Friday Open Thread | Sheryl Crow Week

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  1. rikyrah says:

    The pictures are AMAZING!!!

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  2. rikyrah says:

    Roy Moore Claims Giving Blacks Voting Rights Has Created A ‘Problem’ For This Country https://t.co/NEavVq5SYf @MooreSenate said this LAST NIGHT?!?! Sweet Jesus What.The.Fuck. pic.twitter.com/OZHy2kCIhe

    — 🖕🏻Aunt Crabby 🖕🏻 (@DearAuntCrabby) November 17, 2017

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  3. rikyrah says:

    GOP tax bill would spike Obamacare premiums nearly $2,000 for families, trigger Medicare cuts https://t.co/9E52QxbCjZ

    — CNBC (@CNBC) November 16, 2017

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  4. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: attorney general jeff sessions says justice department will no longer issue guidance memos (ala loretta lynch’s 2016 transgender bathroom guidance or sessions’ october religious liberty guidance), and adds DOJ is reviewing all previously issued memos.

    — kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) November 17, 2017

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  5. rikyrah says:

    When I was a PhD student, my stipend was just $18,000 and my waived tuition was $55,000.

    Taxing someone who only receives $18,000 the same amount as someone who earns $73,000 in order to give billionaires a huge cut is the height of Republican insanity.https://t.co/zkTt5cQ7oG

    — Nick Kapur (@nick_kapur) November 16, 2017

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  6. rikyrah says:

    This is an abomination:
    Gov analysis shows House tax bill would increase college costs by $71 billion over decade https://t.co/zT1k7zyxlW

    — David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 17, 2017

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  7. rikyrah says:

    Why Trump’s Elephant Trophy Policy Is all About Hillary
    by Nancy LeTourneau November 17, 2017

    Do you remember last year when the killing of Cecil the lion became a gigantic meme on social media? Even a lot of my conservative friends on Facebook were outraged. It has often struck me that cruelty to animals might be the one thing that crosses the boundaries in our polarized political climate. Perhaps that is because, unlike humans, it is impossible to demonize animals as the “other.”

    That’s why I wonder if the Trump administration made a big mistake when they decided to do this:

    The Trump administration plans to allow hunters to bring trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States, reversing a ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2014, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official confirmed for ABC News today.

    …………………………………

    But there is another possible explanation for why the Trump administration would overturn a policy that was designed to protect elephants from possible extinction. Not many people are aware of the fact that as Secretary of State as well as in subsequent years, Hillary Clinton made the preservation of elephants in Africa a major issue.

    Clinton’s affinity for elephants is not widely known or reported. But during her tenure as Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, she helped bring the issue of global wildlife trafficking out of obscurity.

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  8. rikyrah says:

    Flynn and Papadopoulos Were Questioned by the FBI at the Same Time
    by Martin Longman
    November 17, 2017

    When Donald Trump met with the Washington Post editorial board on March 21st, 2016, he named five people as his foreign policy advisers.

    “…Walid Phares, who you probably know, PhD, adviser to the House of Representatives caucus, and counter-terrorism expert; Carter Page, PhD; George Papadopoulos, he’s an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy; the Honorable Joe Schmitz, [former] inspector general at the Department of Defense; [retired] Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg; and I have quite a few more. But that’s a group of some of the people that we are dealing with. We have many other people in different aspects of what we do, but that’s a representative group.”

    Of the five, only Keith Kellogg landed a job with the administration. He briefly served as interim National Security Adviser after Michael Flynn resigned, and now he serves as the Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council.

    …………………………………

    But it’s now clear that he never got the chance, because of something that looks a bit curious when put on a timeline:

    January 25th, 2017: FBI interviews Michael Flynn at the White House
    January 26th, 2017: Acting attorney general Sally Yates briefs White House Counsel Don McGahn on Flynn’s conversation with Amb. Kislyak.
    January 27th, 2017: FBI interviews George Papadopoulos for first time.
    February 16th, 2017: FBI interviews George Papadopoulos for second time.

