‘The Simpsons’ spoofs Trump’s first 100 days

"The Simpsons" sure think Donald Trump is a d'ohpe. The long-running animated Fox series released a scathing spoof of President Trump's first 100 days in office, and crammed in all of the Russia, Twitter and terrible hair jokes you could possibly expect. After opening with Sean Spicer hanging from a rope and Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon duking it out, the clip heads to Trump's bedroom, where he's relaxing in bed wearing (of course) a pink robe. "100 days in office, so many accomplishments, lowered my golf handicap, my Twitter following increased by 700," the always number savvy Trump brags as a tan-colored dog shifts position on his head. "And finally, we could shoot hibernating bears. My boys'll love that." The animated Trump does seem to have a one-up on his real-life counterpart in that it seems he enjoys reading. Strewn about his bed are books with titles like, "The Little Book of Big Bombs" and "Killing a Good Thing," written by ousted television host Bill O'Reilly. Trump even has the viral photo of himself riding a truck framed on the wall. The minute-and-a-half clip also poked fun at Ivanka Trump, with the first daughter taking Ruth Bader Ginsburg's place as a Supreme Court Justice — and hawking her robe and gavel earrings for sale at a cool 1,000 rubles. Trump on the television is so bleak, it's even making Marge pop Prozac, though Grampa Simpson isn't faring much better, as he's getting deported. "100 days. We are 6.8 percent of the way home," a voice says over the ad Homer and Marge are watching. "Paid for by anybody else 2020." Continue Reading

Trump’s first 100 days could have been different: Democrats were open to working with the President, but he chose division

It didn't need to be this way. The first 100 days of a new administration are often the most fruitful of any presidency — a chance for the White House to define its priorities and use its political capital to actually get something done. Accomplishing campaign promises and passing major legislative objectives through Congress becomes much more of an elusive goal as goodwill toward the new President ends and politics seep into the mix. Take, for example, the fact that the last two Presidents oversaw major achievements during their first 100 days that ultimately served as indicators for their entire administrations. President George W. Bush navigated a diplomatic standoff with China over a downed a fighter jet and outlined a lasting congressional agenda. President Barack Obama passed an economic stimulus package to help stave off one of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, along with legislation codifying equal pay for women. President Trump wasted his first 100 days. That's not just a bad omen for the rest of his presidency — it's a major problem for our country. There are too many families still struggling to make ends meet. Far too many Americans are worried about rising health care costs, getting — or keeping — a good paying job, or affording to send their kids to college. And there is great concern across the country about our safety and security due to threats abroad. This is what Trump should have focused on during his first three months in office. Instead, the administration spent weeks fixated on crowd sizes and its unconstitutional ban on residents of seven Muslim-majority countries. Then, Trump put his political weight behind a health-care plan that more than 60% of Americans — and a vast number of congressional Republicans — outright rejected. Despite the divisive nature of the campaign, Trump could have found willing partners in Congress on health care, the Continue Reading

Samantha Bee, Ana Gasteyer, Van Jones, Tegan and Sara share their favorite moments from President Trump’s first 100 days

Stars at Samantha Bee’s Washington bash kept it 100 on President Trump’s progress so far. In honor of POTUS’s 100-day milestone, the Daily News asked celebs walking the red (well, purple) carpet at Saturday’s “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” to share their favorite moment — just one! — from Trump’s young administration. As the question was open to interpretation, replies ranged from snarky to sincere (spoiler: a certain admission Trump made in a recent Reuters interview proved to be a hit). Some carpet-strutters went on to offer the commander-in-chief advice on his next 100. Here’s what they had to say: Samantha Bee “Favorite ... ugh, is favorite the right word? I can’t even — I don’t think I could choose. Every day is such a new day. Every day it’s like a complete reinvention of reality.” Advice: “Oh, for his next 100 days? Just do the opposite of everything that you’re doing. Please. We are begging you.” Ana Gasteyer “I mean, it’s hard to say, because I was lying on the floor for a lot of them … Personally, I was just relieved to finally have him admit that it’s in fact kind of a hard job. That was a nice thing to hear him say; it was a satisfying moment of humility. And I don’t mean a comeuppance — I’m not interested in that, as much as I just want him to know that it’s hard to do and to take that seriously and learn how to do it.” Advice: “Yeah: Listen! Listen! Ask and listen — be curious!” CNN’s Van Jones “I mean, look: A lot of people didn’t like, in the speech that he gave to Congress, when he asked the widow to stand up. They said he was exploiting her pain. As a military kid, I saw it very differently — if I had lost my dad overseas, I would’ve wanted for the Continue Reading

