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Bill O’Reilly freaks out: #BlackLivesMatter ‘wants to tear down the country’

'O'Reilly Factor' host Bill O'Reilly on July 28, 2015. [YouTube]

‘O’Reilly Factor’ host Bill O’Reilly on July 28, 2015. [YouTube]

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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly accused Black Lives Matter organizers again on Tuesday of being more political operatives than demonstrators, while also scoffing at Jay-Z and Beyoncé for donating money to groups affiliated with the movement.

“Do you think they know that [they are] giving money to an anarchistic group like this that wants to tear down the country and is talking about genocide, and really really extreme things,” O’Reilly told Washington Times reporter Kelly Riddell. “You think they have any idea what they’re doing?”

As he did last December, O’Reilly accused the demonstrations of being orchestrated by “agitators,” noting a remark by co-founder Patrisse Cullors over the weekend that they would stage protests at next year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

“I don’t know whether this crew, Black Lives Matter, have any constituency other than the radical left, the real fringe nuts that run around the country saying crazy things,” O’Reilly said.

Riddell told the host that the demonstrators should be taken seriously in the wake of their protest during the Netroots Nation conference earlier this month, which prompted an apology from Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley for using the phrase “all lives matter” — typically seen as a way to downplay police violence against black Americans.

“He didn’t have to issue an apology,” O’Reilly said of the former Maryland governor. “He chose to. But that’s O’Malley’s fault for even going to the Netroots convention.”

“I mean, Hillary Clinton has been there before,” she replied. “A lot of liberal activists go to this on a yearly basis.”

Riddell also referred back to her report this past January stating that groups affiliated with the movement had received donations either directly from progressive billionaire George Soros’ Open Sources Foundation, or affiliated groups.

According to her, a number of organizations under the #BlackLivesMatter “umbrella” benefitted from the funding, and followed narratives set out by “think tanks.”

“They believe fundamentally that it’s social policy and ‘The Man’ and the professional political class that is out to get them with unjust policies,” she said. “That basically all of their social woes, all their economic woes can be based on unfair policies.”

Watch the segment, as posted online on Tuesday, below.

Jimmy Kimmel eviscerates “a-hole dentist who wants a lion’s head over the fireplace in his man cave,” proving he’s late night’s true hero

Jimmy Kimmel eviscerates "a-hole dentist who wants a lion's head over the fireplace in his man cave," proving he's late night's true hero

Jimmy Kimmel (Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

I saw the tragic story of Cecil the lion on television last night and was literally heart-broken…

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The host speaks up about Cecil the Lion, and proves again why he’s the king

Had you suggested fifteen years ago that the cohost of “The Man Show,” a guy who gained fame alongside human disaster Adam Carolla, would evolve into one of the sanest, sharpest voices on television, let’s just say it would have been a hard sell. But on Tuesday night, when he used his platform to speak up about a roiling hunting controversy, Jimmy Kimmel proved himself the late night voice of reason. Again.

In what’s become the latest chapter in an ongoing intense public debate this year, a Minnesota dentist found himself in the spotlight this week when it was revealed he’d allegedly paid at least $50,000 to kill a lion in Zimbabwe. Walter Palmer now says he thought the “hunt” — if that’s what you want to call luring out a resident of a national park with bait, shooting him with an arrow, and then letting him suffer for another 40 hours before finishing him off with a gun — was entirely aboveboard. But it turns out that the lion, Cecil, was a beloved local fixture. And the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force says that the animal was “skinned and beheaded, and the hunters tried to destroy the GPS collar that Cecil was wearing as part of research backed by Oxford University.”

The revelation of the hunt and the questions about its legality have unleashed a heap of outrage. And it comes in the wake of similar headline-making hunts: In April, Ricky Gervais tweeted his disgust after hunter Rebecca Francis posted a cheerful photo of herself next to the carcass of the giraffe she killed, and in May, he went after Texas rich guy Corey Knowlton’s expensive, and ultimately successful, quest to bag a black rhino.

