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In newly surfaced Howard Stern interview, Trump joked about giving Princess Di an HIV test

Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Howard Stern, Beth Ostrosky and Chris Rock at a New York Knicks game in 2005. On Monday, newly surfaced transcripts and audio of radio host Howard Stern’s interviews with Donald Trump presented a fuller picture of their many conversations on Stern’s talk show before Trump’s political aspirations turned serious. The shock jock and the future president’s banter was filled with raunchy talk about celebrities, their sex lives – and whatever Trump was hawking at the time, whether it was a book or one of his beauty pageants. Here are a few of the stranger moments from those talks, the recordings of which were anonymously given to the website Factbase: – In a 1997 appearance, Stern and Trump talked about the possibility of requiring...

How Obama’s note to Trump defied history

Obama’s parting letter to Trump revealed (CNN)The election had been bitter, and the outgoing President was miffed at the victor’s arrogant promise that he would bring a political revolution to Washington, DC. He had no energy left for civility. Tim Naftali In fact, the nation’s second President, John Adams, even skipped Thomas Jefferson’s 1801 inauguration, leaving him only, in the words of historian Joyce Appleby, “a curt note informing him that there were seven horses and two carriages in the White House stables.” The tone of the inauguration day letter from outgoing President Barack Obama to President-elect Donald J. Trump, released Sunday, belongs to a different tradition, the modern presidential ritual of leaving private notes behind in the Oval Off...

Trump gives new meaning to the Friday night news dump, enraging his critics

As a monster hurricane not seen on American shores in over a decade bore down on Texas on Friday night, a tsunami of news out of Washington was also on its way. President Trump, in the space of four hours, made official a ban on transgender people serving in the military, pardoned a controversial sheriff accused of racial profiling and parted ways with polarizing aide and conservative media darling Sebastian Gorka. The announcements were made in the evening hours as the nation focused on Hurricane Harvey, which threatened catastrophic damage to areas along the Gulf Coast, giving new meaning to the Friday night news dump strategy that has long been a staple for Washington politicians looking to bury controversial decisions. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories...

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images The white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat counterprotesters. They wanted their beliefs on display. It’s easy to treat people like them as straw men: one-dimensional, backward beings fueled by hatred and ignorance. But if we want to prevent the spread of extremist, supremacist views, we need to understand how these views form and why they stick in the minds of some people. Recently, psychologists Patrick Forscher and Nour Kteily recruited members of the alt-right (a.k.a. the “alternative right,” the catchall political identity of white nationalists) to p...