Democratic Leaders Call Trump Criticism Of Germany An Embarrassment

Leading Democratic lawmakers have harshly criticized President Donald Trump for his comments claiming longtime U.S. ally Germany is “totally controlled by Russia.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., issued a joint statement Wednesday calling Trump’s remarks “an embarrassment.”
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Why Do Americans Call It Soccer Instead of Football? Blame England

In the World Cup, the U.S. and England aren’t traditionally rivals. But, off the field, a different type of rivalry has reigned for more than a century: what to call the world’s most popular sport.

To Americans, it’s soccer. To most of the rest of the world, (including England, the birthplace of the modern sport,) it’s football. But what most people don’t know is that the word “soccer” is not in fact an American invention. On the contrary, it was an import from England, and one that was commonly used there until relatively recently.

At least, that’s the argument made by Stefan Szymanski, a professor of sports economics at the University of Michigan. In a paper from 2014, Szymanski writes that “soccer” originated in late 19th century England, as a way of differentiating between variants of the game which at that time did not have a commonly agreed-upon set of rules.

In the early 1800s in England, football and rugby existed as different variations of the same game. But in 1863, the Football Association was formed to codify the rules of football so that aristocratic boys from different schools could play against one another. In 1871, the Rugby Football Union followed suit. The two sports officially became known as Rugby Football and Association Football. (Those new rules were slow to spread to America, where another version of the game was evolving — one that the rest of the world now knows as “American football,” and is played in the NFL.)

In England, Szymanski writes, aristocratic boys came up with the shortened terms “rugger” and “soccer” to differentiate between Rugby Football and Association Football. To support this argument, he cites a letter to The New York Times, published in 1905: “It was a fad at Oxford and Cambridge to use “er” at the end of many words, such as foot-er, sport-er, and as Association did not take an “er” easily, it was, and is, sometimes spoken of as Soccer.”

And the term, Szymanski says, was widely recognized in England through the first half of the twentieth century, according to data he crunched from books and newspapers. It became even more prevalent after the World War II — driven, he suggests, by the number of American soldiers in the country and the infatuation with American culture that came after the war.

But by the 1980s, Brits started to turn against the word. “The penetration of the game into American culture,” Szymanski writes, “has led to backlash against the use of the word in Britain, where it was once considered an innocuous alternative to the word ‘football.’”

With England now into the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990, fans are celebrating their nation’s success in the sport born in their country but long mastered by foreigners. On Twitter, that pride is manifesting itself, partially, in the age-old (since the 1980s at least) tradition of bashing the word soccer.

“It’s football not soccer,” one person tweeted, on the night of England’s successful victory over Sweden which propelled the team to the semi-finals. “The English created the game = football.”

The World Cup draws to a close this weekend, but the argument over the name of the sport it celebrates certainly won’t.

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How ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ Shrunk Its Audio Production for a Bigger Sound

When we think of the Call of Duty series, we think of high production values. Certainly in our Call of Duty: WWII review, we felt the sights and sounds of its iconic WWII battles were its most impressive features. Tired as we are of the setting, it deserves credit for fantastic cutscenes and set pieces.

Sledgehammer has routinely delivered quality games. Say what you want about Call of Duty’s business models and repetitive story twists, but you can’t reasonably accuse the franchise of ever skimping on graphics and sound.

So it might surprise you to hear the audio budget on Call of Duty: WWII was actually miniscule compared to previous games in the franchise. Sledgehammer still had access to a professional studio and gear, but wanted to capture the “indie” feel of making audio on the cheap. Far from “skimping,” this was less about saving money – there was always a safety net, being Sledgehammer – and more about innovation.


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David Swenson talks to a GDC room about CoD WWII's unique audio development.

It’s hard to be a hungry millionaire, as they say. Access to the latest mixing decks and sample libraries may actually cause an audio designer to bypass that age-old process of problem solving. It’s a situation that could lead projects to sound like every other triple-A game out there. With Call of Duty; WWII, Sledgehammer wanted to force itself to come up with creative solutions.

David Swenson is the audio director at Sledgehammer Games, and told a room full of professional audio designers at this year’s Game Developers’ Conference how his team made triple-A audio for a fraction of the cost. It involved getting their hands dirty… but it sounded like a lot of fun.

There’s a Boom in Shot

The no-frills approach to audio design involves spraying water on leather jackets, crawling in the mud, running on the beach, pouring water onto rocks in the backyard, and much more. That covered the basic sounds, but for the larger things like specific plane engines, the team would have to get creative.

According to David Swenson, there were several benefits to this approach:

  • When something didn’t work out, there was the ability to have a do-over
  • No big, expensive shoots where everything hinges on one day
  • It encouraged a start-up mentality

For recording gunshots and tails, the team went to an empty area and set up mics everywhere it could. It turned out the audio sounded terrible on every mic except the one behind the car. In this smaller operation, it was an easy logistical task to get back out there and re-record everything with every mic in that sweet spot.

Getting the sounds of a particular plane as it came down was proving to be a challenge, as the team wasn’t allowed to stand on a runway. A trip to Google Maps revealed that there happened to be a golf course adjacent to an airfield nearby, with – lo and behold – one hole conveniently placed right next to the runway. The team actually snuck mics inside disguised as golf clubs (see image below) to hang out near the runway and record planes coming in.


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Sledgehammer forced itself to find clever solutions.

Google Maps was often used when the team needed to find a suitable area to record. Purely from browsing the service, they found an abandoned mall with a bunch of junk inside. Throwing those items off balconies and into walls formed much of the sounds of destroyed rubble in CoD: WWII.

It didn’t stop there. Even after the recording period, Sledgehammer wanted to avoid the ways of a massive studio and adopt a lean, flexible, start-up mentality.

Post-Processing Pros

Early on, the decision was made to let every sound designer use whatever program and plugins they wanted. This increased sharing of ideas and diversified the team’s audio — but it also meant many designers couldn’t share sessions across the same program.

There wasn’t a separate, final audio program to aggregate everything into. According to Swenson, the “final audio program was the game.”

These sound designers would implement everything into the actual level. They had a proprietary scripting language they had to learn, which meant doing a little bit of coding. Armed with that, they’d be able to perform the usual role of audio level designers. They would own a sound all throughout the process, from the boom to the room.

Call of Duty: WWII uses High Dynamic Range audio to focus on dynamics over raw loudness. Swenson stressed that there needed to be a clean and focused mix for a more cinematic feel. “We needed to avoid the Wall of Sound trap,” he said.

In some cases, that actually meant completely cutting out some of that audio they had painstakingly recorded. In chaotic scenes like the D-Day landing, there’s so much happening that they had to ensure the player heard what was important.

With large teams in multiple locations, this meant being very clear to everyone about what sounds were prioritised, and what was not to be touched.

“We had to have rules to prevent the instant gratification trap,” said Swenson, “where a sound designer makes their one small thing very big and loud. Guns were always the star. Explosions are big. Other things would take a backseat to that, and we’d reduce the db if they don’t fall into the star category.”

One of the benefits of working on a major franchise that three studios contribute to is the sharing of assets, but the move to High Dynamic Range sound limited what Sledgehammer could implement. When combined with HDR sounds, the older assets would break the immersion. The last few games being more futuristic also limited how much they could grab.

Swenson also knew that due to the immense wall of gunfire that would occur at certain points in the game, the soundtrack should be free of percussion — while still being orchestral to sound cinematic. There would be no drums to drown out the guns, and instead of sound effects, different musical instruments would be used in stealth sections to communicate stealth ideas like being noticed.

Life as a Sledgehammer Sound Designer

Every sound designer gets a kit when they start at Sledgehammer, and they’re told to keep it with them at all times to record the smaller things in life. It enables them to focus more on the debris — what explosions do to the world, as opposed to the explosions themselves.

The team needed tree bursts, for example, for when the Germans would hammer a forest with artillery. Seeing as every employee is also given a sledgehammer when they start their job, they took a sledgehammer to nearby trees.

“We’re hung up on being as literal as possible,” said Swenson. “We went to a river to record a river. We went to a bunker to record a bunker. We used the real old weapons.”

In that same vein, the team wanted to record the exact tank that would be included in the game. After recording a friend’s (yes, a friend with a fleet of tanks), they found the engine was way too loud to hear anything else. They wanted the treads, the engines, and the metal groans.

After browsing Youtube, they were able to find a tank owner running the engine in isolation. They zoomed in on the owner’s nametag and chased down his contact details. He thought Sledgehammer was trolling him at first, but agreed to have them come record the engine at different RPMs. They then manipulated an air vent for an hour for the sound of metal groans.

