The bright spots in the dark era of Trump Twitter: political parody accounts

April 30, 2017

Image: mashable composite: Christopher Mineses Over the course of his first months in the White House, President Trump notoriously turned Twitter into his personal outlet for unhinged political venting. That of course inspired the creation of dozens of parody accounts that became tools of resistance, coping mechanisms, and light-hearted distractions from the political chaos. A simple Twitter search for “Donald Trump Parody” reveals a collection of over 50 accounts, and though …

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Trump rallies supporters in Pennsylvania on night of correspondents’ dinner

April 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is spending his 100th day in office not at the annual black-tie dinner that some say launched his bid for the White House, but with some of the people who sent him there. Amid increasingly hostile relations between Trump and the media, Trump announced in February that he would not attend the White House correspondents’ dinner Saturday night — making him the first President since Ronald Reagan to miss the event (although Reagan, who was …

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Of course Trump’s 100 days are getting the hashtag treatment

April 27, 2017

Oops, he did it againImage: AP/REX/Shutterstock We’re closing in on the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, even though it’s felt more like 100 years since the inauguration. SEE ALSO: Even Trump’s Earth Day message was anti-science Pundits are now trying to gauge where the president falls on the success scale, from “SAD!” to “BIGLY!,” for this somewhat important but still kinda arbitrary milestone. But Twitter users have another talent: using …

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Internet turns rebellious, rule-breaking Jeremy Corbyn into a meme

April 22, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has officially made the beautiful transition from leader of the Labour Party to leader of the Meme Party. On Thursday, the internet trolled the Labour leader yet again after a very special cartoon image of Corbyn dabbing yes, dabbing was posted by a fan account to Twitter. SEE ALSO: 10 things you need to know about Jeremy Corbyn’s big Labour Party speech The image featured the British politician’s memorable quote from an interview on Thursday, about the rebellious …

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Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights

April 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump could roll back progress on LGBT rights. “We may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” Clinton said in a speech in New York. Clinton was addressing a fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community organization, where she received an award and thanked members of the audience for supporting her unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid. But she told those gathered there to …

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Reporter’s notebook: A dramatic moment aboard Air Force 2 while headed to South Korea

April 17, 2017

(CNN)It wasn’t even an hour after we took off for South Korea on Air Force Two after a refueling stop in Alaska that a few of the vice president’s aides came back to the press cabin to tell us what was probably inevitable: North Korea had just unsuccessfully tried to test a missile. The press does not have Internet access on Air Force Two (which is secretly kind of liberating), so we didn’t know, but of course the VP and his team have high-tech, secure communications …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… majority. Republicans control the Senate. They have 52 seats. While Democrats and the independents who vote with them have 48 seats. After yesterday’s move to invoke the nuclear option, both parties have now used the controversial rule change and this time around, it was expected to lead to the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) CHRIS CILLIZZA, CNN politics REPORTER: The one thing to know about the nuclear option is you may not understand it, but it does …

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Amazon won NFL Thursday Night Football rights, so what’s next for Twitter?

April 6, 2017

… 800 hours of live stream content from over 400 events across sports, news, politics and entertainment. The NFL was a great partner to launch our strategy and we will continue to work with them to bring great content to our passionate sports fans. Twitter’s push into live sports remains a silver lining (though it was far shinier before Amazon won the NFL deal) on what has been a brutal two-year stretch. The company has endured stagnating user growth, difficulties generating income, …

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Pence frequently hitting the road to sell Trump’s agenda

April 2, 2017

(CNN)For the fourth weekend in a row, Vice President Mike Pence boarded Air Force Two to sell the nascent administration’s agenda, this time speaking to business leaders at Dynalab Inc., a small manufacturing company in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, on Saturday. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, will remain in Washington for the weekend, with no public events scheduled. This has become a bit of a pattern in the Trump White House. Pence takes a shot at Obamacare supporters …

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Where beauty queens mingle with live rattlesnakes

April 1, 2017

Sweetwater, Texas (CNN)The beauty pageant contestants had been preparing for months, designing elaborate outfits, rehearsing talent acts and practicing flawless walks across the stage for their town’s most highly anticipated event. “We probably are the only beauty pageant that does kill and skin snakes,” said Cyera Pieper, a high school sophomore and contestant in Sweetwater’s “Miss Snake Charmer” pageant, a west Texas tradition that dates back decades. The …

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Ivanka Trump to attend women’s empowerment summit in Berlin

March 29, 2017

(CNN)Ivanka Trump is making her first trip abroad since her father took office, representing the United States at a women’s empowerment summit in Berlin late next month. The trip was first reported by the Associated Press. “Looking forward to working together in Berlin next month to promote the role of women in the economy and the future of our workforce globally #W20,” Trump posted on Facebook late Sunday evening, linking to AP’s report. She will join four additional …

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For once, the outsiders out-lobby the establishment

March 29, 2017

Washington (CNN)It seemed like a just-about-even, all-too-familiar fight: traditional corporate power players staring down scrappier and ultimately hungrier insurgents dead-set on torpedoing the Republican health care bill. In the battles of the past — over the Export-Import Bank, over the debt ceiling and even over Obamacare funding — it was almost always the heavyweight Wall Street-driven wing of the party that was crowned victorious in the internecine fight du jour within the …

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Maxine Waters isn’t sure why millennials love her, but she sure loves them