    Michael Flynn had been under suspicion for a long time, ever since he dined with Vladimir Putin in 2015. He was already informed that the Justice Department was looking into his lobbying for the Turkish government. But it looks like the counterintelligence investigation was looking very closely at both Flynn and Papadopolous at the very same point in time. I suppose it’s possible that two different investigative teams conducted these interviews and that this is a great big coincidence, but it seems like Papadopolous was one of the hottest leads the FBI had very early on, which tells us that he’d aroused a lot of suspicion despite the fact that none of it had surfaced in the newspapers.

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  9. rikyrah says:

    Karma always comes a knockin’.

    Anti-Gay Republican Resigns After Allegedly Being Caught Having Gay Sex In His Office https://t.co/HeFp5MWIjl pic.twitter.com/OnbYwEky6K

    — Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) November 16, 2017

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  10. rikyrah says:

    A senatorial clash that explains what’s wrong with the tax fight
    11/17/17 02:18 PM
    By Steve Benen

    If you’ve spent any time on social media today, you’ve probably come across the clip of Senate Finance Committee Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) clashing with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) ahead of a vote on the Republican tax plan last night. That’s probably a good thing: the quarrel helps define the terms of the broader policy fight.

    If you missed it, Brown explained, accurately, that the Senate GOP tax plan isn’t intended to help the middle class; it’s written to benefit the richest Americans. Hatch, visibly angry, appeared to take great personal offense.

    “I come from the poor people, and I have been here working my whole stinkin’ career for people who don’t have a chance, and I really resent anybody that says I’m just doing it for the rich. Give me a break. I think you guys overplay all the time, and it gets old. And frankly, you ought to quit it.

    “I get kind of sick and tired of it. True, it’s a nice political play. It’s not true…. What you said was not right. That’s all I’m saying, I come from the lower middle class, originally. We didn’t have anything. So don’t spew that stuff on me. I get a little tired of that crap. Let me just say something. If we worked together, we could pull this country out of every mess it is in. We could do a lot of the things that you are talking about, too…. [T]his bullcrap that you guys throw out here really gets old after a while.”

    Republicans are apparently under the impression that Hatch’s fiery harangue bested the Ohio Democrat, and it’s worth taking a moment to understand why that’s ridiculous.

    Brown’s argument was, at its core, substantive: non-partisan analyses of the Senate Republican tax plan make clear that it would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans, and raise taxes on millions of middle-class families. That’s not some lazy “political play”; it’s an argument backed up by evidence.

    Hatch had an opportunity to defend his proposal on the merits and/or explain why he disagreed with the non-partisan assessments, but he chose instead to make this personal. The Utah Republican is apparently under the impression that his upbringing matters, and factual descriptions of his legislation don’t.

    Hatch is “tired” of Democrats criticizing tax breaks for the rich? I suspect Democrats are equally tired of Hatch and his Republican brethren demanding tax breaks for the rich.

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  11. rikyrah says:

    NBC News: Rob Goldstone, the British publicist who helped set up the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting is ready to meet with Mueller’s office, according to several people familiar with the matter. https://t.co/UOtQbOBzLr

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 17, 2017

    NBC News confirms WSJ scoop: Mueller’s team has issued a subpoena to the Trump campaign asking multiple campaign officials to produce Russia-related documents. https://t.co/mcP7ATtFDz

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 17, 2017

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  12. rikyrah says:

    Mother’s heartwarming video captures the moment 3-year-old girl and her older brother are reunited after a long day of kindergarten. https://t.co/8m83zcyWZx pic.twitter.com/CY6dpPMrmD

    — ABC News (@ABC) November 17, 2017

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  13. rikyrah says:

    “I am the result of a girl that’s loved, and nurtured, and invested in. This is what you get.” – Michelle Obama, noting that she was not abused by the men in her young life.

    — Heather Brandon (@heddahfeddah) November 17, 2017

    Obama says she’s more interested in cultivating capable young leaders now than in running for office. She indicates a short sightedness in thinking political answers come from finding just one “right person.”

    — Heather Brandon (@heddahfeddah) November 17, 2017

    Michelle Obama makes a personal appearance in the overflow room and addresses all the screaming, ecstatic young people in the audience. “Go home and do your homework,” she says, and be OK with failure. She urges them to find mentors. “Find that positivity. Stay off social media.”

    — Heather Brandon (@heddahfeddah) November 17, 2017

    Obama says every minute she wasn’t visible as First Lady, she was busy managing and parenting her teenagers. “It’s exhausting!” she says.

