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[VIDEO] Krauthammer: Spicer ‘Got a Second Chance to Make a First Impression’ 

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Charles Krauthammer thought that Sean Spicer did an excellent job in his second press conference, and offers hope that it may have made up for the awful first one.

 

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Gun Owners Welcome Donald J. Trump as President of the United States

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Gun owners across the nation breathed a sigh of relief as Donald J. Trump was sworn in Friday morning as the 45th president of the United States.

Trump’s election was the result of a sweeping grassroots movement to upend the Washington status quo and restore the concept of popular sovereignty in America. As Trump said in his speech:

Today’s ceremony … has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you, the people.

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The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

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And that, after all, is the essence of the Second Amendment, the principle that in a government of laws, and not of men, ultimate power and authority reside with the people.  And that includes the power of self-defense, so that no person is left to depend solely on the state’s good graces for his or her very life.

Your NRA was among Trump’s earliest and most faithful backers during a campaign in which conventional wisdom gave him no chance of winning. As a concealed carry permit holder, Second Amendment advocate, and father to two enthusiastic hunters and shooters, Trump may well be the most pro-gun president to date.

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Trump’s swearing in also ends the imperious reign of Barack Obama, who has repeatedly said on the record that failure to see federal gun control legislation enacted was the biggest frustration of a tenure also marked by slow economic growth, terrorism, and unrest and division in the homeland.

The NRA, its members, and the pro-gun Congress you elected, thwarted Obama’s designs for new federal gun laws, but Obama aggressively used executive authority to curb Second Amendment rights wherever possible. As we note elsewhere in this Alert, Obama continued these tactics through his last hours in office, as the Fish and Wildlife Service late on Thursday announced plans to seek a ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle in areas under its control. 

"Legitimate self defense has absolutely nothing to do with the criminal misuse of guns." —Gerald Vernon, veteran firearms instructor

Yet as President Trump said while addressing the nation and the world, “[T]hat is the past. And now we are looking to the future.” Read the rest of this entry »


Bloggers? Did Someone Say Bloggers? 

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Oliver Laughland reports: Talk radio hosts and bloggers could be invited to official White House press briefings once the Trump administration takes office, under a highly irregular proposal being floated that may also remove briefings from the West Wing.

“Some of the media outlets that I deal with are fake news more so than anybody. I could name them, but I won’t bother. You have a few sitting right in front of us.”

Trump’s pick for White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said on Sunday that due to “off the chart” interest in the new administration, the president-elect was considering moving briefings from the James S Brady press briefing room, which has been used by presidents to address the media since 1970, to a venue with a greater capacity.

“They’re very, very dishonest people, but I think it’s just something we’re going to have to live with. I guess the advantage I have is that I can speak back.”

— President-elect Donald Trump

A report published by Esquire magazine on Saturday indicated the venue could be inside the Old Executive Office Building, just west of the White House.

Spicer argued the proposal would mean “you can involve more people, be more transparent, have more accessibility”. He suggested that this would mean outlets that are not traditionally part of the White House press corps would be able to ask questions during presidential press briefings.

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“The WHCA will fight to keep the briefing room and West Wing access to senior administration officials open. We object strenuously to any move that would shield the president and his advisers from the scrutiny of an on-site White House press corps.”

— Jeff Mason, the WHCA president and Reuters White House correspondent

There’s a lot of talk radio and bloggers and people that can’t fit in right now and maybe don’t have a permanency because they’re not part of the Washington elite media,” Spicer said, “but to allow them an opportunity to ask the press secretary or the president a question is a positive thing. It’s more democratic.”

Around 200 journalists make up the White House press corps. The Brady press briefing room holds 49 seats for major media organisations, which are granted space by the White House Correspondent Association [WHCA]. The Guardian is among those outlets allocated a space.

