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Poll Finds Trump Approval In The Gutter

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 20:12

A new poll has found President Trump’s job approval at its lowest level since he took office. The Morning Consult/Politico poll found 57 percent of registered voters disapprove of Trump’s job performance, while 40 percent approve. Obviously Republicans love him and Democrats hate him, but ominously, 60 percent of independents registered their disapproval of the president.

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Kerry to Trump: Resign

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 20:11

Former Secretary of State John Kerry offered a message to President Trump from the Davos Conference in Switzerland: “Resign.” Asked by a moderator what he’d say if given face time with Trump, Kerry claimed Trump “doesn’t take any of this seriously,” and he should resign, the failed former presidential candidate said to laughter. 

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Carrie Underwood Baby #2

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 18:19

Carrie Underwood is a mom again. She and hockey pro husband Mike Fisher welcomed son Jacob Bryan on Monday. “Our hearts are full, our eyes are tired and our lives are forever changed. Life is good …” she said in the Instagram announcement. Jacob joins 3 1/2 year old older brother Isaiah.

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Hit List: January 24, 2019

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 18:16
  1. President Trump has been formally and concretely disinvited from giving the State of the Union address, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has confirmed. He’ll still probably give a speech, but where and to whom remains to be determined.
  2. Director Bryan Singer has been accused of assaulting underage men in a new report by The Atlantic. He denies it. He most recently directed the Queen story Bohemian Rhapsody, which is up for 5 Oscars.
  3. At least five are dead after a bank shooting in southern Florida. The gunman was stopped and arrested at the scene. He reportedly called into 911 while committing the act.
  4. Microsoft’s Edge mobile browser will include standard the NewsGuard indicator, which gives a green dot for reliable news sites and red dots for sites deemed unreliable. “Green” sites include Buzzfeed, CNN, Voice of America, and openly left-wing sites Refinery29 and Vice. But the Red-dot sites? Drudge and Brietbart.
  5. Gossip blog Gawker was looking to relaunch after being purchased for pennies on the dollar by Bustle Media Group, but its only two writers have already quit because, they claim, the editor in chief has made offensive comments about all controversial topics from women to minorities, and ownership did nothing to stop it.
  6. Forget drones: Amazon is testing automated ground robots to deliver packages to homes. The pilot program will start in the Seattle area, and deliver good to customers by the automated “Amazon Scout” robot.
  7. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Twitter exec Jack Dorsey says he once had dinner with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who served him goat meat from an animal on his property he killed earlier, during a year-long phase when Zuck would only eat meat he killed.
  8. The most expensive home ever has been sold. The New York City penthouse is going to investor billionaire Ken Griffin from $268 million. Earlier this year he bought $122 million digs in London, in one of the biggest residential transactions in that city ever.
  9. Hulu is cutting the cost of its streaming service to $5.99 a month, down from $7.99. But the cost to stream live TV is going up $5 a month to $44.99.
  10. Amazon Shipping is looking to expand delivering just its own packages. It’s actively pursuing enterprise clients from FedEx and UPS, saying they’re smaller, more nimble, less expensive, and more efficient.

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Birthdays: January 24, 2019

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 17:52

Mischa Barton – actress, “The O.C.” – 33

Tatyana Ali – actress, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” – 40

Mary Lou Retton – American gold medal gymnast – 51

Yakov Smirnoff – comedian – 68

Neil Diamond – singer – 78

BORN ON THIS DATE

John Belushi – actor – 1949

Warren Zevon – singer – 1947

Oral Roberts – early 20th century religious leader – 1918

Ernest Borgnine – TV actor – 1917

Edith Wharton – novelist – 1862

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History: January 24, 2019

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 17:50

1781
Brigadier General Francis Marion rallies a militia force to raid Georgetown South
Carolina.

The crew took three officers captive, and later used their uniforms to infiltrate a British
camp.

Marion’s story served to inspire The Patriot starring Mel Gibson.

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1908
Lord Robert Baden-Powell publishes “Scouting for Boys” in England.

The book created buzz around Britain, and informal troupes of interested boys popped
up around the country.

By the end of the year there were 60,000 scouts. Some girls were interested, and
Baden-Powell formed the Girl Guides to be a separate organization.

The program crossed the pond to the U.S. in 1910.

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1935
The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivers 2,000 sealed cans of beer to a test group of loyal drinkers in Richmond Virginia.

91 percent liked the taste and convenience. And an American staple was born.

The cans were a product of the American Can Company. The drinks were pressurized, and the tin was chemically coated so the carbonated beer would not react with it.

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1972
Farmers living on Guam discover a Japanese man who had been surviving off the land for 28 years.

Shiochi Yokoi was a Japanese sergeant. When Americans invaded, he went into hiding
rather than surrender. In the meantime, he wasn’t aware the war had ended, and was waiting for the Japanese to return.

Obviously he was misinformed.

When he married back in Japan he chose some place tropical for his honeymoon: Guam.

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2006
Pixar is sold to Walt Disney.

Pixar is the production company behind movies like Toy Story and The Incredibles. Walt Disney had always been their distributor.

The move came after the ouster of Disney Head Michael Eisner, who famously butted heads with Pixar head Steve Jobs.

The new execs at Disney wanted to make nice before their contract with Pixar ran out. The deal went through for more than $7 billion.

