Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights.

Global protests & violent clashes mark Trump Inauguration

The DeploraBall – an event allegedly organized by members of the alt-right, like American top neo-nazi, Richard Spencer, and other Donald Trump supporters – attracted protestors and descended into violent clashes on the eve of The Donald's inauguration. It was a pretty standardized incident that you've no doubt seen on the news countless times before: a police cordon separated protestors and attendees, while the pair shouted obscenities and insults at each other. Things escalated when an object was thrown and struck a DeploraBall deplorable in the head, causing them to bleed. We can probably expect more of this in the coming weeks and months. – The Guardian

Trump associates investigated over Russia ties

U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are investigating numerous Trump associates in regards to their ties to Russia. The basis of the investigation rests on intercepted communications and financial transactions between Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who was forced to resign after it emerged that he has ties to deposed Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Carter Page, a businessman and former foreign policy advisor for the Trump campaign, and long-time Republican strategist, Roger Stone, an old buddy of Trump's, is also under investigation while the rest of the civilized world prays for impeachment. – New York Times

George Soros calls Trump "would-be dictator"

Hungarian-born billionaire, liberal financier and dude who right-wingers suspect of being a member of the illuminati, George Soros, has used his speech at the World Economic Forum at Davos – Coachella for global capitalism, basically – to call Trump "a would-be dictator" who will fail because his promises and his actions have nothing to do with reality. He also predicted that British Prime Minister Theresa May won't last long once the crippling financial burden of Brexit sets in. – Yahoo

Gigi Hadid's brother dating Nicola Peltz

Anwar Hadid, the 17-year-old baby brother of models Gigi and Bella Hadid, is dating 22-year-old Transformers actress and daughter of a billionaire, Nicola Peltz. Both are good-looking and rich and famous and therefore a perfect fit for each other. – E! Online

Russell Westbrook benched for NBA All-Star game

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard and snappy dresser, Russell Westbrook, has suffered the indignity of being benched for the NBA All-Star game. An ever-present starter since 2011, barring a solitary omission in 2014, Westbrook just wasn't deemed up to the level set by Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and a bunch of other guys who I haven't heard of before. Sorry, Rus. – Chicago Tribune


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