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Trump Cancels Dem Overseas Excursion

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 20:10

President Trump got his revenge on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a truly Trumpian way. Just an hour before a delegation of Dem members of congress were set to leave for a trip overseas, Trump revoked their use of military air travel to do so. It’s best to cancel the trip and focus on negotiations, Trump wrote in a letter. But Pelosi and pals are free to fly commercial, he added. The government shutdown has now entered its fourth week.

MEANWHILE, the White House has also cancelled a U.S. delegation’s planned trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the move was made out of consideration of the 800,000 federal workers either furloughed by the shutdown or currently working without pay.

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Liberal Fad Candidate O’Rourke Brought To Earth

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 20:09

Robert Francis O’Rourke’s (aka Beto O’Rourke’s) star might already be fading on the left. In a think piece posted at CNN, reporter Nia-Malika Henderson lambasts that the left’s new heartthrob “drips with white male privilege.” One Washington Post writer, in a post called “Preseason is over,” attacks the failed Texas senate candidate’s recent interviews in which he offers disjointed answers and no policy ideas as “babble.”

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Trump Taken Aback By Barr’s Closeness With Mueller

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 20:09

President Trump is reportedly not thrilled with William Barr’s close relationship with Robert Mueller. In recent testimony as he seeks the Senate’s OK as the next attorney general, Barr mentioned his close ties with the special counsel, a longstanding friendship. Sources cited by CNN don’t think the president’s reaction will jeopardize Barr’s path to the job.

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Virginia Legislator Wears Gun Onto Senate Floor

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 20:08

A Virginia state legislator caught national attention by open carrying a handgun onto the state Senate floor. State Sen. Amanda Chase, obviously a Republican, wore her .38-caliber revolver to the podium, explaining she usually carries concealed but thought her first speech was a good time to carry it openly. “It’s just for personal safety, quite honestly,” she said.

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Massive New Hacked Email Stash Found

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 20:08

The largest stash of breached data in history has been discovered living on a popular hacking forum. The data includes 770 million email addresses and passwords posted to the forum in mid-December. According to a security consultant the storehold of hacked information is a giant compilation of other hacks but does contain 140 million hacked email addresses not previously known to have been compromised. The massive hack file has been nicknamed “Collection #1.”

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The Hit List: January 18, 2019

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:27
  1. President Trump has cancelled Nancy Pelosi’s foreign trip, likely in retaliation for her withdrawal of his invitation to give the State of the Union address. Knowing she’d be in town, Trump used the opportunity to invite her to negotiate an end to the government shutdown.
  2. Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen paid off a hacker to influence Trump’s standing in online polls ahead of the 2016 presidential election, stuffing cash and sports memorabilia in a Wal-Mart bag. Cohen says the fee was actually paid in cash. Rigging the polls isn’t illegal, though morally questionable. The legal issue is whether this was a campaign expense, or a citizen’s lawyer protecting his client. Cohen will go to prison because it has been ruled an illegal campaign expense. He’s testified the vote-rigging was Trump’s direct order.
  3. A huge storm is heading across the United States; the East Coast can expect up to 40 inches of snowfall over the weekend, along with freezing rain and heavy showers. Also brace for delays and cancellations ant any airports on freeways.
  4. Don’t get lost: The Magnetic North Pole is on the move, and has been for some time. Nature magazine estimates it’s hustling at a rate of 55km a year. But with the government shutdown, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is pushing back an update to the World Magnetic Model — which designates the position of the magnetic North Pole to assist in navigation — to January 30, from January 15.
  5. Prince Phillip’s car flipped in an accident — he’s ok, but the Land Rover flipped on its side. The 97 year old is shaken; more in ROYALS >>
  6. Lexington, Kentucky has a crappy situation — disposable wipes are being flushed into the sewers, but they’re not disintegrating. Workers must remove them by hand. One clog recently caused an 18 inch sewer line to spring a leak and dump 80,000 gallons of crapwater into a creek.
  7. Birth rates are down in Norway, and the socialists there are worried. With a strong welfare state, a smaller tax base will make it very difficult to fund entitlements to the aging population.
  8. A study in “Science” journal says huge asteroids are hitting Earth much more frequently — but fret not. The collision rate over the last 290 million years is twice that of the 700 million preceding it. The closest space rock that could devastate the entire planet has a 99.988% chance of missing Earth … in 861 years.
  9. Leslie Moonves isn’t leaving CBS without a fight; he’s challenging the board’s decision to dismiss him without a $120 million golden parachute, since his wretched behavior was cause for dismissal.
  10. Ford Motor Company is developing an electric model of its F-Series pickup truck. Battery electric and hybrid models are in the works to “future proof” the popular line of pickups.

