Senator: I'd like to shut down Fox News and MSNBC



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GLENN: I would like to start with cut 221, please. Jay Rockefeller, Jay Rockefeller tells news officials if we don't fix this in other words, Fox, if we don't fix this, we'll fix you.

So let me caution our witnesses today. If you fail to fix this situation, all three parts of it, we're going to fix it for you, but when we do that, we will seek to do more than referee your corporate money disputes because more than just retransmission consent ails our television markets. We need new catalysts for quality news and entertainment programming. I hunger for quality news. I'm tired of the right and the left.

GLENN: Are you?

There's a whole bug inside of me that wants to get the FCC to say to Fox and MSNBC off, end, good bye. It would be a big favor to political discourse, our ability to do our work here in Congress.

GLENN: Sure would. Let's stop discussion.

And then we could talk and people can have faith in their government and more importantly, their future.

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop. So it is Fox and MSNBC that is causing us not to have faith in our government. It's not that the crushing debt. It's not the out of control corruption, it's the news.

STU: It's nothing they're doing.

GLENN: He's hungry for the news. Funny. His policies will make the rest of the country hungry and starving. That's fantastic.

PAT: The catalyst for this, I'm pretty sure, are all of these disputes with the rebroadcast rights, right? Like Fox, the local affiliate in New York had a big deal with Comcast, cablevision or somebody. They were taken off the air for, what, about a month and so some people missed the world series.

GLENN: Oh, no. Let's get Congress involved.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Were there steroids involved? It's the free market.

PAT: They would be imprisoned if there were steroids involved.

STU: You have to respect the constitution and in the good and plenty clause, it says you have the right to watch the world series on television for free.

GLENN: The good and plenty clause does not exist.

PAT: We heard about it from John Conyers.

GLENN: The good and plenty clause is for healthcare not rebroadcast.

PAT: You can't use it for anything?

STU: Anything that is in there you're thinking Article 36.

GLENN: Yes, the rebroadcast dissertation clause?

STU: Yes.

PAT: A lot of people don't look at this clause. It's a good clause.

GLENN: It didn't say the world series. It was talking more about the cricket.

PAT: They didn't have the world series then. It would be silly to say that.

GLENN: They meant the world series.

STU: Subsequent Supreme Court rulings have shown that

GLENN: Isn't this big of Jay Rockfeller to say he's willing to get rid of MSNBC? Which is weird because that's what NBC said they should do. We should get rid of MSNBC.

[ Laughter ]

And so GE is getting rid of all of that and they're selling it to Comcast, which is, wait a minute, which is one of these cable companies that are having problems now with the government. Isn't that weird? Here's a prediction. Jay, you don't have to worry about MSNBC going after because just as a business person, take politics out of it, NBC and MSNBC, the way they're running it, when you have when you have Bryan Williams on, who is a good broadcaster. You have Bryan Williams on going just could you DVR my show, please, somebody, anyone? Anyone DVR the show? Can you watch? Please, you have seen this?

PAT: No.

GLENN: He has a campaign out, please DVR my show, please.

PAT: Hopefully it's a little less pathetic than that.

GLENN: It's a little less pathetic. Yeah, it's a little less pathetic. Someone please DVR, please.

STU: That's a weird slogan.

GLENN: I mean, you just start you know, I think they will start going

[ Laughter ]

Please watch us. It's over. It's over. And so Comcast is buying it. Comcast and this is just what I've read, I don't know. Comcast, the guy who owns it or runs it or whatever is a Republican.

STU: I don't know if that's true.

GLENN: What's more important is that he's a businessman, you know. And he knows how to run a business and anybody who knows how to run a business is not going to put up with Keith Olbermann. He's not. There's no ratings and they turned NBC into a news cancer.

STU: You have to pay him a fortune so he can annoy you at every turn.

GLENN: It's not going to happen. It's big for Jay Rockefeller to say as NBC is crashing and burning, I'm willing to destroy it.

STU: I'm willing to ban the pony express as well.

[ Laughter ]

It's like, okay. It's going away on its own.

GLENN: What we need for a more civil discourse is less discourse, clearly.

STU: I don't understand that argument. Why would you care?

GLENN: You don't expect to understand the progressive argument, do you?

STU: I guess not?

GLENN: Guy is globalist central. Do you have the audio from his dad?

PAT: I'm looking for that.

GLENN: That's what he wants to you believe. He's in with the Rothschilds.

PAT: They were the original.

GLENN: They were the original Bilderbergs.

PAT: I think they built the Bilderberg Hotel that is named after the Bilderbergs.

GLENN: That family was named after the famous hotel?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Or are you saying the secret society was named after the hotel. So the Bilderbergs aren't real people. It's just a hotel

PAT: Just a hotel.

GLENN: Who knew?

STU: Rothschild is just a candy.

GLENN: No, I think that's wine.

PAT: Is it? I thought there was a Rothschild candy. Yes. If anybody knows candy, it's Jeffy. Thank you.

GLENN: Thank you from the fat guy in the back. Yeah, it's candy.

PAT: Everything is candy.

GLENN: What I like to do with candy is wash it down with a little Rothschild chateau LEFITE. August was a good month. I always drink it right out of the box. Some day I'm going to live the American dream. I'm going to be a candy and wine taster.

[ Laughter ]

So I don't understand these people who spit it out. What's wrong with you people. Drink it. It's good wine, damnit.

[ Laughter ]

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


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There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


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John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


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Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


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A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


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And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


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When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


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"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


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-AND-

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Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


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This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


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It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.