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April 19, 2018

CNN's Chris Cuomo is not pleased about Fox News' Sean Hannity failing to disclose to viewers that he was a client of President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, but the New Day host went out of his way Thursday to point out that Hannity is not the only TV journalist to have waded into the ethical quagmire.

"How's this different than Morning Joe?" Cuomo asked his colleagues as they discussed the Hannity scandal. "Remember in the days of the glow, when [Joe Scarborough] and Mika [Brzezinski] spoke to Trump all the time, they had him on, discussed what questions to talk about in the break? They were the Trump whisperers." Morning Joe was "applauded for his relevancy" while people now bash Hannity for a similar relationship, Cuomo went on.

Cuomo admitted that Morning Joe, which is on MSNBC, is a direct competitor of New Day, but he explained that was part of why he paid attention to how their hosts interacted with Trump. "I was watching the headlines very closely, because I believed it worked against us here," he said. "Because we didn't have that kind of access — because we weren't mwah mwah mwah mwah with Donald Trump all the time," he added, making kissing sounds.

Media analyst Brian Stelter pushed back, asking: "Isn't the difference that [Trump] is now president and Hannity is providing a shelter from the storm?" Watch the whole conversation below. Jeva Lange

April 18, 2018

The View's Meghan McCain has made no secret of her discontent with former FBI Director James Comey and his new tell-all book about his stint in the Trump administration, A Higher Loyalty. On Wednesday, she had an opportunity to speak her mind to him face-to-face, telling Comey: "I want to believe you're not a political person, you're the head of the FBI, but you write in your book about how you went to [former President Barack] Obama and you were on the verge of tears, saying you were going to miss him, you also said you were dreading the next four years with Trump." She added: "You said very incendiary things about my party this morning: It doesn't reflect all values, it's transactional, it's ego-driven, it's in service to his ego."

McCain went on to explain that "I'm a Republican who has many issues with Trump" but that "the big issue I have is, I don't want to know your politics, and a lot of the things you're saying and doing are highly political."

Comey pushed back on McCain's assertion: "I don't think of it as my politics, I think of it as my values," he attempted to clarify.

McCain wasn't letting her point go, though. "You have to understand how this looks to Republicans," she said, adding at one point: "You sound like a political commentator to me, more than an old director." Watch their tense exchange below. Jeva Lange

April 17, 2018

Things have been a little crazy at the Fox News HQ ever since it was revealed that Michael Cohen's third mystery client is none other than the network's own Sean Hannity. "Did Hannity disclose his Cohen connection to his bosses?" wondered CNN's media critic Brian Stelter while Alan Dershowitz told Hannity to his face on Monday night that "it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship."

The hosts of Fox & Friends, on the other hand, weren't sure what all the kerfuffle was about. "It's perfectly logical to think that if you're friendly with somebody, that you might ask them for legal help," claimed co-host Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday morning. Steve Doocy said that "ultimately, the big news out of the Sean Hannity reveal was he said he talked to a guy who has been a friend." Ainsley Earhardt claimed erroneously that "Michael Cohen wasn't saying that Sean Hannity was his client, right?" She added optimistically: "They could just be friends, giving each other legal advice."

Kilmeade then jumped back in to say, "I don't think it's that unusual for a very successful celebrity or a billionaire to have one lawyer in particular, and that lawyer to be dedicated to him. People are acting like that is crazy. That is not crazy in the world of entertainment." Watch the conversation below, beginning around the eight minute mark. Jeva Lange

April 16, 2018

The View's Meghan McCain lost her patience Monday when some of her fellow co-hosts rallied to the defense of former FBI Director James Comey, who appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday to discuss his observations about President Trump ahead of the release of his memoir, A Higher Loyalty. "Leaking is a cardinal sin in all forms of politics and it sure as hell is in the FBI, in or out," said McCain, referencing a memo Comey "leaked" through a friend to the media. "And I will say, if you have some information to say, have the cojones to do it on TV."

Former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin jumped in to defend Comey, claiming she didn't agree that Comey had "leaked anything" and prompting McCain to snap back, "I know what a leak is." McCain's frustration eventually boiled over when comedian Joy Behar pointed out Comey clearly "remembers what he saw" while working for Trump.

