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Republican senator accuses Trump of Stalin-like attacks on media

WASHINGTON DC, USA – A maverick senator from Donald Trump's own Republican party launched a stinging attack on the president on Wednesday, January 17, accusing him of employing Stalinist language to "slur" and undermine the free press. Arizona lawmaker Jeff Flake leveled the broadside in an address from the Senate ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJan 18th, 2018

Republican Karen Handel beats Jon Ossoff in runoff – The Guardian

Democrats fell short of a special election victory yet again on Tuesday when Jon Ossoff, long the best hope of Democrats to win a special election in the Trump administration, suffered a narrow loss to Republican Karen Handel in the Sixth Congressional District. The race was the latest in a series of special elections in Republican seats where Democrats managed to deliver moral victories – rather than actual victories – as they proved unable to notch a major electoral win in the Trump administration. With 100% of precincts reporting, Handel had 52.7% and Ossoff had 47.3%. Sporadic downpours and flash flood warnings helped to put a damper on Democratic turnout in base precincts and on the hopes of progressives to thwart Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Combined with an energized Republican base that kept Ossoff from accumulating a significant lead among early voters, it doomed the hopes of the anti-Trump activists who made the first time Democratic candidate a minor political celebrity. The runoff came after a first round of voting in April where Ossoff won just over 48% of the vote and Handel finished second in a splintered Republican field with just under 20% of the vote. However, Ossoff struggled to match that total as Handel consolidated the Republican vote in a traditionally conservative district in the northern suburbs of Atlanta and ended up falling a percentage point short of his much hyped performance in the first round of voting. Trump took to Twitter to hail the result as a personal victory “Thank you @FoxNews “Huge win for President Trump and GOP in Georgia Congressional Special Election.” The seat had been vacated by Tom Price when the former congressman joined Trump’s cabinet to become secretary of health and human services and previously held by Republican stalwarts like Senator Johnny Isakson and former speaker Newt Gingrich. Although Price won by 23% in 2016, Donald Trump only narrowly won this wealthy, well-educated district by just over 1%. Trump’s narrow win sparked optimism among Democrats that the district, where nearly 60% of residents have a college degree, could flip as part of the political realignment around the president’s upset victory in 2016. Roughly $50m ended up being spent by both parties and allied groups in the race as it became the most expensive congressional campaign in the history of the United States. However, while Democrats had motivated their base and won over skeptical Republicans, the conservative slant of district proved too much even for the nearly unprecedented resources that Democrats invested in the race, even flying in volunteers for last minute doorknocking as local television stations had been saturated by 30-second advertisements. The two candidates took different tones in their election night speeches after the race was called. Ossoff, speaking to a distraught crowd in a packed ballroom, cast the race in historical terms. “As darkness has crept across this planet you have provided a beacon of hope to people in Georgia and people in around the world,” Ossoff told attendees. He cast the race in broader metaphysical terms. “The fight goes on, hope is still alive,” said Ossoff. In contrast, Handel gave a far more traditional speech. She mentioned the obligation that came with “being the first Republican woman elected to Congress from the great state of Georgia” and cast herself an inspirational story, telling attendees “anything is possible with hard work, inspiration, grit and people that believe in you.” Handel also touched on policy priorities like “finishing the drill on health care” and lowering taxes including repeal of the estate tax. Although the race had been cast a referendum on Trump – an opinion the President seemed to endorse after the result had been reported – both candidates awkwardly danced around his looming presence on the campaign trail. At Handel’s campaign events, Trump’s name went unmentioned by the candidate and introductory speakers. Instead, there was constant refrain of attack on Ossoff for his ties to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and praise for previous holders of the seat like Price and Gingrich. Ossoff was regularly bashed for the amount of money he raised out of state, for having “San Francisco values” and, particularly, for the fact that he did not actually live in the district. Handel, who suggested in the first televised debate of the campaign that Trump should use Twitter less often, told the Guardian in an interview on Monday that she didn’t pay attention to the president’s use of social media. She said “I am focused on my campaign, I have precious little time to be on Twitter.” Several hours later, her campaign sent out a fundraising email signed by the former secretary of state with the subject line “did you see what Trump just tweeted?” after the President used his ubiquitous social media account to tout her campaign. Ossoff has also been measured in his attacks on Trump in a traditionally Republican district albeit one that the president barely won in 2016. Instead, the lanky and measured political neophyte focused on banal and politically non-controversial issues like government waste and turning Atlanta into “the Silicon Valley of the South” and let the progressive anti-Trump enthusiasm of the Democratic base carry him. Instead, he has focused on Handel’s stint as Georgia secretary of state as well as her brief stint with the Susan Komen Race For The Cure, a charity which combats breast [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2017

