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1. President Trump repeats his call for investigation into 'Saturday Night Live' because TV show makes fun of him

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2. Donald Trump Is So Mad at Saturday Night Live That He Went on an Unhinged Rant Against the Networks

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that it's all "Very unfair and should be looked into!". Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live.


3. A Scientist Who Resisted Trump Administration Censorship of Climate Report Just Lost Her Job

For several years, climate change scientist Maria Caffrey led a trailblazing study outlining the risks of rising seas at national parks. Caffrey, who worked under a contract with the National Park Service, resisted efforts by federal officials to remove all references to human causes of climate change in her scientific report. "Maria is a smart, dedicated, and accomplished scientist. If these were normal times, she would continue to make valuable contributions within the park service and for the future of our globe," said William Manley, a University of Colorado research scientist who worked with Caffrey on her sea level research for the park service.


4. Stephen Miller Just Went on Fox News to Discuss Trump’s National Emergency. It Went Poorly.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller went on Fox News Sunday and tried to defend Trump's declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for his border wall. In a contentious back and forth with anchor Chris Wallace, Miller tried to make the case that what Trump had done wasn't all that unusual in the grand scheme of things. Chris asks Stephen Miller is the President's order violates the U.S. Constitution #FNS pic.


5. ‘Evidence in plain sight’ of Trump collusion with Russia, Schiff says

In an interview on CNN, Schiff rejected Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr's statements from earlier this month, in which Burr said evidence shows no collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia. "Chairman Burr must have a different word for it," Schiff told host Dana Bash on "State of the Union," pointing to communications between Russia and Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump aides George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn. "You can see evidence in plain sight on the issue of collusion, pretty compelling evidence," Schiff said, adding, "There is a difference between seeing evidence of collusion and being able to prove a criminal conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt."



7. Mueller subpoenas 2nd former Cambridge Analytica employee

Brittany Kaiser, a former director at Cambridge Analytica, has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation regarding possible links between President Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russian government, The Guardian reports. The big picture: Kaiser is the second former employee from Cambridge Analytica, a now-shuttered, Trump-linked British analytics firm that harvested the data of millions of Facebook users, to be drawn into Mueller's probe. Go deeper: Cambridge Analytica data scandal highlights chaos at Facebook.



9. California 'definitely and imminently' suing over Trump emergency declaration, state AG says

California's Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Sunday that he will "Definitely and imminently" file a lawsuit against the Trump administration to contest the declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. "It's clear that this isn't an emergency, it's clear that in the mind of Donald Trump he needs to do something to try to fulfill a campaign promise," Becerra said during an interview on ABC's "This Week." The construction of a border wall has been a central issue for Trump since he first announced he was running for president in 2015.Trump declares national emergency to free up billions of dollars for border wall. Critics who say the president is using his emergency powers to skirt Congress' constitutional authority over spending have pointed to his own words at a news conference on the White House lawn Friday when he announced he was declaring the emergency.


10. Trump's NYC eateries written up for 'live mice,' other 'critical' health code violations in recent months

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11. The Pentagon could deny Trump national emergency funds, defense secretary says

Patrick Shanahan, the acting US Secretary of Defense, said hours after Donald Trump's emergency declaration that he could refuse to direct billions of dollars in Pentagon funds Trump is relying on to build a wall on the US's southern border. Trump said Feb. 15 that he planned to use $6 billion in Pentagon funds, targeted for military construction and counter-drug activities, to build the wall. The Department of Defense "Is authorized to determine whether border barriers are necessary to support the use of the armed forces in this emergency and whether to redirect funds for unobligated military construction funds to support that," the Pentagon said in a statement after Trump's announcement.


12. Senate Guts First Amendment to Guard Israel from Boycott, But Ilhan Omar Can’t Bring Up AIPAC?

Ilhan Omar has stirred controversy by replying to scurrilous statements of her Republican opponents in Congress by suggesting that they are shilling for anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim lobbies that back the right wing Likud government of Israel to the hilt because they receive campaign contributions from the Israel lobbies. The first thing the newly elected senate did this year was betray the Constitution and gut the First Amendment by passing a bill encouraging states to refuse to do business with contractors who boycott Israel. The Evangelical wing of the Israel lobbies is not nearly as important as AIPAC and the Sheldon Adelsons, but they do lend heft in the electorate to anti-Palestinian policies.


13. Conservative host slams Republicans for forgetting their "principles" in support of Trump's emergency declaration

Conservative CNN host S.E. Cupp took aim at Republican lawmakers in the opening of her Saturday evening television show, slamming them for apparently abandoning their traditional "Principles" in support of President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration regarding the United States' border with Mexico. Laying into Trump directly, Cupp argued that "For all his talk about job creation, the president just killed a bunch of them." She assessed that by "Taking over the purse strings," Trump had "Rendered the jobs of all 535 members of Congress obsolete." A person holds protest sign that reads "Trump is the emergency" in front of Trump International Hotel on February 15 in New York City Stephanie Keith/Getty Images.


14. Sen. Lindsey Graham Continues to Kiss Trump’s Ass, at the Expense of School Kids

South Carolina's senior Senator Lindsey Graham visited Face the Nation Sunday morning and told host Margaret Brennan that President Trump's border wall is more important for kids than building schools. When Brennan told him funding could be pulled from constructing a new middle school in Kentucky and diverted to fund the wall, Graham responded, "I would say it's better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure borderright now we've got a national emergency on our hands." It's clear Graham is, and likely has always been, all about his own political expediency, whether it was when he was trying to reach the highest office in the land, or now while attempting to make sure he holds his senate seat-even, seemingly, at the expense of middle school kids.


