Sad Man Mitt Romney to Endorse Nobody in 2016

Sad Man Mitt Romney to Endorse Nobody in 2016Photo: AP

After receiving Donald Trump’s endorsement in 2012, the Republican Party’s sad ex-boyfriend Mitt Romney apparently has no intention of returning the favor.

“I see way too much demagoguery and populism on both sides of the aisle,” said Romney at a Washington dinner gala Thursday night. “I don’t intend on supporting either of the major party candidates at this point.”

According to The Washington Examiner, Romney explained that he was “dismayed” by the current state of American politics and wished that voters had “better choices” in the upcoming election:

I don’t know what happens when we elect somebody to the White House what they’ll do as opposed to what they’re saying, but I certainly think this is a critical time for freedom, a critical time for America. I think it happens to be an inflection point in our history as we go through this dramatic change economically and militarily, socially, all those things … And I happen to think that the person who is leading the nation has an enormous and disproportionate impact on the course of the world, so I am dismayed at where we are now, I wish we had better choices, and I keep hoping that somehow things will get better, and I just don’t see an easy answer from where we are.

“No one,” it seems, is quickly becoming the old Grand Old Party’s favorite candidate for president.

Report: FBI Preparing to Interview Hillary Clinton About Email Thing

Report: FBI Preparing to Interview Hillary Clinton About Email Thing

According to CNN, the FBI is close to concluding its probe into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private email server and is expected to interview the former Security of State about the matter “in the coming weeks.”

Citing U.S. officials close the investigation, the network reports that federal investigators have already interviewed a number of Clinton’s aides, including long-time advisor Huma Abedin, and have so far found no evidence she “willfully violated the law”:

One of the final and most anticipated steps in the probe is an interview of the former secretary of state. The fact that Clinton is a presidential candidate active on the campaign trail presents some logistical challenges for the FBI, which has been quietly bringing witnesses into an FBI office without drawing attention.

Clinton’s security is provided by the Secret Service and she’s typically followed by a corps of campaign reporters. The FBI plans to coordinate her interview with her attorneys and security to try to ensure it can be done privately.

Throughout the investigation, Clinton has maintained that she never sent or received classified communications on her private server.

On Wednesday, Romanian hacker Guccifer claimed in a prison interview with Fox News that he easily hacked Clinton’s server, a claim Clinton representatives dismissed as “unfathomable.”

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Donald Trump Wears a Hat

Donald Trump Wears a HatImage: YouTube

At a campaign rally in West Virginia on Thursday, Donald Trump put on a hat. Specifically, a coal man’s hat for men who mine coal. It served as a convenient excuse for Trump discuss an issue near and dear to his head: Hairspray.

“My hair look okay?” Trump asked the crowd. “Give me a little spray.”

“Y’know, you’re not allowed to use hairspray anymore because if effects the ozone,” said Trump, the audience of coal men and their families soon laughing along, oh yes, we know:

In the old days, you put the hairspray on, it was good. Today, you put the hairspray on, it’s good for 12 minutes, right? I say, “Wait a minute, so if I take hairspray and I spray it in my apartment, which is all sealed, you’re telling me that affects the ozone layer?” “Yes.” I say, “No way, folks. No way!”

Even while riffing on haircare products from the ‘80s, Donald Trump speaks West Virginia’s language. Mainly, it seems, by not threatening to kill their jobs.

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GOP Lawmaker Says North Carolina Will Not Be “Bullied” Into Obeying Civil Rights Act

GOP Lawmaker Says North Carolina Will Not Be Photo: AP

Bullies. Whether they’re taking your lunch money, calling you names online or compelling you to follow landmark civil rights legislation, no one likes a bully. That includes North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, who vowed this week to take on the biggest, baddest bully of all: The United States Department of Justice.

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After federal authorities demanded his state suspend the transphobic bathroom bill they say violates the Civil Rights Act by Monday, the Republican lawmaker said that North Carolina would “take no action,” potentially losing millions in federal education funding.

“That deadline will come and go,” Moore told reporters on Thursday. “We don’t ever want to lose any money, but we’re not going to get bullied by the Obama administration to take action prior to Monday’s date. That’s not how this works.”

How it works, however, is a matter of some dispute, as the Justice Department attempts to enforce a relatively new interpretation of the Civil Rights Act’s Title IX provision. From The Associated Press:

The DOJ letters cited the appellate ruling protecting a Virginia high school student’s right to use bathrooms aligned with his new gender identity, which also applies to North Carolina and other states in the Fourth Circuit.

A similar case in suburban Chicago was settled after the Education Department threatened the loss of millions in federal funding, but a group of parents in that district, in Palatine, Illinois, sued Wednesday to challenge the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX to include gender identity.

North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger echoed Moore’s frustration, complaining that the federal government was making an issue out of the non-issue that his state itself chose to make an issue.

