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John Kelly Defends Donald Trump’s Call To Soldier’s Widow, Blasts Rep. Frederica Wilson At Briefing

John Kelly

UPDATED with responses: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said he was "stunned" that "a member of Congress would have listened in" on a President's phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier, as Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson did. "I thought at least that was sacred," Kelly said at today's White Houses press briefing, during which you could hear a pin drop. "When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred. Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor… Read

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Donald Trump: “Disgrace” That Media “Won’t” Cover “Real Russia Story” From Obama Administration

President Donald Trump had wrapped Thursday’s photo op with Puerto Rico’s governor when someone lobbed a question about a report that FBI began probing Kremlin’s push into the U.S. nuclear industry with bribes, and kickbacks even before Obama’s administration approved Russia’s 2010 acquisition of a majority stake in a Canadian firm that owned U.S. uranium mines. “That's your Russia story,” Trump responded enthusiastically. “That's your real Russia story – not a story… Read

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Kevin de León Launches U.S. Senate Bid; Booster Of California Film & TV Tax Credits

Kevin de León wants to be the next U.S. senator from the Golden State. The Democratic leader of the California Senate, who got the state’s expanded film and TV tax credits bill over the political finish line in 2014, today officially kicked off his campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Dianne Feinstein. The veteran pol represents Los Angeles’ 24th District, and Deadline hears that he is liked by studio people. He was at L.A. Trade Technical College to get his run started… Read

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Lawmakers On Both Coasts Push For Changes Amid Sexual Harassment Scandals

Politicians in California and New York are out to legislate changes in the wake of sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the entertainment industry. Connie Leyva, a freshman Democratic state senator in California, told our sister site Variety that she plans to introduce a bill in early 2018 that would outlaw settlements paid to victims of sexual harassment or abuse that require them to sign nondisclosure agreements. Those are the kinds of deals cut by disgraced… Read

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Responds To Donald Trump Outrage — Sort Of

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference today to discuss the ongoing controversy about player protests and, ostensibly, to respond to President Donald Trump’s latest angry tweet about them. But amid a number of repeated words and phrases like “dialogue,” “understanding” and “underlying issues,” he certainly didn’t clarify much — though he noted that it’s time “to make sure we get back to football.” He also never mentioned POTUS by name, by office or by… Read

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Donald Trump Dares Dem Rep To Repeat Claim About His Call To Soldier’s Widow; She Obliges

“I did not say what that congresswoman said. Didn't say it at all. She knows it, and she now is not saying it,” President Donald Trump said at a White House photo op today. Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson  on Tuesday night claimed Trump called the widow of a soldier killed in Niger as she was driving to the airport to receive his body, reducing her to tears and telling her, "I'm sure he knew what he was signed up for, but when it happens, it hurts anyway."… Read

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‘House Of Cards’ Not Only TV Show Binged By Russian Trolls, Jordan Klepper Reveals

Jordan Klepper

Jordan Klepper’s The Opposition poked fun at Yahoo’s report claiming a Russian troll factory forced workers to watch Netflix’s House of Cards. Report author Michael Isikoff said he’d learned from a former troll that they binged the series, in English, in order “to know all the main problems of the United States of America. Tax problems, the problem of gays, sexual minorities, weapons." Klepper bit: “But that's just the tip of the iceberg,” he said, conspiratorially… Read

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Donald Trump: “I Have Proof” Dem Rep “Fabricated” His Words To Soldier’s Widow

Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to punch back at the Democratic Congresswoman who claims Trump told the grieving widow of a soldier killed in Niger “I’m sure he knew what he was signed up for, but when it happens, it hurts anyway.” Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was with the widow of La David Johnson when she got the call from Trump as the widow was on her way to pick up his remains. Johnson was killed earlier this month in an ambush for which ISIS has… Read

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LeBron James & Teammates Lock Arms During National Anthem Before NBA Opener On TNT

The NBA regular season opened on TNT tonight, and LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates locked arms during the national anthem. No one on the visiting Boston Celtics appeared to take part as a retired Navy man belted out the song. James and some teammates had their heads bowed as the camera showed them near the end of “The Star-Spangled Banner," but there was no kneeling or other obvious protests. During the pregame show, analyst Kenny Smith was asked whether… Read

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Donald Trump Hosting ‘SNL’ Was “Embarrassing And Shameful,” Taran Killam Says

NBC and Lorne Michaels took no small amount of heat when then-candidate Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live in 2015. Now a former longtime SNL regular is speaking out about that night and how he continues to feel about it. Taran Killam, who often played Trump on SNL pre-Alec Baldwin, had some choice comments when asked in a radio interview about the future POTUS taking the Studio 8H stage as protesters made big noise outside 30 Rock. “It was rough,” Killam told NPR… Read

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Political ‘Groundhog Day’: Court Blocks Travel Ban 3.0, White House Outraged, DOJ Will Appeal

“Is this going to keep going,” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked wearily after a federal judge ruled to block President Donald Trump’s latest stab at a travel ban  – Travel Ban 3.0, TV news outlets have taken to calling it, to distinguish from Trump’s first and second stabs at a travel ban. Following script closely, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly issued its latest statement, saying “Today’s dangerously flawed district court order undercuts the… Read

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Finally Breaks Silence On Trump Media Attacks: “Fake News” Label “Not In FCC’s Jurisdiction”

Remember that tweet, six long days ago, when President Donald Trump called for a review of NBC’s broadcast license after it aired unflattering stories about him? We barely can either — but FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who has remained conspicuously silent as Trump has amped up attacks on the media from the Oval Office, finally has offered his response. Pai’s comments, during an appearance at George Mason University's Mercatus Center, will not appease critics who say he is… Read