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The President sought to explain away inconvenient facts about his legal peril and his promised border wall before GOP senators dragged him back to reality
President Donald Trump sought the open arms of Twitter and Fox News to creatively explain away inconvenient facts about his legal peril and his promised border wall before GOP senators dragged him back to reality with a rebuke from his own party for ignoring a cold-blooded murder OK'd by a foreign colleague.

Trump was at the illegal hush money meeting, source says
Donald Trump attended an August 2015 meeting that federal prosecutors believe was central to a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws to help Trump win the presidency, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Anderson Cooper: Trump is right. This is embarrassing.
CNN's Anderson Cooper debunks President Trump's interview with Fox News.

Opinion: Trump's dream world is turning into a hellscape
Michael Cohen. Paul Manafort. David Pecker. Michael Flynn. President Donald Trump's enablers are falling one by one, and his dream world is becoming a hellscape. Trump, a famous self-promoter who has bragged about his wealth, intelligence, physical prowess and winning ways, faces the prospect of humiliation on a scale that would be genuinely world class. And his story is becoming a modern parable about the dangers of hubris and limits of fakery.

Trump inaugural committee under criminal investigation
President Donald Trump's 2017 inaugural committee is currently being investigated by federal prosecutors in New York for possible financial abuses related to the more than $100 million in donations raised for the event, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Analysis: Why the National Enquirer cooperation deal is a VERY big problem for Trump
• Analysis: The 29 most surreal lines from Donald Trump's Fox News interview • Opinion: Trump doesn't need an 'SOB' chief of staff

SE Cupp mocks Fox interview as 'infomercial'
CNN's SE Cupp discusses President Donald Trump's interview with Fox, which she describes as an "infomercial."

Analysis: 29 surreal lines from Trump's Fox News interview
On Thursday, President Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Fox News personality Harris Faulkner. It was, um, chummy -- with Faulkner asking Trump questions like "What do you love about being President?" and "You have such energy for this." (Yes, I know the latter isn't a question at all.)

Melania Trump's poll numbers plummet
• Opinion: Melania shows she's a Trump through and through • CNN Poll: Fewer support impeaching Trump • Analysis: Beto O'Rourke leapfrogs most of the 2020 Democratic field

Bomb threats emailed to multiple US locations
• Teen at a middle school shoots at cops before killing himself, police say • Bomb threats made at Columbine High School, site of 1999 shooting

7-year old Guatemalan girl died in US Customs and Border Protection custody
A 7-year old Guatemalan girl has died in US Customs and Border Protection custody, a source with the agency told CNN late Thursday.

Betsy DeVos will cancel $150 million in student debt after being sued for delays
The Department of Education said Thursday that it would wipe away student debt for 15,000 borrowers, implementing an Obama-era rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos has fought to block for more than a year.

Analysis: Who wants to be Donald Trump's chief of staff?
On Wednesday, when asked about his search for a chief of staff to replace John Kelly, President Donald Trump said this: "I have at least 10, 12 -- 12 people that want it badly. I'm making a decision. Great people," he said. "I could do it immediately. I'm in no rush. A lot of people want it."

Cuomo to Conway: If you lie, I'll call you out
CNN's Chris Cuomo and Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway discuss the extent to which Trump knew about hush-money payments made to two women who alleged affairs with Trump.

US military sends $331 million bill to Saudis and UAE after refueling 'accounting error'
The US military is seeking a $331 million reimbursement from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates after discovering it failed to properly charge the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen for aerial refueling services due to an "accounting error," the Pentagon said Thursday.

Senate rebukes Trump, condemns Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi murder
Republican Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday introduced a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, ratcheting up pressure on President Donald Trump who has aligned himself with the Saudi kingdom in the aftermath of the brutal killing.

How Sandy Hook changed the response to mass shootings
"They had their entire lives ahead of them. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."

North Carolina's election fraud scandal has both parties planning for another campaign
Republican and Democratic officials in North Carolina are beginning to maneuver for position in anticipation of a fierce and protracted second campaign in the state's scandal-ridden 9th Congressional District.

Strasbourg attacker killed by police
The perpetrator of Tuesday night's terror attack near the Strasbourg Christmas market was shot and killed by police, multiple French media reported on Thursday.

Trump: They're trying to embarrass me
President Donald Trump says that the charges against his former attorney Michael Cohen were made to "embarrass" him and falsely claims that they "are not criminal charges," during an interview with Fox News.

