January 17, 2020
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The Damage Report: January 17, 2020

Watch this GOP senator implode when Laura Ingraham doesn’t laugh at her joke. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.businessinsider.com/martha-mcsally-refuses-to-answer-fox-hosts-question-after-attacking-cnn-2020-1 "The Fox News opinion host Laura Ingraham was thrilled to see Republican Sen. Martha McSally publicly slam a CNN reporter on Thursday. McSally repeatedly called CNN's Manu Raju a "liberal hack" in an exchange filmed by one of her staffers. President Donald Trump's campaign was also happy to promote the incident, praising the Arizona lawmaker for attacking the so-called mainstream media. "THREE CHEERS for Senator @MarthaMcSally!!! THIS is how you handle FAKE NEWS @CNN," the campaign tweeted. McSally's campaign fundraised off the episode, and her team apparently registered the internet domain name "LiberalHack.com" within an hour of the incident. But Ingraham wasn't as enthusiastic when McSally refused to answer the same question Raju asked when Ingraham posed it again Thursday night. The question — does McSally want additional evidence and witnesses to be included in the Senate impeachment trial? — was "pretty easy," the Fox host said." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 7 minutes
Donald Trump screams every word he knows at reporter, denying Lev Parnas allegation. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/16/lev-parnas-trump-relationship-100058 “President Donald Trump on Thursday repeatedly and vigorously denied knowing Lev Parnas, one day after the associate of Rudy Giuliani made the explosive claim that the president was fully aware of his actions in Ukraine. Parnas went on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show Wednesday night, claiming the president “knew exactly what was going on.” He said that the president and Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, asked him to urge Ukrainian officials to publicly open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, his reelection rival. “He was aware of all of my movements,” Parnas told Maddow. “I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president.” Trump said Thursday that he doesn’t know Parnas at all, and dismissed the existence of photos of him and Parnas together, saying he takes pictures with “thousands of people including today that I didn’t meet.” He accused Parnas, who was indicted in October over an alleged campaign finance scheme, of trying to “make a deal for himself.” “I don’t know who this man is,” Trump said. “Oftentimes I’ll be taking a picture with somebody and say, I wonder what newspaper that one will appear in. I don’t know him. Perhaps he’s a fine man. Perhaps he’s not. I know nothing about him.” Trump has made an effort to distance himself from Parnas in the past. In October, after Parnas and his Florida-based partner, Igor Fruman, were indicted, the president denied knowing either of Giuliani’s associates." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 9 minutes
January 16, 2020
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The Damage Report: January 16, 2020

Lev Parnas speaks out for the first time, exposing Trump’s role in the Ukraine scandal. John Iadarola and Tommy Vietor break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/1/16/21068446/lev-parnas-maddow-trump-barr "Former Rudy Giuliani fixer Lev Parnas made a series of dramatic new claims Wednesday about President Donald Trump, Trump administration officials, and the overall effort to pressure Ukraine that led to Trump’s impeachment. And now, the question is whether he can back them up. In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Parnas claimed that President Trump knew “exactly what was going on” with his and Giuliani’s effort to get the Ukrainian government to announce investigations that would help Trump politically: “He was aware of all my movements.” Parnas also made assertions about what happened during various moments in the scandal. For instance, he said he conveyed a “harsh” message to an aide to Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky during a meeting, threatening payback if no investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter materialized. When he got no response, Parnas said, Trump canceled Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Zelensky’s inauguration. He also said that various Trump administration officials, from Pence to Attorney General William Barr, were in on the plot — though these assertions especially haven’t been corroborated. About the only person who was out of the loop, according to Parnas, was Robert F. Hyde, the Republican congressional candidate who was thrust into the news Tuesday, when texts he’d sent to Parnas that suggested he was having Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch surveilled were made public. Parnas said, though, that Hyde was a “weird” character who was probably making everything up." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 8 minutes
UPDATE: Senate has passed the USMCA, they are sending it to Trump. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/senate-passes-usmca-trade-deal-sends-it-to-trump.html "The GOP-held chamber approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in an overwhelming 89-10 vote. After Trump signs the three-nation pact, it needs only Canada’s approval to take effect. The Senate rushed to pass the agreement before the expected start of the president’s impeachment trial next week. The House delivered articles of impeachment to the upper chamber on Wednesday, and the Senate could take weeks to decide whether to convict Trump and remove him from office. USMCA will head to the president more than 14 months after the North American nations agreed to the deal. The Trump administration worked with Democrats to resolve concerns about enforcement of labor and environmental standards — changes that led most but not all of the party’s lawmakers to support the agreement. The Senate’s passage of USMCA came a day after Trump signed a partial trade deal with China. The agreement with Beijing does not require congressional approval. USMCA makes several tweaks to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect in 1994. Trump and Democrats alike argued that the earlier deal, which opened more free trade across the three countries, damaged American workers by encouraging companies to move jobs out of the U.S." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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WH scrambles to do damage control after the damning Lev Parnas interview. John Iadarola and Tommy Vietor break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.mediaite.com/trump/white-house-responds-to-bombshell-lev-parnas-interview-by-smearing-him-as-a-man-currently-out-on-bail/ "White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham responded to the bombshell interview that Rachel Maddow conducted with Lev Parnas, in which the former Rudy Giuliani colleague offered damning insight into the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine that lies at the heart of the current impeachment proceedings. Parnas has become a key figure in the unfolding and still-fluid story, and on Wednesday night revealed many details from his experience in Kyiv dealing with Trump’s personal attorney Giuliani, claiming that his entire mission was to get Ukraine President Zelinsky to launch or announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. Parnas made clear that in his esteem, there was a clear quid pro quo, and that the Trump administration was threatening to withhold not just military aid to Ukraine, but “all aid” unless the investigation into the Bidens were started. He also implicated President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, recently ousted National Security Advisor John Bolton, and Rep. Devin Nunes, nearly all of whom have clearly denied what Parnas has alleged." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Devin Nunes falls on his face while tripping over his initial Lev Parnas story. John Iadarola and Tommy Vietor break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/devin-nunes-now-remembers-call-with-lev-parnas?via=twitter_page "House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Fox News on Wednesday night that he now remembers speaking on the phone with Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani actively involved in the Ukraine scheme at the heart of the president's impeachment. Moments after Parnas told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that the president “knew exactly what was going on” with Ukraine, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum asked Nunes about phone records that show he spoke to Parnas, noting he previously said he couldn’t “recall” having a phone conversation with the Giuliani henchman. Claiming that the information was “brand new” at the time and he just didn’t “recognize the name Parnas,” the pro-Trump congressman added that he was able to recall “where he was at the time” and now “remembered that call, which was very odd and random.” Asked whether or not they spoke about former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Nunes asserted that the first time he “heard the name Yovanovitch was not until this impeachment sham started.