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At the start of this year, if you would have told me I’d be interviewing a China scholar about a deal in which President of the United States asks his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, for help to free three UCLA basketball players who’ve been held in a Chinese hotel for allegedly stealing sunglasses, I would have scoffed. If you said that one of those UCLA players was LiAngelo Ball, son of LaVar Ball — proprietor of $ 495 shoes, controversial and outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — I would have laughed even harder.

Bet the under on that one, since I had to call up UCLA’s Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations & Communications, Min Zhou, to talk about LaVar Ball.

In hindsight, however, that LaVar Ball and Donald Trump would cross paths in the frenetic, utterly unpredictable 2017 news cycle was all but inevitable. Before returning home from a 12-day trip through Asia, President Trump on Tuesday confirmed that he asked President Xi, during Trump’s state visit to Beijing, to intervene on behalf of UCLA freshman basketball players Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley, who were arrested on shoplifting charges while in Hangzhou for UCLA’s opening game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 10. “They’re working on it right now,” Trump said. The players boarded a flight back to Los Angeles today.

“What they did was unfortunate,” Trump told reporters before leaving Manila and returning to Washington. Shoplifting penalties can vary greatly in China, but the players could have conceivably faced multiple years in jail.

Yes, Trump’s rescue of the Ball family is shrouded in symbolism. The President and LaVar Ball are classic carnival barkers who relish the media limelight. (Among LaVar Ball’s most outrageous statements: that Lonzo, the Lakers rookie, is the best player on the planet. He’s averaging 9.5 points per game, on an unseemly 31.3% shooting, for the 6-8 Lakers) They both appeared in WWE matches. They’re creations of our reality show world — while Trump had The Apprentice, Ball offers Ball In The Family on Facebook. They provoke strong reactions, positive and negative. Many people on social media have imagined Trump and Ball holding a joint press conference in the wake of the shoplifting charges. That would be quite a show.

This story, however, is more than an amusing sidelight. It does raise questions about selective justice. While the UCLA players go free, what about the human rights activists still imprisoned in China? “It’s easier for China to release American students than political dissidents,” says Zhou, the expert in China-U.S. relations, in a phone interview. “That’s a much more sensitive issue.”

The high-profile status of the UCLA players likely helped expedite their release. The Wall Street Journal noted that Detroit-native Wendell Brown, who was coaching a local American football team in China, is still in a Chinese jail after a September 2016 bar fight (he was charged with intentional assault).

China’s release of the basketball players carries diplomatic consequences as the world’s two largest economies haggle over trade and the North Korea nuclear threat. “It’s very important,” Zhou, a member of UCLA’s sociology department. “It’s a positive sign that the countries can work together.” The timing of the arrests helped the freshmen. Trump was also in China, on a state visit, when goodwill between countries generally ratchets up a level. Zhou’s happy China didn’t overtly use the detained students bargaining chips with the U.S. But don’t be surprised, she says, if China expects something in return down the road. “There’s still some sort of bargaining involved,” she says. “I’m doing you favor.”

Zhou’s thrilled that the students are returning home. “Kids make mistakes, and they should be given second chances,” she says.

Where does everyone go from here? UCLA coach Steve Alford will likely hand down some sort of suspension for his players. But at this rate, go ahead and expect LiAngelo Ball to hit the shot that sends UCLA to the Final Four, while his dad waves his Big Baller Brand kicks in the crowd. It’s November 2017. Anything goes.

 


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“I’d be so funny as Trump,” Mirren said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I love it. I’ve almost got the hair!”

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In September, President Donald Trump threatened to cut financial aid from Pakistan if the country didn’t do more to stop the flow of militants. He also accused Pakistan of providing “safe havens to terrorist organizations.” Meanwhile, Pakistani peace practitioners like Mossarat Qadeem have been putting blood, sweat and tears to do the exact opposite.

Qadeem is the Executive Director of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, an organization that earned an international recognition for its pioneering working on countering violent extremism using innovative methods. We spoke to her about Trump’s threat and her own work in Pakistan.

What does extremism look like in your country?

Extremism manifests itself in different shapes and forms in Pakistan. We have been experiencing it in the form of violence, be it political violence, economic violence, or violence coming out of religious schools and leaders. It is not necessarily only practiced through suicidal attacks or bomb blasts, but there is invisible violent extremism in the mindset. It is there in the way we treat each other, the way we speak to each other, and the way we perceive each other. Our whole outlook on life and how we handle others has shifted from a moderate pattern to a more volatile one.

Trump is currently claiming that Pakistan is not doing enough to fight extremism. What is your opinion?

I would like to send an open letter to Mr. Trump reminding him of the sacrifices of 65,000 innocent civilians, 4,700 security personnel, hundreds and thousands of disabled, economic losses of around USD102.5 billion, internal migration of millions of people from FATA and the Swat Valley and the irreparable socio-psychological impact in an aimless pointless war which has nothing to do with us. We suffered because of the ambitious endeavor of major powers. You are safe in the US. You haven’t witnessed the killing and maiming of thousands of people in worship places, in local busses, in markets and in schools. You haven’t heard the silent sigh of mothers who lost their children and you haven’t experienced the loss of a loved one who goes out for work or to school and never comes back. You haven’t experienced that fear and uncertainty that surrounds Pakistanis all the time despite having the most beautiful countryside with an abundance of resources. I would also say to President Trump, that I pray to Allah to give you a feeling heart and a thinking mind to stop him from asking for shedding more blood from us Pakistanis.

Can you describe your counter-terrorism work in Pakistan?

I am trying to prevent my communities from becoming extremist so the acts of terrorism become a history. PAIMAN is a pioneer in Pakistan in initiating a process of preventing and countering violent extremism since 2007.  From the platform of PAIMAN Trust, we neutralize extremist tendencies through community mobilization, active citizenship and community empowerment for building social cohesion.

We empower women and youth economically, build their critical thinking, help them understand the indicators of violent extremism and responding to it, give them the skill of mediation and dialogue to create awareness in their communities to collectively prevent violent extremism. PAIMAN has de-radicalized, rehabilitated and re-integrated 1287 extremist and those who were vulnerable. We also trained a further 14,000 males and 43,00 females. Once the youth and women receive training from PAIMAN they become members of our Peace groups called TOLANA, and they help promote practices of peace and countering violent extremism from within the community. Our TOLANA today have become a collective movement. They are working against all odds in a non-violent manner. We use social and electronic media, hold community sessions in schools, madrassas, public places to create awareness regarding violent extremism and how to address it.

We developed an inclusive peace curriculum and trained 120 school and religious madrassa teachers to teach respect for diversity and non-violence, using creative methods like sports, poetry, art, interactive theater. We have also worked with 100 female madrassa teachers and 120 women activists of all faith in Pakistan and female leaders of religious political parties to form a coalition of “Women of faith building social cohesion in Pakistan”. The members of the coalition are working today to promote inclusion, equality and interfaith dialogue in their communities, providing a platform for all voices to be heard, regardless of personal religious belief. They celebrate each other’s religious festivals and support each other in case of any incident of violence against one or the other community.

What was the turning point that inspired or pushed you into peace activism?

The turning point was the killing, miseries and suffering of my people in my province of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and adjacent area of federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) that I witnessed daily in 2007 and 2008. Being a student of conflict studies, I thought I will be able to contribute from the platform of PAIMAN Trust.

Could you tell us one story or situation you have been through that deeply affected you or left a mark in your life?

There are many, but the one that really strengthened my resolve to continue my work against myriads challenges took place in 2009.  I went to Swat to conduct research on the impact of violent extremism on women in Swat. I met a boy, Janas, who escaped from the extremists group but then was detained by security agencies and finally released. He told me that the extremists took him by force and kept him with other boys under strict surveillance. One night he didn’t swallow the pill that would be given to them every night. In the middle of the night he asked the watchman to let him go to urinate who allowed him and went to sleep himself. He then escaped and reached home after 24 hours with a lot of difficulty. The very same day the security forces came and took him to one of the detentions camps and kept him there for five months under very harsh condition.

In a very quiet voice he asked me a profound question: “why did I suffer at the hands of two powerful groups of people. I was not an extremist but taken by force by extremists to be used for suicide attacks and detained again by security forces, punished, tortured with no fault of mine.” His experience compelled me to start this non-violent movement, ‘Let’s Live in Peace’ to help prevent extremism and radicalization of youth and become their voice.

We helped him to learn how to repair mobile phones to earn an income. We also worked with him to overcome his trauma and fear. He recovered psychologically and physically. Today he runs his own mobile repair shop in his village, has a lot of self-confidence and is an active member of PAIMAN’s Youth TOLANA but his silent, piercing gaze and his question chase me even today.  He imbibed in me this spirit to hold the hands of the youth who are punished for no fault of theirs because they have no alternatives, no means and no status in their communities.

How would you think peaceful responses instead of military operations would benefit the cause?

