Idiocracy

Trump Had RNC Chair Drop “Romney” From Name

The Washington Post reports: Before Ronna Romney McDaniel took over as Republican National Committee chairwoman earlier this year, President Trump had a request: Would she be willing to stop using her middle name publicly? Trump followed up by saying in a lighthearted way that McDaniel, the niece of Mitt Romney, could do what she wanted, according to two people familiar ...

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Trump Fails To Invite Jewish Democrats To White House’s “Especially Special” Hanukkah Party [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: President Donald Trump failed to invite Jewish Congressional Democrats to the White House’s annual Hanukkah party on Thursday night, demonstrating that Washington partisanship can poison even the most benign religious holidays. The decision shocked some Jewish Democrats, who observed that previous presidents had invited members of the opposing party to religious holiday parties. “Why would you make partisan ...

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Pew Poll: Trumps Hits New Record Low Approval Rating

Pew Research reports: Trump’s job rating of 32% is lower than those of recent presidents dating back to Ronald Reagan near the end of their first year in office. In follow-up questions, those who approve of Trump were asked if he has done things that have disappointed them, while those who disapprove (63% of the public) were asked if he ...

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FBI Director Defends Agency From Trump’s Accusation That Their Reputation Has Been “In Tatters” [VIDEO]

CNN reports: FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his agency Thursday in his first public appearance since President Donald Trump said the bureau is “in tatters.” Wray told the House Judiciary Committee his agents work hard “protecting the American people and upholding the rule of law in all 50 states and in about 80 countries around the world.” “Let me start ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

If only CNN or MSNBC would launch an on-screen lie counter: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will stand at her favorite podium on Thursday afternoon for the daily press briefing. Today’s press briefing will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST. Today could be a rare day that forces Sanders to answer questions on policy, and not whatever President Donald ...

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Trump Backs Union-Busting In SCOTUS Petition

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to overrule a 40-year-old precedent that allows compelling public employees to pay some fees to unions that represent them, an important tool for the U.S. labor movement. It was another dramatic reversal in a high-profile case before the high court, and at least the third time since ...

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REPORT: Trump Didn’t Understand Jerusalem Issue, Just Wanted To “Make A Deal” To Please Supporters

The Washington Post reports: An important outside voice advising Trump to make the leap was Adelson’s, according to several people familiar with the two men’s conversations. At a White House dinner earlier this year, Adelson made the issue a main topic, one person said. In the months that followed, Adelson periodically asked others close to Trump what was causing the ...

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Trump Wants Wacko Maine Gov To Run For Senate

The Washington Post reports: President Trump is pushing Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) to run for the U.S. Senate, according to White House advisers. Trump has told advisers that he plans to call LePage, who endorsed him in February 2016, and ask him to jump in against Sen. Angus King in 2018 and offer his endorsement. King is an independent ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Delivers Statement On Jerusalem

The Associated Press reports: The White House says President Donald Trump will deliver remarks Wednesday outlining his decision on a potential move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president is “pretty solid” in his thinking on the plan but won’t say what Trump will announce. Sanders says the president will make the ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Patch reports: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to deliver a briefing for reporters Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 Eastern. Sanders’ briefing comes the day after President Trump officially endorsed Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate seat up for a special election on Dec. 12. Moore, who has been accused of child molestation and sexual assault, as well ...

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REPORT: During Initial Pussygate Furor, GOP Donors Were Told It Would Take $800M For Trump To Drop Out

The Atlantic has published a lengthy and quite interesting profile of Mike Pence’s road to the Trump administration. When to the story gets to the furor surrounding Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood “pussygate” tape, author McKay Coppins reveals this: Already, Reince Priebus’s office was being flooded with panicked calls from GOP officials and donors urging the RNC chairman to get rid ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Speaks In Salt Lake City About His Massive Reductions In Federally Protected Lands

USA Today reports: President Trump departed for Utah on Monday to announce what could be the largest rollback of federally protected lands in history. Trump’s decision on the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments would mark an unprecedented use of presidential power to shrink the national monument designations made by two of his predecessors. Secretary of the Interior Ryan ...

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Sen. Chuck Grassley: If The Poor Got Tax Cuts, They’d Just Waste The Money On Booze, Women, Or Movies

The Washington Post reports: As Republicans continue to sell the details of their tax bill, some are reaching for more colorful language to liven up complex policies that tend to put the average voter to sleep. Case in point: Over the weekend Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) hashed over the plan with his home state’s Des Moines Register. Turning to ...

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Billy Bush: Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That

Billy Bush writes for the New York Times: He said it. “Grab ’em by the pussy.” Of course he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America’s highest-rated bloviator. Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single ...

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US Pulls Out Of UN Global Compact On Migration

The Guardian reports: The Trump administration has pulled out of the United Nations’ ambitious plans to create a more humane global strategy on migration, saying involvement in the process interferes with American sovereignty, and runs counter to US immigration policies. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, informed the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, at the weekend that Donald ...

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Trump To Staffers: Do This But Don’t Tell John Kelly

The Wall Street Journal reports: Chief of Staff John Kelly over the past five months has imposed discipline and rigorous protocols on a freewheeling White House. But President Donald Trump has found the loopholes. The president on occasion has called White House aides to the private residence in the evening, where he makes assignments and asks them not tell Mr. ...

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Lewandowski Book On Campaign Reveals Weird Habits, Obscene Tantrums, And Lots And Lots Of Fast Food

The Washington Post reports: Elton John blares so loudly on Donald Trump’s campaign plane that staffers can’t hear themselves think. Press secretary Hope Hicks uses a steamer to press Trump’s pants — while he is still wearing them. Trump screams at his top aides, who are subjected to ­expletive-filled tirades in which they get their “face ripped off.” And Trump’s ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

CBC News runs down potential topics: Rex Tillerson: Rumors of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s White House exit surfaced Thursday morning. CBS News confirmed that current CIA director Mike Pompeo is likely to replace Tillerson. Rep. John Conyers: In light of recent sexual harassment claims against the representative, both Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy ...

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Trump’s First World AIDS Day Proclamation Makes No Mention Of Gay Men, Trans People, Or People Of Color

Trump just issued his first World AIDS Day proclamation and it rather pointedly makes no mention of the lopsided impact of HIV infection on gay men, trans people, or people of color. Trump does, however, single out “adolescent girls and young women.” For comparison, here’s a bit of Obama’s 2016 message: In the United States, more than 1.2 million people ...

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POLL: Fox Would Win Trump’s Fake News Trophy

L to the O to the L: A plurality of Americans in a new poll think that Fox News deserves the first “Fake News Trophy.” A new poll from the conservative-leaning Rasmussen finds 40 percent of respondents think Fox News should get the Fake News Trophy, which was first suggested by President Trump earlier this week in a tweet. The ...

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