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  1. It's December which means all your favorite Christmas specials are set to be broadcast. On Monday, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer will find itself in primetime. The 55-minute long special will air at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. As many know, the film spotlights Rudolph and his journey from an outsider to being the hero of Christmas and leading Santa's sleigh. It's what happens in between, though, that causes some viewers to feel uneasy. Early on in the episode, Rudolph finds himself needing to wear a fake black nose to hide his "different" red nose per his parent's request. He does so to avoid embarrassment, and ultimately is the center of the joke when it feels off and the other reindeer, besides Clarice, make fun of him. At one point, even Santa Clause gets in on the joke. 22 people are talking about this The scenes of bullying strike a chord with some home viewers. "Between Rudolph and Hermie...The North Pole seems like the most toxic work environment to ever exist. Ruthless bullying and then banishment to the Island of Misfit Toys," another user wrote. In 2018, one of the special's voice actors, defended the show in an interview with TMZ. "I don't think that by getting sensitive to bullying that you want to copy it... you want to get rid of it!" Conley said. "And certainly in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, everyone is reconciled happily at the end of the movie and let's hope in today's society, the things that people are bullying about can also be rectified." Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer premiered in 1964. It was followed up a decade later by Rudolph's Shiny New Year in 1976. -----
  2. About half of voters in Florida disapprove of President Trump, posing a 2020 challenge for the president as he seeks to notch back-to-back electoral victories in the battleground state. The poll, conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute and released Tuesday, found that 51.4 percent of Florida voters last month disapproved of the president’s job performance, down from 55 percent in a similar April survey. Trump garnered support from 45.6 percent of state voters, up from 40.4 percent in April. In 2016, Trump narrowly won Florida, beating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by less than 2 percentage points. Trump’s approval rating increased among both Florida respondents and nationwide voters, according to the poll. In November, 43.4 percent of U.S. voters polled said they approved of the president’s job performance, compared with 41.8 percent in April. “Although the president’s approval rating goes up and down slightly, opinions of his job performance are by now baked into the pumpkin pie,” said Frank Orlando, director of the Saint Leo University Polling Institute, in a statement. Support for the president splits sharply along party lines, with 85.5 percent of Republicans nationwide and 84 percent of Florida Republicans saying they support the president. Among independent voters, 39.6 percent nationwide approved Trump’s job performance, compared with 40.5 percent in Florida. Respondents also rated Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), with 68.2 percent of Florida voters saying they approved of his performance, up from 61.8 percent in April. Florida Sens. Rick Scott (R) and Marco Rubio (R) received approval ratings of 56.8 percent and 55.4 percent, respectively, in the new poll. The Saint Leo University Polling Institute conducted the nationwide survey among 1,000 respondents, with a margin of error of 3 percentage points. The survey of Florida voters consisted of 500 respondents and had 4.5 percentage point margin of error. The data was collected from Nov. 13 to Nov. 18.
  3. Netflix's The Irishman has been named the best film of 2019 by the National Board of Review, it was announced Tuesday. The pic was also honored with best adapted screenplay, for writer Steven Zaillian, with director Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino set to receive an Icon Award, which NBR introduced this year to honor "cinematic artists who have contributed meaningfully to the history, culture, and excellence of motion pictures." The NBR honors for Scorsese's highly anticipated, long-in-the-works crime epic come after the film was recognized with nominations for the AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards and honors at the Palm Springs and Santa Barbara film festivals and Hollywood Film Awards. The Irishman has received stellar reviews, boasting a 96 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is currently streaming on Netflix after hitting theaters on Nov. 1. The Irishman plaudits also come less than 24 hours after Netflix had a big night at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, with one of its other movies, Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, winning four awards in a sweep. Marriage Story was listed as one of NBR's top films of the year. Other multiple honorees included Warner Bros.' Richard Jewell, Sony's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and A24's Uncut Gems, which received two awards apiece. Once Upon a Time helmer Quentin Tarantino was named best director, with the film's Brad Pitt also taking best supporting actor honors. Renée Zellweger was tapped as best actress for her work in Judy, and Uncut Gems' Adam Sandler was named best actor. Uncut Gems writers Benny and Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein won best original screenplay honors; the Safdies also directed the film. The two awards for Clint Eastwood's latest film, Richard Jewell, went to Kathy Bates (best supporting actress) and Paul Walter Hauser (breakthrough performance). Other major winners include Melina Matsoukas (best