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Trump Compares Legal Immigrants to Trash

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:40:31 -0500

Donald Trump thinks immigrants are trash, metaphorically speaking. Not just unauthorized immigrants. Legal immigrants -- specifically, those who come to the US on "diversity visas," after being selected in a lottery for residents of countries that are underrepresented in the US immigration system as a whole. Trump said, ""They give us their worst people, put them in a bin ... they're picking the worst of the worst, congratulations you're going to the US."(image)



Trump Disrespects FBI, Opens Door to Flynn Pardon

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:32:46 -0500

President Trump, minutes before heading to speak at the FBI's National Academy, lashed out at the bureau, saying "it's a shame what's happened with the FBI" and claiming there are "a lot of very angry people that are seeing it." Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn, Trump said, "We're going to rebuild the FBI" after what he described as "really, really disgraceful" documents. He appeared to be referring to text messages the Justice Department provided Congress this week in which a senior agent described candidate Trump as an "idiot" and made other political remarks in the course of the presidential campaign.(image)



The New iMac Pro is a Beast

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:46:57 -0500

Dieter Bohn, The Verge: The iMac Pro is available to order today, and if you're a Mac user, you're almost surely going to covet it. But for most people, it's a better idea to covet this machine than it is to actually acquire it. It starts at $4,999 and configuring its various options will rocket the price up from there. ... If you're going to buy this machine, my opinion is that you should know precisely what you plan on using it for -- with more clarity than other computer purchases require. That's not just because the price is exorbitant compared to consumer-grade computers, either. It's also because if you simply need a radically powerful machine, there's another professional-grade Mac coming next year, the announced but as-yet unseen Mac Pro.(image)



Trump Continues to Ignore Russian Election Threat

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:30:38 -0500

In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded -- that Russia's interference in the 2016 election was real. Holding impromptu interventions in Trump's 26th-floor corner office at Trump Tower, advisers -- including Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and designated chief of staff, Reince Priebus -- prodded the president-elect to accept the findings that the nation's spy chiefs had personally presented to him on Jan. 6. They sought to convince Trump that he could affirm the validity of the intelligence without diminishing his electoral win, according to three officials involved in the sessions. More important, they said that doing so was the only way to put the matter behind him politically and free him to pursue his goal of closer ties with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.(image)



Aides Fear Mentioning Russian Interference to Trump

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:31:25 -0500

Bringing up Russian interference to President Donald Trump is apparently a very touchy subject -- so touchy, in fact, that Trump's own White House officials fear even broaching the topic during intelligence briefings. The Washington Post reports that members of Trump's National Security Council go out of their way to avoid mentioning Russia during meetings, as doing so will often set Trump off in a rage. "If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference -- that takes the [president's daily briefing] off the rails," one former intelligence official tells the Post.(image)



Nazis Force Heather Heyer's Mom to Hide Her Grave

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:38:53 -0500

Susan Bro -- the mother of Heather Heyer, 32, who was killed in Charlottesville, VA by a white supremacist -- told The Daily Beast that she has been forced to conceal her daughter's grave site because of ongoing violent threats against her and her family. Heyer's ashes, Bro said, are in an undisclosed, unmarked location that is "completely protected" from the public. The grieving mother said she had to take that step because threats and harassment from the violent right have not stopped since the day 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing Heyer and injuring 19 others. "It's a symptom of hate in society that you should have to protect your child's grave, for Pete's sake," said Bro to Tim Teeman. "So, I'm protecting my child now." Teeman wrote that Bro blames President Donald Trump in part for her daughter's death because of the president's refusal to disavow right-wing extremists and his tacit approval of white supremacy.(image)



Bill Moyers Bids 'Farewell' After 44 Years

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:50:00 -0500

Bill Moyers: When I turned 80 three years ago, I retired my weekly PBS series and have since focused on the web with a small, dedicated team as the avenue for our journalism. Your response rewarded our efforts, and we have been pleased and grateful for your interest and attention. I treasure the many messages from so many kindred spirits. Now it's time for another farewell, and with this note I am signing off. ... Until it moves to a new home, our Trump-Russia timeline, created by the indefatigable Steve Harper and orchestrated by our producers, will continue to publish right here at BillMoyers.com, tracking the convergence of events connecting the Trump empire and Russian oligarchs now being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.(image)



