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August 6, 2019

President Trump proclaimed in a speech Monday that after back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, "we must honor the sacred memory of those we have lost by acting as one people" and "seek real, bipartisan solutions that will truly make America safer and better for all." Less than 24 hours later he was live-tweeting Fox & Friends slamming former President Barack Obama, apparently for saying Monday that America must "reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments," as well as "leaders who demonize those who don't look like us."

Matthew Gertz, a Media Matters fellow who frequently matches Trump's tweets with what was on TV at the time, explained Trump's morning tweetstorm this way:

Do you know who wasn't surprised? George Conway, conservative lawyer, #NeverTrump stalwart, and husband to Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.

This is what Conway had predicted Sunday night:

So Conway took his bow, but he also downplayed his predictive prowess, claiming no special clairvoyance. As he tweeted Sunday night: "We've seen this movie before how many times?" Peter Weber

May 11, 2017

The New Yorker managed to seamlessly roll together two unrelated controversies in its cover for next week:

An early look at the cover — which is cleverly titled "Ejected" — painted the scene from a United Airlines flight last month in which a paying customer was forcefully removed from an overbooked flight. But in the place of the dragged passenger is FBI Director James Comey, whom President Trump abruptly fired Tuesday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who wrote one of two letters detailing the rationale behind Comey's ouster, is doing the dragging. Trump, dressed as the pilot, looks on. Becca Stanek

October 31, 2016

Behold, a Halloween costume almost too good to be true:

Yes, you're seeing that right. That is indeed one of the Koch brothers — the billionaires known for wielding outsized political influence — dressed up as Darth Vader, a costume Gizmodo pointed out might be "just-a-little-too-on-the-nose."

If Charles Koch dressed as a Sith Lord wasn't enough of a Halloween treat, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the one-time Democratic presidential candidate known for his relentless battle against wealth inequality, tweeted this in response:

Now that would be a lightsaber battle for the ages. Becca Stanek

October 4, 2016

First lady Michelle Obama slyly slammed Donald Trump on Tuesday for his complaints that a malfunctioning microphone affected his performance at the first presidential debate last week. While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Charlotte, North Carolina, Obama managed to make the case for why Clinton is tougher than Trump without ever once saying the Republican presidential nominee's name. "Hillary Clinton is tough. See, I've watched her, when she gets knocked down, she doesn't complain. She doesn't cry foul," Obama said, giving her microphone a tap.

It was a perfect wink-wink, nudge-nudge moment — watch it, below. Becca Stanek

August 12, 2016

Another reason to love Olympic gymnast Simone Biles: her perfect response to the many sexist comparisons of women's athletic achievements to men's that are running rampant in Rio Games commentary. "I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps," Biles said, shortly after winning gold in the women's all-around finals Thursday. "I'm the first Simone Biles."

Recently, an NBC commentator remarked the Biles was so good on the uneven bars that "she might even go higher than some of the men." Olympic trap shooter Corey Cogdell was described as "wife of a Bears' lineman" after she won bronze in Rio. When Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu broke the world record in the 400-meter individual medley, announcers were quick to give all the credit to her husband and coach. After 19-year-old Katie Ledecky beat a world record by nearly two seconds, she was referred to as the "female Michael Phelps." And the list goes on.

Brava, Simone. Becca Stanek

May 29, 2015

Every nail salon in New York will be required to post a workers' bill of rights in plain view of employees and customers, The New York Times reports. The announcement comes after the newspaper highlighted widespread exploitation and abuse of manicurists, many of whom are new immigrants.

The posters Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed Friday will be printed in 10 languages. They include information about minimum wage, tipping, safety measures, and a phone number to report violations. Officials will also hand out information cards to consumers outlining questions they should ask upon entering nail salons.

"We’re asking New Yorkers to help; we're asking New Yorkers to get involved," Cuomo said at a news conference with New York City advocate Letitia James. Julie Kliegman

April 2, 2014

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has an amazing response over at Sports Illustrated to all the bogus moralizing about former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was cut last week for alleged gang ties to members of the Crips. In short, Sherman says that it's ridiculous to think players who grew up in rough neighborhoods with troublesome friends should cut ties with those people once they reach the pros. Rather, he argues that it's better to maintain those relationships and try to "educate them on the right way of doing things" so they can become better people.

But the most salient bit comes when Sherman addresses the blatant racial double standard in the NFL — and really, pro sports in general — when it comes to supposed character flaws. Having been pilloried as a scary black man, an exemplar of "thug culture" for his braggadocio in last year's playoffs, it's an issue Sherman knows intimately. He writes:

Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest. Nobody suggested the Colts owner had "ties" to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.

But DeSean Jackson is the menace, right? He's just as bad as those guys he parties with because he threw up a Crip sign in a picture and he owns a gangsta rap record label. If only all record label owners were held to this standard, somebody might realize that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg weren't the bosses behind NWA. Jim Irsay lookalikes in suits were. [Sports Illustrated]

Give the whole thing a read here. Jon Terbush

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