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You don?t need to have a baby on the way to do one of those trendy ?gender reveal? photo shoots.

Missouri couple Kennedy Sartwell and her boyfriend of five years Jake Terry decided to celebrate the arrival of their pup Raven in April with a super cute photo shoot inspired by the ones moms- and dads-to-be often do to announce the sex of their babies. 

The couple filled a box with pink balloons to introduce their baby girl, and then snapped some pics with the most photogenic little face you ever did see.

?I?ve been looking for a puppy for quite a while and I?ve been wanting some way to announce it to the world,? Kennedy told ABC News. ?Mom and I were coming up with ideas and thought of a [gender] reveal.?

Initially, the photos were just supposed to be just for the couple?s friends and family to enjoy. But after Kennedy?s mom, Cristy Sartwell of Infinite Smiles Photography, posted them on Facebook, they went viral with more than 100,000 likes and 160,000 shares.

Kennedy told Inside Edition that Raven, a Labrador-German shepherd mix, got a little fussy while getting her picture taken and kept getting distracted by dandelions.

?We had to chase her for the entire photo shoot,? she said.

But the fur-tastic photos made it all worthwhile:

For more on this story, watch the video above. 

H/T Love What Matters

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This Hashtag Highlights The Glorious Versatility Of Black Hair

Black hair is a beautiful thing.

It can defy gravity, make waves or be elegantly woven. It?s magic.

That?s why Miranda Morowa wanted to show the gorgeous versatility of black hair with the #BlackHairChallenge. Morowa, who runs Melanin Mamis ? a page to help women celebrate themselves ? was inspired by the black hair threads she created. So she thought of the hashtag and tweeted from the page on May 26 to encourage black people to show off the many hairstyles they?ve rocked.

Morowa, who regularly hosts challenges on Twitter for women to participate in, told HuffPost via Twitter direct message that ?black hair is the definition of art.? She added, ?Dating a Black Girl is like dating 20 different girls. We change our hair so often, it?s super fun & creative. We Slay.?

She isn?t here for the negative stereotypes that some believe about black hair. ?Our hair is very unique and we?re blessed to have it,? she said. ?As you can see in the #BlackHairChallenge, we can pull off any hairstyle we desire and still look beautiful.?

And the responses reflect that. The hashtag was initially intended for the ladies, she said, but she was pleasantly surprised to see men sharing their photos as the challenge went viral.

From cornrows, weaves and twists to afros, presses and bantu knots, get into this challenge and check out these Twitter users? photos.

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Guy Wears Colander In Driver’s License Photo To Spread Religious Freedom

It looks better draining pasta.

A Chandler, Arizona, man now has an official driver?s license featuring a photo of him wearing a colander, the Arizona Republic reported Thursday.

Sean Corbett actually succeeded after years of trying to be photographed with the spaghetti strainer hat and being rejected at the motor vehicles department. One location finally allowed it, and the license arrived in the mail on Tuesday.

?The whole process is intimidating, especially when people are yelling at you and scorning you for making a mockery out of their system,? Corbett, a Lyft and Uber driver, told ABC 15.

Corbett told the Republic that his quest was all in the name of religious freedom. As a Pastafarian in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Corbett said he wanted to ease the way for people of other religions to don the headwear of their choice, such as a hijab or a turban, without opposition. 

?It?s nothing anybody should have to experience,? Corbett told the Republic. ?They shouldn?t be bullied because their beliefs are different from other people.?

He added that ?some may view the religion as a satirical version of standard religion.?

Corbett?s crusade may be cut short, however. CNN reports that the state is going to revoke the license.

Keep the faith, brother.

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Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court To Reinstate Travel Ban

The Trump administration on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive the president?s controversial executive order that intended to temporarily bar travel to the U.S. by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.

Lawyers at the Department of Justice filed two emergency applications with the nation?s highest court asking it to block two lower court rulings that effectively halted the implementation of his second travel ban, which also halted refugees seeking to enter the U.S. The filing asks for a stay of a ruling made last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and another stay of an injunction made by a judge in Hawaii.

The Justice Department has asked for expedited processing of the petitions so the court can hear the case when it begins a new session in October.

?We have asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are confident that President Trump?s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the Nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism,? Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. ?The president is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism, until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States.?

The filing drew an almost immediate response from advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, which pledged to fight the ban in court yet again.

Trump?s executive order, signed March 6, was the White House?s second travel ban attempt. It sought to bar citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States. The watered-down order came after the bungled rollout of a similar ban, one that included Iraqis, which prompted nationwide protests and its own smack-down by a federal judge in Seattle.

In a 10-3 ruling last week, the 4th Circuit issued perhaps the biggest setback to the White House when a full panel of its judges refused to lift a nationwide injunction that halted key aspects of the revised ban.

U.S. Chief Circuit Judge Roger Gregory wrote at the time that the order ?speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.?

?Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute,? Gregory continued. ?It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation.?

Any travel ban?s chances have been harmed by Trump?s own rhetoric on the campaign trail, when he promised to completely ban Muslims from entering the country. He later backed down on those statements, but several judges cited them as evidence that the White House was targeting members of a religious group, not from any specific countries.

In one ruling, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said the president?s ?plainly worded statements? betrayed the ban?s ?stated secular purpose.? U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang said Trump?s statements provided ?a convincing case that the purpose of the second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban.?

Throughout the continued defeat in the courts, Trump and his administration have defiantly pledged to fight for the order and have denied the ban is intended to target members of the Islamic faith. After Watson ruled on the second order in Hawaii, the president called the decision ?flawed? and slammed it as ?unprecedented judicial overreach.?

?This ruling makes us look weak, which by the way we no longer are,? Trump said.

At the time, he pledged to bring the fight to the Supreme Court, a call Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated last month.

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9 Times Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord on Thursday with a White House speech that made the historic agreement sound like a trade deal, which it isn?t. But that was just one of the thorns in his Rose Garden statement.

The nonbinding pact to reduce planet-warming emissions, approved by every country but Syria and Nicaragua, commits its signatories to slashing greenhouse gas outputs and coming back to the negotiating table every five years to seek more ambitious goals with the hope of staving off the most catastrophic effects of global warming.

Trump did not discuss climate science nor the dire consensus among nearly all peer-reviewed climatologists that emissions from burning fossil fuels, industrial farming and deforestation have put the planet on course to warm beyond the point where the climate will be irreversibly changed by the end of the century.

By that sheer omission alone, the speech was misleading. Here are nine more things that Trump got wrong:

1. ?The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP.?

That estimate came from a report that ?does not take into account potential benefits from avoided emissions.? The study was paid for by the American Council for Capital Formation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ? two groups that represent major polluters and have long lobbied against climate policies. The assessment outlined in the report is based on what the Natural Resources Defense Council in March described as ?a fictional scenario that does not reflect any current proposals or realistic plans to achieve our climate goals.?

?By design, the Chamber study intentionally imposes the most stringent greenhouse gas regulations on the sectors that would face the highest costs per ton of GHG reduction,? Kevin Steinberger and Amanda Levin, experts at the NRDC, wrote in a blog post. ?This scenario greatly exaggerates the likely costs of any future program to achieve the economy-wide reductions set forth in the Paris Agreement, because any real program to meet those goals would be designed with cost-saving flexibility the Chamber deliberately left out.? 

2. ?Exiting the agreement protects the United States from future intrusions on the United States? sovereignty and massive future legal liability. Believe me, we have massive legal liability if we stay in.?

The Paris Agreement is legally nonbinding, meaning the United States was not obligated to meet the 26 percent to 28 percent commitment made in 2015. Despite arguments from the White House to the contrary, legal experts said the U.S. could have negotiated a lower emissions target while remaining in the voluntary agreement.

3. China ?can do whatever they want for 13 years. Not us.?

The implication here is that China plans to continue increasing its emissions. But a study last year found that Chinese emission have peaked and were forecast to fall by 1 percent in 2017. The accuracy of official Chinese data is often called into question, with good reason. But a handful of independent studies over the past three years have corroborated the decline in Chinese emissions.

Backing this up, China has aggressively moved to invest in renewable energy over the past few years. In January, the country set aside $360 billion for clean energy investment over the next four years and canceled plans for 103 new coal-fired power plants. As a result, China?s own coal mining regions are suffering thousands of job losses.

4. ?In short, the agreement doesn?t eliminate coal jobs. It just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States, and ships them to foreign countries.?

For starters, the text of the Paris Agreement never mentions coal. And while President Barack Obama?s plan to limit emissions from coal-fired plants in the U.S. may not have helped the struggling industry, its own executives admit that competition from natural gas and declining demand abroad is responsible for the loss of coal mining jobs.

To make any sort of comeback, the coal industry needs to export to countries such as India, where coal remains a popular fuel source. The diplomatic repudiation that comes with backing out the Paris Agreement could make that more difficult.

?The future is foreign markets, so the last thing you want to do if you are a coal company is to give up a US seat in the international climate discussions and let the Europeans control the agenda,? a U.S. official told The Independent in April. 

5. ?This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States.?

The absurdity of this statement aside, the U.S. took the lead in brokering the Paris Agreement in order to attain more favorable terms for America than existed in previous climate deals. Under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, for example, developing countries were excluded from slashing emissions. That was part of President George W. Bush?s justification for refusing to implement the deal in 2001.

?But in the case of Paris, it?s inexplicable why we would be leaving,? Susan Biniaz, the State Department?s former lawyer on climate change issues, told HuffPost Thursday. We negotiated it largely to U.S. specifications and to fix the Kyoto problems.?

6. ?Yet, under this agreement, we are effectively putting these [energy] reserves under lock and key, taking away the great wealth of our nation ? it?s great wealth, it?s phenomenal wealth.?

Natural gas, made cheap by a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is largely responsible for the U.S. already shrinking its carbon footprint by 12 percent below 2005 levels. (The country committed to lowering that number to 26 percent to 28 percent under the Paris Agreement). Nothing in the accord prevented the U.S. from extracting fossil fuels. There are ways to extract oil and gas responsibly. The problem is the Trump administration doesn?t seem keen on doing that. In one of its first moves, the Trump EPA scrapped a rule requiring oil and gas companies to report leaks of methane, a potent natural gas that can trap 30 times as much heat in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

7. ?At 1 percent growth, renewable sources of energy can meet some of our domestic demand. But at 3 or 4 percent growth, which I expect, we need all forms of available American energy, or our country will be at grave risk of brownouts and blackouts. Our businesses will come to a halt in many cases. And the American family will suffer the consequences in the form of lost jobs and a very diminished quality of life.?

This appears to be based on a controversial study led by Energy Secretary Rick Perry into power grid reliability. For starters, the study failed to consult any actual grid operators. The report is being run by a right-wing think tank operative. As Vox?s David Roberts points out, the entire review is a political attack on renewables that depicts zero-emissions energy sources as ?unreliable? now that it is no longer possible to argue that they can?t compete on price. Moreover, the real source of base-load problems, as Roberts notes, is natural gas, though it?s unlikely that anyone in the Trump administration would anger gas companies by concluding this.

8. ?Beyond the severe energy restrictions inflicted by the Paris accord, it includes yet another scheme to redistribute wealth out of the United States through the so-called Green Climate Fund ? nice name ? which calls for developed countries to send $100 billion to developing countries all on top of America?s existing and massive foreign aid payments. So we?re going to be paying billions and billions and billions of dollars, and we?re already way ahead of anybody else.?

The U.S. committed just $3 billion to the fund under Obama. So far, $1 billion has been paid. That?s worth the same as 62 miles of a border wall that could stretch more than 1,000 miles.

9. ?I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.?

During the 2016 presidential election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won Pittsburgh with 80 percent of the vote. By contrast, Trump won the Texas county that includes Paris by 78 percent, with 14,561 votes to Clinton?s 3,583.

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Trump Described The Manila Shooting As A ‘Terrorist’ Attack. It Wasn’t.


WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States was closely monitoring what he described as a ?terrorist? attack in Manila, while the police chief of the Philippines said the shooting incident at a gaming resort may have been a robbery.

?We?re closely monitoring the situation … but it is really very sad as to what?s going on in the world with terror,? Trump said at a White House ceremony where he announced the United States would withdraw from a landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change.

?Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of those affected,? Trump added.

The Philippines? police chief said on Friday there was no indication the shooting incident at a Manila gaming resort was related to terrorism and it may have been a robbery.

Ronald dela Rosa said police were in control of the situation and it was possible Islamic State would claim responsibility to serve its propaganda.

He told DZMM radio that a lone gunman entered the gaming area at Resorts World and set some tables on fire. The gunshots, he said, were not aimed at people in the room.

