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August 14, 2019

President Trump famously said he could stand in the "middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn't lose any voters," but what if he suddenly found himself on President Barack H. Obama Avenue?

More than 207,000 people have signed a MoveOn petition, calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to rename a stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan after the 44th president. They're not asking for just any portion of the street to be changed — they want to see the block between 56th and 57th Streets, home of Trump Tower, transformed into President Barack H. Obama Avenue.

The petition was created by a woman named Elizabeth Rowin, who wrote that Obama should be recognized as his "many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers." Rowin told CBS News she started the petition in December, but it's gone viral thanks to a man in Scotland tweeting about it.

New York does not name streets after living people, but "that's an arbitrary rule," Rowin said. "In L.A., there are two streets named after him. So there's no reason New York couldn't do it as well." Catherine Garcia

July 31, 2017

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was dismissed from his post Monday, reportedly at the behest of newly minted Chief of Staff John Kelly. Scaramucci joined the White House just 10 days ago, and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) made sure to note the illustriously short timeline in his "thank you" tweet to Scaramucci:

Schiff is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and has emerged as a steady foil to President Trump and his agenda by virtue of his involvement in the ongoing Russia investigation. But beyond needling the opposition, Schiff may have a point.

Scaramucci brought a healthy dose of color to Pennsylvania Avenue in a short amount of time: Shortly after Trump offered Scaramucci the job, Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary. Scaramucci then proceeded to fire an assistant press secretary through a Politico interview, decry the information he told Politico on the record as a "leak," and vow to "kill all the leakers." He then — on the record, of course, in a phone call with The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza — described chief strategist Stephen Bannon as a man interested in auto-fellatio and referred to former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as a "f--king paranoid schizophrenic" just hours before Priebus was fired via tweet.

The White House's official statement on Scaramucci's ouster claims Scaramucci felt it would be best to give Kelly "a clean slate" as he takes over as chief of staff. Can't imagine why. Kimberly Alters

March 3, 2016

With breakup rumors running rampant, the Foo Fighters shared what they billed as a very special announcement Wednesday night. Instead of confirming the whispers that they were splitting up and Dave Grohl was going solo, the band released a mocking seven-minute video featuring Grohl as a diva trying to make it on his own, and the rest of the guys attempting to figure out who could replace him. They settled on former boy bander Nick Lachey, and his version of "Everlong" may make you question why 98 Degrees and the Foo Fighters never collaborated in the '90s. In case there are still any doubts about the band's status, watch the expletive-filled video all the way to the end for a very clear message. Catherine Garcia

December 6, 2015

With Monday's cover, the New York Daily News is thumbing its nose at its critics who "have been offended by hearing the truth about our nation's gun scourge."

On Thursday, the day after the deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, the front of the paper featured tweets from Republican politicians announcing their "prayers" for San Bernardino along with the headline "God isn't fixing this." On Friday, the attention shifted to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, who was listed — along with Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes, and the NRA's Wayne LaPierre — as a "terrorist." Monday's cover is designed for those who "think nothing's wrong," and — with its photos of puppies, kittens, a polar bear with a cone stuck on its head, and the words "Everything is awesome!" — shows the Daily News' sarcasm game is strong. Catherine Garcia

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