Michael Cohen Scrubs Must-See-TV House Testimony Citing Donald Trump’s Threats Against Family

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U.S. Banker With Putin Ties Reportedly Tapped Mark Burnett To Access Donald Trump Transition Team

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Gobsmack-iest Donald Trump Moments Of 2018

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Donald Trump Battles Ryan Coogler, Robert Mueller, Vladimir Putin For Time Mag’s Person Of Year

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Donald Trump Tweets Boast Of China Trade War Cease-Fire, Blast “Crazy” Arms Race, Blame Dems For Wall Stall

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Jim Carrey Taunts Trump About Putin and Saudi Crown Prince’s Bromance in Latest Artwork

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That good-to-see-ya-bro greeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Friday’s G20 Summit didn’t go unnoticed by Jim Carrey.

In his latest objet d’art posted Sunday, Carrey depicted a lone and grim-looking President Donald Trump sitting in the background, as a grinning Putin and MbS poke fun at him in the foreground.

“Oh oh…someone’s getting jealous,” Putin teases in the artwork, referring to Trump.

Bin Salman responds, “I know. It’s adorable!”

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The world leaders got global attention Friday when Putin and bin Salman greeted each other at the summit with a high-five and hardy handshake, as Trump is seen watching them from behind. Photos were also taken at the event of Trump sitting alone at a table while other international VIPS mingled nearby.

Even “Saturday Night Live” took note of the friendly interaction between Putin and bin Salman and what some considered Trump’s green-eyed reaction.

Check out Carrey’s masterpiece below. And for an extra giggle, click here to read the reactions to.

Ain’t nuthin but a G-20 thing, baaaabay! pic.twitter.com/XBuVQjy8aH

— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) December 2, 2018

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Donald Trump Tweets Moscow Project “Very Legal & Very Cool” After Michael Cohen Bombshell

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Wall Street Journal Corrects Story That ID’ed ‘Vladimir Trump’ as President of Russia

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In what may qualify as one of 2018’s biggest Freudian slips, the Wall Street Journal issued a correction to an article on Thursday after it mistakenly called the president of Russia “Vladimir Trump.”

“Vladimir Putin is president of Russia. An editing mistake misidentified Mr. Putin in an earlier version of this article. (Nov. 29),” the Journal wrote. Whoops.

The correction was added to the bottom of an article covering the cancellation of a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Putin that was to have taken place this weekend during the G20 summit in Argentina.

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The White House said Thursday that Trump had canceled the meeting because Russia has not released the two Ukrainian naval ships and their crews that it seized on Sunday. However, the situation between Russia and Ukraine has not changed since Sunday, and less than an hour before he canceled, Trump told reporters that it is “a very good time to have a meeting” with the Russian president.

What did change in that time period is that Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to making false statements to congressional investigators.

Cohen said in a Manhattan court hearing that he submitted a false written statement about a proposed Trump real estate deal in Moscow.

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Stephen Colbert (and Bigfoot) Hijack Chris Wallace’s President Trump Interview (Video)

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Stephen Colbert and Bigfoot inserted themselves in Chris Wallace’s chair for the Fox News Channel anchor’s recent interview of President Trump. But the “Late Show” host and Sasquatch’s version on Monday was a bit different.

First, we should probably explain what the ape-man creature (Bigfoot, not Trump) was doing there. Colbert latched on to the idea that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker “was on the board of a company which believes that Sasquatch is real.”

The CBS personality ran with that.

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Also during the Monday cold open, Colbert recut Trump’s real responses to call Vladimir Putin “a perfect little, wonderful, innocent angel.”

The POTUS then *admitted* of his and Melania’s marriage, “The whole thing is a scam.”

Watch the video above.

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Stephen Colbert Mocks Donald Trump’s Weekend In Paris

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Twitter Releases Millions of Russian, Iranian Troll Tweets

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Twitter released a comprehensive look at millions of tweets, pictures, and videos from Russian and Iranian trolls on Wednesday, who looked to sow civil discord both at domestically and in the United States.

The San Francisco-based company said it was sharing the information in the interest of transparency and to foster “independent analysis” from researchers. Both Twitter and Facebook have come under fire from U.S. lawmakers for its inability to thwart political manipulation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Altogether, 3,841 accounts linked to the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, and another 770 accounts tied to Iran, were released, totaling about 12 million tweets. The Iranian tweets, according to Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, were primarily focused on state politics in Iran, while the Russian tweets had multiple goals, including exacerbating “racial, ethnic, religious and gender divides” in the U.S.

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There were plenty of political tweets and memes sent, running through a greatest hits selection of modern politicians: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, Angela Merkel.

