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Monday, October 22, 2018

Donald Trump: The First U.S. President Who’s Openly Traumatized By ‘Saturday Night Live’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


The end of summer and arrival of fall not only means cooler temperatures and shorter days; it also means the return of NBC’s long-running “Saturday Night Live,” which launched its 44th season on September 29. For President Donald Trump, a new “SNL” season brings with it the fear of being lampooned by Alec Baldwin—and sure enough, “SNL’s” October 13 show opened with a skit poking fun at Trump’s recent meeting with rapper Kanye West(played by Chris Redd). Baldwin’s impression of Trump has been wildly popular, but the president is not a fan. And Trump is the first president in “SNL’s” 43-year history who has been deeply upset by a humorous impression of him.…

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White House Spending Millions To Protect Confederate Cemeteries

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


The Trump administration is quietly spending millions of taxpayer dollars on private security to protect at least eight Confederate cemeteries, according to a report published Monday by The Associated Press.

Records obtained by the AP show that the government began spending money to guard the sites in the aftermath of last year’s deadly white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, where city officials had announced plans to remove a Confederate monument.

Since then, the Trump administration has spent an estimated $3 million on security at Confederate cemeteries, mostly in northern states. Another $1.6 million is allotted for fiscal year 2019 to pay for security at Confederate monuments.…

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Even In Baseball, No Escape From Censorious Busybodies

For somebody like me, the Major League Baseball playoffs serve as a splendid diversion from the squalor of partisan politics. For serious fans, the drama of an October Red Sox-Yankees series provides the kind of emotional release others derive from a night at the symphony or a hike through a national park.
Escapist? You bet.
But they won’t let you escape, the nation’s influential cadre of humorless scolds. So it was that the New York Daily News delivered the following sports headline: “Ron Darling uses slur in reference to Masahiro Tanaka on TBS broadcast of Yankees/Red Sox Game 2.”

Here’s what happened: Masahiro Tanaka, the brilliant Yankees pitcher, was making Red Sox hitters look futile.

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