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How a liberal Santa Monica high school produced a top Trump advisor and speechwriter

too-cool-for-school upper-class students at Santa Monica High scoffed when administrators in 2002 reinstated a daily recitation of the pledge of allegiance.

Most students in the liberal enclave slouched in their chairs and chatted over the morning ritual, which was widely viewed as a throwback to an American patriotism that seemed outdated in the multicultural mash-up of L.A.’s Westside.

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After a war on leaks, Obama makes a U-turn, commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentence

WASHINGTON —
With barely 72 hours left in office, President Barack Obama Tuesday did an abrupt U-turn on his years-long assault on government leaks and showed leniency toward two military figures who’d helped make public highly sensitive secrets.

Both Democrats and Republicans said they were bewildered – even angered – by Obama’s commutation of the 35-year prison term of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence specialist who turned over some 700,000 classified and sensitive diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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America just spent 8 years with a black president. For many African Americans, it meant one big thing: freedom to ‘dream’

Eight years ago, Andrew Jackson II saw himself on the cusp of possibility in a world of firsts.

He boarded a bus that January with dozens of family members and friends, headed to the National Mall to watch the nation’s first black president — the first person he had ever voted for — make history.

As he watched the jumbo screens show Barack Obama sworn in on that sub-freezing day, his body was swept with warmth.

“I can take a chance to breathe,” he remembers thinking. “Obama will put us on the right course.”

He was 27 and living on his own after graduating from Louisiana State University. By day, he worked at a flooring warehouse, but his spare time was spent auditioning for musicals in Houston’s burgeoning arts scene. He saw a future breaking his own barriers as a singer in Atlanta or an actor in Hollywood.

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Donald Trump calls NATO alliance ‘obsolete’

Angela Merkel has led a sharp European response to Donald Trump after he branded the NATO military alliance “obsolete” and criticized the German chancellor’s “catastrophic” open-door refugee policy.

In an explosive interview with German newspaper Bild and The Times of London, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe, hailing Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and saying more countries were going to quit the bloc.

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Michelle Obama is quietly planning her next act

As Michelle Obama prepares to leave the White House, she’s been talking publicly about how eager she is to return to normal life. “I want to open my front door without discussing it with anyone — and just walk,” she told Oprah Winfrey in an interview last year.

She has also said she wants to sit in a yard, stroll through a big-box store and open a window in her house, all things she has not been able to do for eight years.

Moving van spotted outside Obama family’s new home

A moving van has been spotted outside the Obama family’s new home in Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate WUSA reports.

WUSA reporter Bruce Leshan tweeted a picture that he said shows a moving van outside the Obamas’ new home in the residential neighborhood of Kalorama. The picture also shows boxes on the street.

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Pompeo tells Kamala Harris he won’t discriminate against LGBT workers at the CIA

WASHINGTON —

Newly minted Sen. Kamala Harris of California used her time Thursday to question CIA nominee Mike Pompeo about his views on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees at the agency.

Pompeo, a three-term Republican congressman from Kansas, had opposed gay marriage and had sponsored bills to let states prevent same-sex couples from marrying and protect nonprofit organizations that opposed gay marriage.

But at his confirmation hearing in the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Pompeo assured Harris that he’d treat every CIA employee “in a way that is appropriate and equal” and not work to undermine the benefits same-sex married couples have gained.

“You have my full commitment on that,” he said.

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Michael Moore’s ‘star-studded’ anti-inauguration protest . . . let’s be real, are these actual stars? | BizPac Review

Professional agitator Michael Moore is staging a “star”-studded protest outside the Trump International Hotel next Thursday ahead of the presidential inauguration.

Joining Moore will be bloated leftist buffoon Alec Baldwin, race-baiting clown Al Sharpton, and New York City’s communist mayor, Bill de Blasio. C-list celebrity Mark Ruffalo will also attend the “star-studded” Democratic cryfest, The Hill reported.

“Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin and myself will be holding a massive rally in NYC in front of Trump International Hotel this Thursday, 6 pm! Come!” Moore tweeted.

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Trump slams outgoing CIA director Brennan after criticism over Russia threat

President-elect Donald Trump blasted outgoing CIA Director John Brennan on social media Sunday after Brennan said Trump does not have a “full understanding” of Russia’s power and threat to the world.

“I don’t think he has a full understanding of Russian capabilities and the actions they are taking on the world,” Brennan told “Fox News Sunday.”

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