Politics

Trump Security Council Hire Monica Crowley Resigns Post To Spend More Time With Her Plagiarizing

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CNN reports: Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley is stepping away from her appointment to a senior communications role in Donald Trump’s incoming administration, CNN confirms. The move comes after CNN’s KFile uncovered multiple instances of plagiarism in her 2012 book, her columns for the Washington Times, and her 2000 Ph.D. dissertation for Columbia University. Crowley was slated to ...

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CHINA: State Media Mocks “Laughable” Trump

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Raw Story reports: An editorial in the state-run news outlet Global Times of China is literally mocking U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. “Trump’s thinking about China is becoming increasingly clear: He wants China to make huge economic and trade concessions to the U.S. To achieve that, he is willing to stir certain calm areas in China-U.S. relations, including treating the Taiwan ...

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Trump Does Damage Control After John Lewis Attack

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The New York Times reports: President-elect Donald J. Trump will meet on Monday with the eldest son of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to discuss the legacy and observe the holiday of the civil rights icon, Mr. Trump’s spokesman said. The unexpected move comes as tensions escalate between the incoming president and a number of prominent black elected ...

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Sean Spicer Whines About “Mean-Spirited” SNL [VIDEO]

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Via Mediaite: SNL this weekend featured a heavy parodying of the recent Trump press conference, with plenty of jokes about Buzzfeed’s unverified leaked 35-page dossier. In the sketch, a reporter asks Trump (again portrayed by Alec Baldwin) point blank, “I’d like to ask you about your big Russian pee-pee party.” But Spicer was having none of it, slamming the venerable ...

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Trump Team Pitched To Drug Test White House Press

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The New York Post reports: One proposal on dealing with the media that was pitched to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team calls for drug testing the White House press corps. Trump’s attacks on the mainstream media were a cornerstone of his campaign and last week he called BuzzFeed a “failing pile of garbage,” but forcing reporters to undergo random drug ...

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REPORT: Three Times As Many Buses Booked For Anti-Trump Women’s March Than For Inauguration Day

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Buzzfeed reports: Three times as many bus parking permits have been requested for the Women’s March on Washington, DC, than for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, city councilman Charles Allen told BuzzFeed News. As of Thursday, when Allen held a hearing to review inauguration preparations, 393 charter bus permits had been requested for the inauguration on Jan. 20. In comparison, a ...

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Buzzfeed Editor Defends #PissGate Leak [VIDEO]

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CNN reports: BuzzFeed’s editor in chief says his organization is “proud” of its decision to publish unverified memos alleging that Russian operatives have compromising personal and financial information about President-elect Donald Trump. “We thought that it was important, when you have a blanket claim like he was compromised by Russian intelligence, to share the details,” Ben Smith told CNN’s Brian ...

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SNL Riffs On Trump’s Chaotic Press Conference [VIDEO]

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The New York Times recaps: If Donald J. Trump’s first news conference as president-elect was a raucous, chaotic affair on Wednesday – and it was – the parody of it on “Saturday Night Live” was somehow calmer and more organized than the actual event. Still, the “S.N.L.” sketch pulled few punches as it swung at the show’s most powerful, persistent ...

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Obama Thanks Supporters In Final Weekly Address: I Look Forward To Working With You As A Citizen [VIDEO]

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A partial transcript: Our success depends on our participation, regardless of which way the pendulum of power swings. It falls on each of us to be guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud ...

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AND SHE’S TELLING YOU, SHE’S NOT GOING: Jennifer Holliday Cancels Trump Inauguration Performance

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The Wrap reports: Jennifer Holliday has canceled her appearance at Donald Trump’s inauguration event next week, calling her decision to perform a “lapse of judgement.” The Tony and Grammy winner came under fire from some of her fans on Friday after it was announced that she was set to perform at a concert as part of Trump’s inauguration festivities. Holliday, ...

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Trump Attacks Rep. John Lewis For Declining To Attend Inauguration, Calls His District “Crime Infested”

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The New York Daily News reports: President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to bite back at an long-serving congressman refusing to attend the inauguration, calling the Civil Rights leader “sad” and “all talk” on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend. “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape ...

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Human Rights Watch: Donald Trump Foments Hatred And Intolerance And Is A Threat To Human Rights

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The Hill report: Human Rights Watch is listing President-elect Donald Trump as a threat to human rights, calling his campaign a “vivid illustration of the politics of intolerance.” “Donald Trump’s election as US president after a campaign fomenting hatred and intolerance, and the rising influence of political parties in Europe that reject universal rights, have put the postwar human rights ...

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US House Votes To Advance Obamacare Repeal, All Democrats And Nine GOP Reps Vote In Opposition

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CNN reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan, who took to the House floor in a rare move to argue for the end of Obamacare, noted his opposition to the measure when it was first debated and said that Republicans were now sending in the “rescue” team. Shortly before the House was scheduled to vote to advance the measure, House Democratic Leader ...

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Trump Team: Michael Flynn’s Call To Russia On Day Of Obama’s Sanctions Was To Wish “Merry Christmas”

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Yeeeeah. New York Magazine reports: On the same day that President Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. and imposed other sanctions in retaliation for the Kremlin’s alleged attempts to influence the presidential election, Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, spoke on the phone several times to Russia’s ambassador to the U.S, Washington Post columnist ...

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US Mint On New Coin: Lady Liberty Is Now Black

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Well, you know how this is going to go. Via press release from the US Mint:  We have chosen “Remembering our Past, Embracing the Future” as the Mint’s theme for our 225th Anniversary year. This beautiful coin truly embodies that theme. The coin demonstrates our roots in the past through such traditional elements as the inscriptions United States of America, ...

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BRITAIN: Julian Assange Offers To Surrender To US If Obama Pardons Imprisoned Wikileaker Chelsea Manning

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The International Business Times reports: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is willing to be extradited to the US in exchange for the release of the imprisoned military whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Wikileaks has tweeted on 12 January. “If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case”, the tweet read. Wikileaks has made similar pledges ...

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CNN Team Gangbangs Trump And His Crew Of Liars For Their “Fact-Free” Relentless Idiocy [VIDEO]

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It was SO enjoyable to watch this last night. Via Mediaite: If you were wondering how CNN would proceed after being trashed by President-elect Donald Trump and his advisors this week, the first 15 minutes of AC360 should make it very clear. The quartet of Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, and Jim Acosta (the reporter who Trump fought with) ...

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What If Trump’s Gets Hacked Again?

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Newsweek reports: Donald Trump’s Twitter account is a “security disaster waiting to happen,” according to security experts, who say it should be protected with the same technology used by the military to shield nuclear launch codes. The president-elect’s often erratic tweets have already proven they can swing stock markets, sway public opinion and affect foreign relations. This influence combined with ...

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Singer R. Kelly Denies Inauguration Rumors

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I laughed REALLY loud when I saw the headline AND the color of his tweet. The New York Daily News reports: The world’s greatest won’t be gracing Donald Trump’s inauguration. R. Kelly struck down rumors that he’d be performing at the ceremony with a cheeky message Thursday. “Despite the rumors circulating online, R. Kelly will not be performing at this ...

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Obama Ends Cuban “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

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Politico reports: President Barack Obama is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, a senior administration official said Thursday. The repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy is effective immediately, according the official. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting ...

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