Kasich's message to Trump on possible 2020 challenge: 'Be careful what you wish for'
Ohio Gov. John Kasich suggested he may run against President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary after Trump said he hoped Kasich would do so.

They went into an abandoned mine to steal copper, police say. Then they got trapped.

Pelosi's coat so popular it will be re-issued

Exec: Kneeling may cost baseball player his career

At 16, he's being compared to LeBron and Kobe

Baseball legend offers to be chief of staff
The search for chief of staff turns up lots of laughs. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports that even critters are being proposed.

Starbucks is going to sell Nitro at all its US stores
Nitro is coming to a Starbucks near you.

Costco is succeeding despite retail woes
Many retail brands may be struggling, but Costco is thriving thanks to deep discounts and a popular food court.

'Cannibal case' men get life sentences
When a South African traditional healer wandered into a police station last year and told officers he was "tired of eating human flesh," the police struggled to believe his morbid claim.

A year-end checklist for your investments
What do I need to do before the end of the year, to be ready for tax-time and whatever next year may bring?

Laughter erupts after Trump official's proposal
The Arctic is experiencing a multi-year stretch of unparalleled warmth "that is unlike any period on record," according to the 2018 Arctic Report Card, a peer-reviewed report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency within the United States Department of Commerce.

Leopard kills meditating monk in India
A leopard has killed a Buddhist monk who was meditating in a protected forest reserve in India, according to local officials.

E. coli outbreak traced to California farm; some romaine safe to eat
The strain of E. coli causing the current outbreak in romaine lettuce has been found in a reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara County, California, the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

How the Titanic's wreckage was discovered
For years, the incredible discovery of the Titanic's wreckage at the bottom of the ocean in 1985 was thought to have been a purely scientific effort.

Titanic was found during secret mission
Robert Ballard, the man who led the expedition to find the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, says it was all a front for a secret Cold War Navy mission to find wrecked nuclear submarines.

Diving tours of Titanic wreck site delayed until 2019
In 1912, a trip on board the Titanic was the ultimate in luxury travel. More than a century later, it still is.

Objects from Titanic wreck set for multimillion-dollar auction
Thousands of items salvaged from the wreck of the RMS Titanic are set to go to auction next month to satisfy bankruptcy debts piled up by the company that owns them.

Thicke and Pharrell have to pay Marvin Gaye estate $5 million
A five-year legal battle over the copyright of the hit song "Blurred Lines" has ended with Marvin Gaye's family being awarded a final judgment of nearly $5 million against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.

Marvin Gaye's ex-wife talks about 'Blurred Lines'
Jan Gaye, the former wife of Marvin Gaye, joins Don Lemon to talk about her reaction to a jury awarding her family $7.4M for copyright infringement

Miss USA apologizes to fellow contestants after barrage of criticism
Miss USA has apologized after comments she made about two fellow Miss Universe contestants' English-language abilities sparked backlash online.

The Japanese "demon of painting" who invented manga in 1874

Cooper mocks Trump's show-and-tell interview
CNN's Anderson Cooper takes a second look at President Trump's interview on Fox News where he used printed articles to try to prove his points.

The week in 23 photos
Take a look at 23 photos of the week from December 6 through December 13.

Fear a bear market? Here's where to invest
I want to put some money into alternative investments, but I'm not sure where to begin. What's the safest alternative for an average investor?

A tax-efficient way to grow your investments and give to charity
I've heard a lot about donor advised funds. Are they a good way to structure my charitable giving while getting tax benefits?

If you diversify your finds, it could backfire this year
Is there such a thing as being over diversified?

How To Pay Off Your House ASAP (It's So Simple)

Transfer your debt and pay no interest until 2020

50% off: Extend weekends w/ Hiltons of D.C. sale

Pelosi's meme-tastic coat so popular it will be re-issued
Nancy Pelosi, the likely next House speaker, caused a stir Tuesday when she engaged in a spirited Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump.

Trump seething after Cohen sentencing
President Trump's public silence belied his rising fury over longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who the President still insists is not telling the truth, after he turned against him and was sentenced to three years in prison. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina pleads guilty to engaging in conspiracy against US
Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina admitted in federal court Thursday morning to engaging in a conspiracy against the United States.

