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Pelosi Off Her Rocker

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 22:38

Nancy Pelosi wished reporters a happy Thanksgiving at a bill signing event on Thursday. She meant to say happy Valentine’s Day. It was only the most recent brain fart by the House Speaker, who earlier in the day at a press briefing relentlessly tripped over her own words while trying to explain what several House committees are up to.

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Trump Emergency Declaration Divides GOP, Unites Dems

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 22:37

President Trump on Friday ordered an emergency declaration over the problem of illegal immigration. At the White House on Friday, Trump said the declaration was necessary to protect the country against border crossings and drugs, but many Republicans are hesitant to support the decision and the precedent it would create. While a government funding deal he also signed provides just over $1 billion for the wall, that’s just a down payment, Trump said.

MEANWHILE, Democrats are signaling they’re already prepared to challenge President Trump’s declaration. Chief among them is California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who on ABC’s “This Week” said he plans to “definitely and imminently” sue the Trump administration over the move.

AND top Trump adviser Stephen Miller defended the national emergency declaration on “Fox News Sunday.” Past presidents have chosen to ignore the problem at the southern border, but Trump will not do that, he told host Chris Wallace.

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Top Dems Cold on Green New Deal

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 22:37

Some top Democrats are very much on the fence about the “Green New Deal.” In the House, the honchos who would have to oversee the bill have been reluctant to embrace the radical agenda. New York Rep. Paul Tonko was among them who would only endorse the “goals and principles” of the GND, and he chairs a powerful committee that would shepherd its passage. Raising questions about how the progressive brainiacs behind the bill would actually implement it was a totally botched rollout, which included a FAQ sheet that was made public before it was ready.

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Graham Plans Investigation Into Attempted “Bureaucratic Coup”

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 22:36

Sen. Lindsey Graham is promising to hold a hearing to investigate whether top Justice Department officials discussed what he calls a “bureaucratic coup” to try unseating President Trump. On CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said he plans to subpoena former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein to ask them about an alleged discussion they had about invoking the 25th Amendment to declare Trump unfit for office.

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Dem Pols Have Egg on Their Faces After Rushing to Judge in Smollett Case

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 22:36

Democrat politicians eager to pin the assault of an African American gay actor on supporters of President Trump rushed to judgement. Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris—both running for president—and Reps. Maxine Water, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex all have egg on their face as evidence builds that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett made it all up. Harris and Booker bemoaned the incident as a “modern-day lynching,” and AOC unquestioningly rushed to declare it “a racist and homophobic attack.” >> More in Cell Block.

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Biden Declares America “An Embarrassment” at NATO Summit

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 22:35

Joe Biden is following in his former boss’s footsteps—the former vice president under failed former president Barack Obama blasted President Trump at a defense summit before our European allies. His coup de grace was to declare America “an embarrassment” at the NATO Munich Security Conference on Saturday, suggesting the U.S. had abandoned its commitments to Europe. The speech sounded a lot like Obama’s infamous “apology tour,” which shockingly failed to garner any added respect for the United States.

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Weekend Box Office: 2/18/19

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 18:38

10. Green Book: $2.7 million (down from 7)

9. The Progidy: $3.15 million (down from 6)

8. Glass: $3.85 million (down from 5)

7. The Upside: $5.6 million (down from 4)

6. Cold Pursuit: $6 million (down from 3)

5. Happy Death Day 2 U: $9.8 million (new)

4. What Men Want: $10.9 million (down from 2)

3. Isn’t It Romantic: $14.2 million (new)

2. The LEGO Movie 2: $21.2 million (down from 1)

1. Alita: Battle Angel: $27.8 million (new)

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The Amazon House Is For Sale

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 18:14

The house where Jeff Bezos started Amazon.com while renting in 1994 is up for sale. The listing says it was rebuilt in 2001. Company lore says Bezos launched the website on a desk made from a door and four pieces of wood. It was worth $135,000 while he rented, and is listing for nearly $1.5 million. The agent says that price is below the median for the area and doesn’t include any historical significance.

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Academy Awards, Revisited

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:44

The Academy has scrapped plans to show the awards for hair and makeup, cinematography, editing, and live-action short on tape. They announced plans to present the awards during commercial breaks, and air the announcement and acceptance speeches later in the show, in order to cut down on time it takes for winners to get to the stage. Those who really wanted to see the live announcements could have done so by watching live feeds online or on social media. But the backlash was too much, and these categories will air live alongside all the others.

