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Stormy Daniels on statement denying Trump affair: 'I do not know where it came from'

Source: The Hill

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels told Jimmy Kimmell on Tuesday night that she did not know where a statement with her purported signature denying an affair with President Trump came from.

Daniels, appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" after Trump's first State of the Union address, seemed to suggest that she did not sign the statement released Tuesday.

“Did you sign this letter that was released today?” Kimmel asked her.


“But that does not look like my signature, does it,” Daniels said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/371563-stormy-daniels-on-statement-denying-trump-affair-i-do-not-know

CLIP: As President Trump exits the House Chamber, @RepJeffDuncan asks him to #ReleaseTheMemo.


Scott Pruitt once said Trump would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama and that

Source: The Washington Post

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a 2016 interview that “Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama,” according to an audio recording released Tuesday by an advocacy group, prompting questions as he faced the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for the first time since taking office.

The radio interview with”The Pat Campbell Show” in Tulsa took place on Feb. 4, 2016, at a time when Pruitt — then Oklahoma’s attorney general — was serving as a policy adviser to GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Asked whether he supported Trump as a presidential candidate, Pruitt replied, “No.”

“I believe that Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama — and that’s saying a lot,” he said. He later added, “I really believe he would use a blunt instrument. This president at least tries to nuance his unlawfulness.”

Pruitt also agreed with Campbell’s description of Trump as “dangerous” and “a bully.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/01/30/scott-pruitt-once-said-trump-would-be-more-abusive-to-the-constitution-than-barack-obama-and-thats-saying-a-lot/?utm_term=.ccf6a684da23&tid=sm_tw

RNC will keep Wynn money until outside investigation is complete

Source: The Hill

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Tuesday that it would only return donations from former RNC finance chair Steve Wynn, who has been accused of sexually harassing his employees, if investigations find him guilty of wrongdoing.

The RNC has been largely silent since Friday's Wall Street Journal report about Wynn, a casino mogul. The RNC announced his departure from the top party finance spot one day after the report, which claims that Wynn had been harassing women and pressuring them into performing sexual acts for decades.

When asked by Fox News whether the RNC was planning on returning donations from Wynn — who has given millions to the RNC and other GOP groups over the years — McDaniel said the party wants to wait for the process to unfold. Wynn played a key role in the RNC's record-breaking 2017 fundraising, and has given heavily to the RNC as well as other GOP party organizations and candidates over the years.

The RNC was quick to call for Democrats to return money from Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein after the Hollywood producer was accused of a history of sexual misconduct. But McDaniel said Tuesday that, in Wynn's case, the RNC will instead wait until the investigations are complete before returning any money.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/371369-rnc-will

Tim Allen joins docudrama taking down PC culture

Source: New York Post

WASHINGTON – Actor Tim Allen has joined the cast of new movie aimed at disrupting the liberal and PC culture in Hollywood, on college campuses and in comedy.

Allen’s “Last Man Standing” sitcom was canceled last year and outraged fans believe ABC pulled the plug because the family comedy highlighted conservative values. ABC denied it was over politics.

Allen has signed onto the docudrama “No Safe Spaces” that’s expected to hit theaters in the fall.

Fellow comedian Adam Carolla and conservative radio show host Dennis Prager are making the movie to promote free speech at a time they say the entertainment industry, media and college campuses too often shut down or blackball controversial viewpoints.

More: https://nypost.com/2018/01/29/tim-allen-joins-docudrama-taking-down-pc-culture/

Hmmm... another ratings blockbuster in the making. Just like this one:

Woman-led alternative to State of the Union serves as counter to president's message

Source: Detroit Free Press

As President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union speech in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, activists plan to host an alternative event across town they're calling The State of Our Union.

The goal is to offer a different view and vision for the country at the counter event at the National Press Club, addressing gender inequalities in America today and confronting the president's agenda.

The event is open to the public, and will be livestreamed on the website www.thestateofourunion.org. It is organized by activists Ai-Jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Tarana Burke, who started the #MeToo movement more than a decade ago and is now senior director of Girls for Gender Equity, and Mónica Ramírez, deputy director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner of MomsRising and Arisha Hatch of Color of Change also are among the event organizers.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/30/women-alternative-state-union/1074294001/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

When Japan's Top Animators Made a Thrilling Cyberpunk Commercial for Irish Beer: Watch Last Orders

When it came out in 1995, Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell showed the world what the art of Japanese animation could do with the kind of gritty, tech-saturated, globalized cyberpunk visions popularized in the previous decade by William Gibson and other writers. The film's particularly successful release in the United Kingdom got some culturally savvy marketers in Ireland thinking: why not use this sort of thing to sell beer?

