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President Trump Open To US-North Korea Talks ‘Under Right Circumstances’

President Donald Trump is telling South Korea’s president that he’s open to U.S.-North Korean talks “at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances.” That’s according to a White House readout of the president’s call Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The phone call comes after the Koreas held their first high-level talks in two years. North Korea agreed to send a delegation to the Olympic Games and both sides agreed to hold talks on reducing tensions along their border. Moon has said he’s open to meeting with Kim Jong Un to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff. ...Read more

President Trump Criticizes Court’s DACA “Dreamers” Ruling

A federal judge’s decision to stop President Trump from ending protections for so-called Dreamers offered the young immigrants a temporary reprieve, but may have stalled the urgency in Congress toward a more lasting legislative solution. On Wednesday, Trump denounced the federal courts as “broken and unfair” after a district judge in San Francisco issued a temporary ruling keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place, despite Trump’s decision to end it this year. Pressure had been mounting for Congress to broker a deal by Jan. 19 as part of a must-pass budget package to fund the government. The White House suggested the court’s ruling would make a legislative deal harder to obtain. “We find this decision to be outrageous,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process.” ...Read more

Mark Wahlberg Reportedly Paid “1,500 Times More” Than Michelle Williams For “All the Money In The World” Reshoot

Mark Wahlberg reportedly nabbed more than 1,500 times Michelle Williams’ pay for reshooting scenes in “All the Money in the World,” a new report claims. Sources say that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the reshoot, while Williams was paid per diem that totaled less than $1,000.  After sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey emerged, director Ridley Scott dropped the actor and reshot his scenes over Thanksgiving week with Christopher Plummer in the role. Williams and Wahlberg worked through the week, but sources were told that Wahlberg’s team negotiated for the actor to take home $1.5 million for the reshoot. At the time, Williams said of the reshoot “I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.” ...Read more

James Franco Speaks Out And Denies Sexual Misconduct Claims

James Franco has addressed the sexual misconduct allegations made against him. The actor appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where Colbert asked Franco about allegations that were made by several women on Twitter after the Golden Globes awards ceremony, including Ally Sheedy, who accused him of misconduct in tweets that have since been deleted. Franco denied the claims being made against him and says they’re not accurate; however Colbert pressed him and asked if there is perhaps another arena, besides social media, for these claims to be addressed. Franco says that if he’s done something wrong, he “will fix it” but says that the point of this larger sexual misconduct conversation is to “listen.” In light of these recent allegations made against Franco, the New York Times canceled a TimesTalk that was scheduled to take place. ...Read more

Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas Fined $20,000 For Clotheslining Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas was fined $20,000 for clotheslining Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins in the third quarter of a 28-point loss Monday. Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president for basketball operations, announced the fine Wednesday. Thomas was issued a flagrant-two foul for the play — which came with 6:47 left in the third quarter — drawing an automatic ejection. He apologized to Wiggins for striking him in the jaw/neck area, and said after the game that he was trying to go for the steal. Thomas has also picked up three technical fouls already (in only three games played), costing him $2,000 per foul. ...Read more

Seattle Seahawks Fire Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell

The Seattle Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, according to reports. Bevell spent the last seven seasons heading up the Seattle offense, and was told of the team’s decision to let him go on Tuesday night. This past season, Seattle ranked 15th in total offense, with quarterback Russell Wilson leading the team in passing and rushing. The Seahawks, who missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011, had only four rushing touchdowns all season, which tied for last in the NFL. Seattle did lead the league in rushing three seasons ago and was in the top 10 in that category frequently under Bevell. ...Read more

8 Dead After Flooding And Mudslides Force Thousands To Flee In California

At least eight people are dead and 25 are injured in California from weather-related incidents, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. The southern part of the state has been drenched with severe rain just weeks after several fires tore through the area. Flash flooding, debris flow and mudslides are affecting counties hit hard by the Thomas and La Tuna fires. In the community of Montecito, some homes have been ripped from their foundations as a result of the torrential conditions, and excessive flooding and debris made some parts of Santa Barbara impassable. Routes in and out of Santa Barbara have been shut down from the south, and various roadways have been swallowed by the floods. The only way into some of the washed-out homes is by air. ...Read more

Steve Bannon Steps Down From Breitbart News

Steve Bannon, who returned to run Breitbart News after a stint as White House chief strategist last year, said on Tuesday that he was stepping down from his post as the outlet’s executive chairman. The move comes as Bannon deals with backlash from Michael Wolff’s explosive book, Fire and Fury, in which Bannon harshly disparaged several members of the president’s inner circle, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner. On Sunday, Bannon offered a quasi-apology for his statements, but it does not seem to have stopped the fallout.  Reports claim that Bannon’s departure was forced by Rebekah Mercer, a Republican mega-donor whose investment in Breitbart gave her a seat on the board. In an article on Breitbart News, the site announced that “Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.” ...Read more

Tonya Harding Goes Head-To-Head With Piers Morgan During ‘Good Morning Britain’ Interview

Former Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding is making the rounds helping to promote the biopic about her life, I, Tonya, and on Tuesday morning Harding participated in an interview with Good Morning Britain.  I, Tonya largely portrays Harding as a sympathetic figure who was forced into figure skating by her cruel mother and later abused by her husband, Jeff Gillooly, who helped mastermind the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. Harding said that she hoped her movie would help others, however GMB host Piers Morgan accused her of playing the victim card. “Maybe it suits you to play the victim, but the victim in all this wasn’t you, it was Nancy Kerrigan who had her Olympic dream shattered,” Morgan interjected. After he refused to drop the line of questioning, Harding attempted to end the interview. “Thank you so much I appreciate being on your show, but I think I’m going to have to say have a good night,” she told him. ...Read more