?We cannot say this is an act of terror … he did not hurt anyone,? he said. ?If you are a terrorist you will sow terror.?

Gun shots and explosions rang out from the resort early on Friday and local media reported armed men were inside. Resorts World Manila said on social media it was in lockdown and the local fire department said a blaze was burning on the second floor of one building.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said earlier it was not aware of any U.S. citizens being affected but was continuing to gather information.

?We remain in close contact with local officials,? she said, adding that U.S. citizens were advised to exercise caution and monitor local media for further information.

(Reporting by Eric Walsh and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Peter Cooney and James Dalgleish)

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Organizations such as VIDA work to hold reviews and awards committees accountable for not only their coverage of women, but of all kinds of women. However, they tend to focus on the so-called literary genre. So, how do women in other genres ? science fiction, mystery, street lit, women?s lit ? fare?

Ahead of a panel at the Bay Area Book Festival centered on ?Feminist Activism Through Popular Fiction,? authors Meg Elison, Aya de Leon and Kate Raphael weighed in on the challenges they face as women writing in their respective genres. Raphael, an activist who writes mystery books, says there?s an active feminist community among her fellow mystery writers. But, she says she struggles to publish stories about women characters who indulge in the same antics as their noir-ish male counterparts.

Meanwhile, Elison and de Leon ? a dystopian writer and a street lit writer, respectively ? both say there is a dearth of the types of stories they want to tell, stories about the reality of women?s struggles, amid an action-centered plot. Below, they discuss the specific road blocks that women who write popular fiction face:

What is the genre you write in, and what specific problems does it pose as far as gender parity goes?

Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife: I write speculative fiction, which comes under the big umbrella of science fiction. My first books are post-apocalyptic stories. Science fiction was invented by a woman, and most of my favorite writers in the genre are women. Post-apocalyptic fiction, however, is crazily unbalanced. Most of the stories that take place after the end of the world are by men, about men and written for men.

I read hundreds of books in the genre where women were irrelevant, used as plot devices and barely verbal. They almost never needed birth control and they definitely never needed tampons. I realized that the story that I wanted to read really hadn?t been written yet: What if the apocalypse was very asymmetrical? What if it (like everything else) was harder on women and children than it was on men?

Aya de Leon, author of the Justice Hustlers series: My Justice Hustlers series mixes elements of women?s fiction, street lit and erotic romance. They are politically charged tales of labor organizing, women?s health care and wealth redistribution that center on the planning and execution of multimillion dollar heists. 

Street lit is traditionally male-dominated, and ? as in most parts of the literary industry ? male gatekeepers and audiences tend to ignore women?s writing. Every genre has its trademark cover art imagery. They function like signals to genre audiences: This is your type of book. The symbols of urban fiction are guns, money, jewelry and urban landscapes. While male cover models are sometimes shirtless, they are generally heavily muscled and often armed. Typically, women?s book covers in the genre skew toward romance tropes, rather than action.

In order to be consistent with other books in the imprint, my novel covers have a single young woman of color looking sexy in a sort of ?come hither? way. A more accurate representation of my series would be a sexy, multi-racial group of armed women in the midst of a heist operation. A male writer wouldn?t have the same problem, because the mainstream images of male strength and sexiness are the same: power is sexy and power is power.

Kate Raphael, author of Murder Under the Bridge: I write mysteries, and women actually make up over 50 percent of published mystery and crime fiction writers, but as Sisters in Crime has documented, get fewer than 50 percent of reviews and far fewer in the most prestigious outlets. There is also a narrower range of characters that are acceptable for women in crime fiction. An agent rejected my book because my main character, a Palestinian policewoman, disobeyed her boss. So many mysteries involve a male detective pursuing an investigation after he?s been ordered not to, having his badge and gun confiscated, that it?s a cliché. 

There?s much ado lately about the ?strong female lead.? Why do you think that?s an insufficient literary exploration of feminism?

Elison: The ?strong female lead? is just another trope. Too often, it means a stereotypical cool girl who eschews femininity to be one of the guys and wield weapons. Too often she carries her own internalized misogyny, or she?s just a regulation hot chick who happens to know kung fu.

It?s insufficient because the movement for the correct representation of the wild spectrum of human gender and sexuality is just getting started. We?re just staring to see tender boys in films like ?Moonlight,? or fully realized tough women in books like Chuck Wendig?s Atlanta Burns. We?re just now seeing realistic trans and nonbinary characters, asexual characters and so many more. Ripley in a mecha suit is great, but not enough. A disabled Furiosa is a wonderful start, but it?s got to keep rolling.

De Leon: Pop culture stories with a strong female lead are an important component of feminism, especially in a media world that skews so strongly toward men: Male writers of books, and male protagonists on-screen with male creators behind the scenes. But Andi Zeisler?s recent book, We Were Feminists Once, reminds us that the ultimate goal of feminism isn?t to applaud an individual woman being ?empowered,? but about creating gender equality for all women. I am most excited about the feminist potential of stories that have a broader scope of what they envision as far as interrupting and ultimately ending sexism in the world.

Raphael: So many of the strong female leads are still very stereotyped. There?s still an expectation that a woman can be beautiful, fashionable, f**kable, vulnerable, not shrill and at the same time be kickass. Of course some women are all those things, but many aren?t. The real-life struggles of women are often oversimplified. Like, who?s doing the childcare? And how does the driven woman cop or spy or agent or lawyer feel about leaving her kids to go running off after the murderer at all hours? If she?s heterosexual, is her husband resentful, and if so, what does she do about it? I try to introduce those dilemmas in my books. In a feminist novel, women should see characters like themselves ? women of different races and cultures, different body types, dykes, mothers, single women, poor women and hopefully not in a United Colors of Benetton way, but in the messy, complex way that exists in the real world. 

In a feminist novel, women should see characters like themselves ? women of different races and cultures, different body types, dykes, mothers, single women, poor women.
Kate Raphael

Would you say you set out to write a feminist book?

Elison: Absolutely, unequivocally, yes. There is no part of my outlook or my work that is not shaped by my experience as a woman, and my belief that we are entitled to equality and almost always denied it. Writers and artists will often try to dodge or soften this label, claiming their work is for everybody, that it?s just a story about people. My work is for everybody who agrees that women are people. That isn?t too much to ask.

De Leon: Definitely. I?m not interested in turning readers on or off with the feminist label. I?m interested in embodying feminist values.

Raphael: Feminism is really core to who I am so I can?t conceive of not writing a feminist book. 

In what way do you think your politics work alongside your storytelling abilities? Do they complement one another? Enhance one another? Work against one another, at times?

Elison: The story must come first and definitely did for me. Wrapping a story around your politics invariably turns out a monstrosity like Atlas Shrugged, where somebody just rants for 40 pages about your philosophy. Nobody is fooled. Letting your life and your truth come through in a story without fear cannot help but be built partly of your own politics. My stories contain myself, my sexuality, my identity. Those things are political; they do not come apart. If a writer finds that their politics work against their story, it is likely because there is some part of themselves about which they cannot or will not tell the truth.

De Leon: I was really interested in reaching beyond the traditional feminist audience. That?s why I wrote a book that has elements of chick lit and romance. I wanted to mainstream subversive political ideas by serving them in the forms that women have been taught to consume. And I was interested in remixing tropes of romance and chick lit that seemed to conflict with feminism: hunky men, swooning moments, stiletto heels, shopping, competition between women. I wanted to engage all those mainstream appetites, but challenge them, as well.

Raphael: It?s a tough question. Again, the crime genre lends itself to political storytelling because it?s concerned fundamentally with questions of justice and injustice. A good crime story lays bare the power relations in a society ? in my case, in Palestine and Israel. So it was well suited to what I wanted to do. I could never set aside my politics to tell a story, because a radical analysis of social relations is how I view the world. If I didn?t bring in radical politics, and activism, I wouldn?t be telling a true story and certainly not one about Palestine. I just am not interested in apolitical stories, they seem flat and devoid of meaning to me. I can barely stand to read one, so I could definitely not write one.

Have you always felt comfortable imbuing your work with your identity as an activist or feminist? What obstacles have you faced in trying to do this?

Elison: I don?t know if ?comfortable? is the right word to describe it, but it has always felt right. The obstacles are mostly that people whose opinions don?t matter will shout them at me on the internet. I?m perfectly capable of handling that. I?ve had a lot of thoughtful conversations about my depictions of gender and sexuality, and it?s fascinating to hear different interpretations of my work. But the difference between that conversation and an anonymous all-caps accusation of feminazism is pretty easy to discern. Though I respect the work of authors like Roxane Gay and Lindy West who give of their time and patience to try and educate trolls, I find it a poor investment of both in my case.

De Leon: In the past, I think I was more preachy. I had a harder time writing flawed protagonists. I wanted everyone to be much more honorable, but they weren?t very interesting. [?] I hope to bridge some of that with a book that is politically charged but delivers all the feels in the romantic arc, and a good heist plot, as well as upending stereotypes of race, gender, sexuality, gender identity, nationality, and class. Ultimately, that?s what I want to do, whatever the cover or the genre or the shelf in the bookstore.

Raphael: I have no choice because if anyone Googles me, the first hundred things that come up are going to be my activism. I do a feminist radio show, I used to write for feminist and queer newspapers, I was interviewed by the FBI after 9/11 because of my feminist and antiwar organizing, there are stories about me being deported from Israel ? that?s just who I am. For sure, it narrows the market. 

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Republican Mae Beavers plans to formally declare her candidacy this week after releasing a statement about her run on Saturday. 

?President Donald J. Trump is taking the lead in Washington to ?drain the swamp? there, but we have our own swamp in Tennessee, and I intend to do the same thing in the Volunteer State,? she said, according to Nashville?s WSMV-TV.

Beavers, first elected to the state senate in 2002 in a large district east of Nashville, has attracted attention outside of the state with her conservative agenda.

In a resolution that unanimously passed Tennessee?s Senate in March, she declared pornography a ?public health crisis? that warps young people?s views about sex and deters men from marrying. The resolution called for research about pornography?s effects and other steps to discourage its consumption. 

Earlier this year, Beavers introduced a bill to undermine the U.S. Supreme Court?s 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Her bill would ?defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary.? A decision on this bill has been postponed till next year.

A third bill this year intended to force students at public colleges and schools to use only the restrooms and locker facilities that match the gender listed on their birth certificates. Beavers? bill died without receiving any support in a state Senate committee. 

In some ways it was a moot point because Trump had already taken an executive action that eliminated protections for transgender students against discrimination across the country. 

Beavers and a colleague who introduced the same-sex marriage and transgender restroom bills in the state House abandoned a press conference about the legislation due to angry protests. Beavers later suggested that those demonstrators should be imprisoned under an arcane state law prohibiting disrespectful behavior while the Legislature is in session.

Restricting abortion rights and tackling the ?terrorist threat from radical Islam? are some of Beavers? other priorities, according to The Tennessean

Beavers has been criticized for maintaining a private Twitter account. Her declaration for governor revived the #BlockedByMae hashtag.

One of her possible opponents in the 2018 Republican primary could be Mark Green, a state senator who withdrew his nomination to be Trump?s Army secretary after HuffPost first reported on anti-LGBTQ comments he?d made. Green had announced he?d run for governor before the Trump nomination. He said he will reveal later this week if he?s going to run. 

There are two other declared Republican candidates: former Tennessee Economic and Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Bill Lee, a businessman with no political experience. 

Term limits prevent Republican Gov. Bill Haslam from seeking a third consecutive term. 

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Former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega Dies At 83

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Hall Passes, Field Trips, Lunch Duty: What If The Principal Could Focus On Learning?

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Legendary Sports Writer Frank Deford Dead At 78

Frank Deford, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest sports journalists ever, has died at the age of 78.

The Washington Post reports that Deford died Sunday in Key West, Florida. His wife confirmed the news to the paper.  

Deford spent half a century crafting words for magazines, radio and television. During his decades at Sports Illustrated, he published some of the most iconic sports profiles in magazine history. Starting in 1980, he delivered memorable sports monologues on NPR?s ?Morning Edition.? And for two decades, he served as a senior correspondent for HBO?s ?Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.?

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French Open 2017: Aljaz Bedene beats ‘tanking’ Ryan Harrison in first round

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2017 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Pittsburgh Penguins-Nashville Predators Game 1 preview

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British Airways: Chaos continues at Heathrow

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Trump Declares Victory, Heads Home To Face More Russia Scandal

SIGONELLA, Italy ? President Donald Trump came overseas, he saw and he conquered ? at least in his own mind, as he declared success Saturday to hundreds of U.S. service members before heading home from his first foreign trip.

?I think we hit a home run no matter where we are,? Trump said in a speech at the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily.

