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LISTEN: Furious Trump supporter leaves an unhinged racist rant on Chicago CEO's voicemail

In Chicago, an executive of Indian heritage proved that to racists, money and status matter less than skin color. As the Chicago Tribune reports, Ravin Gandhi, CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, penned an op-ed rescinding his cautious optimism for President Donald Trump's economic agenda , an...

'Parody becomes reality': Internet torches Tucker Carlson for praising Trump's glasses-free eclipse viewing

Daily Caller founder and bowtie aficionado Tucker Carlson on Monday responded to Donald Trump's much-maligned decision to look directly at the solar eclipse—despite caution from newscasters, aides and basically everyone in the world—by doing what boosters do best: praising him. Even the ...

'We paid more taxes': Mnuchin's wife mocks critic who called her out for flaunting wealth in Instagram post

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's new wife, actress Louise Linton, posted a photo Monday evening while exiting an American government plane on Instagram. It took almost no time for users to notice the post contained tags for designers like Hermès, Valentino and Tom Ford. Naturally, many took ...

'It wasn't morally ambiguous , it was morally wrong': Tapper nails Ryan's tepid disavowal of Trump's remarks

CNN's Jake Tapper on Monday cornered Paul Ryan over Donald Trump's sluggish repudiation of white supremacists following the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia, telling the speaker of the House of Representatives that the issue wasn't morally ambiguous, it was morally wrong.' Ryan answered ...

'Chest-thumping, robotic appeal to bloodlust': Olbermann blasts Trump's latest hawkish policy in Afghanistan speech

In the opening lines to Monday night's installment of “The Resistance,” Keith Olbermann said what we've all been thinking watching the president announce his plans for his new Afghanistan policy. “Afghanistan, Trump? Seriously?” President Donald Trump's R...

WATCH LIVE: CNN Town Hall with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Jake Tapper

House Speaker Paul Ryan takes questions following President Donald Trump's speech on the US' next move in Afghanistan, alongside CNN host Jake Tapper. Watch live now:...

Trump clears way for troop increase in Afghanistan as part of retooled strategy

President Donald Trump opened the door to an increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan on Monday night as part of a new strategy for the region, arguing against a hasty withdrawal from America's longest military conflict. Trump, in a prime-time televised address, said his new approach was ...

'They see him as their human molotov cocktail': Michael Moore tells Colbert why he knew Trump would win

Documentary filmmaker and Michigan native Michael Moore was perhaps one of the only people who correctly predicted that Donald Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. On Monday, he shrugged off a sarcastic congratulations from Late Show host Stephen Colbert, and explained how he knew America's ...

WATCH LIVE: President Donald Trump unveils Afghanistan strategy in address to nation

Donald Trump on Monday will give a speech detailing the United States' strategy in Afghanistan, a 16-year long conflict that's waged since Oct 7, 2001. Trump will speak from Arlington, Virginia at 9:00pm EST. Watch below:...

WATCH LIVE: President Donald Trump unveils Afghanistan strategy in address to nation

Donald Trump on Monday will give a speech detailing the United States' strategy in Afghanistan, a 16-year long conflict that's waged since Oct 7, 2001. Trump will speak from Arlington, Virginia at 9:00pm EST. 
Watch below:...

'Shadows don't do that': Flat Earthers offer absurd explanations for why the eclipse proves them right

You'd think Monday's total solar eclipse would disprove Flat Earth theory, but you'd be wrong. According to BuzzFeed's Katie Notopoulos, who delved into the world of Flat Earther groups to figure out their take on the eclipse, many who ascribe to the theory actually say it pr...

'Leave Barron alone!': Internet lights up conservative website for outfit-policing Trump's youngest son

The conservative politics site The Daily Caller—founded by bow-tie aficionado Tucker Carlson—published a mean spirited' article on Monday about Donald Trump's youngest son, Barron Trump. It's high time Barron Trump starts dressing like he's in the White House,' the Caller's entertainment ...