After showing several frugal techniques for recording sounds of destruction, such as breaking wonderboard to emulate cement cracking, putting a subwoofer up to a medical cabinet for vibrations, and lots of plugins, Swenson was able to show us the result: a massive belltower collapsing. It’s a sequence anyone who’s played the game will remember, and it only adds to the moment to know the unique process that created it.

One hour later, Swenson had shown his work and proven his claim. His message to all the audio designers in the crowd was simple: “Anybody can buy some wood and stuff from Home Depot, and create the same thing.”

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Puerto Rico’s own records list so many cases of the bacterial disease leptospirosis that officials should have declared an “epidemic” or an “outbreak” after Hurricane Maria instead of denying that one occurred, according to seven medical experts who reviewed previously unreleased data for CNN and the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI).


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Schumer forced to call in after canceling town hall due to plane issues: report

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Monday—citing an equipment issue that grounded his small plane—was forced to cancel a town hall in Brooklyn, annoying some in attendance who waited hours for his arrival in a hot synagogue.
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Protesters across U.S. call on Trump to reunite immigrant families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters marched in cities across the United States on Saturday to demand the Trump administration reverse an immigration crackdown that has separated children from parents at the U.S-Mexico border and sparked plans for military-run detention camps.


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Trump invokes War of 1812 in testy call with Trudeau over tariffs

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a testy phone call on May 25 over new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration targeting steel and aluminum imports coming from Canada, including one moment during the conversation in which Trump made an erroneous historical reference, sources familiar with the discussion told CNN.


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The C-Word You Should Never Call a Woman

Social media once again proved their chief export was outrage this week when late night show host Samantha Bee told a joke about Ivanka Trump, calling her a “feckless ‘C-Word.’” (She has since apologized.)

It was no surprise that calls for the comedian to apologize split along party lines, with many conservatives demanding their pound of flesh in return for the canceling of Roseanne over racist tweets earlier in the week. (It’s a false equivalency, but nonetheless a useful tool for figuring out if someone is a racist—equating an abhorrent racial slur with a not-very-nice word.)

For years, the “C-word” has enjoyed the “we can use it, but you can’t” codicil in offensive language. But even in feminist circles, it is still very much another c-word—controversial.

As someone who founded and administers a pro-Hillary Facebook group, I’ve found myself in the middle of this discussion so many times, the other admins and I joke that our memoir will be called Parsing the Word C-nt. We have a no hate speech policy but the question remains, is the “C-word” hate speech?

I started employing the “C-word” in high school for a very simple reason: I wanted to shock. I was a teenager, I wanted to be different, I wanted to be edgy. If this was a word that was so bad you couldn’t use it, then I wanted to be the one to use it. I didn’t realize at the time that in my teen rebellion, I was inadvertently reclaiming the word.

I assume that a majority of the women of my generation and younger women have had a similar journey, judging by the way “C-words” rain down freely and peppers our conversations. You can be mad at someone and use it, but it’s lost a lot of its power, having all of the bite of calling someone a “bitch.” (Although admittedly, this word, too, remains charged based on context and personal interpretation.) For other women, it has evolved into being sensual and erotic—take C-nt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio, or The C-nt Coloring Book, for example.

Shortly before the election, I had another evolution in thinking about the “C-word.” After seeing a staggering amount of misogyny from folks across every aisle—all of who were using the “C-word,” and not “Clinton,” to describe the most qualified and accomplished modern candidate for the presidency, as well as any women who supported her, I realized that being a c-nt wasn’t such a bad thing. Women were being called c-nts for actually doing some really amazing and brave things.

If it makes you a “C-word” to stand up for yourself, to work hard, to speak truth to power, to not let a man take advantage of your body, to fight for the rights of marginalized voices—then yes, vagina, I was a cunt!

So I made a video about it.

There is one c-word I think is truly offensive to call a woman: crazy. “Crazy” is a tool that the patriarchy uses to dismiss the humanity of women. If a woman thinks she’s being sexually harassed, she’s crazy. If a woman raises her voice or is demanding like a man, she’s crazy. If a woman calls out discrimination, wants to be paid fairly, or says that your jokes are lazy and offensive, she’s crazy. Calling a woman “crazy” is how men say that a woman’s concerns and experiences aren’t real. It’s the permission they give themselves to keep doing what they’re doing, without confronting their own biases. It prevents one of my favorite c-words: change.

Looking back on the whole mess, what should concern Ivanka Trump the most is the “f-word” she was called, the one before the “C-word”—feckless. It means weak, ineffective, worthless. As a woman who builds her brand on the illusion that she works and a mother of a daughter, that should really sting her the most. You can call Hillary Clinton the “C-word” as much as you want, but you can never say she’s feckless. C-nts are never weak and often very effective.

That’s why they hate us.

Tess Rafferty is a writer, comedian and performer. Most recently, she developed Halfway House, an original half hour pilot at WBTV. Her original pilot, I Know Who You Really Are, Bitch, made the WeForShe 2017 WriteHer list. Tess has written for numerous shows, including @MIDNIGHT on Comedy Central and The Soup, and she currently produces and appears in the live comedy show, RESISTANCE AFTER DARK. As an author, Tess made her debut with her memoir Recipes for Disaster, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012 and has written her first novel, Under the Tuscan Gun, currently under option with WBTV. You can read more at  or follow her @TessRafferty.

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There has been a significant rise in accidental deaths, homicides and suicides among young people across the United States, and experts are calling it a wake-up call.


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Tencent chairman pledges to advance China chip industry after ZTE ‘wake-up’ call: reports

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tencent Holdings chairman pledged to advance China’s semiconductor industry, saying the blow to ZTE Corp from Washington’s ban on U.S. firms supplying telecommunications company was a “wake-up” call, local media reported.


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Trump Jr. called a blocked number before and after the Trump Tower meeting. Whom did he call?

One of the biggest lingering questions following Wednesday’s release of thousands pages of documents related to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting is three phone calls Donald Trump Jr. placed to blocked telephone numbers before and after the meeting.


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Put your social skills to work with Windy City Call Center, which posted these remote call center jobs available to residents of Georgia, Illinois, Texas and Florida.

The company is looking for multitaskers with excellent telephone etiquette, even amid a flurry of calls. Previous interviewing and scheduling experience is strongly preferred, and you’ll be expected to meet sales targets.

Two options are available for full-time schedules: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST or 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST. Both schedules are Monday through Friday. Part-time schedules also come in two varieties: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST or 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST. Both are also Monday through Friday.

You’ll be paid to attend the virtual training period, which lasts for five consecutive days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

Prefer to breeze past this job? Check out our Jobs page on Facebook. We post new opportunities there all the time.

Virtual Inbound Call Center Representative at Windy City Call Center

Pay: $ 9 per hour for the first 90 days, then $ 10 per hour

Responsibilities include:

  • Processing inbound calls and helping job applicants complete the final step in the application process
  • Meeting or exceeding sales goals and quality-of-work metrics

Applicants for this position must have:

  • Ability to deal with a fast-paced call center work environment, answering calls while working with multiple computer programs
  • Minimum typing speed of 35 words per minute
  • High-speed and wired internet connection — your computer must plug directly into the modem
  • Computer with at least 4GB of RAM, 2GHz processor and one of the following browsers installed: Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari
  • MS Office or OpenOffice — the job posting says the company will provide technical help if you need to assistance downloading either of these free programs

Benefits include:

  • Health insurance with company contributions
  • Company-matched 401(k) retirement plan
  • Paid time off after 90 days of employment for both full- and part-time employees

Apply here for the virtual inbound call center representative job at Windy City Call Center.

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‘Mass Effect,’ ‘Call of Duty’ Composer Reveals Musical Inspirations, Fave Games

If you’re a video gamer, you’re probably very familiar with Jack Wall’s works.

Over the last 20+ years, the prolific composer has scored the soundtracks to many best-selling titles, including the Myst franchise, Splinter Cell, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Call of Duty. His works have brought excitement to action sequences and depth to emotional ones.

FANDOM spoke with Wall ahead of his concert in Los Angeles. Wall shared what inspires him to work as well as his favorite titles. (Yes, he’s a gamer himself when he has a spare moment.)

FANDOM: Do you build the soundtrack around the game or vice-versa?

Wall: Yes, always around the game. I generally will get video playthroughs of an entire level and then I do what’s called a “spotting session” with the audio director where we figure out where music is going to go and what the function of the music is, the palette, etc. We try to create a story through the gameplay of the level and an arc to the drama of it all. It’s similar to scoring a movie.

FANDOM: How do you approach creating soundtracks for games in different genres? Do you gravitate to one over another?

Wall: Well, I really love sci-fi and action adventure, but also projects which have some drama to it and a real story. Story is paramount for me. Telling stories is where my passion lies.

