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Colbert Imagines Giuliani’s Defense Of Trump And It’s Egg-cellent

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“The Late Show” host noted how Giuliani is currently “being very coy” about continuing his Ukraine dealings amid the impeachment inquiry into Trump.

He then aired Giuliani’s recent interview with disgraced former Fox News host Eric Bolling in which the former New York City Mayor verbally stumbled and inadvertently admitted to being in Ukraine. “I am not here to… I don’t have to defend myself,” he said.

“Good save, Rudy,” laughed Colbert, who then foresaw Giuliani using the same tactics to defend Trump.

“Mr. Giuliani, when did the president commit bribery?” Colbert imagined Giuliani being asked. “It was on Friday… fried eggs,” Colbert replied as Giuliani. “Fried eggs, his favorite breakfast food to eat when not being guilty, which is always?”

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Trump Declares War On Toilets And Twitter Is Flushed With Jokes

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Twitter users brought the toilet humor after President Donald Trump announced a new war on water-conserving showers, faucets and toilets on Friday.

Trump claimed in a meeting with business leaders at the White House that people “are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once” and were ending up “using more water.” Therefore, he said he’d asked the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the issue and possibly look at rolling back water-saving standards.

Trump acknowledged that water-conserving fixtures may be suitable for desert areas but said “for the most part, you have many states where they have so much water that it comes down. It’s called rain. They don’t know what to do with it.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper dedicated “The Ridiculist” segment on his show to the president’s comments:

And Twitter was predictably also flushed with jokes about the statement:

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Nancy Pelosi’s Daughter Sends Warning Message To Trump: ‘Don’t Mess With Nancy’

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Pelosi, appearing on CNN’s “Newsroom,” was asked what she would tell Trump if she had the chance.

The Democratic strategist responded:

“I’d say, Mr. President, don’t mess with Nancy. Understand, she is a prayerful, strong woman and if you might be feeling nervous or a meltdown or insecure, you don’t need to do a self-diagnosis and project that onto somebody else.”

“Maybe it’s time to just come forward with that exculpatory information that she told you to bring before and continues to invite you to bring, so we can go about the business of having free and fair elections in this country and a good end to the current budget negotiations,” she continued. “And I would also say this ’never ever underestimate the moral strength and personal character and integrity of Nancy Pelosi.”

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Sean Hannity says US economy booming despite Democrats’ anti-Trump agenda: ‘Numbers, they don’t lie’

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Sean Hannity celebrated the president’s economic numbers Friday and criticized Democrats, saying Trump’s success has come “in spite” of his opponents’ actions.

“The American people, they cannot — will not — be stopped. And let’s make one thing perfectly clear: Numbers, they don’t lie,” Hannity said on his television program. “President Trump’s agenda is an epic success.”

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U.S. hiring surged in November, as the economy added 266,000 jobs and unemployment returned to a half-century low, a sign the U.S. is powering through a global slowdown.

“Trump’s policies are working. Now, this is an agenda. There’s been an overwhelming success,” Hannity said. “Democrats have nothing to offer. They have done nothing for three years except they hate Donald Trump.”

The host also took a jab at Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden‘s interaction with a voter Thursday, pointing out that voters are too smart to not factor in Trump’s economy and Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s controversial relationship with a Ukraine company.

“Joe’s clearly agitated because he has a lot to hide. And while the mob and the media, they’re more than willing to give him a free pass, voters won’t offer for Joe the same courtesy,” Hannity said. “American people get it, it can’t fool the American people.”

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Hannity ripped Democrats for their focus.

“Helping the lives of the American people, none of that matters to them. And it happened in spite of them, because they offered no help,” Hannity said. “Instead, they’re focused like a laser beam on one thing, one thing only: Destroy Trump.”

Fox Business’ Megan Henney contributed to this report.

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Laura Ingraham: Trump ‘gets it’ on the US economy — and American workers should be thankful

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Laura Ingraham highlighted President Trump’s economic numbers Friday, saying Americans should be thankful for their president.

