Day: February 1, 2017

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Media help obviously flawed anti-Trump story go viral


A Michigan man reportedly lied when he claimed his mother died in Iraq as a direct result of President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Middle Eastern states.

But claims that the story was fabricated surfaced only after the press helped Mike Hager’s allegedly bogus tale to go viral.

A Fox affiliate in Detroit is responsible for first reporting that Hager’s mother was a supposed victim of Trump’s immigration order.

“Detroit family caught in Iraq travel ban, says mom died waiting to come home,” read the story’s headline.

The original report is chock-full of juicy and notable passages, including the following:

Mike Hager fled Iraq with his family during the Gulf War, returned during the Iraq war and worked alongside United States Marines and Army forces. He now owns a business in Metro Detroit and said his mom would still be alive today if President Donald Trump had not instituted his travel ban on Muslim countries.

The article also includes this tearjerker of a quote from Hager, “They destroyed us. I went with my family, I came back by myself. They destroyed our family.”

He also told the Fox affiliate, “I was just shocked. I had to put my mom back on the wheelchair and take her back and call the ambulance and she was very, very upset. She knew right there if we send her back to the hospital she’s going to pass away — she’s not going to make it.”

The report even delved into a bit of editorializing of its own, including this line near the story’s conclusion, “He’s a proud American citizen whose family has now been torn apart.”

Ryan: I've spoken more to Trump in 1 month than I did to Obama in 8 years

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“I spoke to him twice yesterday.”

02/01/17 6:21 PM

The biggest and most obvious problem with the Fox11 scoop, however, is that there is nothing provided in the story to corroborate Hager’s claim. No secondary sources or confirmation. Nothing. The entire report hinges on the say-so of one man.

But that didn’t stop members of the media from helping the Detroit man’s claim from going viral, as they immediately spread the Fox11 report all over social media.

Nearly 24 hours later, and the Detroit affiliate published a rather startling follow-up report: Hager reportedly lied.

His mother died five days before the Trump White House rolled out the immigration executive order, according to Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, who leads the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in Dearborn, Mich.

Al-Hussainy told Fox11, “Hager’s mother had kidney disease and was receiving treatment in Michigan – where she lived – before traveling to Iraq to visit family.”

Pentagon updates Arctic military strategy

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Defense Department officials on Wednesday released an updated military strategy for the Arctic.

02/01/17 5:56 PM

She died on Jan. 22, 2017, nearly a week before Trump’s controversial executive order limiting immigration from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

Several of the media members who helped the original story go viral also shared the follow-up report showing Hager likely fabricated the tale. The problem is: You can’t un-ring that bell. Once a bogus story goes mainstream, it’s a hell of a thing trying to get people to focus on the inevitable corrections and clarifications.

There’s no excuse for why Fox11 published the report without first confirming Hager’s story. There’s no excuse for going to print without some small piece of corroborating evidence. Journalists know better than this, and there’s no excuse for those who readily and unhesitatingly shared the story despite its obvious lack of supporting evidence.

The only reason someone would share this story despite its immediately noticeable and obvious flaws is because it sounded right. It scratched the confirmation-bias itch.

Hager is apparently not returning Fox11’s calls.

The Detroit news affiliate has since heavily amended its original report, which was written by Amy Lange.

President Trump attends return of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen

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President Trump and his daughter Ivanka departed the White House for Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Wednesday afternoon to witness the arrival of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed during an intelligence gathering raid in Yemen last weekend.

Owens, a member of the Navy’s SEAL Team Six, was killed in a clandestine raid at an al Qaeda facility that Trump had authorized early Sunday morning. The operation left four additional U.S. service members wounded and marked the first military fatality under the new administration.

Trump, who was to be joined by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., upon arriving at Dover, had a “very somber and lengthy” conversation with Owens’ family on Tuesday.

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Pentagon updates Arctic military strategy


Defense Department officials on Wednesday released an updated military strategy for the Arctic that previews an expansion of the U.S. Navy to deter Russian aggression in the region.

“It is DoD’s intent to anticipate the need to respond to emerging challenges in the Arctic and to position itself to take advantage of opportunities to advance U.S. national security objectives,” the unclassified report said.