'The KKK just marched on Charlottesville!': Activist rips NY Magazine writer's blasé take on white supremacists

During a Monday MSNBC panel, the president of an LGBTQ rights organization had enough of the “rationalizing” conversations surrounding Steve Bannon's exit from Donald Trump's White House. As another guest on Ari Melber's The Beat discussed Bannon's supposed “...

Black caucus has had it with Trump, plans to discuss impeachment

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus, a formidable bloc of lawmakers with a big say in the fate of President Donald Trump and his legislation, Monday sent him a terse, clear message: We don't think you understand us at all. The caucus' chairman Monday urged cancellation of next mo...

Virginia attorney's office issues four warrants for weepy neo-Nazi Chris Cantwell

The Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney's Office of Albemarle County has issued four warrants for Christopher Cantwell, the weepy men's-right-activist-turned-neo-Nazi who was prominently featured in a Vice documentary about the white supremacist rallies Charlottesville earlier this month. In addition ...

Trump OKs sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan: Fox News

President Donald Trump has signed off on sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Fox News reported on Monday, citing a senior U.S. official. The report comes before Trump addresses the nation on his strategy for Afghanistan at 9:00 p.m. EDT Monday . (Reporting by Eric Walsh; E...

Car crashes into Kentucky crowd watching eclipse, woman killed: report

A woman was killed and two people were injured on Monday after a car crashed into a crowd watching the solar eclipse in Kentucky, local media reported. In the incident in Leslie County, Kentucky, which appeared to be an accident, a driver lost control over her car and hit a utility pole, WLKY-TV in ...

Father of Ohio football player convicted of rape shoots judge

The father of a former Ohio high school football player who had been convicted of rape shot and wounded a judge in an ambush outside an Ohio courthouse on Monday and was fatally shot by a probation officer, law enforcement authorities said. The suspect killed at the scene was Nathaniel Richmond, ...

Alleged Barcelona killer was 'a normal factory worker'

The alleged Barcelona attacker who was killed Monday grew up in a small Catalan town where he seemed “nicely integrated” like his younger brother who also died as part of the same terror cell, residents said. Younes Abouyaaqoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan, was shot by police not far from ...

Native American tribes eye lucrative marijuana market

An increasing number of Native American tribes are looking to the marijuana business to break the poverty on reservations, but they are treading quietly over uncertainties in federal policy, which could shift under President Donald Trump. Cannabis is big business in states that have legalized its ...

Watch this supercut of Fox's Shep Smith freaking out about the solar eclipse

Shep Smith has a history of losing his mind over rare, newsworthy events. Whether he's transfixed by mystery foam' in Santa Clara, California or enamored by llamas on the loose in Sun City, Arizona, the Fox News host is never one to hide his excitement while covering such incredible occasions. So ...

Nighttime forecast for Mars: Bursts of rapidly falling snow

Headed to Mars? Remember to pack your snow gear. Turns out that there are snowstorms on the Red Planet at night, according to a new paper. The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, could shed light on the dynamics of the planet's ancient climate — and reveal that even today, Ma...

Trump looks for reset with Arizona rally Tuesday

President Donald Trump looks to get his administration back on track after a difficult week with a campaign-style rally of supporters Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona. Trump is trying to move past his controversial comments from last week when he blamed protesters on both sides' for the violence at a ...

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl chooses to have trial heard by judge , not jury

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has decided be to tried by a judge — not a military jury — on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. Bergdahl's lawyers told the court in a brief filing last week that their client chose trial by judge alone, rather than a panel of ...

Jeffrey Lord in talks with Breitbart two weeks after CNN firing over Nazi salute: report

Looks like tweeting a Nazi salute isn't a dealbreaker for Breitbart. According to The Daily Beast, the alt-right's flagship website is in talks with pro-Trump pundit Jeffrey Lord. Less than two weeks ago, CNN fired Lord from his regular panelist position after he tweeted “Sieg Heil...