“Every day American workers should think, ‘Thank the Good Lord that we have a president who actually gets it,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“We have a tight labor market. That means wages are going up. We have more deregulation. That frees up businesses to grow and hire, gives them a lot of incentives. We have lower taxes. That means you keep more of your own money to spend it as you see fit.”

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Ingraham argued that Democrats don’t trust Americans and want more control over them and are more concerned with impeachment.

“The Democrats just don’t trust your judgment. They want more control over almost every major decision you make,” Ingraham said. “They’re also, of course, trying to impeach a president on … a nothing phone call, hearsay, conjecture. During one of our greatest economies in the past half-century.”

“The Democrats just don’t trust your judgment. They want more control over almost every major decision you make.”

— Laura Ingraham

Ingraham blasted Democrats for rooting against the president, saying Americans would stay focused on what reallly matters.

“The Democrats aren’t mad because President Trump’s policies aren’t working, they’re seething because they are,” Ingraham said. “How sad for them and their carnival act of a party.”

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“But for the rest of us, we’re gonna keep working hard and playing hard,” Ingraham added. “We’re gonna be counting our blessings and staying focused on what really matters, especially this time of year. Faith, family and our country.”

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Billie Eilish is burned by cigarettes in new video that some call ‘triggering,’ possible bad influence for kids

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In Billie Eilish’s new video “Xanny,” the 17-year-old singer from California has multiple cigarettes put out on her face.

Some on social media are called the anti-smoking video “triggering” and “disturbing.”

Eilish, in her directorial debut, sits stoically on a cream-colored bench in a cream sweater, singing and barely flinching as cigarettes are continually snuffed out on her.

“I just wanted it to sound the way that it feels to just breathe in recycled breath,” she told MTV News. “Recycled, poisonous breath, I may add. I just wanted it to feel miserable.”

Eilish is no stranger to intense – and often real – imagery in her videos. In “[you should see me in a] crown” she had real tarantulas crawl out of her mouth and she actually cries black tears in “When The Party’s Over.”

“Everything is really important that it’s all real to me,” she told NPR earlier this year, adding that she hates when everything is CGI.

She also likes to make the viewer uncomfortable.

“I just love the idea of glorifying people’s biggest fears,” she told NPR. “You know, people are freaked out by needles, people are freaked out by things under the bed.”

“I just love the idea of glorifying people’s biggest fears. You know, people are freaked out by needles, people are freaked out by things under the bed.”

— Billie Eilish

But some on social were concerned that the video could be too “dark” for the singer’s younger fans — and possibly encourage them to mimic the singer.

“How are we meant to prevent kids seeing it?” one Twitter user wrote. … I’m starting to think someone needs to explain to her that people are influenced by famous people.”

“May be a little triggering for self harm (cigarette burns).” another wrote. “Beware guys.”

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Eilish said the night before she wrote “Xanny” she was with a group of friends who were all binge-drinking and sick around her.

“It was so weird, I was just like, ‘What? This is normal?’” she said. “’That’s normal for you guys.’ Watching my friends become completely not who they were. Watching their personalities crumple and fall.”

She also stirred a bit of controversy over her personal life when she said in a Vanity Fair interview last month that she regularly texts 33-year-old rapper Drake.

The singer revealed last year that she has suffered from Tourette’s syndrome her “whole life” in an Instagram post after fans noticed her facial ticks during an interview.

“My tics are only physical and not super noticeable to others if you’re not really paying attention,” she wrote in the post. “These compilations ya’ll been making of my tics are lowkey funny even when ya’ll make fun of them n s—. I know you’re all confused so as to what it is, so just to let ya know..it’s Tourettes.”

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She told Ellen DeGeneres this year that she never said anything publicly before because she didn’t want it to define her.

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Tony And Emmy Award Winning Actor Ron Liebman Dies At 82

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Ron Liebman, who won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway play Angels in America and an Emmy Award on the short-lived CBS show Kaz died Friday afternoon at the age of 82.

