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Mulvaney: Trump Willing To Sign Government Spending Bill Without Wall Funding

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CNN: White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper that President Trump is willing to sign a government spending bill that will not include funding for a border wall. From the Tuesday night broadcast of CNN's The Lead: JAKE TAPPER, CNN: So we're talking about this potential government shutdown if this funding bill doesn't work itself out. And let me just ask you, the House is controlled by Republicans, the Senate is controlled by Republicans, the White House is controlled by Republicans. What's the problem? MICK MULVANEY, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET: Yes. The problem is the Senate rules, people forget this sometimes, that the spending bills are different than the budget. The underlying budgets sort of move through the House and Senate differently. Anything that passes on reconciliation moves differently. But most bills, including spending bills, take 60 votes in the Senate. TAPPER: So you need eight Democrats. MULVANEY: Got to have eight, which means that Chuck Schumer and the Democrats have a place at the table. We recognize that. But that's why we just can't do it on our own. TAPPER: A source close to efforts to avoid a government shutdown tells CNN that the Republican proposal in the House will not include funding for President Trump's border wall with Mexico. Is President Trump willing to sign a government spending bill that does not include that money? MULVANEY: Yes, because I think the bill -- at least the offer that we received from the Democrats the last couple of days included a good bit of money for border security. The Democrats said they would go to the mat and shut the government down over the border wall, the bricks and mortar. But there's a lot of things we agree on, both parties do, in securing the border. And it allows the president to follow through on his promise to make the border more secure. Stop people coming over, stop drugs from coming over. So there's things we can do by way of maintenance and technology, gates, bridges, roads, that kind of stuff, that make a real difference in that southern border security. So… TAPPER: But the president says he's not backing down on the wall. MULVANEY: Well, we're not backing down. Keep in mind, this is just -- this bill is just for the last five months of this year. We're actually almost more than halfway through fiscal year '17. We're only talking about through the end of September. The discussion for what to do in fiscal year '18, which starts October 1st, that discussion actually starts as soon as this bill is signed. So we're going to continue these conversations. We just thought that it would be a good first step to get these things that everybody agrees on and take that idea of a government shutdown off the table.

Ingraham vs. Krauthammer: "Protectionism" Gets Thrown When Anyone Stands Up For The American Worker

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Laura Ingraham and Charles Krauthammer argue about the use of the term 'protectionism' on Tuesday's broadcast of Special Report on the FOX News Channel. Krauthammer on "the problem" of protectionism in regards to a brewing U.S.-Canada trade war involving dairy and lumber: CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: That is the problem with protectionism. For example, if we were to prevail upon the Chinese to stop dumping steel, or we would raise tariffs on steel, this has happened in the past. That's great for steelworkers but it's not so good if you are making autos or other stuff out of steel. The costs are passed on and they become less competitive. So, Juan is right. If you put a tariff on the lumber, you're going to get a problem with homes, homes are going to be a little more expensive. I think after having insulted Australia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, and just about every one of our friends, it is about time we hit Canada. And I still haven't gotten over the War of 1812, so I have a personal animus here. Look, I think this is Trump proclaiming a principle that we are going to be really tough on trade because the tariffs on our dairy products are something like 2- to 300-percent. It's really outrageous. And what he's doing, he is bargaining. He's a real estate guy saying, 'Here is my opening bid. I threaten you with tariffs on lumber. You show us some give on dairy.' I think it will likely get this done. I can't imagine that we are going to start this administration with a trade war with Canada. I could understand China, I could understand -- but, look, people this is our closest ally in the world, and in a way, it is gratuitous. Ingraham on the term getting thrown around: LAURA INGRAHAM: The word protectionism is always thrown around for anyone who stands up for American workers and American companies. KRAUTHAMMER: But you stand up for some workers, not all workers. INGRAHAM: Well, no. What I think Donald Trump campaigned on, and what I assume he will do, is issues on like cold rolled steel. Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, most presidents invoked some type of temporary tariff to make the marketplace efficient. It is wildly distorted now. We had a 20% increase in the dumping of cheap steel in the United States. In the first 3 months of this year from the previous year, we had I think 18 out of the top 20 steel manufacturers in the world were American. Now, I think it is about three. So there are ancillary effects. We tried globalization and let it all ride on the WTO, and we got Donald Trump as the president. So we tried 20 years of this, we tried it. KRAUTHAMMER: The ancillary effects are in every industry downstream that uses the product. It's a law of nature, it's a law of economics if you raise the price, you are going to hurt the people-- INGRAHAM: We also have American workers who have jobs and families who have a livelihood. And the beauty parlor and the shopping center and all the people who can spend money instead of being on government welfare. Or opioids. KRAUTHAMMER: And people in construction are going to lose those jobs if the price of lumber rises. That's very simple. Not complicated.