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Fox News grills Kellyanne Conway over Trump’s ties to Lev Parnas. John Iadarola and Tommy Vietor break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/kellyanne-conway-melts-down-under-grilling-by-fox-news-on-lev-parnas "White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was asked four times by Fox News on Thursday morning to “flat-out” refute claims from Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas that President Donald Trump was fully “aware” of what he was up to in Ukraine. She didn’t give a straight answer once. After Fox aired a clip of Parnas’ interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow from Wednesday night, they asked her to refute his central claims. Conway first tried to laugh it off, joking with no sense of irony, “Remember, people who go on TV are never under oath.” Meanwhile, the Trump White House has blocked witnesses from testifying under oath and criticized the credibility of those who have. But that argument didn’t satisfy Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, who repeatedly grilled Conway on the substance of what Parnas was saying. “Are you saying flat-out, 100 percent what he alleges is not true, yes or no?” Hemmer asked. Instead of answering yes or no, Conway went on to offer up an “objection” to the idea that Parnas could know Trump was aware of his movements. “You cannot say what someone else knew or thought,” she said. “That was a TV show, not a court of law.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 4 minutes
January 15, 2020
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The Damage Report: January 15, 2020

Newly released documents reveal Trump sent his goons after Marie Yovanovitch & more. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/2020/1/14/21066219/impeachment-lev-parnas-evidence-ambassador "The House Intelligence Committee quietly released a new batch of impeachment inquiry evidence Tuesday evening: documents provided by Rudy Giuliani’s fixer for Ukraine, Lev Parnas. And boy, are they ugly. The documents, which include Parnas’s handwritten notes, copies of text messages, and other correspondence, reveal some new information — including that Giuliani claimed to be acting with President Trump’s “knowledge and consent” in his communications with the Ukrainian government. One handwritten note of Parnas’s, scribbled on Ritz-Carlton hotel stationery, clearly states his main objective in his dealings with Ukraine: to get Ukraine’s president to announce “the Biden case will be investigated.” The documents also provide the strongest evidence yet that there was a corrupt understanding involving prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko (a Ukrainian official in the previous regime). Lutsenko offered to investigate Burisma and the Bidens — and, in exchange, he insisted that US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, whom he had clashed with, be fired. He made this quid pro quo clear in his messages to Parnas. Particularly disturbing is a set of messages Parnas received from a person named Robert F. Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate. Hyde texted Parnas that he had people tracking Yovanovitch’s movements closely in Ukraine. He claimed he could tell whether her phone and computer were off. And he wrote: “If you want her out they need to make contact with security forces.” (It is not yet clear whether these claims by Hyde were true. On Wednesday morning, Parnas’s lawyer denied they were, and said Hyde had a “dubious mental state.”)" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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The Sanders-Warren feud is worse than we thought following January democratic debate. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://thehill.com/homenews/media/478340-cnn-moderator-criticized-for-question-to-sanders "A CNN debate moderator is coming under criticism for asking Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) what she thought when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reportedly told her that a woman could not win the presidential election, seconds after Sanders flatly denied he ever told Warren such a thing. The different accounts from Sanders and Warren of the conversation at their December 2018 meeting was a highlight of Tuesday night’s debate. CNN moderator Abby Phillip raised the issue about an hour into the two-hour debate, asking Sanders about CNN’s report of the conversation. “Sen. Sanders, CNN reported yesterday, and Sen. Warren confirmed in a statement, that in 2018 you told her that you did not believe that a woman could win the election. Why did you say that?” Phillips asked Sanders. “Well, as a matter of fact, I didn’t say it,” Sanders responded. “I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want. Anybody knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be president of the United States," Sanders replied. “Go to YouTube today. There’s a video of me 30 years ago talking about how a woman could become president of the United States.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 9 minutes
Trump loses his mind during a rally speech. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/2020/1/14/21066522/trump-milwaukee-rally-toilets-democratic-debate "At the same time that presidential candidates at the Democratic debate in Des Moines, Iowa, were discussing foreign policy and their respective qualifications to be commander in chief, President Donald Trump was less than 400 miles away in Milwaukee bashing lightbulbs that make him look orange and toilets that don’t flush well enough for his liking. No, really. Trump’s counterprogramming to the Democratic debate ended up being a relatively uneventful rally by his standards. But the contrast between the two events couldn’t have been more stark, and threw the stakes of the 2020 election into sharp relief. “Somebody said, ‘Oh, sir, don’t mention the lightbulb,’” Trump said at one point, right around the same time that former Vice President Joe Biden was defending his vote for the Iraq War. “The new lightbulb costs five times as much, and it makes you look orange. And I was more interested in the orange than I was in the cost.” Trump transitioned to hyping “new dishwashers that give you more water so you can actually watch and rinse your dishes without having to do it 10 times” — comments that suggest he’s not overly familiar with how dishwashers function." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 6 minutes
January 14, 2020
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The Damage Report: January 14, 2020

Meet Abby Huntsman’s replacement on The View. John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/13/business/abby-huntsman-quits-the-view/index.html “New York (CNN Business)Abby Huntsman, who has co-hosted "The View" since 2018, announced on Monday that she was departing the popular ABC daytime talk show. The move came amid Huntsman's complaints about a troubled culture at the show and recent tensions between her and co-host Meghan McCain. "This is always such a hard thing to do," Huntsman said at the top of Monday's episode of the show. "And especially this table because this is a really special table. The most iconic show I think on television and the smartest women that I've ever worked with. But today I'm saying goodbye." Huntsman, whose last day will be Friday, said she wanted to join the gubernatorial race of her father, Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who announced last November that he is running for the job again in 2020. But behind the scenes, there was more to her surprise announcement. Half a dozen people who spoke to CNN Business described a toxic work environment, including a soured relationship between Huntsman and McCain. The dispute with McCain was just one factor in Huntsman's feeling that she should leave." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 6 minutes
