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Trump Hails “Authenticity” Of George H.W. Bush

Via White House press release: Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, “a thousand points …

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Obama Mourns “Humble Servant” George H.W. Bush

Via press release from former President Barack Obama: America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Not merely for the years he spent as our forty-first President, but for the more than 70 years he spent in devoted service to the country he …

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BREAKING: George H.W. Bush Dead At Age 94

The Washington Post reports: George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, was a steadfast force on the international stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993. The last veteran …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Vox reports: Ariana Grande, cherubic pop megastar and proclaimer that God is woman, has released her video for “thank u, next” — an ode to all the boyfriends, relationships, and one broken engagement that helped make her who she is today. In putting the hit song to video, Grande channeled some of the best scenes from beloved teen movies and …

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Pence Posts Photo With Cop Wearing #QAnon Patch

The Miami New Times reports: Vice President Mike Pence arrived at Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport just after noon on Friday. He was greeted by a Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT team that included one cop in a #QAnon conspiracy-theory patch. #QAnon is, of course, the batshit-insane, 4Chan-based conspiracy theory that claims Donald Trump is secretly fighting a war with Special Counsel Robert …

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NORTH CAROLINA: AP Retracts Call For GOP Candidate In House Race After “Irregularities” Delay Certification

The Associated Press reports: The Associated Press is retracting its call of a winner for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The AP had called the race for Republican Mark Harris on Nov. 9 after Democrat Dan McCready conceded the election and said he would not request a recount. Unofficial results show Harris with a lead of 905 …

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Secret Service Golf Carts Tab Nears $400,000

Government Executive reports: The Secret Service has allocated more than $90,000 for golf cart rentals in South Florida this winter, ostensibly to protect president Donald Trump while he hits the links. According to federal spending data, the agency is set to pay a Delray Beach company as much as $92,740 between now and June for an unspecified number of “golf …

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Hackers Greet Each Other Warmly At G20 Summit

Each one a hacker in a different way, of course. Newsweek reports: Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman own President Donald Trump and can do whatever they want. The comment was made in a tweet attached to a video of the Russian and Saudi leaders …

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Trump To Alaska: You’ve Been Hit Hard By The Big One

Politico reports: President Donald Trump expressed his support for Alaskans affected by an earthquake on Friday, telling them to listen to emergency response personnel and calling the earthquake a “big one.” Trump has a history of comments after natural disasters that many have characterized as tone deaf or just plain weird. After Hurricane Maria, Trump and San Juan Mayor Carmen …

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