Bernie Sanders: "Likely" I Would Have Beat Trump If I Were Nominee

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 22:46
On this Sunday's broadcast of The Circus on SHOWTIME, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told correspondent John Heilemann it's "likely" he would have won the 2016 U.S. election if he were the Democratic nominee for president. Sanders is currently on a 'Unity' tour with DNC chairman Tom Perez and DNC vice chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). Transcript of the exchange: JOHN HEILEMANN: You obviously recognize the power of populism in a way that Hillary Clinton didn't and a lot of other people didn't in American politics last year. Were you surprised on election day? SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: If you allow me, I know this word populism is floated around a lot. What I recognized was pain. All over this country people are hurting and they are hurting very badly. Trump understood that, by the way, and that's why he said, 'The whole system sucks. I'm going to blow it up.' Well, it turns out he lied. JOHN HEILEMANN: Do you think had you been the Democratic nominee that you would have beaten Donald Trump? SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: Who knows. I mean -- JOHN HEILEMANN: Really? SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: I mean, yeah, I think it's likely, but you never know. As you well know I am not into speculating, it doesn't matter. JOHN HEILEMANN: Well it matters a little bit.

Sen. Cory Gardner Mocks "Stupid" Questions From CNN About North Korea Briefing

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:33
The Colorado Senator pushed back at the question from CNN's Brooke Baldwin about the meeting scheduled tomorrow at the White House, where all 100 senators are invited. "If Washington gets caught in an argument about where a meeting is going to be -- no wonder the American people are so pissed off at us," he said.

President Trump Guarantees He Will Build Border Wall In First Term

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:15
Speaking to reporters in the white House Tuesday afternoon, President Trump *guaranteed* that the Mexican border wall will be built during his first term. "The wall is going to get built, and we are setting rcod numbers in terms of stopping people from comig in... I was just with [DHS] Secretary Kelly a little while ago, and he said we definitely, desperately, need the wall," he said. "The wall gets built. 100%. Thank you very much... Soon. We're already hiring, doing plans, doing specifications, and the wall gets built." "The wall is very, very important," he repeated. "Plenty of time."

Ivanka Trump: "I Don't Like The Word Accomplice"

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:48
The First Daughter comments on criticisms of her role in the Trump administration.

Sean Spicer Grilled By Multiple Reporters About Alleged Flynn Investigation Delay

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:24
White House Press Secretary is asked multiple times about documents the White House has on Michael Flynn.

Trump: "The State Of Israel Is An Eternal Monument To The Undying Strength Of The Jewish People"

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:20
Tuesday at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, President Trump remembered the millions of Jews who died during the Second World War and prasied the state of Israel as "an eternal monument to the undying strength of the Jewish people." He contienued: "The fervent dream that burned in the hearts of the oppressed is now filled with the breath of life and the Star of David waves atop a great nation, arisen from the desert." Full transcript: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: TRUMP: Thank you very much. Thank you. Friends, members of Congress, ambassadors, veterans and most especially to the survivors here with us today, it's an honor to join you on this very, very solemn occasion. I'm deeply moved to stand before those who survived history's darkest hour. Your cherished presence transforms this place into a sacred gathering.TRUMP: Thank you, Tom Bernstein, Allan Holt, Sara Bloomfield and everyone at the Holocaust Memorial Council and Museum for your vital work and tireless contributions. We are privileged to be joined by Israel's ambassador to the United States, a friend of mine, he's done a great job and said some wonderful words, Ron Dermer. The state of Israel is an internal monument to the undying strength of the Jewish people. The fervent dream that burned in the hearts of the oppressed is now filled with the breath of life and the Star of David waves atop a great nation, arisen from the desert. To those in the audience who have served America in uniform, our country eternally thanks you. We are proud and grateful to be joined today by veterans of the Second World War, who liberated survivors from the camps. Your sacrifice helped save freedom for the world -- for the entire world. (APPLAUSE) Sadly, this year marks the first Day of Remembrance since the passing of Elie Wiesel, a great person, a great man. His absence leaves an empty space in our hearts but his spirit fills this room. It is the kind of gentle spirit of an angel who lived through hell and whose courage still lights the path from darkness. Though Elie's story is very well known by so many people, it's always worth repeating. He suffered the unthinkable horrors of the Holocaust. His mother and sister perished in Auschwitz. He watched his father slowly dying before his own young eyes in Buchenwald. He lived through an endless nightmare of murder and death, and he inscribed on our collective conscience the duty we have to remember that long, dark night so as never to again repeat it. There are survivors in this hall, through their testimony, fulfilled the righteous duty to never forget and engraved into the world's memory, the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people. You witnessed evil and what you saw is beyond description, beyond any description. Many of you lost your entire family, everything and everyone you loved gone. You saw mothers and children led to mass slaughter. You saw the starvation and the torture. You saw the organized attempt at the extermination of an entire people. And great people, I must add. You survived the ghettos, the concentration camps and the death camps, and you persevered to tell your stories. You tell of these living nightmares because despite your great pain, you believe in Elie's famous plea that for the dead and the living we must bear witness. That is why we are here today, to remember and to bear witness, to make sure that humanity never, ever forgets. The Nazis massacred 6 million Jews. Two out of every three Jews in Europe were murdered in the genocide. Millions more innocent people were imprisoned and executed by the Nazis without mercy, without even a sign of mercy.TRUMP: Yet even today, there are those who want to forget the past. Worse still, there are even those filled with such hate, total hate, that they want to erase the Holocaust from history. Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil, and we'll never be silent; we just won't. We will never, ever be silent in the face of evil again. (APPLAUSE) Denying the Holocaust is only one of many forms of dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world. We've seen anti- Semitism on university campuses, in the public square and in threats against Jewish citizens. Even worse, it's been on display in the most sinister manner when terrorists attack Jewish communities, or when aggressors threaten Israel with total and complete destruction. This is my pledge to you. We will confront anti-Semitism. (APPLAUSE) We will stamp out prejudice, we will condemn hatred, we will bear witness and we will act. As president of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people, and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel. (APPLAUSE) So today, we remember the 6 million Jewish men, women and children, whose lives and dreams were stolen from this Earth. We remember the millions of other innocent victims the Nazis so brutally targeted and so brutally killed. We remember the survivors who bore more than we can imagine. We remember the hatred and evil that sought to extinguish human life, dignity and freedom. But we also remember the light that shone through the darkness. We remember sisters and brothers, who gave everything to those they loved, survivors like Stephen Springfield (ph), who, in the long death march, carried his brother on his back. As he said, I just couldn't give in. We remember the brave souls who banded together to save the lives of their neighbors, even at the risk of their own life. And we remember those first hopeful moments of liberation, when, at long last, the American soldiers arrived in camps and cities throughout occupied Europe, waving the same beautiful flags before us today, speaking those three glorious words, "You are free." It is this love of freedom, this embrace of human dignity, this call to courage in the face of evil, that the survivors here today have helped to write onto our hearts. The Jewish people have endured oppression, persecution and those who have sought and planned their destruction. Yet through the suffering, they have persevered, they have thrived, and they have enlightened the world. We stand in awe of the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people.TRUMP: I want to close with a story enshrined in the museum that captures the moment of liberation in the final days of the war. It is the story of Gerda Klein, a young Jewish woman from Poland. Some of you know her. Gerda's family was murdered by the Nazis. She spent three years imprisoned in labor camps and the last four months of the war on a terrible death march. She assumed it was over. At the end, on the eye of her 21st birthday, her hair had lost all its color and she weighed a mere 68 pounds. Yet she had the will to live another day. It was tough. Gerda later recalled the moment she realized that her long awaited deliverance had arrived. She saw a car coming towards her. Many cars had driven up before, but this one was different. On its hood, in place of that wretched swastika, was a bright, beautiful, gleaming, white star. Two American soldiers got out. One walked up to her. The first thing Gerda said was what she had been trained to say: "We are Jewish, you know. We are Jewish". And then, he said, "So am I". It was a beautiful moment after so much darkness, after so much evil. As Gerda took this soldier to see other prisoners, the American did something she had long forgotten to even expect -- he opened the door for her. In Gerda's words, that was the moment of restoration of humanity, of humanness, of dignity and of freedom. But the story does not end there. Because, as some of you know, that young American soldier who liberated her and who showed her such decency would soon become her husband. A year later, they were married. In her words, "He opened not only the door for me, but the door to my life and to my future". Gerda has since spent her life telling the world of what she witnessed. She, like those survivors, who are among us today, has dedicated her life to shining a light of hope through the dark of night. Your courage strengthens us. Your voices inspire us. And your stories remind us that we must never, ever shrink away from telling the truth about evil in our time. Evil is always seeking to wage war against the innocent and to destroy all that is good and beautiful about our common humanity. But evil can only thrive in darkness. And what you have brought us today is so much more powerful than evil. You have brought us hope, hope that love will conquer hate, that right will defeat wrong and that peace will rise from the ashes of war. Each survivor here today is a beacon of light, and it only takes one light to illuminate even the darkest space. Just like it takes only one truth to crush a thousand lives, and one hero to change the course of history. We know that in the end, good will triumph over evil, and that as long as we refuse to close our eyes or to silence our voices, we know that justice will ultimately prevail. So today we mourn, we remember, we pray and we pledge never again. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Farage: Marine Le Pen "Has A Huge Amount In Common" With Brexit And Trump

