A cadre of Trump fans spent $1,000 to plaster L.A. with easily removable Donald Trump Hollywood stars
It seems somehow fitting that a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame has become a symbolic battleground for America's stark divide on President Trump. The Donald Trump star, in honor of The Apprentice, has been destroyed twice in the past two years, most recently in late July. The man who claimed responsibility for taking a pickax to Trump's star, Austin Clay, was bailed out of jail by James Otis, the man who took a sledgehammer to the star in November 2016. And the West Hollywood City Council just voted unanimously to remove the star over his treatment of women, a decision that isn't theirs to make.
But the fear of losing the Trump star was enough to spur a group of Trump-loving street artists to jump into action, and on Wednesday night, they installed dozens of vinyl Donald Trump stars on blank squares around the stars of Trump critics. "Keep taking down the @realDonaldTrump star, and we will further spread Trump Derangement Syndrome by installing a never ending stream of stars," the group, calling themselves The Faction, wrote on Twitter, with video of their work.
The unidentified conservative street artist who made the realistic-looking Trump stickers told The Hollywood Reporter he spent $1,000 on the first batch of stars, with the money coming at least partly from "a young and anonymous entrepreneur." "If no one peels these off, they could last there for 10 years," the artist said, but it's a good thing The Faction took pictures, because cleaning crews and employees of stores along Hollywood Blvd. began removing the stars at 5 a.m. Thursday.
The Faction isn't the only group going to silly lengths to make a brief, symbolic stand on the Donald Trump star. In a bout of world-class trolling, two men dressed as Russian soldiers stood guard over the star in the days after its most recent destruction.
Keep in mind, late July was really hot in Los Angeles. Peter Weber
Christine Hallquist, a former electric company executive, defeated three other candidates to win Vermont's Democratic primary in the race for governor.
With her victory on Tuesday night, Hallquist becomes the first transgender candidate to win a major political party's nomination for governor. In November, she will face Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who also won his party's primary on Tuesday.
Hallquist, 62, considers herself a progressive, and in an interview with CBS News earlier in the day, said that "Vermonters are going to elect me for what I'm going to do for Vermont. Vermont has always been a leader in civil rights. We have some of the best transgender protection laws in the country. It's a state that's really welcomed me with open arms." Catherine Garcia
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was victorious in Tuesday night's Vermont Democratic Senate primary, easily defeating Folasade Adeluola.
With 69.5 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders has 94.5 percent of the vote, compared to Adeluola with 5.5 percent. As he has done in the past, Sanders said he will turn down the nomination in order to run as an independent.
Sanders, who ran for president in 2016 as a Democrat, is a member of the Senate's Democratic caucus. In an email to HuffPost, Vermont Democratic Party spokesman Christopher Di Mezzo said the party has a "strong, productive, and close relationship with Sen. Sanders," and he is a "powerful voice for Democratic values, issues, and candidates." Catherine Garcia
One week after the Kansas Republican gubernatorial primary, Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded the race on Tuesday night to Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
The race was too close to call last Tuesday night. Officials counted more than 313,000 ballots, and found that Kobach had a slim lead of 345 votes. During the recount last week, Colyer called on Kobach to recuse himself; he did, but then sent Colyer a letter accusing him of undermining "the public's confidence in the election process."
Colyer is a plastic surgeon and served as liutenant governor for seven years, becoming governor after Sam Brownback resigned to head the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom. In November's general election, Kobach will face off against Democrat Laura Kelly. Catherine Garcia
It's been almost one year since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and on Tuesday, 100 percent of customers who lost power because of the storm have electricity again.
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) told ABC News they restored electricity on Tuesday to the last two families that needed it, in Ponce. To help these people, "we spent more than two weeks working to make roads and excavators bringing and raising electrical poles, doing all the preparation," engineer Carlos Alvarado told ABC News. "And today, the aerial operations unit to bring electrical cables."
There are some customers living in the El Yunque rainforest that are still without power, but PREPA must wait for the Forest Service to approve the installation of poles. Hurricane Maria was a deadly Category 4 that decimated Puerto Rico's electrical grid, resulting in the longest blackout in American history. Catherine Garcia
After receiving multiple complaints that she retaliated against staff members who once ran her personal errands, the Defense Department's Inspector General launched an investigation into Dana White, the Pentagon's chief spokeswoman, four people familiar with the matter told CNN on Tuesday.
White is one of Defense Secretary James Mattis' most senior civilian advisers, and allegedly asked support staff to pick up her dry cleaning, buy things for her at the pharmacy, work on her mortgage application and other financial documents, and give her a ride to work when it snowed.
Several people told CNN that in May, at least two staffers went to senior officials to let them know what White was doing, and not long after, White retaliated by having them transferred. The investigation began weeks ago, CNN reports, and the Inspector General has interviewed at least six people so far. Read more about the allegations and White's pre-Pentagon life at CNN. Catherine Garcia
A natural gas explosion in Denver's historic Baker neighborhood leveled an apartment building on Tuesday, leaving at least nine injured, one critically.
Fire officials said this was the biggest home explosion Denver has seen in 10 years, 9 News reports. The building was a fourplex, Denver Fire Captain Greg Pixley said, and two people were trapped in rubble and had to be rescued by first responders. No one else is believed to be trapped in the debris, but fire officials will go in and search once it's considered safe. An investigation into what triggered the blast is underway. Catherine Garcia
This is a man's world. But not for long, if Taraji P. Henson has anything to say about it.
The Oscar nominee infiltrates the boy's club in the trailer for her latest film, What Men Want. In a gender-swapped remake of the 2000 romantic comedy, What Women Want, Henson's character Ali Davis struggles to climb the corporate ladder due to the sexism engrained within her company. Under the guidance of her friends, Davis turns to a spiritual guide — appropriately played by the enigmatic Erykah Badu — who makes her drink a "special" concoction. Soon after, she realizes she has the ability to read men's minds.
What initially seems like a curse becomes one of Davis' greatest assets as she seeks to fix the culture within her office. Henson is joined in the cast by Hollywood favorites like Mark Cuban, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Phoebe Robinson, and Tracy Morgan, who combine to turn the cult classic on its head.
What Men Want is in good hands under the direction of Adam Shankman, also known for directing Hairspray, The Wedding Planner, and Bringing Down the House. The film sashays into theaters on Jan. 11, 2019. Watch the full trailer below. Amari Pollard