‘She would absolutely do it’: Stedman Graham fuels hopes for Oprah’s unlikely presidential run


Could Oprah Winfrey have just made the first speech of her political career? Not at all, but we can dream.

That’s what many people have decided on Twitter anyway, and Winfrey’s longtime partner Stedman Graham played along with their hopes.

This has all stemmed from Winfrey’s extremely moving speech upon accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award at this year’s Golden Globes. And while she didn’t explicitly say that she would run for president in 2020, many people are still pretty keen for her to do so. Read more…

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Pete Souza throws shade at Trump for ‘nuclear button’ tweet


Pete Souza is back with more Instaburns for Donald Trump, after the latest scary-beyond-all-reason tweet from the president.

The former Chief Official White House Photographer during the Obama Administration, Souza has posted two images on Instagram in response to President Trump’s boast on Twitter that his “nuclear button” was bigger than the one apparently on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s desk.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018 Read more…

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Twitter says Trump’s nuclear button tweet doesn’t violate its rules against abusive behavior


The president of the United States possibly made another threat of nuclear war on Twitter, but the company doesn’t seem to think the post breaks any of its rules.

Donald Trump boasted on Twitter about how his nuclear button was bigger than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s, and people are calling (again) for the president to be banned from the platform.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted a fully loaded response to the North Korean leader, who mentioned in his annual address a nuclear button on his desk, capable of hitting the United States. Read more…

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President Obama warns against getting ‘cocooned’ in bias via social media

 Former President Barack Obama sat down with the UK’s Prince Harry for an extended and far-ranging interview with the BBC this week, and their conversation touched on social media, the use thereof, and Obama’s take on what the current state of social media means for human discourse. The full interview covers a lot of ground, but the breakouts regarding social media include an… Read More


Save the International Space Station and give it to the private sector

 President Trump, early in his Administration, has an opportunity to take a “giant leap for mankind” with a simple executive action –- save the International Space Station (“ISS”). Every generation or so, a US President has this chance of moving humankind further off-planet and into space. Kennedy challenged NASA and American industry to successfully conduct a… Read More


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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9 Donald Trump nicknames that did nothing to slow his authoritarianism


Since Donald Trump’s election, it has felt hopeless staring down the barrel of the rise of fascism, feeling as if nothing we do or say is being heard by our government. 

But I, however, will not stand down. So I came up with these rude and crude nicknames for our president that, sadly, did not have the affect on the Trump administration I imagined they would.

1. The Cheeto

I referred to Donald Trump as this in an elevator with coworkers and everyone loved it. Huge laugh. I was king of the elevator and I thought I finally had him dead to rights. But alas, he still signed an executive order as the president of the United States later that day. Read more…

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Trump wants aircraft carriers to stop using ‘the digital’


The digital, it is bad. 

President Donald Trump recently revealed he wants Navy aircraft carriers to go back to steam-powered catapult systems, according to a Time interview published on Thursday. And he insisted they would no longer be using “the digital.”

Aircraft carriers use what’s known as a catapult system to launch planes into the sky. They’ve long used steam power to do this, but USS Ford-class carriers will use electromagnetic power and computers, which Trump referred to as “digital” in the Time interviewRead more…

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The parody accounts that make Twitter bearable in the era of Trump


Over the course of his first months in the White House, President Trump notoriously turned Twitter into his personal outlet for unhinged political venting. That of course inspired the creation of dozens of parody accounts that became tools of resistance, coping mechanisms, and light-hearted distractions from the political chaos. 

A simple Twitter search for “Donald Trump Parody” reveals a collection of over 50 accounts, and though each tackles Trump’s presidency with a different approach, they all set out with a common goal: to make Twitter in the Trump era a bit more bearable. 