FANDOM: What routine do you do to get in a composing mood?

Wall: Coffee. Nuff said. Well, except that you have to just sit down and do it. If I’m stuck or it’s not happening, I’ll walk away. I’ll literally go for a walk to clear my head or take a shower. Those are my 2 go-tos for priming the creative pump. It’s about opening yourself up to what it should be. But also, you really just have to trust your instincts. Over the years, I have learned how to do that….that my first thoughts are almost always my best thoughts. And to just go with that.

FANDOM: What are your favorite soundtracks, gaming or otherwise?

Wall: The usual suspects, I suppose. I love Tom Newman, John Williams, James Horner (RIP), James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer. But also my friends in the games industry as well. I’m a fan of Richard Jacques, Sam Hulick, Jimmy Hinson (Big Giant Circles), Gordy Haab, and too many others to name. I also love TV music as well. Trevor Morris and Sean Callery are among my faves.

FANDOM: What’s your favorite instrument or sound you try to put in your compositions?

Wall: Something I haven’t heard before. But you know. Cello. It’s so versatile and wonderful. I like guitar and guitarviol if they are played in ways we don’t hear every day. A really great mysterious voice works for me. Making new sounds from synths and sampling the world. I love finding musicians that do interesting and unique things with their instruments. I once hired a musician who made her own instruments out of clay.

FANDOM: What games do you play? If you play Mass Effect, who is your favorite character and why? Paragon or Renegade?

Wall: I like to play the games I work on — just to see what damage has been done. But also others that I know have great soundtracks. I’m currently playing Uncharted 4 with The Last of Us on deck. (Yes, I’m so behind!) I’m pretty busy so I can’t play a lot. I end up watching TV to unwind. But you know … FemShep Paragon works too. 🙂

Jack Wall with Studio Orchestra including CSUN Studio Ensemble are performing in concert at Valley Performing Arts Center/The Soraya on May 9. Fans can purchase tickets online here.

He is also composing the music for Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments airing on Freeform.

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It’s over. Steven McQueen exclusively revealed to Us Weekly that he has called off his engagement to Alexandra Silva.

The Vampire Diaries alum attended the Voices In Displacement Gala hosted by The Syrian American Medical Society on Friday, May 4, and opened up to Us about canceling his plans to marry the model.

When asked about how the wedding planning was going, the actor, 29, exclusively revealed to Us: “You know what? Actually, we called it off.”

“We did,” he continued. “But yeah, it’s just the way it was. It happened.”

As far as dating goes, he’s focusing on himself, for now, telling Us he’s “enjoying me time,” and staying active. “If I’m stressed I like anything from hiking with my dogs to boxing,” he added. “Whatever comes up.”

In the future, McQueen just wants one thing from the woman in his life: “You know, just love. That’s all.”

The Chicago Fire guest star announced the news that he had proposed to the model via Instagram in January. “She said yes,” the actor captioned a black and white photo of them kissing at dinner.

Silva shared the same photo on her account, writing: “My best friend, love of my life…YES, yes yes a million times over @steven_r_mcqueen.” Both photos have since been deleted from their pages.

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Fox Anchors Call Black Student Accepted To 20 Colleges ‘Ridiculous’

Micheal Brown, a brilliant high school senior, is still waiting for a formal apology from Fox News – and he certainly deserves it.

Brown has been offered a full ride in scholarships to 20 different colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford – but his celebration was somewhat dampened after Fox anchors in Washington, D.C. called Brown “obnoxious” for applying to so many colleges.

Fox 5 D.C. co-anchor Holly Morris and contributor Sarah Fraser criticized Brown, who is African-American, and accused him of holding potential college slots hostage for other deserving students.

“It’s a little ridiculous that this kid applied to 20 taking away a spot and basically wait-listing another kid,” Fraser said earlier this month.

“I think it’s a little obnoxious because you can only go to one,” Morris added. “You can only take one full ride and you are taking a spot from someone else who worked really hard.”

Brown is simply asking for an apology. Why shouldn’t Brown apply to as many colleges as he chooses? He has worked hard in high school to earn his 4.68 GPA and the bright 17-year-old wants the best college education available to him. Shouldn’t Brown be praised for being accepted into America’s top colleges?

This is an uplifting story, a tale of inspiration. The video of Brown celebrating with friends went viral and many people, Black and white, enthusiastically supported Brown on Twitter.

Even former President Bill Clinton reached out to congratulate him.

“What an incredible accomplishment, Michael,” he wrote on Twitter. “Follow your heart and your head, your future is incredibly bright. I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

“If you want to talk about Georgetown,” Clinton wrote, “give me a call.”

Fox News commentators on national prime time shows have consistently railed against affirmative action policies for college students and they have criticized poor African-Americans.

Now, here’s Brown, a young man who has earned the right to apply to the colleges of his choosing and yet he is criticized for being smart, assertive and self-motivated.

Would Morris and Fraser take Brown to task if Brown was white? Morris said, through Twitter, that she would have scolded Brown even if he was white. We’ll never know. Fraser issued an apology to Brown on Twitter, but Morris has not  and neither has Fox DC 5.

The issue over the number of colleges that Brown applied to is not the story. The story is how this bright young man will enter one of America’s top colleges in the fall — for free— because of his academic acumen. Brown is a role model for other high schools around Houston and across the country.

For Fox anchors, criticizing Brown is shameful and undermines his incredible achievement.

“My disappointment was with the language used to describe me, a minor. To call someone obnoxious and annoying,” Brown told Newsweek. “I cannot change how someone thinks, but how someone presents their opinion is important and they just presented it poorly.”

Brown’s mother, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, told Newsweek she would also like to see her son get an apology over the incident.

“It would just be the right thing to do, period,” Rutledge-Brown said.

Brown has been accepted to the following universities: Harvard University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Williams College, University of Texas-Austin, University of California-Berkeley, Amherst, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Tulane University, University of Michigan, UC-Davis and UC-Irvine and Stanford University.

The brainy teen said Morris and Fraser should “maybe next time think a little bit more before you act or say something and just consider the person on the other side.”

Brown deserves an apology from Fox – but he doesn’t need it. He’ll do just fine.

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The United States, Britain and France jointly launched missile strikes into Syria early Saturday, targeting facilities used for designing, manufacturing and storing chemical weapons in retaliation for Syria’s alleged use of those weapons one week earlier.  But the attack ordered by President Donald Trump and his French and British counterparts drew a mild response from the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

Trump announced the assault in a televised address to the nation Friday night. He said he’d ordered “precision strikes” on targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities in response to the Syrian regime’s attack on civilians last Saturday in Douma, a Damascus suburb. He called the attack “evil and despicable” and “the crimes of a monster.”

Defense Secretary James Mattis said the “decisive action” by the U.S. and its allies was directed at Syria’s chemical weapons infrastructure and was meant to deliver a message that didn’t get delivered a year ago when the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.  It’s just a year ago that the U.S. fired 59 cruise missiles at the air base that was used to launch aircraft bearing chemical weapons.

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Howard University is front and center in a scandal where officials and students at the school allegedly stole around $ 1 million in financial aid from the vaunted HBCU. Tyrone Hankerson Jr. found his name trending on Twitter Wednesday (Mar. 28) after he was named in a Medium blog post alleging his connection to the crime.

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Phony grants were allegedly created and awarded to financial aid employees who were also registered for University courses. In some cases, these employees qualified for tuition remission and therefore weren’t charged tuition for their classes. Despite this, they still received large grants and scholarships that exceeded amounts generally awarded to normal students. These grants almost always exceeded legally allowed amounts.

In 2013, for example, the Associate Director of Financial Aid, Brian Johnson, received tuition remission, and despite this, also received “University Need Based Grants” totaling $ 35,400 one year and more than $ 68,000 the following year. These grants are intended for low-income students who are in desperate need of assistance and in danger of having their education disrupted by their inability to pay. The grant amounts usually range between $ 2,000 to $ 5,500 a semester. A current financial aid employee described the amount awarded to the former Associate Director as “unprecedented” and “illegal.” Total aid received by the Associate Director neared $ 200,000.

Unfortunately, however, this was not the last time a grant of that amount had been awarded. Between 2014 and 2017, another financial aid student-employee, Tyrone Hankerson, was repeatedly awarded a $ 65,000 “University Need Based Grant.” In 2014, Hankerson was awarded another $ 22,683 scholarship, labeled as a Mock Trial Scholarship. Sources who have been involved with the mock trial, including past leadership, say the team has never awarded a scholarship of that amount and wouldn’t even have had the budget to accommodate a scholarship of that amount.

As the piece notes, this information came by way of a student only known as Chase as to protect their identity. It also states that Howard University brass were well aware of the scandal yet has chosen not to publicly address it. 