“This might be part of what you’re seeing with both the Bernie Sanders and the Trump pushes,” Berger told The Charolette Observer. “People are angry, and one of the reasons they’re angry is because of the failure—particularly of the federal government—to do the things that the people know need to be done, and yet they go off on a tangent like this and push radical social engineering.”

Donald Trump Pisses on Paul Ryan’s Call for “Party Unity”

Donald Trump Pisses on Paul Ryan's Call for Photos: AP

After House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN he was “just not ready” to support Donald Trump on Thursday, citing the need for party unity, the presumptive Republican nominee shot back with a statement saying he, in turn, was “not ready” to support Paul Ryan.

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Appearing on CNN’s The Lead, Ryan made it obvious that his hesitance to endorse Trump had little to do with the Orange One’s repulsive bigotry, instead suggesting Trump “unify this party” by better embracing the policy goals of Ryan and other House Republicans.

“I think conservatives want to know, ‘Does he share our values and our principles on limited government, the proper role of the executive, adherence to the Constitution?’” said Ryan. “There are lots of questions that conservatives are going to want answers to, myself included, and I want to be a part of this unifying process.”

In response, Trump fired off a statement offering his own un-support for “Ryan’s agenda.”

“Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people,” said Trump. “They have been treated so badly for so long that is about time for politicians to them first!”

Nevertheless, Republican leaders say they’re confident Mommy and Daddy will soon reconcile.

“Everyone has to let a little bit of the steam out and get everyone to settle down,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told Fox News Thursday night. “I think that this is going to come together.”

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Keep Natural Fiber Rope From Fraying With Waxed Dental Floss

Natural fiber rope frays pretty easily, and you can’t just melt the ends like with nylon rope. If you want to stop the fraying, some waxed dental floss and a little knot know-how will do the trick.

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Remains of the Day: Pocket Adds ‘Likes’ and Reposts to Its Social Feed

Pocket wants to have a little social network to call its own. The read-it-later app is adding more features to its ‘Recommended’ feed where you can follow what other people are reading. Now you can like and repost things, if you want another place to like and repost things.

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Newspaper Editor Says She Was Fired For Failing to Suck Up to Billionaire Boss

Newspaper Editor Says She Was Fired For Failing to Suck Up to Billionaire BossPhoto: Getty Images

Stephanie Grimes, the features editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, announced today that her boss, the newly installed editor-in-chief Keith Moyer, has fired her after she failed to demonstrate sufficient loyalty to the paper’s new management, the members of which were chosen and installed earlier this year by Sheldon Adelson, the conservative billionaire who purchased the Review-Journal last year. The sudden dismissal is the latest in a string of increasingly contentious internal controversies related to concerns about Adelson’s control over the Review-Journal’s coverage.

Grimes initially broke the news of her firing on Twitter:

Though Moyer refused to clarify the circumstances Grimes’s firing, telling Politico that “this is a personnel matter,” Grimes elaborated on the events that preceded her dismissal in a lengthy essay on Medium:

There were a few weeks during which it felt as if the newsroom was engaging in open warfare with management. ... I found myself involved without intending to become so: I live-tweeted an internal meeting with a GateHouse representative during which we had a tense discussion about the future of Review-Journal transparency.

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Last week during an editors meeting, Keith Moyer told us “my job is hard enough without reporters stabbing me in the back” and threatened to fire people he didn’t feel were loyal to the RJ. ... Keith never made me feel welcome in his newsroom and made it clear in every conversation that he didn’t trust me. It was only a matter of time before he pulled the trigger.

Grimes described one of these conversations on Twitter:

Grimes’ firing comes ten days after the departure of Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith, who resigned from the paper after Moyer banned him from writing about Sheldon Adelson and fellow billionaire Steven Wynn, both of whom have unsuccessfully sued Smith for defamation. Adelson and Wynn each own several Las Vegas hotels, and the former is currently pursuing plans to build a $1 billion football stadium, whose costs would be largely underwritten by public funds, in hopes of persuading an N.F.L. franchise to relocate to Las Vegas.

As Grimes notes in her post, the Review-Journal has mostly ceased from publishing critical coverage of Adelson’s local business interests. It has, however, meticulously covered the efforts of Adelson’s parent company, the Las Vegas Sand Corporation, to remove a particular judge from overseeing a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the company.

Donald Trump at Work, Looking at Bikini Photos of His Ex-Wife

Donald Trump at Work, Looking at Bikini Photos of His Ex-Wife

Here’s Donald Trump at his desk, doing what he does best: Pandering to a group of people he’d previously insulted. Featured alongside his thoughts on where the best taco bowls are made (Trump Tower) and who he loves (Hispanics), is a photograph of his ex-wife in a bikini, spread open on his desk. Life is such a rich tapestry.

The photo in question is actually part of a People spread on Trump’s second ex-wife, Marla Maples, who parlayed her former husband’s newfound fame into a spot on Dancing With the Stars this season. Here’s the page he was looking at:

Donald Trump at Work, Looking at Bikini Photos of His Ex-Wife

The article was initially pointed out by Benny Johnson, because even a broken reporter can be right twice a day.

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