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Manchin schools Sanders supporters: Bernie 'not even a Democrat'


Sen. Joe Manchin reminded supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders in West Virginia that the former presidential candidate is not a Democrat, according to a report.

During a 15-minute phone conversation the Democratic lawmaker spoke with Sanders supporters, who he challenged to devise a primary challenge to his candidacy.

At one point, Manchin and the Sanders supporters reached a disagreement, which, according to Politico, prompted the senator to say: “What you ought to do is vote me out. Vote me out! I’m not changing. Find somebody else who can beat me and vote me out.”

Asked if that statement was an “invitation or a threat,” Manching confirmed it was an invitation and asked the person if he is a “Bernie Sanders guy.”

After some back-and-forth about the relevancy of the question, the voter said: “I stand with West Virginians who voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary, in all 55 counties where he won.”

“Bernie Sanders is not even a Democrat,” Manchin shot back.

Sanders is an independent senator from Vermont, but caucuses with the Democrats and ran for the party’s presidential nomination in a close contest against Hillary Clinton, who ended up winning.

A spokesperson later told Politico that Manchin stands by his remark about Sanders’ party.

“Sen. Manchin is very happy to have you quote him saying Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat,” said Manchin’s communications director, Jonathan Kott.

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“Only mean soulless assholes could ever write and print something this viscious, cruel, and heartless,” Hannity tweeted.

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Manchin is up for re-election in 2018 in a state that overwhelmingly went for President Trump. Though he identifies as a Democrat, Manchin is seen as one of the more moderate members of his party — so much so that told the Washington Examiner back in November that he’s asked “every day” if he might swap parties.

Speaking about the importance of party politics, Manching told the Washington Examiner: “I am an American first. As far as the D and the R goes, well that comes way down on the list for me.”

“I am there [in the Senate] to get things done,” he added. “And I am going to get things done, but if you think Bernie is going to be preaching the mantra of who I am, well that is not me.”



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CPAC attendees share their worst experiences wearing their 'Make America Great Again' hats


CPAC attendees share stories of wearing their 'Make America Great Again' hats in public. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

OXON HILL, Md. — Once scorned by Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “goofy,” President Trump’s iconic red “Make America Great Again” hat has become a badge of honor for many CPAC attendees. While some supporters expressed fear over wearing their hats in public, others have worn it proudly and shared with the Washington Examiner some of the ridicule they’ve received.

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Hannity goes after writer who savaged Colmes after his death


Fox News host Sean Hannity lambasted an opinion writer who published a column earlier Friday blasting the late Alan Colmes at Slate, a liberal news outlet.

“Only mean soulless assholes could ever write and print something this viscious, cruel, and heartless. You r so ignorant, wrong, and hateful!” Hannity tweeted.

Colmes was a Fox News personality who came at it from the liberal side. Despite bringing a decidedly different perspective to the right-leaning network, staff writer Issac Chotiner said he did not do a good job advocating for progressive ideas.

“Colmes was the most absurd, useless, and mocked television personality in America for many years, precisely because he was nice. In the context of Fox News, being a nice guy — and a ‘liberal’ nice guy at that — meant being a buffoon, and a patsy. Colmes not only played the part to perfection — he defined it,” Chotiner wrote.

“While Colmes may not have been a genius, he wasn’t a complete moron either; in short, he was smart enough to know he was being used, and to take the money that his services demanded. If this is something less than morally reprehensible, it is still pretty gross,” Chotiner added.

The article also harped on Colmes’ role as the co-host of “Hannity & Colmes,” the precursor to Hannity’s current weeknight show.

“Yes, the two men appeared to have equal time during each segment, and yes, there was often a liberal guest and a conservative one,” Chotiner stated. “But the show, by design, was conservative, and often in racist or homophobic or Islamophobic ways.”

CPAC attendees share their worst experiences wearing their 'Make America Great Again' hats

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OXON HILL, Md. — Once scorned by Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “goofy,” President Trump’s iconic red “Make America Great Again” hat has become a badge of honor for many CPAC attendees. While some supporters expressed fear over wearing their hats in public, others have worn it proudly and shared with the Washington Examiner some of the ridicule they’ve received.

