Politics

Saudi Arabia To Lift Ban On Movie Theaters

USA Today reports: Saudi Arabia on Monday said it would lift the kingdom’s decades-long ban on movie theaters, part of reforms by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The government passed a resolution paving the way for licenses to be granted to commercial movie theaters for the first time in 35 years. They could open in March. The conservative kingdom shut ...

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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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Trump Crowd Cheers After Warmup Speaker Predicts Return Of Jesus Due To Trump’s Jerusalem Move

“Now I don’t know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem – where the king of kings – where our soon coming king is coming back to Jerusalem, it is because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel.” – GOP Florida state Sen. Doug Broxson, joyously predicting the end of the world thanks to Glorious Leader. The ...

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Trump Scraps Airline Baggage Fees Disclosure Rule Because Every Single Thing Obama Did Must Be Undone

The Verge reports: US airlines are no longer required to disclose hidden baggage fees as soon as people start the ticket-buying process, the Department of Transportation announced this week. The news coincides with Delta Air Lines’ announcement that it’s going to start charging basic economy passengers baggage fees for flights after December 6th. The DOT, in following with the Trump ...

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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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Rep. Trent Franks Resigns Immediately After Aide Says He Pressured To Pay Her $5 Million To Carry His Baby

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), facing an ethics investigation over alleged sexual harassment, announced Friday that he will resign immediately following his wife’s admission to the hospital. Franks had said Thursday that he would resign at the end of January, but said Friday that his wife’s ailment had prompted him to change his plans and immediately step ...

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GOP Rep. Steve King Goes Full White Supremacist In Anti-Diversity Tweet Quoting Hungarian Dictator

Talking Points Memo reports: Here’s a new entry in the annals of Steve King. The Iowa Republican congressman known for his racially insensitive rhetoric tweeted on Friday that “diversity is not our strength.” And, descending further into the catacombs of nativism, he took it further, quoting a statement from the Hungarian prime minister who was advocating for the dissolution of ...

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Former State Pol Busted In $1M Bribery Scheme That Included Hundreds Of Pounds Of Dunkin Donuts Coffee

Boston’s CBS affiliate reports: Former Massachusetts Sen. Brian Joyce “violated the public’s trust” and “decided to take the path of greed” by using his office for personal profit to accept up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official actions, federal investigators said Friday. Joyce, a longtime attorney and Milton Democrat who was arrested Friday, is accused ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Roy Moore Campaign Demands Stop To “Mall” Ad

The Birmingham News reports: Roy Moore’s campaign calls an ad run by a political action committee opposing him “patently false” and issued cease and desist letters demanding that TV stations stop running it. The PAC, called Highway 31, was formed to support the candidacy of Moore’s opponent, Doug Jones. The ad says, “Moore was actually banned from the Gadsden Mall ...

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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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