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The Capital Pride Parade was interrupted Saturday evening in Washington by a group of activists demanding organizers address issues of social justice, police brutality and the increasingly corporate nature and sponsorship of the annual event.
A wave of protestors from the group No Justice No Pride attempted to shut down the parade three times, the first near 15th and P streets at about 5:30 p.m., The Washington Post reported. The protestors, shouting chants and holding banners, at one point formed a ?human chain in front of the Lockheed Martin float,? according to Zack Ford, a reporter from Think Progress, who documented the event on his Facebook page.
In a press release sent to HuffPost by No Justice No Pride, the group said that ?DC?s queer and trans community is no longer willing to accept that Pride isn?t possible without support from deeply problematic corporate sponsors.?
The statement said that the Capital Pride Alliance, which organizes the annual parade, ?has consistently demonstrated that it is more interested in accommodating the interests of Metropolitan police and of corporate sponsors than it is in supporting the very communities it supposedly represents.?
A list of demands posted on No Justice No Pride?s website calls on Capital Pride to ?bar corporate entities that inflict harm on historically marginalized LGBTQ2S people from participation in Pride events? and to ?take a strong position against state violence and end its endorsement of MPD and other law enforcement agencies,? among other requests.
The group also posted a petition on its site pushing Capital Pride to ?break ties? with ?police, prisons and pipelines.?
?We deserve to celebrate Pride without being forced alongside the Police who kill us,? Angela Peoples, one of the protest participants, said in the press release sent to HuffPost. ?Pride should be a haven for the entire LGBTQ community. The Capital Pride Board has shown who it?s prioritizing. No Justice No Pride is for everyone who has previously been excluded and for a different vision of what this event could and should be.?
Another protest participant, Emmelia Talarico, said in the press release, ?Corporations that desecrate Native land, manufacture weapons and support private prisons ? and law enforcement agencies that proportionately harass, kill, and arrest queer and trans people of color ? cannot be considered LGBT ?allies? unless you believe that Black, Latinx, Muslim, and indigenous queer, trans and two spirit individuals aren?t actually part of the LGBT community.?
The parade was quickly rerouted and no arrests were made, according to Washington?s Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham.
?We anticipated this. We knew there would be counterprotests,? Newsham told The Washington Post. ?We had planned for an alternative route, and that?s what we used.?
The Capital Pride Alliance sent the following statement to HuffPost on Sunday morning:
?Capital Pride always has and will continue to respect the wide range of diversity ? of people and viewpoints ? within the LGBTQ community. Following the disruption of the parade by protesters, we were able to divert the parade from its scheduled route, thus ensuring that as many people as possible could watch the parade in its entirety. We are troubled by reports that some onlookers responded to the protesters with verbal and physical harassment. We encourage a robust, civil, and healthy conversation within the community about all of the issues that impact us and look forward to having a mutually respectful conversation in the days, weeks, and months ahead. The issues raised are of importance to our entire community, across organizations and to our entire movement. In these challenging times for LGBTQ people Capital Pride will continue to focus on how we can all move forward as a community striving for equal treatment and respect for all.?
In the wake of Saturday?s parade, the National Equality March is scheduled for Sunday in Washington. The event is meant to ?support, uplift, and bring attention to those in our communities who are targeted due to immigration status, ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, and disability,? according to its website, and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of participants.
Sister marches in over 60 other cities around the country are also set to take place.
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Even seemingly innocent products on the platform, like children’s books or toys, have promoted hateful ideologies.
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I remember the infancy of online dating: before Tinder, before apps. I was on Nerve and Jdate fifteen years before Bumble or JCrush had even been conceived. Back when I was 25 and new to the game, a good looking, erudite stranger popping up in my inbox would inevitably give me a little thrill. Fifteen years later, divorced and online again, I?m encountering something surreal ? exes are popping up on my screen. These men are ghosts from another time and stage of my life, yet here they are, coming up as ?Suggested Matches.?
In my twenties and early thirties, many of the guys I dated wrote in their profiles that they wanted marriage and children, but it turned out that a lot of them were simply looking for fun: Most had no immediate aspirations to settle down. I don?t think I was really ready for marriage and kids back then either. But by the time I reached my mid thirties, I was ready for a more conventional life.
On Halloween almost three years ago, I received a message from a tall, dark, handsome stranger on Jdate. Lou* and I had lived less than three miles away from each other for a decade, but our paths had never crossed. We had a whirlwind courtship and married eleven months after our first date. I praised the merits of online dating to anyone who?d listen, and, after our wedding, I even wrote a ?Success Story? for Jdate, complete with photos of us grinning in our wedding car.