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Birthdays: January 18, 2019

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:46

Kelly Rohrbach – model – 29

Estelle – singer – 39

Jason Segel – actor, “How I Met Your Mother” – 39

Julius Peppers – NFL pro – 39

Dave Batista – pro wrestler – 50

Jesse L Martin – actor, “Law & Order” – 50

Kevin Costner – actor – 64

BORN ON THIS DATE

Cary Grant – 1904

 

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History: January 18, 2019

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:42

1778
Captain James Cook sails past Oahu, Hawaii. He’s the first documented
European to encounter the Hawaiian islands.

Two days later he would land on Kauai.

The natives were welcoming, rather than hostile. They were intrigued by the Europeans’
use of metals and iron. Cook used this to his advantage.

He traded iron from the ship for food provisions. Sailors swapped iron nails for wild
Hawaiian boom-boom with the women, which Cook encouraged.

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1803
Congress agrees to fund the Lewis and Clark expedition.
On the books, Congress granted $2,500, but it’s estimated the whole trip cost closer to
$50,000.

The expedition would map and explore much of the Louisiana Purchase, but the plan
was proposed even before Napoleon offered to sell the land. When news of the offer
came to America, Congress jumped on the chance to survey the land.

Jefferson secretly tasked the crew to slog all the way westward, to determine just how
far the continent expanded westward.

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1912

Robert Falcon Scott and his expedition make their final slog to the South Pole.
They find they weren’t the first explorers to make it; they were bested by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.

Both teams had set out in October, but Amundsen’s camp was 60 miles closer to the prize, and were able to return to their base camp.

Scott and his team were plagued with bad luck along the way. Their motorized sleds had broken down. They had to shoot the Siberian ponies they used for travel. The dogs were released and sent back to camp. His team continued on foot.

Two men died in terrible cold weather. Scott’s final journal entry was listed for March.

He and the remaining two men were found 8 months later — just 11 miles from basecamp.

1958
The National Hockey League becomes racially integrated, when Willie O’Ree
laces up his skates for the Boston Bruins.

O’Ree grew up in New Brunswick, Canada, and was one of only 2 black families in his
town, but he was known as one of the best skaters.

He worked his way up the minor hockey leagues, until he finally earned a spot in the
pros.

The NHL had not ever officially turned away a player because of race — O’Ree was just
the first racial minority good enough to make a team.

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1971
George McGovern launches his unsuccessful bid for president.

Though he would win the Democratic nomination, he got steamrolled by Richard Nixon
in the general election, only winning the electoral votes from Massachusetts and D.C.

Voters decided to not go with the man whose foreign policy basically surrendered to the
communists.

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Prince Philip Uninjured in Car Accident

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:47

Prince Philip is a-okay after being involved in a car accident. The collision, which occurred close to the Sandringham Estate on Thursday, reportedly involved the 97-year-old royal and another vehicle. Philip was seen by doctors as a precaution, but was deemed to be uninjured.

No other details on the incident were shared.

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Keeping Up With Rob

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:35

Kardashian fans will soon be able to Keep Up with Rob Kardashian. The youngest Kar-sibling has been notably absent from the family’s reality TV show, but that will not be the case for the upcoming 16th season of the show.

Big sis, Kim Kardashian-West shared the news about her brother’s return, when she appeared on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” earlier this week. Along with sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, she told the host that Rob is “doing good” and “ready to film with the family again.”