‘Optimism’ and ‘Fake News’: Ohio Town Hall Grades Trump’s First 100 Days

Martha MacCallum moderated a town hall event at Stolle Machinery, a manufacturing plant in North Canton, Ohio on "The First 100 Days."MacCallum said North Canton sits in Stark County, which was one of the counties where President Trump gained several percentage points in 2016 over former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) in 2012.Many of the attendees said they felt that Trump is thus far keeping his promise to look out for the working people of America and improve the economy.An executive at the plant, Michael Raderchak, said Trump brought optimism to an area of the country that has seen a lot in the way of economic downturn.He praised Trump for moving manufacturing back to America and Ohio specifically."For the past eight years, we didn't see that," he said.Tamie Lindamood, an employee at Stolle, echoed Raderchak, saying she also is optimistic that Trump will help the economy in the area.Lindamood said she was laid off three times during the Obama administration and witnessed friends lose their homes."It's stifling to be from Ohio and see [Trump] come in with so much optimism," she said.Stolle employee Steve Schutt said he too was encouraged with the Trump administration's actions on trade and the economy. Krauthammer on Trump: 'It's About Time We Hit Canada' Napolitano Slams NYT Op-Ed Calling For Limits on Free Speech Judge Who Blocked Trump Sanctuary City Order Bundled $200K for Obama Another attendee said Trump well understands the "working man" and is realizing how to prioritize his national security issues with domestic policies:Former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio) said Trump "talks better than he acts," but added that he is pleased with some of what the president has accomplished.A student at the University of Akron told MacCallum that he too is concerned with President Trump.Christian Howse said Trump's foreign policy and acts of war show too many parallels to President Bush engaging America in the early days of the War on Terror.Later, another Continue Reading

Conway on Trump’s First 100 Days: ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’

President Donald Trump has taken some criticism for skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner, but Kellyanne Conway says the president was right where he was supposed to be: with the American people.On "Fox & Friends Weekend" this morning, Conway, a top adviser to Trump, discussed the the president's patriotic rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, which marked his 100th day in office."I was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with an overflow, energetic, enthusiastic crowd for this president and his message," Conway said. "They just love him. And the signs were 'promises made, promises kept,' and that's the way they feel."She noted the fact that the event took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has extra significance, as that's a state where Trump won 20 electoral votes, which helped put him over the top in the presidential election.Conway pointed out that prior to Trump's "barn-burner" speech, he visited a local wheelbarrow factory and signed two executive orders."I think these executive orders really tell the tale of the first 100 days and then looking toward the future," Conway said. "He is cracking down on cheaters and abusers within the trade and manufacturing arenas, and he has established, as of yesterday on his 100th day, an Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, so that there's a White House liaison with commerce in this office that is going to go ahead and review these bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and make sure they're fair to America, American workers, American interests."She said the American people really appreciate the fact that Trump has kept his promises, and they really feel that the country is safer more prosperous.Watch more above. Loesch: We Have a White House That's 'Prioritizing Our 2nd Amendment Rights' Maher Rips Obama for Wall St. Speech: Can't You Live Off Your $10M Book Deal? Rep. Duffy: Democrats Would Rather Fail Than Work With Trump & Fix Things 'They're Murdering People!': Tucker and Continue Reading