Bernie Sanders calls Elizabeth Warren’s attack targeting him ‘ludicrous’. John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/13/warren-says-no-interest-discussing-it-further-after-dropping-bombshell-accusation "Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday night that she has "no interest in discussing this private meeting any further," but after making an explosive charge against her 2020 Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders that stated desire is clearly not going to matter very much—and critics of how Warren levied the accusation suggested that could likely be the point. "Warren and Sanders need to squash this by tomorrow night's debate. I think Warren's in the wrong. But more importantly: this helps Biden." —Emma Vigeland, The Young Turks In a statement issued by her campaign's communication manager Kristen Orthman, Warren claimed that in a private 2018 conversation Sanders "disagreed" with her that a woman candidate could beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election—a difference of opinion she characterized as having something to do with "punditry." What Sanders was alleged to have said in the 2018 conversation was first made by anonymous sources "familiar with" the meeting in a report earlier Monday by CNN—a piece of journalism pilloried by critics as an irresponsible hit job. In response to the claims in the story, Sanders said it was "ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn't win.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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How will the Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren feud play out on the CNN debate stage? John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: Read more here: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/13/warren-says-no-interest-discussing-it-further-after-dropping-bombshell-accusation "Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday night that she has "no interest in discussing this private meeting any further," but after making an explosive charge against her 2020 Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders that stated desire is clearly not going to matter very much—and critics of how Warren levied the accusation suggested that could likely be the point. "Warren and Sanders need to squash this by tomorrow night's debate. I think Warren's in the wrong. But more importantly: this helps Biden." —Emma Vigeland, The Young Turks In a statement issued by her campaign's communication manager Kristen Orthman, Warren claimed that in a private 2018 conversation Sanders "disagreed" with her that a woman candidate could beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election—a difference of opinion she characterized as having something to do with "punditry." What Sanders was alleged to have said in the 2018 conversation was first made by anonymous sources "familiar with" the meeting in a report earlier Monday by CNN—a piece of journalism pilloried by critics as an irresponsible hit job. In response to the claims in the story, Sanders said it was "ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn't win.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Trump’s attack on Qassem Soleimani can be traced back to THIS decision. John Iadarola and Rep. Ro Khanna break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://khanna.house.gov/media/press-releases/release-udall-paul-khanna-gaetz-lead-call-inclusion-bipartisan-iran-amendment "Bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers call for final defense bill to include amendment prohibiting unauthorized and unconstitutional war with Iran Washington, DC – Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-KY.) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers in calling on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many of the signers of today’s letter are members of key House and Senate defense and foreign affairs-related committees, and they are weighing in as House and Senate negotiators are working on the final version of the FY 2020 NDAA. Udall, Paul, Khanna and Gaetz sponsored companion amendments in the Senate and House to the NDAA to prohibit an unauthorized war with Iran. The amendment passed the House as part of the NDAA, and it received support from a bipartisan majority in the Senate. “As you work towards a final conference report for the Fiscal Year 2020 NDAA, we write to express our strong support for the inclusion of a bipartisan amendment to prohibit an unauthorized and unconstitutional war with Iran,” the bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers wrote in today’s letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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The View attacks Bernie Sanders with baseless and ridiculous arguments. John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/meghan-mccain-slams-bernie-sanders-says-he-has-a-problem-with-women "Reacting to reports that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told fellow presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) that a woman can’t win the race, The View co-host Meghan McCain said on Tuesday that Sanders “has a problem with women” and that she doesn’t “want another misogynist in the White House.” At the top of Tuesday’s broadcast of ABC’s chatfest, the table discussed the fallout from the story, which dropped a day before Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debate. Sanders has denied that he made the comment to Warren, while the Massachusetts senator insisted in a statement that it did happen. Co-host Sunny Hostin said she doesn’t “doubt that he perhaps said that.” “Because when you read Hillary [Clinton]’s book, she does say that all of the innuendo and all of the Bernie Sanders attacks really led the way and paved the way for Trump calling her ‘Crooked Hillary,’” Hostin added. “So she thinks Bernie’s attacks really harmed her.” McCain, meanwhile, insisted that this is a big story because Sanders “hurt Hillary Clinton so much in the last election.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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GOP senators turn on Donald Trump in ongoing impeachment debate. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5e1cce47c5b650c621e3760a/amp?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly90LmNvL3dpZldNUW1KY2w_YW1wPTE&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAIC856gq1a6l6QnOr-j-Qr_R8Ug4bzzaXLUrqOTIdvwI3MtkSx683H1bAJPTL80MZOwefrBEuoocICmMQXNtYbQ27K9-kDoTsaT6sfi4fUqGN9REfClz_tzuuWdHQOIOFS_vyG24TftbIop3XisVYqE9la7QTTshmp_hiy7AEp_B&__twitter_impression=true "WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani, whose advocacy of a debunked conspiracy theory ultimately led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment, is lobbying to join the president’s defense team in the Senate trial but has so far been rebuffed. Giuliani, who has acted as Trump’s attorney for free since early 2018, has been “working Trump hard” to be included among the lawyers who will defend him on the floor of the Senate, according to an informal adviser close to the White House who spoke on condition of anonymity. The White House declined to comment on Giuliani. A second informal adviser said Giuliani has not really been aggressively lobbying, but has made it known that he is “available” to offer his services. “They said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” the adviser said, also on condition of anonymity. Giuliani did not respond to HuffPost’s queries on the matter." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 6 minutes
January 13, 2020
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The Damage Report: January 13, 2020

Cory Booker drops out of the 2020 presidential race. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.npr.org/2020/01/13/795874596/cory-booker-drops-out-of-presidential-race "Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday he is dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. In an email to his supporters, Booker cited a number of reasons: most notably, a lack of money to continue. "Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don't have, and money that is harder to raise because I won't be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington," Booker wrote. His campaign also released a video message on Monday. Booker was viewed as a powerful communicator on the campaign trail, yet his candidacy never really caught fire with Democratic voters, as they seek a candidate best positioned to take on President Trump. Booker would not have been on Tuesday's debate stage with other Democrats in Des Moines, Iowa, because of his polling lag." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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This is the Trump-Laura Ingraham interview moment no one is talking about. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.mediaite.com/news/trump-roasted-for-threatening-war-crimes-in-ingraham-interview-too-batsht-crazy-for-fox-news/ "President Donald Trump was criticized for threatening to pillage oil from Syria during an interview with Laura Ingraham, during which even the supportive host pushed back against the suggestion. In an interview broadcast Friday night on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, Trump tried to rebut criticism of his Syria policy, and alternately claimed to be taking the oil, to have already taken the oil, and to be merely protecting the oil. “And then they say he left troops in Syria. You know what I did? I left troops to take the oil. I took the oil. The only troops I have are taking the oil. They’re protecting the oil…” Trump said, as Ingraham rushed to clean it up for him. “Not taking the oil, they’re not taking the oil,” Ingraham said. “Well, maybe we will. Maybe we won’t,” Trump said. “They’re protecting the facility,” Ingraham said. “I don’t know. Maybe we should take it, but we have the oil. Right now, the United States has the oil. So they say he left troops in Syria. No. I got rid of all of them other than we’re protecting the oil. We have the oil,” Trump said." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Trump made up the Iran threat says defense secretary, Mark Esper. