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U.S. Rebukes China for Backing Off Market Embrace

The Trump administration rebuked China for not being tough enough over North Korea’s nuclear program and said the Asian country is backsliding on market-oriented reforms. The U.S. wants to work with other major economies to come up with a united response to what America sees as China’s foot dragging on economic changes, ranging from reforming state-owned enterprises to curbing the ruling party’s role in the economy, said David Malpass, the Treasury’s undersecretary of international affairs. The unusually outspoken criticism comes as the U.S. seeks Beijing’s aid in corralling North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. While President Donald Trump has been scaling back his public criticism of China’s trade practices, his administration is heaping pressure on the Asian nation to cut ties with North Kor...

Al Franken ‘Groping’ Photo Gets Slapped On Zendaya Movie Billboard

Al Franken Getting Handsy with Zendaya On a Billboard, Anyway 11/30/2017 11:00 AM PST Al Franken‘s infamous groping photo briefly co-starred with Zendaya on a movie billboard … in the name of art. Street art. The cropped image of Franken reaching his hands out — over Leeann Tweeden breasts in the original image — showed up Thursday morning on an L.A. billboard for Zendaya’s upcoming movie, “The Greatest Showman.”  You can see … the end result was just creepy. Street artist Sabo took credit for the job … showing a before and after of his “art” on Twitter. The billboard, just off the 405 freeway, was Franken-free again by 10:20 AM Thursday. We’re sure Zendaya’s glad to be flying solo again.

Roy Moore accuses LGBT people, socialists of spreading sexual misconduct allegations

Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore made fiery claims on Wednesday night about who is to blame for the sexual misconduct allegations bogging down his campaign. Moore, the Republican nominee, spoke at the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore, in southwestern Alabama near Mobile, and delivered more of a sermon than a campaign speech. He has been plagued by sexual misconduct allegations since The Washington Post reported that he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl while he was 32 in the 1970s. On Wednesday he echoed a familiar refrain of blaming “liberals” for the allegations. But he also blamed gay people and socialists in an aggressive address. “They’re liberals. They don’t want conservative values,” Moore said of the people he says...

House Plans Two-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

House Republican leaders plan to seek a two-week spending bill to fund the government until Dec. 22 and avoid a shutdown next week, giving more time for negotiations with Democrats on a longer-term funding plan, two senior House GOP aides said Thursday. The plan hasn’t been finalized and current funding is set to run out after Dec. 8. A Democratic aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the stopgap bill wouldn’t contain new hurricane-recovery aid for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said Thursday that he doubted a disaster aid request would be ready in time for the spending bill. Second-ranking Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas immediately criticized that move, saying Congress needs to provide additional disaster funds in December. “While we...

GOP Grapples With Trigger Provision in Tax Bill

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Cardi B Brings ‘Bodak Yellow’ to the 2017 MOBO Awards Stage

Just a few months ago, Cardi B made her award show performance debut at the 2017 MTV VMAs pre-show and at this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards. Now, given the meteoric success of “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi has taken her talents to a larger audience and performed her breakout hit overseas at the 2017 MOBO Awards.  Taking the stage at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, UK, Cardi performed a censored rendition of her biggest hit, backed by female dancers who helped the rapper keep her energy levels up. The audience members illuminated the dark venue with their phone lights and sang along to the inflammable track.  Cardi was nominated for best international act — although Wizkid walked away with the award — and thanked MOBO for welcoming her overseas at the end of her performa...

Co-founder of Ice Bucket Challenge dies after ALS battle

The ALS Association says a man credited as one of the co-founders of the viral Ice Bucket Challenge, which swept social media in 2014, has died after a yearslong battle with the condition known as Lou Gerhig’s disease. Anthony Senerchia was 46. The Anthony Senerchia Jr. ALS Charitable Foundation website says the Pelham, New York, native died early Saturday. In a video released by the ALS Association, Senerchia’s wife, Jeanette, discusses how she helped launch the challenge by dumping a bucket of icy water on herself in 2014 and posting the video to Facebook. The challenge really took off when it reached friends of Pete Frates, a former baseball star at Boston College who was also fighting ALS. Senerchia’s bucket was put on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museu...

Russell Simmons exits his companies following a new sexual misconduct allegation

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons presenting the Vanguard Award at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in 2015. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on Thursday stepped down from the companies he founded, amid a new sexual misconduct allegation against him. In an essay published Thursday by the Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Jenny Lumet wrote that the Def Jam co-founder forced her to go to his apartment in 1991 and then have sex with him. Her account follows last week’s Los Angeles Times story, in which Keri Claussen Khalighi alleged that when she was a 17-year-old model in 1991, Simmons sexually assaulted her while director Brett Ratner watched. While Simmons had strongly disputed Khalighi’s account, he announced Thursday his exit from his various companies in light of Lumet’s...

Et tu, Sen. McCain?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in Washington in July. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) In July, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said this on the floor of the Senate in announcing his opposition to a dog’s breakfast of a health-care bill that bypassed regular order: Let’s trust each other. Let’s return to regular order. We’ve been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That’s an approach that’s been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down, without any support from the other side, with all the parliamentary maneuvers that requires. … We’ve tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members...

Analysis: How the GOP bill benefits the rich, according to government reports

The wealthiest Americans pay the largest proportion of taxes. Consequently, any tax cut, unless very carefully tailored, will benefit them. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post) There are two governmental organizations that have conducted nonpartisan analyses of the anticipated effects of Republican legislation aimed at overhauling the tax system. There’s the Joint Committee on Taxation, established in 1926 with congressional oversight to prepare revenue estimates on proposals related to taxation. There’s also the Congressional Budget Office, which produces independent analysis of the budgetary effects of legislation. Recently released analyses from both groups come to the same conclusion. Over both the short- and long-term, the benefits of the Republican proposal is weighted to wealthier Americ...

The Fix: The Trump administration’s inevitable drift toward yes-men

The White House has a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, after months of rockiness between Tillerson and President Trump. (The Washington Post) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s days appear to be numbered, with the White House planning to remove him in the next few weeks. That news, first reported by the New York Times, isn’t hugely surprising, given that it was rumored to be the case ever since it was reported that Tillerson had called President Trump a “moron.” What’s more significant here are the dominoes that would reportedly fall once Tillerson is out: Specifically, CIA Director Mike Pompeo taking over for Tillerson at the State Department, and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) replacing Pompeo at the CIA. In one fell swoop, Trump...

WorldViews: Trump’s visit to Britain probably won’t be canceled. At least, not officially.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump walk along the Colonnade at the White House on Jan. 27, 2017. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) In the hours after President Trump retweeted a string of anti-Islamic hate videos, Britons reiterated their call for his state visit to be canceled. In the House of Commons, several members of Parliament suggested that the president should be uninvited. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, an occasional sparring partner of Trump’s, released a statement reading, in part: “I have previously called on [Prime Minister] Theresa May to cancel her ill-judged offer of a state visit to President Trump. After this latest incident, it is increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed.” Gua...