Kate Middleton proved that a royal title doesn’t take away from her motherly duties. The Duchess and Princess Charlotte were stuck in traffic when they made a quick exit of the vehicle and headed into a local pub to use the loo. The royals, accompanied by a plain-clothed detective, entered the bar to the astonishment of local patrons.
A regular of the establishment, Maggie McKinney, told the Daily Mail that she was shocked to look up from her usual seat at the bar and see “the Duchess of Cambridge and her daughter.” She added that they “went to the toilet and then trotted out. They seemed totally normal.”
The reality star sent her youngest to stay with Khloe to prevent her from getting the flu that had hit the KKW Beauty mogul’s home.
Kim told Extra on Thursday, “Yesterday was a hard day because we have the flu going around. I sent her to Cleveland with Khloe.”
Chicago seemed to enjoy her time in The Land with cousin True Thompson, based on the photos Khloe shared on her Instagram.
That was quick: Comedian Kevin Hart is out as the host of the Oscars in 2019. There was uproar over previous tweets deemed to be anti-gay. Meanwhile, online videos surfaced of his 2010 act which had a whole bit on wanting to be sure his son wasn’t gay. Hart took down the offending tweets during the furor, but it wasn’t enough.
He at first refused to apologize, saying he’d addressed these criticisms previously. Then, without apologizing, he bowed out from hosting duties in the early hours of Friday morning. In a lengthy Instagram post and video he apparently took while lying in bed, he says he’s evolved, said people are just looking for things to be mad about, and is putting the entire issue to rest.
Nicholas Hoult – actor – 29
Aaron Carter – former teenie-bopper hearthrob – 31
Sarah Bareilles – singer – 39
C. Thomas Howell – Actor, “The Oustiders” (Ponyboy) – 52
Jeffrey Wright – actor – 53
Larry Bird – Indiana Pacers star – 62
Tom Waits – singer – 69
Ellen Burstyn – Actress – 86
Noam Chomsky – socialist author and writer – 90
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Eli Wallach – Actor, “The Good, the Bad, The Ugly”; more recently “Wall Street 2” – 1915
The Delaware state legislature ratifies the US Constitution, making Delaware the first of the United States.
By June of the following year, New Hampshire was the ninth of the 13 states to ratify the Constitution, rendering it binding.
The laws of the new government came into effect March 4, 1789.
Westward explorers Lewis and Clark build camp at what would become known as Fort Clatsop, near present-day Portland.
The Winter home was built after the crew laid eyes for the first time on the Pacific Ocean just a couple months earlier. The weather would be too brutal to continue an eastward crossing back across the newly-explored territory.
The area was full of elk and deer, providing plenty of food and resources for the winter. The nearby mountains provided protection from exceedingly inclement weather.
There crew departed Fort Clatsop in March the following year.
At approximately 7:02 a.m., radar operators stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii spot a fleet of aircraft on the radar headed toward the island. They were expecting American B-17s, so they found no reason to be alarmed.
They were wrong.
More than 360 Japanese fighter planes appeared less than an hour later, attacking the quiet Naval base early on a Sunday morning.
2400 Americans were killed and 1200 were wounded. Five of 8 battleships were destroyed, 3 destroyers were sunk, and 7 more were left severely damaged.
It was one of the worst foreign attacks on American-held land ever.
The next day the Senate voted to go to war with Japan unanimously, 82-to-0.
Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev flies into the United States to meet with President Reagan.
During the visit, the two heads of state would approve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty, which would have each nation do away with stockpiles of ballistic missiles in Europe with ranges between 320 and 3400 miles.
This treaty was unique in that it called for eliminating weapons, not just limiting the number a country could have.
The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against music service Napster for allowing free sharing of copyrighted tunes.
The case would define the new rules of file sharing on online networks.
It took almost 8 years to tie up the case. Though Napster sit down at first, it later returned as a paid service and is still around as a subscription music service.
