The fact that Donald Trump won’t be the focus of their monologues for too much longer hasn’t escaped the notice of America’s late night hosts. And while Stephen Colbert used his inauguration eve monologue to rattle through the president’s many lowlights, James Corden decided to channel Les Misérables.
Drafting in the help of Joshua Grosso, Jillian Butler, Emily Bautista, Kyle Scatliffe, Shuler Hensley, Patti LuPone, and Matt Lucas, Corden walked through the CBS offices singing a parody of the song “One Day More” while trying to purge the building of the president’s presence.
“It’s been four years of endless crimes / But now he’s finally out of time,” sings Corden. “One day more.”
Trevor Noah has been away over the Christmas break, but on Tuesday he returned to our screens — and his comeback monologue packed a pretty serious punch.
Over the course of seven minutes the Daily Show host recapped the pro-Trump Capitol riot which left five dead (including a police officer) and many more under FBI investigation, before unpacking the fallout and calling “bullshit” on Fox News, Republicans, and social media companies alike.
“Ah, I get it now,” says Noah in the clip above, after playing a montage of Fox hosts excusing the behaviour of the violent mob that stormed the Capitol. “These people weren’t ‘creepy bloggers,’ they were ‘solid’ law-abiding Americans. And nobody is allowed to kill cops except for the people who respect cops. They can do whatever they want.
“Look man, the point is, you guys clearly don’t care about cops. You only care about the idea of using cops to keep Black people in their place. So please, miss me with that bullshit.”
Later in the monologue, after joining in with the other late show hosts to criticise pro-Trump Republicans like Lindsey Graham, Noah turns his attention to the social media companies that finally decided to ban the President earlier this month.
“For years people have been warning you about the violence and conspiracy theories you’ve been amplifying and allowing to spread on your platforms,” Noah says. “And for years you’ve said you can’t do anything about it. But now that the Capitol has been ransacked, now all of a sudden it turns out you can.”
Noah says tech companies have spent years claiming they don’t have a magic button to stop hate, and it was only when Trump lost the presidential election that they finally found it.
“So what, now these companies want a cookie for doing the right thing too late? Miss me with that bullshit.”
Donald Trump is on his way out of the White House, but that didn’t stop him from pardoning 73 people and commuting the sentences of another 70 people on the last day of his presidency.
One name on that list is Anthony Levandowski, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets from the Google-owned, self-driving car company Waymo.
Levandowski was a co-founder of Google’s self-driving car division before leaving the tech giant in 2016 to start a self-driving truck company called Otto. That company was subsequently acquired by Uber, and Waymo filed a lawsuit alleging that their confidential information ended up in the hands of Uber. Levandowski was looking at a 10-year sentence, but he eventually pleaded guilty to trade secret theft, thus reducing his prison sentence. The start of his sentence was ultimately delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Levandowski has also agreed to pay $756,000 to Google, plus a fine of $95,000, but that’s small change compared to the $179 million fine he was ordered to pay Google for poaching its employees (though Levandowski is trying to get Uber to pay that particular fine).
In a press release, the White House named several notable entrepreneurs, including PayPal and Palantir co-founder Peter Thiel and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, as being supportive of the pardon.
“Mr. Levandowski is an American entrepreneur who led Google’s efforts to create self-driving technology,” the press release says. “Mr. Levandowski pled guilty to a single criminal count arising from civil litigation. Notably, his sentencing judge called him a ‘brilliant, groundbreaking engineer that our country needs.’ Mr. Levandowski has paid a significant price for his actions and plans to devote his talents to advance the public good.”
Other pardoned individuals on the list include rapper Lil Wayne, who was serving a prison sentence over firearm possession charges, and Steve Bannon, former executive chairman of right-wing media outlet Breitbart News, who served as Trump’s chief strategist during the first seven months of his term. Bannon was in prison for mail fraud and money laundering.
The year 2020 has been one hell of an ordeal for most people around the globe. The year started with wildfires tearing through the Amazon rainforest and Australia, soon to be followed by the rapid spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. More than 85.83 million people contracted the new disease COVID-19, as of January 5, and more than 1.785 million have died as a result – a pandemic the World Health Organization (WHO) said can affect people of all ages.
