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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Is it me, or did Melania unhappy to be so close to Agent Orange?

Lends some credence to my belief that she would have left him if Hillary had won.

Alt-right leader punched in face during TV interview

Richard Spencer, a prominent alt-right activist and white nationalist, was punched Friday during an interview amid Inauguration Day protests.

Spencer was speaking to ABC News Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel when a demonstrator struck him across the face.

The alt-right figure responded on Twitter shortly after the incident, saying there was “no serious damage” done, and that he could “take a punch.”

Spencer is the president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute, and has drawn national attention in recent months for his support for President Trump. Spencer said last month that he was considering a congressional bid.



http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/315420-alt-right-leader-punched-in-face-during-tv-interview

Ivanka Trump: Speculation Over First Lady Role Inappropriate

Ivanka Trump said speculation that she would take on the traditional first lady duties is off base, even as her stepmother Melania Trump will delay moving to Washington at least until mid-2017.

President-elect Donald Trump's eldest daughter told ABC News' "20/20" that such chatter was "an inappropriate observation."

"There is one first lady, and she'll do remarkable things," Ivanka Trump said in an interview that will air Thursday night.

Ivanka Trump has stepped away from her role at the Trump Organization, where she was a vice president, and has resigned from running her eponymous lifestyle brand. And while her husband, Jared Kushner, is expected to serve as a formal, if unpaid, advisor to the president, Ivanka Trump's official role in the new administration has yet to be announced.

"It's emotional," she said. "I'm stepping away from my business ... My father will be president, and hopefully, I can be there to support him and to support those causes I've cared about my whole professional career."



http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ivanka-trump-speculation-over-first-lady-role-‘inappropriate’/ar-AAm2cV4?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout

Texas Dem: Migrant students were called "beaners" by Trump inauguration attendees in DC

Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) Thursday tore into President-elect Donald Trump Thursday in a series of tweets explaining his decision to boycott the president-elect's inauguration.

Vela blasted the Trump for not having any Hispanic representation in his Cabinet and for turning a "blind eye to overt racism."

"I had hoped that this Friday’s Inauguration would be a moment of healing and outreach...but yesterday, two days before the Inauguration, two things occurred that leave me no choice but to boycott the event," Vela tweeted.

Vela said that his decision to skip the ceremony was influenced by a lack of Hispanic Cabinet officials and an incident in which he says people in Washington for the inauguration used racial epithets to refer to students from his congressional district.

"While in DC, 40 migrant students from were subjected to comments of 'beaners,' 'burritos,' and 'wetbacks' from Inauguration attendees," Vela tweeted.
Vela continued, saying Trump then announced his final Cabinet selection which led to "no Hispanic representation in the cabinet for the 1st time in 36 years."

"Mr. Trump’s repeated acts of disrespect for the 33 million Americans of Hispanic descent are historic in modern times," he tweeted.


http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/315093-texas-dem-trump-has-turned-a-bling-eye-to-overt-racism

Trump inaugeral committee wanted Soviet-style parade.

During the preparation for Friday’s transfer-of-power, a member of Trump’s transition team floated the idea of including tanks and missile launchers in the inaugural parade, a source involved in inaugural planning told The Huffington Post. “They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,” the source said, referring to massive military parades in Moscow and Pyongyang, typically seen as an aggressive display of muscle-flexing.

The military, which traditionally works closely with the presidential inaugural committee, shot down the request, the source said. Their reason was twofold. Some were concerned about the optics of having tanks and missile launchers rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue. But they also worried that the tanks, which often weigh over 100,000 pounds, would destroy the roads.

“I could absolutely see structural support being a reason ,” a Department of Defense official said. “D.C. is built on a swamp to begin with.”

Defense Department spokeswoman Valerie Henderson declined to comment on the request for tanks and missile launchers, referring questions to the Trump transition team. Trump advisor Boris Epshteyn told HuffPost that the presidential inaugural committee worked closely with the military “to render appropriate honors” for Trump’s swearing-in. But he directed questions about “specific aspects” of the military’s support to the Defense Department.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-military-equipment-inauguration_us_58811f4ae4b096b4a23091f7

Thank you, Mr. President

In a world full of fictional heroes, you were the real deal.

