Would Trump Wholeheartedly Support Freedom Of The Press?


CNN

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has denied press credentials to the reporters of The Des Moines Register.  The Register newspaper had earlier published an editorial calling on the billionaire businessman to end his campaign.

The Register says its reporters were denied credentials to a Trump campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Saturday. The newspaper says Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told its reporters they were being excluded because of the editorial.

In 2005, the Republican Congress almost gutted support for public broadcasting (NPR, PBS).   Would Trump try to do the same if he were President?  Would he try to “shut down” liberal media sources or other media outlets that offended him or were critical of his policies?

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/time-to-unplug-the-cpb/

In the editorial, published Tuesday, the newspaper called Trump a “feckless blowhard” who is “unfit to hold office.”

(Updated article)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/24/politics/donald-trump-iowa-des-moines-register/index.html

http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_28537574/trump-called-feckless-blowhard-bans-newspaper-from-campaign

Sanders ‘Disappointed’ That Ed Show Will Be Canceled


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Recently, MSNBC decided to cancel Ed Schultz’s “The Ed Show.” He will reportedly be replaced with a more “moderate” anchor – Meet The Press’ Chuck Todd. Schultz is known for giving more liberal politicians a platform to speak.

Schultz has talked with left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders “many times” on his show, writes MediaITE.

How does Sanders feel about MSNBC getting rid of The Ed Show?

Politico reports that Senator Sanders said Thursday that he is “disappointed” in Comcast’s decision to remove Ed Schultz from its lineup.

This seemed to confirm earlier reports that Schultz’s “Ed Show” was one of several MSNBC programs to be canceled.

“We live in a time when much of the corporate media regards politics as a baseball game or a soap opera,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said in a statement. “Ed Schultz has treated the American people with respect by focusing on the most important issues impacting their lives,” Sanders said, according to Politico.

Sanders continued: “He has talked about income and wealth inequality, high unemployment, low wages, our disastrous trade policies and racism in America.

“I am very disappointed that Comcast chose to remove Ed Schultz from its lineup. We need more people who talk about the real issues facing our country, not fewer,” Sanders continued. “At a time when a handful of large, multinational corporations own our major media outlets, I hope they will allow voices to be heard from those who dissent from the corporate agenda.”

Above, Schultz speaks with Sanders soon after he declared he would be running for President.

http://www.mediaite.com/online/bernie-sanders-very-disappointed-that-msnbc-cancelled-ed-schultzs-show/

http://www.politico.com//blogs/media/2015/07/chuck-todd-to-return-to-a-changing-msnbc-211107.html

Trump Says He Gave Out Senator Lindsey Graham’s Phone Number ‘For Fun’

Donald Trump reportedly has no regrets about giving out Senator Lindsey Graham’s cellphone number on Tuesday, writes Politico.

On Tuesday, Trump ramped up his attacks on the South Carolina senator – who made headlines Monday for calling the Donald a “jackass.”   Trump even gave out Graham’s private phone number.

He began his rambling diatribe by calling Graham a “lightweight” and an “idiot,” and by saying “He doesn’t seem like a very bright guy. He actually probably seems to me not as bright as (former Governor) Rick Perry.”

In fact, Trump said Wednesday that he gave out Graham’s cellphone number “for fun.”

When asked on “Fox and Friends” whether he was sorry about sharing the South Carolina senator’s personal number during a campaign event in Graham’s home state, Trump said, “not at all.”

Trump referenced Graham calling him a “jackass” two times – once on CBS and also on CNN.

“He’s got zero in the polls,” Trump declared. “I did it for fun, and everybody had a good time, and we had a packed house. We had a beyond-packed house. We had auditoriums next door that were packed…”

http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-lindsey-graham-phone-number-for-fun-2015-7

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/donald-trump-lindsey-graham-cellphone-response-120460.html#ixzz3gd2kObBm

Alan Grayson On The TPP And Trade


Alan Grayson

Who is Alan Grayson?

Wikipedia states that Alan Mark Grayson (born March 13, 1958) is the United States Representative for Florida’s 9th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

He previously served as Representative for Florida’s 8th congressional district from 2009 to 2011, but was defeated for re-election in 2010 by Republican Daniel Webster. He was then elected in 2012 for a second, non-consecutive term in the House of Representatives, defeating Republican Todd Long. He was re-elected in 2014.

Grayson is a well-known figure on liberal web sites.  What are Grayson’s views on trade?

(Updated article)

Radio Host: After The Confederate Battle Flag, Is The American Flag Next?


Sam Seder / Majority Report

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that if the government removes the Confederate battle flag from public places, the American flag may be next.

“The American flag has flown over a slave nation much longer than the Confederate flag did, folks. The American flag has flown over all kinds of atrocities,” Limbaugh told his listeners, according to Politico.

He called the Confederate flag situation an “all-out assault on what the left thinks is a last remaining enclave of solid Republican voters, and that is the South.”

Was Limbaugh just proselytizing?  Still no sign of getting rid of the American flag.

Majority Report discusses it.