Amazon Go is going small with tiny, cashier-free stores in buildings
Over the past year, Amazon has opened seven of its Amazon Go stores to the public, ditching checkout lines for AI that tracks what customers want to buy. Now, the retailer is taking its cashier-free shops in a new, smaller direction.

5G smartphones are coming in 2019. What does that mean?
5G is already here, but you can't do much to access those super-fast speeds unless you live in a specific place with a particular piece of technology. That's about to change.

This DNA technology is helping police solve cold cases
In the summer of 2017, hikers found skeletal remains on the side of a highway outside of Baltimore.

Apple is spending $1 billion on a new campus in Austin
Apple is putting more detail on its plan to create 20,000 jobs in the United States over the next five years.

Uber invests millions to build flying taxis in France
Uber wants to build flying taxis in France.

Twitter loved Gayle King flirting with Lenny Kravitz
It's probably safe to say Gayle King likes Lenny Kravitz.

Awkwafina celebrates SAG nom
Some celebrities are waking up to good news this morning.

'Reputation' coming to Netflix
It's December 13, and that means it's Taylor Swift's birthday.

Post Malone shoes sold out in minutes
People are serious about their Post Malone footwear.

Oprah's final days with her mother
Oprah Winfrey has broken her silence about the days leading up to the death of her mother, Vernita Lee.

The judgmental mom is little more than a stereotype
It's quite possible that, by the time I had my first child, I had read more articles about navigating relationships with other moms than ones about navigating my relationship with my baby. Parent media is full of stories about moms who "judge," "shame," "clap back" and are at "war" with other mothers.

'Sesame Street' Muppet is homeless
For the first time, a resident of "Sesame Street" is experiencing homelessness -- and the hope is that her story can help sweep the clouds away for the growing number of young children in the United States without homes to call their own.

Is going gluten-free good for everyone?
There was a time when gluten, a mixture of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley, was something of a foreign term. Not many people had heard of it, and the few who needed to avoid it found meals to be extremely challenging.

Tampons recalled after reports of pieces left in bodies
Kimberly-Clark is recalling regular absorbency U by Kotex Sleek tampons in the United States and Canada after reports of the tampons unraveling or coming apart upon removal.

The most eco-friendly airlines
We all know that flying isn't great for the environment, but some airlines are better than others at keeping their carbon footprint as minimal as possible.

The surprising secret history of "Silent Night"
"Silent Night" might be one of the sweetest Christmas carols there is, but following the trail of the man who wrote it exactly 200 years ago involves an unexpectedly macabre twist.

Taj Mahal increases ticket prices
India's most iconic attraction, the Taj Mahal, is about to become more difficult to visit.



 TMZ Video

Shareef O'Neal In Good Spirits After Heart Surgery
Shareef O'Neal is out of heart surgery -- and he's already thinking about his return to the basketball court!  The UCLA basketball star went under the knife early Thursday morning to correct an irregularity that team doctors had spotted during…

Kanye West Unleashes on Drake for Allegedly Threatening His Life
7:41 PM PT -- Kanye clearly had a lot more to say to Drake ... he just unleashed a Twitter-storm after revealing Drake called to threaten him earlier in the day. In the flurry of tweets, Kanye brought up Tekashi's prison time, XXXTentacion's murder…

Lil Pump Booted Off Flight After TSA Agents Suspected Drugs In Luggage
6:15 PM PT --  A source connected with Pump tells TMZ, no drugs were found. The source says TSA flagged a bag that smelled like weed and was "mistagged."  Agents questioned Pump, who insisted he was not carrying drugs. The source adds no…

Chris Pratt Wishes Katherine Schwarzenegger Happy Birthday, Reveals Pet Name
Chris Pratt sending birthday love to his girlfriend, Katherine Schwarzenegger, was expected ... but he shocked us all by spilling the beans on his super cute nickname for her!!! Chris posted an adorable bday message to Katherine on his…

Miss USA Makes Amends With Miss Vietnam, Miss Cambodia After Mocking Them
Reigning Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers appears to be making good on her promise to smooth things over with a couple competitors she openly mocked for not speaking her tongue. View this post on Instagram ❤️ A post shared by Francesca Hung…

Chelsea Soccer Team Condemns Fans Over Anti-Semitic Chant
The famous Chelsea soccer team has issued a harsh statement ripping fans who used an anti-Semitic chant during a game in Budapest on Thursday ... calling it "abhorrent." Chelsea was playing Tottenham in a Europa League game -- but minutes into the…

