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Director Rob Reiner compares the Tea Party ‘stranglehold’ on Congress to Hamas

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Actor and director Rob Reiner compared Tea Party Republicans to the Palestinian group Hamas during an interview with Ora.tv host Larry King posted online on Wednesday.

“The Palestinians turned down the ability to have their own state in 1948 when Israel was formed, so clearly, Hamas, and again, the virulent faction of a really strong fundamental group can control everything,” Reiner told King. “You look at the Congress right now in the United States, you’ve got a strong Tea Party group controlling the whole country, because they have a gridlock, they have a stranglehold on [House Speaker John] Boehner (R-OH).”

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Reiner referred to both the Tea Party and Hamas as “extremist” groups, saying the Tea Party’s control over Boehner prevented Congress from being more productive. Reiner also suggested that the way to “eliminate” the Tea Party was by redrawing voting districts in 2020.

“We’re not going to get anywhere with anything as long as the Tea Party has a stranglehold on John Boehner,” Reiner said later in the interview. “We will not get anywhere. I mean, Obama is going to try and do as much as he can do through Executive Action, but they’re going to sue him over using Executive Action, and then when they have a border crisis they say, ‘Use executive action to go after the border crisis.’ It’s hypocritical beyond belief.”

Reiner, who also identified himself as a supporter for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for the presidency in 2016, also told King that, while the movie industry could not influence politics, individuals within that community could “raise awareness” regarding particular issues.

“I mean, Michael J. Fox with stem cell research. George Clooney with the situation in Darfur in Sudan,” Reiner said to illustrate his point. “You can raise awareness, but I think, unless you are willing to really steep yourself in the issue to the point where you’re not only going to raise awareness, but you can move the ball forward and understand the three-dimensional chess game that you need to play with politics, policy, and PR and all of that, then I think you only raise awareness. And you can also get hit and knocked down by being a Hollywood dilettante or whatever that thing is.”

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Watch footage from King’s interview with Reiner, as posted online by Ora.tv, below.

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‘It’s basic, basic, basic’: Liz Plank hilariously mocks Trump’s reality show behavior as recession looms

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President Donald Trump is distracting from the potential of his reality TV show behavior an MSNBC guest explained on Tuesday.

"The Beat" host Ari Melber reported, "the Trump Administration first pushing back on the criticism they have no plan for a recession. Emergency tax cuts is now something they’re offering or maybe rolling back Trump’s tariffs. And these reports, if nothing else, they concede there could be a downturn. This is important. Trump’s allies in the press have found some bizarre ways to spin the jitters claiming it’s rich coastal elites who want to lose money in a recession."

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President Donald Trump continues to suffer fallout from his anti-Semitic claim on Tuesday that Jewish Democrats are guilty of "great disloyalty."

As CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins noted on "The Situation Room," he is even facing blowback from his own party — which spent months trying to paint Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as rabid anti-Semites for far less.

"He's ... being criticized by people on both sides of the aisle for this comment," said Collins. "Not just the president's usual critics who don't like things that he says or say he oversteps the line, but people who are on his side are saying, by making this comment, he doesn't realize why they have been critical of people like Rashida Tlaib, like Ilhan Omar for their in the past."

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Trump told NRA’s Wayne LaPierre he’s not ‘waffling’ anymore — background checks are off the table

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President Donald Trump made a congratulatory phone call to National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre to let the far-right organization know that the White House was reversing itself and would not be supporting universal background checks for firearms sales.

Following shooting massacres in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Trump had argued the time was now for background checks.

"Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks," Trump argued. "Perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!"

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