"But who doesn't know that Trump has an orange face and eyes?" McCain interrupted. "Come on, everybody knows that. It's ridiculous. I mean, that anecdote, I mean, come on. Of all the things we know about Donald Trump, any person knows he has weird hair and an orange face." Watch the show below. Jeva Lange

April 16, 2018

CNN's Chris Cuomo and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway faced off on New Day on Monday in a marathon interview that covered everything from former FBI Director James Comey to the Russia investigation to recent White House firings.

In a particularly tense portion of the interview, Cuomo pushed Conway to answer one way or the other if Trump was considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. As Conway dodged, an exasperated Cuomo asked, "Why aren't you answering this question?" Conway responded with another dodge: "Oh by the way, in case there's any doubt too, [Trump] has confidence in me. So don't ask me why I'm still here, ask the people who got fired why they're not here," she said.

"I haven't asked you anything about that!" Cuomo said. "It's like you're having a different conversation."

As he pushed again, Conway resorted to bashing CNN for promising evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and failing to deliver. "We never promised anything like that, Kellyanne," a disbelieving Cuomo shot back. "Why do you try to poison people's minds like that, Kellyanne? That's not helpful. We need common ground, not division. Don't poison peole."

Watch the segment below, and watch the whole interview here. Jeva Lange

April 13, 2018

On Friday, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace wagged a finger at former FBI Director James Comey over some observations about President Trump in Comey's new book that he found to be "bitchy." Wallace has not yet read Comey's forthcoming book, A Higher Loyalty, but he reported that the excerpts that have been released have Washington, D.C., buzzing.

Wallace, though, didn't approve. "Comey goes out of his way to say the president isn't as tall as he thought he was, he checked out the size of his hands the first time they shook hands, that he noticed the president seemed to have little white half-moons under his eyes, maybe he had suntan goggles that he wore," he said.

While President Trump has certainly never been one to hold back from making such observations of his own, Wallace added: "You know, I think one can argue that by getting into the political food fight, that James Comey has done more damage to his own reputation than he has to President Trump's." Watch below. Jeva Lange

April 12, 2018

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough has never been one to hold back how he feels, but you could tell things were getting personal Thursday when he took aim at Newt Gingrich, who served as speaker of the House when Scarborough was a Republican congressman in the late 1990s.

Scarborough's diatribe stemmed from Gingrich's appearance on Fox & Friends on Wednesday, where he compared the FBI's search of Michael Cohen's office and residences to Soviet Russia and the Gestapo in Nazi Germany. "Newt Gingrich skips the Vietnam war," Scarborough said. "Robert Mueller goes there and serves admirably, and Newt Gingrich is comparing a war hero, a man who has dedicated his entire life to protecting the U.S. Constitution, to Stalin?"

Scarborough went on: "For Newt Gingrich to shame himself, for Newt Gingrich to disgrace himself, for Newt Gingrich to humiliate himself, for Newt Gingrich to lay waste to his legacy by comparing a Vietnam War hero — who's dedicated his entire life to protecting the U.S. Constitution of Americans — to compare Bob Mueller to Joseph Stalin, the most evil man of the 20th century? Shows you how contemptible Newt Gingrich is as a man, and shows you how desperate he and everyone else involved in this wretched exercise are." Watch below, with the Gingrich remarks beginning around 2:30. Jeva Lange

April 11, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) confirmed in a press conference Wednesday that he will be retiring from Congress at the end of 2018. "You realize you hold the office for just a small part of our history, so you better make the most of it," Ryan reflected, calling the position one of the greatest honors of his life.

Citing his other greatest honor — being a husband and a father of three — Ryan said he would be leaving Congress after almost two decades. "If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have known me as a weekend dad," Ryan said, noting that his own father died when he was the age his daughter is now.

"I'm really proud of what we've been able to do," Ryan said of his time in office, emphasizing, "I'm not done yet."

In a recent poll by Marquette Law School, 46 percent of Wisconsin registered voters had a favorable opinion of Ryan, and 39 percent had an unfavorable opinion. The poll reached 800 people by landline and cell phone between Feb. 25 and March 1 and has a margin or error of plus or minus 4.5 percent. Watch more of Ryan's comments below. Jeva Lange

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