Gary Cohn Reportedly Asked to Be WH Chief of Staff…And Trump Laughed in His Face


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According to a bombshell report Gabriel Sherman over at Vanity Fair, President Donald Trump is looking to get rid of several key staffers, including Jared Kusher, his own daughter Ivanka Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly. Buried in this story is a sourced item that outgoing economic advisor Gary Cohn threw his hat in the ring to replace Kelly as Chief of Staff. What was Trump’s response? He laughed, according to Vanity Fair. A source even suggested that this dismissal was the real reason for Cohn’s departure, and not a disagreement on those steel and aluminum tariffs.
“He’s going for a clean slate,” one source said. Cohn had been lobbying to replace Kelly as chief, two sources said, and quit when he didn’t get the job. “Trump laughed at Gary when he brought it up,” one outside adviser to the White House said. (The White House declined to comment. Continue reading "Gary Cohn Reportedly Asked to Be WH Chief of Staff…And Trump Laughed in His Face"

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Reportedly Used Trump Org. Email Address While Contacting Stormy Daniels


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President Donald Trump‘s lawyer, Michael Cohen, just continues to find himself buried deeper and deeper over this whole Stormy Daniels thing. The latest? Cohen reportedly used his actual email address with the Trump Organization while making arrangements with Daniels — including the now-infamous non-disclosure agreement and that $130,000 payout. According to NBC News, Cohen used the official email address while arranging the money to be transferred to a Manhattan bank where Daniels could have access to it and during pre-transfer negotiations, in which the pair allegedly discussed a monetary amount, according to an unnamed source. Additionally, Cohen is alleged to have signed each email in his official capacity as “Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump.” Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, has produced an email showing First Republic Bank and Cohen communicating, using the Trump Organization address, and discussing the forthcoming payment, thus casting doubt on Cohen’s assertion that he merely Continue reading "Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Reportedly Used Trump Org. Email Address While Contacting Stormy Daniels"

U.S. Considering Allowing South Korea Out of Trump Tariffs After Setting Up Kim Jong Un Meeting


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One of the biggest questions surrounding President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he would meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un by May is, well, what are the South Koreans getting out of it? It seems like they have been instrumental in lessening tensions between the United States and North Korea — first with North Korea’s Winter Olympics invite and then with National Security Office Head Chung Eui-yong proffering the meet and greet with Jong Un. Now we may know, though details remain amorphous at best. According to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, South Korea has asked for an exemption on the president’s announced steel tariffs.

Daily Beast Reporter Narcs on Newsweek Spox Over Taunts: ‘You Do Realize I am Going to Share All of This, Right?’


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Daily Beast reporter Maxwell Tani put a Newsweek spokesperson on blast on Twitter Friday morning, after that same spokesperson taunted him for his age and accused him of lacking reporting experience. Before the text exchange, here is some context. Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock, you know Newsweek is going through a rough patch, featuring scandal, accusations of shoddy journalism, mass layoffs, protest resignations and, duh, dire financial prospects. It’s pretty much a shit show over there, despite higher brass allowing a tell-all on the recent turmoil to be published in-house. With this in mind, Tani wrote a report based on stealthily recorded conversations between Newsweek Chief Content Officer Dayan Candappa and staffers, in which Candappa noted the publication did not have much time to turn things around, or they’d be toast. “I wish I could varnish this, it would be an easier conversation to have,” Candappa said, according Continue reading "Daily Beast Reporter Narcs on Newsweek Spox Over Taunts: ‘You Do Realize I am Going to Share All of This, Right?’"

Female Reporter Settles Discrimination Suit Against Fox News And Leaves Company


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Fox News has reportedly settled a gender discrimination lawsuit levied upon them by Diana Falzone, a reporter who covered entertainment and issues related to sexual harassment for the network. The suit alleged that Falzone was demoted upon writing a column about a medical condition she was suffering from called endometriosis. The painful disorder has a number of symptoms, including infertility, which Falzone alluded to in her column. Actress Lena Dunham suffers from the same condition and announced solidarity with Falzone in May of last year, as she lay in a hospital bed. There have been no details released regarding what kind of payout Falzone received from the network, but her attorney has confirmed that her employment at Fox News has been terminated, effective immediately. “We resolved Diana Falzone’s case against Fox News and she no longer works there,” lawyer Nancy Erika Smith wrote. Interestingly, Falzone is the reporter who allegedly broke Continue reading "Female Reporter Settles Discrimination Suit Against Fox News And Leaves Company"

