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'Despair' Led to College Prof's 'Trump Must Hang' Tweet

And to Lars Maischak's paid leave from Fresno State

(Newser) - An ill-advised tweet about President Trump has led to a "voluntary leave of absence" for a history instructor at Fresno State, per a university statement cited by the Fresno Bee . Fresno State President Joseph Castro says Lars Maischak will spend the rest of the spring semester doing research instead... More »

Trump Aides: Judge Jeanine Tweet Just 'Coincidental'

She called for Paul Ryan to step down

(Newser) - President Trump has a good relationship with Paul Ryan despite the American Health Care Act fiasco—and despite a tweet from Trump urging people to watch Judge Jeanine on Fox, who called for Ryan to quit , aides to both men say. On Saturday night, host Jeanine Pirro opened her show,... More »

GOP Rep Accused of White Nationalism After Tweet

Steve King praises far-right Dutch pol, rails against 'somebody else's babies'

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Steve King, who recently courted controversy by trying to keep Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill , found himself at the center of new outrage Sunday when he brought Twitter "to a screeching halt" with what the BBC calls an "inflammatory" post complimenting far-right Dutch politician Geert... More »

Spicer Slammed for 'Flat-Out Not True' Gitmo Claim

He makes new error correcting Trump tweet

(Newser) - Like many things these days, it started with a tweet from President Trump: He claimed Tuesday that 122 "vicious prisoners" released from Guantanamo by the Obama administration had returned to the battlefield. All but nine of those had in fact been released under George W. Bush, Politico reports, but... More »

Disturbing ISIS Tweets Cost Le Pen Immunity

After EU Parliament vote, French prosecutors can now dive into investigation of postings

(Newser) - French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen lost EU parliamentary immunity Thursday by "a large show of hands," Reuters reports, giving prosecutors more leeway to investigate tweets she posted in December 2015. The offending tweets included graphic imagery of executions carried out by the Islamic State, the Guardian reports,... More »

In Twitter Feud vs. JK Rowling, Piers Morgan Kid Abandons Dad

'Harry Potter' author seems to be winning against Brit who shall not be named

(Newser) - The Guardian reports on the newest feud between "two of Britain’s best known international exports:" It all started when JK Rowling tweeted early Saturday regarding Piers Morgan's appearance on Bill Maher's talk show, noting that watching Morgan being "told to f--- off on live... More »

NYT Reporter Told Off for Melania 'Hooker' Comment

Supermodel called reporter out for 'slut-shaming'

(Newser) - Referring to the first lady as a prostitute is not OK, a New York Times reporter was told by the paper after being called out by supermodel Emily Ratajkowski. She tweeted Monday that she'd been told "Melania is a hooker" by the reporter at a New York Fashion... More »

Trump-Kanye Bromance Appears to Be Done

Kanye has deleted his pro-Trump tweets

(Newser) - Kanye West startled fans late last year by announcing his support for Donald Trump (even though he didn't vote in the election), even taking a meeting with the president-elect at Trump Tower in December. But the performer has apparently had a change of heart and erased all of his... More »

Anyone Know What This @PressSec Tweet Means?

Could be a butt-dial, a cry for help, his Twitter password ...

(Newser) - Was one of Sean Spicer's kids messing around with his cellphone? Or did Vicente Fox's latest tweet rattle the new White House press secretary? Speculation is running rampant, per the Daily Dot , after Spicer sent out a cryptic early-morning tweet Thursday that has since been deleted, but …... More »

Trump Tweets Praise to Wrong Ivanka

He directs 20m followers to British woman instead of daughter

(Newser) - Even a Twitter user as prolific as Donald Trump can have the occasional slip-up: A British woman called Ivanka Majic likely woke up Tuesday to thousands of unexpected notifications after Trump mistakenly tweeted praise to her as Ivanka Trump's CNN interview aired, the Guardian reports. " @Ivanka Trump is... More »

Trump Lashes Out at CIA Director

He suggests Brennan was 'leaker of Fake News'

(Newser) - Soon-to-be-former CIA Director John Brennan strongly criticized Donald Trump on Sunday for reckless tweeting and for failing to understand the threat from Russia—and the president-elect took to his communication medium of choice to react. "'Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not... More »

Trump Kicks Back at LL Bean Boycott

Tweets support for Linda Bean, company family member who donated to his campaign

(Newser) - On the Grab Your Wallet website , you'll see scores of companies the site's founders found they "could no longer in good conscience shop at" because of ties to Donald Trump; the site encourages other people to boycott these companies, too. But when GYW added LL Bean to... More »

Trump Goes After 'Overrated' 'Hillary Flunky' Meryl Streep

After Streep called him out at Golden Globes for mocking disabled reporter

(Newser) - Eyes now automatically turn to Twitter after anyone criticizes Donald Trump, and Meryl Streep's dig at the president-elect during Sunday's Golden Globes did indeed elicit a Trump response. Streep used her time onstage while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award to talk about when she first saw Trump... More »

GM Doesn't Take Trump's Tweet Sitting Down

Trump threatened to slap tax on automaker for importing Cruzes

(Newser) - After swinging at China Tuesday morning on Twitter, President-elect Donald Trump set his sights on this continent, tweeting , "General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!" Politico reports... More »

After Trump's 'Roadblocks' Tweet, Obama Picks Up Phone

President-elect says transition once more going 'very, very smoothly' after president's call

(Newser) - President Obama chose to communicate in a relatively old-fashioned way this week after Donald Trump used Twitter to indicate relations between the two men had gone south. "Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition... More »

Prof Not Sorry for 'White Genocide' Tweet

'It should be mocked, and I'm glad to have mocked it': Drexel instructor George Ciccariello-Maher

(Newser) - A Drexel University politics professor whose bio says he specializes in Latin American social movements claims a Christmas Eve tweet that spurred a #WhiteGenocide hashtag was meant to be satirical, but not everyone is taking it that way, including Drexel. Per the Philadelphia Inquirer , George Ciccariello-Maher tweeted on his account... More »

Trump: If Popular Vote Mattered, I Would've Won It

So he said on Twitter Wednesday morning

(Newser) - Donald Trump is known to occasionally think out loud on Twitter, and on Wednesday the president-elect processed his Electoral College victory, which he won by 304 votes to Hillary Clinton's 227 . Trump started off by tweeting at 8:15am EST: "Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much... More »

'Newsweek' Reporter to Online Troll: 'I'm Coming for You'

Kurt Eichenwald, who has epilepsy, says tweet with flashing GIF caused him seizure

(Newser) - "I'm coming for you, you son of a bitch." That was Monday's tweet from Newsweek senior writer and epilepsy sufferer Kurt Eichenwald, addressing the person who tweeted a flashing strobe GIF at him that caused him to have a seizure. Per Courthouse News , Eichenwald—who appeared... More »

A Brutal Vanity Fair Review, a Scathing Trump Tweet

President-elect says magazine is 'dead' and in 'big trouble' after it trashed his Trump Tower restaurant

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Vanity Fair published an unflattering review of NYC's Trump Grill(e) restaurant (yes, it's spelled both ways on signage), Donald Trump got wind of it, and … you probably know where this is going to end up. To be fair, the review of the steakhouse in Trump... More »

Trump's Latest Target: Carrier Union President

Leader accused president-elect of lying about saving jobs

(Newser) - In the four weeks he has been president-elect, Donald Trump's tweets have targeted the New York Times, the cast of Hamilton, China, flag-burners, Boeing, and Saturday Night Live, among others—and now it's the turn of Chuck Jones, president of the union that represents Carrier employees in Indianapolis.... More »

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