October 10, 2019
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The Damage Report: October 10, 2019

Rudy Giuliani's henchmen have been arrested in connection to the Trump Ukraine scandal. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2019-10-09/trump-urged-top-aide-to-help-giuliani-client-facing-doj-charges?__twitter_impression=true "President Donald Trump pressed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to help persuade the Justice Department to drop a criminal case against an Iranian-Turkish gold trader who was a client of Rudy Giuliani, according to three people familiar with the 2017 meeting in the Oval Office. Tillerson refused, arguing it would constitute interference in an ongoing investigation of the trader, Reza Zarrab, according to the people. They said other participants in the Oval Office were shocked by the request. Tillerson immediately repeated his objections to then-Chief of Staff John Kelly in a hallway conversation just outside the Oval Office, emphasizing that the request would be illegal. Neither episode has been previously reported, and all of the people spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the conversations. The White House declined to comment. Kelly and Tillerson declined to comment via representatives. Another person familiar with the matter said the Justice Department never considered dropping the criminal case. Zarrab was being prosecuted in federal court in New York at the time on charges of evading U.S. sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program. He had hired former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Giuliani, who has said he reached out repeatedly to U.S. officials to seek a diplomatic solution for his client outside the courts." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 10 minutes
AOC brilliantly destroys right-wing trolls. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/10/aoc-slams-story-criticizing-her-price-her-hairstyle/3928926002/ "WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. shot back after a story in the conservative Washington Times criticized her for a "high-dollar hairdo." "40 million Americans live in poverty under today’s extreme inequality, yet the right-wing want you to blame Democratic socialism for their own moral failures. Our policies, like Medicare for All, advance prosperity for working people," wrote Ocasio-Cortez. "They're just mad we look good doing it," she added, with the hair-flip emoji. She later tweeted another response to the story with criticism of Vice President Mike Pence's stay at a Trump Organization-owned resort in Ireland. "Won’t you look at that: Mike Pence used *taxpayer funds* - not personal ones - to spend several thousand haircuts’ worth of public money on a visit to Trump golf courses. I wonder if Republicans care about corruption as much as they care about a woman’s cut & color," she wrote. " #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 5 minutes
Donald Trump’s embarrassing history fail. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.mediaite.com/trump/trump-gets-pilloried-after-dismissing-kurds-for-not-helping-u-s-at-normandy-most-disgusting-disgraceful-thing-hes-ever-said/ "President Donald Trump offered a bizarre defense for his abrupt decision to pull back US forces from northern Syria and expose our Kurdish allies to attack from the Turkish military, citing the Kurds absence from the Normandy invasion 75 years ago as a reason for abandoning them. “The Kurds are fighting for their land, just so you understand, they’re fighting for their land,” Trump said at a White House event on Wednesday. “And as somebody wrote in a very, very powerful article today, they didn’t help us in the Second World War, they didn’t help us with Normandy, as an example, they mention names of different battles. But they’re there to help us with their land.” The US allied with Kurdish militias to fight the terror caliphate, ISIS, not merely to “help them with their land.” Currently, nearly 10,000 ISIS fighters are being held prisoner by the Kurds, but if Turkish forces overrun the Kurds in northern Syria, there is a risk these ISIS fighters could escape." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 4 minutes
October 9, 2019
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The Damage Report: October 9, 2019

Donald Trump says pass to the impeachment inquiry. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/10/8/20905469/white-house-letter-democrats-impeachment-inquiry “The Trump White House is refusing to participate in the House’s impeachment inquiry, the administration announced in a strongly worded letter to House Democrats Tuesday evening. The letter, from White House counsel Pat Cipollone, reads more like a political document than a legal one. It claims Democrats are violating President Donald Trump’s right to due process, as well as violating “the Constitution, the rule of law, and every past precedent,” with their inquiry, and suggests the inquiry is politically motivated and seeks to nullify the results of the 2016 election. “Put simply, you seek to overturn the results of the 2016 election and deprive the American people of the President they have freely chosen,” Cipollone wrote. “Many Democrats now apparently view impeachment not only as a means to undo the democratic results of the last election, but as a strategy to influence the next election, which is barely more than a year away.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 9 minutes
October 8, 2019
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The Damage Report: October 8, 2019