That is a dream. The economic interests of a minority are tied to selling weapons and killing people. I do not see that there is a change coming soon to the policy framework to invest more in peacebuilding or peace initiatives, or conflict resolution and transformation. When you invest more in positive measures and efforts that resolve the issues and problems of the world, there will be tranquility and coexistence. It will also have much greater economic returns for more people. However, the way we are looking at the extremism problem right now is very superfluous. There is no real will to get rid of it, because politicians everywhere exploit it. Are the international institutions really serious about it? This is a question I ask everyone.

How far can a small fund affect peace solutions?

It goes a long way. We know how to be frugal with the funds we receive. We try to multiply our effort. We educate, and we help youth to try to understand extremism and how and why it affects them negatively.  We work in areas which are hard-hit by extremism, and they are very far from Islamabad. Because of security reasons, we cannot do the training in their own areas, so we have to take them to our center in Islamabad. The training lasts for a week. All this costs 100 to 150 dollars per person. they go back to the community and start talking to each other. When a handful of more skillful and more knowledgeable people go back to their communities and talk to them, the understanding becomes even more widespread. We try to give the funds too.  Just a $ 1,000 in the hands of the right groups can touch the lives of between 100 and 200 people.

Why does including women in peace efforts matter?

Women are half the population. They are half of the population that is suffering. They are also half of the population that is excluded from peacebuilding.  We cannot afford to exclude that social capital. Secondly, some women were actually part of breeding extremists. For example, they contributed to the making of suicide jackets. They facilitated violent extremism because they have been told it is a good cause, that it will bring them respect or security. So you need to engage women so that they become part of peaceful resolution and conflict transformation. In addition, women think, feel, and act differently. We have to project the positive roles women are playing. A woman’s role is not just a mother, but also an activist, a teacher, a religious scholar, a political leader, a decision maker, and a peace negotiator. Without women, I do not think there can be a peaceful world. If they are educated and given the skills, the world will definitely be a better place.

What does the world need to do to support women peace practitioners?

Stop giving lip service to women in peace and security. It has become a buzzword like “gender”. Peace and security need to be taken seriously. Resolutions have passed, and a lot of funding is committed, but where is it? There is very little funding for women led organizations doing peace work. Only a few donor agencies are actually interested in supporting women’s peace and security issues. So the world needs to get serious about this. Second, the best practices need to be solidified and shared with the world. Policy frameworks for the international community need to be developed based on these initiatives that are changing the communities. Material needs to be documented properly. The world needs to learn from us this time, we are the experts from the field, we have gone through so much.

International Civil Society Action Network is a U.S.-based nonprofit whose mission is to support civil society activism in promoting women’s rights, peace and human security in countries affected by conflict, transition and closed political space. ICAN aims to support women’s efforts through bridging the divisions between activists and the policy community, elevating the voices and experiences of women activists, building skills and ensuring the exchange of knowledge and resources.

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Democrats predictably felt differently.

“Each of these proposals would result in a massive windfall for the wealthiest Americans and provide almost no relief to middle-class taxpayers who need it most,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said at the Capitol.

Some Republicans, once fiscally demanding but now desperate for a legislative win after a yearlong drought, shrugged off the specter of adding billions to the federal deficit. Failure on taxes, after the collapse of health care repeal, could cost the GOP dearly in next year’s midterm elections with its House majority at stake.

“This is a now-or-never moment,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who built his reputation on tax and budget issues.

Likewise, Trump said in Indianapolis, “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

But the bitterly divided, Republican-led Congress faces critical decisions on eliminating or reducing tax breaks and deductions, with the GOP intent on producing a package without Democratic votes by year’s end. The last major overhaul in 1986 was bipartisan, and Trump was courting Democrats. One vulnerable incumbent, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, accompanied the president on his trip to Indianapolis.

Trump and the architects of the Republican plan insist that the overhaul is aimed squarely at benefiting the middle class and wouldn’t favor the wealthy. Still, a cut in the tax rate for Americans making a half-million dollars or more would drop by almost 5 percentage points as the wealthiest sliver of the nation reaped tremendous benefits.

Corporations would see their top tax rate cut from 35 percent to 20 percent. For a period of five years, companies could further reduce how much they pay by immediately writing off their investments. That’s all part of an effort that Trump said would make U.S. businesses more competitive globally.

The plan would collapse the number of personal tax brackets from seven to three.

The individual tax rates would be 12 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent — and the plan recommends a surcharge for the very wealthy. But it doesn’t set the income levels at which the rates would apply, so it’s unclear just how much change there might be for a typical family or whether its taxes would be reduced.

“My plan is for the working people, and my plan is for jobs,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “No, I don’t benefit. … I think there’s very little benefit for people of wealth.”

Reopening the debate over economic inequality that rippled through the 2016 presidential campaign, the Republicans’ defense of the plan was met with scorn on the opposite side.

“President Trump’s tax plan is morally repugnant and bad economic policy,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

In the absence of details on the plan’s cost, one back-of-the-envelope estimate by a Washington budget watchdog estimated the tax cuts at perhaps $ 5.8 trillion over the next 10 years. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan group that analyzes spending and taxes, said Republicans had only identified about $ 3.6 trillion in offsetting revenues, meaning the cost to the federal deficit could be in the $ 2.2 trillion range.

That’s more than the $ 1.5 trillion debt cost allowed under a tentative agreement by Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee — and the real battles will come as lawmakers quarrel over which tax breaks might be eliminated to help pay the balance.

The plan would nearly double the standard deduction to $ 12,000 for individuals and $ 24,000 for families. This basically would increase the amount of personal income that is tax-free.

Deductions for mortgage interest and charitable giving would remain, but the plan seeks to end most other itemized deductions that can reduce how much affluent families pay.

A battle is already brewing among Republicans over a move to eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes, which is especially valuable to people in high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California. Republicans from those states are vowing to fight it.

The plan also would:

—Retain existing tax benefits for college and retirement savings such as 401(k) contribution plans.

—Seek to help families by calling for an increased child tax credit and opening it to families with higher incomes. The credit currently is $ 1,000 per child. Also proposed is a new tax credit of $ 500 to help pay for the care of the elderly and the sick who are claimed as dependents by a taxpayer.

—Eliminate the estate tax — paid by those with multimillion-inheritances, a boon for wealthy individuals who inherit businesses, investments and real estate. Also slated for elimination is the alternative minimum tax, a supplemental tax for certain individuals, corporations and estates that enjoy exemptions that lower their income tax bills.

—Allow companies to pay substantially lower tax rates, part of an effort to make U.S. businesses more competitive globally. The plan would impose a new, lower tax on corporate profits stashed overseas, and create a new tax structure for overseas business operations of U.S. companies.

—Give new benefits to firms in which the profits double as the owners’ personal income. They would pay at a 25 percent rate, down from 39.6 percent. This creates a possible loophole for rich investors, lawyers, doctors and others; administration officials say they will design measures to prevent any abuses.

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Donald Trump is running out of people to piss off. 

Sure, he’s already on the bad side of plenty of Americans: immigrants, women, minorities, generally any decent people. Now, we can add professional athletes to the list.

The president has whipped up what is perhaps his most bizarre and misguided controversy yet, calling any football player that protests a “son of a bitch” and separately going after NBA superstar Steph Curry.

His comments immediately led to broad condemnation from U.S. professional athletes, players’ associations, and teams. Every NFL game on Sunday had some form of protest, but the blowback didn’t stop there. Even people like Terry Bradshaw, a former NFL quarterback who has spent years as a commentator on Fox, weighed in.  Read more…

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Donald Trump Rescinds Stephen Curry’s White House Invite, LeBron James Calls Trump ‘Bum’

Donald Trump rescinded the Golden State Warriors' invitation to the White House after Stephen Curry said he didn't want to take part in the traditional post-championship Oval Office visit.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team," Trump tweeted Saturday

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We Heart: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda’s Message to Donald Trump

Included among the historic wins at this year’s Emmy Awards was a healthy dose of political commentary, a lot of which took aim at President Donald Trump. Our favorite of the latter, by far, happened during the on-stage reunion of “9 to 5″ stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton—who starred, in the 1980 film, as disgruntled female employees who band together to exact revenge on their male chauvinist boss.

When the iconic trio took the stage to present the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, Fonda and Tomlin took the lead on commemorating its lasting—and, unfortunately, ever-more relevant, underlying message. “Back in 1980, in that movie,” Fonda said, “we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”

Tomlin replied: “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”

(Surprisingly, as of Tuesday, the President had not yet replied to the speech on Twitter.)

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Donald Glover Wins 2 Emmys, Breaks Record

The culture won at the Emmy Awards last night (Sept. 18). In this specific case, Donald Glover won a pair of Emmys, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy andOutstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, both for Atlanta .

With the latter, Glover became the first Black director to win the award. As for the former, the last time a Black man was Robert Guillaume for Benson, 32 years ago.

Also, after receiving his Best Directing award from none other than Dave Chappelle, Glover sarcastically thanked Donald Trump for the W. How can you hate on this guy aka the new Lando Calrissian?

Also that mixtape with Chance The Rapper, it’s on the way. For cultural purposes.