The planners foresee that melting sea ice “will eventually open a northern maritime avenue of approach to North America” and potentially damage the tools currently being used to detect incoming ships.

With Russia expanding its naval presence in the region, the Pentagon will have to plan for that contingency and ensure that current shipping lanes remain open.

“The biggest thing, from my perspective: they talk about the importance of freedom of navigation operations,” Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, who co-sponsored the legislation requiring the revised plan with Maine independent Angus King, told the Washington Examiner. “We don’t even have the capacity to do that right now, but the fact that they say that is a goal to keep that area open, free — new transportation routes, incredible resources. It’s not 100 percent better, but it’s a significant upgrade.”

To execute the plan, the Navy will have to expand the fleet of submarines and icebreakers, just as Russia has done in recent years. “History is repeating itself,” said Vladimir Blinov, a tour guide on a decommissioned nuclear icebreaker called the Lenin, during a tour of the ship with Reuters. “Back then (in the 1950s) it was the height of the Cold War and the United States was leading in some areas. But we beat the Americans and built the world’s first nuclear ship (the Lenin). The situation today is similar.”

To catch up, the United States will have to increase military spending. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to amend the 2017 budget request in order ask Congress for more money than President Obama’s team planned to seek and gain the flexibility to shift money away from low-priority programs.

“[I]t is up to Congress and the new administration to develop and implement that comprehensive policy in an expedited manner,” Sen. Angus King said in a statement on the report. “If we do not, we risk ceding our influence in the Arctic to others who may not share our objectives.”

Military spending has been an occasion for intense political fights in recent years. Russia’s military buildup — to say nothing of the 2016 campaign cyberattacks against the Democratic party — could provide a measure of bipartisan support for the funding.

Whip count: Here's where Democrats stand on Trump's Supreme Court pick

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Republicans will need eight Senate Democrats join the upper chamber’s 52 GOP members to block any filibuster.

02/01/17 5:42 PM

“No one in Congress should sleep on the future of the open seas,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, whose state of Connecticut is home to the some of the companies that build naval vessels, told reporters last March. “If you look at what the Russians are doing in the Arctic and you look at what the Chinese are doing in the South China Seas, we have reason to believe that commercial shipping could be interrupted in a major way within the next decade.”

The updated strategy document also suggests that U.S. naval expansion in the Arctic could provide another rebuke of Russian aggression in Ukraine, according to the report. “Although few Russian activities or investments occur in the Arctic region itself, they signal a recommitment to deterrence and to build capability to defeat aggression against the United States and its allies in the Arctic as well as in other regions,” the document said.

President Trump attends return of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen

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President Trump and his daughter Ivanka departed the White House for Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Wednesday afternoon to witness the arrival of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed during an intelligence gathering raid in Yemen last weekend.

Owens, a member of the Navy’s SEAL Team Six, was killed in a clandestine raid at an al Qaeda facility that Trump had authorized early Sunday morning. The operation left four additional U.S. service members wounded and marked the first military fatality under the new administration.

Trump, who was to be joined by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., upon arriving at Dover, had a “very somber and lengthy” conversation with Owens’ family on Tuesday.

02/01/17 3:38 PM



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Nikki Finke's political column canceled


Nikki Finke, a longtime entertainment business reporter and founder of the popular Deadline Hollywood website, will no longer write a recently announced politics column for the website Mediaite.com, an informed source told the Washington Examiner.

Mediaite founder and ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams announced in November that Finke was joining his site to write about media and politics. The column was set to begin sometime after the new year, and after the announcement, Finke changed her Twitter profile to say she was a columnist for Mediaite.

But as of Wednesday, her profile no longer says that and now identifies her as senior editorial contributor of entertainment and media for Penske Media Corporation publications, which reflects the decision to cancel the project.

Penske publications include Variety magazine and Deadline Hollywood, where Finke will presumably be published the most in her new role.

This marks the return of Finke to Deadline Hollywood after she and Jay Penske, owner of Penske Media Corporation, engaged in a bitter and public business feud in recent years.

Finke declined to comment to the Examiner, and Abrams did not return a request for comment.

President Trump attends return of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen

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President Trump and his daughter Ivanka departed the White House for Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Wednesday afternoon to witness the arrival of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed during an intelligence gathering raid in Yemen last weekend.