But rather than ripping it off and watering it down — all too par for the course in advertising — they hired animators straight from Production I.G., Ghost in the Shell's studio, to create a whole new animated cyberpunk reality, the one in which Last Orders, the minute-long spot above, takes place. The 1997 commercial tells the story of six samurai rushing through a cityscape that has everything we've now come to expect from this genre: forests of high-rises, bustling streets, mysterious women, artificial humanoids, the technological everywhere merged with the organic, and neon signs aplenty.


Why Trump Can't Quit Steve Wynn

The casino magnate faces allegations of sexual assault and harassment, but the president revels in his flattery and attention.

Source: The Atlantic

Steve Wynn is under siege. The casino magnate is facing a range of allegations—from sexual harassment to forced sex—from former female employees, according to The Wall Street Journal. Then on Saturday, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel announced she had accepted Wynn’s resignation as the RNC’s finance chair. Wynn called the claims of assault “preposterous” in a statement, but the board of directors of Wynn Resorts has formed a committee of independent directors to investigate the allegations in the article.

But there’s no indication that President Donald Trump is moving to sever ties with his fellow mogul. Trump loves people who flatter him, and Wynn flatters him profusely. In other words, Wynn may be the most controversial example of Trump’s insistence on surrounding himself with successful businessmen despite the baggage they bring—but he’s also part of a larger pattern.

The close relationship between the two men is a recent development. During the Republican primary, Senator Ted Cruz met privately with Wynn to discuss a potential endorsement when he was in Las Vegas for a primary debate, in December of 2015. Wynn, whose net worth Forbes estimates at $3.5 billion, had given money to Cruz in the past, and the Texas lawmaker’s team hoped to score his official imprimatur.

The meeting went well. According to a person with direct knowledge of the gathering, who requested anonymity so as to discuss a confidential conversation, Wynn expressed optimism about Cruz’s chances within the crowded GOP field. Wynn then lambasted Trump, the frontrunner at the time, castigating the real-estate mogul’s record as a “businessman” and “casino owner.” Wynn snickered about how Trump’s Vegas property stood pitifully far from the Strip, the stretch of land coveted by any hopeful casino or hotel owner in the city. “He was just clowning on him,” the source recalled. (Asked about this account, a spokesman for Wynn said, “Mr. Wynn does not reveal personal conversations.”)

Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/trump-wynn/551693/?utm_source=twb

This Footbridge in the Netherlands Transforms With Rising Waters

Twenty-six percent of the Netherlands lies below sea level, making the country vulnerable to floods. This is especially true of the 2000-year-old city of Nijmegen, which straddles the Waal river. The town is home to many examples of flood-resistant infrastructure, but one footbridge there works a bit differently. Instead of building it around the threat of rising waters, the designers of the Zalige bridge made a crossing that changes along with its environment, according to Co.Design.


NEXT writes on the project webpage, "As a crest above the river, the bridge emphasizes the dynamic character of water by letting people see and experience the changing river landscape."

More: http://mentalfloss.com/article/526199/footbridge-netherlands-transforms-rising-waters

Dems press Trump for 'Buy American' proposals in infrastructure plan

Source: The Hill

A group of Democratic senators is pushing President Trump to include "Buy American" and "Hire American" proposals in his long-awaited infrastructure plan.

In a letter to the president dated Jan. 26, nine Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who caucuses with the Democratic Party, argued Trump must include these principles to deliver on his promises to American manufacturers and the middle class.

“As you draft your infrastructure proposal, we encourage you to not only protect existing ‘Buy America’ laws, but to work with Congress to expand these protections and address coverage gaps,” the lawmakers write.

“In addition, no infrastructure proposal should allow circumvention of current requirements in federal law that ensure our public infrastructure is built with American-made iron, steel, and manufactured materials by workers who are paid a fair wage.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/infrastructure/371195-dems-senators-press-trump-for-buy-american-proposals-in
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