The world of politics was also shaken to its core, with one of the most intense US presidential elections in modern history.
The elections saw incumbent President Donald Trump lose out to Democrat rival Joe Biden, among unverified claims of electoral fraud and tampering.
The year 2020 has also brought the UK closer to Brexit than ever before, with the Brexit transition period finally ending with the new year.
With the new year 2021 finally here, take a look at some correct predictions psychic Craig Hamilton-Parker of Psychics.co.uk made about 2020.
1. Donald Trump survived an impeachment effort
Speaking to Express.co.uk in 2019, Mr Hamilton-Parker predicted the US President would face an impeachment trial.
However, the psychic said at the time Mr Trump would not be removed from office.
Instead, he predicted: “Impeachment will empower Trump. He claims a deep-state Coup d’état.”
The impeachment process was initiated on December 18, 2019, and concluded by February 2020.
The US House of Representatives found President Trump guilty of “abuse of power” by 230 votes to 197.
The case against the President alleged he had solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election.
However, the President was acquitted of the charges by the US Senate by 52 “not guilty” votes against “48 guilty votes”.
2. Donald Trump would fall ill in 2020
Mr Hamilton-Parker predicted in 2019 that the US President would suffer an illness.
He said: “He will have a stomach problem that will temporarily interrupt his.”
However, what happened instead, was Mr Trump contracted the coronavirus in October.
The President was hospitalised on October 2 and treated with remdesivir and dexamethasone, as well as an experimental antibody treatment made by Regeneron.
Mr Trump was discharged from hospital by October 5 although his doctor said at the time he was not quite out of the woods yet.
Days after being taken to hospital, Mr Trump tweeted: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.
“We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs and knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago.”
3. Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit and foreign trade
Project Fear has assured Brexit would be an economic disaster for the UK, the likes of which has not been seen in decades.
Mr Hamilton-Parker, however, was positive the UK would secure strong deals that would allow the nation to thrive outside of the EU.
He predicted new trade deals with India, Taiwan and Japan, as well as “hard-ish Brexit”.
In October, the Government confirmed it had signed a free trade agreement with Japan – the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent nation.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: “Today is a landmark moment for Britain. It shows what we can do as an independent trading nation, as we secure modern and bespoke provisions in areas like tech and services that are critical to the future of our country and the reshaping of our economy.”
Predictions for 2021: Brexit prosperity and new virus emerges
Speaking of 2021, Mr Hamilton-Parker told Express.co.uk the UK will prosper in the days after leaving the EU.
Free trade zones will be established to attract business from companies such as Google and Facebook, and although he thinks there will be dip immediately after departure, the economy will “recover in leaps”.
The psychic said: “Within three years, the UK economy will boom.”
However, with the world still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Hamilton-Parker predicts another virus will emerge in the new year.
He believes this virus will also emerge in China although this time around it will be dealt with.
The psychic said: “A new and different virus, that’s unrelated to COVID-19, will appear in China.”
He added: “In the aftermath of the virus, more people will turn to spiritual ways of thinking.
“We will question the selfishness ingrained in our societies and address the problems of waste and greed that threaten the world’s future.”
Neron Kaisar, or Nero Caesar, was the fifth Roman emperor from 54 to 68 AD, whose rule is widely associated with tyranny and the persecution of Christians.
Dr Barrier added: “Other interpreters, myself included, view the Book of Revelation as being both historical and predictive of coming future events (This is the double fulfilment principle of prophecy.)
“According to this view, Nero was indeed an ‘antichrist’ as well as a type or picture of the coming future Antichrist – whose number-name will also add up to 666.”
However, this is not the first time bitcoin miners have come across a secret message in the blockchain.
On Sunday, snow fell in Saudi Arabia’s Asir Province for the first time in 50 years. Temperatures in the area fell below -2C, according to local weather reports.
On the previous Wednesday, it also snowed in the Algerian town of Ain Sefra.
The region is commonly known as the Gateway to the Sahara.