It remains unclear how the proposal would be implemented, but it is likely to be interpreted as a hostile rebuke to conventional media outlets around the country. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Tim Kaine’s Defense Of Hillary Makes CNN Panel Burst Out Laughing

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After CNN’s John King played a clip of Tim Kaine defending how accessible Hillary Clinton has been to the press, he and the rest of his panel reacted by laughing.

In the clip (from a CBS interview days ago), Kaine says, “I don’t see what the massive difference is between a press conference and talking to the press everywhere you go. She talks to the press a lot.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Tony Dokoupil Reveals Why Reporters Won’t Challenge Donald Trump 

On The Lawrence Show on MSNBC, National Reporter Tony Dokoupil in a revealing moment lets slip to show host Lawrence O’Donnell why reporters will not challenge GOP Frontrunner Donald Trump on policy issues after Trump stumbled through a local Wisconsin radio interview with Charles Sykes.


[VIDEO] Sophisticated Trump 

What if Donald Trump had elocution lessons? All words verbatim.

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Least Original Perp Statement Award Nomination Announced for Phoenix Freeway Shooter Suspect: ‘You Got the Wrong Guy!’

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“All I have to say is I’m the wrong guy. I tried telling the detectives that. My gun’s been in the pawnshop the last two months. I haven’t even had access to a weapon.”

PHOENIX, Sept. 19 (UPI) — Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., the man believed to be responsible for a series of drive-by shootings on Arizona’s Interstate 10, told a judge on Saturday that authorities arrested “the wrong guy.”

“The weapon and man we believe was responsible for starting this spree is in custody. Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said. “Are there others out there? Are there copycats? That is possible.”

— Frank Milstead. Arizona Department of Public Safety Director

Judge Lisa Roberts was unmoved, setting the 21-year-old’s bail at $1 million.

“The suspect presents a dramatic and profound threat to the community,” the prosecutor said at Merritt’s arraignment, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“All I have to say is I’m the wrong guy,” Merritt said, after the judge granted him permission to address the court. “I tried telling the detectives that. My gun’s been in the pawnshop the last two months. I haven’t even had access to a weapon.”

“The father of the accused told reporters that anyone who thinks his son is guilty is a ‘moron.’”

A SWAT team swarmed Merritt in a Walmart on Friday. Authorities announced his arrest shortly afterwards, saying the young man was “forensically linked” to the 11 highway shootings along busy I-10. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] iPress Conference: Siri Handles Question At White House

jonathanturley writes:

…There was a wonderfully ironic moment in the White House as reporters spared with Press Secretary Josh Earnest who has been often criticized for less than forthcoming statements to the media

Here is the tape:

…Now “Siri” is getting in the act as she was heard in the midst of the press conference saying “Sorry, I’m not sure what you want me to change.” It seemed for a moment like Earnest had developed a second persona…

Source: jonathanturley.org

 


[VIDEO] White House: Obama’s Joe Biden for Vice President Decision Better Than Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State Decision

WH: Obama’s Biden VP Decision Better Than Clinton Sec. State Decision (August 24, 2015)

UPDATE: Here’s Hillary Clinton’s lawyer in a private meeting, responding unfavorably to having seen the press conference.


[VIDEO] Shooting at The Grand Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, During ‘Trainwreck’ Screening, Shooter Reported Dead

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The Grand Theatre is a ‘Gun Free Zone’.

Two people are reportedly dead and at least six people have been injured after a shooting occurred inside a screening of “Trainwreck” in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“We think the shooter is dead,” police chief Jim Craft told reporters during a press conference. “It really is a chaotic scene…

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(KADN) — myarklamiss.com reports: What we know now is that an unidentified person went into the Grand Theatre on Johnston street in Lafayette and opened fire. It’s unclear right now where in the building the shooting took place.

What we do know is there are at least 6 people injured and sources are confirming that the shooter is dead. State police say that there was an “active shooter” and it is now over.

Two people are confirmed dead including the shooter. Shooting was inside of a theatre. It is worth noting that The Grand Theatre is a “Gun Free Zone”.