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The Hit List: February 18, 2019

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:38
  1. Five are dead after a shooting in Aurora, Illinois. Seven were injured. The shooter reportedly started after a meeting with Human Resources did not go well.
  2. Jussie Smollett is now a key suspect in his own attack case. More in Cell Block >
  3. Anthony Weiner is out of prison, but he’s not a free man yet. His recent prison stint was for texting with a minor. He’ll be either in a halfway house or under house arrest as he transitions to freedom.
  4. Drop and give me 40: a new study suggests men who can do more than 40 pushups have a 96% less likely chance of getting heart disease.
  5. The Chi-Comms are watching: An unprotected online database discovered by a Dutch non-profit revealed the Chinese government actively digitally tracking 2.5 million people in Western China. Each person’s record included data points about where they were going, noting places like “hotel” or “internet cafe.” The database was totally unprotected, if you’re a whiz who knew where to look would have no trouble accessing it.
  6. Your toaster could be killing you: Researcher Marina Vance found that smoke coming out of a toaster from burnt toast and crumbs collected at the bottom of the appliance create a greater pollution concentration in a standard home than you might find outside.
  7. An exact replica of the Titanic built in China will soon be completed. The $161 million project won’t ever set sail, but be a tourist attraction at a resort.
  8. Fear the blind: they’re suing at unprecedent rates if a website isn’t easily accessible by “screen reader” technology, which reads website content out loud in a robotic voice. There were 814 such lawsuits in 2017 but 2,250 in 2018, nearly triple the number.
  9. When you book a flight, you’ll have new options soon, if you’re not sure what your biology is. X for “unspecified” and U for “undetermined” as well as the totally old fashioned “male” and “female.”

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Pat Caddell, RIP

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:26

Pollster Patrick Caddell has died after suffering a stroke; he was 68. He made his splash in politics working for Jimmy Carter in the ’76 Presidential race, but later kept a safe distance from Democrat politics.

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Friends Flight

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:21

A private plane carrying Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox had to emergency-land on Friday after losing a tire during takeoff. The jet was en route to Cabo, also carrying Jimmy Kimmel’s wife and Jason Bateman’s wife; the pals were headed to Mexico to celebrate Jen’s 50th birthday. No one was injured.

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Save Dina!

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:19

Lindsay Lohan wasn’t thrilled that mom Dina was kicked off Celebrity Big Brother. In a since-deleted Instagram post, Linds wrote, “@cbs_bigbrother you suck and get no Valentine’s from @lohanbeachclub @mtv. My mother is an AMAZING woman and she did so well.” She added that the secrets she learned from Dina would “#EXPOSE #YOUALL” — but no word on what the secrets are or who would be exposed.

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Jay and Bob and Kevin Smith

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:17

Kevin Smith says production on the “Jay and Silent Bob” sequel will start a week from Monday. He first teased the sequel in February of 2017, but suffered a massive heart attack a year ago and has been working on recovery.

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Will Trolls Kim (and Kanye)

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:12

Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West took plenty of flack after Kanye’s Valentine’s Day tribute to his wife featuring Kenny G playing sax in person surrounded by single roses in vases. Will Smith piled on in an Instagram post over the weekend, photoshopping himself, as the Fresh Prince, over Kenny G in the picture. He captioned the pic, “Ye – I’m available next year.”

MEANWHILEKenny G has weighed in about the experience. He said Kanye asked him to pull the stunt off for Kim, and the timing just happened to work out. Kenny says Kim didn’t know what to do with herself for about a minute after she walked into the room, and was totally surprised. Kenny also said Kanye couldn’t have been nicer.

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Red Hot Rock Stars

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:07

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are consumate professionals. While playing in Tasmania, the venue lost power after just one song into the set. But while techs worked on the problem, bassist Flea did handstands on stage and frontman Anthony Kiedis got down to the front row to tell fans to spread the word that the mics weren’t working.

The problem was fixed about 15 minutes later.

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Miranda Lambert is Married

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 02:37

Surprise! Miranda Lambert is married! The country singer revealed the news in an Instagram post on Saturday, saying she met the love of her life and they got hitched.

Little is known about her new hubby Brendan Mcloughlin; so little in fact, there was no inclination Miranda had been linked to anyone since ending her relationship with Evan Felker. She dated R&B singer Anderson East before him, following her divorce from fellow country star Blake Shelton.

It is unclear when the nuptials took place.

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Lee Radziwill Had Died

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 02:36

Jackie Kennedy’s sister has died. Lee Radziwill, a world-famous socialite, passed away on Friday in her New York City home. A cause of death was not listed for the mom of two. She was 85-years-old.

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Bloom Proposal

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 02:34

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are engaged. The 42-year-old actor popped the question to the 34-year-old singer on Valentine’s Day. The couple then shared the exciting news on social media.

Katy posted a selfie with her fiancé, showing off her flower-shaped ring with pink center stone and diamonds.

Despite a brief break in 2017, the couple has been going strong since 2016.

This will be the first walk down the aisle for Katy and the second for Orlando; he was previously married to Miranda Kerr, with whom he shares son Flynn.

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Tommy Lee Marries for the Fourth Time

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 02:31

Tommy Lee is married, again. The Motley Crue drummer and social-media star, Brittany Furlan, said “I Do” on Valentine’s Day. Brittany, 32, shared the news on her Instagram, while the 56-year-old Tommy tweeted a countdown to the nuptials.

This is the fourth marriage for Tommy. He previously wed model Elaine Starchuk, actress Heather Locklear and actress Pamela Anderson. It was Brittany’s first trip down the aisle.

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