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Prof's Reax to Barbara Bush Death Could Threaten Tenure

Fresno State instructor Randa Jarrar called her 'amazing racist,' 'witch'

(Newser) - While the tributes continue to pour in for Barbara Bush, a Fresno State professor is taking heat for her diatribe against the former first lady. "Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who along with her husband, raised a war criminal," Randa Jarrar wrote to... More »

Annoyed Tweet May Improve Airport Food at TV Chef's Eatery

James Martin responded quickly after Scottish TV host complained about 'the flattest of burgers'

(Newser) - It wasn't an April Fools' joke, but instead a legitimate complaint on Twitter about a shoddy burger—and it caught the attention of exactly the right person. The BBC reports Scottish TV and radio host Ewan Cameron was recently at Glasgow Airport with his wife, and while he balked... More »

Ben Affleck Finally Speaks on His Enormous Back Tattoo

'Garish,' is how he described it on Twitter

(Newser) - If you've been wondering what's up with what Time calls Ben Affleck's "very large, very colorful" back tattoo, well … so has everyone else. His uncontained tat (see a pic here ) of a phoenix ascending out of the ashes has spurred exes Jennifer Garner and... More »

Surprise Corey Feldman Tweet: 'I Was Attacked 2nite!'

Actor says man opened his car door and stabbed him in attempted murder

(Newser) - Corey Feldman has said he wants to blow Hollywood open and expose the pedophilia that lies within, and he has also said he's been targeted for these allegations. Early Wednesday, a new development: a series of all-caps tweets from the actor showing him in what appears to be a... More »

Parks and Rec Stars Not Happy NRA Used Amy Poehler GIF

Cast, creator tweet angrily at the NRA

(Newser) - Amy Poehler is no fan of the NRA, so she and her Parks and Recreation colleagues were less than pleased when the organization used a GIF showing Poehler's character from the show. "[T]hank you for being the voice of over 5 Million #NRA members," the NRA's... More »

Skater: Flag-Bearer Coin Toss Done 'Dishonorably'

Shani Davis tweet hints race had something to do with luger Erin Hamlin getting picked over him

(Newser) - It was a feel-good story for a few hours: Luge veteran Erin Hamlin gets the chance to enter her last Olympics carrying the US flag into the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games, winning that distinction after a vote by some of her fellow athletes. And then Shani Davis tweeted.... More »

With One Tweet, a Houston Dad's Bakery Is Saved

18-year-old daughter took to social media to save failing business after Hurricane Harvey tanked sales

(Newser) - A Texas high school senior figured out how to wield social media for good, and she may have saved her family's business in the process. ABC News and KTRK report on how 18-year-old Jackie Garza was fretting about how to get her dad, Trinidad Garza, not to shutter La... More »

Trump Rolls Out New Nickname for Steve Bannon

He's now 'Sloppy Steve'

(Newser) - Steve Bannon's fall from grace is now complete: President Trump has given the former White House strategist a disparaging nickname, much as he did with "Crooked" Hillary Clinton and "Crazy" Bernie Sanders. In an angry tweet late Thursday, Trump blasted both "Sloppy" Steve Bannon and author... More »

Teacher's Viral Tweet Reveals How Deep First-Graders Are

Bret Turner's riddle was about the letter 'e'; his student chose to link it to death

(Newser) - A fun riddle a teacher posed to his students sent at least one of them spiraling into an existential abyss, with an answer as deep as it now is viral, the Washington Post reports. Bret Turner, who instructs first- and second-graders at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, Calif., gave his... More »

Trump Announces 'Corrupt' Media Awards

President says 'most dishonest' outlets will be named Monday

(Newser) - The Golden Globes are Sunday, but President Trump has another awards ceremony he's promoting, one scheduled for the very next day. Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to announce, in all caps, the "most dishonest & corrupt media awards of the year," set for 5pm ET Monday. "... More »