Online rhino horn auction set to open in South Africa

An online auction of rhino horn is set to open Monday, after a court in South Africa gave the go-ahead for the sale, which has outraged conservationists. South African authorities had moved to ban the three-day auction which they feared would undermine the global ban on rhino trade, refusing to ...

Steubenville Judge Joseph Bruzzes ambushed and shot outside courthouse

Update The Herald-Star reports that Judge Joseph Bruzzese is in serious condition after surgery at UPMC in Pittsburgh.' The report also says that Judge Bruzzese himself returned fire at the suspect, and Sheriff Fred Abdalla said the judge and his assailant exchanged about five shots each.' The ...

'Are you drunk?': Internet loses it after GOP rep posts 'bizarre and racist' Harambe eclipse meme

Looks like President Donald Trump's not the only one who looked directly into the eclipse. On Monday, Rep. Steve King tweeted a photo from trip to return three injured children home to the East African country of Tanzania , but with a few strange caveats. “Got a great shot o...

'A decision Obama would've made': Gen. Hayden nails Trump for 'embracing' prior administration's Afghan policy

Former NSA director Gen. Michael Hayden on Monday told CNN's Jake Tapper that Donald Trump's strategy in Afghanistan is likely the decision that President Obama would have made,” arguing the president apples to be embracing what the previous administration would have done.' Hayden a...

German police seize drugs shaped like Donald Trump

German police may just have found the weirdest Donald Trump related merchandise to date. And though it features the recognizable orange glow of the 45th president, it seems unlikely Trump would find them as tremendous as most things that bear his name. The item branded with the Trump name and face? ...

Trump's evolving views of the Afghan conflict

President Donald Trump was likely to open the door on Monday to a modest increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan, where America is fighting its longest military conflict. In the past, Trump, who took office in January, was critical of former Democratic President Barack Obama's approach t...

'A turn of the page of history': 90-year-old South Carolina country club finally admits first black member

Breaking with a long tradition, a Columbia, South Carolina country club is finally admitting it's first black member, reports The State. Ashleigh Wilson, 31, a litigator with Bowman and Brooke, has been accepted by the Forest Lake Country Club , a prestigious members only club that count...

More video emerges of Baltimore police staging evidence: prosecutors

More body-worn camera footage that shows Baltimore police officers apparently staging the discovery of evidence has emerged, city prosecutors said on Monday, in the third such episode to become public in recent weeks. In the previous two episodes, video showed officers apparently placing illegal ...

Joran Van Der Sloot present night of Natalee Holloway's disappearance, says friend

Joran Van Der Sloot Present Night Of Natalee Holloway's Disappearance, Says Friend Speaking publicly for the first time since Natalee Holloway's disappearance 12 years ago, a classmate on the trip to Aruba said she is certain she saw Joran van der Sloot the last night Holloway was ever s...

North Korean propaganda video shows missiles hitting Guam

North Korea released a video Saturday depicting missiles crashing down on Guam and President Donald Trump looking out over a field of white crosses. The fate of the sinful United States ends here,' warned the video, according to the Washington Post, Monday. The U.S. and South Korea began joint ...

Northwestern professor murdered boyfriend in sex-fantasy gone wrong, prosecutor says

The Northwestern professor and University of Oxford employee accused of killing a young man in Chicago last month were carrying out a violent sexual fantasy, prosecutors said Sunday. Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren both admitted to the gruesome killing of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau. ...

Moon trolls sun on Twitter in solar cyber spat

As if a solar eclipse was not enough, the moon threw some virtual shade at the sun on Twitter on Monday, as millions of people watched the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in the United States in nearly a century. “HA HA HA I've blocked the Sun!” wrote NASA Moon on it...

Michelle Carter case back in court after Conrad Roy texting suicide trial

The case against the young woman who urged her boyfriend to commit suicide made its way back into court Monday, more than two weeks after it concluded. Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III. The judge gave Carter, now 20, a ...

