Despite tweeted assurances from President Trump that his wife, Melania, "truly loves" living in the vermin-infested White House, "I'm not sure that the first lady is happy in Washington, D.C.," Stephen Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show, pointing to a recent tweet from Melania's communications director. The tweet insisted that the first lady was having fun decorating the White House for Christmas, and it had a bleak photo attached. "Which holiday is that for?" Colbert said, recoiling. "St. Gorlon's Feast of Human Bones?"
But holiday decorations aren't "all the first lady has to deal with," Colbert said. "She's also, once again, getting flak from Trump's first wife, Ivana Trump," who threw some more shade at Trump's third wife in a recent interview on Irish TV. To find out if Melania Trump is actually happy in the White House, Colbert brought on his Melania impersonator, Laura Benanti, whose facial contortions alone are worth a watch. Peter Weber
CNN's Chris Cuomo taught former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci a basic lesson about fighting fire with fire on New Day on Tuesday. Cuomo, who is a longtime acquaintance of Scaramucci's, wasn't letting anything get by him when Scaramucci attempted to defend President Trump's use of a racial slur. "[Sen. Elizabeth Warren has] been nasty to him, and he's been concurrently nasty to her," Scaramucci attempted to justify.
Cuomo couldn't contain a snicker. "Anthony," he said, "you wouldn't let your kids operate that way, but you're going to say it's okay for the president? You're not in there anymore, you can be honest!"
The New Day host continued to needle Scaramucci over his flailing attempts to defend Trump, at one point teasing "you haven't done this in awhile, you're a little off your game. I'll give you an easy one." But when it came down to business, Cuomo wasn't even willing to cut a pal a break. "I can't trust you on any level when I think you're going to B.S. me," he sternly told Scaramucci after another attempt at a spin. Watch the full interview below. Jeva Lange
President Trump used a racially insensitive nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday during an Oval Office event honoring Native American code talkers, the Toronto Star's Daniel Dale reports.
"You were here long before any of us were here," Trump told the assembled group after initially declining to give a speech. "Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas."
Trump is holding this event honouring Native American code talkers, and insulting Warren as "Pocahontas," in front of a portrait of president Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act. pic.twitter.com/UoJpoOsoNC
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 27, 2017
The insult has been a favorite of Trump's, stemming from Warren's claim that she is of Native American descent. Trump earlier declared November to be Native American Heritage Month. Watch his remarks below. Jeva Lange
Pres. Trump at event honoring Native American code talkers: "We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas." https://t.co/opyDjrpBLu pic.twitter.com/7Acmjnzwee
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 27, 2017
CNN's Chris Cuomo erupts over reports that Trump is alleging his Access Hollywood tape might not be authentic: 'He said what he said!'
CNN's Chris Cuomo was unable to contain himself following recent reports that President Trump is now privately sowing doubts about the authenticity of an Access Hollywood tape in which he lewdly boasts about groping women. Trump had admitted in 2016 that it was him on the tape, saying: "I said it. I was wrong. And I apologize."
A visibly frustrated Cuomo told his colleagues: "He really might believe that it's not authentic. I think it is way more troubling than it is getting credit for. I don't think that this is an offhand comment by him. I think he believes this will work with people."
As for himself, Cuomo had no doubts at all: "That is him on that tape! Okay? That's who it is. He said what he said. He even kind of owned it."
Cuomo explained that Trump's theoretical lie is "scary" because "if he will go to that level of saying, 'yeah, maybe that's fake,' what else will he say that about that's not as clear cut?" Watch the rant below, beginning at 5:50. Jeva Lange
Sen. Al Franken gives first public interviews since sexual harassment allegations: 'I am embarrassed and ashamed'
On Sunday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) made his first televised comments since being accused of sexual harassment, with his appearance coming eight days after radio host Leeann Tweeden said Franken kissed and groped her during a 2006 USO tour. In the intervening days, additional women have accused Franken of inappropriately touching them during photo ops. "I've let the people down," Franken told CBS Minnesota. "I've let the people of Minnesota down … I am embarrassed and ashamed."
While Franken kept a low profile immediately after the allegations, he returns to the Senate Monday after Thanksgiving recess. "I'm looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow," he told the Star Tribune on Sunday. The same day, 65 women belonging to the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party issued a statement praising Franken as a "steadfast supporter of women's rights."
"I've been a champion for women, and I know this makes this all the harder," Franken added. "I know I'm not going to regain their trust immediately. There's no magic words I can say here to make that happen." Jeva Lange
The United Nations Command has released dramatic video of a North Korean military defector's escape to South Korea last week. The defector, whose name has not been released, can be seen racing toward the border in a car before crashing and fleeing on foot. North Korean soldiers opened fire on the defector — he was shot at least five times, The Guardian reports — and South Korean forces managed to crawl to where he was wounded and drag him to safety.
"The reason that he defected, risking death and facing a barrage of gunshots, was because he had positive hopes about South Korea," said the soldier's lead surgeon, Lee Cook-jong, adding: "He is fine. He is not going to die."
The United Nations Command claims the North Korean soldiers violated the armistice agreement at the DMZ by using their weapons in the region on the defecting soldier. Watch the dramatic video below. Jeva Lange
This dramatic video shows the moment a North Korean soldier defected to the South pic.twitter.com/0cNckjF5a9
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 22, 2017
Alabama's Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones is using powerful GOP voices to take down his Republican opponent, Roy Moore.
Moore is accused of sexually assaulting or harassing multiple teenage girls as young as 14. "There is a special place in hell for people who prey on children," Jones' new TV ad quotes Ivanka Trump as saying. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is quoted saying, "I have no reason to doubt these young women," and Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.) is quoted saying he will "absolutely not" vote for Moore.
"Conservative voices putting children and women over party," the voiceover adds. "Doing what's right." Watch the spot below. Jeva Lange
AL-Sen: New Doug Jones TV ad features quotes from Ivanka Trump, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby
Voiceover: “Conservative voices putting children and women over party. Doing what’s right.” pic.twitter.com/gadoU4lfh0
— Medium Buying (@mediumbuyingllc) November 21, 2017
CBS This Morning hosts Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King delivered powerful, shaken reactions Tuesday morning to the news that their co-host, veteran journalist Charlie Rose, was suspended following eight women's accusations of sexual harassment. "Let me be very clear," said O'Donnell, looking firmly into the camera. "There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive, and I've been doing a lot of listening."
“This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women. Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive and I've been doing a lot of listening." -- @NorahODonnell pic.twitter.com/9P69QN7spu
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017
King was also deeply affected by the news. "I am really reeling," she said, calling the Washington Post article that first reported the allegations "deeply disturbing, troubling, and painful for me to read."
"Oprah called me and said, are you okay? I am not okay," King said. She explained: "I'm really struggling, because how do you — what do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible?"
King added that despite her conflicted feelings, "Charlie does not get a pass here. He doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room." Watch her comments below. Jeva Lange
“I really am reeling. I got 1 hour & 42 minutes of sleep last night, both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, are you okay? I am not okay. After reading that article in the Post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read.” - @GayleKing pic.twitter.com/EQoEBHFkUr
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017