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Once Cool Movie Quotes We Now Realize Are Stupid

Cracked pays people to make smart memes. Visit the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Workshop to get in on it. Hollywood loves a good catchphrase. They were memes way before the internet started circulating pictures with words on them. The thing is, a lot of famously badass quotes from heroic movie and TV characters are actually pretty stupid, when you think about them. This contest was suggested by Hildifons, who sounds badass pretty much no matter what. 15 Entry by Hildifons 12 Entry by fuzzydan 9 Entry by Scott Laffey 6 Entry…

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Trump diplomat lobbied UK over Tommy Robinson report

Sam Brownback allegedly raised concerns about the jailing of the far-right activist A diplomat representing Donald Trump lobbied the UK on behalf of the jailed far-right activist known as Tommy Robinson and threatened to publicly criticise its handling of the case, it has been reported. Sam Brownback, the US ambassador for international religious freedom, is alleged to have raised concerns over Robinsons safety in prison with the British ambassador in Washington, according to Reuters, which cited three sources. It was unclear why an official responsible for religious freedom would intervene…

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Review: Electrolux Pure i9

Many people like to run their robovacs at night or while they’re at work. I choose to run ours while I’m awake, right after dinner and while we're putting the kids to bed. First off, I don’t see any reason to walk around all evening with crumbs sticking to the bottoms of my feet if I don’t have to. But I’ve also found that most robot vacuums will require rescue, which means you have to be awake or around. If you’re sufficiently pressed for time and energy that you need…

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Minister resigns over texts to women

He added that he has referred himself to the Conservative Party’s Code of Conduct procedures following discussions with the chief whip. BBC political correspondent Iain Watson said Mr Griffiths, who decided to resign on Friday night, “jumped before he was pushed”. The text messages were understood to be very damaging and contained offensive language, our correspondent added. Mr Griffiths, an MP since 2010, is very well known to the prime minister having been her chief of staff in opposition. He became a father in April when his wife gave birth…

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Check out Obama’s amazing, unapologetically black summer reading list.

For the first time since leaving office, former commander-in-chief Barack Obama is headed to Kenya and South Africa to visit the Obama ancestral home, convene 200 young leaders across the continent, and deliver a speech to mark the anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. While his schedule is jam-packed, Obama managed to make a reading list for his followers before leaving. And it. Is. Good. Barack Obama recommended six books, the majority of which are authored by African writers. This week, I’m traveling to Africa for the first time since…

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Trump responds to Mueller indictments by blaming Obama

President preparing to meet Vladimir Putin in Helsinki after special counsels indictment of 12 Russian spies Donald Trump has commented for the first time on the tweeted: The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didnt they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election? According to widespread vice-president Joe Biden, chief of staff Denis McDonough and senior adviser watered down by Republican Senate…

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Harvey Weinstein denies admitting he offered ‘acting jobs in exchange for sex’

Video Harvey Weinstein: I offered acting jobs in exchange for sex Disgraced Hollywood executive admitted to offering acting jobs to actresses in exchange for sex, but claims ‘so does everyone.’ Harvey Weinstein made headlines on Friday when an article was published by the Spectator that claimed Weinstein had admitted to offering actresses acting jobs in exchange for sex, but the former movie mogul’s lawyer is now denying Weinstein made any admissions. The reporter, Taki, told TMZ: “I believe that I may have misrepresented Harvey Weinstein’s conversation with me. It was my mistake.” Earlier…

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Trump: Immigration is ‘changing the culture’ of Europe

(CNN)President Donald Trump said Friday that European leaders “better watch themselves” because immigration is “changing the culture” of their societies. The President warned that immigration was hurting Germany and other parts of Europe “very much,” apparently referring to a wave of refugees who have entered Europe from shattered Syria and other unstable societies in the Middle East and North Africa. “I think they better watch themselves because you are changing culture, you are changing a lot of things, you are changing security.” In comments that seemed as much targeted at…

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Stig of the Dump author Clive King dies

It drew on Clive King’s own adventures growing up with his three brothers in Kent. It has been adapted for TV three times, in 1981 and in 2002 and 2013. His publishers Penguin have paid tribute to the author. Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Random House Children’s said: “We feel privileged and proud to be Clive King’s publisher and are sad to hear of his passing. This year our Stone Age Stig is 55 years old. Image Copyright @dizzernp @dizzernp Report Report Born in Richmond in Surrey in 1924, he…

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12 Russian Intelligence Officers Indicted In Mueller Investigation

All 12 of the defendants were connected to GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the Russian military. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe, said he briefed President Donald Trump, who is set to meet with Vladimir Putin, about the indictment earlier this week. Trump has regularly undermined the Mueller investigation and dismissed Russian interference in the 2016 election. This has been updated. Ryan Reilly is HuffPost’s senior justice reporter covering the Justice Department, federal law enforcement, criminal justice and legal affairs. Have a tip? Reach…

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Inmate found dead at Edmonton Remand Centre – CBC.ca

Inmate found dead at Edmonton Remand CentreCBC.caCorrectional centre staff and Alberta Health services responded immediately with epinephrine and Narcan, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General told CBC News. Epinephrine, or adrenaline, is often used to cardiac arrest and treat life-threatening … Read more: www.cbc.ca

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Thousands march against Trump in rowdy London protests

Video Thousands of anti-Trump protesters march on London Angry protesters pack Trafalgar Square during the president’s visit; Benjamin Hall reports from the scene. LONDON –  Thousands took to the streets of Britain’s capital Friday in protest of President Trump’s three-day visit to the country — just as Trump was trying to smooth over relations with Prime Minister Theresa May after an interview in which he criticized her approach to Brexit. Trump avoided the center of London, instead visiting Sandhurst Military Academy and May’s residence in Chequers, where the pair held…

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