Conservative pundit Ben Ferguson got his ears boxed on Sunday in a discussion about professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem when he tried to call the protesters unpatriotic and said they’re disrespecting the military.
On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence theatrically walked out of an Indianapolis Colts game because he was so deeply offended when he saw the protesters take a knee that he couldn’t stay.
However, tweets between Pence and President Donald Trump show that this was a premeditated publicity stunt.
“Just reading the text of these back and forth tweets, it’s almost laughable,” said CNN anchor Fredericka Whitfield. “It’s almost embarrassing, but it’s happening in real time.”
The segment got heated when Ferguson said that the demonstrators — who are protesting police brutality toward black Americans — are unpatriotic and are disrespecting the military, which supposedly prompted Pence’s walkout.
“As long as the NFL is consistently coming out there disrespecting this country, I expect the vice president of the United States of America to not attend an event where people are disrespecting the United States of America, those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.
In staging his walkout, Ferguson said, Vice President Mike Pence was honoring “an obligation to the president of the United states of America to leave a situation where people were basically giving the middle finger to the men and women who fought and protect this country.”
“That is false and you should be ashamed,” said Democratic strategist Symone Sanders.
“It’s not false,” Ferguson said. “It’s my opinion.”
“Nobody has done that,” said Sanders.
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Judge blocks effort to conceal details in Trump campaign crimes case as Bill Barr’s DOJ mysteriously closes the probe
A federal judge confirmed on Wednesday that the Justice Department has ended its investigation into campaign finance crimes committed by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, indicating that no one else will face charges in the case. But Judge William Pauley also announced that, over the government’s objections, he will be making many of the underlying documents in the case public without requested redactions.
The case stemmed from Cohen’s efforts during the 2016 campaign to secure hush money payments for two women who said they had affairs with Donald Trump. Since investigators determined these payments were done in order to help secure Trump’s victory, the spending counted as campaign contributions that were never recorded and were, in fact, illegally concealed. The Trump Organization, Cohen has said, helped repay him for the costs of the hush money while disguising the payment falsely as a legal retainer.
Rand Paul just blocked the 9/11 victim fund because it isn’t paid for — but didn’t care when it was a $1.5 trillion tax cut
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked a call for unanimous consent on Wednesday to push forward with a funding extension for the victims of 9/11, claiming that the new spending should be paid for.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called for the bill to be passed in the Senate by unanimous consent, but even a single lawmaker’s objection can block the move and slow down the process. The measure is still widely expected to pass, but Paul wants to use the opportunity to complain about the national debt.
“We need to address our massive debt in this country,” he said “We have a $22 trillion debt. We’re adding debt at about a trillion dollars a year. And therefore any new spending that we are approaching, any new program that’s going to have the longevity of 70-80 years, should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable. We need to at least have this debate.”
Breakthrough technique eradicates mosquitoes
A breakthrough technique harnessing two methods to target disease-carrying mosquitoes was able to effectively eradicate buzzing biters in two test sites in China, according to research published on Thursday.
The mosquitoes targeted are a type that is particularly difficult to control called Aedes albopictus -- more popularly known as the Asian tiger mosquito -- which are a major vector for diseases including Zika and dengue.
The study "demonstrates the potential of a potent new tool", wrote Peter Armbruster, a professor at Georgetown University's department of biology, in a review of the work.