Joy Behar Personally Apologizes to Pence After Calling His Christian Faith a ‘Mental Illness’


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The View’s Joy Behar caused something of a media firestorm last month when she alleged that Vice President Mike Pence, has a “mental illness” after he said he talks to Jesus. It has now been reported by The Washington Post that Behar phoned Pence to apologize, with her manager saying that the whole thing was simply a “miscommunication.” “Yes, she did speak to Vice President Pence, they had a great, very nice conversation,” manager Bill Stankey said. “The vice president was very gracious and very understanding. He understood that Joy wasn’t attacking anybody and that there was some miscommunication.” Here are Behar’s original comments on Pence and his faith, which she walked back by saying “it was a joke.” It must be noted, in addition to hosting The View, Behar is actually a standup comedian. “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus Continue reading "Joy Behar Personally Apologizes to Pence After Calling His Christian Faith a ‘Mental Illness’"

Barack Obama in ‘Advanced Negotiations’ With Netflix For a Show Series


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Former President Barack Obama may soon be heading to streaming television screens, with reports coming in that he is in the middle of “advanced negotiations” with Netflix for a series of specials, according to a New York Times report. Former First Lady Michelle Obama is also involved with the talks, with the specials reportedly going to highlight “inspirational stories,” as the NYT went out of their way to mention that the streaming programs would not act as a forum for the former president to respond to President Donald Trump. Eric Schultz, a senior advisor to the former president, issued a statement on the potentially forthcoming streaming Continue reading "Barack Obama in ‘Advanced Negotiations’ With Netflix For a Show Series"

CNN’s Erin Burnett: If Trump Solves North Korea Problem He Will Go ‘Down as a Great President’


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Cable news networks have begun discussing President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he will meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un sometime this year, with South Korean National Security Office Head Chung Eui-yong also announcing that Jong Un is committed to denuclearization and would likely commit to stopping further tests in their nuclear weapons program. CNN’s Erin Burnett had some startling words for the president, should he pull off denuclearizing the country. Burnett actually said that he would go down as a “great president” if his talks with Jong Un go well. Here is the full quote. “Just an extraordinary evening and, of course, opening the door to the big question,” she said. “If President Trump could truly solve this problem, that would be going down as a great president. There is no getting around that.” CNN contributor Major General James Marks also said that Kim would be Continue reading "CNN’s Erin Burnett: If Trump Solves North Korea Problem He Will Go ‘Down as a Great President’"

Twitter Blows Up Over Announcement Trump Will Meet Kim Jong Un: ‘Totally Unprecedented’


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President Donald Trump just made a semi-surprise announcement that he would meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un by May of this year. South Korean National Security Office Head Chung Eui-yong also announced this evening that the Jong Un is committed to denuclearization and would likely commit to stopping further tests in their nuclear weapons program. This could be very good news for the continued existence of the world, particularly in light of recent reports that Jong Un squandered his entire family’s fortune in his pursuit of nuclear militarization, leaving little for the actual day-to-day operations of the country. The meaning here? North Korea could actually be serious this time, after many promises made throughout the years to end nuclear testing. Money talks, after all. Of course, Trump himself once stated that he would never set foot in North Korea, in a tweet from 2014.

Second Woman Named in Stormy Daniels NDA is Porn Star and Trump Misconduct Accuser Jessica Drake


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That Stormy Daniels and President Donald Trump non-disclosure agreement keeps giving us juice,  as it has just been reported that another porn star was named in the document. Angel Ryan, who goes by the stage name of Jessica Drake, was named by Daniels as being one of the four people she is alleged to have told about her affair with the president, the NDA has indicated. Drake actually lobbed a sexual misconduct suit against Trump in October 2016, which was announced via a press conference with Glorida Allred, in which the porn actress alleged Trump had made a pass at her in July 2006, kissing and hugging her without permission. “When we entered the room, he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission,” she said in 2016. “He was wearing pajamas. A bodyguard was also present. He asked me Continue reading "Second Woman Named in Stormy Daniels NDA is Porn Star and Trump Misconduct Accuser Jessica Drake"