    — Heather Brandon (@heddahfeddah) November 17, 2017

    Kids are your 1st joint project with your spouse. Until then, “you haven’t really tested that equality stuff,” Michelle Obama says about family/work balance.

    — Arielle Levin Becker (@ariellelb) November 17, 2017

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  14. rikyrah says:

    Think about how many people were beaten and arrested just for saying that this would happen. https://t.co/o3Xiwne5eC

    — Jessie Singer (@jessiesingernyc) November 16, 2017

    BREAKING: Keystone pipeline shut down after oil leak discovered in South Dakota.

    — Ari Natter (@AriNatter) November 16, 2017

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  15. rikyrah says:

    The Republican tax bill contains a sneaky break for private jet owners

    Bob Bryan

    One of those exemptions in the Senate version of the bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), would give a break to owners of private jets.

    Currently, the federal government imposes an excise tax on the use of private planes for every flight an aircraft makes. Under the Republican tax legislation, costs for maintenance and other support activities for the planes would be exempt from the excise tax.

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  16. rikyrah says:

    They are trying to kill American citizens.

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 11/16/17
    Inept recovery keeps most of Puerto Rico still with no power
    Rachel Maddow repots on the continuing botched recovery effort in Puerto Rico where progress in bringing electricity back is regularly countered by backslides in areas that are supposed to have already been repaired.

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  17. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 11/16/17
    Senate asks Kushner for info about ‘Russian backdoor overture’
    Rachel Maddow reports on a letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee to Jared Kushner asking for him to submit a more complete set of documents, including one about a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” – whatever that is!

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  18. Ametia says:

    Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson says he has Parkinson’s disease
    The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson said in a statement that he and his family began to notice changes about three years ago and he will dedicate himself to physical therapy.
    “Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” he said.

    The 76-year-old waged one of the first serious campaigns for president by an African American in the 1980s.

    Read more https://s2.washingtonpost.com/1161e9/5a0f2276fe1ff6361c7ad756/YXdhcmVvZjQxMUBnbWFpbC5jb20%3D/2/10/3a569220054ddfca9b49a25bb24a75b5

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    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      I am so sorry to learn that Jesse Jackson has Parkinson’s. Amazing how he wants to continue supporting important issues:

      “I will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world,” Jackson wrote

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  19. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 11/16/17
    Newly flipped witness may have info on Turkey’s and Mike Flynn
    Tom Winter, NBC News investigative reporter, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting that Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian national wanted by Turkey and charged in the U.S. for sanctions violations is talking with prosecutors and may have information about Mike Flynn.

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  20. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s DHS community outreach director quits over racist record
    11/17/17 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Marc Short, the White House’s legislative affairs director, recently told NBC News, “I think the president believes it is his role to improve race relations.” If so, Donald Trump has his team have quite a bit of work to do.

    The Washington Post reported late yesterday, for example:

    A political appointee in the Department of Homeland Security abruptly resigned after the disclosure Thursday he previously made derogatory remarks about black people and Muslims on conservative talk radio.

    Rev. Jamie Johnson, who was appointed the head of the DHS’s Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships in April, appeared on the program in 2008. The comments resurfaced Thursday after CNN published a report about them with audio snippets.

    And what a report it was. Johnson, who was appointed to lead the DHS’s outreach office by John Kelly, now the White House chief of staff, established quite a record of ugly rhetoric towards minority groups.

    CNN’s piece highlighted one particularly striking instance in which Johnson explained his belief that black people were anti-Semitic out of jealousy of the success of Jewish people.

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  21. rikyrah says:

    Should be noted that, throughout this process, Democrats have recommended many amendments which Republicans rejected. https://t.co/nCLWUU7gfl

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 17, 2017

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  22. rikyrah says:

    Dems, get a spine like Congressman Lieu

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool us 127 times all of which conveniently relates to omitting incriminating information about Russia, and you just might get prosecuted. https://t.co/dGTYpJYpTF

    — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 17, 2017

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  23. rikyrah says:

    I think what bothers me most about Hatch is his self-righteousness on process when he’s held no hearings and wrote an intentionally partisan RECONCILIATION bill behind closed doors. https://t.co/4uHsEIJB0B

    — Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) November 17, 2017

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  24. rikyrah says:

    The Hill: The latest version of the Senate Republican tax bill includes a break for companies that manage private jets. https://t.co/WPiFyRbWxa

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 17, 2017

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  25. rikyrah says:

    It’s 11:21pm. Most Americans are asleep. But the GOP members of the Senate Finance Committee just rammed through their tax bill on a partisan vote, under cover of darkness. This process is an embarrassment.