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Donald Trump got dragged on Twitter for committing this fashion faux pas

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Donald Trump got dragged on Twitter for committing this fashion faux pas

Twitter users drag Donald Trump on the regular, usually for his denial of climate change, his tone-deaf comments, his support of an inhumane health care bill, and well, the list could go on forever. This time, though, Trump caught Twitter’s ire when he committed a fashion crime: Wearing a mismatched suit.

Now, Trump has shocked the masses (and not in a good way) countless times. He commented on his 1-year-old daughter’s breasts, for instance, and he made disgustingly misogynistic comments about committing sexual assault. Furthermore, he’s made countless remarks about female colleagues’ appearances, and he even ordered female White House staffers to “dress like women.”

It’s therefore insurmountably puzzling that someone so fixated on other’s (i.e. women’s) appearances could do something as negligent as wearing a navy suit jacket with black slacks. Yet that’s exactly what Trump did this week.

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People on Twitter were quick to pick up on the fashion disaster.

Cosmo writer Jill Filipovic pointed out that his thoughtless fashion choice could be considered a symbol for his approach to the presidency, too.

And many were quick to point out that when former President Barack Obama wore a tan suit, Republicans quickly responded with acerbic accusations that a fashion crime had been committed. Many are claiming that Trump’s faux pas is much worse, though.

The hypocrisy was really getting to some people.

And others just wanted to point out that if a president is going to commit a fashion faux pas, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.

Some glass-half-full-ers, decided to laud Sen. Tim Scott for his impeccable sock choice in light of Trump’s mismatched outfit.

Sadly, Trump’s suit wasn’t the only White House blunder of the day.

In the photo that featured the mismatched suit, the White House called Sen. Tim Scott, Tom Scott.

It’s all just so much indiscretion for one day. Given the fact that Scott and Trump were meeting to discuss Charlottesville, a crisis to which Trump responded unsatisfactorily, one might think that the president would have attempted to redeem himself. Instead, he dressed carelessly and created a whole other display of his thoughtlessness.

What a mess, sartorially and otherwise.



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When President Donald Trump sat down to discuss a potential immigration compromise with the leading Democrats in the House and Senate, eight other people sat with them, including senior aides. One person who wasn’t there was Trump’s own senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, according to a source familiar with the dinner.

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Is Donald Trump breaking the two-party stalemate?

President Donald Trump did something that stupefied official Washington last week, siding with Democrats as Congress tried to pass funding to keep the government open and help Texas hurricane victims, all as Irma bore down on the Caribbean (and Florida).


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From Palm Beach’s Mar-a-Lago to Seven Springs in Bedford, New York, these are all the places our president calls “home.”

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Matt Damon Says There’s a Reason Donald Trump Has So Many Movie Cameos

Donald Trump may not appear in 1992’s Scent of a Woman, but he reportedly shot a scene for it.

According to Matt Damon, one of the requirements for filming at a Trump-owned building such as the Plaza Hotel is writing Trump himself into the movie. However, Trump’s cameo apparently didn’t make the final cut in director Martin Brest’s coming-of-age drama.

“The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part,” Damon recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “Martin Brest had to write something in Scent of a Woman — and the whole crew was in on it. You have to waste an hour of your day with a bulls—t shot: Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, ‘Hello, Mr. Trump!’ — you had to call him by name — and then he exits. You waste a little time so that you can get the permit, and then you can cut the scene out. But I guess in Home Alone 2 they left it in.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trump has appeared in a number of television shows, movies and commercials.

 


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Donald Trump Won’t Attend Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony

Donald and Melania Trump announced Saturday that they would not attend this year's Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, which will honor

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Donald Trump’s failure in Charlottesville wasn’t political — it was moral

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Donald Trump Heads To Trump Tower, Protesters Await

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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump went home to Trump Tower on Monday for the first time since his inauguration, with a throng of chanting protesters awaiting — but never seeing — him.

Thousands of demonstrators roared “shame, shame, shame” and “not my president!” while watching for Trump’s motorcade along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, but it ultimately approached from another direction. A far smaller crowd of Trump supporters also awaited him.

Onlookers who did see the motorcade greeted it with cellphone cameras and a few obscene gestures.

By the tower, some protesters carried signs with such messages as “impeach” and “the White House is no place for white supremacy.” Chants including “love, not hate — that’s what makes America great” and “New York hates you!” echoed off the surrounding buildings. Nearby, an inflatable, rat-like caricature of Trump stood by The Plaza hotel.

Adam Vazquez had protested at Trump Tower on Election Night and said he returned because he felt the country had hit “a pivotal point,” particularly after the white supremacist rally that descended into violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Republican president’s initial condemnation of bigotry and violence “on many sides, on many sides” spurred two days of pressure to specifically denounce white supremacist groups, which he did Monday.

“It shows you that the president, in a time of crisis, could not step up,” said Vazquez, a 26-year-old video and content producer. “That is something we have to take note of, coming out tonight and showing that this is not OK.”

Meanwhile, about two dozen Trump fans near The Plaza chanted “God bless President Trump” and carried American flags and signs with such sentiments as “now is not the time for divisiveness.”

“We are here to show President Trump … that he has a lot of fans here, even in liberal New York City, even in Manhattan,” said Ariel Kohane, a 46-year-old member of a group called Jews for Trump.

He said he supported the president because of his views on national security, immigration and fighting radical Islamists and crime, among other issues. The anti-Trump protesters, to him, are “left-wing, liberal Communist snowflakes.”

With supporters and anti-Trump demonstrators penned behind police barricades across the sidewalk, both sides yelled at each other, “Go home!”

A block south of Trump Tower, police officers with bullhorns confronted protesters pressing against and straining the barricades, telling the demonstrators to step back. Police said two people were arrested for disorderly conduct amid the protests but didn’t say where or when.

Police stationed sand-filled sanitation trucks as barriers around Trump’s signature skyscraper and layers of metal police barricades around the main entrance.

After Trump was elected, security around the tower ramped up dramatically, with barricades and checkpoints manned by scores of uniformed police officers. The security precautions have been lessened somewhat in Trump’s absence but still have inconvenienced residents and business owners in the busy area, home to stores such as Tiffany and Louis Vuitton.

Trump, a native New Yorker, said Friday that he had stayed away since January because he realized the impact of the street closings and other aspects of a presidential visit.

“I would love to go to my home in Trump Tower, but it’s very, very disruptive to do,” he said.

And protesters, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, were not welcoming him.

Gabby Parra, a 17-year-old high school senior from Teaneck, New Jersey, said she did not have “the proper words to describe” her dislike for Trump. She said she feels the president dehumanizes minorities, noting that he launched his campaign by portraying Mexico as a source of rapists and murderers coming into the U.S.

The Rev. Jan Powell, a retired minister of the United Church of Christ, is troubled by Trump, too, and particularly resented his response to the violence in Virginia.

Still, she said, “I pray for him every day. We are both human beings.”

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Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz and Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.

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Leave it to Fox News to find Black apologists for not only President Trump but for the Nazis who took part in the racially motivated rally that took place in Charlottesville this past Saturday (August 12).

After blaming Democrats for their role in founding the KKK, Diamond and Silk justified Cheeto Jesus blaming “all sides” by saying, “It can’t be one-sided. All of them was wrong for doing what they was doing.”

Though Diamond added that “We have to live in this country together,” she also said, “People’s freedom of speech have to be protected because it’s protected by the first amendment. So we can’t look at one side, we have to look at all sides cause all of them created violence.”

Where do they find these people? They down with Omarosa or something?

This isn’t the first time that Diamond (Lynnette Hardaway) and Silk (Rochelle Richardson) have spoken on behalf of Donald Trump as it has been reported that the two were often paid to appear at political rallies in support of the current Comrade-In-Chief.

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Donald Trump is barely seven months into his scandal-ridden first term as president and he’s already dropped a ludicrous ad that both makes the free press out to be an enemy of the American people and sets the stage for a 2020 reelection campaign.

Because what we really need is another reason to drink on Monday.

And this ad … hoo boy. 

It’s just 30 seconds long but, much like the Trump administration, it feels like it exists in a plane beyond our normal concept of time, where everything slows down and each moment feels like a fever dream that stretches into eternity. Read more…

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President Donald Trump Finally Calls Out Charlottesville White Nationalists By Name

In the wake of the hateful protest in Charlottesville that turned bloody and left one woman dead, President Trump has finally placed blame by name.

For a politician who is so quick to specifically address all who oppose him, the POTUS was noticeably ambiguous when he commented on the violence. ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.”

After much scrutiny from the left, right and everyone with a drop of common sense, Trump took a firmer position saying “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

For Merck’s chief executive, Kenneth C. Frazier, it was too little too late. The noted pharmaceutical CEO resigned from the president’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday citing that the death of 32-year old Heather Heyer was not committed by “many sides“.

“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” he said via a tweet posted from Merck’s official Twitter Account.

Naturally, the president took to Twitter to address Frazier withdrawing from the committee stating “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”.

This is not the first time Donald’s stance or lack thereof has left his appointed business leaders to flee. So far Elon Musk of Tesla, Bob Iger of Disney and Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs have all exited presidential councils.

