• Politics
    The Week

    Upon leaving prison, Rod Blagojevich announces his new party affiliation: 'I'm a Trumpocrat'

    President Trump went from berating former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his lack of Harry Potter knowledge to commuting his prison sentence.In 2011, Blagojevich was convicted of wire fraud, attempted extortion, soliciting bribes, conspiracy to commit extortion, and conspiracy to solicit and accept bribes, and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The year before, he appeared on The Apprentice, where he bombed a Harry Potter-related task. Trump admonished him for sharing "inaccurate" facts about the boy wizard, and once Blagojevich began blathering about "Slithering and Hufflepuff and Ravencloth," it was all over. Thinking about the time Donald Trump scolded Rod Blagojevich on the Celebrity Apprentice over inaccurate Harry Potter facts and inadequate Harry Potter research pic.twitter.com/rx7PH7qP4I -- Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) August 8, 2019On Tuesday, Trump announced he had commuted Blagojevich's sentence, but didn't mention anything about once firing him from his reality show. "He served eight years in jail, a long time," Trump said. "He seems like a very nice person -- don't know him."Reporters spotted Blagojevich on Tuesday night, as he prepared to board a flight from Denver to Chicago. Blagojevich shared that while in prison, he thought a lot about the "broken and unfair criminal justice system" and how there are "too many people who have too much power who don't have any accountability." He expressed his "most profound and everlasting gratitude to President Trump," adding that "he's a Republican president, I was a Democratic governor. My fellow Democrats have not been very kind to him -- in fact, they've been very unkind to him. If you're asking me what my party affiliation is, I'm a Trumpocrat."Blagojevich will hold a press conference at his home in Chicago on Wednesday, where he's expected to answer hard-hitting questions, like "Did you finally get around to reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?" More stories from theweek.com Mike Bloomberg is not the lesser of two evils The family of 1 new Trump pardon recipient donated $200,000 to Trump's re-election effort last fall Trump's pardon of Bernie Kerik also apparently wiped out Kerik's $103,300 debt to taxpayers

  • Politics
    The Week

    Obama poked Trump on the economy. Trump took the bait.

    Former President Barack Obama celebrated Presidents' Day — or "President's Day," as President Trump tweeted Monday — by subtweeting his successor on the economy. Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history. pic.twitter.com/BmdXrxUAUf — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 17, 2020Trump has been touting the economy in his pitch for re-election, often employing exaggeration, and he got Obama's message. Right on cue. pic.twitter.com/t3zke2uzYB — Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 17, 2020That could have been the end of it, but Trump is not known for letting things go. So on Tuesday, Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro, a key proponent of Trump's trade war with China, went on CNN to explain how Trump's economy is much stronger than Obama's. CNN's Poppy Harlow noted that Obama topped 4 percent GDP growth four times while Trump is yet to hit 3 percent, and he created more jobs on average during his second term than Trump has during his first.Navarro was undeterred. "Back in the Obama-Biden years, it was horrible," he said, listing some talking points until Harlow finally broke in, noting the data doesn't support his argument. "You can look at your numbers, but I lived that," Navarro replied. "The numbers are the numbers, Peter," Harlow said. "This is all politics," Navarro concluded.Axios took its own look at the numbers and ranked Trump's economy No. 6 out of the last 10 presidential administrations, based on average GDP growth, "the most comprehensive economic scorecard — and something presidents, especially Trump, use as an example of success." Presidents have limited control over the economy, but the average GDP growth under Trump is higher than under Obama, and "some aspects of the Trump economy, like wage growth and business investment, pale in comparison to other periods," Axios notes."Unlike other presidents, Trump inherited a steady economy that's since entered the longest stretch of growth in history," Axios says. "Interest rates remain low. Growth picked up in the wake of the 2017 tax cuts, but now the pace has moderated," hitting 2.3 percent in 2019. The juice from Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut is wearing off and "businesses were too unnerved by the trade war to spend money on new factories or equipment — a key driver of growth," Axios reports. If consumer spending drops, watch Obama's twitter feed.More stories from theweek.com Mike Bloomberg is not the lesser of two evils The family of 1 new Trump pardon recipient donated $200,000 to Trump's re-election effort last fall Trump's pardon of Bernie Kerik also apparently wiped out Kerik's $103,300 debt to taxpayers

  • Lifestyle
    In The Know

    Twitter users dumbfounded by woman’s ‘disgusting’ bath video: ‘How do you even get that out of your tub?’

    A college student is confounding the internet with a video that left social media users with far more questions than answers.

  • U.S.
    Storyful

    Old-Schooled: Would-be Mugger Beaten by 77-Year-Old Man's Boxing Jabs

    A 77-year-old man was lauded by the South Wales Police for defending himself against a man who attempted to rob him while he used an ATM outside a Sainsbury’s grocery store in Cardiff, Wales, on February 5.“The victim bravely fought off the suspect who made off empty-handed,” police said in a Facebook post.Police said the suspect was carrying a black backpack and wore a black hat and a high-vis vest, and asked for anyone with information about the incident to contact them. Credit: South Wales Police Cardiff via Storyful

  • Celebrity
    Business Insider

    I flew on Vietnam's award-winning budget airline known for its bikini-clad flight attendants 3 times in one week, and it was an emotional rollercoaster

    I flew on three Vietjet Air flights in less than a week on a recent trip to Vietnam. Here is what flying on the budget airline is really like.

  • Entertainment
    Deadline

    Lark Voorhies Responds To Being Excluded From ‘Saved By The Bell’ Revival: “I Feel A Bit Slighted And Hurt”

    As NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock ramps up for the forthcoming revival of the classic teen series Saved by the Bell, there is one character that we won't be seeing the fashionable gossip queen Lisa Turtle played by Lark Voorhies. On Wednesday's episode of The Dr. Oz Show, the actress addressed how she felt about being […]