Police are currently checking the theatre and parking lot for explosives.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.  Read full story here.

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From Associated Press updating coverage:

Lafayette police Chief Jim Craft says the death toll in the movie theater shooting has increased to three.

Craft said at a news conference that seven victims were wounded and their injuries ranged from not life-threatening to critical.

Authorities have not released the identity of the gunman but say the 58-year-old white man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Patrick Brennan: Baltimore’s Mayor Says She Intend to to Give Protesters ‘Space’ to ‘Destroy. But What Happened Anyway?

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At The CornerPatrick Brennan writes: Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says that she didn’t mean, in some comments she delivered Sunday, that the protesters/rioters in Baltimore had been intentionally given “space” to “destroy” property. “The mayor is not saying that she asked police to give space to people who sought to create violence,” a spokesman says, a day after she made the comments. (A raft of outlets reported them this morning  in the way she says she didn’t mean them.)

Whatever exactly she meant, it certainly seems that the Baltimore police took a hands-off approach to the unrest over the weekend, allowing the crowds to grow violent and unruly while doing little in response.

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[Read the full text here, at The Corner, National Review Online]

Presumably this is motivated in part by the sense that the protesters had some legitimate grievance and in part because it’s supposed to work, to help defuse the situation. Well, does it? Read the rest of this entry »


It Begins: Hillary’s Email Practices to be Examined in Congressional Investigation

ABCNews-Boehner-EmailsDuring a news conference last week, Clinton did not go into the details of how the review of her email was conducted, but said it was “thorough” and that she went “above and beyond” what she was required to do in turning over many of her emails to the State Department.

“We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department,” she said, adding that all other emails were personal and pertained to matters such as “yoga routines,” “family vacations,” and “planning Chelsea’s wedding.”

After the news conference, Clinton’s team distributed a lengthy question-and-answer document that detailed the “multi-step” process. The process appeared to have included an extensive, nuanced search of Clinton’s inbox, but the document did not make clear how many of the emails were opened and read in the review.

On Sunday, Clinton’s spokesman clarified that “every email was read” and that the steps they outlined in the document “were in addition to reading them all, not in lieu of reading them all.”

According to the document, here is a summary of how Clinton’s attorneys, who were tasked with the job, said they sorted through her emails:

First, a search was done of all emails Clinton received from a .gov or state.gov account during the period she was secretary of state — from 2009 to 2013.

Then, with the remaining emails, a search was done for names of 100 State Department and other U.S. government officials who Clinton may have had correspondence with during her tenure. Read the rest of this entry »


Robert Holguin Reports: 14 Suspects in Sexual Assault Investigation at Venice High School – 9 in Custody – 2 Victims are Sudents


Hillary Clinton: ‘Take my word for it’

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Michael Baronebarone-sq writes: So what did we learn from Hillary Clinton’s press conference at the United Nations (scheduled less than 12 hours ago in a forum where reporters typically have to wait 24 hours to get credentials)?

Why did she use only a personal email account? Because she didn’t want to carry around two email devices. Does this pass the laugh test? How hard is it to carry around two cellphones or Blackberries? Especially if you have a purse to put them in?

“Who decided which of Clinton’s emails were personal and would not be handed over to the State Department? Some unnamed individual working for her. Who was told, she said, to err on the side of turning material over if there was any question it was work-related. So just trust Clinton and her unnamed staffer or staffers.”

Was there a risk that her personal account could be hacked? No, she tells us, because President Bill Clinton used it and it never was. We have just her own say-so on this. No corroboration. And even if that’s true, was it prudent in January 2009 to rely on the security of the Chappaqua home brew server rather than the State Department server? I think one can still conclude that secretary-designate was more concerned about concealing things from the American people than from foreign enemies.

