Hillary Clinton made a cameo at the Grammys & it triggered the Deplorables

The Academy Awards show is usually the show of the year when it comes to pre-taped comedy sketches, because they have the time, money and inclination to do so, I guess. But at last night Grammys, host James Corden – who is CBS’s golden goose at this point – did several taped skits, and I didn’t hate the idea of it. There was one bit which was particularly funny – the “auditions” to do the celebrity narration on the audiobook of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Fire and Fury is [Read Entire Story]

Donald Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller back in June 2017

I’ve been in a bunker made out of awards-season coverage and the Australian Open for the past two weeks, so I really haven’t been watching the news that much. There was a lull in both tennis and red carpet stuff last night, so I checked in on Chris Hayes. There was the comforting ol’ “Breaking News” banner. The breaking news? Donald Trump ordered the firing of Robert Mueller back in June 2017, only White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit if Trump went through with it: Everyone can [Read Entire Story]

Tennis pro Tennys Sandgren’s sudden rise prompts questions over alt-right links

This year has been rather fruitful for the underdog at the Australian Open tennis tournament. ; One of the unexpected successes is a Tennessean with a funny name, Tennys Sandgren, whose giant-killing efforts have earned him a place at the tournament's quarterfinal and plenty of admiration. SEE ALSO: You'll never have to pick up a tennis ball ever again But as people began to jump on the Sandgren bandwagon, questions have been raised about the player's alleged support of the so-called alt-right, [Read Entire Story]

Kathy Griffin Says She’s ‘Not Welcome’ at the Women’s March — but She Still Supports It

Explaining why she wouldn’t be one of the celebrities who joined millions of women (and men) across the world for a second year of the Women’s March this weekend, Kathy Griffin claimed her presence was “not welcome.” “So, yeah, after all these months, I’m still not welcome at #WomensMarch2018 etc. (For now). But I support you!!!” she wrote on social media Saturday. Although the comedian did not go into details about her claim, she shared her message alongside a black-and-white version of her [Read Entire Story]

NYC Women's March 2018 in pics

Almost a year to the day after the 2017 edition, thousands of people took to the streets of NYC once again on Saturday (1/20) for the 2018 Women's March. 72nd St and Central Park West was this year's official starting point, but streets were clogged with marchers blocks away. Continue reading… SOURCE: BrooklynVegan - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

TV News Pundits Plotz As Senate Vote Flops, Signaling Government Shutdown

Senate Republicans failed to win over enough Democrats to reach 60 votes in a last-ditch effort to avoid a government shutdown at midnight Friday. Members of both parties in Congress had raced against time to pass a budget resolution/assign blame before a government shutdown set for midnight ET. Political parties squabbled all day over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (aka DACA),  the Wall and Children’s Health Insurance Program. Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense… SOURCE: [Read Entire Story]

The Girther Movement is born: Trump surely weighs more than 239 lbs, right?

Donald Trump took his required annual physical by the White House doctor last week, and on Tuesday, the doctor briefed the press about the Sh-thole In Chief’s health. To call all of this fake news would be a disservice to Sh-thole Mussolini’s now-forgotten but much-hyped Fake News Awards. There were several dumb and funny pieces of news, like the fact that we now know Donald Trump takes Propecia for his hair loss, but it’s worth noting that Dr. Ronny Jackson claims Trump is in “excellent [Read Entire Story]

The fight to restore net neutrality is picking up steam

Yesterday, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said that Senate Democrats now have a total of 50 votes in favor of restoring net neutrality. Today, the push back against the net neutrality repeal intensifies, as a companion House bill to reject the... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

David Byrne Launches the “Reasons to Be Cheerful” Web Site: A Compendium of News Meant to Remind Us That the World Isn’t Actually Falling Apart

Whatever your ideological persuasion, our time has no doubt given you more than a few reasons to fear for the future of civilization, not least because bad news sells. Musician, artist, and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has certainly felt the effects: "It seems like the world is going to Hell. I wake up in the morning, look at the paper, and go, 'Oh no!'," he writes. "Often I’m depressed for half the day." But he writes that on the front page of his new project Reasons to Be [Read Entire Story]

12-Year-Old Yemeni Girl Is Stranded in Africa and Unable to Reunite With Her Family Due to Trump’s Immigration Ban

A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, stranded in the African country of Djibouti, is fighting to reunite with her family in Los Banos, California following President Donald Trump‘s ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Eman Ali remains stuck in a hotel room in east Africa with her father after she was turned away from boarding a Saturday flight to the Bay Area, even though she obtained an immigrant visa on Thursday, the day before Trump’s executive order was signed. “She asked me, ‘Why [Read Entire Story]