Trump did open and close his 25-minutes of remarks thanking the uniformed personnel and their families for their service on the first day of the Memorial Day weekend.

?A very proud nation salutes you,? he said. ?You are the metal spine forged out of the fire of American strength.?

But nearly half of that speech was spent recounting his perceived accomplishments, from concluding an arms deal with Saudi Arabia (it had been years in the making) to forcing NATO allies to increase how much they spend on defense (a commitment they agreed to in 2014, under former President Barack Obama).

Of the arms sales, he said he had agreed to ?massive economic development deals, the likes of which there has never been, that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the United States building the equipment that has just been ordered by Saudi Arabia.?

And on NATO: ?Other nations must pay more!?

Within minutes of wrapping up his speech in an aircraft hangar, he climbed aboard Air Force One and was quickly airborne for the 10-hour flight home, his nine-day inaugural foreign trip done.

For Trump, the best days of his time abroad may have been the first ones, in Saudi Arabia where King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Salman feted him like a conquering hero. Knowing the president?s receptivity to flattery, the Saudis pulled out all the stops and gave Trump a red-carpet welcome, a horse-borne escort on his trip to the royal palace and a lavish party that included a traditional sword dance.

For his part, Trump announced the completion of a massive deal to sell Saudi Arabia U.S. weapons, and in his remarks made it plain that he wasn?t interested so much in human rights in the region so long as leaders joined the U.S.-led fight against Islamist terrorism. It was a message the region?s autocratic leaders were pleased to hear following eight years of criticism on the issue from Obama.

His next stop, in Jerusalem, was still friendly territory for him. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had a chilly relationship with Obama, welcomed Trump as a true friend to Israel.

Things started going downhill for Trump, though, in Rome. For the first time, there were protests against him, albeit not very large, thanks to the mayor whose party leader, Beppe Grillo, admires Trump. And although the White House got the Vatican audience it wanted, Pope Francis? dour facial expressions likely were not the images it had hoped for.

Those first three stops, though, was largely ceremonial ? added relatively late as a way to emphasize Trump?s respect for the three Abrahamic religions. It was the long-scheduled meetings in Brussels, Belgium, and Taormina, Italy, where both Trump?s message and delivery left raw feelings.

At the unveiling of a memorial at NATO headquarters to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, Trump used the occasion to scorch America?s military allies for failing to spend as much on defense in recent years as Trump would have wanted. In his view, their failure to do so unfairly burdened U.S. taxpayers ? an opinion other NATO members do not share, a sentiment made clear by their facial expressions as he spoke.

(Trump then generated unflattering headlines for himself by shoving aside the leader of Montenegro, NATO?s newest member, so he could take his assigned spot for a group photo, and, later, by reportedly calling Germany ?bad? for selling so many cars in the United States.)

Finally, at the G-7 meeting of the world?s largest democratically run economies, Trump would not commit to honor the United States? participation in the 2015 agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to slow climate change, which the other six nations badly wanted the world?s largest economy to remain part of. Even as Trump deferred a decision on that point, he continued complaints that the United States is running trade deficits with European nations.

?The president does not like having large trade deficits,? top economic adviser Gary Cohn said at a news conference at the close of the summit.

Trump personally did not participate in any news conferences at all during the trip, and only took the occasional shouted question from reporters. The decision may have been based on the continued stream of news reports from Washington during his overseas jaunt about the ongoing FBI investigation into his campaign?s contacts with Russia.

Both Cohn and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster refused to take questions about the latest Russia-related news report alleging Trump son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner had discussed setting up a secret back channel with Russia during the transition period.

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Marco Silva: Watford appoint former Hull boss as new head coach

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Mike Zimmer: ‘One eye or two, doesn’t really matter’ for Minnesota Vikings coach

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Gentrifiers Want To Rename Harlem Area ‘SoHa’ And Residents Are Pissed

Developers and real estate agents thought that they could come into the lower area of Harlem and dub it ?SoHa,? short for South Harlem. 

As far as residents are concerned, they thought wrong. NY1 reports that developers want to refer to the area between 110th and 125th Streets to make it more trendy, similar to SoHo.

During a press conference on Wednesday, local leaders rejected the name, saying that it was insulting the culturally rich neighborhood and whitewashes the historically black community. They said the name change would only welcome more high-end developers and wealthy white people, leading to the displacement of long-time residents.

?How dare someone try to rob our culture, and try to act as if we were not here, and create a new name, a new reality as if the clock started when other people showed up?? state Senator-elect Brian Benjamin said. 

 The name ?SoHa? first appeared in a New York Times story in 1999, according to NY1. Since then, it has increasingly appeared on real estate websites like StreetEasy. Realtor Keller Williams recently dedicated a ?SoHa? team in the neighborhood.

?We?re not going to let people who just got here change the name of our community for their profit,? Harlem District Leader Cordell Cleare said. ?This is about greed and lust.?

Community Board 10 member and real estate broker Danni Tyson said profit is possible without rebranding the neighborhood.?This is Harlem ? a wonderful brand, a brand that is known all over this world,? she said. 

?No real estate company, no coffee shop, no business should be using the term ?SoHa? to refer to Harlem. This is a home, this is a culture, this is a place that people visit,? she continued in the video above.

In addition to residents protesting, folks on social media are less than enthused about the proposed name change. 

Benjamin said he?s working on a proposal to legislate the renaming of neighborhoods, according to DNAinfo. It would require a community review of new projects planning to use new name for an area while also receiving local or state subsidies. 

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Lionsgate to release Tom Hiddleston-Maisie Williams movie ‘Early Man’ in the U.S.

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HuffPost Headline Quiz: May 19 To May 25

From President Donald Trump?s first trip abroad to the Congressional Budget Office?s finding that 23 million fewer people would have coverage under the American Health Care Act, a lot happened this week.

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In Controversy, Hannity Isn’t Seeing Advertisers’ Exodus That O’Reilly Did

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We’re Still Waiting For Jennifer Garner The Movie Star

The role of wife and mother is something Jennifer Garner knows well. It?s one she?s played in her last seven consecutive films, an identity that?s boosted her cultural relevance over the past decade, as her on-screen career has taken a back seat to raising a family … and, err, Ben Affleck

Films like ?Juno? and ?Miracles of Heaven? showed Garner making the most out of the ?wife? character, delivering her best film performances to date, exploring the joys and challenges of motherhood. Similar roles in more forgettable fare (?The Odd Life of Timothy Green,? ?Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? and ?Danny Collins?) have fallen by the wayside. And the less said about ?Nine Lives? the better. 

Those clamoring for a Garner comeback of a different sort won?t find much to celebrate in ?Wakefield,? which opens for a wider release on Friday. Based off the short story by E. L. Doctorow, the film finds Garner playing wife and mother yet again, but the typecasting could be easily forgiven if the material was deserving. Director Robin Swicord, who?s made a career out of bringing women?s stories to the big screen, is at the helm of her first film in years. And yet here these identifiers overwhelm fleeting moments of agency, as Garner?s primary function is to service the evolution of a husband who?s, well, kind of an asshole. 

?Wakefield? belongs to Bryan Cranston as Howard, a man who essentially ghosts his wife Diana (Garner) and children by going on a faux ?Into the Wild? quest to find himself. Except instead of traveling all the way to the Alaskan hinterlands, Howard sets up shop in the attic overlooking his house, as he watches his family cope with his disappearance and presumed death. Apart from a handful of flashbacks where Garner gels well with a more adult, edgier tone, her scenes are mostly silent, taking place behind the attic?s glass window pane and through a pair of binoculars.

There?s a certain boldness in telling this story from the eyes of an unlikable protagonist, especially through the lens of a female director, and no one is better suited than Cranston to humanize an anti-hero. The film stays with Cranston?s character, even in his most arrogant and repulsive moments, as ?Wakefield? is a deeply internal piece that strongly evokes its original source material. Exploring everyone?s perverse desire to pull the escape hatch on life is fascinating, but not allowing Garner a moment of respite under Cranston?s unrelenting gaze makes for a frustrating and far less dynamic experience. 

In a recent interview with Build Series, Swicord addressed these criticisms, agreeing that the story is the very ?definition of the male gaze,? but claiming that the film ultimately subverts this power structure. There is something to be said about Swicord writing and directing a film that unapologetically empathizes with a middle-aged white male in crisis and not his wife. However, if her intention was to provide commentary on the ways men come to view women, she missed a crucial opportunity in the film?s ending to drive her point home.  

While Howard lives in self-imposed destitution, dumpster diving for food and communing with the town?s local raccoon population, Diana is left to her own devices. She later strikes up a romance with Dirk (Jason O?Mara), an ex-boyfriend and former work rival of Howard?s. Through flashbacks, it?s revealed that Howard was only initially interested in Diana because of what amounts to a pissing contest between himself and Dirk. It?s disappointing to say the least that Garner?s character so easily volleys back and forth between the two and is none the wiser.

Dirk?s encroachment on Howard?s so-called territory and an almost laughable come-to-Jesus moment during a rainstorm prompt him to return home months after disappearing. Before he walks through the door, however, Howard imagines the various reactions Diana and his family might have. In one scenario, they?re terrified, and in another, they break down crying. But before the audience is allowed to see her genuine reaction ? and a scene where she exists outside of her husband?s viewpoint ? the film cuts to black. The short story ends in a similar fashion, so the adaptation is nothing if not faithful, but the ending feels like a cop-out that unfairly robs the character of any semblance of justice. 

Curiously, ?Wakefield? was filmed during the nearly one-year period after Garner and then husband Ben Affleck announced their separation. The actor was painted by the media as a philanderer in the midst of a mid-life crisis (see: fake phoenix back tattoo), while Garner held down the fort, shuttling kids back and forth from karate class. That?s why it?s somewhat baffling that given the material?s fascination with a husband?s failings, Garner chose to work on this project before eventually divorcing Affleck this April.

As she raises her three children, the actress is increasingly selective with her film work, especially leading parts that require her to be away from her family for long stretches of time. Maybe Garner has fallen victim to Hollywood?s pernicious stereotyping of women over 40, or maybe she?s had trouble finding roles that work within her constraints. She could be seeking out these roles, as she can relate in one way or another. Or perhaps, she just needs a new agent

The idea of Garner strictly as a wife and mother in her personal life and in her on-screen roles might be the dominant narrative of her celebrity, but she has already proven that she?s more than her megawatt smile, dimples and Capital One commercials. Five seasons on ABC?s ?Alias? shot her toward superstardom, and cemented her status as an actress who could kick ass and emote with the best of them. At least, the Golden Globe Awards thought so. And playing a deranged woman who develops an attraction to a priest in the little known short film ?Serena? confirmed that Garner could, yes, go dark. 

Despite making the most out of the little she?s given in ?Wakefield,? you can?t help but walk out of the theater asking: What if? 

What if Garner made as many films as Affleck in the last decade? What if ?Wakefield? took the time to explore what it?s like to be the one left behind? What if Garner finally found a role that allows her to be the movie star we always thought she could be? 

You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. Read more here.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Finally Gets The Batty Commentary It Demands

?Game of Thrones? just released its Season 7 trailer, and Ozzy Man couldn?t be happier.

He?s an Australian comedian whose snark aimed at pop culture and sports has won him many fans online. So it follows that he?d try out his daft and profanity-laden commentary on one of the most beloved period fantasy dramas of our time.

Surrender now, ?Game of Thrones.?

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Paul Ryan: Greg Gianforte ‘Should Apologize’ For ‘Body-Slamming’ Reporter

WASHINGTON ? House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday called on Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte to apologize after ?body-slamming? a reporter for asking him a question.

?There is no time where a physical altercation should occur, with the press or between human beings,? Ryan said at his weekly press briefing. ?So that is wrong, and it should not have happened.?

Police charged Gianforte for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs Wednesday night, when Jacobs was trying to ask him a question about the GOP?s Obamacare repeal bill.

Fox News reporters present during the altercation backed up Jacobs? account. But Gianforte?s campaign released a statement disputing the account and accusing Jacobs instead.

Ryan said Gianforte ?should apologize? directly, but stopped short of saying Gianforte should withdraw or resign if he wins Thursday?s race.

?I know he has his own version, and I?m sure he?s going to have more to say, but there?s no call for this, no matter what, under any circumstance,? he added.

Ryan said it is ?not our choice,? when asked whether he would seat Gianforte, if elected to Congress.

?If he wins, he has been chosen by the people of Montana,?he said. ?I?ll let them decide who they want as their representative.?

?I do not think this is acceptable behavior,? the speaker added. 

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday called the incident ?outrageous,? asking ?how do you explain this to children??