But the designated explainer for this newest incident is Kimmel, who, in a potent and often funny nearly five minute monologue Tuesday discussed the story in a manner both impassioned and compassionate. “The big question is, why are you shooting a lion in the first place?… How is that fun? Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things?” But he also strenuously noted that “I’m not against hunting… but if you’re some a-hole dentist who wants a lion’s head over the fireplace in his man cave so his douchebag buddies can gather around it and drink scotch and tell him how awesome he is, that’s just vomitous.” And he added, importantly, “I don’t think the answer is to start a witch hunt for the guy,” before making a pitch for “some good” to come out the story and directing his viewers to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, which had been tracking Cecil before he was killed.

It was easily Kimmel’s finest moment since last March, when he went on a righteous rant against the anti-vaccine moment, telling his audience, “I would expect you totake medical advice from almost every doctor in the world” over that of people who “learn about the human body from their friends’ Facebook page.” And he ran a PSA from real doctors, who asked, “Remember that time you got polio? No, you don’t, because your parents got you f—king vaccinated.”

Kimmel is no doubt aware that taking a stance — any stance, on anything — makes one a target for the vocal and angry, who, to be fair, also watch television. The joy of Kimmel is that when it comes to an issue he feels strongly about, he doesn’t care. He didn’t care eight years ago, when he was among the very first to excoriate Gawker’s dirty tricks. And if you want to be mean on Twitter, he will actively laugh at you. Imagine Jimmy Fallon, America’s most successful corporate retreat leader, having that kind of swagger. And while we’re used to the reliable righteous anger of the Comedy Central fake news circuit, it’s something else to see someone who talks to movie stars for a living so willing to regularly break form and call out the “vomitous.” It’s awesome. So keep late night ticked off, Jimmy Kimmel. Because we need what you’re saying, all day long.

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Feds Smack Congressman With Corruption Charges

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Fattah was charged with bribery, fraud, and money laundering, among other crimes, in a 29-count indictment. Fattah’s congressional District Director Bonnie Bowser, his former aide Karen Nicholas, campaign contributor Robert Brand and lobbyist Herbert Vederman were also charged in the indictment.

“Congressman Fattah and his associates embarked on a wide-ranging conspiracy involving bribery, concealment of unlawful campaign contributions and theft of charitable and federal funds to advance their own personal interests,” Assistant Attorney General Caldwell said in a news release from the Justice Department. “When elected officials betray the trust and confidence placed in them by the public, the department will do everything we can to ensure that they are held accountable.”

Some of the charges stem from Fattah’s failed 2007 campaign for mayor in Philadelphia. The indictment alleged that Fattah and his associates created sham contracts and falsified records in order to conceal a $1 million contribution to that campaign and then repay the donor after he lost, according to the DOJ release. The indictment also alleged that Fattah promised a $15 million federal grant to a consultant to whom he owed $130,000 in campaign debt in exchange for the forgiveness of that debt, according to the release.

In addition, the indictment alleged that Fattah misappropriated funds from both his mayoral and congressional campaigns to repay $23,000 of his son’s student loan debt and had taken bribes from Vederman, the lobbyist, in exchange for pushing to get him an ambassadorship or an appointment to the U.S. Trade Commission, according to the release.

Fattah addressed the allegations in the indictment just after noon outside his Capitol Hill office.

“I’ll stand by my previous statement that I’ve never been involved in any wrongdoing, any unlawful activity and any misappropriation of federal funds,” he told NBC News’ Luke Russert.

The congressman noted that the indictment appeared just now after what he said was a years-long investigation, making a reference to scandal surrounding deflated footballs that’s currently rocking the New England Patriots.

“This is not Deflategate,” he said. “This is a normal issue of which there are allegations after a very long running, eight-year investigation… if you look back in the records, there have been press reports on this and subpoenas flying for at least eight years. So we now have actual allegations. We’ll have a chance to respond.”

Fattah added that he planned to to recuse himself from his leadership position on the House Appropriations Committee while he fights the charges.

Read the indictment HERE>>>

CATHERINE THOMPSON

10 things you need to know today: July 29, 2015

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THE WEEK

1. Spy Jonathan Pollard to be released on parole
The United States Parole Commission announced Tuesday that Jonathan Pollard, who has served 30 years of a life sentence for spying for Israel, will be released before Thanksgiving. Pollard, who was a Navy intelligence analyst, was convicted of passing classified materials to Israel. The government for the first time did not oppose his parole. “Thank God,” Pollard, 60, said, according to one of his lawyers. “Right now, after many, many years of hoping for this day, we are going to sit back and celebrate.”