Leibman’s death was confirmed to NPR by his agent, Robert Atterman, CEO of Abrams Artists Agency. No other details were available.

The New York-born actor and stage veteran was also known for playing Dr. Leonard Green, the father of Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green, on TV’s Friends.

Leibman’s Emmy came in 1979 when he played Martin “Kaz” Kazinsky, a convicted criminal who becomes a criminal attorney. In 2011, he joked about how he won the award and then the show was cancelled after only 23 episodes.

That same year he played a union organizer in Norma Rae opposite Sally Field whose break-out performance garnered an Oscar.

His Tony Award came in 1993 for his portrayal of the infamous lawyer Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, a play about the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s.

Liebman also starred in movies such as Slaughterhouse-Five and Where’s Poppa?

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Banana duct-taped to wall sells for $120G at Miami art event

This work of art seems to have a lot of a peel.

An odd piece of artwork that consists of a banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for $120,000 at a Miami art fair.

The piece, titled “The Comedian,” was created by Italian artist  Maurizio Cattelan, who is behind an 18-carat gold toilet offered to President Trump earlier this year.

Two of the three editions of the banana artwork sold for $120,000 at the Art Basel Miami festival and a third is expected to fetch $150,000, Miami’s WFOR-TV reported.

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The event is a star-studded affair that occurs every December and includes parties and shows. The price tag of “The Comedian” has spurred criticism of wealth inequality and materialism.

Kristen Orthman, director of Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, tweeted about the peice: “‘Banana with duct tape’ also know as ‘we need a wealth tax.'”

Several other users voiced support for a wealth tax in light of the sale.

Cattelan said he’d been working on the “The Comedian” for a year and initially wanted to create a bronze banana.

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Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan created the banana duct-taped to a wall art piece that sold for $120,000. (Reuters)

“Wherever I was traveling I had this banana on the wall. I couldn’t figure out how to finish it,” he told Art Net News. “In the end, one day I woke up and I said, ‘The banana is supposed to be a banana.’”

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The artist is also behind the gold toilet offered to the White House on loan by New York City‘s prestigious Guggenheim Museum. The museum rejected a request to display Van Gogh’s 1888 “Landscape With Snow” work in the residence and proposed the toilet instead.

In an August 2017 blog post, Guggenheim curator Nancy Spector said “Trump is synonymous with golden toilets.”

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report. 

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Daniel Radcliffe says he feels ‘terrible’ for Meghan Markle

Daniel Radcliffe is sharing his thoughts on the media scrutiny Meghan Markle has faced.

In an interview with People Now on Friday, the “Harry Potter” alum admitted that he feels “terrible” for the Duchess of Sussex.

“… I don’t take a huge interest [in the royals],” Radcliffe noted, explaining that he’s been “hearing bits and pieces” and from what he’s heard, he’s “picking up that Meghan Markle is being treated to the full force of the British media.”

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“I can only imagine,” the actor said. “That’s why I always thought [Prince Harry and Meghan’s] relationship was sweet. Because I was like, ‘She must love you, if she wants to get involved in this crazy life.’ It must be insane.”

Radcliffe, who was 12 years old when the first “Harry Potter” movie came out, said that the media attention he received as a child star is only “a fraction” of what Meghan’s husband Prince Harry and his brother Prince William have gone through.

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“They went through it from birth. I can’t imagine what that life must be like,” the actor said. “So while I’m not into the institution of the monarchy, I have a huge amount of respect and empathy for [the royal family].”

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Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in the 2004 film “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” (Warner Bros.)

Markle, 38, recently opened up about the intense media scrutiny she faces in Tom Bradby’s ITV documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.”

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“I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair,” Markle said of the fame. “And that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile.

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“If things are fair, that completely tracks for me if things are fair,” she continued. “If I do something wrong I’d be the first one to go, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry. I would never do that,’ but when people are saying things that are just untrue and they’re being told they’re untrue but they’re allowed to still say them, I don’t know anybody in the world who would feel that that’s OK. And that’s different than just scrutiny.”

