You won’t have Shep Smith to kick around, Mr. President.
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Shep Smith, a mostly straight-news broadcaster who stood in stark contrast to many of his aggressively partisan Fox News colleagues, announced on Friday that he would be departing the network immediately. “Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter,” Smith said. “After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged.” Smith closed with a reflection on how grateful he was to have been at the network — and a seemingly pointed plea: “Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will survive.”
Smith, who had been at Fox News since it launched in 1996, has been at the center of a widening chasm at the network centered around President Trump. Some on the news side of the operation — Smith, Andrew Napolitano, and Chris Wallace — have been increasingly outspoken about the president’s misconduct and worsening political troubles, while heavy hitters on the opinion side — Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and others — have remained unshakably loyal to the president, eagerly promoting the kind of conspiracy theories that he uses to defend himself.
In recent days, President Trump has sounded off about negative coverage on the network, including polls that showed him losing to Democratic opponents. On Thursday, not for the first time, Trump singled out Smith by name. After hearing of his departure, Trump displayed his usual magnanimity.
The New York Times reported that Attorney General William Barr met with Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday night, fueling speculation that the Trump administration was working within the network to neuter criticism. Smith’s spokesperson attempted to put the idea to rest:
But given Fox’s strict nondisclosure agreements, it’s unlikely that Smith will be divulging much about the circumstances that led to his departure. It’s also unlikely that he’ll be showing up on another network anytime soon: He said an agreement he signed with Fox News means that he “won’t be reporting elsewhere at least in the near future.”
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Trump isn’t quitting “My Rudy”
Trump tweets:So now they are after the legendary “crime buster” and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani. He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer. Such a one sided Witch Hunt going on in USA. Deep State. Shameful!Politico reports:For now, Trump is sticking with Giuliani, or “My Rudy,” as Giuliani said the president sometimes calls him. “Nothing has changed on that,” said Giuliani’s own attorney, Jon Sale. Trump plans to keep using Giuliani on everything but Ukraine matters because they know he’s a witness if this goes to impeachment, according to a source familiar with the legal team’s strategy. …“I’m not a puppy — I know what I’m doing,” he said. If he didn’t represent Trump, Giuliani added, “they would let him be a punching bag.”… but with an albatross around his neck, according to some to some of the president’s other advisers:“I think he’s massively hurting,” said a person close to the Trump campaign. “His TV appearances are so confused and contradictory, he’s creating an impression of internal chaos.”“He’s inarticulate,” said a Republican who speaks to the president. “Rudy hurts the president with inconsistent, confusing messages.”One former senior administration official described it this way when asked what Trump’s strategy against impeachment should be: “Hopefully Rudy will be on the space shuttle.”’So far, Trump has not heeded the advice.“As long as Giuliani is doing battle with the president’s perceived critics and opponents, that’s what matters to the president,” said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, who worked for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. “The efficiency of the performance isn’t as important as the willingness to do battle.”Trump admires Giuliani’s brand, his loyalty and his Trump-like style, according to people familiar with their relationship. He has both political and legal experience at the national level, and has known the president for decades.“They have a brotherly relationship,” said a second Republican who speaks to the president. “He likes his combative style.”
More symptoms of Barr’s right-wing fever, as he blames secularism and “so-called progressives” for society’s ills
Attorney General William Barr blamed secularism in society for a series of problems such as drug overdoses, violence and poor mental health while speaking at Notre Dame’s law school. Barr, in a speech largely focused on the role of religion in law, decried what he described as an effort to drive religion away while promoting secularism.“We see the growing ascendancy of secularism and the doctrine of moral relativism,” he said. “Basically every measure of this social pathology continues to gain ground.”He described several social issues as “consequences of this moral upheaval.”“Along with the wreckage of the family, we are seeing record levels of depression and mental illness, dispirited young people, soaring suicide rates, increasing numbers of angry and alienated young males, an increase in senseless violence and a deadly drug epidemic.
I Lived Adam Neumann’s Perfect Life for a Day. It Was Terrible.
By James D. Walsh
I took part in every aspect of the We project, hoping to see the company as Neumann saw it — a brilliant ecosystem. Reality was much sadder.
Trump Had a Bad Day in the Courts
By Ed Kilgore
In three cases, one involving a congressional subpoena of his financial records and two involving immigration, the administration had legal setbacks.
The Trump administration and China have agreed to the preliminary outlines of a trade deal
The deal with #China is “subject to getting it written,” according to @POTUS, which he predicts will take several weeks. Says will take 3ish weeks to write. Will conclude around Chile trip in mid November.
Shep Smith Out at Fox News Amid Tensions Over Trump Coverage
By Benjamin Hart
After 23 years at the network, the anchor suddenly announced his departure on Friday afternoon.
Beto O’Rourke Doesn’t Know Much About the Constitution
By Sarah Jones
As tempting as it might be to punish anti-gay churches, O’Rourke’s proposal goes too far.
in Oval Office with Chinese official, Trump tells reporters that Hong Kong “will take care of itself”
One of the few non-blind partisans is out at Fox
Announcement from Fox News: Shepard Smith is stepping down from his role as chief news anchor. This afternoon’s show was his last. Fissures between news and opinion at Fox News are for real.
Yet another significant legal defeat for the Trump administration
A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to build a border wall is unlawful and appears poised to block the use of those funds. Judge David Briones requested the plaintiffs propose the scope of a preliminary injunction.