Ellen DeGeneres defends friendship with George W. Bush. John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/watch-ellen-degeneres-defends-herself-over-outrage-she-sat-with-george-w-bush-were-all-differentweve-forgotten-that-thats-ok/ "Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres posted a video on Twitter that both poked fun and seriously addressed the Internet outrage ignited after she sat next to former Republican President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game this past weekend. Video of DeGeneres and Bush — both of whom attended with their spouses — talking and laughing together in the Cowboys owner suite quickly went viral, and prompted many liberals to condemn her friendly behavior toward the former president. The gay magazine, The Advocate, added fuel to the fire by publishing a stinging commentary that called out DeGeneres for cozying up to a president who fear-mongered over gay marriage as part of his 2004 re-election strategy. DeGeneres, who gave her remarks to a studio audience at her Ellen Show, started off her by providing the back story behind her invitation to the Cowboys game, by the owner’s daughter, Charlotte Jones." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 4 minutes
Donald Trump is seeking a new safe space. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.axios.com/trump-breitbart-fox-news-impeachment-2020-f3f94f8b-a09c-4f68-bc24-92973859a812.html "With the exception of a small band of true believers like Sean Hannity and Judge Jeanine Pirro, President Trump has grown disillusioned with Fox News and often complains the network doesn't have his back. Why it matters: Trump still watches Fox religiously, but he views such wobbliness as a particular problem during tough times like impeachment, sources close to him say. Into this breach has stepped more fervently loyal outlets, like Breitbart News. The website, often led by its Washington editor Matt Boyle and editor-in-chief Alex Marlow, has gone into 24-7 campaign mode against Trump's impeachment. A representative Breitbart headline: "While Democrats pursue impeachment, President Trump builds impressive record of accomplishments." The president has been lapping up Breitbart's coverage — to such an extent that "Saturday Night Live" made fun of Trumpworld's Breitbart habit in their cold open last night. In a meeting with Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani pulls out a "Breitbart Office Poll" that "says 121% of people want Biden impeached." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Donald Trump blocks key witness, Ambassador Sondland, from testifying in the Ukraine investigation. John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.npr.org/2019/10/08/768200323/trump-administration-blocks-ambassadors-testimony-a-key-witness-in-ukraine-scand "The Trump administration has blocked Gordon Sondland, President Trump's ambassador to the European Union, from testifying before Congress on Tuesday. Sondland has been a key figure in the widening Ukraine scandal involving the president, members of his Cabinet and high-ranking diplomats. "Early this morning, the U.S. Department of State directed Ambassador Gordon Sondland not to appear today for his scheduled transcribed interview before the U.S. House of Representatives Joint Committee," the law firm representing Sondland said in a statement. "Ambassador Sondland had previously agreed to appear voluntarily today, without the need for a subpoena, in order to answer the Committee's questions on an expedited basis. As the sitting U.S. Ambassador to the EU and employee of the State Department, Ambassador Sondland is required to follow the Department's direction.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 4 minutes
Donald Trump backstabs a critical US ally. John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://theintercept.com/2019/10/07/fox-news-in-disarray-as-hosts-struggle-to-digest-trumps-betrayal-of-the-syrian-kurds/ "DONALD TRUMP’S LATE-NIGHT decision to abandon the Syrian Kurds who helped the United States destroy the Islamic State caliphate in Syria prompted a rare outburst of dissent on Monday on the president’s favorite television program, “Fox and Friends.” The news of Trump’s complete reversal of his pledge in June to defend the Kurds from a threatened Turkish invasion of their enclave in northern Syria outraged one of the president’s most die-hard boosters, Fox host Brian Kilmeade. “What a disaster, I mean, the president’s statement through Stephanie Grisham is, you know, ‘We defeated the caliphate, the caliphate’s destroyed.’ We would not have done that without the Kurds, who did all of our fighting,” Kilmeade said to his stunned co-hosts on the morning show. “Now we’re saying, ‘OK Turks, go wipe them out or force them out.’ What kind of message is that to the next ally that wants to side with us?” he asked." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 7 minutes
China cancels South Park. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywaq3g/after-a-south-park-censorship-episode-china-deleted-the-entire-show-from-the-web "South Park landed in hot water with the Chinese government last Wednesday after airing an episode called "Band in China" that called out Hollywood for bending to Chinese censorship rules. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Chinese government is confirming that their block-hand is indeed strong by deleting every episode of the show from the internet in China. In the episode, Randy goes to China in hopes of expanding his marijuana business. He ends up getting detained in a prison camp, where he encounters other Disney and Marvel cartoon characters like Winnie the Pooh. (The Pooh cameo is a reference to the Chinese government's actual crackdown on social media images and Winnie-the-Pooh franchise movies that started in 2017 after critics compared President Xi Jinping to the honey-loving bear.) Meanwhile, the rest of the South Park crew, not in China, gets frustrated as a movie about their new metal band keeps changing direction to fit Chinese standards." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Mainstream media covers for Trump, helping him evade justice. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.mediamatters.org/trump-impeachment-inquiry/media-outlets-uncritically-quote-trumps-unhinged-accusation-treason "Headlines from some mainstream news outlets uncritically repeated President Donald Trump’s absurd accusation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) are guilty of “Treason.” Trump tweeted the incendiary claim amid an impeachment inquiry that Pelosi launched after a whistleblower complaint accused the president of urging Ukraine’s leader to investigate a political rival. Late Sunday night, Trump wrote on Twitter that Pelosi and Schiff (D-CA) were “guilty” of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and even Treason.” Trump also accused Schiff of treason on September 30 after the congressman parodied Trump’s phone call to the Ukrainian president during a congressional hearing. In the most recent tweets, Trump claimed Pelosi was guilty of treason because she knew of Schiff’s “lies and massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people.” Trump was referring, in part, to the reports that the whistleblower had contacted an aide on the intelligence committee who had counseled them to lodge a formal complaint with the Intelligence Community inspector general. Though Schiff hadn’t disclosed the aide’s initial contact with the whistleblower until media reported on it, many have pointed out that the action of the oversight committee staff member is standard practice." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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October 7, 2019
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The Damage Report: October 7, 2019

