Sylvester Stallone Asks Trump To Pardon Boxer Jack Johnson – President Considers It

One of the stranger stories of Saturday was President Trump’s declaration that he is now taking advice from actor Sylvester Stallone.
“Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson,” Trump twe…

One of the stranger stories of Saturday was President Trump’s declaration that he is now taking advice from actor Sylvester Stallone. “Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson,” Trump tweeted earlier today. “His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!” Johnson was the first black…

President Trump Tweetstorm Attacks NY Times, Ends With A Sales Pitch

President Donald Trump had an early morning tweetstorm on Saturday, taking on the New York Times and its recent reporting on his lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Trump took the gloves off in his comments, which focused on perceptions that Cohen might cooperate i…

President Donald Trump had an early morning tweetstorm on Saturday, taking on the New York Times and its recent reporting on his lawyer, Michael Cohen. Trump took the gloves off in his comments, which focused on perceptions that Cohen might cooperate in the ongoing investigations into Russia and other issues. He attacked New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, calling her part of a "witch hunt" against him. He also disparaged a former staffer who was part of her…

Trump Attacks ‘Third Rate’ NY Times Reporter Maggie Haberman in Wild Tweet Storm

President Donald Trump launched a wild tweet storm on Saturday morning to attack New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman by name as a “third rate reporter” following a Friday story about his attorney Michael Cohen.

Trump also defended Cohen, whose records were recently seized by the FBI, and made some startling claims about how “most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories.”

The series of tweets appeared to respond to Haberman’s Friday story that questioned Cohen’s continued loyalty to Trump now that he himself may be under legal jeopardy and quoted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone saying “Donald goes out of his way to treat [Cohen] like garbage.”

….non-existent “sources” and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected. Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018

….it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018

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Trump was in such a rush on Saturday that he deleted and retweeted some of his messages to correct typos and spelling mistakes, including at first adding an extra B to Haberman’s name.

He derided the veteran journalist as as “a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will ‘flip.’”

Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel: If Trump Is Innocent, ‘Why Does It Matter if Cohen Flips?’

The president also accused the paper, without substantiation, of using “nonexistent ‘sources’ and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael.” The latter is an apparent reference to Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide who is quoted in Haberman’s Friday story and who announced last month he was seeking treatment following a series of bizarre TV interviews.

The Times quickly responded in a tweet that the paper is “extremely proud” of Haberman, “who is part of a team that just won a Pulitzer Prize.”

We are extremely proud of @maggieNYT, who is a part of a team that just won a Pulitzer Prize. We stand by our story and our reporting. Here’s the link to the story by @maggieNYT, @SharonLNYT and @dannyhakim: https://t.co/fyKRwkstBy pic.twitter.com/SBylg2tbub

— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) April 21, 2018

Haberman, who joined the Times in 2015 after five years at Politico, offered her own commentary, noting that the president had (initially) misspelled her last name.

One B, sir (or Dan?). Here’s the story that seems to have touched a nerve. https://t.co/M34kkP0sQb https://t.co/V73uBzg7wJ

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 21, 2018

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President Donald Trump launched a wild tweet storm on Saturday morning to attack New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman by name as a “third rate reporter” following a Friday story about his attorney Michael Cohen.

Trump also defended Cohen, whose records were recently seized by the FBI, and made some startling claims about how “most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories.”

The series of tweets appeared to respond to Haberman’s Friday story that questioned Cohen’s continued loyalty to Trump now that he himself may be under legal jeopardy and quoted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone saying “Donald goes out of his way to treat [Cohen] like garbage.”

Trump was in such a rush on Saturday that he deleted and retweeted some of his messages to correct typos and spelling mistakes, including at first adding an extra B to Haberman’s name.

He derided the veteran journalist as as “a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will ‘flip.'”

The president also accused the paper, without substantiation, of using “nonexistent ‘sources’ and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael.” The latter is an apparent reference to Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide who is quoted in Haberman’s Friday story and who announced last month he was seeking treatment following a series of bizarre TV interviews.

The Times quickly responded in a tweet that the paper is “extremely proud” of Haberman, “who is part of a team that just won a Pulitzer Prize.”

