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January 8, 2019

Before he addressed the nation on Tuesday night, President Trump told several television anchors he didn't want to make the speech and was only doing so because people like Kellyanne Conway said he should, The New York Times reports.

Trump met with the anchors in an off-the-record lunch on Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, Trump announced he would give a prime-time address from the Oval Office on border security, and would visit the border on Thursday. Two people with knowledge of the matter told the Times that during Tuesday's lunch, Trump downplayed both the speech and upcoming trip to Texas, calling them pointless.

"It's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it," Trump reportedly said. He then gestured to Conway, his counselor, as well as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House Communications Director Bill Shine. "These people behind you say it's worth it," he said. Read more about the lunch at The New York Times. Catherine Garcia

July 10, 2017

If you think about it, in the grand scheme of the cosmos, 2020 is just around the corner. So what better time than now to register a political committee with the Federal Election Commission to Draft The Rock?

A recent Public Policy Polling survey actually showed that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would beat President Trump in the 2020 election, 42 percent to 37 percent. But "three and a half years is a long ways away," a less cosmically-minded Johnson told Jimmy Fallon recently. "So we'll see."

The clock is ticking. Kanye, hop to it. Jeva Lange

October 7, 2015

The biopic Steve Jobs is about a flawed genius. Conan O'Brien's version, as laid out in a trailer on Wednesday's Conan, is about a boring, nihilistic businessman, Michael Dell. (Or, for legal purposes, "Michael Dell.") "Who are we as a company? What do we stand for?" one employee asks in a board meeting. "Don't think different," Dell replied, riffing on one of Apple's most enduring taglines, "think 'same.' And guys, we gotta make these laptops really thick, with the fans in the back." When one of his graphic designers asked why he just turned the E in DELL 90 degrees, Dell replies: "Don't know. It doesn't matter. Nothing matters." Stirring stuff. Watch below. Peter Weber

May 21, 2015

For shizzle?

The BBC reports that a new Scrabble dictionary includes slang terms like "lolz," "obvs," and, yes, "shizzle." The publishers of Collins Scrabble Word List, which includes words from the U.K., the U.S., and Australia, say the update reflects how "informal English" has become more prevalent in the way we communicate through social media and text messages.

This means, according to them, that you can now score a grand total of 15 points on the non-word "thanx" and 18 points on "cazh" (for casual).

We say this is ridic. Ryu Spaeth

May 22, 2014

Almost a third of Americans are political nihilists, a new poll shows. According to an Associated Press-GfK survey out today, roughly 46 percent of Americans "don't care very much" about which party controls Congress. Thirty-one percent went further still, saying it "doesn't matter" who wins. About the same number said they'd prefer Republican leadership.

Support for Democrats, at 37 percent, remained mostly unchanged since the poll was taken last March. Republican support, however, dipped slightly.

"I think that in general people who are in Congress and people who have enough money to run for Congress are only in it for themselves," said Jill Narushof, a mother of two. "I don't see very many who are really interested in serving." Jordan Valinsky

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