Trump’s first 100 days: More Americans moved to Canada, but it’s no stampede

The number of Americans who have taken up residency in Canada in the first 100 days of the Trump administration is up a little over the same period for the two prior years, but it is not enough yet to suggest a bunch of Americans are fleeing the country.Lots of liberals swore they would move to Canada if Trump was elected, but there is plenty of reason to be skeptical of those claims. David Cohen, an immigration lawyer in Montreal, told USA TODAY last year that Americans often threaten to move to Canada during election years, but "at the end of the day the numbers remain kind of the same. Americans move here for love and for work and for very few other reasons."The numbers so far for 2017 suggest a bit of an increase over last year, but not a mass migration.According to the Canadian government, 2,325 Americans were granted permanent residency in Canada in the first three months of this year, which is about 100 more than the first quarter of 2016 and 1,000 more than the first quarter of 2015. But the quarterly numbers tend to fluctuate a lot, so it's hard to draw significant conclusions.If the pace keeps up for the rest of the year — which would mean around 9,300 people relocating this year — it would be the highest number since 2008, but not a historic high. Last year, 8,400 Americans took permanent residency in Canada, about the same as the numbers in 2013 and 2014 and not quite 1,000 more than 2015, according to the government's statistics.Cohen now says that in his practice helping people immigrate to Canada, "I'm seeing more applications from people on a temporary status in the U.S.," such as high-tech workers on time-limited visas who are now concerned their U.S. status will not be extended. For U.S. citizens, Cohen said, the number is "marginally higher, but we are not yet seeing any kind of stampede to Canada." Continue Reading

Trump’s First 100 days: The hits, the misses and the effect on NJ

Over the first 100 days of his administration, President Donald Trump has transformed the tone of the office while overturning dozens of regulations that he said impede economic growth — but he has been unable to deliver major healthcare legislation or to make good on other signature campaign promises.His call to build a wall on the U.S. southern border has been stalled without funding, as neither Mexico nor a Republican-controlled Congress have offered to pay for it. His attempts to ban immigrants from some Muslim countries and to punish so-called sanctuary cities that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities have been blocked by federal judges.In New Jersey, the effects of many of those proposals — and even the failures — have already been felt in ways large and small.His proposed budget calls for cutting funding to the $24 billion Gateway project, which would rebuild a critical  part of the New York and New Jersey rail network — including the Hudson River tunnels. It also would eliminate after-school programs in poor areas, which would affect thousands of students in New Jersey. And environmental cleanups could be hardest hit, with his proposed one-third cut to the Environmental Protection Agency  — New Jersey has the most Superfund sites in the nation. ENVIRONMENT: Trump actions so far curtail environmental protections IMMIGRATION: Most of Trump's policies have not been fully implemented, but they've impacted immigrants HEALTHCARE: Obamacare is still the law EDUCATION: Spending cuts proposed And his moves have had a chilling effect on New Jersey's population of 500,000 immigrants without legal status. For example, many immigrants, fearing deportation, have stopped showing up for federal assistance programs. And just last week, New Jersey's chief justice requested that immigration officials do not arrest immigrants without documentation at the state's Continue Reading

Benson: Trump’s first 100 days were a big 00

If the president were a linebacker, this would be his uniform for his first 100 days.Donald Trump hasn't accomplished much of anything he promised voters he'd do during that time. His ploy to blow up Obamacare failed. His plot to ban Muslims failed in court. Oh, he's signed a lot of executive orders during that time. And played a lot of golf.But what does Trump have to show for it? Continue Reading

USA TODAY roundtable to explore Trump’s first 100 days, and the years to follow

WASHINGTON — There's no question President Trump has had a bumpy start in the White House, but does that signal turmoil for the rest of his tenure?Presidential experts and veterans of the past White House staffs will consider Trump's first 100 days in office and put it in historic context in a USA TODAY roundtable on Monday, April 24. They'll discuss how successes and stumbles during their first few months in office affected other modern presidents down the road.The forum, which starts at 10:30 a.m., will be livestreamed on USA TODAY's Facebook page, and the video will be posted on USA TODAY's digital platforms.Participating will be:The discussion, part of USA TODAY's Capital Download newsmaker series, will be moderated by Washington Bureau chief Susan Page. Continue Reading

Here’s what people Googled during Trump’s first 100 days

Google Trends sought to answer that question, releasing a report Wednesday. According to the Internet giant, users searched for Trump 140% more than they did for President Obama when comparing their first 100 days.Overall, search interest in the president has dropped since his inauguration, with spikes on key dates: the day he signed the temporary travel ban, the day of his joint address to Congress and the day of the missile strike on Syria.Other trends highlighted by Google: More 100 days coverage: Continue Reading