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January 11, 2016

The Golden Globes packed a lot in over the course of three hours — big wins for The Revenant, The Martian, and Mozart in the Jungle; an almost rumble between host Ricky Gervais and Mel Gibson; a standing ovation for Sylvester Stallone; Taraji P. Henson passing out cookies; a whole lot of cursing. Here are some of the other top moments from Sunday night:

Eva Longoria and America Ferrera teaching the Golden Globes a lesson

When the nominations were announced back in December, the Golden Globes mistakenly identified presenter America Ferrera — not once, but twice — as another Latina actress, Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez. Not wanting to let the Hollywood Foreign Press Association off the hook, Ferrera and Eva Longoria humorously pointed out Sunday that Latina actresses are not interchangeable, and there are more than two or three out there.

The face Leonardo DiCaprio made when Lady Gaga ran into him

Lady Gaga was obviously very excited by her win (Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for her role as the Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel), so excited in fact that she appeared to be in a trance as she made her way to the stage, running smack into Leonardo DiCaprio along the way. A startled DiCaprio made a weird face, and hundreds of GIFs were born.

Rachel Bloom's exuberant acceptance speech

Ricky Gervais may have said multiple times during the show that Golden Globe awards don't mean anything, but his jaded attitude didn't rub off on Rachel Bloom of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. After winning the award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical, a super excited Bloom spilled about how difficult it was to get Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on the air (it was rejected six times) and praised those who made it happen. For the Hollywood vets it may be just an award, but for Bloom, it obviously meant something.

Denzel Washington's wife asking him if he needed his glasses

When it came time to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award, recipient Denzel Washington brought his family up on stage with him for the honor. Looking at a tiny piece of paper, he rattled off the names of those who have helped him during his career, and became emotional when he brought up his parents. After a few moments of silence, his wife whispered something to him. "Yes, I do need my glasses!" he laughed. It was a sweet, unscripted moment, made even better by the fact that she, too, forgot her glasses.

Jamie Foxx pulling a Steve Harvey

Jamie Foxx was supposed to present the award for Best Original Score, but first had to get in a Steve Harvey joke. Instead of saying the real winner (Ennio Morricone for Hateful Eight), Foxx said the honor went to Straight Outta Compton, and then immediately went into Harvey mode. "I'm sorry folks, it's right here on the card," he said. "I take full responsibility. I apologize to everybody in Compton, I apologize to Ice Cube. I'm sorry." Foxx used the gag to bring attention to the fact that Straight Outta Compton was snubbed, but with that, let us all vow to stop using Harvey's blunder as a punch line, and let it die in peace (Steve Harvey's Flub, 2015-2016). Catherine Garcia

10:42 a.m. ET

President Trump defended congressional Republicans' final tax bill while speaking with reporters Saturday, accusing Democrats of criticizing the plan without knowing what it will do. "It's going to be one of the great Christmas gifts to middle-income people," Trump said. "The Democrats have their sound bite, the standard sound bite before they even know what the bill is all about."

Trump also praised the strength of the economy, which he said will "start to rock" at up to 6 percent annual growth thanks to the tax bill and "what we've done with regulation and other things." Watch an excerpt of the president's comments via his Twitter account below. Bonnie Kristian

8:49 a.m. ET

Saturday Night Live's President Trump (Alec Baldwin) is excited to trim the White House tree now that he has declared an end to hostilities in the "War on Christmas," and this year, the first family is decorating on a theme. Joined by the first lady, some of his children, and various administration staff, Trump adorns his "tree of shame" with ornaments featuring the faces of "all the haters and losers [he] destroyed this year."

The haters and losers are mostly former members of the Trump White House, but fired FBI Director James Comey and former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are on the tree, too. Elf on the Shelf Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon) shows up on the mantel to help with the tree trimming and wish everyone a merry Christmas, because "everybody is gonna get away with everything!"

Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

8:22 a.m. ET
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At least eight people were killed and dozens more wounded, nine critically, on Sunday in a suicide attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, Pakistan, close to the Afghan border. Four attackers targeted the church, but only one detonated his suicide vest. Another was killed in a gunfight with police, and two more were intercepted at the church door, preventing further casualties.

More than 400 people were at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church when the attack occurred, reported Sarfaraz Bugti, the regional home minister. They were attending a Christmas service. The attack has yet to be publicly linked to a specific terrorist organization. Bonnie Kristian

7:58 a.m. ET
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Attorneys representing President Trump's transition team on Saturday accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller of unlawfully obtaining tens of thousands of private emails as part of his probe into Russian election meddling and alleged Trump campaign involvement.

The lawyers sent a letter to the oversight committees of both houses of Congress claiming Mueller has run afoul of both attorney-client privilege and the Fourth Amendment's restrictions on search and seizure. The emails in question were obtained from the General Services Administration (GSA), which the letter says "did not own or control the records" but handed them over to Mueller anyway.

Mueller's office denied wrongdoing, stating it has always "secured either the account owner's consent or appropriate criminal process" in accessing emails for the investigation. The GSA said the transition team was informed there was no expectation of privacy for these records, and that the transition team was never promised that it would be informed or consulted before the records were distributed. Bonnie Kristian

December 16, 2017
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The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to rescind Obama-era net neutrality rules. Supporters of the change argue it will foster innovation and give customers more options, while opponents raise the specter of the "end of the internet as we know it" — and they have the sympathy of 83 percent of voters (including 75 percent of Republicans).

That broad support for retaining the previous regulatory scheme may fuel efforts to revive net neutrality in Congress. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Friday he intends to force a net neutrality vote under the terms of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). "It's in our power to do that," Schumer said. "Sometimes we don't like [administrative rule changes] but now we can use the CRA to our benefit, and we intend to." Were a net neutrality law passed by Congress, it would be more impervious to repeal than the agency-level policy the FCC rescinded.

Meanwhile, public interest groups and attorneys general in states including New York, Oregon, and Washington are gearing up to sue the federal government over this week's decision. "I don't think the courts are going to approve of the wholesale deregulation of telecom," Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) told The Hill. Bonnie Kristian

December 16, 2017
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A civil rights lawyer named Lisa Bloom solicited donations to pay women who have made or were considering making sexual harassment allegations against President Trump, The Hill reported Friday. Documents reviewed by The Hill date these efforts to the final months of the 2016 election and suggest that people associated with political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were among those Bloom contacted.

"Bloom's efforts included offering to sell alleged victims' stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself," The Hill story says, as well as "arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser's mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000."

Bloom told The Hill donors came to her with the money, not vice versa, and "said her goal in securing money was not to pressure the women to come forward, but rather to help them relocate or arrange security" if they felt they were in danger after speaking out.

In an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America on Saturday, Bloom again denied soliciting money, saying "donors reached out" to her "and said, 'Oh my God, what can we do to help these women?'" "If you're a single mom unemployed on the verge of bankruptcy and thinking about speaking out against Donald Trump," she added, "an offer of relocation and round-the-clock security is very meaningful to you." Bonnie Kristian

December 16, 2017

GOP voters approve of their own party's congressional contingent for the first time since June, CNN reported Saturday, citing a new Quinnipiac University poll. The shift in Republicans' views correlates with the release of the completed GOP tax plan on Friday after conference between House and Senate leadership. Before the legislation was finalized, 60 percent of GOP voters disapproved of congressional Republicans; now a plurality of 47 percent approve.


(CNN)

"Political analysts say it's all about the 2018 midterm elections," The Washington Post reports, because "most Americans are getting a tax cut under this plan, and if growth gets even hotter and unemployment gets even lower by Election Day, voters could reward the GOP." However, critics argue the reform plan's supporters are unrealistically optimistic in their projections of the bill's effects on economic growth. Bonnie Kristian

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