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Breitbart editor: The goal is the ‘full destruction and elimination of the entire mainstream media’

Steve Bannon Meme

Right Wing Watch reports that at this week’s Phyllis Schlafly Collegians D.C. Summit, Breitbart’s D.C. political editor Matt Boyle boasted that his publication’s goal is to completely destroy and eliminate the “mainstream media,” leaving Breitbart and other right wing sites as the only news sources.

“The goal eventually is the full destruction and elimination of the entire mainstream media,” Boyle said. “We envision a day where CNN is no longer in business; we envision a day where The New York Times closes its doors. I think that day is possible, I think that we can get there.”

“But when that happens,” he added, “the public still needs an information stream. And again, as much as we love Trump’s Twitter account, as much as we love the White House press releases and briefings and all that, there needs to be an independent and strong media in the United States, and that’s where we come in.”

I can’t tell you how weird it is, to have been tracking these right-wing extremists like the Mercers (who fund Breitbart) for so long, and to see their dreams being realized under Trump. And when people like me wrote about it, we were called “paranoid” and “shills.”

Breitbart Editor: The Goal Is The ‘Full Destruction And Elimination Of The Entire Mainstream Media’

Trump is asking if he can pardon everyone — including himself

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Late breaking story in the Washington Post last night:

Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.

Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.

Trump’s legal team declined to comment on the issue. But one adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller’s investigation.

“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’ ” a close adviser said.

We know by now that whatever they say they’re not doing, it’s exactly what they’re up to.

41 percent of Americans want Trump impeached

impeach trump rally, 7/15/17

President Donald Trump’s campaign ties to Russia have long been compared to the Watergate scandal that forced Richard Nixon to resign decades ago. But according to poll data, Americans think it’s worse. A Monmouth University survey released Monday showed that 41 percent of respondents said they thought Trump should be impeached and made to leave office—significantly… Continue Reading →

Kellyanne has a sad over resistance movement

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Kellyanne Conway didn’t like the pink pussy hats that protestors of Donald Trump and his administration donned at women’s marches across the country the day after his inauguration. The sartorial symbol of resistance to Trump’s brash, sexist remarks during his presidential campaign and to the policies on reproductive rights he and Mike Pence have espoused, however,… Continue Reading →

Oopsie! Boy, is Junior in trouble now!

Pay attention

Kris Kobach, who is the scariest of a very scary bunch, is up to no good here:

Read the story, call your state’s Secretary of State and tell them you don’t want the federal government poking into your voter history. This is a really bad thing.

Fortunately, states are already starting to say no — California, Virginia, and Connecticut, so far.

Will conservatives blow up the Obamacare repeal?

Senator Mike Lee discusses criminal justice reform.

It seems possible:

Sens. Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee made clear during a closed-door GOP meeting Tuesday that they’re not ready to support the party’s health care bill. One aide said the three threatened to vote no — Johnson because of process concerns, Lee and Cruz because of policy concerns — though other aides and lawmakers said the senators were vocally frustrated, but didn’t go as far as making serious threats.

“I don’t think a lot of people are at yes right now,” Sen. John Thune said after the meeting. “I wouldn’t characterize it as there were any, like, ultimatums. But there were concerns being voiced both with respect to substance and process, and that’s kind of a natural part of the conversation. I mean, we’re trying to work through both of those issues to get to, hopefully, a vote next week on a bill that we can all be for.”
Why this matters: Details about the health care bill are finally starting to emerge, forcing senators to say where they stand — and many don’t seem happy with what’s being presented.

One aide who attended Wednesday’s working-group meeting described it as “testy”; another said “there was a lot of brio in the room.” The meeting focused on waivers from certain Affordable Care Act regulations, as well as other market reforms. The waivers wouldn’t explicitly touch regulations protecting people with pre-existing conditions, and even those more limited waiver provisions will likely be removed from the bill next week if the Senate parliamentarian says they don’t comply with the rules for the reconciliation process. Losing that part of the bill would be a big loss for conservatives.

‘There must be collective action’

I wondered when one of the White House press corps would buy a clue:

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday questioned why he, and the rest of the press corps, bothered showing up.

“I don’t know what world we’re living in right now,” Acosta said on air after White House press secretary Sean Spicer took questions from reporters but didn’t allow video or audio coverage of the exchanges.

“I don’t know why everybody is going along with this,” he added. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me. It just feels like we’re sort of slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the president of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.”

[…] HuffPost asked Acosta how reporters could push back against the White House’s restrictions.

“We should walk out,” he responded.

“There must be collective action or else the stonewalling will continue,” Acosta added.

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