The US Army’s Twitter account ‘inadvertently’ liked Mindy Kaling’s tweet mocking Trump’s intelligence

Daniel Brown, provided by Published 1:30 pm, Sunday, January 7, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-4', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 4', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Gmassara0107, NBC/NBC Via Getty Images Image 1of/4 CaptionClose Image 1 of 4 THE OFFICE -- "The Incentive" Episode 801 -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor -- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank THE OFFICE -- "The Incentive" Episode 801 -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor -- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank Photo: Gmassara0107, NBC/NBC Via Getty Images Image 2 of 4 A man holds a copy of the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff after buying it at a bookstore in Washington, DC on January 5, 2018. The book was rushed into bookstores and onto e-book platforms four days ahead of schedule due to what its publisher called "unprecedented demand" -- and after Trump's bid to block it failed. The book -- which has sent shockwaves across Washington -- quickly sold out in shops in the US capital, with some even lining up at midnight to get their hands on it. Trump has decried the instant best-seller as "phony" and "full of lies." / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [January 5, 2018] instead of [December 5, 2018]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these Continue Reading

Donald Trump celebrates new year with gala at Mar-a-Lago

A tuxedoed President Donald Trump kicked off the new year with a shiny gala in South Florida. On New Year’s Eve at Mar-a-Lago, the glitter could be seen on full-length gowns, clutches and shoes for women and some men. Guests arrived in full formal attire, some holding champagne flutes and martini glasses. Trump delivered brief remarks to the news media. Reporters asked what he thought about North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's claim that he has a nuclear button on his desk, and that the weapons can reach the United States. Trump replied, “We’ll see, we’ll see.” Trump also wished everyone a happy new year. "We’re going to have a fantastic 2018. We’re off to a very good start, as you know, with the great tax cuts ... and getting rid of the individual mandate, which is very, very unpopular, as you know. But we are going to have a tremendous year. Trump continued: “Stock market, I think, is going to continue to go up. Companies are going to continue to come into the country. And they're doing it now, soon to be a record clip.” During Sunday’s gala, guests attended a cocktail reception near a swimming pool before the dinner. A red carpet led into the Grand Ballroom, where the dinner was held. Screens televised the crowd at Times Square, while a cover band played. Several guests posed for pictures. Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, was one of them. Among the other attendees: — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner (who wished the press corp a happy new year) and their two oldest children, Arabella and Joseph. — Eric and Lara Trump. — Don Jr. and his eldest son, Don III — Former New York Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez said hello. — Fox Business host Lou Dobbs smiled. — Dr. Eric Kaplan, who claims to be the most-followed chiropractor on Twitter, stopped and chatted, too. The menu for the gala: — First course: Trump iceberg wedge (roquefort, grape tomatoes, Continue Reading

A Reliable Source recap of 2017: From Omarosa’s bridal-shop fight to Trump’s first-lady battle

Oh, 2017. We started out the year with more energy than that little girl in the BBC dad viral video and all the sass of Salt Bae. But we’re closing it out feeling more like the first lady snapped in a #FreeMelania moment: So. completely. over. it. We’re not alone — it’s been an exhausting year for news-consumers everywhere. The kind of year where Twitter is no longer a safe space — wait, was it ever? — and where a bunch of guys, including some we liked, turned out to be alleged serial gropers. The kind where the president of the United States basically stares into the fiery inferno of a full solar eclipse that science warned could blind humans not wearing glasses, and the collective response was “eh.” So, like Donald Trump on that White House balcony, let us gaze back into the incandescent dumpster fire that was 2017. Here are 12 of the year’s Reliable Source highlights, one for each month: January: Marla better have my money. Trump hasn’t yet been sworn in, but the drama has already begun. A Washington-based freelance hair stylist accuses Marla Maples, Mrs. Trump No. 2, of trying to get out of paying to have her tresses and those of her daughter, Tiffany Trump, styled for the inauguration ceremony. Stylist Tricia Kelly had agreed to a discounted fee for her services, but Maples’s assistant proposes that Kelly do the job for less . . . as in zero. In exchange, the assistant suggests, Maples will promote Kelly on her social-media feeds. Kelly says no thanks to the Hollywood-type deal, which definitely isn’t the way things are done in Washington. February: Say “yes” to security. Omarosa Manigault’s reign of error begins in earnest. While shopping for a wedding dress, the White House aide, who got engaged while on the campaign trail, is accosted by two “fat ladies” (her words) at Continue Reading

