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Steve King condemned for pro-racist comments

Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) faced harsh backlash from House GOP and Democratic members following a quote submitted to the Washington Post that questioned why white supremacist language was considered wrong. Though King is often accused of racism, this occurrence has been the most overt and faced the most backlash from King’s own party. King was subsequently removed from all committee assignments and Republican leadership called for his resignation. Party leadership has not ruled out going further than they have, keeping the option of censure on the table.

‘Family Guy’ to ban jokes about homosexuality

FOX sitcom and comedy ‘Family Guy’ is nearly two decades old and renowned for its irreverent comedic targeting, touching on subjects ranging from homosexuality, being transgender, sexual assault, religion, and racial tension. However, using an episode that doubled as a political satire, ‘Family Guy’ central character Peter Griffin announced that the show would take strides to remove such humor. In a subsequent statement, the ‘Family Guy’ team explained that “Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about then, we now understand is not acceptable,” and that the show is taking steps to adjust.

Bernie Sanders locks down for 2020

The 2020 campaign season is truly beginning as Democratic Socialist senator Bernie Sanders makes a flurry of moves to secure the assets that transformed his campaign into a social media grassroots powerhouse in 2016. Already, Sanders has secured the services of a number of the last election’s biggest names in ads, as well as an ad group named “Means of Production” from his compatriot, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s midterm campaign, which aided the 29-year-old in performing what is widely hailed as one of the largest upsets in the century, and made her the youngest person to ever serve in Congress.

 

Twitter trolling begins for Clemson Tigers White House celebration

President Trump once again took the internet by surprise when he ordered more than 300 fast food items for the NCAA champions, the Clemson Tigers. The meeting spawned numerous photographs that the internet took to, particularly a picture of the President standing under a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and behind platter after platter of fast food orders. In a typo-plagued tweet afterward, the President touted having ordered “over 1000 hamberders”, a typo that was quickly pounced upon by the official Burger King Twitter account, responding moments later, “due to a large order placed yesterday, we’re all out of hamberders. just serving hamburgers today.”

 

Trump lawyer Giuliani rescinds stance on campaign collusion

This far into the Mueller investigation, President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has held that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign never colluded with the Russian agents charged with interfering with the US presidential elections, a topic that has been refuted time and time again as Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged members of the campaign in rapid succession and details of a meeting with Russian officials by high-ranking campaign staff came out. However, though the president’s legal team has walked back their positions with what feels to be every new development, Giuliani has stepped it back furthest yet, claiming that he “never said there was no collusion between the campaign and Russia,” simply holding that the president never committed any crime himself. This point, too, however, remains in contention as reports continue to come out that Mueller has placed bribery experts to investigate the president himself, after information came out that the Trump Tower-Moscow project had not been seized by the time of the election and that a luxury penthouse had been offered to Russian President Vladimir Putin himself to placate him and convince him to allow the project to move forward.

 

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