Watch Howard Schultz Beg For Applause During ‘Major Policy Speech’ Seen By Roughly 200 People


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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz had his own Jeb! Bush moment on Thursday when he had to stop and ask his audience at Purdue University to applaud. Schultz spoke at the school as part of his ongoing tour to commemorate his flirtation with a third party run for the presidency. As Schultz talked policy and his disagreement with America’s two-party system, there was a point where he congratulated the students for the lowering of their education costs. “Under President Daniels the cost of an education here will be less expensive in nominal dollars in 2020 than it was in 2012,” he told the students. “Congratulations.” Apparently, that was supposed to be an applause line, because Schultz ended up prompting people to clap. “You gotta clap for that,” he said. It was reminiscent of Jeb! Bush’s infamous gaffe when he had to tell people to clap for him at a Continue reading "Watch Howard Schultz Beg For Applause During ‘Major Policy Speech’ Seen By Roughly 200 People"

Spongebob Fans Blast the NFL With Angry Memes After Classic Song From Show Gets Snubbed at Super Bowl


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The Twitterverse was electrified by Spongebob Squarepants‘ Super Bowl cameo on Sunday night, though there are a lot of mixed feelings about how it went. In the last few weeks, there’ve been whispers throughout the internet that the NFL was somehow going to use their halftime show to make an allusion to Sweet Victory — a famed music number from the Nick cartoon. These rumors filled fans and general meme-lords with anticipation since people have been waiting for this day since the song’s debut in the 2001 episode “Band Geeks.” The episode centers around Spongebob and his friends as they form a marching band and get ready to deliver a show at the Bubble Bowl. Between the humor and the iconic musical number at the end, Band Geeks is frequently thought of as one of the best episodes the show has ever had. Online content creators recently created
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Governor Northam’s Bonkers Press Conference Blows Up Twitter: ‘This is Better Than the Super Bowl’


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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam held a press conference on Saturday to declare that he did not think he was in the racist photo unearthed from his old yearbook, and that he was not planning to resign. He added that he wore blackface once to dress up like Michael Jackson at a dance party in San Antonio. The surreal press conference was packed with twists: Northam provided a wild non-explanation for how the photo ended up on his page. He confessed to “darkening” his face for the Texas dance contest. He gave a half-assed explanation of why his yearbook nickname was “Coonman.” Later, when asked about the dance contest, he said he won because he learned how to moonwalk. He then made a joke about how hard it is to remove shoe polish from his face — but denied that qualified as blackface. The presser — which you can watch
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Ariana Grande Dragged for Intentionally Misspelled Kanji Tattoo: ‘Her Cultural Appropriation is Ugly’


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Pop superstar Ariana Grande was slammed for cultural appropriation today after she attempted to get “7 Rings” — the name of her new hit single — tattoed on her hand in Japanese Kanji, but intentionally left out key characters for aesthetic reasons that totally changed the meaning of the tattoo. After initially posting a picture of her new ink on Instagram, Grande deleted the post when commenters began calling her out for the error, which changed the meaning of her tattoo from “7 rings” to “shichirin,” which is a small BBQ grill popular in Japan. “Indeed, I left out ‘つの指’ which should have gone in between. It hurt like fuck n still looks tight. I wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol lmao,” she wrote in a tweet, which she also deleted. “But this spot also peels a ton and won’t last so if I miss it enough I’ll suffer thru
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Jack Dorsey Says He Once Ate a Goat That Mark Zuckerberg Personally Slaughtered With a Knife and a ‘Laser Gun’


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It’s long been public knowledge that Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook, has hardcore New Year’s resolutions. In 2009, he pledged to wear a tie to work everyday. In 2010, he pledged to learn Mandarin. In 2011, he pledged to only eat the flesh of animals he had slaughtered with his own hands. Weird flex but OK pal. Reports of unorthodox behavior from Zuckerberg are nothing new. One said he got a hunting license in order to slay a bison for the dinner table. We now have a first hand account of Zuckerberg’s bloodthirsty resolution. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked about his most memorable encounter with the Facebook chief. “Well, there was a year when he was only eating what he was killing,” Dorsey replied. “He made goat for me for dinner. He killed the goat.” “He kills it Continue reading "Jack Dorsey Says He Once Ate a Goat That Mark Zuckerberg Personally Slaughtered With a Knife and a ‘Laser Gun’"

