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Wikileaks: Send Us Trump’s Tax Returns

This morning Kellyanne Conway flatly declared that contrary to his many, many promises to do so, Donald Trump will never release his tax returns. Conway added, “The people voted for him, they just don’t care.” Wikileaks immediately responded, calling Trump’s “breach of promise” worse than Hillary Clinton’s refusal to release the transcripts of her speeches to Goldman Sachs, and offering ...

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Pope Francis Compares Rise Of Populism To Advent Of Hitler, Says It’s Too Early To Judge Donald Trump

Agence France-Presse reports: Pope Francis warned against populism, saying it could lead to the election of “saviours” like Hitler. In an hour-long interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais conducted as Donald Trump was being sworn in as US president, the pontiff also condemned the idea of using walls and barbed wire to keep out foreigners. “Of course crises provoke fears ...

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Trump Brags About Inauguration Ratings (Which Are Lower Than First Inaugurations For Obama And Reagan)

The Hill reports: President Donald Trump early Sunday touted television ratings for his inauguration, saying 11 million more people tuned in compared to four years ago. According to Nielsen data examined by Bloomberg, Trump’s ratings fell below those for the first inaugurations of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Obama’s 2009 inauguration had 7 million more viewers, the news ...

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NEWSPEAK: Park Service Resumes Tweeting With Apology For “Mistakenly” Sharing Inauguration Photos

This morning I reported that the Trump administration had ordered all Department Of Interior bureaus to suspend tweeting after the National Park Service retweeted photos showing the sparse inauguration crowd on the National Mall. Here’s the internal email sent last night to their social media administrators: We have received direction from the Department through [the Washington Support Office] that directs ...

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Trump Orders All Bureaus To Suspend Tweeting After Park Service Shares Images Of Inauguration Crowd

The Washington Post reports: The Interior Department was ordered Friday to shut down its official Twitter accounts — indefinitely — after the National Park Service shared two unsympathetic tweets during President Trump’s inauguration. The first noted the new president’s relatively small inaugural crowd compared to the number of people former president Barack Obama drew to the National Mall when he ...

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Full Senate Confirms Mattis As Defense Secretary

CBS News reports: The Senate on Friday confirmed retired Gen. James Mattis as President Trump’s secretary of defense in an overwhelming vote. Lawmakers voted 98-1 in favor of Mattis, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, as the lone senator opposing him. Mattis was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this week in a 26-1 vote. After Mr. Trump ...

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Alabama Found Guilty Of Racist Gerrymandering By Federal Judge Favored To Be Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

AL.com reports: A three-judge federal court panel has blocked Alabama from using in another election 12 legislative districts challenged as unconstitutional by black political groups. The districts are part of the district map drawn and approved by the Republican-led Alabama Legislature after the 2010 Census and were used in the 2014 election. The judges ruled for the plaintiffs in 12 ...

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WhiteHouse.Gov Now Promotes Melania’s Jewelry Line

The Washington Post reports: Visitors to the newly revamped White House website get more than a simple rundown of first lady Melania Trump’s charitable works and interests — they also get a list of her magazine cover appearances and details on her jewelry line at QVC. Trump’s biography starts with traditional details such as her date of birth in her ...

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Pope Sends Message To Trump: I Pray That You’ll Be Guided By Ethical Values And Concern For The Poor

LOL. Via press release from the Vatican: “Upon your inauguration as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America, I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office. At a time when our human family is beset by grave ...

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Hillary Clinton Tweets From The Inauguration

As she arrived at the Capitol Building with former President Bill Clinton, Hillary’s official Twitter account issued the above message. Nearly one-third of House Democrats, more than 60 at last count, have elected not to attend the inauguration, but all Senate Democrats are there today.

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New York Times: US Intel Intercepted Russia Financial Transactions As Part Of Inquiry Into Trump Associates

The New York Times reports: American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said. The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Our Long National Nightmare Begins

Here’s the full schedule for the day: 8:30 a.m. — Trump and family leave Blair House for St. John’s Church 9:30 — Trump departs St. John’s for the White House 9:35 — Obamas welcome the Trumps at the North Portico, followed by a sit-down with coffee 10:03 — Announcements begin at the inauguration platform, including majority leaders (Dole, Frist and ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Adorable Kittens Ignore Inauguration

I’ll post a live-stream of the inauguration ceremonies shortly, but if you cannot bear to watch, below is a live-stream of YouTube’s popular Kitten Academy, a multi-camera feed starring energetic months-old fur babies and newborns. If the kittens are napping, you can rewind the feed up to four hours.

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Celebs Lead Massive Protest At Trump Tower: Cher, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, Robert De Niro [VIDEO]

ET Online reports: Celebrities who oppose Donald Trump are not sitting out this Inauguration. The night before Trump is to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, A-listers came out in droves for the “We Stand United” rally in New York City. Stars including Alec Baldwin, Julianne Moore, Cher, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Marissa Tomei, Robert ...

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US Intel Reports North Korea May Launch New ICBM Missile As Soon As Tomorrow To Test Trump’s Reaction

Reuters reports: The United States has seen indications that North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch in the coming days or weeks, U.S. officials said on Thursday, in what could be an early test of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. South Korean media, citing intelligence agencies, said Pyongyang may be readying a test of a new, upgraded prototype ...

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Romney’s Niece To Succeed Priebus As RNC Chair

Politico reports: The Republican National Committee has officially found its replacement for outgoing chairman Reince Priebus, electing Ronna Romney McDaniel to steer the party as President-elect Donald Trump arrives in the White House. McDaniel was the state chairman for the Michigan Republican party and helped Trump secure a crucial victory in the typically blue state. She was also the chairwoman ...

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Trump Taps Billionaire Pharma Mogul And NFL Franchise Owner Woody Johnson To Be Ambassador To Britain

Swampity-swamp-swamp. Reuters reports: President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday that National Football League team owner Woody Johnson was “going to St. James,” indicating he would assume the plum diplomatic post of U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. Trump referred to Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, as “ambassador” during remarks at a luncheon in Washington honoring supporters on the ...

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Nancy Sinatra Warns Trump About Using My Way At The Inauguration: Remember The Song’s Ominous First Line

The Hill reports: Frank Sinatra’s daughter has a warning about President-elect Donald Trump reportedly choosing her father’s classic song, “My Way,” as the tune for his first dance as commander in chief. “Just remember the first line of the song,” Nancy Sinatra wrote to her more than 140,000 followers on Twitter on Wednesday night. The opening line in the 1969 ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Steve Mnuchin’s Confirmation Hearing

The Guardian reports on what to expect: Mnuchin made much of his fortune by capitalising on the housing crisis. In 2008 Mnuchin and his partners took over IndyMac, a Californian bank that had been felled by its risky lending practices in the financial crisis and taken over by the government. Mnuchin told the Wall Street Journal last year he was ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Rick Perry’s Confirmation Hearing

NPR reports on what to expect: Nuclear security is an area where Perry is likely to get questioned by senators, since he has had little experience with the topic. “DOE is fundamentally a science, technology and innovation organization,” wrote current Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz in his Cabinet exit memo. Moniz is a nuclear physicist and his predecessor, Steven Chu, ...

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