Ana Kasparian calls out Joe Biden for botching his Ukraine defense. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/the-young-turks-host-ana-kasparian-on-cnn-biden-is-botching-his-defense-against-trump/ "The Young Turks host Ana Kasparian told CNN that Joe Biden is botching his response to President Donald Trump’s attacks, but also pointed out Trump’s family has “nepotism” issues. CNN Newsroom anchor Fredricka Whitfield noted that Biden’s fundraising numbers are down this quarter, asking if Trump’s attention is “damaging” the former vice president’s candidacy. “I do agree that Donald Trump’s attacks toward him have been effective, and I also agree that he needs to be much more aggressive in addressing them,” Kasparian said. She also argued that many of Trump’s attacks against Biden could be reflected back at him. “Let’s take a good hard look at the Trump administration and the nepotism that takes place there. Donald Trump has used his political power not only to encourage foreign leaders to meddle in our elections, but also to benefit himself and his family financially,” she said, pointing to the fact that his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner both have roles in the administration while simultaneously pursuing foreign business deals." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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October 4, 2019
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The Damage Report: October 4, 2019

A Chinese government official asked if Trump was serious about China opening an investigation into Biden. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/03/politics/trump-biden-call-xi-secure-server/index.html "Washington (CNN)When President Donald Trump suggested — without prompting — that China should investigate Joe Biden and his son, he thrust another political grudge into what was already the world's most complicated and consequential relationship. The move startled Chinese officials, who say they have little interest in becoming embroiled in a US political controversy. And it amounted to the latest extraordinary effort by Trump to openly request political assistance from foreign governments. Thursday's comments weren't the first time Trump has injected Biden into his relationship with China, though he said Thursday he has never pushed Xi to investigate the former vice president. Nor is it the first time he has sought to trade favors with Xi, who this week celebrated the 70th birthday of his communist state with a note of congratulations from Trump. During a phone call with Xi on June 18, Trump raised Biden's political prospects as well as those of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who by then had started rising in the polls, according to two people familiar with the discussion. In that call, Trump also told Xi he would remain quiet on Hong Kong protests as trade talks progressed." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 5 minutes
Donald Trump gets wrecked by damning Ukraine text messages. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/03/politics/us-envoys-trump-ukraine-investigate/index.html "Washington (CNN)Text messages released on Thursday between US diplomats and a senior Ukrainian aide show how a potential Ukrainian investigation into the 2016 election was linked to a desired meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Donald Trump. The text messages, which were released by the House Intelligence Committee, underscore how Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was closely connected to US policy on Ukraine and was involved in setting up the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky, in which Trump also urged an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. They show how cognizant the Ukrainians were about the importance of the election investigation to Trump and Giuliani's role. On the morning of the call, in an exchange with a key adviser to the Ukrainian President, then-US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker made clear that it was important to the White House that Zelensky convince Trump that an investigation into the 2016 election would happen. "Heard from the White House -- assuming President Z convinces trump he will investigate/'get to the bottom of what happened' in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington," Volker said via text to the Ukrainian adviser on the morning of July 25." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 8 minutes
Trump's EPA devastates bees in record numbers. John Iadarola and Kevin Cooke break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help support the bees here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bee-golden-help-save-the-bees Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/06/19/733761393/more-bad-buzz-for-bees-record-numbers-of-honey-bee-colonies-died-last-winter "It's a sweltering morning in Beltsville, Md., and I'm face-to-face with bee doom. Mark Dykes, a "Bee Squad coordinator" at the University of Maryland, shakes a Mason jar filled with buzzing honeybees that are coated with powdered sugar. The sugar loosens the grip of tiny Varroa mites, a parasite that plagues bees; as he sifts the powder into a bowl, they poke out like hairy pebbles in snow. "Right now there [are] three mites per hundred [bees]," says Dennis vanEngelsdorp, associate professor of entomology at the University of Maryland and president of the Bee Informed Partnership, which studies bee survival rates. That's a high rate of mites, vanEngelsdorp says: "If this were September and you were seeing that number, you'd expect the hive to die" during the lean months of winter."" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 9 minutes
October 3, 2019
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The Damage Report: October 3, 2019

