De Niro’s anti-Trump Tonys speech reveals the tribalistic and vulgar new normal in political discourse

President Trump has unabashedly positioned himself as a culture warrior, doubling down on language and views that alienate large numbers of Americans because it plays well with the groups that support him most. But last night's speech by Robert DeNiro at the Tony Awards suggests that “Hollywood elites” are taking a similar approach.

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Trump’s feud with Justin Trudeau looks like a stunt

President Trump’s rationale for lashing out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does not add up.

Calling Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak,” Trump cited two reasons to withdraw the United States from a joint statement on “free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade,” which had been drafted at a summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations over the weekend. In a tweet, Trump pointed to “Justin’s false statements at his news conference” and “the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs.”

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Soros blames Gillibrand for Franken’s ouster: What it says about Democrats in the #MeToo era

For some on the left, the person who bears much responsibility for former Democratic senator Al Franken losing his seat because of his alleged mistreatment of women is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a possible 2020 presidential hopeful.

But blaming a woman for a man losing his job over reports of workplace sexual misconduct is a reminder that some on both sides of the aisle fail to respond appropriately to such allegations.

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Trump set a very high bar for his meeting with Kim Jong Un

Beating expectations is central to President Trump's political brand. The story of his 2016 campaign is one of an impending collapse that never came, an upset win that he continually relives at rallies and on Twitter.

But beating expectations in a face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be difficult — because Trump has set the bar so high. Though in sober moments he has framed the summit in Singapore this week as a mere introduction to the North Korean leader, the president, ever self-confident, has been unable to mask his apparent belief that his own unique talent as a negotiator could produce a landmark deal — on the spot.

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‘Within the first minute I’ll know’: Trump’s confident G-7 news conference, annotated

President Trump projected confidence as he left a Group of Seven summit in Canada to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, predicting he will know “within the first minute” whether Kim is serious about denuclearization.

“Just my touch, my feel,” Trump said at a news conference. “That's what I do.”

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Mueller’s latest indictment is a mixed bag for Trump

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III secured yet another indictment on Friday, hours after President Trump complained again about what he called “the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax.”

The new charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a business associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, provide the latest evidence that Mueller's probe is not a “witch hunt,” as the president often describes it, but rather a steady uncovering of alleged and admitted criminal activity.

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Anthony Bourdain used his platform to draw attention to the marginalized

Anthony Bourdain, who was found dead Friday in an apparent suicide, opened his viewers' eyes to issues within and beyond the borders of the United States through food.

He also championed many of the communities that affected his work in the kitchen and on screen. Whether it was global poverty, systemic racism in the United States or sexual abuse of women in the workplace, Bourdain frequently used the publicity he earned through his celebrity to draw attention to the issues affecting the people behind the food that he brought into Americans' living rooms.

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Melania Trump’s rebuke of Rudy Giuliani is a reminder that she isn’t speaking up for the president

First lady Melania Trump isn't saying she doesn't believe President Trump's denial of a decade-old affair with porn star Stormy Daniels. But the first lady isn't saying she does believe the president, either — and she sure isn't telling Rudolph W. Giuliani what she thinks, one way or the other.

After Giuliani, one of the president's attorneys, asserted at a conference in Tel Aviv on Thursday that Melania Trump “believes her husband,” the first lady publicly rejected the notion that Giuliani would know such a thing.

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Trump’s top economic adviser was against tariffs for years. Then he joined the Trump White House.

When Larry Kudlow signed off for the final time from CNBC's “The Kudlow Report” on March 28, 2014, he left viewers with the same mantra he had repeated for years.

“Free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity,” Kudlow said.

Now, four years later, Kudlow is helping sell President Trump’s “unprecedented” tariffs, going so far on Wednesday as to call Trump “the strongest trade reformer of the past 20 years.”

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Why Trump would pardon Muhammad Ali, even though he hates NFL political protests

President Trump said Friday morning he was considering posthumously pardoning boxing icon Muhammad Ali. Although Trump is reportedly very into pardoning now, especially for celebrities and those with celebrity champions, naming Ali raised eyebrows. The boxer's politics and the reason for his original conviction seem inconsistent with Trump's positions on protests and patriotism.

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