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Who decided which of Clinton’s emails were personal and would not be handed over to the State Department? Some unnamed individual working for her. Who was told, she said, to err on the side of turning material over if there was any question it was work-related. So just trust Clinton and her unnamed staffer or staffers. Anyway, she deleted the private emails so you’re never going to have a chance to judge whether they were properly classified. And even if some remain undeleted, she’s not going to turn them over.

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How many emails were there? As I heard her, she said there were 60,000 in total, and half were work-related. But what she turned over to the State Department was described as 55,000 pages. That leaves the question of how many pages of emails were not turned over and how many destroyed. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] This Month’s Best News Bloopers

…blunders include video bombs — both intentional and completely accidental — along with plenty of technical mishaps. You also get Tom Brady talking incessantly about his balls and an anchor bravely letting a tarantula rest on her chest…(read more)

Also see –  Funniest News Bloopers of 2014

 


Newbie Jihadist FAIL: Muslim Convert Reveals Location of ISIS Safe Houses

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New-Zealand English teacher-turned-terrorist Mark Taylor, who shot into the public eye last year after publicly burning his Kiwi passport and then asking for a new one has blundered again by apparently forgetting to turn off geo-location services on his smartphone while tweeting from Islamic State safe houses in Syria.

“Taylor’s numerous failures demonstrate the opportunities that can be gained through monitoring and tracking extremists via social media and telecommunications. Given his need for attention I’m sure this will not be the last we hear from Kiwi Jihadi. With luck he will fail to read the manual on his next shiny new phone”.

The terrorist, who changed his name to the more appropriate-sounding ‘Abu Abdul-Rahman’ uploaded a series of tweets during his travels across the Islamic State, updating his twitter following on his progress with ISIS. The Daily Mail reports a Canadian jihad-monitoring group recorded 45 of these tweets containing geo-location data and passed the information on to intelligence agencies.

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Describing the blunder, Canadian monitoring group IBRABO said: “It’s a rookie social media mistake and one that intelligence and law enforcement agencies pray for when tracking criminals. This week one of New Zealand’s well known jihadists, Mark Taylor removed 45 tweets after he discovered that he was broadcasting his twitter location to every intelligence agency… Unfortunately for him we captured all of them prior to him removing the tweets”. Read the rest of this entry »


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[VIDEO] Japanese Musician Recreates Disgraced Politician Ryutaro Nonomura’s Uncontrollable Weeping on Electric Guitar

What’s more fun than watching a Japanese politician disgrace himself, lose his marbles, and cough up a bucket of tears on live TV? Watching a Japanese musician recreate the flood of tears on electric guitar, sob by humiliating sob.

Disgraced politician Ryutaro Nonomura, who attempted to claim over 3 million yen (around US$30,000) in travel expenses without providing any supporting evidence has been seen around the world sobbing violently at a press conference thanks to numerous YouTube videos….

One parody in particular caught the attention of the meme-surfers at Rocketnews24:

…Prepare to cringe and be impressed while watching the following video of a perfectly timed, perfectly pitched recreation of Nonomura’s teary defense performed on an electric guitar.

The video was uploaded by a guitarist who goes by the username RioT_Clover on Twitter

「野々村議員 政務費不正疑惑 泣き乱しながら潔白主張」を弾いてみたょ【ギター】

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不名誉! [VIDEO] MELTDOWN: Japanese Politician Crying At Press Conference

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“I finally got elected, because I wanted to make a difference!”

For CBS News, Lucy Craft reports:

The 47-year-old lawmaker from Hyogo Prefecture was asked to account for about $30,000 in travel expenses for which he neglected to submit receipts. His response left the local press corps astounded as they watched him become completely unglued during a news conference, sobbing and sob-screamign hysterically…(read more)

For The IndependentHeather Saul writes:

Ryutaro Nonomura could be seen angrily crying while yelling at reporters: “You don’t understand” during at a conference at the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly on Tuesday in Kobe.

The politician had faced criticism last week after it was reported he had claimed for 195 long-distance return tickets but failed to provide receipts for the journeys or even evidence he was carrying out official work, Rocket News 24 reports.