Here’s a look at two examples of troll tweets:

The accounts didn’t take a hardline stance on most political issues. Instead, they looked to foster dissension with both pro-Trump and anti-Trump tweets, tweets in favor and against former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his decision to kneel during the national anthem. “Rosa Parks took a seat. We must #TakeTheKnee,” one troll account tweeted.

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The Russian troll accounts were about division. They posted on both sides of the most divisive debates in the US.

This was already well known, but just to illustrate, here are some of their posts on #TakeTheKnee. (An odd hashtag, perhaps so they could track their impact?) pic.twitter.com/VhVLOvaIsr

— Ben Nimmo (@benimmo) October 17, 2018

Many others, though, were apolitical, using “The Simpsons,” “Spongebob Squarepants,” and even “Braveheart” memes to grow their followers. Twitter, along with Facebook, removed hundreds of Russian and Iranian accounts for “inauthentic behavior” in August.

Moving forward, Twitter said that “it is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease.  These types of tactics have been around for far longer than Twitter has existed — they will adapt and change as the geopolitical terrain evolves worldwide and as new technologies emerge.” The company added it’ll continue “to proactively combat nefarious attempts to undermine the integrity of Twitter.”

If you’d like to take a deep dive on the millions of Russian and Iranian troll tweets, you can download the data set from Twitter here.

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Steven Seagal Rules Out Running for Governor of Siberia: ‘Fake News’

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Steven Seagal says he will not be running for governor of Siberia.
The actor, who became a Russian citizen in 2016, said media reports that he would seek higher office in the snowy region of his adopted homeland were “fake news.”

‘Active Measures’ Filmmaker Jack Bryan Signs With The Gotham Group

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Seth Meyers Thinks It’s Hilarious That Omarosa Might be the One to Bring Trump Down (Video)

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It’s probably still too soon for anyone to accurately guess how the drama between Donald Trump and everyone in the United States will end, but it feels like Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s secret recordings of conversations in the White House could be a tipping point. Which is hilarious, as Seth Meyers noted in a new edition of “A Closer Look” on “Late Night” Wednesday night.

“Omarosa’s tell-all book has a lot of sensational allegations, like her claim that she saw Trump put a note in his mouth,” Meyers said. “Now, this is Omarosa we’re talking about. So anything she says should be taken with a grain of lithium. But yesterday she dropped a new bombshell claiming that Trump knew in advance about the Hillary Clinton emails that Russia hacked during the campaign.”

Cue the video of Omarosa on MSNBC declaring that Trump admitted knowledge of those emails before they were released by Wikileaks. Meyers, wrestling with this information, then listed off a cavalcade of very bad known things that have come to light before now that somehow haven’t ended this thing already just to note the absurdity.

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“Amazing. So after Trump’s public praise of Vladimir Putin, his attorney general’s meetings with Russians, his campaign chairman’s money laundering, his deputy campaign chairman’s tax fraud, his personal fixer’s secret shell company, his national security adviser’s lies to the fbi, his son’s attempt to get dirt from a foreign adversary and son-in-law’s secret back channels with that adversary, the person who could end taking down the president of the United States is Omarosa,” Meyers said, incredulous.

“It took her 14 years, but she’s finally getting revenge for Trump firing her in season one. Now let’s be honest, the only fitting way for this presidency to end would be Trump to get indicted and leave the White House crying in the back of a cab. “

“Late Night” then displayed a doctored image of Trump himself experiencing the ignominy of being fired from “Celebrity Apprentice.”

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“Omarosa has also written in her book that Trump was furious that his son Don Jr, after Don Jr released his emails with Russians revealing that the infamous Trump tower meeting in 2016 was an attempt to get dirt on Hillary Clinton,” Meyers continued. “That contradicted their original story that the meeting was about adoption policy. Omarosa writes, ‘When I saw Donald that day, I said ‘I’m sorry to hear about Don.’ He said, ‘He is such a f—up, he screwed up again. But this time he is screwing us all big time.’ ‘

“Wait, so he just said this in passing during a conversation? Can you imagine making small talk with Trump in the elevator? ‘Hey, Donald. hot enough for you?’ ‘My son’s an a–hole.’ Now, Omarosa obviously has as much credibility as anyone else in Trump World, which is to say, very little. But she’s been releasing secret tapes of her conversations to back up her side of the story. In fact, she’s taped everyone, from John Kelly to Ivanka Trump to Jared Kushner to the president himself. Which is incredible given that, as we’ve noted before, Trump has a life long obsession with being secretly taped.”

Meyers continued that thread with a video of Trump on “CBS This Morning” last year in which he blew off questions about what proof he had for his claim that Obama was secretly wiretapping him. At the end of the clip, Trump stormed angrily over to his desk in the Oval Office and, on camera, tried to look like he was reading some papers that he found there. Which prompted Meyers, after the clip ended, to eat one of his own pages of notes before concluding the thread about Omarosa.