WikiLeaks' Assange backpedals on extradition promise

Self-exiled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is backpedaling on an offer to accept extradition to the United States, a lawyer representing him has told reporters.

Last week, Assange said through WikiLeaks that if President Obama granted clemency to Manning, a soldier convicted of sharing secrets with WikiLeaks, he would leave his exile home at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and return to the United States.

But a lawyer for Assange says Assange wanted Manning released immediately. President Obama directed that Manning be released in May.

"Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately," lawyer Barry Pollack told The Hill via an e-mail. "Mr. Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms. Manning's sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May, but this is well short of what he sought.



http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/18/reports-wikileaks-assange-backpedals-extradition-promise/96751106/

Christie uses wife as excuse for not joining Trump Administration

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down several jobs in the Trump administration because his wife refused to move to Washington, the governor said Wednesday.

Speaking on New York radio station WFAN's "Boomer and Carton" program, Christie said that influenced his decision on accepting any of the positions offered by Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

"He didn't offer me a job that I thought was exciting enough for me to leave the governorship and my family," Christie said. "Because Mary Pat made really clear she wasn't coming to D.C."

The Republican governor said he would have made at least a two-year commitment to be there.

Two of the couple's four children live at home and are in high school.

Christie is in the final full year of his second and last term as governor.

Trump on Monday told The Wall Street Journal, "at some point, we're going to do something with Chris."


https://apnews.com/2fcc16231921447395a74a3d9a638602?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

And this man will have the nuclear codes Friday.

Trump is a man isolated, increasingly cocooned away from the voters who lifted him to his seemingly improbable victory. He favors his own people and his own places, creating the veneer of accessibility — his tweets reach millions and he still answers his cellphone — while placing himself in almost entirely habitual settings.

He spends most of his days in Trump Tower, with few close friends and few meaningful one-on-one interactions beyond the family members, advisers and loyalists who are whisked by gold-colored elevator to his 26th-floor office for private audiences. Trump rarely leaves, not even for a breath of fresh air; nor does he encounter many people he does not already know or who do not work for him.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-waits-in-his-tower--accessible-yet-isolated/2017/01/16/7697fdd8-d9a4-11e6-9f9f-5cdb4b7f8dd7_story.html?utm_term=.679a1564f35c

'Death Race 2000' Feels More Relevant Than It Ever Was

"Machine Gun Joe, thousands love him. Millions hate him,” intones the announcer Junior Bruce while introducing Sylvester Stallone’s invulnerable character

The same was being said about Donald Trump in the run-up to his presidential upset in 2016. Yes, it was also being said about his competition, the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but she didn’t have a reality TV show and she was ultimately fired. Corman and his indomitable American International Pictures called all this back in 1975, before there was even The Gong Show. The legendary filmmaker spoke with Den of Geek about the pileup that awaits.

Death Race 2000 was a prescient satirical look into a future when satire wasn’t our everyday norm. The country is ruled by a benevolently wacky despot who likes things big and fast. The world’s media is captivated by the Miss America-contestant-worthy presidential aides, the country is experiencing a perennial rebound and reality TV is so real you just might get run over.

Death Race 2000 was remade by director Paul W.S. Anderson as Death Race in 2008, with Jason Statham and Joan Allen chasing the checkered flag, but Corman is back in the driver’s seat with the sequel, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050, directed by G.J. Echternkamp (Hard Candy), which is is now out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

“In the not-too-distant future, America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government that keeps the masses placated with violent virtual-reality entertainment," reads the official synopsis of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050. The film stars Malcolm McDowell as the Chairman of the Corporation, whose hair has experienced its own apocalypse.

In Corman's film, "the United States of America has become the United Corporations of America,” Corman said. "The president is now the chairman of the board of the United Corporations. He is a flamboyant, wild-talking person, entertaining and nevertheless holding strong to his dictatorial position. That’s not exactly what is happening, but is a possible future route.”


http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/death-race-2000/261430/death-race-2000-feels-more-relevant-than-it-ever-was
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