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'I Voted for Donald Trump and I Already Regret It'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:34:24 -0500

Sherri Underwood: I remember the precise moment that I realized I regretted voting for Donald Trump. It was during his 60 Minutes interview after the election. ... [S]itting on my couch, sipping coffee as I watched the interview, I saw with my own eyes who Trump really was as a person. He backtracked on one of his signature campaign promises: pursuing an investigation into the [Hillary] Clinton email scandal. It's not that I want Clinton to be crucified or "locked up" -- it's the nonchalance with which he went back on his word after hammering it repeatedly during the campaign. The ease and quickness with which he reversed his position shook me to my core. I realized in that moment that I had voted for a demagogue. And it was sickening.(image)



2016 Was the Warmest Year on Record

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:20:23 -0500

Separate studies released by NASA and NOAA report that 2016 marked a new global high as the warmest year on record. That makes three straight years in which new highs have been recorded. 2016 also included record global high temperatures during eight out of the 12 months of the year. Sixteen out of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000. The one exception in that list is 1998. "(T)he spate of record-warm years that we have seen in the 21st century can only be explained by human-caused climate change," said Michael Mann, director of the Earth Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. "The effect of human activity on our climate is no longer subtle. It's plain as day, as are the impacts -- in the form of record floods, droughts, superstorms and wildfires -- that it is having on us and our planet."(image)



Trump Mocked for Grunty Speech-Writing Photo

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:18:46 -0500

On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself supposedly writing his inauguration speech. It didn't take long for Twitter to start tearing it apart: "That is a blank piece of paper and you're holding a closed Sharpie." "Will it start with "Four Russian Whores And Seven Hacks Ago" ... " "Who is translating it from the original Russian for you?" "That's not how people write, Donald. You need to put the paper flat on the desk, and open the notepad."(image)



FBI, CIA Probe Kremlin Aid to Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:45:42 -0500

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said. The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said. Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said.(image)



Audio: Trump Lied About Never Meeting Putin

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:03:46 -0500

Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News: President-elect Donald Trump told a radio interviewer in October 2015 that he had met Vladimir Putin "one time ... a long time ago" and that he "got along with him great" -- a statement that conflicts with his later denials during the campaign that he had ever met or spoken with the Russian president. The newly surfaced audiotape, uncovered by a political opposition-research group, could fuel new questions about the precise nature of Trump's past relations with the Russian president -- a subject about which he has made multiple contradictory comments. It was released just hours after Putin, speaking from Moscow, denounced officials in the Obama administration as "worse than prostitutes" for circulating "nonsense" personal allegations about Trump that were allegedly collected by Russian intelligence.(image)



Bush 41, Wife Barbara Hospitalized

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:15:04 -0500

Both President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush are now in a Houston hospital and will not attend Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The 92-year-old former president on Wednesday was moved to intensive care at Houston Methodist Hospital after being admitted on Saturday, his office said. "Shortly after our previous report on President Bush's condition, he was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," the statement read. "Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation. President Bush is stable and resting comfortably in the ICU, where he will remain for observation." Barbara Bush, 91, was admitted Wednesday morning as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing, officials said.(image)



Companies Recycle Old Job News to Trick Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:55:18 -0500

Companies eager to avoid becoming the target of the next attack by President-elect Donald Trump are preemptively -- or retroactively -- announcing U.S. job creation plans. ... After campaigning on pledges to make U.S. companies bring jobs back, Trump has announced he's been successful at doing so before he's even president. So on Tuesday as business returned following the Martin Luther King federal holiday, a bevy of companies announced they would be adding jobs after the inauguration on Friday. ... A company's plan to increase capital expenditures, which include jobs and facility improvements, are typically years in the making. Some of these "announcements" are old news in a new hat. GM said its plan was approved before the election, but told Bloomberg it was "accelerated" under pressure from Trump, for example.(image)



Can Trump Be Trusted with Nukes?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:15:18 -0500

