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Alex Jones is hawking pro-Trump children's book that indoctrinates them to white nationalism

Source: Media Matters

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is selling a “limited edition” of a children’s book that depicts President Donald Trump as a cartoon bunny named Thump. The book promotes white nationalist imagery and makes light of the video of Trump admitting to sexually assaulting women and the national outrage that followed.

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On one page that Jones showed, the text read, “Thump found friends in strange places and in all shapes and sizes. Such as the frogs that croaked ‘KEK!’ They were full of surprises!”



The line is a reference to Pepe the Frog, an originally innocuous cartoon that was transformed into a talisman for white nationalism during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The book also references a video released in October 2016 that showed Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. Thump reads, “Thump was caught talking of grabbing all things pusillanimous. Protesters even made pink hats: their ire was unanimous.”



Although pusillanimous is a synonym for cowardly, it’s a reference to Trump saying that he grabbed women “by the pussy.”


Read more: https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2018/01/04/alex-jones-hawking-pro-trump-children-s-book-indoctrinates-them-white-nationalism/218970

LIVE: Two candidates' names will be put into a bowl. The first name drawn wins a seat in VA House

https://twitter.com/CNN/status/948948860285673474

https://www.facebook.com/cnn/videos/vb.5550296508/10157773151146509/?type=3&theater

"You Can't Make This S--- Up": My Year Inside Trump's Insane White House

Source: Hollywood Reporter



I interviewed Donald Trump for The Hollywood Reporter in June 2016, and he seemed to have liked — or not disliked — the piece I wrote. "Great cover!" his press assistant, Hope Hicks, emailed me after it came out (it was a picture of a belligerent Trump in mirrored sunglasses). After the election, I proposed to him that I come to the White House and report an inside story for later publication — journalistically, as a fly on the wall — which he seemed to misconstrue as a request for a job. No, I said. I'd like to just watch and write a book. "A book?" he responded, losing interest. "I hear a lot of people want to write books," he added, clearly not understanding why anybody would. "Do you know Ed Klein?"— author of several virulently anti-Hillary books. "Great guy. I think he should write a book about me." But sure, Trump seemed to say, knock yourself out.

Since the new White House was often uncertain about what the president meant or did not mean in any given utterance, his non-disapproval became a kind of passport for me to hang around — checking in each week at the Hay-Adams hotel, making appointments with various senior staffers who put my name in the "system," and then wandering across the street to the White House and plunking myself down, day after day, on a West Wing couch.

The West Wing is configured in such a way that the anteroom is quite a thoroughfare — everybody passes by. Assistants — young women in the Trump uniform of short skirts, high boots, long and loose hair — as well as, in situation-comedy proximity, all the new stars of the show: Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Jared Kushner, Mike Pence, Gary Cohn, Michael Flynn (and after Flynn's abrupt departure less than a month into the job for his involvement in the Russia affair, his replacement, H.R. McMaster), all neatly accessible.

The nature of the comedy, it was soon clear, was that here was a group of ambitious men and women who had reached the pinnacle of power, a high-ranking White House appointment — with the punchline that Donald Trump was president. Their estimable accomplishment of getting to the West Wing risked at any moment becoming farce.


More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-wolff-my-insane-year-inside-trumps-white-house-1071504


https://twitter.com/JonLemire/status/948896485042741249

Ron Perlman: Bares repeating... (a wee NSFW)



https://twitter.com/perlmutations/status/948554408693911552

This photo of Russia's ambassador to the U.S. is the perfect example of Trump's emoluments problem

Just stopping by to drop off an emolument.

Source: Think Progress



Eleonora Movsisyan is the CEO and founder of Nail Sunny, a chain of nail salons offering manicures and pedicures in several locations across Moscow. The head of the self-described “#1 nail art chain in Russia” visited Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning for a meeting with her country’s new ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Ivanovich Antonov.

A photo posted on Movsisyan’s personal Instagram account, and on Nail Sunny’s company Instagram page, shows that the meeting took place at a popular locale for foreign governments eager to please President Donald Trump: the Trump International Hotel.

Despite the emoluments clause, a provision in the United States Constitution that prohibits Trump and other federal officials from receiving payments from foreign governments, diplomats from around the world have been holding events at his properties since his 2016 election.

In December 2016, ThinkProgress reported that — under pressure — the Kuwaiti government had cancelled a contract with one Washington hotel and moved a major event to Trump’s new hotel. A former Mexican ambassador has alleged that Trump’s State Department is actively encouraging world leaders to use Trump’s hotel for official visits.


Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/russian-ambassador-meeting-at-trump-hotel-6814692f7bb6/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a4cd05004d3013156860d2a&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Trump supporters are heavy consumers of fake news

A new study from three academics breaks down the data.

Source: Think Progress

After authorities arrested a handful of Donald Trump supporters for plotting to car-bomb Somali immigrants in Kansas in 2016, the defense attorney for one pointed to a novel defense for his client: fake news. Per the attorney, Patrick Stein – whose Facebook was littered with both fake stories and support for then-candidate Trump – was motivated to plan his slaughter because he thought then-President Barack Obama was on the brink of declaring martial law, misinformation he picked up from fake news sites.

Stein’s plot, of course, was foiled, but his case helps sum not only the threats posed by the spawn of fake news sites over the past few years, but the propensity for Trump supporters to find themselves consuming fake news sites at far higher clips than other demographics in the U.S.

Indeed, a new paper from a trio of researchers illustrates just how popular fake news sites are for Trump supporters – and how ineffective fact-checking efforts aimed at combating these sites remain.

The new paper from Princeton’s Andrew Guess, Dartmouth’s Brendan Nyhan, and University of Exeter’s Jason Reifler illustrates how approximately 27 percent of American adults visited a fake news site in the lead-up to the 2016 election, as well as the election’s immediate aftermath. For the purpose of the study, the academics described fake news sites as those that “frequently publish false claims, distort genuine news reports, and copy or repurpose content from other outlets.” Sites identified included fake news outlets like BipartisanReport.com, IJR.com, and DailyWire.com, among dozens of others.


Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/trump-supporters-consumers-of-fake-news-c511ba18c1e0/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a4cb7ba9ebbef0007968910&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Watch Canadian doctor @docdanielle respond to the pathetic myth that single-payer health care is...

https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/948325785600970753

Breaking: Joshua Boyle, former Canadian hostage, faces 15 criminal charges

Source: CBC

Joshua Boyle, the Canadian man who was held captive in Afghanistan for five years with his wife, has been charged with several criminal offences in Ottawa, including sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering threats, CBC News has confirmed.

Boyle, his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children were rescued in October, five years after the couple were abducted while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. The children were born in captivity.

Court records show Boyle is facing 15 charges and that he made a court appearance at the Ottawa courthouse on New Year's Day. He remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court again Wednesday morning.

It is alleged the offences happened in Ottawa between Oct. 14 and Dec. 30.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/joshua-boyle-ottawa-charges-1.4470475

Nothing says 2017 like Sheriff Clarke responding to a fake Chelsea Clinton tweet with a fake...

Yashar Ali 🐘 ‏Verified account @yashar

Nothing says 2017 like Sheriff Clarke responding to a fake Chelsea Clinton tweet with a fake Hillary Clinton quote. Put this in a time capsule.



6:53 PM - 31 Dec 2017


https://twitter.com/yashar/status/947616609467883520

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