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Trump Launches Attack on Unnamed Press Sources
President Donald Trump said media organizations should name names or sources as his White House holds background briefings with no names attached.

Priebus Asked FBI to Knock Down Russia Stories
White House officials say Priebus did nothing wrong, and a senior law enforcement officials said the FBI also doesn't think any lines were crossed.

White House Excludes Several Outlets From Press Gaggle
Multiple media outlets were excluded from a White House media briefing Friday afternoon. NBC News, CBS, ABC, and FOX were allowed in, CNN was not.

Merriam-Webster Offers Conway a Lesson in 'Feminism'
Everyone in political life encounters criticism, especially on Twitter. But when you get publicly corrected by the dictionary, that's unusual.

Trump Signs Another Executive Order to Further Slash Regulations
Trump signed another executive order Friday, saying, "We're going to put the regulation industry out of business."

GOP Draft Health Care Bill Cuts Medicaid, Insurance Subsidies
A GOP draft bill to begin repealing and replacing Obamacare includes cuts in spending on Medicaid, increases on top-shelf health plans.

Gabby Giffords Tells GOP Members to 'Face Your Constituents'
Former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords tweeted on Thursday that GOP lawmakers must face their constituents after Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, invoked her shooting as a reason he wouldn't hold an in-person town hall. ...

N. Korea Tells Lone Ally: 'Back Off, Shut Up, Leave Us Alone'
North Korea savaged its ally China 'dancing to the tune of the U.S.' But an expert says the comment may have really been aimed at a domestic audience.

Trump's Cabinet: What You Need to Know About the People Leading the Country
NBC News looks at Trump's Cabinet: Who they are, what their position means, and whether they've been confirmed.

Kim Jong Un's Sibling Was Killed With 'Most Toxic Weapon Ever'
Malaysian police revealed that his body contained traces of VX, a colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid that's deadly in microscopic amounts.

Cosby Case: Judge Will Allow Only One Other Accuser to Testify
A judge ruled Friday that one of 13 women prosecutors wanted to testify at the Bill Cosby sex-assault trial - to show a pattern of behavior - can take the stand.

Police Chief, Officer Charged In Fatal Shooting of Florida Retiree
The Punta Gorda, Florida police chief and one of his officers have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a retiree during a training exercise - a tragedy that made national headlines last year.

Iowa Pol Pushing Bill To Get More GOP Profs On College Campuses
Critics of an Iowa legislator's proposed 'partisan balance' bill say it is a political litmus test for would-be professors.

North Carolina Billboard Turns Heads Proclaiming 'Real Men Provide'
A billboard in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that reads 'Real men provide, real women appreciate it,' will be at the heart of a protest on Sunday after some in the community took offense to the seven-word sentence.

Notorious Fixer-Upper Hits Market for a Cool $20 Million
The summer home of fame and intrigue in the 1920s and 30s fell into scandalous disrepair in the 1970s. It's back up for sale in East Hampton, New York.

Witnesses: Kansas Bar Shooter Yelled 'Get Out of My Country'
Authorities repeatedly declined at a news conference to say whether the shooting was a hate crime although local police said they were working with the FBI to investigate the case.

U.S. Flexes Its Military Muscle Off China
According to internal military reports reviewed by NBC News, almost every week brings another display of U.S. hardware in the waters off China.

Top Women in Business Share Secrets on Difficult Bosses
I interviewed 52 of the world's most powerful women. Here are some of their secrets of dealing with difficult people.

'I Lasted 8 Days': Muslim Adviser Quits Trump Administration
Rumana Ahmed quit her job as a senior adviser at the National Security Council just eight days after Donald Trump took the oath of office.

Woman Jailed in 'Rape Fantasy' Plot Framed
Michelle Hadley stood out like a sore thumb. ...

Psychological Thriller 'Get Out' Tackles Racism
Finally, a horror movie where the Black guy doesn't get killed in the first few minutes.

