Donald Trump attended Midnight Mass for Christmas and heard all about the power of words

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Do you think the message landed?

As Donald and Melania Trump sat for Midnight Mass in the wee morning hours of Christmas Day, the presiding reverend at one point seemed to speak directly to the Twitter-loving 45th president. It happened during the homily, which focused on the power of words.

You can probably see where this is going.

As a Sunday morning White House pool report notes, Reverend James Harlan started off with a quote from Nelson Mandela:

Harlan went on to talk about the ways that words can be used, both to make the world a happier, better place and to do harm. If you want to imagine him pausing on that last point and shooting a meaningful glance at Trump right there, go right ahead. It helps set the scene. Read more…

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Alec Baldwin's Trump is haunted by Michael Flynn in 'SNL's' Christmas Carol' cold open

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Saturday Night Live decked the halls with the ghosts of Donald Trump’s presidency in tonight’s yuletide cold open, and Alec Baldwin was right there for the Dickensian reckoning.

There’s evidently not much to celebrate around the White House this Christmas, what with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI

Kellyanne Conway, expertly played as ever by Kate McKinnon, tried to lighten the mood, reminding the president of his many accomplishments, like passing the GOP tax bill and… passing the GOP tax bill. Read more…

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All the times Donald Trump has gotten upset about Time's 'person of the year'

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The media, Kristen Stewarts love life, and Times magazine’s person of the year: These are just a few of the things that get Donald Trump fired up. 

Trump has once again put himself into the middle of one a particularly inane controversy after he claimed that Time called and tried to get him to do an interview in exchange for being named “Person of the Year,” which the magazine bestows on a different person/concept/metaphor each year. 

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017 Read more…

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Donald Trump denies he's using the AT&T-Time Warner merger to get revenge on CNN

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President Donald Trump was always against a merger between AT&T and Time Warner, and he’s always hated CNN. So the appearance that he was using his position to force Time Warner to ditch CNN to close the $85 billion deal made a strange, vindictive kind of sense. 

Now, however, Trump is denying any attempts to exact revenge on his cable news nemesis. 

Trump said he “didn’t make that decision. That was made by a man who is actually a very respected person, a very, very respected person,” Variety reported. Trump made the comments—likely about Justice Department antitrust chief Makan Delrahim—during his trip through Asia.  Read more…

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Detective Trump says he believes Putin about Russian meddling, and we have one, tiny criticism

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Good news, guys! Everyone at the FBI, DOJ, NSA, DHS, and CIA was wrong — there’s no way Russia interfered with our elections, according to a very definitive source, Detective Donald Trump.

On Friday, Trump reported that he had asked Putin about Russian interference in the 2016 election and that Putin had denied all allegations. That was enough for hard-nosed Detective Trump to conclude his year-long investigation into Russian interference.

We’re cool now!

Here’s the president’s exhaustive analysis.

“He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did,” Trump said in a session with reporters aboard Air Force One. Read more…

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Donald Trump and Paul Manafort take a very naked shower on 'Saturday Night Live'

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Donald Trump took a naked shower with Paul Manafort on Saturday Night Live tonight, and yes, things got weirder from there.

Kicking the episode off in classic SNL fashion, Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Trump – the real-life version of whom is on his first trip to Asia as president, the late night version of whom snuck off to check on his old buddy Manafort (Alex Moffat) after his no good very bad week.  

But don’t worry. Melania is happy with the (very) fake lookalike Baldwin’s Trump sent along in his stead. In fact, she’s falling in love!

To make absolutely sure Manafort isn’t wearing a wire, Trump insisted the pair pop in the shower together, as one does. He even got in a shot at the Hollywood scandal du jour. Read more…

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Football isn't the only thing Trump wants Pence to boycott in this week's 'SNL' cold open

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Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live to remind us all what a distracted seven days President Trump had last week. You know, unlike all the other weeks he’s been president thus far.

Coming to us live from “Harassburg, Pennsylvania,” Baldwin’s Trump declares his intention to talk about taxes and fix all the problems eight years of Obama wrought on America – things like universal healthcare and vegetables.

But first he’s gotta check in with his trusty VP, Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) to make sure folks are respecting the Star Spangled Banner at the Indiana Pacers game! Read more…

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Trump tweets 'only one thing' will work in North Korea, and we are so fed up with living in fear

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Late Saturday afternoon, Donald Trump tweeted a cryptic statement that seemed to threaten war with North Korea. 

Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

…hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid…… hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!” Trump tweeted.  Read more…

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Trump threatens North Korea and slams three past presidents in less than 140 characters

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It’s amazing (and truly terrifying) the things Donald Trump can accomplish with less than 140 characters to work with.

On Sunday morning the Commander/Tweeter/Golfer-In-Chief fired off several tweets about North Korea’s Kim Jong-un — who he now apparently only refers to as “Rocket Man” or “Little Rocket Man” now — and casually called three former presidents failures like it was NBD.

*nervous laughter*

Trump kicked off the day explaining to Twitter users he told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson he’s “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.” Read more…

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Marshawn Lynch has an important message for Donald Trump right on his pre-game shirt

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If his approval rating isn’t registering and Donald Trump needs help determining who is not on his side of history these days, he can look for answers in Marshawn Lynch’s wardrobe.

The Oakland Raiders running back, known just as much for his on the field antics as he is for his playful treatment of the media, was spotted wearing a shirt with a strong message ahead of Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos: “Everybody vs. Trump.”

It’s a loud and clear statement, particularly in the face of dissent between Trump and NFL players who are Kaepernicking (or taking a knee) against police brutality and racial injustice.  Read more…

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