Mr. Rogan has also faced social media condemnation for a remark he made several years ago in which he compared going into a black neighborhood to see a movie with the movie itself, “Planet of the Apes.” “We get out, we’re giggling, ‘We’re going to go see Planet of the Apes.’ We walk into Planet of the Apes. We walked into Africa,” he said on his podcast in 2013. “We walked into the blackest neighborhood we could find,” Mr. Rogan continued, noting that he had said a “racist thing.”
An audio recording reviewed by ABC News captured President Donald Trump demanding the ouster of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during a 2018 dinner with a group of associates that included Lev Parnas, the indicted businessman Trump has repeatedly claimed not to know. “Get rid of her!” Trump said in the recording, ABC reported Friday. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.” The president’s outburst came after Parnas, an associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, recommended that Trump fire Yovanovitch. Parnas, according to ABC, told Trump in the recording that the ambassador was “basically walking around telling everybody, ‘Wait, he’s gonna get impeached, just wait.’” “The biggest problem there, I think where we need to start is we gotta get rid of the ambassador,” Parnas said. “She’s still leftover from the Clinton administration.” A copy of the recording is now in the possession of federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, ABC reported.
John Cassidy writes on Donald Trump’s fraught justification for killing the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, and on his efforts to discredit Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
— Read on www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/trump-turns-to-mccarthyite-attacks-as-his-suleimani-story-crumbles
Prime minister rejects Nicola Sturgeon’s request for transfer of powers to stage referendum
— Read on www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/14/boris-johnson-refuses-to-grant-scotland-powers-to-hold-independence-vote
The Washington Post reports that George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman and a key witness in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election, pleaded guilty to child sex charges on Monday. He previously pleaded not-guilty in July of 2019. A longtime influencer of American policy, Nader has acted as a liaison between President Trump’s advisors and Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, as well as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He also travelled to the White House several times through 2017 to meet with Steve Bannon, according to Politico.
Rep. Paul A. Gosar, an Arizona Republican whose history of inflammatory social media posts has made him Internet infamous, tweeted a doctored picture of President Barack Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in an apparent effort to criticize the former U.S. leader’s Iran policy. The tweet, sent Monday afternoon, is captioned: “The world is a better place without these guys in power.” It features a fake photo that was debunked more than four years ago. In the falsified image, Obama and Rouhani are posing, hands clasped and smiling, in front of two American flags and a poorly altered Iranian one. But Obama and Rouhani never met in person, and, while Obama left office in 2017, Rouhani is still in power. The real photo was taken at a 2011 meeting between Obama and then-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Before leaving for a state visit to Greece, Xi Jinping turned down proposals of a meeting with Donald Trump, sources briefed on the matter said.
More than 10,000 people signed a petition demanding the New York City officer’s ouster after he broke into a black woman’s home.
A leaked document from the Texas Republican Party indicates operatives are worried about the “polarizing nature” of President Trump.
Phone records provide “irrefutable proof” of sexual assault claims against President Donald Trump by former “The Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, her lawyer said.