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The Note: Will Trump be Santa or the Grinch with Christmas tax cut?

The TAKE with Rick Klein “A giant tax cut for Christmas,” President Donald Trump promised the American people. What’s not clear yet is whether the public wants this gift as much as Republican representatives. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, conducted Sunday through Wednesday, hints at the sales job ahead. Sixty percent of Americans think the tax plan will primarily benefit the wealthy, with only 13 percent buying the argument that it mainly helps the middle class; 17 percent say they think the bill would treat everyone equally. Fifty percent oppose the plan, amid indications that it’s not being helped by associations with Trump. Slightly more than half of independents say they oppose the bill … and this was before the details were unveiled today. The...

US considering returning N. Korea to list of terror sponsors

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says North Korea could be returned to the list of countries the U.S. believes sponsor terrorism, as part of Trump’s strategy to counter the North’s growing nuclear threat. “You’ll hear more about that soon, I think,” the adviser, H.R. McMaster, said at a briefing on the eve of Trump’s five-nation tour of Asia, which starts Friday. North Korea’s nuclear and missile weapons threat will be a key focus of Trump’s meetings with the leaders of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines during the 12-day trip, the president’s first official visit to the region. McMaster cited the killing in a Malaysian airport earlier this year of the estranged half-brother of North KoreaR...

California girl, 5, cited for operating lemonade stand without a license

Good grief! A 5-year-old girl in Porterville, Calif., received a citation in late October for operating a lemonade stand without a license. In June, Autumn Thomasson decided to operate the stand to raise money to pay for a new bike. Gabby Dehaas, Autumn’s mother, got the word out on social media about her daughter’s idea, and in less than 24 hours the girl had enough money for a new ride.   “It meant so much to know she earned her own money, that Mom and Dad didn’t need to go buy her. She got to bring her own wallet and buy it herself and pay at the cash register,” DeHaas told Fox26. But four months later, DeHaas received a letter from Porterville’s Finance Department with an image of her Facebook post. Enclosed was a citation, ordering the mom to pay for a business license for...

Marilyn Monroe co-star George Chakiris spills on working with the blonde bombshell

George Chakiris won an Oscar for his role on “West Side Story.”  (Courtesy of George Chakiris) George Chakiris is still recognized by fans as headstrong rival Bernardo in 1961’s Oscar-winning musical “West Side Story,” but by then he had already worked with Hollywood’s most famous actress twice. At age 19, Chakiris danced alongside Marilyn Monroe in the sex symbol’s signature number “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” for 1953’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” They reunited again in 1954 for another musical, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” The 83-year-old actor and dancer still has fond memories of working with the blonde bombshell, who had a completely different persona when cameras weren’t rolling. “She was so intensely concentrated on her work,” Chakiris told Fox News....

Papa John’s blames NFL anthem protests for taking a multimillion-dollar slice out of its pizza earnings

If you just found out there’s an Official Pizza of the NFL, then you’re too late. Papa John’s, which held that unique title, lost too much money as a result of player protests during the national anthem. As a result, founder and big cheese John Schnatter sacked the NFL’s “poor leadership” and said “the NFL has hurt us.’” He took his popular pizzas and his saucy attitude and went home, pulling his ads associated with the NFL for now. Schnatter lost $70 million, which Forbes described as “Papa John Loses Dough,” after his company’s stock took a dive over bad sales numbers this week. The CEO refused to take a knee (take a knead?) and instead blamed the NFL anthem protests. Schnatter blasted NFL leadership for letting the protests continue and for “not resolving the current d...

Impeachment insanity? Pelosi tries to block liberal push to oust Trump

Nancy Pelosi is running away from impeachment. And the fact that she’s doing so speaks volumes about where her party is in the Trump era. Let’s start with the inconvenient fact—inconvenient for Democrats—that President Trump hasn’t committed anything close to an impeachable offense. Critics can skewer him over his policies and persona, or speculate about what the Russia investigation might find, but mostly they just wish that somehow he could be magically removed from the White House. That, however, is not the view of much of the liberal base that can provide the energy and the money as Pelosi’s party pushes toward the 2018 campaign. A smart piece in Politico says the House minority leader has privately criticized a $10-million ad campaign pushing impeachment by Democratic mega-donor Tom S...

