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Bill Maher: New Trump Slogan Should Be “Make America Atlantic City Again”

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Bill Maher: New Trump Slogan Should Be “Make America Atlantic City Again”
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Bill Maher takes his material to places that other talk-show hosts fear to tread. Case in point: a week after the cellblock suicide of Jeffrey Epstein the disgraced money manager and sex-trafficking defendant’s final moments of life were already punchline fodder for the audacious host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Maher’s joke started as a riff on President Donald J. Trump’s sloppy brinksmanship in the trade showdown with China but then it took a sharp turn into the lurid with a punchline about Epstein’s hanging death at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.

“Trump, the financial genius, is driving the economy over a cliff,” Maher mused. “For years, every one of the world’s economies has been doing f—ing great. Growing! Nobody, they said, could screw it up. Hah. Enter Trump saying,
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Democratic Primary Debate: Here Are Some Questions We Need Answered

Hey, CNN. Big night tonight. Feeling ready? Good. Of course you are. But just in case you’re still light on tough debate questions, or in case some corporate beancounter somewhere has demanded you treat this debate like a Ufc fight night (there was a bit of a hiccup there earlier this month), we’ve got some suggestions.

What are the most productive ways for white people to be involved in the struggle against racial injustice in this American moment, and how will you lead by example?

Every single one
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As Trump Launches 2020 Bid in Florida, the Sunshine State Pines for Biden

On the day that President Trump is poised to launch his re-election bid in Florida, a new poll finds that he is trailing in the crucial swing state to every top-tier Democrat in the running.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Trump would lose an election in Florida by the following margins to:

Joe Biden, 50-41

Bernie Sanders, 48-42

Elizabeth Warren, 47-43

Kamala Harris, 45-44

Beto O’Rourke, 45-44

Pete Buttigieg, 44-43

In a head-to-head matchup with Trump, the poll suggests, Biden could capture 7 percent of the Gop vote in addition to 54 percent of independents.
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HBO’s Running With Beto: A Sentimental Scrapbook of O’Rourke’s Campaign

Watching Beto O’Rourke’s presidential ambitions unravel in real time, it’s almost hard to remember the captivating magic he conjured during his campaign for the U.S. Senate, which ended just seven months ago. Enthusiasm has fizzled and O’Rourke has sunk in the polls as he struggles to make the case for why Democratic voters should choose him — a relatively undistinguished three-term congressman — from among almost two dozen senators, governors and one former vice president.

It’s not surprising, then, that O’Rourke was eager to tout the
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Wtf Is Happening at the NRA, Explained

Chaos broke out at the NRA’s annual convention in Indianapolis last week. The gun group’s figurehead president, Oliver North, backed by its longtime PR firm Ackerman McQueen, allegedly tried to oust the NRA’s powerful CEO, Wayne Lapierre. But Lapierre hit back — forcing North to step down, while winning unanimous reelection by the NRA board.

As this Game of Thrones-worthy infighting played out, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced she has opened an investigation into the NRA’s financial practices — amid public accusations that NRA executives
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Kate McKinnon Nears End of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Contract (Exclusive)

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Kate McKinnon Nears End of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Contract (Exclusive)
Saturday Night Live” fans will scan the next episodes of the show for all the usual stuff: the surprise guests in the cold open and the kooky characters who pop up during “Weekend Update.” But they may want to focus on something else.

Kate McKinnon, the popular “SNL” cast member who has won plaudits for her impressions of everyone from Hilary Clinton to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, is nearing the end of her contract with the show, according to two people familiar with the matter. And while her representatives and “SNL” producers are working to find a way to keep her appearing on the program, it’s entirely possible McKinnon’s sketches over the next few weeks could be her last as a full-time member of the “SNL” cast.

A spokeswoman for “Saturday Night Live” declined to comment. “SNL” has three original broadcasts left in its 44th season.
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‘The View’ Calls On Melania “Be Best” Trump To End Donald’s Attacks On John McCain And Grieving Family

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The morning after President Donald Trump again blasted Sen. John McCain during a White House presser with the new president of Brazil, The View once again came to the support of grieving daughter/co-host Meghan McCain.

Trump had been asked about his weekend Twitter attacks on McCain and responded that McCain had betrayed him on an Obamacare kill bill and other “disgraceful” things, adding, “I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be.”