Trump accuses Google of biased searches, warns ‘be careful’

WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him "so that almost all stories & news is BAD." He offered no evidence of bias, but a top adviser said the White House is "taking a look" at whether Google should face federal regulation. Google pushed back sharply, saying Trump's claim simply wasn't so: "We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment." The president's tweets echoed his familiar attacks on the news media --- and a conservative talking point that California-based tech companies run by CEOs with liberal leanings don't give equal weight to opposing political viewpoints. ...Keep on reading: Trump accuses Google of biased searches, warns ‘be careful’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Trump and Media

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted “Fake News Awards” late Wednesday, hours after a maverick senator from the president’s own Republican party accused him of employing Stalinist language to “slur” and undermine the free press. Arizona lawmaker Jeff Flake levelled the broadside in an address from….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

George H.W. Bush — kinder, gentler Republican

Every day Donald Trump comes closer to perfecting his Rodrigo Duterte impression. The CIA briefing on the Khashoggi murder essentially confirms that the Washington Post journalist was killed, then dismembered. There's no directive to "kill him." But as one U.S. senator said, "There's a smoking saw." But what do we hear from Trump about the culpability of the Saudi Crown Prince BSM? It's still "Maybe he did, maybe he didn't." That's the president of the free world, sounding like a White Duterte. In that sense, the 41stU.S. President George H.W. Bush departs the living at a good time. He lies in state, while the current president just lies. That was Bush's main role in current p...Keep on reading: George H.W. Bush — kinder, gentler Republican.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

Republican wins Mississippi s racially-charged Senate runoff

WASHINGTON DC, USA – A Mississippi Republican who drew scorn for making racially insensitive comments managed to hold her US Senate seat Tuesday, November 27, in the final race of 2018 , networks projected, avoiding what could have been an embarrassing setback for President Donald Trump. Incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith was leading Democratic ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

Trump escalates attacks on media despite wave of violence

WASHINGTON --- Grappling with a wave of election-season violence, President Donald Trump escalated his rhetoric against the news media on Monday even as he made plans for a somber visit to Pennsylvania to mourn a synagogue massacre that left 11 dead. Days after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue and a mail-bomb scare targeting prominent Democrats and CNN, Trump argued that "fraudulent" reporting was contributing to anger in the country and declared that the press was the "true Enemy of the People." White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders continued in the same vein at a press briefing, saying: "The very first action that the president did was condemn these heinous act...Keep on reading: Trump escalates attacks on media despite wave of violence.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

U.S. mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc claims Filipino ancestry

PLANTATION, USA – Cesar Altieri Sayoc, the Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to critics of Donald Trump, had plastered his social media accounts and the van where he was living with signs of his devotion to the Republican president and his hatred for Democrats. Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

Bomb scare sweeps US

NEW YORK — Pipe bombs were sent Wednesday to Barack Obama, top Democrats and CNN, hate figures for Donald Trump supporters, while the US President tempered calls for unity by attacking the media for its “endless hostility.” Democrat and Trump foe Hillary Clinton was one of those targeted, as political opponents accused the Republican President […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Key lawmakers rebuke Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

WASHINGTON -- Three Republican senators key to Brett Kavanaugh's approval to the US Supreme Court blasted President Donald Trump Wednesday for mocking the woman accusing his nominee of sexual assault, as he played to a crowd of thousands at a political rally. The controversy over Kavanaugh's nomination -- which could be put to a final vote in the Senate as early as Saturday -- comes ahead of November congressional elections in which Trump's Republican Party will battle to keep control of Congress. Still undecided on backing the conservative judge -- whose appointment to the crucial, lifelong post has fuelled a bitter partisan clash -- Senator Susan Collins weighed in to denounc...Keep on reading: Key lawmakers rebuke Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Trump accuses China of 2018 election meddling; Beijing rejects charge

US President Donald Trump accused China of seeking to meddle in the Nov. 6 US congressional elections on Wednesday, saying Beijing did not want his Republican Party to do well because of his pugnacious stance on trade. Source link link: Trump accuses China of 2018 election meddling; Beijing rejects charge.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

No pork in 2019 budget, Roxas on rice crisis, Trump on China | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the proposed P3.76-trillion budget for 2019 does not contain pork barrel funds. Former senator and interior secretary Mar Roxas addresses President Rodrigo Duterte in a rare political post on Tuesday. In a combative series of tweets, U.S. President Donald Trump accuses China of trying to influence the midterm elections. {module ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Two ex-presidents honor McCain at funeral as Trump heads to golf club

