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Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus sent a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack on Friday, informing him that the party was suspending its partnership with the network after candidates complained they were treated unfairly during this week's CNBC debate.

"We are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016," Priebus wrote in the letter. "The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns."

NBC News said that it would work to resolve the issue with the GOP. “This is a disappointing development. However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party," the network said in a statement. It's unclear whether Telemundo -- which was the only Hispanic news organization scheduled to host a GOP debate -- will remain involved in the debate.

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WHERE TO WATCH: CNBC will be hosting the 3rd Republican debate at 8:00 PM. CNBC will broadcast both debates. CNBC digital customers can also stream the event on CNBC.com, mobile apps and Apple TV. It is also available to CNBC PRO subscribers.

WHERE TO LISTEN: SiriusXM channel 112 and Westwood One will carry the debate live.

ON NJ.COM: NJ Advance Media will begin its live coverage at 5:30 p.m. Follow on NJ.com/Politics.
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The debate is being broadcast live on CNN, starting 8:30 PM. CNN will also make the debate available on their website (no login required), as well as on CNNgo.
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Tonight, CNN will be broadcasting the second Republican debate, to be held Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, California. The lower tier candidates' debate will begin at 6:00 PM EDT. The top tier candidates' debate will begin at 8:00 PM EDT. You can watch the debate online @ http://go.cnn.com/?stream=cnn .

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Mike Huckabee is determined to double down on his statement I Should Have Pretended To Be Trans So I Could Shower With Girls.

Huckabee made the comments at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this year but the comments were uploaded to YouTube over the weekend by World Net Daily.

“For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your 7-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man.”

Huckabee continued saying saying he wished someone told him in high school he “could have felt like a woman” and shower with the girls.

“Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” said Huckabee. “I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous, doesn’t it?” Huckabee said there was “something inherently wrong about forcing little children to be a part of this social experiment. And yet today we are the ones who are ridiculed and scorned because we point out the obvious,” he said.

Sources: Huckabee On Transgender People: I Wish I Could’ve Said I Was Transgender In HS To Shower With The Girls, Buzzfeed

Huckabee Doubles-Down: I Take Nothing Back From That Anti-Trans Speech , JoeMyGod
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After NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for erroneously claiming that he was nearly shot down in a helicopter while covering the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly went on a tear. On his television show, the top-rated cable news anchor declared that the American press isn't "half as responsible as the men who forged the nation." He bemoaned the supposed culture of deception within the liberal media, and he proclaimed that the Williams controversy should prompt questioning of other "distortions" by left-leaning outlets. Yet for years, O'Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don't withstand scrutiny—even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.

O'Reilly has repeatedly told his audience that he was a war correspondent during the Falklands war and that he experienced combat during that 1982 conflict between England and Argentina. He has often invoked this experience to emphasize that he understands war as only someone who has witnessed it could. As he once put it, "I've been there. That's really what separates me from most of these other bloviators. I bloviate, but I bloviate about stuff I've seen. They bloviate about stuff that they haven't."

More at the source.
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler revealed a big win for net neutrality advocates on Wednesday, asking for strong authority to enforce open Internet protections.

In a Wired op-ed, Wheeler said he is proposing the FCC use its authority under Title II of the Communications Act to protect consumer broadband Internet. This move will allow the FCC to stop Internet service providers from charging content providers like Netflix more money for reliable Internet access.

"Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC," he wrote.


Could a mod add an "Internet" tag, please? Thank you.
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Black people have to FLY to where the White man can WALK to.

Chris Rock just wrote a very blistering editorial about this issue.

In the aftermath of some pretty embarrassing E-mails in the Sony hacking incident (e.g. several E-mails released show less than enlightened speculation on the sorts of movies President Obama and his family would like to see), and the demographics of some of Sony's top executives (they're mostly white men), Chris Rock used that a launching point for having an honest conversation about racism in Hollywood, with particular focus on Latinos.

