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Jimmy Breslin Dies: Quintessential New York Columnist Was 88

UPDATE 11:30 with more information throughout. Jimmy Breslin, the influential, combative and often-imitated New York City newspaper journalist, died today at 88. His death was reported in his longtime berth, the New York Daily News. Breslin had been recovering from pneumonia. Breslin, who also wrote novels and non-fiction books, will be remembered for giving voice to working-class New Yorkers through his Daily News and Newsday columns. Along with writers including Tom… Read

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Jake Tapper Tells Bill Maher That Donald Trump Has Raised “Level Of Falsehood”

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UPDATED with video No sugarcoating or he said-he said tonight: CNN’s Jake Tapper told Bill Maher that President Donald Trump has brought new levels of dishonesty to the Beltway. “I’ve never really seen this level of falsehood,” Tapper said on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher tonight. “Just quantitatively. It’s not just ‘If  you like your doctor you can keep your doctor,’ it’s conspiracy theories based on nothing that have members of his own party distancing themselves from… Read

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Charlie Rose Returning To ‘CBS This Morning’ Monday

Charlie Rose will return Monday to his perch on CBS This Morning, the show announced today. Rose has been off the show since undergoing a heart procedure last month to replace an aortic valve he had installed nearly 15 years ago. “Thank you for staying close,” Rose tweeted this morning, several minutes after the morning show tweeted about his return, “looking forward to returning to CBS This Morning this Monday, March 13th.” Thank you for staying close, looking… Read

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MSNBC Launches “Unruly” Andrea Mitchell Promo As Supporters Overrule Bill O’Reilly

A day after Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly called NBC’s Andrea Mitchell “unruly” for loudly questioning Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, MSNBC is using the Mitchell footage as one of its “This Is Who We Are” on-air promos. On Tuesday, Mitchell was ushered out of a Tillerson photo op with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkinon when she repeatedly posed questions about Russia that neither the Secretary of State nor the Foreign Minister acknowledged. The incident was caught on… Read

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Kellyanne Conway On Alternative Facts: Even The Oscars Make Mistakes

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s senior advisor who invented the Bowling Green Massacre and coined the phrase “alternative facts,” brushed off her flubs today on CBS Sunday Morning, noting that everybody makes mistakes and comparing her falsities to last week’s Oscar flub. "Well, it was alternative information and additional facts," is how Conway explained alternative facts to CBS’ Norah O'Donnell. "And that got conflated. But, you know, respectfully, Norah, I see… Read

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President Oprah? Well, If Donald Trump Can Do It …

Oprah Winfrey for President? Apparently reversing her long-standing dismissal of the notion, the CEO of OWN now doesn’t seem at all averse to at least contemplating the possibility. In an interview on Bloomberg TV’s The David Rubenstein Show –– taped in December but premiering today — Winfrey is asked whether, given her popularity, she might consider running for the White House in the next elections. “I never considered the question even a possibility,” Winfrey said about… Read

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Last Week Not In Sweden: Bill O’Reilly To Address Nils Bildt Mystery; Twitter Doesn’t Wait

Forget what happened last night in Sweden. Today’s question is, who was that Swedish guy on The O’Reilly Factor last week? Nils Bildt landed headlong into the fake news debate last Thursday, when he was identified during an interview on The O’Reilly Factor as a “Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor.” Except few in Sweden had ever heard of him, much less taken advice from him. “He is not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish… Read

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Spokesperson Explains Donald Trump’s Press Dinner No-Show: “We Spend Enough Time Around Each Other”

Correspondents’ dinner? Nah. And don’t even think about Thin Mints. A White House spokesperson, explaining President Donald Trump’s decision to dash tradition and skip this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, told George Stephanopoulos this morning that the president spends enough time with reporters “as it is,” so why “walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn’t there?” She also brought up Girl Scout cookies and… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Disputes Trump’s Claim That News Media Is “Enemy Of The American People”

Without mentioning him by name, SAG-AFTRA, which represents thousands of broadcast journalists across the country, has issued a statement challenging President Donald Trump's claim that CNN and the news operations at ABC, CBS, NBC and The New York Times are "the enemy of the American people." "As a union whose membership includes broadcast and online journalists, SAG-AFTRA champions the rights of a free press, whose primary role is to provide citizens with the information… Read

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Anna Deavere Smith Wins George Polk Award For Career Achievement

Anna Deavere Smith, a MacArthur “genius” whose skills as deep-dive reporter, canny mimic and social activist have merged in such ground-breaking theatrical works as Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Fires In The Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities and the recent Notes From the Field: Doing Time In Education, has received the 35th George Polk Career Award, one of the top awards in journalism. Notes From The Field used in-depth interviews with politicians… Read

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John Dean: Trump’s “Enemy Of The People” Tweet Echoes Nixon’s Hatred of the Free Press

Donald Trump's claim that The New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC News are "the enemy of the American people" has a familiar ring to John Dean, former White House counsel to President Richard Nixon. "It's pretty outrageous talk for a president, but this is a pretty outrageous president," Dean told Deadline. "He kind of makes Nixon look like a choir boy." "What Nixon use to do behind closed doors, Trump does openly," said Dean, who revealed the existence of Nixon's… Read

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The Morning After: Daybreak Shows Stand Ground After President’s Critiques

April Ryan, the African American reporter who essentially was asked yesterday by President Donald Trump for a hook-up with her friends on the Congressional Black Caucus, continued going high in her response this morning. “I want to believe he wasn't thinking what everybody's thinking,” Ryan said on MSNBC today, referring to the social media barrage accusing Trump of thinking all black people know each other. (“Do all orange people know each other?” Seth Meyers asked last… Read