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Cabinet Minister Christopher Pyne has claimed his Twitter account was 'hacked' after it 'liked' a hardcore gay porn video overnight. 

The explicit video, which shows two men engaged in a number of sex acts, was 'liked' by the account of the Defence Industries minister shortly after 2am on Thursday.

It is not clear how the tweet, posted by an apparently Mexican porn website, came to be 'liked' by Mr Pyne's account, but it had been removed by around 6.45am.

At around the same time Mr Payne told his Twitter followers his account had been 'hacked'.  dailymail.co.uk
Step 1: Come up with random cheeky surprises to mail to people.

Step 2: Get people to pay $15 for said surprises.

Step 3: Profit.

Cards Against Humanity, the popular and unfailingly profane game that never fails to liven up the party, has used some variation of this formula every holiday season over the past several years, with great success.

This year is no different — but the stakes are higher, if the game’s creators are to be believed.

On Tuesday, it kicked off its 2017 holiday mail campaign with the dramatic title: “Cards Against Humanity Saves America.” washingtonpost.com
President Trump on Wednesday stopped his speech recapping his Asia trip to take a sip of water. 

Just more than 10 minutes into his speech at the White House, Trump abruptly paused and looked under his lectern for water. 

 “Thank you. They don’t have water. That’s OK,” he said.

Reporters then pointed to a small table next to the lectern. “To your right, sir,” one reporter said. 

He turned to the side, picked up a bottle of Fiji water with both hands and took a sip.   

Trump then continued recapping his visits to Japan and South Korea, praising the governments there for their cooperation against North Korea and on trade.  thehill.com
Richard Cordray, one of the few remaining Obama-era banking regulators, said on Wednesday that he plans to step down as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by the end of the month, clearing the way for President Trump to remake a watchdog agency loathed by Republicans and Wall Street.

Cordray’s turbulent six-year tenure at the 1,600-person agency was marked by aggressive efforts to rein in banks, payday lenders and debt collectors that often drew protests from the business community.

His frequent clashes with conservatives turned Cordray, an otherwise ordinary Washington bureaucrat from Ohio, into a favorite of Democrats and consumer groups and a villain to Republicans and the financial industry.

A federal judge once said that Cordray had “more unilateral authority than any other officer in any of the three branches of the U.S. government, other than the president.”

Cordray did not explain the timing of his decision, but it clears the way for him to potentially run for Ohio governor.

It also comes just a month after the CFPB suffered a major rebuke from Republicans in Congress who took the unusual step of blocking an agency rule that would have allowed consumers to sue their banks for the first time. washingtonpost.com
Sources close to Breitbart News chairman Stephen Bannon insist he is sticking by embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) even as high-profile conservatives cut ties with the candidate less than a month before election day.

People who have spoken with Bannon and others who are familiar with his thinking say reports that he is having second thoughts about his support for Moore are overcooked.

The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Bannon is privately discussing whether the allegations of sexual misconduct about Moore have become too serious to overcome.

Bannon could be looking to save his political capital for the scores of primary challenges he’s planning for Republican senators up for reelection in 2018, the report says.

But sources tell The Hill that Bannon is still slated to rally support for Moore at a campaign stop in early December and said other events could be in the works. thehill.com
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is getting more specific about what he sees as perhaps the best, if impractical, option for preventing an Alabama Senate seat from falling into the hands of GOP nominee Roy Moore or a Democrat.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee has pulled its financial support from Moore's campaign.

At a Wall Street Journal event on Tuesday, McConnell said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions "would fit the profile" of someone who could run a competitive write-in bid for his old seat, which Moore is running to fill.

Though, McConnell acknowledged how difficult such an effort would be.

It's too late to take Moore's name off the ballot, and he is rallying his supporters against McConnell's pressure to quit the race in the face of allegations from a number of women who say he pursued them romantically or sexually assaulted them as teenagers.

A source close to Sessions tells NPR's Carrie Johnson that the attorney general has been telling people in Alabama that he is not interested in returning to the Senate. npr.org
Parliament is to be given a take-it-or leave-it vote on the final Brexit deal before the UK leaves the EU.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said the terms of the UK's exit, such as money, citizen rights and any transition must become law via a new Act of Parliament.

Labour welcomed a "climbdown" but some MPs warned of a "sham" if ministers could not be asked to renegotiate.

Sources have told the BBC some Tory rebels were unimpressed, with one saying the promise was "meaningless".

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the announcement was significant because it represented a big concession to potential Tory rebels and Labour MPs at a highly important moment in the Brexit process.

It comes as MPs prepare to debate key Brexit legislation later this week with the government facing possible defeat on aspects of the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will convert EU law into UK law. bbc.com