Also, we are curious to know why no one has mentioned that Trump Winery, the largest vineyard in Virginia, is also located in Charlottesville?

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UPDATED Aug. 12, 12:45 p.m. PT: Donald Trump said that he condemns “in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides.” He called for unity, but he did not specifically name any of the hate groups involved in the violent clashes during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. “It’s… Read more »

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On Saturday afternoon, when a vehicle plowed into demonstrators protesting what was an already violent, tense white-nationalist and counter-protest confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump was scheduled for an unrelated bill signing in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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Netflix CEO let Peter Thiel know damn well what he thought of Donald Trump

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Remember those heady days of August 2016, just a year ago before the Trump presidency had us genuinely wondering how to prepare for a nuclear attack?

That happened to be when Silicon Valley big shot and New Zealand fanboy Peter Thiel was being pretty vocal about his support for then-candidate Trump, something that sent shockwaves through the tech world. 

The Palantir/PayPal/Facebook bigwig who also helped Hulk Hogan take down Gawker has been Trump’s most prominent tech backer since the election, too, helping Trump assemble a roundtable of tech’s brightest minds. Read more…

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Has Racism in the Workplace Increased Since Donald Trump Became President? This Black Executive Notices a Difference

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Dear Sheree,

I am a 45-year-old, African American, male, who is general counsel for a small firm.

Traveling is a big part of my work, and [while on these business trips], I’ve started to notice a trend that has me concerned. When boarding a flight with unassigned seatings, I always select an aisle seat. A person will usually take the window seat. However, unless the flight is totally sold out, no one wants to sit in the middle seat—next to me. I’ve also noticed a subtle shift in white females who work for me. 

All of this has resulted in me looking at the racial implications on a deeper level. Do I accept all of this as a sign of a greater prevalence of racial disharmony resulting from the Trump presidency?

Michael

 

 

Dear Michael,

There is no mistaking the fact race relations have undergone a dramatic shift in the last few months.  However, this does not mean that personal biases or prejudices had not existed before; the difference is that people are more comfortable with expressing their feelings.

In my experience, when people have the opportunity to choose a seat on a flight, they often try to avoid sitting next to anyone that is traveling with a small or child, as well as sitting in the middle seat. I firmly believe there are more fair-minded, good people than those who are quick to make a snap judgment based on the color of a person’s skin. People of color must see this period as an opportunity to expand our toolsets as well as our relationships, to sustain ourselves in these interesting times.

Also, many individuals have a lot of things going on in their lives that we may not even realize. So, it’s important we must interact with others, while being aware of and sensitive to the fact that everyone is dealing with something.

You mentioned noticing a shift within the white females who work in your department; my question is, when was the last time you made an effort to connect with them?  As the general counsel of your firm, you have the opportunity to create the tone for your company. It’s your responsibility to spark a deeper connection with your staff. It could be via a casual brown-bag lunch experience you organize, where everyone sits together to address their concerns and share ideas once a month.

Here is a quote from my book, Intuition: The Hidden Asset Everyone Should Learn to Use, that may help inspire you:

“Many people mistakenly think that a large budget is needed to implement change in an organization.  In reality, small changes produce subtle shifts that have lasting impact on a group.”

Finally, as minorities, we must be aware of the opportunity to learn during these changing times. Oftentimes, when we take the time to self-examine during a particularly trying period, our learning accelerates, as opposed to times in which everything seems to be running smoothly. I remember growing up when there were a variety of black businesses, which offered services in my neighborhood. In order to become self-sufficient while crossing color boundaries within our industries, we need to get back to building opportunities. Have you noticed that, when people attend sports events, they pull together— regardless of race—and scream and encourage their team to win? We need to join together to make things better.

 

 


 Sheree Franklin, an intuitive life strategist, helps people to find the courage to release their life challenges in order to live in alignment with their true self. Franklin is a practitioner at Holistic Health Practice at One East Superior, in Chicago. Her practice includes one-to-one coaching as well as speaking to organizations. She is also the author of Intuition: The Hidden Asset Everyone Should Learn to Use.

To learn more about Franklin’s book, click here. You can also find out more information about Franklin by visiting her website, www.shereefranklin.comAlso, email Franklin your questions at shereefranklin@icloud.com.  

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Inside President Trump’s Relationship with Eldest Son and ‘High-Quality Person’ Donald Jr. Amid Whispers of Treason

In the months since President Donald Trump took office, his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has become one of his father’s most vocal supporters — and Twitter defenders.

The president returned the favor on Tuesday and Wednesday, coming to his son’s defense after his namesake seemingly embroiled himself more deeply in the ongoing Russian collusion investigation by releasing emails detailing how he eagerly set up a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who allegedly promised damaging information on his father’s presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.

“My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency,” the president said in a statement delivered by his principal deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, at an off-camera press briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Trump followed up on Twitter early Wednesday, praising his son’s interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity overnight. Trump Jr. admitted during the show that “in retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently.”

“My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!” Trump tweeted.

Trump Jr., 39, first emerged as one of father’s fiercest defenders during the presidential campaign — and before that worked side-by-side with his dad while running the family business — but the pair haven’t always been as close are they are today.

As a preteen, Trump Jr.’s relationship with his father was fraught following Trump’s separation from his first wife, Ivana Trump, the mother of eldest children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.

Trump Jr. was 12 at the time and didn’t speak to his father for a year after the highly publicized split, New York magazine reported in a 2004 article about the Trump children.

Trump Jr. told the magazine that at the time he blamed the divorce on his father, who had been having an affair with model Marla Maples. But he added that in retrospect he may have been “manipulated” into that belief by his mother.

“Listen, it’s tough to be a 12-year-old. You’re not quite a man, but you think you are. You think you know everything. Being driven into school every day and you see the front page and it’s divorce! THE BEST SEX I EVER HAD! And you don’t even know what that means,” he said, referencing the heavy gossip-column coverage of his parents’ split, some of which was encouraged by his father.

After his parents’ divorce, Trump Jr. and his brother Eric were shipped off to boarding school, the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, to remove them from the New York society scene, according to Vanity Fair.

At school, Trump Jr. practiced skeet shooting, and — unlike his father — seemed to enjoy life outside the spotlight.

“When I went to boarding school, it all kind of went away — all those inconveniences that I found intrusive,” he told New York in 2004.

Trump Jr. also told The New York Times in March that he decided early on not to measure himself against his father.

”I think people are often surprised, but I never defined myself as, ‘I’m the business guy who has to supersede what my father has done,’ ” he said. ”He’s a totally unique individual. Somehow having to top his accomplishments is never the way I perceived things.”

As a child, Trump Jr. found a role model not in his father but in his maternal grandfather, Milos Zelnicek, an electrician and avid outdoorsman. In the summers, Trump Jr. stayed at his grandparents’ home outside Prague for six to eight weeks at a time, where his grandfather taught him how to camp, fish, hunt and speak Czech, the Times reported.

”He needed a father figure,” Ivana told the newspaper in a telephone interview. ”Donald was not around that much. They would have to go to his office to say hello to him before going to school.” (Ivana also once hinted at her ex-husband’s alleged barely-there parenting by saying: “When turned 21, I handed them over to him and said, ‘Here’s the finished product.’ “)

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Trump Jr. went on to attend father’s alma mater, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was by all accounts (including his own) a big partier who “had a reputation” for getting into “drunken, ‘do-you-have-any-idea-who-I-am?’ fights,” according to New York.

Vanity Fair reported that Scott Melker, a Penn classmate, wrote on Facebook, “Donald Jr. was a drunk in college. Every memory I have of him is of him stumbling around on campus falling over or passing out in public, with his arm in a sling from injuring himself while drinking. He absolutely despised his father, and hated the attention that his last name afforded him.”

Melker also described an alleged incident in which Trump showed up to his son’s dorm room to take him to a Yankees game. Trump Jr. was dressed in a Yankees jersey and when he opened the door to his father, “without saying a word, his father slapped him across the face, knocking him to the floor in front of all of his classmates. He simply said, ‘Put on a suit and meet me outside,’ and closed the door.” A spokesperson for the Trump family told Vanity Fair this story is “completely false.”

After graduating, Trump Jr. initially declined to join the family business, instead moving to Aspen, Colorado, where he hunted, fished, camped, lived out of the back of a truck, and bartended, according to Vanity Fair — which also reported that Trump Jr. stopped talking to his father during this time.

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Several months later, on Feb. 25, 2001, Trump Jr. was arrested for public drunkenness during a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. He spent 11 hours in jail.

Like his teetotaler father, Trump Jr. no longer drinks. But he attributes this not to inspiration from his father but rather to the discipline of the sporting life. ”I know that the benefits I got from being in the woods, from being in a duck blind, from being in a tree stand at 5 o’clock in the morning, kept me out of so much other trouble I would have gotten into in my life,” Trump Jr. said in a speech at a 2016 fundraiser.

