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His answer was about as on the nose as you could get

Attorney General William Barr quickly and concisely shut down a CBS News reporter during a press conference on Thursday.

The conference concerned the new release of the redacted version of the report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in regard to alleged Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.

What are the details?

During the conference, Barr doubled down on his initial remarks that neither President Donald Trump nor anyone in his campaign engaged in any collusion.

After confirming that information with the release of redacted version of the report, Barr said, “the special counsel found no evidence that any American, including anyone associated with the Trump campaign, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.”

He went on to take questions from the media present at the conference.

One reporter, Paula Reid from CBS News, went on to point out that she felt Barr has been biased in favor of Trump and appeared to be going out of his way to protect the president.

“You cleared the president on obstruction, the president is fundraising off of your comments about spying, and, here you have remarks that are quite generous to the president, including acknowledging his feelings and his emotions. So what do you say to people on both sides of the aisle who are concerned that you are trying to protect the president?” Reid asked.
Barr responded that his very comments are published in the Mueller report.

“Well actually, the statement about his sincere beliefs are recognized in the report, that there was substantial evidence for that,” he answered, “so I’m not sure what your basis is for saying that I am being ‘generous’ to the president.”

Ready with an answer of her own, Reid answered, “It’s an unprecedented situation. It just seems like there is a lot of effort to say — to go out of your way, to acknowledge …”

Barr took the opportunity to cut her off, and fired back, “Well is there another precedent for it?”

Reid conceded that there was not.

“OK,” Barr responded. “So unprecedented is an accurate description.”

Reid attempted to regain control of the question, but Barr was apparently unimpressed with the reporter’s efforts and moved on to take other questions.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: Theblaze: Attorney General William Barr embarrasses CBS News reporter after she questions if he’s trying to protect President Donald Trump

Congresswoman’s tweets draw criticism

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) mocked the notion of thoughts and prayers following Friday’s deadly massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, which took the lives of at least 49 people and injured many.

An accused mass killer opened fire on two different mosques during times of prayer.

Authorities charged at least one person in the attack and detained three more.

You can read more on the horrific unfolding tragedy here.

What did she say?

In what the freshman congresswoman later described as a slam on the National Rifle Association, Ocasio-Cortez questioned the usefulness of thoughts and prayers during a tragedy like the one in New Zealand.

Shortly after the news broke, Ocasio-Cortez addressed comments made by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. In her remarks, Ardern mentioned that her “thoughts” were with those grieving over the deadly mass killing.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

Ocasio-Cortez issued a second tweet attempting to clarify her first after receiving criticism.

She claimed that “‘Thoughts and prayers’ is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to [New Zealand] PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.”

How did people react?

Despite her clarification, many people took issue with Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks, calling them insensitive and hurtful.

Siraj Hashmi, of the Washington Examiner, was one of them.

He wrote, “[T]his is incredibly insensitive to my muslim brothers and sisters who were slain in cold blood while they were literally praying because they want to be closer to their creator and they want to become better people.”

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch chimed in and wrote, “Pretty sure thoughts and prayers isn’t anyone’s phrase, and prayer especially (which you mocked earlier after what happened in a house of prayer?) is a real action, a petition to, a conversation with, God — in this case, to request protection, comfort for those suffering.”

Comedian Tim Young added, “If one of your first 1000 thoughts after a horrific mass shooting is to go dunk on a person, a religious belief or an organization on Twitter, you should delete your account.”

To note, Ocasio-Cortez appears to be a practicing Catholic, sporting ashes on her forehead on Ash Wednesday:

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: Theblaze: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocks prayer in wake of deadly New Zealand massacre

He brought out the big guns

President Donald Trump served McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A on Monday to North Dakota State University’s championship football team.

The team was visiting Washington, D.C., and the White House to celebrate its January win in the FCS title game.

The North Dakota State University Bison won the FCS championship Jan. 5 over Eastern Washington University, 38-24. It was the team’s seventh national championship since 2011.

What are the details?

Noting the fast-food spread, Trump told the football players, “We like American companies, OK?”

Trump added that he very well could have had the White House chef cook them up something, but he explained, “I know you people,” according to The Hill.

Players reportedly laughed at the president’s remark, which was a clear reference to his celebration with the Clemson Tigers in January. The South Carolina team visited the White House during the partial government shutdown, and the president served the team members Burger King and McDonald’s. He is also reported to have paid for the huge spread out of his own pocket.

The president also insisted at the time that fast food was what the players really wanted. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence lauded the move and said that he loved the spread Trump put on to welcome the team to the White House. Lawrence said at the time, “It was awesome! We had McDonald’s and everything. It was good!”

What did the head coach say?

On Saturday, Head Coach Matt Entz of the NDSU Bison told the Grand Forks Herald that the visit was an important morale booster.

“We addressed [politics],” Entz said. “This isn’t a political trip, this is a Bison trip and, personally, I sold it as two things: It’s one more opportunity for the 2018 team to be together, but also in my mind the start of the 2019 season and the things we’re going to do together.”

You can see more pictures of Monday’s event, courtesy of NDSU Football’s Twitter account:

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Trump ignores critics, serves fast food to more athletes. This time, it’s Chick-fil-A.

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