Source: The New York Times

2. Taliban leader Mullah Omar is reportedly dead
Afghan officials said Wednesday that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead. The reclusive leader, who has not been seen in public since the U.S. and its allies ousted the Taliban government following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, died two or three years ago, according to Afghan and intelligence sources. There have been several previous reports of his death, but this is the first confirmed by top government sources. A source told Pakistan’s Express Tribune the cause of death was tuberculosis. The official line from the Afghan government is that they are still investigating claims of Omar’s death.

Source: BBC News, The Express Tribune

3. Migrant dies as 1,500 try to rush into Eurotunnel to Britain
A Sudanese man died Tuesday as 1,500 migrants tried to illegally enter the French side of the Eurotunnel to hop freight trains into Britain. A record 2,100 people made the attempt Monday. Thirty-seven people have been blocked from entering the tunnel illegally this year; eight have died since mid-June. About 10,000 migrants from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Syria, Sudan, and North Africa are camped near the French city of Calais hoping to make the crossing to get housing and apply for asylum.

Source: Voice of America

4. Hunter says he thought lion hunt was legal
Zimbabwean police are seeking an American bow hunter — Walter James Palmer of Eden Prairie, Minnesota — for allegedly killing a protected lion named Cecil, officials in Zimbabwe said Tuesday. Cecil, who was 13, was popular with visitors to Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. He was allegedly lured out of the park with bait by two guides Palmer paid $50,000 for the kill. The guides have been arrested on poaching charges. Palmer said he did everything he could to make sure the hunt was legal.

Source: CNN

5. GOP representative launches bid to oust Boehner as speaker
A Republican congressman, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, filed a bid to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday. If successful, the “motion to vacate the chair” would force the election of a new speaker. Meadows’ move is a longshot. Such a challenge has only worked once, more than a century ago. The matter now goes to the Rules Committee, which is chaired by Boehner ally Pete Sessions (R-Texas). Meadows said his real goal was starting “a conversation on making this place work.”

Source: The Hill

6. Turkey continues new push against Kurds
Turkish jets pounded Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight as tensions continued to mount, threatening a peace process with the separatist group. Turkey’s opposition pro-Kurdish party called for ending the strikes and resuming peace efforts. Turkey began attacking Kurdish positions in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey just as it agreed to President Obama’s pleas to fight the Islamic State more aggressively. The Kurds are key U.S. allies in the war against ISIS.

Source: The Associated Press

7. Texas releases new jail video to dispel Sandra Bland rumors 
Texas officials on Tuesday released new video of Sandra Bland showing her being booked into Waller County Jail after her controversial arrest over a tense traffic stop. The clip reportedly was shown to prove that Bland was alive when she entered jail, contrary to social media rumors that she was fatally injured before being placed in a cell. Bland, who was black, was found dead three days later. A coroner concluded she committed suicide by hanging, but her family disputes that.

Source: Los Angeles Times

8. Trump aide apologizes for rape remark
Donald Trump’s personal aide Michael Cohen apologized on Tuesdayfor telling a Daily Beast reporter that “You cannot rape your spouse.” Cohen attributed the remark to “shock and anger” over a Daily Beastexposé claiming that Trump’s ex-wife Ivana had used the word “rape” to describe an incident between the couple while they were married. Ivana Trump has since said the story was “totally without merit,” and that her comments were made during a time of “very high tension.”

Source: The New York Times

9. New York prison worker makes plea deal in escape case
Former New York prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell, 51, pleaded guiltyTuesday to bringing tools into Clinton Correctional Facility to help two convicted murderers, David Sweat and Richard Matt, break out. Under a plea deal, Mitchell will be prosecuted for an alleged plot to kill her husband, or for having sexual contact with Matt, who was killed after the escape. Mitchell will be sentenced in September. She faces up to seven years in prison for the felony contraband charge.

Source: NBC News

10. NFL upholds Tom Brady’s suspension for “Deflategate”
The NFL announced Tuesday that Commissioner Roger Goodell hadupheld the four-game suspension of New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady over the so-called Deflategate scandal. Brady was suspended — and his team fined $1 million, and docked two draft picks — after an investigation concluded that Patriots staff had underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season, presumably to make the ball easier to handle in bad weather. Brady had appealed; the team did not.

