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Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:53 am

[guest post by Dana]

Feel free to talk about anything you think is newsworthy or might interest readers.

I’ll start.

First news item : Megyn Kelly interviews CBS staffer Ashley Bianco, who was fired after being accused of being the leaker of ABC News anchor Amy Robach’s “hot mic” clip . In the clip, Robach accuses the network of refusing to air an interview she did with one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims three years ago. While Bianco admits to having accessed the tape and clipping it when she worked at ABC, she is adamant that she did not leak it. Meanwhile, Project Veritas has published a letter by an “ABC insider” who claims that they are leaker.

Former CBS producer Ashley Bianco told Megyn Kelly she did not leak a video of an ABC reporter complaining on a hot mic that she knew about sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein years before his apparent suicide inside the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in August, but ABC brass wouldn’t listen.

Bianco, who moved to CBS in November, worked for ABC when the Aug. 19 tape was recorded. She was let go by CBS after less than a week with the network. ABC reportedly called its competitor to say Bianco was a suspect…The tape somehow wound up in the hands of the investigative group Project Veritas, whom Bianco said she’d never heard of until the scandal broke.

Second news item: Nikki Haley doesn’t think President Trump will be impeached:

…Haley said, “You’re going to impeach a president for asking for a favor that didn’t happen and giving money and it wasn’t withheld? I don’t know what you would impeach him on.”

She went on to call it “the death penalty for a public official,” saying, “There’s nothing in that transcript that warrants the death penalty for the president”

Norah O’Donnell said, “To be clear, it was not a complete transcript. There are still things that are missing from it, and in it he does say, ‘I would like you to do us a favor, though.’”

“The Ukrainians never did the investigation, and the president released the funds,” Haley said. “I mean, when you look at those, there’s just nothing impeachable there. And more than that, I think the biggest thing that bothers me is the American people should decide this. Why do we have a bunch of people in Congress making this decision?”

Third news item: Following up on Elizabeth Warren’s magical health plan, she clarifies that her plan will include everybody, regardless of immigration status. Further, she seems to believe that if you are not “Black trans and cis women, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary,” then you are not the backbone of our democracy. Too bad, so sad, losers:

Fourth news item: President Trump’s “spiritual adviser” is now officially a member of the White House staff:

It was “Power Night” at the City of Destiny church on Sunday and Pastor Paula White was urging her congregation to pony up.

“I want you to hear from God. God already spoke to me what I’m going to write out. You’re going to write your checks to Paula White Ministries,” White preached. “If God tells you to give $12.99, do it. Whatever the Holy Spirit speaks to you. If you need to give by credit card, do so.”
White regularly urges those in her pews to donate to her ministry, promising that God will bless them with wealth and “visions” in return. She sometimes warns her followers that their “dream will die” if they don’t.

This time, the televangelist was doing it as a newly minted White House official.

Two peas in a pod:

Have a great weekend.


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