Shep Smith To Leave Fox Network…

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Shepard Smith. | Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

Shepard Smith, the network’s managing editor and 3 p.m. host, abruptly leaves his post amid increasing pressure from the administration.

 

As President Donald Trump escalates his war of words with Fox News, one of his favorite targets at the network – managing editor for breaking news and 3 p.m. anchor Shepard Smith – announced he is leaving the network after 23 years.

Smith said at the end of Friday’s show that he recently asked Fox News to let him leave and the obliged, a shocking departure which followed a barrage of Trump tweets in recent weeks and months, some of which attacked Smith personally. It also followed a private meeting on Wednesday between Attorney General William Barr and Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox News’ parent company.

Smith recalled how he has been with Fox News since its inception, traveled the world, and “witnessed and reported on the events that shaped our reality.” In what could be seen as a veiled reference to Trump’s attacks, Smith said he aimed to “speak truth to power, without fear or favor, in context and with perspective.”

“Even in our currently polarized nation,” Smith said, “it’s my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive.”

Smith’s 3 p.m. show — which is part of Fox’s daily news coverage, not its evening opinion line-up — scrutinized and fact-checked Trump in a way that often contrasted sharply with the reflexive defense of the president by the opinion hosts and their guests.

On Thursday morning, Trump took aim at Smith and a few others at Fox News in claiming the network “doesn’t deliver for US anymore.” That night, at a rally in Minneapolis, Trump praised more than a half-dozen supportive Fox News and Fox Business hosts, such as Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Lou Dobbs.

The network’s efforts to cover the House impeachment inquiry and other fallout from Trump urging Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden has exposed divisions inside Fox News – and, at times, on-air. Smith and Carlson recently traded jabs after a guest on the latter’s called senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano a “fool” in response to his view that Trump committed a crime.

Shepard Smith was one of the very rare newscasters/anchors at Fox that actually cared about the accuracy and integrity of news reporting. Fox has lost an honest and exceptional newscaster/anchor. Regardless f what DJT might say about him.

Shep will be missed at Fox  and the network just went south several miles starting tomorrow.

Whatever network picks Shep up will be a better network the day he starts working for them.

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When Will Rudy Leave?…

Washington (CNN)A source close to President Donald Trump’s legal team tells CNN that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is still the President’s attorney but will not be dealing with matters involving Ukraine.

Earlier on Friday, Trump wouldn’t say whether Giuliani was still his personal attorney.

“Well, I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to Rudy. I spoke to him yesterday briefly. He’s a very good attorney and he has been my attorney, yeah, sure,” he said.
When asked later by CNN if he was still Trump’s attorney, Giuliani responded, “Yes.”

He added, “There are no Ukraine issues. I finished that in March. I’m still representing him.”

The news came as the career ambassador ousted by Trump was describing to lawmakers Friday the shadow diplomacy carried out by Rudy Giuliani, the President was across town beginning to doubt his attorney’s continued ability to defend him.

The skepticism, which is shared by many of Trump’s allies, comes after two of Giuliani’s clients were arrested boarding an international flight and charged for violating campaign finance laws.

Any bets on how long before Trump throws Giuliani under the bus?

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BOOM!…

These are marvelous days! Cause for celebration as they reinforce America indeed has plenty of sensible, logical, and rational thinking individuals left. They will ultimately be the wedge driven into the spokes of a rouge and incompetent administration. One led by a certifiable mad man. One Donald J. Trump.

A federal judge in New York issued a nationwide injunction on Friday blocking the start of a new federal policy that would deny legal residency to immigrants who are likely to depend on public welfare.

In one of two legal setbacks on Friday for the Trump administration’s attempts to limit immigration, Judge George B. Daniels of the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York said those potentially affected by the new regulation could suffer “irreparable harm” if the rule goes into effect. “The balance of equities and the interests of justice favor issuance of a preliminary injunction,” the judge wrote.

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“The rule is simply a new agency policy of exclusion in search of a justification,” Judge Daniels, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, wrote in his ruling. “It is repugnant to the American Dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility.”

