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Steve Bannon Defends Family Separation Policy - Makes Ludicrous Claim Martin Luther King Jr. Would Be 'Proud' of Trump

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon bombastically returned to the spotlight and didn't mince any words in his appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

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'Pot Is Over': Cheech & Chong Tell Stephen Colbert They've Moved On -- To More Illicit Substances

For legendary stoners Cheech & Chong, smoking marijuana was thrilling partly because of the fact that it was illegal and rebellious.

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Why Republicans Too Gun-Shy to Back Trump in 2020 Are More Than Happy To Help Him Now

Some Republicans have been hesitant to support President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election bid — but they are still helping in other ways.

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Michael Moore Blasts 'Corporate Media' for Only Talking About 'Russia, Russia, Russia'

Filmmaker and adamant progressive Michael Moore is blasting the "corporate media" for focusing on scandalous and sensational stories such as the Russia investigation and President Donald Trump's legal battle with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

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Big Talk, Little Action: How Trump Bungled An Opioid Fix

The leading cause of death for Americans under 50 is an opioid overdose. Less than a month before President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, he said that there needed to be a plan "to end the opioid epidemic."

Since the announcement last October that opioids were a public health emergency, his administration has yielded no new funds to combat the crisis that has swept America in recent years and claims an average of 115 lives on a daily basis. The recent budget plan passed by Congress for 2019 will eventually usher in new money, but that doesn't help those who need it now.

Trump's plan to fix the opioid crisis has so far been nothing more than lip service, while governors across the nation have pleaded for more resources to no avail. In the past, he's said a border wall would help slow the flow of drugs into the country that has exacerbated the crisis, but dozens of experts have said that a wall would have no impact on the crisis as a whole.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is still without a leader. The person who was nominated, Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., withdrew himself after it was reported that he backed legislation that would make it more difficult for federal agents to pursue pharmaceutical companies responsible for flooding the nation with opioids.

Anything that Trump does about the crisis — which claimed more lives in 2016 than all American casualties in the Vietnam War — that doesn't address aggressively going after the major pharmaceutical corporations that flood regions with drugs and punish the doctors that allow it to happen can't be taken seriously.

Despite the rhetoric, big pharma has done quite well under the Trump administration. Even though Trump said he would be tough on drugmakers, the companies were rewarded with the GOP-led tax plan he signed in December. As a result, nine companies invested a combined total of $50 billion in share buyback programs for investors, while those funds far outweighed any investments into employees and drug research and development.

Doctors have a history of overprescription of opioids. Drugmakers, meanwhile, have a well-documented past of shipping excess amount of pills to places across the country. Take Kermit, West Virginia, for example, which saw 9 million hydrocodone pills flood its town over two years, even though only 392 people live there.

Nonetheless, on Thursday night at the White House opioid summit, the president all but explicitly said that he would battle the epidemic by implementing a tougher law enforcement stance. He suggested "the ultimate penalty" was needed for drug dealers, which corroborated reports from earlier in the week that revealed he had praised the implementation of the death penalty in regards to drugs in other countries.

"We have pushers and drugs dealers, they are killing hundreds and hundreds of people," Trump said at the event. "If you shoot one person, they give you life, they give you the death penalty. These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens to them."

He added, "Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty — and by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do."

Just days before the remarks, a senior Trump administration official told Axios that Trump "often jokes about killing drug dealers . . . He’ll say, 'You know the Chinese and Filipinos don’t have a drug problem. They just kill them.'"

Couple the comments with his previously reported conversation in which he praised Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's handling of drugs in his country, and the reality quickly turns harrowing. The international criminal court launched an inquiry into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Duterte earlier last month, due to his brutal nationwide drug crackdown, in which he's been accused of "extrajudicial executions and mass murder" of thousands of people.

"I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem," Trump told him in a leaked transcript of their phone conversation in May of last year.

In other words, Trump's position is less about stopping people from getting illegal drugs and more about enforcing a tough-on-drugs stance in the mold of Jeff Sessions.

