bad blood
October 8, 2018

In news that Taylor Swift 100 percent does not care about, President Trump announced on Monday that he likes her music "about 25 percent less" after she endorsed two Tennessee Democratic candidates.

On Sunday night, Swift, a resident of Nashville, posted on Instagram that she was voting for Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate and Rep. Jim Cooper for the U.S. House. Bredesen is a former governor, and his opponent is Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and says businesses have the right to refuse service to gay couples, and Swift said her record "appalls and terrifies me."

When asked about Swift's endorsements, Trump told reporters that Blackburn is "doing a very good job," and "I'm sure Taylor Swift has nothing, or doesn't know anything about her." While he's not quite ready to chuck his 1989 CD into the trash, Trump did add, "Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now, okay?" Catherine Garcia

July 12, 2017

The private lawyers representing President Trump are not pleased with his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who they say is "whispering in the president's ear" about the Russia investigation, completely leaving the attorneys out of the loop, several people close to the legal team told The New York Times Tuesday.

Kushner was at a June 2016 meeting with his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr., along with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and a Kremlin-connected Russian attorney who said she had compromising information on Hillary Clinton, but he did not disclose on his security clearance forms that he attended this meeting, only copping to it recently. The legal team thinks he's now more worried about saving his own skin than protecting Trump and they don't know how much longer they can work around him, the Times reports, suggesting lead attorney Marc Kasowitz may resign.

Kasowitz represented Trump during his days as a businessman, and people close to the president told the Times Trump does not like the strategy Kasowitz has come up with to handle the probe into Russian meddling during last year's election. Read more about the legal team, as well as how Trump signed off on Trump Jr.'s vague initial statement to the Times when his meeting with the Russian attorney first came to light on Saturday, at The New York Times. Catherine Garcia

July 23, 2015

Taylor Swift has apologized for a Twitter feud she inadvertently started Tuesday with hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj, whose tweets criticizing the music industry Swift took as a personal affront.

Minaj swiftly responded, thanking Swift for her sincere apology.

The apology comes after a brief but highly publicized social media firestorm largely ignited by Swift and fueled by both music fans and the media. After not receiving MTV Music Video Award nominations for her videos "Anaconda" and "Feelin' Myself," Minaj took the music industry to task for judging black female artists differently from their white female counterparts. Swift, proving, as one writer put it, that she is "the most paranoid public figure since Nixon," thought the tweets were directed at her and fired back, defending herself and her VMA nomination.

While Swift has mostly kept quiet since her original tweets accusing Minaj of "pitting women against each other," neither Minaj nor the internet remained silent on the matter. While many gossip sites were quick to play up the drama, many of the ensuing tweets and blog posts actually started an interesting conversation on race, gender, and the music industry, as Minaj herself noted on her Instagram on Wednesday evening.

Even Piers Morgan weighed in with his largely unwanted opinion, extending his sympathies to Swift — reason enough for anyone to reassess their pro-Swift stance. And now that Swift has extended the olive branch, we can all look towards a brighter future where the two megastars can put the bad blood behind them and record the collaboration album that will finally allow the nation to heal. Marshall Bright

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