NASA: 8 Planets Found Orbiting Distant Sun

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:52:55 -0500

For the first time, eight planets have been found orbiting a distant star, Kepler-90, 2,545 light-years from Earth in the Draco constellation, NASA announced Thursday. It is the first star known to support as many planets as are orbiting our own sun, and researchers believe that this is the first of many to come. Researchers had known that seven planets were orbiting the star. But Google Artificial Intelligence -- which enables computers to "learn" -- looked at archival data obtained by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope and uncovered the eighth planet.(image)



Toddlers Fight Over Baby Jesus in Nativity Pageant

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:42:59 -0500

A 2-year-old girl who is "obsessed" with baby Jesus just couldn't get through her church Nativity pageant without stealing him from the manger. As for the 3-year-old playing Mary? Well, she wasn't having it. In a hilarious and adorable video that was viewed on Facebook more than 5 million times and shared with ABC News, the mishap plays out as the audience roars with laughter. ... When the women asked little Collia what happened on stage at First Baptist White Pine Church, she told them: "Teegan jacked the baby Jesus, I had to jack him back. I didn't push her."(image)



Friends Say Paul Ryan Might Leave Congress

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:09:35 -0500

House Speaker Paul Ryan has had soul searching conversations about his future with friends, some of his close friends tell CNN. Those people close to Ryan told CNN they believe it is possible that he could leave Congress after the 2018 midterm elections, if he can achieve his goal of passing GOP backed overhaul of the US tax system. Some say his departure could possibly happen even sooner. ... "This is pure speculation," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement. "As the speaker himself said today, he's not going anywhere any time soon."(image)



George Clooney Gave 14 Friends $1 Million Each

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:32:36 -0500

With Christmas just around the corner, you may be looking for a great gift to give your closest friends. And after reading this ... well, you'll likely still be looking. It's not that George Clooney didn't come up with the perfect present for his pals. It's just that it's a little outside of the average budget. In fact, according to Clooney's longtime friend and business partner, Rande Gerber, there wasn't even a holiday involved when the A-lister assembled a group for a party to remember four years ago. "I have a story that has never been told before, and it pretty much sums up who George is," Gerber told MSNBC's "Headliners." "There's a group of guys we call 'The Boys.' George had called me and 'The Boys' and said, 'Hey, mark September 27th, 2013, on your calendar. Everyone's going to come to my house for dinner.'" But it wasn't just dinner that he was offering up that night, which his guests learned after they took a seat.(image)



FCC Ends Net Neutrality

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:29:42 -0500

The fight for the future of the internet just came to a head. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. The repeal passed along a party-line vote. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, has framed the repeal as getting the government to "stop micromanaging the internet." The move is supported by the telecom industry, which claims existing regulations threaten to hamper broadband investments and innovation. Technology companies and consumer advocacy groups have loudly protested the repeal effort for months, both online and offline, arguing it could spell the end of the internet as we know it. Here's what it all means and what's really at stake.(image)



Farenthold Won't Run for Re-Election

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:09:24 -0500

Rep. Blake Farenthold, who's under fire for accusations of sexual harassment, is not planning to run for re-election, a Republican source familiar with situation told CNN on Thursday. ... The news that Farenthold won't seek re-election follows a CNN report Wednesday that a former senior aide to the congressman has approached the House Ethics Committee to share a damning account of working for Farenthold, with the intent of describing the congressman as verbally abusive and sexually demeaning -- and his congressional office as an intensely hostile environment that drove the aide to physical and emotional distress.(image)



Egypt Jails Singer for Suggestive Banana Eating

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:00:07 -0500

An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for "inciting debauchery" after a music video showing her suggestively eating a banana was ruled to be too sexually explicit. Shyma was arrested shortly after releasing I have Issues, in which the she is seen dancing in underwear before appearing in front of a classroom of adult men and pouring milk over a banana before eating it, licking an apple and tasting the icing of a slice of chocolate cake. The video attracted more than one million viewers in a few days, but also sparked controversy among conservatives for the strong sexual gesturing. Shyma, 25, an Arab Idol competitor originally from Tanta, in northern Egypt, appeared at court on Tuesday wearing a niqab covering her face. She was seen reading the Quran while waiting for the sentence to be issued.(image)