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:13
Former UKIP leader joins FNC's Shannon Bream to discuss the French presidential election and nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen. SHANNON BREAM (HOST): OK, so let's talk about your take on the parallels between Trump and [Marine] Le Pen. Are they an exact match? How is that viewed there in France? NIGEL FARAGE: Well, it's very interesting. The way the international media are portraying this Macron is a centrist. He's nice. He's cuddly. He's the really good guy. Quite why he's called centrist when he was minister in a hard left, socialist government, I don't know. And then Le Pen is painted out to be far right. Now, let me just tell you something. The origins of the French Front National may well have been far right, but she's dragged them, I think, a long way from that. And, in terms of security, in terms of believing in sovereignty, in many of those things, she has a huge amount in common with firstly the Brexit campaign and secondly with President Trump.

Greg Gutfeld to Bill Nye: A Real Scientist Would Embrace Debate, Never Mock Skepticism

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:05
FNc's Greg Gutfeld comments on this weekend's 'March For Science' and Bill Nye's new highly political persona. Related Video:Bill Nye Criticizes CNN For Not Having 98 Other To Help Debate Princeton Climate Skeptic "So you can't even have one scientist on to question a comedian who got his degree in mechanical engineering," Gutfeld said. "Bill Nye is breaking the golden rule of science, he is mocking skepticism, which is the spine behind the scientific method. An actual scientist embraces debate, because it sharpens their research," he said. "You can question climate predictions, because they are often horribly wrong. But Bill paints every critic as 'Anti-Science,' even those who tread carefully through the data." "So why should debate scare Nye? Because climate fear is his livelihood. It is his game. And if you don't play along, you're off the field," Gutfeld also said. Related video: 'Bill Nye Saves The World' Netflix Show Advocates Letting Three-Year-Olds Choose Their Own Gender In addition to climate change, Nye has made child sexuality a top priority:

'Bill Nye Saves The World' Netflix Show Advocates Letting Three-Year-Olds Choose Their Own Gender

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 18:55
Bill Nye discusses the 'Sexy Sliding Scale' of gender identity and sexual orientation on an episode of his Netflix show: 'Bill Nye Saves The World' "By three or four [years old], most kids identify with their gender," Nye reported. "And it doesn't always match the gender they were assigned at birth. And a person's gender identity may change over their lifetime!" "It should be up to you. Sure that makes things confusing for those who insist that everyone pick an F or an M, but people, we have to listen to the science. And the science says we are all on a spectrum. Our labels, our fashion, even our washrooms are still catching up to that truth," he added. More from Nye's show: Nye in the 1990s: Bill Nye before social justice.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 25, 2017

Watch Live: Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:37
Press secretary Sean Spicer is scheduled to speak to the WH press corps at 2:00 p.m.

Audience Of Elite European Women Groan When Ivanka Trump Says Her Father Is "Champion" For Women

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:05
The First Daughter attended a conference of German women leaders Tuesday, where the audience groaned, booed, and hissed at he claim that her father was a "tremendous champion of supporting families."

Conway: Obama Reminded Me There Is No Leader Of The Democratic Party

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:04
Kellyanne Conway, in an appearance on FOX & Friends, said Tuesday it is unclear who the leader of the Democratic party is. "President Obama reminded me yesterday [that] I have no idea who the leader of the Democratic Party is," she said. "Is it any one of these septuagenarians like Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden - I don't know who the head of the Democratic Party is. Is it Hillary Clinton whose still out there on the stump, won't go quietly into thy night?" Conway asked. Transcript, via FOX News: KELLYANNE CONWAY: Well is this like the red line in Syria? Look, President Obama reminded me yesterday [that] I have no idea who the leader of the Democratic Party is. Is it him, on whose watch they lost the White House, the House, the Senate, nearly 1,000 state legislative seats, lots of chambers and governorships? Is it Tom Perez who now actually has that title as leader of the Democratic National Committee but who was booed routinely through his profanity laced appearances last week on his disunity tour? Is it Bernie Sanders who won 22 states last year in the Democratic Primary but refuses to call himself a democrat? In fact he's a socialist and who I think is getting in the way of Tom Perez. Is it any one of these septuagenarians like Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden - I don't know who the head of the Democratic Party is. Is it Hillary Clinton whose still out there on the stump, won't go quietly into thy night? And I hear that and they're all welcome to say what they want, but I think the Democratic Party is having a real identity crisis and I've noted in the past that two term presidents who leave office usually give great latitude and some time to their successors to actually get in there, legislate, put their executive orders, start chipping away at their own agenda and their own program and I hope the same courtesy is extended to this President.

