Top 10 Celebrity Earners: Diddy is 2017’s Highest Paid Musician Beating Rihanna, Drake

Sean “Diddy” Combs has topped Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid celebrities. With $130 million in earnings over the past 12 months, Combs edged out Beyoncé for the No. 1 spot. Forbes reports that there are three reasons behind the rapper and mogul’s climb. He sold one-third of his Sean John clothing line for an estimated $70 million, he has his lucrative Diageo Ciroc vodka partnership, and he put on his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs is 2017’s Highest Paid Musician (despite not releasing any new music)

Sean “Diddy” Combs has topped Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid celebrities.
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TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2017: #MeToo Movement, “The Silence Breakers”

It has created a wave of awareness and brave confrontations over sexual harassment and assault, taking down powerful men in the process. And now the #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017.

On its cover, Time called the people behind the movement “The Silence Breakers.” Its story features women and men who have spoken out — including activist Tarana Burke, who started the hashtag 10 years ago.

Time magazine says the women who shared stories about sexual harassment and abuse through the #metoo campaign — the “silence breakers” — are its Person of the Year.

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#MeToo rose to prominence as a social media campaign in the wake of high-profile accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. After actress Alyssa Milano popularized the hashtag, thousands of women began sharing their stories about the pervasive damage wrought by sexual harassment and by “open secrets” about abuse.

The movement’s empowering reach could be seen in the platform on which Time announced its choice: the Today show. It was just one week ago that NBC fired the morning program’s longtime and powerful co-host, Matt Lauer, over a detailed complaint of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”

While the most high-profile #MeToo stories have come from women and men who work in the movies and media, the Time article also features women who work hourly jobs, some of whom want to remain anonymous. The magazine’s cover portrait includes strawberry picker Isabel Pascual, lobbyist Adama Iwu and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler along with Ashley Judd and Taylor Swift.

“The reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries,” Time’s Stephanie Zacharek, Eliana Dockterman and Haley Sweetland Edwards write. “Women have had it with bosses and coworkers who not only cross boundaries but don’t even seem to know that boundaries exist.”

Marking a possible cultural shift back in October, NPR’s Sarah McCammon quoted associate professor Lisa Huebner saying of #MeToo, “It helps a lot of people individually, I think, and it also will help us to mark publicly that this is a widespread occurrence, and it’s not OK.”

The shortlist of candidates for the distinction included:

The Dreamers
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Protest leader Colin Kaepernick
Special counsel Robert Mueller
Chinese President Xi Jinping
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia
President Trump
Time also conducted a reader poll, which the magazine says was won by Mohammed bin Salman, with 24 percent of the votes. Second place went to the #MeToo movement, followed by a three-way tie among Kaepernick, Mueller and the Dreamers.

In the magazine’s tally, Trump was the runner-up.

The final decision comes weeks after Trump — who was named Person of the Year in 2016 — said he “took a pass” on being named again in 2017. Trump, who had called it “a tremendous honor” to win last year, said the magazine had been in touch to say he would “probably” win.

The president’s comment prompted Time to clarify, “The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.”

TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2017: #MeToo Movement, “The Silence Breakers”

It has created a wave of awareness and brave confrontations over sexual harassment and assault, taking down powerful men in the process. And now the #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017.

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President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel, will relocate U.S. Embassy there

President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there, a move expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace.

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Full Edward Snowden Documentary: Terminal F / Chasing Edward Snowden (2015)

A documentary on former NSA contract employee Edward Snowden, who fled the U.S. to seek asylum in Russia, has premiered in Moscow. Called “Terminal F”, the documentary takes its name from where the American whistleblower stayed for a month at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in 2013. The documentary reveals how Snowden made his way to Russia, beginning from his arrival in Hong Kong, to finally leaving the airport.

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Full Steve Bannon Interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes (Video)

Steve Bannon helmed the Trump campaign through victory and spent a brief tenure in the West Wing as chief strategist. Now back to running Breitbart News, Bannon had never given a television interview. Until now.

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Donald Trump Fired Steve Bannon, Top Strategist And Leader Of Nationalist Agenda (August 2017)

Aug 18, 2017 — President Trump on Friday dismissed his embattled chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general-election victory and the champion of his nationalist impulses, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest.

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VIDEO: Kanye West meeting Donald Trump at Trump Tower (August 2017)

Kanye West met with President-elect Donald Trump on August 16, 2017, after he was spotted arriving at Trump Tower in New York City, only days after the rapper first came back into the public eye following his hospitalization.