directorial debut for Queen & Slim), How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (best animated feature), Parasite (best foreign language film), Maiden (best documentary), Knives Out (best ensemble) and Roger Deakins (best cinematography for his work on 1917). NBR's Freedom of Expression Awards went to For Sama and Just Mercy. “We are thrilled to award The Irishman as our best film — Martin Scorsese’s masterful mob epic is a rich, moving, beautifully textured movie that represents the best in what cinema can be," NBR president Annie Schulhof said in a statement. "We are also excited to be presenting Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino with our inaugural Icon Award — they are the true definition of cinematic icons, each with their own exceptional body of work, and all in top form in The Irishman.” The organization's honors are voted on by a group of film enthusiasts, professionals, academics, filmmakers and students. Last year, NBR selected future best picture Oscar winner Green Book as its best film. The previous year it picked The Post. In 2016, NBR picked Manchester by the Sea, and in 2015 the top honor went to Mad Max: Fury Road. While all of those films earned Academy Award nominations, NBR has a mixed track record in terms of predicting Oscar contenders. In 2014, the organization selected A Most Violent Year as its best film, but the J.C. Chandor-directed drama about New York in 1981 was completely snubbed by the Oscars. The year before, NBR chose Spike Jonze's Her as its best film. That movie won only one Oscar, for best original screenplay. Previous NBR best film winners include Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Hugo (2011), The Social Network (2010) and Up in the Air (2009). The latest winners will be recognized during a Jan. 8 gala at New York's Cipriani 42nd Street, hosted, as they were last year, by NBC News' Willie Geist. A full list of this year's awards recipients follows. Best Film The Irishman Best Director Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Best Actor Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems Best Actress Renée Zellweger, Judy Best Supporting Actor Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Best Supporting Actress Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell Best Original Screenplay Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein, Uncut Gems Best Adapted Screenplay Steven Zaillian, The Irishman Breakthrough Performance Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell Best Directorial Debut Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim Best Animated Feature How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Best Documentary Maiden Best Ensemble Knives Out Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Roger Deakins, 1917 NBR Icon Award Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino NBR Freedom of Expression Award For Sama Just Mercy Top Films (in alphabetical order) 1917 Dolemite Is My Name Ford v Ferrari Jojo Rabbit Knives Out Marriage Story Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Richard Jewell Uncut Gems Waves Top Five Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order) Atlantics Invisible Life Pain and Glory Portrait of a Lady on Fire Transit Top Five Documentaries (in alphabetical order) American Factory Apollo 11 The Black Godfather Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese Wrestle Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order) The Farewell Give Me Liberty A Hidden Life Judy The Last Black Man in San Francisco Midsommar The Nightingale The Peanut Butter Falcon The Souvenir Wild Rose
  4. The principal of an elementary school in England has apparently banned students from sending Christmas cards to fellow students — claiming the festive tradition is bad for the globe. Jonathan Mason, of Belton Lane Primary School in Lincolnshire, claimed in a letter to parents that many students approached him with concerns "about the impact of sending Christmas cards on the environment." "Throughout the world, we send enough Christmas cards that if we placed them alongside each other, they'd cover the world's circumference 500 times," Mason wrote, according to Sky News. "The manufacture of Christmas cards is contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions." The head of the school continued, saying that "in order to be environmentally friendly in school we will not be having a post box for Christmas cards from this year onwards." One parent called the move "Grinch-like," and claimed Christmas cards "are mostly recyclable anyway." (iStock) Mason suggested to parents who want to send a card to "send one card to the whole class" instead of individual ones, in an effort to "save money and the environment." Parents criticized the "Grinch-like" decision, including one who told the Daily Mail, "Why should children have the joy of taken out of Christmas? Why can't all these cards be recycled anyway? And I buy a lot of Christmas cards for charity." "It's great to see them come out of school with their cards and a smile on their faces. It's a Christmas tradition they have had for a long time and now they are taking it away," the unidentified parent said. "I know we have to protect the environment, but these are a few Christmas cards once a year and to be told about this on a piece of paper seems contradictory." Another mother said: "Telling people to stop sending cards in a letter sent out to hundreds of kids stinks of rank hypocrisy. ... They are mostly recyclable anyway. I agree that environmental issues are important but I don't see recyclable Christmas cards as a massive contributor to these problems." Belton Lane Primary School has 279 students ages 4 to 11, according to Ofsted, a department of the United Kingdom's government that inspects educational institutions.