She also compared Gianforte?s behavior to that of President Donald Trump, who bullied and mocked reporters during his campaign, and attempted to infringe on press freedoms.

?To see this person, who wants to be the one representative into the House of Representatives from Montana, be sort of a wannabe Trump,? Pelosi said. ?You know, use language like that, treat people harshly like that. That?s his model. Donald Trump is his model.?

Gianforte has closely linked himself to Trump as part of his campaign. Trump lent his support to the candidate, recording a robocall for Gianforte, as he faces a close race against Democrat Rob Quist for Montana?s lone House seat. The president?s son, Don Jr., campaigned with Gianforte last month.

The White House on Thursday would not comment on the incident.

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In ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Good’ Men Are Not The Heroes

Warning: Some spoilers ahead.

There are three leading men at helm of ?The Handmaid?s Tale,? a show that centers more frequently on the horrific experiences women endure in a theocratic dictatorship known as Gilead.

Each male character probably consider himself a ?good? man: The commander (Joseph Fiennes) would argue that any his so-called faults ? and there are many ? pale in comparison to his devotion to a greater future, which he is engineering for all of humanity. Nick (Max Minghella) would claim powerlessness, for he is, after all, just a driver, incapable of truly saving the woman he?s falling in love with. He might be a spy for the men who?ve made this hellish existence reality, but he chooses not to inform on Offred (Elisabeth Moss), or June as she was once known.

And then there?s Luke.

Luke, played by British actor O.T. Fagbenle, has escaped the dystopia that?s ensnared his wife June and turned her into a sexual slave for fearful misogynists. He reluctantly crossed the U.S. border into Canada, nearly dying in the process, eventually finding his way to a settlement known as Little America. By Episode 7 of the series, he?s lost his partner, his daughter, and ? unable to be the savior he?d probably imagined he could be; escape was his only means of reuniting with his family ? he?s stuck in limbo. In Canada, he?s begging officials to update him on the status of June, to help him locate her and their daughter, rescue them, bring them to safety. 

In Margaret Atwood?s book, the source material for Hulu?s series, Luke is but a figment of Offred?s memories. The Luke of the TV adaptation, however, has been given a heftier storyline, a little bit more agency in this stomach-churning universe that?s made life an existential nightmare for nearly everyone involved. Still, showrunner Bruce Miller and the series? writers held back ? they didn?t turn Luke into a hero. In fact, even in Offred?s memories, he?s the imperfect feminist ally. He, like so many others, turned a blind eye to the creeping acts of sexism and violence around them. He wasn?t painted as a key member of the resistance; instead, when the world was falling apart, he attempted to quell June?s fears with the standard motto of masculinity: ?I?ll take care of you.? These murmurs of imperfection are hardly indictments. ?Good? men can be patronizing, the series makes clear. ?Good? men can be fail to be heroes. 

Ahead of Episode 7, which was released on Wednesday, HuffPost spoke to Fagbenle about his character?s evolution. Check out our conversation about male feminists, Little America and populism below.

What was it about the character of Luke that drew you to the show?

To be honest, my first draw to it was the source material and the script that?s so profound, so important, so beautiful. And then to work with Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Miller, Reed Morano. I was like, I?m a fool not to be a part of this journey. But Luke is the one guy you meet outside of Gilead, and represents the counterbalance to the men who?ve bought into that system. I was really intrigued by that.

We experience Luke in two ways throughout the series ? first, through Offred?s memories, which seem dream-ified, maybe a little bit idealized; second, through the scenes that show Luke?s perspective on what happened during and after he and June are separated. As an actor, did you approach these scenes differently?

I think I had to approach each moment as if I was there and responding to everything, because there?s no real way of me playing someone else?s dreams, that you don?t know about. I just have to play my truth in that moment and hope that reads. For me it was more of a continuum.

Having read Margaret Atwood?s book, were you happy about the ways Bruce Miller adapted Luke?s character for the show? Were you excited about anything in particular?

You know, I?m an actual fan of the book. I can?t recommend enough to your readers to actually go and read the book. Don?t worry about spoilers, just go and read the book, because it?s amazing. It?s nourishment for the soul. So as a fan of the book, I?m very protective of it as well. What?s amazing about what Bruce and his extraordinary imagination has done is it?s taken the book and I think in ways fulfilled it visually. In terms of Luke, he?s taken scant lines, little whispers of Luke from the book, and helped create something ? along with Lynn [Renee Maxcy, who wrote Episode 7] ? and expand on Luke and the world in such a satisfying way. That?s one of the things I enjoyed so much about reading the script, because I have so many questions about this world and I?m so excited about this world. I?ve still got more questions I want answered and luckily we live in an age where there is a medium that can help fulfill my infatuation with the novel.

Episode 7 is such an intense episode for your character. How did you conceive of the emotions Luke?s going through at the time of his and June?s separation, when he?s forced to cross the border into safety himself, leaving his family behind?

I think the two main tools actors have are the imagination of what other people have gone through, to connect with and through research, and there?s one?s own experience. I think what was challenging about Episode 7 was trying to draw on everything I could to try and navigate my way through each scene. Fundamentally, that?s when you?ve got a great script and a great director and a great crew and actors opposite you.

Did Bruce Miller or any of the directors/producers prep you and the rest of the Episode 7 cast on what this ?Little America? represented to the story? In terms of what morale would be like there, what quality of life looked like, what the goal of the establishment was?

There were discussions about that. Luckily, Floria [Sigismondi], our wonderful visionary director, her and I would sit in this cute vegan diner in Toronto and hash over our ideas about what Little America was and how long Luke had been there and what he?d been doing ? why he was there ? and kind of emotionally fulfilling what that place is. Ultimately, I think for Luke and others like him, it turns out to be a very well-funded and resourceful place for refugees. And unfortunately, a lot of the refugees in our world don?t get such a haven.

A lot of Americans today are drawing pretty frightening parallels between the show and what?s happening in politics today ? as a Brit, do you see parallels between the show and real life beyond America?

There are so many things to take from the show. I think there?s questions of populism and charismatic leaders, and what happens when we abandon logic and empiricism about fundamental principles about creating a society, and instead, attach ourselves to fear and xenophobia and non-rational principles. And we can see consequences of that in lots of societies around the world. We can see the consequences of that inside families. I think there?s lots to be see in terms of the dynamics between the powerful and the powerless ? how structures can maintain those and normalize those, to the extent that we actually think those imbalances and inequalities in our society are inherent in them, when actually they?re not. They?re created by powerful people to maintain their power. It?s important for all of us to recognize and fight against those forces.

Another one of the interesting aspects of ?The Handmaid?s Tale? show I wanted to talk to you about is how the show is able to explore this idea of ?good? men as ?bad? feminists. There are a few scenes that stick in my mind: For example, when June and her college friend Moira are panicking after they?ve been fired from their jobs and lost access to their bank accounts, Luke says to June, something along the lines of ?Don?t worry, I?ll take care of you.? He doesn?t mean in it a malicious way at all, but it is, in a way that Moira points out, dismissive of what?s really happening. Later on, when Luke asks June if she and Moira ever fooled around in college, it?s posed as an innocent question, but certainly a problematic one ? and you can tell that?s the case by June?s incredulous and amused response. Ultimately, the show allows Luke to be this imperfect character. So I?m wondering, when you were preparing for the role, was this something you thought about? About how a lot of ?good? men would potentially fail to become heroes when a regime like Gilead first took control?

Right. We all fail and we all have weaknesses. I think that?s what helps us relate to characters we see on TV or read in books, is that we recognize our frailties within them and maybe don?t feel so alone. We get learn from their mistakes. Talking about that scene, when he says ?Don?t worry, I?ll look after you,? I really love that scene as well, because it?s tough sometimes for men to know how to talk about feminism. It?s also sometimes hard for people to talk about the prejudices against minorities ? any number of things that you?re not necessarily experiencing yourself. But that doesn?t mean the conversation can?t take place. I find that very interesting, because we see how difficult it is [in the show] and also how incumbent it is on men ? and all of us, really ? to become more aware of the historical and present social context of what you say. The context of Luke saying, ?Don?t worry, I?ll take care of you,? is insensitive and betrays a lack of understanding about what real women around him are going through. It?s so exciting to be able to explore those things and share them with people who I?m sure can relate.

Hulu has renewed ?The Handmaid?s Tale? for a second season. What are you most eager to see as the series moves beyond Atwood?s book?

There are so many questions raised in the book. I want to know ? and this is personally, I don?t know if this will be in the second series ? I want to know about the colonies. I want to know more about the outside world. I want to know more about Canada and the world outside of Gilead. And, of course, just give me more Elisabeth Moss, please. Because I could watch her for weeks, months.

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Court Ruling Could Make Taiwan First Place in Asia to Legalize Gay Marriage

If the island?s legislature doesn?t act in the next two years, same-sex couples can register their marriages with the authorities, the constitutional court said.

Vigil Honors Manchester Victims, Across The Globe People Are Mournful

Hours before the vigil, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that another attack could be “imminent.” From around the world, people expressed condolences for the bombing victims.

Study Finds 20 Percent Of Children In Fatal Car Crashes Were Improperly Restrained

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Actually, Trump’s Been Leaving Notes At Historic Sites All Over The World

On Monday, President Trump visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem and, as is customary, placed a note of prayer inside. The internet did its internet thing and meme?d the event.

But that isn?t the first time Donald Trump has left a note at significant landmarks around the world. Actually, it?s something he does quite often.

Here are a few others!

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‘Peace Is A Choice,’ Trump Says During Appearance With Palestinian Leader

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Richard Collins III Honored At Commencement With Graduation Gown On Empty Chair

Richard Collins III, a 23-year-old student at Bowie State University, was days away from graduation when he was killed in a possible hate crime. Collins would never walk at the ceremony Tuesday, but the school honored his memory in a touching way.

School officials held a moment of silence for Collins during the commencement exercises. They also draped what would have been his graduation gown over a front row seat that was left empty in remembrance.

University President Mickey L. Burnim will posthumously confer Collins? degree and make a statement on behalf of the school from which Collins would have received a degree in business administration, a school representative told HuffPost.

Collins was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army a mere two days before he was fatally stabbed on the University of Maryland campus Saturday morning. He was visiting UMD during graduation weekend and was waiting for an Uber when he was attacked.

Sean Christopher Urbanski, a 22-year-old student at the University of Maryland, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault following the attack. Federal law enforcement became involved after the UMD Police Department discovered Urbanski?s connection to a Facebook group that posts disparaging content about African Americans and other minority groups.

Collins III was also honored Monday night in Bowie State University?s Samuel L. Myers Auditorium with a candlelight vigil. Ltc. Joel Thomas told the hundreds of mourners in attendance that ?when he remembers Collins, he will first think of his character,? according to The Baltimore Sun.

?Character is one of the qualities most valued in a leader,? Thomas said. ?And Collins had that ? he was trustworthy, honest and dependable.? 

Thomas encouraged those upset to ?grieve and cry,? but also to laugh at Collins? silliness. 

?Laughter has documented healing powers,? he said.

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James Anderson: England and Lancashire bowler a doubt for South Africa first Test

England seamer James Anderson is a doubt for July’s first Test of the summer against South Africa with a groin tear.

Rolf Harris will not give trial evidence, defence lawyer says

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The Car Spins. Tires Squeal. She Relaxes.

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Europa League: Man Utd must be on front foot against Ajax – Phil Neville

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British police: At least 19 dead after ‘possible’ terrorist incident at Ariana Grande concert

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Nation So Sad It’s Cheered Up By A Sphere

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President Trump was provided relief from a tumultuous trip abroad when he got to play with a globe that made his hands look as big as Eurasia. Speaking of hands, and maybe it?s just our wild imagination, but has anyone given any thought to the idea that the country is being run through Melania Trump?s hands? And the president?s budget includes very steep cuts to the social safety net. To all of you who will be roasting your boot on a spit over an oil drum fire in 2020, take comfort: The president saved a few dollars on the F-35. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, May 22nd, 2017:

BORED TRUMP NOW JUST GINNING UP HIS OWN CONTROVERSIES - We?re all gonna die.  Marina Fang: ?President Donald Trump on Monday denied that he mentioned Israel at the Oval Office meeting where he reportedly leaked classified information to Russian officials, seemingly referring to reports that Israel was the source of that information. ?Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name ?Israel.? Never mentioned it during that conversation,? Trump said during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem as part of his first foreign trip as president. The president was referring to reports that Israel was the source of classified information he disclosed to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and ambassador Sergei Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting on May 10.  ?They were all saying I did. So you had another story wrong,? he said, pointing at reporters in the room. ?Never mentioned the word ?Israel.?? It was never reported, however, that Trump told the Russians that Israel was the source of the information.? [HuffPost]

FLOTUS don?t want no POTUS.