After returning from Aspen in 2001, Trump Jr. went to work at the Trump Organization, where he climbed the ranks to executive vice president. During his first big project, the Trump Park Avenue, he clashed with his father on the decor (the elder Trump insisted on gold doorknobs), The Washington Post reported. After the project was completed, Trump Jr. jokingly asked his father to put “Trump Junior” on the facade, but his father refused.

In 2003, Trump introduced his son to his future wife, former model Vanessa Haydon, at a fashion show. Trump proposed with a ring from the Bailey, Banks & Biddle jewelry store in Short Hills, New Jersey, in exchange for publicity, and was later mocked in the New York Post, which ran the story with the headline: ”Trump Jr. Is the Cheapest Gazillionaire: Heirhead Proposes With Free 100G Ring.” (The couple went on to have five children, now between the ages of 10 and 3.)

According to Vanity Fair, Trump also publicly criticized his son at the time, saying on CNN’s Larry King Live: ”You have a name that is hot as a pistol, you have to be very careful with things like this.”

Despite their sometimes-rocky relationship, Trump Jr. has been nothing but supportive since his father launched his presidential bid, joining him on the campaign trail and using Twitter to lash out at his father’s many critics.

Trump Jr.’s interest in hunting and close friendships with gun enthusiasts and people who enjoy the outdoors — so foreign from the New York elite world his father long operated in — have endeared him to some conservatives and to his father’s Middle America supporters while also riling animal rights activists who criticized his big game hunting trips in Africa.

After delivering a rousing speech at the Republican National Convention in July 2016, he was embraced as a rising Republican political star and applauded for his poise and focus — qualities not usually attributed to his father.

Though it may not seem like it based on his politics-focused Twitter activity, Trump Jr. maintains that his focus these days is on running the Trump Organization. He has claimed several times that he has barely spoken to his father since he took office in January.

In March, amid criticism that his father had not sufficiently removed himself from his businesses, Trump Jr. said at a GOP fundraiser that he’d had virtually ”zero contact” with the president since the election. He insisted to The New York Times later that month, ”I haven’t spoken to him. Maybe just to say hello. It feels trite. I feel ridiculous bothering him.”

Critics were quick to point out that Trump Jr. had recently joined his father for his announcement of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil M. Gorsuch in late January.

“Where is the break point?” Trump Jr. said when asked about this by the Times. ”If I see him once a month, is that too much? Once a year? My point is, it’s a no-win scenario. But, in the end, we both fully recognize that what he is doing now is far more important than absolutely anything going on in the business. And we will conduct ourselves accordingly.”

Now, Trump Jr. has a much bigger issue to worry about as he faces widespread criticism, allegations of treason and potential legal troubles over his June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. There’s a growing call for Trump Jr. to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his email exchange on the meeting, which he said he’d be “happy” to do.

The fallout from the revelation that Trump Jr. met with the Russian lawyer (who has since denied any alleged ties to the Russian government) has prompted critics to say that the businessman has never seemed more like his father’s son.

A Vox article on Trump Jr.’s Russia email controversy proclaims: “Donald Trump Jr. is the embodiment of all of his father’s weaknesses — and now he may well bring down his father’s administration.”


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Stephen Colbert Explains Donald Trump’s Most Frustrating Contradiction

Much of America watched former FBI Director James Comey testify in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday. Nielsen Media reported around 19.5 million watched on television, but millions more streamed the testimony online since it took place during the typical work day.

President Donald Trump was among those watching ― and he soon publicly addressed the various accusations Comey leveled against him.

“Comey was pretty rough on the president,” Stephen Colbert said “The Late Show” Friday night. “But right after the testimony, Trump sent his longtime personal lawyer and devil who has a thing he wants you to sign, Marc Kasowitz to respond.”

The host played a clip of the lawyer claiming that Comey’s testimony vindicated Trump, because in Kasowitz’s words, the former FBI director confirmed publicly what he had told Trump privately. This referred to Trump’s insistence that Comey had told him that he was not under investigation by the FBI.

As a quick refresher into this confusing mess: It is true that when Trump asked Comey whether he was personally under investigation, he was not. But Trump associates were under investigation and Comey’s testimony on Thursday indicated that Trump may be facing an investigation into whether the president obstructed justice.

This is where Kasowitz began an extremely frustrating contradiction, as Colbert explained.

But even though, everything Comey said proved Trump wasn’t guilty, he was also a liar?
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“But even though, everything Comey said proved Trump wasn’t guilty, he was also a liar?” Colbert said.

He then played another part of the Kasowitz clip where the lawyer detailed the various ways Comey had allegedly lied during the testimony. 

This bizarre argument tracked with what the president later tweeted.

During his testimony, Comey also called Trump a liar on multiple occasions.

It’s a classic he said, he said (American politics still being dominated by men, of course).

Now you’ve got to choose whether to believe the “Twin Peaks” character Agent Dale Cooper incarnate in Comey or… well… the apparent “liar in chief.”

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Donald Trump Has Been Successfully In-peached!

Here he is. Not impeached, but IN-peached.

Let us explain: On Monday, a White House statement claimed that while on his current trip abroad, Donald Trump aims to “promote the possibility of lasting peach” between Israelis and Palestinians.

What better time to roll out the Article of Inpeachment (this article!)?

Liberals, break out the peach schnapps: The country is about to launch into a big, somewhat unified inpeachment party!

So what does the inpeachment entail? Congress actually doesn’t have to get involved, as a president is successfully inpeached after someone (anyone) simply imposes a photo of the politician on a photo of a peach to make it appear that said politician is trapped inside said peach.

And that is what has happened: The president of the United States has been inpeached.

These last few months have been the pits, so it’s understandable if you have fuzzy feelings about this decision ― despite what the inpeachment process may mean for this country.

During his campaign, our current president was like, “Knock, knock,” and the country was like, “Who’s there?” to which he responded, “Orange,” and most of us were like, “That seems bad,” and then he said something like, “Orange you glad I have a banana?” and that seemed really bad, but then some of our roommates let Orange in anyway. He hasn’t been a great houseguest, and now it’s just fun to be like, “WELL, ORANGE YOU GLAD WE INPEACHED YOU?”

Fruit humor!

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‘Late Show’ Packs Donald Trump’s Suitcase For His First Foreign Trip

Tic Tacs? Check. Golf balls? Check. Photograph of Russian President Vladimir Putin? Check.

On Friday, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” imagined just what Donald Trump packed in his suitcase for his first trip overseas as president.

There’s no sign of any steaks, though. Presumably because the caterers preparing his meals in Saudi Arabia have already got that covered. 

Find out what else Trump “packed” in the clip above.

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Stephen Colbert Is Beyond Happy That Donald Trump Is Out Of The Country

Late Show” host Stephen Colbert couldn’t contain his glee at the fact that President Donald Trump is abroad on Friday.

With Trump away on a nine-day jaunt to the Middle East and Western Europe, Colbert said it meant “we have the whole country to ourselves for the weekend.”

And that meant one thing — a “party at the White House.”

“You know (Mike) Pence is throwing a rager this weekend,” Colbert joked.

The host went on to dissect just some of the challenges Trump may face on his trip, during which he is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, and attend a G7 meeting in Sicily and a NATO summit in Belgium.

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Donald Trump Gives Sean Spicer His Final Kiss On ‘SNL’

Sean Spicer’s days as the White House press secretary could be nearing their end, and “Saturday Night Live” did not pass up the opportunity to imagine what they’d look like.

After teasing her “SNL” appearance this week by rolling (literally) through the streets of New York, Melissa McCarthy popped out of the bushes and reprised her role as Spicer once again this week.

McCarthy, who was hiding among the bushes as Spicer, interrupted Aidy Bryant’s stint as Sarah Huckabee Sanders ― President Donald Trump’s political aide who took on the press this week after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. 

After booting Sanders from the stage, McCarthy’s Spicer aggressively fielded questions from the press, but things got dicey when reporters started asking the press secretary if he was afraid of losing his job like Comey.

Spicer defended his boss, saying that he endures POTUS’ abuse because they’re friends. But the questioning eventually leads him on a journey to the streets of New York, then a golf course in New Jersey, to ask Trump once and for all what his future at the White House looks like.

Long story short, it ended with Spicer’s final kiss.

“I don’t think I can do this anymore, Mr. Trump,” Spicer told Alec Baldwin’s Trump. “They’re saying that you’re going to replace me with Sarah.”

“Sean, come on, I would never do that,” the president replied. Sarah Huckabee Sanders “doesn’t have your special spice: Salt and pepper, a little bit of sugar.”

“Sean,” Trump said. “Kiss me.”

In the clip above, watch Spicer’s final moments in the Trump administration, as imagined by “SNL.”

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The Office Of Government Ethics May Have Just Trolled Donald Trump

Did the Office of Government Ethics just throw shade at President Donald Trump on Twitter? It sure seems that way.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. On Thursday, it was reported Comey refused Trump’s demand for loyalty at a private dinner in January, something the White House denied.