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mark-esper-trump-iran-embassies-evidence_n_5e1b2901c5b650c621e02da8 "Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s order to assassinate Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, but admitted he “didn’t see” any specific evidence backing up the president’s claim that Soleimani had been planning imminent attacks on multiple U.S. embassies. During an interview Friday with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Trump fired back at critics who opposed his decision to take out Soleimani, claiming the Iranian military leader was readying assaults on four U.S. embassies, including in Baghdad. He did not cite any specific intelligence during the interview. Asked about Trump’s assertion on Sunday, Esper told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that “exquisite intelligence” shared with the “Gang of Eight” ― a group of top congressional leaders typically briefed on highly sensitive intelligence matters ― referenced “an attack” on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Pressed by host Margaret Brennan about a specific piece of intelligence that might have indicated threats to multiple embassies, Esper said Trump had merely said he “believed” that there “probably and could have been” attacks on additional embassies. “Are you saying there wasn’t one?” Brennan asked." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Civilian plane crash sends Iran into chaos as the truth comes out. John Iadarola and Negar Mortazavi break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/iran-plane-shoot-protest-crisis-competency-legitimacy-200113151404256.html "Student protests erupted in Tehran shortly after General Amirali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace division, publicly acknowledged on January 11 that Iranian air defence forces "unintentionally" shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752. The Boeing 737-800 passenger plane, bound for Kyiv, crashed minutes after take-off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran on January 8, killing all 176 people, mostly Iranian nationals, on board. The crash happened hours after Iran launched more than a dozen missile strikes on two US military bases in Iraq in retaliation for the United States killing the most prominent Iranian military general, Qassem Soleimani, on January 3. A collective sense of unity and solidarity that the assassination of Soleimani by an adversarial foreign power temporarily created across Iran soon gave way to aggravated public resentment and fury at the incompetence and mendacity of a ruling system that falsely insisted on "technical flaws", persistently prevaricated over the truth behind the Ukrainian plane crash, and kept it hidden from the people for three days. "Many wonder if Tehran would have still come clean about the real cause of the plane crash had it not been for the pressure brought to bear on Iranian authorities by foreign governments such as Ukraine and Canada who lost citizens in the tragedy," Mitra Jafari, a student activist leader at Allameh Tabatabayi University in Tehran, told Al Jazeera." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 9 minutes
January 10, 2020
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The Damage Report: January 10, 2020

Trump has been implicated Fox News bombshell. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/was-this-ex-fox-news-anchor-courtney-friel-benched-for-accusing-trump?ref=home "Last Friday, KTLA weekend anchor Courtney Friel’s salacious book excerpt was featured by the New York Daily News. The next day, Friel wasn’t in the anchor chair at her regularly scheduled 5 p.m. slot, nor was she in it at 6 p.m., nor was she in it at 10 p.m., nor was she in the chair at 11 p.m. And on Sunday, she again was not in the anchor chair at 5, 6, 7, 10, or 11 p.m. No, the Los Angeles local TV anchor has been sent on “vacation” after the Daily News revealed that, in her new book Tonight at 10: Kicking Booze and Breaking News, Friel claims President Donald Trump once phoned her and called her “the hottest one at Fox News” and then allegedly said: “You should come up to my office sometime, so we can kiss.” Why would KTLA remove a popular anchor one day after she revealed that the president of the United States made a sexual overture toward her? Friel wasn’t planning to go on vacation until the following Monday, but KTLA seemingly disappeared her right after the Daily News excerpt published, causing observers to question such an unannounced break. KTLA did not respond to multiple requests for comment. On Saturday, according to a firsthand witness who spoke to The Daily Beast, Friel was interrupted by a paparazzo while shopping for groceries at a West Hollywood Whole Foods. The photographer asked her: “Why are you not on the news right now?”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Leaked messages reveal Boeing employees joked about flaws in 737s back in 2016. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-18/faa-says-boeing-was-tardy-in-turning-over-737-max-evidence "A high-ranking Boeing Co. pilot working on the 737 Max three years ago during its certification expressed misgivings about a feature since implicated in two fatal crashes, calling its handling performance “egregious,” according to 2016 instant messages. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Boeing alerted the Transportation Department late Thursday of instant messages between the pilot and another employee of the planemaker. The regulator said Boeing was aware of the communications for months. “The FAA finds the substance of the document concerning,” the agency said in a statement. “The FAA is also disappointed that Boeing did not bring this document to our attention immediately upon its discovery.” The messages are a stunning turn in the saga of Boeing’s best-selling jet, which has been grounded worldwide since March 13. While the planemaker has said repeatedly that it followed proper procedures to certify the jet, the communications show that senior pilots at the company were concerned about a critical aspect of its design and were worried that regulators had been misled." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Mike Pompeo’s lies dance is just pathetic as he tries to defend Trump's decision to assassinate Soleimani. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-01-07/mike-pompeo-backs-away-from-claim-on-imminent-soleimani-attack "U.S. Backs Away From Claim on ‘Imminent’ Soleimani Attack The secretary of state said the Iranian leader was killed because of past behavior, which contradicts his assertions that the decision to kill Soleimani was based on an imminent attack on Americans. SECRETARY OF STATE Mike Pompeo on Tuesday offered a convoluted rationale behind President Donald Trump's decision to order the deadly strike against Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week, saying the prolific Quds Force leader's prior behavior, as well as his planned efforts to continue building terror networks, prompted Trump to decide to kill him. Pompeo's statement marks a shift in rhetoric from top administration officials, who have claimed that the contentious drone strike was justified by yet unspecified intelligence that Soleimani had planned a specific attack against Americans, and that only his death would have prevented it. "If you're looking for imminence, you need look no further than the days that led up to the strike that was taken against Soleimani," Pompeo said, specifically citing the attack by Iran-backed Iraqi militia Kata'ib Hezbollah in December against a U.S. base near Kirkuk, killing an American contractor." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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A press reporter gives Mike Pompeo an English lesson in the middle of a press conference. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-01-07/mike-pompeo-backs-away-from-claim-on-imminent-soleimani-attack "U.S. Backs Away From Claim on ‘Imminent’ Soleimani Attack The secretary of state said the Iranian leader was killed because of past behavior, which contradicts his assertions that the decision to kill Soleimani was based on an imminent attack on Americans. SECRETARY OF STATE Mike Pompeo on Tuesday offered a convoluted rationale behind President Donald Trump's decision to order the deadly strike against Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week, saying the prolific Quds Force leader's prior behavior, as well as his planned efforts to continue building terror networks, prompted Trump to decide to kill him. Pompeo's statement marks a shift in rhetoric from top administration officials, who have claimed that the contentious drone strike was justified by yet unspecified intelligence that Soleimani had planned a specific attack against Americans, and that only his death would have prevented it. "If you're looking for imminence, you need look no further than the days that led up to the strike that was taken against Soleimani," Pompeo said, specifically citing the attack by Iran-backed Iraqi militia Kata'ib Hezbollah in December against a U.S. base near Kirkuk, killing an American contractor." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Donald Trump claims to have the answers for cancer. