Megyn Kelly’s plan to interview Alex Jones angers Sandy Hook shooting victims’ parents

Megyn Kelly, the new star of NBC on Sunday nights, is off to a less-than-compelling start as she now gears the country up for “controversies and conspiracies” in her interview with the far-right InfoWars host Alex Jones. One of his most disgusting conspiracy theories was that the Sandy Hook shooting was actually a hoax, and a mother who lost her child in the tragedy is speaking out against the interview.Next Sunday, I sit down with conservative radio host @RealAlexJones to discuss controversies and conspiracies #SundayNight June 18 on NBC — Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 11, 2017In a series of tweets Nelba Marquez-Greene, a mother who lost her daughter in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, expressed her disgust for Kelly’s substandard journalistic behavior.

Here’s what President Trump was doing during James Comey’s testimony

This post first appeared on Right Wing Watch While millions of Americans spent Thursday glued to television coverage of former FBI director James Comey’s testimony, Donald Trump took time to bask in the adulation of Religious Right activists who gathered in D.C. for Road to Majority, the annual conference hosted by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition. Amid these conservative Christians, Trump didn’t need to worry about hearing a discouraging word or being challenged about his habitual lying. “We love him because he is our friend,” said Reed. Trump returned the sentiment, saying, “You didn’t let me down and I will never, ever let you down, you know that.” Reed and Trump both cited the overwhelming support Trump received from white evangelical voters. Trump recalled that he had appeared at the conference last year asking for their support and prayers, and “boy did you deliver.” Reed praised Trump for focusing “like a laser beam” on winning evangelical support “and that’s why he’s the president of the United States today.” Trump touted his accomplishments: the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, filling the Cabinet with people who “share our values,” withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and his proposed “historic” tax cut. And, of course, he bragged about having signed an executive order “to protect religious liberty in America” and to “stop the Johnson Amendment from interfering with your First Amendment rights.” Perhaps in a nod to those Religious Right activists who were disappointed that his order did not include sweeping exemptions for LGBT discrimination in the name of religion, Trump assured the audience, “Believe me, we’re not finished yet.” Trump cited the Bible, reading from a verse in Isaiah, as well as more vaguely stating: [A]s the Bible tells us, we know that the truth will prevail, that God’s glorious wisdom will shine through, and that the good and decent people of this country will get the change they voted for and that they so richly deserve. Trump seemingly, but vaguely, endorsed Christian-nation activists’ goal of returning official prayer and religious instruction into the nation’s schools, saying schools “should not be a place that drive out faith and religion, but that should welcome faith and religion with wide-open beautiful arms.” Trump also endorsed Religious Right fearmongering about the religious freedom of conservative Christians being under attack in America, saying “It is time to put a stop to the attacks on religion.” He promised, “As long as I’m president, no one is going to stop you from practicing your faith or preaching what is in your heart.” And in a line recycled from his speech at Liberty University last month, Trump said, “In America we don’t worship government, we worship God.” Trump trashed Democrats as “obstructionists” and urged the activists to give him bigger Republican majorities in the House and Senate in the 2018 elections. Reed had kicked off the luncheon by bragging about conservative electoral victories since his coalition was formed in 2010, and mocking mainstream media predictions about the Religious Right’s demise. Among the speakers who preceded Trump were Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Senator Ted Cruz. Paxton bragged about how many times Texas had sued the federal government during his tenure. Among the cases he cited was a challenge to federal Department of Education rules on transgender students’ access to bathrooms; he said the state’s legal challenge to the Obama administration rules had delayed their implementation until the Trump administration dropped them. Paxton said that if Hillary Clinton had been elected and was able to name a Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia, “we were likely going to be in a post-constitutional America.” That didn’t happen, he said, thanks to the prayers and political work of Christian conservatives, “Praise God.” Introducing Cruz, Reed called him “one of the fiercest, one of the toughest, one of the most valiant defenders of our values, not only in the U.S. Senate today, but of anyone who has ever served in the U.S. Senate.” “It is June of 2017, and Hillary Clinton is not the president of the United States,” Cruz said, “and Neil Gorsuch is a Supreme Court justice, which demonstrates that elections matter.” But Cruz pushed his fellow GOPers, saying, “We have a Republican majority in the House. We have a Republican majority in the Senate. We have a Republican in the White House. How about we act like it?” Also speaking before Trump was Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, who declared, “We are in a war for the future of this republic.” He listed the New Deal, Great Society, and Obamacare and Dodd-Frank as consequences of Democratic supermajorities. “The great progressive experiment of the last 100 years, with bigger and bigger government, has failed, period.” Perdue praised Trump for doing what he said he’d do on the Supreme Court, regulation, and immigration and praised his trip to the Middle East. “Look, this president is nobody’s choir boy, right?” said Perdue to chuckles from the audience, “But he is a man of action.”

