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Comedian and co-host of “Conan” Andy Richter unleashed a Twitter tirade Friday defending President-elect Donald Trump’s ongoing involvement in NBC’s "Celebrity Apprentice."

News emerged Thursday that Trump will keep an executive producer credit on the reality show during his presidency. 

 

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Graphic designer Emma Lawton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 29. For the past three years, her hands have become increasingly unstable, making it very difficult for her to write and draw straight lines. The disease has completely affected her career and stopped her from enjoying her passion.

Until now. Computer scientist Haiyan Zhang recently came up with an invention to solve Emma’s problem and completely change her life.

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When Emma tried on the invention, appropriately named “The Emma,” she broke down in tears because of how well it worked.

“It makes me forget that I have a tremor,” she said. “I’ve actually just written my name for the first time in ages.”

Check out how Zhang helped Emma rediscover her love for design here:

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Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has struck a different tone with President-elect Donald Trump after viciously attacking him during his campaign.

In an interview with NPR Thursday, Reid said about Trump, “I have to say this – he’s not as bad as I thought he would be.”

Reid cited Trump’s decision not to pursue charges against his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, as well as the more lenient position Trump has taken on illegal immigrant children who were brought here by their parents.

“Obviously he didn’t believe in all of the stuff he said – which is a step in the right direction,” Reid said.

He added:

“You know, it’s not as if Donald Trump and I have been enemies our whole lives – he’s done fundraisers for me. When I was elected last time he sent me a letter saying ‘you’re awesome’ – a handwritten note… It’s not as if I have hate in my soul for Donald Trump.”

“I hope, beyond all, that he does well. It’s important to the stability of this great nation we have. And I’m hopeful – I keep using that word, but that’s what it is – hopeful that he will lessen his rhetoric and work toward a safer, more productive America.”

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During the campaign, Reid called Trump a “human leech” and a “sexual predator.” Reid even made fun of Trump’s personal appearance, saying he’s “70 years old, he’s not slim and trim, he brags about eating fast food every day.”

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Black employees of CNN, Turner Broadcasting, and parent company Time Warner have filed a class action lawsuit accusing their employers of racial discrimination.

The new suit comes after CNN employee DeWayne Walker filed a suit earlier this year for $50 million alleging similar misconduct.

“As a result of the current discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of DeWayne Walker vs. CNN, Time Warner & Turner, we have uncovered stories involving abuse of power, nepotism, revenge, retaliation and discrimination,” attorney Daniel Meachum stated in a press release.

The new lawsuit reads, “A review of compensation ratios, provided by Turner and/or CNN’s Human Resources Diversity Trends Report amongst Turner’s various departments indicate staunch discrimination in compensation for males of color and minorities holding positions above mid-level managing."

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Filed by former CNN executive administrative assistant Conner Celeslie Henley and TBS senior manager Ernie Colbert Jr., the suit adds, “Salaries paid by Turner and/or CNN to African Americans compared with salaries paid to Caucasian employees reveals dramatic differences in pay in similarly situated employees of different race.”

Another section reads, “Furthermore, African-Americans are deterred away from filing grievances and complaints about mistreatment for fear of losing their jobs and being blacklisted from the only career they have maintained for decades.”

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After Hampshire College recently decided to remove the American flag from campus, 54 House Republicans proposed a bill that would take away federal funding schools that ban the American flag.

Hampshire College lowered the flag to half-staff after Donald Trump’s win to be sensitive towards people’s feelings. Shortly after, the flag was ripped down and burned on Veterans Day by protesters.

Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash decided not to replace the flag, saying he wanted to “focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.”

The anti-American decision naturally drew backlash from many members of the community, including a number of veterans showing up on campus to protest the decision.

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On Dec. 2, House Republicans decided to take action by introducing H.R. 6433, the “Protect the Flag Act.” This happened to be the same day that Hampshire College announced it would begin to fly the American flag on campus again after increasing pressure.

Sponsored by Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) and co-sponsored by 54 Republicans, the "Protect the Flag Act" would penalize any educational institution that “removes, censors, takes down, prohibits, or otherwise halts display of a flag of the United States” by refusing to give them federal funding.

