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August 4, 2020

President Trump apparently didn't watch much Looney Tunes as a kid. Otherwise, thanks to Yosemite Sam, he'd probably know how to pronounce the name of one the United States' more famous national parks.

While signing the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act — a conservation bill aimed at repairing national park infrastructure, permanently funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and creating thousands of jobs — on Tuesday, the president waxed poetic about the "towering sequoias" in California's Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, he flubbed the pronunciation (twice), which wound up overshadowing the majestic image he was trying to conjure. Tim O'Donnell

September 24, 2018

President Trump heaped praise on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Monday night on Twitter, while blasting Democrats for their "False Acquisitions" that are keeping him from the bench.

"The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever, with an array of False Acquisitions the likes of which have never been seen before!" Trump tweeted. He followed up with a simple message: "REMEMBER THE MIDTERMS!"

Trump either noticed or was told that "Acquisitions" is not how you spell "accusations," as he later posted his first message again — this time with the right word, albeit still unnecessarily capitalized. Catherine Garcia

September 28, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday said the situation in Ukraine had improved following U.S.-imposed sanctions, and that as a result it was time for a second "reset" moment between the two global powers.

In a round of television interviews, Lavrov said Moscow was "absolutely interested in bringing the ties to normal," adding, however, that "it was not us who destroyed them." The U.S. and its partners accuse Russia of fomenting instability in Ukraine and of lawlessly annexing the Crimean peninsula, which led to stiff sanctions against Russian businesses.

"The current U.S. administration is destroying today much of the cooperation structure that it created itself along with us," Lavrov said. "Most likely, something more will come up — a reset no.2 or a reset 2.0."

Lavrov was referring to the Obama administration's infamous "reset" with Russia, in which then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Moscow with a big red button. Due to a translating error, the button said "overload" and not, as intended, "reset." Jon Terbush

June 30, 2014

Zendaya Coleman is not that somebody: the 17-year-old actress has pulled out of the Lifetime network’s Aaliyah biopic project.

The Disney Channel star shared the news on Sunday before the BET Awards. "Because it's someone that I honor and I respect so much, it has to be 128 percent, especially for all her fans, including myself," she told The Associated Press. "I didn't feel like it was all the way there, so I didn't want to do that. And when the time comes when it's done right and it's 100 percent, by all means, I will be the first person there ready to go."

Lifetime announced two weeks ago that Zendaya would play the late singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22. Aaliyah's family did not agree to participate in the film, which was set to begin shooting in the summer. On Sunday, the network tweeted: "We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold." Catherine Garcia

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