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On Saturday, a man named Ziyed Ben Belgacem shot a Paris police officer and then took a female soldier hostage in the Orly Airport. During the latter attack, he was heard screaming that he wanted to kill and die for Allah. Fortunately, he only managed the latter.
Last week, Newsweek reporter and mugging victim Kurt Eichenwald announced the arrest of John Rivello, the guy who tweeted him a flashing animated GIF. Eichenwald has epilepsy, and he says Rivello intended to inflict physical harm by triggering a seizure.
The Secret Service has really been taking a beating over the past few years. From partying with hookers in Colombia, to letting dudes jump the White House fence and wander around the grounds, to leaving their laptops sitting around for anyone to pick up, the men and women who protect the President of the United States are having some PR problems. So it's a bit of a relief to learn that for once, they're doing the right thing. Well, sort of.
If I ran a bar, I wouldn't let my personal dislike of Donald Trump and those dopey Make America Great Again hats prevent me from taking somebody's money. My business decision would be to serve Trumpkins and Hillbots and Bernie Bros and anybody else. I wouldn't care. Moolah is moolah. But that's just me.
Out of all the disturbing changes we've seen in America during the first two months of the Trump presidency, the most troubling is the sudden silencing of dissent. All across this once-great land, people are terrified to speak out against the tyrant who rules them, for fear that he'll throw them into internment camps like FDR did. In 2017, we're basically North Korea with Netflix.
Yesterday a federal judge in Hawaii (which sounds like a sweet gig if you can get it) put a hold on President Trump's immigration order because it's not fair to Muslims and stuff. Now the Trumpkin faithful are calling for a boycott of the state. But that would be a mistake, for at least five reasons that come to mind immediately.
Did you know that today is #NationalPandaDay? Because today is #NationalPandaDay. But if you love pandas as much as I do, that's every day.
Rachel Maddow: My Anti-Scoop About Trump’s Taxes Was Like A Drop Of Water In The Desert Or Something
The great thing about working for NBC is that the day after you humiliate yourself and your bosses with a nonexistent scoop about Trump's taxes, you get to go on the Tonight Show to make excuses for yourself.
As you watch the following, remember my slogan: Never, ever, ever do anything nice for anyone you don't know. Don't try to pay it forward, because you might get some payback.
We all know Brian Williams as a decorated Iraq War veteran, a three-time WWE Heavyweight Champion, and the inventor of the microchip. But did you know he also dabbles in reporting the news?
MSNBC has put out a lot of unintentionally funny promotional ads. There was Melissa Harris-Perry babbling about state ownership of children (take that, Abe Lincoln!), and Keith Olbermann smiling with self-satisfaction at his ability to select just the right verb to yell on TV. But the following is the greatest MSNBC promo of all time.
Remember that? Remember how they tried to compare Mike Pence's legal, honest email use with Hillary Clinton's illegal, dishonest email use? And remember how that story changed everything, at least to a bunch of desperate "journalists"? For a few hours, anyway, until they realized it was a big ol' goose egg and they moved on to the next "scandal."
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is in the news today because she knows lots of things about guns that exist only in spy movies. She's worried about suppressors on guns because she thinks they're "quiet" and the police can't "track down the shooter." As you can tell, she's done a lot of thinking about it. But there's more than one way to kill somebody without making a lot of noise.
One of the great things about the Obama era was being told how to live your life. You were told which physician you could have ("If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor," LOL), which words you could say, which beliefs you could express in public, etc. And most importantly, you were told which foods your kids could eat for lunch. But now, sadly, that golden age may be coming to an end.
Last week, a Wall Street group called State Street Global Advisors put up a statue called "Fearless Girl" across from the famous "Charging Bull" statue. The idea is that the little girl statue isn't afraid of the bull statue. Which is amazing because... well, it just is. It's super-feminist, you guys. That little statue is so brave!
No, not really. But I'm assuming somebody on the left is currently concocting that #HotTake, so I figured I'd put it out there first.
New York and DC are due for a lot of snow tonight. And you know what that means: The rest of us are going to hear about it!