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Appearing on MSNBC's "The Katie Phang Show," former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele slapped down Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for urging violence during a speech at the Texas CPAC conference over the weekend.
As reported by Rolling Stone, an over-the-top Cruz told the crowd, "It’s like the old Roman Colosseum where you slam on a breastplate and you grab a battle axe and you go fight the barbarians,” before adding. “As they say in the military world it is a target-rich environment.”
That led Steele to call out the Texas Republican.
"It is more fascism than farce," Steele began. "It is more concern than conservatism and it really is about how we as a citizen respond to this. How we push back against it. We are not opponents of the each other, we disagree from time to time on big and small issues. but our first inclination as Americans is not to go and beat the crap out of the neighbor just because they have a yard sign that we don't like."
"This is not the America that these folks are projecting, that they want," he continued. "I mean, this is all when you have heard is sheer protection from Trump, from Steve Bannon, from Ted Cruz -- just sit the hell down, please. Stop it. You're not serving the people of Texas. you haven't done that since you have been there, the reality of it is. But you find the grift, you find the hot rhetoric, you make yourself seem like you are the big man on campus and you get things done. But that is not what this is about, this is not about getting things done."
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On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July jobs numbers, which showed that the U.S. economy added more than 500,000 new jobs.
Analysts overall expected the report to show 258,000 new jobs created, but it came in more than double that, with 528,000 new jobs. Unemployment dropped slightly to 3.5%, far below the 5% mark economists used to use as a marker of “full employment.”
Economists cheered the results. Even those typically more pessimistic found the jobs report excellent news. Some said it signaled the absence of a recession, and predicted inflation would come under control as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates. The price of gas has also dropped dramatically, with some stations now selling at under $3.00 a gallon.
Meanwhile, Fox News decided to use the White House’s prediction that the jobs numbers would not be great against them.
The Daily Beast’s media reporter Justin Baragona posted a screenshot of Fox News’s chyron that blasts the White House for not getting the estimate right. A casual observer, say, in an airport, would likely assume the jobs report was bad and blame the Biden administration.
It read: “WH Misses Forecast on Lower July Jobs Growth.”
Media Matters’ Eric Kleefeld noted that Fox News Business’s Larry Kudlow, a former Trump top advisor, and former Trump advisor Kevin Hassett both predicted the jobs number would come in exactly the same as what the Biden White House predicted, and were preparing since Thursday for bad news: Public Notice’s Aaron Rupar says Fox News suggested the jobs report was too good.
Attorney Brad Moss, a frequent social media commenter, observed: “Fox News is desperately trying to spin this blockbuster jobs report against Biden. If Trump was in office, they’d be running celebration videos complete with champagne.”
Just after 8:30 AM ET when the report was released, “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade immediately mocked President Joe Biden as they shared the numbers.
Fox News Business’ Charles Payne was on set to discuss the report. Looking for negative spin, he announced that the jobs number was the best since March, adding the numbers had “been trending lower since March sequentially.”
Begrudgingly admitting “it’s a really good number,” he pivoted to “participation” in the workforce. he called it “amazing that we have not gotten back up to the same level of participation” since before COVID.
But as CNBC reported: “private sector payrolls are now higher than the February 2020 level, just before the pandemic declaration.”
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While President Barack Obama gave the executive order for the operation that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death in Pakistan on May 11, 2011, it was under President Joe Biden’s watch that another top al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 31, 2022. Afghanistan is now under the control of the far-right Taliban, but al-Zawahiri’s death sends out a message that even in a Taliban-controlled country, a leader al-Qaeda terrorist can’t hide from U.S. forces.
Leon Panetta, who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and later, secretary of defense under Obama, discussed al-Zawahiri’s death during an August 3 appearance on MSNBC — whose Andrea Mitchell noted now how “astonishing” it was that “as far as we know, they were no civilian deaths” even though the operation was carried out in the middle of Downtown Kabul. And Mitchell also brought up the January 6 committee’s investigation and the disappearance of Secret Service texts.
Panetta, now 84, said of al-Zawahiri’s death, “I pay tremendous tribute to our intelligence forces, our military forces that were involved, the CIA…. There’s a tremendous amount of planning involved in those kind of attacks. The ability to do constantly reconnaissance, to gather intelligence, to know that you have the right target, to be able to hit that target without any kind of collateral damage, I think, is a tribute to their capabilities. And in the end, I do think it completes a very important mission that we began on 9/11, which was to make sure we would go after those who were involved in the attack on 9/11…. It really does send a message that you don’t attack the United States and get away with it.”
Panetta, who also served as White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, noted that bin Laden and al-Zawahiri were the “key planners” of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 — and now, both of them have been killed by U.S. forces.
Mitchell asked Panetta, however, if he was worried that terrorists — after learning that al-Zawahiri was in Kabul at the time of his death — might consider Afghanistan a “safe haven” because the Taliban “have clearly not lived up to their agreement not to harbor terrorists after the U.S. withdrawal.”
Panetta told Mitchell, “The Taliban is now in charge of Afghanistan; there’s no question that they’re providing a safe haven for terrorists…. The fact that al-Zawahiri, one of the top leaders of al-Qaeda, could simply walk into Kabul, get an apartment in the middle of the capitol, not have anybody raise any questions sends a real signal that the Taliban is going to continue to provide a safe haven for terrorism.”
The former CIA director went on to say that terrorism has “metastasized in many ways.”
Panetta told Mitchell, “It’s ISIS, it’s Boko Haram, it’s al-Shabab in North Africa, and it continues to be al-Qaeda. So, we are facing, and continue to face, a real threat of a terrorist attack either on the United States or elsewhere. That’s one of the major flashpoints that we have to control.”
Mitchell brought up another form of violent extremism: White nationalist violence in the United States, asking Panetta to weigh on the disappearance of U.S. Secret Service texts from January 6, 2021. And he responded, “Andrea, this is another major concern: that, obviously, officials out of the Trump Administration were taking steps to make sure that potential evidence involved in January 6 would not be there. I really do think that the Justice Department has to investigate the loss of this kind of critical evidence…. This was a deliberate effort to make sure that very important evidence regarding what the players were doing at the Pentagon, at the Secret Service and elsewhere were saying and doing on January 6 — all of which is very relevant to the investigation into what happened.”
When Mitchell asked Panetta, “You’re saying this is a cover-up?” he responded, “I don’t think there’s any question that when you go from agency to agency and find out that key messages have been deleted, something’s going on here that resembles very clearly a conspiracy.”
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