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Video || How Late Night Treated Barack Obama

Answer: A little bit of fun needling and plenty of praise.

It’s such a disappointment. It has become impossible to watch late night TV, particularly Saturday Night Live, which spends half the show going after Trump, and not particularly cleverly.

This segment of a game show hosted by actress Jessica Chastain this past Saturday seemed a new low point to me.

I don’t why I would submit to being lectured about morality and politics by people who feel qualified to do so merely because they are on TV and in the movies and are paid extraordinarily well. A few actors do spend serious time trying to understand issues. But no more than a few, I’m sure. Not to mention it’s an industry that has tolerated and covered up rampant sexual abuse of women.

If only average Americans who will see a bump in their paychecks next year and are benefitting from the soaring economy and stock market could have such a platform.

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Video || Sarah Sanders is Tight on Time

I don’t particularly like that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spends so little time taking questions. Many of her briefings last less than 20 minutes.

Now, it’s not clear to me that she provides much less information than other press secretaries, who meandered around saying nothing for 45 minutes. What’s more, President Trump himself has been far more available to reporters than some of his predecessors, taking questions before or after events and even while walking to his helicopter.

But Sanders should give the press more time, there’s no reason not to, and it addresses the fundamental right of the press to question the government. Yes, even if the press is biased against Republicans and Trump in particular, which of course it is. What’s more, it would give her more time to drill home her own message.

H/T Washington Free Beacon for the video.

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Misleading Poll Suggested Voters Didn’t Blame Democrats for Shutdown

Many newspapers reported information that gave comfort to Democrats in their confrontation with Republicans over shutting down the government, touting a poll that showed a combined 48 percent of voters blamed either Trump or Republicans in Congress for the shutdown, while only 35 percent blamed Democrats. Breaking it down, 34 percent blamed Trump, 15 percent blamed congressional… Continue Reading

Trump Schedule || Tuesday, January 23, 2018

11:00 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing 1:30 pm || Signs Section 201 actions on trade All times Eastern Live stream of White House briefing at 2:30 pm ******* Get my new biography of Steve Bannon, “Bannon, Always the Rebel,” based on wide-ranging research and ten hours of exclusive interviews with Bannon himself. Find out who… Continue Reading

Shutdown Ends; Trump Says Democrats “Have Come to Their Senses”

Democrats backed down Monday and agreed to allow the government to reopen, failing to make good on their promise to keep federal offices closed until Republicans struck a deal on DACA. All Democrats got from the GOP was a promise of a vote on a bill to address President Trump’s recision of Barack Obama’s order… Continue Reading

New Book: Bannon Told Ivanka, “You’re Just Another Staffer”

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon sought to put Ivanka Trump in her place, telling her she’s “just another staffer” who, furthermore, doesn’t know what she’s doing. The book, “Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press, And The War Over The Truth,” by Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz, is described in an article by Washington… Continue Reading

CNN Reporter: Russia is “All We Talk About” and Voters Don’t Care

CNN reporter Maeve Reston said Sunday that while CNN focuses relentlessly on the Russia investigation, voters actually don’t care about it, and it doesn’t appear to be casting a cloud over President Trump or having an effect on the 2018 House races. Moreover, she notes that “uneasiness about the economy” has begun to dissipate. Of… Continue Reading

Trump Schedule || Monday, January 22, 2018

11:00 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing All times Eastern Live stream of White House briefing at 1:30 pm ******* Get my new biography of Steve Bannon, “Bannon, Always the Rebel,” based on wide-ranging research and ten hours of exclusive interviews with Bannon himself. Find out who Bannon is, what he believes, and how he wants… Continue Reading