  5. London (CNN)US President Donald Trump called Justin Trudeau "two-faced" Wednesday after Canada's Prime Minister was caught on camera appearing to joke about Trump with other world leaders at a Buckingham Palace event the night before. "He's two-faced," Trump said, adding, "honestly with Trudeau, he's a nice guy." The video appeared to show British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte having a laugh about Trump's behavior during the summit. The 25-second clip, which has gone viral and was first reported by CBC, begins with Johnson asking Macron why he was late. "Is that why you were late?" Johnson asked. Macron nodded, as Trudeau replied, "He was late because he takes a ... 40-minute press conference at the top." At no time in the video do the leaders mention Trump by name, but Trudeau's comment appeared to reference Trump's lengthy remarks to the press during their earlier meeting on Tuesday. Trump arrives for tough NATO meetings under impeachment cloud None of them seemed to be aware that the conversation was being recorded, although they were talking openly and loudly enough to be heard by others. "You just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor," Trudeau also appears to say at one point, though it's not clear which team he was referring to. Microphones could only pick up snippets of the conversation at the reception, which the press was given limited access to. Trump also criticized Trudeau over the fact Canada does not currently meet NATO's 2% defense spending target. "The truth is I called him out on the fact that he's not paying 2% and I guess he's not very happy about it," Trump said, adding that "he should be paying 2%" and that Canada "has money." "I can imagine he's not that happy, but that's the way it is," Trump said. A spokeswoman for Macron at the Elysée Palace told CNN they had "no comment. This video does not say anything special." A spokesman for Trudeau told CNN they also had no comment to make, and a spokesperson for Rutte also told CNN they do not comment on closed-door sessions. Clash with Macron Trump spent Tuesday in meetings in London headlined by a clash with a key ally, France. He met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Macron and Trudeau, making extended remarks and taking questions from the press on each occasion. Trump's one-on-one meeting with Macron was remarkably tense as the French President refused to back down from remarks that Trump called "nasty" and "insulting." Last month, Macron had described NATO as suffering from "brain death" caused by American indifference to the long-time alliance. But the two leaders appeared to be on good terms as they walked onto the road leading to 10 Downing Street together for another reception following the gathering at the palace. It appeared that Trump had given Macron a lift in his motorcade vehicle commonly referred to as "the beast."
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  14. Prince Andrew’s sex accuser says in a new interview that their first time in bed was quick and “disgusting.” “It didn’t last very long. The whole thing, procedure — it was disgusting,” Virginia Roberts Giuffre told the BBC in a sit-down that aired Monday. “He wasn’t mean or anything,” the now-36-year-old mom of three said of the prince. “He got up and said thanks and walked out. I sat there in bed and felt ashamed and dirty.” The former Jeffrey Epstein “sex slave” says Epstein sex-trafficked her to the prince three times, starting when she was 17 in 2001. Giuffre said she was instructed by Epstein’s socialite alleged fixer, Ghislaine Maxwell, to “do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey — and that made me sick. “I just didn’t expect it from royalty,” Giuffre said of Andrew’s alleged participation. “I didn’t expect it from someone people look up to and admire in the royal family,” She said the day after she first had sex with Andrew, at Maxwell’s London pad,” Ghislaine said, ‘You did a really good job’ and pats me on the back and says, ‘You made him really happy.’ ” Giuffre had to briefly stop the interview at this point because she was crying. “It was a wicked time in my life,” Giuffre said. “I had just been abused by a member of the royal family. “I wasn’t chained to a sink. But these powerful people were my chains.” The development came as the report said there are now five more women who claim the prince witnessed young women giving men massages in Epstein’s homes, suggesting he was aware of potentially illegal behavior by Epstein. Both the prince and Maxwell have denied any wrongdoing. Epstein died in a Manhattan jail in August while being held on sex-trafficking charges.