Even Trump's less intense remarks and his promises to go after pharmaceutical companies are likely just lip service. Trump on Thursday night also said he would follow the lead of the states and go after pharmaceutical companies who have long engagedin predatory practices.

"That will happen," Trump said. But defense attorneys have likely said this move by the Trump administration is highly unlikely to come to fruition.

"While it is difficult to assign motives to an act of the DOJ, this is a PR move, not a sincere attempt to address the opioid crisis," attorney David Cattie told NBC news.

In order to properly combat the opioid epidemic in America, politicians must challenge the powerful and influential pharmaceutical industry, which has spent more than any other to wield power over Washington. Americans make up about 5 percent of the global population yet consume 81 percent of the world's oxycodone products. That statistic alone should exemplify how uniquely American this problem is.

The time has come to aggressively launch a multi-pronged effort to both ease the opioid epidemic in the country and pursue accountability for those primarily responsible — not people crossing the border, but powerful industry executives.

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Florida Student Survivors Announce 'March For Our Lives': Here’s a Time to Talk about Gun Control

Surviving students of the Valentine's Day school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have set a date for lawmakers, and everyone else in the country to discuss gun control: March 24.

"People keep asking us, what about the Stoneman Douglas shooting is going to be different, because this has happened before and change hasn't come?" 11th-grader Cameron Kasky told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "This is it."

"This is about the adults. We feel neglected, and at this point, you're either with us or against us," Kasky said.

"People are saying that it’s not time to talk about gun control, and we can respect that. Here’s a time: March 24, in every single city," he continued.

The demonstration set for next month in Washington D.C. is to be called the "March For Our Lives" Kasky explained Sunday, seated next to four of his classmates Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin.

In the wake of last week's tragedy that claimed 17 lives, the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been the leading voices in calls for action from lawmakers, and have boldly expressed frustration over a nation gridlocked on the issue of guns, as Salon has previously reported.

"We’re going to be facing this with trepidation and determination, and we have an incredible support system around us. We are going to be the difference," Gonzalez said on CNN.

"This isn’t about the GOP. This isn’t about the Democrats," Kasky added. "Any politician on either side who is taking money from the NRA is responsible for events like this. "At the end of the day, the NRA [National Rifle Association] is fostering and promoting this gun culture."

Many have said that mass shootings in America have become routine, but Kasky highlighted the importance of creating "a new normal where there's a badge of shame on any politician who's accepting money from the NRA."

Despite the pleas from survivors, President Donald Trump has essentially remained quiet on gun control, focusing only on the issue of mental health. When he finally addressed the issue on Saturday in a tweet, he blamed the Democrats and said former President Barack Obama should have passed legislation when the party had full control for two years but "they didn’t want to, and now they just talk!"

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The Next Step After Legalizing Marijuana: Eliminating the Color Barrier

Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state of New Jersey have rapidly accelerated as the new Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has been ushered into office.

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Trump's Voter Fraud Commission Flagged Texas Voters with Hispanic Surnames

President Donald Trump's now-disbanded voter fraud commission — convened based on the myth that 3 million undocumented immigrants in California illegally handed Hillary Clinton the popular vote win, and already rife with controversy — specifically requested and purchased records of every Texas voter with a Hispanic surname.

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Tucker Carlson Melts Down on Air, Hurls Obscenity at Guest

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been ramping up his white-nationalist rhetoric over the last few months while also exhibiting a kind of angry recklessness previously unseen from the formerly establishment, club-tied Republican.

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Samantha Bee Has the Perfect Description for Trump's Evangelical Base

On Samantha Bee's "Full Frontal" Wednesday night, the late-night comedian examined the close-knit relationship between devout evangelicals and the less-than-devout leader of the free world, President Donald Trump. Specifically, she focused on how evangelicals' unconditional worship of him may have influenced his decisions, such as recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Certainly, she says, millennialist strains of the movement are loving it.