Charles Murray: Hillary Clinton's 'Deplorables' Comment May Have Changed The Course Of World History

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:54
On the April 23 edition of the 'Waking Up With Sam Harris' podcast, controversial author Charles Murray discussed his speech this month at Middlebury College where protests turned violent, and the emergence of an 'upper class' in the U.S. for the first time over the last 50 years. He also talks about how President Trump is a backlash against the new upper class. CHARLES MURRAY: We are doing enormous harm to young people by making it more difficult to treat them as individuals. SAM HARRIS: I think your goal, which is a goal that I share, is to find some way for us to get to a truly color-blind society... I am very convinced at this point that identity politics, and maintaining this fascination with racial difference, or any sub-group difference, is a dead end morally for us. MURRAY: Look at our campuses now, and I think it is just incontestable that identity politics have been disastrous on a whole variety of fronts. I would say identity politics are a direct, straight-line outcome of insisting by law that we treat people as groups. HARRIS: The real issue here is much deeper than any racial difference we were talking about. This connects your two books -- 'The Bell Curve' and your more recent book, 'Coming Apart,' which you published in 2012. As you said at the beginning, there is an underlying fact about our society that we have created a social order which is more and more giving primacy to cognitive abilities. IQ is relevant, and it is increasingly relevant, and it is stratifying our society in ways that most of us are not appreciating. We're going to get into what you mean by the phrase 'The Narrow Elite' and 'The Broad Elite' and 'The New Underclass.' Just to set you up to describe your thesis here. Your book 'Coming Apart' starts by describing America as it was just before the assassination of JFK. And you paint a picutre of a remarkably homogeneous society -- at least for White America. There is religious and moral and aesthetic convergence. While there was some level of wealth inequality, largely it was a classless society. There was a pretense of classlessness. You had wealthy people insist they are just like every American. And it was a primary value to insist that you were just like every other American, even if your wealth was isolating. You trace through the next 50 years where America get fragmented into two classes, who are not only different in terms of wealth, they are different in terms of their values, and even their epistemology. You have people with disproportionate influence on our society... influential journalists, lawyers, executives, and creative people, who have become incredibly isolated as their information diets separate them from the rest of society. What is interesting is, you wrote this book in 2012, and you seem to describe, without knowing it, a Trump-shaped hole in our culture, just waiting to be filled. it really reads like a very prophetic book... Explain your thesis and talk about the current stratification in our society. MURRAY: This was not because of people behaving badly. This process that led us to where we are was people behaving normally in the face of a couple of different large social forces. And the social forces were ones I think we mentioned way ealier in the conversation. One was from the middle of the century on, the acedemic establishment sucked all the intellectual talent out of the hinterlands, shipped it off to elite colleges, and during the same period of time, brains were getting much more valuable in the maretplace... If you're the CEO of a corpoartion whose revenue is $40 billion per year, and you are good at your job, you are more valuable than if you were at $4 billion per year... Things like these complicated multi-national deals, that were pretty much unheard of in the middle of the century, those are really complicated, and the lawyers who put those together have to be really, really smart, and they are worth commissions of millions of dollars... You like to hang out with people who get your jokes. You like to hang out with people who get your jokes. You naturally want to gravitiate, if you have the option, to people who share your tastes and preferences. Earlier in our nation's history, the opportunities for doing that were fairly limited. So you found the people in your local city that you got along with, but you couldn't create a world from scratch. And in the last 50 years, we have. So you've got Silicon Valley and San Francisco, which is just jam-packed with members of this new culture I am talking about. There is the greater Los Angeles area, the greater Washington D.C. area, and the New York City area. You take those, and you now have enclaves of extremely highly educated and affluent zip codes that are contiguous, and the life inside those zip codes is different on all sorts of bases than it is outside. None of this is intrinsicly bad, and the culture of the new upper class is in many ways an admirable one. It is one that I particpate in. It is not that mainstream culture is somehow more virtuous, but this kind of separation of the classes is intrinsically worrisome, in a country that has taken the ideal of equality of human worth so seriously... But beyond being worrisome, and this is the thing that I was noticing at the time I wrote 'Coming Apart' that became more apaprent in the recent years, is that the New Upper Class hold ordinary Americans in contempt, disdain. They're not even hiding it anymore. I think Jonathan Haidt, the social psychologist who started the academy was right. He was right. he had an interview a few weeks ago where he said the 'Deplorables' comment by Hillary Clinton changed the history of the world, and he may very well be right. That one comment by itself may have swung enough votes, it certainly was emblematic of the disdain with which the New Upper Class looks at mainstream Americans. And mainstream America notices this... People will say: 'You don't understand. We don't particularly like Donald Trump, we won't defend his character. He is our murder weapon.' I think that is a pretty short, accurate way of showing what function Trump served... Murray on 'The Hollow Eilte': MURRAY: There is tension here, because on the one hand, the members of the New Upper Class as I have called them, behave very well... They get married in very high proportions. They almost always get married before they have children... it is kind of like the 1950s. They stay married more often than they used to... They are often involved in civic organizations. But I do use the phrase 'Hollow' because they are behaving pretty well, but there is no code of values that they feel they are living up to, and that they think are important. The phrase I use in the book is: They don't preach what they practice. Watch the full conversation, via Sam Harris: In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book The Bell Curve, the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump, universal basic income, and other topics. Charles Murray is a political scientist and author. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, The Bell Curve (coauthored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein), sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America's class structure. Murray's other books include What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Human Accomplishment, and In Our Hands. His 2012 book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 describes an unprecedented divergence in American classes over the last half century.

