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Donald Trump’s Presidency Is Right On Time For Another WGA Strike

Since the first writers' strike of 1960, there have been 12 U.S. presidents – five Democrats and seven Republicans, and yet all six WGA strikes occurred during Republican administrations. And if the guild launches its seventh strike in May, as threatened, it will once again be under a Republican administration. There weren't any WGA strikes during the presidencies of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson or John F. Kennedy. But there was one during the… Read

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Conservative PAC TV Spots Prematurely Thank GOP For Defeating Obamacare

Last night, back-patting commercials bought by the right-leaning American Action Network PAC went off as planned, even though Trumpcare didn’t. In a batch of local-market commercials running during CBS’s March Madness games, the PAC ads boasted, “Republicans are keeping their promises, with a new plan for better health care, more choices and lower costs.” Doctors, the ads continued, would be back in charge. The spots ended with tailored conclusions thanking local… Read

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Bill Maher Gets No Smiles From Tyranny Expert: “I’m Not Going To Laugh At Any Of That”

UPDATE with video, below Bill Maher couldn’t get so much as a chuckle out of his history professor guest tonight when the subject turned to dictators. Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The 20th Century sat stonefaced as Maher read off a list of things about Donald Trump that remind him of Third World dictators. "Yeah, right, so I'm not going to laugh at any of that,” Snyder said on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, “because in your world it's Third… Read

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Hollywood Gloats, Jokes & Otherwise Reacts To Trumpcare Failure

Carl Reiner says he got bumped by it, Drew Carey says it’s the makings of a worst day ever, and Rosie Perez says now, now everyone, don’t gloat: Hollywood watched the implosion of Trumpcare today and weighed in. pic.twitter.com/j21gUZIA9h — Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 24, 2017 Was thinking that after today there must be a bit of Trump at 70 that wishes he was just playing golf… but then I remembered he kinda is. — Paul Bettany (@Paul_Bettany) March 24… Read

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Donald Trump Blames Democrats For Trumpcare Flop In Major Blow To His Presidency

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UPDATED with Trump news conference. President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for the major blow to his new administration, after he failed to secure enough votes to get his Trumpcare bill past the House. "We were very close … and had no Democratic support," Trump said at an Oval Office address held not long after deciding to pull the bill from a vote for the second and final time. "They weren't going to give us a single vote," Trump said, seated at his desk ad flanked with… Read

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Treasury Department Defends Steven Mnuchin’s ‘Lego Batman’ Quip

A line at the end of a Q&A session by Hollywood financier-turned-U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin has raised eyebrows at some ethics groups after he told attendees to go see The Lego Batman Movie. He happens to be an executive producer on Warner Bros’ animated hit via his role as a principal in RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a financier on the film. At today’s event hosted by media company Axios, Mnuchin was asked about his Hollywood past. "Well, I'm not allowed to… Read

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PBS CEO Says Trump Proposal Threatens “Very Existence”; Denies Partisan Elmo

PBS CEO Paula Kerger said today that President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would threaten the “very existence” of PBS at a time “when commercial news media pushes Americans apart.” Dismissing charges of left-wing bias and notions that PBS is geared to coastal elites, Kerger told a Detroit business group that the decimation of federal arts funding proposed by Trump would pose an “existential question” for PBS’s survival in the country’s rural communities. “The president… Read

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Charter’s U.S. Investment Pledge Gets Donald Trump Plug

Charter Communications today committed to investing $25 billion in the U.S. and hiring 20,000 new American workers during the next four years. Charter, the nation’s No. 2 cable provider after its 2016 takeover of Time Warner Cable, also said it was eliminating all offshore call centers and opening one in McAllen, TX, that soon will add 600 new jobs. The deal was unveiled today by President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, with Charter CEO Tom Rutledge at his side (see the… Read

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House Intel Committee GOP Chair Cancels Obama Honchos’ Public Testimony On Russian Election Tampering

House Intel Committee’s top Dem on Friday blasted GOP chairman Devin Nunes after he cancelled Tuesday’s public hearing with members of the Obama administration. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates all had agreed to testify publicly before the committee on what they knew about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes canceled the public hearing, and… Read

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Donald Trump’s Ex-Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Volunteers To Talk To House Intel Committee About Russia Ties

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President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has “volunteered” to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee about his dealings with Russia, part of the committee’s probe into that country’s  interference with the U.S. presidential election. The announcement was made by committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who this week created a crisis of confidence in the bipartisan committee, when he got access to information about intelligence… Read

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Donald Trump Tweets First Shot On Trumpcare Vote Day

Donald Trump tweeted his opening shot at House Freedom Caucus Republicans, who are still holding out on casting a “yes” vote for Trumpcare. Yesterday’s vote, scheduled to coincide with the 7th anniversary of the signing of Obamacare, got scrubbed when House Speaker Paul Ryan and crew realized they still did not have the numbers, despite Trump having met with the ultra-conservative faction to art-of-the-deal them. Last night, Team Trump announced the negotiations were… Read

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Seth Meyers Warns Donald Trump To Stop Stealing ‘SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ Bits

UPDATED with video: Seth Meyers opened his NBC late night show with a strong message for President Donald Trump: “I didn’t mind when you talked dirty with Billy Bush, or told Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. But when you start stealing bits from ‘Weekend Update’ anchors – it is on!” The longtime “Weekend Update” anchor on Saturday Night Live was referencing an interview Trump did Wednesday night with Time magazine, which published Thursday morning with the cover “Is Truth… Read