This week: QAnon and Trump world, Melania Trump gardening, Bigfoot porn, Trump's lies & much more!
QANON IS TERRIFYING AND LAUGHABLY RIDICULOUS
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THE BIG STORY
Conspiracy Theory 'QAnon' Makes Its Mainstream Debut
The conspiracy theory centers on a mysterious and anonymous online figure — "Q." The person or persons behind the "Q" persona claim to possess a top-level security clearance and evidence of a worldwide criminal conspiracy. It is bat-shit crazy. They also now believe that John F. Kennedy Jr. faked his death to become its leader
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#SADTRUMP
Trump Publicly Told Jeff Sessions to Stop Mueller Probe
Trump on Wednesday tweeted: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged With Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further.” That pretty much seems like a clear directive. 😱
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Donald Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days.

Our wall-loving President, Donald Trump,  threatened Sunday to shut down the government if Congress does not fund construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to thwart illegal immigration. He renewed that threat again on Monday.

Trump appeared to double down on comments he made calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" during a rally on Thursday night. "Guess what, what I said is peanuts compared to what turns out to be the truth. It’s peanuts." How can anyone say that Trump is not racist?

The publisher of The New York Times says he told President Trump during a meeting at the White House that his language toward the media is "not just divisive but increasingly dangerous." Donald Trump then tweeted  that the "failing New York Times" and the "Amazon Washington Post" do nothing but "write bad stories even on very positive achievements. When the media - driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome - reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic!" It continues to blow my mind how easily Trump spews bullshit.

Trump slams 'Russian hoax' hours after administration reveals that Russia is meddling in midterms. Yup, he's that into Russia.

The despicable Sarah Sanders would not disavow President Donald Trump’s description of the American press as the “enemy of the people,” despite what even she said was an impassioned request from CNN’s Jim Acosta. Afterward, Acosta walked out of the briefing and posted this tweet.

This is what it is like to be a journalist covering Donald Trump these days. "I hope you get raped and killed," someone emailed NBC's Katy Tur this week, signing off the email with Trump's MAGA campaign slogan.

President Donald Trump weighed in on LeBron James' recent interview with CNN's Don Lemon, and also picked a side on the LeBron James-Michael Jordan debate. "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon," Trump tweeted. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!" Twitter exploded.

Thanks to Chrissy Teigen, an American treasure, a September 2017 snap of First Lady Melania Trump supposedly planting and harvesting vegetables with children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America went viral all over again this week.
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NEWS & POLITICS
How the 2018 Midterms Became About Bigfoot Porn
Thanks to Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn, in a hotly contested U.S. House race in Virginia, accusing her opponent Denver Riggleman of liking Bigfoot porn (he also supports white supremacists), Bigfoot porn searches have skyrocketed. #MAGA
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Roy Moore did not pass Sacha Baron Cohen's pedophile detector test.

Aberdeen, Maryland police shot man armed who was wielding a comb. How does one "wield" a comb?

So the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may pull its agents from 150 airports, claiming they aren't prime targets for terrorists. Maybe not now, but they will be if this happens.

Yes, the #HotWaterChallenge sounds as awful as it actually is. This teen is paying dearly for participating.

A former youth care worker is accused of sexually abusing eight teenage boys at a federally funded Arizona migrant shelter that's part of the US government's network of privately run facilities intended to care for unaccompanied minors, according to court documents.

This is why you're an idiot if you take the #InMyFeelings challenge.

CBS has decided to take no action against Les Moonves after board meeting. CBS announced that it would seek outside counsel to investigate several allegations of sexual misconduct against the CEO.

Do no count Sen. Al Franken out. Despite being accused of sexual misconduct, Franken says he hasn’t "ruled out,” running for office again. If anyone could run and win again, it is Al Franken.

Final police report on Las Vegas shooting unable to determine motive. "What we have not been able to definitively answer is the ‘why’ Stephen Paddock committed this act."

The United States has detected activity at North Korean missile factory as two Koreas hold talks. You mean North Korea lied to us? My stars. Who would have thunk?

Two former Ohio State wrestlers are sharing text messages they received asking them to walk back their statements (they accused the powerful congressman of turning a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse by the team doctor) against Ohio Republican congressman Jim Jordan

Facebook announced on Tuesday that is has banned 32 pages and accounts it said were engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behavior," regarding political disinformation on the platform, but the company says it does not yet know who is behind the campaign.

A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday that prevents the publication of online 3D blueprints for plastic yet deadly guns. Which is great, but hundreds of the designs had already been downloaded already.

Apple is now worth $1 trillion dollars. You can thank your iPhone for that. 
SOCIAL INJUSTICE
Smith College Employee Called Security on Black Woman Eating Lunch
A Smith College employee called the police on a black student who was eating lunch in a common area because she “seemed to be out of place,” the school said. This is what it is like to be living while black in America right now. Despicable.  
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Alaska Airlines is being accused of separating a gay couple so a straight couple could sit together. 😲

God will save us all? Civil rights groups and LGBTQ advocates on Tuesday tore into the Department of Justice's newly formed "religious liberty task force," slamming the move as a discriminatory affront to civil liberties masquerading as protections for people of faith.

When Marie Laguerre stood up to a man who she says was sexually harassing her, he responded by punching her in the face. As a result, Laguerre launched a new online forum for women called Nous Toutes Harcelement, which means "We are all harassed," where they can share their stories anonymously.
NOTABLES
Barack Obama showed off his dad dance moves at Beyoncé concert, while Michelle Obama threw up her hands in the air and let loose.

The final chapter in "What Happened to The Superficial." Oof.

Paul Manafort reportedly splurged $15,000 on an ostrich jacket. Let that sink in.

A small horn shark named Miss Helen has been safely rescued after a trio of ambitious shark thieves whisked away their victim from the San Antonio Aquarium in a baby stroller.

Good news for Apple Pay fans. You will soon be able to use the payment method at CVS and 7-Eleven stores.

A southern resident orca mother carried her dead calf in the waters off Washington's coast for a 10th straight day Thursday, in what researchers are calling a "tour of grief." In case you ever doubted it, mammals do grieve.

The Obama and Biden bromance is still alive!

Are you spending too much time on Facebook and Instagram? Facebook Inc. has announced new tools that tell us more about how much time we’re spending in its apps and give us a nudge when it’s time for a break.
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