On January 20, inauguration day in the United States, a nameless, unknown military aide will be seen accompanying President Barack Obama to the handover ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. That military aide will be carrying a satchel over his or her shoulder containing a briefcase known as "the nuclear football." ... This contains the launch codes for a strategic nuclear strike. The briefing for the incoming president on how to activate them will have already taken place out of public sight, but the moment President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office that aide, and the satchel, will move quietly over to his side. Donald Trump will then have sole authority to order an action that could result in the deaths of millions of people in under an hour. The question on a lot of people's minds right now is, given his thin skin and impulsive temperament, what are the safeguards, if any, to prevent an impetuous decision by one man with catastrophic consequences?(image)



Senate Intel Panel Will Investigate Trump Russia Ties

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:31:24 -0500

The Republican chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee has announced that it will investigate President-elect Donald Trump's ties to Russia. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, respectively, jointly announced a comprehensive investigation of Trump's alleged connections to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. The investigation comes on the heels of Burr saying that he wouldn't be investigating the President-elect, a decision he reversed following public pressure.(image)



Trump Inauguration TV Listing Goes Viral

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:30:10 -0500

A Scottish newspaper's TV listing of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration has caught people's attention both in the U.K. and the U.S. The Sunday Herald TV critic Damien Love reimagined the ceremony as a return of the classic science fiction series The Twilight Zone: "After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history. Sci-fi writers have dabbled often with alternative history stories - among the most common is the "What If The Nazis Had Won The Second World War" setting - but this huge interactive virtual reality project, which will unfold on TV, in the press, and on Twitter over the next four years, sets out to build an ongoing alternative present."(image)



Rubin: Trump is Putin's Mouthpiece

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:31:14 -0500

Jennifer Rubin: Had the Russians never hacked the Democratic National Committee or John Podesta, had WikiLeaks not strategically released Democrats' emails to damage Hillary Clinton, had President-elect Donald Trump not surrounded himself with a host of Russophiles (e.g. Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Boris Epshteyn), had Trump not complimented Russian President Vladimir Putin during the campaign and defended him from charges that he murders journalists, had his campaign team not changed (then denied changing) the GOP platform on Ukraine and had Trump uttered a syllable of criticism of Putin, his interview with the Times of London would have been a surprise rather than a reaffirmation of Trump's creepy favoritism toward America's most formidable foe. Surely, had President Obama rather than Trump made the remarks, Republicans would be calling for him to resign, or at the very least, questioning his sanity and patriotism.(image)



SI: Sports Hosts Mike & Mike Are Breaking Up

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:38:48 -0500

The 19-year partnership of sports talk hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will be ending this year as Greenberg gets his own morning show on ESPN, sources told Sports Illustrated. The Mike & Mike show began in 1998 and has become the cornerstone of ESPN Radio at stations across the country. The leading candidate to either join Golic or succeed them with his own show is ESPN NFL anchor Trey Wingo. Greenberg has become one of ESPN's highest-paid personalities at $6.5 million a year.(image)



U.S. Troops Arrive in NATO Ally Poland

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:30:57 -0500

Polish authorities and ordinary Poles welcomed Saturday U.S. troops who arrived this week as part of an unprecedented deployment to NATO's eastern flank aimed at deterring Russia. "Welcome to Poland," Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told U.S. troops in Zagan, the Polish town on the German border where the brigade will be headquartered, adding "we hope you feel at home." "The presence of American soldiers in Poland is another step in our strategy to ensure safety and security for Poland and the region," she added. Hailing from Fort Carson, Colorado, the so-called Iron Brigade comprising some 3,500 soldiers and heavy equipment will also be deployed in NATO partners Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary on a rotational basis. It is part of the Pentagon's "Atlantic Resolve" operation aimed at countering security concerns triggered on NATO's eastern flank by Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.(image)



Port-a-Potty Cover Up at Trump Inauguration

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:31:55 -0500

Workers preparing for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next week are covering up the logos on port-a-potties that list the restroom supplier's name: Don's Johns. Washington activist Tim Krepp first pointed out on social media that the portable restrooms along the National Mall had the company's name blocked out by tape: "All the port-a-johns at the Capitol are having the "Don" in Don's Johns taped over. I guess to avoid confusion." Robert Weghorst, chief operating officer for Don's Johns, said, "We don't know why it's being done. We didn't tell someone to do it. We're proud to have our name on the units."(image)