Source: The Dallas Morning News

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Obama held secret meetings with Jon Stewart

Obama Held Secret Meetings With Jon Stewart

'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart interviews President Barack Obama for the last time on July 21, 2015. [The Daily Show]

Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart interviews President Barack Obama for the last time on July 21, 2015. [The Daily Show]

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President Barack Obama summoned television host Jon Stewart to the White House on several occasions before he made major announcements, according to a Politico article that revealed the secret connection between “The Daily Show” host and the president. News of the private meetings surfaced Tuesday as Stewart prepares to end his tenure as host on Aug. 6.

Some have questioned Stewart’s ethics because he did not disclose his connection to Obama. “The summoning of Stewart to the White House validates the belief that the comedian is more influential on the public discourse than any journalist,” said a Minnesota Public Radio article Tuesday. “But do the rules of journalism apply to a comedian who doesn’t consider himself a journalist even as the people watching consider him one?”

While still at the White House, former Obama advisor David Axelrod kept in touch with the host by phone and email. In an interview, Axelrod said Stewart was “a useful prod” for the administration. “I can’t say that because Jon Stewart was unhappy, policy changed. But I can say that he had forceful arguments, they were arguments that we knew would be heard and deserved to be answered,” said Axelrod, who also makes appearances on “The Daily Show.”

Stewart visited the Oval Office to meet with Obama privately on at least two occasions, one of which was in fall of 2011 while the administration dealt with heated budget negotiations. “The president wanted to counter his critics on the left and lay the groundwork for his 2012 re-election campaign,” former Obama aide Austan Goolsbee said to Politico.

As the Ukraine crisis broke out, the president met with Stewart in Feb. 2014 before a significant announcement. Later that day, Obama went on air to say that “there will be costs” if Russia continued its aggression towards Ukraine.

Obama frequently appears on the “The Daily Show,” and he visited most recently last Tuesday, close to Stewart’s departure date. He used the segment to discuss topics such as the Iran nuclear deal. Three of the seven times Obama has been on the show have been when he was in office.

At Least Five Black Woman Found Dead In Jail Since Mid-July

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The logical response would be: Further study is needed to determine a pattern here.  My response is: How many more women of color have died in police custody that we don’t know about?

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On Monday morning, police in Mount Vernon, New York discovered a 44-year-old woman dead in her cell. She is the fifth black woman, at least, to die behind bars this month.

According to Mayor Earnest Davis, Raynetta Turner was arrested and locked in a holding cell Saturday afternoon on shoplifting charges. Some time after her arrest, Turner informed Westchester County police that she had numerous medical problems, and was eventually brought to Montefiore-Mount Vernon Hospital Sunday evening. She returned to the holding cell briefly that night, before she was taken for fingerprinting at 2 a.m. She was found dead 12 hours later.

The mayor has since explained that Turner’s medical history included hypertension and bariatric surgery. No official cause of death has been determined.

But her death follows at least four other deaths of black women in police custody since July 13, shining an even brighter spotlight on the plight of black women in the criminal justice system and fueling the Black Lives Matter movement. On that date, Sandra Bland was found hanging in her cell, three days after she was violently stopped for failing to signal a lane change in Waller County, Texas. The next day, 18-year-old Kindra Chapman committed suicide in an Alabama prison. She was arrested for stealing a cell phone. Joyce Curnell was arrested on shoplifting charges and found dead in her cell on July 24. On July 26, officers found Ralkina Jones dead in the Cleveland Heights City Jail, two days after she was arrested for a physical dispute with her husband. Like Turner, she was brought to a medical facility after a staff member observed Jones was lethargic — then returned to the jail. Prison officials say they conducted several check ups on the night she returned, but found her unresponsive around 7:30 the next morning. An investigation is currently under way.

UPDATE JUL 28, 2015 10:03 PM

This post has been changed to reflect a fifth death reported by Post and Courier.

CARIMAH TOWNES

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Criticizes The New York Times Over Blaming Sources For Botched Clinton Email Story

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Maddow: “It Is The Job Of A News Organization To Vet The Accuracy And The Authenticity Of Their Sources. And You Are To Blame For The Fake Stuff That Your Sources Get You To Print”

WATCH VIDEO HERE>>>

Previously:

After Two Corrections, The NY Times‘ Botched Email Story Still Has An Error

NY Times Issues Second Major Correction To Botched Report On Clinton’s Emails

The Unanswered Questions From The NY Times‘ Debunked Clinton Emails Report

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Donald Trump Promises To Put Sarah Palin In His Cabinet If He Is Elected President

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Is Trump trying to alienate the GOP even further?