Donald Trump’s fascist tactics escalate. John Iadarola and Jason Stanley break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/How-Fascism-Works-Politics-Them/dp/0525511830 Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/15/how-fascism-works-jason-stanley-review-trump "One of the insidious ironies of fascist politics, the philosopher Jason Stanley writes in his arresting new book, is that talk of fascism itself becomes more difficult because it is made to seem outlandish. The normalization of the fascist myth “makes us able to tolerate what was once intolerable by making it seem as if this is the way things have always been”, Stanley writes. “By contrast the word ‘fascist’ has acquired a feeling of the extreme, like crying wolf.” The assertion that immigrants are responsible for social ills that threaten to ruin a once-great nation, for example, might represent run-of-the-mill racism or xenophobia. His book’s subtitle is after all “The Politics of Us and Them”. But the idea is also drawn from a blueprint shared by the most robust fascistic regimes in recent history. Does such an assertion, then, deserve to be called “fascist” or not? Is it responsible to use the word or is doing so inflammatory? Does diagnosing fascism help beat it?" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Tucker Carlson goes there after Bernie Sanders’ health scare. John Iadarola and Ryan Grim break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.mediaite.com/election-2020/tucker-carlson-goes-there-after-bernie-sanders-health-scare-all-of-us-want-to-be-polite-but-his-2020-bid-is-over/ "Fox News’ Tucker Carlson pronounced Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy “over” after the 2020 candidate underwent a minor, unplanned heart procedure that will take him off the campaign trail for several days. While campaigning in Nevada on Tuesday, Sanders experienced “chest discomfort” and was taken to a hospital where two stents where inserted into a blocked artery. His campaign announced on Wednesday that Sanders would cancel all events for “the next few days,” which shouldn’t affect his appearance at the next Democratic debate set for Oct. 15. After wishing Sanders a speedy recovery, Carlson used the health scare as an opportunity to question the propriety and effectiveness of Sanders, who just turned 78, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is 76, in running for president. Biden has had his share of campaign trail mental lapses, but Carlson, a staunch pro-Trump supporter, notably never mentioned the fact that the current occupant of the Oval Office is 73 and has been repeatedly criticized and mocked for moments of cognitive dysfunction and admissions of physical exhaustion." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Saudi Prince takes ‘responsibility’ for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/02/politics/jamal-khashoggi-petition-saudi-crown-prince-mohammad-bin-salman/index.html "Washington (CNN)Two Washington attorneys are calling on International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to push for an investigation into Saudi Arabia's crown prince for the alleged kidnapping, torture and assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi one year after his disappearance as well as for other crimes against humanity, according to a petition obtained by CNN on Tuesday. Attorneys Bruce Fein, a former associate deputy attorney general under President Ronald Reagan, and W. Bruce DelValle drafted the petition on behalf of the National Interest Foundation, a Washington nonprofit frequently critical of US policy in the Middle East, saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "has ruthlessly and systematically persecuted his political detractors, opponents, or rivals," since being elevated to his position in June 2017. The petition was submitted in July but had not been made public" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Federal Elections Committee (FEC) shutdown opens the floodgates for campaign corruption. John Iadarola and Dave Levinthal break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.npr.org/2019/08/27/754811318/federal-election-commission-lacks-quorum-after-a-commissioner-resigns "AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: The Federal Election Commission can't do its job. That's because one of its commissioners, Matthew Petersen, just resigned. It leaves the FEC with only three members instead of six, meaning they lack a quorum. And it's the latest challenge for the agency that's been hamstrung for more than a decade. Dave Levinthal is a senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity. He joins us in the studio to explain. Welcome to the program. DAVE LEVINTHAL: Hey. Thanks for having me. CORNISH: All right. First, remind everybody what the Federal Election Commission does. LEVINTHAL: The Federal Election Commission was created in the aftermath of Watergate to be a cop on the beat, making sure that political committees and political candidates were abiding by federal campaign finance law. That always hasn't worked out in practice. There's a lot of gridlock. There's a lot of deadlocks, and the commissioners don't always agree on even what the law says. And of course, now we're facing the teeth of an election season. We have foreign influence issues, of course, that have dominated the headlines. And the FEC theoretically should be on the vanguard of that and is very much going to be on the sidelines going forward, at least for the next many weeks, potentially months." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 7 minutes
October 2, 2019
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The Damage Report: October 2, 2019

