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NFL commissioner waves goodbye to Colin Kaepnerick: “We’ve moved on”

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Are any hopes of Colin Kaepernick returning to the National Football League officially over? That may in fact be the case, according to recent comments made by the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell.

The controversial former NFL quarterback recently made headlines again as the league had scheduled a public workout for Kaepernick this past November. The event was intended to allow the infamously kneeling athlete to showcase his skills on the field, perhaps prompting a team to take advantage of his free agent status. Prior to the workout, Kaepernick posted the following to Twitter:

However, the workout, as scheduled, did not go as planned; Kaepnerick bailed on the agreed upon location the day of the event and instead decided to showcase his skills at a different nearby facility.

Regarding the public event, Kaepernick and the NFL had apparently reached an impasse: the nike-sponsored former QB wanted the workout to be open to press, but the NFL was unwilling to accommodate. As noted in Yahoo! Sports, only 8 teams attended the new location of Kaepernick’s workout, whereas around 25 had planned on showing up to the NFL-approved location.

While in Irving, Texas, for one of the NFL’s winter league meetings, Commissioner Goodell spoke with reporters about Kaepernick, bluntly saying: “This was about creating an opportunity. We created that opportunity. It was a unique opportunity, a credible opportunity, and he chose not to take it. I understand that. We’ve moved on.”

Despite a relatively successful tenure in the NFL, which included an appearance in the 2013 NFC Championship game, and his insistence he remains physically capable of performing in the NFL, it seems as though teams are unwilling to accept the controversy that would come with any skills he can still bring to the table.

Colin Kaepernick sill remains without an NFL contract, though, as reported in the Bleach Report, his Nike endorsement does allow for a luxurious lifestyle.

Sources, Fox News, Bleach Report, Yahoo! Sports

Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff

“Richard Jewell” actress speaks out, sides with film’s critics: “I did not have a say…”

The controversy surrounding the release of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood’s latest film has gained momentum as actress Olivia Wilde, who stars as former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs, aligned herself with some of the project’s loudest critics.

What “Richard Jewell” critics object to about the film is the onscreen depiction of Scruggs (who died in 2001), allegedly portrayed as having traded sex for tips regarding the FBI’s investigation into the Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Although the man himself was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, Richard Jewell’s nightmarish portrayal in the media as a suspect in the case was largely fueled by Scruggs’ reporting for the AJC.

In light of this portrayal, the ACJ has hired high-profile Hollywood attorney Martin D. Singer in an attempt to force the filmmakers to acknowledge their portrayal of Scruggs as an example of “artistic license,” as reported in The Wrap.

Some, including Slate journalist Mark Joseph Stern, have called for “Richard Jewell” to be boycotted over its controversial depiction of Scruggs:

As detailed by the Daily Mail, Clint Eastwood has since stood firmly by his cinematic effort, saying in part: ““… We’re telling our story. And I think I think we did a really good job.”

However, Wilde had a much different perpsective than the film’s director, taking to Twitter to explain her position:

Despite her own “research,” the Scruggs family claims Wilde never reached out to them in preparation for the role, according to the Daily Mail.

As “Richard Jewell” opens nationwide, we shall soon discover whether or not the controversy will serve to hinder or encourage its box office success.

Sources: The Daily Mail, The Wrap

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“Shame on you!” – Jerry Nadler confronted by pro-Trump activists after hearing

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Given the opportunity to confront House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler face-to-face, these pro-Trump protesters made sure to let the Democrat leader know exactly how they feel.

As seen in video footage captured by the Daily Mail, several fierce Trump supporters began surrounding Congressman Nadler as he boarded an elevator during a recess of the day’s impeachment hearing.

Ben Bergquam, a MAGA hat-wearing Trump loyalist yelled at Nadler: “‘Shame on you Chairman Nadler, shame on you, you have broken your oath.” He then taunted the New York Democrat by predicting that impeachment would ultimately work to President Trump’s political advantage: “… the American people see through it. It’s going to work in President Trump’s favor. Keep it up, keep it up.”

The following footage was recorded by Bergquam and uploaded to his Twitter account:

The shouts from Bergquam and several others received no response from Nadler, who proceed to board the elevator and leave the scene.

