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Pope Francis Looking Super Sad With The Trumps Is A Divine New Meme






A picture is worth a thousand words, as the phrase goes.


And after this snap of Pope Francis looking miserable while standing beside President Donald Trump at the Vatican began circulating online Wednesday, many people rushed to social media to suggest what some of them might be:



Trump’s differences in opinion with the pontiff over issues such as immigration and climate change are well documented. But it would be unfair to say the pope looked completely forlorn throughout the president’s visit.


Reuters news agency noted how he “smiled faintly” as he greeted Trump, but also pointed out that the pontiff was “not as gregarious as he sometimes is with visiting heads of state.”


Twitter users, however, compared the above image to photographs taken of former President Barack Obama with the pope, in which they are both smiling. They also suggested just what Francis was thinking of as his picture was being taken with the president, wife Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump.


Check out a sampling of the tweets below:














































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may 24 17, 15:59
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Twitter Is Really Going After Donald Trump

The social mediaverse erupted Thursday night after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit declined to restore President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration executive order. The decision provoked an almost immediate response from the president via his favorite medium, Twitter, where he unleashed an irate, all-caps threat to the court system.






But those reading Trump’s tweet immediately pounced on the president’s penchant for bold typography and his continued threats to sue, a strategy the entire Trump family is particularly fond of. Even the likes of Hillary Clinton and the ACLU decided to wade into the online foray:

































































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U.S.-Mexico Relations Almost As Bad As War Times, Says Former Mexican President






Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said Friday that relations between the United States and Mexico have plummeted to a near-historic low since President Donald Trump took office last week. 


“We are at the very lowest point since the war between Mexico and the United States,” Fox on NBC’s “Today” show, referencing the nearly two-year Mexican-American War prompted by the U.S. annexing Texas in 1845.


Tensions came to a head this week when Trump signed an executive order to advance construction on a border wall between the two countries ― a move fiercely opposed by the Mexican government and many Democrats in Congress. The following day, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a trade meeting with Trump that had been set for next week. 



Trump has brought back a very strong Mexican spirt. And we’re ready for the trade war.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox


Despite Trump’s long-standing pledge to make Mexico pay for the wall, Nieto has repeatedly insisted his country would never foot the bill. Trump said earlier this month that the American taxpayers will now fund the wall’s construction while his administration finds a way to make Mexico “reimburse” the U.S.


White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday floated the concept of a 20 percent tax on all Mexican imports as a way to pay for wall, which drew sharp criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. Spicer walked backed the suggestion hours later, claiming the tax was simply a policy “option.”


Fox, who was Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, said Trump’s vow to build the wall has strengthened nationalism in his country.


“Trump has brought back a very strong Mexican spirt,” he said. “And we’re ready for the trade war. We’re ready, of course, for not paying for that wall.”


The former Mexican president has been an outspoken critic of Trump and his border wall proposal.


I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall,” Fox told Fusion in February. “He should pay for it.”


He also frequently uses Twitter to denounce Trump.










The proposed wall is at odds with the growing reality of unlawful immigration. Immigration hardliners often claim huge numbers of undocumented people are crossing the border into the U.S., but the number of people doing so is at a 40-year low. Reports even show that more undocumented Mexican immigrants are leaving the U.S. than entering.


Still, Trump told ABC’s David Muir on Thursday that building a border wall is “very important.”


“We have to build the wall,” Trump said. “We have to stop drugs from pouring in. We have to stop people from just pouring into our country.”


Fox also appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, and pleaded with Trump to “please grow up.”


“Now, you’re president of a great country, the most powerful nation in the world,” Fox said. “Be ― or try to be ― a real president.”


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jan 27 17, 21:08
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Dudes Launch 'Babes For Trump' Instagram To Elevate Women's 'Voices'


Women have strong political convictions; women have the right to vote. More importantly, though, women have boobs and butts.


At first glance, you might gather that's the message behind a growing Instagram account, "Babes For Trump" which proclaims to be, "Making America Great Again One Babe At A Time." 


The account, that is run by men, houses dozens of images of conventionally-attractive women baring it all in the name of supporting Trump. The photos range from women covering their nipples with Trump stickers, to others where support for Trump is expressed through campaign slogans Sharpied onto women's butts. There are also a number of photos posted on the account that make no reference to Trump at all, but viewers can glean the subjects' political preferences based on the accompanying hashtags: #babe4trump #babes4trump #babefortrump #babesfortrump #trump #trump2016 #trumpgirls #donaldtrump #bootypics #bootybootybooty.


