Friday, June 23, 2017

Nancy Pelosi Aides Seek to Drum Up Backing with Supportive Tweets: #StandWithNancy



Nancy Pelosi Aides Seek to Drum Up Backing with Supportive Tweets: #StandWithNancy
by Adam Shaw 23 Jun 2017
Aides to under-fire Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are reportedly sending out suggested tweets to support her. They have created the hashtag #StandWithNancy — suggesting that Pelosi is concerned about a leadership challenge in the wake of the devastating defeat in Georgia this week.

The Democrats were hit by a massive blow to the party Tuesday when Democrat Jon Ossoff lost the Georgia special election to Karen Handel, despite tens of millions of donations and celebrity backing. Democrats had pushed the narrative that the vote was a referendum on Trump’s presidency.

As Democrats lick their wounds in the wake of the defeat, eyes quickly turned to Pelosi, with some Democrats openly calling for a change in leadership as they fear Pelosi is bad for their brand.

Rep. Tim Ryan (R-OH), who challenged Pelosi for the leadership last year, said on CNN: “The brand is just bad.”

“I don’t think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so many parts of the country,” he said before pointing to Pelosi as one of the causes for that.

“We need leadership change,” Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) told CNN. “It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team.”

Pelosi defended herself Thursday, calling herself a “master legislator.”

“Well, I am a master legislator. I am a strategic politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do which is essential to our election, sad to say,” she said.

Now it seems the master legislator may have a new strategy — drumming up social media support and creating kicky hashtags.

The New York Times Maggie Haberman reported late Thursday that aides to Pelosi had sent around suggested tweets, reminding people of Pelosi’s role getting ObamaCare passed through the House — just as Republicans were unveiling their health care bill — and attempting to make the hashtag #StandWithNancy go viral.

The push for #StandWithNancy seemed to be having limited success as of Friday morning. Former Clinton campaign spokeswoman Karen Finney was among those tweeting out supportive messages of Pelosi — although it wasn’t clear how many were inspired by the tweets sent around from the California Democrat’s office.

Meanwhile, Pelosi’s office retweeted a number of tweets that included a snazzy graphic featuring Pelosi and the hashtag.

Haberman noted when tweeting the list: “This is an unusual thing to do if you are indeed unconcerned about a challenge.”

Karen Finney
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Ted Turner is the chairman for the Turner Foundation, the founder of CNN, and a co-chairman for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank).
Maggie Haberman is a contributor for CNN, and a reporter for the New York Times.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault was a correspondent for CNN, and a reporter for the New York Times.
Bernard Kalb was a correspondent for CNN, and a correspondent for the New York Times.
Michael Douglas is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and a friend of George Soros.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank) was a funder for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank).  
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
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Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), and the New America Foundation.
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Walter Isaacson is a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the president & CEO for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and was the chairman & CEO for CNN.
Open Society Policy Center is an advocacy affiliate for the Open Society Foundations.
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David B. Brooks is a director at the New America Foundation, and ab columnist for the New York Times.

Johnny Depp: ‘When Was the Last Time an Actor Assassinated a President?’



Johnny Depp: ‘When Was the Last Time an Actor Assassinated a President?’
by Ian Mason 22 Jun 2017Glastonbury, England
International movie superstar Johnny Depp may be in hot water over comments about President Donald Trump.

When Depp, star of such films as Black Mass and The Rum Diary, introduced a film at “Cinemageddon” a film stage at England’s famous Glastonbury Festival Thursday, he turned his attention across the Atlantic to the current occupant of the White House. According to the Daily Telegraph, he told the crowd, “I think [Donald] Trump needs help. There are a lot of dark places he could go.”

He then added, “I’m not insinuating anything – by the way, this will be in the press and it will be horrible – but when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

It is unclear if the quip, which was reportedly met with wide applause, was a reference to actor John Wilkes Booth’s 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It is clear, however, that the comment was not the first insinuation of violence against the president in his young tenure in the Oval Office. Pop pioneer Madonna, for example, celebrated the so-called “Women’s March” following Trump’s inauguration by telling crowds she “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” Comedian Kathy Griffin found herself in serious career trouble, losing tour dates and endorsement deals after she staged a bloody mock decapitation of the President last month.

Neither is this Depp’s first brush with controversy in recent months. According to New Musical Express, his very appearance at the Glastonbury Festival came under heavy criticism because recent domestic violence allegations by now ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp vigorously denies the accusations but Glastonbury Festival organizer Emily Eavis told the Guardian she still took flak for booking him. “If you start booking people on their ethical policy and morals, there’s a lot of people you wouldn’t book, to be honest. Part of our policy is that everyone has the freedom to book who is right for their area,” she said.