March 26, 2017

… social media prominence. It all started when Waters walked out of a confidential meeting with FBI Director James Comey and set an entire room of reporters on fire: Since then, her Twitter following shot up, from 33,000 to over 199,000, the largest following of any representative in the House, besides Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. And it hasn’t stopped. Waters’ Democratic colleagues generally criticize the president through the lens of politics (e.g. Trump, as a threat to liberal …

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First on CNN: Secret Service employees expected to face discipline over WH fence jumper

March 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)At least six Secret Service employees are expected to face discipline over a security breach on March 10 in which a man gained entry to White House grounds, a Secret Service source told CNN Thursday. On the evening of March 10, a man managed to jump multiple fences and was on White House grounds for more than 16 minutes before he was apprehended beneath President Donald Trump’s bedroom windows. Trump was in the White House at the time. The source said the employees facing …

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Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …

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Hide under a blanket and read children’s books reimagined for Trump’s America

March 23, 2017

Curl up for reading time, America. (Hide under a blanket if you need to.) Teaching kids the ABCs of politics and current events without terrifying them is a challenge. So we’ve made it easier with a series of children’s books reimagined for Donald Trump’s presidency. Image: bob al-greene/mashable Image: BOB AL-GREENE/MASHABLE In the coming weeks, we’ll roll out the full text for each book because we could all use a break from reading the news. Image: BOB …

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Justin Trudeau selfies will be harder to come by with this new rule

March 22, 2017

IRL selfies only with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, please.Image: Roussakis/Epa/REX/Shutterstock While other countries are banning most electronics on flights from Muslim-majority countries, Canada has issued their own bizarre ban concerning their prime minister. Life-size cardboard cutouts of Justin Trudeau are no longer allowed. SEE ALSO: Justin Trudeau invited Ivanka Trump to a play about welcoming foreigners and the irony isn’t lost Canadian diplomats in the U.S. are …

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Trump credits his Twitter wrath for Kaepernick’s unemployment

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump veered off message Monday night at a campaign-style rally aimed largely at pushing for the Republican health care overhaul to take credit for a completely different issue: keeping former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a job. While talking to the crowd in Louisville, Kentucky, about the nation’s urban communities, Trump swerved in midstream and cited a report that NFL owners were avoiding hiring Kaepernick because they did not …

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Comey’s hearing passes but the political storm rages on

March 21, 2017

(CNN)James Comey is at it again. The FBI director, in his deadpan way, characteristically unleashed a new chain of political consequences Monday, in hours of steely testimony before a House hearing examining Russian meddling in the presidential election. Just five months ago, Democrats were left fulminating at Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server. …

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9 things we learned from the Comey hearing

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)The FBI is investigating any possible coordination between members of the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, and there is no evidence of wiretaps on Trump Tower. Those were some of the takeaways from a lengthy hearing Monday where the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency testified before the House Intelligence Committee covering Russian interference in the 2016 election. FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers spent hours …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… should be glad. The opposition have ganged up on them several times this term already – should they have to bow to “the will of parliament” all the time, they would have had to repeal the football act, ban fracking, give Highlands and Islands its own board and accept that they are “failing teachers, parents and pupils”. Party politics There are still some party-political elements amid this grand constitutional row. In particular, it has cast the SNP and the …

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The Turkey-Netherlands Spat Is A Reminder Of A New Specter Haunting Europe

March 18, 2017

GermanyNetherlandsproposalbarred the barbarian. attacked I came across an article about a video of a group of men in Switzerland dressed as terrifying Ottoman Turkstone. But for me, this terrifying bogeyman seemed eerily familiar. Dylan Martinez / Reuters right-wing politics I dont like murderers, but I dont like European politicians telling me I will be perceived as one of those nasty people if I act too Turkish. On the day I arrived in Amsterdam in 2004, a Dutch-Moroccan extremist …

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Holocaust survivor confronts resurgence in anti-Semitism

March 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)On a frigid morning in Washington, about 200 high school students file into the auditorium at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. On the stage, frail and in a wheelchair, sits 100-year-old Fanny Aizenberg, a Holocaust survivor. She’s a featured speaker in the museum’s program to have individuals who were persecuted by the Nazis share their stories of seven-plus decades ago, keeping their stories alive as long as long they can, so the world doesn’t forget. Now, …

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SXSW gets political: All eyes on Trump

March 17, 2017

Austin, Texas (CNN)President Donald Trump’s name is on everyone’s lips at the 2017 SXSW festival, with performers, experts, advocates and festival-goers weighing in on the 45th president. While it is not overtly partisan, SXSW has historically drawn a generally progressive group of musicians, artists, writers, experts, filmmakers and activists, including Trump’s latest entertainer foe rapper Snoop Dogg, who performed Wednesday night and is set to join artists to advocate for …

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#TwitterHouse 2016 was about politics. In @realDonaldTrump’s America, it’s everything else

March 16, 2017

… Mashable (@mashable) March 14, 2017 I sat down with Nola Weinsteinhead of influencer engagement and experiential marketing at Twitterbetween all these events (which she planned) to learn why there was so much happening for Twitter this year at SXSW (yet, sans- politics). We met up in the backyard of the Four Seasons, where PureWow was hosting a brunch next door, and where we could finally enjoy the sun after days of rain. “Our strategy?” Weinstein said after we talked about her …

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