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Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t seem to know which way framed photos of your children should face

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Donald Trump Jr. loves his children so much that he doesn’t actually look at them all day. 

The father of five was pictured sitting at his desk in Trump Tower, contemplating his fate in a New York Times article earlier this week about his meeting with Senate investigators over his ties to Russia. 

On Saturday, however, Twitter noticed something odd about the photo, taken in February. 

I, too, casually arrange photographs of my 100 children to face outwards so I can only see the backs of frames pic.twitter.com/Pa0cHP5ayj

— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) September 8, 2017

Ah, yes. Trump Jr. doesn’t actually seem to look at the photos of his brood all day. Or, more likely, he turned them around for his New York Times photoshoot. Which is weird.  Read more…

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Obama surprising these excited teens at school will give you so much joy

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There’s a lot of terrifying stuff going on right now. 

So if you need a ray of sunshine, just watch these students absolutely lose it when former President Barack Obama walks into the room. 

I mean, these teenagers at McKinley Technological High School in Washington are FREAKING OUT.  Read more…

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Business

The NFL needs to embrace its activist players

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With the NFL a day away from the kickoff of its 2017 season, a definite question has emerged: Is this the year that the NFL finally embraces athletic activism the way the NBA does?

The examples are adding up on a nearly daily basis. A week of preseason football couldn’t go by without players making statements. Members of the Cleveland Browns knelt during the anthem. Michael Bennett sat out the anthem while his white teammate, Justin Britt, placed his hand on Bennett’s shoulder in a show of solidarity. Bennett’s brother, Martellus, made a political cartoon mocking the “stick to sports” mantra and posted it on Instagram. Following the neo-Nazi riots in Charlottesville, Malcolm Jenkins stood for the national anthem with one fist raised, while his white teammate Chris Long put his arm around his shoulder, in a plea for racial unity. Read more…

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Australia’s High Court website crashes minutes before marriage equality postal vote decision

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One of the biggest current debates in Australia — around marriage equality — caused a government website to crash on Thursday.

The website for Australia’s High Court was out of operation just minutes before the court handed down a decision over the legality of the federal government’s same-sex marriage postal vote. And it’s currently still out of action:

The outage came just moments before the High Court found that the government’s postal vote is lawful, a green light which will enable the Australian Bureau of Statistics to send out a non-compulsory survey to enrolled Australians, asking the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”  Read more…

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Here’s how the White House may be keeping Trump off the web

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It’s the digital version of a playpen for an adult who’s incapable of setting his own boundaries.

A new report in The New York Times on Friday talks about President Trump having no access to a normal web browser on his iPhone. It’s a setup designed, according to the report, to limit his exposure to the news media (thus, presumably, avoiding one of his now familiar, venomous, media-hating tweetstorms).  

“[New chief of staff, John F. Kelly] cannot stop Mr. Trump from binge-watching Fox News, which aides describe as the president’s primary source of information gathering,” the Times report states.  Read more…

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North Korea just released a bizarre propaganda video… of people dancing?

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Alec Baldwin returns to ‘SNL’ to address Charlottesville, say goodbye to Steve Bannon

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Baldwin is back, baby.

He dusted off his Donald wig and returned to SNL Weekend Update Thursday night to hold a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, and address some of the many criticisms he — I mean, Donald Trump — faced over his response to Charlottesville.

Baldwin covered many important issues including the wall, the media treating him unfairly, and even managed to squeeze in  a reference from the infamous 2005 Billy Bush tape in there. 

He even brought Steve Bannon back! Read more…

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All the people (and things) Trump actually thinks are racist

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President Donald Trump has had an especially hard time convincing Americans he’s not racist this week.

What with blaming “many sides” and the “alt-left” after this weekend’s deadly violence in Charlottesville — despite white supremacists and neo-Nazis being at the heart of the protests against the removal of a Confederate statue — he’s making it pretty hard to believe otherwise. 

Trump received a great deal of backlash for refusing to directly condemn white supremacists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis until Monday, and that statement was undermined by his off-the-rails press conference a day later that once again blamed “both sides,” emboldening the KKK and white supremacists.  Read more…

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Obama’s Charlottesville response just became most-liked tweet in history

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Barack Obama may not be the president anymore but that’s not stopping him from making history.

In the wake of the deadly clash between neo-Nazi hate groups and protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, President Donald Trump’s usually eager Twitter fingers remained inactive for hours  while Obama rose to the challenge of addressing the nation.

