President Trump Tweets ‘Happy Easter’ Followed by ‘No More DACA Deal’

In a very Donald Trump-like move, the president tweeted a very bold, combative message only an hour after tweeting “Happy Easter” on Sunday. Trump is no longer supporting DACA, a move that he naturally discussed on his favorite social media platform.

In one tweet, Trump eloquently wrote, “NO MORE DACA DEAL,” along with a string of reasons why he has flopped back to the disapproval of the program that supports dreamers. He tweeted, “Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!”

In another tweet, he wrote, “Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!”

The President is spending Easter Sunday at Mar-a-Lago with First Lady Melania Trump and daughter Tiffany. According to NY Daily News, before Trump attended Easter service, he told reporters the U.S. needs to focus on border security. “Mexico has got to help us at the border,” he said. “A lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA.” It is unclear what exactly provoked the president to bring up this topic once again.

Trump moved to end the DACA program in September 2017, but lawmakers were given six months to come up with a solution or alternative to the program. Trump again blamed the Democrats for not reaching a solution. “They had a great chance,” Trump told reporters. “The Democrats blew it.” President Trump implied that he might do away with the DACA budget since an alternative has not been found.

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People Are Dragging the White House Intern Program for a Lack of Diversity

In an unsurprising move from an administration that once included white nationalist Steve Bannon, the White House has come under fire after releasing a visual of the 2018 spring intern class. In the photo, President Trump poses with the 91 members selected for this year’s program, and many were quick to point out that the group, which appears overwhelmingly white, isn’t reflective of America’s diverse population.

“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, three-fifths of America’s population is non-Hispanic white,” wrote Tim Porter of Newsweek. “In the photograph, white interns appear to make up a far higher proportion of the group.”

Twitter users were a bit more candid with their assessment of the new crop of interns.

According to Porter, the interns’ duties will include staffing events, researching, fielding inquiries and drafting memos. In theory, the opportunity looks great on a resume—even if the internship is performed under arguably one of the least popular Presidents in America’s history.

As other Twitter users noted, it's worth questioning whether it's causation versus correlation. Is the group less diverse because Trump is a Nazi sympathizer who gave the editor of Breitbart an official cabinet position? Or is this new crop the result of people of color simply not wanting to work for the man who inspired one of the largest organized protests on record?

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Suspected Austin Bomber Dead After Confrontation With Police in Texas

The suspected serial bomber responsible for terrorizing Austin, Texas over the course of the last few weeks with a wave of bombings is reportedly dead after a confrontation with police in Round Rock, Texas. He reportedly detonated a bomb inside of his vehicle and killed himself as police closed in on him early Wednesday morning. He is being identified as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt.

According to authorities, Austin police and the FBI received a tip on the serial bomber on Tuesday and were able to track him down to a hotel in Round Rock. They located him sitting in his vehicle in the hotel’s parking lot and were in the process of waiting for tactical units to arrive on the scene when the bomber attempted to drive away.

The suspect stopped driving a short time later, at which time Austin SWAT officers attempted to engage him. But he detonated a bomb inside his vehicle, injuring an officer who was approaching the vehicle in the process. Another SWAT officer responded to the blast by opening fire on the suspect, who was later pronounced dead.

While the bomber is now dead, Austin police believe he may have left a series of additional bombs behind. They are warning those in and around Austin to be cautious about opening packages in the coming days and potentially even weeks. TMZ obtained surveillance shots of the bomber dropping two packages off at an Austin FedEx store on Sunday, though both of those packages have been accounted for.

Austin police and the FBI have been trying to track the serial bomber down since March 2 when his first bomb detonated. They believe he is responsible for five bombs that have detonated in the area, killing two people and injuring five others. They have now set their sights on trying to figure out if he may have had any accomplices in the bombings.

Austin police have not figured out the motive behind the bombings yet. Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley spoke Wednesday and said the motive is still under investigation.

“That’s the one thing we don’t have right now, is a motive behind this,” Manley said. “We do not understand what motivated him to do what he did, and that will also be part of the continuing investigation as we try to learn more about him.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Fox News that Conditt appeared to be unemployed and lived with two roommates in Pflugerville, a town 20 miles north of Austin. “Those two roommates have been talking to law enforcements,” Abbott said. “I would venture to say those two roommates are not at this time suspects.”

President Trump, who has faced criticism for not speaking up about the Austin bombings in recent weeks, sent out a tweet about the bomber’s death early Wednesday morning.