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Stormy Daniels turned on the speakerphone when President Trump called.

So says Keith Munyan, one of the four people Stormy Daniels included in the nondisclosure agreement she signed with Donald Trump’s lawyer. Munyan confirmed critical elements of the alleged romantic tryst between the porn star and the future president, and added new details to a tawdry saga that has rocked the White House.

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott spent time as a family with their children, days after police were called to their home.

The couple took their five children – Stella, 9, and Hattie, 6, and sons Liam, 10, Finn, 5, and baby Beau, who turned 1 last week – out to dinner at the Black Bear Diner in Encino, California. Despite the recent incident, the group looked happy while arriving at the eatery.

McDermott, 51, was seen in Los Angeles on Thursday leaving a lawyer’s office. A source told PEOPLE that Spelling, 44, took their children to her mother Candy’s home that day.

The actor called the police to check up on his wife after she left their house on Wednesday, according to TMZ. Police reportedly surrounded the building in Thousand Oaks, California, while Spelling was inside. TMZ also had a video of McDermott standing outside the office, holding Beau.

The site reported that deputies located the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum at the doctor’s office, spoke to her and determined she and their kids were okay. Because no crime had been committed, no further action was taken.

Police and Spelling did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

A week earlier, police were called to their home over a “disturbance.” Los Angeles Police Department officer Rosario Herrera told PEOPLE authorities received a “call for service” at 7:17 a.m. on March 1, to Spelling’s Woodland Hills address. Officer Drake Madison said the situation ended up being a “domestic incident” and that “no crime” was committed. He could not confirm who placed the call.

According to the audio dispatch call obtained by The Blast, the issue involved a “female” with a possible “mental illness.” TMZ also reported Spelling called the police the night before because she thought someone was breaking into her house, but it turned out to be McDermott coming home.

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A source recently told PEOPLE that Spelling is “in a tough place” and “can get very stressed,” noting that it isn’t easy for her to juggle five young kids at home.

“The last year has been really tough on Tori,” said another insider. “She has a ton of pressure and stress, with the kids, work and her marriage. She internalizes a lot of her anxiety and she knows it’s not healthy for her. Of course, she’s going to get to a breaking point eventually.”

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Keeping a franchise fresh is no cakewalk, even with a following and brand recognition as strong as Call of Duty (CoD). Since its move into the information age with 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the series has shambled from ‘best modern military FPS’ to something approaching a gun-toting version of EA’s yearly sports releases. But hope does remain. Alternative game modes like “Zombies” and the hide-and-seek-style “Prop Hunt” have gained considerable popularity in recent years, injecting new life into the old CoD formula — and there are at least a few reasons why innovations like these should be franchise staples going forward.

It’s Good for Growing the Playerbase


To be fair, you need people on the other side as well as brothers beside.

We all love a good spot of Hollywood-style ultraviolence and high-octane bullet-fests.

…not.

Gamers are, after all, a diverse bunch; you can’t swing a rolled-up copy of an extinct video game magazine without hitting at least a few who’d rather cook meals than grenades. Casual, wholesome party games, like Overcooked and the Mario Kart titles — designed for short spurts of enjoyment in social settings, preferably with snacks and booze — are an evergreen niche that CoD can, and should, tap into.

Never underestimate the power of fun with friends. A good time punking each other in “Prop Hunt” could very well tear down those barriers to entry for those hesitant to play the game and act as a first step towards exploring CoD’s core multiplayer. The franchise owes it to its future to help non-FPS gamers get their feet in CoD’s proverbial door, any way it can.

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Multiplayer FPS is competitive. It’s a sport. Sports require skill and, participation trophies notwithstanding, they have winners and losers.

Twitch (reflex, not the streaming platform) gameplay isn’t for everyone, and losing all the time isn’t much fun either. But no one expects a slam-dunk champion to own the hockey rink. Alternative game modes help to even the field between players of different skill levels and fortes, giving the less reflexively talented a chance to shine — or, you know, chuck a few “git guds” of their own.

This is hardly a new concept: Unreal Tournament, one of competitive FPS’s oldest and most influential titles, had mods or ‘mutators’ to make multiplayer matches more than just runnin’ n’ gunnin’. There was a permanent invisibility mutator that favored the patient and keen-eyed, a chainsaw-only mutator to remove the advantages of gunplay, and many more.

For CoD, this brand of delightful wackiness has benefits beyond being fun for players, as well.

It Helps the Franchise’s Image


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Dev vs critics, circa 2018.

With microtransaction culture on the rise, and series entries like Call of Duty: WWII and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (a reissue of a decade-old game) jumping on the bandwagon, “tired and repetitive” is far from the worst criticism thrown at CoD in recent years.

Handle the truth: gating any sort of in-game advantage or progress behind real money is not popular with gamers. Though not yet at the dreaded level of Asian gacha games, CoD’s dalliance in this area has definitely put a dent in its reputation. Reinvesting some of that profit in small doses of fun for the playerbase can only foster goodwill and give future buyers more confidence in picking up a CoD title.

Of course, CoD isn’t an MMO — it doesn’t live or die by regular content updates. But all the same, everybody likes to feel game developers are delivering their money’s worth. And in the nickel-and-dime era of entertainment, that’s never been more worthy of attention.

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Similarly, in an age of reinvented gaming wheels, standing out from the competition isn’t exactly getting easier with each passing year. One solution? Take more risks. Run more experiments.

And what better test bed for these than a AAA-grade platform with a large audience?

Sure, CoD players want gorgeous visuals, even bigger and better toys, and the visceral exhilaration of hard-won matches. All the things that make AAA shooters great.

But why stop there?

The CoD engine and playerbase are a big, sprawling opportunity to tinker and go wild and to try out new multiplayer innovations on the side without affecting core gameplay. Gabe only knows what can come of this mad science — and, in all honesty, this is not just for CoD. Raising the bar for multiplayer FPS innovation can only be progressive for the genre at large.

War never changes, but war games should. The CoD franchise has languished too long in the comfortable old formula of players racking up kill-counts on each other; it’s time it tightened its grip on the attempts it’s made at innovation and cranked those up to 11. It has a lot to gain — and a spotty reputation with players to lose.

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Having trouble getting your child to perform even the simplest chores or tasks? Send out the Bat Signal.

Seriously, get Batman involved.

New research has found that kids between the ages of 4 and 6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman, according to this Quartz article.

Building upon past studies, six researchers created an experiment to test how to keep kids on task when faced with the temptation of an iPad (a very real temptation in my own household). The test involved giving 4- and 6-year olds a boring computer task and asking them to do it for 10 minutes. If the kids got bored, they were told they could play a game on the iPad in the next room.

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Here’s the twist: The children were split into groups, assigned to one of three conditions. The control group was asked to be mindful of their feelings as they went through the boring task and ask themselves, “Am I working hard?” The second group was asked to access themselves from a third-person perspective, like, “Is Henry working hard?”

But the third group was asked to think about a superhero or well-known character — like Batman, Bob the Builder, Dora the Explorer — dress up like the character they selected, and ask themselves, “Is Batman working hard?”

For the next 10 minutes, the children could move between the boring task and the iPad, but they were all reminded of the importance of the activity and told that it would be helpful to work hard as long as they could. Time spent on the work was measured as perseverance.

In general, the children spent 37-percent of their time on the work, and 63-percent on the iPad. (Zero surprise for any mom.) Also the six-year-olds worked about twice as long as the four-year-olds.

Here’s the interesting part: The kids in the first group, who thought of themselves as just “me,” worked the least. The kids who thought of themselves in the third person — “Henry is working hard” — worked more. And the kids who pretended to be superheroes were the hardest workers of all.

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In character, the kids were displaying what psychologists call “self-distancing.”

“One reason the kids engaged in imaginary play had better focus might be that pretending to be another person allowed the greatest separation from the temptation,” writes Jenny Anderson in the Quartz article. “A second potential explanation is that the kids in costume identified with the powerful character traits of the superhero and wanted to imitate them. Whatever the cause, the superheroes showed more grit.”

My son’s hero of choice is Spider-Man. He often dons his Spider-Man cape and mask to run around the house, but this article also made me realize how often my son reaches for those duds when we have boring errands to run.

Spider-Man has accompanied me to the post office, Costco, and the grocery store, flinging webs at unsuspecting shoppers.

Five photos of a boy dressed up like Spider-Man and making silly faces

 

I let him do it, because why not? (Also, I’m still resentful of all the times my mom made me take off my Wonder Woman Underoos in favor of something she deemed more respectable.)

I had no idea that in addition to making the everyday more fun, I was also helping my son learn to concentrate. And that’s super.

Do you think becoming a superhero or another character will help your child with chores?

