George Sr. and Jr. share touching tributes to the late Barbara Bush

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While more than 1,000 mourners gathered Saturday to remember former first lady Barbara Bush, her husband paid tribute to his late wife in a special way: with his socks.

George H. W. Bush, who is known for his love of colorful socks, wore a special pair of book-themed footwear in honor of his wife’s longtime commitment to literacy.

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Jim McGrath, the official spokesperson for the former president, shared a photo of Bush’s socks on Twitter. He noted that Barbara Bush raised more than $110 million for the cause she championed for three decades. Read more…

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Anthony Hopkins is a treasure and we’re lucky to have him on Twitter

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Legendary actor Anthony Hopkins is good at Twitter.

He may have as much reach as Patrick Stewart, whose 3 million plus followers dwarf Hopkins’ 190,000. But he’ll get there if he keeps posting oddities like the one he shared on Sunday.

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Most of you have probably encountered the idiom “dance like no one is watching” at some point or another. That’s what Hopkins is doing here, but everyone is watching because it’s up on Twitter.

This is what happens when you’re all work and no play..pic.twitter.com/2KvkJ2baw6

— Anthony Hopkins (@AnthonyHopkins) April 22, 2018 Read more…

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AT&T’s cheap monthly streaming service is for cord-cutters who don’t care about sports

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If you like the idea of cable but don’t care about sports, AT&T’s upcoming streaming service might be for you.

The company will soon launch a new $15/month subscription meant to appeal to cord-cutters who don’t need sports channels. The service will also be free for AT&T’s wireless customers who have an unlimited data plan. 

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Called “AT&T Watch,” the new service was revealed by CEO Randall Stephenson Thursday during testimony in AT&T’s antitrust trial.

According to CNN, Watch will include a selection of cable channels and is meant to “encourage mobile TV viewing.” It’s not known how many channels are part of the package, but AT&T’s decision to omit sports is what allows it to price the bundle at just $15 a month — far lower than even the most basic cable packages.  Read more…

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Donald Trump suggests he may pardon Jack Johnson because — c’mon, you know why

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While past presidents were mourning former First Lady Barbara Bush at her funeral in Houston today, President Trump was on his phone in Mar-a-Lago, having his usual Twitter meltdown.

In between excoriating James Comey and tossing around conspiracy theories about Mr. Peepers, President Trump decided to suddenly announce he was considering a pardon for Jack Johnson, the history-making boxer.

Trump, as you might imagine, appears to have taken a particular interest in pardons as of late.

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Some background on the controversy: Jack Johnson was the first black man to ever hold the title of world heavyweight champion. By 1912, he hadn’t lost a match in four years. Other white boxers refused to fight him. When one, Canadian Tommy Burns, did, Johnson destroyed him soundly.  Read more…

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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me star from ‘Austin Powers,’ is dead at age 49

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Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49. 

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-MeAn Instagram post to his official account broke the sad news.  

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“Verne was an extremely caring individual,” read the post. “He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.”

It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio Read more…

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AT&T and Verizon investigated for possibly colluding to make your smartphone life worse

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AT&T and Verizon don’t want to let you out of their grasps. 

So much so, in fact, that they may have colluded to make it harder for you to switch cellphone carriers. 

So reports The New York Times, which notes that the Justice Department is investigating the two companies for possibly working together to stifle a technology known as eSIM. If deployed, eSIM would make it easier for people to jump from provider to provider — no new physical SIM card required — potentially leaving AT&T or Verizon behind in the process.  

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Colin Kaepernick may be exiled from the NFL, but that’s also why he keeps winning

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Colin Kaepernick may be the most criminally unemployed NFL player in the free agency pool today, but the actions that brought him to this point continue to pay off.

Kaepernick was named Amnesty International’s “Ambassador of Conscience” for 2018 on Saturday. The award recognizes the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s act of kneeling during pre-game national anthem performances, a choice that eventually cost him his job, and likely his NFL career as well.

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The protest action started with a simple intent: Bring attention to racial inequality in America, specifically racially motivated police brutality. It’s been attacked by various critics, including Donald Trump himself, as unpatriotic and wrong. But that willful mischaracterization in and of itself also reinforces Kaepernick’s statement. Read more…

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Universal Fan Con suddenly postpones — so attendees organized

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A convention built to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness in fandom has been postponed at the last minute, and would-be attendees are channeling their understandable frustration in constructive directions.

Universal Fan Con, which was originally funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, released the bad news on Friday. Just a week before the event, organizers decided to postpone it, citing a “financial deficit.” As of now, it’s unclear when the conference will be rescheduled. The status of attendee’s refunds is also unclear.  

It would be enough under other circumstances to cause well-justified social media uproar. Instead, attendees have used the occasion to organize and help support vendors and artists who will likely suffer a rough financial blow as a result.  Read more…

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Trump tweetstorm about Michael Cohen ‘flipping’ overlooks one key detail

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Donald Trump isn’t afraid to share his Thoughts, even if sometimes those Thoughts don’t exactly mean what he thinks they mean. 

This was once again on display Saturday morning in a series of tweets regarding his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and whether or not he would “flip” on the president. Cohen, as you may recall, was recently on the receiving end of an FBI raid, and a Friday New York Times article speculated that he may eventually cooperate with federal officials.

SEE ALSO: Michael Cohen’s secret client? Sean Hannity.

Trump, shall we say, was not a fan. He denied any connection to one of the reporters of the New York Times story, Maggie Haberman, and tweeted that Cohen would never flip on him. And, even if he did, it would all be lies.  Read more…

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Suspected stalker breaks into Taylor Swift’s home and takes a nap

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One of Taylor Swift’s multiple stalkers was found on Friday in Taylor Swift’s New York townhouse, sleeping in her bed.

The stalker, known as Roger Alvarado, had been arrested early in February for attempting to break down Swift’s door with a shovel.

Alvarado was charged with stalking, burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing.

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Not only did Alvarado reportedly take a nap in the home, he showeredAccording to TMZ, the stalker used an old-fashioned ladder and broke a window to gain entry.

He also hails from Homestead, Florida, so get out your tired Florida jokes now. Read more…

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