53 Percent of White People Still Approve of Trump, According to a Recent Poll

A new poll has revealed that Donald Trump somehow has the highest approval rating since his first 100 days in office. The Washington Post/ABC News poll has determined that 40 percent of respondents approve of whatever Trump is doing on the White House, while 56 percent disapprove of his performance.

However, 53 percent of all white respondents to this poll approve of how Trump is doing as president, up seven points from January's poll. In comparison, a wide majority of racial and ethnic minorities are on the other side of the coin, as 79 percent disapprove of the president's work in office. 

The results come after another tumultuous week for the Trump administration. The office of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who obtained records related to Stormy Daniels that includes relevant payments, the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and more. The FBI also reportedly seized audio recordings of Stormy Daniels' lawyer at the time and Cohen. 

Of the majority of Americans that live in rural parts of the country, 59 percent also approve of Trump's performance. As far as how Trump is handling the nation's economy, respondents were pretty split: 46 percent of respondents approve of how he is handling the economy and 48 percent do not. 

The poll was conducted April 8-11 and recorded the responses of 1,002 adults. There is a 3.5 percentage-points margin of error.

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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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Netflix Adds Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice to Board of Directors

In the past few weeks, at least two different people with backgrounds in television have joined the Trump administration: one former Fox & Friends host was named undersecretary of state and one former Disney Channel star has joined the White House press team. These moves are somewhat troubling because White House jobs are challenging and require a certain kind of experience that you simply don’t tend to get in television.

It makes a little bit more sense to go the other way: after years in demanding, dynamic jobs in government, a former White House employee might want to move to an executive position at a network where they can shape programming and influence pop culture. After all, Barack Obama himself is said to be in talks with Netflix, Apple, and Amazon for a possible content deal

That’s just what Susan Rice, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations, has chosen to do. She joined Netflix’s board of directors, the company announced today.

“We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” said Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. “For decades, she has tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity and insight and we look forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors of Netflix, a cutting-edge company whose leadership, high-quality productions, and unique culture I deeply admire,” Rice said.

Rice was an Obama-era U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2009-13. From 2013-17, she chaired the Cabinet-level National Security Principals committee which saw her give the daily national security briefing to President Obama. She was also “responsible for the formulation, coordination and implementation of all aspects of the administration’s foreign and national security policy, intelligence and military efforts,” per Deadline.

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Jemele Hill Leaving SportsCenter for New Position at ESPN (UPDATE)

UPDATED 4:45 p.m. ET: Hill took to her Twitter to clarify why she's leaving the show in an effort to clear up false rumors that may be spreading around the internet about the switch. She said she voluntarily left the show to get back to “reporting, writing, and commentary.” She also said that, in addition to working for The Undefeated, she'll still be contributing to a “myriad of ESPN shows.”

See original story below.

ESPN's Jemele Hill is changing lanes. After being caught in the middle of an extremely public controversy last fall, Hill has requested to be reassigned from the SC6 edition of SportsCenterSports Illustrated reports. But she looks to at least be staying in the family: Hill's next home will be with The Undefeated, ESPN's offshoot site that covers sports, race, and culture.

But back to that controversy. Take a walk down memory lane with me, as we recall the moment that Hill was thrust into the spotlight. Last September, Hill was having a Twitter conversation with some particularly dim-witted characters about the state of our country. During said conversation, Trump came up and Hill pulled out the yopper.

As you can see, the tweets are still up, meaning Hill was ready with the smoke and more than happy to let it settle. Unfortunately, someone of her status can't exactly call the president a white supremacist and get away with it. ESPN reportedly looked into replacing Hill shortly after, and a White House spokeswoman called for Hill to be fired

Hill was being watched closely from there on out and was suspended for a second violation of social media guidelines for telling her followers how to hypothetically go about protesting the NFL. Trump responded to the suspension, calling Hill out.

After serving her time, Hill told TMZ she deserved the suspension. “I violated the policy,” she said. “Going forward, we'll be in a good, healthy place. It'll be fine. The only thing I apologize for is I put ESPN in a bad spot. I'll never take back what I said. “

Hopefully, this reassignment will give Hill a fresh start with the company.

