‘Hesburgh’ Trailer: ‘Wordplay’ Director’s Latest Docu Profiles Notre Dame Priest Called “Conscience Of The Country’

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Democrats Push ‘Save the Internet Act’ to Overturn the ‘Trump Assault on Net Neutrality’

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Democrats in both the House and the Senate announced a new bill on Wednesday aiming to return to Obama-era net neutrality rules, more than a year after Trump-appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai spearheaded their repeal.

The “Save the Internet Act,” available to read here, aims to bar internet service providers like Verizon and AT&T from blocking or throttling access to certain content without government recourse. The bill would reinstate rules put in place by the FCC in 2015 under President Obama and later repealed by Pai in late 2017.

“With the Save the Internet Act, Democrats are honoring the will of the people and restoring the protections that do this: Stop unjust discriminatory practices by ISPs that try to throttle the public browsing speed, block your internet access and increase your costs, giving to entrepreneurs and small businesses a level playing field and ensuring American innovation can continue to be the envy of the world,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday.

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Pelosi said the bill will come to the floor in the coming weeks, adding that 86 percent of Americans oppose the “Trump assault on net neutrality,” including 82 percent of Republicans.

Opponents of Pai’s decision have argued that the repeal of net neutrality grants too much power to a select few ISPs and hurts consumers, who could see price hikes; those in favor have said the Federal Trade Commission, which the FCC ceded power to, will be able to tackle companies that act anti-competitively. Pai has also argued the 2015 rules have stymied internet investment.

“The FCC’s return in 2017 to the bipartisan, light-touch approach to Internet regulation has been a success,” Pai’s spokeswoman Tina Pelkey told CNBC on Wednesday. “This time-tested framework has preserved the free and open Internet. It has promoted transparency in order to better inform consumer choice. It has unleashed private investment, resulting in more fiber being deployed in 2018 than any year before and download speeds increasing by an astounding 36 percent.”

The FCC’s 2017 decision, Pelkey continued, has “proven wrong the many hysterical predictions of doom from 2017, most notably the fantasy that market-based regulation would bring about ‘the end of the Internet as we know it.’”

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Sen. Chuck Schumer said he expects the bill to pass in both houses of Congress, but whether that’s the case is up for debate. With Republicans in control of the Senate, the bill could be “dead on arrival,” as The Washington Post said on Wednesday. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) has already come out against the Democrats’ plan, although he tweeted he’s “ready to work on a bipartisan legislative solution when they are, too.”

Dems earned three Pinocchios from @washingtonpost for last year’s bogus claim that @FCC’s #NetNeutrality repeal would grind the internet to a halt. How many will they earn today? I’m ready to work on a bipartisan legislative solution when they are, too. https://t.co/CbjGqDenT8

— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) March 6, 2019

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Prosecutors: Coast Guard Lieutenant Planned to Kill CNN and MSNBC Hosts, Prominent Democrats

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In court papers filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, federal prosecutors said that a Coast Guard lieutenant arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who intended to kill “prominent Democratic congressional leaders” and “MSNBC and CNN media personalities” among others.

According to the filing, Christopher Paul Hasson was arrested Feb. 15 on gun-and-drug-related charges. The motion asks that he be detained pending trial because “the defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.”

Prosecutors say Hasson’s targets included Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Maxine Waters, MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough, and CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Van Jones. The hit list was complied in a Microsoft spreadsheet included in the filing.

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Hasson, the filing says, is an “obvious danger to the community” with a years-long record of expressing extremist views, which were discovered in several emails and email drafts obtained by law enforcement. Among these, the filing cites a June, 2017 email draft in which Hasson said he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth,” as well as a September, 2017 email Hasson sent to himself “which he apparently wrote to a known American neo-Nazi leader” espousing a desire for a “white homeland.”

The filing also cites google searches conducted by Hasson for terms including “what if trump [sic] is illegally impeached,” and “where in dc to [sic] congress live.”

Hasson also frequently read a manifesto written by Norwegian white supremacist terrorist Anders Breivik, and appeared to follow Breivik’s instructions for amassing supplies and weapons, according to the filing. Law enforcement agents, prosecutors say, found fifteen firearms and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition and other supplies, including steroids, when executing a search warrant.

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According to the filing, Hasson’s hit list was consistent with the kinds of people identified by Breivik as “traitors.”

Hasson is set to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

The court filing was first reported by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.

CNN and MSNBC did not immediately respond to requests for comment from TheWrap.

Sean Hannity Trashes ‘Garbage Compromise’ to Avoid 2nd Government Shutdown (Video)

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Sean Hannity issued a veto on Monday after news that federal negotiators had reached a deal to avoid a second government shutdown at the end of the week. On his Fox News program, Hannity called the deal “garbage” and warned Republicans that he would be keeping a close eye on who ultimately supported it.

“On this new, so-called compromise, I’m getting details, 1.3 billion and not even a wall or barrier,” Hannity said. “I am going to tell this tonight and we will get back into this tomorrow. Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain.”

The deal was first announced late Monday by Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby.

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“We’ve had a good evening. We reached an agreement in principle between us,” he said, according to multiple media reports Monday, though details of the deal were scant.

It’s unclear how Hannity managed to get the information he reported on air. A rep for him at Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

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President Trump is a regular viewer of the program and the two are known to have private conversations. Criticism from Hannity and other conservative critics like Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh were widely credited with pushing Trump into launching the first government shutdown, which went on to become the longest in history.

As it was then, the sticking point continues to be funding for Trump’s long promised wall along the Mexican border. The president has demanded more than five billion in funds to begin construction. The House of Representatives, now led by Democrats, has refused, with Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi calling the wall an “immorality.”

Though there is little appetite for another shutdown in either party, Hannity’s objection could be a sign that the latest deal may not fly at the White House.

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Seth Meyers Dings Donald Trump’s SOTU: “So Unpopular Even His Tie Moved To The Left”

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Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Donald Trump SOTU Address: Longer Than His Tie

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Nancy Pelosi Lets Donald Trump Deliver SOTU On February 5 While Government Open

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Jim Carrey Socks It to ‘Loser’ Trump After Government Shutdown Deal in New Political Cartoon

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Jim Carrey definitely did not head into the weekend quietly on Friday.

Less than two hours after offering his take on longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone’s early-Friday arrest, actor-artist Carrey unveiled yet another piece of art — this time apparently referencing the short-term deal between Trump and Congress to end the government shutdown.

Carrey’s latest depicted Trump as a soccer goalie, unsuccessfully attempting to prevent the ball from making its way into the net.

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While failing at blocking the shot, Trump is wearing a shirt reading, “No 1 Loser.”

“NANCY SCORES!” Carrey wrote in accompaniment of the illustration, an apparent reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Trump announced a short-term deal with Congress to end the partial government shutdown on Friday.

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Trump and the Democrats had been at a standoff of the president’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “We have reached a deal to end the shutdown,” Trump said during an announcement at the White House’s Rose Garden.

The government will reopen for three weeks, until Feb. 15, while negotiations continue over Trump’s desire to build a wall on the southern border continues. “After 36 days of spirited debate and dialogue, I have seen and heard from enough Democrats and Republicans that they are willing to partisanship aside, I think, and put the security of the American people first,” Trump said.

Speaking of spirited debate and dialogue, check out Carrey’s latest art below — and feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments section.

NANCY SCORES! pic.twitter.com/qiZqHH0KXm

– Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 25, 2019

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