Sen. Joe Manchin is backing off his support for a key nominee of President Trump. The West Virginia Democrat is withdrawing his support for Robert McNamee to be on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after intense pressure from environmental activists in his party. Manchin unexpectedly voted against McNamee in a Wednesday procedural vote in the Senate. Despite being a Democrat, Manchin’s opposition was unexpected because he’s from a strongly pro-Trump state, he’s supported Trump’s energy agenda in the past, and he voted for NcNamee in committee just two weeks ago. Manchin cited recently released video of the Trump nominee trashing renewable energy as the reason for his no vote.
—QUOTABLE: “After viewing video footage, which I had not previously seen, where Bernard McNamee outright denies the impact that humans are having on our climate, I can no longer support his nomination to be a FERC commissioner.” -Manchin
The United States military flew an “extraordinary” mission over Ukraine in a show of aggression against Russia. The Department of Defense announced the flyover, conducted under the Open Skies Treaty, as a protest of Russia’s aggressive posture toward Ukraine—particularly its seizure of three Ukrainian ships several weeks ago. President Trump added that he is not happy with Russia’s latest actions, and cancelled a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit last weekend.
—QUOTABLE: “Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!” -Trump on Twitter
—QUOTABLE: “Today the United States and Allies conducted an extraordinary flight under the Open Skies Treaty. The timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations…Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch strait is a dangerous escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity.” -Dept. of Defense
CNN hack Don Lemon just can’t help himself. On Wednesday, the cable news host said that he would not have shaken President Trump’s hand at the memorial service for President George H.W. Bush if he had been in former president Barack Obama’s place. He’s not nearly as big a man as Obama, who did shake the president’s hand, Lemon proclaimed in a nauseating attempt at broadcasting his humility. But fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo condemned Lemon—it’s about showing respect in an important moment for the country, Cuomo rebutted. The Obamas don’t have to show respect, Lemon said—and shouldn’t, given Trump’s attitude toward Barack, he went on.
—QUOTABLE: “Nope, couldn’t do it. I’m not that big a person. I would hope that I would be, but I don’t — I can’t fake the funk as they say. I’m not saying the Obamas did that, but there they go, right there.” -Lemon
—QUOTABLE: “I don’t think it’s about faking the funk. I think it’s about showing respect for something bigger than them.” -Cuomo
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The head of the Democratic Party is unhappy that with Republicans going to church. “People buy” what they hear at church, and that’s usually a conservative message—and that gives the GOP an unfair advantage, according to Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez in comments recently before a left-wing political group. Republicans have churches, Fox News, and the NRA, which are the only voices most people in rural Republican areas listen to, Perez implied.
—QUOTABLE: “I’ve learned this from the outreach we’ve done at the DNC. Why aren’t we penetrating, I ask? And I had someone in northwest Wisconsin tell me: ‘You know what? For most of the people I know, their principle sources of information are Fox News, the NRA newsletter and the pulpit on Sunday.’ And it should come as a surprise to no-one that our message doesn’t penetrate.” -Perez
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Whistleblower advocates are condemning an FBI raid of a Clinton Foundation insider who reported possible wrongdoing involving the so-called charity, nuclear material broker Uranium One, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 16 FBI agents raided the home of Dennis Cain on Nov. 19, who used to work for an FBI contractor. According to the Daily Caller, those familiar with the raid said it should’ve never happened because Cain had been granted whistleblower status by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Raiding his home goes against the spirit of laws designed to protect people who report nefarious activity, experts say.
—QUOTABLE: “This isn’t how we should be treating whistleblowers who are coming forward with information about high level wrongdoing…It sends a very strong message that you will be treated as a criminal even though what you’re trying to do is expose crime or a potential crime.” -Nick Schwellenbach, Project on Government Oversight
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Turns out the intelligence community had its suspicions about the infamous Steele Dossier. In a lengthy email thread from October of 2016, Justice Department and FBI officials discussed concerns about the propaganda document designed as a smear against President Trump, at the time a candidate. Top officials were aware that the dossier’s author, Christopher Steele, was in contact with reporters about his report—raising red flags about his motives. Republicans have long alleged the FBI used media reports about the Steele Dossier to justify court warrants to spy on subjects of the dossier using a fabricated ring of circular logic.