Michael Cohen Hired Firm to Make @WomenForCohen Account That Called Him ‘Pit Bull,’ ‘Sex Symbol’: Report


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A new report indicates that President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen hired an IT firm once to manipulate online polls to make his boss look better. More interestingly, however, it seems Cohen also used the same firm to create a fan account that seems to only exist for the sake of boosting his personal profile. Wall Street Journal reports that years, Cohen hired RedFinch Solutions to rig online polls for CNBC and the Drudge Report. The goal was to put Trump on lists for America’s top business leaders and most viable possibilities as a potential Republican candidate for the 2016 election. Cohen promised to pay RedFinch owner John Gauger $50,000 for his services, even though the report suggests neither endeavor was particularly successful. Apparently, though, Gauger got stiffed while the Trump Organization gave Cohen a complete $50,000 reimbursement for the “tech services” rendered.
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WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez Busts a Move Outside Congressional Office in Response to Viral Uproar


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In light of all the hullabaloo over her resurfaced dancing video, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just trolled her critics by releasing a new one. The newly-installed Congressional Democrat just posted a video of herself on Twitter dancing to Edwin Starr‘s “War” in front of her office. “It is not normal for elected officials to have a reputation for dancing well and I’m happy to be one,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Hill on Friday. “I think it is just funny what is considered to be disqualifying. It is unsurprising to me that Republicans would think having fun should be disqualifying or illegal.” Watch above. — —
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Not Here to Make Mates: Watch a Bachelor Contestant Fake an Aussie Accent to ‘Stand Out’ From Rivals


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A Bachelor contestant took scamming to an entirely different planet in the first episode of the reality show, faking an Australian accent to help her stand out from the competition. In a clip of the show posted on Twitter, Bri, our protagonist and chief scammer, introduces herself to the bachelor, Colton Underwood. “You’ve got a nice accent, where are you from?” Colton asks. “The accent, it’s Australian,” replies Bri in her feigned twang. “I was hoping that you’re kind of a sucker for accents.” “I am,” Colton replies. “I love it.” Cut to a private interview with Bri, where she reveals the accent is a complete fabrication. “I’m not really Australian, but you have to do what you can to stand out,” she explains. Here’s how you know our girl Bri is a pro: notice how she said her accent was Australian, ignoring Colton’s question about Continue reading "Not Here to Make Mates: Watch a Bachelor Contestant Fake an Aussie Accent to ‘Stand Out’ From Rivals"

CNN Chyron: ‘NANCY PECONGRESSCONGRESS TODAY TODAYLOSI’


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Someone in CNN’s graphics department wrote a pretty sensational typo on Thursday, leading the network to run a seriously-bungled chyron about Nancy Pelosi. Several hours before the House Minority Speaker was voted to House Speaker for the second time in her congressional career, CNN anchor Ana Cabrera took a report from Lauren Fox about the upcoming developments on Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, the network unintentionally distracted from Fox’s report by putting…this garbled message in the lower-thirds. Yes, that is real, and it reads: “NANCY PECONGRESSCONGRESS TODAY TODAYLOSI.” Whoopsies. Watch above, via CNN. — —
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MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt Quotes Yoda in Morning Joe Segment About Anger (and Twitter)


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Who knew that NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt could quote Star Wars at the drop of a hat? But she apparently can, and did in a pre-recorded segment for Morning Joe to kick off the new year. Hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were introducing a segment on anger in America, and it was Scarborough who first referenced Yoda. After two clips, one of former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley in her famous denunciation of anger politics, and one of then-candidate Donald Trump extolling the virtues of anger, Brzezinksi said that “anger has always been part of American politics.” Joe asked if that was what Yoda said to Luke, and Kasie Hunt was on it in less than 12 parsecs. “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate,” she said, to the amused but impressed reactions of her colleagues. And even though the quote (“Fear is the Continue reading "MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt Quotes Yoda in Morning Joe Segment About Anger (and Twitter)"

