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Fox News Sat On Story About Trump and Porn Star

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:18:32 -0500

Fox News had a story at the height of the presidential election that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford -- whose stage name is "Stormy Daniels" -- and Donald Trump, but opted not to publish it, four people familiar with the matter told CNN. ... One of the network's reporters, Diana Falzone, had filed a story in October 2016 about an alleged sexual relationship between Clifford and Trump, people familiar with the matter said. Falzone had an on-the-record statement from Clifford's manager at the time, Gina Rodriguez, confirming that her client had engaged in a sexual relationship with Trump, three of these people said, and Falzone had even seen emails about a settlement.(image)

Cotton, Perdue Keep Lying About Trump's S---hole

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:33:53 -0500

James Hohmann, Washington Post: Three White House officials said Perdue and Cotton told the White House that they heard 's---house' rather than 's---hole,' allowing them to deny the president's comments on television over the weekend, Credibility is like virginity. You only get to lose it once. Cotton and Perdue will be defined by this moment, in part, because other senators will remember their attacks on Durbin. This will make them less trustworthy as potential partners and thus less effective as members of Congress.(image)

Now Chris Christie is Just a Bad Memory

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:32:38 -0500

New York Times editorial board: If Gov. Chris Christie had patted himself on the back any harder in his farewell address to New Jersey last week, he'd have needed the ministrations of a good chiropractor. But all signs suggest that New Jerseyans cannot wait to see the door slam shut behind him when he leaves office on Tuesday after eight storm-tossed, aspersion-fueled years. A poll taken before the November elections by Suffolk University in Boston put his approval rating at 14 percent.(image)

Voters Say Trump's No Genius

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:32:43 -0500

Donald Trump's quarterly report card is in -- and if he were back in school, he'd find himself on academic probation. More voters give Trump a failing grade for his first year as president than think he deserves an "A" or "B," according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted earlier this month. Trump's best marks come on the economy, jobs and fighting terrorism. But he gets poor marks for his handling of health care, the national debt and foreign relations. Overall, 35 percent would give him an "F" -- slightly more than the 34 percent of voters who would give Trump an "A" or "B" grade for his first year. The remaining voters give him a "C" (14 percent) or a barely-passing "D" (11 percent), and 5 percent have no opinion.(image)

Bannon Subpoenaed in Mueller's Russia Investigation

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:31:13 -0500

Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The move marked the first time Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Trump's inner circle. The special counsel's office has used subpoenas before to seek information on Trump's associates and their possible ties to Russia or other foreign governments.(image)

Uninsured Rate Rising Under Trumpcare

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:33:52 -0500

Millions more Americans were uninsured at the end of 2017, the first increase since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. The uninsured rate rose 1.3 percentage points to 12.2% last year, according to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. That represents an increase of roughly 3.2 million Americans. Under Obamacare, the uninsured rate plummeted to a low of 10.9% at the end of 2016. Obamacare's exchanges opened in 2014, the same year Medicaid expansion began and the individual mandate -- which required nearly all Americans to have insurance or pay a penalty -- took effect. Those provisions helped reverse a soaring uninsured rate, which hit a peak of 18% in the fall of 2013, fueled in part by the aftermath of the Great Recession.(image)

Bunny Ranch Accepts Bitcoin

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:21:40 -0500

The Bunny Ranch is probably the most famous legal brothel in the world, largely thanks to being featured on HBO's Cathouse show and its owner Dennis Hof giving the Nevada-based business huge exposure through social media, books, as well as podcasts, and live streaming events. He has even done a speech at Oxford University about prostitution. But for those who do end up visiting the brothel as a client, it's likely they are looking for the utmost discretion when it comes to payments. This is where cryptocurrency comes into play. In a statement Hof said Bunny Ranch, which is one of the seven legal brothels he owns in Nevada state, has started to "explore" using bitcoin for payment for sexual services. "We have some of the richest men in the world coming in and out of my brothels" said Hof. "Our high dollar clientele is accustomed to getting anything they want here, so when I started hearing requests from them to look into accepting bitcoin, I took those suggestions very seriously.(image)

