The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

President Trump says “fake news” so often, it’s easy to forget he co-opted the term from reports about Russian bots on social media. Russia pushed actual falsehoods at Americans in 2016. Trump somehow distorted that story into an attack on CNN.

The Donald has savaged ABC too. But the network’s top comic Jimmy Kimmel is fighting back by showing just how fake the President’s stated “Christian” morals are.

In today’s clip (aired moments after Trump’s SOTU address) Kimmel cajoles former porn star Stormy Daniels into admitting that her “denial” of an alleged one-night-stand with Donald Trump is fake news. Daniels plays coy throughout the exclusive interview, perhaps due to a $130,000 non-disclosure agreement with Trump’s lawyers. But the late-night host points out that Daniels’ real signature is different than it looks on the denial published by Buzzfeed on Tuesday.

Is the document a hoax by Trump-team spinsters? Stormy’s reply (at the 1:52 mark) doesn’t leave much doubt.


Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Youtube Screenshot

In 1980, because I was an idealistic conservative eager to do my bit for democracy, I volunteered for my local Republican Party as a poll watcher. When polls closed, election officials asked us to gather around as they opened the backs of the machines one by one and tallied the votes. We could all see what was happening, and we all gave our assent that the totals were correct.

It was a glimpse into the ordinary yet extraordinary system we've devised over decades and centuries to ensure that elections are performed honestly and securely. Each state has developed its own procedures, but they're all broadly similar. The results of each polling location are delivered to the precinct and then on to the canvassing board. Election administrators are observed by partisans of both parties, and the results are often counted more than once.

Keep reading... Show less

Vadim Shishimarin, Russian sergeant convicted of war crimes in Kyiv

Kyiv (Ukraine) (AFP) - A Ukrainian court found a young Russian soldier guilty of war crimes Monday for killing a civilian and handed him a life sentence, in the first verdict of its kind since Russia's invasion three months ago.

The judgement came in as President Volodymyr Zelensky took to the virtual stage in Davos, urging political and business elites at the World Economic Forum to end all trade with Russia and keep supplying his country with weapons.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ }}