A naked man on drugs broke into NBC’s Washington bureau on Saturday night, forcing his way past security before being tackled by an employee, police said.
A Metropolitan Police Department report obtained by the Washington Examiner states that shortly after 10:15 p.m. EST, an unclothed man who was under the influence of a controlled substance ran into the news bureau at 4001 Nebraska Avenue NW.
A motion filed in federal court by the Justice Department on Friday suggests that newly-minted Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reassessing a vague Obama administration order allowing transgender students in America’s public schools to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.
The Justice Department’s new motion in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seeks permission to delay a hearing on a previous motion — filed last year — which had asked the court to ease a preliminary injunction by federal district judge Reed O’Connor striking down Obama administration guidance about bathroom and shower use in taxpayer-funded schools.
President Trump responded publicly to the news of the forced resignation of his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, asserting on Tuesday that the “real story” is the number of “illegal leaks” from U.S. government officials.
Trump made the claim in an early-morning tweet.
Late Monday, the White House announced that Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, would be resigning from his position as national security advisor, just 24 days into the job.
Former first lady Michelle Obama’s first tweet since Inauguration Day was a message to her husband, former president Barack Obama.
“Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate,” Obama wrote in the mini love letter shared with her 7.17 million Twitter followers. The photo accompanying the message was one of those ubiquitous (if you’re not the former first couple) beach vacation shots of just feet and sand — and presumably an awesome time under the sun.
The Obamas have been in chill mode for more than three weeks now. They headed to Palm Springs immediately after President Trump’s swearing-in ceremony for a long weekend at their friend and decorator Michael Smith’s swanky home, and then jetted away to the private Caribbean island of apparent pal British billionaire Richard Branson.
During their envy-inducing Caribbean getaway, the Obamas were caught by paparazzi looking especially relaxed. Hey, isn’t that the former president in shorts and with his baseball hat turned back? And there’s Mrs. Obama in denim short shorts and pig tails! Oh, and did you know the former commander in chief could kitesurf?
Venezuela’s powerful vice president on Tuesday called his blacklisting by the United States on drug charges an “imperialist aggression” in the first bilateral flare-up between the two countries under new U.S. President Donald Trump.
“We shall not be distracted by these miserable provocations,” said Tareck El Aissami, the most senior Venezuelan official yet sanctioned by the United States.
“We will see this vile aggression dispelled,” he added in a series of defiant tweets before appearing on state television looking unruffled as he presided over a government meeting.
The U.S. Department of Treasury on Monday labeled El Aissami a drug “kingpin,” accusing him of facilitating shipments by air and sea, and having links to drug gangs in Mexico and Colombia.
El Aissami joined a sanctions list that already includes a half-dozen other Venezuelan officials or former officials.
Two Russian pranksters have called US Congresswoman Maxine Waters posing as the Ukrainian PM seeking reassurances in the wake of Moscow’s most recent “invasions” across the globe and impudent “hacking” of presidential elections in a fictitious country. […]
The pranksters then proceeded to exploit the seriously lacking geography knowledge of Congresswoman Waters, who had recently claimed that Russia was “advancing in Korea.”
Speaking about the most recent “development” in Ukraine, the duo claimed that “Putin’s regular army” had “simultaneously occupied” both Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine and Lvov, which is in the West. In addition, the pranksters said that Russia had “invaded Gabon” to support President Ondimba.
As a final blow, the pranksters claimed that Moscow had “hacked the election system” in a fictitious country of Limpopo, completely reversing the outcome and installing their puppet Ai Bolit as a president. Since the situation there has become even “worse than in the US,” the ousted president of Limpopo was considering fleeing to Ukraine, they said.
According to “insider information” shared by the pranksters, the mastermind behind the “Limpopo hacking” was Vladimir Putin himself, and the “attacks” were coordinated by his two advisers, known only by their internet nicknames – Vovan and Lexus. The supposed Congresswoman seemingly wrote down these aliases to presumably investigate them further. ‘Waters’ said “more information is needed” as she did not know how many intelligence assets the US had there.
While Limpopo is a province in South Africa, the duo was obviously referring to a completely fictitious land from children’s book “Aybolit and Barmaley” by Korney Chukovsky. Nevertheless, the supposed Congresswoman assured the pranksters that “the US is going to stand with you guys” and will “keep these sanctions on Russia.”
At the end of the call, the pranksters claimed that Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko had recently been plagued by an unfortunate problem with television, which all of a sudden switched to RT broadcasting Vladimir Putin’s interview.
“It happened to me too!” the supposed Congresswoman replied, referring to the incident on the C-SPAN channel when the speech of Maxine Waters due to internal routing problems was “blacked out” by RT for some ten minutes.
Comedian Eddie Griffin encouraged audience members to assassinate President Trump during a standup comedy routine in Dallas, Texas on Friday, but Facebook doesn’t want you to know that.
Ben Ferguson, a radio show host who attended the show at the American Airlines Center, told The Federalist that Griffin made references to late President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, saying: “Ya’ll took out one president, you need to take out another.”
“Ya’ll need to put Trump into a convertible and take him out, or better yet, the driver should take him out,” he continued.
Ferguson streamed portions of the show via Facebook Live, but the social network removed the video containing Griffin’s remarks within 24 hours. When Ferguson attempted to access his Facebook account on his phone the next morning, he had been signed out. When he logged back into his account on his desktop, there was a notice from Facebook that the video violated their community standards.
One day after the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, safety Devin McCourty announced that he would not visit the White House with the team, saying he wouldn’t feel “accepted” in the White House because of what he described as President Donald Trump’s “many strong opinions and prejudices.”
McCourty was the second Patriots player to say he is skipping the tradition. Tight end Martellus Bennett previously said he would not be making the trip, saying he didn’t support “the guy that’s in the House.”