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Rory McIlroy distances himself from Trump after golf round



Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy is distancing himself from President Trump after receiving criticism for golfing with the president at Mar-a-Lago last week.

“I don’t agree with everything my friends or family say or do, but I still play golf with them,” McIlroy wrote in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday. “Last week, I was invited to play golf with the president of the United States. Whether you respect the person who holds that position or not, you respect the office that he holds. This wasn’t an endorsement nor a political statement of any kind. It was, quite simply, a round of golf. Golf was our common ground, nothing else.”

“I’ve travelled all over the world and have been fortunate enough to befriend people from many different countries, beliefs and cultures. To be called a fascist and a bigot by some people because I spent time in someone’s company is just ridiculous,” McIlroy added. “I hope, to some degree, this clarifies my decision to accept the invitation that was extended to me.”

The 27-year-old member of both the European and PGA Tours played golf over the weekend with Trump and former MLB player Paul O’Neill. The White House had initially said Trump played a “few holes” of golf, but corrected itself later after McIlroy wrote that they had played 18 holes.

McIlroy lives in Ireland, but also has a residence in Palm Beach, which could be one reason the administration reached out to him as a golf partner for Trump.

“He probably shot around 80. He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70s,” McIlroy said about Trump.



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George W. Bush's daughter will headline Planned Parenthood fundraiser


Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, is slated to deliver the keynote address at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Fort Worth, Texas next week.

Bush has previously expressed her support for abortion, a procedure that the government-subsidized healthcare group is well-known for providing to women. Next Wednesday, she will rally financial support for the abortion provider at its annual luncheon.

Bush is no newcomer to health issues. The youngest of the former Republican president’s two daughters is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps. Her organization has referred to Planned Parenthood as “exceptional” and has partnered with them to place fellows at their organization.

Bush’s father was strongly opposed to abortion, though his wife, Laura, has made statements expressing some support for abortion.

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Clinton, Sanders campaign managers disagree on Dem party unity


The managers of the Democrats’ top two 2016 presidential campaigns can’t seem to agree on whether the party is united as the Democratic National Committee gathers this weekend to elect its new chair.

During an interview Friday on MSNBC, Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook refused to weigh in on the chairman’s race, which is one of the most competitive in recent history. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, praised Rep. Keith Ellison, a progressive favorite whom Sanders has endorsed, and warned that the other front-runner, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, is unhealthy for the party.

The two agreed that the party has made gains in reparing the divide created during the primaries, fueled by an often tense rivalry between Clinton and Sanders, who ran a suprising competitive campaign. Sanders endorsed Clinton over the summer in an effort to bring their supporters together.

“We have an opportunity to continue that with the Keith Ellison as chairman,” said Weaver.

Perez, who has the support of some fellow Obama administration officials, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Attorney General Eric Holder, is an “insider” candidate, Weaver said. He said the election of Perez would send a “horrible message” to the millions of people who want more direct control over their party.

“I think those of us who want to see the democratic party successful, want to see those people come into the party, new energy in the party, new voters in the party,” Weaver said. “And I understand that’s an intimidating thing for some people who have been on the inside for a while. But that’s what’s got to be done.”

He added: “I’m very afraid what comes out of this meeting could really harm the unity that, in fact, Robby and I worked very hard to create.”

Mook took issue with that point, opining that there are “fantastic” candidates for chair, without naming names, and said the party is united against a common foe: President Trump.

“I don’t actually think our party is divided right now,” he said. “I think we’re pretty united. We’re pretty united that Donald Trump ran a campaign promising jobs and opportunities and all he’s done is divide people.”

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“If you’re going to make such serious allegations, you need to at least get somebody on the record,” Spicer told reporters.

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Keeping people motivated through grassroots efforts like protests and confronting lawmakers at town hals, Mook continued, will help keep the party focused on their goals.



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Byron York: Is the media repeating mistake about Trump polls?


Look anywhere and you’ll see it noted that Donald Trump has the lowest job approval rating of any president at this stage in his term. It’s true. Go down Trump’s approval rating in recent surveys: CBS News 39 percent; Gallup 43; Rasmussen 52; Reuters 45; Economist 48; Quinnipiac 38, and on and on. Trump’s current approval rating in the RealClearPolitics average of polls is 44.3 percent approve, 50.3 percent disapprove. Previous presidents at this point in their terms were definitely higher.