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-death-rate-american-cancer-society_n_5e17d734c5b650c621dbeb9b “President Donald Trump appeared to claim credit Thursday for a dramatic drop in cancer deaths in the U.S. over the last 26 years. The American Cancer Society isn’t backing him up. Trump tweeted “a lot of good news coming out of this Administration” as he referred to his interpretation of statistics in a report by the American Cancer Society released Wednesday. The rate of people dying of cancer dropped in 2017, Trump’s first year in office, for the 26th year in a row, according to the report. The overall death rate from cancer in the U.S. declined by 29% from 1991 to 2017. The largest-ever single-year drop in cancer deaths, 2.2% — spurred significantly by a dramatic decline in lung cancer deaths — occurred from 2016 to 2017, the report revealed. American Cancer Society CEO Gary Reedy told CNN that the findings — even for 2017, the sole year Trump was in office during the study period — are not connected to anything his administration did. Reedy attributed the improved mortality trends to “prevention” (such as declining smoking rates), “early detection and treatment advances from earlier years.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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One word to describe every country. John Iadarola and Dr. Mandeep Rai break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Values-Compass/Mandeep-Rai/9781501183386 "“The Values Compass takes us into the hearts, minds, and traditions of the cultures and people of the world. It demonstrates how interconnected we are and how the divisions that exist between us stem from acting with narrow self-interest rather than concern for the good of our human family. I hope that the book will contribute to making our world a happier place.” —THE DALAI LAMA Broadcast journalist Dr. Mandeep Rai takes us on a journey across 101 countries, highlighting a unique value that has defined each nation’s history and culture—and how we can apply these to find purpose and fulfilment in our own lives. Every day we make decisions based on what we believe in: values that define the ambitions we set, the choices we make, and the relationships we choose. In The Values Compass, Dr. Mandeep Rai shows how the countries of the world epitomize the power of values, provide an ideal guide to help us understand our own, and teach us important lessons about success. From Moroccan compromise to Armenian survival and American entrepreneurship, The Values Compass shows how we can incorporate the values that animate nations into our own lives—seeing ourselves through the eyes of the world, and shedding new light on the opportunities and challenges that define us. The result is an insightful and readable collection that helps us reflect on the values that matter most, last longest, and have the greatest power to create change." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 7 minutes
January 9, 2020
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The Damage Report: January 9, 2020

Bernie Sanders receives major endorsements that are important for his 2020 campaign. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/us/politics/bernie-sanders-sunrise-movement-endorsement.html "Bernie Sanders’s Latest Endorsement: Sunrise Movement The move by the group of young climate activists was another sign that left-wing advocacy organizations have increasingly coalesced around the Vermont senator’s candidacy. The Sunrise Movement, the collection of young climate activists who have roiled Capitol Hill and the Democratic presidential primary, announced on Thursday that it was endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in another sign that left-wing advocacy groups have increasingly coalesced around his candidacy. In a landslide vote — more than 75 percent of respondents — Mr. Sanders earned the backing of members of the group, which has quickly become politically influential since its founding in 2017. Once a fledgling collection of college students, frustrated that Democrats and Republicans were not acting more quickly to curb climate change, Sunrise has grown to 318 chapters nationwide, with more than 10,000 members. Sunrise will host an event on Jan. 12 with Mr. Sanders in Iowa City to formally announce the endorsement. “We believe a Bernie Sanders presidency would provide the best political terrain in which to engage in and ultimately win that struggle for the world we deserve,” Varshini Prakash, a founder and the executive director of the movement, said in a statement. “Senator Sanders has made it clear throughout his political career and in this campaign that he grasps the scale of the climate crisis, the urgency with which we must act to address it, and the opportunity we have in coming together to do so.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 7 minutes
Donald Trump insults the US Founding Fathers by completely disregarding the US Constitution. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://apnews.com/9a76c82948930cdcd2e6531b3030670d "WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s confrontation with Iran is posing a gut check for Congress, brazenly testing whether the House and Senate will exert their own authority over U.S. military strategy or cede more war powers to the White House. As tensions rise at home and abroad, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will hold House votes this week to limit Trump’s ability to engage Iran militarily after the surprise U.S. airstrike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani. A Senate vote is expected to soon follow. Yet Congress has shown time and again it is unable to exert its ability to authorize — or halt — the use of military force. With their inaction, lawmakers have begrudgingly allowed the commander in chief to all but disregard Congress. “I think this president has pushed this to the limit with action that has a huge, escalating effect,” said Scott Anderson, a former attorney in the State Department’s legal office and former legal adviser for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. “Maybe this will push Congress to make it a priority. ... Anything short of legislative action doesn’t mean anything.” The showdown between the White House and Capitol Hill provides the latest example of how Trump’s willingness to break the norms in Washington is setting new standards in governance. Ahead of the attack that killed the Iranian general, the president did not consult with congressional leaders. In the aftermath, he refused to make public his justification for the airstrikes." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 8 minutes
Jim Banks & the GOP attack war survivor Ilhan Omar. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.newsweek.com/after-congressman-attacks-omars-ptsd-claim-veterans-group-defends-democrat-tremendously-1481188 “After Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) mocked Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota for saying that the Iran crisis caused her to be "stricken with PTSD," a veterans' group came to her defense. During a press conference Wednesday, Omar said the escalating tensions with Iran made her feel "ill a little bit because of everything that is taking place." "And I think every time I hear about—I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD. And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war," she said. Shortly after the press conference, Banks wrote a tweet that said her claiming PTSD was "offensive.” "Rep. Ilhan Omar complained she's 'stricken with PTSD' because of recent events in the Middle East," Banks wrote. "This is a disgrace and offensive to our nation's veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe." The anti-President Donald Trump veterans group Common Defense replied with harsh words for the congressman, pointing out Omar's refugee status. "Dear @RepJimBanks, This is a tremendously ignorant thing to say. Veterans like us know that people wearing uniforms aren't the only ones impacted by war. @Ilhan is a refugee. We stand with her against hawkish elites like you. #VetsForIlhan #EndForeverWar," the group posted." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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NASA engineer fights for progressives. John Iadarola and Eric Moyer break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.moyer2020.org/about/ "Like many other military families, Eric’s parents first came to the Miami Valley after serving all over the world with the United States Air Force. Following more than 20 years combined of active duty service, his parents decided to stay in the area and began second careers as civil servants at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Their more than 70 years (and still counting) of service to the Air Force was a constant reminder of the importance of public service and a guide in forming his values. In a country where the neighborhood where a child grows up is a major predictor of future wealth, he was privileged that Kettering had public schools that are at a quality that many others in the country are not. But despite academic scholarships and thousands of hours of part-time work since he was 14, he still relied on loans to study Biomedical Engineering at Ohio State and graduated with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. At Ohio State, Eric focused on public service outside of the classroom, including volunteer projects that applied his engineering coursework and interest in green energy solutions for the local and international community." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 5 minutes
