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State Department Observes Human Rights Day

The Trump administration last week pulled out of the United Nations Global Compact On Migration, a 2016 193-nation agreement “pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure they had access to education and jobs.” And in standard Trumpian hypocrisy, today we get this from the State Department: Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World ...

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San Diego Group Wins “Comic Con” Trademark Battle

Forbes reports: In a ruling with wide-ranging implications for the multi-billion dollar fan events industry, a jury in San Diego today decided in favor of Comic-Con International (CCI), the nonprofit that has run the iconic San Diego Comic-Con for nearly 50 years, in its long-running battle with Dan Farr Productions and Bryan Brandenburg, organizers of Salt Lake City Comic Con, ...

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SLOVENIA: Magazine Sued By Melania Issues Apology For Suggesting She Once Worked As “High-End Escort”

The Associated Press reports: A Slovenian magazine apologized Friday to U.S. first lady Melania Trump for suggesting she had worked as a high-end escort while pursuing her international modeling career, and said it is paying her compensation. The Suzy women magazine said that it published an article in August 2016 in which it said Trump in the past worked for ...

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Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke Booked Federal Helicopter To Go On Horseback Riding Date With Mike Pence

Politico reports: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on government helicopters this summer to take himself and staff to and from official events near Washington, D.C., in order to accommodate his attendance at a swearing-in ceremony for his replacement in Congress and a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence, according to previously undisclosed official travel documents. n ...

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SURROGACY WTF: House Rep. Trent Franks Resigns Over Having Asked Female Staffers To Carry His Babies

Welp, I bet nobody picked THIS one in the scandal pool. The Washington Examiner reports: The sex-harassment scandals have ended the career of a conservative congressman who says his sin was discussing surrogate motherhood. Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican, announced Thursday that he was resigning from Congress, saying that he didn’t want to go through the way his actions would ...

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BREAKING: GOP House Rep. Trent Franks To Resign

Roll Call reports: Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks is expected to resign from Congress, a source with knowledge told Roll Call. The 8th District congressman did not confirm or deny any plans to resign. He said he expected to make a statement Thursday. “We will have a statement a little bit later, but that’s all I can tell you right ...

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House Votes To Avert Weekend Government Shutdown

ABC News reports: The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The measure passed mostly along party lines, 235-193, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The Senate was expected to swiftly approve the ...

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CNN Runs Supercut Of Trump’s Sniffles And Slurring

Raw Story reports: President Donald Trump’s sniffle-and-slur-filled speech announcing his plans to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew widespread ridicule across the web — but it’s not the first time the president has encountered such problems when speaking publicly. The video, which is narrated by Jeanne Moos, includes Trump’s sniffles from both his Jerusalem speech and from past public ...

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White House Waffles On USA Attending 2018 Olympics

The Hill reports: The White House on Thursday left open the possibility that U.S. athletes won’t participate in 2018 Olympics in South Korea. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the daily media briefing said “no official decision has been made” on whether the U.S. will send its athletes to the games in February, which will take place in Pyeongchang, ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Sen. Al Franken Expected To Resign

UPDATE: Multiple outlets are reporting that Franken will resign. Minnesota Public Radio reports: Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct and vanishing support from fellow Democrats, appears to be on the brink of resigning from the Senate. A Democratic official who spoke to Franken and key aides told MPR News Franken will resign Thursday. He’s expected to ...

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State Department Issues “Worldwide Caution” For US Citizens In Wake Of Trump’s Move On Jerusalem

From the right wing Townhall: The State Department has issued a warning for U.S. citizens traveling anywhere in the world after the Trump administration announced its decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing it as the capital of Israel. The alert, posted on December 6, is a “worldwide caution” that asks U.S. citizens to be on ...

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Twitter Wonders About Trump’s Dentures [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: Uh, what the heck was going on with Trump’s speech pattern? He began seemingly slurring his words toward the end of his remarks. In particular at the very end, it was quite noticeable. Was he on drugs? Was he drunk on Big Macs? Tired? Did he just really miss Twitter? It looks like the answer is none of ...

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UTAH: GOP Gov. Gary Herbert Denounces “Anti-Mormon Bigot” Steve Bannon For Attack On Mitt Romney

The Deseret News reports: Gov. Gary Herbert slammed Steve Bannon, former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, as a “Mormon bigot” Wednesday after Bannon accused Mitt Romney of hiding behind his LDS faith to avoid serving in Vietnam. The governor called it “a low blow because of politics” that was disappointing. “This smacks of good old-fashioned Mormon bigotry. I think ...

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US House Impeachment Bill Fails In 364-58 Vote

Politico reports: House Democrats overwhelmingly joined Republicans on Wednesday to defeat an attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. But 58 Democrats supported the bid to consider impeachment over the objections of House Democratic leaders, who viewed the measure as a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress. The motion to sideline the measure — killing the effort — was approved 364-58, with ...

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Obama Warns Of Parallels To Rise Of Hitler

Chicago Business reports: American democracy is fragile, and unless care is taken it could follow the path of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Mixed in with many softer comments, that was the somewhat jaw-dropping bottom line of Barack Obama last night as, in a Q&A session before the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicagoan who used to be president dropped ...

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Five Female Dem Senators: Al Franken Must Resign

Politico reports: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him. “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in ...

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Wildfires Continue To Spread In Southern California, 50,000 Ordered To Evacuate, Highways Closed [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Wildfires continued to explode across Southern California on Wednesday as dry conditions and roaring winds turned the region into a tinderbox, forcing thousands to evacuate. The Thomas Fire, as the blaze has been dubbed, put approximately 50,000 residents under a mandatory evacuation and burned more than 55,000 acres in the Ventura County area with no containment after ...

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Brain Abnormalities Found In Cuba Attack Patients

The Associated Press reports: Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. It’s the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was that harmed the Americans, it led ...

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Time Names “Silence Breakers” Person Of The Year

The Today Show reports: TIME has named The Silence Breakers, the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment, as its 2017 Person of the Year. The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the selection Wednesday on TODAY along with the cover, a composite group photo that includes actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift and former ...

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Obama Crushes Trump In Twitter’s 2017 Recap

The New Yorker reports: This morning, Twitter released its top timeline statistics for the year: the most-retweeted and most-liked tweets of 2017, and the most frequently cited accounts. The list is fascinatingly strange. The big news is that none of the year’s ten most-retweeted tweets are by Donald Trump. Instead, three are by Barack Obama—and two of the top three ...

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