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Valedictorian Pulls a Fast One With 'Trump' Quote

Ben Bowling revealed he was really quoting Barack Obama

(Newser) - Perspective is everything in persuasive speaking, which Ben Bowling found out in a flash while giving a speech as valedictorian at his Kentucky high school graduation. Per the Louisville Courier-Journal , the 18-year-old senior at Bell County High School wanted to impart a nugget of wisdom to the crowd Saturday, and... More »

Tillerson: Crisis in Ethics Threatens US Democracy

'When we go wobbly on the truth ... we go wobbly on America'

(Newser) - Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned of a growing crisis in "ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders" during a commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute, reports Politico . If not addressed, "American democracy, as we know it, is entering its twilight years,"... More »

Orca Learns to Mimic 'Hello,' Other Words

Nice job, Wikie

(Newser) - Orcas don't just wave and whistle. They also have the ability to mimic words like "hello" and "bye bye," as one killer whale has just proven. After discovering orca pods with unique "accents" in their communications—which naturally come in the form of whistles, calls,... More »

5 Lines From Jeff Flake's Speech Against Trump

President 'uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies'

(Newser) - Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake on Wednesday gave the speech he's been promising to give about President Trump, one in which he finds it chilling that Trump borrows a phrase from Josef Stalin to describe the media as the "enemy of the people." CBS News has the transcript... More »

6 Lines From the Speech That 'Shocked' Hollywood

Tiffany Haddish delivered f-bombs, talked Skype sex

(Newser) - After beating out the competition, winners at Sunday's Golden Globes will face yet another challenge: topping what one film writer is calling "the best acceptance speech of all time," delivered Wednesday. Taking home the best supporting actress prize at the New York Film Critics Circle gala, Girls ... More »

She Took Firebrand's Papers From Podium, Faces Charges

Catherine Gregory charged after altercation at Lucian Wintrich speech at UConn

(Newser) - When a right-wing firebrand named Lucian Wintrich tried to give a speech titled "It's OK to Be White" last month at the University of Connecticut, things didn't end well . Wintrich, a reporter for Gateway Pundit, got into an altercation with a woman and ended up being charged... More »

Jeff Flake Plans Senate Speeches on Trump, Truth

'Alternative facts' are damaging democracy, he says

(Newser) - Sen. Jeff Flake is free to speak his mind after deciding not to run for re-election in Arizona —and the Republican plans to do so in a series of speeches on the Senate floor targeting President Trump and stressing the value of telling the truth. Flake tells NPR that... More »

Conservative Speaker Arrested at UConn

Lucian Wintrich charged with breach of the peace

(Newser) - A conservative commentator was arrested at the University of Connecticut Tuesday night after a fight broke out during his speech titled "It's OK To Be White." Lucian Wintrich's speech was cut short when a young woman in the audience appeared to take paperwork off the lectern... More »

Trump Calls N. Korea 'Hell,' Brings Up Kim's Grandfather

'Do not try us,' he warns country's leader

(Newser) - President Trump refrained from calling Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" in a blistering speech to South Korean lawmakers Wednesday, but he was otherwise unsparing in his denunciation of the North Korean regime. "Do not underestimate us. Do not try us," he warned Kim, directly addressing the North... More »

George W. Bush Doesn't Seem to Be a Fan of Trumpism

Though Thursday speech never mentioned Trump by name

(Newser) - Another prominent Republican is coming out against Trumpism without actually mentioning President Trump by name. In a speech at a Bush Institute event in New York Thursday, former president George W. Bush said that in this moment, "bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and... More »

Obama Makes Big Money With Wall Street Speeches

Bloomberg reports on 3, with his going rate about $400K per speech

(Newser) - Barack Obama took flak earlier this year when it emerged that he would collect a handsome $400,000 fee for speaking at an event for investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald. It appears that the criticism isn't fazing him much. Bloomberg reports on two more Wall Street speeches for the former... More »

Manning Talks Dystopias, Privacy, Being Called a 'Traitor'

Transgender activist spoke in Massachusetts, noting: 'I did the best I could'

(Newser) - Harvard withdrew its fellowship offer to Chelsea Manning last week after CIA Director Mike Pompeo refused to speak there (he called Manning an "American traitor"), but the military whistleblower and transgender activist pushed back on that assessment during a weekend appearance in Massachusetts. The Guardian reports that Manning... More »

How Your Speech Could Offer Hint of Mental Decline

Verbal issues could be a clue to deteriorating cognitive state

(Newser) - Your speech may, um, help reveal if you're uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words, and other verbal changes may be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. Per the AP , researchers had 400 people without cognitive problems and... More »

Sessions Made a Closed-Door Speech to 'Hate Group'

Closed-door remarks were made at event for SPLC-designated 'hate group'

(Newser) - The Alliance Defending Freedom has been designated an anti-LGBT "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center , but the group still attracted a high-profile guest speaker this week: Attorney General Jeff Sessions. CNN and NBC News reports that Sessions spoke at the "Summit on Religious Liberty" Tuesday night... More »

Big Lines From Trump's Speech in Warsaw

'The West will never, ever be broken'

(Newser) - About an hour after his press conference Thursday morning with Polish President Andrzej Duda, President Trump headed over to Warsaw's Krasinski Square, where what the New York Times calls a "pro-Duda crowd" showed off their Polish and American flags and confronted reporters with cries of "fake news"... More »

Berkeley Braces for Open-Air Ann Coulter Speech

Cops, university prepare for clashes

(Newser) - Ann Coulter has promised to deliver an outdoor speech at the University of California-Berkeley on Thursday, and police, university officials, and even one of the groups that invited her to speak are worried about clashes. After disagreements over dates and venues for her speech, Coulter says she'll stick with... More »

Ann Coulter Furious After Berkeley Reschedules Speech

She vows to come to campus on original date

(Newser) - Ann Coulter can speak at the University of California-Berkeley after all, the university says—but the different date it has proposed is nowhere near good enough. After Berkeley, which said it called off her April 27 speech due to security concerns, issued a press release saying she had been offered... More »

What to Expect in Trump's Big Speech to Congress

He wants to solve 'real problems for real people'

(Newser) - President Trump will deliver his first speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night—a traditional address delivered in place of a State of the Union address in a president's first year, though nobody's sure how traditional he plans to keep it. NPR reports that the prime-time... More »

Biden, Power Go Out With Guns Blazing at Russia

Both describe Russia as major threat in final speeches

(Newser) - Donald Trump's plan to cozy up to Russia is "backwards" and all politicians should stand against it, says the current US ambassador to the UN. In her last major speech on the job Tuesday, Samantha Power urged politicians to prevent the Kremlin from "tearing down" a "... More »

Obama: 'Presidency Is Bigger Than Any of Us'

President speaks on the election, Clinton, Trump, and the nation's future

(Newser) - President Obama called Donald Trump in the early morning hours after the president-elect claimed victory in Election 2016, extending an invite to visit the White House on Thursday to talk about the power transition. After Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech Wednesday morning from Manhattan's New Yorker Hotel, Obama... More »

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