Published on Feb 22, 2017
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Brzezinski made the flippant remark while responding to a comment from her co-host Joe Scarborough during a panel discussion on ‘Morning Joe’ about Trump’s efforts to “undermine the media.”
The TV host who is the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter and counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, voiced her concerns that the president was “trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts.”
“And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job,” she continued.
The remark sparked no reaction from the panel but received a blunt “yeah” from colleague Scarborough, who then went on to equate Trump with Mussolini and Lenin, as reported by Grabien News.
Former GOP Representative Scarborough said that Trump’s description of the media as the “enemy of the people” echoed Mussolini and Lenin and “makes him sound more like a dictator in training.”
The clip has sparked a growing reaction online with many trolling Brzezinski and rejoicing that the “truth” is finally out.
MSNBC have been consistently condemned by Trump alongside other mainstream news outlets and branded “fake news.”
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Just after 8:00am Monday, Boyer and Officer Patrick Hazel both responded to a traffic accident in separate patrol cars. When the officers asked the suspect to exit his vehicle, he pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and began firing at them.
Boyer and Hazel returned fire, injuring the suspect before backup came.
After other officers arrived, Boyer and Hazel were rushed to the hospital, where Boyer was pronounced dead. Hazel and the suspect were both reported in stable condition and are expected to survive. The suspect was taken into custody after being treated.
According to a statement released on Facebook by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect was “a known gang member on parole on early release.” They also state that a handgun was recovered at the scene, and that the suspect’s vehicle was reported stolen earlier that day.
In a press conference following the shootout, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina said that Police have identified the suspect as a 26-year-old Hispanic gang member who was paroled from jail less than two weeks ago.
The investigation into the suspect’s vehicle revealed it was connected to another murder that was reported earlier that morning in East Los Angeles.
Police say they are still investigating, but Corina told reporters that witnesses identified the suspect “as being the person that’s responsible for that murder.”
“It looks like he did a murder over there earlier this morning, took the car, and then happened to be driving through Whittier when he got in the accident, and then was contacted by the Whittier officers,” Corina said at the press conference. “Unbeknownst to the Whittier police officers, when they went to pull the car over, they had a murder suspect… in a stolen car.“
“Everybody needs to know what these officers are dealing with on a daily basis,” Piper said. “People don’t want to follow rules. People don’t care about other people… This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be.“
The death of Boyer marks the first time a Whittier police officer has been killed in the line of duty in 34 years.
In the afternoon, hundreds of officers accompanied Boyer’s body during a procession, as his remains were transported from UC Irvine Medical Center to the Orange County coroner’s office.
A candlelight vigil began at 6:00pm for Boyer, with hundreds showing up to honor him.
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
With a growing number of Democrats openly questioning President Trump’s mental health.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in a floor speech this week called for a review of the Constitution’s procedures for removing a president. He warned the 25th Amendment of the Constitution falls short when it comes to mental or emotional fitness for office.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) during a weekend interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” said that “a few” Republican colleagues have expressed concern to him about Trump’s mental health.
And Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) plans to introduce legislation that would require the presence of a psychiatrist or psychologist in the White House.
Justifying their questions by pointing to Trump’s habit of making demonstrably false claims.
“It’s not normal behavior. I don’t know anybody in a position of responsibility that doesn’t know if they’re being rained on. And nobody I work with serially offers up verifiably false statements on an ongoing basis,”
And now that narrative has grown louder as CNN’s State of The Union just discussed invoking the 25th Amendment unless President Trump “gets a grip”
In fact, The Atlantic’s David Frum joked after the election, “Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Article 4. We’re all going to be talking a lot more about it in the months ahead.”
So, what’s Article 4 to the 25th Amendment? In the abstract, the amendment itself is about presidential succession, and includes language about the power of the office when a president is incapacitated. But Digby recently highlighted the specific text of growing relevance:
“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.”
What does that mean exactly?
Well, it means Congress isn’t the only institution that can remove a president from office between elections. Under the 25th Amendment, a sitting vice president and a majority of the executive branch’s cabinet could, on their own, agree to transfer power out of the hands of a sitting president. At that point, those officials would notify Congress, and the vice president would assume the office as the acting president.
And what if the challenged president wasn’t on board with the plan to remove him/her from the office? According to a recent explainer, “If the president wants to dispute this move, he can, but then it would be up to Congress to settle the matter with a vote. A two-thirds majority in both houses would be necessary to keep the vice president in charge. If that threshold isn’t reached, the president would regain his powers.” All of this comes up in fiction from time to time, and in all likelihood, Americans will probably never see this political crisis play out in real life. And that’s probably a good thing: by all appearances, the intended purpose of the constitutional provision was to address a president with a serious ailment – say, a stroke, for example – in which he or she is alive, but unable to fulfill the duties of the office.
In other words, for the first time, the concept of a “soft palace coup” has been officially brought up on public media; we expect such speculation will only get louder.
The ball is now in Trump’s court.