Haberman, who joined the Times in 2015 after five years at Politico, offered her own commentary, noting that the president had (initially) misspelled her last name.

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‘Real Time’: Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Teases Run for Office, Still Dodges Specifics Like a Ninja

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti might one day run for political office. Well, maybe, maybe not, but Avenatti implied it’s something he’s thought about while speaking to Bill Maher on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time.”

“As you know, there’s a small matter I’m presently focused on,” said Avenatti when Maher asked him if he saw a future in politics. “But we will see how that goes. And, I’ll tell you what: if, at the end of that, you decide that makes sense for me, I’ll do it!”

Like we said — maybe, maybe not.

Avenatti hinted at his possible political ambitions while talking to Maher at the top of the show. But as usual, while the colorful attorney had plenty of snappy things to say, he also managed to not say anything too specific about what, if anything, might be coming from the unfolding drama between Trump and his client, Daniels.

Also Read: Stormy Daniels Releases Sketch of Man She Says Threatened Her in Las Vegas (Video)

Asked by Maher how he feels about his “newfound fame,” said Avenatti: “Wait until we actually accomplish something in the coming months.” Juicy! Sort of!

Asked what’s coming, Avenatti said he believes he’ll get “an opportunity to depose” Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, “in the next 60 days.”

Maher was skeptical about this, noting that Trump is somewhat above the law, and likely could only be convicted of wrongdoing via impeachment, which would require supermajorites in both houses of congress. “You think he’ll give a f—?” Maher asked?

“He should,” Avenatti countered, adding that refusing to appear in court if ordered would set off “what’s called a constitutional crisis.”

“He should? Hello,” Maher replied with heavy sarcasm.

Also Read: Stormy Daniels Feels ‘Vindicated’ After Michael Cohen Raid, Her Lawyer Says

Avenatti said however that he think’s Trump’s big weakness is Cohen, whose office and home were raided two weeks ago and who is currently under federal investigation for what the Washington Post reports are possible charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law.

“What we’re seeing is the dominoes are already starting to fall. I truly believe this is the Achilles heel of the president. He has trusted a moron with his innermost secrets,” Avenatti said. “The problem is that he has surrounded himself, in his adult life, with people that are incompetent, and the chickens are going to come home to roost.”

Avenatti said he thinks Cohen is Trump’s big weakness because “there is reason to believe Michael Cohen was undertaking efforts to destroy documents.”

But that, aside from his remarks about a possible political career, was about as specific as Avenatti got during the chat. Instead, he quipped and snarked as Maher buttered him up.

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It was a brief, enjoyable-to-watch exchange, but viewers tuning in hoping for a huge moment similar to Michael Wolff’s insinuation two months ago that Trump had an affair with one of his appointees should look elsewhere.

In other words, stay tuned everyone. It’s gonna be while before Avenatti plays all of his cards, whatever they are.

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Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti might one day run for political office. Well, maybe, maybe not, but Avenatti implied it’s something he’s thought about while speaking to Bill Maher on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time.”

“As you know, there’s a small matter I’m presently focused on,” said Avenatti when Maher asked him if he saw a future in politics. “But we will see how that goes. And, I’ll tell you what: if, at the end of that, you decide that makes sense for me, I’ll do it!”

Like we said — maybe, maybe not.

Avenatti hinted at his possible political ambitions while talking to Maher at the top of the show. But as usual, while the colorful attorney had plenty of snappy things to say, he also managed to not say anything too specific about what, if anything, might be coming from the unfolding drama between Trump and his client, Daniels.

Asked by Maher how he feels about his “newfound fame,” said Avenatti: “Wait until we actually accomplish something in the coming months.” Juicy! Sort of!

Asked what’s coming, Avenatti said he believes he’ll get “an opportunity to depose” Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, “in the next 60 days.”

Maher was skeptical about this, noting that Trump is somewhat above the law, and likely could only be convicted of wrongdoing via impeachment, which would require supermajorites in both houses of congress. “You think he’ll give a f—?” Maher asked?