Cenk Uygur On Dianne Feinsten Not Backing Single-Payer Healthcare: "The Resistance Is Not Just About Resistance To Trump"

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:14
Cenk Uygur, one of the leaders of the Justice Democrats, talks about a raucous town hall captured by TYT Politics reporter, Michael Tracey, with Senator Dianne Feinstein. The veteran senator was asked about her position on Bernie Sanders' medicare for all bill to which she gave a tepid response calling it a "Takeover of all medicine.” Uygur disagrees with Feinstein's explanation and uses the loud boos she received from the audience as an example that people are also resisting Democrats who continue to serve corporate donors instead of voters. "She's a senator from California...she doesn't know what medicare for all is, at all,” Uygur says about Feinstein's comprehension of the bill, "How could you think that medicare is ‘taking over all of medicine?'” He says that based on her answer, Democrats are unlikely to ever back a bill like medicare for all and they don't even have a more ‘pragmatic' strategy in its place. "‘We have to go inch by inch and every once in awhile, we have to lose an election to Donald Trump and then get set back miles and miles, and then start inching back until we get medicare for all or single payer,'” Uygur says, mocking Democrats. "They have no intention of ever getting to that conclusion.” He agrees with Feinstein's assessment that Obamacare is better than the Republican proposal but criticizes her ‘tweaks' as having " intention of ever serving their voters.” To the media, Uygur says, "The resistance is not just about resistance to Trump. Did you see that town hall? Those weren't Republicans, those were Democrats booing your ‘beloved' Dianne Feinstein.” Common Dreams reported on the Feinstein event: t's not only Republicans that are feeling the heat in their hometowns during this congressional recess. Democrats who aren't on board with increasingly popular progressive proposals are being held to account as well. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was a case-in-point on Monday, when she faced angry and vocal constituents at a midday town hall meeting in her hometown of San Francisco. It was her stance on single-payer healthcare—an idea that's picking up momentum in the wake of last month's TrumpCare debacle, especially in California—that drew the most vociferous response. When asked about her position on such a system, Feinstein responded: "If single-payer healthcare is going to mean the complete takeover by the government of all healthcare, I am not there." Video from the town hall:

Pence to U.S. Troops In Hawaii: "The American People Are Grateful To You Every Day"