And on Friday, the ethics office tweeted the following message:

The post did not reference Trump directly, but many tweeters took it to be a subtle dig at the president:

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Stephen Colbert To Face FCC Investigation Over ‘Homophobic’ Donald Trump Joke

Stephen Colbert pissed off lots of people this week with a controversial rant against President Donald Trump on “The Late Show” and now he might have to pay for it ― literally.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai revealed that the agency would investigate the comedian’s reference to Trump on Monday’s show as Russian President Vladamir Putin’s “cock holster.” Many called the comment “homophobic.”

“I have had a chance to see the clip now and so, as we get complaints, and we’ve gotten a number of them, we are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action,” Pai said on The Rich Zeoli Show on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT on Friday.

Pai added the FCC would follow the standard operating procedures and “make sure we evaluate what the facts are and apply the law fairly and fully.”

Colbert’s fiery two-minute routine, titled “Stephen says everything journalists wish they could,” included jokes about Trump’s tiny hands and missing tax returns. But it was the “cock holster” line that drew the most ire and subsequently inspired a #FireColbert hashtag on Twitter.

The late night show host responded to the controversy on Wednesday night, telling viewers he didn’t regret what he said because he believes the president “can take care of himself.” But Colbert did note if he were to do it again, he would “change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be.”

Addressing the claims of homophobia, he added, “I just want to say for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is to me, an American hero.”

Variety reported that Pai’s response to Colbert’s monologue is “surprising” as “’The Late Show’ airs outside the FCC’s long-established ‘safe harbor’ time frame of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in which the commission has the authority to police allegations of indecent and obscene material on the airwaves.”

Pai told The Rich Zeoli Show that if the commission finds Colbert violated FCC regulations he would most likely face a fine. 

Still, Colbert probably isn’t sweating the investigation too much. “The Late Show” drew its best ratings on Thursday night since its premiere week in 2015.

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Donald Trump Thinks Exercise Is Bad For You

Nothing is safe from alternative facts ― even exercise.

According to Donald Trump, physical fitness is useless. As the Washington Post’s Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher wrote in their new book, Trump Revealed, Trump believes a sweat session actually does more harm than good:

After college, after Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests, he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted. Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn’t work out.

The book also states that when Trump learned that one of his top casino executives, John O’Donnell, was in the midst of training for an Ironman Triathlon, Trump told him, “You are going to die young because of this.

It’s obvious that this belief is completely untrue (not to mention the fact that golf, one of Trump’s favorite activities, is a form of exercise). But since the statement is out there, we’re here to reiterate a few life-saving benefits of physical activity.

Take a look at just some of the ways working out can help a person’s health below:

1. Physical activity boosts cardiovascular health. 

Aerobic exercise, such as walking, biking, swimming or jogging, helps prevent heart disease, which is the nation’s leading cause of death among adults, according to the American Heart Association. People should aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity per week to reap the benefits.

2. It helps maintain a healthy body weight.

Given that obesity is still slowly on the rise, this benefit is a big one. Regular exercise reduces body fat, fights against obesity and helps lower the risk of getting illnesses associated with obesity, like diabetes, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. 

3. Exercise lowers stress.

You know when you just need to blow off a little steam? That’s exactly when someone should pound the pavement or sign up for a class at the gym. Research shows exercise helps people cope with everyday worries and boosts mood. Even further, exercise may have the power to reverse damage to the brain caused by stressful events

4. And it leads to a happiness boost.

Endorphins, which are little-but-mighty neurotransmitters in the brain, are released during bouts of exercise. Not only do they help increase happiness levels, they can also improve confidence and self-esteem, according to The Mayo Clinic. 

5. Physical activity can make a person stronger.

Strong health starts with making the body stronger. Exercise helps with that by engaging muscles, improving joints and boosting endurance

6. It improves longevity and lowers risk of disease.

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who exercise may be at a lower risk for stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, cancer and arthritis (just to name a few).

Even just a little bit of exercise helps people live a longer life. Recent research shows that just an hour of brisk walking or 30 minutes of jogging or biking per week is enough to improve mortality rates.

7. Exercise helps you sleep better. 

Running, biking, weightlifting, yoga and even gardening are associated with helping achieve better quality sleep than no exercise at all, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania. (And given that Trump says he only gets a few hours of sleep a night, this perk might be super useful.)

Just something to consider. Because the idea that exercise is terrible? It’s just…

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Donald Trump Actually Proposed To Melania On The Night Of The 2004 Met Gala

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania won’t be in attendance at this year’s Met Gala. But the event ― an A-list fundraiser benefitting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute ― holds special significance for the couple, who got engaged on the night of the ball back in 2004.

Thirteen years ago, on April 26, 2004, Trump proposed to Melania with a 15-carat, emerald-cut diamond ring worth $ 1.5 million (though Trump told The New York Times he only paid half as much for it). 

“It was a great surprise. We are very happy together,” Melania told the New York Post of the engagement at the time.

During an appearance on “Live with Regis and Kelly” days after the proposal, Trump shared a similar sentiment

“Well, we’ve had a great relationship, we’ve been together for five years and it was really time,” he said. “And you know Melania is a great woman, a great person and I’m really happy about it.”

Trump met Melania, his third wife, at a Fashion Week party in 1998, although he was dating someone else at the time.

“He wanted my number, but he was with a date, so of course I didn’t give it to him,” the first lady recalled in a 2016 Harper’s Bazaar interview. “I said, ‘I am not giving you my number; you give me yours, and I will call you.’ I wanted to see what kind of number he would give me — if it was a business number, what is this? I’m not doing business with you.”

Trump gave her all of his numbers. She gave him a call days later and was “struck by his energy.”

The Trumps were married on Jan. 22, 2005 at his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida in front of famous faces such as P. Diddy, Heidi Klum, the Clintons, Barbara Walters and Simon Cowell. They celebrated their 12-year wedding anniversary this year. 

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Dave Chappelle Wants Comedians To Stop Making The Same Donald Trump Jokes

Saturday Night Live” is experiencing a creative renaissance and its biggest ratings in two decades under Donald Trump’s presidency. But Dave Chappelle has a message for fellow comedians enjoying the fruits of the administration’s blunders: “Trump’s kind of bad for comedy.”

Speaking with CBC on Sunday, Chappelle offered his take on the current president’s relationship with his chosen profession, agreeing that comedy has “a role to play under Trump,” but warning that there’s a risk of regurgitating the same material. 

“Most comics in the states are starting to do the same jokes, just because Trump is so on everybody’s mind,” he said. “So it’ll be nice when we don’t have to talk about him that much.”

Despite his concerns over Trump’s omnipresence, Chappelle said he still believes the state of comedy today is “strong and healthy,” citing the return of some of his favorites like Chris Rock and Jon Stewart to the game.

“I think that most of these guys you see working are wildly courageous,” he explained. “It’s such a strange time, being bombarded with so much information, and I think comedy is an important valve for syphoning through all that.”

In November, Chappelle hosted the first “Saturday Night Live” episode after the election and delivered a stirring opening monologue in response to Trump’s surprise win. After joking that America actually elected “an internet troll as our president,” he recalled a recent visit to the White House for a BET event that made him feel hopeful about the country’s direction. 

 “I saw how happy everybody was, these people who had been historically disenfranchised, and it made me feel hopeful, and it made me feel proud to be an American,” Chappelle said. “So, in that spirit, I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”

For more from Chappelle, you can watch his two comedy specials that premiere on Netflix this month.  

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If Donald Trump’s Staff Were Spokespeople For Other Historic Events

When it comes to this new administration, being a reporter must be frustrating.

First, you have a president who just says anything. Anything at all. No proof, no evidence, just BLAHHHThisIsAThingI’mSayingAAAAHHHHHH.

Then, journalists scramble to fact-check. Followed by White House spokespeople coming out to defend the president by … not defending the president at all. “I’ll let the president’s tweet speak for itself,” they repeat and repeat and repeat.

The White House’s surrogates are simply not very good at what they do. Can you imagine if they were the spokespeople during other major events in history?

We did.

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Donald Trump Is Now In ‘Get Out,’ Thanks To Funny Or Die

”Get Out” is being universally praised by critics for its ability to sprinkle social commentary over the mixed combination of horror and comedy.

The directorial debut of Jordan Peele, who also wrote and produced the film, follows a young black man who is meeting his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time. But the visit doesn’t turn out as he planned, hoped or wished it would.

Now, Funny Or Die has taken the premise a level up by adding Donald Trump into the mix. This is “Get Out (Of The White House).”

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Wolfgang Puck Already Made The Oscars Political With Joke About Donald Trump

Basically as soon as the Oscar red carpet telecast began, Wolfgang Puck made a joke about President Donald Trump.

Explaining the cuisine he’d be serving for the Oscar after-party ceremony, Puck described the culinary elements of his work to E! host Giuliana Rancic, saying, “No matter what Trump says, we have a little Mexican influence too.” Rancic, remember, is married to Bill Rancic, the winner of the very first season of Trump’s “The Apprentice.”

Since what appeared to be the first Trump joke of the night happened barely minutes into the show’s TV coverage, it certainly seemed like this moment might predict the tone for the show.