WASHINGTON -- Two ex-presidents from opposing parties united Saturday to honor US senator John McCain, in a momentous funeral that championed his aspirations of political comity but also rebuked the tribalism and division trafficked by Donald Trump. As millions tuned in to the nationally televised memorial attended by the breadth of Washington powerbrokers, Trump himself was notably absent -- leaving the capital to head to his golf club in Virginia just when eulogies to McCain were being delivered. And while Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama offered subtle swipes at the current commander in chief, McCain's daughter Meghan used the words of Trump's campaign slo...Keep on reading: Two ex-presidents honor McCain at funeral as Trump heads to golf club.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Obama, Bush give McCain presidential farewell, Trump eased out

  WASHINGTON --- John McCain is getting a presidential farewell, but not from the actual sitting president. At McCain's request, former Presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat, and George W. Bush, a Republican, are speaking about the six-term senator on Saturday at Washington National Cathedral. It is the last event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked over four decades, and part of McCain's five-day, cross-country funeral procession. He died Aug. 25 at age 81. President Donald Trump was told to stay away, but he won't be far. The president is expected to remain in Washington this weekend. McCain's procession will come within a mile of the White House as it trave...Keep on reading: Obama, Bush give McCain presidential farewell, Trump eased out.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

California man arrested for threatening Boston Globe employees

LOS ANGELES, USA –  A California man has been arrested for making death threats against employees of the Boston Globe, which recently organized a newspaper editorial response to attacks on the media by President Donald Trump.  Robert Chain, 68, of Encino, California, was arrested on Thursday, August 30, and charged with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Google denies Trump charge it rigs ‘Trump News’ searches

WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump is accusing Google and other US tech companies of rigging search results about him "so that almost all stories & news is BAD" --- and though he is offering no evidence, a top adviser says the White House is "taking a look" at whether Google should face federal regulation. Google is pushing back sharply, saying Trump's claim simply wasn't true: "We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment." The president's tweets Tuesday echoed his familiar attacks on the news media --- and a conservative talking point that California-based tech companies run by CEOs with liberal leanings don't give equal weight to opposing political v...Keep on reading: Google denies Trump charge it rigs ‘Trump News’ searches.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Trump takes on Google in complaints about social media

WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump is promising to address what he says is the "very serious situation" of social media companies "suppressing" conservative voices and "hiding information" and good news. Trump has made similar complaints recently, but he targeted Google on Tuesday. Trump said in a pre-dawn tweet that included a typo that a search for "Trump News" on Google "shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD." He adds, "Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal?" Trump also claimed without evidence that 96 percent of the "Trump News" ...Keep on reading: Trump takes on Google in complaints about social media.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Trump nixed statement praising McCain – report

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Donald Trump rejected a statement prepared by his aides that praised John McCain, according to the Washington Post, underscoring the US president's enduring scorn for the late senator and war hero . While tributes have poured in highlighting the Arizona Republican's lifetime of service, Trump issued a single, terse tweet ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Trump renews attacks on ‘fake, fake disgusting news’

President Donald Trump is renewing his campaign against the media, claiming at a Pennsylvania rally that the media is the “fake, fake disgusting news” and casting journalists as his true political opponent. Trump renews attacks on ‘fake, fake disgusting news’ President Donald Trump is renewing his campaign against the media, claiming at a Pennsylvania rally… link: Trump renews attacks on ‘fake, fake disgusting news’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Trump anti-press attacks dangerous and harmful

WASHINGTON, USA – The publisher of the New York Times said Sunday, July 29, he warned Donald Trump in a White House meeting that the president's escalating attacks on the news media are "dangerous and harmful to our country" and "will lead to violence." But the meeting with A.G. Sulzberger, publisher ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Trump back in Scotland ahead of talks with Putin

TURNBERRY, Scotland --- A roving press conference. Reporters piling into golf carts and running along fairways trying to keep up. A protester scattering golf balls marked with swastikas. The last time Donald Trump traveled to Scotland was in 2016, hours after the Brexit vote and shortly after he became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. He created a media maelstrom as he held court with the press, compared pro-Brexit voters to his own supporters and mixed campaigning with business promotion in a way that was signature Trump. This time, his trip is likely to be less dramatic, as he spends the weekend out of the spotlight preparing for his high-stakes summit with Ru...Keep on reading: Trump back in Scotland ahead of talks with Putin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018