The below images may be considered NSFW.  




The four college men behind Babes For Trump, which is also on Snapchat and Twitter, wouldn't disclose their names, but told The Huffington Post their goal was to "create a unique platform for college students, primarily women, to express their political views."


When asked how posting pictures of almost-naked women helps to elevate female voices, the guys said that simply drawing attention to their account, which has over 3,000 followers and only posts photos that were submitted to them, does just that.


"Just recently a woman from California reached out thanking us for giving girls the chance to be heard and praised for their thoughts without being attacked," the creators told HuffPost. And they don't deny that sex sells: "These pictures represent women in a manner to which they can be desired."




Of course, there isn't anything inherently wrong with women showing their bodies. To the contrary, a woman's right to exercise bodily autonomy, however she chooses to do that, is exactly why it's so important for women to be involved in the political process. But the Babes For Trump account is uncomfortably reminiscent of their favorite presidential candidate's sexist proclivity for ranking women based on their appearances. 


Donald Trump has a long and storied history of equating a woman's value with her looks. Most recently, the GOP frontrunner retweeted an image of his wife Melania juxtaposed with an unflattering shot of Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi -- presumably to prove that Melania is hotter. One post on Babes For Trump seems to echo that meme, showing a split-screen image of a female Bernie Sanders supporter and the butts of two Trump supporters. The caption charmingly reads, "You decide. We know who we're going with." 


Troubled by the notion that a candidate's worth might be determined by the perceived hotness of his or her voters, we suggested to the creators that, maybe we shouldn't be voting based on whose supporters have nicer asses.


The Babes For Trump masterminds agreed -- though they didn't feel that their account was pushing any such idea.


"People shouldn't make a decision based off an ass, that's ridiculous," they said. "The people who follow our account are more likely to be attracted to a woman like the one associated with Trump in our picture, compared to that of the Bernie supporter. It's also evident that some people may find the opposite to be true, where the Bernie supporter may be found more desirable." 


Though the captions posted under the Babes For Trump photos don't explain why the women in said photos are voting for Trump, the male creators believe that the candidate's female supporters are able to reconcile his questionable views about women because he has other things to offer.


"We think people have the capability to move past those sort of things and look at the bigger picture," they told HuffPost. "People align with his policies and philosophies more than his comments and look past them."


If you are a woman who is voting for Trump, we'd love to hear from you. Email women@huffingtonpost.com.




Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. 


 

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Trump's Hollywood Star Is Vandalized With A Swastika


Really, people? Hollywood star with a swastika? Is it for good luck or calling him a Nazi? #WalkOfShame #Trump pic.twitter.com/uSyMrMQLpa

— Yo Terry (@Mysterrious)



Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star received an extreme makeover over the weekend after it was apparently vandalized with a swastika symbol.


A photograph posted to Reddit Friday showed the symbol, which is often associated with the Nazi regime, spray-painted across the Republican presidential front-runner's brass nameplate before its removal.


A local actor who dresses as Batman along the iconic boulevard, confirmed the vandalism to The Wrap, adding that he often sees people stomping or pretending to defecate on the former "Apprentice" host's star. Trump received the honor in 2007 for producing and hosting the NBC reality TV show.


"I've never seen this kind of hate put on a star before, not even Bill Cosby," Austin Franklin told the website.



Since announcing his campaign run, Trump has repeatedly made headlines for his xenophobic stances, including his call to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. and his declaration that Latino immigrants are "criminals" and "rapists."


He has been likened to the Nazi party's leader, Adolf Hitler, whose own ideals of racial purity led to the slaughter of an estimated 11 million people during World War II.


In December, an image of Trump’s face was seen slapped over a Swastika sign beneath a highway overpass in Atlanta. The caricature was complete with a Hitler-style mustache and a bow tie made out of a U.S. $100 bill.


Last week, Anne Frank's stepsister, 86-year-old Eva Schloss, also compared Trump to Hitler in a column published by Newsweek.


"I think [Trump] is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism," wrote Schloss, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp."During his U.S. presidential campaign he has suggested the 'total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,' as well as pledging to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out."


Reddit users were quick to point out that the person defacing Trump's star may have actually wished him good luck or fortune because of the swastika's counterclockwise direction, which differs from the one taken by Hitler.


In the thousands of years before the symbol was appropriated by the Nazi party it represented good luck, fortune and success.