Owens, a member of the Navy’s SEAL Team Six, was killed in a clandestine raid at an al Qaeda facility that Trump had authorized early Sunday morning. The operation left four additional U.S. service members wounded and marked the first military fatality under the new administration.

Trump, who was to be joined by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., upon arriving at Dover, had a “very somber and lengthy” conversation with Owens’ family on Tuesday.

02/01/17 3:38 PM



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NY Times is bummed Trump hasn't sent them an autographed portrait


The New York Times published a story recently opining that President Trump has yet to send them an autographed copy of his official White House portrait.

Every U.S. president dating back to Harry Truman has sent a portrait to the Times, the Ochs-Sulzberger family or both, the paper noted. The portraits have always come with some polite note attached.

Truman wrote, “Best wishes and kindest regards to Arthur Hays Sulzberger.” Eisenhower wrote, “For Arthur Hays Sulzberger, with best wishes and warm regards to a distinguished American.”

Even Nixon wrote in an autograph dated Dec. 11, 1980, “To the New York Times. Some read it and like it. Some read it and don’t like it. But everybody reads it.”

The incumbent president’s portrait has usually been placed on a credenza near the Times’ wall of honor. But there’s no portrait of Trump, who the Times once subtly compared to Adolf Hitler, in the paper’s boardroom.

“Until this week, it occupied a place of honor on the credenza, standing apart from walls filled with autographed portraits of world leaders,” the Times bemoaned. “That spot is now empty.”

Really heartbreaking stuff.

“Visitors might have been surprised to see George W. Bush or Bill Clinton in such a prominent spot at The Times, but our explanation was always the same: We honor the office even if we are quarreling fiercely with the occupant,” the Times article touted.

On a totally unrelated note, the Times published a book review on Sept. 27, 2016, that most certainly compared Trump to Hitler, albeit in a subtle and underhanded way.

Pro-gun groups praise Gorsuch pick: 'Trump has kept his word'

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Meanwhile, groups that support gun control restrictions reacted with caution.

02/01/17 4:26 PM

“Hitler was known, among colleagues, for a ‘bottomless mendacity’ that would later be magnified by a slick propaganda machine that used the latest technology (radio, gramophone records, film) to spread his message,” one bullet point reads.

The Third Reich leader was also an “egomaniac” who “rose to power through demagoguery, showmanship and nativist appeals to the masses,” whose “manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control.” Hitler was also a leader who convinced millions to embrace “his doctrine of hatred.”

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here.

Anyway, it’s a total mystery why Trump hasn’t sent the Times an autographed portrait. The newspaper, for its part, sounded kind of bummed about it.

“Though President-elect Trump has visited the boardroom, the White House has not sent out an official portrait. Given Mr. Trump’s love-hate relationship with The Times, it’s impossible to predict what he may say in his note. If he says anything at all,” the article read.

Anti-abortion groups target vulnerable Democrats on Supreme Court pick

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Groups want to mobilize activists to conduct phone and email campaigns of key Democrats in the vote.

02/01/17 4:11 PM

“If he even sends a picture to fill the empty space on the credenza,” it added.

President Trump attends return of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen

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President Trump and his daughter Ivanka departed the White House for Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Wednesday afternoon to witness the arrival of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed during an intelligence gathering raid in Yemen last weekend.

Owens, a member of the Navy’s SEAL Team Six, was killed in a clandestine raid at an al Qaeda facility that Trump had authorized early Sunday morning. The operation left four additional U.S. service members wounded and marked the first military fatality under the new administration.

Trump, who was to be joined by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., upon arriving at Dover, had a “very somber and lengthy” conversation with Owens’ family on Tuesday.

02/01/17 3:38 PM



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Retailers create group to oppose House GOP tax plan


Retailers have created a new group meant to oppose House Republicans’ plans to adjust taxes at the border, a reform that could raise taxes on retailers’ imports and is proving to be an early obstacle in the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code.

Led by major corporations such as Walmart, Walgreens and Nike, a group of more than 120 businesses and trade groups announced Wednesday the creation of a national campaign against the border adjustment, called Americans for Affordable Products.