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  16. Hillary Clinton acknowledged over the weekend that she is going to have to make up her mind “really quickly” about whether or not she’ll jump into the presidential race. During an appearance on Britain’s Graham Norton Show, Clinton was asked if she is going to run. Clinton was asked about one of the subjects in her book, USA soccer star Abby Wambach, who retired with the tagline “Forget Me.” Her intention was to leave the public stage and have someone else take her place. ‘Are you saying ‘Forget me’ now?” Graham asked. “Not yet,” Hillary replied to laughs and cheers. Conceding she has been “deluged” over the last few weeks about running again, Clinton added, “Right now, I’m not, at all, uh, you know, planning that.” “I’d have to make up my mind really quickly,” she said, “because it’s moving very fast.” Clinton has already missed the filing deadline for the New Hampshire primary. There is no deadline to be considered for the Iowa caucuses in early February.
  17. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) topped Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in a new Hill-HarrisX poll of the Democratic presidential primary race. The survey released on Monday found that support for the former mayor ticked up from 3 percent to 6 percent among likely Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning independents. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), meanwhile, fell behind with 2 percent support, a two-point decrease. This marks the first Hill-HarrisX poll that has been taken since Bloomberg officially jumped into the 2020 race, though he was included as a possible candidate in a previous survey. However, Bloomberg still significantly trails the party’s current front-runners, former Vice President Joe Biden (D), Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D). All four contenders have vied for control of the top tier of the Democratic field for months. Biden still holds the lead, inching up one percentage point to 31 percent support. His fellow top rivals saw a slight dip, with Sanders dropping 3 points to 15 percent support and Warren sliding 5 percentage points to 10 percent. Buttigieg, who gained momentum in recent weeks, received 9 percent support, a two-point increase from the prior Nov. 16-Nov. 17 poll. Businessman Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro garnered 2 percent. The rest of the contenders in the crowded Democratic field received 1 percent in support or less. Another 3 percent said they were unsure. The survey comes in light of an ever-fluid Democratic primary race. Though the field recently expanded with the addition of Bloomberg and billionaire Tom Steyer, the primary also lost two candidates over the last few days. Former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) each ended their 2020 White House bids after failing to gain traction in national polls. Sestak announced the news in a press release over the weekend, saying he was thankful for what he called an "endeavor filled with immeasurable wisdom, passions, humor and insights to, and from, the people of America." A day later, Bullock issued a statement announcing his own departure from the 2020 race. "While the concerns that propelled me to enter in the first place have not changed, I leave this race filled with gratitude and optimism, inspired and energized by the good people I've had the privilege of meeting over the course of the campaign,” he wrote. The Hill-HarrisX poll surveyed 1,001 registered voters between Nov. 1-Dec. 1. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. —Tess Bonn
  18. A Marine veteran who served in Iraq and is running for Congress in California called out Colin Kaepernick on Monday for “pulling the racism and victim card.” Jeremy Staat, who also played in 31 NFL games across four seasons, wrote to supporters in a recent fundraising email that Kaepernick is a "national disgrace and I'm tired of seeing him celebrated like he's a hero." On Monday, Staat told “Fox & Friends that “[Kaepernick] knew what he was getting into when he decided to kneel and now he’s going to go ahead and capitalize" on his decision. He accused the former NFL quarterback of "essentially extorting the black community and using Nike as his little shiny horse, if you will, to ride in on." Staat’s comments came after Kaepernick spoke at the "Indigenous People's Sunrise Ceremony” also known as "Unthanksgiving," on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. The event is intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Native Americans occupying the famous island, which previously served as the site of a federal prison. The protest, which began on November 20, 1969, lasted 19 months. "Spent the morning at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on the 50 year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz," Kaepernick tweeted on Thanksgiving day. "The US government has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people. Thank you to my Indigenous family, I’m with you today and always." 16.4K people are talking about this Kaepernick is no stranger to controversy and has been out of the NFL since the 2016 season. He started a national firestorm when he decided to kneel during the national anthem before games to raise awareness about perceived social injustices across the U.S. He accused NFL owners in a grievance of blackballing him from the league because of the anthem protest, but the two sides settled earlier this year. Staat, who is running for Congress as a Republican in California’s 8th district, said that he is tired of veterans being treated as second-class citizens and that, instead of attacking law enforcement like Kaepernick, he wants to be part of the solution by helping President Trump in Congress. "If you want to be part of the solution, go out and find ways to make the problem better. Don't go out and attack individuals who are just doing their jobs," he said, adding that he wants to reform the V.A. but is not going to "attack" doctors and nurses at V.A. hospitals. Staat played alongside the late Pat Tillman at Arizona State before playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1998 to 2000. The former defensive end joined the Marine Corps in 2006 and deployed to Iraq the following year.
