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John Oliver Compares Donald Trump Administration To ‘Sharknado’

John Oliver began his HBO late night show with talk of yet another busy week for the Trump administration “the Sharknado of administrations in that they are spinning out of control, destroying everything in their path and will almost certainly eventually hire Tara Reid,” he said. The week was dominated by the continuing fallout of  previous week's FBI raid on Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen. And while no charges have been brought against him yet, there is already… Read

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Trump Tweaks NBC’s Chuck Todd Again, Defends His North Korea Stance

President Donald Trump has turned once again via Twitter to express displeasure with one of his favorite media whipping boys, Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet The Press. The president was a tad less harsh than earlier this year, when Trump called Todd a “sleeping son of a bitch” during a rally. But he still mocked the negative questioning by Todd on what the president perceives as positive results regarding his negotiations with North Korea. This morning on Meet The Press… Read

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Sylvester Stallone Asks Trump To Pardon Boxer Jack Johnson – President Considers It

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One of the stranger stories of Saturday was President Trump’s declaration that he is now taking advice from actor Sylvester Stallone. “Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson,” Trump tweeted earlier today. “His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!” Johnson was the first black… Read

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President Trump Tweetstorm Attacks NY Times, Ends With A Sales Pitch

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President Donald Trump had an early morning tweetstorm on Saturday, taking on the New York Times and its recent reporting on his lawyer, Michael Cohen. Trump took the gloves off in his comments, which focused on perceptions that Cohen might cooperate in the ongoing investigations into Russia and other issues. He attacked New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, calling her part of a "witch hunt" against him. He also disparaged a former staffer who was part of her… Read

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‘Scandal,’ Washington D.C.’s OTHER Fever Dream, Comes To An End

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains spoilers to the series finale of ABC’s Scandal. Last May, when ABC announced this season would be Scandal‘s last, Shonda Rhimes promised to go “all out” with “white hats on, gladiators running full speed over the cliff.” Here’s how it went. The final episode, fittingly called “Over the Cliff,” starts with special prosecutor Lonnie Mencken wanting to make sure if he gets Olivia Pope the Senate hearing she seeks as part of her image rehab… Read

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DGA, SAG-AFTRA & IATSE Urge Congress To Update Internet Copyright Law

As Congress continues to investigate Cambridge Analytica's unauthorized access to the private information of more than 87 million Facebook users during the 2016 election, the leaders of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA and IATSE have urged the Senate to look at the "broader context" of Internet regulations that they say allowed the breach to happen in the first place. Specifically, the union leaders want the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, which heard testimony from Facebook… Read

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AT&T Boss Defends Time Warner Against “Absurd” Government Claims

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the witness stand this afternoon, appearing in a Washington federal court as the final defense witness in the five-week antitrust trial over the mobile giant’s pending merger with Time Warner. Ridiculing the Department of Justice complaints as “absurd,” the bespectacled 58-year-old architect of the deal defended it as a necessary measure by two traditional companies facing unprecedented competition from tech rivals. By joining forces, he… Read

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Samantha Bee Asks “Is Sean Hannity A Serial Killer?”

“Is Sean Hannity a serial killer? Samantha Bee asked on Full Frontal, as  a screen behind her flashed:  “Is Sean Hannity A Serial Killer? A Totally Real, Very Serious, Full Frontal Investigation.” Normally, she said, she is not a fan of throwing together "a bunch of scary buzz words and out of context clips to support an outrageous conclusion" "But, you know who does that all the time? Sean Hannity!" she said, describing his Fox News Channel show as an "hour long list of… Read

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Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Drops Libel Suits Against BuzzFeed Over Dossier Publication

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s embattled attorney, has dropped two libel suits he had pursued against BuzzFeed over the website’s publication of the so-called dossier that allegedly contains damning details about President Donald Trump. The move came late Wednesday and was first reported in Politico. Cohen has been scrambling to recover files and documents seized in federal raids of his home, office and hotel room last week. BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the dossier… Read

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AT&T Exec John Stankey Testifies “Battle” For Viewer Attention Sparked Time Warner Bid

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After sitting in Courtroom 18 of the U.S. District Court in Washington for the past month, AT&T exec John Stankey finally had his chance to testify late today about the motivation behind the companies’ $85 billion merger. “The market we are competing in is for time and attention,” he said under direct questioning from lead defense attorney Daniel Petrocelli. “Facebook, Google, Netflix — they are all distracting people from other things they used to do” like tune in linear… Read

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Stormy Daniels Gooses ‘The View’ Ratings Unveiling Sketch Of Man She Says Threatened Her Over Donald Trump Claims

Stormy Daniels boosted The View ratings Tuesday when she showed up to unveil the forensic sketch of a man she claims threatened her over her claims about an affair with Donald Trump. The daytime talk show averaged 3.34 million total viewers, 554K women 25-54 and 351K women 18-49 on Tuesday in Live+Same Day stats. That’s the show’s most watched episode in three months and its most watched Tuesday in 15 months. Daniels, accompanied by her attorney Michael Avenatti, revealed… Read

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Time Warner Boss Jeff Bewkes Pushes Back At What DOJ Is “Missing”

Under cross-examination by a Department of Justice attorney, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes hit back at repeated suggestions that the company has been growing its TV ad revenues even before pursuing the AT&T merger. “What you’re missing is that the competition for advertising isn’t just about television,” he told DOJ attorney Claude Scott during his third hour of testimony this afternoon. “If digital advertisers are able to target consumers with messages delivered through… Read