15. The Green New Deal Isn’t Too Expensive. Doing Nothing Is.

In this context, the Green New Deal being promoted by New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey and others is less of a fantastical and unrealistic green dream than an overdue remedial effort to undertake the sort of mobilization that should have been engaged well over a decade ago. Beyond the direct benefits of immediate climate change mitigation, the cost of doing nothing is exponentially higher than the costs of direct action. It's not the cost of a Green New Deal that should frighten us.


16. Trump Is Our One-Man National Emergency — His "big beautiful wall" is the great lie, a metaphor for hatred and separation

Remember the stories about his alleged fury in 2011 when Barack Obama so effectively zinged Trump as he sat fuming from his table at the White House Correspondents Association dinner? Supposedly it was that humiliation at the hands of a black president that convinced Trump to seek the presidency and, God help us, get the last laugh. Last month, Josh Dawsey at The Washington Post reported that Trump "Relishes" giving tours of the Oval Office and telling visitors that Obama "Just sat in here and watched basketball all day." Given the recent disclosure of Trump's vast expanses of "Executive time" watching Fox News, this is projection at a championship level. Then on Friday, at his loopy, meandering Rose Garden press conference announcing the emergency order to build his cockamamie wall, Trump announced that he believed Obama "Would have gone to war with North Korea. I think he was ready to go to war. In fact, he told me he was so close to starting a big war with North Korea."


17. Adam Schiff: Trump Colluded With Russia ‘In Plain Sight’

House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff said Sunday that the evidence that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia is "In plain sight." "Look, you can see evidence in plain sight on the issue of collusion," Schiff said on CNN's State of the Union, adding: "Now, there's a difference between seeing evidence of collusion and being able to prove a criminal conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt." Schiff disputed that claim, listing a series of incidents, including Donald Trump Jr.'s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and contacts between Russians and Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos as proof of collusion.



19. McCabe says possible "inappropriate relationship" between Trump, Russia prompted probe

Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said the possibility of an "Inappropriate relationship" between President Trump and the government of Russia prompted his decision to launch obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations into the president. In a clip that aired on "Face the Nation" from McCabe's "60 Minutes" interview, McCabe told correspondent Scott Pelley he launched the investigations shortly after speaking with Mr. Trump on details surrounding the dramatic 2017 firing of McCabe's own boss, former FBI Director James Comey. McCabe's spokesperson, Melissa Schwartz, said in a statement to CBS News' Paula Reid on Friday that "At no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions."


20. Maine paid for 40 rooms at Trump hotel for LePage, staff

AUGUSTA - Former Gov. Paul LePage and his staff members paid for more than 40 rooms at Washington, D.C.'s Trump International Hotel during a two-year period, spending at least $22,000 in Maine taxpayer money at a business owned by the president's family. Documents recently obtained by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram show that the LePage administration paid anywhere from $362 to more than $1,100 a night for rooms at the luxury hotel during trips to meet with President Trump or his inner circle, attend White House events or talk to members of Congress. Daughter Lauren LePage stayed at Trump hotel rooms on at least two trips at times she was not employed by the governor's office, including April 2018 when she was listed as "Attending events on behalf of the First Family." In another instance, the state paid $625.53 for two nights at Quebec's Chateau Frontenac for Paul LePage Jr., who "Staffed" for his father - a role typically filled by others in the governor's office - as LePage met with the provincial premier to discuss forestry, trade and energy issues.



22. Trump Whines That Saturday Night Live Skits are ‘The Real Collusion’

"President Trump once again railed against Saturday Night Live following a skewering of his national emergency declaration, saying NBC and other media corporations' handling of his time in office is"the real Collusion!" Trump declared the emergency Friday to obtain funding for his border wall during a rambling press conference. We have a problem," Baldwin's Trump also said, stating "basically taking military money so I can has wall," The Hill notes. "Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution?" Trump complained on Twitter Sunday morning.


23. Hurd says 1,000 Texas farmers could have land seized to build Trump's border wall

Texas Rep. Will Hurd, the sole Republican representing a congressional district along the southern border, said more than 1,000 farmers in his state are at risk of having their land seized by the federal government to facilitate the construction of President Trump's long-promised wall. To build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump administration will likely attempt to seize private property along the frontier using the power of eminent domain, which allows the government to trigger a process to buy and ultimately acquire private land for public use. After lawmakers approved spending legislation with only $1.375 billion in funding for 55 miles of physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, the president bypassed Congress and declared a national emergency to access billions of dollars in funds to build a border wall.


24. Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Thinks We Should Be Worried About Donald Trump’s Mental Stability

That's pissing off people close to his administration-namely George Conway, husband of top aide Kellyanne Conway. "We should highly question that mental stability of a president of the United States who would lie about whether the United States had been on the verge of starting 'World War III' with another state possessing nuclear weapons," he tweeted on Saturday. We should highly question the mental stability of a president of the United States who would lie about whether the United States had been on the verge of starting "World War III" with another state possessing nuclear weapons.


25. Trump rips 'Saturday Night Live' over 'total Republican hit jobs': 'This is the real Collusion!'

"Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution?". Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. Actor Alec Baldwin, who has repeatedly impersonated Trump throughout his presidency, called the emergency "Fake" and called out many of the justifications Trump used to support it.