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Busta’s Times Square Brawl

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 14:03

Busta Rhymes got into a tussle with a man in Times Square on New Year’s. Witnesses told TMZ that Busta was sitting in his car when a couple walked by and the woman said hi. The man with her apparently did not like Busta’s response of asking the woman to come hang with him in his ride and had words with the rapper.

The two men got in each other’s face and eventually put their hands on one another only to be broken up by Busta’s security team. Police responded but no arrests were made.

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Southern Charm Star’s New Man

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 12:41

Kathryn Dennis has a new man in her life. The “Southern Charm” starlet posted a photo of herself with Hunter Price, sparking relationship rumors. While nothing was officially confirmed, based on the comments, fans are assuming the are an item.

Hunter is famous for being on “America’s Got Talent” in 2018.

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Alec Baldwin Pleads Guilty in Parking Lot Punch

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 12:39

Alec Baldwin pled guilty to a harassment in the second-degree charge from an altercation last November. The charge came after the actor was arrested for punching a man over a primo parking spot. According to the Manhattan District Attorney, the actor must participate in an anger management class as part of his plea.

Alec tweeted about the ordeal on Wednesday, saying “I pled guilty to a charge of harassment, a violation. The press reported that I punched someone. That is untrue.”

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T.I. Supporting Chris Brown

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 12:32

T.I. is standing by Chris Brown in wake of the rape allegation against him. He says that he still believes in “innocent until proven guilty” and will wait to make his judgement until a jury does. The rapper added that he is “not about to jump on the bandwagon of condemning someone without giving ‘em their day in court.”
MEANWHILE—Chris Brown is planning to sue the woman accusing him of rape for defamation. Chris’ lawyer, Raphael Chiche said that his client is free with no restrictions and a complaint for “slanderous denunciation will be filed with the public prosecutor of Paris.”

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Kendra’s New Man

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 12:30

Kendra Wilkinson was spotted with a new man on her arm. The former Playmate and Chad Johnson—former Bachelorette contestant—were seen hand in hand leaving Rocco’s Tavern in Los Angeles on Monday night. Witnesses said the duo was inside for about and hour and it appeared to be a date.

Kendra was previously married to NFLer Hank Baskett, who she filed for divorce from last year. There have been some road blocks along the way, however. Earlier this month a judge rejected the divorce documents, again, because there was an error. The exes are currently sharing custody of their two children.

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Biebers Delay Wedding #2…Again

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 12:28

Round 2 of Justin and Hailey Bieber’s nuptials have been postponed…again. Sources told TMZ that the 300 guests who received their “save the date” were notified this week that it is being rescheduled.

Another source said that the wedding will not be anytime soon as the couple wants to properly plan it and give guests plenty of warning.

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Mitch the Magnificent

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 17:15

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced late Tuesday he’s scheduling a vote on a bill to fund the wall and end the shutdown on Thursday. If it fails, the body will vote on a competing Democrat bill to open the government but not fund the wall.

It’s unlikely either will get the filibuster-proof majority of 60 votes.

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Graham the Goodest

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:36

Senator Lindsay Graham is still trying to broker a compromise to re-open the government. The Trump ally says he’ll offer a deal to Trump this morning — and if approved, he hopes to hammer it out in three weeks! A blisteringly fast pace for the federal legislature. No word yet on what kind of deal Graham is trying to strike.

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Transgender Ban Holds

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:33

The Supreme Court has upheld the Trump Administration’s ban on transgendered people serving in the military. The decision was 5-4.

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2019 Oscar Nominations

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:33

The Oscar nominees have been announced and the list has—as it does every year—taken some by surprise. While films like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” received nods, “The Favourite” and “Roma” lead the pack with 10 nominations apiece. Rami Malek and Marina De Tavira are celebrating their first Oscar nods, while actress Amy Adams is up for her 6th Academy Award.

Some of Hollywood’s elite were noticeably snubbed this year. Those include Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Timothee Chalamet (“The Beautiful Boy”), Nicole Kidman (“Boy Erased”) and Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins”).

Surprise nominations came in for the Netflix movie “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” with three nods (Best Costume Design, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song).

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CoCo 2020

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:32

Conan O’Brien returned to the airwaves Tuesday night after a four month hiatus. The show was revamped — ditching the host desk and suit for a shorter, half-hour program. Tom Hanks was the guest.

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Iowa Caucus 2020

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:29

Organizers for Iowa’s Democrat caucuses are scrambling ahead of what they expect to be historic turnout. The first-in-the-nation voting system had its hiccups in 2016, but with an even bigger Democrat turnout expected, a huge field of candidates, and white-hot hatred for President Trump, organizers are considering allowing video-chat and phone call-in systems to allow those not physically present to still be able to caucus. The caucus will be held February 3, 2020 – a mere 377 days.

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Joni Ernst Divorce

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:24

Testimony from divorce proceedings between Senator Joni Ernst and ex-husband Gail have been unsealed after being finalized earlier this month. The transcripts show Ernst  accusing her husband of being physically and mentally abusive after she confronted him about an inappropriate relationship with the family babysitter.

It’s also revealed that she was vetted by the Trump campaign in 2016 to be Vice President, but she turned down any offer after the first interview with then-candidate Trump.

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Alexandria Gives 0 F****s

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:18

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is enjoying her rockstar status, appearing this week on The Late Show. Colbert at one point asked her how many [f-words] she gives — but they bleeped him saying the actual word. She responded in stride that she indeed gives “zero.” This late night appearance comes on the heels of her declaration that the world will end in 12 years from global warming if action isn’t swiftly taken.

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