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Jose Altuve Trump Death Stare; Ray Allen on Boston Beefs; Contract Clapbacks! | Out of Bounds

The Hibachi is turned all the way up, so be careful not to burn yourself on his hot takes! Today on #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas and the guys react to the Houston Astros’ White House visit, and specifically Jose Altuve’s awesomely awkward meeting with President Trump. Will the AL MVP’s headline-making, passive-aggressive shade thrown at the Donald start a trend of disapproving champions accepting invites so they can stare daggers at him? Plus, Gil has a suspect theory on what’s behind Altuve’s range of uncomfortable facial expressions. (Feel free to take your complaints up with him directly.) Next, the team discusses the NCAA excluding ref Ted Valentine from the tournament as punishment for turning his back on UNC’s Joel Berry II earlier this season. Surprisingly, “TV Ted” has a defender on set, and the debate gets cooking. Then, with excerpts of Ray Allen’s forthcoming book shedding light on Celtics beefs, OOB takes a look at what the future Hall of Famer has to say about Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. What follows may be Gil’s most ludicrous argument ever, but you decide if both he and Rondo are out their damn minds. Finally, after both Evan Turner and Richard Sherman responded to criticism of their contracts, the gang gets into pocket-watching in “Fair or Foul?” And, for all you sneaker heads, Gil breaks down sports contracts and ownership in terms of Yeezys, so you don’t get these money moves twisted.

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LaVar Ball Reignites Trump Feud With ‘#StayInYoLane’ Tweet

LaVar Ball has re-sparked his feud with President Donald Trump that started back in November. Ball took to Twitter Saturday to gloat after an ESPN report revealed that Trump likely overstated his involvement in securing the release of LiAngelo Ball and two other members of UCLA’s basketball team—Cody Riley and Jalen Hill—after a shoplifting incident in China.

“Thank you for what again @realDonaldTrump? #knowyourfacts #stayinyolane,” Ball tweeted, after the ESPN report went live Saturday.

In November, Trump tweeted that the UCLA players should’ve thanked him for his help in preventing them from serving a 10-year jail sentence for shoplifting in China.

Per ESPN’s report, the charges had been dropped, and LiAngelo Ball, Hill, and Riley were already scheduled to return to America two days before Trump got involved.

Things got increasingly tense between Trump and LaVar when he initially downplayed Trump’s involvement.

“What was he over there for?” Ball replied to ESPN when asked about Trump’s potential involvement. “Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

It’s unclear if Trump knew the matter had pretty much been resolved before he reached out to Chinese President Xi Jinping, but he still had those petty tweets ready.

Months later, UCLA officials confirmed to ESPN that Trump and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly got involved late in the process. The players involved gave Trump the thanks he demanded during a press conference, but LaVar was correct in implying that Trump had very little to do with settling the incident. Given both Trump and Ball’s affinity for getting the last word, it remains to be seen if one of the stranger sports feuds in recent years is finally over.

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Jemele Hill Says SportsCenter Job ‘Really Wasn’t My Calling’

While much hand-wringing and plenty of keystrokes have been dedicated to Jemele Hill’s exit from ESPN’s SportsCenter, Hill herself has maintained that the move to ESPN’s The Undefeated property can be attributed to a few simple reasons. Hill has stated she wanted to move back to reporting, and in an exclusive talk with Brian Steinberg of Variety, Hill says being on ESPN’s flagship show just wasn’t for her.

“The function of SportsCenter is not necessarily built for anchor commentary,” Hill said. “So much of my career at ESPN—almost exclusively at some points—has been in commentary. They hired me as a columnist. I’ve been giving my opinion since day one. SportsCenter really wasn’t my calling.”

Hill didn’t indicate exactly when she approached ESPN content chief Connor Schell about the move, but it appears she didn’t waste much time getting back to the bread and butter of commentary. Approximately a week before formally announcing her move, Hill penned a piece for The Undefeated entitled “Michigan State Needs to Wear This Shame.” In the piece Hill took her alma mater to task for the school’s role in Larry Nassar’s molestation of over 100 gymnasts.

People may presumably focus on Hill tweeting that President Trump is a white supremacist when the subject of commentary is brought up. To some, it may look like ESPN might be trying to put her in a less prominent position because of the tweets, but Hill has been doing commentary for a while on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters and Numbers Never Lie before she and Michael Smith teamed up as hosts for the 6:00 p.m. edition of SportsCenter.

“If this was supposed to be a ruse to bury me somewhere in a corner of ESPN, I didn’t get that feeling,” Hill said. “I know it may not be the sexiest story to tell, but the truth is I miss writing and reporting.”

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Lawyer Reportedly Paid Porn Star Hush Money for Sexual Encounter With Trump

If we know one thing about President Trump, it's that he's a con artist. Since he took office, the Washington Post has kept track of the number of lies he's told under oath; on Jan. 10, days before he's completed one year as our president, he's already logged 2,001 fictitious claims, a truly absurd feat.

So it's no surprise that when a new report from Wall Street Journal surfaced, citing that a longtime lawyer for the Trump Organization paid $130,000 to a porn star over a sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006—Trump denied it.

