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Atlanta Falcons Advance to Super Bowl 0x33

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:11:36 -0500

The Atlanta Falcons steamrolled the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl 0x33 in Houston (LI in Roman, 51 in decimal). Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 393 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Julio Jones caught two of those and had 180 receiving yards. The Falcons took a 31-0 lead early in the third quarter and the Packers never made it competitive.(image)

Conway: Trump Will Not Release Tax Returns

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:17:07 -0500

President Donald Trump will not release his tax returns -- even after the audit he's frequently cited is completed -- senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday. In an interview on ABC's This Week, Conway was pressed on whether the White House will respond to more than 200,000 petition signatures calling on Trump to release his tax returns. "The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns," Conway said. "We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care," she said. During his presidential campaign, Trump became the first major party nominee since 1972 not to release his tax returns -- citing ongoing IRS audits, saying he would do so once those audits were completed.(image)

Israel Pushes Ahead with Settlements

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:01:54 -0500

The municipality of Jerusalem granted final approval Sunday for the construction of hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem, while a hard-line Cabinet minister pushed the government to annex a major West Bank settlement as emboldened Israeli nationalists welcomed the presidency of Donald Trump. ... Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the pro-settler Jewish Home Party, was pressing the government to back legislation that would annex Maaleh Adumim, a sprawling West Bank settlement just east of Jerusalem. ... Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the building plans and called on the U.N. to act. "It is time to stop dealing with Israel as a state above the law," he said.(image)

Conway: Our Lies Are 'Alternative Facts'

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:28:43 -0500

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said the White House press secretary gave "alternative facts" when he inaccurately described the inauguration crowd as "the largest ever" during his first appearance before the press this weekend. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gathered the press to deliver a five-minute statement Saturday in which he issued multiple falsehoods, declaring erroneously the number of people who used the D.C. metro on Friday, that there was a change in security measures this year and that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe." Asked on "Meet the Press" why Spicer used his first appearance before the press to dispute a minimal issue like the inauguration crowd size, and why he used falsehoods to do so, Conway pushed back. "You're saying it's a falsehood and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that," she told NBC's Chuck Todd.(image)

Pitcher Yordano Ventura Dies in Car Crash

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:36:26 -0500

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25. Ventura, who set an MLB rookie record with an 103 mph fastball, pitched his last game in a cap that paid tribute to friends and fellow Major Leaguers Jose Fernandez and Oscar Taveras, who both also died tragically in crashes in recent years.(image)

Ex-CIA Chief Rebukes Trump over Speech to CIA

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:25:00 -0500

Former CIA Director John Brennan is "deeply saddened and angered" at President Donald Trump after the commander in chief addressed CIA employees at their headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on Saturday, Brennan's former deputy chief of staff says. Trump spent much of his speech -- which he gave in front of a memorial wall that honors the 117 CIA officers who have fallen in the line of duty -- focusing on the size of the crowd size at his inauguration, his appearance on magazine covers and saying he "has a running war with the media." "Former CIA Director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes," Nick Shapiro said in a statement. "Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself."(image)

Trumpers Spend 2nd Day Lying About Crowd Size

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:22:12 -0500

The Trump Administration spent its first full day in office taking shots at the media and arguing about crowd sizes at Friday's inauguration. Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered a fiery broadside against the Fourth Estate from the White House Briefing Room Saturday evening, claiming that reporters had engaged in "deliberately false reporting" in the past 24 hours since President Trump took the oath of office. And, after berating the press, he walked away without taking any questions. "Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall," Spicer claimed.(image)

Inauguration D.C. Subway Use Lowest Since 2005

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:45:59 -0500

Friday's Metro ridership was the lowest in at least two presidential Inaugurations, and also was lower than that of an average weekday, the agency said Saturday. Metro said 570,557 people took trips in the system between its early 4 a .m. Friday opening through midnight closing. The figures are significantly lower than those from the 2009 and 2013 Inaugurations of President Barack Obama; 1.1 million trips in 2009 and 782,000 in 2013, according to Metro. The numbers were also significantly lower than Saturday, when thousands of people overwhelmed the rail system to get to the Women's March on Washington.(image)

