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Jones’ projected victory narrows the Republican edge in the Senate, which is a very big deal for the future (or lack thereof) of President Donald Trump’s policy agenda in 2018. But, there are broader takeaways — for Trump, the GOP and the Democratic party — from Tuesday’s result too.
Moore, however, refused to concede Tuesday night. “When the vote is this close … it’s not over,” Moore told supporters after Jones declared victory. The results are nothing short of an embarrassment for President Donald Trump and a disaster for Republicans in Washington as the reliably red state of Alabama elected its first Democratic senator since the early 1990s.
In a message posted just after 8 a.m. ET, Trump wrote Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, was a “lightweight” who would “do anything” for campaign contributions. Trump didn’t explain further what he meant, and the White House did not respond to requests for clarification.
“With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office,” reads the editorial. “Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders qualified the comment during her daily press briefing, saying the President was only referring to the three women who appeared at a news conference Monday to reiterate their accusations against Trump. That’s despite the fact Trump’s tweet made no such specification.
“The science of AI has no borders, neither do its benefits,” Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist at Google’s AI business, said in a blog post Wednesday announcing the new center. But China’s internet borders are fortified by the so-called Great Firewall, and most of Google’s biggest products — its search engine, YouTube and Gmail — have been blocked by the country’s vast censorship apparatus for years.
The NFL Network and ESPN have suspended five former football players, including Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, due to allegations in a court filing Monday accusing them of repeated sexual harassment when they were at the NFL Network.
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A court in Egypt has reportedly jailed for two years a singer who appeared in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested last month after the video sparked outrage in the conservative country.
A warming, rapidly changing Arctic is the “new normal” and shows no signs of returning to the reliably frozen region of the past. This is according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Arctic Report Card. Director of the administration’s Arctic Researcher Program, Dr Jeremy Mathis, said the region did a great service to the planet – acting as a refrigerator.
Part of a US helicopter has crashed on a school in Okinawa, Japan, renewing tensions with the local population. The window dropped on the school grounds, slightly injuring one boy, news agency Kyodo said. The southern island of Okinawa hosts the largest US military presence in Japan.
A baby born with her heart outside her body has survived after surgery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who has no breastbone, was delivered three weeks ago by Caesarean section. She has had three operations to place her heart back in her chest.
With the release of The Last Jedi on Friday, Lucasfilm marks a major milestone. Believe it or not, this is the 10th Star Wars movie released in theaters. Yeah, 10 movies, not just the eight Skywalker saga films plus Rogue One. There’s one red-headed cinematic stepchild Lucasfilm would rather forget.
The war on Christmas just got real awkward at the Trump residence. President Donald Trump has taken a hard stance against the term “Happy Holidays” in favor of the less-inclusive “Merry Christmas” in recent years.
Get ready for the the possibility of President The Rock. Maybe it’s President Rock? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a lovable and charismatic pro wrestler turned movie star continues to hint at the possibility of a presidential run in the 2020 election. While this would probably sound insane two years ago, Donald Trump sorta changed all that.
When it comes to politics, celebrity endorsements can be game changers. In an Instagram video posted today, native Alabamian Channing Tatum enjoined people from his home state to get out and vote today for Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama special election. For Tatum, Moore has “done things that in my opinion go beyond the line of trust.”
Searching for a way to fill the long, dark nights of Hanukkah? Pornhub has you covered. The adult entertainment platform is offering free access to Pornhub Premium, their on-demand HD streaming service, beginning today through Dec. 20. They’ve even created a SFW ad that’s heavy on the Hava Nagila to go along with the promotion.
For months, Democrats have stayed quiet about what, if anything, they were doing in Alabama to help Doug Jones in the state’s special Senate election. They’d insist they were helping, but they wouldn’t say how. “The Democrats have been doing a lot, but focused on the fact that Doug Jones has put together a really good campaign,” Sen.
It’s been quite a year. And Google’s stirring review of 2017 will make you laugh, cry and experience pretty much every emotion in between: The online search engine’s 2-minute video, released Wednesday, highlights what people have been looking up over the last 12 months. The clip focuses on one term ― “How.”
Could the People’s Champion end up in the People’s House? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said Tuesday that a run for the presidency is now a very real possibility. “I’m seriously considering it, yes,” he told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
USA Today published a brutal editorial Tuesday after President Donald Trump smeared Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) by saying she “would do anything” for campaign contributions. “A president who’d all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama’s presidential library or to shine George W.