The weirdest insults politicians threw each other in government this year

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Are you ready for the sickest burns by the most fire politicians of 2016?

Bar a certain southeast Asian leader and a president-elect, most insults thrown around in politics this year were more mild than wild. But nonetheless weird.

The Society of Clerks have compiled this year’s naughtiest expressions in their most recent version of journal, The Table. It’s full to the brim with terms uttered by politicians in the parliaments of countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India and South Africa. 

Get ready for the tamest, lamest calls ever. Except in Australia, where they really DGAF. Read more…

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Someone is willing to pay more than $16,000 for a coffee date with Ivanka Trump

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There are plenty of great charities that need your money, but that hasn’t stopped someone from donating thousands of dollars for the opportunity to have a half-hour coffee date with Ivanka Trump. 

You can bid on the event over at Charitybuzz, a site for high-priced charity auctions like having Hugh Jackman record your outgoing voicemail message or the chance to ask Lawrence Kasdan, writer of three Star Wars films, two questions. (May we suggest: “Who are Rey’s parents?” and “How come Kenobi didn’t recognize C3PO or R2D2?”) Read more…

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This video is all you need to know about Trump appointee Linda McMahon

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Donald Trump has named former WWE president and CEO Linda McMahon (pictured above) to his cabinet to lead the Small Business Administration. 

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Michelle Obama on election night: ‘I went to bed’

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While our eyes were glued to the television on election night, First Lady Michelle Obama had other plans.

“I went to bed,” she told People in a joint interview with her husband President Barack Obama. “I don’t watch debates. I don’t like to watch the political discourse. I never have. I barely did with him [Barack].”

She continued: “Once you do what you can do, then you rest easy. It was in the hands of the American people.”

The Obamas were vocal supporters of Hillary Clinton’s run for president. At the Democratic National Convention in July, the First Lady gave a heartening speech in which she coined her election season motto: “When they go low, we go high.” Read more…

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Here’s how you could have predicted Trump as ‘Person of the Year’

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When Time magazine announced President-elect Donald Trump as its choice for its 2016 “Person of the Year,” many expressed outrage, despite the fact that his selection was perhaps one of the few predictable things about the surreal, fever dream that is 2016.

Twitter critics of Trump quickly linked Trump’s selection to terrible past selections like Adolf Hitler (1938) and Josef Stalin (1939, 1942). 

Hmm..pic.twitter.com/vVQMg7Na4U

— David Weiner (@daweiner) December 7, 2016

But another context would be the White House’s previous occupants: since 1932, every president has won the award, some more than once. And six of the last seven presidents have been given the honor by Time the year they were elected to office, before their inauguration.  Read more…

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‘Time’ names Trump person of the year and Twitter has a lot to say

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No matter how hard you try to ignore Donald Trump, he just won’t go away.

On Wednesday, Time magazine announced Donald Trump as its “Person of the Year.” On the cover, Time wrote that he’d become president of the “divided states of America.” Twitter couldn’t agree more.

While some Trump supporters greeted the announcement with joy, others noted that the editorial was highly critical of him and the type of damage he’s already caused. NeverTrumpers and Clinton supporters noted that Hitler and Putin had both received the award before and that this was no honor. Read more…

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‘Never say never’: Joe Biden pulls a Bieber when asked about running in 2020

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What a difference a day makes.

When Joe Biden reportedly told a CNN reporter that he might have a proverbial crack at the U.S. presidency come 2020, political corners of the internet were a’flutter. But Vice President Biden’s appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday quelled some of the excitement. For now at least.

In his first talk show appearance since the election, Biden explained that in matters of the presidency one should, as Bieber so poignantly put it, “never say never.”

Colbert quizzed the meme lord after he lamented not running last election, though he says he ultimately “made the right decision.” Read more…

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Turns out, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote IRL and on Twitter

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Everyone knows Donald Trump is obsessed with Twitter. But Hillary Clinton, it turns out, is the real winner on the social media platform.

Two Clinton tweets were the most retweeted political messages in 2016, while The Donald was runner-up with one of his tweets being third most retweeted, according to Twitter data sent to Mashable.

Heartwarming messages, sharp one-liners, and cutesy birthday shout-outs were among the nine most retweeted political tweets of 2016. 

Like the political tweets, trending topics and hashtags also told the story of 2016 — a year that saw police brutality, a mass shooting targeting the LGBT community, unexpected international shifts like the Brexit vote and the unprecedented election of a reality star businessman as U.S. president.  Read more…

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Turns out, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote IRL and on Twitter

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Everyone knows Donald Trump is obsessed with Twitter. But Hillary Clinton, it turns out, is the real winner on the social media platform.

Two Clinton tweets were the most retweeted political messages in 2016, while The Donald was runner-up with one of his tweets being third most retweeted, according to Twitter data sent to Mashable.

Heartwarming messages, sharp one-liners, and cutesy birthday shout-outs were among the nine most retweeted political tweets of 2016. 

Like the political tweets, trending topics and hashtags also told the story of 2016 — a year that saw police brutality, a mass shooting targeting the LGBT community, unexpected international shifts like the Brexit vote and the unprecedented election of a reality star businessman as U.S. president.  Read more…

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Homes in Trump Tower now advertised with a new amenity: Secret Service protection

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At Trump Tower, you can have it all. And under a Donald Trump presidency, that means Secret Service protection.

That’s how the New York City real estate agency Douglas Elliman has advertised units inside the flashy Manhattan skyscraper at least.

The security detail was described as the hot new thing at Trump Towers in an email the agency sent out less than a week after Trump’s election, according to Politico.

“Fifth Avenue Buyers Interested in Secret Service Protection?” was the subject line of an email advertisement for 1,052-square-foot luxury condos going for $2.1 million. Read more…

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