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Keller @ Large: Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards On Women In Politics

BOSTON (CBS) – Cecile Richards, the longtime president of Planned Parenthood, joined WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller to discuss her best-selling book along with her belief that now is the time for women to lead a political movement. Richards was president of Planned Parenthood from 2006-2018. She also wrote the best-selling book “Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead.” Keller @ Large: Part 2 Keller asked Richards about her previous statement that we need a political movement “of, by and for women” as the country inches toward the 2020 presidential election. “I think the most important thing is that women’s issues that women care about are part of the political conversation, whether it’s a woman or man running for president,” Richards said. “I just think it’s important that women’s equality and our ability to participate in the work force and raise our families should be front and center in this campaign and that’s my goal.” Richards also discussed a meeting she had with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner shortly after President Trump was elected. “They asked to meet and their offer to me was if Planned Parenthood would quit providing abortion services to women in America that they would try to get more funding for the organization,” she said. “Needless to say it didn’t go anywhere. I said we are absolutely there to provide the full range of reproductive healthcare services for women. It was a disappointing meeting for sure.”

Batten School and Center for Politics host Margaret Brennan

Margaret Brennan, a 2002 University graduate and moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation, spoke to a crowd of more than 170 students, faculty and community members in Garrett Hall Wednesday evening as a part of the Batten School and the Center for Politics’ “Democracy in Perilous Times” series. Brennan talked about her career as a journalist and her experiences prominently covering the White House and hosting a broadcast news program during the Trump administration. After studying foreign affairs, Middle Eastern studies, and Arabic while at the University, Brennan began working for CNBC covering Wall Street, later moving to Bloomberg Television to continue her financial reporting as an anchor. “And Wall Street is shorthand for how the world functions often … so I brought that and I brought my background covering national security policy, and those are things that are often on my front burner and headlines that catch my attention.” In her talk, Brennan noted the fast-paced nature of a television newsroom and explained the process of booking political figures for the Face the Nation broadcast, which airs Sunday mornings. “We try to make Face the Nation look like the nation,” Brennan said. “We try to incorporate more diversity of thought and perspective … People ask you these big picture questions of what things have changed, and I think that the storytellers have also changed. I think perspectives need to be more informed as well. You can’t just have the same point of view reflected and repeated all the time.” When an audience member asked what a news organization’s responsibility is in response to claims of fake news, Brennan described the dual responsibility of news outlets to provide accurate, comprehensive coverage and of media consumers to carefully choose which sources to watch, listen to and read. Read the paper and watch the news. And then I was looking at this idea of how to explain to people the roots of why things happen, the context for why things happen.
R. Kelly's publicist: The Gayle King interview helped

R. Kelly’s publicist: The Gayle King interview helped

Singer R. Kelly's publicist speaks out following his client's emotional interview with CBS' Gayle King and says he believes the interview helped Kelly as he continues to fight his legal issues. #CNN #News

‘So many lies’: Trump attacks McCabe over explosive CBS interview

Donald Trump returned to the attack against Andrew McCabe on Monday, in response to an interview in which the former deputy FBI director discussed his new book and made claims damaging to the president. 'I believe Putin': Trump dismissed US advice on North Korea threat, says McCabe Read more In the interview, broadcast by CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday night, McCabe addressed, among other matters: How the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was told by Trump to write a memo justifying the firing of FBI director James Comey in May 2017 How, following the firing of Comey, McCabe ordered investigations of whether it was done to impede the investigation of Russian election interference and whether Trump was acting on behalf of the Russian government How he believes that is why he himself was fired Discussions about whether Trump could be removed from office under the 25th amendment Discussions about whether Rosenstein should wear a wire to record the president How Trump ignored US intelligence advice on North Korea’s nuclear capability and said: “I don’t care. So it was really something that he kinda threw out in a very frenzied chaotic conversation.” The deputy attorney general also offered to wear a wire to record conversations with Trump, McCabe said. “The deputy attorney general [DAG] never authorized any recording that Mr McCabe references,” the statement said. The president may have been engaged in obstruction of justice in the firing of Jim Comey Andrew McCabe He told CBS: “Rod was concerned by his interactions with the president, who seemed to be very focused on firing the director and saying things like, ‘Make sure you put Russia in your memo.’ That concerned Rod in the same way that it concerned me and the FBI investigators on the Russia case. “If Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein listed the Russia investigation in his memo to the White House, it could look like he was obstructing the Russia probe by suggesting Comey’s firing. And the president responded, ‘I understand that, I am asking you to put Russia in the memo anyway.’” Publicly, shortly after Comey’s firing, Trump told NBC he had done it because of “this Russia thing”. The president, then, fired the director. “In the firing of the director, the president specifically asked Rod Rosenstein to write the memo justifying the firing and told Rod to include Russia in the memo. On CBS, McCabe was asked how he could remember conversations with Trump well enough to put them in a book.