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:04
VP Mike Pence speaks to U.S. troops in Hawaii on his way back from an international trip to Korea, Japan, and Australia, Apr 24, 2017: PENCE: How about a big round of applause for Admiral Harry Harris, everybody? This is a great, great leader. (Applause.) Admiral, thank you for that kind introduction. Thank you for your resolute leadership of the U.S. Pacific Command at this pivotal time in the life of our nation. I'm very humbled to be with all of you. Thank you so much for the warm welcome. And most especially, I bring greetings on behalf of your Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump. (Applause.) The President -- we're on our way back to Washington, D.C. We'll be back to work at the White House tomorrow morning, but the President wanted me to come by today just to tell you how grateful we all are for your service. And as he said to me, just tell them I'm proud of them. And I promise all of you, the American people are proud of every man and woman in this room. Give yourselves another round of applause. Thank you for serving your country. (Applause.) I just had a chance to visit with a family member of mine, Master Sergeant Jimmy Leseune (ph), who is Air Force. AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Ooorah! PENCE: He and his family are here in Hawaii, and he's been in the service I think upwards to 18 years. And as the Admiral said, I'm not a soldier. My life didn't take me into the uniform that every one of you have put on voluntarily, but I am the son of a soldier, a combat veteran who served in the Korean War. And I'm the proud father of a United States Marine. And so I stand before you today deeply humbled -- deeply humbled because I really speak on behalf of the hundreds of millions of Americans, who each and every day benefit by the services and the sacrifices that you and your families make on our behalf. And I just really came by to say thanks. Thank you for stepping forward to serve your country; and also to assure you that in these days that lie ahead, in these uncertain times, people who serve here at U.S. Pacific Command will know that in your Commander-in-Chief, you have a President who is going to fight to rebuild our military, restore the arsenal of democracy. And we're going to give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard the resources you need to accomplish your mission for the American people. We're going to do it. (Applause.) Even this week, my fellow Americans, I can tell you I'm headed back to Capitol Hill. There's a spending bill that's being considered as we speak. The President is working even in what remains of this budget year to begin to supplement our military spending. The President truly believes that the time has come for us to rebuild this military. And the budget that the President submitted you may be glad to know had the largest single-year increase in military spending since the days of the Reagan administration. (Applause.) It is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who cares so deeply about the men and women of our armed forces, their families, and our veterans. And I know in my heart President Donald Trump is going to be the best friend the American Armed Forces have ever had in the White House. With that said, let me close by simply thanking you. Thanking you from the bottom of my heart for being willing to step forward and volunteer to wear the uniform of the United States of America. It's not lost on any American that the way that you arrive in those uniforms which you're wearing from all the different branches of the service are because you stepped forward. I was speaking to one young airman a little bit ago, and she told me that she just felt early on the calling to serve. And I thanked her for answering that call. And each one of you have responded to the call of your country. And I just want you to know that it is going to be to your eternal credit that here in this time in the life of our nation, you stepped forward and you said yes to America. So I'm here basically to do two things: To assure you of our thanks, the admiration and gratitude of your Commander-in-Chief, and the gratitude of the American people for the service that you render here in this place. But also I'm here to assure you of their prayers. The American people are grateful every day for those who serve around the globe -- whether it be the U.S. Pacific Command or in far-flung places in the world, oftentimes separated for months at a time from your families, I want you to know that as you go, you go with our gratitude. And you go with our prayers. Each one of you carries with you the strength of this nation and the pride of this nation. And on behalf of your President and on behalf of the American people, I say from my heart, God bless you. Thank you for your service and God bless America.

Live: President Trump Gives Remarks at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum National Days of Remembrance

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:52
President Trump is scheduled to speak at the Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Day of Remembrance on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. The museum wrote in a statement: President Donald J. Trump will deliver the keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Days of Remembrance (DOR) ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, April 25 at 11:00 a.m. The week-long Days of Remembrance was first held in 1979 and then later established by Congress as the nation's commemoration of the Holocaust. This year's Days of Remembrance will be observed from Sunday, April 23 through Sunday April 29. During DOR, the Museum leads the nation in remembering the victims of the Holocaust and honoring the survivors. Every president since the Museum opened in 1993 (President Clinton, 1993 at the Museum dedication ceremony; President Bush, 2001; and President Obama, 2009) has participated in DOR commemorations. (Presidents Carter, 1979, and Reagan, 1981 and 1982, also participated.) During the ceremony, six candles are lit by a Holocaust survivor accompanied by a member of Congress in memory of the victims. The annual observance also recognizes the American troops who liberated the Nazi concentration camps by opening with a procession of flags from each of the US Army liberating divisions.

Newt Gingrich to Hannity: "Anyone Willing To Stand Up For Trump Is A Target"

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:48
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich responds to Sean Hannity's accusation that liberal groups are organizing to give him the 'Bill O'Reilly treatment' based on false allegations, agreeing with Hannity and taking it one step further: SEAN HANNITY: I've had a target on my back since I have spoke out as a conservative. I don't think I've ever seen anythign quite like this. To me, there is a real threat to freedom of expression. Do you think I am over stating this case because it has impacted me? NEWT GINGRICH: No, no, look, I think the left is in a rage. You saw that by the Democratic National Chairman's unbelieveably vulgar comments this weekend. These people are crazed. They're unhinged. Look at Berkeley. Look what happened at that college in Connecticut. The rage and hostility, the level of the desire to shut us up-- They are so shocked that they lost in November, and they can't believe it is that they are out of touch, they are dangerous, their ideas are fantasies. There's a war against Fox News for a practical reason. Fox News is the one place where you get reasonably accurate coverage of Donald J. Trump. If you're The New York Times or CBS News or The Washington Post, you would love to live in a world with no Fox News. And so there's literally a war going on with money being raised to hire lawyers, to set up fights, to do investigations, so you're a piece of that action. But you're also a piece of this much broader action that all across America, the fascist left has decided that they have to shut us up because we're winning the argument and we're winning elections. Things ain't going the way they thought they would. I think this is a very dangerous time, and I am delighted that you counter-attacked in the way that you did... Anybody who is wiling to stand up for Trump is a target. Anybody who is wiling to stand up for conservatism is a target. You're willing to do both.