Now, when it comes to casting, Hollywood pretty much decides to cast a black guy or they don't. We're never on the "short list." We're never "in the mix." When there's a hot part in town and the guys are reading for it, that's just what happens. It was never like, "Is it going to be Ryan Gosling or Chiwetel Ejiofor for Fifty Shades of Grey?" And you know, black people f—, too. White women actually want to f— black guys, sometimes more than white guys. More women want to f— Tyrese than Jamie Dornan, and it's not even close. It's not a contest. Even Jamie would go, "OK, you got it."

Or how about True Detective? I never heard anyone go, "Is it going to be Amy Adams or Gabrielle Union?" for that show. I didn't hear one black girl's name on those lists. Not one. Literally everyone in town was up for that part, unless you were black. And I haven't read the script, but something tells me if Gabrielle Union were Colin Farrell's wife, it wouldn't change a thing. And there are almost no black women in film. You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman. They'll throw a black guy a bone. OK, here's a black guy. But is there a single black woman in Interstellar? Or Gone Girl? Birdman? The Purge? Neighbors? I'm not sure there are. I don't remember them. I go to the movies almost every week, and I can go a month and not see a black woman having an actual speaking part in a movie. That's the truth.

But forget whether Hollywood is black enough. A better question is: Is Hollywood Mexican enough? You're in L.A, you've got to try not to hire Mexicans. It's the most liberal town in the world, and there's a part of it that's kind of racist — not racist like "F— you, nigger" racist, but just an acceptance that there's a slave state in L.A. There's this acceptance that Mexicans are going to take care of white people in L.A. that doesn't exist anywhere else. I remember I was renting a house in Beverly Park while doing some movie, and you just see all of the Mexican people at 8 o'clock in the morning in a line driving into Beverly Park like it's General Motors. It's this weird town.

You're telling me no Mexicans are qualified to do anything at a studio? Really? Nothing but mop up? What are the odds that that's true? The odds are, because people are people, that there's probably a Mexican David Geffen mopping up for somebody's company right now. The odds are that there's probably a Mexican who's that smart who's never going to be given a shot. And it's not about being given a shot to greenlight a movie because nobody is going to give you that — you've got to take that. The shot is that a Mexican guy or a black guy is qualified to go and give his opinion about how loud the boings are in Dodgeball or whether it's the right shit sound you hear when Jeff Daniels is on the toilet in Dumb and Dumber. It's like, "We only let white people do that." This is a system where only white people can chime in on that. There would be a little naivete to sitting around and going, "Oh, no black person has ever greenlighted a movie," but those other jobs? You're kidding me, right? They don't even require education. When you're on the lower levels, they're just about taste, nothing else. And you don't have to go to Harvard to have taste.

Mr. Rock's recent movie, Top Five, was largely financed by himself and Jay Z, and Barry Diller's production company. Bloomberg's Business Week agrees that Hollywood isn't fair to African American movies or stars.

Chris Rock has made a career of being blunt, particularly about race. So when he wrote in the Hollywood Reporter last week that the movie business is “a white industry,” his appraisal was familiarly provocative. And by most measures, his remark was also right.

Black films account for a tiny fraction of big studios’ output. Budgets tend to be small, and distribution is limited largely to domestic theaters. Rock’s new film, Top Five, which opens in wide release this weekend, features a mostly black cast and isn’t mainly about race. Those kinds of films are rarely made by large Hollywood studios. Top Five was produced by Barry Diller’s IAC Films.

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The Sony hacks (about 100 terrabytes were downloaded) are a ongoing source of indigestion for the studio. Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin have apologized after racially insensitive emails they sent to each other leaked online as part of a massive hack of Sony Pictures.

In the emails, published by BuzzFeed on Wednesday night, Pascal and Rudin discussed what movies President Barack Obama would probably count among his favorites. "'Ride-Along,'" Rudin wrote. "I bet he likes Kevin Hart." Other films with black casts that Pascal and Rudin presumed Obama would enjoy included "Django Unchained," "12 Years A Slave," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Think Like A Man Too."

Rudin and Pascal have both issued written apologies today.