There’s no denying Trump’s numbers, but it is reasonable to question whether they say what they seem to say.

According to the RealClearPolitics average, Trump’s personal approval rating was 58.5 percent disapprove, 37.5 percent approve on the day he was elected president. In exit polls that day, 60 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of Trump, versus 38 percent favorable. A candidate with a disapproval rating around 60 managed to win Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and other key states on his way to winning 306 electoral votes and the presidency.

That alone should make anyone considering Trump’s current polls wonder what is going on. Consider a couple of possibilities.

The first is that there might still be a Trump Effect even though Trump is in the White House — that is, there are still supporters who are afraid to say they support the president. The second is that even though many Americans say they disapprove of Trump, they’re not dead-set against him because they still believe there’s a real chance he will produce on his campaign promises.

On the first, Republican pollster Neil Newhouse has done a series of four focus groups in recent weeks, in St. Louis, Cleveland, Macomb County, Mich., and Portland, Ore. Each group had ten people. Two of the groups were split evenly between Clinton and Trump voters, while two were all Trump voters.

“From the focus groups I’ve done, for many Trump voters, it is still socially unacceptable to admit their support for the guy,” Newhouse told me Thursday. “When Trump voters are in the room with Clinton voters, Clinton voters had no reluctance to talk about their vote for Clinton and how much they dislike Trump. And in that environment, Trump voters looked around like they were wondering, Should I even say anything or keep my mouth shut?”

Newhouse gave me some quotes from the sessions. “When I told people at work, all I got was a bunch of criticism,” a woman who supported Trump said at the Macomb County group.

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“If you’re going to make such serious allegations, you need to at least get somebody on the record,” Spicer told reporters.

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“Being really pro-Trump in Portland, I would feel uncomfortable,” said a supporter in Oregon.

“I don’t feel educated enough to defend Trump,” said a woman in St. Louis.

“Today is the first time I have breathed the word that I voted for him,” said another woman in that same session.

From that, Newhouse concluded, “There’s no reason to believe that the reluctance [to identify as a Trump supporter] that we saw last fall is not still there.” Indeed, it might be more pronounced, given the intensity of the public discussion about Trump.

Newhouse doesn’t believe there’s a Trump Effect that would add double-digit points to the president’s job approval, but he does think it might account for two or three points of support. Newhouse recently tweeted several reasons to take Trump’s current poll numbers “with a grain of salt.”

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“Across the country I see a lot of weak-kneed Republicans right now,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.

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First, “2016 polling underestimated Trump support in key states. Nothing’s changed.” Second, “Focus groups indicate Trump voters don’t feel ‘safe’ voicing their support. Shy, stealth, or camouflaged — can’t poll them, but they exist.” Third, “GOPers are still squarely behind Trump, with approval in mid-80s, higher than Ronald Reagan with GOPers in 1981. Trump’s base solid.” And finally, “We’re just starting month two of the Trump administration following the most divisive and polarizing presidential election in memory.” To that, Newhouse added a hashtag: #chill.

Newhouse is trying to develop poll questions that might shed more light on the nature of Trump’s support and opposition. In recent polls, when he asked a standard approve-disapprove question, he then asked everyone who did not approve — that includes the disapprovers and those who said they weren’t sure — whether they agreed or disagreed with this statement: “Even though I may not approve of the job he is doing, I like some of the actions that President Trump is taking.” The positive responses added five or six points to Trump’s rating.

Maybe that’s skewing things too much; asking the question that way might have well added points to any president’s rating. But Newhouse is trying to work his way through a problem. “I’m trying to figure out a question I can ask that would give these camouflaged Trump voters permission to say, yes, I support the guy,” he told me.

Another Republican pollster, David Winston, stressed that the current polls probably reflect unformed opinion on the part of some Americans rather than solid opposition.

“People are making an assessment, and they’re not making it quickly,” Winston told me. “They’re going to see what he’s going to do over a period of time. My sense is we’re just watching people as they think through how they’re going to assess things.”

