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‘Morning Joe’ demands Trump fire aides after rocky start: ‘The show has begun really badly’

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President Trump’s administration got off to a rocky start this past weekend, as the president’s decision to send out his press secretary to lie about his inauguration attendance figures was widely panned by pundits across the political spectrum.

The crew at Morning Joe, whom Trump has reportedly leaned on for advice in the past, excoriated the president on Monday morning, and said that he needs to wake up to the fact that he’s actually president now, not just some touring circus act.

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“It’s show time,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said of Trump’s presidency. “And the show has begun really badly.”

In particular, Brzezinski singled out Trump’s decision to spend much of his speech at the CIA headquarters this past weekend bragging about his crowd sizes while attacking the media.

“Whoever didn’t write, or should have written, or should have edited that [CIA] speech should go today — out, goodbye, done,” she said. “And whoever did not coordinate the CIA event correctly should go today… It’s showtime and nobody can afford this.”

Co-host Joe Scarborough, meanwhile, seemed stunned that any Trump aides would encourage him to pick a major fight with the media over inauguration crowd sizes.

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“Whoever was encouraging him, goading him to keep fighting about the size of the crowds… should be fired today for the sake of America,” he said.

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UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report

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Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.

A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.

But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.

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‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys

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In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.

"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.

The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.

"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."

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Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors

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A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.

"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.

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