Salaries for many Sony employees reveals that there are seventeen U.S. employees of Sony Pictures with “annual rates” of $1 million or more. Of these seventeen, only one – Amy B. Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of SPE’s Motion Picture Group – is a woman. Pascal’s annual rate is $3 million, according to the spreadsheet, the highest on the list, and the same amount earned by Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. One other observation to make about Sony Pictures’ top-paid executives is that they’re almost entirely white. From some quick Internet searching, fifteen of the seventeen appear to be Caucasian, one (Dwight R. Caines) appears to be African-American, and one (Man Jit Singh) appears to be South Asian.

The real LOLz are Sony's Powerpoint presentations.

Some of the leaked E-mails are a hoot:

While considering Michael Fassbender for the Jobs role, Michael DeLuca, president of production at Sony studio Columbia, emailed that the actor’s role in Shame “just makes you feel bad to have normal-sized male genitalia.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that leaked documents also detailed a plan to combine the Jump Street and Men in Black franchises into one film for 2016 or 2017. The film, which reportedly doesn’t have a script yet, would star Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum interacting with the Men in Black universe. Prior Men in Black stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were not expected to be included prominently in the film.
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Dear White People is a 2014 American satirical drama film written and directed by Justin Simien. The story of four African American students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular 'African American' themed party thrown by white students.

More information about the movie here.

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Today, the People's Climate March was held. The event was worldwide in scope; and thousands participated in the New York City March. The event also spurred some extremely creative posters, which are behind the cut. The official website has a lot of photos of the marches (even more creativity on display!)

The Gothamist coverage of the March. The New York Times also has extensive coverage.
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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people aboard crashed on Thursday in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, an area roiled by fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces. Ukrainian officials said the plane might have been shot down, possibly by a Russian-made antiaircraft system. Eastern Ukraine has been roiled for months by a violent pro-Russian separatist uprising in which a number of military aircraft have been downed. But this would be the first commercial airline disaster to result from the hostilities. Despite the turmoil in eastern Ukraine, the commercial airspace over that part of the country is a heavily trafficked route and has remained open.

New York Times with more information, video and analysis.

The incident touched off immediate finger-pointing between Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government. Eastern Ukraine separatist leader Alexander Borodai told Reuters that Ukrainian military forces shot the jet down, but Kiev denied involvement and labeled the incident a "terrorist act." The President of Ukraine on behalf of the State expresses its deepest and most sincere condolences to the families and relatives of those killed in this terrible tragedy," said a statement released by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office. "Every possible search and rescue effort is being made." Separatist groups reportedly blocked Ukrainian officials from the scene, and later said the "black box," or flight data recorder, had been sent to Moscow. KT McFarland, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, and a Fox News national security analyst said the attack was most likely the work of Russian separatists, not the Russian or Ukrainian armies.


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On Wednesday, conservative activist and controversial video sting artist James O’Keefe made an appearance in Cannes during the Film Festival with a new, secretly recorded 20-minute video that he said exposes the hypocrisy of two environmentalist documentarians and two Hollywood actors. At the end of the clip, after Josh and Rebecca Tickell, Mariel Hemingway, and Ed Begley Jr. appear to have unwittingly agreed to accept financing for an anti-fracking film from Middle East oil interests, O’Keefe claims he’s caught other allegedly altruistic actors and filmmakers in his trap, teasing a clip of a phone conversation with filmmaker Josh Fox.

But this time, O’Keefe wasn’t the only one making secret recordings. Left more than a little suspicious by years of vicious—and often surreptitious—attacks from the natural gas industry and its supporters following the premiere of his 2010 Oscar-nominated anti-fracking documentary, Gasland, and its 2012 sequel, Gasland II, Fox taped his interaction with one of O’Keefe’s minions and documented the elaborate lengths they went to entrap him.


Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] malasadas for the heads-up about O'Keefe's latest adventures.
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Former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver launched his new show "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" on HBO last night. In this segment, he covers a recent Supreme Court case involving one of the plaintiffs citing the 1st amendment as protection for their false advertising, and other insane claims made for products. Other segments featured the United States media outlets largely ignoring one of the largest elections the world has seen thus far (in India); and an interview with former NSA director Keith Alexander. The entire program is viewable on Youtube.

Video here.


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