White House Correspondents’ Dinner Won’t Feature Comedian For First Time In 16 Years

questions about the whole point of the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Wolf responded to the Association’s choice of speaker this year, calling the organization “cowards” in a tweet and adding, “The media is complicit.” The last time the association eschewed a comedian was in 2003, when then-President George W. Bush decided to forgo comedy given the recent invasion of Iraq. That year, the dinner featured Ray Charles. Prior to Wolf, comedians like Jay Leno, Cedric the Entertainer, Rich Little, Craig Ferguson, …

UK slammed for not granting asylum to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi over security fears

Supporters of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a coalition of religious-political parties, raise their hands and chant slogans after the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam, during a protest rally in Lahore, Pakistan November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza  In his letter of resignation to British Prime Minister Theresa May last week, the Conservative Party’s now-former vice chairman Rehman Chishti emphasized that one of his reasons for stepping down was the “manner in which …

Bloomberg donates record $1.8B to Johns Hopkins

(CNN)Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who is weighing a 2020 presidential run, is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins. “America is at its best when we reward people based on the quality of their work, not the size of their pocketbook,” he wrote. Improving access to top colleges and universities for students who can’t afford it has long been a focus of Bloomberg’s philanthropic efforts. Bloomberg’s foundation supports several programs dedicated to helping high-achieving, lower-income …

Stephen Barclay named new Brexit Secretary

And some Conservative Brexiteers who are unhappy with the deal have also been submitting letters of no-confidence in Mrs May. If 48 letters are sent, then a vote will be triggered and Mrs May could face a challenge to her leadership. But shortly before Mr Barclay’s appointment, two leading Brexiteers in the cabinet, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox publicly threw their support behind her. New Brexit secretary ‘delighted’ In a tweet, Mr Barclay said he …

Trump on China: ‘Can’t have trade that’s meant for stupid people’

Washington (CNN Politics)President Donald Trump on Friday raised the prospect of ending his escalating trade war with China, but signaled US negotiators still want more a few more concessions from their largest trading partner. Trump, who has made the US economic relationship with China a centerpiece of his presidency, reiterated that he wants a deal both sides can be happy with. “I don’t want to put them in a bad position,” said Trump. “I want to put them in a …

Pence drops key US demand for Trump-Kim summit

Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the US will not require North Korea to provide a full list of its nuclear and missile sites before President Donald Trump meets with dictator Kim Jong Un for a second summit slated for early next year. “Now we need to see results,” Pence added. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday that the Trump administration’s approach to dealing with North Korea will take time but bi-lateral engagement between the country’s two …

Camp Fire death toll jumps to 71, sheriff says

A firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the Camp Fire on Friday in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher) The blaze, which erupted on Nov. 8, is the deadliest in California state history. The updated death toll comes ahead of President Trump’s visit to the state on Saturday, where he’s expected to meet with those affected by the flames, according to the White House. “It’s incredible what’s going on,” Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Friday …

NASCAR legend David Pearson dead at 83

Pearson was a three-time Cup champion and his 105 career victories trail only Petty’s 200 on NASCAR’s all-time list. Born just outside of Spartanburg, Pearson made his NASCAR debut in 1960 and along with Petty, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough, they raced all over the country as the cornerstone during NASCAR’s period of slow growth beyond a regional racing series. Pearson was inducted into the second class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Initially nicknamed “The Fox” for his calculated …

‘Pathetic’ frog birthday cake from supermarket leaves parents ‘mortified’: ‘It was a disgrace’

“They told me it could be done, no worries at all. He wrote down everything I said and said it would be ready by Sunday morning. I was very excited to see it,” Shane said, The Sun reported. SOUTH CAROLINA GROCERY STORE CENSORS ‘SUMMA CUM LAUDE’ ON GRADUATION CAKE, FAMILY SAYS Shane and his wife Amy were excited about celebrating their son Mason’s third birthday, and were looking forward to seeing the cake. “A cake is an integral part of …

Reported U.S. Hate Crimes Up 17 Percent In 2017: FBI Report

according to the report, released on Tuesday. Two-thirds of the year’s victims were targeted for their race, ethnicity or ancestry, the report shows. Half of those crimes were borne of what the report calls “anti-black bias.” The numbers show that the number of law enforcement agencies reporting hate crimes also rose in 2017. About 1,000 additional agencies contributed information for the report, compared with the previous year. Still, the sheer number of reported hate crimes is appalling no matter how you …

Melania Trump’s office calls for firing of top Bolton deputy

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Ricardel had clashed with Melania Trump’s staff over seating arrangements on a plane during the first lady’s trip to Africa last month. The paper added that the first lady’s office suspects Ricardel of leaking negative stories about the first lady and her staff. The Journal also reported that Ricardel has sparred with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis over policy differences and staffing decisions. Ricardel, 58, assumed the post of deputy national security adviser in …

Dave Grohl, Guy Fieri and other celebs feed wildfire first responders

(CNN)Some famous chefs and rockers-turned-chefs are showing their gratitude to the California first responders by feeding them. To all the @losangelesfiredepartment and @lacountyfd heroes we met last night…thank you. It was an honor to cook for you. – Dave . https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-73 . https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-81 . https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-83 . https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-68 . https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-89 . https://locator.lacounty.gov/fire/Location/3046512/los-angeles-county-fire-department—station-125 . #backbeatbbq A post shared by Backbeat BBQ (@backbeatbbq) on Nov 13, 2018 at 9:44am PST California braces for more casualties as Camp Fire death toll climbs to 48 …

Barack Obama Celebrates Michelle Obama In Romantic Book Plug

Barack Obama gave In a romantic plug on Instagram, Obama admitted he was biased, but gushed anyway in calling the former first lady “brilliant, funny, wise.” He said he loved the book “because it faithfully reflects the woman I have loved for so long.” While the home-team praise was no doubt welcomed, sales of the book were going through the roof anyway. In its first day on sale Tuesday, “Becoming” already was a bestseller, the topped the Amazon list as …

Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

Forecasters had warned of ongoing fire danger because of persistent Santa Ana winds, the withering, dry gusts that sweep out of the interior toward the coast, pushing back moist ocean breezes. But except for an apartment building that burned overnight in coastal Malibu, there was little sign of fire activity elsewhere in the vast fire zone west of Los Angeles. Officials tempered optimism with caution, saying there were hotspots and pockets of unburned vegetation. “We are not out of the …

Police: Teen sent swastika to phones at Chicago-area school

OAK PARK, Ill. – A 14-year-old boy has been charged with sending a swastika image to the smartphones of other students during a suburban Chicago high school assembly. Oak Park police say the student at Oak Park and River Forest High School faces a misdemeanor charge of disseminating harmful material and faces a juvenile court hearing on Wednesday. The school said last week that someone in the auditorium sent the image using the AirDrop function of an Apple device during …