Hannity: The Coordinated Effort to Silence Differing Views Must Be Fought

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:38
In his 'opening monologue' Monday night, FNC host Sean Hannity made the argument that there is an orchestrated effort to silence conservative media voices around the country -- that is now targeting him. I have to start by addressing a well-orchestrated effort by the intolerant left in this country that is designed to silence every conservative voice and by any means necessary. Now, I'm speaking out tonight so that you, our audience, will understand what is really happening and what is at stake when it comes to freedom of speech in this country. Now, these tactics are right out of Saul Alinsky's "Rule for Radicals” playbook. Now, I've worked for radio for 30 years. I've been right here at the Fox News Channel for 21-and-a-half years. I'm very proud of that and during this time, there've always been efforts and attempts to smear and slander and besmirch me and other conservatives. But it has never been as intense and completely insane as it is right now. Now, I want you to understand, every single minute, every single second I am on the air — radio, TV — there is somebody likely being paid, recording and monitoring every single word that comes out of my mouth all in the hopes that I may see something they can twist and distort and use against me and try to destroy my reputation and get my conservative voice out the air. Now, it has only gotten worse in the age of President Trump. Now, it's no secret I have been in supporter of the president and of course his policies. And quite simply, these liberal fascists — they can't stand conservative voices. Now for those of you who don't know me well, I have a pretty thick skin. I call out people, I say things I give my point of view four hours a day. And for all these years, there has been this an unrelenting attack against me. But in light of recent events, I've come to the conclusion I can no longer remain silent and I can no longer let the left slander against me slide. So, from now on, I want you to be informed of what I am doing and why I'm doing it. If there's any person or group or any organization, any media outlet that slanders, lies about me, besmirch as me and my character, I am going to be calling them out. At this point, enough is not. I have hired a team of some of the best attorneys in this country to work with me and on my behalf. Now, the breaking point came this weekend when an individual for over a decade has made the most outrageous, unfair, untrue allegations against me has now resurfaced by resurfaced by making ridiculous and completely untrue claims. Now, this person went on a radio show on Friday and made more unfounded accusations against me, which this person is now interestingly recanting after I made my statement, but it was only after I responded to these baseless and false smears. This is not the first time I have had to deal with this individual. Now, this person has repeatedly spread lies about me. I'll give you an example. Back in 2010, I was raising money for the Freedom Alliance, a charity that offers college scholarships to the children of killed veterans and their families. And in a blog post, the individual falsely accused me and members of the charity of skimming and stealing money that was donated. This of course was easily proven false. And, in spite of the fact that we proved each and every single allegation to be untrue and inaccurate at the time, I was never given an apology. There is no correction that was issued. Now this person has made another slander accusation and in response, I released this statement which now the press has picked up and I will read it for you: Let me be clear. The comments about me on a radio show this week by this individual are 100 percent false and a complete fabrication. This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements to get against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation. The individual is not just slandered me over the years but also many people who this individual disagrees with. This individual desperately seeks attention by any means necessary including making unfounded personal attacks and using indefensible and outrageous political rhetoric. My patience with this individual is over. I have retained a team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country who are now in the process of laying out the legal course of action we will be taking against this individual. Now, in this fiercely divided and vindictive climate, I will no longer allow slander to go unchallenged, as I see this to be a coordinated effort afoot to silence those with conservative views. I will fight every single lie about me about any and all legal means available to me as an American. Now, I want you to know, my audience, the importance of what is happening here. This is not about Sean Hannity. This is not about one person. There is now a coordinated attempt to silence the voice of every outspoken conservative in this country. If we don't stop it right now, they won't be any conservative voices on radio or television left. Now, I'm not the only one that these liberal fascist routinely targeted. Like me, conservatives are monitored on radio and TV, every word they say — in contrary to the alt radical left stated position — they're so open-minded, liberals. Not true. Liberal fascism is a lie and well in America today. Their goal is simple: They want to shut up and shut down and silence all conservative voices by any means necessary. Here is the difference: Unlike the left, I don't have any problem with what the other side says. If you want to listen to liberals on radio or TV, read their articles, follow them on social media, go for it. Now, I'll call them out for the bias. I will explain why they were wrong. I will debate them. But I will never, ever say they should be silenced. And I won't support boycotts to attack their advertisers, a roundabout way of silencing them. So let me be clear tonight, everyone who is publicly supporting President Trump is a target. This is very political. We have seen repeatedly that the left knows no limits in these efforts. They have gone after and attacked the first lady. They have attacked members of the president's family, every White House advisor. They've even attacked his daughter and his 10-year-old son. Now, ultimately their goal is to cause as much collateral damage as they can to anybody that supports the president. They have tried to undermine the outcome of this election since November 9. Please note, this is not about me. This is about the left concocting boycotts all in an attempt to silence prominent conservative voices. If we don't take a stand now, if we allow this to happen now, I am telling you, America as we know it — freedom of speech as we know it is over. Let's stop the boycotts and it silencing opposition voices. Let all of Americans make their own decisions.