Trump ‘coup’ triggers right-wing hysteria. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/10/1/20894377/trump-impeachment-coup-tweet-authoritarian "President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday night that the Democrats’ investigation into the Ukraine scandal “is not an impeachment, it is a COUP” — an authoritarian rhetorical escalation that shows how unstable American politics could become as the impeachment process goes on. Definitionally, a coup refers to the extrajudicial overthrow of a leader by other elements of the regime — typically the country’s security forces. Obviously, that’s not what’s happening here: House Democrats are initiating a legal process for removing the president enshrined in the Constitution, pretty much the opposite of an extrajudicial overthrow of a leader by military force. By labeling impeachment a “coup,” Trump is attempting to label it illegitimate — arguing that it’s an attempt to nullify the will of the voters, and thus undemocratic. If Trump is actually removed from office, it’ll happen because a majority of the House impeaches him and two-thirds of senators vote to kick him out. That result is unlikely, and it’s hardly undemocratic." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Geraldo Rivera destroys Sean Hannity on-air. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/geraldo-rivera-credits-hannitys-show-for-helping-potus-defense-youre-the-difference-between-trump-and-nixon/ "Geraldo Rivera praised Sean Hannity on his show Tuesday night for all his show is singlehandedly doing to defend President Donald Trump right now. Hannity said tonight, “They are out to destroy this man, they have been from day one, and they will again to accomplish this.” Rivera proceeded to give Hannity and his show a lot of credit, calling him the difference between Trump and Nixon: “If it wasn’t your show, Sean, they would destroy him absolutely. You’re the difference between Donald J. Trump and Richard Nixon. In Nixon’s case, if he had someone that stuck up for him, he wouldn’t have been motivated to cover up that burglary, he would’ve let the perpetrators get their just desserts.” Hannity responded, “I don’t necessarily agree with your analysis, but I will tell you they lie, I’m sick of it. They’re hurting the country, I’m sick of that too. And their double standard is repulsive at this point.” #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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October 1, 2019
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The Damage Report: October 1, 2019

September 30, 2019
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The Damage Report: September 30, 2019

MSNBC pundit, Emily Tisch Sussman, falls for a ridiculous lie about Bernie Sanders. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/28/msnbc-pundit-who-accused-those-who-prefer-sanders-warren-sexism-sparks-viral-outcry "Female supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are not taking kindly to a MSNBC political pundit who said Friday—in a clip that has since gone viral—that there "may be something to" the charge that voters who prefer Sanders over rival Elizabeth Warren are inherently sexist. Though not a remark from someone as a high a profile as former secretary of state Madeline Albright—who in 2016 said there was a "special place in hell" for women who didn't back Hillary Clinton in that race—the comments by Emily Tisch Sussman, a Democratic strategist and former vice president of campaigns for the Center for American Progress, drew scorn from the many women who work for or support Sanders for a wide range of substantive reasons. "I actually heard someone saying something that I thought was an interesting point. But basically, if you are still supporting Sanders as opposed to Warren, it's kind of showing your sexism," Tisch Sussman said Friday morning." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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CNN uses ‘Anti-Squad’ in a failed attempt to erase the work of the Squad. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://www.egyxit.icu/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/30/cnn-slammed-labeling-five-centrist-democrats-leaders-impeachment-and-erasing-efforts "Progressives expressed outrage on Monday over a CNN weekend segment on the so-called "leadership" of five centrist freshman congresswomen on the impeachment of President Donald Trump while ignoring the contributions of congresswomen of color who have been making the case for months. The five white lawmakers backed impeachment proceedings following months of demands from ethics watchdogs and other critics, including the so-called "squad"—Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)—and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). In the report, CNN anchor Dana Bash said the five representatives she dubbed the "anti-squad"—Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Penn.), and Elaine Luria (D-Va.)—engaged in "risky political business" a week ago by joining more than 100 other Democrats in calling for impeachment proceedings. Some of their Democratic colleagues had demanded impeachment more than two years ago." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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September 27, 2019
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The Damage Report: September 27, 2019

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