“That’s, what would you call that? That’s a different beast. It’s really a different beast,” she added.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry — who previously announced in October that he is taking legal action against the British tabloids — is determined to protect his wife from the negative press attention.

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Radcliffe said he’s heard that Markle “is being treated to the full force of the British media.” (Getty)

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“He sees the pain of his wife and the attacks she faces, and he wants to try to sort it out,” a source close to the 35-year-old British royal household told People magazine.

For Markle’s part, she told Bradby in the documentary that she hopes the public will one day just focus on the positive: the love the couple has for each other.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the WellChild Awards Ceremony in London, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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“I would hope that people, the world, will get to the point where they just see us as a couple who’s in love because I don’t wake up every day and identify as being anything other than who I’ve always been,” said the former “Suits” star.

“It’s just, I’m Meghan and I’ve married this incredible man and this to me is just part of our love story,” she added.

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report

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PG&E Reaches $13.5 Billion Deal With Wildfire Victims

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After months of tense negotiations, Pacific Gas & Electric and lawyers for victims of wildfires that killed dozens of people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes and businesses agreed on Friday to a multibillion-dollar legal settlement.

The victims wouldn’t receive all of the $13.5 billion that is being made available under the agreement. Some of it would go toward paying the claims of federal and state agencies, and the victims’ lawyers would receive a portion.

The accord is a big step forward for PG&E, whose response to wildfires has often faltered. For victims, the money would help them rebuild homes and lives after months of uncertainty, though many would most likely get a lot less than they had hoped for or need. And a settlement would significantly increase the likelihood that PG&E will emerge from bankruptcy before a crucial deadline in June. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in January, saying it faced an estimated $30 billion in wildfire claims.

The settlement, which requires approval by the United States Bankruptcy Court, follows accords that PG&E announced with insurance companies and some government agencies. A court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 20.

To receive payments, wildfire victims must file claims by Dec. 31, a deadline that was extended after tens of thousands of victims failed to submit claims and some said they were not even aware of the process.

Even with the settlement, the future of the utility’s operations remains uncertain. The devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018, including the Camp Fire, which destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise, enraged many residents and elected officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom and Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose. Those leaders have proposed turning PG&E into a public utility or selling it to someone like the billionaire Warren E. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which owns several large energy companies.

“There have been many calls for PG&E to change in recent years,” the company’s chief executive, Bill Johnson, said in a statement. “PG&E’s leadership team has heard those calls for change, and we realize we need to do even more to be a different company now and in the future.”

Along with the destruction from wildfires caused by PG&E’s equipment, the utility has faced growing criticism over its failure to inspect and maintain its transmission network. Many Californians have also expressed anger at how the company shut off power to millions of people during periods of high winds and dry conditions to prevent fires.

A report released last week by the California Public Utilities Commission identified a 100-year-old transmission tower as the cause of the Camp Fire. It also revealed significant shortcomings in PG&E’s inspections of its power lines, a major cause of wildfires in the state.

In recent bankruptcy negotiations, representatives of Mr. Newsom have pressed PG&E to compensate wildfire victims sufficiently, treat workers fairly and maintain its commitment to clean energy. He has said the utility that emerges from bankruptcy must make safety a priority.

PG&E’s stock surged this week as investors became more upbeat about the prospects of a deal with the wildfire victims, but closed down 1.3 percent on Friday.

The company had originally offered to pay individual victims up to $8.4 billion, but increased its offer last month to try to win over the victims. Lawyers for the victims estimated in July that claims against PG&E totaled $54 billion for the fires of 2017 and 2018.

PG&E must emerge from bankruptcy by June in order to draw from a wildfire fund that California set up this year. The fund will help the state’s three large investor-owned utilities pay future wildfire claims if they meet certain conditions like improving safety practices.

On Thursday, the federal judge overseeing PG&E’s probation asked the utility to provide more information about equipment and inspection failures before the Camp Fire. Depending on the company’s answers, the judge, William H. Alsup, could initiate new disciplinary hearings or impose additional penalties against the company.

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