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Sunday, December 31, 2017

The year 2018 has arrived in Europe and is coming to North America. During this year we can expect the Winter Olympics, launch of NASA's Insight spacecraft to Mars and the World Cup of soccer. CNN has live video of celebrations as midnight strikes and the new year begins.


Breitbart News is covering up its recent promotion of an openly white nationalist and anti-Semitic congressional candidate, Paul Nehlen. Meanwhile, Joel Pollak, the site's senior editor-a-large and frequent spokesman, is falsely claiming the site hasn't covered him in "months." In reality, Nehlen's public association with white nationalists dates back more than a year and was contemporaneous with Beitbart's relentless promotion of his primary challenge to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). On December 18, just 10 days ago, Nehlen was a guest on a Breitbart radio show, Whatever It Takes with Curt Schilling. The interview was posted to Breitbart's account on SoundCloud but quietly removed in the last few days.


President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his approval ratings at this point in his presidency rival those of Barack Obama, citing a report from "Fox & Friends." ... But the truth, across almost every reputable poll, is that Trump's approval ratings have lagged behind those of nearly all of his predecessors, including Obama, since day one of his presidency. The cleanest comparison between the approval ratings of the two presidents is Gallup's daily tracking polls, which are released as both three-day rolling averages and weekly averages. The three-day averages released on December 28, 2009 -- the day Trump cited in his tweet -- showed 51% approval for Obama with 43% disapproval. On December 28 of this year, Gallup released a three-day average showing 38% approval for Trump with 56% disapproval.


NBCNews.com and the NBC News White House unit are tracking [Donald] Trump's visits to his properties and golf courses since his inauguration. ... Trump has visited his golf clubs nearly 90 times in his first year. ... Politifact reports that as of November 2017, Trump is confirmed to have golfed 35 times, while at the same point in his presidency, Obama had golfed just 11 times. During the campaign, Trump argued that Americans should vote for him because he would rarely leave Washington. He promised that he wouldn't go golfing or take vacations because there was too much work to do.


Outspoken Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr sat down with USA TODAY Sports recently following a tour of the team's Chase Center construction site. ... Kerr -- who spent part of his childhood growing up in Lebanon and whose world view was forever changed by the 1984 assassination of his 52-year-old father, Malcolm, while he served as the president of the American University in Beirut -- says he will continue to speak up in press conferences about everything from the President to gun violence. ... "I don't know if you saw the Sally Yates column. I read it this morning, and I tweeted it. It's fantastic. But there's absolutely an assault on our institutions and on our core values as a country. She tweeted the preamble to the Constitution, which really sums up our country. And all those things are kind of under attack right now."


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