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President Donald Trump responded to the public outcry over his administration’s decision to reverse an Obama-era ban of elephant and big game hunting trophies from Africa. “Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts,” Trump wrote on Friday night. “Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!” Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017 The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, under the Department of Interior, was scheduled to revoke the Obama-era ban on Friday, but Trump stepped in after conservative voices criticized the proposed move. “I don’t understand how this move by @realDonaldTrump Admin will not INCREASE the gruesome poaching of elephants,” Fox News Host Laura Ingraham wrote on Twitter in reaction to the news. I don't understand how this move by @realDonaldTrump Admin will not INCREASE the gruesome poaching of elephants. Stay tuned. https://t.co/KqizmlgaGg — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 16, 2017 Conservative radio host Michel Savage also signaled his opposition to the idea. DO BRAVE MEN HUNT

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Trump Officials Signal Obamacare Individual Mandate Could Survive Tax Reform

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Top Trump administration officials indicated that while the president still backs repealing the Obamacare individual mandate, the administration would accept a tax reform package that left the mandate in place.

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Virgil — Populist Revolt Continues: Right and Left Join to Fight AT&T-Time Warner Deal


Why have activists on the right and left joined together to oppose the AT&T-Time Warner merger? After all, there have been plenty of big mergers in the last few decades, most of which have attracted little controversy. So what is it about this particular deal?

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‘P Is For Palestine’ Children’s Book Extolling Intifada Sparks Outrage in New York

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TEL AVIV – A children’s alphabet book titled “P is for Palestine” has had women from New York’s Upper East Side up in arms over what they say is nothing more than anti-Semitic propaganda.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lawmakers Hit Nikki Haley for Whitewashing Qatar’s Support for Hamas


WASHINGTON, DC. — A group of Republican and Democrat lawmakers has joined forces to pen a letter to United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, asking her to clarify what appears to be implying that there is a distinction between “political” and military leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization.

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Irish Catholic Priest Tells Christians to Abandon the Word ‘Christmas’

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Father Desmond O’Donnell is urging Christians to give up the word “Christmas” and replace it with something else, saying that Christmas has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer.”

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Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Seeks Secret Ballot for Vote on Roger Goodell’s Contract


The clock is ticking and Jerry Jones is running out of options, but the Cowboys owner has one more card to play in his quest to delay/derail Roger Goodell’s contract extension.

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Newsweek relies on misleading SPLC labels in reports on Trump …

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s credibility as an objective assessor of hate has long been disputed by observers on both the Left and the Right, but that didn’t stop Newsweek from running misleading stories based on the organization’s labels this week.

“Donald Trump to speak at hate group’s annual event, a first for a president,” blared an Oct. 12 headline. “Trump tells hate group Americans ‘worship God,’ not government,” said another published Friday.

Both articles focused on President Trump’s address at the Family Research Council’s annual Values Voter Summit, a conference sponsored and attended by many mainstream conservative organizations and politicians.

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No other sitting president has ever taken the decision to address the summit, although Trump has spoken before the conference on three previous occasions even during his presidential election campaign.Speaking of the president’s decision to attend this year’s 12th annual event, SPLC President Richard Cohen told The Independent: “By appearing at the Values Voter Summit, President Trump is lending the legitimacy of his office to a hate group that relentlessly demonizes LGBTQ people and works to deny them of their equal rights.””His appearance puts the lie to his campaign promise to be a friend to the LGBTQ community. Bigotry is not an American value, and our president should speak out against it,” he added.

The second article also said: “Trump, the first sitting president to attend the event hosted by Family Research Council (FRC), a group that has been labeled a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), also boasted that his administration was making rapid progress in protecting religious liberty.”

Neither story included any details about FRC’s vigorous disputing of the SPLC’s designation, nor a single mention of the pushback the SPLC has received from both conservatives and liberals for labeling right-leaning, pro-family organizations as hate groups.

We’ve spilled much ink explaining why the SPLC’s strategy of lumping traditional conservative advocacy organizations into the same category as neo-Nazis and the KKK is reckless and dangerous. Just five years ago, a gunman opened fire at FRC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, leaving a security guard injured. He later acknowledged that he had intended to kill dozens and chose his target after he saw the organization was listed as a hate group on the SPLC website.

Liberal journalist Ken Silverstein, who has reported extensively on the SPLC, wrote in 2010 that the nonprofit is “essentially a fraud” with “a habit of casually labeling organizations as ‘hate groups.'”

None of this stopped Newsweek.

Because society has long reserved the term “hate group” for neo-Nazi and KKK organizations, readers who come across these headlines could seriously believe the president was addressing a crowd of white supremacists, rather than Christian conservatives.

But, hey, as my colleague Becket Adams highlighted on Monday, Newsweek has been struggling lately.

Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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The Hill: Bannon Presses Trump to Hire Experienced Legal Team

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign has White House aides worried, despite the assurances of President Trump’s lawyer Ty Cobb that Mueller is handling the investigation “fairly.” Some sources close to the president have reportedly expressed doubts about Cobb’s competency to lead the White House’s defense. Chief among those critics is former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon.

