Trump retweets Diamond and Silk, slams NFL protesters

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President Donald Trump made time to tweet this Thanksgiving weekend.

On Thursday, he promoted a video on Twitter from pro-Trump YouTube stars Diamond and Silk intended as a guide for “how to reply when someone mentions the president at Thanksgiving.” The Black comedians were found to have been paid by the Trump campaign, despite Trump publicly denying that they were last year, and they’ve continued as media surrogates.

In their Thanksgiving video, the duo constructs a bit around a catch-all answer to political discord at the holiday table: “He’s Yo President.”

On Friday, Trump blasted the NFL for allowing player protests during the national anthem, revisiting a long-simmering culture war among American fans.

“Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss!” he tweeted. New York Giant Olivier Vernon took a knee prior to Thursday night’s game.

The league maintains it has no such plans to penalize players for kneeling.

Trump is at his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort on Friday and plans to play golf with Tiger Woods at the National Golf Club.

H/T the Hill

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British politician gives worst excuse ever for colleague’s porn stash

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Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom said sharing passwords with their staff—including interns in exchange programs—is common practice. The casual admittance of the practice has many U.K. citizens concerned about cybersecurity.

Nadine Dorries, a member of Parliament from Bedfordshire, first announced she shares her passwords with her staff on Saturday in an effort to defend First Secretary of State Damian Green, who has been accused of having porn on his computer. He denies watching or downloading porn, according to the BBC.

“My staff log onto my computer on my desk with my login everyday,” she tweeted. “Including interns on exchange programmes. For the officer on @BBCNews just now to claim that the computer on Greens desk was accessed and therefore it was Green is utterly preposterous.”

After many users on Twitter responded to Dorries’ tweet with concern about Parliament’s cybersecurity policies, she defended her initial tweet and said it’s OK that her staff can access her private computer because she doesn’t receive government documents.

Dorries wasn’t the only member of Parliament to admit that staff uses the same login credentials as the bosses. Even former staff members confirmed it.

Dorries and her colleagues seem unaware that it’s possible for staffers to have their own login information to access a computer and also still have the ability to log in to the same email. Some individuals on Twitter pointed out that sharing computer login information with staff might be breaking House of Commons IT policies. Others shared tips for best practices.

Looks like British politicians could learn a thing or two about cybersecurity.

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Trump employed undocumented immigrants to build Trump Tower

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President Donald Trump paid over $1.3 million in labor settlements in 1998 after he was accused of employing undocumented immigrants on the construction of the Trump Tower, the New York Times reported Monday.

In 1980, Trump employed 200 Polish immigrants to help demolish the Bonwit Teller building and make way for his Manhattan highrise, previous reports confirmed. Trump testified 10 years later that he didn’t know the workers were undocumented, despite others saying in court that he did know their immigration status.

Trump has said that he never settles lawsuits, but last week, a judge ordered the unsealing of court documents that led to the Times report. The documents, which were under wraps for 20 years, revealed that Trump settled Hardy v. Kaszycki for $1.375 million.

A motion filed by Time Inc. and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in 2016 prompted the unsealing, the Times reported.

Since taking office, Trump has continued to rail against undocumented immigrants.

“We are fighting hard for merit-based immigration, no more Democrat lottery systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter),” he tweeted Nov. 1.

On Tuesday, Trump blamed a potential government shutdown on immigration legislation rolled into funding bills.

In September, Trump ended an Obama-era policy protecting undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.  

H/T Mic

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Following Vegas shooting, Democrats want gun control, not ‘thoughts and prayers’

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Democratic leaders have hit a wall when it comes to sending “thoughts and prayers.”

On Monday, following the Las Vegas shooting, elected officials and party elders on the left sent stern tweets and statements that advocated for gun control. The hashtag “#GunControlNow” spiked at No. 2 in the United States on Twitter, as high-profile Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) stumped against the gun lobby.

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But it was Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) who offered the most biting statement. As a congressman, Murphy represented Newton during the Sandy Hook Massacre, and he’s been a gun control activist since.

“It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something,” Murphy wrote.

This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) pledged to skip out on the moment of silence in Congress that usually comes with national tragedies.

“Now is not a moment for silence; it’s a time for action,” he wrote on Twitter.

Others chimed in with similar sentiments.

The Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest mass shooting modern U.S. history, with at least 59 dead and 527 wounded.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect the latest death toll in the Las Vegas shooting.

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Gunman opens fire at Texas church; police say multiple people dead

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A gunman opened fire at a church in Texas on Sunday, and police say multiple people have been killed. According to KSAT, police said a man walked into a church in Sutherland Springs and began shooting at about 11:30am CT. A Wilson County (Texas) commissioner told the New York Times at least 20 people were dead. Another official told the newspaper “there were kids involved.”

Police said the alleged shooter is among the dead. CNN reported that police had to chase the gunman briefly into a neighboring county. It’s unclear if the gunman took his own life, or if he was killed by officers.

According to multiple reports, the FBI is investigating the shooting. A witness told CNN that she heard 20 gunshots.

President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted their condolences.

The internet also began to mourn.

Sutherland Springs is about 35 miles east of San Antonio in south Texas.

Update 5:38pm CT: According to Abbott, 26 people have died, making this the largest mass shooting in Texas history. Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar confirmed to the New York Times that the dead include children and a pregnant woman. Two law enforcement sources told the paper the gunman has been identified as 26-year-old Devin P. Kelley.

