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Does Stormy Daniels Deserve to Blow Up Trump Plaza Hotel?

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Long before he wreaked havoc across the United States and the world at large, Donald Trump inflicted his horrors on Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In that case it was a string of failed casinos financed with high-interest junk bonds that he was never going to be able to pay off. Their collapse and the tremendous ten-figure debt he took away from them in the early 1990s was, at the time, Donald Trump's most public and embarrassing scandal.

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If Wikipedia Were Honest: Donald Trump

A profile of America's greatest conman.

Donald Trump

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946)–also known by the aliases John Barron, John Miller, and David Denison—is the former villainous star of reality TV show The Apprentice and current villainous star of actual reality.

Elected to the presidency of the United States—against the popular will of the voting public—by a vestige of America's history as a nation fueled by slavery, he has declared himself "the least racist person there is anywhere in the world."

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The 7 Craziest Things That Have Happened Since Trump Was Elected

It's Been Three Years Since Election Night, And It's Time Look Back on the Chaos

Three years ago today, The New York Times was still proudly proclaiming the near-certainty that Hillary Clinton would be our president, and we all pretty much assumed they were right.

But if you were Biff Tannen in Back to the Future 2 (which President Trump absolutely is), travelling back in time with your future-knowledge, you could have made some good money betting on the election upset.

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In the UK, where it's legal to bet on these things, gamblers made millions by betting on Trump's victory. Still though, Trump's win is hardly the most surprising thing that's happened in the last three years. If you really wanted to get out there with your gambling, you could make some serious cash predicting stuff like…

Kanye Is Going to Come Out as a Trump Supporter

Dragon energy! Less than two weeks after the election, Kanye began the horrifying saga that is still underway by announcing that, if he voted, he would have voted for Trump. This is obviously a strange turn for the man who once visibly broke Mike Myers by saying "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

Considering the fact that 80% of black voters consider Trump racist, and only 8% voted for him in 2016, and that Trump and his father were actually sued back in the 70s by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to black people, you might expect Kanye to have similar concerns about our current Commander-in-chief. You would be wrong, because Kanye knows that Trump has "dragon energy," which is why he wears MAGA hats and says that being enslaved was a choice.

Trump's Press Secretary Is Going to Be on "​​Dancing With the Stars​​"

Spicer with his dancing partner on "Dancing With the Stars"

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Sean Spicer was bad at his job. He was easily flustered, combative, couldn't deliver a convincing lie, and was constantly distracted by having a colon literally packed to the brim with swallowed chewing gum. But once he'd resigned, it was time to start rehabilitating his image. The process began just a few months after he left the White House in September of 2017, when he made a theatrical appearance on stage at the 69th Emmy Awards—to the delight of Kevin Spacey—and joked about how he used to lie to America for a living. Since then, he's been a correspondent on Extra and finally achieved the pinnacle of his career in August of this year, when he was announced as a member of the cast of Dancing With the Stars season 28. Good luck, Sean!

He's Going to Give Omarosa a Job at the White House

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Remember Omarosa Manigault? Back in 2016 the name might have rung a bell. She was the devious villain who lost the first season of The Apprentice and went on to have a successful career as "that awful woman from The Apprentice." Who better to work in the White House? After all, she recognized the importance of the office of the presidency as "the ultimate revenge", so… Actually, her addition to Trump's transition team in December of 2016 was pretty predictable. The only thing more predictable was the fact that she would eventually stab Trump in the back. The fact that she had to be physically dragged out of the White House is a nice bonus though.

An Adult Film Star Is Going to Describe His Mushroom-Penis

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Everyone knows that Donald Trump has the best, classiest taste, so if he's going to cheat on his new wife with an adult entertainment star, you'd better believe that star is going to be a three-time "Favorite Breasts" award-winner, and the star of classic films like Trailer Trash Nurses 6 and Camp Cuddly Pines Power Tool Massacre. What might be a little less predictable is that said entertainer will write a book in which she compares Trump's weird penis to a mushroom.

He's Going to Compare "Button" Sizes with Kim Jung-Un

Trump and Kim Button Tweet

The Scottish Sun

Speaking of Trump's weird penis, you know what a dick-measuring contest could be a fun metaphor for? A series of reciprocated threats between two men comparing terrifying nuclear arsenals. What fun. You could definitely make some money predicting something so stupid, but what's really impressive is predicting that these two star-crossed madmen will then fall in love.