    — Tim Kaine (@timkaine) November 17, 2017

    Ohio seniors have paid into Medicare their entire lives. That $25 billion is your money. And this tax bill steals it to pay for tax cuts for corporations that send jobs overseas. Shameful. https://t.co/zOrDIO9PWI

    — Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) November 17, 2017

    Medicare and other spending cuts could be triggered by the congressional tax package https://t.co/Ztc3MLNZwg

    — SteveKoff (@SteveKoff) November 16, 2017

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  26. rikyrah says:

    Senate GOP pushes tax hike on families making less than $75,000
    11/17/17 10:00 AM—UPDATED 11/17/17 10:17 AM
    By Steve Benen

    …………………………….

    The tax bill Senate Republicans are championing would give large tax cuts to the rich while raising taxes on American families earning $10,000 to $75,000 over the next decade, according to a report released Thursday by the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’s official nonpartisan analysts.

    President Trump and Republican lawmakers have been heralding their bill as a win for hard-working Americans, but the JCT report casts doubt on that claim. Tax increases for households earning $10,000 to $30,000 would start in 2021 and grow sharply from there, JCT found. By 2027, most Americans earning $75,000 a year or less would be forced to pay more in taxes, while people earning more than $100,000 a year would continue to pay less.

    It’s worth emphasizing that the Joint Committee on Taxation is basically the Congressional Budget Office for tax bills. This isn’t a think tank or an advocacy organization; this is the congressional office responsible for scrutinizing tax bills for federal lawmakers.

    And right now, that scrutiny is telling senators that the current Republican legislation would raise taxes on American households earning less than $75,000. If the GOP’s goal is “tax cuts for middle-class families,” the Senate Republican’s proposal does the exact opposite.

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  27. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s faux-billionaire cabinet secretary faces new troubles
    11/17/17 10:42 AM—UPDATED 11/17/17 10:49 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When it comes to Donald Trump’s beleaguered cabinet, there’s no shortage of controversies, and one high-profile member has already been forced to resign. But of all the competing stories, the mess surrounding Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ finances might be the most entertaining.

    Two weeks ago, Forbes magazine reported that Ross, one of the president’s billionaire cabinet members, appears to have been lying about being a billionaire. The article explained, in striking candor, that “Ross lied” to the magazine, and the “fibs, exaggerations, omissions, fabrications and whoppers” have been ongoing for over a decade.

    This led the Bloomberg Billionaires Index to lower its net worth calculation for Ross to $860 million from $3 billion.

    And while $860 million is the kind of extraordinary wealth most of us will never see, there’s a whole round of new questions about the scope and consequences of Ross’ alleged dishonesty. Forbes reported this week:

    Six Senate Democrats requested an investigation of Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Monday, following reports that he apparently lied about his net worth and held onto investments in a shipping company that does business with a Russian enterprise partially owned by associates of Vladimir Putin.

    In a letter to the inspector general of the Commerce Department, the lawmakers also asked for an investigation of Wendy Teramoto, Ross’ chief of staff, who worked with him for years at his investment firm WL Ross & Co. before joining the Commerce Department.

    Among other things, these Senate Dems suspect Ross may not have been truthful with Congress during his cabinet confirmation process. Their letter asked the Commerce Department’s inspector general to examine “whether Secretary Ross has provided fabrications about other assets or shielded the existence of assets, and the extent to which false representations impacted the evaluation of and implementation of the ethics agreements he must now follow.”

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  28. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: Murkowski is a no on the tax bill unless Alexander-Murray passes first. (NARRATOR: It won’t.)https://t.co/XARx2GLNNR

    — Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) November 17, 2017

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  29. rikyrah says:

    Banana in the tailpipe – EVERY DAMN TIME!!!