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“Trump surrounded himself with grifters and con artists and now that it’s coming back to haunt him, he’s trying to grift his way out of it,” Meyers said. “It’s the first rule of Trumpism. Everyone is grifting everyone else and everyone eventually turns on Trump.”

You can watch all of the “A Closer Look” segment from Wednesday’s episode of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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Jake Tapper Defends CNN Reporter Kaitlan Collins as a ‘Great Reporter’ After White House Ban (Video)

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Jake Tapper just called “fake news” on President Trump getting so outraged over CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins’ pool questions that she was banned from a later event at the White House.

Tapper told Stephen Colbert Thursday that Collins is a “great reporter,” and defended her queries on behalf of fellow TV reporters. Then the newsman got right down to mockery.

“First of all, just step back for a second and just contemplate the notion that anyone associated with President Trump thinking that a reporter is rude,” Tapper quipped. “The idea that there is a delicate decorum: ‘That’s not how we conduct ourselves in this White House.’”

Watch the video above.

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On Wednesday, Collins shouted a series of tough questions at Trump while he sat in the Oval Office with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Though Trump was meeting Juncker for tough trade talks, Collins wasn’t much interested in that topic.

Among the questions she shouted at the president, according to CNN’s Brian Stelter, included:

“Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?”

“Are you worried about what is on the other tapes?”

“Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation?”

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The inquiries were pertinent to the recent news stories surrounding the president and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen, but it was too much for Trump, who banned Collins from an impromptu Rose Garden event between Trump and Juncker later that day.

White House communications chief Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Sanders told Collins that her questions were “inappropriate.”

In their own statement, CNN ripped the president and blasted the decision as “retaliatory.”

“Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day, doesn’t mean the question isn’t relevant and shouldn’t be asked,” CNN said in a statement. “This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of a free and open press. We demand better.”

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Kimmel Loves the Idea That Cohen Tapes Might Ruin Trump’s Marriage Somehow (Video)

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There’s been so much Michael Cohen news this week that it’s been tough for the late night hosts to keep up considering they’ve also had to crack wise about the other stuff Donald Trump has been up to. And on Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel spent a chunk of his monologue on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” lampooning the increasingly wild Trump-Cohen story.

“We have a so much to get to — a veritable cornucopia of crazy. All stirred up by our Celebrity Appresident, whose voice we heard on Tuesday night instructing his former lawyer to pay off a Playboy Playmate,” Kimmel said. “And now today we learn  there are more tapes to be heard and shared with friends. Investigators reportedly have more than a hundred audio recordings of Michael Cohen chatting with and about Donald Trump.

“Apparently, Cohen would record these calls and meetings on his iphone – instead of taking notes. Because it was easier than taking notes to record. I’m starting to think maybe Trump doesn’t hire all the best people. Turns out the only person in the world who uses the Voice Memo app on his iPhone is using it to tape the President of the United States.”

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Kimmel then speculated that maybe Vladimir Putin and his people aren’t so happy about all this madness, but maybe not for the reasons you’d think.

“And by the way you know who’s really annoyed about this? Russia,” Kimmel said. “They’re like, ‘Why are we putting so much work into spying on these Americans when they seem to be doing it to themselves all the time?’ “

Delivering on his “cornucopia of crazy” promise he made at the start of this thread, Kimmel discussed the reports of what other salacious details those recordings might contain.

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“Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, had an interesting take on this,” Kimmel said. “He tweeted today: ‘Breaking: Donald Trump conspired with Michael Cohen to pay off multiple other women prior to Election Day in 2016. They were also concerned about a pregnancy.’ Oh that’s great. Just what we need. Another Trump out there Lurking. Planning to run in 2048.”

And then Kimmel discussed some of the reported personal fallout within the Trump family for all this.

“After that tape the other day, the president is reportedly worried that these new revelations of infidelity could affect his marriage. Can you imagine? Imagine if Melania leaves Donald Trump while he is in office?” Kimmel asked. “What if he has to give her the White House in the divorce settlement? How would that work? And if they did split up — you know if they split up he wouldn’t just lay low. He’d be out there dating. He’d be like, you know what, I think I might need to make a state visit to Sweden. Smooth a few things out over there.”

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Kimmel ended this thread with a setup for a video sketch.

“And now Trump’s advisers are reportedly now considering whether they should release tapes they claim are unflattering for Michael Cohen. And I have to say I think that’s a great idea. That seems like a win win for everyone. Please. Release them.”

And then “Jimmy Kimmel Live” presented a fake infomercial for “Trump On Tape: The Complete Collection” from Tiny Fingers Records. And it’s, well — you should just watch the video up top and see it for yourself.

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