He's Going to Create a Sci-Fi Military Branch Called Space Force

Trump with astronaut toy

Reuters

Space Force? Okay, at this point your predictions are just lining up with what a ten-year-old would do with the presidency…which is actually a pretty good model for anticipating his behavior. Unfortunately, Space Force is not going to involve kickass, Starship Trooper space marines, but the ridiculous name alone is pretty great. What could be more childish than that? Other than…

He's Going to Look Directly at a Solar Eclipse

Do you remember being warned about solar eclipses as a child? It's like the number two thing about eclipses. Number one, the moon blocks the sun. Number two, don't look at it! Surely, no adult would be so stupid, right? In his ongoing effort to be a caricature of ignorant defiance, Trump ignored this warning and looked directly at the sun during the 2017 solar eclipse.

Now just remember this list when you hop in your time machine, and you should be all set. If you want, you could also cash in on some of the more predictable stuff, like appointing an "alleged" sex criminal to the supreme court and putting kids in concentration camps, but obviously the real money is in Space Force.

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Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Judge William Pauley noted that "each of these acts is an offense against the United States," and categorized Cohen's behavior as "a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct."

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Donald Trump's former lawyer and personal fixer was sentenced to three years in prison in Manhattan on Wednesday morning. The sentencing comes as a result of Cohen's guilty pleas in two separate cases: one filed by federal prosecutors for the Southern District of New York, the other by the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Charges from the SDNY include bank and tax fraud, to which Cohen pleaded guilty in August, admitting to neglecting to report $4 million in income and evading $1.4 million in taxes related to personal business activity. Cohen also pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations for arranging hush-money payments leading up to the 2016 election, to the effect of $300,000, to two women alleging to have had sexual relationships with Trump during his current marriage. One payment was made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal by American Media Company, which owns National Enquirer. The other, made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, was made by Cohen himself.

Cohen was able to delay sentencing after his August hearing in exchange for cooperating with the Special Counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Last month, he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal that Trump and the Trump Organization pursued continuously during his election campaign.

In a sentencing memo released on Friday, the Special Counsel's Office confirmed that Cohen had indeed cooperated, stating that he had "provided, and is committed to continuing to provide, relevant and truthful information" to the ongoing investigation.

In court, a visibly emotional Cohen took responsibility "for each act that I pled guilty to: The personal ones to me and those involving the President of the United States of America."

Cohen's cooperation and remorse, however, had little bearing on his sentence. While defense attorneys hoped for leniency, Judge William Pauley noted that "each of these acts is an offense against the United States," and categorized Cohen's behavior as "a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct."

This week, after months of denying having any knowledge of payments to McDougal and Daniels, the president identified them as "private transactions," and claimed that even if they were in violation of campaign finance laws, that the violation should be considered a civil offense—and that the blame belongs solely to Cohen.

Trump employed Cohen for over a decade as a personal lawyer and as an executive in the Trump Organization. In his remarks before the court, Cohen referred to his years in Trump's employ as "a personal and mental incarceration." He also apologized to the American public, saying "I blame myself," and attributing his actions to "[his] own weakness and a blind loyalty to this man."

Cohen is expected to surrender on March 6.


Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.



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From Pablo to Pornhub - Kanye in Talks to Collab with the XXX Site

Porn Site's First Awards Show Wrangling the Rapper as Creative Director

Pornhub's gone wild for West.

Just when you thought Kanye West had his hands in everything, in comes Pornhub, reportedly offering him what is likely many a teenage boy's (wet) dream..."to serve as creative director of the first Pornhub Awards on Thursday, a source exclusively told Page Six."

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If this unusual opportunity is on, West better whip something together quick. The awards are scheduled for Sept. 6 th at 7 PM and will be held at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California and will be live-streamed in virtual reality, no less, on the steamy site. Page Six reports categories will include "top MILF performer" and even non- XXX categories like "celebrity of the year," for which West's wife is in the running. Now if she wins, will West declare how Beyoncé shoulda won? Oh, and Kylie's up for the award too, as well as "The Biebs" and Cardi B, among others. How nice to be proclaimed porn-adjacent.

While Stormy Daniels would have been a fine choice as the night's MC, the first-ever Pornhub awards will be hosted by adult-film star Asa Akira. Most people would be mortified to be judged on their "performance," but for porn stars, apparently, it's all part of the "package."

So why West? Just watch his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel. Their conversation somehow led to sex and West could not praise the porn site enough. So much so, Pornhub "gifted West a free lifetime premium membership, plus he was even reportedly offered complete creative control to direct a scene in an adult film," as per Page Six. Too bad this deal did not come about when Kim K. and Ray J filmed their reality romp. Surely West would have put a sleeker spin on the sexcapade.

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Stay tuned to see how West works his magic for the porn-loving lads and ladies. And as long as he remains behind the camera, we're good.


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