America’s Got Talent star Jackie Evancho and Andrea Bocelli are set to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, January 20. Evancho, 16, shared the news about her performance during a Wednesday, December 14, appearance on the Today show. “All right, so I have recently been asked by the President-elect to perform the national anthem for the swearing-in ceremony at the inauguration, and I am so excited. It’s gonna be awesome!” she said. “I felt really honored. … read more

We didn’t see this year coming, but we heard it from all sides. In Signal & Noise 2016, you’ll find the way we made sense out of all of that sound.
In 2016, the absurd and the almighty merged until you could no longer tell what was satire and what was deadly serious. We saw religion in a hot dog and beauty in a gassy corpse. The gasps of a ticklish man were terrifying, and a recycled commercial of O.J. Simpson, perhaps the first black athlete to become a corporate spokesman, sprinting to … read more

President Barack Obama thinks that a commander in chief who refuses to sit in on intelligence briefings would be “flying blind” in the White House.
“[Intelligence agencies] are not perfect, they would be the first to acknowledge that,” POTUS, 55, told The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah Monday, December 12.”If you’re not getting their perspective, their detailed perspective, then you are flying blind.” Obama made the remarks one day after President-elect Donald Trump suggested that he didn’t need daily … read more

You can always count on President Barack Obama to tell it like it is.
On Monday, Barack sat down with The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah in one of his final interviews before he leaves office in January.
Unsurprisingly, the conversation might be one of Obama’s most candid conversations yet! While there were a TON of topics to discuss, the President honed in on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, the Republicans’ obsession with Hillary Clinton’s emails, and his experiences with racism. POTUS even … read more

“Who doesn’t want to scam a bitch?” In a March interview with The Fader, Branden Miller, the man behind social media sensation Joanne the Scammer, explained why “scamming” has become so popular in 2016. “Everyone is getting scammed! Look at who the president can be! The fact that Donald Trump could win? The world is such a fucking messy place.” This was, of course, before Trump went on to lose the popular vote by at least 2.8 million votes and still win the role of president-elect. … read more

“The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” —Bernie Sanders, to Hillary Clinton, October 13, 2015
On the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, a group of Bernie Sanders supporters crashed the morning meetings of the Florida delegation. The target of their ire was Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman and, until a few days prior, the chairwoman of the DNC. As Schultz attempted to address the delegation, Sanderistas booed her down, waving … read more

Since winning the election, Donald Trump has attended only a handful of intelligence briefings but says it’s no big deal because he’s “like, a smart person.”
But two years ago, the future president-elect once criticized President Barack Obama for the very same thing — by citing a factually incorrect article from now White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s far-right wing media umbrella, of course.
Back in September 2014, Trump declared that Obama did not read his Daily intelligence Briefings, … read more

It was strange to hear Donald Trump was going to remain executive producer of Celebrity Apprentice after being elected president of the United States. Where would he find the time?
Well, according to the president-elect himself, he won’t have time. In fact, he tweeted he will spend “zero time” working on the reality TV show that made him famous, despite having a “big stake in it.” Trump tweeted earlier, “Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even … read more

Why does every Donald Trump story keep coming back to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government?! Because this is getting a little concerning, to say the least…
According to NBC News, The Donald is reportedly set to choose Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, and he will make the announcement official early next week.
Further, John Bolton is set to be the Deputy Secretary of State working alongside Tillerson, too.
Tillerson (pictured above) is a businessman, and he’s never … read more

This feels like it should be something out of a movie, but it’s not — and it’s just plain scary. The CIA concluded a secret internal assessment this week and revealed today in a briefing with U.S. senators that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump win the election. According to officials that were briefed on the assessment by the CIA, Russia went further than just trying to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system (which had apparently been the CIA’s … read more

One last hurrah. The Obama family sent their final White House Christmas card to friends, family, supporters and members of the media the first week of December — and the First Family stuns in the images.
The card features President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, all dolled up from a March state dinner honoring Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (the first lady’s memorable deep blue Jason Wu gown is a dead giveaway). In the photo, Malia, 18, and Sasha, … read more

As if this isn’t the group that endlessly blasted Barack Obama for playing golf in his spare time, now Donald Trump will be having some kind of hands-on role with Celebrity Apprentice, even as President, according to Kellyanne Conway.
The former Trump team campaign manager went on CNN on Friday arguing that “presidents have a right to do things in their spare time,” which would be a great argument if her President-elect hadn’t endlessly blasted Obama for golfing in his spare time.
But Conway went … read more

This card totally deserves two paws up.
As President Barack Obama prepares to say goodbye to the White House, Americans are getting a look at his family’s final holiday card in office.
In the official photo just released—and possibly coming to your mailbox soon—the president is seen wearing a sophisticated suit and bow-tie while wrapping his arms around his family.
As for the ladies, it’s all about elegant dresses that will have several fans oohing and awing. Malia Obama and Sasha Obama were … read more

Fancy a trip to the U.K. to see how the Royals live? And just how much property they own?
Buckingham Palace isn’t the only place Queen Elizabeth II and her family calls home, but it is the most famous.
The iconic landmark, located between two major parks and not far from Westminster Abbey, is the queen’s official London residence and administrative headquarters. Originally built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, the building contains 775 rooms, including 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff … read more

With all the TV revivals out right now from Gilmore Girls to Fuller House, we thought maybe (please!) Dawson’s Creek would be the next on the list. But Katie Holmes squashed that dream in a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Just Jenny Show.
“I don’t think we’re going to do a reunion,” Holmes admitted when asked.
On the up side, there’s still hope for some reunion pictures, at least, since Holmes did confirmed that she and her Dawson’s Creek costars, James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams and … read more