UFC Star Kevin Lee Says He'll Beat Khabib's Ass After He Whoops Iaquinta
MMA fighters are terrified of Khabib ... that is, except UFC star Kevin Lee who says he's dyin' to square up with the undefeated champ ... and he's confident he'll kick his ass. Lee -- the #4 ranked lightweight -- tells TMZ Sports he knows exactly…

Serena Williams Still Faces Problems with Catsuit, Despite Rule Change
Some good news, bad news for Serena Williams ...  The Good News -- The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has announced massive rule changes allowing athletes like Serena to wear full catsuit outfits during 2019 matches. The Bad News -- The…

Floyd Mayweather Hits Up Charlo Twins' Workout in Houston
Jermall and Jermell Charlo are already seein' Money before their huge title fights next weekend ... 'cause Floyd Mayweather was a special guest at their open workouts in Houston!! The undefeated Charlo twins hosted the training sesh/toy drive in…

T.I. Pays $300 Fine for Cursing in Public to Settle Incident with Security Guard
T.I.'s run-in with a security guard at his gated community is now water under the bridge -- at least in court -- because he paid a small fine and put the case to bed ... TMZ has learned. The rapper's attorney, Steve Sadow, tells us ... Tip pled no…

Farrah Abraham Says Bristol Palin is Jealous of Her and Needs to Leave 'Teen Mom'
Farrah Abraham has sage advice for Bristol Palin -- leave "Teen Mom" if she can't handle how she's being portrayed ... as a Farrah wannabe. We got Farrah out Thursday at LAX and she bristled at Bristol's verbal attack this week, when…

LeSean McCoy Accuser Claims NFL Star Scrubbed Home with Bleach to Hide Evidence
LeSean McCoy has scrubbed down the home he owns in Georgia with BLEACH in an effort to conceal evidence in the home invasion case ... this according to one of the victims.  Elizabeth Donald -- who was attacked during the July 10 home invasion…

Saquon Barkley is Already Better Than Zeke AND Gurley, Says Victor Cruz
It's only been 13 games ... but Giants star rookie Saquon Barkley is ALREADY the best running back in the NFL -- so says Victor Cruz. Of course, the ex-NY star is super biased ... dude still bleeds Giants blue -- but he tells us there's no doubt in…

John Goodman Says Life on 'The Conners' is Great Without Roseanne Barr
John Goodman is anything but broken up about playing a widower on TV, because he tells us life without his TV wife, Roseanne Barr ... is just great!  We got the star of the "The Conners" Thursday at LAX and asked how the show's carrying…

Miss USA Apologizes for Mocking Miss Vietnam and Miss Cambodia for Not Speaking English
9:45 AM -- Sarah has issued an apology on her Instagram ... she says, "In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize." Sarah also…

Mike Tyson Says He Smoked Weed Before Andrew Golota Fight
Mike Tyson says he had smoked marijuana in the hours before his famous 2000 fight against Andrew Golota ... but claims it was the ONLY time he was ever high on weed during a bout.  The boxing legend appeared on "The Dan Patrick Show" to talk…

Shareef O'Neal Undergoing Heart Surgery
Shareef O'Neal is currently undergoing heart surgery to correct an irregularity that forced the UCLA basketball star to miss the 2018 season ... TMZ Sports has learned.  We broke the story ... Shaq's 18-year-old son -- one of the top college…

Offset Wants to Spend Christmas With Cardi & Baby Kulture
Cardi B and Offset might officially be on the outs, but Daddy wants to come home for Christmas.  Sources close to the couple tell us ... Offset wants to spend the holidays with Cardi and their little girl -- specifically, Xmas Eve and day as…

Michael Jordan Says Malik Monk Slap Was 'Only Love'
9:39 AM PT -- Michael Jordan now says the slap was not malicious -- but rather, a "tap of endearment." "It was like a big brother and little brother tap," Jordan told the Associated Press ... "No negative intent. Only love!"Michael…

Oscar De La Hoya Says He Would Beat Dana White's Ass In a Fight
The Dana White vs. Oscar De La Hoya feud is exploding -- but how would things go down if they settled their differences in the ring?  Oscar has some thoughts ... "I would beat his ass."' The two have been at each other's throats ever since…

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