The new organization, complete with website and social media presence, represents increasingly entrenched opposition to the Republican tax plan from retailers that could see their taxes rise in the reform proposal. Other industries that would benefit from the reform have yet to reach that level of organization.

House Republicans have proposed taxing imports as part of a broader corporate rate-cutting reform that would tax goods based on where they are sold. In the plan, companies no longer would be allowed to deduct the cost of imported goods and services but would no longer pay any taxes on revenue from exports. In the current system, U.S. companies are taxed on all profits, whether they are earned in the U.S. or abroad. Republicans say the change would encourage more manufacturing within the U.S. and discourage companies from moving production overseas.

While retailers would strongly favor lower tax rates, they are concerned about that aspect of the overall tax package. In a statement, Retail Industry Leaders Association Sandy Kennedy said that “the border adjustable tax is harmful, untested and would put American retail jobs at risk and force consumers to pay as much as 20 percent more for family essentials.”

Advocates of the tax plan assert that the dollar would strengthen in response to the border adjustment. So while they would be paying more tax in taxes on imported goods, those dollars would have proportionately greater purchasing power.

DeVos nomination in trouble after two GOP senators defy Trump

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Collins called the decision “very difficult.”

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DeVos nomination in trouble after two GOP senators say they oppose her


Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be the next education secretary was in serious trouble Wednesday, after two Senate Republicans said they would vote against her.

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, both said they would vote against her.

The two lost GOP votes could put DeVos at risk of being the first of President Trump’s nominees not to be confirmed. The defections mean the most she could win is 50 votes from Republicans, and if she gets no support from Democrats, Vice President Mike Pence would have to vote in favor of her to break a 50-50 tie.

Losing another GOP senator would likely doom her nomination. But when asked if the White House had any worries that she won’t be confirmed, spokesman Sean Spicer said, “zero.”

“I am 100 percent confident she will be the next secretary of education,” he said. “I think the games that are being played with Betsy DeVos are sad.”

“This is not a decision that I have made lightly,” Collins said. “I have a great deal of respect for Mrs. DeVos. I believe that she is a good person. I know that she cares deeply about the children of this nation. But for the reasons that I will explain, I simply cannot support her confirmation.”

“The mission of the Department of Education is fraught, but supporting public education is at its core. I’m concerned that Mrs. DeVos’s lack of experience with public schools will make it difficult for her to fully understand, identify and assist with those challenges, particularly for our rural schools.”

On the Senate floor, Murkowski said she “cannot support this nominee.”

Gabby Morrongiello contributed

Trump to meet with Harley-Davidson executives in Washington

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White House had canceled a trip by Trump to Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee.

02/01/17 2:31 PM

Trump interrupts meeting with black supporters to blast CNN

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Trump’s jab at CNN comes hours after the administration barred officials from appearing on the network.

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The media who cried 'despotism'


Once upon a large media class lived in a great republic. It contained reporters, pundits, and opinion formers, who had once been respected. While the populace was busy raising families and doing their jobs, they sent the media class out to watch over a swamp that, since the republic’s founding, had been regarded as a possible source of tyranny. Their mission was to chatter loudly and warn the populace at the approach of despotism.

Sometimes the media got sleepy out in the swamp and, in one period of eight years, most of its members dozed off even though undemocratic dangers were loping past them in the form of an illegal war, a blatant lie, and other abuses of power. These threats stole in among the populace and feasted, unremarked by the sleeping media.

After their long nap of two sleep cycles, the media awoke with a jolt and remembered they had a duty. But they couldn’t remember precisely what it was. So they determined to make as much noise as possible and point out despotic dangers even where there were none.

Many new creatures were moving through the swamp. The media found them ugly, and didn’t like them at all. Their response was mostly a mixture of snobbery and, because they had not foretold the arrival of these new beasts, fear for their jobs.

They decided to raise the alarm even though they were meant to do so only at the approach of genuine threats to liberty and self-governance. Instead, the alarm was raised at the most trivial infractions, as when, for example, the most fearsome of the new beasts went out to dinner without informing the media guardians. This was depicted to the republic as a betraying a tendency toward subterfuge and secrecy.