Not too long after I?d sent off the ?Success Story,? Lou abruptly ended our marriage. I knew that he?d been engaged several times before he?d met me, and that he?d called off each of his engagements. That information should have been a big red flag, but because our relationship felt so right, and because he?d actually got married this time, this felt different. In the end, for reasons that only Lou knows, he headed for the divorce court just seven months after we?d wed.
One year after later, I was still grieving. Even so, I was now 40, still wanting to be a wife and a mother, so I decided that I had to start getting back out there. I knew that I couldn?t give up on my dreams because this very sad thing had happened to me. But no part of me wanted to go back online: I?d been there, done that, met the man and got married. However, around the time that our divorce was finalized, I had a scary episode with my health. I felt firsthand the fragility of life then and realized that I had to move towards my next step. With some trepidation, I set up an online profile again.
Three years after my last experience of online dating, I was surprised to see some of the same men popping up on my screen: ghosts from my past, now with a different photo or new words. I?d gone out on a few dates with these men in the past – dates without a spark. They were still scaling mountains, satisfied in front of their sports cars and looking sharp in their suits. A few still had their arms around their Jewish mothers. I wondered briefly what their last three years had been like???had they been married, divorced, too? Or had they spent three years trying to find the right woman, to no avail?
Scrolling through profiles one day, I came across two ex-boyfriends. One ex sent me a message, which was awkward, because I don?t want to restart anything; I?ve moved on. And with every log in, a part of me wondered if I?d come across my ex husband?s profile; thankfully that hasn?t happened. That ?Success Story? bar still dazzles on the right of my screen with a joviality that sometimes makes me roll my eyes but sometimes makes me smile as I think of how much we can?t possibly know about the future on our wedding day.
Some of the guys who I?d sent personalized, well-crafted messages to three years ago had never written back to me, and here they were, three years later, showing up as a suggested match. A few guys who?d written to me before I met Lou wrote again, not mentioning that they remembered me from before???maybe they didn?t. One of the first messages I received after I set up my profile read: ?You?re a teacher? I?d like to have detention with you. What beautiful eyes.? This cheesy message made me laugh out loud. I?d almost forgotten the comedic aspect of online dating. Thankfully, there are plenty of men who take a less corny, more cerebral approach.
Not too long after I signed up, a few interesting emails began to arrive in my inbox, and I started setting up dates. Pretty soon, I started to get into the spirit of online dating again, to enjoy the unpredictable stream of emails, likes, winks and ?matches? that would come my way, to roll with the highs and lows of internet dating again. Sitting in a bar with a stranger on my first date after my divorce, I had a realization: Meeting a stranger for a quick drink is infinitely easier than going through the agony of divorce.
As it happens, it?s not only the ghosts of men popping up on my screen, but also the ghost of the woman I used to be three years ago. Sometimes when I?m scanning the profiles, I see the woman I was then: more naive. I?m smarter now???more alert to potential red flags. The fact that I can still feel a bit of a buzz when a dashing stranger sends me a lovely email reassures me of the life beyond grief???that, to quote Leonard Cohen, there?s always the crack in the darkness; that?s where the light gets in. After all I?ve been through, trying to find love again feels life affirming.
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Nail-biting dash cam video shows how a truck driver came within inches of smashing into a car whose driver had run a stop sign.
?This person did not stop or even slow down,? the truck driver said. ?They literally came inches from the front bumper of my 80,000 truck at 55mph.?
?I saw them and started to slow and you can tell by the video a few seconds either way and the outcome could have been terrible,? the driver added.
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A federal judge in Detroit agreed Friday to put a halt to court proceedings that sought the release of a legal memorandum believed to have been created by Rudy Giuliani to help justify President Donald Trump?s controversial travel ban.
The former New York City mayor made a splash in late January ? a day after an early version of the travel order was signed ? when he said on Fox News that the president had asked him before his inauguration to assemble a commission that would look for ways to ?legally? institute a travel ban targeting Muslims.
Since then, a number of courts have cited Giuliani?s comments as evidence that the president?s executive orders to institute travel restrictions were fueled by anti-Muslim sentiment, which would violate the Constitution?s establishment clause on religious bias.
The most recent ruling came from the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, which prevented Trump?s second order, a ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, from going into effect and said that the executive order ?speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.?
?Giuliani was quite clear that the President wanted to enact a ?Muslim ban? and had assembled a commission to study how to create a ?Muslim ban? legally,? wrote one of the 4th Circuit judges who agreed that the travel restrictions, which also included refugees, shouldn?t be reinstated.
