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President Obama, Michelle Obama Reveal Official Portraits; Reactions… Ah, Mixed

Former President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama took what could be considered the last act of their administration. They sat for official portraits destined for the National Portrait Gallery to hang next to portraits of Washington, Lincoln, Clinton and Bush. Reactions, so far, are… ah.. mixed. The portraits were unveiled at a ceremony this morning that drew former administration officials and a spattering of Hollywood types, including Steven Spielberg, wife, Kate Capshaw and Tom Hanks....

Trump ‘Disrespectful’ Call to Soldier’s Widow a Presidential Tipping Point

Donald Trump’s clash with a Florida Congresswoman over his comments to the widow of a U.S. soldier could be a tipping point in his presidency, shredding what’s left of his credibility and exposing his gross politicization of the military and national symbols. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla) caused the uproar when she said Trump was “disrespectful” to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed with three other soldiers in Niger....

Donald Trump Wows in Phoenix… Wait It’s Really Alex Baldwin (Watch!)

Donald Trump was a hit in Phoenix… oh, wait, that was Alex Baldwin on “Saturday Night Live’s” summer show “Weekend Update.” It’s getting harder to tell the two apart as the president plunges further down the rabbit hole. Baldwin has honed his Trump impression into an art. Plus, the Donald is an unending source of material. ...

Donald Trump Continues to Pick Fight With Hamilton Cast Over Pence

Donald Trump, supposedly too busy to defend himself against civil fraud charges, still is finding time to wage a Twitter war against the cast of Broadway musical Hamilton. He fired off a series of new Tweets today (Nov. 20) ridiculing the performers. Trump is seething because the cast took a moment at the end of the show to address Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, who was sitting in the audience....

Donald Trump Insultingly Ignorant On African-Americans — NAACP Head

Donald Trump was sharply criticized by NAACP President Cornell William Brooks today (Sept. 21) for displaying “an insulting degree of ignorance and/or insensitivity” about African-Americans in his remarks during a North Carolina speech about inner city conditions. Trump, appearing before a predominantly white audience, said African-American communities are “absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before…. ever, ever, ever.”...

Donald Trump Faces New Backlash After Ripping Black Communities

Donald Trump continues to stumble on the campaign trail. In his latest gaff, he outraged African-Americans after calling their current living conditions the worst, “ever, ever, ever.” Critics noted he conveniently left out 200 years of U.S. slavery and Jim Crow laws. Trump is being increasing called out for lies, misstatements and gross exaggerations on the campaign trail. ...

Americans Pause to Remember Those Who Died Sept. 11, 2001 (photos)

Americans and others around the world honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. on the 15th anniversary of the tragic event. The nation is still at war with Islamic extremists but have suffered no major terror attacks since then. The national day of mourning included ceremonies at Ground Zero in New York City as well as at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.. The Defense Department headquarters was hit by one plane. ...

Was Malia Obama One Toke Over the Line at Lollapalooza Fest? (see!)

Malia Obama may have gotten high at the Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago. She was caught on video openly toking on what looked like a marijuana cigarette. She was apparently unaware she was being filmed or just didn’t care. The presidential first daughter, 18, just graduated from high school and is taking a year off before starting classes at Harvard University....

Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton; Ready to Campaign for Her (video)

Bernie Sanders, as expected, endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign today (July 12) at a political rally in New Hampshire. Sanders will campaign for Clinton against presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump in a big boost for Clinton. Clinton made the announcement in a fund raising appeal this morning just before the she appeared with Sanders at the rally....

Texas Reaps Gun Culture Whirlwind; ‘Snipers’ Slay 5 Dallas Police Officers

Texas is reaping a whirlwind from the seeds it sowed leading to its free-wheeling gun culture. Five Dallas police officers were killed and six others injured last night by four “snipers” who were armed with assault rifles and wore military-style body armor. Last year, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, a longtime gun rights advocate, signed a bill into law, enacting the loosest open carry law in the country. Buying an assault rifle in the Lone Star State is as easy as picking up a loaf of bread. Any owner is free to carry guns in public with an easy-to-obtain permit. ...

Scarlett Johansson Challenges GOP Over Planned Parenthood; ‘It’s Nuts!’

Scarlett Johansson is the latest Hollywood A-lister to speak out against Republican plans to stripped Planned Parenthood of its funding. Both main GOP rivals, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump would also criminalize abortions throughout the nation. The issue is one of many that clearly separates Republican presidential contenders from Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. ...

Sarah Palin Riled by PTSD Question on Today Show; Promise Broken? (see!)

Sarah Palin became defensive on the “Today” show this morning and claimed “promises were broken” after Savannah Guthrie ask her about comments she made that President Obama bares the blame for her son’s post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which purportedly contributed to his recent arrest. Palin, who appeared on the show principally to talk about her endorsement of Donald Trump, said she was “promised” no questions would be asked about her family....

Postcard From the Edge: My Chat With ‘Patriot Movement’ Members (Video)

Like everyone else, I have been curious about what’s going on inside the heads of members of the so-called “Patriot Movement,” that band of brothers who believe they know more about the Constitution than anyone else and are ready to defend their believe with an armed rebellion. It’s not just Muslim extremists they’re worried about slipping into the country and causing havoc....

Trevor Noah Scolds Right Wing Scoffers Over Obama Newtown Tears (watch!)

Trevor Noah’s turn as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show” has been pretty uneventful–until last night. He took down right wing scoffers who criticized President Obama for tearing up over children and staffers slaughtered in Newtown, Conn. George H.W. Bush cried in 1999 recalling the moments leading up to the war in Iraq. Dwight D. Eisenhower cried in 1952 after a speech to the 82nd Airborne. George W. Bush cried during a Medal of Honor ceremony in 2007, Trevor noted. ...

Jeb Bush, GOP Candidates Launch War Mongering, Anti-ISIS Ads (video)

Jeb Bush and other Republican presidential candidates are following the lead of big money GOP political action committees (PAC). They’ve unleashed a torrent of campaign ads capitalizing on the Paris terror attacks. Will war mongering and anti-ISIS sentiment work? The ads all play off the theme of “leadership” and attack President Obama’s handling of the rise of ISIS in the Middle East. While the ads feature GOP candidates, they are being bankrolled by big-money super PACs....