June 15, 2017

On Thursday, President Trump questioned on Twitter why his "non-dealings" with Russia were being scrutinized when the Clinton family and Democrats' "dealings" weren't:

He followed that with a tweet containing a slew of allegations against "crooked" Hillary Clinton, ranging from her smashing phones with a "hammer" to a conveniently timed meeting between her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

"[And] they talk about obstruction?" Trump wrote, seemingly referring to the report that he's under investigation for possible obstruction of justice in relation to the Russia probe. Becca Stanek

May 15, 2017
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President Trump is meeting face-to-face with NATO for the first time later this month, and the 28-country alliance is planning accordingly. Worried about how Trump's "notoriously short attention span" will mesh with the meetings that one NATO official described as "important but painfully dull," NATO is apparently restructuring its schedule, Foreign Policy reported:

The alliance is telling heads of state to limit talks to 2 to 4 minutes at a time during the discussion, several sources inside NATO and former senior U.S. officials tell FP. And the alliance scrapped plans to publish the traditional full post-meeting statement meant to crystallize NATO's latest strategic stance. [Foreign Policy]

NATO claimed the full statement is getting scrapped because it's "not a full summit," but a NATO official told Foreign Policy it's actually because "they're worried Trump won't like it." Trump repeatedly criticized NATO during his presidential campaign and has demanded since taking office that other NATO members pay their fair share toward defense.

The Pentagon's former NATO envoy Jim Townsend noted that it's "not so unusual that they strain to try to keep it interesting and short," but several people indicated to Foreign Policy that this is a whole new level of modification. "It's kind of ridiculous how they are preparing to deal with Trump," one person "briefed extensively on the meeting's preparations" told Foreign Policy. "It's like they're preparing to deal with a child — someone with a short attention span and mood who has no knowledge of NATO, no interest in in-depth policy issues, nothing." Becca Stanek

May 10, 2017

The day after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, he met with the Nixon administration's former secretary of state Henry Kissinger and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Trump's meeting Wednesday with Kissinger was apparently not on his official schedule, so the White House press pool was surprised to walk into the Oval Office to find Trump and Kissinger sitting side-by-side.

As Trump sat next to the 93-year-old, who Politico reported "has maintained close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin," he reportedly said that Comey, who was leading the FBI's investigation into Trump's ties to Russia, was "not doing a good job."

Already, some had been painting comparisons between Trump and former President Richard Nixon, the last U.S. president to fire a man who has heading up an investigation about him. Trump has maintained he axed Comey because of how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.

If that weren't enough to push Trump critics over the edge, there was also this photo tweeted out by the Russian embassy of Trump and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak grinning and shaking hands in the Oval Office. Becca Stanek

March 8, 2017

If House Republicans' recently introduced American Health Care Act doesn't work out, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) has another proposal in the works that he seems pretty darn confident about. The bill, introduced March 1, is modestly titled, "World's Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017."

In case there was any confusion over whether Sessions, who introduced the bill, actually wanted such a braggadocious formal name, the bill's text clarifies that yes, "this Act may be cited as the 'World's Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017.'" Sessions noted he's been working on this plan with health care providers and business owners for the last 18 months, and promised on his website that it isn't "full of onerous regulations, unnecessary mandates, or discriminatory policies," and that it "empowers all Americans to make their own health care choices."

The bill would have to to pass through the House, the Senate, and President Trump before getting a chance to live up to its lofty title. Read the full text of the "World's Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017" here. Becca Stanek

October 12, 2016

The president of the United States sniffed himself at a rally Tuesday in order to confirm he is not a demon. And yes, that is an actual, factual sentence you just finished reading.

President Obama made the confirmation that he is not, alas, supernaturally evil after Donald Trump ally and radio show host Alex Jones claimed Obama and Hillary Clinton were actual, literal, real life demons according to his "sources."

"I'm told [Clinton] and Obama just stink, stink, stink, stink," Jones told listeners earlier this week. "You can't wash that evil off, man ... I've been told this by high-up folks. They say listen, Obama and Hillary both smell like sulfur ... she's a frickin' demon and she stinks and so does Obama."

Responding Tuesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, Obama gave his hand a suspicious sniff. "I mean," Obama began, before dissolving into laughter. "Come on, people."

Okay, but would a demon actually admit to being a demon? This case can't be closed just yet. Watch below. Jeva Lange

September 6, 2016
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Why can't we all just get along? That is the question asked by Jessica Alba's new line of eco-friendly bipartisan diapers, which depict a donkey and elephant holding hands. "As the election approaches, let's teach our children to embrace unity and compassion. There is one United States, one people, indivisible, and our new election diaper encompasses that sincere belief," Honest Company co-founder and CEO Brian Lee told Motto.

Alba launched Honest Company in 2011; as a mother of three, she told Motto, "I always try to set a good example for my children — but I'm amazed by how much I actually learn from them. Our election diapers were inspired by all of the little ones out there who were born not to see red or blue, but simply to love."

You can buy the diapers for $13.95, although there's no guarantee your little one will understand the nuances of political symbolism. Jeva Lange

July 27, 2016

Another day, another Donald Trump presser. But on Wednesday, things got a little out of control even by Trump's meandering, hyperbolic standards. Here are some of the wildest moments. Jeva Lange

1. Trump says he would renegotiate the Geneva Conventions.

2. Trump tells Russia to find Clinton's missing emails, promises reward.

3. Trump completely goes off about Anthony Weiner.

4. Trump snaps at NBC's Katy Tur to "be quiet."

5. Trump asks entire room of reporters if they know what "the n-word is."

6. Trump whines "I have noooothing to dooo with Russssiaaaa" after getting asked about it again.

7. Trump says "France is no longer France."

8. Trump casually calls Obama the "most ignorant president in our history."

9. Trump claims Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick Tim Kaine was terrible at running New Jersey... although Kaine is the former governor of Virginia.

10. Trump has to be corrected on the name of the man who shot Ronald Reagan.

11. Trump suggests he'd recognize Crimea as belonging to Russia.

12. Trump's own vice presidential pick releases a statement after the presser distancing himself from Trump's bizarre Russia rant.

January 19, 2016

Univision Communications, which runs the largest Spanish-language broadcasting channel in the U.S., bought a controlling stake in The Onion, the company announced Tuesday. The price of the transaction hasn't been made public, but Univision acquired a 40 percent stake in the satirical news media group as well as the right to buy it, NPR reports.

"Comedy is playing an expanding role in our culture as a vehicle for audiences to explore, debate, and understand the important ideas of our time,” said Isaac Lee, Univision chief news and digital officer. "It has also proven to be an incredibly engaging format for millennial audiences, and is expected to play a key part in the 2016 presidential election process via our robust content offerings in Spanish and English."

The move isn't Univision's first foray into comedy: The network already produces a show in collaboration with Funny or Die, a video site created by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

If you're only interested in this news for the best Onion-style joke about it, look no further than NPR's headline: Area Satirical Publication The Onion Sold To Univision (Seriously). Julie Kliegman

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