Like young children thinking every noise at night is a witch or a goblin, the media thought they detected abuse of power in every shadow.

Over there! That strange shape, half seen and largely misperceived, looked like fascism. They just knew the wolves were coming. So they let out a scream.

“Donald is silencing scientists and censoring federal employees,” they shouted, arousing the populace. The people of the republic came running. But when they looked closely, they realized it was a false alarm. The supposed danger came from the same changes of season the media had slept through eight years earlier.

The people returned, annoyed, to their homes.

Biden endorses Tom Perez as DNC chairman

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Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to take over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee Wednesday, calling him the “best bet” to bring the party back to prominence.

In a statement, Biden talked up Perez’s Democratic bonafides and his ability to speak directly to voters and not “down to them,” calling him a man of “integrity and vision.

“I’ve known Tom Perez for a long time. He’s a man of integrity and vision. And he knows what it means to be a Democrat,” Biden said.

“Tom knows how to talk to people, not down to them,” the former vice president said. “He knows how to explain why our party’s core beliefs matter to the immigrant family in Arizona and the coal miner in West

02/01/17 1:03 PM

Soon after, on a Monday night just ten days after they had woken up, an old lawyer went missing, and the guardians of the swamp sounded their alarm again, even louder this time.

“Monday night massacre!” they blared. They loved sounding this alarm, for it reminded them of their antique forebears’ role in catching the wolf of Watergate. Pundits dilated on the dawn of tyranny.

Again, the people leapt from their beds and came running. What they found in the swamp was again harmless. The missing lawyer was an acting secretary who, citing no law but instead her own wisdom, had refused to execute a lawful order, and had been fired a few days early.

The people grumbled and cursed their unreliable guardians. They returned to their homes, shaking their heads. Ever since the media arose from its slumber, they’ve been shouting “abuse of power” and “fascism,” thought the people. You can’t trust them.

As the people slammed their doors and closed their windows to keep from being disturbed by more pointless alarms from the swamp, the media watched with unease.

Petraeus on torture: 'It's wrong'

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Petraeus said torture is not called for when interrogating the vast majority of detainees.

02/01/17 1:03 PM

Now, they thought, if the wolves come, as real abuse of power or fascism, to attack the people’s liberties and self-governance, or to steal the republic’s wealth, who will believe us if we sound the alarm? We can’t stop the wolves ourselves. We need the people of the republic to respond to our cries. But the people do not trust us. Will anyone come to us now if real wolves attack?

Trump urges McConnell to 'go nuclear' if needed for Supreme Court nominee

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“If we end up with that gridlock, I would say if you can, Mitch, go nuclear,” said President Trump.

02/01/17 12:09 PM



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Trump tweets group photo of 'moment of prayer' after Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination


Trump honored Maureen Scalia during his announcement of Neil Gorsuch. (Image courtesy screenshot)

President Trump on Wednesday tweeted a photo of a group moment prayer after he announced the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

Among those pictured in the huddle are Trump; his sons Donald Jr. and Eric; Vice President Mike Pence; second lady Karen Pence; Chief of Staff Reince Priebus; Gorsuch and his wife Louise; and from the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s family, his widow Maureen Scalia and son Paul, a Catholic priest.

Trump honored Maureen Scalia during his announcement of Gorsuch, calling her “the ultimate representative” of her late husband.

Trump urges McConnell to 'go nuclear' if needed for Supreme Court nominee

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“If we end up with that gridlock, I would say if you can, Mitch, go nuclear,” said President Trump.

02/01/17 12:09 PM

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Insurers lay out their Obamacare repeal-and-replace requests


Insurance industry chief Marilyn Tavenner Wednesday morning laid out insurers’ most specific and pointed requests yet as Congress works to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Tavenner, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, asked senators on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to keep providing insurers with all of the law’s subsidies, as well extra payments shielding them from losses — at least in the short term. She warned that if they don’t, they risk destabilizing the individual insurance market, prompting higher premiums and fewer choices for consumers.

But that’s not all Congress needs to do, Tavenner said.

“While these policies are critically important, they by themselves are not sufficient to ensure a stable and workable transition for consumers and patients,” Tavenner said. “This is especially the case if the requirement to have insurance or pay a tax penalty is eliminated this year without workable alternatives to promote continuous coverage and market stability.”