The View Den Mom Whoopi Goldberg told viewers that Trump’s claims as to what McCain had done are not true. McCain had issues with Obamacare and wanted it changed “but not the way you chose to do it,” she told Potus.

“This is a psycho,” Joy Behar said of Trump. “He’s not normal; he’s obsessed with people that did not support him.” She blasted the Gop for not condemning Trump
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Mitt Romney Blows Out Twinkie Birthday Cake Candles One by One

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Mitt Romney Blows Out Twinkie Birthday Cake Candles One by One
Mitt Romney's birthday got super freaky with lots of hot wax, Twinkies ... and his unique approach to blowing.   The Utah Senator turned 72 Tuesday, and his staff surprised him with a cake made of his "favorite snack," much to his delight. Check out the vid, though -- Mitt drops a quick dad joke ... then gets weird with it. It's unclear why, but Romney takes his sweet time, removes each candle one by one ... and Then blows it out.
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Mark Hamill Jokes That Star Wars 9 Title Was Predicted by Futurama

Mark Hamill Jokes That Star Wars 9 Title Was Predicted by Futurama
Fans from all over the world were hoping that some Star Wars 9 footage, or even just the title, were going to debut during the Super Bowl. That ended up not being the case, but Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill teased fans over the weekend about the title, claiming that Futurama predicted it years ago. Matt Groening, who created the hit animated show, also created The Simpsons, who have been known to predict real-life events over the years, which is what Hamill is referring to.

Mark Hamill is pretty much an expert level troll online when it comes to dealing with Star Wars fans. He's obviously having a bit of fun with the fandom, but he recognizes some over-the-top behavior when he sees it. That's why he sent out a tweet to the world that handled the Star Wars 9 title. He had this to say.

"Disappointed there was no Star Wars
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Roger Stone Sucks Down Raw Oysters And Shells John Heilemann In ‘The Circus’ Sunday Return

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The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth returns to Showtime for its fourth season Sunday at 8 Pm with President Donald Trump confronting a House controlled by Democrats and Nancy Pelosi in charge. Co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon also return to explore how this shift in dynamic caused Trump to triggered the longest government shutdown in American history.

Producers also cleared room in the series’ Sunday season debut to include an interview conducted last May with longtime Trump pal and former campaign adviser Roger Stone, in light of his Friday pre-dawn arrest at his Fort Lauderdale home. In the interview, Stone rants about Robert Mueller overreach, mows over Heilemann and Wagner, and sucks down raw oysters on his way to a porn star’s birthday party.

The episode also includes “key newcomer to the hill” Mitt Romney, now a newly elected Republican senator from Utah, moments
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What’s Really Going on with Trump and the Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska?

When President Trump’s Treasury Department proposed lifting sanctions on companies tied to the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in December Secretary Steven Mnuchin vowed that the firms would be forced to “significantly diminish Deripaska’s ownership and sever his control.”

But, the New York Times is now reporting that Treasury’s promises were illusory: “The deal contains provisions that free [Deripaska] from hundreds of millions of dollars in debt while leaving him and his allies with majority ownership of his most important company.”

This is a dark twist in a sub-plot
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Trump-Loyal Senators Make Russian Oligarch’s Day

In the latest, alarming, sign of Russia’s influence over not just President Trump but the Gop more broadly, Senate Republicans went to bat Wednesday for sanctioned oligarch Oleg Deripaska, aka “Putin’s favourite industrialist,” who had loaned $10 million to Trump’s now-jailed former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

One month ago, Trump’s Treasury Department announced it would lift sanctions on three companies tied to Deripaska, an aluminum and energy magnate. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asserted that “these companies have committed to significantly diminish Deripaska’s ownership and sever his control.
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Kellyanne Conway Stumped By Donald Trump’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Poster At First Cabinet Meeting Of 2019

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Kellyanne Conway Stumped By Donald Trump’s  ‘Game of Thrones’ Poster At First Cabinet Meeting Of 2019
President Donald Trump’s official translator Kellyanne Conway showed up on Fox & Friends the morning after he held his first cabinet meeting of 2019 seated behind a large poster of his earlier Game of Thrones knockoff tweet of November, on which was splashed the message “Sanctions Are Coming” and the date November 5. In the poster, the date had been changed to November 4.

“What was with the poster yesterday on the table?” Brian Kilmeade asked Conway.

“That’s the President saying sanctions are coming November 4th,” Conway answered from the White House lawn, on January 3. Making a sharp right-hand turn, she added, “I think the President speaking for 95 minutes and holding forth on any number of issues shows his transparency, and shows he’s always willing to have the press in the room.”

