At the Oval Office on Thursday, lawmakers talked about protecting immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries. That’s when President Trump reportedly asked why the US accepts “all these people from shithole countries,” and why not more people from Norway. LA Congresswoman Karen Bass shares her reaction. She’s going to Africa next week and will have to manage angry reactions from leaders there.
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Just weeks ago, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was back at Breitbart News, pushing his vision for America. But now, Bannon is out at Breitbart. He’s lost the support of billionaire Rebekah Mercer. And he’s out of his mind, according to the president. We look at Bannon’s spectacular rise and fall.
Randall Hansen teaches at the University of Toronto.
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A few years ago, University of Toronto professor Randall Hansen published a book titled “Fire and Fury” about the Allied bombing campaign against Hitler's Germany. Readers are apparently buying it now, thinking they’re getting Michael Wolff's tell-all about Trump.
Countless people are getting the flu this winter. We find out why this year is especially bad, and what you can do to minimize your risk.
Jaime DeVille, Clinical professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
Our critics review “Paddington 2,” the second live-action adaptation of the iconic British children’s book; “The Polka King” on Netflix, starring Jack Black as a Polish immigrant and polka band leader; and “The Commuter,” starring Liam Neeson as an insurance salesman who meets a stranger on a train.
We talk about why you might want to invest in a pair of boxer briefs that are billed as smartphone-proof, and why you might not want to get a laundry-folding machine. We look at gadgets at this year’s CES, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.
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How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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