Because that ruling is now pending before the Supreme Court and the justices could in time determine the bottom-line legality of the executive order, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts concluded that it wouldn?t make much sense to let the challengers in the Detroit case get ahold of the Giuliani memo.
?Requiring the parties and the Court to devote time and resources to resolve these matters … would not be economical, because the Supreme Court?s decision will be significantly relevant to, and possibly control, the Court?s consideration of issues raised in this suit,? Roberts wrote in an order putting a freeze on the proceedings.
Roberts had already ordered the Department of Justice to hand over the so-called ?Muslim ban? memo last month. But government lawyers resisted her order, citing executive privilege, presidential immunity and other defenses that lawyers for the travel ban challengers characterized as no more than ?a laundry list of objections.?
In a nod to the plaintiffs, which include the Arab American Civil Rights League, the judge did agree to revisit her order in the event that the Supreme Court declines to hear the appeal of the 4th Circuit?s ruling.
And she directed the Trump administration to preserve any relevant documents, official or not, predating Trump?s inauguration, which presumably would cover the elusive Giuliani memo. In court filings, government lawyers have declined to say if the memo even exists.
In British Columbia, a pair of bald eagles are caring for a baby red-tailed hawk, in addition to their own three eaglets. The species have been known to fight to the death.
Swift made the decision to pull her music from streaming services in 2014, as she was ?not willing to contribute my life?s work to an experiment that I don?t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music.?
But, oddly enough, on the day her rival Perry released her new album, ?Witness,? Swift?s team made their big announcement.
?In celebration of ?1989? selling over 10 Million Albums Worldwide and the RIAA?s 100 Million Song Certification announcement, Taylor wants to thank her fans by making her entire back catalog available to all streaming services tonight at midnight,? a statement read.
Thing is, Swift?s music has been available on streaming services for months now. You just might not have been looking in the right place.
Exhibit A: Ryan Adams.
The musician?s cover of Swift?s critically acclaimed and beloved album ?1989? never left Spotify or other platforms. And to be honest, some ? including myself ? prefer his take on the lyrical gems. Swift herself praised Adams and his work on her hits like ?Out of the Woods? and ?Blank Space.?
?Actors say a line, say a sentence, but they say it with different emphasis on different words and they completely change it. That?s what you did with my album,? she told the ?Prisoner? singer.
?I was listening to that record and thinking, ?I hear more,?? Adams told Rolling Stone of his decision to record ?1989? in his own style. ?Not that there was anything missing. I would just think about the sentiments in the songs and the configurations.?
He added, ?It wasn?t like I wanted to change them because they needed changing. But I knew that if I sang them from my perspective and in my voice, they would transform. I thought, ?Let me record ?1989? like it was Bruce Springsteen?s ?Nebraska.??
Adams turned Swift?s songs into timeless lullabies, focusing more on the emotions behind the lyrics rather than the ?80s beats. His version peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard chart and earned himself and Swift some nice pocket change. ?Blank Space? had over 21 million listens on Spotify alone.
So if you?ve been desperately craving Swift?s catalog on streaming services, maybe you were missing out on listening to Adams? ?1989? on repeat. (If you did just that, bravo!) You could have also played songs like Little Big Town?s ?Better Man,? Kellie Pickler?s ?Best Days of Your Life,? Miley Cyrus? ?You?ll Always Find Your Way Back Home,? and, infamously, Calvin Harris and Rihanna?s ?This Is What You Came For,? all of which Swift wrote.
Happy you?re back online, TSwift tunes, but glad we had Ryan Adams to hold us over.
A German Shepherd deemed to be too friendly to work for Australia’s K-9 police unit was given a government position.
Activists criticised the detention of Mathias Depardon, accused of links with Kurdish militants.
The president had remained silent as James B. Comey spoke to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but he took to Twitter on Friday.
The count had its own “Envelopegate” – after the returning officer announced the wrong winner.
Seth Meyers broke down why former FBI Director James Comey?s testimony before Congress on Thursday didn?t deliver any new sensational revelations. And according to the ?Late Night? host, it had to do with how President Donald Trump?s administration operates.
?Now if it feels to you like there weren?t any new bombshells today, that?s because we?re already surrounded by previous bombshells,? said Meyers.
?Our capacity to be shocked has already been so worn down by the Trump presidency,? he added. ?He is like your druggie cousin who can no longer surprise you.?
Meyers also mocked reports that White House aides were forced to keep Trump distracted and off Twitter during the hearing, and likened the president to ?a toddler on a road trip.?
Check out the full segment above.
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The BBC’s David Dimbleby was already unhappy about the sound system, then a fly turned up.