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Doug Jones' Lesson for Democrats: Voters Want a Vision

The Democrats came away with a historic upset victory in Alabama on Tuesday night, and while it was certainly a devastating blow to the Trump administration and the Republican Party, perspective is important: There's still a long road ahead to achieve lasting progress.

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Kirsten Gillibrand Fires Back After Trump's Revolting Twitter Smear

After being attacked in a tweet by President Donald Trump, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand fired back by letting him know that she, as well as other women, will not be silenced.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, which was described by many as a form of sexual harassment, Trump whined about Gillibrand and said that in the past begged him for campaign donations and added that she "would do anything for them."

Gillibrand quickly responded, sending a strong message.

Trump's tweet marks just his latest attack against women and while it might seem to be a random outburst, it's certainly not a coincidence that Gillibrand targeted him the day prior. It's perhaps fitting that the Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017 is "feminism" as the leader of the nation continues to prove his regressiveness on women's rights issues.

On Monday, the Democratic senator from New York called for Trump to resign on Monday in light of the several women who have accused him of sexual assault, or otherwise misconduct.

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Jimmy Kimmel Calls Roy Moore's Bluff in the Best Possible Way

Jimmy Kimmel addressed his feud with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on his late-night show Thursday night and he did not hold back.

Kimmel explained the feud began after Moore's campaign realized a faux pro-Moore supporter was actually comedian, Tony Barbieri, who has frequently played as the character Jake Byrd on Kimmel's show.

On Thursday night, after a day of trading tweets, Kimmel told his audience that he accepts Moore's invitation. He didn't stop there.

"But the bottom line is this: I accept the invitation. I will come down there. What I’m going to do is — I think you’re actually going to like this, Roy," Kimmel said. "I’m going to come to Gadsden, Ala., with a team of high school cheerleaders, okay? We’ll meet you at the mall. Don’t worry, I can get you in."

He continued, "And then when the girls and I show up, if you can control yourself and behave, if you can somehow manage to keep little Roy in your little cowboy pants when those nubile cheerleaders come bounding in, you and I, we’ll sit down at the food court, we’ll have a little Panda Express and we’ll talk about Christian values."

Kimmel explained that he happens to be a Christian as well and said, "I made my first Holy Communion. I was confirmed. I pray. I support my church. One of my closest friends is a priest. I baptized my children. Christian is actually my middle name. I know that’s shocking, but it’s true."

The late-night host challenged Moore and told him that the two could sit down to discuss what they learned at their churches.

"So if you’re open to it, when we sit down, I will share with you what I learned at my church," Kimmel explained. "At my church, forcing yourself on underaged girls is a no-no. Some even consider it to be a sin. Not that you did that, of course. Allegedly."

Kimmel continued, "But maybe your church is different. I don’t know. Let’s figure it out together. I’ll be happy to talk it through. I would gladly sit down to interview you about it."

Watch Kimmel's full monologue below:

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Roy Moore Staffer Caught on Video Shoving Two Cameramen

Outside a campaign rally for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, a staffer with the campaign was seen physically confronting two cameramen on Monday night.

Tony Goolesby, the campaign coordinator for DeKalb county, got physical and began shoving a local cameraman briefly before the start of a campaign event in Henagar, WHNT reported.

A video of the short incident was posted on Twitter by Alabama reporter Connor Sheets. The second cameraman was verbally assaulted, according to Sheets. It was reported by a Fox News producer that the cameramen worked for Fox News.

"Man wearing Roy Moore sticker physically attacked a cameraman attempting to film Moore's arrival outside campaign rally a few minutes ago here in Henagar, Alabama. Another man w/ Moore sticker verbally assaulted a second cameraman, " Sheets tweeted.

It's currently not clear what took place before the confrontation, but Sheets claimed the cameraman was attempting to film Moore's arrival at the event.    

The Moore campaign has been riddled with controversies since its inception, but Moore has vowed to finish the race despite the numerous allegations that he molested underage teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

The video may not appear to show an outright attack that resulted in physical injuries, but the news also exemplifies a dangerous precursor for the way in which political campaigns have treated the media.