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Oprah Winfrey tweeted Tuesday that she is “joining forces” with George and Amal Clooney in support of the upcoming “March for Our Lives” demonstration by donating half a million dollars to the pro-gun control effort.

The march, which will take place in Washington, D.C., on March 24, was organized in wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day that left 17 dead. News reports revealed that the alleged gunman, Nikolas Cruz, 19, is a white nationalist and Trump supporter. A motive, however, has not been confirmed.

In the aftermath of the horrific shooting, survivors at the school are advocating for stricter gun laws that would prevent teenagers like Cruz, who has a history of mental illness, from accessing semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 used in the massacre.

On Tuesday, a Twitter account controlled by the student survivors thanked the Clooneys for donating $ 500,000 to their cause.


Hours later, Winfrey pledged to match the Clooney’s donation. The 64-year-old media mogul also compared the #NeverAgain movement to Freedom Riders who took bold actions to combat racism during the Civil Rights era while the government remained inactive in enforcing desegregation in the South.


Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw have also made sizable donations to March For Our Lives, which will be led by students in honor of the lives that were lost. The mission of the march “is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than the timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country,” reads the website.

Despite pleas for stricter gun control, Florida legislators voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday not to ban assault rifles. Instead, they approved a bill designed “to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography.”

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Baby Daddy Drama? Call On Cocoa Brown For Help

Comedians Cocoa Brown, Sherri Shepherd, and Kym Whitley know each other all too well. Well enough that they can fight each others battles when the other isn’t there to do it. Fights like cussing out one of their baby daddies for more child support.

“Coming from you it just comes off like you’re bitter and angry. So sometimes you have to send in those troops,” laughed Brown. “I’m saying don’t you fight your own battles. You got troops!”

Brown is currently starring in a new show on Fox called 9-1-1 where she plays nurse Carla Price. “I’m on 9-1-1 on Fox. We got renewed for a second season two episodes in,” expressed. But she credits her team for being able to do what she does.

“If it wasn’t for my team. I went through a whole situation throughout the beginning of the year where I had to get rid of all the team that I had for the last 3-4 years,” expressed Brown. “There were too many Judas’ in the room.”

But she’s thankful for the people that she has surrounding her now.

Catch her at the Arlington Improv February 22-25.

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Shooting survivors issue call for action at Florida Capitol

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of the Florida school shooting descended on the state’s Capitol on Wednesday with one overarching message: It’s time for action.
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Fear is back in fashion. After getting lulled into a nowhere-but-up frame of mind, investors were violently jolted into reality on Monday as the US stock market tumbled to two-month lows. The 1,175-point decline on the Dow Jones industrial average erased all the gains of 2018 — and returned the index to early December levels….
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Michigan Lawmakers Call for MSU President to Be Fired Over Larry Nassar Sex Abuse

(LANSING, Mich.) — Michigan lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly for a resolution seeking the ouster of Michigan State University’s president over allegations that the school missed chances to stop sports doctor Larry Nassar from sexually assaulting girls and women.

The state House approved the nonbinding measure hours after Nassar was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison. Nassar worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

The resolution says legislators have “lost confidence” in President Lou Anna Simon’s ability to lead a transparent investigation, to implement changes, to protect students and to lead the university. It calls for her to resign or be fired by Michigan State’s governing board.

The board so far has stood behind Simon, while awaiting a review by Michigan’s attorney general.

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Growing Number of Congress Members Call for Action Over Trump Assault Allegations

The recent twister of sexual assault allegations continues to rip through Washington – taking out a senator and numerous House members and high-profile journalists – but it has yet to strengthen enough to even dent President Trump. A group of Democratic lawmakers say that has to change.

More than a dozen female Democrats are leading the charge, calling on the House Oversight Committee

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‘Call Me By Your Name’: The Story Behind the Most Romantic Movie of the Year

Luca Guadagnino is sitting in a hotel in Beverly Hills, but his mind is back in Italy. The 46-year-old director is doing press duties for Call Me By Your Name, his rapturous romance about star-crossed lovers falling for each other over one memorable, wistful

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Call of Duty: WW2: Dedicated Servers Returning

Sledgehammer Games has announced that dedicated servers have been reinstated on Call of Duty: WW2’s PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions.

Responding to recent technical issues, it identified that last Friday’s game update, whilst improving the game’s overall stability, adversely affected server performance, forcing a switch to P2P servers (which could lead to worse in-game performance).

‘Call of Duty: WWII’: 5 Essential Tips for PvP

The competitive multiplayer modes of Call of Duty: WWII may feature weaponry from 70 years ago, but the moment-to-moment action is no less frantic than previous entries in the series. To make sure you come out on top of the leaderboards, follow these tips.

Study the Classes

Before your first multiplayer game in Call of Duty: WWII, you’ll be asked to select which division to join. Divisions determine which weapon loadout and abilities you’ll start with. The most newbie-friendly division is Infantry, where players will be equipped with a bayoneted assault rifle. The most difficult division is the Mountain Division, which is all about long-range combat.

You can always unlock another division after you gain some experience under your belt. Don’t fret about your initial decision, but make sure it’s something you think you’ll enjoy playing for your first dip into the game.

Stay Aware

The best way to play Call of Duty: WWII is with a paranoid mindset. Spawns may not be safe, and where you were three seconds ago might now be occupied by the enemy. Always be aware of your surroundings and use your audio to listen for footsteps or gunfire locations. It’s best to always be on the move, watching your “six” often for anybody hoping to pick you off.

Reload With Caution

After you’ve put down an enemy player, you probably have a habit of reloading your magazine. It makes sense, right? You want a full clip for the next engagement, but more often than not, the enemy you just dispatched will have an ally nearby looking to see who killed their friend. Listen for nearby footsteps or shots to discern if it’s safe to reload.

Scavenge Freely

You’re bound to walk over the fallen corpses of your fallen comrades or enemy. Their weapons will be available for you to pick up and use at your disposal. This a great feature for times when you’re out of ammo, in a bind or need a different weapon type for an advantage. Once you die, you’ll respawn with your original loadout so don’t worry about being stuck with the same weapon after swapping out your original.

Memorize the Maps

Last but not least, learn the maps like the back of your hand! Honestly, this is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do in a game like Call of Duty: WWII. Finding the high-traffic areas, sneaky flank sections and spawn areas will greatly increase your game IQ and KDR. While this will initially take some time, it’s easy to learn as it’s something that will happen on a subconscious level. Do your best to take mental notes and you’ll be a step ahead of others in no time.

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Sprint, T-Mobile call off merger after months of talks

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc said on Saturday they have called off merger talks to create a stronger U.S. wireless company to rival market leaders, leaving No. 4 provider Sprint to engineer a turnaround on its own.


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Sprint, T-Mobile call off merger after months of talks

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc said on Saturday they have called off merger talks to create a stronger U.S. wireless company to rival market leaders, leaving No. 4 provider Sprint to engineer a turnaround on its own.


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SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK – Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc said on Saturday they have called off merger talks to create a stronger U.S. wireless to rival to market leaders, leaving No. 4 provider Sprint to engineer a turnaround on its own. The announcement marks the latest failed attempt to combine the third- and fourth-largest…
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‘Call of Duty: WWII’: Everything You Need to Know

The Call of Duty series returns to its roots this November with Call of Duty: WWII, which marks the first time in almost a decade since the series visited the historic conflict. If you’re thinking of jumping back into the series with Call of Duty: WWII, here’s everything you need to know.

A Mode for Every Mood

On the multiplayer side, classics such as “Team Deathmatch” and “Domination” make their return to Call of Duty: WWII. However, it’s the new “War” mode that has fans buzzing. War is a new narratively driven multiplayer experience that allows players to relive famous WWII battles. As either the Axis or Allies, players are tasked with attacking or defending objectives. The popular “payload” mechanic is even introduced during some stages of “War” maps. It’s definitely the most unique multiplayer mode in Call of Duty: WWII.

No More “Create-A-Class”

Also new to multiplayer is the addition of “Divisions.” Before entering your first match, you’ll be prompted to join a division. You’ll have five options to choose from, and experience earned in matches will allow you to unlock other classes down the line. Each class is assigned a loose difficulty suggestion, meaning the Infantry has the easiest loadout kit to master whereas the “Mountain” division is geared toward more experienced FPS veterans.

Hone Your Craft at the “Headquarters”

Another can’t-miss feature is the addition of the “Headquarters” social experience. Similar to the social spaces of fellow Activision shooter Destiny, Headquarters will hold about 50 players at a time and offers a variety of player activities in the downtime between matches. You’ll be able to test out new weapons, challenge others to 1v1 duels, and more.