The preliminary injunction, which the Justice Department is likely to appeal, came a few days after President Trump moved to deny immigrant visas to those who cannot prove that they will either have health insurance or can afford to pay for their own health care.
And it came on the same day that another federal judge, in Texas, ruled that the president’s proclamation of a national emergency to build a wall along the southwestern border was a violation of federal law. The judge said the president could not override Congress to appropriate funds for the wall.

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Evil Lurks In The Kingdom…

As the threat of impeachment looms, President Donald Trump is digging in and taking solace in the base that helped him get elected: conservative evangelical Christians who laud his commitment to enacting their agenda.

Trump told reporters last week that “the biggest pastors” have assured him that Christians are “electrified” by his clash with Democrats who are probing his pushes for Ukraine to launch an investigation into a political rival, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

And the prominent evangelicals who have proven Trump’s most stalwart allies are staying in his corner for the impeachment fight, even as some push back against his withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria — a move that imperils scores of Kurdish Muslims and Christians in the region. Although Trump’s Syria pullback is alarming conservative Christians whose support he needs to win reelection, their rallying against his impeachment indicates a bond that appears strong enough to withstand the current foreign policy rift as 2020 balloting nears.

These folks are deserving of zero respect. Their hypocritical souls will surely roast in hell. If there is such a mythical place.

How these so called Christians can support this beast of a human being defies any and all logic. Trump shows no fealty to the basic tenets of Christ’s teachings and he has openly flaunted his disregard for Christian ideals . Yet conservativce evangelicals are willing to overlook the FACY that Trump has no respect for the religion they follow. Path etic actually.

They seem to celebrate Thump’s depravity and basic decency.

South Carolina pastor and televangelist Rev. Mark Burns, a backer since the early days of Trump’s 2016 campaign, said in an interview that “it’s important that religious leaders reach out to the president.” Burns contended that Trump’s struggles are partly connected to his Christian faith, adding that “Satan wants to remove a vessel that God has installed to again be a blessing to the religious community.”

Of course these folks profess to believe God has personally saw to it that Trump was made president. Perhaps they actually believe it. After all everyone like a fairy tale and this meme of the religious right is just that. A fairy tale.

Burns said he spoke with Trump briefly last week, when the president met with black conservatives at the White House, and recalled hearing the Holy Spirit “as I crossed the street to walk into Trump Tower” for their first meeting in 2015. Maryland-based Pentecostal Bishop Harry Jackson, who has met with Trump at the White House, said that he plans to hold a large prayer gathering this year for “healing in the nation.”

Christ help us! PLEASE! The jokers are hearing things.

That is one healing this nation doers not need. The healing needed by this nation is the removal of Trump from office. Either by impeachment and removal or by the coming landslide defeat at the hands of rational and intelligent people should it go that far.

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In fairness this site acknowledges that there are devout evangelical Christians who actually live their faith, support America and her real values, and actually speak out against Trump’s blatant and egregious dishonesty and reprehensible behaviors. The remarks of one such religious leader follows:

One signatory on the Red Letter group’s call for prayer is Rev. Tony Campolo, who counseled and prayed with Clinton during the nation’s last impeachment crisis.

Campolo recalled concerns about appearing to have been “used” for cover by the former president. Nonetheless, Campolo described his role as helping Clinton “acknowledge he had sinned and publicly repent.” He challenged religious conservatives close to the current president to seek repentance from him.

“I would like religious leaders who surround the president to raise questions about his honesty,” Campolo, a professor emeritus at Pennsylvania’s Eastern University, said in an interview. “There are so many things he says that are blatantly untrue.”

There are more:

“We welcome the light of truth, honesty, and transparency that this moment affords our country, whatever may be revealed,” wrote members of the group Red Letter Christians, many of them progressives, who signed a statement supporting Democrats’ investigation. “This is not a matter of partisanship, but of deepest principle.”

The Red Letter Christians is the Christian organization that true and devout (non hypocritical) Evangelicals should take their lead from. Not the looney toons that support the illegitimate behaviors and immoral ac activities of one Donald J. Trump.

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