A key component of President Donald Trump's campaign was his vilification of the media, which is a picture he continues to paint today. Just the night he was elected, Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter from The Guardian. He won, and was allowed to take his seat in Congress, despite pleading guilty to the misdemeanor.

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Time Magazine Says Trump Is 'Incorrect' about His Person of the Year Claims

President Donald Trump claims he passed on the opportunity to be Time Magazine's person of the year after they called him and said he would "probably" be selected, but the magazine says the president's words were "incorrect."

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
Just hours later the magazine issued a response that said Trump's story was not true. "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6," the magazine tweeted.    
The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.
— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017

Alan Murray, the magazine's chief content officer, also weighed in on Twitter and said that Trump's tweets didn't contain a "speck of truth."

"Amazing. Not a speck of truth here—Trump tweets he 'took a pass' at being named TIME's person of the year," Murray tweeted.

Hanging in at least five of the president's clubs were framed copies of Time magazine from 2009 that featured Trump on the cover — but it was completely fake. Trump did however legitimately win the person of the year award in 2016, after defeating Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

In 2015, Trump tweeted that the magazine "would never" pick him for the award.

"I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany," he tweeted, referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was selected as person of the year in 2015. 

Trump, who is constantly yearning for more attention and praise, has not yet commented on the matter any further, but he was trolled by New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
The current candidates for the magazine's person of the year award consist of: late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Saudi Arabia' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, France's Emmanuel Macron, China's Xi Jinping, North Korea's Kim Jong Un and several others.
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Bill Maher: Al Franken Is Not Like Roy Moore, Kevin Spacey, Donald Trump

In the season finale of "Real Time" late-night comedian Bill Maher made a case for his friend Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who was accused of sexual harassment on Thursday, and said he shouldn't be "lumped in" with other high-profile figures who have been accused in other recent sexual abuse scandals.

During his monologue Maher joked that when the "very disturbing" news broke about Franken he was so shaken he "called Bill Cosby to see if he had anything that could calm me down."

But Maher appeared more serious and said that Franken "did a bad thing" when a picture of him was taken of him "mock-groping" his accuser, radio host, Leeann Tweeden during a USO tour in 2006.

The late-night comedian also slammed Franken's sketch in which he allegedly forced a kiss on Tweeden.

"If you write a comedy sketch where you, Al Franken, kiss a model and the next line of dialogue isn't 'get off of me creepy' it's not comedy, it's science-fiction," Maher said.

Maher acknowledged that the condemnation for Franken's behavior has been "universal, which he deserves" but that he doesn't deserve to be "lumped in" with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, actor Kevin Spacey, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, or President Donald Trump, who have all been accused of sexual harassment or otherwise misconduct.

Trump has called "his accusers liars, threatened to sue them, did long riffs at his rallies where he’d say they were too ugly for him to assault," Maher said. "Plus, with Al Franken we’re talking about one incident. Trump has 16 accusers, Roy Moore has nine."

Maher added, "Roy Moore's spent more time chatting up young girls at the mall than Santa Claus."

The late-night comedian suggested that there should be a separate #MeToo campaign in which "I can tell two unlike things apart."

"I know the difference between a man who once acted like a dick and a man who is a dick, me too!" Maher said. "I know the difference between someone who behaved like a high schooler and someone who targeted high schoolers, me too!"

Watch Maher's full monologue below:

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Jeff Sessions Sued by 12-Year-Old Girl to Legalize Medical Marijuana Nationwide

Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old girl who lives in Colorado, is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the nation's federal prohibition of medical marijuana.

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Bernie Sanders: To Reform the Party, Democrats Must Split from Corporate America

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has a clear message and strategy to help mend the wounds that have left the Democratic Party divided. After months of polling as the nation's most popular politician, he should be taken more seriously — even as an outsider.

