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Joe Biden has been president for less than 36 hours but administration employees—the few who stayed on after Donald Trump got on a plane bound for Palm Beach—are already getting used to a new way of life. For the White House kitchen staff, that probably means not having to hide vegetables in the president‘s food
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The term “cult” gets thrown around a lot to describe the intense passion of Donald Trump’s followers—but is it accurate? For Steven Hassan, a former Moonie turned cult expert and author of The Cult of Trump, the answer is decidedly yes. Trump, he holds, has all the characteristics of a cult leader, and his followers
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At least one good cop. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman famously distracted rioters on January 6, leading a group of them away from the Senate Chamber as they chased him around the Capitol building stairs, giving politicians a crucial extra couple minutes to escape. One reward for that: Goodman escorted Kamala Harris to the inauguration.
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Echoing that sentiment was German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who said he was “greatly relieved,” adding, “Despite all the joy we feel today, we must not forget that even the most powerful democracy in the world has been seduced by populism. We must work resolutely to counter polarization, protect and strengthen the public square in our
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Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at Joe Biden’s inauguration this morning, following the tradition of past American presidents and their spouses attending all inaugural ceremonies. Michelle wore a raspberry belted outfit and coat by Sergio Hudson for the event. MELINA MARAGetty Images Rob CarrGetty Images Today is deeply personal for
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With a dramatically reduced crowd, beefed-up security, and a pandemic-era sense of solemnity, the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was far from traditional. But as one of the largest-scale events to happen in Washington, D.C., since the pandemic began, it was also a prime opportunity for displays of fashion diplomacy,
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As Donald Trump prepares for his post-presidency in de facto exile at Mar-a-Lago, America’s soon-to-be ex-president is confronting a series of existential crises no predecessor has faced. The most immediate threat, of course, is the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, the outcome of which could bar him from ever serving office again. At the same time,
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Steve Markwardt sure knows how to grab and keep his listener’s attention in the new country tune, “Rear View Mirror”. From his album Home Again, Markwardt presents a pure, catchy country western rhythm sound bolstered even more so from his Texas roots. A great storyline and Markwardt’s perfectly-pitched vocals makes “Rear View Mirror” the right
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On Monday night Tony-winning actor Laura Benanti paid Stephen Colbert’s Late Show one last visit [in character as Melania Trump](https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/07/laura-benanti-melania-trump-impression-late-show-stephen-colbert), bidding a musical farewell to the soon-to-be former FLOTUS. In a truly impressive pretaped song and dance number, Benanti’s Trump wonders what her life will look like after the White House. She realizes she should
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President Donald Trump reportedly plans to grant roughly 100 pardons and commutations on Tuesday, his last full day in office, a last-minute exercise of presidential power that is expected to benefit a range of recipients, from controversial political allies to big-name rappers, according to CNN. The steady stream of pardons and commutations Trump had been
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In the wake of the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists, heightened security concerns surrounding Joe Biden’s inauguration have visibly transformed Washington, D.C. into something like a war zone. Ahead of the president-elect’s swearing-in ceremony, an event already dramatically reshaped by the pandemic, officials have established a “green zone” in downtown Washington
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