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HUFFPOST HILL - Government, Weather Unable To Reach Last-Minute Consensus

D.C. residents are bracing for the impending blizzard like any normal people would: cracking snowquester jokes and placing overnight orders for a Settlers of Catan expansion pack. Congress is taking Monday off, and also leaving early today to buy an extra can of beans that will remain in the congressional cupboard for several years. And Senate Democrats hope to lift research bans on gun violence. S.B. 4236, the We Know This Won’t Go Anywhere And Just End With All Of Us Feeling Sad And Sharing Links About Australia On Our Facebook Feed Act, will likely be tied to an appropriations bill. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, January 21st, 2016:

WAR STUFF - Jen Bendery: "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) caught nearly everybody off guard late Wednesday by quietly clearing the path for new legislation to declare war on the self-described Islamic State -- an issue he'd signaled for months he had no interest in touching. McConnell introduced a sweeping authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, that would give the president new authority to take action against the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL. It wouldn't put any limits on the duration, geography or use of U.S. ground combat troops in the war, or on the means by which the U.S. military could act. It also would keep in place a broad AUMF from 2001 that never expired and that allows the president to take military action against anyone, anywhere, connected to the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks. In other words, it's a war authorization that's as wide open as it gets… White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine couldn't say if President Barack Obama would get behind McConnell's vision of an AUMF..."We will review the proposal put forward by Leader McConnell, and look forward to continued consultations as Congress undertakes what we hope will be the robust debate and amendment process the American people deserve on this important topic." [HuffPost]

DEMS HOPE TO ADDRESS GUN CONTROL RESEARCH BAN - Laura Barron-Lopez: "Despite a shortened calendar year, and the 2016 presidential election looming large over Congress, Senate Democrats plan to pressure Republicans into a debate over a 20-year-old ban on using federal funds to research gun violence...On Thursday, a handful of Senate Democrats, joined by three gun violence researchers from universities across the country, raised the issue again. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) called on Congress to pass legislation that would authorize $10 million annually, for six years, in the CDC’s budget for such research...Democrats will likely try to attach [a measure] to one of the 12 appropriations bills Republicans are eager to pass this year. Still, the limited legislative calendar will make it harder to have substantive debates in either chamber and leaves little time for both parties to compromise." [HuffPost]

There will be no votes on Monday due to the weather. You know who really hates our government's snow closure policy? Hitler.
Members of the House Oversight Committee wanna hear from Rick Snyder on the Flint water crisis, and the EPA briefed energy committee staffers today.

DELANEY DOWNER - Kris Maher in Flint: "Like most people who enter the Mission of Hope shelter these days, Christine Brown comes for the water. Ms. Brown, 55 years old, was once an aide to former Mayor Don Williamson but has been unemployed since she was laid off in 2008. Now, she is one of the 100,000 Flint residents whose lives have been upended by lead contamination of the city’s water. She washes herself with bottled water to avoid rashes she got from the water at home last year and drives 20 miles once a week to take a long bath at her sister’s house in Clio, Mich. 'We’re nothing but the walking dead in Flint,' said Ms. Brown on Wednesday, bundled in a full-length New York Giants coat and a Detroit Pistons hat. She was making her daily pilgrimage across the city to the daytime shelter for three, one-gallon jugs of water. 'It’s pitiful,' she said." [WSJ]

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ADMINISTRATION STILL WITHHOLDING GITMO TORTURE VIDEOS - Shorter: White House afraid of losing Middle East swing vote. Ryan Reilly: "The Obama administration indicated on Thursday that it would seek to continue to keep secret heavily redacted videos showing a former Guantanamo Bay detainee being force-fed. Justice Department attorneys notified a federal court in Washington on Thursday that the government would appeal an order that would have allowed the public to see the videos on Friday. A federal judge last year had ordered the release of the edited videos showing former Guantanamo prisoner Abu Wa'el Dhiab being force-fed and forcibly extracted from his prison cell. The government had argued that the videos would be used as Islamic State propaganda, 'inflame Muslim sensitivities' and ''subject the U.S. Government to criticism,' though they maintain the videos show no wrongdoing by military personnel. Several media organizations argued for the release of the videos." [HuffPost]