Realism Returns

Call of Duty has also shaken up the single-player experience in World War II.
There is a renewed emphasis on realism, with no health regeneration and no ammo drops. Instead, first aid and ammo will be supplied by squad members. Players can also earn experience points by dragging their allies into cover, capture enemy soldiers, and — of course — killing enemies. Earning XP will allow you to upgrade your character as you progress through the story.

Zombies Are Back

Finally, it wouldn’t be a Call of Duty game if there wasn’t a zombies mode. This time around, the biggest change is the addition of a class system that includes offense, control, medic, and support. On the complete opposite spectrum of realism, the “Zombies” game mode returns as robust as ever. Each class a certain role to fill and different abilities, making a balanced team essential to pushing back the waves of undead.

Call of Duty: WWII comes out November 3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


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FANDOM Plays: ‘Call of Duty: WWII’

Call of Duty: WWII takes the mega-franchise back to its original World War II setting in nearly a decade. So how does the game stand up to previous entries in the series? FANDOM had the opportunity to play the multiplayer beta last month. Watch the highlights from our experience above!


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Fallen soldier’s widow speaks out about ‘anger’ at Trump’s call

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Soldier’s Widow: Rep. Wilson ‘100% Correct’ About Trump’s ‘Insensitive’ Call

The widow of a fallen U.S. soldier killed in Niger this month appeared on Good Morning America, speaking publicly for the first time since his death and the subsequent media firestorm over President Trump’s “insensitive” sympathy phone call. Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, explained to George Stephanopoulos that on that phone call, “the president said that ‘he knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyways’ and it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it.” She continued: “He couldn’t remember my husband’s name. The only way he remembered my husband’s name because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said La David. I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name and that hurt me the most because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risks his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), a family friend and mentor of the solider’s, famously overheard the call and told the media it was “insensitive,” leading to an ongoing feud with the White House, in which Trump called her a “liar.” Johnson finally addressed that spat, telling ABC: “Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated. What she said was 100 percent correct… Why would we fabricate something like that?” Trump responded to Johnson later Monday in a tweet, writing: “I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!”

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Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Trevor Noah Calls Out Trump for His Offensive Call to a Soldier’s Widow

From “day one” of Donald Trump’s presidency, “he has possessed a tremendous ability to conjure scandal out of thin air,” The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah said on Thursday night. This week, it all started when he falsely claimed that President Barack Obama never called the families of fallen soldiers. From there, it “just kept snowballing out of control.”

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‘Get Out,’ ‘I, Tonya’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Among 2017 Gotham Award Nominees

'Get Out,' 'I, Tonya' and 'Call Me By Your Name' Among 2017 Gotham Award Nominees

Awards season has begun! October might sound a little early for year-end awards, but the IFP Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), are limited to films directed by a U.S. born or based filmmaker and are "made with an economy of means." So, don't expect any blockbusters to be honored.

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White House: No recording of Trump’s call to military widow

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday there is no recording of President Donald Trump’s call with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was among the four soldiers killed in Niger.


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Gold-Star Mom: Yes, Trump Disrespected My Son in Phone Call

The mother of a soldier killed in Niger this month confirmed Florida Rep. Frederica S. Wilson’s claim that President Trump told her family that her son “must have known what he signed up for,” The Washington Post reported Wednesday. “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” said Cowanda Jones-Johnson, the mother of Sgt. La David T. Johnson. Wilson told MSNBC that Johnson’s widow “was crying the whole time, and when she hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, ‘He didn’t even remember his name.’ That’s the hurting part.” Jones-Johnson told The Washington Post that Wilson’s account of the call was accurate.

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Congress Members Call Out Trump for ‘Lamentable’ Puerto Rico Tweets

As Republicans struggle to show the American people they can effectively govern, they keep hitting a snag: President Trump, the supposed the standard-bearer for the GOP. So even as the House passed a bipartisan disaster relief package for Puerto Rico – a down payment, really – the press corps and lawmakers of all stripes were focused on Trump's online threats to cut off emergency assistance to

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Jemele Hill Suspended 2 Weeks By ESPN After Alleged Call For Cowboys Boycott?

ESPN is on the verge of cancellation, at least by Black Twitter. The network just announced that Jemele Hill has been suspended two for violation of its social media policy. 

A few weeks ago, controversy ensued when the sports analyst was reprimanded for having the audacity to call Donald Trump a White Supremacist on Twitter. Being that the Moron In Chief does White Supremacist things, Twitter formed like Voltron to defend Hill at all costs, especially after the White House called for her firing.

But today (Oct. 9), a statement from ESPN’s PR department says Hill has been suspended for a “second violation.”

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” says the statement. “She previously acknowledge letting her colleagues and copnay with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”

Was anyone suspended when ESPN held a mock slave auction, though?

Word is that Hill alluding to a boycott of the Dallas Cowboys after Jerry Jones warned that players who kneeled during the National Anthem would get benched is what drew the ire of the ESPN higher-ups.

However, earlier today she said she wasn’t calling for a boycott.

Internets is already chiming in (see below and on the flip).

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Knicks Call Attention to ‘Serious Issues’ by Locking Arms During National Anthem

Prior to their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, players and coaches on the New York Knicks locked arms during the national anthem. They did so as a "sign of unity" and as a means to bring attention to the issues of "gun violence, poverty, equal justice, access to education and civil rights."

"We have a deep love and respect for this country," 

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Las Vegas Shooting: John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Other Celebs Call for Gun Control

Following the deadliest mass shooting in American history, in which at least 58 people were killed and 500 wounded at a musical festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, artists, actors and other celebrities from around the country are now using their platform in the hopes of advancing the conversation about gun control.

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Victor Oladipo, 2 Chainz Call Out Trump’s Anthem Comments in New Single

With the NBA season just around the corner, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has released the second single from his debut EP being released early next month. Titled "Rope a Dope" and featuring rapper 2 Chainz, the song serves as a response to Donald Trump, who recently

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T.I. & Tiny Reportedly Call Off Divorce

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T.I. and Tiny’s divorce was short-lived, the couple are allegedly back together. T.I. allegedly called off the divorce, TheJasmineBrand exclusively reports.

According to a source, “They’ve been together for years and they truly love each other. Both of them realize what they have isn’t worth throwing away.”

T.I. and Tiny are apparently keeping their reconciliation on the low after dealing with the public in their business when they broke up.

“The family is all living in one house now. She still has the other house, but it’s being occupied by someone else,” the source added.

Love always prevails.

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Trump again seizes on terror incident to call for travel ban

President Donald Trump on Friday again called for the implementation of his travel ban in the wake of an overseas terror incident, railing against “loser terrorists” behind the London Tube explosion.


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Justin Timberlake, Oprah Call for Unity, Charity During Hurricane Relief Telethon

An array of celebrities including Justin Timberlake, George Clooney and Oprah participated in the Hand In Hand telethon to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and

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Leonard Bernstein project celebrates musician with call for memories

(Reuters) – For some, Leonard Bernstein was the person who opened up the world of classical music for the first time. Others played in his orchestras. One man remembers hearing of Bernstein’s death as a 9-year-old.


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In call with Trump, China’s Xi urges restraint over North Korea

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Marmoset monkeys learn to call the same way human infants learn to babble

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Did Angela Simmons Call Off Her Engagement?

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Harry Shares His Regret Over Last Phone Call with Mom Diana: ‘If I’d Known … the Things I Would Have Said to Her’

Prince William and Prince Harry have shared poignant new photographs from their personal collection of their late mother, Princess Diana, as they open up about her life and legacy in a new documentary.

The deeply personal photos come from albums that the princes have been looking over in memory of the mother as part of ITV’s Our Mother Diana: Her Life and Legacy special, which airs in the U.K. on Monday. August 31 will mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a Paris car crash.

The documentary features appearances by Diana’s brother Charles Spencer, Elton John and Rihanna, who took an HIV test alongside Harry in Barbados last December to help break the stigma of getting tested. Diana was an early and very public campaigner for HIV and AIDS awareness and treatment.

The princes, who say that they will not speak out at length about her like this again, also talk movingly about the fact that their last phone call from her – on the day she died – was so short. Being such young boys, aged 15 and 12 respectively, they were keen to get to back to playing with their cousins at the Queen’s Scottish retreat, Balmoral. “And if I’d known that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother the things that I would – the things I would have said to her,” Harry says in the documentary.

While discussing the documentary with reporters — including PEOPLE — at a meeting in Kensington Palace, William said, “This is a tribute from her sons to her.” He added that standing before a group about to watch the documentary was “possibly the most nervous I’ve ever been.”

“It’s one thing doing a documentary like this and it’s another thing standing front of all of you guys and explaining about something very personal to you,” he said. “Nevertheless, I think it’s very important that I’m here to do that.”