Does Trump's Tax Plan Fulfill His Promises to Help the Middle Class?
Donald Trump promised to bring middle-class families tax relief, but economists worry this will just be a windfall for richest Americans.

More Than Half Disapprove of Trump's Performance: Poll
Donald Trump's job approval rating is lower than any other newly elected president since polls began tracking presidential job approval.

Entertainment News

After President Donald Trump rescinded federal guidelines that allowed students to use bathrooms in public schools that correspond with their gender identity, Hollywood was quick to respond.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted: "This isn’t about politics. It’s about human rights, and it’s not okay."

  • Transgender actress Laverne Cox wrote: "Ah I am with you in spirit."
  • Other stars, including Ellen Page, Brie Larson, Emmy Rossum, Billy Eichner and Lance Bass also spoke out.
  • The protection was put in place by President Barack Obama in May of 2016, who said it was civil rights and equality issue.
  • White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump believes this decision should be left to the states.

The Oscars serve as the grand finale to the awards system. Below, what to expect this year.

  • WHEN: The 89th Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 28th. The red carpet festivities being at 6 pm ET, followed by ABC’s broadcast of the actual ceremony, starting at 8:30 pm ET.
  • WHO: Jimmy Kimmel is hosting. Last year’s acting winners Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio will be presenting, as will Halle Berry and SNL fave Kate McKinnon, among others. Justin Timberlake will be performing that Trolls song you can’t get out of your head, plus expect to see Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Legend.
  • OF NOTE: Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is up for 14 honors. If he wins 12 or more, it will break the all-time record set by Titanic in 1998. Keep your eyes peeled for this year’s most stylish nominees, including Emma Stone, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling.

CASEY AFFLECK USING HIS CELEBRITY TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT CIRCUSES: Casey Affleck is using his Oscar spotlight to speak out about an issue that’s important to him. The Manchester By the Sea actor is teaming up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to create a PSA video about circuses. In the clip, which he premiered on People Magazine, he asks people to avoid circuses like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, which recently announced that is shutting down. Affleck claims that the Greatest Show on Earth is anything but because large animals like cats and elephants are kept in small cages without enriching activities. He said: "This industry tears families apart and subjects individuals to a life of torment and deprivation. Trainers drag the big cats around by heavy chains or ropes around their necks and hit them with sticks, poles and whips."

DID JUSTIN BIEBER WET HIS PANTS? Early Thursday morning TMZ reported on a paparazzi video that seems to show the Biebs taking a stroll after he wet his pants. And not just any pants, mind you! $400 sweatpants, according to reports. Justin Bieber seemed totally unconcerned however, chatting away on his phone, sipping green juice and generally strolling his way through West Hollyood, without a care in the world (minus a soaking wet crotch).

KATE UPTON’S FIANCE JUSTIN VERLANDER ABSTAINS FROM SEX FOR GAMES: Supermodel Kate Upton revealed the downside of dating an athlete on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. A caller asked Upton whether her Detroit Tigers pitcher fiancé Justin Verlander prefers sex before or after games. The surprising answer: "There’s no sex before a game, absolutely none. And also what I’ve found out is that if he plays well, there’s no sex after either. Because he’s exhausted!" Bronx cheers, all around.

LITTLE WOMEN: L.A. STAR JASMINE ARTEAGA SORGE WELCOMES SON: Little Women: LA star Jasmine Arteaga Sorge and her husband Chris welcomed their second child, Benjamin Michael on December 1st. Sorge told People: "My little man instantly took my breath away. My husband and I are thrilled to finally announce Benji’s birth."

SHIA LABEOUF TURNS OFF PROTEST CAM WHEN GUNSHOTS HEARD: Shia LaBeouf shut down his "He Will Not Divide Us" art installation Thursday morning when gunshots were heard around 2:51 am in downtown Albuquerque, TMZ reports. The art installation was created as a form of protest of President Donald Trump. Originally installed in New York, it was moved to Albuquerque this week after being shut down by its hosts at the Museum of the Moving Image. Police say they didn’t find anyone with a gun near the installation and gave it the all-clear to open again. It is unclear when and if the live video installation will continue.