“He should,” Avenatti countered, adding that refusing to appear in court if ordered would set off “what’s called a constitutional crisis.”

“He should? Hello,” Maher replied with heavy sarcasm.

Avenatti said however that he think’s Trump’s big weakness is Cohen, whose office and home were raided two weeks ago and who is currently under federal investigation for what the Washington Post reports are possible charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law.

“What we’re seeing is the dominoes are already starting to fall. I truly believe this is the Achilles heel of the president. He has trusted a moron with his innermost secrets,” Avenatti said. “The problem is that he has surrounded himself, in his adult life, with people that are incompetent, and the chickens are going to come home to roost.”

Avenatti said he thinks Cohen is Trump’s big weakness because “there is reason to believe Michael Cohen was undertaking efforts to destroy documents.”

But that, aside from his remarks about a possible political career, was about as specific as Avenatti got during the chat. Instead, he quipped and snarked as Maher buttered him up.

It was a brief, enjoyable-to-watch exchange, but viewers tuning in hoping for a huge moment similar to Michael Wolff’s insinuation two months ago that Trump had an affair with one of his appointees should look elsewhere.

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Jim Carrey Shares New Portrait of Rudy Giuliani: ‘A Face We Can Trust!’

The comedian turned activist continues to add to his art portfolio.

The current political administration has been a big influence on the art world. Just ask Jim Carrey, the comedian and actor turned activist and artist. The “Ace Ventura” star continues to create searing caricatures of the officials involved in multiple ongoing investigations against President Donald Trump and his administration.

His latest creation, shared on Twitter, is an eerie and menacing portrait of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Styling his name as “Ghouliani,” Carrey captioned the painting: “Finally, a face we can trust!” He’s not wrong; nothing makes a politician look more trustworthy than painting him like he came out of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”

The Twitter portrait surfaced mere hours after news broke on Friday that Giuliani would be representing Trump in the current probe into Russian election interference. Interestingly enough, Giuliani himself was already tied to the investigation following some remarks he made during and after the presidential election that suggested his knowledge of it.

Carrey’s older creations include “Sean Manatee,” an unflattering manatee-human hybrid painting of Fox News host Sean Hannity, and a portrait of the president that speaks for itself. With another few years left before reelection, at least we can count on plenty more political art.

Beyond the art world, Carrey will next be seen in the upcoming Showtime series “Kidding,” to be directed by his old “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” collaborator Michel Gondry.

Josh Gad, Julianne Moore Cheer on #NationalSchoolWalkout Day: ‘Keep Fighting’

On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting massacre, students around the country have taken to the streets to protest gun violence as part of #NationalSchoolWalkout Day. And Hollywood stars are showing their support for the young activists.

Josh Gad, Julianne Moore, James Cromwell and George Takei were among the Hollywood set who cheered on the national protest on Friday.

“Your generation is the change our country so desperately needs right now,” Gad tweeted. “We have your backs & will not let you be silenced. It’s time to end the madness,” added the “Beauty and the Beast” star.

Today is a #NationalSchoolWalkout & I applaud every student who is taking a stance & saying enough is enough. Your generation is the change our country so desperately needs right now. Keep fighting. We have your backs & will not let you be silenced. It’s time to end the madness. https://t.co/dMyRaBMQt8

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 20, 2018

THREAD: Students at Warwick High School in Warwick, NY, had planned to participate in the National School Walkout on the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine Hight School in Colorado. The purpose of the walkout is to bolster the discussion about gun-control measures.

— James Cromwell ???? (@jamesocromwell) April 19, 2018

So proud of the young people participating in the #nationalschoolwalkout today. They are using… https://t.co/ahZkSmRQWS

— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) April 20, 2018

19 years after Columbine, we are still grappling with senseless gun violence in our schools. I stand with all those participating in today’s #NationalSchoolWalkout to honor those who were lost and to fight for gun safety and #GunsenseNow. pic.twitter.com/ApjwBW1vr2

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 20, 2018

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Politicians like Gabrielle Giffords and John Lewis also voiced their support for students participating in #NationalSchoolWalkout day.

