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Donald Trump pranked by Harvard ‘fraudsters’ and hacker tribute to Jon Stewart

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Members of the satirical Harvard Lampoon fooled Republican front-runner Donald Trump into thinking the university’s newspaper endorsed his presidential campaign, The Hill reported.

“The students who perpetrated this are fraudsters and liars, but frankly it was a waste of only a few minutes,” a campaign spokesperson said after the ruse was discovered. “Mr. Trump attended the great Wharton School of Finance, a school that has more important things to do.”

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Lampoon members designed a fake website claiming to belong to its archrival, the Harvard Crimson, and posted an editorial calling the real estage mogul a job creator because of the “creative domino effect” generated by his reality show, Celebrity Apprentice.

“The politics of 2016 is about clicks and pageviews, whether we want to admit it or not,” the editorial argued. “Social media — a tool the Crimson also uses to interact with readers — has the ability to spread messages in an immediate and powerful way. Based on his advanced online presence, it is undeniable that the public is listening to Trump’s message.”

The “editorial” was accompanied by a picture of Trump with who he believed to be Crimson staff members, while sitting on a wooden chair taken from the second floor of the Crimson’s office. The photo can be seen below:

Donald Trump is photographed alongside members of the Harvard Lampoon as part of a prank. [Harvard Lampoon]

Donald Trump is photographed alongside members of the Harvard Lampoon as part of a prank. [Harvard Lampoon]

In reality, the students in the photograph were from the Lampoon; members of the publication had stolen the chair in late June as part of a prank battle between both newspapers. The Crimson reported that its president, Steven S. Lee saw “a casing for bolt cutters” near the chair’s normal spot, and immediately contacted the Lampoon to ask for it to be brought back.

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“They said they would get back to me on it,” Lee said.

As of Monday night, the chair had not been returned to the Crimson.

The Daily Dot reported that in a separate prank, hackers from the group Telecomix Canada gained access to parts of Trump’s campaign website and used them to post a tribute to Daily Show host Jon Stewart, thanking him for “many happy years of quality journalism and entertainment.”

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“We are writing you today via Mr Trump’s website because, seeming, [sic] the only way to get anyone to pay attention any more is to grease a Presidential candidate’s website,” the statement read in part.


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Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.

"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.

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Jeanine Pirro pushes conspiracy theory 2016 election interference ‘apparently’ started in Ukraine

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The United States intelligence community is united in the conclusion that it was Russia that interred in America's 2016 presidential election.

But Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro said that 2016 election interference "apparently" started in Ukraine.

The conspiracy theory underlying the false claim resulted in President Donald Trump seeking foreign election interference from Ukraine, the scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

Pirro also said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Geoge Kent is a "bozo."

Video of Pirro's opening was posted on Twitter by President Donald Trump:

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WATCH: Pete Buttigieg surges to first place in ‘gold standard’ poll of Iowa caucuses

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg surged in a poll of Iowa released Saturday night.

The poll, by Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom, showed major movement in the race.

"Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor," the newspaper reported.

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