Sam's Top 5 for 2/20/17

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1. Comments that Trump made at a rally in Florida have raised questions in Sweden and around the internet about what he meant

At the rally, he said, "We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what's happening in Brussels. You look at what's happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris."

Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister, questioned the President's statement on Twitter when he tweeted, "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound."

The President clarified his remarks on Sunday, posting on Twitter that his statement "was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNewsconcerning immigrants & Sweden." The tweet confirmed suspicions of many that Trump's remarks stemmed from Tucker Carlson's show Friday night, in which the host interviewed Ami Horowitz, a filmmaker who has tried to tie Sweden's taking in of asylum seekers to increased violent crimes in the country.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters earlier Sunday the President was "talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general and not referring to a specific incident." She clarified that Trump did not mean to say "last night" but was referring to the rise in crime in the country.

2. Thousands are expected to turn out at ‘Not My Presidents Day' rallies today

Anti-Trump activists have jumped at the opportunity to take advantage of this federal holiday to organize “Not My Presidents Day” rallies in cities around the country.

Protest leaders say they expect thousands to take to the streets in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and as many as two dozen other communities in the latest round of demonstrations to oppose the policies of President Donald Trump.

About 13,000 Facebook users, for instance, say they plan to join a noon protest Monday near Manhattan’s Central Park.

One of the organizers of the New York protest said, “while we acknowledge that Donald Trump holds the current title, the policies he’s trying to put in place are not the beliefs shared by the majority of the people.”

3. Zima is coming back.

The 1990s-era clear malt beverage will apparently be back on shelves in the not-so-distant future. Marty Maloney, spokesman for Chicago-based MillerCoors, confirmed Friday that the company is relaunching Zima, which was discontinued in the U.S. in 2008.

Maloney wouldn't provide any other details at this point, offering only this one-sentence statement: "If you're one of the zillion fans who have missed Zima, the answer should be clear."

In its brief heyday, Zima was marketed as an alternative to beer with the tag line: "Zomething different."

4. A telephone owned by Adolf Hitler sold for $243,000

Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander Historical Auctions says the phone sold Sunday afternoon to a person who bid by phone. The auction house does not disclose the names of buyers.

Bidding for the phone started at $100,000. The red telephone includes a Nazi party symbol and Hitler's name engraved on the back. Occupying Russian officers gave the phone to a British officer, Sir Ralph Rayner, during a visit to Hitler's bunker in Berlin. The phone was used in vehicles and trains as well as Hitler's field headquarters.

5. 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' title confirmed to be plural and fans are freaking out

After much speculation, we now know that the title for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is referring to multiple individuals.

Because Jedi is both the singular and plural form of the word, there was a debate about how many Jedi were being referred to in the title for "Episode VIII." Finally, foreign-language posters let the cat out of the bag.

"Star Wars: Los Ultimos Jedi," the Spanish poster reads. If it was referring to one Jedi, the title would have read "El Ultimo Jedi."

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