Disabled Navy vet refuses to receive award from Saints over national anthem protests

Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints players, including running back Mark Ingram (22), kneel before the National Anthem in the first quarter of their game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  (Reuters/USA Today Sports) A disabled Navy veteran said Wednesday he declined to accept an award at a New Orleans Saints game due to the controversy over players protesting during the national anthem. The Saints organization was going to honor retired Cmdr. John Wells, the executive director of Military Veterans Advocacy, with the Peoples Health Champion award during last week’s game in New Orleans, according to The Advocate. He told the organization he was unable to accept the award at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome because of the anthem protests. Saints players h...

WATCH: Trump jokes his mother would have never pictured him in the Oval Office

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Stars without the warpaint

Stars without the warpaint See what your favorite celebrities look like before they hit the makeup chair… and after. http://www.foxnews.com/”>Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/ Selena Gomez Selena Gomez was photographed without wearing any makeup while heading to the gym in a sports bra. The 25-year-old carried a copy of missionary Sarah Young’s book “Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence.” For more photos of Gomez, visit X17Online.com. (X17/Reuters) selena-gomez Alessandra Ambrosio Alessandra Ambrosio, who has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel for over a decade now, opted for a natural look while traveling to Los Angeles. The Brazilian model is 36. For more photos of Ambrosio, visit x17online.com. (X17/Reuters) alessandra-ambrosio Paris Jackson Pa...

‘Three’s Company’ co-stars remember John Ritter: ‘It will never be like that again’

Joyce DeWitt, John Ritter and Suzanne Somers of “Three’s Company.”  (Getty) It’s been 41 years since a sitcom about a man pretending to be gay so he could share an apartment with two single women premiered in 1976.  “Close to half the people in America who were watching TV were watching ‘Three’s Company,’” Suzanne Somers told Closer Weekly Wednesday. “It will never be like that again.” SUZANNE SOMERS TURNS 70 The cast still remembers their beloved co-star John Ritter fondly. The 54-year-old died suddenly in 2003 due to complications from a heart condition. [embedded content] “John was a great friend, an extraordinarily talented actor and amazingly good at comedy,” said Joyce DeWitt. “I miss the presence, I miss his smile, I miss the gift that he was.” However, the c...

Students at liberal Reed College stage occupation over ‘whitewashed’ curriculum

Reed College protesters shut down a “Eurocentric” humanities lecture on Aug. 28, 2017.  (Facebook) An anti-racism student group at one of America’s most liberal colleges entered the 12th day of an administrative building occupation Friday. The group at Reed College in Portland, Ore., called for the school to cut ties to Wells Fargo Bank over its relationship with privately run prisons and stop teaching what it called a “whitewashed” curriculum that is too focused on the ideas and accomplishments of white Europeans and their descendants. The group, called Reedies Against Racism (RAR), has been camping out in college President John Kroger’s office. The students say that a mandatory humanities course dubbed “Hum 110” focuses overtly on European thought leaders, leading...

Twitter suspension: Here are a few accounts that have been deactivated

Milo Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter after his repeated tweets against Ghostbuster actress Leslie Jones.  (Reuters) Milo Yiannopoulos: Under the handle @nero, the technology editor at Breitbart was permanently banned from Twitter after his repeated tweets against Ghostbuster actress Leslie Jones.  “No one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others,” Twitter told BuzzFeed News. Rose McGowan: The Charmed actress’s account @rosemcgowan was suspended for 12 hours this year. Twitter told the Guardian that she tweeted out a private number and violated the company’s terms of service, resulting in the half-day ban. Some believe she was silenced after tweeting and speaking out ag...