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  • Jackie Evancho Transgender Sister Undergoing Reassignment

    January 18, 2017 6:53 PM 14

    Jackie Evancho's transgender sister will undergo surgery to begin reassignment the same week Jackie belts out the national anthem at Donald Trump's inauguration ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to the Evancho family tell us Jackie's sister, Juliet, "can finally be herself" after she goes through the procedure in Philly. We're told the surgery had been in the works

  • President Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning's 35-Year Sentence

    January 17, 2017 9:30 PM 20

    President Obama granted a commutation to Chelsea Manning, a soldier who was arrested after leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 and she will now be released in May. Chase Strangio, Chelsea Manning’s attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, confirms the commutation to ABC News. Manning's

  • Vilsack leaving USDA a week early, no replacement named

    January 13, 2017 5:48 PM 15

    Secretary Tom Vilsack is leaving the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Vilsack told employees in an email that Friday is his final day. He has led USDA for eight years and was President Barack Obama's longest-serving Cabinet secretary. The email did not say why Vilsack is leaving or if someone

  • Toby Keith to headline Donald Trump's inauguration welcome celebration

    January 13, 2017 5:46 PM 20

    Inaugural planners have released the lineup for Donald Trump's welcome celebration on the eve of his swearing-in. The headliners include country star Toby Keith, singer Jennifer Holliday and actor Jon Voight. Trump's team says other performers include the rock band 3 Doors Down, The Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood and RaviDrums. The groups will be performing

  • Trump adviser Flynn took call from Russian ambassador in December: Trump aide

    January 13, 2017 4:21 PM 19

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn took a call from the Russian ambassador last month, and discussed setting up a call between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, a Trump spokesman said on Friday. The Dec. 28 call followed text message exchanges initiated

  • Obama reportedly to scrap 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cuban refugees

    January 12, 2017 9:32 PM 21

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is ending the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas. That's according to a senior administration official, who said the policy change was effective immediately. The official said the U.S. and Cuba have spent several months negotiating the change

  • Donald Trump Germaphobe Excuse Doesn't Wash With Howie Mandel

    January 11, 2017 8:56 PM 16

    Howie Mandel -- maybe the most famous germaphobe -- is calling BS on Donald Trump's claim he's one too ... because it just doesn't make sense in this particular alleged situation. Howie explained why fearing germs is not a good alibi for the alleged sexual act detailed in the totally unconfirmed Russian hack. Even if it were legit ... the Prez-elect's

  • From Shonda Rhimes to Cher to Tim Kaine, Public Figures React to Obama's Farewell Address

    January 11, 2017 10:01 AM 17

    President Barack Obama's farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night prompted public figures -- spanning the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports and music -- to take to their social media accounts and gush over the outgoing president and his one-hour send-off. Drake had one of the more creative posts: The Canadian-born rapper posted to Instagram

  • Trump Team: Trump's image won't be commemorative Inauguration transit card, announce alternative

    January 7, 2017 4:30 PM 37

    An image of President-elect Donald Trump won’t be on a commemorative Inauguration Day transit card but will appear on a free sleeve that protects the card, officials said Saturday. The joint announcement by the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority appears to settle the political flap about Trump’s

  • Trump Touts Benefits of 'Good Relationship' With Russia, Blames Democrats' 'Negligence' for Hacking

    January 7, 2017 3:55 PM 19

    Less than a day after getting an intelligence report on Russia's alleged interference in the presidential election, Donald Trump asserted that the U.S. will benefit from a better relationship with Russia and that the hacking is an issue only because Democrats are 'totally embarrassed' by their election loss. Trump also said the hacking was possible only because