Jared Kushner must be so stressed right now, via Politico reporter Annie Karni?s pool report: ?Recently, Trump has said that he believes peace in the Middle East is ?not as difficult as people have thought.? On Monday night, he said, ?I?ve heard it?s one of the toughest deals of all.? And he sounded a little more tempered in his confidence: ?But I have a feeling we?re  going to get there eventually,? he said. ?I hope.??

FLYNN TAKING THE FIFTH - Whew, one less instance of drama for Mitch McConnell to worry about. Amanda Terkel: ?Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will not cooperate with a Senate intelligence committee investigation, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Monday to avoid turning over documents lawmakers have subpoenaed related to his interactions with Russian officials. Flynn resigned in February, after it was revealed that he lied about whether he had substantive contacts with the Russian ambassador before President Donald Trump took office. In a letter to the leaders of the Senate intelligence committee posted by the Associated Press, Flynn?s lawyer said that without ?assurances against unfair prosecution,? he would ?respectfully decline your request for an interview and for the production of documents.?? [HuffPost]

This Flynn character may not be entirely on the up-and-up. ?Michael Flynn appears to have lied to Pentagon officials about payments he received from Russians when he was interviewed in 2016 for a renewal of his security clearance, according to a document obtained by the top Democrat on the House oversight committee. In a letter released Monday evening by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the congressman details a document that reveals Flynn told investigators he was paid by ?U.S. companies? when he traveled to Russia and dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin.? [HuffPost?s Laura Barrón-López]

James Comey?s testimony on his firing and the Russia investigation has been postponed, House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced on Twitter.

OK, MAYBE THERE WILL BE PEOPLE DYING IN THE STREETS, PT. 623,005, 541 – Arthur Delaney: ?The Trump administration will unveil its 2018 budget on Tuesday, likely including big-league cuts to social programs in order to pay for more guns and bombs. The first thing to know about Trump?s budget ? or any president?s budget ? is that most of the proposals it contains stand little chance of becoming law. Instead, the president?s budget is a wish list that marks the beginning of a process in which Congress ultimately decides how to set spending levels. Trump reportedly wants to boost military spending and pay for it with big cuts to safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps, along with cuts to dozens of smaller items like the Community Development Block Grant. Republicans are unlikely to go along, since they have struggled mightily to agree on cuts to health insurance subsidies this year. But Bob Greenstein, director of the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the party?s love of tax cuts could motivate them to consider all options.?  [HuffPost]

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COURT RULES AGAINST GOP DRAWN DISTRICTS - Cristian Farias: ?In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court agreed on Monday with a lower court ruling that found that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina drew two congressional districts with improper racial considerations in mind. The ruling is the latest attempt by the justices to clarify the standard for what counts as unconstitutional racial gerrymandering ? the push by lawmakers, especially in the South, to draw district lines based on the racial demographics of a specific area. ?The Constitution entrusts States with the job of designing congressional districts,? wrote Justice Elena Kagan in the 5-to-3 decision. ?But it also imposes an important constraint: A State may not use race as the predominant factor in drawing district lines unless it has a compelling reason.?? [HuffPost]

The sinkhole that formed in front of Mar-a-Lago is almost too easy a target for jokes.

CITY ON A HILL UPDATE - Your tired, poor huddled masses yearning to be free can crash on our futon for a couple of nights… maybe. Elise Foley: ?Tens of thousands of Haitians who had already been granted temporary reprieve to stay in the U.S. will be allowed to remain for an additional six months, but they should use that time to ?get their affairs in order,? a Trump administration official said Monday. The Department of Homeland Security had until Tuesday to decide whether to extend temporary protected status, or TPS, for roughly 58,700 Haitians, who have been approved to remain in the U.S. following a devastating 2010 earthquake in their native country.? [HuffPost]

TRUMP STILL THREATENING TO SABOTAGE OBAMACARE – But he?s not doing it today. Jeffrey Young: ?In a filing to a federal appeals court Monday, the Justice Department and lawyers representing House Republicans have requested another 90-day delay in the proceedings from a case challenging the legality of payments made to health insurers serving low-income customers?. Without that money, insurers would face major financial losses because the law mandates they offer these discounts whether they get paid back or not. Insurers received about $7 billion in these payments last year. Many states would allow health insurance companies to exit the Obamacare markets this year, leaving their policyholders with no coverage. Moreover, if Trump makes clear the cost-sharing payments won?t be made in the future, health insurance companies would have a strong disincentive to participate in the exchanges next year, leaving consumers with fewer, or possibly no, choices.? [HuffPost]

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LITTLE GUY - [area liberals nervously making sure Ruth Bader Ginsburg is getting enough antioxidants in her diet]. Paul Blumenthal: ?Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch showed his hand on Monday on where he will likely stand on cases that would increase the amount of power held by large political donors. As the Supreme Court declined to hear a major campaign finance case that could have led to the lifting of campaign contribution limits to political parties, Gorsuch joined Justice Clarence Thomas in an unwritten dissent. That means Gorsuch and Thomas wanted the court to hear the case, and likely wanted to vote to overturn yet another limit on big money in politics. The case, Republican Party of Louisiana v. Federal Election Commission, challenged contribution limits placed on state-level political parties by the 2002 McCain-Feingold reform law. These are the limits on ?soft money,? unlimited contributions to the parties for supposedly non-electoral activities, imposed in the wake of scandals related to both how the money was raised and how it was spent.? [HuffPost]

The thankfully brief story of the D.C. bar that wanted to introduce a ?Pill Cosby? drink to its menu.

DEMOCRATS GRIPPED WITH RAHM-BASED NOSTALGIA - To defeat a short-fingered vulgarian, sometimes you need a vulgar man with one shortened finger. Edward-Isaac Dovere and Gabriel Debenedetti: ?Democrats see the same ugly storm forming for Republicans that delivered them the majority 11 years ago, and they?re digging out the blueprint. The party is vastly expanding the number of districts it plans to contest, recruiting veterans and business owners to compete in conservative terrain as it did back then. Three senior House Democrats are soon heading to Chicago to seek advice from Rahm Emanuel, the party?s 2006 master strategist. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been tutoring members on the party?s campaign efforts that year?. Emanuel has been in touch regularly with Democratic leaders in Washington, holding frequent strategy phone calls with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.? [Politico]

BECAUSE YOU?VE READ THIS FAR - Here?s yet another puppy doing battle with a doorstop.

TRUMP ISN?T THE ONLY ONE ON A #MAGA TRIP ABROAD – How come there are never ?belligerent ferry passenger asked to disembark? or ?irate monorail rider forced to alight? stories? Avi Selk: ?Like some bizarre parody of a Trump rally, a belligerent man in a ?Make America Great Again? hat was booted off a plane in Shanghai Sunday ? defiantly waving as a crowd of passengers jeered in the terminal: ?Lock him up! Lock him up!? It?s unclear whether Chinese police did jail the man or who he was. As others on the United Airlines flight described it, he started arguing before he stepped onto the plane. ?Obviously, the hat provoked some of the stuff,? said Alexis Zimmerman, who was flying back to Newark from a business trip.? [WaPo]


- Dogs try to make sense of fidget spinners.

- The winning submissions from the first-ever ?Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.?

- An infographic showing all the colors of Mr. Rogers? cardigans.


@emmaroller: The Orb and the Obelisk have revealed themselves, as it was foretold. Now we wait for the third Dark Talisman to emerge.

@historyinflicks:  Straightforward from here:
1 impeach Trump
2 steal orb
3 fall under maddening spell of orb
4 orb devours every human soul
5 President Hatch

@jephjacobs: Child: do you remember when Trump touched the Orb?

Me: Yes. None of us realized what it would-

Orb Police: HAIL ORB

Me & child: hail orb

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When I was little, my dream was to play tennis at Wimbledon. I played a lot and got into a tennis It?s good to have lice treatment options.. Here I improved, but didn’t become profession.

Trilobites: Freeze-Dried Mouse Sperm Survives Trip in Space

Although tests did find slightly increased DNA damage, compared with freeze-dried earth sperm, the space version did the job when it came to fertilizing eggs.

These Are The Best Photos, Believe Us, From President Trump’s First Trip Abroad

President Donald Trump kicked off his first international trip over the weekend, stopping in Saudi Arabia to sign a potentially illegal $110 billion arms deal and touch a glowing orb

On Monday, the president took a moment to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem?s Old City. Trump is scheduled to travel to Belgium and Italy over the next few days, including a stop at the Vatican. We?ll update this post with more photos as his tour continues.

See the latest photos below. 

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I was out checking my crab traps today,There are wide range of saloons which provide head lice treatment. Hopefully tomorrow’s catch is better.

Suicide jail failed to improve, says doctor

Doctor says lack of staff limited change at jail where 18 inmates killed themselves after 2013.

Seumas v Lynton: The power behind the thrones?

The leaders of the parties are well-known – but who’s advising them?

EU’s Barnier refuses to imagine UK Brexit talks walkout

The European Union’s Brexit negotiator says no deal is not an option in talks due to start on 19 June.

Oil production starts for Vitol offshore Ghana

Oil production from a floating facility off the coast of Ghana has started three months ahead of schedule, Dutch energy company Vitol said.

Arsene Wenger says his future was a factor as Arsenal fail to make Champions League

Arsene Wenger says his “professionalism” cannot be questioned but uncertainty over his future contributed to Arsenal’s fifth-place finish.

Reproductive rebels

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IPL: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by one run to win title

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The Look: Characters in an Untitled Film Series

The photographer Jake Michaels was inspired by Cindy Sherman?s ?Untitled Film Stills? (1977-80) and sought to evoke something similar in modern-day Los Angeles.

24 Hours of Music, Yoga and Art

Spend a day in Arcosanti, Ariz., where the FORM Festival curates more than just the musicians. Attendees must fill out an application to attend the three-day event, which includes meditative mornings and performance art pieces.

Poll tracker: How the parties compare

Who is on course to win the 2017 general election? Use our tracker to see the latest analysis.

Fernando Alonso makes Indy 500 ‘fast nine’ for pole position battle

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Vanessa Bayer To Leave ‘Saturday Night Live’ After 7 Seasons

Say goodbye to Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy.

Vanessa Bayer, currently the longest-serving female cast member on ?Saturday Night Live,? is reportedly leaving the show, Deadline first reported Saturday, and other outlets later confirmed. HuffPost has reached out to the comedian?s representatives for comment.

The news comes just two days after Bobby Moynihan announced his departure from the long-running sketch comedy show after nine seasons. He?ll be starring in the upcoming CBS comedy ?Me, Myself & I.?

Bayer has yet to announce her future plans.

Beyond Jacob, who made regular appearances on the show?s ?Weekend Update? segment, Bayer was known for her impression of Jennifer Aniston?s ?Friends? character, Rachel Green, after starting on ?SNL? in 2010. She?s made several appearances as a guest star on other TV shows, including ?Portlandia,? ?Modern Family? and ?The Simpsons.? Her film career has so far included roles in 2015?s hit comedy ?Trainwreck? and 2016?s ?Office Christmas Party.? 

The Season 42 finale of ?SNL? is set to air Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC with host Dwayne ?The Rock? Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry.

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Afghanistan vice president facing torture accusation flies to Turkey

Afghanistan’s Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum left the country for Turkey amid accusations of the kidnapping, torture and rape of a political rival.

Arrest after attempted child abduction in Falkirk

A man is charged by police officers investigating an incident in Falkirk involving two girls.

Review: Another ‘Downton Abbey’ Heroine Goes Dark

Why would a woman kill husbands, lovers and inconvenient children with chilling regularity? ?Dark Angel? on PBS tells the story of one of the first female serial killers.

Pippa Middleton’s wedding: What can guests expect?

Guests will fill a medieval church, rub shoulders with the royals, and eat in a glass marquee.

Arizona man’s dad-dance for news chopper goes viral

An Arizona man who ended up in a news helicopter’s shot made the footage go viral with some dad-tastic dance moves.

Las Vegas approves Oakland Raiders’ lease deal for new stadium

The Oakland Raiders took an important step toward having a Las Vegas stadium ready for the 2020 season.

The Word TV Censors Didn’t Want Roseanne To Say On Air

Roseanne Barr has always been a trailblazer. Throughout her career, the comedian often broached topics that made FCC censors deeply uncomfortable, and one of those topics was the wildly distressing idea of… menstruation.

In February of 1989, Roseanne?s self-titled ABC sitcom ? which is getting a reboot slated for 2018 ? aired an episode that focused on her 11-year-old TV daughter, Darlene, getting her first period. As Roseanne told Oprah in an interview several years later, getting that episode on air was one of several battles she had with the network.