—QUOTABLE: “For months, we have been reviewing emails between FBI and DOJ and others that clearly show that they knew of information that should have been presented to the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance] Court. It is real evidence that people within the FBI withheld evidence from the FISA court…Even though we know what’s in those emails, a lot of them are still redacted. So they’re still refusing to give Congress even in a classified setting this information.” -House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes
Thursday morning was made extra special for a famous father and son.
Denzel Washington sat with his son John David Washington as the names of nominees for the 2019 Golden Globes were announced. Leslie Mann read the names for Best Actor and last on the list of 5 was John’s.
The “Blackkklansman” star told E! News that he hugged his dad for “what felt like for about 10 minutes. We just held each other.”
The 34-year-old’s nomination comes 30 years after his father’s first nomination—in the same category—for his role in the movie “Cry Freedom.”
While previous reports alluded to the demise of the annual Kardashian Christmas card being Tristan Thompson’s fault, that is not the reality of the situation.
Kim Kardashian-West explained to E! News that after the drama last year, the family feels they no longer have it in them to coordinate a card. They also don’t think they could create something that would top the masterpiece from last year.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new cottage home has a super heart-breaking backstory. Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate—literally named after frogs—was home to Queen Victoria’s aide and close confidant Abdul Karim.
The story goes that members of the royal household were not fond of the bond between the royal and her aide, whether it was due to jealousy or racism is unclear. They also did not appreciate the pair’s regular correspondence via letters.
The morning after the Queen’s funeral, the royal family ordered a raid on the cottage and all of Abdul’s cherished letters from the Queen were taken and burned, right in front of him. A heartbreaking moment for Abdul and dark history in the royal family.
Following the raid, Abdul was sent back to India.
Tyler Perry made some Walmart shoppers very happy this holiday season.
The famous actor and filmmaker wrote a couple of big checks to 2 Walmart stores on Thursday, to cover the cost of any outstanding layaway items.
One check was for $178k at a store in Atlanta and the other was $256k at a nearby store in Douglasville.
The cause of death for Stephen Hillenburg has been revealed. According to his death certificate, the “SpongeBob SquarePants” creator died of heart failure as a result of his ALS.
The document also states that he was cremated and his ashes were scattered off the coast of California.
Stephen died last month after battling ALS for more than a year. He is survived by his wife and son. He was 57-years-old.
Scott Eastwood enjoyed a very up-close experience with a couple of killer whales.
Clint Eastwood’s son was paddle boarding with a friend in Mexico when 2 orcas decided to see what all the splashing was about. The whales got so close to the men that they could have reached out and touched them.
While orcas aren’t known to attack humans, it was still a risky situation as there is always a possibility.
Summer Bunni made an emotional apology to Cardi through TMZ and offered hopes that the estranged couple would be able to reconcile.
Summer and the rapper allegedly hooked up not long before Cardi gave birth to the couple’s daughter Kulture. Summer was also the woman Cardi’s hubby allegedly asked to have a threesome with that would have included wannabe rapper Cuban Doll.
Reality star Tommie Lee got out of the slammer, only to get locked right back up. Law enforcement officials told TMZ that the “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star was released on November 7—with an ankle monitor—only to get picked back up for violating her probation in her DUI case.
Tommie was arrested twice in a 24-hour window back in October for a DUI and allegedly stalking her daughter and slamming her into a school locker.
She will get a second shot at release later this month.
The original home of America’s First Reality Family aka The Kardashians has sold for $5.25 Million.
The home, which was featured as a backdrop in the opening credits of the first few seasons of the hit E! show, was not the reality family’s real crib, but used so no one knew where the family actually resided.
According to TMZ, the home is located in Studio City and has also been featured in a Victoria Secret commercial.