This outburst against Nadler comes as House Democrats wind down their hearings and an official vote on articles of impeachment is expected to occur in the near future. While it looks as though impeachment proceedings will successfully advance to a senate trial, Democrats could face political fallout if Trump holds on to power.

With the articles of impeachment vote likely only days away, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists neither she, nor other party leaders, are pressuring the rank and file to vote in favor of the impeachment effort. As reported in the The Hill, when questioned about this matter, the San Francisco Democrat responded: “I have no message to them. We are not whipping this legislation, nor would we ever with something like this. They’ll make their own decisions. I don’t say anything to them.”

Could the Democrats impeachment effort actually serve to benefit President Trump, as Ben Bergquam suggested to Jerry Nadler? We shall find out soon enough.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Hill

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“The View” host declares Nikki Haley ‘disqualified’ from nat’l office over confederate flag

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It appears as though the women of “The View” are preemptively attempting to quash any ambitions former that United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley may have for national office.

Condemnation from “The View” co-hosts came in response to the former South Carolina governor’s comments regarding the confederate flag, specifically, her claim that 2015 church-shooter Dylan Roof had “hijacked” the meaning of the flag when he championed it as part of his identity. In a sit-down interview with commentator Glenn Beck, Haley said: “And here is this guy that comes out with this manifesto, holding the Confederate flag and had just hijacked everything that people thought of (about the flag).”

As governor of South Carolina, Haley decided to remove the confederate flag from the statehouse building in 2015.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Haley wrote, in an attempt to clarify her position: “Today’s outrage culture insists that everyone who holds a view that’s different from our own is not just mistaken, they must be evil and shunned. That’s wrong. I know too many good people in South Carolina who think differently about the flag but who are not the least bit racist.”

The women of “The View,” however, were not amused.

As reported at Fox News, Joy Behar was immediately dismissive of Haley’s point of view, claiming the former Trump administration official was merely “talking out of two sides of her mouth.”

Co-host Sunny Hostin believes Haley’s op-ed remarks are in fact “disqualifying for her to run for national office.” Hostin fumed: “She’s saying now that it’s because of outrage culture that you could never now remove the flag from the South Carolina capitol — and I think what’s interesting is she’s now trying to diminish the very oppression of my community, of my ancestors, by calling it outrage,” the angered co-host proclaimed. Hostin then doubled down: “Well, I am outraged by that position.’

It remains to be seen whether or not Haley will attempt to parlay her experience into national office, but the controversy surrounding the confederate flag could prove to be a campaign issue down the road.

Sources: CNN, Fox News, Washington Post

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Rashida mistakenly blames “white supremacy” for shootings when it was likely anti-Semitism

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“White supremacy kills.”

That was Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s online reaction to a shooting at a grocery store in New Jersey in which four victims were fatally shot:

The issue with her response is that, according to NBC News, authorities are investigating the tragedy as a “potential act of domestic terrorism fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs.” Also, it was later revealed that the two deceased shooting suspects are black.

The Michigan Democrat has since removed her Twitter post, replacing it with the following:

In addition to 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch, other victims included fellow Hasidic Jew Mindy Ferencz, 31, Douglas “Miguel” Rodriguez, a 49-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant, and New Jersey Police Detective Joseph Seals, who was gunned down in a cemetery before the shooters terrorized the kosher grocery store.

Gurbir S. Grewal, New Jersey’s Attorney General, described the suspects Francine Graham, 50, and David Anderson, 47, as having “views that reflected the hatred of the Jewish people as well as the hatred of law enforcement.” He continued: “We are still working to determine how they selected their particular targets for these attacks, specifically both the JC Kosher Supermarket and Detective Joseph Seals.”

After what NBC describes as an “hours long standoff and intense shootout” in the supermarket, police broke through the store’s front door via armored vehicle. It was then that law enforcement found the dead bodies of Graham and Anderson.

Grewal also informed the public that the authorities have what they believe to have been the firearms used by the suspects, two of which were purchased in Ohio by Graham.

