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Barack Obama: Aretha helped define the American experience.

Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.


Trump labels 'fake news media' the 'opposition party' as newspapers denounce his rhetoric

Source: The Hill

President Trump on Thursday lashed out at the press, deriding it as the "opposition party" and "very bad" for the country, as scores of newspapers published editorials denouncing the president's attacks on journalists.

"THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY," he tweeted. "It is very bad for our Great Country....BUT WE ARE WINNING!"

Trump's use of the term "opposition party" echoes a label for the media frequently deployed by his former chief strategist, Stephen Bannon.

The president's latest jab at the press comes on the same day that hundreds of newspapers joined together in a coordinated effort to call on Trump to reconsider his rhetoric toward the media, particularly his use of the term "enemy of the people."

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/402101-trump-labels-media-opposition-party-as-newspapers-coordinate-to

It's Indeed Hilarious That Don Jr. and Kim Reportedly Call Each Other "Junior Mint" and "Pooh Bear"

Imagine the face of Donald Trump Jr. Imagine his slicked-back hair, his glassy stare, his ability to bare his teeth for a smile without moving a single muscle on the upper half of his face. Now imagine him gazing straight into your eyes and murmuring, “Hello, Pooh Bear.”

This steamy scenario is allegedly everyday reality for Kimberly Guilfoyle, girlfriend to the president’s son and, it seems, the proud bearer of this pet name. According to Page Six, Guilfoyle, aka Pooh Bear, also has a nickname for Trump Jr.: Junior Mint, a possible reference to the boatloads of money the Trump family supposedly has.

It’s all very disgusting, and if you’d like to step away from your screen to dry-heave into your nearest receptacle, please take that moment of self-care. Then, once you’re back, if you have never called a significant other something saccharine and humiliating, feel free to cast the first stone.


Omarosa book: Ivanka wouldn't stop complaining about SNL sketch

Source: The Hill

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman writes in her new book that President Trump senior adviser and daughter Ivanka Trump hated a “Saturday Night Live” sketch that mocked her and labeled her “complicit.”

Manigault Newman claims in her book, “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House,” that Ivanka Trump could not stop talking about the “offensive” sketch, according to an excerpt reported on by People.

Manigault Newman writes that Ivanka Trump, “like her father,” could not “seem to take a joke.”

“At the senior staff meeting, Ivanka couldn’t stop bemoaning it, how offensive it was, how ridiculous it was,” Manigault Newman, writes. “We’d all been subject to SNL attacks ... We’d all been hit, many of us in that same week’s show.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/402092-omarosa-book-ivanka-wouldnt-stop-complaining-about-snl-sketch?__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true

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John Brennan: President Trump's Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash

That’s why the president revoked my security clearance: to try to silence anyone who would dare challenge him.

When Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s internal security service, told me during an early August 2016 phone call that Russia wasn’t interfering in our presidential election, I knew he was lying. Over the previous several years I had grown weary of Mr. Bortnikov’s denials of Russia’s perfidy — about its mistreatment of American diplomats and citizens in Moscow, its repeated failure to adhere to cease-fire agreements in Syria and its paramilitary intervention in eastern Ukraine, to name just a few issues.

When I warned Mr. Bortnikov that Russian interference in our election was intolerable and would roil United States-Russia relations for many years, he denied Russian involvement in any election, in America or elsewhere, with a feigned sincerity that I had heard many times before. President Vladimir Putin of Russia reiterated those denials numerous times over the past two years, often to Donald Trump’s seeming approval.

Russian denials are, in a word, hogwash.

Before, during and after its now infamous meddling in our last presidential election, Russia practiced the art of shaping political events abroad through its well-honed active measures program, which employs an array of technical capabilities, information operations and old-fashioned human intelligence spycraft. Electoral politics in Western democracies presents an especially inviting target, as a variety of politicians, political parties, media outlets, think tanks and influencers are readily manipulated, wittingly and unwittingly, or even bought outright by Russian intelligence operatives. The very freedoms and liberties that liberal Western democracies cherish and that autocracies fear have been exploited by Russian intelligence services not only to collect sensitive information but also to distribute propaganda and disinformation, increasingly via the growing number of social media platforms.


Walmart Teams Up With Ellen DeGeneres for EV1 Clothing Collection

Walmart (wmt)is borrowing a page from Target’s (tgt)playbook to rev up its apparel sales.

The retailer said in a blog post on Wednesday that it has lined up television star Ellen DeGeneres to launch a collection of casual clothes in September in a bid to spruce up its clothing selection. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is primarily known for basic clothing presented in a no-frills way, rather than celebrity collaborations of the kind that has made Target a major apparel destination.

The DeGeneres tie-up, called EV1 and consisting of some 60 items costing $30 or less to start, comes amid a number of moves by Walmart to be a bigger player in the world of fashion. Walmart recently added an e-commerce page to its web site for HBC’s (hbc) Lord & Taylor department store chain, as it looks to showcase higher end brands. Walmart has also bought retailers like ModCloth, Bonobos, and Moosejaw in the past two years to expand its assortment for middle class customers. EV1 items will also be sold at roughly 2,300 stores, or half its fleet.

“We’ve been hard at work transforming the fashion experience on walmart.com,” Denise Incandela, head of fashion for Walmart’s U.S. digital operations, wrote in the blog post.



Breaking: DNI Coats - the nation's senior-most Intelligence official - was NOT consulted on Trump...

Breaking: DNI Coats - the nation’s senior-most Intelligence official - was NOT consulted on Trump decision to revoke Fmr CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance - a source with knowledge tells me.

Par for the course (pun intended).

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