January 8, 2020
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The Damage Report: January 8, 2020

Donald Trump bungles his response to Iran’s missile strikes. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/07/politics/rockets-us-airbase-iraq/index.html “(CNN)President Donald Trump, facing the gravest test of his presidency, signaled a de-escalation of tensions with Iran Wednesday in the wake of Iran's retaliatory attacks against Iraqi bases housing US troops. "Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world," Trump said, striking a somber tone during his White House statement. An early warning system worked well and no American or Iraqi lives were lost, Trump said. Trump appeared to be positioning the US to de-escalate, but offered very little room for Iran to maneuver, essentially sticking to a maximalist approach and demanding that any de-escalation happen on US terms. Reading carefully from teleprompters, Trump announced that his administration would once again slap Iran with more sanctions and demanded that US allies leave the nuclear deal so a new pact can be negotiated. The President's remarks set out no basic change from an administration strategy that has sharply ratcheted up tensions over the last year, putting the region on edge and bringing the US and Iran to the brink of war in the first days of the new year. "The United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime," Trump said, noting his administration is continuing to review other options to respond to the Iranian missile strike on Tuesday.” #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 10 minutes
Ukrainian jet leaving Iran crashes, killing all on board. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/2020/1/8/21056536/iran-plane-crash-ukraine-tehran-kyiv-what-we-know “Hours after Iran launched an attack against US forces stationed in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Quds Force leader Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a passenger plane carrying 176 people crashed near Tehran. No one aboard the airplane is believed to have survived the crash, which happened Wednesday morning local time. The plane, a Ukraine International Airlines flight from Tehran to Kyiv, was a Boeing 737-800 — not a 737 Max, the Boeing plane plagued by technical issues that has been grounded after being involved in two deadly crashes in 2018. Din Mohammad Qassemi, who lives near the crash site, told the Associated Press he initially believed the US was retaliating for the strike on coalition forces in Iraq: “I heard a massive explosion and all the houses started to shake. There was fire everywhere. At first I thought [the Americans] have hit here with missiles and went in the basement as a shelter. After a while, I went out and saw a plane has crashed over there. Body parts were lying around everywhere.” There is currently no evidence, however, that the crash is related to any military action. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.” #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Here is a firsthand account of the day-to-day dealing with the Australian fires. John Iadarola and Eric Byler break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://theintercept.com/2020/01/01/banality-apocalypse-australian-fire/ “WHEN MY FAMILY and I were still in danger, I emailed these words to a friend* back home in America: We‘re safe, but trapped by fires on three sides. The ocean will be our escape if necessary. People in other coastal towns have been evacuated by sea…If the roads open up and the authorities say it is safe, we will leave immediately. But we know that won’t be today. So we are holed up in our hotel room with a blanket at the base of the door to keep the smoke out. My wife and my children (ages 4 and 2) are citizens of Australia and the United States. We moved here a year ago, and up until fire season, it’s been perfect. Our home in the Australian capital of Canberra is among the safest in the nation, as close as it is to Parliament House and the equivalents of the CIA and the Department of State. But on December 30, we jumped in the family car for a road trip and a long-awaited beach vacation. The website for Bega Valley advertised that it was unaffected by the fires, but thinking of those who were. That was still true until the last hour of our drive, when we noticed an enormous column of smoke rising over the mountains to our left.” #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
  • 8 minutes
Instagram influencer Kaylin Ward was banned from the platform for her Australia Fires Fundraiser. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/who-cares-if-women-get-nude-for-australian-fire-relief-efforts-money-is-money?ref=home?ref=home “The Associated Press reports that 140,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Australia due to devastating bushfires, which have claimed the lives of at least 18 people. Around 12.35 million acres have been burned. Over 480 million animals are dead. Photos show scorched earth and dystopian red skies. Donations to relief efforts are pouring in. The actor Chris Hemsworth, who lives in New South Wales, has pledged a million dollars and encouraged others to “dig deep” and chip in. Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, and Nicole Kidman have also made online promises of financial aid. The Australian comedian Celeste Barber organized a Facebook group that has raised $26 million for the NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund which, per NBC News, has been the website’s highest-grossing fundraiser to date.” #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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A new study shows the horrible impact the US-China trade war has had on the US economy. And surprise, Trump doesn’t even know how tariffs work. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-has-made-this-false-claim-about-china-and-tariffs-at-least-100-times-182318319.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAC08OvhbLjhT_Nl5Dtik6UWmuSHx6sAUITf3_kfXbp8I1A57h87hBMNWUQAziDuMUD1OG5b7khKGVkjdsGAduU2d37Q-HxPnHAb8Wq09wd0_kz--My3Z21jCD7RPtgszCnda3yQCoeCtV4tEzddj2HEwa8hpC22E8ZolC2EnnACc “When President Trump sat before reporters in the Oval Office on Dec. 19 with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the subject of the trade negotiations with China came up briefly. “They’re still paying tremendous amounts of tariffs,” the president said. It was a notable comment only for its frequency of use. In fact, according to an analysis by Yahoo Finance, that was at least the 108th instance in 2019 that Trump falsely claimed China is “eating” or “being charged” or in some way “paying” for the tariffs his administration has imposed on Chinese imports. Trump’s claim has been debunked by fact checkers again and again and again and again. Here’s how FactCheck.org put it: “Not true. The tariffs are taxes paid by U.S. importers in the form of customs duties, and to some extent by U.S. consumers in the form of higher prices.” Politifact said Trump’s claims that China is paying tariffs and that the money is being passed to farmers “simply does not reflect how tariffs work.” (Chinese exporters do bear some of the cost of U.S. tariffs in various ways: they are sometimes forced to offer U.S. importers a discount to help defray the costs of higher U.S. tariffs.) Yet the criticism hasn’t slowed him down. The first 2019 instance was Jan. 3. In what appears to be his first public comment on China in 2019, Trump tweeted"The United States Treasury has taken in MANY billions of dollars from the Tariffs we are charging China.” Almost 10 months later, it was a nearly identical refrain during a Cabinet meeting: “We’re taking in billions and billions of dollars in tariffs from China,” he said on Oct. 21.” #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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January 7, 2020
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The Damage Report: January 7, 2020