To the students of Parkland—and all the young people speaking out—you have my ear & my support. @BarackObama is right: “This time, something different is happening. This time, our children are calling us to account.” We’re with you. #NationalSchoolWalkout https://t.co/eQ9tRwzZSi

— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) April 19, 2018

To the young people speaking up and speaking out today, my heart is with you. Keep walking and keep marching all the way to the polls in November. You will change America. #NationalSchoolWalkout

— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) April 20, 2018

12 people tragically lost their lives at Columbine High School 19 years ago today. We’ve lost far too many children to gun violence since Columbine. Enough is enough – we need commonsense laws to prevent gun violence. #NationalSchoolWalkout https://t.co/2ZhH3ZFNcK

— Ami Bera, M.D. (@RepBera) April 20, 2018

More than 2000 events have been planned across the country. Students sat in silence in front of the White House for 19 minutes — one for every year since Columbine. During last month’s national walkout, high school student Justin Blackman shared a photo of being the only student to have walked out of his school. But today he shared a photo along with a swarm of his fellow students now joining him.

Survivors from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida also walked out on Friday, and students Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg were among those leading the charge, sharing their own messages of support and solidarity.

I walked out so far I ended up in NY ! Remembering Columbine today in our moments of silence, in servicing our communities, and in loving each other. Orange is the color for gun violence survivors, and we wear it today in solidarity of one another. pic.twitter.com/9SFSACvMlb

— Emma González (@Emma4Change) April 20, 2018

Remember after you guys walk out, volunteer! Spend the rest of your day working in your community. This is also a day of service in remembrance of the Columbine Victims. #NationalSchoolWalkout

— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 20, 2018

Take a look at other images and videos of people reacting online to the protests:

#NOW: Students from Niskayuna High School walked out and made their way to the town hall next door for a rally. A bus of Schenctady students will join them. #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/xXmZoQaodg

— Leanne DeRosa (@CBS6Leanne) April 20, 2018

The #NationalSchoolWalkout Moment of Silence and rally in front of the @WhiteHouse is over, and over a thousand students are marching the two miles to the @USCapitol! pic.twitter.com/c90QTN0ODE

— YSA (@YouthService) April 20, 2018

It’s so inspiring to see so many students stand up for common-sense gun safety laws at the #NationalSchoolWalkout. If you’re a student who wants to get involved in the movement to end gun violence, text STUDENTS to 644-33. #StudentsDemandAction #ProtectOurSchools @MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/QGDxcSUr39

— KC color (@krayoncolorz) April 20, 2018

We will not be submissive to the will of a weapon.
We will not be permissive to the inaction of our leaders.
We will not be dismissive to the voices of our youth.
We will not back down.#NeverAgain #NationalSchoolWalkout https://t.co/BxzghelL3Q

— Ryan Deitsch (@Ryan_Deitsch) April 20, 2018

Seen at the #NationalSchoolWalkout rally at the US Capitol. #NeverAgain #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/g3pS2DEAj7

— Lauryn Gutierrez (@GutzyLo) April 20, 2018

Today my school walked out in peaceful protest of gun control and in honor of the recent school shootings. Today’s generation wants change and we will be recognized.#ENOUGH #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/QUv8yCbrva

— landra???? (@landrathe2nd) April 20, 2018

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On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting massacre, students around the country have taken to the streets to protest gun violence as part of #NationalSchoolWalkout Day. And Hollywood stars are showing their support for the young activists.

Josh Gad, Julianne Moore, James Cromwell and George Takei were among the Hollywood set who cheered on the national protest on Friday.

“Your generation is the change our country so desperately needs right now,” Gad tweeted. “We have your backs & will not let you be silenced. It’s time to end the madness,” added the “Beauty and the Beast” star.

Politicians like Gabrielle Giffords and John Lewis also voiced their support for students participating in #NationalSchoolWalkout day.

More than 2000 events have been planned across the country. Students sat in silence in front of the White House for 19 minutes — one for every year since Columbine. During last month’s national walkout, high school student Justin Blackman shared a photo of being the only student to have walked out of his school. But today he shared a photo along with a swarm of his fellow students now joining him.