(Updated title)

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/rush-limbaugh-confederate-flag-american-flag-119359.html#ixzz3gRYviayb

Ron Paul Attacks Trump


The Young Turks

Recently on Alan Colmes’ radio talk show, previous presidential candidate Ron Paul attacked Donald Trump, calling him “dangerous” and “authoritarian.”

http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/16/ron-paul-donald-trump-is-a-dangerous-person-audio/

http://radio.foxnews.com/2015/07/15/dr-ron-paul-donald-trump-is-a-dangerous-person/

Trump’s War On Univision


Sam Seder

Sam Seder / Majority Report discusses the presidential campaign of business mogul Donald Trump and his “war” with NBC and Univision.

In other news, Latino rapper Pitbull recently took aim at Trump for his ill-advised remarks on Mexican immigrants in America by declaring the would-be politician had blown his chance of becoming president of the U.S., writes kerngoldenempire.com.

Last month, at his announcement that he would run for President, Trump suggested many Mexicans in the U.S. are “rapists” and “criminals.”

As a result of his controversial remarks, bosses at networks NBC, Univision and Televisa decided to dump coverage of his Miss USA pageant, which aired to low ratings over the weekend.

On Thursday, Spanish-language network Univision held its annual Premios Juventud Awards, and Cuban-American star Pitbull received the first prize of the night for Favorite Urban Artist, writes kerngoldenempire.com.

During his acceptance speech, Pitbull took a moment to call out Trump for his remarks, prefacing his own comments by admitting that he’s stayed at Trump’s hotels and used his helicopters.

He said, “I am not political. I am a musician. But more than anything, I am Latino.”

The Miss USA pageant ended up airing on July 12th on ReelzChannel, which is available on satellite providers DirecTV, Dish Network, and AT&T U-verse channel 799, according to NOLA.com.

(Updated report)

http://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/pitbull-slams-donald-trump-at-univision-awards/12195/OmxZUOlxEUSFjmmwXl6GAg

http://www.elpasotimes.com/latestnews/ci_28497658/univision-pitbull-directs-controversial-message-donald-trump-at

http://www.nola.com/entertainment/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/07/miss_usa_what_channel_tv.html

Democratic ‘Face Off’ In Iowa

Democratic presidential candidates were in Iowa for the first face-off of the 2016 primary, a contest that remains dominated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, writes the Vermont publication Times Argus.  The event took place on Friday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Besides Hillary Clinton, the forum included Senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor (and mayor of Baltimore) Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. Each candidate will deliver 15 minutes of remarks.

All five Democratic primary candidates were on the program for a dinnertime fundraiser sponsored by the state party in Cedar Rapids, creating an opportunity for her challengers to confront Clinton before more than 1,200 influential party activists in the crucial caucus state.

Three months into what seems like an “all-but-inexorable” march to the nomination, Clinton has already built a vast campaign infrastructure, establishing a multistory headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, and placing hundreds of staffers across the country, according to Times Argus.

An Associated Press-GfK poll released this week found her standing falling among Democrats, with about 70 percent of Democrats giving Clinton positive marks, an 11-point drop from an April survey. Nearly a quarter of Democrats now say they see Clinton in an unfavorable light.

“I don’t like seeing that, obviously,” Clinton said of the poll, speaking to reporters on Thursday. “But I think people know that I will fight for them. I’ll fight for their jobs, I’ll fight for their families, I’ll fight on behalf of better education and health care.”

She added: “I’m very pleased with the support I have.”

Just 17 percent of the $47 million that Clinton has raised since announcing her campaign came from contributions of $200 or less. In comparison, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has fueled his insurgent challenge to Clinton with small donations, pulling in three-quarters of his more than $15.2 million haul from smaller amounts.

In recent weeks, Sanders has filled arenas with voters eager to hear the message of the self-described “socialist,” who’s become Clinton’s chief rival.

So far, he’s refused to directly criticize Clinton, though he’s questioned her positions on issues like trade, Wall Street regulations and the Keystone XL pipeline.

“I like her. I respect her,” Sanders said on Tuesday, after joining his fellow Senate Democrats at a luncheon with Clinton on Capitol Hill. “It is not necessary for people to dislike each other or attack each other just because they’re running for office.”

(Updated report)

http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article27472261.html

Sanders Gets Big Crowds


DORUK video news

Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders has been drawing big crowds relative to other presidential nominees.

Sanders is running in the Democratic primaries – the same party as Hillary Clinton, which makes Clinton his biggest competition.

MSNBC claims that polling shows Sanders second to Hillary Clinton in the polls for the democratic nomination, 52% to 33%.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders_55a7d087e4b0896514d07834

Charleston Shooting Suspect To Stand Trial Next Year

Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Roof, last month. His trial date has been set for July 11, 2016.

Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson set a trial date for Dylann Roof, 21, who faces multiple charges stemming from the June 17th shootings at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The trial date is July 11th, 2016.

Roof reportedly sat quietly during the proceedings in a courtroom crowded with about 100 people.

Mr. Roof was presented copies of the indictments, and his public defender Ashley Pennington told the judge he would not seek bond at this time “based on the totality of the circumstances,” writes The Salt Lake Tribune.

The judge allegedly called Roof a flight risk, noting he was arrested in Shelby, N.C., about 250 miles away, on the day after the parishioners were shot to death during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/16/423612434/trial-date-set-for-charleston-shooting-suspect-dylann-roof

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/16/us/charleston-church-shooting-trial-date/