Plane passenger forced to sit in puddle of urine for entire 11-hour flight

A man who forked over more than $1,000 for what should have been a comfortable flight from London to South America said, instead, he was forced to sit in a puddle of urine for 11 hours. Andrew Wilkinson, 39, said he noticed the stain and the unmistakable smell as soon as he sat down. “I ...

Josh and Anna Duggar having baby number five

Anna Duggar hasn't given birth to her fifth baby just yet, despite what rumors are indicating about the reality star. After reports swirled Josh Duggar's wife had welcomed their newest addition, the soon-to-be mother of five was spotted still very much pregnant in Illinois over the weekend. In ...

Minneapolis attorney booted from law firm after he's exposed as the owner of neo-Nazi record label

A Minneapolis patent law firm has dismissed an attorney after his partners were alerted to his ownership of a record label that releases music by neo-Nazi and white supremacist artists. According to the City Pages, attorney Aaron Davis, a partner at Patterson Thuente had been placed on ...

'Finally setting up a blind trust': Internet loses it after Trump stares directly into the eclipse

President Donald Trump on Monday disobeyed pleas from his aides and stared directly into a solar eclipse without wearing any protective glasses. As the Wall Street Journal's Ted Mann reports, Trump removed his glasses and stared directly at the sun even as someone in the crowd below yelled at ...

Minneapolis attorney booted from law firm after he's exposed as the owner of neo-Nazi record label

A Minneapolis patent law firm has dismissed an attorney after the his partners were alerted to his ownership of a record label that releases music by neo-Nazi and white supremacist artists. According to the City Paper, attorney Aaron Davis, a partner at Patterson Thuente had been placed on ...

Jake Tapper ridicules bogus 'Trump Campaign headquarters' job performance poll

On Monday, CNN's Jake Tapper revealed why it's always a good idea to sign up for the opposition's listservs. In a tweet, Tapper posted a screenshot of a poll he'd received in his inbox , a poll whose options are a little bit off. Just got this important poll from "T...

Radio Pastor Paul Begley says eclipse is a sign of the apocalypse

A U.S. radio host broadcast from Indiana has told his listeners that Monday's solar eclipse and the problems involving the U.S. and North Korea are predictors of the apocalypse. Pastor Paul Begley said during his radio show, titled Coming Apocalypse, that the black moon' suggested we are living ...

Wisconsin teen pleads guilty to lesser charge in Slenderman attack

One of two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional character named Slenderman on Monday pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. Anissa Weier, 15, appeared in a Waukesha court on Monday to plead guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime with use of a ...

'This makes you scared': Muslim couple attacked after enraged passerby hears them speak Arabic

A Muslim couple was attacked last week in a suspected hate crime in Maryland. The couple said they were walking to a neighborhood park in Rockville when a man overheard them speaking Arabic and began hurling anti-Muslim slurs at them, reported WTTG-TV. “I was talking, speaking in my language ...

The strange link between white supremacists and Orthodox Christianity

When I first wrote about the growing popularity of Eastern Orthodox Christianity among those on the far-right for Religion Dispatches in November of last year, I was regularly told that Matthew Heimbach's excommunication from the Orthodox Church was the end of the problem. They told me that in ...

What Christie just said about Trump's neo-Nazi comparisons

EAST RUTHERFORD , Gov. Chris Christie defended President Donald Trump's controversial comments about Charlottesville, Va., on Monday, insisting the president's remarks about there being “fine people on both sides” of a neo-Nazi protest that turned deadly were merely ...

Bill Cosby hires Michael Jackson lawyer for sexual assault retrial

The lawyer who successfully defended Michael Jackson against child molestation charges will represent Bill Cosby when he is retried on sex assault charges later this year, the comedian's spokesman said on Monday. Tom Mesereau, one of three lawyers named as forming Cosby's new legal team,...