    Roger Stone appears to have known about the Al Franken allegations before they went public, CBS reports. https://t.co/OsqWYAhLUL

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 17, 2017

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  30. rikyrah says:

    Why the White House’s ‘welfare reform’ focus matters
    11/17/17 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    ………………………………

    Trump thanked party leaders, expressed optimism about the Senate bill, and said he believed that Congress ought to move to “welfare reform” after completing the tax bill, according to several members in the room.

    The Hill had a related report, quoting unnamed House GOP members who said Trump specifically brought up welfare reform as of one his priorities. The article added, “The welfare line got a big applause, with one lawmaker describing it as an ‘off-the-charts’ reception.”

    And while I’m sure the president was delighted by the applause, the political world needs to understand what the White House means by “welfare reform” – because it may not mean what everyone thinks it means.

    The phrase immediately conjures up memories of 1996 and Bill Clinton’s compromise with a Republican Congress that overhauled the nation’s safety net, but in Trump World, “welfare reform” doesn’t appear to be focused on initiatives such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and related policies. Indeed, there’s not much more to reform on this front.

    So what do Trump and his team mean when they use the phrase? As we discussed last week, Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council at Trump’s White House, shed some light on the subject when he sat down with CNBC’s John Harwood.

    HARWOOD: Are you thinking that you’ll deal with that Social Security/Medicare/baby boomer retirement issue later by entitlement reform that reduces benefits?

    COHN: Look, the president on the economic front laid out three core principles. Number one was [regulatory] reform, number two was taxes and number three was infrastructure. We’re working our way methodically through [regulatory] reform, taxes and infrastructure. I think when he gets done with those, I think welfare is going to come up. That’s our near-term economic agenda right now.

    Note how “welfare” came in response to a question about social-insurance programs like Social Security and Medicare.

    These fights don’t appear to be imminent – the GOP’s tax plan is clearly the party’s front-burner issue – but it looks like Trump World is laying the groundwork now. And given the increasing frequency with which the president brings up this priority, the fight is likely to be a doozy.

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  31. rikyrah says:

    On taxes, GOP leader has some bad advice: ‘Just look at history’
    11/16/17 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is back on Capitol Hill, and he’s doing his part to ensure his party’s tax plan clears the chamber this afternoon. As ThinkProgress noted, the Louisiana Republican’s pitch includes a straightforward suggestion: “Just look at history.”

    “If you go back to when John F. Kennedy Jr. cut taxes, if you go back to the last time we transformed our tax code – 1986 when Ronald Reagan was president – you can go to the Clinton years,” Scalise said. “Every time we’ve cut taxes you’ve seen the economy take off.”

    Later, Scalise added: “So if you look at history, every time this has been done it’s worked. Why not do it again, especially when you’ve got a slow economy?”

    Wouldn’t it be great if this were true? Wouldn’t it be amazing if policymakers knew with certainty, whenever economic growth disappointed, that they could simply cut taxes and turn things around?

    Alas, reality is stubborn. Indeed, if we take Scalise’s advice and “look at history,” it points in a direction he and his caucus probably won’t like.

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  32. rikyrah says:

    Serena Williams marries millionaire Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in a Beauty and the Beast themed wedding with an all-star guest list including Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Anna Wintour
    Kim Kardashian, Venus Williams, Beyonce and the members of New Edition were spotted arriving at the celebrity wedding of the decade
    Sources say Serena chose a Beauty and the Beast theme for her nuptials to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian
    The tennis star’s best friends Ciara, La La Anthony and Kelly Rowland all arrived in the same car to the wedding venue, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans
    Editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour was seen spotted at the bar for the cocktail reception in a street, closed to the public, next to the venue
    Serena was not spotted but sources said she wore two dresses for the occasion – one for the ceremony and one for the reception which was due to last until 3am
    By Chris Spargo and Hannah Parry and Jose Lambiet In New Orleans For Dailymail.com
    PUBLISHED: 19:33 EST, 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:51 EST, 17 November 2017

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  33. nedhamson says:

    FYI; Anti-feminists and jerks recirculating news about Brian Banks who was falsely accused and convicted of rape in 2002 and released in 2011, then had brief NFL career and now works for NFL. Recirculated instagram story has no dates, sources or good news after rape was disproved. I suppose it was pushed out to “defend” Moore and others as being “falsely” accused. As if one false imprisonment story means thousands of rapes and assaults could all be based on false accusations.