Puck also made a point to mention that the remaining food from the after-party would go to feed the local homeless population.

Puck’s youngest son, Oliver, stood by his side during the segment. The child apparently helped in the preparation for tonight’s food.

On the carpet, Puck showed off a few golden-statue-themed desserts.

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Donald Trump Sends A Valentine’s Day Message To The One He Loves Most

When you’re the leader of a nation, sometimes you say or do things you later regret. Look no further than Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s relationship. The two have an interesting bond. First they are in a relationship, then they’re not in a relationship ― it’s complicated.

But this Valentine’s Day, Trump hasn’t forgotten who is number one in his heart.* Love you, Putie.

*Himself not included, since his heart is technically inside him.

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Does Donald Trump Know How To Shake Hands? An Investigation

The internet is on fire talking about a handshake. Specifically, a handshake between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. It’s a weird handshake that goes on far too long even for Abe’s liking. Seriously. 

Which begs the question: Does Donald Trump know how to shake hands with a fellow human being? We decided to take a deep dive in and find out. What we found is that the president has a tendency to pull powerful men toward him in a way that jerks them forward. It’s, uh, kind of strange. Don’t believe us? Here’s some proof. 

Here he is doing it with former CNBC talk show host Donny Deutsch.

And here he is doing it with former “Apprentice” winner Bill Rancic. Notice he won’t let Rancic win.

Here, in a handshake with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the forcefulness of both men leads to an awkward game of tug of war.

Even Vice President Mike Pence is not immune to the Trump tug. 

Nor is a very sad-looking Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. 

When Mitt Romney shook Trump’s hand a few years back, he tried to fight the tug. And he failed. 

Somewhat oddly, Shinzō Abe didn’t get the full tug on Friday.

But he was clearly weirded out by the Trump handshake experience all the same.

So, does Donald Trump know how to shake hands? We’re going to go with no. 

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‘Spinal Tap’ Spoof Of Donald Trump’s ABC Interview Turns It Up To 11

Donald Trump’s first television interview as president has received a glorious “This Is Spinal Tap” makeover.

BuzzFeed editor Jesse McLaren dubbed audio from the 1984 comedy’s iconic “up to 11” scene over Wednesday’s footage of Trump discussing the size of the crowds at his inauguration with ABC News anchor David Muir.

The resulting clip, which McLaren posted to Twitter on Thursday, is hilarious:

McLaren said the inspiration for the parody came from filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski, who posted a joke on the same theme to Twitter.

Watch the clip above, and see the original scene from Rob Reiner’s movie below:

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Here’s a Look at Every Single One of Donald Trump’s Homes

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Nation Panics As Hurricane Donald Forms Over D.C.

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WASHINGTON–Millions across the country are panicking as the orange clouds of Hurricane Donald have begun to form over the nation’s capital.

Authorities are cautioning Americans to remain calm, but reports of looting and stockpiling continue to rise as people everywhere prepare for the worst.

Items like basic dignity, mutual respect, and the forward progression of human civilization have been flying off the shelves from coast to coast.

Many families have started hoarding marriage equality, the free press, and a general understanding of climate science, while others are frantically filling their homes with the expectation that no American should have to die uninsured from pre-existing medical conditions.

Minority communities have seen a considerable spike in preparedness activities as residents race to stockpile basic human rights and equal protection under the law.

“People are legitimately scared,” said single mother Laura Rollins. “My daughter and I spent all weekend reinforcing the basement with the belief that women are human beings.”

“I already have a lot of not wanting to get nuked over stupid shit that could’ve totally been avoided with some basic fucking diplomacy skills,” said small-business owner Larry Cho. “But with Donald picking up speed, I made a special trip to get more.”

Relatively weak by itself, it’s actually the debris that Hurricane Donald brings with–like its ties to white-supremacy groups, undermining national security, and Rex Tillerson–that experts caution could do the worst damage.

While Hurricane Donald may seem to have come out of nowhere, meteorologists as early as the Republican primaries have warned Americans about the threat of gale-force hot air if emergency precautions were not taken.

And many fear it will take longer than four years to recover.

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Kristen Stewart Addresses Donald Trump’s Creepy Old ‘Twilight’ Tweets

Before President Donald Trump was running our country, he was just a man, tweeting about the stars of a teen vampire franchise with a particular interest in its leading lady, Kristen Stewart.

Stewart and Pattinson’s highly publicized relationship ended following the release of the last “Twilight” film, after the actress kissed her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director, Rupert Sanders.

On Friday, Stewart was asked during a talkback event with Variety at the Sundance Film Festival what she thought about Trump’s tweets, now that he’s the president.

“He was mad at me a couple years ago, really obsessed with me a couple years ago, which is fucking crazy,” said Stewart, who was in town to promote her short film, “Come Swim.” “I can’t even understand it. I literally cannot even understand it. It’s such far-out concept that I don’t want to believe that actually is happening. It’s insane.”

At the time, Stewart said she dismissed Trump’s tweets because he was a “reality star.” But now she sees his social media obsession with her as much more troubling. 

“At that point, he was just, like, a reality star. I had no reference. It wasn’t like really a thing,” Stewart added. “But in retrospect, somebody reminded me of that and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re right!’ He’s probably, like, going to tweet about this.”

Probably, Kristen. Probably. 

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We’ve Identified The 7 Horcruxes Needed To Vanquish Donald Trump

It’s nearly Inauguration Day, and then Donald Trump’s reign of darkness will officially begin. But there is hope. Over the course of his life, the president-elect has carefully hidden pieces of his spiritual being within artifacts that have held special meaning to the dark lord.

Now for the good news. After aggressive research by our spirit dimension reporters, we believe we’ve identified these seven artifacts.

If these horcruxes are destroyed, he will no longer have an anchor to this world, and he will vanish into the ether. And then we can all unfollow his Twitter account.

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George Clooney Blasts Donald Trump Over Calling Meryl Streep ‘Overrated’

George Clooney is weighing in on President-elect Donald Trump’s comments about Meryl Streep following her politically charged speech at the Golden Globes.

Trump lashed out at the actress via Twitter on Monday after she criticized him in her passionate Golden Globes speech about empathy Sunday night. In response, Trump called her “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood.”

Clooney, a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter and former costar of Streep’s, addressed the controversy at a reception hosted by The Clooney Foundation for Justice on Monday. The event was in support of the Netflix documentary White Helmets about the work done by heroic Syrians to help those hit by bombings in the country.

“I’ve always said that about Meryl,” Clooney told PEOPLE sarcastically. “She’s maybe the most overrated actress of all-time. She and I worked together on Fantastic Mr. Fox as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she’s overrated,” he said with a smile. “Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?” he asked Trump rhetorically.

Asked about bringing his star power to causes, Clooney told PEOPLE, “The only reason that people who are well known should be involved in these kinds of things is when no one knows about them.”

He explained, “I remember getting involved in Darfur in 2005-ish and part of the reason was that it wasn’t being talked about. I can’t change policy, but I can make things louder. I can help them make it louder — they’re the filmmakers, the brave ones and the White Helmets are the heroes, so if I can help them out at all and people can know about it, in any way possible, then that’s a good use of celebrity, I think.”

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Addressing the reception following a screening of the harrowing film in a Central London hotel, he thanked the filmmakers, director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara. 

“The reality is that bad things happen when the lights have been turned off. That’s what the bad guys want,” Clooney said. “You have to have the lights on, and show what this really is, and show that these are human beings and not names and statistics. They are living and surviving and caring for one another. What you are doing is spectacular. Thank you for this.”

Despite the desperate situation in Syria, Clooney concluded his speech on a hopeful note. “The reality is that the vast majority of human beings are kind and want what’s best for their neighbors, for their children, for their families and also what’s best for their neighbors and people they don’t even know,” he said.

“That is the norm, that’s what’s ordinary and we forget that sometimes,” added the actor. “What is extraordinary is these people who put on White Helmets and run towards violence while everyone else is running away from it. Where there is no other structure or society, they are there to protect. And they risk their lives to do it. First and foremost they are heroes.”


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Even More Proof That Donald Trump Is Wrong About A Dress Shortage In D.C.

Sunday night, Meryl Streep launched a scathing Golden Globes speech that predictably sent Donald Trump into a tailspin, resulting in him calling her “the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” (on Twitter, of course).

Monday morning, Trump told the New York Times there will be an “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration,” including “plenty of movie and entertainment stars.” 

But here’s the real kicker. He claimed, “All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”

But really? 

Local stores have since confirmed that they do, in fact, have plenty of dresses available for sale. Racked and The Washington Post spoke with a number of employees at both boutiques and department stores, who all agreed with a resounding yes that they have available gowns.

Perhaps Mr. Trump is unfamiliar with the fact that celebrities work with stylists to secure gowns for big events, and that they’re often called in from outside of Washington, D.C.? Or maybe, despite his keen sense of how the internet works, he has ruled out online shopping?

Just to give him the benefit of the doubt, we took things one step further and tracked down some dresses currently in stock and available for purchase at locations in Washington. For example, just these three dresses alone were confirmed to be available at D.C.-area Bloomingdale’s locations, and there are plenty more where they came from. 