Sources: NBC, New York Post

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Eric Holder insists Barr “unfit” to lead DOJ, claims AG promotes lawlessness

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Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder is letting everyone know precisely what he thinks of the current leader of the justice department, William Barr.

In an op-ed penned for The Washington Post, Holder attacked Barr both professionally and personally. In part, he wrote: “Barr has made a series of public statements and taken actions that are so plainly ideological, so nakedly partisan and so deeply inappropriate for America’s chief law enforcement official that they demand a response from someone who held the same office.”

Holder served as former President Obama’s high-profile AG from 2009 to 2015. For a time, it was being speculated that he was considering throwing his hat into the 2020 presidential race. While that never transpired, Holder has made headlines for his behind-the-scenes political work. An an active part of the National Redistricting Action Fund, Holder and his team work to alter “…manipulated electoral maps that were drawn by Republicans.”

In his WaPo op-ed, Holder also expressed fear that Barr’s alleged fecklessness could have ramifications for years to come: “Virtually since the moment he took office, though, Barr’s words and actions have been fundamentally inconsistent with his duty to the Constitution. Which is why I now fear that his conduct — running political interference for an increasingly lawless president — will wreak lasting damage.”

The Daily Mail notes the rarity with which former government criticize those who later fill their posts. However, given the hyper-politicized nature of modern-day politics, it probably comes as a surprise to few. Holder acknowledged this sentiment as he claimed, “I am reluctant to publicly criticize my successors.”

Barr’s most recent egregious offense, according to Holder? His commenting on John Durham’s ongoing investigation following the release of Michael Horowitz’ IG report: “It was infuriating to watch him publicly undermine an independent inspector general report — based on an exhaustive review of the FBI’s conduct — using partisan talking points bearing no resemblance to the facts his own department has uncovered.”

Although Holder stays active working to bring out the goals of the National Redistricting Action Fund, one can almost be sure he will come forward again regarding the findings of the Durham report–whatever they may be.

Source: Daily Mail, Washington Post

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Chris Wallace: Trump is engaged in historic, sustained attack on “freedom of the press”

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In perhaps his most unabashed criticism of Donald Trump to-date, “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace claimed that the First Amendment has never before endured anything quite like the president’s “direct” attacks.

Wallace’s remarks were made during his well-received speech to before a crowd at Newseum, the Washington D.C. media museum, The Guardian reports. “I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history,” the Fox anchor proclaimed to much applause.

Wallace was invited to speak at Newseum as part of a farewell event, for the museum is shutting down its location in America’s Capital nearly 12 years after opening its doors.

During his address, the Fox News host conceded that the president’s harsh criticism of the press had, at least in part, been effective: “Let’s be honest, the president’s attacks have done some damage. A Freedom Forum Institute poll, associated here with the Newseum, this year found that 29% of Americans, almost a third of all of us, think the first amendment goes too far. And 77%, three quarters, say that fake news is a serious threat to our democracy.”

Wallace’s remarks were in response to the following sort of sentiments expressed by President Trump:

Wallace has specifically been on the receiving end of Trump’s attacks. Recently, the president referred to him as both “nasty” and “obnoxious,” additionally claiming that Wallace would never live up to the legacy left by his father and iconic reporter, Mike Wallace.

During his speech, Wallace further claimed that Trump’s “clear” goal of attacking the media is done for his own personal benefit, so that the public will doubt the veracity of critical news reports, thereby by fostering a general sense of mistrust regarding the press as a whole.

Source: The Guardian

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“Chill Greta, Chill!” – Trump tells activist teen to “work on her Anger Management problem”

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They now both belong to an exclusive club of being named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” but President Donald Trump isn’t exactly extending congratulatory messages to teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Quite the opposite, in fact, as reported by the Daily Mail.

One day after Thunberg was selected by Time, the president took to Twitter to sarcastically troll the radical environmentalist:

As a means of responding to public criticism and to presumably illustrate they do not bother her in the slightest, Thunberg is known for taking attacks hurled against her and incorporating them into her Twitter biography. Shortly after Trump’s trolling, Thunberg responded by updated her bio to read: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”

At 16 years of age, Thunberg is the youngest person to be featured as Time’s “Person of the Year.” However, President Trump is not the only world leader to be critical of her efforts or character. A couple of days prior to Trump’s insult, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro referred to the environmentalist teen as “a brat,” as reported in the New York Post.

