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Morning Mika: Time to Remove Trump Under 25th Amendment

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:20

Incensed over President Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski said “blood and carnage” will be on Trump’s hands if he is not removed from office via the 25th Amendment. “White House cabinet and staff must speak out, step down or act decisively or it will be on their hands too. #itistime,” she tweeted on Wednesday. “With his own words TRUMP has created a permissive climate for violence. The blood and carnage will be on his hands. #shame.” She had previously tweeted: “Is it time? #25thamendment #GodBlessAmerica.” Brzezinski is referring to this provision in the 25th Amendment: Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President. If the president objects, then Congress has an opportunity to remove him if two-thirds of both houses determine that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and

CNN Focuses on Bannon, Not Barcelona Terrorism, at State Department Briefing

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:57

As State Department holds press conference with Japanese dignitaries, CNN journalist obsess on Steve Bannon's influence in the White House

Busted! Morning Joe Caught Lying About Steve Bannon

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:53

Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough was caught lying about White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday morning. Scarborough's lie--telling his viewers and panel that Bannon had called President Donald Trump a "blundering fool" when Bannon never said that--was so blatant and obnoxious that he was called out by a conventional media reporter who has been on a roll of late publishing unfavorable stories about Bannon.

Spotify Removes ‘Hate Bands’ from Platform Following Charlottesville

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:47

Popular music streaming service Spotify has removed a list of "hate bands" from the platform in response to the Charlottesville white supremacist rally last week.

Fatal lightning strike deaths in the area through the years

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:40

Recent Lehigh Valley area lightning deaths

Aug. 12, 2016: Jose Lopez-Hernandez, 38, of Camden, N.J., was killed by lightning and and two others injured while swimming at the lake at Beltzville State Park about 7:40 p.m.

Aug. 5, 2012: Brian Zimmerman, 41, of Moosic, Lackawanna County, was killed...

Senior officer on USS Fitzgerald to be relieved of command after fatal collision

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:32

The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the Navy's second-ranking admiral said Thursday.

Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, told reporters...

Five Times Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Vacationed During a Crisis

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:23

When the going gets tough -- go on vacation. That appears at least to be the motto of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Nadler: Trump Must Be Censured — He Is an ‘Immoral President’

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:22

Thursday on MSNBC, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said Republicans should back the House Democrats’ resolution to censure President Donald Trump for his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, VA because Trump is “an immoral president.” When asked if Republicans should support the move, Nadler said, “Yes, they should be for the censure. The censure is necessary.” He continued,  “The president is normally seen as speaking for the United States or the United States government. When the president speaks such in moral calamity. When he equates neo-nazis and white supremacists—violent people—with people who were opposing them. When he seeks to create a moral equivalency—white supremacists and neo-Nazis with decent people, he must be rebuked. Congress must officially say—Congress is the other branch of government. The judiciary cannot speak—that this does not represent the American view. This does not represent the American people. We represent the American people. This is morally objectionable. The United States is a moral country even if it has an immoral president.” He added, “The monuments are monuments to traitors. People who went to war against the United States that resulted in the deaths of over 600,000 American soldiers on both sides in defense of the indefensible. In defense of

Free Speech Social Network ‘Gab’ Banned From Google Play Store

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:16

Gab, a free speech competitor to Twitter, was banned from the Google Play store Thursday after the social network startup had already raised over $1 million in investments.

Acclaimed Chinese Filmmaker Preps Trump Wall Thriller

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:03

Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Wang Quan’an is set to write and direct a political thriller that will tackle President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall proposal.

NPR Poll: 62% Say Confederate Statues Honoring Leaders Should Remain

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:49

A new poll by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist says 62 percent of those polled said Confederate statues honoring leaders should remain.

Steve Earle Predicts ‘Real Live Fascist’ Trump Won’t Finish His First Term

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:38

Country music star Steve Earle unloaded on President Donald Trump in an interview this week, calling him a "real live fascist" and predicting that he wouldn't finish his first term in office.

Tillerson, Mattis say Bannon wrong on North Korea: U.S. 'prepared militarily'

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:35

America's diplomatic and defense chiefs sought Thursday to reinforce the threat of possible U.S. military action against North Korea after President Donald Trump's top strategist essentially called the commander-in-chief's warnings a bluff.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed after security...

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ Ex-IT Aide Indicted on 4 Counts

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:34

Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was indicted Thursday on four counts including bank fraud and making false statements.

Route 22 crash near Bethlehem halts rush-hour traffic; 1 unconscious

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:15

A crash Thursday afternoon on eastbound Route 22 near Bethlehem knocked one person unconscious and backed up traffic for miles, according to police radio reports.

The crash was reported 5:04 p.m. in Hanover Township, Northampton County. Details of the accident were not available, but an ambulance,...

White House Will Temporarily Hand Out Subsidies to Obamacare Health Insurers

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:03

The White House said that it will provide subsidies for health insurers for August, despite President Donald Trump’s previous threats that he would end the subsidies after the fallout of the failed Senate vote to repeal Obamacare.

Bad News for Weiners of the World: ‘D**k Pic Locator’ Site Is Here

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:59

Swedish web designer Per Axbom has designed a website dedicated to tracing unsolicited genital photos to their source.

Dating site OkCupid kicks out white supremacist: 'There is no room for hate'

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:57

After a Vice documentary about last weekend's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, featured white supremacist Chris Cantwell, he was banned from Facebook. And on Thursday, he was kicked off OkCupid as well.

The online dating site announced the decision via Twitter and followed up...

Vice Editor: ‘Let’s Blow Up Mount Rushmore’

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:35

Corporate-owned Vice Magazine posted an article urging "Let's Blow Up Mount Rushmore" which called for Americans' politics, culture, and history to be purified by fire.

GOP Sen Corker: Trump Has Not Demonstrated ‘Stability,’ ‘Competence’

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:27

Thursday while talking to reporters in Chattanooga, TN, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said President Donald Trump had “not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence” to be successful. Corker said, “I do think there needs to be some radical changes. The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful. And we need for him to be successful. Our nation needs him to be successful. It doesn’t matter whether you are Republican or a Democrat, our nation and the world needs for our president to be successful.” He continued, “He also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation. He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today. And he’s got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that. And without the things that I just mentioned happening, our nation is going to go through great peril.” He added, “We’re at a point where there needs to be radical changes taking place at the White House itself. It has to happen. I think the president

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