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From the Mooch to Sloppy Steve: Trump’s Worst Hiring Decisions

Donald Trump frequently brags about his record-setting first year in office. But unless you're counting days playing golf or number of lies, there aren't very many records to brag about. 

But there is one way in which Trump is setting records—in staff turnover. Thirty-four percent of White House staff has been either fired, resigned, or been re-hired elsewhere. That's the highest first-year turnover rate in forty years, twice as high as the runner-up. 

Among that motley crew has been some absolutely unforgettable figures. Here are some of Trump's worst hiring decisions during his memorable first 365 days.

Anthony Scaramucci

Ah, who could forget the Mooch? The financier, indie film producer, and all-around loudmouth lasted only ten days in his gig as communications director before being shitcanned, but what a memorable week and a half it was. Remember when he quoted a cheesy pop song and said it was the work of Mark Twain? Or when he told a reporter that Steve Bannon was trying to do something that's anatomically impossible? There's one small consolation for a man who missed the birth of his own child in order to spend time with Donald Trump: he got to see himself played by Bill Hader on Saturday Night Live.

Steve Bannon

The lesson to be learned from Steve Bannon's short run at the top of the mountain is, if you're going to get a racist gasbag to help you make policy, at least make sure it's a loyal racist gasbag. Bannon managed to avoid the first few rounds of his boss' purges, but once the “adult in the room” John Kelly came on board as chief of staff, Mister Two Shirt's days were numbered. It took one interview where Bannon had a different position on North Korea than whatever garbage Trump was spouting that day, and he was out.

The coda came months later, when Sloppy Steve lost his other job after mouthing off about Trump's son to another reporter. He lost his sugar mama, lost Breitbart, and will soon be reduced to holding up signs that read “Will talk about how Bill Murray played me on SNL for money.”

Taylor Weyeneth 

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is a pretty fucking big deal. It makes sure that all of the government's various anti-drug initiatives are working together and it also is in charge of making sure that Trump's periodic moments of caring about the opioid epidemic translate into actual policy.

So it shocked even people who thought they were no longer capable of being shocked by White House incompetence when the Washington Post broke the story earlier this month that the ONDCP's deputy chief of staff was Taylor Weyeneth, a 24-year-old guy with no relevant experience, no interest in politics, and whose stepfather has a felony conspiracy conviction for processing illegal steroids. His only qualification? You guessed it—working on Trump's campaign. When all of this was exposed, Weyeneth was unsurprisingly demoted.

Tom Price

You would think that being in the President's cabinet is a pretty good deal. You get to attend fancy meetings, have an unbeatable line on your resumé, and maintain a cozy and lucrative afterlife lobbying for a coterie of evil influence-peddlers. 

Somehow, that wasn't enough for Trump's Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price—he needed to fly private, too. Politico uncovered the fact that Price had spent over $400K of taxpayer money on private jets. In the shadiest of shady ways to say “I'm sorry,” Price reimbursed the government less than $52K—an amount that he said would cover equivalent commercial tickets, but not anywhere close to the amount of dough that was actually spent. Price had no choice after the Politico story but to fall on his sword

Omarosa Manigault

While it's true that Trump's cabinet and judicial nominees—and, hell, even his interns—are overwhelmingly white, his (aptly named) White House has been a home to incompetent folks of all races. Case in point: Omarosa.

After appearing on four different Trump reality shows (The ApprenticeCelebrity ApprenticeThe Ultimate Merger, and All-Star Celebrity Apprentice), it was only natural that reality TV's number one villain would move into the White House with reality's number one villain

There was only one problem: she didn't really have a job. Other than crowing about her boss having an enemies list and having a White House wedding photo shoot, Maginault, whose official title was Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison, didn't really seem to do anything. So in December she, like Bannon, got on John Kelly's bad side and “resigned.” As a final humiliation, she reportedly tried to sneak back into the White House, setting off alarms in the process.

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Air Force Academy Cancels All Games in Response to Government Shutdown

The Air Force Academy has responded to the federal government shutdown by canceling all of their scheduled sporting events “until further notice.” This includes the men's and women's basketball teams matches against Fresno State today, men's gymnastics, men's ice hockey, rifle, and men's and women's swimming meets.

“Due to the government shutdown, all Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletic events have been cancelled until further notice,” the academy said in a statement via ESPN. “In the event a solution is reached, the Academy will work to reschedule as many missed events as possible.”

