Politics

Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Ties To Iran

Responding to the torching of its Tehran embassy, yesterday Saudi Arabia cut its diplomatic ties to Iran. A ripple effect is taking place today in pro-Saudi nations. The BBC reports: A number of Saudi Arabia’s allies have joined diplomatic action against Iran after the Saudi embassy in Tehran was attacked amid a row over the execution of a Shia Muslim …

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Taiwanese Animators On “Y’all Qaeda” [VIDEO]

YouTube’s popular Taiwanese animators have rushed out their take on the teabagger militia currently occupying a federal building in Oregon. The clip below mocks the FBI for doing nothing so far and pointedly notes what would have happened if these “protesters” were black.

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Skywriters At Rose Bowl Parade: Trump Is A Fascist Dictator, Trump Is Disgusting [VIDEO]

Several skywriting planes are laying down anti-Trump messages over the Rose Bowl Parade today in Pasadena, California. Among the messages: “Trump Is A Fascist Dictator” and “Trump Loves To Hate Anybody.” Also: “Iowans Dump Trump” and “America Is Great, Trump Is Disgusting.” The messages appear to be from the people behind the website AnybodyButTrump.us. A very short clip is below.

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Actor Wayne Rogers Dies At Age 82

Actor turned Fox News pundit Wayne Rogers died yesterday at age 82. Via CNN: Rogers, who portrayed the wise-cracking Army surgeon “Trapper” John McIntyre in the first three seasons of TV’s “M*A*S*H,” died Thursday, his publicist Rona Menashe told Reuters. Rogers died of complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles, Menashe told Reuters. Rogers’ Trapper John was one half of “M*A*S*H”‘s …

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Media Matters: The Worst Of 2015 [VIDEO]

“For over a decade, Media Matters has fought conservative misinformation in the media. As another year comes to an end, we take a look back to just some of the inanity we’ve seen this year.” Watch this.

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Obama Talks About Nothing With Jerry Seinfeld

Via Politico: Comedian-in-Chief Barack Obama on Wednesday fired off quips alongside Jerry Seinfeld to open season 7 of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” “I always wanted to be in a show about nothing and here I am,” Obama says. “There’s nothing more nothing than this,” Seinfeld responds. “Nothing.” The online series features Seinfeld driving around various cities with other comedians. …

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New York Times Editorial Board: Cop Shooting Victim Tamir Rice Would Be Alive If He Were White

From the New York Times editorial board: Tamir Rice of Cleveland would be alive today had he been a white 12-year-old playing with a toy gun in just about any middle-class neighborhood in the country on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 2014. But Tamir, who was shot to death by a white police officer that day, had the misfortune of …

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Teabagistan REALLY Hates This Photo

President Obama’s Twitter team has sent out the above image with this caption: “Suit up—it’s President Obama’s final State of the Union. Say you’ll tune in.” The reaction across Teabagistan has been quite amusing. Iowa Hawk blogger David Burge: “This picture says more about the state of the nation than his mouth ever could.” Admittedly, the photo is kind of trolltastic …

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New Book: Communist China’s First Premier Was Gay

Whoa. Via Reuters: A book to be published in Hong Kong in the new year says Zhou Enlai, Communist China’s much-respected first premier, was probably gay despite his long marriage, and had once been in love with a male schoolmate two years his junior. It is a contention certain to be controversial in China, where the Communist Party likes to …

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ISRAEL: Ultra-Orthodox Lawmakers Boycott Swearing-In Of First Gay Likud Member Of Knesset

Ynet News reports: Likud’s first openly-gay MK Amir Ohana, who entered the Knesset following the retirement of minister Silvan Shalom, was sworn in on Monday, while members of ultra-Orthodox faction United Torah Judaism decided to leave the plenum in protest. “I am here with everything that I am – the things I chose to be and those I didn’t – …

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Carly Fiorina: Bill Clinton Is Fair Game [VIDEO]

Carly Fiorina appeared on Fox News yesterday to defend Donald Trump’s attacks on Hillary Clinton over her husband’s infidelity. Via The Hill: “Of course Bill Clinton is fair game,” she said on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.” “He’s a former president.” Fiorina said, however, that the former first lady and secretary of State is her own candidate. “But you’re not …

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Bush Challenges Trump To One-On-One Debate

Well, it wouldn’t be boring. The Hill reports: Jeb Bush on Monday challenged Republican front-runner Donald Trump to a one-on-one debate. Speaking to a gathering at the Forum Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Bush was asked by the moderator what he would say to Trump if he were to walk in the room at that moment. “Donald, I’ll take you …

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OHIO: Grand Jury Returns No Charges For Cops In Death Of Black Youth Tamir Rice, Protests Planned

The trend continues. CNN reports: An Ohio grand jury has decided not to return an indictment in the 2014 police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, prosecutor Tim McGinty said Monday. A recent FBI video analysis shows Tamir “was drawing his gun from his waist as the police slid toward him and Officer Loehmann exited the car,” McGinty said. After …

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Queen Elizabeth Issues Holiday Message: Light Will Overcome Darkness Of Terrorism [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: In a year which saw a series of terrorist atrocities, including in Paris and Tunisia, as well as a refugee crisis in Europe, the Queen has highlighted the “moments of darkness” that confronted the world in her Christmas Day address to the Commonwealth. The mass shootings and bombings that killed 130 in Paris last month, and the …

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Jeb! Is No Longer Jeb!

Via Mother Jones: Perfect last-minute Christmas present for the low-energy person in your life who needs an extra exclamation point: Jeb! Not the candidate, just his name—upbeat punctuation mark and all. The word has apparently lost its appeal. Even to the candidate. The US Patent and Trademark Office accepted the submission and requested additional information before it would grant the …

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Sarah Palin Does Her Tina Fey Impression [VIDEO]

Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend to renew her famed impression of Sarah Palin. Today Palin returns the favor in a video from the group that gave us Ted Cruz frying bacon on a gun and Lindsey Graham destroying his cell phone in a blender. Via Mediaite: Palin stars in the newest IJR video in a parody …

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Chelsea Clinton: My Second Baby Is Due Summer 2016

Chelsea Clinton yesterday revealed that she is pregnant for a second time. Her mother responded on Twitter: “Your dad and I could not be happier for you, Marc, and Charlotte. We’re so excited to meet our second grandchild!” As did her father: “Christmas comes early! @HillaryClinton and I are thrilled for Chelsea, Marc and Charlotte’s growing family in 2016!” As …

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Obama Films Coffee Run With Jerry Seinfeld

President Obama will appear in the season debut episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Breitbart has an uncharacteristically neutral report: The taped episode features Obama and Seinfeld circling the White House driveway in a 1963 Corvette Stingray while they talk about life in the White House, according to a preview of the show provided to …

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Out With Dixie, In With Obama

Some local news from here in Florida: It’s official. Old Dixie Highway is now officially President Barack Obama Highway within the city limits of Riviera Beach. For the residents of Riviera Beach, it has been a long time coming. Mary Brabham has been a resident of Riviera Beach for years. She says the change is welcome. “It’s time to let …

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Lindsey Graham Quits The Presidential Race

Not that anybody really cares. Via Politico: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is suspending his presidential run, he told supporters on a conference call Monday. His announcement came on the same day as the deadline hit for him to remove his name from the South Carolina primary ballot, a date that had been closely watched amid speculation that the low-polling …

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