Now, just days after the former president responded to the tragic violence with a powerful Nelson Mandela quote, his tweet has become the most-liked in history.

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Obama responds to Charlottesville with one of the most liked tweets in history

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After a “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly on Saturday, former president Barack Obama reached out on Twitter to comfort Americans.

While President Trump was silent on the platform, refusing to address the violent clash between hate groups and protesters for hours, Obama shared a powerful message in the form of a Nelson Mandella quote about hate and the potential to love.

The first of Obama’s three tweets has since become the third most-liked tweet in history, according to Esquire

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A comprehensive breakdown of Donald Trump’s absurd, unofficial 2020 campaign ad

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Donald Trump is barely seven months into his scandal-ridden first term as president and he’s already dropped a ludicrous ad that both makes the free press out to be an enemy of the American people and sets the stage for a 2020 reelection campaign.

Because what we really need is another reason to drink on Monday.

And this ad … hoo boy. 

It’s just 30 seconds long but, much like the Trump administration, it feels like it exists in a plane beyond our normal concept of time, where everything slows down and each moment feels like a fever dream that stretches into eternity. Read more…

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Detroit Red Wings are not pleased their logo is now white nationalist propaganda

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Many Detroit Red Wings fans were confused to see their favorite team’s logo waving among swastikas, confederate flags, and other symbols of hate at a massive white supremacist gathering in Virginia on Saturday.

One widely shared video shows a group of racists carrying homemade shields marked with the team’s insignia and chanting the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” as they poured into Charlottesville.

Lest you think that the Detroit hockey team has become a hate group, its front office said in a statement on Saturday that it “vehemently disagrees” with the Nazis who’ve repurposed its trademarks. The team said it’s “exploring every possible legal action.”   Read more…

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Here are Trump and Scaramucci’s shots at stardom from that Wall Street movie

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Before they were running the White House, President Donald Trump and new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci just wanted to be in this one OK-ish movie about Wall Street.

The president put the crew of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps through a ream of vain specifications for filming his cantaloupe gelatin face in a scene that didn’t make the movie, while Scaramucci coughed up $100,000 for 15 seconds of screen time and so his real-life hedge fund — SkyBridge Capital — would appear in the film. 

Scaramucci plays a finance guy of some sort, and his line is pretty appropriate to the current administration.  Read more…

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The North Korean elite use the internet just like we do, and we shouldn’t be surprised

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The small slice of folks who sit atop North Korea’s sociopolitical hierarchy use the internet pretty much like anyone else in the world, according to a study published by Recorded Future on Wednesday. 

That might sound surprising, and indeed the report sparked a flurry of news stories on the topic. But it shouldn’t come as a shock, according to experts familiar with the region.

“It shouldn’t be a surprise that they like gaming and shopping at Amazon,” said Robert Manning, an Asia analyst with The Atlantic Council. “I think it’s not as weird a place as people think it is.” Read more…

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Philippine president admits he used an army of social media trolls while campaigning

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Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he paid an army of social media trolls to defend him while he was on the campaign trail last year.

The outspoken and at times controversial politician was defending himself after a University of Oxford study was published, finding that Duterte uses both automated and human trolls on social media.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Duterte said: “I spent 10 million [pesos] ($198,000)? Me? Maybe in the election…They were all during the campaign.”

He was refuting accusations that he continued to deploy a social media army, inadvertently admitting that he relied on the strategy in his 2016 presidential campaign. Read more…

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Veteran scoutmaster scolds Trump in scathing tweetstorm

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“Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” Donald Trump said Monday.

Funny he should ask that, because Trump talked a lot about politics during his speech Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

That angered a veteran scout leader, who said Trump made his appearance in front of about 30,000 Boy Scouts all about himself.

Ted Genoways‏, a scoutmaster whose family has had close ties to the Boy Scouts of America for decades, delivered a scathing tweetstorm after Trump used the occasion to once again to take aim at the press, political rivals, and Obamacare in his speech. Read more…

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Pres. Duterte Thinks Men Have Balls If They Rape Miss Universe Candidates

Pres. Duterte’s penchant for rape jokes hasn’t died down, not one bit. After being criticized in the past, he makes another one aimed at Miss Universe candidates. “What I don’t like are kids [being raped,]” he said at a tourism event in Davao City on Friday. “You can mess with, maybe a Miss Universe. Maybe I will […]

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