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Trump, the Saudis, and America’s disastrous ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend’ strategy

(CNN)“He’s a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is said to have been talking about Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. It was 1939, and you can imagine him, cigarette and martini in hand, making the case for realpolitik in a world hurtling toward world war. The alliance worked when it came to killing Hitler and his Third Reich. But then came the Yalta Conference and a too-casual carving up of the continent, which left Eastern Europe under Soviet-controlled tyranny for the next…

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Twitter will update its rules to prohibit ‘dehumanizing language’

We happen to know a certain Twitter user who really enjoys using dehumanizing language.Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Call it the Alex Jones effect. Twitter announced on Tuesday that it will update its rules to prohibit “dehumanizing language” on the platform. While it is still finalizing what this policy will look like through user feedback and internal review processes, this initiative could add a much-needed layer of clarity to Twitter’s sometimes opaque, yet narrow, rule violation policy. “We want to expand our hateful conduct policy to include content that dehumanizes…

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Taking Away John Brennan’s Clearance Threatens National Security

In a move that has shocked career national security officials, President Trump stripped former CIA Director John Brennan of his security clearance this week, and announced he was considering doing so for a host of others. The move so enraged retired Navy Admiral William McRaven—the man who oversaw the killing of Osama Bin Laden—that he wrote an op-ed telling Trump to revoke his clearance too, in solidarity with Brennan. But what the general public might not realize is that cutting off Brennan and others has more than just symbolic cost.…

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Crying ‘Pedophile’ Is the Oldest Propaganda Trick in the Book

Almost a year ago, a woman accused Tom Hanks of sexually abusing her as a child and began posting reconstructed memories on Twitter. The accounts are disturbing and specific, but incomplete and unproven—something Hanks’ accuser attributes to the trauma-based mind control she believes herself a victim of. Even though (or perhaps, because) her claims remain unverified, the pedophilia allegations were quickly embraced by a group known for up-leveling whisperings of child abuse into full-blown scandal: devotees of the QAnon conspiracy. Believers in the QAnon conspiracy hold that President Trump is…

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Mueller is reportedly investigating Trump’s tweets

I said that?Image: vicky leta/mashable It’s just too good. The New York Times reported on Thursday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is putting President Trump’s tweets under the microscope. He may use the Tweets to help determine whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice in the Russian election tampering investigation.  SEE ALSO: Just some photos of Donald Trump yelling Mueller reportedly wants to question Trump about the intention of certain Tweets, particularly those about James Comey and Jeff Sessions. Mr. Trump, what was your intention when you called…

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Secret Trump tape spawns thirsty meme

A leaked tape shows Trump and former lawyer Michael Cohen discussing a payment for Karen McDougal's story.Image: getty A secret tape featuring Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen discussing a payment for Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story was aired on CNN Tuesday night. And one particular moment has spawned a thirsty meme. SEE ALSO: John Cleese very bluntly confirms that people in Britain don’t like Trump The conversation, which isn’t the best quality, was recorded in 2016 while Trump was still a presidential candidate. Aired on Cuomo Prime…

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Arnold Schwarzenegger on Trump’s press conference: ‘You stood there like a little wet noodle’

Arnold Schwarzenegger is not angry, he's just disappointed. No, wait, he's also angry.Image: Hubert Vestil/Getty Images for SXSW There is nothing more devastating than Arnold Schwarzenegger calling you a “wet noodle.” That’s the sick burn dropped by the Hollywood star and former governor of California on President Trump following his widely criticized press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. SEE ALSO: Trump-Putin press conference gets a roasting from late show hosts After the rather disturbing joint media appearance in Helsinki on Monday, Schwarzenegger posted a disappointed response on Twitter, calling…

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Its unconstitutional for Trump to block people on Twitter

A uniquely 21st-century constitutional question received a satisfying answer today from a federal judge: President Trump cannot block people on Twitter, as it constitutes a violation of their First Amendment rights. The court also ruled he must unblock all previously blocked users. “No government official is above the law,” the judge concluded. The question was an aspect of a suit brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute, which alleged that the official presidential Twitter feed amounts to a public forum, and that the government barring individuals from participating in it…