This story is developing and will be updated as verified information becomes available. 

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London police respond to ‘shots fired’ at subway station

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British police responded Friday to reports of “shot fired” in and around the Oxford Circus subway station in London, AP News reports.

Police confirmed that the incident is being treated as a potential “terror incident,” according to the Telegraph.

One woman sustained minor injuries while leaving the subway station, but there are no reported casualties, police said in a tweet.

On Twitter, there were reports of chaos as people were “running away from the underground station.”

The station, which was busy with commuters and Black Friday shoppers, has been closed. Police reportedly told people to stay off the streets as they dealt with the incident.

In a tweet, police said they are continuing to search for suspects, evidence of shots fired, or casualties.

This story is developing. We’ll update as new information becomes available.

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Justice Dept. sues to block AT&T–Time Warner deal

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The Justice Department on Monday filed an antitrust lawsuit in an attempt to block AT&T‘s takeover of Time Warner, calling the merger harmful to Americans.

The $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner has been scrutinized as a large consolidation of media. The deal took an unexpected turn when President Donald Trump was elected after vowing to block the deal on the campaign trail while criticizing CNN, which is owned by Time Warner.

The DOJ’s decision to oppose the media merger adds fuel to speculation that the Trump administration is meddling in Justice Department decisions in an attempt to enact retribution against CNN.

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Department’s Antitrust Division said in a statement that the “unlawful” deal would “greatly harm American consumers” by ensuring higher prices for television service.

“This merger would greatly harm American consumers. It would mean higher monthly television bills and fewer of the new, emerging innovative options that consumers are beginning to enjoy,” Delrahimsaid. “AT&T/DirecTV’s combination with Time Warner is unlawful, and absent an adequate remedy that would fully prevent the harms this merger would cause, the only appropriate action for the Department of Justice is to seek an injunction from a federal judge blocking the entire transaction.”

The deal would give AT&T a large portfolio of media properties, including CNN, HBO, Warner Bros., and other networks.

AT&T is preparing for a legal challenge of the deal, CNN reports, and could see the legal battle be resolved within a few months.

Reports earlier this month indicated that the Justice Department had demanded that AT&T sell CNN as part of a condition for approval, drawing questions as to whether Trump’s personal feelings toward the news network were influencing the Justice Department’s handling of the merger. Both the White House and Justice Department denied politics were part of its review of the deal.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to answer a question about the deal’s review last week, citing a Justice Department policy of not revealing such conversations.

Trump’s repeated attacks on CNN could be used as evidence in any trial, CNN reports.

The deal has been criticized by smaller television networks and some consumer groups on the grounds that it would give AT&T too large of a footprint in the media ecosystem, according to Reuters.

Update 4:58pm CT, Nov. 20: The DOJ has confirmed its lawsuit against AT&T.

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No one show Donald Trump these Christmas ceremony crowd-size photos

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Based on how upset Donald Trump got when it was revealed just how sparsely attended his presidential inauguration was compared to that of Barack Obama, he’ll probably be ultra-angry when he discovers these tweets from Thursday.

This was the scene from Thursday’s national Christmas tree lighting ceremony where the crowd was, um, a little light.

Naturally, there were also photos of last year’s lighting ceremony when Obama was presiding. Let’s compare the photos, shall we?

As you can clearly see, Trump’s crowd size was the largest that’s ever been seen. It’s yuge, really.

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James Comey throws major shade at Trump—with a Bible verse

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Is there anything sweeter than watching justice get served? For James Comey, gloating about it might be.

The former FBI director possibly threw some shade at the Trump administration on social media Friday morning after Michael Flynn pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI.

‘But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,’” Comey wrote on Instagram, referencing Amos 5:24 from the Bible.

This was his inaugural—and as of press time, only—post on Instagram. 

“But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24

A post shared by James Comey (@comey) on Dec 1, 2017 at 9:01am PST

Flynn was charged for falsely stating on Dec. 29, 2016, that he did not ask Russia’s former ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, to refrain from “escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia.”

President Donald Trump fired Comey last May, two months after he allegedly asked Comey to end the investigation of Flynn.

The post might be just a coincidence, but his followers didn’t see it that way.

Comey used chapter five in Amos, which also condemns those in power who take bribes, turn aside the needy, and afflict the righteous. It seems he’s feeling smug about the turn of events at the White House.

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Trump made his bodyguard get him McDonald’s when the White House screwed up his burger

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As the federal investigation into Russian election meddling heats up, virtually anyone who has had any proximity to President Donald Trump is being called in to testify—and it’s resulting in some bizarre anecdotes.

The latest revelation: Trump has an unhealthy craving for McDonald’s.

After the House Intelligence Committee announced members would be interviewing former Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller, Politico checked into the former security aide’s history with Trump. What they found was a little bit cheesy—literally.

When the White House chef didn’t make a hamburger to Trump’s liking, Schiller was the man Trump reportedly turned to for quick food runs up the street to grab Egg McMuffins in the morning. In the afternoon, he’d grab the president two quarter-pounders with cheese, no pickles, and extra ketchup, a large fries, and an apple pie, according to Politico.

Schiller joined Trump’s personnel in 2005 from his post as a police for the New York Police Department. Schiller oversaw the daily dealings of Trump’s world, from handing fired former FBI Director James Comey his presidential pink slip to stopping protestors from rushing the president.

H/T Politico

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