It was the fourth consecutive winter to have snow fall or ice in the normally dry area.
Before the first snow and ice in Ain Sefra, it had been 37 years since the last snowfall.
Some people believe the unusual weather is a sign of the end times.
Israel365 News, which promotes “a fresh and Biblical perspective” on news, claimed that the prophet Isaiah talks frequently of deserts blooming in his explanation of the end of time.
Isaiah 35:1 said: “The arid desert shall be glad, The wilderness shall rejoice/And shall blossom like a rose.”
And Isaiah 43:19 said: “I am about to do something new/Even now it shall come to pass, Suddenly you shall perceive it/I will make a road through the wilderness/And rivers in the desert.”
“Be your sins like crimson, They can turn snow-white/Be they red as dyed wool, They can become like fleece.”
Many other places around the northern hemisphere have also had unusually cold weather this winter.
Areas in India, China and the United Arab Emirates have experienced rare cold blasts.
Delhi in India had its coldest weather in 119 years.
While Spain was reach a new record of low temperatures and had its worst snowstorm since 1971.
But climate change is said to be the reason behind the unusually cold winters in some areas of the world.
Increasing carbon levels cause global weather to become extreme which can bring hotter and colder temperatures.
In a study linking extreme winter weather in the US to Arctic temperatures, researchers said it was “no coincidence” that warmer weather in the Arctic causes colder weather in some parts of America.
Jennifer Francis, research professor of marine and coastal sciences in Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, said: “Warm temperatures in the Arctic cause the jet stream to take these wild swings, and when it swings farther south, that causes cold air to reach farther south.
“These swings tend to hang around for a while, so the weather we have in the eastern United States, whether it’s cold or warm, tends to stay with us longer.”
Justin Timberlake surprised fans this week by confirming he’d become a dad for the second time.
Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday, the 10-time Grammy winner said he and wife Jessica Biel have welcomed a son, Phineas.
“He’s awesome and he’s so cute,” Timberlake said.
It was the first time the actor and singer has spoken publicly about the birth, though reports Biel had delivered a child appeared in a number of media outlets throughout the latter half of last year. Though light on specifics surrounding Phineas’ birth,Timberlake added that he and Biel were “thrilled” by their new arrival.
“[We] couldn’t be happier,” he said. “Very grateful.”
Watch part of Justin Timberlake’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” interview below.
Timberlake and Biel also have a 5-year-old son, Silas Randall.
As to how Silas was adjusting to being a big brother, Timberlake said, “Right now he’s very much liking it. But you know, Phin can’t walk yet or chase him down, so we’ll see what happens.”
“It’s a huge honor,” said the former *NSYNC star, who recorded the vocals for his latest single, “Better Days,” on the eve of the 2020 election. “I don’t know if we pressed them. Or, let’s just go with like, they wanted us to — they asked us to do it. But I think maybe somebody from my team may have been like, ‘We’d do it if you want us to.’”
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This Frosty lost face, thanks to a famished furry critter.
A bunny was filmed chomping into the carrot nose of a snowman built by a family in the Cambrian Heights suburb of Calgary, the CBC reported.
“Just giving the snowman a kiss,” the family joked in viral footage shared by Sheila Bryant last week as they watched the schnoz heist, “Today” noted in the segment above.
Apparently the bunny has a nose for tasty noses. It finished off the veggie proboscis.
Somebody once wrote a poem about such a moment.
It goes: “There was a little snowman Who had a carrot nose. Along came a rabbit, And what do you suppose? That hungry little rabbit, Looking for his lunch, Ate the little snowman’s nose ― Nibble, nibble, crunch!”
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If you’re looking for a hectic space romp to fill the Guardians Against the Galaxy void, Sung-hee Jo’s upcoming movie Space Sweepers could well be worth a look.
Following a crew of space junk collectors in the year 2092, the story revolves around the discovery of a little girl who may in fact be a deadly weapon in disguise.
From the looks of the trailer — which Netflix dropped Tuesday — expect high budget special effects, action aplenty, and a lighthearted script that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Space Sweepers is available to stream on Netflix from Feb. 5.