He Will Not Divide Us

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:06:28 -0500

"Shia LaBeouf is no stranger to curious uses of streaming video -- this is the guy, after all, who livestreamed himself watching his entire filmography in reverse chronological order in 2015. But the Beef is taking his internet ambitions to new heights today with the launch of a caps-locked piece of performance art entitled HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US, co-created by frequent collaborators Nastja Sade Ronkko and Luke Turner. It consists of a stationary webcam placed on an exterior wall of New York's Museum of the Moving Image, in front of which people are invited to place themselves and intone the words "he will not divide us." The footage will be broadcast live on the web at, and the piece will be in operation 24 hours a day for the duration of Donald Trump's time in office." -- Vulture(image)

White House Spokesman Rages in First Briefing

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:01:42 -0500

During his first remarks from the podium of the press briefing room, White House spokesman Sean Spicer read an angry statement about the media's crowd size estimates of President Donald Trump's inauguration. "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Spicer said, a claim that's contradicted by aerial photos and all other available data. President Barack Obama's first inauguration attracted a much larger crowd in 2009.(image)

Village Voice Muckracker Wayne Barrett Dies

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:18:42 -0500

Wayne Barrett, the muckraking Village Voice columnist who carved out a four-decade career tilting at developers, landlords and politicians, among them Donald J. Trump and Rudolph W. Giuliani, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 71. His wife, Fran Barrett, said the cause was complications of interstitial lung disease. Barrett himself had called his condition ironic, noting that he had never been a drinker or a smoker. A self-proclaimed country boy from Virginia and a lapsed seminarian, Barrett spent 37 years at the Voice, the alternative newsweekly started in Greenwich Village.(image)

Women March Against Trump

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:35:49 -0500

It's Donald Trump's first full day as the 45th President of the United States, and people across the world are taking to the streets to protest against the incoming administration. Thousands are expected to participate Saturday in the Women's March on Washington and more than 600 sister marches are planned, according to organizers, to send a message to Trump "that women's rights are human rights." The slogan "We shall overcomb," a reference to President Trump's hair, has been spotted on placards, posters and banners at marches in London, Edinburgh and beyond. -- CNN(image)

Krugman: Donald the Unready

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:58:40 -0500

Paul Krugman: It was obvious to anyone paying attention that the incoming administration would be blatantly corrupt. But would it at least be efficient in its corruption? Many Trump voters certainly thought they were choosing a smart businessman who would get things done. And even those who knew better may have hoped that the president-elect, his ego finally sated, would settle down to running the country -- or at least delegate the boring business of governing America to people actually capable of doing the job. But it's not happening. Trump hasn't pivoted, matured, whatever term you prefer. He's still the insecure, short-attention-span egomaniac he always was. Worse, he is surrounding himself with people who share many of his flaws -- perhaps because they're the sort of people with whom he is comfortable.(image)

NYT Held Trump-Russia Story Before Election

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:36:29 -0500

Liz Spayd, New York Times: Late fall was a frantic period for New York Times reporters covering the country's secretive national security apparatus. Working sources at the FBI, the CIA, Capitol Hill and various intelligence agencies, the team chased several bizarre but provocative leads that, if true, could upend the presidential race. The most serious question raised by the material was this: Did a covert connection exist between Donald Trump and Russian officials trying to influence an American election? One vein of reporting centered on a possible channel of communication between a Trump organization computer server and a Russian bank with ties to Vladimir Putin. Another source was offering the Times salacious material describing an odd cross-continental dance between Trump and Moscow. The most damning claim was that Trump was aware of Russia's efforts to hack Democratic computers, an allegation with implications of treason.(image)