Trump’s Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke Spent $139,000 on Office Doors


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According to a report by The Associated Press, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is alleged to have spent thousands of dollars on some doors, documents have indicated.  The documents show a work order for something called “Secretary’s Door,” with a price tag of $139,000. Spokeswoman Heather Swift has confirmed the steep price tag, but said Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request for information from media outlets. Swift said the work was requested by “career staffers” as part of an ongoing modernization of the historic building. Of course, this isn’t Zinke’s first brush with alleged misappropriation of government funds. It was alleged in September of last year that the interior secretary repeatedly made use of expensive private jets to reach destinations, one of which included the Virgin Islands, with just one flight costing over $12,000. In October, Zinke was accused of Continue reading "Trump’s Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke Spent $139,000 on Office Doors"

The Daily Caller Runs Op-Ed Damning the Mueller Probe Penned by Putin-Allied Russian Oligarch


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Conservative news site The Daily Caller, just ran an op-ed damning Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The op-ed was written by infamous Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and long-time friend of indicted former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort. Weird, right? The column, titled “The Ever-Changing ‘Russia Narrative’ In American Politics Is Cynically False Public Manipulation,” likens the investigation to the satirical film Wag the Dog, which chronicled the invention of a fake war. “The ever-changing ‘Russia narrative’ in American politics is today’s Wag the Dog scenario. Technology and the disintegration of evidence-based journalism permit a surprisingly small number of individuals to destroy bilateral or multilateral relations,” he wrote. “Their motivation in shifting from an inconvenient reality into their desired reality is power and military-industrial commercial interests.” Derispaska went on to Continue reading "The Daily Caller Runs Op-Ed Damning the Mueller Probe Penned by Putin-Allied Russian Oligarch"

Russians Released Anti-Clinton Video Game Weeks Before Election, Tracked Players


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It appears that Russian meddling in the 2016 election extended even to beloved, time-wasting flash computer games: according to a deep-dive CNN report,  Russians created an anti-Hillary Clinton video game during her campaign against now-President Donald Trump, replete with flying emails, “Arab” money and FBI agents. The game, absurdly titled “Hilltendo,” may look like a simple flash game, the kind that populated the Internet in the early 2000s, but, according to CNN, there are some sophisticated, and potentially sinister, things going on under the hood. The news organization tasked programmers and cybersecurity experts to look at the game’s code and they found some strange stuff, including trackers that would violate the privacy of players, watching their social media behavior and issuing micro-targeted ads based on that behavior. CNN made the Russia connection by analyzing the code and the game’s various URLs, some of which were linked to a Continue reading "Russians Released Anti-Clinton Video Game Weeks Before Election, Tracked Players"

Amazon’s Alexa Has Begun Laughing Maniacally For No Reason — Here Are Some Terrifying Examples


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Amazon’s widely used artificial intelligence, Alexa, has begun exhibiting some odd behavior which has been rightfully freaking out owners of some of the gadgets it is installed in, such as Echo and Echo Dot. In short, Alexa has begun to laugh maniacally unprompted and Amazon has no idea why, though they did tell Buzzfeed News they are “working on it.” The horrifying and sporadic mirth began sometime in February, with the occurrence only gaining larger attention this week. While the company that made Jeff Bezos the world’s richest person is “working on it,” we decided to do some sleuthing Continue reading "Amazon’s Alexa Has Begun Laughing Maniacally For No Reason — Here Are Some Terrifying Examples"

Mark Cuban Denies Accusation of Sexual Assault from 2011 Case


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Billionaire and television personality Mark Cuban has been accused of sexual assault, according to a bombshell report by Willamette Weekly. The unnamed accuser has alleged that the abuse went down in Portland in 2011, while the pair were posing for a photoshoot after a Dallas Mavericks away game. She told Portland Police Det. Brendan McGuire that Cuban was “very drunk” at the night club where the incident is alleged to have occurred. Cuban, who owns the Mavericks, is alleged to have actually slid his finger into her vagina. “Cuban then pushed his hand down the back of her jeans and inside her underwear where he cupped his hand over her groin area and inserted the tip of his finger into her vagina,” McGuire wrote of her allegation, noting that the alleged victim did not report the incident to police for more than a week because she did not want to be Continue reading "Mark Cuban Denies Accusation of Sexual Assault from 2011 Case"