Trump spoke to reporters with West by his side, calling the rapper a “good man” and telling journalists that they have been “friends for a long time.”
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Charles Manson Dancing: “I’m brand new. Everything I do is always brand new.” (Interview)

Charles Manson during an interview doing his dragon-dance kung-fu thing he historically reserves for when the TV cameras are turned on. He dependably volunteers chilling asides, tries out some transparent manipulation. “I’m brand new. Everything I do is always brand new.”

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) Bans Russia From 2018 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned on December 5 the Russian Olympic team from the Winter Games in South Korea following allegations of a widespread, state-supported doping program.

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Fast-moving wildfire forces hundreds of homes evacuated in Southern California 12/5/17

Fast-moving wildfire forces hundreds of homes evacuated in Santa Paula, Ventura areas

Firefighters battled a fast-moving brush fire threatening homes in Santa Paula and Ventura, prompting evacuations in both cities Monday night.

SANTA PAULA, Calif. – Firefighters battled a fast-moving brush fire threatening homes in Santa Paula and Ventura, prompting evacuations in both cities Monday night.

Initial reports indicated the Thomas Fire started at about 50 acres and moved at a fast rate of speed as winds as strong as 20 mph whipped through the area.

Fast-moving fire threatening homes in Ventura County

But those winds quickly fueled the fire, causing it to reach at least 10,000 acres by the evening hours, with no containment.

Authorities said at least one person was killed in a car crash connected to the fire. A source told Eyewitness News the person appeared to be fleeing from the blaze.

It was reported in the Steckel Park area near State Route 150 and Thomas Aquinas College around 6:30 p.m.. The winds were moving the fire toward the main part of the city, fire officials said.

The blaze eventually jumped SR-150, causing the highway’s closure as it continued to eat through dry brush on both sides.

By the evening hours, at least two structures were destroyed but it was unclear if they were homes, according to Ventura County Fire officials. They did not have an exact number on how many structures may have been lost.

Footage from AIR7 HD, along with SkyMap7 technology, showed a mobile home park in Wheeler Canyon completely destroyed by the blaze.

Evacuations were issued for the college, a campground north of Santa Paula and residents in northern Santa Paula.

Authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for eastern Ventura and at least 1,000 homes were under the orders. Neighborhoods around Foothill Road were also evacuated.

After midnight Tuesday, authorities issued more evacuation orders for the western part of Ventura, stating neighborhoods north of Main Street to Shell Road must be cleared.

Residents, such as Gilbert Acevedo of Santa Paula, said they are afraid they may lose everything they have.

“It’s pretty bad. Hasn’t been like this. Maybe 15 years is the last time it happened, and that time it burned maybe to the back of the yards – everywhere,” he said.

An evacuation shelter was set up at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and Nordhoff High School in Ojai.

All schools in Santa Paula were canceled Tuesday, as well as classes at the college.

The fire also caused power outages in Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo and other parts of Ventura County as well as areas in Santa Barbara County. About 180,000 residents were without power in Ventura County and more than 83,000 in Santa Barbara.

A 50-acre spot fire was spotted near Grant Park in Ventura, by Cedar and Poli streets.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

Barack Obama Interview with David Letterman: “What will you do when not President?”

“I was thinking you and me, we could play some dominoes.”

President Obama Chats with Letterman 2015: President Barack Obama talks with David Letterman for the Late Show with David Letterman in the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, N.Y. May 4, 2015.

LETTERMAN: What will you do when you’re not President?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I was thinking you and me, we could play some dominoes together. We can, you know, go to the local Starbucks and swap stories.

LETTERMAN: […] and I plan to teach law at Columbia.

“We’ve grown up with you. The country has – after a tough day at the office or coming home from work, knowing you’ve been there to give us a little bit a joy a little bit of laughter – it has meant so much. You’re part of all of us.”
– President Obama to David Letterman, May 4, 2015

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Donald Trump ReTweets Anti-Muslim Propaganda Videos From ‘Britain First’, A Racist UK Group

President Donald Trump on Wednesday re-tweeted a series of alarming videos, one of which allegedly depicts a Muslim ‘migrant’ attacking a ‘Dutch boy.’ The videos were originally posted to social media by a far-right British leader. The panel discusses.
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VIDEO: Donald Trump ignores handshake with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in awkward first meeting at the White House 🇺🇸🇩🇪

During his first meeting with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President Trump appeared to ignore requests from the media for the two leaders to shake hands. At one point, Merkel turns to Trump and says, “they want to have a handshake,” but gets no response from Trump.
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