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4 Key Takeaways From Muellers First Yearand Whats Next

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s contact and relationships with Russia. For all the talk of the president’s lawyers and the vice president about how it’s time to “wrap it up,” the truth is that for a federal investigation, Mueller’s probe has moved with impressive rapidity—and, contrary to the president’s repeated assertions of a “witch hunt,” the validity of the investigation has gotten more solid with every passing month. Today, the first person sentenced to prison in…

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Watch Trevor Noah ‘fire’ Michelle Wolf from ‘The Daily Show’

Host Trevor Noah “officially fired” Michelle Wolf from The Daily Show last night after her controversial White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech dominated the last few news cycles. Gleefully, Noah broke down what exactly was so incendiary about her monologue, saying she “should’ve had the decency not to comment on a woman’s appearance in any way, shape or form. She’s a comedian for God’s sake. Not the president.”  And to prove his point, he fake fired Wolf, who worked as a writer and contributor for The Daily Show from April 2016…

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Cambridge Analytica Took 50M Facebook Users’ DataAnd Both Companies Owe Answers

Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis firm that worked on President Trump's 2016 campaign, and its related company, Strategic Communications Laboratories, pilfered data on 50 million Facebook users and secretly kept it, according to two reports in The New York Times and The Guardian. The apparent misuse of Facebook data—and the social media giant's failure to police it—leave both companies with plenty still to answer for. Facebook has suspended both Cambridge and SCL while it investigates whether both companies retained Facebook user data that had been provided by third-party researcher Aleksandr…

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YAAAS! Jenna Jameson ‘corrects’ Sally Kohn’s weepiest anti-Trump tweet yet, and it’s PERFECT

The Left has got to make up its mind. Either these countries are so horrible that we should protect them here in America (aka Trump was right about them being sh*tholes) OR the countries are AOK and we shouldn’t have to worry about them anymore. Sorry not sorry, you can’t have it both ways. Take for example Sally Kohn’s tweet about how mean ol’ Trump is ‘kicking Salvadorans out of the U.S.’ … Trump is kicking 200,000 Salvadorans out of the United States and forcing them back to a gang violence-ravaged…

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This Woman Cant Stop Photoshopping Trumps Face Onto the Queens (Top 50)

“It’s not about politics. It’s about the magic of Photoshop and making you laugh,” says New Jersey-based graphic designer Michal Krauthamer. The origin story is a simple one: She wanted to practice her photoshop skills so she tried photoshopping Donald Trump’s face onto Queen Elizabeth’s. She shared it with her friends who thought it was hilarious so she made more. Eventually she published an album on Facebook and it snowballed from there; Trump Queen was born. Below you will find the Sifter’s faves, but be sure to check out many…

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Some of that explosive book on Trump will be proved wrong. Here’s what won’t.

Donald and Melania Trump return to Washington DC on January 1.Image: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/REX/Shutterstock It’s safe to say that Fire and Fury, which lived up to its title in the way it hit bookstores Friday, is not the most rigorously fact-checked book in history.  The author of the tome that has set Washington ablaze, Michael Wolff, has a reputation from his New York media columnist days for “reconstructing” conversations with his subjects inaccurately. And it doesn’t seem the old dog has learned any new tricks this time around.  SEE ALSO:…

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BADASS Nikki Haley TROUNCES Muslim diplomat calling the US a ‘BULLY’ over Jerusalem vote

Nikki Haley is done playing with the UN, especially when it comes to where the United States is going to place its OWN embassy. Done. And if other countries in the world don’t like it, Trump is more than ready to discuss cutting US aid to them. Works for us. Michelle Nichols, the Reuters United Nations bureau chief in New York, shared the story: .@realDonaldTrump threatens to cut aid to #UN member states over #Jerusalem vote https://t.co/s0bQSE7xYz — Michelle Nichols (@michellenichols) December 20, 2017 And then comments from a senior diplomat from…

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