Winston believes a significant number of people who do not tell pollsters they approve of the job Trump is doing — whether they outright disapprove or don’t know — are eminently gettable for Trump. “He’s got the opportunity because people are open,” Winston said. “But that doesn’t mean they’re going to flip their opinion prior to anything happening.”

In other words: Trump has to produce.

Winston also noted that last November, when exit pollsters asked voters which candidate quality mattered most to them, “can bring change” won with 39 percent — nearly two-to-one over any other single attribute. Among those voters, Trump demolished Clinton, 82 percent to 14 percent. The people who wanted change in November still want it now.

In last year’s general election, the national horserace poll numbers were reasonably accurate; the RCP average of polls on the eve of the election had Clinton ahead by 3.2 percentage points, and she won the popular vote by 2.1. But some key state polls significantly understated Trump’s appeal, and he won the Electoral College by showing amazing strength — for a Republican — in the Rust Belt.

At the time, many — actually most — political observers underestimated Trump’s potential. How could a candidate who trailed in key state polls, and who had such high disapproval numbers, actually win? It’s safe to say that nearly every establishment political observer got the answer to that wrong. There were also some who, to their credit, said Trump had a better chance than the conventional wisdom.

Now, the conventional wisdom is that Trump is a walking disaster at the polls. Yes, the numbers, read the conventional way, are bad for Trump. But the lesson of 2016 was that there might be something about Trump that defies conventional measurements. And now, the critics who say President Trump is beyond recovery might be making the same mistake they made just last year.



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Howard Dean blames Democratic losses on poor organizing


ATLANTA — Howard Dean on Friday blamed Democratic losses in 2014 and 2016 on poor organization in his own party.

The former presidential candidate, Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman rejected suggestions that his party needs to rethink how it appeals to voters in the heartland, where President Trump won surprise victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that carried him to victory even as he lost the national popular vote.

Dean instead blamed the steep decline Democrats suffered under President Barack Obama on the party focusing more on holding the White House than on down ballot offices in Congress and the states. He also cited the challenge of keeping liberal voters engaged in midterm elections.

“The problem is, when you have an incumbent president, whether it’s Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, the Democratic Party becomes the re-elect vehicle for the president and abandons its role as a grassroots organization,” Dean told reporters. “That’s not a bad thing to say about Barack Obama, it happens every time we have an incumbent president.”

He was in Atlanta to campaign for Mayor Pete Buttigieg of Fort Bend, Ind., whom he has endorsed for DNC chairman.

“This is an inside-the-Beltway, outside-the-Beltway thing, another reason I’m supporting Pete, because he’s the outside the Beltway candidate. I do not think we can prosper with a chairman from inside the Beltway, because they think differently than the rest of America thinks,” Dean added. He was referring to the two front-runners, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Tom Perez of Maryland, who served as labor secretary under Obama.

The DNC is set to select a new chairman on Saturday. The contest will be decided by the 442 eligible DNC voting members in balloting that could go multiple rounds.

Under Obama, the Democrats lost their majorities in the House and Senate, several governorships, and nearly 1,000 seats in state legislatures across the country. Some Democratic insiders have conceded it’s a problem of the party’s own making.

In particular, they say, blue collar voters that otherwise support the party’s economic message have defected to the Republicans because they felt unwelcome and looked down upon because they have resisted cultural changes, and did not join the Democrats’ progressive positions favoring same-sex marriage, gun control, an expansion of transgender rights and abortion rights.

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Buttigieg, the only contender for DNC chairman from the Midwest, where Democrats have suffered the most, agrees with that assessment. The mayor, who is gay, defended Democratic positions on social issues. But he said his party has to be more open in how it talks about these issues with voters who are open to liberal economic policies but remain socially conservative.

“There are some things we can do in terms of the way we talk about our values,” Buttigieg said. “When you’re a mayor or really any Democrat in the industrial Midwest, you learn about ways to speak to our values that are a little closer to home and closer to the ground and closer to the kitchen table than maybe is the comfort zone of some Democrats that tend to be clinical or academic about the whole thing.”