Andy Cohen Has Meltdown Over Times Square Alliance Threatening to Pull CNN Credentials Over an Umbrella


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As Andy Cohen joined Anderson Cooper on Monday night to help CNN ring in the new year, he got indignant at one point by claiming New York authorities threatened the network to make him put down his umbrella. It’s raining amid all of the festivities in the Big Apple, though Cooper and Cohen made it through most of their show so far by sharing an umbrella as they hosted from Times Square. Cohen claimed that someone from the Times Square Alliance repeatedly told him to ditch the umbrella, and eventually, he said that their representative threatened to pull CNN’s credentials for next year if they don’t get rid of it. “This is like the Jim AcostaSarah Sanders thing,” Cooper remarked. “This umbrella is such a threat to the Times Square Alliance?” Cohen asked incredulously. “And what does the Times Square Alliance do besides “F” with my New Continue reading "Andy Cohen Has Meltdown Over Times Square Alliance Threatening to Pull CNN Credentials Over an Umbrella"

WATCH: Anderson Cooper Flips Out After Taking New Years Tequila Shot: ‘It’s Like Burning Your Lungs’


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It’s New Years Eve, the world is celebrating, and Anderson Cooper is co-hosting CNN’s live show of the New York City ball drop with Bravo’s Andy Cohen. Naturally, hilarity ensued. There have been plenty of notable moments in the evening for CNN so far: from Cohen revealing his baby’s gender, to Richard Quest dressing up as a giant pretzel. One of the funniest parts though was when the clock struck 9 P.M. so Cohen and Cooper both took a shot of tequila. It didn’t go very well for the latter. Cohen mentioned that his partner in crime wasn’t a big drinker, and judging by how Cooper gasped in agitation from the shot, it looks like he wasn’t kidding.
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Matt Whitaker Reportedly Lied on Gov’t Forms by Claiming to Be an ‘Academic All-American’ Football Player


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A new article indicates that acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker fudged his résumé and claimed in government documents that he was named an “Academic All-American” when he played for the University of Iowa’s football team during the early ’90s. The Wall Street Journal reports that Whitaker claimed the “Academic All-American” title for himself on a résumé he composed in 2014, on the biography for the website of his former law firm, and also on a 2010 application for an Iowa judgeship. The Journal examined records from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) to see if they bestowed the honor on Whitaker when he played tight end from 1990 to 1992. Despite Whitaker’s claim of receiving the title in 1992, his name doesn’t appear on CoSIDA’s list for that year, and spokeswoman Barb Kowal says the organization has no record that Whitaker ever held the status. From the report:
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Trump’s Christmas Eve Tweets Are Getting Weird: ‘I Am All Alone (Poor Me) in the White House’


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President Donald Trump has blasted out nine tweets so far on Christmas eve, and his latest is the weirdest yet (maybe). “I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security,” Trump wrote. “At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!” Trump cancelled a planned trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort for Christmas after Continue reading "Trump’s Christmas Eve Tweets Are Getting Weird: ‘I Am All Alone (Poor Me) in the White House’"

Trump Sparks Outrage By Claiming Dead Soldiers Would Endorse His Withdrawal From Syria: ‘This is Sick’


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President Donald Trump, facing intense backlash over his apparently slapdash decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, issued one of his bizarre White House lawn video statements on Wednesday defending the move and blasting his media critics. “These are heroes of the world,” Trump said in the video. “Because they’ve fought for us. But they’ve killed ISIS, who hurts the world.” “So our boys, our young women, our men, they’re all coming back, and they’re coming back now,” Trump continued. “We won. And that’s the way we want it.” Trump concluded, pointing at the sky: “And that’s the way they want it.” The nonsensical video is now facing a backlash. Aside from the obvious point that ISIS has hardly been Continue reading "Trump Sparks Outrage By Claiming Dead Soldiers Would Endorse His Withdrawal From Syria: ‘This is Sick’"