Donald Trump’s Iran decision stuns top officials. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-iran-extreme-action-legitimacy-concerns_n_5e1146cae4b0843d36135ecb "President Donald Trump suddenly rocketed to the most radical of considered options in Iran even as troubled aides worried about the legitimacy of the action and the fallout, according to media reports. Pentagon officials were stunned, The New York Times reported, when Trump opted to target Iran’s top commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in a deadly airstrike in Baghdad early Friday. It was a surprise from a president who often expressed a goal to extricate America from Mideast conflicts, not to entangle the nation in a new potential war in the region. The president went for the most extreme alternative despite some aides’ fear that the action was not legally justified, reported The Associated Press — and that evidence was weak of “imminent attacks” from Iran quickly claimed in the wake of Soleimani’s death by the Trump administration, a source told the Times. Killing Soleimani was on the table of alternatives presented to Trump in the face of intelligence — disputed by some skeptical officials — claiming coming Iranian attacks on U.S. embassies and the military in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. But aides didn’t expect the president would pick that option." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Expert predicts the likelihood of a US-Iran War. John Iadarola and Alex Ward break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/world/2019/7/8/18693297/us-iran-war-trump-nuclear-iraq "A deadly opening attack. Nearly untraceable, ruthless proxies spreading chaos on multiple continents. Costly miscalculations. And thousands — perhaps hundreds of thousands — killed in a conflict that would dwarf the war in Iraq. Welcome to the US-Iran war, which has the potential to be one of the worst conflicts in history. The Thursday night killing of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who led Iranian covert operations and intelligence and was one of the country’s most senior leaders, brought Washington and Tehran closer to fighting that war. Iran has every incentive to retaliate, experts says, using its proxies to target US commercial interests in the Middle East, American allies, or even American troops and diplomats hunkered down in regional bases and embassies. It’s partly why the Eurasia Group, a prominent international consulting firm, now puts the chance of “a limited or major military confrontation” at 40 percent. But the seeds of conflict weren’t planted with Thursday’s airstrikes alone. Washington and Tehran have remained locked in a months-long standoff that only continues to escalate. The US imposed crushing sanctions on Iran’s economy over its support for terrorism and its growing missile program, among other things, after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal last year; Iran has fought back by violating parts of the nuclear agreement, bombing oil tankers, and downing an American military drone." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Take control of your internet experience this holiday season with at NordVPN.com/TYT. Get a 3 year plan for 81% off plus 2 amazing gifts: 4 extra months + the new NordPass password manager app! Australian wildfires are worse than we thought, so far killing one billion animals. John Iadarola breaks it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/07/more-one-billion-animals-killed-australia-wildfires-called-very-conservative "As Australia's catastrophic wildfires rage on with no end in sight, University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman said the number of animals killed in the blazes has topped one billion—a horrifying figure that the scientist described as a "very conservative" estimate. Dickman told HuffPost late Monday that the original estimate of nearly 500 million animals killed was based solely on figures from the state of New South Wales (NSW) and excluded groups of animals that have been devastated by the wildfires, which have scorched 18 million acres of land, destroyed thousands of homes, and killed at least 25 people. "It's our climate impact and our obsession with coal that is helping wage war on our own country." —Stuart Blanch, World Wildlife Fund Australia "The original figure—the 480 million—was based on mammals, birds, and reptiles for which we do have densities, and that figure now is a little bit out of date," Dickman said. "It's over 800 million given the extent of the fires now—in New South Wales alone." When animals such as bats, frogs, and invertebrates are included in the total, Dickman said, "without any doubt at all" the death toll has exceeded a billion." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Biden caught in another lie as a 1998 video shows him pushing for the Iraq War years before the invasion. John Iadarola and Jordan Uhl break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://theintercept.com/2020/01/07/joe-biden-iraq-war-history/?comments=1 "FORMER VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden this week continued to maintain the fiction that he stood against the war in Iraq “the very moment” it began in 2003. The claim has been easily taken apart by fact checkers — Biden publicly supported the war before, during, and after the invasion — but a 1998 Senate hearing sheds additional light on his determination to confront Iraq over weapons of mass destruction. In 1998, U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter resigned in protest and accused the international community of not giving him and his colleagues the support they needed to carry out their job in Iraq, which had agreed in 1991 to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile. He was called to testify before the Senate in September 1998, where Biden, who was then the highest-ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations committee, grilled him. In the course of the questions, Biden made revealing remarks about where he stood on regime change in Iraq. Biden thanked Ritter for forcing senators to “come to our milk,” by which he meant forcing them to make a decision on what to do about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction program" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Fox News cheers for Trump's war crimes. John Iadarola and Jordan Uhl break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/fox-news-host-pete-hegseth-is-all-in-on-trumps-war-crimes-threats-934449/ "Fox News’ Pete Hegseth’s day in the sun stems from his willingness to toil in a dark place. “I don’t care about Iranian cultural sites,” Hegseth said during a Monday segment on Fox News’ The Five. Hegseth was defending President Donald Trump, as he always does, while slamming Democrats after the president twice threatened Iran with what would amount to war crimes if Iran retaliated for last week’s drone-strike assassination of general Qasem Soleimani. Hegseth started with an attack on Democrats who have taken issue with the strike on Soleimani, saying, “With friends like these Democrats, who needs the Iranians.” Hegseth then addressed Trump’s threat by first asserting that the president was only referring to one cultural site. “Fifty-two sites, one which could be cultural,” Hegseth said of the president’s threat. Trump, however, did not make that qualification. On Saturday, Trump tweeted a “warning” to Iran that said, in part, that the US military has “targeted 52 Iranian sites… some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Defense contractors take over US-Iran media coverage. John Iadarola and Jordan Uhl break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://theintercept.com/2020/01/06/iran-suleimani-tv-pundits-weapons-industry/ "SINCE FRIDAY, a loud chorus of voices has appeared in the media to celebrate President Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a move that has sparked renewed tension in the Middle East, a new deployment of U.S. forces, and predictions of increased military spending. Many of the pundits who appeared on national television or were quoted in major publications to praise the president’s actions have undisclosed ties to the defense industry — the only domestic industry that stands to gain from increased violence. Jack Keane, a retired Army general, appeared on Fox News and NPR over the last three days to praise Trump for the strike on Suleimani. “The president acted responsibly,” Keane said during an appearance with Fox News host Lou Dobbs. “It should have happened a long time ago.” Keane has worked for military companies, including General Dynamics and Blackwater, and currently serves as a partner at SCP Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in defense contractors." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Take control of your internet experience this holiday season with at NordVPN.com/TYT. Get a 3 year plan for 81% off plus 2 amazing gifts: 4 extra months + the new NordPass password manager app! Bernie Sanders blast Joe Biden’s ability to beat Trump in 2020. John Iadarola and Jordan Uhl break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/07/sanders-targets-biden-over-iraq-war-vote-repeated-attacks-social-security "Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday evening took aim at the legislative record of 2020 Democratic primary rival former Vice President Joe Biden, calling Biden—who also served in the U.S. Senate representing Delaware for 36 years—the wrong candidate to take on President Donald Trump in the general election this November. Sanders hit Biden on voting for the Iraq War,a pattern of supporting disastrous trade deals, and Biden's many efforts as a lawmaker to cut social programs. "I just don't think that that kind of record is going to bring forth the kind energy we need to defeat Trump," Sanders told CNN's Anderson Cooper. Sanders has recently focused on providing a contrast between the two men's decades-long records of public service. Biden's longtime, consistent support for cutting Social Security and Medicare and tax breaks for the wealthy are a stark difference from Sanders' career goals of expanding social programs and taxing the rich. "Joe Biden has been on the floor of the Senate talking about the need to cut Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid," said Sanders." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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January 6, 2020