“And that’s also why he wants people like Mitt Romney to be a team player, not be out
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In 2019, Let’s Finally Retire ‘Electability’

Bad news for anyone who had hopes of enjoying a few rancor-free months of 2019 before the presidential-election insanity begins. Not only is the race fully on, we’re already in our third or fourth toxic electoral narrative — the most recent involving that most infamous campaign cliché, “electability.”

The target was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-ma) this week, but it’ll be a half-dozen other candidates by June, when (insanely) the Democrats will reportedly hold their first way-too-early primary debates.

The 2020 race unofficially began on December 12th, when former Hud Secretary Julian
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Mitt Romney Has Logged On

Mitt Romney Has Logged On
Mitt Romney, the former — and potentially future — Republican presidential candidate marked his arrival as Utah senator with an op-ed published in the Washington Post that wasn’t too kind to President Trump. “A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect,” Romney declared. “As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable.
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Donald Trump Tweets: Mitt Romney Our New “Flake” And Mexico Paying For Wall

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast incoming Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s scathing op-ed, in Monday’s Washington Post, questioning Trump’s character.

“Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not,” Trump snarked, in a reference to departed Sen. Jeff Flake who was a frequent Trump critic behind a microphone anyway, though not so much when it came to casting his vote.

In the op-ed, Romney said Potus shapes the public character of the country and Trump’s “character falls short.”

“The President has not risen to the mantle of the office,” Romney wrote, citing his “deep descent in December” that included exits of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly. He nicked Trump for appointments of senior persons “of lesser experience” to replace them and others who have left, as
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Ice Cube Talks Alt-Right, Border Wall and Kanye’s Love of Trump

Ice Cube Talks Alt-Right, Border Wall and Kanye’s Love of Trump
Last year, as people stormed the streets of Charlottesville with tiki torches as a symbol of white pride, Ice Cube didn’t flinch. “It was a weak attempt to scare people,” he says. “It’s just a very weak attempt to make people feel like something was about to happen, or that this movement was out there ready to take over. It just reminded me of some Nazi, Ku Klux Klan stuff, so I wasn’t feeling it. I wanted to take their tiki torches and … you know what with them.
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See Ice Cube Recite Two Hard-Hitting New Raps A Cappella

See Ice Cube Recite Two Hard-Hitting New Raps A Cappella
Ice Cube refigured two songs from his new album, Everythang’s Corrupt, which comes out Friday, for two unique videos shot on a rooftop. On “Fire Water” — a track with a heavy trap beat and swirling synths — Cube turns the lyrics into a contemplative poem. “I’ma die of the good life,” he raps, as he paces. “Too much salt, too much sugar, too much smoke, too much liquor.” He looks alternatively pissed off and confident as he waves his hands; he looks like he’s figuring it all out.
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Forget ‘Conventional Wisdom’: There Are No More Moderates

It happens after every election. National press voices sift through results, toss around hot takes, and within a news cycle or two, the disease called conventional wisdom is pandemic again.

Listening the other night to talking heads like CNN’s Jake Tapper yammer on about how “candidate recruitment” and “veterans” are big takeaways for Democrats going forward triggered years of campaign-cliché flashbacks.

The big takeaway was that Trump got creamed in the suburbs, where he lost the confidence of “suburban moderates,” especially women. Trumpism is moving into the hills, we’ve been told,
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Tom Arnold Says He Gave Trump ‘Elevator Tape’ Details to a ‘Real Journalist’ (Podcast)

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Tom Arnold Says He Gave Trump ‘Elevator Tape’ Details to a ‘Real Journalist’ (Podcast)
Tom Arnold’s “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes” aired an episode Tuesday dedicated to a Trump “Elevator Tape” — even though there’s no proof such a tape exists.

Arnold, who cheerfully admits he has no credibility, told us on the “Shoot This Now” podcast that he’s turned over what he’s learned about the reputed tape to a “real journalist.” You can listen to it on Apple or right here.

There’s just one problem with Arnold telling a real journalist what he knows: As you’ll hear on our podcast, he’s very cagey about what, if anything, he conclusively knows.

And “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes” ended its season Tuesday night without revealing any Trump tapes.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Arnold’s show, which aired three episodes back-to-back Tuesday, is dedicated to tapes that have never been proven to exist,
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