?They?re have just been so many [battles],? Roseanne said back then. ?The menstruation show… It was hard because that had never been on television.?

It certainly wasn?t Roseanne?s first fight in her efforts to speak openly about women?s bodies on TV. ?When I first went on the ?Tonight Show,? they didn?t want to let me say ?uterus,?? Roseanne pointed out, referencing her 1985 appearance on Johnny Carson?s late-night program. ?They said, ?Well, nobody?s ever said that on television.?

Roseanne?s response? ?Then we?ll be the first!?

This mantra, she said, opened doors for ?Roseanne? to explore ?taboo? topics like the menstruation episode. ?People think if it?s never happened, then it should never happen, but as soon as one person does it, it?s open,? she said.

Meanwhile, Roseanne added, she never could understand the censors? concern about discussing periods.

?They were, like, really afraid, I think, that if little girls heard that they were going to start menstruating, they start doing it all over town or something,? Roseanne joked. ?It?s one of the things we pretend on television, one of the things we pretend that doesn?t happen ? as well as families arguing, as well as a million other things.? 

If we can take away anything from the original ?Roseanne? run, this unbridled realness is as much a part of the show as it is the star herself, which makes the reboot truly something to look forward to.

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Lawmakers Are Taking Action To Make TV And Film More Diverse

This week, CBS announced it?d be adding eight new shows to its fall TV slate that include not one leading lady. As CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves explained to a skeptical reporter, ?the best pilots win at the end of the day.?

Apparently, executives at the network were having trouble finding quality shows that spotlight characters who aren?t majority white men. If that?s the case, some state legislators might soon be able to lend them a hand.

Lawmakers in New York are moving forward with a bill that would encourage TV production in the state to hire women and minority writers and directors in order to ?enhance the diversity of stories and casts.? Behind-the-scenes hires can have a big effect: Research has shown that hiring more women and minorities in such roles affects diversity in the end product on screens everywhere. And on-screen representation is good for everyone.

Many states, including California, Illinois and Georgia, have tax credit programs aimed to encourage film industry production for jobs and tourism. Most of ?The Walking Dead,? for example, is shot in Georgia. ?The Americans,? despite being set in Washington, D.C., shoots in New York City. 

Hundreds of writers, including Tina Fey and members of the Writers Guild of America, have written in support of the New York bill, Deadline reported earlier this month. (HuffPost is unionized under the auspices of the WGA-East, a sister organization of the WGA-West.) Sponsored by Sen. Marisol Alcantara and assembly member Marcos Crespo, the measure would earmark $5 million of its $420 million program to pay the salaries of women and minority writers and directors on TV shows. The hope is that by targeting TV shows, produced more quickly and in greater number, the bill will have a larger impact.

?As an Afro-Latina immigrant, I knew what it felt like to grow up feeling invisible in American culture,? Alcantara told HuffPost. ?It was so rare to see a character of color on television, and when you did see one, it felt like they were tokenized, stereotyped or killed off quickly. I think the overall quality of television, the different kinds of stories that can be told, the overall landscape of the art form will benefit greatly from having opportunities for diverse people to tell their stories, which I believe this legislation will provide.? 

If passed, effectiveness of the diversity provisions would remain to be seen. To professor Darnell Hunt, director of the UCLA?s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, legal measures are ?an important tool in the toolbox? to increase on-screen diversity. But they may not go far enough.

?It strikes me as maybe a bit too little. I think maybe they could set aside a little more, when it?s such a huge problem in the industry,? Hunt said about the lack of on-screen representation, adding, ?given how these tax credit programs are proven to work.?

Despite the uncertain impact, other legislators are also thinking about what they can do to help.

Some lawmakers in California, where a $330 million tax credit program aims to keep production in the film industry?s homeland, are mulling additions similar to the ones gaining steam on the opposite coast. Back in February, state assembly members Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and Kensan Chu held a hearing aimed to determine whether adding diversity provisions to the program would actually affect diversity ? both behind the camera and in front of it. Such measures are still under consideration. 

Other states are focused on diversity in film crews and other non-creator roles, although the influence of those guidelines on what we see on screen would be much smaller. In Georgia, once likened to the Hollywood of the South, a state representative held a hearing last November to consider adding provisions aimed at diversity, while Illinois already holds a diversity requirement in its state film tax credit program. Applicants there must submit paperwork proving diversity in production crews and production office hires. 

New York?s bill has a long road ahead of it: After its introduced in the state?s senate and assembly, it needs to pass there before finally landing on the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

But with a record number of shows filmed there, nudging studios toward greater inclusion could give CBS ? and others ? more top-notch options next time around.

Welcome to Battleground, where art and activism meet.

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Swedish Prosecutors Drop Rape Probe of WikiLeaks’ Assange

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Jimmy Kimmel imagined what President Donald Trump?s off-the-record lunch with the media may have turned out like on Thursday. And it wasn?t pretty.

Kimmel suggested the meal with cable and network news anchors at the White House may have taken a ?Game of Thrones? turn and ended up like the infamous ?Red Wedding? scene.

?Only Tucker Carlson survived,? quipped Kimmel.

Check out the full segment above.

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Lawmakers Want Turkey To Pay For D.C. Violence. But So Far It’s U.S. Residents Facing Charges.

 WASHINGTON ? Washington officials want Turkey to pay a price for its presidential security detail?s alleged role in beating up anti-government protesters outside the Turkish ambassador?s residence on Tuesday. 

On Thursday, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said the Turkish ambassador should be asked to leave the U.S., and the day before, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to explore bringing criminal charges against the men captured on video attacking demonstrators.

?Agents of foreign governments should never be immune from prosecution for felonious behavior,? Royce wrote in a letter on Wednesday. There?s bipartisan agreement on the issue: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) have directly accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s team of a role in the violence, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) echoed Royce?s call in a statement. ?If Erdo?an bodyguards who participated in this attack have entered the country on diplomatic visas, those visas should be revoked right away,? she said. The State Department has reportedly summoned the Turkish ambassador for a meeting to discuss the clashes.

But as of Thursday, the only two people facing consequences related to the incident are private citizens who have starkly different views of Erdogan. Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, a Kurdish American of Iranian descent who lives in Fairfax, Virginia, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to assaulting a police officer. Necmi Ayten, 49, a Turkish Erdogan supporter who traveled from his home in Woodside, New York, to welcome the Turkish president, pleaded not guilty to assaulting a protester.

Both men believe they were wrongfully arrested. Kheirabadi claims he was trying to defend himself from several men he believes were working for Erdogan. He says that a police officer got caught up in the scuffle. ?Four people beating me, how can I recognize the people?? he said in an interview. Ayten claims he wasn?t even near the ambassador?s residence until after the clashes ended. He and his lawyer believe he was arrested by mistake and that cops were looking for a Turk to blame for the violence. ?Any old Turk will do,? Gunay Evinch, his lawyer, said after the arraignment.

A police report identified Ceren Borazan, 26, as the victim of an assault by Ayten. A Turkish Kurd who now lives in New Jersey, she told HuffPost she was attacked on Tuesday by multiple men she believes work for Erdogan. One attacker put her in a chokehold and ruptured a blood vessel in her eye, she said.

Borazan added that as she ran towards cars looking for help she heard a man yelling ?Bitch, it?s gonna be the end of your life,? in Turkish. ?I swear I thought it was the end of my life,? she said. After looking at photographs of Ayten on Facebook, Borazan said she recognized him from the Tuesday clashes but was unsure whether he worked for Erdogan. Ayten says he doesn?t.

Unnamed government officials told NBC News and the Wall Street Journal that they believe the Turkish president?s bodyguards were to blame for the incident, which injured at least nine civilians, as well as one police officer and two members of the Secret Service.

U.S. authorities have not formally charged any member of the Turkish security detail for the violence, and in public, the Trump administration has avoided assigning blame. ?Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest. We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms,? Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a Wednesday statement.

The Metropolitan Police Department has said it is working with the State Department and Secret Service to find and hold accountable anyone involved in the altercation. Two people with knowledge of the case told the Washington Post that police are investigating Erdogan?s security team. But it is not clear whether U.S. officials will be able or willing to prosecute anyone on the Turkish president?s payroll.

?Unless the bodyguards were clearly acting outside their bodyguard duties, they are probably immune from prosecution. While the specific facts of the incident? are important, they are similar to diplomatic drivers, who also enjoy immunity if, for instance they are involved in a traffic accident,? Hurst Hannum, an international law professor at Tufts University, wrote in a Wednesday email to HuffPost. ?While this seems unfair to many people, U.S. diplomats and their staff enjoy exactly the same immunity in other countries.?

The publicly available evidence also makes it difficult to pinpoint how the Tuesday afternoon violence began ? or to identify who is responsible.

The incident took place after two separate rallies gathered outside the ambassador?s residence, one comprising Erdogan supporters and the other loud critics. The groups chanted slogans across from each other peacefully for nearly an hour. But things changed after black cars carrying Erdogan and his team arrived around 4 p.m.

The president was attending an off-the-record session co-hosted by the U.S. think tank the Atlantic Council, which has cultivated controversial ties to Erdogan. In a Wednesday statement to HuffPost, Atlantic Council president Fred Kempe condemned the violence, which he said involved Turkish security, while defending the decision to privately host Erdogan.

Video footage gathered by the protesters shows men in suits breaking through a protective line and beginning to kick and beat people holding Kurdish flags and placards as D.C. police and Secret Service officials tried to intervene. Anti-Erdogan protesters are convinced that the men in suits were Turkish bodyguards, and they believe Erdogan personally gave the order for the assault to begin. But pressed for evidence, they could not offer much. Several protesters who were roughed up cited the well-tailored suits worn by the other side and added that similar incidents occur regularly in Turkey.

A Turkish Embassy statement Wednesday night accused the activists ? a mix of Kurds, Armenians, Greeks, Yazidis and others ? of ties with a Kurdish militant group called the PKK, which the U.S. and Turkey list as a terror organization. ?The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President,? the statement reads. ?The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured. The violence and injuries were the result of this unpermitted, provocative demonstration.?

It did not say the Turkish security detail had any role in the violence.

The case is hardly closed, though. The investigative website Bellingcat has announced that it will try to identify those responsible using material available on social media. ?While it is difficult to prove that some of the men in these tweets are indeed bodyguards or other types of Turkish security officials, some of them clearly were, as shown both in a close analysis of the video and in reports from U.S. officials,? its initial post on the issue reads. It notes that some of the men were wearing items like earpieces and lapel pins and noted their presence in previous recordings of Erdogan?s travels.

Four international law experts told U.S. News & World Report on Wednesday that they believe D.C. police could charge Turkish officials if they gather sufficient evidence. And the congressional statements suggested an appetite among U.S. officials to lift immunity in this case if necessary.

Such a prosecution could escalate the incident to the status of a major diplomatic crisis. The already shaky U.S.-Turkish alliance could grow weaker. With Washington supporting an armed Kurdish group called the YPG in Syria that is successfully fighting the so-called Islamic State, Erdogan has accused Washington of empowering the PKK, which has killed hundreds of Turks. Kurds, meanwhile, believe America has come to its senses, prioritizing its new partnership over an alliance with an increasingly repressive government. Both sides see moments like Erdogan?s visit as hugely important ? as either a chance for the U.S. to make amends or to push back against the Turkish leader.

Outrage after Tuesday appears to have only strengthened the Washington consensus that Erdogan is a difficult authoritarian who should at best be tolerated. The Turkish leader has jailed scores of Kurdish opposition politicians and at least 81 journalists, prompting congressional complaints, and his security team was also involved in violence during an Erdogan visit last year.

That?s welcome news for the U.S. citizens and residents who saw their peaceful protest turn into a bloody brawl.

Mehmet Tankan, a green-card holder of Turkish origin who said seven men held and repeatedly punched him on Tuesday, told HuffPost he wants the U.S. to know that it cannot trust Erdogan and his team to respect the Constitution. He wants a tougher response than what he saw yesterday.

?Don?t let them to come to this country again, they are criminals,? Tankan said. ?I know my country, America, will stop them.?

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Artist Reimagines Michelangelo’s ‘Creation’ Painting To Honor Black Women

Harmonia Rosales, a 33-year-old artist in Chicago, grew up loving classic paintings.

This included works such as Michelangelo?s ?The Creation of Adam,? a piece painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel that thousands of people visit each year. Rosales told HuffPost that early exposure to famous paintings such as the Creation ?helped to define? her understanding of the world.

?It was only later when I realized that the frame that was set by the masters excluded so much more than it included,? she added. ?What was included was a Eurocentric view of the world, and in this case, the heavens. What was excluded was all the rest of us.?