Library of Congress to Stop Collecting Every Public Tweet

As of Dec. 31, 2017

(Newser) - Your brilliant tweets will no longer be archived for posterity, at least not by the Library of Congress. On Tuesday it announced a change to its policy of collecting every publicly posted tweet. It reached an agreement to do so with Twitter in 2010 , and per a white paper , that... More »

Eagle-Eyed Viewers Got Surprise From Musk on Twitter

Tesla CEO accidentally tweeted out his phone number

(Newser) - Among the most famous phone numbers: 911, 867-5309 , 1-800-MATTRESS, and now … Elon Musk's cellphone digits. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO posted his personal number on Twitter Tuesday, apparently in error, as he tried to correspond with the chief technology officer of Oculus, Bloomberg reports. "Do you have... More »

Mark Hamill Burns Ted Cruz in Net Neutrality Debate

'Maybe you're just distracted from watching porn at the office'

(Newser) - The Force was not with Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday when he tried to use Star Wars references to win an argument on net neutrality—with Luke Skywalker. BuzzFeed reports that it began Saturday when Mark Hamill tweeted a picture of FCC chair Ajit Pai wielding a lightsaber in a... More »

3 of Year's Most Popular Tweets Belong to Obama

President Trump didn't make the top 10 for retweets

(Newser) - Twitter on Tuesday released its list of the 10 most retweeted tweets of 2017, and President Trump may not be pleased. The regular tweeter did not make the cut even once, while predecessor Barack Obama ended up with three in the top 10, notes Politico . The most retweeted tweet of... More »

Lewinsky Tweets Suggested Names for Bill Clinton TV Special

'Fixed it for you'

(Newser) - Monica Lewinsky has suggested some more appropriate titles for the upcoming HLN special The Monica Lewinsky Scandal. "Fixed it for you," she tweeted Tuesday, sharing a screenshot with new titles The Starr Investigation and The Clinton Impeachment. The post was praised by other Twitter users, including former Barack... More »

Great British Bake Off Judge 'Mortified' by Her Own Tweet

Prue Leith prematurely gave away winner of show, with no spoiler alert

(Newser) - A judge on The Great British Bake Off has been forced to apologize after revealing the winner hours before the final episode was scheduled to air. Prue Leith posted the name of the winner on her Twitter feed while traveling in Bhutan, which is six hours ahead of Britain, thinking... More »

Coates: It's 'Shocking' Kelly Is So Ignorant on Civil War

Writer rebuts White House chief of staff's assertion that inability to compromise caused it

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly has been taking criticism over comments he made about the Civil War, mainly because he said the war was caused by "the lack of an ability to compromise" and made no mention of slavery. Now, Ta-Nehisi Coates has issued a rebuttal in... More »

Trump Dismissive of Manafort Indictment

Tweets that alleged misdeeds have nothing to do with his campaign, president tweets

(Newser) - President Trump doesn't sound impressed with Robert Mueller's big indictment . After news broke that former campaign manager Paul Manafort had been charged with multiple felony counts of tax fraud and money laundering, Trump weighed in. "Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of... More »

Roger Goodell's Wife Admits to 'Silly' Thing She Did Online

NFL commish's spouse confesses she was behind mystery account defending him on Twitter

(Newser) - For better for worse, for richer or poorer, through the good tweets and the bad. It's not clear if that last part was included in Roger Goodell's wedding vows, but the NFL commissioner's wife, Jane Skinner Goodell, admitted Thursday to what Deadspin calls a "ride-or-die" move... More »

Trump on N. Korea: Tillerson's Negotiations Are a Waste

'We'll do what has to be done!' president tweets at secretary of state

(Newser) - After lamenting the "almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico" and blasting "politically motivated ingrates" there Sunday morning , President Trump moved onto a new topic on Twitter: North Korea and its nuclear weapons program. The Guardian reports that barely 24 hours had passed since Secretary of State Rex Tillerson... More »

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