REESE WITHERSPOON PARTNERS WITH BIRCHBOX IN HONOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Reese Witherspoon has partnered with beauty subscription company Birchbox to curate two boxes brimming with her faves from her Draper James line of beauty and fashion items. The boxes will be available in March to honor Women’s History Month. Beauty junkies can look forward to items like Davines OI All in One Milk plus and ARROW Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm, and lots more. Do you subscribe to Birchbox or a similar service?

THE WALKING DEAD'S JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN SLAMS T-SHIRT RACISM CONTROVERSY: The Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has responded to the news that the U.K. department chain Primark has pulled a range of t-shirts from its stores after complaints of racism from customers. The shirt featured Negan’s signature Lucille baseball bat and his victim-selecting rhyme, "Eeny meeny miny moe, catch a tiger by the toe …." The problem? About 100 years ago, that rhyme commonly used the N-word instead of "tiger." Many expressed their confusion over the news on Twitter with Morgan, who plays the fearsome Negan, adding: "Holy crap people are stupid." A middle-age white couple complained to the store that the shirt was "offensive" after spotting the range last week with the store deciding to pull it completely. The Season 6 finale, in which the line was uttered, aired in April 2016. AMC had no comment.

Some of Hollywood's biggest names will gather in Beverly Hills today for a pro-immigrant rights rally. Organized by the United Talent Agency, the United Voices rally "aims to express the creative community's support for freedom of speech and artistic expression, and stand against policies of exclusion and division," the company said in a statement.

UTA is one of the most powerful talent agencies in Hollywood, and represents Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who is nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Farhadi said he won't attend Sunday's ceremony because President Trump's executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, is "unjust."

Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Wilmer Valderrama, and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are slated to speak at the rally, and James Franco, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Seth Rogen, and Aisha Tyler are all set to appear. The rally is being held in lieu of UTA's annual Oscar gala, and the agency said it will also donate $250,000 to the International Rescue Committee and the ACLU.

ALIEN: COVENANT PROLOGUE DROPS: Alien: Covenant will rocket into theaters on May 19th, but filmmakers have delivered a taste of what’s in store for eager fans. The preview, a special prologue titled Last Supper debuted during Wednesday’s episode of the FX series Legion.

DAMON WAYANS JR. JOINS SETH ROGAN PRODUCED FX PILOT: Happy Endings star Damon Wayans Jr. is signing on for a starring role in FX’s comedy pilot, Singularity. Sonny Lee is penning the script, with Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg co-producing. The show takes place in a world where AI dominates daily life.

JORDAN PEELE INKS TV DEAL WITH SONAR ENTERTAINMENT: Comedian Jordan Peele has signed on to develop projects for independent studio Sonar Entertainment. The Key and Peele alum has signed a first-look deal with Sonar, which will have him creating and developing new projects for television and digital channels.

FOX NEWS’ ALAN COLMES DIES AT AGE 66: Fox News contributor Alan Colmes has died at age 66 after a brief illness. The longtime radio and cable news broadcaster’s death was announced by Sean Hannity, who partnered with Colmes for many years on Hannity & Colmes. Hannity called Colmes "one of the nicest, kindest and most generous people." He is survived by his wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley.

ACORN PARTNERS WITH BBC ON LOVE, LIES & RECORDS: Acorn Media Enterprises has signed on to co-produce Love Lies & Records with BBC One. The Acorn TV Original is penned by Kay Mellor (The Syndicate) and stars Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe and Ugly Betty). Shooting for the six-part series following the behind-the-scenes drama of Town Hall Registrar and working mom Kate Dickenson (Jensen) begins next month.


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