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Celebrity Big Brother Salary

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:27

The newest cast of “Celebrity Big Brother” will all have one thing in common…their starting salaries. All 12 stars will receive $100k just for entering the house and the winner can rake in an additional $250k.

Notables in the new cast include, Anthony Scaramucci, Dina Lohan, Ryan Lochte, Joey Lawrence and Tom Green.

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Mr. & Mrs. Bieber Plan Wedding #2

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:07

Justin and Hailey Bieber are getting hitched again. The couple’s second round of “I Dos” will reportedly be taking place somewhere in L.A. the weekend of March 1, which also happens to be the Biebs’ 25th Birthday. The ceremony will include friends and family of the newlyweds and will be a religious affair.

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Liam Neeson’s Nephew Passed Away

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 02:34

Liam Neeson’s nephew has died. According to The Belfast Telegraph, Ronan Sexton passed away over the weekend in a village in Northern Ireland. The news comes just 5 years after he suffered from a tragic fall that left him with severe head injuries. His family was reportedly by his side during his time of death. Ronan was only 35-years-old.

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Michael Clifford is Engaged!

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 02:32

Michael Clifford is engaged! The 5 Seconds of Summer guitarist proposed to his longtime girlfriend Crystal Leigh last week during a romantic sunset outing in Bali. Michael shared the news on his Instagram, adding that the special day was also their 3-year anniversary.

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Matt Helder’s Files For Divorce

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 02:31

Matt Helders has called it quits on his marriage. The Arctic Monkeys’ drummer filed for divorce from his wife Breana McDow Helders, after just two years of marriage. They are parents to a 3-year-old daughter, Amelia Darling.

It is not clear what led to the split.

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Mariah’s Former Assistant Claims Abuse

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 02:30

Mariah Carey’s former assistant has fired back at the lawsuit against her with one of her own. Lianna Azarian, who worked for the singer from 2015 to 2017, has filed suit against Mariah’s former manager Stella Bulochnikov, on the claims of horrible abuse.

In the lawsuit, Lianna stated that Stella committed various acts of abuse, which included, slapping her butt and breasts, urinating on her, tackling her to the ground and sitting on her. She added that she was also called the “n-word” and a “f***ing Armenian whore.” The lawsuit states these things all occurred in the presence of Mariah, who did nothing about them.

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Defensive Back Pummels Guy Masturbating Outside Home

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 02:28

Former NFL defensive back Tony Beckham beat the crap out of man who was allegedly masturbating outside his teenage daughter’s window. According to police in Palm Beach County, Florida, Tony saw a man with his hands down his pants and went after him when he saw the guy making masturbating motions. The former Tennessee Titan went Mayweather on the perp’s face, causing multiple breaks.

The man, who was discovered to be 48-year-old Geoffrey Cassidy, was arrested and booked for Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition in the Presence of a Child. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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David Eason In Trouble With Guns, Again

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 02:26

David Eason—former “Teen Mom” castmate—allegedly pulled a gun on a woman who was looking at his house. According to real estate agent Sandra Britt, she was looking for a rental property for her daughter when she stopped to admire the home belonging to David and Jenelle Evans. David, upon seeing the woman, reportedly pulled up beside her on his ATV put his hand on what appeared to be a gun in a holster saying, “That’s right. I got a gun. I will shoot you.”

Sandra said she tried to file a police report, but was told nothing could be done because technically the incident took place on a public highway. She plans to file a report with the Sheriff’s Department soon.

MEANWHILE—a rep for David denies the details of the encounter, telling TMZ that while he did confront the woman,  he never threatened to shoot her. He wasn’t even carrying a gun at the time.

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Meghan Ruffled Some Feathers

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 02:24

Royal expert, Katie Nicholl has added some fuel to the royal “feud” fire. Katie told Entertainment Tonight that when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first got married, Meghan had a “very roll-up-her-sleeves attitude about adjusting to the royal life and taking on the work.” She believes this may have ruffled some feathers, especially with sister-in-law Kate Middleton who did not adjust to her new role as smoothly.

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Day of the Year: 1/18/19

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 02:23

Thesaurus Day
Winnie The Pooh Day
National Peking Duck Day
National Michigan Day

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