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Maine governor to Rep. John Lewis: You need a history lesson

Paul LePageMaine Gov. Paul LePage says U.S. Rep. John Lewis needs a history lesson and should be grateful for what Republican presidents have done for black people.

The Republican governor on Tuesday addressed Lewis' criticism that GOP President-elect Donald Trump is not a "legitimate president." LePage, who's white, said on WVOM-FM that the black Democratic Georgia congressman needs a lesson on how Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and how Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes fought against Jim Crow laws.

LePage says, "A simple thank you should suffice."

TVNL Comment:  How low can LePage get? Never mind, there is no bottom for these bigots.

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Poll: Obama leaves office with 58 percent favorability

Obama leaves office at 58% popularityPresident Obama will leave the White House with a 58 percent favorability rating, a new poll finds.

A Gallup poll conducted two weeks before Obama leaves office found that more than half of Americans view the president favorably.

Obama reached his peak favorability rating of 78 percent before his own inauguration in January 2009, according to Gallup. He averaged 53 percent favorability over his two terms in the White House.

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Springsteen band cancels inaugural gig out of ‘respect’ for Bruce

Bruce SprinsteenThe B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover group, has canceled its slated performance at the New Jersey State Society’s Thursday night ball marking President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The band announced the decision on Monday, after it said the planned appearance “generated a storm of national news, from New York to Los Angeles, particularly given Bruce Springsteen's clearly articulated feelings about President-elect Trump.”

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Monica Crowley will give up national security post in Trump administration amid plagiarism accusations

Monica Crowley refuses nominationCrowley said she had "decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration." (Evan Vucci/AP)

Monica Crowley, who faced an onslaught of plagiarism accusations after President-elect Donald Trump tapped her for a high-profile post on his National Security Council, will not accept the job.

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Donald Trump cancels Martin Luther King Day visit to national African American history museum

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TrumpPresident-elect Donald Trump has canceled his holiday visit to the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture — losing a chance for much-needed goodwill after his feud with a civil rights leader.

The incoming president, who spent this weekend waging a war of words with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), had planned to visit the national museum in Washington, D.C. on Martin Luther King Day.

But senior level transition sources told ABC News on Sunday the visit is off due

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How Betsy DeVos Used God and Amway to Take Over Michigan Politics

Betsy DevosOn election night 2006, Dick DeVos, the bronzed, starched 51-year-old scion of Michigan’s wealthiest family, paced to a lectern in the dim ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in Lansing to deliver the speech that every candidate dreads.

The Michigan gubernatorial race that year had been a dogfight of personal attacks between DeVos, the Republican nominee, and Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm. Gloomy, bleached-out b-roll of shuttered factories in anti-Granholm ads made the governor’s sunny economic promise that “You’re gonna be blown away” sound less like an aspiration than a threat. Anti-DeVos ads cut closer to the bone, with one depicting a cartoon DeVos cheering a freighter hauling Michigan jobs to China.

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CIA director warns Trump to watch what he says, be careful on Russia

CIA director BrennanOutgoing CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday issued a stern parting rebuke to Republican Donald Trump days before he assumes the U.S. presidency, advising him not to absolve Russia for its recent actions and warning him to watch what he says.

Brennan's comments, in an interview on "Fox News Sunday," laid bare the simmering tensions between the president-elect and the intelligence community he has criticized and is on the verge of commanding.

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