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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sets C-SPAN Record For Twitter Speech Video

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first speech on the House floor has set a new C-SPAN Twitter record. "In just over 12 hours C-SPAN tweet of @RepAOC floor remarks last nite have become most-viewed twitter video by @cspan of any remarks by a member of House either party. 1.16M," said a tweet from Howard Mortman, the broadcaster's communications director. The record-holder for C-SPAN Twitter video in the Senate is held by Sen. Kamala Harris. The video shows her… Read

Awardsline

Notes On The Season: Oscar Ballots Due NOW; Loren, Kidman, Theron Turn Heads; Rival Campaigners Cry Foul Over Megan Ellison’s ‘Green Book’ Tweet

Oscars

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. Welcome to a special Monday edition of Notes on the Season. Hey, Academy members, you have just moments left to make your mark on this year’s increasingly heated Oscar race. Ballots for nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards are due today at 5 PM PT.  No more time to procrastinate. Nominations will be revealed a week from tomorrow in the same lifeless format the Academy has been using the past… Read

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Trump Calls Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos “Bozo” On Twitter, Tweaks Tab Reports

Jeff Bezos

If revenge is a dish best served cold, then President Donald Trump is delivering ice to one of his arch-rivals. The Commander-in-Tweet has capped off a day of online blasts by skewering embattled Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who just happens to own the Washington Post, one of Trump’s biggest critics and a constant source of ire. This time, Trump turned the tables, gloating on Twitter about Bezos’s recent marital troubles, which are being covered with the fervor of a contested… Read

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

Quick, someone get to the White House and keep the President company. Following yesterday’s epic tweetstorm, President Donald Trump was back at it today, but seems lately to be spending a lot of time reflecting on being alone in the White House and staring out the window, waiting for a Democrat to wander over to the Oval Office. Today’s tweetstorm reflected on illegal immigration’s ills, according to the President, and hinted that he would be open to some compromises on… Read

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Donald Trump On Working For Russia: “Most Insulting Thing Ever Been Asked”

President Donald Trump was back with one of his favorite TV hosts tonight, as Judge Jeanine Pirro had a phone interview with him as part of her Fox News Channel Justice With Judge Jeanine show. Their talk touched on the southern border issue, the New York Times story on the FBI launching a probe after James Comey’s dismissal, and the FISA documents that Trump has long threatened to release, among other issues. Below is a rush transcript of tonight’s chat. PIRRO:  Thank… Read

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Alex Jones Must Turn Over Materials Related To His Sandy Hook Claims

Alex Jones

Internet personality and radio host Alex Jones has to hand over emails and other materials that will shed light on his past claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting was the work of so-called crisis actors. Connecticut State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis made the ruling as she presides over a defamation case filed by the families of seven of the 26 children and adult staff killed in the shooting. Jones, a huge conspiracy theorist, has claimed… Read

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

It’s been a busy day for President Donald Trump on Twitter. All alone in the White House (or so he claimed) and waiting to hear from “Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy” about getting together, there was a lot of time to review the state of the union, past and present enemies, and an upcoming television appearance. The Commander-in-Tweet started his day with a review of “the failing New York Times” story on the FBI and its plans to look into him concerning Russia, which, ironically… Read

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Hollywood Unions Stand In Solidarity With LA Teachers On Eve Of Potential Strike

Hollywood unions are lining up in support of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s teachers, who appear likely to strike on Monday. Negotiations between the teachers union and the Los Angeles Unified School District ended Friday without a deal. Los Angeles Schools Superintendent Austin Beutner had a revised offer for the union, but apparently failed to reach an agreement. Issues in the labor dispute center include a raise for teachers, five-day a week nursing in the… Read

Awardsline

Notes On The Season: Last-Minute Oscar Push With Coast-To-Coast Events And Parties, From ‘Roma’ To ‘Mary Poppins’ To ‘A Star Is Born’ And More

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A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit It is what they call “crunch time” in the business as the moment in this long, looooooong awards season is upon us when it all comes home to roost. Voting has been going on since Monday for this year’s Oscar nominations and will close this coming Monday at 5 PM PT. According to my informal survey many have already cast ballots, but as any Oscar campaigner worth their salt knows there are just as… Read

TV

Borders And Walls Are The Evening Talk Show Flavors Of The Moment

The border is much on the nation’s mind these days, particularly among government workers out on furlough as the politicians battle over budget funding for the proposed Wall. While that’s no laughing matter to the federal government employees sweating this month’s rent, it was grist for the late night comedy wars. Here are a few of the commentaries of the day: TONIGHT: Will Trump declare a national emergency? And will it be different than the national emergency we've… Read

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Donald Trump Advises Students To “Go Over, Go Around, Go Through” Any Walls

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and host Trevor Noah reached back into history to find a clip of President Trump telling students how to deal with a wall. No, not the Wall that Congress and President Trump are currently battling over. Instead, this wall was metaphorical, a part of Trump’s 2004 Wagner College graduation speech. The Staten Island, NY school gave the then-reality TV star an honorary doctorate in humane letters, and Trump delivered some inspiration to the… Read

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Peter Bart: Mark Burnett Stands Firmly Behind The Reality TV President He Helped Create

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Many of the acolytes around Donald Trump these days seem to be running for cover, except for the man who essentially created him. Mark Burnett, the maven of reality TV, remains a Trump protector and is getting heat for it, but he himself dwells behind a veil of contradiction and mystery, as a lengthy piece in the New Yorker reminds us this week. The man behind The Apprentice, Survivor, The Voice and Shark Tank, who now also serves as chairman of MGM Television, continues… Read