George W. Bush hinted Thursday at his dissatisfaction with Donald Trump, complaining in a New York City speech that ‘bullying and prejudice’ has become a caustic norm in American public life.At an event hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, the 43rd U.S. president rattled off a thinly veiled litany of complaints about the current commander-in-chief, focusing on both his tone and his isolationist policy choices.’Our young people need positive role models,’ he said. ‘Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children.”Bigotry seems emboldened’ in today’s America, Bush added. ‘Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.’Trump’s tenure has been marked by a seemingly endless stream of outraged posts on his Twitter account and a dramatic political polarization among U.S. voters as the truthfulness of his public statements is questioned daily.
The latest issue of Playboy features a transgender playmate, a first in the magazine’s 64-year history.Ines Rau poses fully nude in the November/December 2017 issue, which is also the first to hit newsstands following the death of the magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner.The 26-year-old model has been shot for the magazine before, however, this time around marks her debut as the first official transgender playmate, which means she will appear in a full pictorial and the iconic centrefold.
Barbara Walters is the latest star to find herself sucked into the death spiral of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. An old video of Walters shutting down actor Corey Feldman when he spoke out about sex abuse in Hollywood on “The View” is recirculating with calls for Walters to apologize. Feldman, who has spoken publicly about the abuse he suffered along with fellow ‘80s star Corey Haim, appeared on “The View” in 2013 and did not shy away from speaking out about the powerful person in Hollywo
Anthony Scaramucci, the infamous, fiery, short-lived former White House communications director, is wooing glamorous Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle, multiple sources tell Page Six — even as the couple deny they are an item. Page Six exclusively revealed on July 29 that the Mooch’s wife of three years, Deidre Ball, had filed for divorce while nine months pregnant. Scaramucci lasted 11 days in the DC job and was ousted by President Trump on July 31. The reason for his firing was said to be an expletive-
Emmajane Love, a former call girl-turned-relationship guru, decided to marry herself. The ceremony was carried out on a beach, where Love, carrying a handheld mirror, recited her vows to her own reflection.
Despite President Trump’s repeated accusations that the media pushes nothing but “fake news,” Americans are trusting the media more and the president less nearly nine months after he was sworn in, according to a new poll.The Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll of more than 14,300 people released Tuesday found that the percentage of adults who said they had a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the press rose to 48 percent in September from 39 percent last November.The percentage of those who said they had “hardly any” confidence in the press dropped to 45 percent from 51 percent over the same period.Confidence in Trump — who has called the media “the enemy of the American people” and repeatedly disparaged individual reporters — moved in the opposite direction.The survey, which tracked confidence in major institutions every couple of months after the 2016 presidential election, found in late January that 52 percent of Americans had a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the new president’s executive branch.That dropped to 51 percent in the May survey and to 48 percent in the latest poll.In comparison, 57 percent of Americans expressed similar levels of confidence in former Democratic President Barack Obama’s outgoing administration in November.The poll also found that the shift in trust was not simply a partisan reaction to a Republican president.From January to September, the percentage of people who had a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the executive branch dropped 6 percentage points among Republicans and 3 points among Democrats.The percentage of those who expressed similar levels of confidence in the media rose 3 points this year among Republicans and 11 points among Democrats.Every president clashes with the news media, but Trump “has gone a step further in attacking the press and questioning their legitimacy,” Martha Kumar, a presidential historian, told Reuters.“What you’re seeing now is a gradual recognition of the importance of the press” at a time when people are still getting used to a new president whose campaign is under federal investigation for alleged collusion with Russia, Kumar said.Trump has denied any collusion occurred, calling the Russia probe “a hoax” and “fake news.”Kumar added that confidence in the press may be rising this year because news organizations have offered wildly different perspectives on Trump, satisfying people who like him as well as those who do not.“They’re not all watching and reading the same things,” she said. “They’re gravitating toward organizations they trust.”Ari Fleischer, former Republican President George W. Bush’s first press secretary, said any shift in the way people viewed the press and the president was likely the product of an oppositional relationship that both sides had pushed since the 2016 presidential campaign.“Trump throws fastballs directly at the press’ head. He does it almost every day,” Fleischer told Reuters.“This makes those who oppose Trump draw into the press,” elevating its stature among those who would otherwise not trust the media, he said.“But the press has played into it by the mistakes they’ve made, by missing the rise of Trump, by being too liberal,” Fleischer added. “They’ve helped create this environment.”The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the US.It collected a combined 14,328 responses from those polls, and the data has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 2 percentage points.
A gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in US history by opening fire at a Las Vegas outdoor music concert — killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 before being fatally shot, officials said.Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., unleashed a withering hail of bullets from an automatic weapon from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel as about 40,000 people were enjoying the music.Described as a “lone wolf” by Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, Paddock had a criminal past and was known to local law enforcement, NBC News reported.He had no known connection to terrorism and police have not called the shooting a terrorist attack, according to Lombardo.Modal TriggerUndated image of Stephen Paddock.Facebook“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”He added that “numerous firearms” had been located in the room he had occupied at his Mandalay Bay room, which a SWAT team broke into with a controlled explosion.The attack came during the last performances on the final night of the three-day Route 91 country music festival on a 15-acre lot on Las Vegas Boulevard across from Mandalay Bay.Authorities said they have located 62-year-old Marilou Danley, who was wanted as a person of interest in the massacre. She had been sitting in Paddock’s car before the attack, Lombardo said.He described her as an “associate.”Police also found two vehicles with Nevada license plates, a Hyundai Tucson and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, that they had been looking for after the rampage, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.Two off-duty police officers attending the concert were among the dead victims, Lombardo said. Two on-duty Las Vegas cops were wounded, one critically, he said.President Trump tweeted his “warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement: “We are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials.”“All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers,” she added.