Ivanka Trump is surprised at the “viciousness” in politics

Ivanka Trump appeared on the her father’s favorite show “Fox & Friends” on Monday to discuss President Donald Trump’s reaction to fired FBI Director Comey’s testimony last Thursday, her boss’ political plans for the coming weeks and how she feels about the negative media coverage.While no one was surprised that Ivanka said she supported her father during the interview, her take on the media and her family was what drew headlines.

Lawsuits filed over Donald Trump’s “unprecedented constitutional violations”

President Donald Trump is going to be sued by the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., over his alleged violations of the emoluments clauses.D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, both Democrats, are suing Trump on the grounds that he has not effectively separated his private interests from his public interests, according to a report by The Washington Post. In so doing, they accuse Trump of “unprecedented constitutional violations” because, by continuing to run businesses that receive money from both domestic and foreign sources, they have become “deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors.”

Lord Buckethead helps John Oliver explain Brexit negotiations

Following Conservative British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call a “snap election” in an an attempt to consolidate her power —  which turned out to be a massive blunder for both her and her party — negotiations surrounding Brexit have become increasingly unclear and talks are set to begin on next week. On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver explained just how serious a proper negotiation is.“This is going to be a messy, complicated divorce,” Oliver explained. But he suggested Americans should imagine what it would be like if the state of Florida were to secede from the rest of the nation. “A great idea, and we should definitely do it, but it wouldn’t be easy,” Oliver joked.

Bernie Sanders says current Democratic Party strategy is “an absolute failure” and slams Trump’s “incredible hypocrisy”

Standing before a crowd of progressive activists and some of his strongest supporters Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt., urged the Democratic Party to seek reform arguing that their “current model and the current strategy” is “an absolute failure.” The longest serving Independent in congressional history also unapologetically blasted President Donald Trump for his “incredible hypocrisy,” according to multiple news reports.The world is behind you @BernieSanders! #PPLSUMMIT — RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) June 11, 2017Sanders spoke on Saturday evening at the second annual “People’s Summit” in Chicago, a three-day event for activists and progressive organizations “committed to social, racial and economic justice.” Actors Danny Glover and John Cusack were in attendance as well as National Nurses United, Democratic Socialists of America and People for Bernie, according to Reuters.

Untangling the Qatar kerfuffle: Sure, the tiny Gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region

Egypt’s former foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, who also served as his country’s ambassador to the United States from 1999 until 2008, once quipped that the U.S.-Egyptian relationship was like a “mature marriage.” This was during a particularly troublesome moment when the George W. Bush administration was squabbling with then-President Hosni Mubarak over political reform. The bickering between Washington and Cairo was hard not to notice at times, but there was no breakup.Alliances are, like a lot of successful marriages, hard work. Even the best of them go through periods of tension. The “special relationship” between the U.S. and the United Kingdom has often seemed less than that, for instance. The French can be so infuriating that former President Bill Clinton reportedly dreaded dealing with his then-counterpart, Jacques Chirac. It sometimes seems that the prime directive of Canada’s foreign policy is to portray itself as the anti-America — righteous in the world, in contrast to the brutish gunslingers to their south. In 2016, 23 of the 28 NATO members were not spending the agreed-upon 2 percent of their national GDP on defense, free riding on the security that American taxpayers were providing.