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  34. rikyrah says:

    Four Republican senators are in private talks that could kill tax bill https://t.co/3U9Vv44Oso— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) November 17, 2017

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  35. rikyrah says:

    Tell it:

    Gretchen says:
    November 17, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Kirsten Gillbrand said yesterday that Clinton should have resigned. There’s a Dem for you – lets turn the circular firing squad on our own guy from 20 years ago rather than the much worse guy who is president now.

    I think this Franken thing is the Mercers decided to take him down after seeing him go after Sessions. They plowed through 40 years of his past and that’s the best they could find. It’s being played as if he was creeping on her while she was asleep. The photographer who took the picture said she was in on the planning. Fox News gave her a cue card with a quote from one of Moore’s accusers, word for word, and shoved her in front of the cameras. I’m all for “believe the women”, but I also believe that powerful people want to take down someone who is in a position to threaten them.

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  39. rikyrah says:

    Well..well….well….

    Ivanka and the fugitive from Panama
    Exclusive: How an alleged fraudster in Panama, working with Donald Trump’s daughter, helped make Trump’s first international hotel venture a success. The broker was in business with a money-launderer and two criminals from the former Soviet Union. Then he fled.
    By NED PARKER, STEPHEN GREY, STEFANIE ESCHENBACHER, ROMAN ANIN, BRAD BROOKS and CHRISTINE MURRAY
    Filed Nov. 17, 2017, noon GMT

    ……………………………………..

    Ivanka was so taken with his sales skills, Nogueira said, that she helped him become a leading broker for the development and he appeared in a video with her promoting the project.

    A Reuters investigation into the financing of the Trump Ocean Club, in conjunction with the American broadcaster NBC News, found Nogueira was responsible for between one-third and one-half of advance sales for the project. It also found he did business with a Colombian who was later convicted of money laundering and is now in detention in the United States; a Russian investor in the Trump project who was jailed in Israel in the 1990s for kidnap and threats to kill; and a Ukrainian investor who was arrested for alleged people-smuggling while working with Nogueira and later convicted by a Kiev court.

    Three years after getting involved in the Trump Ocean Club, Nogueira was arrested by Panamanian authorities on charges of fraud and forgery, unrelated to the Trump project. Released on $1.4 million bail, he later fled the country.

    He left behind a trail of people who claim he cheated them, including over apartments in the Trump project, resulting in at least four criminal cases that eight years later have still to be judged.

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  40. rikyrah says:

    Ya think someone in the MSM would bring this up. From BJ:

    Kay says:
    November 17, 2017 at 9:54 am

    it’s bullshit. They badgered Clinton about Weinstein. CNN put up a fucking clock. Donald Trump needs to respond to the allegations against him in light of what we have learned and in the context of how other people are responding

    He opened the door. He’s attacking Franken. We really have a higher standard for Senators than we do for the President? Louis CK is held accountable and Trump isn’t?

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  41. rikyrah says:

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    Trump, who once bragged to Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush about grabbing women’s crotches without their consent, says allegations against Al Franken are “real bad.”

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  42. rikyrah says:

    Bannon called Hannity and urged him to dial back the criticism of Roy Moore, @rebeccagberg reports (https://t.co/9ist6IlfgB) pic.twitter.com/ZuNJv7pPxA— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 17, 2017

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  43. rikyrah says:

    Sherrod Brown really takes the fight to Orrin Hatch here. No Trumpian namecalling or low blows. Instead focusing on the GOP helping only the ultra-rich. Judging by how mad Hatch got, Brown hit a soft spot. pic.twitter.com/WxDFb8ipHB

    — Adam Best (@adamcbest) November 17, 2017

    Can Hatch really be this delusional? If so, it’s sad & alarming. Accuses Brown of lying & grandstanding “right at the end of this,” “this” being a hearing that’s shamefully, purposefully breakneck pace is designed to jam thru a wet kiss to the rich. He’s either a liar or unwell https://t.co/Tslno9N5yL— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) November 17, 2017

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  44. rikyrah says:

    Finally saw Queen Sugar. Ralph Angel explaining Blue’s name?
    Just dust…just dust…
    sob sob sob

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  45. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Sergey Kislyak says it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he’s met with or spoken to on the phone because ‘the list is so long’.

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  46. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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