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Conspiracy Theorists Threaten Las Vegas Shooting Survivors

Whenever a major tragedy occurs, the fringe conspiracy theorists are usually somewhere close behind. A sign of the times is that even in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, survivors are now faced with a second trauma: barrages of death threats and intense name-calling via social media from users who deny that these victims suffered through a life-changing event.

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Sinclair Broadcasting Wants to Save Bill O'Reilly's Career

Disgraced former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly could wind up in 72 percent of American households if he inks a reported deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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SNL’s 'Weekend Update' Slams Mass Shootings and Gun-Obsessed Men

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting "Saturday Night Live" took on the nation's gun control debate during its "Weekend Update" segment, featuring co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che.

"For every gun you trade in, we give you one-half inch of penis enlargement. That’s fair," Che joked. "If you trade in ten guns, you get five more inches."

He added, "And if women want to trade in their guns: Don’t. Keep your guns. You’re probably going to need them to fight off all those men in spandex showing off their brand new eight-inch penises.

You can watch the episode here

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The 25 Best TV Shows This Decade

It's said we live in the era of peak TV — a golden age of golden ages where prestige is often as important as ratings. Sure, we've got reality shows about nude dating and people who make semi-inedible cakes. But we've also got some of the most well-produced, most thoughtful, most engrossing and most expensive weekly and streamable series ever created.

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South Dakota Republican Posts Meme Supporting Running Over Protesters

Another Republican state lawmaker has made headlines after she shared an image on her Facebook page that suggested protesters should be run over with cars. The picture contained the words "All lives splatter."

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Theresa May Tweaks Trump in Wake of London Tube Bombing

After an improvised explosive device detonated inside a crowded London Tube train, President Donald Trump continued his hip-fire tactics and immediately assumed the attack was perpetrated by a “loser terrorist” who was “in the sights of Scotland Yard.” Trump then used the attack push for his travel ban on Muslim-majority countries in a series of tweets. However Metropolitan Police and British Prime Minister Theresa May were not thrilled about Trump’s quick assumptions.

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Strange Days: Orrin Hatch Rolls Out Medical Marijuana Bill, Can't Resist Weed Puns

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, re-introduced a medical marijuana research bill on Wednesday that would “improve the process for conducting scientific research on marijuana as a safe and effective medical treatment.” The bill has bipartisan sponsors, and is similar to the legislation he introduced last year, the Washington Post reported.

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Amazon Announces Immediate Price Cuts to Whole Foods Products

Amazon is announcing that there will be an immediate price cut for products sold at Whole Foods Market starting Monday, the very day it closes its $13.7 billion acquisition of the supermarket chain, according to a press release.

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Donald Trump Was Reportedly Swayed to Send More Troops to Afghanistan by a Photo of Women in Miniskirts

President Donald Trump did all he could to resist what he has deemed a “losing” war in Afghanistan and weighed approaches that ranged from a complete withdrawal, to using private paramilitary forces with the help of Erik Prince, Stephen Feinberg or both. Ultimately the president, who has encircled himself with military generals, was persuaded and agreed to deploy more troops to fight America’s longest war, something he long railed against.

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NAACP Warns That Women, People of Color, LGBT Community 'May Not Be Safe' Traveling to Missouri

On Wednesday national delegates from the NAACP voted to issue a “travel advisory” in Missouri, out of concern that civil rights will not be respected in the state.

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Jason Chaffetz Mocks Homeless Person on Instagram Because He Wants to 'Make People Think'

Jason Chaffetz really can’t stand that some poor people have smartphones.

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Republicans in Congress Quick to Criticize Trump's Ban of Transgender People in the Military

After President Donald Trump announced his intent to ban all transgender Americans from serving in the military, Republicans were quick to speak out and distance themselves from the president’s decision.

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Bernie Sanders Holds Highest Approval Rating at Home, Mitch McConnell Is Dead Last

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I.-Vt., is the most popular politician amongst his constituents — even as Senate approval ratings are falling drastically, according to a new Morning Consult poll.

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