Stormy Daniels Posts VERY NSFW Tweet Scolding UK Paparazzi For Shoving Camera Up Her Skirt


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On Thursday, Stormy Daniels tweeted about an incident with a member of the paparazzi about which she was clearly not happy, and the very NSFW tweet immediately rocketed across social media. It got a lot more “Likes” than it did Retweets… for obvious reasons. Again, this is Not Safe For Work. Another acronym that probably applies here is TMI. Stormy Daniels is the porn star and stripper who accused President Donald Trump of having a sexual affair with her, and whom Trump paid to keep quiet about it. Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, was arrested in Los Angeles less Continue reading "Stormy Daniels Posts VERY NSFW Tweet Scolding UK Paparazzi For Shoving Camera Up Her Skirt"

WATCH: Andrew Gillum Talks Florida Recount…in 2002 Documentary


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This is certainly a serendipitous turn of events. Years before Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum (D) questioned Broward County’s vote count in the 2018 gubernatorial election, he made a cameo appearance in Unprecedented – The 2000 Presidential Election. Cheddar correspondent and Mediaite alum J.D. Durkin unearthed a clip of Gillum speaking about the problems Florida encountered during the presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Indeed, things have come full circle. The recount vote in Florida continues to be a major news item for the political press, especially now that Gillum has withdrawn his previous concession to rival Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). Watch above. [Image via screengrab] — Continue reading "WATCH: Andrew Gillum Talks Florida Recount…in 2002 Documentary"

Nancy Pelosi Makes Gaffe During Victory Speech: ‘Let’s Hear it For More Pre-Existing Medical Conditions!’


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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had a bit of a flub on Tuesday night as she delivered a victory speech for Democrats now that they’ve taken control of the House of Representatives. Pelosi was greeted with chants of “Speaker! Speaker!” when she arrived at the lectern, and she began her address by saying tonight’s victory will lead to “restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump Administration.” As she celebrated the end of the GOP’s assault on the Affordable Care Act, however, Pelosi seemed to get tied up — since she tried to get the audience to cheer over coverage for pre-existing conditions. That’s what she presumably meant, at least. But instead, the audience cheered when she said “Let’s hear it more for pre-existing medical conditions!” Oops. Watch above, via CNN. [Image via screengrab] — —
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Internet Melts Down Over Trump’s Game of Thrones Announcement of Iran Sanctions: ‘This is F*cking Weird’


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The Twitterverse did a collective spit-take on Friday when they found out about the really…unusual tweet President Donald Trump put out teasing his administration’s next steps relating to Iran. The White House is preparing to reimpose sanctions that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, and Trump tweeted out a very Game of Thrones / movie poster-ish picture of himself declaring that “sanctions are coming” to stir up interest in the formal announcement on Monday To reassure you that this is NOT a parody account, here’s the White House’s official Twitter page endorsing the picture as well. Now, with most Trump tweets, online political observers have Continue reading "Internet Melts Down Over Trump’s Game of Thrones Announcement of Iran Sanctions: ‘This is F*cking Weird’"

13 Of The Worst and Most Politically Incorrect Celeb Halloween Costumes Ever


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Halloween costume-versies are part of the American tradition by now, and 2018 has been no exception. Megyn Kelly got the axe at NBC for her Halloween blackface debate, Shaun White was slashed for his Ben Stiller homage, and the ghosts of costumes past have come back to haunt everyone from Luann de Lesseps to … Lester Holt? So in the spooky spirit of condemning our fellow man persons — if they’re famous, that is — here are some of the worst-received, most ill-conceived celebrity All Hallow’s Eve outfits of all time. Thirteen of them, to be exact, in no particular order. For some, we’ll explain the context in detail. For others, well … explanation is hardly needed. En…joy? (Can we say that?)

THE HALLOWORST LIST

NUMBER 13: SHAUN WHITE as “SIMPLE JACK” – 2018
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