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Friday, January 20, 2017
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Seth Meyers unloads on Reince Priebus

#EndorseThis: The Latest Funny Lie Uttered By Reince Priebus

We had all better get used to hearing from Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, who comically attempts to explain away Trump’s years-long “birther” crusade against Barack Obama’s legitimacy by lying about it.

January 17, 2017
Colbert warns Trump: Don't mess with Meryl

#EndorseThis: Colbert Warns Trump, Don’t Mess With Meryl!

Donald Trump’s juvenile tweet deriding the legendary Meryl Streep as “overrated” went over the line — and Colbert’s rage is something to behold. Infuriated, he not only goes after the president-elect but saves a few sprays of vitriol for Kellyanne Conway, whose blatant dissembling has achieved historic levels, and Reince Priebus, who seems to believe that Russia has always chosen American presidents.

January 10, 2017
Putin, Obama, Russian Sanctions

Putin: Russia Will Not Expel Diplomats In Response To U.S. Sanctions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier proposed expelling 35 U.S. diplomats after President Barack Obama ordered the expulsions and sanctions, but Vladimir Putin said he would wait for the actions of President-elect Donald Trump before deciding on any further steps in relations with the United States.

December 30, 2016
Seth Meyers analyzes latest Trump tweets

#EndorseThis: Will Trump Tweets Replace White House News Briefings?

In “Tweetin’ with the Prez,” Seth Meyers reviews Trump’s latest online humiliations, with a focus on his China blowup over the undersea drone picked up (and then returned) by the Chinese Navy. As usual the Late Night host offers accurate context for that episode, far less flattering than the spin offered by Trump’s minions.

December 21, 2016
Samantha Bee disproves the GOP myth of voter fraud

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Exposes Big Lie Of Voter Fraud

Offering an overview of the Republican “voter fraud” myth, Samantha Bee includes a great 1970s clip of the late far-right guru Paul Weyrich, explaining exactly why Republicans always want fewer Americans to participate in elections. And she highlights current video of Reince Priebus, soon to be White House chief of staff, refining his capacity to lie on camera.

December 6, 2016
Reince Priebus

Sunday Show Hosts Fail To Hold Trump Surrogates Accountable

Journalists must raise the bar when interviewing Trump and his surrogates, from merely calling out falsehoods to actively putting statements into context and offering facts and data.

December 5, 2016
Trump wake up call

President Obama: ‘Trump In For A Wake-Up Call When He Takes Office’

“This office has a way of waking you up,” Obama said. “Those aspects of his positions or predispositions that don’t match up with reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick because reality has a way of asserting itself.”

November 14, 2016
Alt-right and anti-semitic publisher Stephen Bannon named senior adviser in Trump White House

Trump Names GOP Chair And ‘Alt-Right’ Publisher To Top White House Posts

Before joining Trump’s campaign, Stephen Bannon provided an online forum for the “alt-right,” a loose confederation of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and anti-Semites.

November 13, 2016
Anti-Trump protesters March in Portland, OR, Nov. 11, 2016

Protester Shot During Third Night Of Anti-Trump Demonstrations

Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Los Angeles, blocking traffic, and other cities including Miami and New York, where they again gathered outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

November 12, 2016

Ethical Questions Surround FBI Director’s Decision On Email Probe

Nothing could be less surprising than the partisan response by Congressional Republicans, ever ready to string up someone named Clinton immediately, if not sooner.

October 29, 2016

Trump Aggravates Attacks on ‘Disloyal’ Ryan and Republican Party

“Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty,” Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday. He added in a later Twitter post, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

October 11, 2016

Trump Slaps Ryan On Twitter After Speaker Vows To Shun Him

“Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

October 11, 2016
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the Republican National Convention winter meetings in San Diego, California January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Why The GOP Deserves Trump As Much As Trump Deserves The GOP

Evidence suggests that thanks to the party’s co-dependent relationship with Donald Trump, the GOP may be on the verge of permanently losing two of the fastest growing groups of new voters — Latinos and Asian-Americans. Support from these two groups is dipping toward a percentage in the single digits.

October 10, 2016

Trump Hit By His Own Lewd Remarks About Women, Caught On Tape

In the recorded conversation, Trump was wearing a microphone and chatting on a bus with NBC’s “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush. “I did try and fuck her. She was married,” Trump said. “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there.”

October 7, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump jokes about how difficult he says it is for him to listen to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's voice, as he holds a rally with supporters in Fresno, California, U.S. May 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst.

Trump Hates Fundraising — That’s Why Watching Him Raise $500 Million Is So Entertaining

Fundraising has become Trump’s priority: He’s spending his time fundraising in solidly Republican states instead of focusing on battleground ones, and last week, Trump and RNC Chairman Reince Preibus went on a Southern fundraising tour.

June 20, 2016
A combination photo of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

‘Delete Your Account’: Clinton And Trump Battle On Twitter

Early signs of a bitter general election race emerged on Twitter Thursday afternoon, when the Trump and Clinton campaigns made jabs at each other on Twitter following President Obama’s endorsement of Clinton.

June 9, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the Indiana Theater in Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S., May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

GOP Chairman Says ‘People Just Don’t Care’ About Misogyny Allegations Against Donald Trump

“These are things that he is going to have to answer for,” Priebus said on ABC’s “This Week.” “But I also think there are things from many years ago and I think that, you know, as Christians, judging each other I think is problematic.”

May 15, 2016
Reince Priebus

How Reince Priebus Handed Donald Trump The Republican Party

Even after the Republican donor class began “encouraging” candidates to end their campaigns, Trump’s anti-establishment war continuously put Priebus (and the Republican Party) on the defensive, forcing him to fend off accusations of establishment meddling in the nomination process.

May 4, 2016

Endorse This: Priebus On Candidates: “No One’s Forcing Them To Wear Our Jersey”

Reince Priebus was navigating a minefield: the RNC’s rules committee voted Thursday against a rule that would have made it harder to nominate candidates on the floor.

April 22, 2016

Republican Party Chairman Suspends Partnership With NBC For February 26 Debate

RNC Chairman Reince Priaebus cited “bad faith” in announcing the party will suspend its partnership with NBC News for the Feb. 26 debate to be held in Houston.

October 30, 2015
U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a signed pledge during a press availability at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Front-Runner Trump Signs Republican Loyalty Pledge

Nudging Trump toward signing the pledge was a weeks-long effort by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and other officials, an RNC official said. Priebus met Trump on Thursday.

September 3, 2015

Republican Leader Says Party Candidates Shouldn’t Run As Independents

“If Hillary Clinton’s going to get beat, she’s going to get beat by a Republican.”

July 27, 2015

Donald Trump Is Number One?

Don’t let anyone tell you it means nothing that Donald Trump has surged to the top of the Republican field.

July 20, 2015
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Conservative Group Behind Scott Walker’s Political Rise

While the Bradley Foundation has a lower profile than the Kochs, its aims are similar.

March 31, 2015

Midterm Roundup: Dumbest Campaign Controversy Debunked

Get the latest headlines from the campaign trail.

October 2, 2014