Florida Lawmaker Makes Brave Stand Against ‘Children’ Calling For Gun Control: ‘Adults Make the Laws’


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Florida lawmakers have been debating what to do about gun violence after the deadly February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. The Florida State Senate narrowly passed a bill earlier this week that would raise the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21, require a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases and ban the sale or possession of bump stocks. A controversial measure was added, however, that allows for some teachers to be armed. The Florida House is having a harder time getting their version of a bill passed, after five contentious hours of debate. Democrats attempted to get dozens of measures attached, with language that would do everything from banning assault weapons to ensuring teachers won’t be armed at school. They were all defeated. These defeats will no doubt displease the grieving Parkland students, many of whom have become actively engaged in Continue reading "Florida Lawmaker Makes Brave Stand Against ‘Children’ Calling For Gun Control: ‘Adults Make the Laws’"

Stoneman Douglas Students Completely Unimpressed by Betsy DeVos Visit: ‘I Don’t Understand the Point’


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President Donald Trump’s handpicked Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School today, in the aftermath of last month’s deadly massacre. You’ll never guess how the visit was received by the still-grieving students (spoiler alert: poorly.) The Parkland students, many of whom have been actively engaged in the fight for gun reform since the shooting, were supremely disappointed that DeVos didn’t seem all that interested in addressing their concerns, answering five short questions before going on her way. Some students even accused her of refusing to even meet or speak with them. She did, however, pet a dog, according to one current Stoneman Douglas student. That’s something. DeVos, who was accused by some students of using the visit Continue reading "Stoneman Douglas Students Completely Unimpressed by Betsy DeVos Visit: ‘I Don’t Understand the Point’"

Pepe the Frog’s Creator Sues Alex Jones’ InfoWars After Site Sells Poster For $30


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Alex Jones, purveyor of conspiracy theories and manly vitamins alike, and his website, InfoWars, is getting sued by cartoonist Matt Furie, the guy behind alt-right mascot Pepe the Frog. Furie, who never intended for his animated amphibian to become synonymous with President Donald Trump and the most ravenous members of his fanbase, is basing his lawsuit on a #MAGA poster Jones has been selling, which features Pepe standing next to such luminaries as Milo Yiannopoulous and Roger Stone. The poster sold for $30 a pop, which seems like fairly solid grounds for a copyright infringement suit. Since the lawsuit dropped, the poster has been removed from the site, though not before InfoWars squeezed the wallets of their fanbase one last time, keeping it Continue reading "Pepe the Frog’s Creator Sues Alex Jones’ InfoWars After Site Sells Poster For $30"

WATCH LIVE: White House Press Briefing with Sarah Huckabee Sanders


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will meet the press corps in a briefing set for 2:00 p.m. ET. What will be on today’s docket? Well, you know, there’s that whole Gary Cohn stepping away from his post as chief economic advisor thing, allegedly because of his dislike of President Donald Trump’s insistence on setting steep tariffs on aluminum and steel. Speaking of those tariffs, there is the question as to whether or not Trump will actually go through with them. Stormy Daniels, she of alleged spanks to the president’s behind with issues of Forbes, has actually sued Trump, on the grounds that he never signed the non-disclosure agreement that has forced her to remain tight-lipped about their reported extramarital affair. That’ll get a question or five. There’s also Sam Nunberg’s media meltdown from the other day. He lobbed a cruel insult at Sanders, in addition to Continue reading "WATCH LIVE: White House Press Briefing with Sarah Huckabee Sanders"

Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Stormy Daniels Lawsuit: ‘We’ve Addressed Our Feelings on That Situation’


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With a press conference looming, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has already issued a warning to reporters, essentially stating that the administration has already said all they are going to say about the Stormy Daniels affair, despite the porn star recently filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump.  As a refresher, Daniels’ lawsuit alleges that Trump never actually signed their non-disclosure agreement, citing that allows her to discuss the alleged extramarital affair. Sanders, in an odd turn of phrase, referred to the White House’s “feelings” on the Daniels story. Here is what she said to assembled reporters. “We’ve addressed our feelings on that situation, and I don’t have anything else to add,” she stated. It is worth nothing that while Continue reading "Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Stormy Daniels Lawsuit: ‘We’ve Addressed Our Feelings on That Situation’"