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Jim Gaffigan, comedian who opened for the Pope, breaks silence and goes to town on Trump

Jim Gaffigan is an award-winning, well-regarded, popular comedian. Part of Gaffigan’s appeal is his family-friendly comedy, that he writes and works on with his wife and frequently centers around food and Gaffigan’s obsessions with food. Gaffigan has a large family, which includes five children, leading to my favorite Gaffigan joke: “If you want to know what it’s like to have a fourth, just imagine you’re drowning … and then someone hands you a baby.” Gaffigan is also openly Catholic, and was asked by the Roman Catholic Church to do warmup for the World Meeting of Families back in 2015, when he opened for the Pope—yes, that Pope.

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Trump says he didn't approve of border wall project, but these key players bragged of his approval

After Steve Bannon’s arrest on Thursday, Donald Trump tried to put a Grand Canyon-sized gap between himself and the “We Build The Wall” border scheme. Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea were indicted on counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The federal indictment says the crew pilfered “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and a Bannon-controlled nonprofit received more than $1 million in funds.

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Georgia officer on desk duty after family films violent arrest of woman on her own porch

A video posted to TikTok on Wednesday shows Gwinnett County, Georgia, police officer Michael Oxford in a verbal and physical altercation with a Black woman on what is reportedly her front porch. The video, recorded on Tuesday, shows 22-year-old Kyndesia Smith and Oxford arguing: Smith says she doesn’t have to go anywhere, and that Oxford is on her property, noting that that “we didn’t call you.”

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Trump thinks his pitch to 'suburban housewives' is a winner. In reality, it's aimed at almost no one

With the coronavirus pandemic roaring unchecked, Donald Trump’s deranged Twitter feed has managed to recede into the background somewhat, but he recently broke through his own self-inflicted clutter when he tweeted, “The Suburban Housewives of America must read this article. Biden will destroy your neighborhood and your American Dream. I will preserve it, and make it even better!”

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Voting Rights Roundup: Democratic legislative wins pave the way for voting reforms in Virginia

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 Virginia: Democrats flipped both chambers of Virginia's state legislature on Tuesday, a victory made possible in part because  Republicans' state House gerrymander was struck down for discriminating against black voters and replaced with a fairer map earlier this year. Because Democrats already held the governor's office, they've now won full control over state government for the first time in a quarter century which opens the door to a wave of reforms that would make voting easier and protect the right to vote.​

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Stunning: A quarter of the West Antarctic ice sheet is now in a state of rapid 'dynamical imbalance'

We can see clearly now that a wave of thinning has spread rapidly across some of Antarctica’s most vulnerable glaciers, and their losses are driving up sea levels around the planet.” Andrew Shepherd, Lead author, and CPOM Director Professor

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A chance to oust this non-progressive 'Democrat' in a blue district is on the horizon

Few “Democratic” House members disappoint me more than Georgia Congressman David Scott. Compromising on certain positions is one thing if you are in a solidly red district, but he represents the majority-minority 13th District, which includes portions of Cobb, Douglas, Fulton, Fayette, Clayton and Henry counties. This is about as solid blue as you can get. The district went for Obama with almost 70% of the vote, and went larger for Hillary Clinton with a lopsided 71-26 margin.

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Watch: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez torches Trump's racist immigration policy in rebuttal on MSNBC's Maddow

Shortly after Trump launched a lie-filled white nationalist Oval Office screed that was needlessly broadcasted on national TV last night, newly-elected Congresswoman and progressive sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) laid out some hard truths about immigration in America and Trump’s cruel and racist immigration policies on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

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Metallica's 'not-so-secret' charity gives community colleges $1 million for 'heavy metal' trades

Almost 40 years after its founding, Metallica is undeniably one of the most successful bands of all time, and their previously-secret philanthropy has long matched their decades upon decades of commercial success and critical acclaim. Launched in February 2017, the metal band’s All Within My Hands Foundation “is dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services.”

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