Bolsonaro’s attack came in response to Thunberg’s description of the alleged plight facing the indigenous peoples of Brazil: https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1203732257401380869?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1203732257401380869&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fredbluedivide.com%2Fa-brat-environmental-activist-greta-thunberg-insulted-by-president-of-brazil%2F

While speaking to journalists after Thunberg’s online post, Brazil’s president said, “Greta said that the Indians died because they were defending the Amazon. It’s impressive that the press is giving space to a brat like that.”

No one ever said that being a worldwide activist (or Time’s “Person of the Year”) would be easy.

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Post

Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.

McConnell undermines Trump’s impeachment trial strategy behind the scenes – New report

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It appears that President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are of different minds when it comes to a prospective senate impeachment trial.

As pointed out in the Associated Press, the president views the looming senate trial not only as a means of clear vindication, but as a vehicle for political retaliation. Furthermore, team-Trump believes they could turn the tables on Democrats by calling their own witnesses, perhaps even the likes of Hunter Biden, Congressman Adam Schiff, the anonymous whistleblower, and Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, all of which could potentially turn voters against Democrats in 2020.

However, all of this sounds far too chaotic for the likes of “The Turtle,” aka McConnell. The Republican leader is even said to have referred to such a scenario as “mutually assured destruction” during a private lunch according to the Daily Mail. In lieu of political theatrics, McConnell wants a trial that is short and sweet; a trial that ends with a quick acquittal of the president.

The Kentucky politician’s apprehension regarding a full-blown senate trial is not without good reason. As noted in the Daily Mail, McConnell is concerned that, in order for the senate to grant the defense its desired witnesses, Democrats may also fight to have witnesses of their own testify. The resulting back-and-forth could result in unforeseen, potentially damaging developments, and could obviously drag along the process much more than would be necessary for a simple acquittal.

Asked by reporters to speculate on the likely trial, McConnell responded: “Here’s what I would anticipate: The House managers would come over, make their arguments, the president’s lawyers would then respond,” the majority leader predicted. “And at that point the Senate has two choices: It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial. Or it could decide — and again 51 members could make that decision — that they’ve heard enough.”

Lindsey Graham has issued similar statements in favor of a quick process. “Here’s my advice to the president,” opined the Senate Judiciary Chairman. “If the Senate is ready to vote and acquit you, you should celebrate that.”

Sources: Associated Press, Daily Mail, Fox News

Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.

Inspector General brings James Comey’s victory lap to sudden end, says no one vindicated

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It appears as though James Comey’s initial celebration has been cut short. Following release of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ probe into the beginnings of the controversial Russia probe has been cut short, the former FBI director proceeded as though all of the controversies surrounding his tenure as head of the bureau were simply a thing of the past.

After its findings were made pubic on Monday, the former head of the FBI aired his thoughts on his Twitter page:

However, during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the inspector general strongly indicated that the matter may not be as simple as Comey would like the public to believe, as detailed a report on CNBC. Following a line of questioning from Chairman Lindsey Graham regarding Comey’s remarks, Horowitz responded simply: “The activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody.”

Graham made it clear during the hearing that he intends to hold the FBI, and those who allegedly abused their intelligence powers pursuant to the Russia investigation, accountable. “My goal,” Graham proclaimed “is to make sure when this is over… you look at this as more than a few irregularities. What happened here is the system failed. People at the highest level of our government took the law into their own hands.”

The definitive ramifications of Horowitz’ report are still rather elusive. During the hearing, he reiterated that neither “documentary or testimonial evidence” was uncovered that proved political bias to be the driving force behind the the Trump-Russia probe.

It also must be remembered that unlike the to-be-released findings of U.S. attorney John Durham’s investigation, Horowitz’ undertaking was not the same sort of criminal inquiry, nor was it as wide ranging in its scope.

Who knows–By the time Durham’s findings are made public, very few people may even remember the name ‘Horowitz.’

Sources: CNBC, New York Post

Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.

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