Politics

Trump Unveils Inaugural Parade Lineup: Cops, Soldiers, Veterans, Boy Scouts, Bagpipes, And Marching Bands

Via press release from the Trump Inaugural Team: Today, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) released an initial list of groups who have accepted an invitation to take part in the inaugural parade following the swearing in of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Michael R. Pence on January 20, 2017. There will be more than 8,000 parade participants representing ...

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Russia Dispatches Jet To Pick Up Expelled Diplomats

Apparently they are disregarding Wikileaks’ advice to hole-up in their compound until Trump is sworn in. The Daily Mail reports: The Russian government will send a plane to ferry its diplomats out of the U.S., after President Obama expelled them in a new round of sanctions against the country for its alleged meddling in the presidential election. On Thursday, the ...

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Putin Snubs Obama In Holiday Message To World Leaders, But Sends Greetings To Trump And Bushes

Politico reports: A day after the White House issued sanctions against Russia over its alleged election meddling, Russian President Vladimir Putin extended holiday greetings to a slew of his counterparts around the world – but snubbed President Barack Obama in favor of President-elect Donald Trump. Posted Friday to the Kremlin’s website, the greetings included messages to dozens of heads of ...

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MAINE: Anti-Gay Right Wing Columnist Dies After Handgun Goes Off While Showing It To Teenage Boy

The Portland Press Herald reports: Maine State Police and Sanford police are investigating the shooting death of Portland Press Herald columnist M.D. Harmon at his home Wednesday afternoon in Sanford. Police say Michael D. Harmon, 71, died at his home on Brunelle Avenue after a handgun he was showing to a teenage boy went off while the 16-year-old was handling ...

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Mormon Choir Singer Resigns Rather Than Perform For Donald Trump: “I Could Never Throw Roses To Hitler”

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s acceptance of the invitation to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration has spawned widespread debate among the faithful and thousands of signatures on a petition demanding the decision’s reversal. Now the choir’s participation has even more fallout: the resignation of a female singer. “Since ‘the announcement,’ I have spent several sleepless nights ...

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Vladimir Putin: Russia Won’t Expel US Diplomats

CNN reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow will not expel American diplomats in response to US sanctions against Russia, according to Russian state media. The Russian Foreign Ministry had earlier recommended the Kremlin send home 35 US diplomats in response to a similar move by Washington on Thursday. But Putin said he would not take immediate action, ...

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Trump Shrugs Off Obama’s Sanctions On Russia: It’s Time To Move On To Bigger And Better Things

Business Insider reports: President-elect Donald Trump responded Thursday to President Barack Obama’s fresh sanctions against Russia, saying that it’s “time to move on,” but that he’ll meet with intelligence officials to discuss Russian involvement in election hacks anyway. “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” Trump said in a brief evening statement. The president-elect ...

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Wikileaks: Maybe Those Expelled Russian Diplomats Should Just “Hole Up” Until Trump Takes Office

Wikileaks this afternoon suggested that Russian diplomats should defy President Obama’s expulsion order and simply “hole up” in their US compounds until Trump is inaugurated. Because Julian Assange definitely knows a thing or two about holing-up in diplomatic compounds. In a follow-up tweet, Wikileaks declared that if the expelled Russians do leave, “US intelligence will covertly break in, copy everything ...

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OPERATION GRIZZLY STEPPE: Homeland Security And FBI Issue Joint Report On Russian Hacking Campaign

The Hill reports: The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday released a joint report detailing how federal investigators linked the Russian government to hacks of Democratic Party organizations. The document makes clear reference to the hacks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, though it does not mention either by ...

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RUSSIA: Kremlin Slams Obama’s “Unjustified And Illegal” Expulsion Of Diplomats, Vows Reciprocal Action

RT.com reports: The new US sanctions against Russia are another manifestation of the unpredictable and aggressive foreign policy by the Obama administration, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin press-secretary, said. “In our point of view such actions of the US current administration are a manifestation of an unpredictable and even aggressive foreign policy,” Peskov told the journalists. “We regret the fact that ...