She said that realization sparked the conception of her painting, ?The Creation of God,? which she posted to Instagram and Twitter last week. The image has since received thousands of likes and shares.

The oil-on-canvas painting that took two months to create replaces white male figures that represent Jesus, God and angels with black women.

?We have been taught that God created ?man? in his own image. In fact, we have created God in our own image,? Rosales said of her work?s title.

?So ?God? is whoever we want God to be, a representation of the ideal, of the divine, of wisdom and love and pure creativity.?

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Rosales said she decided to use such a familiar painting in order to provoke conversations about thinking critically and challenging social norms.

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?The point here is to consider why we have accepted our historical representation of the beginning of life, of the Creator,? Rosales said.

?Does this original representation exclude something very important? Yes, and yes. Women, and people of color. I wanted people to consider creation through a different lens ? a tinted one, if you will ? that in turn would cause us to consider the way we see everything else we have been taught to see.?

She admits that her painting has received negative criticism, too.

?People do not like change. They are afraid of it. Some will simply not accept this piece,? she told HuffPost. ?Some will see this as literal and quote the Bible to prove how ?wrong? this image is. It will show that people of color still are not seen as equal, let alone superior.?

Rosales told HuffPost that this piece is part of larger series that will continue to illustrate the empowerment of women of color. Once the series is done, she will exhibit it.

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These Food-Inspired Princess Dresses Are Delicious Works Of Art

Olivia Mears is the Taco Belle of the ball. 

In 2015, Mears, a costume designer who lives just outside of Asheville, North Carolina, went viral after creating a Taco Belle dress ? basically a ?Beauty and the Beast?-style gown with a skirt full of tacos. 

Since then she?s created other food-inspired gowns including:

A birthday cake dress:

A pizza dress:

A taco fairy godmother dress:


And another taco dress made of Taco Bell wrappers and sauce packets: 


It all started in 2012 when a photo of Mears wearing a Belle dress at a Taco Bell restaurant was posted on Reddit and went viral, earning her the moniker of Taco Belle. 

?While in college, I spent summers as a ?professional princess? where
I?d make appearances at children?s parties dressed up, with gifts, and would sing and take pictures,? she told HuffPost. ?One of those days I decided to get fast food on the way home and stopped at Taco Bell while dressed as Belle. A picture of that ended up on the front page of Reddit and I decided I
needed to make an actual ?Taco Belle? dress.?

Mears recently won Domino?s ?Piece of the Pie? contest for her ?Pizzarella? design. 

?After seeing how much everyone enjoyed the pizza dress, I have many more food-themed costumes planned!? she told HuffPost.

I created a dress that dreams are made of. If only I'd had this for my prom. ? ? #pizzadress made & worn by me.

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Mears works on her gowns part-time and occasionally sells them on Etsy. To see more of her gorgeous creations, including some of her fantasy designs, follow her on Facebook (Avant-Geek) and Instagram (@avantgeek). 

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These Photos Prove Why You Shouldn’t Buy A Prom Dress Online

Finding the perfect prom dress is hard enough. But if you want to make the process harder on yourself, just try ordering it online.

Over the past few days, people have tweeted horror stories about buying dresses for prom, basing their purchase solely on photos from the internet. But when said dresses showed up on their doorsteps, they didn?t look anything like what was originally promised. At all. 

Check out some of these teens? terrible experiences below and learn from their mistakes: 

Here are a few good reminders from years past that still send shivers down our spine: 

RIP, online prom dress shopping. 

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The New York Daily News has a new nickname for President Donald Trump, and he?s not going to like it. 

The front page of its Tuesday edition hails him as the ?Leaker of the Free World? over a report in The Washington Post that he revealed ?highly classified information? to Russian officials who visited the Oval Office last week: 

Trump?s hometown newspaper hasn?t pulled its punches in its coverage, with previous covers portraying him as Dr. Evil, a clown and a racist. The paper also slammed his call for hacking help from Russia during the campaign as ?treasonous? and blasted him for his war of words with Pope Francis in other attention-getting front pages.

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Having already stabbed Uber by way of a potentially disastrous lawsuit, Waymo is now twisting the knife.

The Google spinoff says it will partner with Lyft, Uber?s biggest ride-hailing rival, to help test and launch self-driving cars.

Having access to this new technology would be a big coup for Lyft, as Waymo?s self-driving efforts are ? quite literally ? miles ahead of the pack. Waymo announced last month that it plans to add 500 self-driving cars to its fleet, and the vehicles are improving as they come online.

Compared to Waymo ? and Uber, which has an entire division dedicated to autonomous research ? Lyft?s efforts on self-driving vehicles are badly lagging. The company partnered with GM early last year, but isn?t ready to test a fleet. It only has a few GM research vehicles (for now).

Both Lyft and Waymo confirmed to HuffPost the news of their partnership, although neither company could share details about the deal ? which comes at a curious time. Waymo is currently engaged in a fierce legal battle with Uber, as it has accused the company of stealing the self-driving technology it?s now sharing with Lyft.

?We?re looking forward to working with Lyft to explore new self-driving products that will make our roads safer and transportation more accessible,? a Waymo spokeswoman told HuffPost. ?Lyft?s vision and commitment to improving the way cities move will help Waymo?s self-driving technology reach more people, in more places.?

Lyft has a history of teaming up with Uber?s rivals, albeit with limited success. In 2015, it partnered with the Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing while Uber attempted to make inroads in the country. The partnership skidded to a halt last summer, however, after Uber agreed to sell its Chinese operations and take an ownership stake in Didi.

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Honey, The ‘Will

Will, Grace, Karen and Jack are ready for their close-up. 

NBC released the first trailer for the ?Will & Grace? revival on Monday during the network?s upfront presentation, and, honey, it?s everything you loved about the classic sitcom and more. 

The nearly six-minute clip finds Eric McCormack trying to convince a reluctant Debra Messing to revive ?Will & Grace? by bringing her to the show?s old set. There, they find Megan Mullally as Karen, who?s apparently been taking a ?cat nap? on the apartment couch for the last decade, and Sean Hayes? Jack who?s showing the space to a studly potential tenant. 

Before we know it, Messing launches into a full-blown musical dream sequence to the tune of ?As If We Never Said Goodbye? from the musical ?Sunset Boulevard.? 

Replacing the song?s lyrics with playful jabs at her ?Will & Grace? family, like ?tightly wound queer? and ?the drunk who?s bi,? Messing and cast come together in song, as they dance, selfie and do their best jazz hands in unison. 

Don?t ever say goodbye again, OK? 

The ?Will & Grace? revival premieres  in September on NBC.

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Sweet Video Shows A Normal Day From Both Mom’s And Kid’s Perspectives

It is often said of parenting that the days are long, but the years are short. A sweet new video is putting a spotlight on those ordinary long days and what they mean to kids. 

In honor of Mother?s Day, vlogger Esther Anderson created ?A Normal Day,? a video that shows a mom?s exhausting day with her two young children from both her perspective and her daughter?s perspective. 

While the mom is worn out trying to keep it together with a crying infant and messy toddler, her daughter?s memories show something really special.

As the caption notes, ?Your normal may be their magic.?

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Trump Assures Farmers Immigration Crackdown Won’t Affect Their Workers

President Donald Trump said he would seek to keep his tough immigration enforcement policies from harming the U.S. farm industry and its largely immigrant workforce, according to farmers and officials who met with him.

At a roundtable on farm labor at the White House last month, Trump said he did not want to create labor problems for farmers and would look into improving a program that brings in temporary agricultural workers on legal visas.

?He assured us we would have plenty of access to workers,? said Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, one of 14 participants at the April 25 meeting with Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

During the roundtable conversation about agriculture, farmers and representatives of the sector brought up labor and immigration, the details of which have not been previously reported. Some farmers told Trump they often cannot find Americans willing to do the difficult farm jobs, according to interviews with nine of the 14 participants.

They said they were worried about stricter immigration enforcement and described frustrations with the H-2A visa program, the one legal way to bring in temporary seasonal agricultural workers.

The White House declined to comment on the specifics of the discussion, but described the meeting as ?very productive.? The U.S. Department of Agriculture did not respond to a request for comment on the April meeting.

About half of U.S. crop workers are in the country illegally and more than two-thirds are foreign born, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Department of Labor?s National Agriculture Workers? Survey.

During the roundtable, Luke Brubaker, a dairy farmer from Pennsylvania, described how immigration agents had recently picked up half a dozen chicken catchers working for a poultry transportation company in his county.

The employer tried to replace them with local hires, but within three hours all but one had quit, Brubaker told the gathering at the White House.

Trump said he wanted to help and asked Secretary Perdue to look into the issues and come back with recommendations, according to the accounts.

While other issues such as trade, infrastructure and technology were also discussed, participants were more positive after the meeting about the conversation on foreign labor ?than about anything else we talked about,? said Bill Northey, a farmer and Iowa?s secretary of agriculture.


Tom Demaline, president of Willoway Nurseries in Ohio, said he told the president about his struggles with the H-2A guestworker program, which he has used for 18 years.

He told Trump the program works in concept, but not in practice. ?I brought up the bureaucracy and red tape,? he said. ?If the guys show up a week or two late, it puts crops in jeopardy. You are on pins and needles all year to make sure you get the workers and do everything right.?

While use of the program has steadily increased over the past decade, it still accounts for only about 10 percent of the estimated 1.3 million farmworkers in the country, according to government data. In 2016, the government granted 134,000 H-2A visas

Employers who import workers with H-2A visas must provide free transportation to and from the United States as well as housing and food for workers once they arrive. Wage minimums are set by the government and are often higher than farmers are used to paying.

Steve Scaroni, whose company Fresh Harvest brings in thousands of foreign H-2A workers for growers in California?s Central valley, says, however, that he could find work for even more people if he had more places to house them.

Trump recently signed another executive order titled ?Buy American, Hire American,? calling for changes to a program granting temporary visas for the tech industry, but not to visas used by farmers and other seasonal businesses, including Trump?s own resorts.

Trump also signed two executive orders, just days after taking office, focused on border security that called for arresting more people in the United States illegally and speeding up deportations.

Roundtable participants said that many farmers have worried about the effect of the stepped up enforcement on their workforce, but Trump told them his administration was focused on deporting criminals, not farmworkers.

?He has a much better understanding about this than some of the rhetoric we have seen,? said meeting attendee Steve Troxler, North Carolina?s agriculture commissioner and a farmer himself.

The farmers at the meeting said they stressed to the president the need for both short-term and permanent workers. They said there should be a program to help long-time farmworkers without criminal records, but who are in the country illegally, to become legal residents.

Last Tuesday, Democrats in the House and Senate said they would introduce a bill to give farmworkers who have worked illegally in the country for two consecutive years a ?blue card? to protect them from deportation.

Brubaker, the Pennsylvania farmer, said he liked what he had heard about the bill and hoped it would get the president?s support to make it a bipartisan effort.

?The administration has got something started here,? he said of the meeting with farm leaders. ?It?s about time something happens.? 

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Nursing Home Gunman Was Reportedly Abusive To The Women Who Gave Him A Chance

Thomas Hartless was serially abusive to those closest to him, authorities say ? and on Friday, those unlucky enough to be close to him were his last victims.

Hartless killed three people in and around a nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio ? including two workers at the nursing home and the town?s police chief ? before turning the gun on himself, state Attorney General Mike DeWine said at a press conference Friday.

A horrifying day for the small town began in the morning, when Hartless took two passers-by hostage in a wooded area behind Pine Kirk Nursing Home. At some point, someone called 911 to report that they?d seen a man with a gun. That?s when Kirkersville police Chief Steven Eric DiSario, a father of six who?d held his position for just three weeks, arrived on the scene.

Hartless left his hostages to ambush DiSario, authorities say.

?It was in that vicinity, very close to that, that the chief of police was in fact shot and was killed,? DeWine said. 

Hartless then entered the nursing home and fatally shot two employees there ? one identified as his ex-girlfriend, 46-year-old Marlina Medrano, and Cindy Krantz, 48 ? before he killed himself, police say.

The Columbus Dispatch profiled Hartless, painting a picture of a man who was violent with any woman he came into contact with. His relationship with Medrano ended with court filings ? and in the days prior to the shooting, she sought a protection order because she feared for her life.

?I no longer feel that my support can help Tom with his issues,? she wrote in a May 5 court filing. ?I am afraid to be alone with him, that he will hurt me for good.?

As early as April, Medrano?s friends were trying to protect her from a man who they said regularly attacked her. NBC4i reports:

Connie Long lives across the street from Hartless? parents? home, where he often stayed in Utica.

Back in March, she said she helped rescue [Medrano] after he had brutally beaten her.