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NBA superstar LeBron James and several of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates have declined to stay at the NYC Trump SoHo hotel Wednesday when they play the Knicks. The Cavs have a standing contract with Trump Hotels when they visit New York.

James, a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign, was clear in his opposition to Trump’s leaked Access Hollywood comments from 2005.

“What is locker room talk to me? It’s not what that guy said,” LeBron told reporters. “We don’t disrespect women.”

“What that guy was saying,” he added. “That’s not...I don’t know what that is. That’s trash talk.”

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It appears some Hillary Clinton supporters still haven’t accepted that she lost the election. Here's an example: Sirius XM radio host Mark Thompson joined an MSNBC panel Saturday to provide liberal spin on the results of the presidential race. 

“We talked about sore winners in the earlier segment. We really didn’t lose. This was sort of a successful failure,” he said of Clinton's loss.

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Thompson continued:

So much for the low turn – Jim just said, it’s 1 percent off. She is close to Barack Obama’s 2012 total. And nobody thought that was going to happen, either. So, so much for, as you mentioned, the economic anxiety, things are not as bad, people upset about the economy. The economy is doing well nine years of private sector job growth, unemployment rate going down. So I think we as voters on our side, whether we voted third party or not. And it’s no secret, I do have affinity for third party movements, need to act if we actually did win some things. The majority of Americans voted a Democratic way. Voted for Hillary Clinton. Voted for Democratic senators, voted for Democratic House of Representatives.

Keep telling yourself that, Mark. Whatever makes you happy!

 

 

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Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, discussed the current state of American media and the 2016 presidential election Wednesday at a “Times Talk” in New York City. The event was put on by The New York Times to promote Chris Smith’s book, The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart.

Stewart took the opportunity to comment on the distrust Americans feel toward the media and their failures in the recent election.

“What the media has become is an information-laundering system,” Stewart said, describing the increased blending of “fake news” and the media. Stewart explained the media are too focused on the campaigns themselves and not policies that Americans care about, saying:

“They don’t give a flying f*** about governance, they care about campaigns and that’s where the fun is for them. That’s devastating. And not only is it devastating news-wise, it’s devastating to all of us. Because if a campaign is too long, the fault lines between different tribes in our societies solidify. A campaign is 18 months long and you’ve got to choose a side for 18 months and then a disagreement becomes an argument and an argument becomes a fight and a fight becomes a feud and a feud becomes a war.”

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After being used in classrooms for decades, the classic novels “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” have been banned from a school district in Virginia after a parent in Accomack County complained about the use of racial slurs in the books.

“There’s so much racial slurs and defensive wording in there that you can’t get past that,” the mother stated at a school board meeting. “Right now, we are a nation divided as it is.”

Combined, the novels feature the n-word more than 250 times.

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Some parents agreed the books should be banned. Teresa Wilkins, another mother whose children are in the Accomack County Public School system said, “It’s in a book and they’ll feel that they are able to say that to anybody, and so I don’t feel that that should be done.”

Not everyone came to this conclusion though. Parent Donna Natoli stated, “I think we’re sending a message to our children that if you don’t talk about something, it doesn’t exist.”

As of now, the books have been banned on a temporary basis, and soon a “review committee consisting of the principal, the library media specialist, the classroom teacher (if involved), a parent and/or student, and the complaint will convene.”

 

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President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence just finished a rally in Indiana celebrating their successful negotiations with Carrier to keep over 1,100 jobs in the United States. Carrier announced back in February that it would be moving production plants to Monterrey, Mexico, putting many people out of work.

The moment naturally calls for a flashback of a statement made by President Obama at a town hall during the 2016 presidential campaign. Eric Cottonham, a Carrier employee concerned about his job, asked Obama, “What’s next? I mean what can we look forward to in the future as far as jobs, employment, whatever. Because all of our jobs just left, or are in the process of leaving, sir.”

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After claiming that more manufacturing jobs have been created during his term than “any time since the 1990’s,” President Obama said:

“Some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back. And when somebody says, like the person you just mentioned who I’m not going to advertise for, that he’s going to bring all these jobs back. Well, how exactly are you going to do that? What are you going to do? There’s no answer to it. He just says, ‘I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have, and usually the answer is he doesn’t have an answer.”

It seems President-elect Trump has proven President Obama wrong, and he hasn’t even been sworn in yet.