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At CPAC, 'law and order' conservatives and civil libertarians


OXON HILL, MD — Law and order was a big theme of CPAC this week. So was overcriminalization. It was a tension that didn’t so much highlight a libertarian-vs-conservative divide, as much as a split between the conservative movement — which has moved in a civil libertarian direction in recent years — and Trump-world Republicans.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke is the most audacious and famous voice for aggressive and merciless policing. Clarke is scheduled to speak twice at CPAC and an effort to recruit him for U.S. Senate has been very visible at the conference.

In his Thursday panel, Clarke invoked President Trump, whom Clarke said “has made it very clear that it is high time… that we start aggressively enforcing the rule of law.”

Trump, in his Friday morning speech, went on his American Carnage riff repeating “Seven people shot and killed…seven people shot and killed,” in Chicago recently.

Directly after Trump, though, a panel titled “Prosecutors gone wild,” took the stage. The speakers were conservatives — including David Keene, former President of the American Conservative Union — excoriating overcriminalization as well as overzealous, illegal prosecution. “They make up evidence” former U.S. Attorney Sidney Powell said.

Kevin Ring, who went to jail for his work with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, now runs Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Ring spoke on that panel where he tied prosecutorial abuse to overregulation. “We know power corrupts,” he said.

Ring said “very broad criminal laws” allow a prosecutor to whom “everything looks like a crime,” to arrest whomever they want.

“The problem is, you may be unpopular at some point,” Ring said, citing an overzealous war on guns, which stuck one man (a legal gun owner) with a 20-year sentence for firing a warning shot when he felt threatened.

Shortly before Trump spoke, Stephen Mills, a police chief from Oklahoma, spoke about the abuse of civil asset forfeiture, wherein law enforcement take money and property from people who are suspected of crimes.

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A later panel focussed on criminal justice reform in the states.

Again, this isn’t an old battle between libertarians and conservatives. The conservative movement has been drifting towards reining in law enforcement. As Keene pointed out, conservative governors like Rick Perry and Mary Fallin and Nathan Deal have led the way on criminal justice reform.

But Donald Trump won the GOP nomination and the White House warning about a crime wave, and calling for empowering —even setting loose — the police.

Timothy P. Carney, The Washington Examiner’s commentary editor, can be contacted at tcarney@washingtonexaminer.com. His column appears Tuesday nights on washingtonexaminer.com.

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CBP is willing to help other agencies but there are no signs this will be a frequent occurrence.

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White House press slams Spicer for invite-only briefing


The White House Correspondents’ Association on Friday “strongly” protested the White House decision to host an invite-only press briefing on Friday that excluded outlets like the New York Times and CNN.

“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House,” Reuters reporter and chairman of the association Jeff Mason said in a statement Friday. “We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.”

There was no televised daily White House briefing on Friday, and instead, White House press secretary Sean Spicer invited some reporters to a “gaggle” in the afternoon. The Washington Examiner was among the outlets invited to the briefing.

Both the New York Times and CNN were among those not invited.

“I think that we have shown an abundance of accessibility,” Spicer said during the meeting, noting that there were complaints from journalists who were not invited. “We have brought more reporters into this process and the idea that every time, that every person can’t get their question answered or fit into the briefing room – we’ve actually gone above and beyond in making ourselves our team and our briefing room more accessible than probably any prior administration.”

Time magazine and Associated Press were invited but declined to attend the briefing.

Many in the media complained about being shut out.

New York magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi said on Twitter that “discriminating against certain outlets IS a story.”

Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple, also on Twitter, said that New York Times Washington Bureau Chief Elisabeth Bumiller told him, “Our most experienced White House reporters have never seen anything like this.”

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On Thursday, in an email to association members, Mason said the association board had asked the White House press office for more “gaggles,” which are somewhat informal opportunities for reporters to ask questions of officials. But the email does not say that the gaggles were intended to replace the briefing.

Reporters have worried about changes President Trump would make to the White House’s relationship with the press.

In December, there were rumors that the daily briefings may stop altogether or that reporters would be banned from working on the White House premises.

Neither rumors have come to pass.

But the controversy Friday comes the same day that Trump spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Md., and during his speech he accused much of the news media of being “fake” and fabricating anonymous sources.

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