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What ‘Time’ 100 Critics Have to Say About Pres. Duterte and Sen. De Lima

Time Magazine released the full list of their 100 Most Influential People, and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila De Lima are part of it. While many are celebrating Duterte’s inclusion and questioning De Lima’s, the critiques seem to say otherwise. Former Colombian President César Gaviria was tasked to write about Duterte. Right off the bat, Gaviria […]

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These Women Defended Duterte’s Catcalling, Sexist Comments, and Adultery Jokes

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, along with other government execs, ended Women’s Month yesterday with “Digong’s Day for Women.” The event was meant to honor women, and offer them educational and medical support. It’s a noble cause, but the comments weren’t on-theme. Assistant Communications Secretary Marie Banaag was asked whether Duterte’s sexist remarks and jokes about extramarital acts […]

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Peter Thiel’s surveillance company reportedly ready to help Trump’s deportation operation


Peter Thiel’s surveillance company Palantir is reportedly finalizing the digital framework for a potential mass deportation operation, should President Donald Trump decide to go that route.

The company is putting the last touches on an intelligence database called Investigative Case Management (ICM), according to The Intercept. The system won’t be polished until September, but it’s already used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency known for carrying out deportations. 

Palantir is cofounded by Thiel, who has become Trump’s go-to man for all things technology. The company apparently has a $41 million contract to construct and keep up the Investigative Case Management system, which has been deemed so vital to ICE that The Intercept reports the agency doesn’t believe it can work without it.  Read more…

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Trump finally gives Rudy Giuliani a job … kind of


Former New York City Mayor and recent Donald Trump superfan Rudy Giuliani has finally been blessed with a government job —  the small fruit, perhaps, of spending 2016 praising the president-elect at every opportunity. 

The job is not quite a job, really, but hey. Giuliani, after apparently being considered for secretary of state, will instead be an informal cybersecurity advisor to the Trump administration. 

“This is a rapidly evolving field both as to intrusions and solutions and it is critically important to get timely information from all sources,” Trump’s transition team said in a statement announcing the position. “Mr. Giuliani was asked to initiate this process because of his long and very successful government career in law enforcement and his now 16 years of work providing security solutions in the private sector.” The release also says Giuliani will help Trump conduct meetings with leaders of private companies that have faced cybersecurity challenges to help build government policy. Read more…

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The White House pulls at your heartstrings with celeb-laden Obama video


Break out the tissues.

With just two weeks left in Barack Obama’s presidency, many of us just can’t help getting emotional. And a new video released by the White House is making it worse.

A moving portrait of Obama’s time in the Oval Office, the video features everyone from children to celebrities sharing their favorite Obama moment, or more specifically, the times that made them say “Yes, we can.”

It was the slogan that helped carry Obama to presidential victory back in 2008, when he was a fresh-faced Illinois senator and not a president who’s led the country through some of its biggest triumphs, trials and tribulations of our time. Read more…

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‘Trumpgrets’ is the Tumblr page for Trump supporters who just can’t take him anymore


Throughout his campaign, supporters of Donald Trump loyally stood by his in-your-face bombast, from that very lewd Access Hollywood clip to the blunt insults he threw time and time again.

In their eyes, The Donald could do no wrong.

Now the “Trumpgrets” Tumblr is bringing to life those #MAGA voters who do have a critical thing or two to say about the President-elect. Some concerns regard equal pay, medicare funding, or the fact that Trump isn’t trying to put Hillary Clinton in jail, and even went so far as to call the Clintons “good people.” 

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A new app will grow the White House on your dollar bill


With today’s advanced technology, learning about the White House is as easy as pointing your phone camera at a dollar bill. 

With the latest White House augmented reality app, 1600, you can transform your plain old dollar bills into a nifty and insightful learning experience.

Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary, announced that the app, made available Thursday, will let users experience a digital year at The White House and get insight into the traditions, events and the life of the president.

The app was created after the White House teamed up with the White House Historical Association and Nexus Studios “to educate and inspire Americans to learn all about what the People’s House stands for.” Read more…

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Why we keep fighting: A salute to the women who got us this far


It’s official: Donald Trump is set to become the president of the United States, dashing the hopes of feminists poised to usher in the first woman president in the country’s history.

Nearly 100 years since women won the right to vote in the United States, the nation had a chance to elect a woman as its commander-in-chief. Hillary Clinton had already made history by clinching the Democratic nomination, but voters rejected her historic bid for the presidency on Tuesday. That “highest, hardest glass ceiling” remains in place, awaiting the woman who’ll shatter it. 

Clinton was hopeful in her concession speech: “Someday, someone will.” Read more…

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