Vet Sues VA over Scalpel Left in Body After Surgery

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:31:23 -0500

An Army veteran is suing a Veterans Administration hospital in Connecticut after he says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery, and it was only discovered years later, after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain. Glenford Turner, of Bridgeport, sued the VA in U.S. District Court last week. According to court papers, Turner had surgery at the VA hospital in West Haven in 2013. Nearly four years later, he went back to the VA with dizziness and severe abdominal pain. An X-Ray showed there was a scalpel inside his body. Turner had to undergo surgery to remove the instrument, and his lawyer, Joel Faxon, says doctors confirmed it was the same scalpel. Faxon calls it "an incomprehensible level of incompetence."(image)

Man Brought to U.S. at Age 10 Deported at 39

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:41:10 -0500

His arms wrapped around his wife and two teenage children, Jorge Garcia's eyes welled up Monday as he looked into their eyes one last time near the entrance to the airport security gate. His wife, Cindy Garcia, cried out while his daughter, Soleil, 15, sobbed into Garcia's shoulder as they hugged, with two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents keeping a close eye on them. After 30 years of living in the United States, Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old landscaper from Lincoln Park, Mich., was deported on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to Mexico, a move his supporters say is another example of immigrants being unfairly targeted under the Trump administration.(image)

Scientists Create Embryo of Dino-Chicken

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:30:06 -0500

[Scientists] have managed to create a chicken embryo with a dinosaur-like snout and palate, similar to that of small feathered dinosaurs like Velociraptor. The results are published in the journal Evolution. The team's aim was to understand how the bird beak evolved, because the beak is such a vital part of bird anatomy. It has been crucial for their success. The 10,000 or more bird species occupy a wide range of habitats, and many have specialised beaks to help them survive. But they did not set out to create a "dino-chicken", say lead authors Bhart-Anjan Bhullar of Yale University in New Haven and Arkhat Abzhanov of Harvard University in Cambridge, US.(image)

Moore Forces Seek Retribution Against Shelby

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:30:06 -0500

Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby is confronting a fierce backlash from conservatives over his refusal to support Roy Moore in last month's special election -- with Moore backers pushing a censure resolution and robocall campaign targeting the powerful lawmaker. ... This week, three Moore supporters submitted a resolution to the Alabama Republican Party executive committee calling for Shelby to be censured. It argues that Shelby "publicly encouraged Republicans and all voters to write in a candidate instead of voting for the Republican Candidate Judge Roy Moore," and that his "public speech was then used by the Democrat Candidate in robocalls to sway voters to not vote for Judge Roy Moore."(image)

Next GOP Panic: Gubernatorial Races

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:24:54 -0500

Buoyed by November election results, a surge in fundraising and expectations of a massive liberal wave, Democrats are preparing for an assault on one of the GOP's most heavily fortified positions: governors mansions. It's a far cry from last summer, when Democrats bottomed out at the state level. Back then, after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice switched allegiance to the GOP, the number of governorships in Democratic Party hands fell to just 15, a historic low. But the atmospheric conditions have changed since then. Republicans are hampered by an unpopular President Donald Trump. Suburban voters are threatening to desert the party en masse. And Democrats have seen a massive increase in their fundraising numbers after gubernatorial wins in Virginia and New Jersey in November.(image)

Hidden Text Found in Alexander Hamilton Letter

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:30:53 -0500

Alexander Hamilton wrote to Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton on September 6, 1780, two months before their marriage. According to a mid-19th century publication of the Hamilton papers, the letter was entirely about a battle of the Revolutionary War and begins: "Most people here are groaning under a very disagreeable piece of intelligence just come from the southward, that Gates has had a total defeat near Camden, in South Carolina." In the mid-20th century, Columbia University history professor Harold C. Syrett published the Hamilton papers again. In Syrett's edition the same letter begins: "I wrote you My Dear Betsey a long letter or rather two long letters by your father." The "disagreeable piece of intelligence" from South Carolina starts at paragraph two. Syrett also includes the end of the letter, excluded by John Hamilton, where Hamilton apologizes: "Pardon me my love for talking politics to you. What have we to do with any thing but love?"(image)

Trump: I Didn't Say What I Said

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:32:25 -0500

Let's go to the tape. Again and again. President Donald Trump on Sunday misquoted himself in a tweet complaining about how he had supposedly been misquoted in a scrutinized Wall Street Journal interview. The Journal soon released audio of the interview to prove the president said what it reported, and the White House followed up minutes later with a seemingly identical recording trying to prove the Journal wrong. "The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them 'I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un' (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn't say that. I said 'I'd have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,' a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters ... ... and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!" he wrote over two tweets. Within minutes, the Journal released audio from the interview that seemed to clearly show Trump's comment had been reported right the first time.(image)