On Friday night, U.S. Senators were unable to come to terms on a last ditch deal to fund the federal government prior to their midnight deadline. “This afternoon in my heart, I thought we may have a deal tonight. That was how far we'd come,” Democrat Senate Minority Leader Schumer said shortly after the shutdown officially took effect. “That's how positive our discussion felt. We had a good meeting. But what has transpired since that meeting in the Oval Office is indicative of the entire tumultuous and chaotic process Republicans have engaged in the negotiations thus far.”

“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform. During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the president and his administration will fight for and protect the American people.”

Navy will continue playing its games as planned on Saturday; Army hasn't responded to the shutdown but the teams are expected to play on. Air Force relies on government spending, while Army and Navy do not.

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Trump Makes Incomprehensible Anti-Abortion Speech in Which He Seems to Call for More Abortions

Today, Donald Trump became the first sitting president to speak at an anti-abortion March for Life rally, and he used the opportunity to call for more abortions. Yes, you read that right: the man hailed as the “most pro-life president in history” doesn’t even know how to talk about the issues and policies he is supposedly against. But what else is new, right?

Speaking at the anti-abortion rally, Trump extolled the virtues of anti-abortion advocates and healthcare professionals for nine minutes. He also ripped on Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision that makes abortion a federal right. He also made the peculiar claim that “a number of states… allow a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month. It is wrong. It has to change.”

Let’s roll back the tape. Trump said that in the United States, a baby is born after spending nine months in his or her mother’s womb. In other words: a pregnancy carried to term until the ninth month results in birth. Yup. Thanks for the insight, Don. Highly appreciated.

What makes a lot less sense is why Trump believes this—a normal pregnancy—is wrong. If he is calling for fewer pregnancies to be carried to term, then he is calling for more abortions. The Daily Beast reports that he was supposed to say “torn,” but he couldn’t even get a simple four-letter word right.

But… not so fast. Even if Trump did mean to say “torn,” his statement would still be confusing. If he meant to decry late-term abortions (abortions that occur after the 20 week standard) then he misspoke. There is no such thing as an abortion at nine months. That is, once again, simply called birth. Still, late-term abortions (after 20 weeks) are extremely rare to begin with—the Guttmacher Institute estimates that about 1 percent of abortion are performed after 21 weeks.

Trump then called late-term abortions painful, which is a claim not backed up by science. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has testified to the House Judiciary Committee that it “knows of no legitimate scientific data or information that supports the statement that a fetus experiences pain at 20 weeks’ gestation.”

In case you were wondering, yes, everyone noticed this latest gaffe, and yes, everyone took to Twitter to try to make even the tiniest bit of sense of it. Spoiler alert: no sense was made, but people did rip the President to shreds.

You can watch Trump's full speech below. 

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LeBron James Calls Out Trump’s Racism During MLK Day Press Conference

LeBron James honored Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy before the Cleveland Cavaliers' match against the Golden State Warriors on MLK Day. He fit in a not-so-subtle dig at Donald Trump, too.

“He had a vision and he took a bullet for all of us. For us to stand here even though we're trying to be divided right now by somebody,” James said during a pre-game press conference. “Today is a great day for people to realize how America was built and how we all have to stand united in order to be one. Especially as Americans because we believe, we all know and we all believe, this is the greatest country in the world.” 

While the basketball star didn't directly mention Trump's name, he makes it very clear who he's referring to. He continued:

“The state of racism will never die, but what we can not do is allow it to conquer us as people. We can't allow it to divide us. The guy in control has given people and racism, and negative racism, an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear. And that's the fearful thing for us because it's with you, and it's around every day. But he's allowed people to come out and just feel confident about doing negative things. We can't allow that to stop us from continuing to be together and preach the right word of living and loving and laughing and things of that nature. Because would we want to live anywhere else? I don't think so. We love this place.”

This isn't the first time James has called out Trump's racist and oppressive views. Last August, he tweeted Trump “just made [hate] fashionable again” in response to his reactions toward the Charlottesville protests. That was followed by the now-famous “U bum” moment after Trump targeted Steph Curry and revoked his invitation to the White House.

Watch James' reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. as well as his comments on Trump below:

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