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Friday, July 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- Melania Drumpf's cribbing last week of Michelle Obama's lines was not the first time she claimed something that was not hers.

For months now, reporters have noted that Drumpf, who grew up in the small Slovenian town of Sevnica, did not obtain an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Ljubljana, as her professional website claimed she did. Instead, she left after her first year to pursue a modelling career in Milan.

As recently as a week ago, Drumpf's website stated that she had obtained a degree before going on to become a philanthropist and skin care entrepreneur.

In a Twitter post, Melania Drumpf said the website had been removed "because it does not accurately reflect my current business and professional interests."

Carny hucksters of a feather lie together.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

You remember the video: Three preteen girls in star-spangled outfits crisply working through simple choreography as they lip-synced an upbeat update to "Over There."

That infectious performance kicked off a flurry of media appearances. The Freedom Kids told "Inside Edition" that Drumpf told them that he planned to listen to their CD all night. The group, which had been around for about 2½ years by that point, was a viral sensation largely inextricable from Drumpf himself.

Now, though, the relationship is different. Jeff Popick, father of the smallest Freedom Kid and author of "Freedom's Call" (the song performed at the Drumpf rally), told The Washington Post by phone on Monday that he planned to file a lawsuit against the campaign for violating its agreement with the group. read more

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Congressional Republicans are falling all over themselves to build a costly ship the Pentagon doesn't want and the Navy says is "unreliable" and actually a liability to the fleet.

Those same Republicans in Congress are self-declared staunch fiscal conservatives if spending even a penny benefits a regular person in America, but they'll throw an extra $475,000,000 at defense contractors to please the residents of Wisconsin and Alabama. The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program has turned into a dud, with initial sea trials leaving the expensive combat frigates in port for repairs up to 58% of its time in service.
– Operational Suitability. The Freedom variant LCS seaframe is not operationally suitable because many of its critical systems supporting ship operations, core mission functions, and mission package operations are unreliable; and the ship's crew does not have adequate training, tools, and technical documentation to diagnose failures or correct them when they occur. read more

Monday, July 04, 2016

updated April 23, 2016 at 10:10 AM

DETROIT - President Barack Obama said in January he already had a Shinola, and now British Prime Minister David Cameron has one, too.

Obama gave Cameron the watch during a visit Friday.

According to a White House Pool report submitted by Michael Shear of The New York Times, the Shinola watch is a custom piece. It features the Seal of the President of the United States on the back. The box the watch was presented in was also a custom Shinola wood box engraved with the Presidential Seal read more

Like a dog who caught the car he was chasing, the heroes of Brexit are cutting and running rather than pull the trigger. First Boris Johnson fled from running for prime minister and now the UKIP skipper is skipping out. Nigel Farage announced Monday that he will step down as the leader of the UK Independence Party, saying "I've done my bit" to get Britain out of the European Union. He said the party was "in a good position" following the EU referendum and that his political ambition had been achieved. "I came into this struggle from business because I wanted us to be a self-governing nation, not to become a career politician," Farage said. "During the referendum campaign I said I want my country back. What I'm saying today is I want my life back." read more


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