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The Damage Report: January 6, 2019

Trump loses it as he is forced to face consequences following his attack on Iranian general Qassum Soleimani. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/world/2020/1/5/21050347/trump-new-attacks-iran-soleimani-52-military-cultural "President Donald Trump threatened to attack multiple Iranian sites if the Middle Eastern nation strikes any American people or assets in a series of tweets Saturday, as Iran mourns the loss of a top leader, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq on Friday. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei promised “harsh revenge” for Soleimani’s death, who was considered the second-most powerful Iranian official, after a three-day mourning period. If Iran follows through on that promise, the US will target 52 sites within the country “some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture,” Trump wrote. “Those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!” The Trump administration already faces questions about the legality of its attack on Soleimani, and Sunday, Iranian officials accused Trump of threatening to carry out war crimes against the country. “Having committed grave breaches of int’l law in Friday’s cowardly assassinations, [Trump] threatens to commit again new breaches of JUS COGENS,” Javad Zarif tweeted, with “jus cogens” referring to the norms of international law. “Targeting cultural sites is a WAR CRIME.”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Donald Trump was caught teasing attack on Iran to wealthy Mar-a-Lago pals. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-told-mar-a-lago-pals-to-expect-big-iran-action-days-before-soleimanis-death "In the five days prior to launching a strike that killed Iran’s most important military leader, Donald Trump roamed the halls of Mar-a-Lago, his private resort in Florida, and started dropping hints to close associates and club-goers that something huge was coming. According to three people who’ve been at the president’s Palm Beach club over the past several days, Trump began telling friends and allies hanging at his perennial vacation getaway that he was working on a “big” response to the Iranian regime that they would be hearing or reading about very “soon.” His comments went beyond the New Year’s Eve tweet he sent out warning of the “big price” Iran would pay for damage to U.S. facilities. Two of these sources tell The Daily Beast that the president specifically mentioned he’d been in close contact with his top national security and military advisers on gaming out options for an aggressive action that could quickly materialize. “He kept saying, ‘You’ll see,’” one of the sources recalled, describing a conversation with Trump days before Thursday’s strike." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Donald Trump’s stupidity makes Iran go nuclear as they announce the end of nuclear restrictions. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/world/2020/1/5/21050627/iran-nuclear-deal-limits-soleimani "The Iranian government announced it would no longer adhere to limits imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal in the wake of national outrage over the US’s assassination of one of the country’s top officials, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad Friday. It’s Iran’s latest step in pulling away from the deal, which eased sanctions against the country in exchange for compliance with nuclear restrictions. It comes nearly two years after President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the agreement and began imposing harsh sanctions on the country, arguing that the deal was ineffective and that Iran was supporting militant groups like Hezbollah. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will end its final limitations in the nuclear deal, meaning the limitation in the number of centrifuges,” the government said in a statement Sunday. “Therefore Iran’s nuclear program will have no limitations in production including enrichment capacity and percentage and number of enriched uranium and research and expansion.” The announcement does not mean Iran is fully scrapping the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said. According to Zarif, Iran will continue to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the international nuclear watchdog organization, to review its nuclear research, and would be willing to rejoin the agreement if sanctions against it are removed." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Michelle Williams gives a powerful speech advocating for women’s rights in at the 2020 Golden Globes. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/1/5/21051186/watch-michelle-williams-golden-globes-2020-acceptance-speech-abortion-rights-choice "Michelle Williams just won the second Golden Globe of her career for her role on Fosse/Verdon — and she used her acceptance speech to plug the importance of reproductive freedom. “When you put this in someone’s hands, you’re acknowledging the choices made by the actor but also the choices they made as a person,” Williams began as she accepted her award at the Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night. “I’m grateful for the acknowledgment of the choices I’ve made, and I’m also grateful to have lived in a moment in our society where choice exists.” As Anna North has reported for Vox, it’s likely that the Supreme Court will dismantle Roe v. Wade in 2020. Already, multiple states have passed laws that amount to a total ban on abortions. And in March, the Court will hear arguments for June Medical Services v. Gee, a case centered on whether or not Louisiana can restrict abortions to treatment centers at which at least one doctor has admitting privileges at an area hospital." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Ricky Gervais roasts corporate Hollywood in his opening monologue for the 2020 Golden Globes. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/1/5/21051063/golden-globes-2020-ricky-gervais-monologue-best-jokes "True to form, five-time Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais kicked off the 77th annual ceremony with a round of roasts and skewers. After stating his intent never to host again, he gestured to the celebrity-filled audience in the room with him and kicked things off with, “Let’s go out with a bang — let’s have a laugh at your expense, shall we?” ] Gervais was as good as his word. Wielding a defensive stance at the outset, he burned the room full of celebrities on a range of issues both personal and political, targeting everything from director Martin Scorsese’s height to actress Felicity Huffman’s jail sentence. Several actors were visibly uncomfortable, including Tom Hanks, who looked on in bafflement for much of the monologue, and Jonathan Pryce, one half of The Two Popes, who was grim and unsmiling when Gervais turned his film into the punchline of a pedophilia joke. “No, shush,” he silenced the crowd at several points when audience members audibly protested, feigning exhausted scorn. “I don’t care anymore!”" #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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Ivanka or Trump Jr 2024? GOP considers the party’s fate after Trump and it’s ridiculous. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/ Help build the Home of the Progressives http://tyt.com/JOIN Subscribe to The Damage Report YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedamagereport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow The Damage Report on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDamageReport Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/04/donald-trump-jr-ivanka-trump-2024-presidential-election-poll "Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump are among Republican voters’ top picks for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, according to a new poll. Forty percent of respondents to the survey by news site Axios and Survey Monkey wanted the vice-president, Mike Pence, to be the Republican nominee in 2024, whether to succeed Donald Trump in the Oval Office or to take on a Democratic incumbent if this year’s race is lost. Twenty-six percent wanted Nikki Haley, formerly governor of South Carolina and ambassador to the United Nations under Trump. But 29% plumped for Donald Trump Jr, a regular surrogate for his father despite nominally being separated from the political side of the family by joint control, with his brother Eric, of the Trump Organization. Ivanka Trump, with her husband, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser in the White House, was supported by 16%. Donald Trump Jr recently published a political book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us. It was a New York Times bestseller, if surrounded by questions about Republican efforts to help it, and the tour to promote it attracted sizable crowds, if not uniformly adoring." #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks
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