GOP REALLY UPSET WE'RE GIVING EURORAIL PASSES TO TERRORISTS... OR SOMETHING - People in Iran want to kill us and President Nobama is urging Ali Khamenei to take selfies in front of Bubba Gump Shrimp. Julian Hattem: "Furious Republicans assailed the Obama administration Thursday for making changes to a visa entry program for foreign tourists that they characterized as illegal. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday announced changes to the easy-entry visa waiver program, which allows citizens from 38 countries — including Australia, France and Japan — to enter the United States without a visa. The DHS said its new policy will not prohibit people from the 38 countries from entering the U.S. if they have recently traveled to or are dual citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria, which are considered hotbeds of terrorism. Instead, those people — who otherwise would have been eligible to participate in the visa waiver program — will have to obtain a visa through the State Department. However, the administration is also creating a carve-out solely for Iran, with visa waivers handed out on 'a case-by-case basis' to people who have traveled there for "legitimate business-related purposes" following adoption of the nuclear deal last year. Some journalists, diplomats and aid workers traveling to and from the four countries would also receive waivers, the DHS said." [The Hill]

RUBIO PINNING HOPES ON SOUTH CAROLINA - Ken Vogel and Steven Shepard: "Marco Rubio had long planned an ambitious Iowa advertising assault in the weeks leading up to the caucuses, but his campaign has quietly scaled back its ad buys in the state by more than $500,000, according to a POLITICO analysis of advertising buys. The change appears due partly to a switch from offense to defense, but it also comes at a time when the Florida senator is focusing his hopes for an early state victory in South Carolina, where his campaign is increasing its advertising buys, according to the analysis, compiled for POLITICO by The Tracking Firm…Rubio’s campaign is embracing a bold, but risky, strategy to emerge as the GOP establishment’s consensus challenger to Trump and Cruz. One version of the strategy, which some supporters have dubbed '3-2-1,' envisions Rubio placing third in the Iowa caucuses, second in the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9 and first in the South Carolina primary on Feb. 20." [Politico]

CHRISTIE FLIP-FLOPS ON SELF-DEPORTATION - No, hasn't decided to deport himself. Elise Foley: "Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie supports making it so difficult for undocumented immigrants to live in the U.S. that they'll "leave on their own," he told the Washington Examiner in an interview published on Monday. Interviewer Byron York asked Christie if he, like opponent and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), supports 'attrition through enforcement.' Christie replied, 'I think that would be the practical effect of it, yes.' The New Jersey governor's remarks weren't dissimilar from those of other Republican presidential candidates. But they were somewhat contradictory for a politician who had previously rejected the feasibility of "self-deportation" -- a term popularized by 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who proposed instituting tough policies that would cause undocumented immigrants to leave the country. 'I'm not someone who believes that folks who have come here in that status are going to engage in self deportation,' Christie said in April of last year." [HuffPost]

THIS IS THE MOST CARLY FIORINA THING EVER - Correction, this is the most Carly Fiorina thing ever,
. Adam Gabbatt: "Carly Fiorina has been accused of 'ambushing' a group of children, after she ushered pre-schoolers, who were on a field trip to a botanical garden, into an anti-abortion rally in Des Moines. On Wednesday, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive embarked on a day of campaigning across Iowa, in an attempt to boost her ailing presidential campaign. The alleged ambush occurred when Fiorina hosted a 'right to life' forum at the Greater Des Moines botanical garden. Entering the rally, before a crowd of about 60 people, she directed around 15 young children towards a makeshift stage. The problem, one parent said, was that the children’s parents had not given Fiorina permission to have their children sit with her -- in front of a huge banner bearing the image of an unborn foetus – while she talked about harvesting organs from aborted babies." [Guardian]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here are some kittens.

MICHAEL LEWIS MEETS K STREET - Robert Schmidt: "Brad Katsuyama and his Investors’ Exchange were lionized in the best-selling book 'Flash Boys' as protecting mom-and-pop investors from predatory high-frequency traders. Now nearly two years later, his firm, IEX Group Inc., is counting on that renown to help smooth its path to become a public stock exchange...Standing in the way are some of those same speed traders, who have an opportunity -- via the regulatory process -- to chasten IEX and its earnest leader. Leading the charge is the hedge fund Citadel LLC, whose billionaire founder Ken Griffin was furious over the negative light that the Michael Lewis book cast on his firm, according to two people who have spoken with him. Aligning themselves with IEX competitors like the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Inc., senior Citadel executives have trekked to Capitol Hill to lobby congressional staff and written several critical letters to the SEC arguing that the approval would harm, rather than protect, most investors. While IEX says the complaints are fear-mongering, the opposition has prompted the SEC to delay its decision and forced Katsuyama’s firm to mount a counter-lobbying effort." [Bloomberg]

COMFORT FOOD

- Eating a 50-year-old MRE.

- A comical look at purgatory.

- Alan Rickman cut a viral video for charity before he died.

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: It was nice knowing you all. DC had a good run. They'll find some fun stuff when they dig us out in 2047.

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