Author: Rebecca Shapiro

WATCH: Seth Meyers Shreds ‘Lowlife’ Donald Trump For ‘Lying To The Elderly’

Late night host Seth Meyers did not hold back in ridiculing Donald Trump Thursday night over the president’s budget proposal to slash federal funding from multiple programs that aid the elderly and poor. Meyers took particular issue with Trump’s decision to eliminate funding for a government program that partially funds local Meals on Wheels programs. He asked the president, “How dead inside do you have to be to not want old people to get food?” Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney said that funding would be cut because the popular meal-delivery service is “just not showing any results.” But research suggests otherwise, as the program delivers food to elderly people and others with disabilities who have trouble leaving their homes. Such meal-delivery programs have been linked with helping individuals stay out of nursing homes. The programs have also been linked to better nutritional health. Meyers pointed out that “old people voted” for Trump. “They believed you when you said you cared about them,” he added. “There’s nothing more lowlife than lying to the elderly.” Watch the full take-down in the clip...

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GOP Congressman Claims Tanning Tax Unfairly Targets Women

  Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) raised what he believed to be a burning issue on International Women’s Day: The Affordable Care Act’s “tanning tax” “hurts” American women. The House Ways and Means Committee met on Wednesday to discuss the GOP’s plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. One item up for repeal is the ACA’s 10 percent tax on indoor tanning services. Republicans argue the tax has cost jobs, and some claim it is racist because it discriminates against people with light skin. In response to Republicans’ plan to remove the tax, the American Academy of Dermatology released a statement opposing the changes. “The Academy is disappointed that the proposed repeal legislation ignores the serious public health impact of indoor tanning and the dramatic rise of skin cancer in young women,” the statement reads. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) presented additional research showing the increased cancer risks that indoor tanning beds pose and likened the issue to taxing cigarettes. But Smith claimed the health risks were akin to eating too much ice cream. He speculated that the tax was created to unfairly target women, rather than protect people. “What I found on Google is roughly 80 percent of who’s taxed is women. Today’s International Women Day. It’s interesting that no one is bringing that up,” said Smith, who cosponsored 2015 legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. “Whoever decided to impose this tax seven years...

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Anti-Semitic Crimes Up 94 Percent In NYC Since This Time Last Year, NYPD Says

  As another wave of bomb threats hit Jewish community facilities across the country, police say anti-Semitic incidents in New York City have nearly doubled in the first two months of the year. From Jan. 1 through Feb. 26, there were 35 reported anti-Semitic incidents in the city, compared to 18 reported incidents during the same time period last year, the New York Police Department said. That’s a 94 percent increase. Overall, NYPD statistics show a 55 percent rise in hate crimes since last year, although the city said crime in general is down 9.7 percent. Hate crimes spiked in 2016 as well, and city and state officials blamed the surge on the hateful rhetoric used during the presidential campaign. “Based on the timing and the extraordinary increase we’ve been seeing, not only in New York but around the nation, you have to conclude that the presidential campaign was the major factor,” NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis told Bloomberg. Swastikas and other anti-Semitic markings have shown up across the city for the past several months, including on a children’s playground, dorm room door and subway cars. Last month, a group of subway riders banded together to remove the vandalism with hand sanitizer and tissues. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared a photo of a swastika drawn on a B subway train that had been transformed into a box with the letters “L-O-V-E.”...

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U.S. State Department Deleted Tweet Congratulating Iranian Filmmaker’s Oscar Win

The U.S. State Department’s official Persian-language Twitter account tweeted and then deleted a congratulatory message to Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi, Reuters reported on Monday. After President Donald Trump issued an executive order blocking immigration and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Persian film director Farhadi said he would boycott attending the 89th annual Academy Awards, even though he was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for “The Salesman.” “I hereby express my condemnation of the unjust conditions forced upon some of my compatriots and the citizens of the other six countries trying to legally enter the United States of America and hope that the current situation will not give rise to further divide between nations,” Farhadi said in a statement to The New York Times in January when he announced he would not attend the ceremony. When Farhadi won the Oscar Sunday night, Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian to go into space, accepted the award and read a statement on his behalf. A State Department spokesperson told Reuters that a congratulatory tweet was posted after the award was announced, but then deleted “to avoid any misperception” that the U.S. government “endorsed the comments made in the acceptance speech.” Farhadi’s statement that Ansari read indicated that the director was not attending the ceremony “out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations...

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Trump Blames Obama For His Political Protester Problem

President Donald Trump sat down for an interview with “Fox & Friends” and said that former President Barack Obama and “his people” are behind recent town hall protests. In recent weeks, activists have planned protests at Republican lawmakers’ events around the country. Protesters have shown up at Democratic lawmakers’ events, too. Last week, demonstrators rallied outside an event featuring Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) after the senator did not hold a town hall meeting when Congress was in recess. “I think President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it,” Trump said in a preview of the interview. But, he said, “that’s politics, and it will probably continue.” The president added that he also thought it was possible Obama and “that group” were behind “some of the leaks” coming out of the White House. Trump’s interview will air in full at 6 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday on “Fox &...

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WATCH: Stephen Colbert Has The Perfect Response To Donald Trump’s Sweden Comment

The “Late Show” host mocked Trump over his latest stumble, a moment folks on Twitter were quick to pounce on. Colbert replayed a clip of Trump suggesting that something tragic happened in Sweden the night before the president held a rally in Florida. “You look at what’s happening in Germany,” Trump said. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden!” “No one,” Colbert said. “No one would believe that. Well, not no one, but maybe someone who skips their intelligence briefings.” Watch the entire monologue in the clip...

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Ana Navarro Mocks 'Baby Boy' Jared Kushner Over CNN Complaints

Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro did not hold back after learning that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, was not her biggest fan. Hours after Trump berated the media in a chaotic news conference, The Wall Street Journal’s Keach Hagey and Damian Paletta reported on a meeting Kushner recently had with a senior executive at CNN’s parent company, Time Warner, in which the White House adviser aired some grievances.  Kushner reportedly complained to Gary Ginsberg, Time Warner’s executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications, about CNN’s coverage of the president and specifically referred to taking issue with Navarro and fellow contributor Van Jones, according to WSJ. “Mr. Kushner has taken issue with specific CNN contributors including Van Jones, a Democrat who served in the Obama administration, and Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist, who have each criticized Mr. Trump in harsh terms, the people familiar with the matter said.” Navarro quickly responded to the article on Twitter, mocking Kushner for behaving like a baby. Really, Little Jared complaining about me cuz I get under President Daddy-in-Law’s skin? Oh, baby boy, I’m so sorry. https://t.co/4W8Sh9sHxy — Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 17, 2017 Little boy Kushner, tough guy who’s supposed to achieve Middle East peace, is complaining about me to CNN. Boo-hoo! https://t.co/4W8Sh9sHxy — Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 17, 2017 Navarro’s fiery criticism of Trump has been making...

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