Away They Go: Summer Preview 2017

As hard as it is to believe (given the never-ending spring showers in New York’s forecast) summer is in fact just around the corner, meaning flocks of the fashion-y and fabulous will be deserting the city in search of a tan.But while the majority of the fashion flock follow each other like lemmings and head east to the Hamptons, there are a few brave souls who head to farther pastures in upstate New York, Nantucket —or even beyond. Here, a look at both the tried and true and what’s new around and about.The Hamptons MainstaysThe usual circuit of events out east are once again on the calendar for this summer. The Parrish Art Museum midsummer party is set for July 15, and the annual Watermill Center summer benefit will be July 29, the same day as Super Saturday, which turns 20 this summer and will be hosted by Donna Karan, Kelly Ripa and Gabby Karan de Felice. Rounding things out is Paddle for Pink on Aug.5.Donna Karan and granddaughter Stefania de Felice, with Rodney Yee, at Super Saturday 2016.David HuntDopo la Spiaggia, East Hampton, N.Y.Italian for “after the beach,” this high-end eatery from restaurateurs Maria and Larry Baum opens its second Hamptons location with an airy, sun-filled space on Race Lane. The space features an outdoor seating area with a southern Italian menu ranging from day-boat scallops to pan-seared halibut, by chef Maurizio Marfoglia.Dopo La Spiaggia in East Hampton.Courtesy Dopo La SpiaggiaHarbor East, East Hampton, N.Y.A Mediterranean-Australian hybrid comes to East Hampton in the form of new restaurant Harbor East, which opens Memorial Day from New York City restaurateur James Willis and Todd English’s Andrew Molen. “We want it to be slightly older —we want to focus on the locals, we want to create a place that has great music, great decor and is a little different to the other places,” says Willis, theowner of Harbor East. “We want it to be their little watering hole.” Beef Tenderloin Bordelaise at Harbor East.Le Bilboquet, Sag Harbor, N.Y.The famed French brasserie is making its Hamptons debut this summer with a prized location at 1 Long Wharf (formerly B. Smith’s) that boasts sweeping views of the harbor (and its magnificent yachts). Signature dishes including Cajun chicken, Dover sole meuniere and Niçoise salad will be offered with a wide selection of Champagne and Rosé. Très chic, non?Audemars Piguet x Material Good, Hamptons, N.Y.Swiss watch maker Audemars Piguet and boutique SoHo jewelry brand Material Good will join forces to host two private events out east, one with a dinner prepared by Audemars Piguet friend Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park. The two evenings will take place on June 17 and July 8. Daniel HummKelly Taub/BFA/REX/ShutterstockSurf Lodge, Montauk, N.Y.Yes, we’re still talking about Surf Lodge. While the Montauk hot spot is nothing new, your fashion friends will once again be flocking there some Saturday nights. New for this summer? Sculpting workout Bari Studio will have toning classes every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., and this summer’s musical lineup includes indie favorites Jenny Lewis, St. Lucia, Wild Belle and MUNA. Patti Beranek and Jean-Philip Grobler of St. LuciaJenna GreeneRuschmeyer’s, Montauk, N.Y.The Montauk boutique hotel, bar and restaurant has been revamped to bring back the sense of community and creativity that was thriving in the town 40 years ago. “We wanted to build something for the locals because the first thing visitors ask is, ‘where do the locals go?’” says Peter Litvinenko, who led the redesign, which includes updated rooms, a tapas-focused menu and a panel talk series with local entrepreneurs.Ruschmeyer’s lawn.Courtesy Ruschmeyer'sWest Kill BrewingFor those seeking a break from the Hamptons scene, the Catskills offers an idyllic breath of fresh air and a healthy dose of small-town living. This summer, husband-and-wife team Mike and Colleen Barcone will open the doors to their West Kill Brewery tasting room. Located on a family farm in West Kill, N.Y. —down the road from the charming Spruceton Inn —the brewery will focus on farmhouse-style brews made from locally sourced ingredients. We’re feeling refreshed already. The Club Car, Nantucket, Mass.This Main Street institution has been reimagined for the first time in 40 years —but loyalists, fear not! The restaurant’s vintage railway car and antique elements have been preserved and simply updated with modern elements. The frequently changing seasonal menu is rich with local seafood and vegetables and creative cocktails like the tropical revival, which pairs Jägermeister with coconut water, lemon, hibiscus and pineapple.Gurney’s Newport, Newport, R.I.Those looking to expand their horizons beyond Long Island (but, you know, not too much) are in luck, as the team behind Gurney’s Montauk is opening a second location in Newport this Memorial Day. “Newport is an extremely popular yearround resort town, and there are not that many hotel rooms,” says Gurney’s owner George Filopoulos, who has been a vacationer in the area for years. The popular Beach Club in Montauk has been interpreted into the Pineapple Pool Club at the Newport location.The view from Gurney’s Newport.You're missing something!

Gwyneth Paltrow Is Just as Tired as the Rest of Us

“I’m always asking myself why am I so f–king tired,” said a seemingly alert Gwyneth Paltrow via phone this week from Los Angeles.The Oscar winner’s normally hectic schedule lightened Tuesday as Winter Storm Stella canceled flights across the eastern seaboard, preventing Paltrow from flying to New York for the opening of business partner Tracy Anderson’s new flagship studio March 15. “I really wanted to come — it’s such a bummer.”But perhaps a brief respite was exactly what the doctor ordered for the actress. “I sleep, I eat well, I exercise, like, what is my f–king problem? We work too hard, we drink too much, we have too many things going on and our adrenals are on burn out,” Paltrow continued. “In modern life we operate way past our capacity.”So the working mother of two addressed the challenges of her busy lifestyle in the best way she knows how to: by consulting with world-renowned doctors in developing a uniquely tailored vitamin line, naturally. Each has a cheeky name (yes, one is actually called Why Am I So Effing Tired? and aids adrenal fatigue) and each is aimed at combating the health issues most often vocalized byreaders of her Goop blog.“For ‘The Mother Load,’” explained Paltrow of a supplement targeted at fighting post-natal depletion, “women give birth and they don’t feel like they’re recovering, but why is that? Dr. [Oscar] Serrallach crafted this regimen with us to really address that problem.”Others products in the line include a general vitamin — Balls in the Air — and one to maintainhealthy blood sugar metabolism — High School Genes. Unlike some of the outlandishly priced products often touted by Paltrow online, a month’s supply of the custom-crafted wellness boosters run for less than $100. “Part of what we do is focus on a direct-to-consumer model so we can pass the value on to our customers,” noted the entrepreneur.You're missing something!