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New children’s book has Santa black, gay and with a husband

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There’s a new illustrated children’s book about a black Santa living at the North Pole with his husband — and some people are anything but merry and bright about the idea.

“Santa’s Husband,” geared for kids between the ages of 4 and 8, was written by Daniel Kibblesmith, a writer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” In an interview with CNN, the comic writer explained the eyebrow-raising book was inspired by Americans “pretending that there’s a giant war on Christmas and that traditional Christmas is under attack.”

The book’s description on Amazon notes that readers can “see the Clauses sitting by the fire at their cozy North Pole home, vacationing at the beach” as well as “celebrating their wedding day, and comforting each other when some loudmouth people on television angrily dispute Santa’s appearance and lifestyle.”

One quote from the book reads: “Like any married couple, they have their disagreements. But they always manage to kiss and make up — usually over a plate of milk and cookies.”

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Responses have been mixed. Amazon reviews both praised and ridiculed the book’s plot.

Some reviews called the story “heartwarming.” One gay man called the book “patronizing” and expressed offense of using homosexuality as a political weapon to make a political statement about health care and climate change, which is also mentioned in the book. Some naysayers were appalled that Santa was sexualized.

Kibblesmith told VICE in an interview: “When people say to me, ‘How dare you sexualize Santa Claus,’ what I think they’re really saying to me is that homosexuality is inherently pornographic.”

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World Leaders Laughed in Trump’s Face, It’s ‘So True’

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World leaders laughed Tuesday (Sept. 25) after President Donald Trump said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that his administration had accomplished more than almost any other in American history.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” Trump said near the start of a speech before the assembled world leaders, prompting audible laughter.

It’s unusual for a U.S. president to draw unintentional laughs at a gathering of world leaders, and Trump has long complained that foreign governments are laughing at the U.S. for what he views as weak policies on trade and other issues.

Trump makes this kind of grandiose claim all the time, typically to supportive audiences at his own rallies. But the UN audience was clearly less willing to indulge him. A flustered Trump smiled and said “so true” in response to the laughter. That bred even more laughter, to which Trump replied: “I didn’t expect that reaction, but okay…”

Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

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Wait, Ben Roethlisberger Has a Creepy Role in Trump’s Alleged One-Night Stand With a Porn Star?

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Okay, the world is just getting too crazy. When is Elon Musk’s SpaceX leaving and how can I get on board?

Stormy Daniels, the adult film star claiming she had an unimpressive one-night stand with now-President Trump while he was married to Melania, has a new tell-all book. Titled “Full Disclosure,” Daniels is letting it all hang out Oct. 2.

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The description of Trump’s penis allegedly resembling Toad from Mario Kart was pretty funny. I could handle that. However, the latest leak from the book, coming from CNN, who has an advance copy, claims Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a minor, but creepy role in the story of their affair. I wasn’t ready for this.

In the book, Daniels says she went to a nightclub, the night after the alleged sexual encounter, where she was ushered into the VIP section to a couch where Trump and Roethlisberger were talking, and Trump eventually suggested the quarterback walk Daniels back to her hotel room.

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Daniels writes how she was surprised Trump suggested Roethisberger should escort her back rather than his bodyguards. When the Super Bowl champ brought Daniels to her room safely, this is what she writes happened, according to CNN:

“At my door, Ben said, ‘Oh, can I see your room?’

“‘I’m really tired,’ I said, awkwardly holding the key card. He looked at the card until I put it in, and I didn’t open the door all the way. Just enough for me to slip through. As I got behind it, keeping my face out, I noticed he’d raised his hand to rest it on the door.

“He pushed lightly, I pushed lightly. Did he know he was leaning on the door? Was he just steadying himself?

“‘Can I come in?’ he said.

“‘I’m just so tired,’ I said.

“‘How about a good night kiss?”

“‘Well, no, I am here with your friend,’ I said, literally trying to play the Trump card.

“‘Come on,’ he said.”

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She writes she suddenly increased the pressure enough to slam the door.

“‘He stood outside, not leaving,'” Daniels said of Roethlisberger. “Every now and again he’d knock, rapping his knuckles in a line low along the door. ‘Come onnnn,’ he repeated in a singsong voice. ‘I won’t tell.'”

Daniels notes she was shaken by the experience.

Ben Roethilisberger’s reps have not commented on the story, according to CNN.

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Omarosa Is Convinced She Knows Who Wrote that Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed

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The former White House aide said she dug through her emails and she got herself some clues.

The Late Show host Seth Meyers might have said it best: So after Trump’s public praise of Vladimir Putin, his attorney general’s meetings with Russians, his campaign chairman’s money laundering, his deputy campaign chairman’s tax fraud, his personal fixer’s secret shell company, his national security adviser’s lies to the FBI, his son’s attempt to get dirt from a foreign adversary and son-in-law’s secret back channels with that adversary, the person who could end up taking down the president of the United States is Omarosa.

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Omarosa is still making her press rounds to promote her book about her time in the White House. But aside from exclusive tapes questioning POTUS’s mental health, she’s now weighing in on that New York Times Op-Ed everyone’s talking about, where a senior official in the Trump administration anonymously claimed to be part of the resistance from within.

“I took some time and went back and looked through all of my emails, particularly emails out of the vice president’s office, because the first time I read the op-ed, it just seemed kind of familiar to me,” Manigault Newman told Yahoo Finance on Tuesday. “After looking at memos and correspondence from the vice president’s office, I’m pretty convinced that it came from that way. Not just because of the term ‘lodestar,’ but because of the style and tone of it.”

The person she said she narrowed it down to as a likely suspect was Nick Ayers, a political strategist who has served as Pence’s chief of staff since July 2017, is one of the vice president’s most trusted aides.

Trump said last week that he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the essay, declaring it a breach of “national security.” Shortly after the piece was published, the president also raged on Twitter, likening the story to treason.

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