Huffington Post Changes Donald Trump Campaign Coverage
After Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States, Arianna Huffington said on Monday that The Huffington Post would be shifting its coverage of the candidate out of the entertainment section to “remind our audience who Trump is and what his campaign really represents.”
She continued, “If Trump’s words and actions are racist, we’ll call them racist. If they’re sexist, we’ll call them sexist. We won’t shrink from the truth or be distracted by the showmanship.”
“Earlier today, the candidate currently leading in the polls for the Republican presidential nomination called for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,’” Huffington wrote. “That was, of course, Donald Trump. As Jeffrey Goldberg just tweeted, ‘Donald Trump is now an actual threat to national security. He’s providing jihadists ammunition for their campaign to demonize the US.’” Variety
Hillary Clinton led all GOP White House contenders in hypothetical general-election showdowns, a new poll revealed on Monday. Clinton’s biggest GOP lead came against Republican front-runner Donald Trump, according to the MSNBC/Telemundo/Marist poll, with her beating him 52-41.
Her closest Republican competition came from Ben Carson, with Clinton holding a mere 48-47 edge. Clinton led Sen. Marco Rubio 48-45. She led Sen. Ted Cruz 51-44 and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 49-45.
Among registered Latino voters, Clinton held a commanding lead over every GOP candidate. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, had the best showing against Clinton among Latinos, trailing her 58-39, the poll revealed. New York Post
U.S. strikes kill leaders of Al-Shabaab and ISIS
A senior leader of the al Qaeda-affiliated group Al-Shabaab in Somalia and the senior ISIS leader in Libya were each killed in recent U.S. military airstrikes, the Pentagon said Monday. Abdirahman Sandhere, also known as “Ukash,” and two other Al-Shabaab-affiliated associates were killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Somalia on Wednesday, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.
“Ukash’s removal from the battlefield is a significant blow to al-Shabaab and reflects the painstaking work by our intelligence, military, and law enforcement professionals,” Cook said. The senior ISIS leader in Libya, Abu Nabil, also known Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, was killed in a November 13 airstrike in Libya.
“While not the first U.S. strike against terrorists in Libya, this was the first U.S. strike against an ISIL leader in Libya and it demonstrates we will go after ISIL leaders wherever they operate,” Cook said, using another term for ISIS. CNN
The price of crude oil fell more than $2 Monday to its lowest level since early 2009, with Brent crude closing a bit above $40 a barrel. The decline follows Friday’s meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, where the 13 members announced no agreement to limit production.
Experts say global demand for crude is already about 2 million barrels a day below the current supply. That oversupply may grow as Iran gets out from under international sanctions imposed on its exports.
Some analysts say key OPEC member Saudi Arabia continues to pump oil in a bid to push the price low enough to drive new competitors out of business. Some U.S. producers use advanced techniques like hydraulic fracturing to boost oil output, but the practice costs far more than the traditional techniques that work in the Saudis’ abundant oil fields. VOA
Fox News has issued two-week suspensions to on-air contributors Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash, after each used expletives in critiquing President Barack Obama’s Sunday-night speech from the Oval Office, where he discussed terrorism abroad and at home.
Appearing Monday on Fox Business Network, Peters was discussing the American public’s fervor for action to be taken against ISIS when he said of Obama, “We want you to react, do something. You’re afraid. I mean, this guy is such a total pu–y, it’s stunning.”
Dash meanwhile was a guest on Fox News’ Outnumbered when she criticized what she saw as a lack of passion in the president’s rare Oval Office speech, suggesting that he was in a hurry to say his piece and get to the Kennedy Center Honors. “I didn’t feel any passion from him…. I felt like he could give a s–t — excuse me, like he could care less,” she said, catching herself. “He could care less.”
Not long after the Monday morning appearances, Fox News and Fox Business SVP Bill Shine issued a statement saying, “Fox contributors Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash made comments on different programs that were completely inappropriate and unacceptable for our air. Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel do not condone the use of such language, and have suspended both Peters and Dash for two weeks.” Yahoo
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