Until Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey, Sally Yates Was The Heroine Headline In Tuesday News

Until Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey, Sally Yates Was The Heroine Headline In Tuesday News

Yesterday, America's brief interim Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by the Trump Administration for refusing to defend his Muslim ban, became what The Daily Beast calls "the early hero of the Trump era."

Until two hours ago when President Trump fired James Comey, America's FBI Director, Sally Yates was the person of the hour, after her professionally dazzling testimony on Monday before a Senate Panel investigating the Russian meddling in America's presidential election. 

Update: Trump Between Mushroom Clouds & Nazi $$$ Signs Billboard Appears In Downtown Phoenix

(Photo: Johana Restrepo/The Republic)

(Photo: Johana Restrepo/The Republic)

Updated: Santa Monica, Ca artist Karen Fiorito accepted a commission from Phoeniz gallery La Melgosa for a billboard dedicated to Donald Trump. The billboard is located near Grand Avenue and Taylor Street in downtown Phoenix.

La Melgosa commissioned Fiorito to do a similar anti-President George Bush billboard in 2004, when she was a graduate student at Arizona State University. 

"I was given the opportunity to just say what I want," Fiorita told The Arizona Republic

The result is a large billboard sign featuring a photo of Trump backed by two mushroom clouds typically associated with nuclear explosions. Swastikas on either side of Trump have been manipulated to look like dollar signs.  

March 19, 2017 update: Beatrice Moore, owner of the billboard and a long-time patron of the arts on Grand Avenue, says the billboard will remain as long as Trump is president. As expected, artist Fiorito is receiving death threats on a much escalated level than when the Bush presidency billboard went up in 2004.

Read more about Beatrice Moore: Grand Avenue May Never Be Home to Fancy Coffee Shops and Cell Phone Stores, and That's Just Fine with Beatrice Moore Phoenix New Times

(Photo: Johana Restrepo/The Republic)

(Photo: Johana Restrepo/The Republic)

Trump's Transition Poll #s Dropping Fast | Trump Says Repeal ACA At Once

Only 37% of voters approve of Donald Trump's transition to the presidency, writes a new Quinnipiac University poll. Women lead the way with 59% of female voters disapproving of how Trump is doing his job. 

The measures of Trump's personal qualities all are more negative than they were in a November 22 Quinnipiac University poll:

Meryl Streep Denounces Trump Without Saying His Name

Meryl Streep Just Denounced Trump and Called for Freedom of the Press in One Truly Epic Golden Globes Speech Marie Claire

"This instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in the public platform . . . filtered into everybody's life."

Actor Meryl Streep chose her platform of receiving her Golden Globe Cecil B. Demille Award to speak about America's president-elect Donald Trump

"There was one performance this year that stunned me," she said. "It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life."

With real tears -- that the president-elect would most surely mock as representing the fake tears of liberal Hollywood and liberal, pc Hillary supporters -- flowing in the room, Streep continued:

"And this instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing," she continued. "Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose...This brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That's why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood foreign press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the committee to protect journalists. Because we're going to need them going forward. And they'll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing: Once, when I was standing around on the set one day whining about something—we were going to work through supper, or the long hours, or whatever—Tommy Lee Jones said to me, 'Isn't it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?' Yeah, it is. And we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight. As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, "Take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you."

Trump Honored In China As Gilded, Giant Rooster Statue; Will A Golden Goose Statue Come To Wall Street?

We don't follow Donald Trump on Twitter, so there's no word on whether or not the president-elect believes that the giant rooster sculpture outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, China accurately captures all his self-perceived grandeur. The 23-ft statue celebrates the upcoming Year of the Rooster in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Everyday Chinese citizens believe that the Trump rooster helps to lighten up tensions between China and America, as expressed at major rallies by Donald Trump throughout the presidential campaign.

The New York Times writes:

Global Times, a state-run tabloid, said on Tuesday that onlookers in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province, had praised the statue as a “perfect blend of Chinese and Western cultures.”
“It’s not bad looking,” Zhang Guoqiang, an employee at the Yihui Japanese Restaurant at the North America N1 Art Shopping Center, where the statue is, said by telephone on Thursday.

The always-entrepreneurial Chinese have inflatable 'Trump chicken' replicas on sale at online shaopping website Taobao. The 32-foot version is advertised for $1,725.

Artist Casey Latiolais, based in Seattle, says the response to his artwork has been outstanding. We share another Trump gem from Casey's Behance page.