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And William – who like Harry finds talking about his mother so intensely and publicly difficult — vowed, “We won’t speak as openly and as publicly about her again.”

He added, “We feel hopefully this film will provide the other side from her close family friends that you might not have heard from before, from those who knew her best, and from those who want to protect her memory and want to remind people of the person that she was: The warmth, the humor, and what she was like as a mother, which probably hasn’t come across before in many other pieces from other people.”

Harry also revealed he has only cried tears of grief twice – at her graveside at Althorp on September 6, 1997, and since then “maybe, maybe once. ”

“So there’s, you know, there’s a lot of — there’s a lot of grief that still needs to be let out.”

Harry added “There’s not a day that William and I don’t wish that she was still around, and we wonder what kind of a mother she would be now, and what kind of a public role she would have, and what a difference she would be making.”

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Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will air Monday at 9 p.m. in the U.K. on ITV.

The show is one of several commemorations of the Princess in print and on film. PEOPLE and ABC have partnered in a two-night television event The Story of Diana, airing on Aug. 9 and 10 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Camilla ‘Broke Prince Charles’s Heart’ and He Begged Her to Call off Her First Wedding, New Book Claims

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is making her side of the story heard.

In the upcoming biography The Duchess: The Untold Story, written by royal biographer Penny Junor with input from many of Camilla’s closest friends, new revelations have emerged about her longtime love affair with Prince Charles.

In an adapted excerpt published Friday by the Daily Mail, Junor details Prince Charles’s sadness when Camilla decided to marry Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973. Although she and Charles had met two years prior and fallen in love, she was not deemed “sufficiently aristocratic” to be the future king’s wife. What’s more, she was not a virgin, which was then considered a prerequisite by Charles’s great uncle and close adviser, Lord Mountbatten.

At the time Camilla accepted Parker Bowles’s proposal, Charles had embarked on a career in the Royal Navy and was serving a stint in the Caribbean.

“She wrote to Charles herself to tell him. Her letter broke the prince’s heart. In great distress, he fired off anguished letters of his own to his nearest and dearest,” according to the excerpt.

“It seemed to him particularly cruel, he wrote in one letter, that after ‘such a blissful, peaceful and mutually happy relationship’, fate had decreed that it should last a mere six months.”

Before the July 4 wedding, he made one “last-ditch” attempt to stop her from marrying Parker Bowles by writing her a letter, to no avail.

The Mail also recaps Camilla’s infamous first meeting with Charles, which was set up by his friend Lucia Santa Cruz.

“As Lucia made the introductions, she joked, ‘Now, you two, be very careful, you’ve got genetic antecedents. Careful, CAREFUL!’” according to the Mail. “The reference was to Alice Keppel, Camilla’s great-grandmother, who had been a mistress of Edward VII, Charles’s great-great grandfather.

The attraction was “immediate . . . He loved the fact that she smiled with her eyes as well as her mouth, and laughed at the same silly things as he did. He also liked that she was so natural and easy and friendly, not in any way overawed by him, not fawning or sycophantic. In short, he was very taken with her, and after that first meeting he began ringing her up.”

The Mail also claims that Andrew Parker Bowles was unfaithful and that Camilla “lived with a permanent knot of dread in her tummy, fearing that one day he might leave her. And this left her very vulnerable to the attentions of a suitor.”

Meanwhile, she and Charles remained confidantes and “best friends,” before they became lovers again around 1978 or 1979 following the birth of Camilla’s daughter Laura.

“Andrew was in no position to complain; and when he discovered what was going on, he wisely didn’t make a fuss,” according to the excerpt. “Some would say that a part of him actually quite enjoyed the fact that his wife was sleeping with the future King; he might have felt differently had Charles been a traveling salesman.”

 

Camilla’s relationship with Charles, 68, has long been a topic of discussion, with many Princess Diana supporters —and Diana herself — blaming Camilla for the pair’s strained relationship.  

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Troll This Politician And He Just Might Call Your Grandma — Literally

When Pennsylvania House Rep. Brian Sims (D-PA) woke up Wednesday morning, he followed his usual morning routine: checking the news, and then deleting the hate speech left on his Facebook by trolls overnight.

An openly gay politician, Sims is used to having to go through these motions. However, this morning one comment stuck out to him: it read “n****r faggot.”

When Sims checked the poster’s Facebook page, he didn’t find much info or a clear-cut motive for the troll’s actions. 

“What caught me about it was there wasn’t a reference to something I said or something I’d done or some policy,” Sims told HuffPost. “And when I looked at his page there was very little there ― but he’d posted a telephone number a number of times.”

So Sims decided to call the number at 6:15 a.m. ― and the person on the receiving end turned out to be none other than the troll’s grandmother. 

”I explained to her exactly who I as and what he had done,” Sims told HuffPost. “Like any grandma she was very embarrassed at having this kind of convo and very ashamed at the actions of her grandson. The conversation ended with me telling her that I wanted to hear from him.”

Sims did in fact ending up talking to the poster after the conversation with his grandmother. He said that he rather not discuss the specifics of their conversation but noted that it “didn’t resolve anything.”

“It is the ultimate calling card of a coward to ― under the guise of night and behind a keyboard ― use the kind of language that in person would cause most decent people to respond in anger and frustration,” Sims continued. “The reason people do things like this is they don’t have the courage, the education or gumption to do this kind of thing in person.”

Let this be a lesson to trolls everywhere: be careful what you’re posting ― it might just result in an early morning call to your grandmother!

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How To Call Off Your Wedding Like An Adult

Saying “yes” to a marriage proposal takes major guts. It arguably takes equal guts to call off your wedding and notify family, friends and guests of the change in plans. 

To guide readers in this sticky situation, we turned to Amber Harrison, Wedding Papers Divas’ resident etiquette expert, and Diane Gottsman, author of Modern Manners for a Better Life, for their best advice for canceling a wedding like an adult. 

1. Keep calm and don’t panic. 

Believe it or not, your situation isn’t that unique. Harrison says most wedding planners will tell you that it isn’t unusual to have at least a few cancellations each year.  With that knowledge, take a deep breath and ready yourself for the job of notifying loved ones and guests. 

“While it can feel overwhelming to think of cancelling a wedding, especially once guests have been invited, it is absolutely possible and may be a better option than going through with a marriage you are not feeling confident about,” Harrison said. 

2. Do it sooner than later. 

Don’t put off the inevitable. As soon as you know your relationship is donezo ― or that the wedding is not going to happen on schedule ― reach out to your guests to notify them. 

“When a couple cancels their wedding, there is no time to delay,” Gottsman said. “If it’s definite, start letting the guest know as soon as possible, especially if the wedding was a destination wedding and travel and lodging plans need to be changed.”

3. Designate a proxy to make the calls. 

OK, so you’re not exactly looking forward to letting everyone ― your judgmental sophomore year roommate included ― know what happened. That’s fine. Gottsman reassured us that it’s totally kosher to designate a caller or two to get the word out. 

“It’s seldom the couple that makes the call, actually,” she said. “Ask a trusted friend or family member to go through the guest list and contact each guest, in person when possible. For a large ceremony, it may take several people. Just make sure the let them know how much or little they should divulge.”

4. If the invitations have already been sent, you may want to followup with a formal announcement.

If the invites have already been delivered, Harrison recommends sending a more official announcement by mail. 

“The wording can be quite simple and mirror your invitation,” she said. “Something like ‘Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam Layton announce that the marriage of their daughter, Jessy Layton, to Taylor Morgan will not take place.’” 

5. There’s no need to divulge too much to your guests. Just give them the info they need. 

Save the drama for phone calls with your mama. Share exactly what guests need to know, and nothing more. 

“This is the time to inform guests about the change of plans, not get into a 30-minute conversation about what happened,” Gottsman said. “If asked, let the guests know they will be informed as to how the wedding and shower gifts will be returned in the future. That’s something they need to know.”

6. Don’t forget to notify the vendors!

You need to get word out to your guests ASAP, but don’t forget to let your vendors know in the process, Gottsman said. 

“It’s equally important to inform all the people who are counting on providing services,” she said. “Start with the officiant, the hotel, caterer, DJ and gift registries. Take careful notes of penalties and refund protocol!”

7. Oh, and if you think there’s half a chance the wedding will happen, let your guests know.

Modern relationships are complicated. If you and your S.O. just need some time before tying the knot or intend to reschedule, just let your guests know that, Harrison said. 

“If you are still planning to get married to the same person sometime in the future, make sure you communicate that the wedding has been postponed, rather than cancelled,” she said. 

Calling off a wedding: That wasn’t so hard, was it? 