Revisiting the brain-eating political relevancy of CBS’ ‘BrainDead’

Mary Elizabeth Winstead starred as a filmmaker braving the perils of politics and alien bugs in CBS’ one-and-done series “BrainDead.” [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO] The cancelled CBS sci-fi series is available to stream on Amazn Prime and CBS All Access. In this intensely divisive moment in our country, let me take you back to a (somehow) simpler time: the summer of 2016. In June of that year, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were still weeks away from becoming the official presidential candidates for their respective parties, the Access Hollywood tape was months from being unearthed and the widespread campaign that would deteriorate our country into a dumpster fire was, by comparison, still just simmering kindling waiting for the accelerant. The show, from “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, was canceled after one little-watched season overshadowed by the real-life political thunderdome forming beyond its borders. Its fade into obscurity is a real shame because in revisiting it nearly three years later (or what seems like a decade), the show’s well-positioned and intelligent aim at the festering wound that is base politics feels more pressing than when it aired – likely because that target has only grown bigger in the intervening years. Even in 2016, watching shows about politics felt like a chore when reality was already sucking the life out of you. But “BrainDead” took a delightfully outlandish approach because, in its D.C., bugs from outer space that looked like ants infiltrated the government by burrowing inside the brains of politicians. By pulling the cerebral strings of the country’s lawmakers, they could steer America, and eventually the world, into further chaos, weakening us from within while secretly setting up a larger invasion. Naturally, even with control over their human hosts (the bugs crawl in through the ear and push out a chunk of the brain now rendered useless), the invaders found it hard to battle the darker impulses of politicians, who still manage to find the worst course of action even when they aren’t even at the wheel. If you’re open to some savvy sci-fi with a political chaser, “BrainDead” is streaming on CBS All Access and Amazon Prime.

Welcome to The Washington Times

Although sports betting still dominates, bookies are increasingly eager to get into the political betting market and salivating over the prospect of taking odds on how many times Mr. Trump calls Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” or mentions her infamous ancestry test in a hypothetical 2020 presidential debate. Dave Mason, the sportsbook brand manager, said the market has been growing over the years. Scott Cooley, a spokesman for BetDSI, said the presidential election surpassed the Super Bowl that year. While political gambling for money is generally illegal in the U.S., that hasn’t always been the case. That can make oddsmakers more accurate than polls in some cases. There are ways to put money on politics legally. They get to bet on, among other things, how many times Mr. Trump would refer to the “wall,” “crooked Hillary” or “small hands” in debates. “His actions make it easy to create newsworthy prop bets and futures markets,” Mr. Cooley said. “There is not a lot of scientific data [on political betting], where the Super Bowl spread is tried and tested,” Mr. Mason said. “It is more coming up with stuff, throwing it against the wall and seeing what sticks.” The Washington Times welcomes your comments on, our third-party provider.

Ex–Starbucks CEO Could Get Trump Re-elected

Howard Schultz thinks politics are broken, and may run for president as an independent. Before there was Jill Stein, there was Ralph Nader. All argued that the Republican Party and the Democratic Party were basically the same, and the only way to make real change was to ditch them both. Yet here comes Howard Schultz, a billionaire who feels that he might be the answer to American politics, and that he’d run for president as an independent. What’s his value proposition for America? Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, would run under the theory that the answer to the political division in the country right now is moving away from party politics. Schultz would have to persuade millions of them to abandon the party to vote for him, while drawing enough Democratic votes away from a party that is energized and excited about taking out the president. For the past year, Schultz has been investing in burnishing his image and strategizing by hiring a number of experienced consultants, most prominently Steve Schmidt, the 2008 campaign manager for John McCain. Tina Podlodowski, the Washington State Democratic chair, blasted the idea of Schultz running as an independent in the press last week. Kristol wrote that he sees a silver lining to a run that doesn’t seem to be the billionaire’s intention: “For 2019 at least, the fact that serious people like Howard Schultz are considering an independent race might help bring home to more voters, including independents and some Republicans, how important it is to replace Trump.

Keller @ Large: Government Shutdown Blame Game

BOSTON (CBS) – Most members of Congress have gone home for the holidays, but the lights are on at the White House where the president continues to push for a shutdown deal that includes border wall funding. But his tough talk and bravado about the shutdown in that now-infamous December 11 meeting with top Democrats is looking more and more like a major miscalculation. “I’d rather not be doing shutdowns,” he says. His chief of staff admits they’ve backed off their once non-negotiable demand for $5 billion to build the wall. “We sat down with Mr. Schumer and gave him a number below five,” Mick Mulvaney said today. And the blame game the president swore off two-and-a-half weeks ago is now in full swing. What changed? The latest national polling shows a majority are holding either the president or his party responsible for the mess, with only a third blaming Democrats. “I was hoping the Republicans were hearing what I was hearing back home from my constituents during the Christmas holiday, which is you guys gotta get back to Washington and reopen the government,” says Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Worcester). Yet another sign of political distress in the White House – the euphemisms they’re now using for the wall, the “big beautiful wall” as Mr. Trump used to refer to it.
CBS board denies ex-CEO Les Moonves' severance package

CBS board denies ex-CEO Les Moonves’ severance package

Les Moonves will not receive severance package after failing to cooperate with investigators. #SpecialReport #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The number one…
Moonves steps down from CBS amid abuse allegations

Moonves steps down from CBS amid abuse allegations

CBS CEO Les Moonves resigns just hours after Ronan Farrow's bombshell report in The New Yorker revealed six more women are leveling abuse allegations against the television executive. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to…