Watch: Seth Meyers on how to trick Trump into resigning

Seth Meyers has an excellent Christmas present for Democrats: A way to trick Donald Trump into resigning.During his last 2017 "A Closer Look" segment on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the host told his audience that Trump has embarked on a “delusional self-congratulation” binge, taking credit for things his administration has not, in fact, accomplished—naturally "more than any other administration in history.” In reality, he adds, “You passed one bill!” Furthermore, he went on, "People are so enthusiastic about you that Alabama elected a Democratic senator. And he’s so enthusiastic about you that he’s going to be a guest on this show tonight.” Keep up with this story and more The comedian did not stop there. He carried on his roasting of the president by reminding the public that “Trump hasn’t repealed Obamacare,” despite falsely bragging that his recent GOP Tax Bill Affordable Care Act  repealed his predecessor's signature legislation. “Now Trump hasn't repealed Obamacare. There's still the Medicaid expansion, the exchanges, the subsidies, the protections for preexisting conditions. But I say we let him think he’s repealed Obamacare so he stops trying."Meyers points out that Trump is an easy man to dupe. “All we have to do is get someone to show him a photo of the Great Wall of China, tell him it’s a Mexican border and he’ll say: ‘I did it.’And why not take that one step further: “Bake him a cake that says, ‘Congrats on a great 8 years.’ Then he’ll pack his shit and get out of our lives forever!” Over his 2017 Late Night season, Meyers has continuously used his "Closer Look" to rip into the president. You could call it the gift that keeps on giving.  Watch the full segment below: Continue Reading

President Trump announces he won’t attend White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

President Trump announced Saturday that he’s skipping the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. The annual event, nicknamed Nerd Prom, brings together journalists, celebrities and political power brokers together for a night that typically features the President roasting the media. “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year,” Trump tweeted. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” The President later chose to spend his first night out in Washington at — where else? — his namesake hotel. Ditching the press pool, Trump dined with his daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage. Trump’s decision to abandon the glitzy gala isn’t surprising given his contempt for the press. Some media outlets, including Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, have already announced plans to steer clear of the April event. CNN and MSNBC are among those still deciding whether to attend. The White House Correspondents’ Association, which typically names an emcee months in advance, has yet to select a host. Association president Jeff Mason said the dinner will still go on. “The White House Correspondents’ Association looks forward to having its annual dinner on April 29,” Mason said in a statement. “The WHCA takes note of President Donald Trump’s announcement on Twitter that he does not plan to attend the dinner, which has been and will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic.” Since Calvin Coolidge graced the dinner in 1924, every President has appeared at least once. Trump hasn’t had the easiest time at past dinners. In 2011 and 2016, President Obama Continue Reading

Donald Trump ‘crossed a line,’ made Al Smith dinner ‘uncomfortable,’ namesake’s great-great-grandson says

Joke’s on you, Donald. Al Smith’s great-great-grandson said Donald Trump went too far at the usually lighthearted annual dinner named for his forefather — just like he did at this week’s presidential debate. “You know, Donald had some very solid minutes early on and eventually he crossed the line and took it a little too far,” Al Smith V told CNN Friday, just a day after the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. “The room did get a little uncomfortable,” the younger Smith admitted. The New York City charity gala is usually attended by both presidential nominees during election years, and the candidates often make self-deprecating jokes and lightly roast their rival. But Trump’s jeers at Hillary Clinton were so vicious, he was booed and heckled as he spoke. The mood of the dinner soured when Trump jested that Clinton attended the event, which raises funds for Catholic charities, in a bid to suck up to people she “hates.” “Here she is in public, pretending not to hate Catholics,” Trump barked, attempting to make a joke about emails her campaigns’ staffers exchanged describing Catholicism as the “socially acceptable” religion for wealthy conservatives. Attendees promptly booed Trump for the off-color jab. “You know, that line in a room full of predominantly Catholics — that didn’t go over very well,” Smith said. Trump’s Thursday mockery marked the second day the businessman’s attacks on Clinton rubbed audiences the wrong way. At Wednesday’s presidential debate, he relentlessly bashed the former secretary of state, at one point interrupting her to call her a “nasty woman.” “I think what we saw in the last debate a couple nights ago, we saw last night,” Smith said Friday morning. Clinton Continue Reading

WATCH: Samantha Bee destroys Donald Trump over sexist comments in vulgar ‘vagina monologue’ takedown

Late night host Samantha Bee roasted Donald Trump's lewd and sexist remarks on Monday night. The "Full Frontal" host declared she was going in on Trump "like a b---h" after a tape was released of him spewing salacious banter degrading women with "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush in 2005. "Take a Tic Tac and grab 'em by the p---y is the closest thing to a plan Donald Trump has described this entire election," she skewered. Bee called the disgraced men "leering dildos" before slamming them for their "rape culture banter" — specifically the GOP nominee's line that he could "grab [women] by the p---y," because he's a star. The only woman in late night concluded her segment by reading off a slew of crude vagina synonyms that network pundits had to avoid all week. "Well, that was literally a vagina monologue," she joked. Bee broke down Trump's apology video line-by-line and questioned how it could be handled so poorly before she noted that disgraced FOX CEO Roger Ailes was serving as one of the candidate's advisors. She also compared the presidential candidate to Ailes, Bill Cosby, Mel Gibson and Roman Pokanski. Bee continued her bombshell attack far beyond just Trump, digging into fellow Republicans who no longer supported the presidential candidate after the tape was leaked. "Oh go f--k yourself," she said, after a montage of Republicans' comments played behind her. "Trump's comments are not wrong because you have female relatives," Bee said. "Trump's comments are wrong because women are human and if you hadn't stood cravenly by while he insulted them for a year you wouldn't be in the pile of elephant s--t you are in today." This is isn't the first time Bee has attacked Trump. Like many of her male late night counterparts, she's taken advantage of the platform to deride the candidate over his sexist and racist remarks. Continue Reading