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Zach Braff, Fans Call On Alec Baldwin To Be Trump At Correspondents Dinner

Here’s an idea: Since President Donald Trump has said he’s planning on ditching the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in April, maybe a substitute could take his place. Who better than Alec Baldwin, whose impersonations of the president on “Saturday Night Live” continue to grow eerily close to the real thing?

Actor Zach Braff came up with the idea. After Trump said he wouldn’t be attending the dinner, Braff tweeted to Baldwin that it was time to “suit up.” Other Baldwin fans chimed in.

No word yet from Baldwin. Trump would probably be extremely displeased about the substitution, as he absolutely loathes Baldwin’s impersonations of him and just doesn’t think they’re … well … funny.

Trump would be the first president in over three decades to duck out of the event, which typically features a comedy roast of the president.

It’s not a huge surprise that Trump plans to dodge the event, given his repeated attacks on the media that have included calling the press the “enemy of the people.” After his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, several media outlets, including The Huffington Post, were barred from a press briefing.

The president’s attacks had the media rethinking the whole dinner affair. The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Bloomberg have canceled their famous event parties, and CNN was considering skipping the sit-down. Comedian Samantha Bee announced earlier this year that she was planning an event to be held the same night with the tentative title of “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”

The White House Correspondents Association’s event, which hosts D.C. journalists, celebrities and Beltway newsmakers, first began in 1921. The last president to skip out was Ronald Reagan in 1981. He was still rattled by an assassination attempt — but he managed to phone in his comments.

Trump has attended the dinner before, and then-President Barack Obama ribbed him in 2011 for peddling the “birther” conspiracy theory.

Who knows? If Baldwin decides to pick up the gauntlet, perhaps there would also be an open invitation for “SNL” pal Beck Bennett to stand in for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Nicki Minaj Says ‘Racism’ Is The Reason This Designer Won’t Take Her Call

Giuseppe, what’s good? 

Nicki Minaj put the acclaimed Italian luxury shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti on blast Friday after the brand’s PR people apparently refused to take Minaj’s call. 

The rapper unleashed a tweetstorm about the incident, and here’s how it went down: 

[Editor’s note: Minaj did wear the sneakers, though it appears she wore them for Glamour in 2011.] 

The 34-year-old entertainer’s problems with Zanotti arose when she found out the designer was making capsule collections with other artists (most recently Zayn Malik and Jennifer Lopez), which would presumably give the collaborator a share of the shoe’s profits. 

Minaj claimed that because she was black, she could only “inspire” Zanotti, but not partner with him: 

Minaj retweeted a fan’s photo of some of the “Nicki” shoes that show up when you search for them in the designer’s collection: 

Toward the end of her Twitter call-out, Minaj said she wouldn’t permit this “racism and disrespect.” She called on her fans to start Tweeting or Instagramming the hashtag #GiuseppeWhatsGood, a reference to her famous line to Miley Cyrus at the MTV Awards. 

Soon enough, her #Giuseppe hashtag was trending on Twitter: 

Minaj again clarified to fans that is wasn’t about the money, “just the disrespect:”  

UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.:  Zanotti appears to have taken the “Nicki” shoes down from his website, which led to another round of tweets from Minaj: 

The Huffington Post reached out to Minaj and Zanotti and will update this post accordingly. 

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EXCLUSIVE: PUTIN’S CHRISTMAS DAY PHONE CALL TO DONALD TRUMP

Blogger’s note. On December 25, 1991, less than two hours before announcing his resignation as president of a Soviet Union that was breaking up into a commonwealth of independent republics, Mikhail Gorbachev telephoned President George H.W. Bush to say how much he had appreciated working with him for the sake of international order, how ready he was to see Boris Yeltsin succeed him as leader of Russia, and how much he expected that leaders of all the former Soviet republics–especially Russia–would “move forward with recognition and respect for the sovereignty that each has.” Since the New York Times has just published a transcript of this final phone conversation between Gorbachev and G.H.W. Bush , I’m happy to furnish a transcript (brilliantly hacked by an operative known to me only as Shaggy Bear) of the first telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin, current President of the Russian Federation, and President-elect Donald Trump. By remarkable coincidence, this conversation also occurred on Christmas Day.

VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH PUTIN: Donald, my dear friend. It is good to hear your voice.

D.T. And yours too, Didi–because this call tells me how much you love me. You know it’s amazing how many world leaders have been calling lately. They all love me. It’s just a beautiful thing. A beautiful thing to be loved by so many important and powerful people, even though–between you and me, Didi, you understand?–some of them are not really so beautiful as you and I are. Believe me, I’ve seen those pics of your bare pecs. You’re really ripped! Who’s your trainer?

V.V.P. We’ll get to that, Donald. One thing at a time. Let me first wish you and your whole family a Merry Christmas–in the face and in the teeth of the war against Christmas that I’m told is raging over there in America. You won’t get any weasel words from me–no Happy Holidays or Best Wishes of the Season. You and I believe in Christmas, in Christianity, and for us the only war to be fought at Christmas time or anytime is the war against Muslims–right? That’s where we stand together and fight together. The fewer Muslims there are in Russia, in Chechnya, in America, and everywhere else, the merrier the whole world will be. The merriest thing we could do is get rid of them all. So Merry Christmas, my friend!

D.T. Couldn’t have said it better myself! Merry Christmas to you too. And before I forget, I can’t thank you enough for siccing your hackers on the Democratic National Committee here and hanging out all those files like Christmas stockings to show just how hard the DNC tried to sink Bernie Sanders and prop up Crooked Hillary. Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear–cuddly cubs of the great Russian bear! Tell those cubs how much I love them both, because of course I know how much they love me. They did great things for my campaign. HUUUUGE.

V.V.D. You’re very welcome, Donald. And I can’t tell you how warmly I welcome your election to the presidency. Because I know you can help us solve a lot of problems quickly. Just making Rex Tillerson Secretary of State will be a great start.

D.T. Right you are, Didi. I know that Rex has become a great friend of yours, and believe me, I’m just as eager as he is to help you drill for oil in Siberia. Doing that would be a huge win for both of us. HUUUUGE. All we have to do–all I have to do– is scrap the fucking sanctions. And I can tell you that’s up at the top of my list, right up there with repealing Obamacare, gutting the EPA, ending the war on Christmas, and ending the war on coal.

By the way, you know as well as I do why we imposed the sanctions in the first place: because a few politically correct pinheads over here and in the UN didn’t like what you did in Crimea and Ukraine. Look, Didi, as far as I’m concerned, Crimea is much better off under your great leadership than it ever was before, and I would say the same about all Ukraine, not just the part that your people have so far heroically liberated from its corrupt and incompetent leaders. All this nonsense about respecting the independence of your neighbors. Garbage! You should never have been sanctioned at all for adopting Crimea and getting into Ukraine. You should be rewarded for making them great again! And rewarding you is just what I plan to do once I get into the White House. #nomore sanctions #fullscaledrillinginSiberia #fulltwitterspeedahead!

V.V.D. Thank you so much, Donald. It’s amazing how much we think alike.

D.T. And I’ll tell you where else we think alike, Didi: Syria. What you’ve done over there is beautiful, just beautiful. Along with Assad, you’ve just about wiped out the opposition. Thanks to your bombing, they’re out of Aleppo at last–I mean those that survived, of course. And Aleppo now presents a golden opportunity: ruins as far as the eye can see. Those ruins will have to be REBUILT! If only I were thirty years younger–hell, twenty years younger–I’d be over there in a flash raising new Trump towers all over town.

You know, the crazy thing about our dealings with Syria is that we’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars–hell, billions–funding the opposition when we don’t even know who the hell they are, except we do know that some of them are Al Qaeda and a lot of them are terrorists. We tried to find and train the so-called “moderate” opposition and ended up getting nowhere. There is no moderate opposition in Syria. There’s the government and its enemies, who are all mixed up with terrorists. And you and I know which side we’re on.

Let me tell you, Didi. I like strong leaders like you and Assad, guys who know how to crush their enemies and stay in power. And I like leaders who go after radical Islamic terrorists, because just about the only thing I hate worse than those terrorists is crooked Hillary.

V.V.D. What can I say, Donald–except that I’m freshly amazed by how much we agree?

D.T. But there’s just one little thing, Didi. One thing we might disagree on.

V.V.D. And what is that, Donald?

D.T. Nukes.

V.V.D. Nukes? What’s the problem? Just because our RS-24 Yars Intercontinental Ballistic Missile can strike you anywhere in the U.S. with ten independently targetable nuclear warheads, you’re getting nervous, Donald?

D.T. Didi, something tells me this could be the beginning of a beautiful arms race.

V.V.D. Da, Mr. President. You’re absolutely right. Crappy New Year!

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