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Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment is his new rock bottom

(CNN)On Thursday, in a meeting with a senators and House members on immigration, the President of the United States, asked this: “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” “The President’s ‘shithole’ remark is being received much differently inside of the White House than it is outside of it. Though this might enrage Washington, staffers predict the comment will resonate with his base, much like his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem did not alienate it.” Stop. Read that again. Here’s what…

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This Astronaut Just Shut Down Trump On Twitter Twice In 24 Hours

Astronauts, apart from living happy lives back on Earth after the fact, should be spending most of their time either in space or communicating science to the masses – or both. They should not have to waste any time arguing with flat-earthers on TV, nor should they have to shut down the President of the United States. Sadly, although a new year has begun, this is the age of Alternative Facts. Shortly after ending 2017 on a mind-achingly sad comment about climate change science, Trump started 2018 as he meant to…

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Donald Trump scraps UK February visit

BBC North America editor Jon Sopel said he suspected the possibility of protests on streets of London would have also weighed in the calculation. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018…

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Trump says some immigrants from ‘shithole countries’ as he rejects bipartisan deal

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, using vulgar terms, rejected a pitch Thursday from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security. The source said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin was explaining to him a proposal to end the visa lottery in exchange for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for countries such as El Salvador. Durbin was going through a list of TPS countries that would be covered. When he got to Haiti, Trump asked why the US wants more people from Haiti…

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Mom Tries to Calm Crying Baby in ChurchThen a Woman Reveals Why HER Baby is Quiet

ShareTweet From the ‘sleep-all-night-like-an-angel’ newborns to the ‘scream-bloody-murder-til-mommy-comes’ babies, we all know that children are wired very differently. Still, it can be hard to not internalize their behavior as a failure in our parenting—especially when you are “blessed” with three of the latter type. In the words of Jordan Harrell, “THREE hard babies? That seems illogical. Surely, the common denominator is their flipping ill-equipped mother.” She WAS the problem. At least, that was her conclusion, until she recalled a poignant experience her young mother once had in church that completely transformed her perspective. The mommy…

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The biodegradable burial pod that turns your body into a tree

(CNN)Your carbon footprint doesn’t end in the grave. Once buried, they say, the biodegradable plastic shell breaks down and the remains provide nutrients to a sapling planted right above it. Bretzel and Citelli believe that death is as closely related to consumerism as life. Their goal? To create cemeteries full of trees rather than tombstones, reduce waste, and create new life out of death. Although sowing a seed on top of the Capsula may sound like an attractive concept, Jacqueline Aitkenhead-Peterson, Associate Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop…

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‘The Bachelor Winter Games’ Cast Is Out & One Important Person Is Missing

ABC must have known that this season of was going to be boring af, because they had another reject-studded franchise spinoff ready to air: . With a premiere date of February 13th, just in time for us to give up on Arie having a personality, this confusing spin-off has a 99.9% likelihood of being more entertaining than season itself. ABC announced most of the cast this week, and we are v excited to watch Ashley I. cry off her lash extensions, Dean attempt to overcome his addiction to fuckboy-ery, and…

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Male Sex Robots With Bionic Penises And AI Could Go On Sale This Year

Matt McMullen, CEO of Realbotix, says he’s getting ready to launch AI-enhanced male sex robots. This follows the release of Harmony, the world’s first interacting female sex robot, last year. The male version, currently unnamed, will have all the software specifications of Harmony, as well as a bionic penis because what would be the point otherwise? “We’re working on a male version of the robot AI,” McMullen told the Daily Star Online. “We’ll eventually have a male and a female platform available.” The male sex robot will come in all shape and sizes…

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It’s Official: China Has Put An End To Its Legal Ivory Trade

In China, ivory is officially so last year. On December 31, 2017, the Chinese government shut down all of its remaining domestic ivory trade, meaning one of the world’s largest consumers of ivory is no longer legally selling and purchasing ivory. Poaching is one of the biggest threats facing African elephants, resulting in the slaughter of 30,000 elephants each year. Combined with habitat destruction, poaching has devastated population numbers in recent history. Over the past 100 years, the number of African elephants in the wild has fallen from between 3-5 million to…

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Singer Seal Accuses Oprah Of Knowing About Weinstein Rumors ‘For Decades’

Days after the media mogul’s powerful speech at the Golden Globes proclaimed “time is up” for men in power who silence women, Seal published a fiery post on Instagram Wednesday that included two photos of Winfrey with the disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, whose alleged serial sex crimes sparked the #MeToo movement and a cascade of accusations of abuse, harassment and assault against powerful men. Handout via Getty Images Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. His caption alleges Winfrey knew about Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. “Oh I…

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