Another significant legal defeat for the Trump administration
A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule from going into effect next week. The rule would make it harder for immigrants who are sick, low-income, or enroll in Medicaid to get a green card. https://t.co/DangTrLveL
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Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Under Criminal Investigation
By Jonathan Chait
Probably not the best news for the president when he’s facing impeachment.
Seems like Trump is ok with troops in the Middle East, as long as they’re in the right country
The Trump administration said Friday it is sending more troops, fighter jets and missile defense weaponry to Saudi Arabia to help bolster the kingdom’s defenses after a September attack on its oil facilities.Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered the deployment of 3,000 service members, two fighter squadrons, one air expeditionary wing, two Patriot Missile batteries and one THAAD missile defense system, Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said.The U.S., European governments and Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for the September attack on Saudi oil facilities, which triggered a brief spike in oil prices and raised questions about the country’s air and missile defenses. Tehran has denied it was behind the drone and cruise missile assault, which heavily damaged key oil sites.
Why the Top Spender on Pro-Impeachment Facebook Ads Is a Spice Company
By Brian Feldman
Founder Bill Penzey thinks it’s crucial to speak out on important issues. Facebook classifies a lot of his posts as political ads.
Mark your calendars
The Commission on Presidential Debates (@debates) just released info for 2020 general election debatesTrump & the Democratic nominee will debate on:-Sept. 29 in Notre Dame, Ind.- Oct. 15 in Ann Arbor, Mich.-Oct. 22 in Nashville, TN-VPs on Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah
Yovanovitch, defying the White House to testify before Congress, said Trump pushed her out over false attacks
Marie L. Yovanovitch, who was recalled as the American ambassador to Ukraine, testified to impeachment investigators on Friday that a top State Department official told her that President Trump had pushed for her removal for months even though the department believed she had “done nothing wrong.”In a closed-door deposition that could further fuel calls for Mr. Trump’s impeachment, Ms. Yovanovitch delivered a scathing indictment of his administration’s conduct of foreign policy, warning that private influence and personal gain have usurped diplomats’ judgment, threatening to undermine the nation’s interests and drive talented professionals out of public service.According to a copy of her opening statement obtained by The New York Times, the long-time diplomat said she was “incredulous” that she was removed as ambassador “based, as far as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”
Why Is Trump Helping an American Woman Evade British Justice?
By Sarah Jones
Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, hit and killed a British teen with her car. Now Trump is resisting calls to make her return to the U.K.
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Trump Bored by His Own Speech, Just Wants to Talk About TV Shows
By Jonathan Chait
A close read of a speech by a president almost clinically obsessed with television.
A major victory for Democrats
Breaking: President Trump lost his appeal to stop a House subpoena of his tax documents from his longtime accountant Mazars USA.In a 2-1 ruling, US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit upheld a lower court ruling saying firm must turn over eight years of accounting records.
Trump offers glimmer of hope on trade deal
Good things are happening at China Trade Talk Meeting. Warmer feelings than in recent past, more like the Old Days. I will be meeting with the Vice Premier today. All would like to see something significant happen!
A troubling sign for Biden
Biden’s electability edge over Warren (at least nationally) has slipped considerably.Biden +6.9 over TrumpWarren +5.2Sanders +5.3Buttigieg +2.0Harris +1.0https://t.co/bzz88zPsbH
Sondland booked for next week
New statement from Amb. Gordon Sondland’s counsel: “Notwithstanding the State Department’s current direction to not testify, Ambassador Sondland will honor the Committees’ subpoena, and he looks forward to testifying on Thursday.”
How Trump-Country Democrat Rep. Max Rose Got to Impeachment
By David Freedlander
The Staten Island congressman thinks “centrist populism” — pro-union, anti-Trump — is the next big thing in American politics.
Republicans now think Sondland can help them make the case that Trump isn’t impeachably corrupt
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is expected to testify next Wednesday before the House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine, despite being blocked by the State Department from appearing at a closed-door deposition this week, 4 congressional sources tell Axios.Why it matters: One source familiar with the rescheduling tells Axios that after the State Department pulled the plug on Sondland’s testimony, Republicans close to Trump encouraged the president to let the ambassador come before the committees. Trump’s allies believe Sondland’s testimony will be helpful to their side.“Republicans are looking for any silver lining they can get,” the source said. “Sondland could be a silver lining … He donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural. He’s a Trump guy. Whereas [former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie] Yovanovitch is a career person.”
Shockingly, they didn’t give it to Trump
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his dogged pursuit of democratic reforms and regional peacemaking efforts.Abiy was awarded the prize “in particular, for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Nobel Committee, which decides the winner.A peace accord between Abiy and his Eritrean counterpart, Isaias Afwerki, formally ended a 20-year military standoff that followed Eritrea’s secession from Ethiopia in 1993. As many as 100,000 people were killed between 1998 and 2000 when a border dispute flared into an all-out war.Abiy, a 43-year-old former intelligence officer, has ushered in an era of hope for peace and greater freedoms in Africa’s second-most populous country, which has long been governed by authoritarian regimes. Upon taking office in April 2018, Abiy initiated the release of thousands of political prisoners, lifted bans on various political organizations, prosecuted former officials accused of torture and vowed to move Ethiopia toward its first free, multiparty elections in 2020.
Was Rudy Giuliani Going to Meet His Associates in Vienna Before Their Arrest?
By Matt Stieb
Giuliani’s potential exposure in the Ukraine scandal continues to grow.
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