The report states that Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, “arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.” Both Trump's lawyer and Stephanie Clifford—known as Stormy Daniels in the adult film industry—deny the encounter as well.

These sort of charges aren't new for Trump. During his presidential campaign, more than a handful of women lodged sexual assault allegations against him, and during the more recent, viral #MeToo campaign, even more women came forward. While Clifford has admitted that her relationship with Trump was consensual, that certainly wasn't the case for the rest of these women whom he violated.

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Quavo Tells Georgia Bulldogs to Focus on Winning Instead of Trump

It’s hard to ignore President Trump in any capacity whether you’re an athlete or scrolling and whispering WTF to yourself on Twitter, but Migos' Quavo is asking the Georgia Bulldogs to do just that as Trump will reportedly be in attendance for this year’s National Championship game.

“Focus on winning the national championship game,” the rapper said in an interview with TMZ Sports when asked about the possibly of athletes kneeling during the anthem. “Don't worry about nothing else. Just focus on winning.”

As a Bulldogs fan, Quavo’s made it clear his main priority is seeing his team win as he's watched them practice and put in the work to make it this far in the season. Quavo also joined the team on the field when they won the Rose Bowl earlier this week.

With the game coming up this Monday, many wondered if the players would make a statement and end up the target of the President’s next tweetstorm. The gesture, met with tons of pushback from fans, NFL owners and Trump himself, has come to highlight the persistent problems with police brutality and racism in America.

As much as fans might want athlete to steer clear of making political statements, it’s tricky to separate the two. Former 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick found himself without an NFL home at the start of the 2017/2018 season due to public and team owner backlash over him taking a knee.

Still, Quavo urged the Bulldogs to focus on their main objective: taking the title.

“You should be going straight in,” he said, “and worrying about football.”

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LaVar Ball Keeps Feud Going by Posting GIF of Himself Dunking on Donald Trump

LaVar Ball isn't going to let go of a great marketing opportunity his feud with Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Ball appeared on CNN's New Day where he used Trump's words against him, complaining that he “didn’t get a thank you” from the President of the United States for the three pairs of red, white, and blue Big Baller Brand sneakers he sent to the White House. 

Back in November, Ball was adamant that he would not be saying thank you to Trump, even after he claimed to be the one who spoke to Chinese president Xi Jinping​, and helped bring LaVar's son LiAngelo, as well as former UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, back home. “I don't have to go around saying thank you to everybody,” he told Chris Cuomo during their interview last month. 

Earlier today, LaVar added more fuel to the fire by posting a GIF which shows him dunking on Trump. 

When the GIF zooms in on the Twitter app on the phone, you can see a tweet from Ball's account, saying, “Stay in yo lane @realDonaldTrump! The Big Baller will put you on a poster.” It will probably only be a matter of time before Trump responds and gives LaVar exactly what he wants—more free yet valuable publicity. 

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Donald Trump’s Tweets Gave LaVar Ball an Estimated $13 Million Advertising Boost

Aside from being marketed as the biggest retail shopping day of the year, November 24 marked the expected ship date of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball’s $495 ZO2 Prime Remix. 

Ball Family patriarch LaVar Ball recently took to Twitter to send a not so subtle reminder about the launch.

“The only thing better than finishing this chocolate cake is Big Baller Brand has released the ZO2s,” Ball said via a video he posted to Twitter Friday. “They are in flight…tonight.” 

Lonzo Ball, the actual face of Big Baller Brand, is in the midst of an uneven season punctuated by a historic triple-double and cringe-worthy shooting performances, while his father and BBB founder LaVar Ball has squared off with President Trump and any talking head that would grant him airtime.

Trump’s infamous “I should have left them in jail” tweet regarding LiAngelo Ball’s shoplifting incident and what was, to his twisted mind, LaVar’s insufficiently obsequious response, may ultimately prove to be a net positive. The tweet from November 19 might have provided eight figures worth of essentially free advertising for the Ball’s upstart apparel company.

“LaVar Ball’s ongoing feud with President Donald Trump is estimated to have given the company more than $13 million in equivalent advertising value, according to a sponsorship evaluation firm,” ESPN’s Nick DePaula and Darren Rovell noted in a recent ESPN report.

To be clear, this wasn’t exactly a feud. A sitting president sent some petty tweets at American citizens for not showing what he deemed the proper amount of gratitude for an international incident he has yet to prove he helped fix

Much has been made over Ball and his father eschewing major sneaker brands to launch their Big Baller Brand imprint. DePaula and Rovell estimate the family’s reported asking price of $1 billion cost them a $10 million guaranteed deal from at least one of the four major sports apparel companies.

You can read DePaula and Rovell’s full report via ESPN.

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