Ellen DeGeneres Uses ‘Finding Dory’ To School President On Immigration

Finding Dory star Ellen DeGeneres has offered a very public – but very targeted – film analysis on her daytime talk show. Knowing that President Donald Trump hosted a screening of the animated film over the weekend, the-voice-of-Dory pointed out an immigration lesson she hopes he didn’t miss. (Watch the video below.) “Dory arrives in America with her friends Marlin and Nemo,” DeGeneres said in the opening monologue of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “She ends up at [Read Entire Story]

On The Ground At No-Ban Protests Around The Country

We gathered across the country to send a message to the Trump administration — and to the world — that America must keep its arms open. SOURCE: News - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Donald Trump banned refugees from coming to USA & all hell broke loose

Embed from Getty Images Where to even begin with this? On Saturday, Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the resettlement efforts for refugees coming from all countries for 120 days, completely barred Syrian refugees from settlement efforts, and blocked reentry for foreign nationals from seven different “predominantly Muslim” countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). It’s a “temporary Muslim ban,” which is exactly what he promised to do during the campaign. [Read Entire Story]

Alternativefacts.com exists and it’s been redirected to the perfect site

The phrase "alternative facts" has lit up the internet since Kellyanne Conway infamously used it to describe the White House's version of Trump's sad inauguration crowd numbers. While most people have read the phrase as synonymous with basic lies, it also has another meaning — and a brilliant redirect to a Psychology Today page perfectly explains it. If you visit alternativefacts.com, you'll be directed to an article on the site explaining the psychological phenomenon known as [Read Entire Story]

Petition for Donald Trump to release his tax returns shatters White House record

During the run-up to the 2016 Presidential election, Donald Trump was extraordinarily coy about releasing his tax returns. While boasting that he had nothing to hide, Trump delicately danced around the issue by claiming that he couldn't release his tax returns as he was undergoing an audit. Later on, he said he would gladly release his tax returns if Hillary Clinton released her deleted emails. Continue reading... Trending right now: Apple’s iPhone 8 might look a lot like this The iPhone 7 [Read Entire Story]

‘Supergirl’ Melissa Benoist’s Protest Sign Mirrors TV Show’s Own Steely Resolve

Last Saturday, an estimated one in 100 people in the USA marched and rallied for pluralistic solidarity and in objection to our new president. As I  looked up news and photos from the marches that day, in which my wife and dozens of my friends were participating as well, I stumbled upon a photo that a friend reposted on Facebook. It was of a woman at one of those marches, holding a sign that read: “Hey Donald, don’t try to grab my pussy. It’s made of steel.” I immediately thought, “Oh, right [Read Entire Story]

President Trump Calls Madonna ‘Disgusting’ Following Her Women’s March Speech: ‘What She Said Was Disgraceful to Our Country’

President Donald Trump is responding to Madonna‘s Women’s March speech. In his second interview since becoming commander-in-chief, which aired Thursday evening, Trump called out the songstress for her rousing oration during which she stated that she’s “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” and dropped three f-bombs. “Honestly, she’s disgusting. I think she hurt herself very badly. I think she hurt that whole cause,” the president said to Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity. “I [Read Entire Story]

Jon Voight: Shia LaBeouf & Miley Cyrus are ‘teaching treason’ by protesting

This story is very “Old Man Yells At Clouds.” I guess the hook is that Jon Voight is the old man in this situation and the clouds are “women and celebrities.” Jon Voight thinks Emperor Baby Fists is the bee’s knees. I don’t know what happened to Voight, I really don’t. Like, didn’t he used to be a big Hollywood liberal in the 1970s and ‘80s? He was tight with Jane Fonda. He was part of a huge movement of independent filmmaking. And then something in his brain snapped at some [Read Entire Story]

MIT finds actual wisdom in the wisdom of crowds

To paraphrase Men In Black's Agent K, a person is smart, but people are dumb, panicky and dangerous animals. Researchers at MIT and Princeton wanted to see if, despite this, they were able to extract better information from crowds. They appear to hav... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Trump signs executive order stripping non-citizens of privacy rights

With a stroke of his pen, the president just potentially invalidated a transcontinental data flow agreement between the US and EU which took years to negotiate. SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What’s at Stake: The NEA and the Literary Ecosystem

As a poet I get it: talking about “literary infrastructure” is boring. Who wouldn’t rather talk about poets, poems, or aesthetic movements? When we start hearing a lot about the organizations dedicated to supporting authors, presses, and readings rather than the people making literature it probably means those organizations are threatened. Well, welcome to 2017! The nonprofit organization where I work, Small Press Distribution (SPD), was founded in 1968 but didn’t really get [Read Entire Story]

Trump appoints government regulation critic as FTC chairwoman

President Trump has appointed Maureen Ohlhausen as acting commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). For now, she'll be in charge of the agency that protects US consumers' safety and privacy, while guarding them from anti-competitive busines... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

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