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|Trump relentlessly mocked for ‘nationally televised hissy fit’ over Democratic investigation ||Thompson shocked when told of All-NBA snub |
For Stephen Colbert, only “one big story” came out of Wednesday’s news cycle.“America’s step-daddy is angry,” the late-night host quipped on CBS.For about 12 minutes on Wednesday morning, anyone tuned into a major TV network saw an irked President Donald Trump in the White House Rose Garden delivering what The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan described as “the live-action movie version” of his Twitter feed.Or, as Mr Colbert put it: ”Trump walked out the door straight to the Rose Garden for a nationally televised hissy fit.”The unscheduled news conference came just moments after Trump stormed out of a planned White House meeting intended to discuss a $2 trillion (£1.58 trillion) infrastructure deal, angered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who had spoken to reporters earlier in the day and accused him of being “engaged in a cover-up.”In the Rose Garden, Mr Trump said he told Democratic lawmakers that while he wanted “to do infrastructure”, he would not work with them unless they “get these phony investigations over with”.“Trump has a clear stance on infrastructure,” Mr Colbert said on his show. “It’s my way or no highways.”Mr Colbert wasn’t the only late-night host to dig into the president’s lengthy remarks, during which he touted himself as “the most transparent president, probably, in the history of this country” and addressed impeachment, only referring to it as the “I-word”.Fellow TV comics Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and James Corden all dedicated time to poking fun at the news conference and the events surrounding it.As the jokes flowed late on Wednesday night, it appeared that the day’s events were also still on Mr Trump’s mind.In a series of tweets that began shortly before 10:30pm, the president defended himself against Ms Pelosi’s claim that he “had a temper tantrum”, calling it “such a lie!” and railed against House Democrats not getting anything done.But during their shows, the hosts seemed to all agree with Mr Meyers’ assessment that the news conference “predictably went off the rails”.“You knew this was going to be a weird one,” Mr Meyers said, drawing attention to a sign that had been placed in front of the podium, which featured statistics about the Russia investigation and the words “No collusion” and “No obstruction”.He continued: “This is such a dumb sign because he made the word ‘NO’ super big and the other words super tiny. If anything, this looks like the world’s least effective anti-drug PSA.”Mr Meyers was critical of the graphic’s prominent placement, noting that President Trump, who is known for enjoying fast food, effectively “made the Rose Garden look like a drive-through”.“Yeah, I’ll have 18 angry Democrats, no collusion,” he said, pretending to order as Trump.The sign also didn’t go unnoticed by Mr Colbert.“Reminds me of the time that Jefferson addressed the Continental Congress behind a sign that said, ‘Sally Hemings, just a friend’,” he joked, referencing the enslaved woman who the Thomas Jefferson Foundation says had at least six of Jefferson’s children.Over on NBC, Jimmy Fallon was more interested in the president’s comments, specifically pointing to the way he spoke about impeachment.“Trump called impeachment the ‘I-word,’ and then he called collusion the ‘K-word’,” Mr Fallon said.On Stephen Colbert’s show, the “I-word” merited its own cold open – a song dedicated to all the words beginning with the letter “I” that critics would use to describe the president.The comics also mocked Mr Trump’s appearance, using Ms Pelosi’s “coverup” accusation as inspiration.“It’s called bronzer, Nancy, and he’s not fooling anyone,” Mr Colbert cracked.Mr Corden had a similar interpretation of the quote.“He’s engaged in coverup, foundation, concealer, bronzer, possibly a little lip liner, who knows?” the British host said, showing a picture of Mr Trump looking rather tanned.Though they were largely focused on the president, Mr Fallon and Mr Meyers still found time to throw some barbs in Ms Pelosi’s direction.Given her Wednesday comments about the president, Mr Fallon said “Ms Pelosi can’t be surprised” that the meeting turned out the way it did.“That’s like talking trash about your friend and then showing up to the group brunch, like, ‘Hey, girl’,” he said.After playing a clip of Ms Pelosi speaking to reporters and making the allegation, Mr Meyers only had one question.“So why are you meeting with him?” he asked.“That’s like responding to someone’s birthday Evite by writing, ‘I resent the day you were born’, and then still clicking ‘Will attend’.”Washington Post
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|Tu-95 Bear: Meet the Old Russian Bomber U.S. F-22s Just Intercepted Near Alaska ||Giannis, Harden lead All-NBA; LeBron 3rd team |
It’s old, it’s obvious and it has mechanical problems — facts hard to ignore while the Tu-95 plays a key role in a highly orchestrated and much exaggerated effort by the Kremlin to impress its foreign rivals.(This first appeared several years ago and is being reposted due to reader interest.) At first glance, the Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber looks like a 59-year-old flying anachronism, a Cold War leftover that has outlived its usefulness in a century when stealth is king.The Bear is showing signs of its age. In recent months, two Tu-95 crashes led to the grounding of the entire fleet of more than 50 aircraft to resolve mechanical issues. Besides, there is nothing stealthy about the Bear.Even when the bomber is in top-notch shape, the turboprop-powered Tu-95 is loud … really loud. In fact, it’s so noisy that listening devices on submerged U.S. submarines can hear a Bear flying overhead.Furthermore, it has the radar signature of a flying big-box store. The plane is huge.Photos of lumbering Bear-H bombers intercepted by sleek U.S. or NATO warplanes as they flew toward protected airspace are some of the most recognizable images of the East-West nuclear stand-off during the 1970s and ’80s.
| LeBron James' 11-year run on the All-NBA first team has come to an end as he was named to the third team. Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden were unanimous selections to the first team. |
|In new charges against Assange, groups see cause for concern ||Jerry not expecting NFL to discipline Elliott |
WASHINGTON (AP) — New charges filed against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange quickly drew alarm Thursday from media organizations and others. The groups are concerned that the Justice Department is charging Assange for actions that ordinary journalists do routinely in their jobs.
| Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't expect RB Ezekiel Elliott to face any punishment from the NFL pertaining to an incident with security at an event in Las Vegas. |
|Joe Biden criticizes Kim Jong Un; North Korea calls Biden 'an imbecile' ||Twins continue record pace, club 8 HRs in rout |
Kim said in April that his personal relationship with Trump was still good despite the collapse of their second summit in Vietnam in February. Biden's campaign responded to North Korea by calling the relationship between Trump and Pyongyang "antithetical to who we are." Biden, at a campaign launch in Philadelphia on Saturday, said: "Are we a nation that embraces dictators and tyrants like (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and Kim Jong Un?" Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state media, responded to Biden's criticism in a commentary late on Tuesday. Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates, in a statement responding to the KCNA remarks, repeated that Kim is a dictator and a tyrant.
| Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop each hit two of Minnesota's franchise record-tying eight home runs and the Twins hammered Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Angels 16-7 Thursday. |
|Major Texas border station closed for flu outbreak after teen death ||Source: Suh to get $9.25 million deal from Bucs |
A major Texas border station has been temporarily closed due to a fever outbreak, officials said, one day after a Guatemalan teenager diagnosed with flu at the facility died in immigration custody. Medical staff imposed the quarantine at the McAllen processing center after a "large number" of detainees were found to have high fevers and symptoms of a flu-related illness. "To avoid the spread of illness, the Rio Grande Valley Sector has temporarily suspended intake operations at the CPC," Customs and Border Protection said in a statement late Tuesday, referring to the Central Processing Center.
| The Buccaneers reached a one-year, $9.25 million agreement with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. |
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