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Donald Trump Pauses Decision to Allow Import of Elephant Hunting Trophies from Africa

President Donald Trump responded to the public outcry over his administration’s decision to reverse an Obama-era ban of elephant and big game hunting trophies from Africa. “Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts,” Trump wrote on Friday night. “Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!” Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017 The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, under the Department of Interior, was scheduled to revoke the Obama-era ban on Friday, but Trump stepped in after conservative voices criticized the proposed move. “I don’t understand how this move by @realDonaldTrump Admin will not INCREASE the gruesome poaching of elephants,” Fox News Host Laura Ingraham wrote on Twitter in reaction to the news. I don't understand how this move by @realDonaldTrump Admin will not INCREASE the gruesome poaching of elephants. Stay tuned. https://t.co/KqizmlgaGg — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 16, 2017 Conservative radio host Michel Savage also signaled his opposition to the idea. DO BRAVE MEN HUNT

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Trump Officials Signal Obamacare Individual Mandate Could Survive Tax Reform

Top Trump administration officials indicated that while the president still backs repealing the Obamacare individual mandate, the administration would accept a tax reform package that left the mandate in place.

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Virgil — Populist Revolt Continues: Right and Left Join to Fight AT&T-Time Warner Deal

Why have activists on the right and left joined together to oppose the AT&T-Time Warner merger? After all, there have been plenty of big mergers in the last few decades, most of which have attracted little controversy. So what is it about this particular deal?

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‘P Is For Palestine’ Children’s Book Extolling Intifada Sparks Outrage in New York

TEL AVIV – A children’s alphabet book titled “P is for Palestine” has had women from New York’s Upper East Side up in arms over what they say is nothing more than anti-Semitic propaganda.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lawmakers Hit Nikki Haley for Whitewashing Qatar’s Support for Hamas

WASHINGTON, DC. — A group of Republican and Democrat lawmakers has joined forces to pen a letter to United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, asking her to clarify what appears to be implying that there is a distinction between “political” and military leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization.

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Irish Catholic Priest Tells Christians to Abandon the Word ‘Christmas’

Father Desmond O’Donnell is urging Christians to give up the word “Christmas” and replace it with something else, saying that Christmas has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer.”

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Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Seeks Secret Ballot for Vote on Roger Goodell’s Contract

The clock is ticking and Jerry Jones is running out of options, but the Cowboys owner has one more card to play in his quest to delay/derail Roger Goodell’s contract extension.

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Newsweek relies on misleading SPLC labels in reports on Trump …

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s credibility as an objective assessor of hate has long been disputed by observers on both the Left and the Right, but that didn’t stop Newsweek from running misleading stories based on the organization’s labels this week. “Donald Trump to speak at hate group’s annual event, a first for a president,” blared an Oct. 12 headline. “Trump tells hate group Americans ‘worship God,’ not government,” said another published Friday. Both articles focused on President Trump’s address at the Family Research Council’s annual Values Voter Summit, a conference sponsored and attended by many mainstream conservative organizations and politicians. Here’s an excerpt from the first article: No other sitting president has ever taken the decision to address the summit, although Trump has spoken before the conference on three previous occasions even during his presidential election campaign.Speaking of the president’s decision to attend this year’s 12th annual event, SPLC President Richard Cohen told The Independent: “By appearing at the Values Voter Summit, President Trump is lending the legitimacy of his office to a hate group that relentlessly demonizes LGBTQ people and works to deny them of their equal rights.””His appearance puts the lie to his campaign promise to be a friend to the LGBTQ community. Bigotry is not an American value, and our president should speak out against it,” he added. The second article also said: “Trump, the first sitting president to attend the event hosted by Family Research Council (FRC), a group that has been labeled a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), also boasted that his administration was making rapid progress in protecting religious liberty.” Neither story included any details about FRC’s vigorous disputing of the SPLC’s designation, nor a single mention of the pushback the SPLC has received from both conservatives and liberals for labeling right-leaning, pro-family organizations as hate groups. We’ve spilled much ink explaining why the SPLC’s strategy of lumping traditional conservative advocacy organizations into the same category as neo-Nazis and the KKK is reckless and dangerous. Just five years ago, a gunman opened fire at FRC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, leaving a security guard injured. He later acknowledged that he had intended to kill dozens and chose his target after he saw the organization was listed as a hate group on the SPLC website. Liberal journalist Ken Silverstein, who has reported extensively on the SPLC, wrote in 2010 that the nonprofit is “essentially a fraud” with “a habit of casually labeling organizations as ‘hate groups.'” None of this stopped Newsweek. Because society has long reserved the term “hate group” for neo-Nazi and KKK organizations, readers who come across these headlines could seriously believe the president was addressing a crowd of white supremacists, rather than Christian conservatives. But, hey, as my colleague Becket Adams highlighted on Monday, Newsweek has been struggling lately. Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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