She laid out a list of additional recommendations for encouraging more insurance buying among young people, who haven’t flocked to the marketplaces as advocates for the Affordable Care Act had hoped. She especially stressed that if Congress is going to eliminate the individual mandate to buy insurance — as Republicans have vowed to do — they must find other ways to encourage healthy people to buy coverage.

According to Tavenner, Congress should also:

— Change the “age bands” ratio governing the premiums insurers can charge young people relative to older people. Right now, the ratio is 3 to 1, but Tavenner wants it changed to 5 to 1.

— If they’re going to eliminate the individual mandate, then require people to have continuous coverage.

— Set up risk pools for the highest-risk patients.

Senate panel approves Sessions' AG nomination

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02/01/17 11:33 AM

— Repeal the healthcare law’s taxes, including its Health Insurance Tax, or HIT.

— Improve how eligibility is verified for people signing up for marketplace plans.

Tavenner also laid out some insurer priorities for the long term. Congress should provide tax credits to ensure lower-income Americans can afford coverage, give states more flexibility in how they run their marketplaces, permanently change the age bands, and require people to have continuous coverage to make sure they don’t just sign up when they get sick, she said.

Democrats tell colleagues to give Neil Gorsuch a chance

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“I don’t think we ought to respond in a tit for tat way,” said Sen. Chris Coons said.

02/01/17 8:20 AM



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New York Times botches story on Trump travel ban with plain sloppy reporting


The New York Times must have thought it had a good “gotcha” moment.

The paper published a report Tuesday evening dinging President Trump for supposedly botching the number of people who were affected by his recent executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries. But the Times article relies on a figure that was not available at the time Trump made his inital comment, and the news group didn’t even paraphrase the president accurately.

The story’s original headline read, “721 People (not 109) Were Denied Entry Under Trump.”

The first problem with the article is that it seeks to correct the president by using a number that was not available at the time he made the 109 citation. Trump tweeted his figure, which was based on the most up-to-date data provided by the Department of Homeland Security, at 7:16 am Monday morning.

“Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage,” Trump said.

On Tuesday, DHS updated its figures to reflect a larger number.

Trump wasn’t wrong when he claimed 109, because he was going with a number provided to him by a federal agency. To suggest a “gotcha” based on an updated figure released after Trump’s initial Monday tweet is absurd.

That’s not the only thing this story botches.

Senate panel approves Sessions' AG nomination

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02/01/17 11:33 AM

First, the opening paragraph originally stated incorrectly that Trump referenced the number of individuals who “were denied entry into the United States.” That is incorrect because Trump used specific DHS figures to say 109 people had been detained, not denied entry.

“The number of people that DHS announced had been denied boarding (that Trump didn’t tweet about) was 173 prior to Tuesday’s statement,” said conservative blogger and attorney Gabriel Malor, who was the first to note and point out the inconsistencies.

The Times report now has a correction affixed, which reads:

An earlier version of this article misstated what the number 109 referred to in a Twitter post by President Trump. It was the number of people affected by the travel ban, not the number of people denied boarding on planes to the United States.

The correction failed to note that Trump’s figure came before DHS had released its updated numbers. The correction also failed to note that Trump referenced people detained, not the total number of people affected.

Trump interrupts meeting with black supporters to blast CNN

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Trump’s jab at CNN comes hours after the administration barred officials from appearing on the network.

02/01/17 11:25 AM

The story’s headline has since been changed so that it now reads, “More People Were Affected by Travel Ban Than Trump Initially Said.” This is still a nonsense headline, which ignores the timing and context of Trump’s tweet.

The opening paragraph has also undergone slight corrections. The report no longer leads with, “A far larger number of people were denied entry into the United States than President Trump initially said,” and instead begins with, “A far larger number of people were affected by President Trump’s executive order on refugees than he initially said.”

Like the amended headline, the story’s updated lede also ignores the timing of Trump’s original comment.

(h/t Gabriel Malor)

Democrats tell colleagues to give Neil Gorsuch a chance

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“I don’t think we ought to respond in a tit for tat way,” said Sen. Chris Coons said.

02/01/17 8:20 AM



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