Of course, it appears most people are ignoring the most jarring aspect of this whole thing: The fact that Trump still calls them “dress shops.” 

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Forget Donald Trump: Pokémon Go Was King Of 2016

The question at the top of many Americans’ minds in 2016 might surprise you.

In a year that boasted both a presidential election and the Olympic Games, the top question people were searching for on Google was actually, “What is Pokémon Go?” This data, recently released by Google, is based on searches that began with “What is…” and had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2016 as compared to 2015.

So, why all the curiosity? After launching on July 6, Pokémon Go became possibly one of the most viral mobile apps of the year. It immediately attracted old-school Pokémon fans and newcomers alike. Similar to the original concept of the game, the mobile app allows players to virtually track and capture wild Pokémon in real life. 

Here are the other top “What is…” questions people were searching for in 2016: 

2. “What is a caucus?”

A caucus occurs when registered members of a political party meet to elect a political candidate for their respective party. A total of sixteen states hold caucuses to select political candidates, with Iowa holding the first and most influential caucuses. The Iowa caucuses took place on February 1 this year, resulting in a win for Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, and a win for Ted Cruz on the Republican side.  

3. “What is Brexit?”

Brexit, also known as the British Exit, refers to the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union on June 23. The vote to exit, which only won by a slim margin, came as a shock to many and caused the British pound to fall to its lowest value in decades. Interestingly, Google searches for Brexit spiked after the vote took place.

 

4. “What is the Electoral College?”

The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors. Every state gets one elector for each of their members in the House of Representatives and two for each of their Senate members. On December 19, the Electoral College officially voted for Donald Trump as president of the United States. 

 

5. “What are electoral votes?”

A majority of 270 electoral votes is needed to elect the president of the United States. When the Electoral College cast its votes on December 19, Donald Trump earned a total of 304 votes, while Hillary Clinton received 227.

6. “What is Aleppo?”

Aleppo, once the largest city in Syria, has been subjected to extreme violence due to battles between the Syrian government and rebel forces. In July, assistance with food and medical supplies was cut off as fighting in Aleppo intensified, causing conditions to worsen and putting the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk. On December 22, the Syrian army announced that it had taken back control of all of Aleppo, “ending four years of rebel resistance in the northern Syrian city,” Reuters reported

This search query also likely spiked due to Gary Johnson, who infamously asked, “What is Aleppo?” during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

7. “What is the mannequin challenge?”

The mannequin challenge is a viral video trend in which people are challenged to stand still ~like a mannequin~ while the camera moves through a scene. Searches for this spiked in October, when the first mannequin challenge video went viral on Twitter.  

We think Ellen Degeneres pretty much nailed it though.

#MannequinChallenge

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8. “What is the European Union?”

The European Union is a political union comprised of 28 countries. The union benefits from certain membership privileges and also is subjected to binding laws and regulations. The union’s members must agree unanimously to policies concerning foreign affairs and defense. Google searches for the European Union spiked after the Brexit vote

9. “What is Citizens United?”

Citizens United refers to a law case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which addresses organizations’ campaign spending. Google searches for the case spiked in July, right around when Hillary Clinton pledged a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United in her first 30 days should she be elected president. 

10. “What is a Superdelegate?”

A Superdelegate is an “unpledged delegate to the Democratic convention.” In other words, a Superdelegate is not required to abide by the results of the caucuses or primaries, and can support any candidate of their choosing at the convention. It appears Google searches for this question spiked right around the New Hampshire primaries, when there appeared to be general confusion as to why the delegate count between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton was so close

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How Anthony Bourdain Is Responding to Donald Trump

So it begins.

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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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Stephen Colbert Is Thankful For Donald Trump

Stephen Colbert has a lot look forward to in the new year.

In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the comedian said he wants to lose some weight (same) and be surprised “every day” in 2017. Most of all, he’s thankful and excited for a Donald Trump presidency ― if only because the president-elect is full of surprises.

What I’m looking forward to? I’m looking forward to being surprised because that’s what you want every day. I want to be surprised. And that’s the great thing about Donald Trump, is that, boy, he did surprise a lot of people, didn’t he?” Colbert told host John Dickerson.

Mr. Trump is such a large figure, that he will continue to be, I think, the story that we can tell with jokes on a daily basis because he keeps breaking rules ― or norms. Not rules. He keeps on breaking norms. And the breaking of those norms is such a surprising thing that it’s, like, a firecracker every day. And you get to report on the sound of that firecracker every day.

Colbert never expected a Trump presidency, and he admitted that a lot of his programming on election night had to be ad-libbed due to the unexpected outcome. But it’s more important than ever to stay focused on what we have: Trump is more than just a comedy opportunity, Colbert said. He’s our future, love it or hate it.

“Now, I have no choice but to actually enjoy this incredible gift every day that Mr. Trump will be,” Colbert said.

Colbert added that he wouldn’t deny Trump a chance to appear on his show. And he could probably use the jump in viewers Trump would provide: Colbert’s ratings haven’t gone his way in the “Late Show’s” first year.

Colbert’s interview with Dickerson will air on “Face the Nation” this Sunday.

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George Takei Reminds Donald Trump Of The Past Horrors Of Nuclear Weapons

On Thursday, Donald Trump took to Twitter to call for increased U.S. nuclear capability until “the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

Japanese-American actor George Takei had a powerful response for the president-elect that called to mind the past horrors of nuclear weapons. 

Takei has a highly personal reason to take issue with Trump’s tweet. Members of his family were living in Hiroshima during WWII, when the U.S. dropped a nuclear bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945, killing thousands instantly and some 140,000 by the end of the year. 

Takei’s aunt and cousin were among those who lost their lives, “found burnt in a ditch in Hiroshima,” the actor wrote. “These weapons must go.”

Earlier this year, Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, where he mourned the lives lost and called for an end to nuclear weapons.

Amongst those nations like my own that own nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them,” Obama said in a speech.

In an opinion piece for The Guardian, published in May, Takei praised Obama’s visit to Hiroshima.

I share Obama’s call for a nuclear-free world,” he wrote. “We must pledge to work closely with other powers, to reduce not only the number of weapons in our arsenals, but also the numbers of states bearing or seeking to bear them.”

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Donald Butler San Diego Chargers Fanatics Authentic Game-Used Baby Blue #51 Jersey from the 2010 Season – Size 46

Donald Butler San Diego Chargers Fanatics Authentic Game-Used Baby Blue #51 Jersey from the 2010 Season – Size 46


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Lego Donald Trump Makes Christmas Anything But Great Again

This Lego Donald Trump will permanently be on the naughty list.

The plastic version of the president-elect seizes control of the North Pole just two days after his inauguration, in Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles’ latest stop-motion animated video.

And as Santa Claus, he immediately sets to work in reshaping the holidays to be exactly how he wants them ― after a little help from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

What follows is a perfect parody referencing some of Trump’s most controversial moments of the past year.

There are references to Trump’s spat with the cast of the “Hamilton” musical and his ejection of a baby from a campaign rally.

The clever clip also mentions Trump’s disgusting comments about women.

“When you’re Santa, you can do whatever. Grab ’em by the antlers,” says “Santa” Trump.

He even calls “for a total ban on Gingerbread men,” in reference to his campaign vow to bar Muslims from entering the U.S.

Check out the full video above.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Donald Trump Porn Impersonator?

How big are your hands? Can you guarantee there’s no problem?

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Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Will Grace ‘SNL’ With His Presence This Weekend

Alec Baldwin probably thought his stint playing then-presidential-candidate Donald Trump would be short-lived prior to Nov. 8. Of course, what many had assumed to be impossible happened and Trump is now the president-elect, which means Baldwin has a job at “Saturday Night Live” for the next (fingers crossed) four years. 

After skipping the first post-election “SNL” episode, Baldwin is set to make his grand return to Studio 8H this weekend and reprise his much-celebrated Trump impression, per Vanity Fair. Tackling a Trump presidency humorously is certainly no easy task, but it seems like the “30 Rock” star is up for the challenge at least every once in a while. 

“I’m going to do it again this weekend, but not all that often. There was a lot of things online that was said about it — like why didn’t I do it after the election?” he told Vanity Fair. “I was booked that weekend. Not even other jobs; we have things to do. It crashes every weekend.”

Hilaria, Baldwin’s wife, echoed his sentiments and explained that participating in “SNL” takes a major toll on weekend family time.

“When he does ‘SNL’, it takes a big chunk out of it because you’re up so late, and then it eats into the next day. And for us, with little kids, it’s hard,” she said. 

In the wake of Trump’s victory, the late-night sketch comedy show adopted a more solemn approach to the news by opening last weekend’s episode with Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton singing “Hallelujah.” Only time will tell how “SNL” will cover his presidency, but what we do know is that America could use a laugh. 

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What It’s Like To Be an Abortion Clinic Worker in Texas After Donald Trump’s Victory

“We’ve gone through this before—we’ve always been not wanted.”

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