WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fewer than expected Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week as an improving public health environment allows more segments of the economy to reopen, putting the labor market recovery back on track. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits totaled a seasonally adjusted 712,000 for the week ended March 6, compared to 754,000 in the prior week, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast 725,000 applications in the latest week. New coronavirus infections have dropped for eight straight weeks, declining 12% la...
As part of a deep dive into the growing popularity of White House press secretary Jen Psaki who has a legion of admirers on social media due to her handling of press, former Donald Trump press secretary Sean Spicer complained to the New York Times that she has gotten a free pass from the media that he never got.
According to the report, even Peter Doocy of Fox News had high praise for Psaki despite his almost daily battles with Psaki that have become widely shared on Twitter and evening newscasts.
"It never feels like I'm getting smacked down or vice versa," Doocy admitted. "I understand why it looks like that, some of the ways that stuff gets clipped, but it doesn't feel like that in the room."
He added, "When I got back from my wedding she made a point to tell everybody in the briefing room that I just got married. That's a transcript I can print out and show to my kids one day."
As for Spicer, who eventually resigned following combative press conferences that were famously mocked on Saturday Night Live -- with actor Melissa McCarthy portraying a bullying and manic Spicer -- he thinks he was held to a higher standard than the current press secretary.
"'I walked into the lion's den every day — she walks into a bunch of kittens,'" Sean Spicer, Mr. Trump's first press secretary and now the 6 p.m. anchor on Newsmax, said in an interview," the Times' Michael Grynbaum wrote.
Spicer also took exception to Psaki taking a dig at him during a press conference after President Joe Biden asked him to resign from the board of the United States Military Academy when she was asked about his performance in her job as well as appearances by Kellyanne Conway defending Donald Trump.
Psaki replied, "I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified."
That led Spicer to complain, "Jen chose to stand and question my qualifications and services to this country. Once she did that, the gloves were off."
You can read more here.
WATCH: MSNBC anchor confronts 'Justice for J6' rally organizer over Jan. 6th rioters 'storming' the Capitol
On Saturday morning , MSNBC anchor Yasmin Vossoughian rolled tape of the organizer of the "Justice for J6" rally scheduled for later in the day, and confronted him over the Jan. 6th insurrectionists "storming the Capitol" -- which he attempted to dispute.
Speaking with MSNBC colleague Mehdi Hasan, Vossoughian showed her interview with organizer Matt Braynard -- a former Donald Trump official -- about his event which led to an exchange about the term "storming."
"We condemn those who engage in violence but individuals who did not -- who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time are being unjustly persecuted," Braynard stated.
"Who was in the wrong place at the wrong time?" the MSNBC host pressed.
"The vast majority of the hundreds who have been arrested who have not been charged with violence," he replied.
"So these are people who unlawfully stormed the Capitol--," Vossoughian started before he cut her off.
"Storming is acharacterization, that's your characterization," he shot back. "In many cases they walked through a door held open by a Capitol police officer."
Turning back to host Hasan, the MSNBC host explained, "And herein lies the big issue with all this, is the fact that he came back at me and said I was characterizing this as storming the capitol. We sat here and watched what took place January 6th -- that's a fact. The insurrectionists stormed the Capitol."
"Matt Braynard characterized it as people walked in peacefully, doors held open welcomed to the capitol grounds. That's not what happened," she added.
MSNBC 09 18 2021 09 04 17 youtu.be
In her column for the Daily Beast, longtime political observer Margaret Carlson claimed that Donald Trump's attacks on GOP lawmakers he feels are disloyal to him are already coming back to haunt the Republican Party that has high hopes of reclaiming the majority in the House in the 2022 election.
As Carlson notes, the decision of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) to not seek reelection, in main part because of attacks by the former president that have made the Ohio Republican fear for the safety of his family, could open the gates to more Republican incumbents choosing to step aside making GOP plans to take over the House more difficult than they had planned on.
"Gonzales is a sterling example of who the Republican Party is sacrificing on the altar of The Donald. Trump's only animating force for interfering in the 2022 primaries is punishing apostates—any party member who suggests that he didn't leave the White House for the warm waters of Mar a Lago voluntarily, or upheld the results of the election he lost or, worst of all, voted for impeachment," Carlson wrote before suggesting, "This is the party of Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan, and the pillow guy who missed last month's deadline to move Trump back into the White House. But it's not just fringe characters joining in Trump's bonfire."
As she notes, Trump's "quest for revenge" against Republicans who don't bow and scrape before him will have a long-term effect on the Republican Party -- and they may not even see it coming.
Writing, "Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy have turned the party over to the ex- president as they watch his followers cling to him," she added, "Trump's quest for revenge is at odds with the party's desire to win back Congress which would be more likely with incumbents running for re-election than crackpots who appeal to the MAGAniacs and satisfy Trump's hunger for retribution. But Trump, perpetually tan, rested in semi-retirement, and seething with anger, continues to remake the Grand old Party to his specs, one primary at a time, anointing sycophants and forcing officials like Gonzales out."
"Maybe normal Republicans will find their spines if Trump takes them down to defeat in 2022 and they realize they defeated themselves by giving over their party to a madman who would have no power to destroy except that which they've ceded him," she concluded.
You can read the whole piece here.
Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Raw Story Investigates and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.
$95 / year — Just $7.91/month
I want to Support More
$14.99 per month