Ann Coulter: ‘I Would Die’ for Trump

Bill Maher: I'd Vote for 'Dead Hillary' Over Trump Gutfeld: By Hiding Everything, Hillary Reveals Everything About Herself Judge Nap: Clinton Aide Had Access to All Hillary's Emails Without Security Clearance Ann Coulter said jokingly that she worships Donald Trump and "would die" for him.“I worship him like the North Koreans worship the ‘Dear Leader’ -- yes, I would die for him,” she told Glenn Thrush in his weekly "Off Message" podcast for Politico.The irreverent conservative author said that "much like Trump" she's not bothered by insults hurled her way, as during Comedy Central's roast of Rob Lowe."I didn’t get the gene that makes me care about what other people think. I’m much like Trump that way. I don’t really care. They’re just words."In the interview spanning more than an hour, Coulter also talked about how she corresponded with Trump's campaign last year and advised the candidate not to "back down" on immigration."Then he came out for the Muslim ban on my birthday, Dec. 8, my best birthday gift ever. I finally emailed [former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski] and said, ‘OK, I think he's not backing down.’”Listen to it in full below. Col. Peters: Merkel’s Open Borders in Germany a ‘Gift To ISIS’, Warning to USA Pence: Hillary's 'Disdain' for Voters Disqualifies Her for the WH 'It's Not Supposed to Work Like That': Jordan Says FBI Treated Hillary 'Differently'   Continue Reading

WATCH: Chris Christie roasted at White House nerd prom

Staying away from President Barack Obama’s final White House Correspondents’ Dinner didn’t spare New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie from the barbs of Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore.Christie attended from 2011-2014 but hasn’t gone to what’s known as the nerd prom the last two years.Still, Wilmore couldn’t resist taking a poke at Christie -- and at Christie’s ties to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump -- when the star-studded event was held Saturday night in Washington. MORE: Trump the “outsider’’ candidate plays inside politics in NJ “Chris Christie was supposed to be here tonight. I don’t know if he made it. He RSPVed for three: him, his wife and Donald Trump’s dry cleaning,’’ Wilmore said.“I shouldn’t make fun — Chris lost a lot of weight recently, didn’t he? He said he just eliminated everything from his routine that wasn’t necessary, like his self-pride and dignity,’’ Wilmore said, drawing on the perception that Christie is perhaps too exuberant in his support of Trump as a campaign surrogate.Trump, also absent, was also hit by zingers, some of them from Obama, the guest of honor. NERD PROM FESTIVITIES: The transcript "I am a little hurt he's not here tonight," Obama said. "We had so much fun the last time. And it is surprising -- you have a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras. And he says no. Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald? What could he be possibly doing instead? Eating a Trump Steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What's he doing?"Bob Jordan 609-984-4343, [email protected] Continue Reading

Middletown teacher won’t quit over Trump video

MIDDLETOWN - A popular Middletown High School South teacher who was reportedly made to resign for showing his students a video clip that poked fun at Donald Trump has rescinded his resignation and is no longer the subject of any school board action.Joe Ventre initially agreed to step down at the end of the year after administrators — prompted by at least one parental complaint — took issue with the history teacher's showing a segment from HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," according to the New York Post.The segment, which originally aired several weeks ago, was a full-on send up of the GOP presidential candidate. One of the lines: "Donald Trump can seem appealing until you take a closer look, much like the lunch buffet at a strip club." READ: ACLU defends West Long Branch man ticketed for Trump flagsNo other presidential candidates were lampooned in the same way, News12 reported.But Friday morning, Middletown Superintendent William George III told the Asbury Park Press that the situation had changed. TELL US: Was this an overreaction to an timely lesson on politics and satire or an inappropriate setting for a one-sided roast of a political leader? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter."Today, the staff member withdrew (the ) letter of resignation," he said. "Therefore, there is no action regarding this employee before the (school) board at this time."George said he legally could not discuss personnel matters beyond that statement. Ventre did not respond to a request for comment Friday.  Here's the video at the center of the controversy:Parents and students voiced their displeasure with the decision at a school board meeting earlier this week.One student's online petitiongathered more than 2,100 signatures as of this morning.Signers called the teacher's forced departure "ridiculous" and "a travesty of justice." Others Continue Reading