No such concerns were raised over Depp’s comments last year that, “If Donald Trump is elected president of the United States of America, in a kind of historical way it’s exciting because we will see the actual last president of the United States.”

“It just wouldn’t work after that,” the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas star said in a May 2016 red carpet appearance.

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Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Sundance Institute, the Harlem Children's Zone, and the International Rescue Committee.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

WATCH – Pulitzer-Winning Novelist Michael Chabon Expresses ‘Hope’ that Trump Has ‘Massive Stroke’




WATCH – Pulitzer-Winning Novelist Michael Chabon Expresses ‘Hope’ that Trump Has ‘Massive Stroke’
by Aaron Klein 22 Jun 2017
TEL AVIV Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist, expressed his “hope” that President Donald Trump will have a “massive stroke” and be “carted out of the White House on a gurney.”

Chabon made the statements on an Israeli radio program on Monday after seeking the host’s suggestions “about how to get rid of Donald Trump.

Here is a transcript of the exchange between Chabon and Goel Pinto, host of a daily morning radio program also televised on the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, Kahn (emphasis added):

PINTO: Donald Trump. You come to Israel. You say how bad we are.

CHABON: No. I am just saying how bad the occupation is.

PINTO: How bad the occupation is. Michael, you have Donald Trump.

CHABON: Yeah. You are right. Can you do something about that?

PINTO: No I can’t.

CHABON: I would love to hear anything you have to say about how to get rid of Donald Trump. I welcome your input.

PINTO: Tell me your view about your president.

CHABON: Every morning I wake up and in the seconds before I turn my phone on to see what the latest news is, I have this boundless sense of optimism and hope that this is the day that he is going to have a massive stroke, and, you know, be carted out of the White House on a gurney. And every day so far, I have been disappointed in that hope. But, you know, hope springs eternal. He’s an old guy, he doesn’t eat well, he’s overweight. He has terrible nutrition. He doesn’t exercise and it is that not that hard to imagine.

The interview took place on Monday and has not yet been reported by the news media.

Chabon’s statement expressing his hope that Trump will suffer a “massive stroke” was met with an audible gasp from Pinto.

Speaking to Breitbart Jerusalem, Pinto said he was surprised by the comments. “At the beginning, I was sure he was joking,” Pinto said. “But when I realized he was serious, I understood the harshness of his words, and how much America is divided.”

Breitbart Jerusalem sought comment on Thursday from Chabon through Harper Collins, which published some of his books and oversees his fan website.

The request for comment has not yet been returned.

Chabon, who resides in Berkeley, California, is the bestselling author of numerous books, including The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves in their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, Telegraph Avenue and Moonglow.

The interview with Pinto focused in part on Chabon’s opposition to what he refers to as the Israeli “occupation” – meaning Israel’s presence in the West Bank, which contains historic Jewish communities such as Hebron and Beit El, and eastern sections of Jerusalem, which include the Temple Mount and Western Wall.

With his wife, Ayelet Waldman, Chabon edited the recently published anthology Kingdom of Olives and Ash, which focuses on what it calls Israel’s “occupation” of the West Bank.

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Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Committee for Economic Development.
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, Jonathan Soros’s father, was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and a benefactor the Harlem Children's Zone.
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Jay T. Harris was a senior fellow at Demos, and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Thomas L. Friedman was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and is married to Ann B. Friedman.
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Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Thomas R. Pickering was a lifetime trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and a U.S. ambassador for Israel.
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Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.   
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Newton N. Minow is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, the president of the Crown Family Foundation, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
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Walter Isaacson is the president & CEO for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation.
Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the founder of Bloomberg LP, and was a benefactor the Harlem Children's Zone.
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Amanda Bennett was an executive editor for enterprise for the Bloomberg News, and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Robert Blau is an executive editor for the Bloomberg News, and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Bloomberg News is a division of Bloomberg LP.
Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder of Bloomberg LP, the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and was a benefactor the Harlem Children's Zone.
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank).
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Crown Family Foundation was a funder for the American Friends of Tel Aviv University, and the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
Commercial Club of Chicago, Members Directory A-Z (Past Research)
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Lester Crown is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the VP for the Crown Family Foundation, and was a lifetime trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Walter Isaacson is the president & CEO for the Aspen Institute (think tank), a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and was the chairman & CEO for CNN.
Wolf Blitzer is an anchor for CNN, and was a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post.