Survivors from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida also walked out on Friday, and students Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg were among those leading the charge, sharing their own messages of support and solidarity.

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Israeli Politician Calls on Interior Minister to Revoke Natalie Portman’s Citizenship

An Israeli politician says Natalie Portman’s Israeli citizenship should be revoked after she said she wouldn’t travel to Israel this summer to accept the Genesis Prize.

“From the outset, the idea of granting the Genesis Prize to Natalie Portman was complete craziness,” Likud party member Oren Hazan said, according to the Israeli National News. “[She is] a Jewish Israeli, who on the one hand cynically uses her birthplace to advance her career and on the other is proud of the fact that she managed to avoid enlisting in the IDF. She’s an actress, but she is unworthy of any honor in the State of Israel.”

Hazan added: “Sweetness can come from strength: I call on Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) to rescind Portman’s Israeli citizenship. She left Israel at age four, and has no real connection to the State.”

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On Thursday, a representative for Portman told the Genesis Prize foundation that Portman will not travel to Israel to accept an award she was scheduled to receive in June, saying she “cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony,” according to Israeli news outlet Haaretz.

“Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel,” a representative for the “Annihilation” star told the Genesis Prize Foundation, which presents the award.

As a result, the June 28 ceremony in Jerusalem will be canceled entirely, the foundation said in a statement on Thursday, Haaretz reported.

Portman, who was born in Israel and has duel Israeli and American citizenship, did not specify which “recent events” were the catalyst for her decision, though she is not the first performer to cancel public appearances in Israel due to protests over the country’s ongoing conflict with Palestinians.

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Last November, Portman was selected to receive the 2018 Genesis Prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel,” for her demonstration of “outstanding professional achievement and commitment to the Jewish people and Jewish values, such as social justice, tolerance and charity.” At the time, she committed to “re-gift” the $1 million in prize money to charities focused on advancing women’s equality.

Additionally, the Haaretz reported that Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said, “I was very sorry to hear that Portman fell like a ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters. A Jewish actress, who was born in Israel, has joined those who see the miraculous success story of Israel’s creation as a ‘story of darkness.’”

Representatives for Portman have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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An Israeli politician says Natalie Portman’s Israeli citizenship should be revoked after she said she wouldn’t travel to Israel this summer to accept the Genesis Prize.

“From the outset, the idea of granting the Genesis Prize to Natalie Portman was complete craziness,” Likud party member Oren Hazan said, according to the Israeli National News. “[She is] a Jewish Israeli, who on the one hand cynically uses her birthplace to advance her career and on the other is proud of the fact that she managed to avoid enlisting in the IDF. She’s an actress, but she is unworthy of any honor in the State of Israel.”

Hazan added: “Sweetness can come from strength: I call on Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) to rescind Portman’s Israeli citizenship. She left Israel at age four, and has no real connection to the State.”

On Thursday, a representative for Portman told the Genesis Prize foundation that Portman will not travel to Israel to accept an award she was scheduled to receive in June, saying she “cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony,” according to Israeli news outlet Haaretz.

“Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel,” a representative for the “Annihilation” star told the Genesis Prize Foundation, which presents the award.

As a result, the June 28 ceremony in Jerusalem will be canceled entirely, the foundation said in a statement on Thursday, Haaretz reported.

Portman, who was born in Israel and has duel Israeli and American citizenship, did not specify which “recent events” were the catalyst for her decision, though she is not the first performer to cancel public appearances in Israel due to protests over the country’s ongoing conflict with Palestinians.

Last November, Portman was selected to receive the 2018 Genesis Prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel,” for her demonstration of “outstanding professional achievement and commitment to the Jewish people and Jewish values, such as social justice, tolerance and charity.” At the time, she committed to “re-gift” the $1 million in prize money to charities focused on advancing women’s equality.

Additionally, the Haaretz reported that Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said, “I was very sorry to hear that Portman fell like a ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters. A Jewish actress, who was born in Israel, has joined those who see the miraculous success story of Israel’s creation as a ‘story of darkness.'”

Representatives for Portman have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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