Since then, four more players have said they will not make the trip to the White House, raising the number to six Patriots who will not partake in the tradition.
While championship teams being invited to the White House is a long-standing tradition, players opting out is becoming an even bigger one, and it is almost certainly going to force a change in how the ceremony is handled.
You know who else won’t be going to the White House?
Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch both used the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ to aggressively pursue perceived racism in law enforcement. However, they never addressed the bigotry against white people that is being taught in publicly funded schools from kindergarten through college via the idea of “white privilege”. Jeff Sessions needs to take a hard look at this problem as it has gotten totally out of control.
The University of Cincinnati is sponsoring a workshop on “white fragility” and “white tears” this semester.
The workshop, entitled “White Fragility, White Tears, and White Allies: Learning to manage emotion in difficult conversations about race and racism,” is one of 21 “inclusive excellence workshops” sponsored by the university throughout the year. The one-and-a-half hour workshop will take place April 3rd and will be lead by Ainsley Lambert, a PhD student who teaches in the university’s sociology department.
The university website doesn’t elaborate on the workshop’s content and the university did not return a request for comment by press time.
“White fragility,” as defined by a paper in the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, “is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.” A definition of “white tears” is not readily available.
GENEVA, Feb. 13, 2017 — In a statement that has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook, UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights NGO in Geneva, expressed disappointment that Sweden’s self-declared “first feminist government in the world” sacrificed its principles and betrayed the rights of Iranian women as Trade Minister Ann Linde and other female members walked before Iranian President Rouhani on Saturday wearing Hijabs, Chadors, and long coats, in deference to Iran’s oppressive and unjust modesty laws which make the Hijab compulsory — despite Stockholm’s promise to promote “a gender equality perspective” internationally, and to adopt a “feminist foreign policy” in which “equality between women and men is a fundamental aim.”
In doing so, Sweden’s female leaders ignored the recent appeal by Iranian women’s right activist Masih Alinejad who urged Europeans female politicians “to stand for their own dignity” and to refuse to kowtow to the compulsory Hijab while visiting Iran.
Alinrejad created a Facebook page for Iranian women to resist the law and show their hair as an act of resistance, which now numbers 1 million followers.
“European female politicians are hypocrites,” says Alinejad. “They stand with French Muslim women and condemn the burkini ban—because they think compulsion is bad—but when it happens to Iran, they just care about money.”
The scene in Tehran on Saturday was also a sharp contrast to Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin’s feminist stance against U.S. President Donald Trump, in a viral tweet and then in a Guardian op-ed last week, in which she wrote that “the world need strong leadership for women’s rights.”
KUALA LUMPUR/SEOUL (Reuters) – The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been murdered in Malaysia, a South Korean government source said on Tuesday.
Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of the North Korean leader, was known to spend a significant amount of his time outside the country and had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated state.
In a statement, Malaysian police said the dead man, aged 46, held a passport under the name Kim Chol.
Kim Jong Nam has been caught in the past using forged travel documents.
Police official Fadzil Ahmat said the cause of Kim’s death was not yet known, and a post mortem would be carried out on the body.
“So far there are no suspects, but we have started investigations and are looking at a few possibilities to get leads,” Fadzil told Reuters.
The New York Times has reprimanded an unnamed reporter for referring to first lady Melania Trump as a “hooker” at an event over the weekend, according to Politico.
News of the incident made headlines Monday when model Emily Ratajkowski tweeted that she had sat next to a Times reporter at an event on Sunday who made the claim about Trump.
“Sat next to a journalist from the NYT last night who told me ‘Melania is a hooker.’ Whatever your politics it’s crucial to call this out for what it is: slut shaming. I don’t care about her nudes or sexual history and no one should,” Ratajkowski tweeted. “Gender specific attacks are disgusting sexist bulls**t.”
Taxpayer-funded Marshall University in West Virginia is holding a clothing drive for cross-dressing students who are looking to assemble marvelous wardrobes.
The Marshall University Trans Community Clothing Drive is currently underway. It began on Feb. 6 and will end on Feb. 24.
Bins for Marshall’s transgender clothing drive are located in the LGBTQ+ office, several campus residence halls and, of course, the women’s studies department.
A Facebook announcement heralding the public school’s transgender clothing drive declares that the cross-dressing community at Marshall “needs new or gently used clothing including: casual clothing, formal clothing, swimwear, chest binders, jewelry and transgender accessories.”
A Russian spy ship was spotted patrolling off the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday morning, the first such patrol since President Trump took office, two U.S. officials told Fox News.
The Russian spy ship was 70 miles off the coast of Delaware, heading north at 10 knots, according to one official. That location means the ship is in international waters. The U.S. territory line is 12 nautical miles.
It was not immediately clear where the Russian spy ship was headed.
The ship, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, last sailed near the U.S. in April 2015, an official said. The ship is capable of intercepting communications or signals, known as SIGINT, as well as measuring U.S. Navy sonar capability, a separate official said.
Al Franken says “a few” of his Republican colleagues in the Senate have expressed concern over President Trump’s mental health.
“It’s not the majority of them. It’s a few,” the Minnesota Democrat said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “In the way that we all have this suspicion that — you know, that he’s not — he lies a lot. He says thing that aren’t true. That’s the same as lying, I guess.”
Franken cited Trump’s baseless claim that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in last year’s presidential election as chief among Trump’s alarming untruths.
“You know, that is not the norm for a president of the United States, or, actually, for a human being,” Franken said.
Franken did not say which of his GOP colleagues acknowledged they are concerned about the president’s mental state.
“Some will say that he’s not right mentally,” Franken said on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” on Friday night. “And then some are harsher.”