?She ran for our door and he drove in the yard. He accelerated, almost ran her over clear in our yard,? said Long. ?She was bleeding from her head and face, shaking terribly, difficulty breathing.?

Long is medic and was able to treat her injuries, inside of her home.

?I said that day if we had not been home, I really felt he would?ve killed her on the porch that day, just kind of got prolonged I guess,? said Long.

Another former girlfriend said in court documents in 2009 that Hartless held her captive when she tried to leave him over abuse, according to the Dispatch. In that case, Hartless was charged with kidnapping, abduction, aggravated menacing and domestic violence. In a plea deal, the kidnapping and domestic violence charges were dropped.

Friday?s shooting devastated Kirkersville. But Hartless? behavior wasn?t surprising to the women close to him ? and statistically speaking, it wasn?t uncommon. That?s because domestic violence victims are five times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a gun

HuffPost?s Melissa Jeltsen has reported that a woman is killed by a gun-toting intimate partner every 16 hours in the U.S. And domestic abuse and mass shootings often go hand in hand: Most mass shootings happen in private, in situations where abusive men kill the women and children close to them.

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May’s message for NI politicians

While on a visit to Northern Ireland, the PM says she wants power-sharing to be restored.

Trump Warning to Comey Prompts Questions on ‘Tapes’

?James Comey better hope that there are no ?tapes? of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!? Mr. Trump posted on Twitter.


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How to be Europe’s best sommelier

Tip: you need to use all your senses.


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Trump’s first salary donation — $78K — given to Nat’l Park Service

President Trump has donated his salary for the first few months of his tenure — more than $78,000 — to the National Park Service, the White House said Monday.

I Ended Up Marrying My Sorority Sister

Married couple Laura Leigh and Sam Abby found love in a very unexpected place: their boy-crazy sorority at Emerson College in Boston. 

In the video above from The Scene, the couple (new moms of a four-month-old boy!) share how being paired as big and little sisters in the group eventually led to something more. 

?They put us together and I was like, ?OK we?re going to be close, I?m going to make her love me!?? Laura recalls. ?And she she just didn?t care and I couldn?t make her care and it drove me me nuts.?

Apparently, Sam was playing it cool because she was crushing on Laura, too.

Eventually the new couple clued in their fellow sorority sisters on everything, but it took some time.

?When I started having feelings for Sam, I didn?t tell the any of the others girls,? Laura says. ?It took some time just because it was something I was trying to figure out on my own ? I was really hard on myself at the time.? 

In the end, no one had an issue with it, and today, Laura and Sam are happily married and living in New York with their adorable four-month-old son, Quinn: 

Watch the video above for more of the couple?s sweet love story. 

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Democrats Have The Votes To Filibuster Neil Gorsuch

WASHINGTON ? Democrats have locked in the votes to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, meaning Republicans will have to take the extreme step of blowing up Senate rules to confirm him.

Democratic lawmakers have been vowing for weeks to deny a vote to President Donald Trump?s court pick, and have been inching closer to the 41 members they need to filibuster him. They hit the magic number on Monday when Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced he will join the blockade.

?I will be voting against cloture,? Coons said, using technical terms to mean he will join the Democratic filibuster, ?unless we are able, as a body, to finally sit down and find a way to … ensure the process to fill the next vacancy on the court is not a narrowly partisan process.?

The news means Republicans have a choice: cave to Democrats? demands that Trump put forward a different nominee (highly unlikely) or unilaterally change the rules so they can confirm Gorsuch without Democrats (likely). It currently takes 60 votes to advance a Supreme Court nominee. Republicans appear ready to use a procedural maneuver to lower that threshold to 51 votes.

Nobody really likes the idea of changing that rule. There?s currently a filibuster rule in place for advancing Supreme Court nominees and for passing bills (Democrats got rid of the rule for lower court nominees in 2013).

If Republicans eliminate the 60-vote requirement for Gorsuch, some fear it?s only a matter of time until senators do away with the filibuster rule altogether. That would make the Senate function a lot more like the House, where simple majority rules, and erode the institution of the Senate, which prides itself on requiring consensus to get things done.

?It makes me very sad,? Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said last week.

Partisan tensions are high. Democrats are still mad at Republicans for the way they treated President Barack Obama?s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. The GOP spent all last year refusing to even give Garland a hearing, and held over the vacant Supreme Court seat for Trump to fill with Gorsuch.

Democrats are also under intense pressure from their base to stop Gorsuch. Republicans, meanwhile, are angry that Democrats are forcing them to decide between confirming Gorsuch and gutting Senate rules they actually like. 

Gorsuch appears on track for his procedural vote, the ?cloture? vote that Democrats plan to filibuster, on Thursday. 

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Paris Jackson Picked A Perfect Dress For The GLAAD Awards

Paris Jackson has really begun to spread her fashionable wings lately. Now she has the dress to match. 

The newly signed IMG model attended the GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills Saturday wearing Yanina Couture?s  ?Bird of Happiness? gown.

The 19-year-old looked absolutely stunning in the show-stopping gown, which fittingly bears all the colors of the rainbow. It was the perfect salute to the LGBTQ community, and perhaps coincidentally an homage to the creator of the rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker, who died over the weekend at age 65.

It?s been a busy few days for Jackson, who presented the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. She also attended the Daily Front Row?s Fashion Los Angeles Awards on Sunday and turned 19 on Monday. 

With so much to celebrate, it?s no wonder she opted to wear such a fun gown. 

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South Korea completes environmental assessment for THAAD

South Korea has completed an assessment of the environmental impact of a U.S. missile defense system.

Trump to ‘reboot’ US-Egypt ties with Sisi meeting

Mr Sisi was not invited to the White House by Barack Obama amid concern over human rights violations.


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‘All I could afford was an onion’

Eleven councils in England are now offering council tax relief to adults under the age of 25 if they lived in care as children.

Uganda’s female body builders battling stigma

As well as lifting weights, body builders are fighting the negative perceptions of muscular women.

Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins still recovering, placed on 60-day disabled list

Minnesota Twins left-hander Glen Perkins was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Sunday as he continues his recovery from last season’s shoulder surgery.

Pakistan Shrine Custodian Kills 20 for Custodianship

The custodian of a local shrine and his accomplices killed 20 devotees after intoxicating them in eastern Punjab province, police said Sunday, in what officials said was the outcome of a dispute over custodianship of the shrine.

Climber hopes to scale Everest in half the usual time

British-born climber Adrian Ballinger is using new techniques to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, in half the time it takes using traditional methods.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Poet Who Stirred a Generation of Soviets, Dies at 83

Mr. Yevtushenko?s defiant verse inspired a generation of young Russians in their fight against Stalinism during the Cold War.

Constituents Heckle GOP Congressman At Town Hall: ‘Do Your Job’

Constituents booed and heckled Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) Friday evening at a town hall meeting in Salt Lake City, where audience members questioned him on issues including immigration and President Donald Trump?s Russia ties.

More than 1,000 people attended Friday?s town hall at West High School, the first held in the state since Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) claimed protesters at a forum he held in February were paid. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that members of the audience frequently shouted at Stewart to ?do your job,? called him a ?liar? and asked ?who are you in bed with?? They also held up signs that read ?agree? or ?disagree? to show the congressman how they felt about his responses to questions.

Stewart had backed Trump in the 2016 election despite once calling him ?our Mussolini,? in reference to the late Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The congressman faced several questions about the investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. (Stewart sits on the House Intelligence Committee, which is probing those ties.) 

One audience member questioned whether Stewart has held the administration accountable.

?I have said from the beginning, if there?s evidence that someone has done criminal wrongdoing, we will turn that information over to the FBI and they will have to pursue it,? he said

Another asked whether he?s concerned by potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election, or just the leaks in the administration of classified information.

?I?m equally concerned about both and we want to find out the answer to both,? he replied.

The crowd loudly objected to that answer, according to The Associated Press.

Stewart was also booed for professing support for Trump?s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and for claiming that Congress is ?trying to make [health care] better for you? by attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

He did, however, earn applause from the audience when he said he supported helping some undocumented workers gain legal status, KSL reported.

Stewart is one of several Republicans who have faced angry crowds at town halls this year. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) was similarly booed at a forum Friday, as was Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) last Saturday.

Many of the members who held town halls during the February congressional recess faced strong opposition from constituents concerned about efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Faced with the prospect of potential public embarrassment, some members declined to host any public forums, instead opting for conference calls with constituents. 

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Toronto Blue Jays sign manager John Gibbons to contract extension

The Toronto Blue Jays signed manager John Gibbons to a contract extension through at least the 2019 season, the team announced Saturday.

A Presidency Stalled And Sputtering

President Trump hasn’t moved beyond executive actions, something a president normally resorts to when he can’t get anything done legislatively. That’s not a good sign for Trump’s agenda.


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The US secretary of state’s cold shoulder for the press corps perplexes even Republicans.

Tiger Woods officially out for the Masters Tournament

Eager eyes hoping to see Tiger Woods tee off at Augusta were disappointed Friday with the news that he wont play in the 2017 Masters Tournament.

Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones: Man Utd trio out with injuries

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have sustained “long-term” injuries, while Man Utd team-mate Juan Mata has had groin surgery.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Shake Things Up at the Met Opera

This charismatic conductor led his first rehearsal since being named the company?s next music director. Here, he talks about his plans.

‘Fill My Cup': Calling Millennials to Bring Physical and ‘Living Water’ to Africa

A Christian organization wants millennials to get involved in a campaign to reach those in need with physical and “living water.”

Playful Dog Hilariously Joins World Cup Ski Race

Go dog, go!

Sunday?s World Cup 15-kilometer cross-country ski pursuit in Quebec City resulted in an exciting photo finish. But the most entertaining part of the race might have been when a rambunctious pup chased the leaders.

It happened near the end of the third lap, the Montreal Gazette reported.

?It happens in cycling races, but I?ve never seen it in skiing,? second-place finisher Alex Harvey of Canada said. ?It just makes the story even better because luckily no one crashed or got hurt.?

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway narrowly defeated Harvey but we all know who the real winner was.

h/t Digg

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In Spectacular Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails

House Republican leaders withdrew legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from the House floor before it could be defeated, a huge loss for President Trump.

Here’s How ‘Hidden Figures’ Literally Hid Its Main Characters

Much like the protagonists in the movie, ?Hidden Figures? has unexpectedly proven itself as a standout among peers.

At the U.S. box office, the story about black female mathematicians who worked for NASA and helped the U.S. win the ?space race? continues to outpace fellow Best Picture nominees and 2016 blockbusters alike.

Its current domestic gross is over $160 million, which puts it atop ?Jason Bourne,? ?Star Trek Beyond,? ?X-Men: Apocalypse,? ?Trolls,? ?Kung Fu Panda 3? and ?Ghostbusters.? Unlike those big-budget movies, ?Hidden Figures? had a relatively modest production budget of around $25 million.

Much like the movie?s early prospects, the characters (played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae) were perceived by their colleagues as underdogs who had to work harder to gain equal footing. To accentuate this feeling of being overlooked, the film?s creators intentionally downplayed the visual ?focus? on their lead characters.

As director of photography Mandy Walker explains in this exclusive clip provided to The Huffington Post, she took great care to literally hide the protagonists from the viewers? eyes at various points in the movie.

Walker?s quote in full: 

Because these women were in the background and they were hidden, we decided that there?s a lot of foreground in the images and we selectively used focus and light to direct the viewer?s eye to something that?s maybe not very obvious in the frame. 

Theodore Melfi, who directed, wrote and produced ?Hidden Figures,? also appears in the clip to give further context to the filmmaking process.

The clip was provided to HuffPost in support of the April 11 release of the movie on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD.

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Why Did Rick Perry Wade Into Texas A

Cabinet secretaries do not customarily weigh in on student government elections. But Rick Perry is no ordinary cabinet secretary.

North Korean Defector: ‘We Were Prepared to Kill Ourselves’

As a child growing up in North Korea, Yeonmi Park thought her country was “the best on the planet.” All of that changed when she learned about the abuses and atrocities being carried out by the North Korean government. Park and her family escaped North Korea for China.


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Storms lash EU

Brexit fuels a sense of EU crisis – but reforms are likely to be slow, Kevin Connolly reports..
rexit fuels a sense of EU crisis – but reforms are likely to be slow, Kevin Connolly reports.


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UN expert calls on Cameroon to restore net services

The shutdown three weeks ago breaks international laws, says the UN’s expert on freedom of expression


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Is the Emerging Market Currency Plunge Really About Trade?


Emerging market (EM) assets have taken a beating since Donald Trump’s surprise election victory on November 8.  EM bond prices….

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