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Donald Trump is threatening America with a promise to put Sarah Palin in his cabinet if he is elected president.

Audio of Trump:

According to Politico, Trump said that he would put Palin his cabinet or seek her advice:

“She’s really somebody who knows what’s happening. She’s a special person. She’s really a special person. And I think people know that and she’s got a following that’s unbelievable,” he
continued. (Palin has more than 4 million Facebook followers.)

“I’m looking at some of these candidates, they’re weak, they’re ineffective and to a degree that’s almost hard to believe. And, you know, they like the Sarah Palin kind of strength. You just don’t see very much of it anymore,” Trump mused.

He noted that Palin has come up in his interactions on the campaign trail. “I’ve still got people saying, ‘Oh, get Sarah’s support, get Sarah’s support.’ No matter where I go, everybody loves her.”

There are only two things that Sarah Palin has ever been good at, and they are failing and quitting. If America did not have enough of a reason to vote against Donald Trump, the idea of Palin serving in a presidential cabinet should be enough to scare voters away in droves.

The Trump circus is an out of control joke that has now added Sarah Palin as a featured clown. It is impossible to imagine Donald Trump’s cabinet because this man is never going to be elected president. It is natural that two phonies who have been playing Republicans for years with empty bluster and cartoonish behavior would team up to suck all of the oxygen out of the 2016 campaign.

Just when voters thought that the Republican primary could get less intelligent, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump have teamed up form the ultimate dumb Republican dream team.

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Jeb Bush’s Response to Trump’s Comments About Mexicans Show the Personal Side of Politics

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As Donald Trump’s verbal incontinence drives the national Republican establishment to tear at its scalp with nail-bitten fingers, the billionaire candidate’s most outrageous invective may actually be doing some good — for his most powerful opponent.

Trump’s now-familiar comments about Mexican immigrant “rapists,” and his subsequent doubling down on the epithet, has provided an opening for former Florida governor and current presidential candidate Jeb Bush to highlight his own personal connection with the immigrant story. In an interview with Telemundo conducted entirely in Spanish (in which Bush is fluent), the once-and-future front-runner and father of three biracial children opened up about the damage that Trump’s rhetoric has done to the Latino community, his commitment to enacting immigration reform and how his own family connection has shaped his response to the immigration debate.

“I was hurt, hearing somebody speaking in such a vulgar fashion,” Bush said in response to Trump’s comments. “This makes the solving of this problem much more difficult when we have politicians talking like that. We cannot progress.”

Jeb Bush with his son, George P. Bush | Source: LM Otero/AP

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Group Warns Supporters ‘NO Racial Slurs’ At Georgia Confederate Flag Rally

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Having lived in the state of Georgia for the better part of two decades I recognize the characters engraved in stone: Confederate heroes of the Civil War,President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

As the article below mentions, Stone Mountain is also the birthplace of the modern iteration of the Klu Klux Klan.

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A Facebook community, Confederate States of America Flag Rally 2015, is planning to host a gathering to support the Confederate flag on Saturday at Stone Mountain, a state park about 30 minutes from Atlanta. So far, about 40 counties have meet-up locations so attendees can carpool.

There will be flag vendors.

Per the organizers, the rules are straightforward:

These rules are simple logical and easy to follow! 1.) NO racial slurs or offensive remarks 2.) NO alcohol, we do know its illegal and that will be opportunity for tickets/arrests 3.) NO taunting other vehicles, flipping other people off during the ride 4.) NO burning any flags of any type regardless of which flag 5.) STAY peaceful, which means NO violence

Stone Mountain is the birthplace of the modern iteration of the Klu Klux Klan.

Previously, Atlanta lawmakers and activists have suggested changing the sculpture or to “sand blast off” the Confederate leaders. The sculpture at Stone Mountain Park has been described as the “largest high-relief sculpture in the world.” The massive sculpture can only be removed by an act of state lawmakers.

CAITLIN CRUZ