Trump, West trade Twitter love

Trump-West 2020? In a moment that seemed to encapsulate 2018’s social-media-driven blurring of celebrity and politics, President Donald Trump tweeted his thanks to rap superstar Kanye West on Wednesday for his recent and perhaps unexpected online support.

“Thank you Kanye, very cool!” the president posted in response to the tweets from West, who called the president “my brother.”

West, the enigmatic hip-hop provocateur, posted a series of tweets in support of the president, whom he visited at Trump Tower in December 2016 during the presidential transition.

“You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy,” West wrote Wednesday.

Stewart’s studio props up for auction

The pots and pans that once appeared on home decor and food expert Martha Stewart’s television shows might soon find a place in someone’s home.

The Salem News reports that Beverly, Mass., auction house Kaminski Auctions is selling about 5,000 of Stewart’s former studio props.

Her friend, Vincent Manzo, says about 90 percent of the items were personally picked by Stewart, who in 2004 was sentenced to five months in prison on charges that included obstruction of justice related to a personal stock sale.

Items of note include an antique toboggan used in a Christmas special, signed red oven mitts and cookbooks.

Oliver Stone calls U.S. global ‘outlaw’

Oliver Stone, making his first-ever visit to Iran, says the United States is a global “outlaw” that has made a mess of the Middle East.

The director of JFK and Platoon spoke at a news conference Wednesday during his visit to the country, where he attended an international film festival.

Stone reprised his criticism of the 2003 Iraq war and suggested the U.S. has acted similarly in Libya and Syria, saying: “We are outlaws, we’re doing something that is outlawed internationally, we had no permission to invade Iraq from the U.N., we did it, and we continue to do this.”