During Tuesday’s press conference, in between sobbing, drawing deep breaths and then wailing again…(read more)


[VIDEO] Obama: ‘I’m Concerned About a Nuke Being Detonated in Manhattan’

I saw this press conference, early this morning. A few things stood out. One, the Dutch press was blunt and direct, asking the U.S. President uncomfortable questions. More than we see here. No softballs. Two, Obama talked too much, long, meandering, answers. And three, he was on the defensive, for the entire press conference.

“With respect to Mr. Romney’s assertion that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe, the truth of the matter is that America has a whole lot of challenges…”

He goes in circles for a long time, barely making sense.

“So my response then continues to be what I believe today, which is: Russia’s actions are a problem. They don’t pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.”

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[VIDEO] Rehearsal: White House Press Secretary Gets Questions from Reporters Before Press Briefing – Debunked?

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UPDATE:  Phoenix journalist admits ‘bad reporting’ in claiming White House press censorship

Catherine Anaya, from Phoenix’s KPHO-TV, says she was mistaken for saying members of the White House Press Corps submit questions to press secretary Jay Carney before the daily televised press briefing. Read more: nydailynews.com

 

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The Weekly Standard reports: A CBS reporter from Arizona reveals that President Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing. In fact, she says, the reporters often receive the answers in advance of the briefing, too.

“…unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask — the correspondents — they are provided to him in advance. So then he knows what he’s going to be answering and sometimes those correspondents and reporters also have those answers printed in front of them, because of course it helps when they’re producing their reports for later on. So that was very interesting.”

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BREAKING: LIVE – Yanukovych News Conference

Ukraine crisis: Yanukovych gives news conference

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Streaming now…   BBC News – LIVE


[VIDEO] Hijacka Hacka: 9/11 Truther Hijacks Super Bowl Press Conference

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WH Press Secretary Jay Carney’s New Facial Hair Raises Disturbing Questions

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“My wife says she likes it”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney isn’t quite ready to say good-bye to the holiday break — and he has the beard to prove it.

Stepping up to the podium for his first press briefing in over two weeks, Carney surprised reporters with a scruffy post-holiday beard.

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White House Press Corp Angrily Confronts Press Secretary Over Lack Of Access

Nearly 40 news outlets sent a letter to the White House in November complaining about what they see as an unprecedented lack of access for photographers. At the White House press briefing Thursday journalists angrily confronted press secretary Jay Carney over the issue.

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From ‘Yes We Can’ to ‘Nobody’s Perfect’

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who once upon a time used his comedy perch to protect President Barack Obama, now has little choice but to mock him. Mercilessly.

Stewart wouldn’t like it if we took his jokes seriously, but he still skewered the president’s abysmal press conference Thursday in ways that left the leader’s image in tatters.

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Obama Refers to UN Resolutions as ‘Hocus Pocus’

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One interesting moment in what was largely seen as a weak press conference for President Obama Friday was this moment when the Nobel Peace Prize winner referred to the process of securing resolutions from the United Nations as “hocus pocus”:

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In Misstep, Obama Discusses Sealed Indictment on Benghazi

By Devlin Barrett

President Barack Obama was a lawyer before he became a politician, but on Friday he broke one of the most basic legal rules: He publicly discussed a sealed indictment.

Speaking at a White House press conference about government surveillance, terrorism, and other topics, the president was asked about his past statements that the people who attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year would be brought to justice.

“We have informed, I think, the public that there’s a sealed indictment. It’s sealed for a reason. But we are intent on capturing those who carried out this attack, and we’re going to stay on it until we get them,’’ Mr. Obama said.

While the president of the United States can declassify top secret intelligence information on his own say-so, disclosing secret grand jury material is a different matter. Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure clearly states: “… no person may disclose the indictment’s existence except as necessary to issue or execute a warrant or summons.’’

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via  Law Blog – WSJ.