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Sean Spicer Suggests Trump Will Largely Do Away With Press Conferences In Favor Of Social Media Posts

In an interview with right wing radio host Hugh Hewitt, incoming White House press secretary and current RNC spokesman Sean Spicer today suggested that Trump will communicate largely through social media instead of traditional press conferences. Via Mediaite: “Do you expect him to keep up a regular and as energetic a series of press conferences as previous presidents?” Hewitt asked ...

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George Soros: Trump Is A Would-Be Dictator

Teabagistan’s number one boogeyman yesterday posted a great essay over at Project Syndicate. An excerpt: Democracy is now in crisis. Even the US, the world’s leading democracy, elected a con artist and would-be dictator as its president. Although Trump has toned down his rhetoric since he was elected, he has changed neither his behavior nor his advisers. His cabinet comprises ...

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BECAUSE OIL: GOP Utah AG Vows To Sue Obama For Designating Federal Lands As New National Monument

The Hill reports: Utah’s attorney general says he is preparing a lawsuit against President Obama for his decision to designate a new national monument in the state. Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) on Wednesday said the lawsuit is one of numerous ways that he, Gov. Gary Herbert (R) and the state’s congressional delegation will fight the Bears Ears National Monument. ...

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Charlie Sheen Asks God To Kill Trump “Next”

The Washington Times reports: Actor Charlie Sheen is under fire for a tweet wishing death upon President-elect Donald Trump. His tweet, which read, “Dear God; Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please!” — punctuated with a middle finger emoji — was posted just hours after it was announced that ...

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Trump Scrambles To Find Hispanic Cabinet Member

Politico reports: President-elect Donald Trump, who repeatedly lashed out at Mexican immigrants during the campaign, is scrambling to appoint a Hispanic official to serve in his Cabinet amid criticism that his incoming administration lacks diversity at the highest levels. The search has intensified in recent days, and sources within the transition say officials are determined to have a Hispanic in ...

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Bristol Palin Slams Elton John And Ten Other “Sissies” Who Won’t Perform At Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Via Raw Story: The daughter of former half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin had a meltdown on her blog Wednesday, calling out what she termed the 11 “sissies” who have publicly stated that they have no intention of performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Writing on her blog, Palin exclaimed, “If Donald Trump were still just a regular old billionaire and threw ...

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PRESS ANY KEY: Trump Dismisses Hacking Because “Computers Have Complicated Lives Very Greatly”

Reuters reports: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that the United States and Russia lay to rest the controversy over Moscow’s computer hacking of Democratic Party computers, saying, “We ought to get on with our lives.” Trump has cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian hackers took information from Democratic Party computers and individuals and ...

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Trump Floats “Private-Public” Option For VA

Surely there’s a billionaire healthcare mogul involved. The Hill reports: President-elect Donald Trump is considering a “public-private option” for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a transition team official said Wednesday. “We think we have to have kind of a … public-private option because some vets love the VA … some vets want to go to the VA,” a senior ...

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ISRAEL: Attorney General Orders Criminal Investigation Into Netanyahu Over Bribery And Fraud Allegations

The Times Of Israel reports: Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit reportedly approved a full criminal investigation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into allegations of bribery and fraud. Netanyahu will be investigated by police for two separate cases and will be called in for police questioning in the coming days, Channel 10 reported on Wednesday. The Justice Ministry — under whose auspices ...

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Sen. Lindsey Graham Vows That Senate Will Impose Hard-Hitting Sanctions On Russia And Putin [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Russia can expect hard-hitting sanctions from United States lawmakers if an investigation proves that Moscow interfered in the presidential election, a U.S. senator said Wednesday during a visit to Latvia. The Kremlin has been accused of interfering in the campaign that made Republican Donald Trump president-elect. Sen. Lindsey Graham, also a Republican, said lawmakers from both ...

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