?I?m Kesha. I love you so much,? she said. ?Can I give you a hug??
?No thanks,? Seinfeld repeatedly said, while backing away from the singer with an increasingly concerned look on his face.
Seinfeld found out exactly who Kesha is soon after she left. But that doesn?t mean he thinks he made the wrong call. In a conversation with Extra, he defended his decision not to give Kesha that hug.
?I was right in the middle of an interview, it was a little off.? he continued. ?I don?t hug a total stranger. I have to meet someone. Say hello. I gotta start somewhere.?
?I?m sure I would?ve liked her, but I need to know who are you,? he added.
It turns out, Seinfeld and Kesha made nice off camera soon after their awkward exchange. ?She was very nice about it, we laughed about it,? he said.
Still, they didn?t have a hug then either.
Armchair analysis of U.S. politics took to barstools and picnic tables Thursday, as people around America watched ex-FBI Director James Comey testify on Capitol Hill.
A South Carolina woman heard nighttime noises at her front door and flipped on her porch light to reveal an unexpected visitor — a 7-foot alligator.
The plane reportedly lost contact about 30 minutes after it took off from the coastal town of Myeik, bound for Yangon. No trace of the aircraft or its passengers has been found so far.
The plane reportedly lost contact about 30 minutes after it took off from the coastal town of Myeik, bound for Yangon. No trace of the aircraft or its passengers has been found so far.
Two U.S. intelligence agency directors, Dan Coats and Mike Rogers, refused to say if President Donald Trump asked them to intervene in Russian investigations.
He’s been described as a man who “will give you straight answers without blowing smoke”.
Watergate pales into comparison with the Trump-Russia story, says ex-intelligence chief James Clapper.
Valeria Collina Kadhija says she is ashamed to compare her suffering to that of her son’s victims.
Dr Kirsty Bonney says she wants to see boys “equally protected” against cancers caused by HPV.
WASHINGTON ? Karen Handel, the Republican candidate for Georgia?s 6th Congressional District, said Tuesday that she does ?not support a livable wage.?
Among the questions posed to Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff during a televised debate was whether they favor of a minimum wage increase.
Ossoff, who came just shy of receiving enough votes in the April primary to avoid a June 20 runoff against Handel, said he does ? that ?the minimum wage should be a livable wage.?
?Look, if somebody?s working a 40-hour workweek, they deserve the kind of standard of living that Americans expect,? Ossoff said. ?That?s part of the American dream, and there are too many folks having trouble making ends meet.?
Handel followed up by saying the issue is ?an example of the fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative.?
?I do not support a livable wage,? she said. ?What I support is making sure we have an economy that is robust with low taxes and less regulation so that those small businesses that would be dramatically hurt if you imposed higher minimum wages on them are able to do what they do best: grow jobs and create good paying jobs for the people of the 6th District.?
Georgia?s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, the same as the federal minimum wage. The minimum livable wage for a single adult in the three counties that make up Georgia?s 6th District is $12.01 per hour, according to MIT?s Living Wage Calculator.
Tuesday?s televised debate came exactly two weeks before Ossoff and Handel face one another in a June 20 special runoff election.
Handle repeatedly linked Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), saying his ?values are nearly 3,000 miles away in San Francisco.? Ossoff described Handle as ?another career politician? and grilled her with questions related to her 2012 resignation from the nonprofit Susan G. Komen for the Cure in fallout over efforts to stop grants to Planned Parenthood.
The announcement of charges Monday against a federal contractor for allegedly leaking a top secret National Security Agency document to a news website is giving journalists flashbacks to leaker prosecutions under President Barack Obama.
The charges, tweeted New York Times reporter Scott Shane, followed ?the precedent of Obama, whose administration set the record for leak prosecutions.? Adam Goldman, a Times colleague who had his phone records secretly seized during a 2012 leak investigation, asked whether President Donald Trump would top the number of leak prosecutions set during the previous administration.
First Amendment attorney James Goodale believes so.
?I suspect the Trump administration will surpass the record set by Obama for his eight years,? Goodale, who represented The New York Times against the Nixon administration in the landmark Pentagon Papers case, told HuffPost.
Ever since Trump won the Republican nomination for president, journalists have feared he would not just continue the Obama administration?s unprecedented crackdown on leaks but accelerate the practice. Trump has a love affair with the press, reveling in the coverage he receives and keeping close tabs on the media industry?s ebbs and flows. But he?s also demonized the press corps repeatedly, labeled them the ?enemy of the people,? talked publicly about opening up libel laws, and vowed that administration employees who leak information to the press would be punished.
Obama provided the template for an administration using its legal resources to go after reporters? sources. