Ellen DeGeneres announced the end of her daytime talk show on Wednesday. While the show will be remembered for its funny bits, charitable moments of giving and plenty more, the show’s 19-year run is also be marred by its awkward moments. Here’s a list of some of the most cringeworthy interviews: JUSTIN BIEBER In November 2015, Ellen had Justin Bieber on her show. On television, the two are typically seen as close friends, but on this episode, their conversation was more uncomfortable than friendly. Prior to Bieber’s appearance, a new paparazzi photo of him was released showing the then 21-year...
'Unacceptable': GOP lawmaker in a panic that Marjorie Taylor Greene is becoming 'the face of the party'
During a CNN "Inside Politics" panel on the chaos being created within the Republican Party by far-right extremists members, CNN's Melanie Zanona reported that one GOP lawmaker expressed panic that the party is going to be defined by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) when the midterm elections come around.
On Saturday Zanona tweeted that a Republican in Congress told her House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is ignoring moderates to cater to the extremists in the caucus before warning McCarthy, "Our side isn't going to take this much longer."
During her Sunday appearance, Zanona elaborated on rumblings in the House against both McCarthy and Taylor Greene.
After sharing a quote from Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) expressing dismay at GOP discord, the CNN congressional correspondent told host Kaitlan Collins, "That's Chip Roy, he is a conservative in Texas. I heard from a moderate Republican who said, this is unacceptable. Marjorie Taylor Green cannot be the face of our party. It's going to hurt us in swing districts, it's going to undermine our chances of winning back the majority."
"He said, Kevin McCarthy needs to stop taking his moderates for granted," she continued. "Yes, they are catering to some of these fringe members because they are the most vocal, they're willing to go on the record about McCarthy."
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Appearing on CNN to talk about the conduct of Republican lawmakers who have been threatening and disparaging their Democratic colleagues to the point where they have been censured, former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) discussed the work she is doing to oust Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from Congress.
Speaking with host Jim Acosta, Comstock slammed Boebert for her highly-publicized and vile comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) where the Colorado Republican compared the Democrat to a terrorist.
"We know since January 6th and even before, there have been more threats to members of Congress than ever," Comstock told Acosta. "This year is going to be the highest sort of threat level that there's ever been. When you have this kind of just unconscionable attack -- and it's not just that she needs to apologize to the congresswoman who she attacked, she needs to apologize to the American people. She needs to apologize to the Republican party and a lot of other people. It goes way beyond that."
Continuing speaking on Boebert, she added, "I'd also like to point out that she has a Republican opponent, Marina Zimmerman, who in response to [Rep] Adam Kinzinger pointed out Lauren Boebert is 'trash,' I would agree, and Marina Zimmerman said help me take out the trash and that's what I think needs to be done here."
"Both Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Greene have Republican women who are running against them in the primary," she explained. "I'm on two PACs that support Republican women who we specifically do not support Marjorie Greene or Lauren Boebert, and you know, even -- those are very red districts, you're going to end up with a Republican. You can have a conservative Republican woman without having a crazy, you know, very unpleasant, you know, nasty, you know, unconscionable congressperson who, by the way, neither of these women are getting anything done in Congress for their constituents. Zippo, nothing."
"These women aren't doing anything of help to the country, and they're divisive, and they are dangerous," she added.
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DOJ insiders growing frustrated with Merrick Garland's foot-dragging on charging Trump's coup plotters: columnist
In his column for the Daily Beast, political analyst David Rothkopf expressed dismay at the lack of indictments of those who helped plot the January 6th insurrection aimed at keeping Donald Trump in office, and explained that his frustration is shared by some in the DOJ who are working under Attorney General Merrick Garland.
As Rothkopf notes, the clock is ticking as the midterm election looms and Republicans look to take over the House whereupon they will likely shut down the select committee investigating the Capitol riot.
That, in turn, is all the more reason for the DOJ to expedite indictments that would compel associates of Trump to be more willing to offer up information that could make the House's work easier.
Admitting that the criminal indictment of former White House advisor Steve Bannon is a start, the Beast columnist explained that Garland needs to pick up the pace.
"A widely respected jurist, Garland was picked by [President Joe] Biden to depoliticize the DoJ and end the abuses of its power we saw under Trump appointees Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr. Certainly, he has made some strides in that direction. But if the result of his de-politicization is tiptoeing around the egregious serial wrongdoing of the leaders of the Republican Party, then his efforts will have exactly the opposite of the intended effect," he wrote before adding. "By failing to hold Trump and Co. accountable, Garland will set the stage for them to continue unabated their efforts to turn the U.S. into a one-party state in which only Republicans can win elections and any tactics they may use to hold on to power will have been effectively validated by the inaction of Garland and his DOJ."
According to Rothkopf, legal experts he consulted urged patience, with former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade stating that a full investigation could take up to two years. But, he added, people he spoke with at the DOJ shared his dismay with Garland's work rate.
"Garland's behavior to date has left me apprehensive," he wrote. "Conversations I have had with folks inside DOJ have not eased those concerns. There, frustration with Garland begins with his management style (which insiders liken to that of a judge running his chambers in which his office is a kind of bubble apart from the department and staffed by a small team akin to the clerks he had when he was in the judiciary)."
"It extends to concerns that he will err too far in the name of caution and a desire not to be perceived as political," he added. "This too is a hold-over from his court days and ignores that A) he is a political appointee, B) the issues he is dealing with are hyper-politicized and c) there is no way to prosecute politicians for crimes committed in the name of partisanship without appearing political."
The columnist then added, "Given that the stakes are so high and seeing some of the decisions Garland has made, I am wondering when it is ok to become alarmed, when it is ok to become angry."
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