Donald Trump privately slammed Ron DeSantis, calling him ‘fat,’ ‘phony,’ and ‘whiny’: book

Then-President Donald Trump campaigning with Ron DeSantis at a rally in Pensacola, Florida, on November 3, 2018. AP Photo/Butch Dill, File Trump slammed DeSantis in private, wrote New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman in her new book. Citing sources, Haberman wrote that Trump had called DeSantis "fat" and "whiny." He also said Chris Christie, another rival, had […]

Some kind of magic: Moscow legislator proposes to blacklist ‘phony wizards’

A Moscow city legislator has come up with an idea to create a publicly available blacklist of “phony wizards,” while “legit” warlocks should get together and form a trade union of sorts. The quite outstanding initiative has been floated by a deputy with the Moscow City Duma, Anton Pavleev. “A professional association of them [‘mages’] […]

How Putin clings onto phony nationalism to solidify power in Russia

Pool/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin is not a classic Russian ruler. He is something new. Like most despots, Putin fears his own people, and projects intense nationalism and anti-Western sentiment to rally up supporters and consolidate his own power. By latching on to anti-American and anti-Western rhetoric, Putin has a convenient enemy, which lets […]

A Phony War

You’ve read a lot about the Republican war on what Donald Trump calls fake news. But here’s the thing: For many Republicans, it’s a phony war too. While Trump spews bile and a narrative-hungry twitter machine looks for evidence of a trend, Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are emphatically not on board with the president’s […]

‘Phony hypocrites!’: Trump unloads on Democrats over backlash to Comey firing

President Donald Trump took to Twitter chide Democrats for protesting Tuesday’s abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey. “Dems have been complaining for months & months about Dir. Comey. Now that he has been fired they PRETEND to be aggrieved. Phony hypocrites!,” Trump tweeted. Trump was referencing some Democrats’ apparent resentment toward Comey after he publicly […]

‘Phony,’ ‘failing,’ ‘worthless’ — here are all the names Trump has called this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners

Mark Wilson/Getty Images The Pulitzer Prizes were revealed Monday, and many of this year’s prizewinners shared one thing in common: they’ve all been the target of insults from President Donald Trump. Since Trump’s campaign for the presidency began in 2015, his public war against the media has been central to his appeal among his supporters. […]

Marathon runner’s tracked data exposes phony time, cover-up attempt

A higher-res version of this photo, zoomed in on the Garmin fitness tracker, was used to bust runner Jane Seo for an illegitimate half-marathon race time. (credit: Marathon Foto) Hot tip: If you’re going to cheat while running a marathon, don’t wear a fitness tracking band. A New York food writer found this out the […]