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WSJ columnist: Obama tainted Selma speech by complaining about voter suppression

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Conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel on Sunday asserted that President Barack Obama had made a mistake by talking about voter ID during his speech in Selma over the weekend.

“Right now, in 2015, fifty years after Selma, there are laws across this country designed to make it harder for people to vote,” the president said at an event commemorating the events of “Bloody Sunday.”

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“As we speak, more of such laws are being proposed. Meanwhile, the Voting Rights Act, the culmination of so much blood and sweat and tears, the product of so much sacrifice in the face of wanton violence, stands weakened, its future subject to partisan rancor,” Obama pointed out. “If every new voter suppression law was struck down today, we’d still have one of the lowest voting rates among free peoples.”

During a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday, conservative columnist George Will argued that activists had hijacked the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and it was part of growing trend of liberals lying about cases to push an agenda.

“In Ferguson, the ‘don’t shoot’ fed the narrative about how the police are inherently dangerous to minorities,” Will insisted. “What the report demonstrates to me, by the way, is not, it seems to me, bias, but disparate impact.”

Strassel agreed: “It’s like George said about the narrative. One of the unfortunate things about the speech he gave in Selma, and most of it was great, he actually made really good points, he was very rousing. But he just felt compelled and he had to throw in this argument that there’s still a big problem because of voter ID laws across the country.”

“And that feeds another one of these narratives,” she continued. “Which is just simply not true, it’s not a central focus. If you look at 2012, black voter turnout exceeded that of white voter turnout. And in states with the strictest voter ID laws.”

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Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast March 8, 2015.

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‘This is mind control’: Ex-CIA agent nails Trump’s new loyalty oath for government staffers

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The White House and Republicans were supposed to be putting together a plan to protect Americans against Russia hacking yet another election, former CIA officer Phil Mudd pointed out on CNN Monday. Instead, they've failed Americans, opting instead for their own crusade to protect the president from anyone who disagrees with him.

"In a typical president, the National Security Council would say to the president, 'here are the options,' but they won't do that," said Mudd.

Retired Rear Adm. John Kirby agreed, saying that in wake of the president's acquittal from the Republican Senate, he feels empowered to do whatever he wants.

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Kellyanne Conway: Bernie Sanders winning is ‘the payback’ Democrats get for impeaching Trump

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White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Monday that Sen. Bernie Sanders' potential nomination is "the payback" Democrats deserve for impeaching President Donald Trump.

During an interview on Fox News, Conway was asked about reports that President Donald Trump has a "hit list" of people to remove from government because they are not loyal enough to him.

Conway did not deny the report, but quickly changed the subject.

"The payback is actually coming through the nomination of Bernie Sanders," Conway quipped. "I would like to thank Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and the rest of them. And I'd like to thank the never-Trumpers for delivering Bernie Sanders as the possible nominee."

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‘He took it like a man’: Weinstein attorneys praise ‘stoic and powerful’ client after rape verdict

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Attorneys for Harvey Weinstein on Monday vowed to appeal after the former movie mogul was convicted on two counts of rape and sexual assault.

"We couldn't find a juror that had never heard of Harvey Weinstein," defense attorney Donna Rotunno told reporters. "We will absolutely be appealing. Our fight is not over. It is absolutely horrible for him to be taken into custody."

"Harvey is very strong," she added. "He took it like a man. And he knows that we will continue to fight for him."

Weinstein attorney Arthur L. Aidala, a former Fox News legal analyst, took a shot at some of his client's victims later at the press conference.

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