The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday February 1)

February 1, 2018

On this first day of February, these are the stories making headlines.

Trump pledges a great US ‘for all Americans’

Even as he worked to bridge growing national schisms, however, Trump didn’t avoid the dark warnings about immigrants and nods to populist nationalism that have helped foment disunity over the past year.

North Korean defector attends State of the Union

Recognizing the guest, Trump told Ji’s story, one of a starving boy in North Korea some 20 years ago, whose limbs were run over by a train after he collapsed in exhaustion on the tracks before enduring torture at the hands of North Korean authorities.

North Korea to parade dozens of long-range missiles before Winter Olympics

North Korea is planning to show off dozens of long-range missiles at a February 8 parade, the day before the Winter Olympics is set to begin in South Korea, two diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of North Korea’s intentions told CNN Wednesday.

CIA director Pompeo met top Russian spies

Russian media is reporting those who met with Pompeo may have included the country’s sanctioned spy chief, Sergey Naryshkin. Talks between top US and Russian intelligence officials occurred just days before Pompeo once again warned that Russia will attempt to meddle in the 2018 US midterm elections and the Trump administration released a sweeping list of prominent Russian political and business figures in defiance of Moscow.

A clear view of enemy lines, but no end in sight in Yemen

The strategic high ground dominates surrounding Houthi territory below. A swift advance from here could dislodge the Iranian-backed rebels, either pushing them out of the capital or into meaningful peace talks. But that view would overlook the complexities of Yemen’s war, as well as the paucity of military hardware that we witnessed on the hours-long drive during our bone-shaking ascent up the 8,500-foot-high plateau.

Hawaii false missile alert ‘button pusher’ is fired

The unnamed employee said he didn’t know it was an exercise, even though five other employees in the room heard “exercise, exercise, exercise, which indicates that it is a drill,” an investigating officer told reporters. Retired Brig. Gen.

Secret Australian Government Documents Found In Cabinets From Secondhand Store

Australia’s national broadcasterhas obtained secret government documents relating to national security, immigration, welfare, communications and controversial racial discrimination laws after someone purchasedtwo government filing cabinets at a secondhand store. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. made the revelation on Wednesday after reporting for several days on secret government decisions and discussions that took place between 2013 and 2014.

Trump Is Obsessed With The Size Of His Tax Cut, Can’t Admit It’s Not The Biggest

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump has repeatedly said, falsely, that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act he signed into law last month is the biggest tax cut in American history. Fact-checkers have repeatedly said he’s wrong, and yet, in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Trump persisted.

Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Black Panther’ Reflects The Diversity Of ‘Black Cultural Identity’

“Black Panther” is being hailed as one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movies ever. The stars say it’s all down to the representative and celebration of African culture, that was reflected on the red carpet looks.

Former ‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Dies Awaiting Child Porn Sentencing

“Glee” star Mark Salling, who faced sentencing in March on child pornography charges, was found dead Tuesday in Los Angeles, his attorney, Michael Procter, confirmed to HuffPost. He was 35. “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,” Proctor said in a statement.

People Have 2 Issues With Gigi and Bella Hadid’s Nude Vogue Photo

Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid just landed on separate covers for Vogue ‘s latest issue, but it’s a picture of the supermodel sisters inside the magazine that’s making some people uncomfortable. The two wear matching gold Versace chainmail gowns on separate covers for the March issue ― shot by famed fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

Airline bans ’emotional support peacock’

A female traveller was recently banned from taking a large “emotional-support peacock” on board a United Airlines flight, it has emerged. She had offered to buy the bird its own plane ticket, according to travel blog Live and Let Fly.

Top-secret Australia files ‘left at shop’

Australian bureaucrats have launched an investigation into how top-secret documents were exposed after being left in a second-hand shop. The Australian Broadcasting Corp has published a series of exclusive reports this week, citing Cabinet files from current and previous governments. On Wednesday, the ABC revealed the files had been found in locked filing cabinets purchased at a Canberra shop.

‘I was 12 when I married a 35-year-old’

All too often girls in countries across sub-Saharan Africa can be married off an early age, trapping them in a cycle that is almost impossible to escape. They can be held by poverty, sexual and domestic violence, and social stigma.

I’m not a quitter, says Theresa May

Theresa May has responded to questions about her future as prime minister, saying “I’m not a quitter.” Speaking before arriving in China on a trade mission, she referred to Brexit and the “domestic agenda”, adding “there is a long-term job to be done”.

Porn searches for ‘grope’ have skyrocketed in Trump’s D.C.

The State of the Union is one thing, the state of porn in D.C. is quite another. As Donald Trump prepares to give his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, porn site xHamster reports there’s been quite a change in the way people are searching for porn in Washington since the President took office.

Peter Dinklage calls final ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes ‘heartbreaking’

It should come as no surprise that Peter Dinklage chose fire over ice after playing Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones. His character joined forces with dragon queen Daenerys two seasons ago, and now Dinklage is channeling the power of fire for a Doritos ad to air during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Former Fox News host says Roger Ailes secretly watched female employees ‘disrobe’

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has accused former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who is deceased, of secretly recording video of female employees including Tantaros in their offices and other rooms where they frequently disrobed. The new allegations came out Monday in court papers that Tantaros submitted on her own behalf.

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