  19. Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy responded Monday to former FBI attorney Lisa Page after she broke her silence in an interview with The Daily Beast. "When she says things need to be put in context, the word 'loathsome' really doesn't need to be put in context," Gowdy said on "The Story with Martha MacCallum." "And when you say somebody will be a national security disaster, that doesn't need to be put in context." Page spoke exclusively to The Daily Beast in a highly sympathetic profile published late Sunday, saying that President Trump's remarks had forced her to speak out. "I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse,” Page said. “It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative. I decided to take my power back.” Page carried on an extramarital affair with former FBI head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok and exchanged anti-Trump text messages with him. Gowdy said the texts prove both Page and Strzok were "biased against" Trump. "These texts have been out there for, what, almost two years now? So your viewers are smart enough to read them and know that the lead FBI agent in the lead-up, your lawyer, were both biased against Donald Trump," Gowdy told MacCallum. "That's who was investigating him in 2016. I'm not sure how she thinks context is going to improve that." "Yep, she does have freedom of speech and we have the freedom to reject what she said and tell her we don't believe it," Gowdy added. Gowdy called the Democrats' reaction to Page and Strzok a "double standard" compared to their treatment of President Trump during the ongoing impeachment inquiry. "So to Democrats, all's well that ends well if it's Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. But if you get the aid and there's no investigation, that's not enough. It still may be impeachable. Just because we didn't like your process," Gowdy said. "That's duplicity, it's a double standard. And that's why the American people, I think, are completely unmoved thus far by the impeachment hearings of chairman [Adam] Schiff." The former congressman believes Democrats are continuing with impeachment as a way to take back control of the Senate in 2020. "This is not about removing Donald Trump from office because they know they're not going to be successful, "Gowdy said. "It's about shifting it to the Senate where you can put people like [Senators] Cory Gardner [of Colorado] and Martha McSally [of Arizona] and Thom Tillis [of North Carolina] in a really tough spot." "If they could win the Senate, even if they lose the White House in 2020, then he [Trump] is a neutered president," Gowdy added. "And I've always thought this is much more about the Senate than it is removing someone from office because they're not going to get a conviction in the Senate trial."
  20. President Trump went after former New York City mayor and 2020 Democratic hopeful Michael Bloomberg and The New York Times on Monday after the president's reelection campaign announced it would ban Bloomberg News from covering rallies and campaign events. 41.2K people are talking about this "Mini Mike Bloomberg has instructed his third rate news organization not to investigate him or any Democrat, but to go after President Trump, only," Trump tweeted. "The Failing New York Times thinks that is O.K., because their hatred & bias is so great they can’t even see straight. It’s not O.K.!" The Trump campaign announced its policy earlier Monday, days after the news outlet owned by the billionaire Democratic candidate said it would not investigate Bloomberg or his Democratic rivals but would continue to cover Trump in the usual way. “The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale wrote in a statement. "Bloomberg News has declared that they won’t investigate their boss or his Democrat competitors, many of whom are current holders of high office, but will continue critical reporting on President Trump.” Parscale said he is “accustomed to unfair reporting practices” but Bloomberg News’ decision takes it too far because “most news organizations don’t announce their biases so publicly.” “Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events,” Parscale continued. “We will determine whether to engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case basis. This will remain the policy of the Trump campaign until Bloomberg News publicly rescinds its decision.” Bloomberg News pushed back against the Trump campaign's charge of the outlet having a "bias." "The accusation of bias couldn't be further from the truth. We have covered Donald Trump fairly and in an unbiased way since he became a candidate in 2015 and will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign," Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait said in a statement. Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, entered the fray Monday by blasting the Trump campaign's decision. "Bloomberg News is one of the largest and most influential news organizations in the world," Baquet said in a statement. "We condemn any action that keeps quality news media from reporting fairly and accurately on the presidency and the leadership of the country." Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the Times' coverage of him, calling it "fake news." In September, Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger said the president was "trying to delegitimize real news, dismissing factual and fair reporting as politically motivated fabrications."
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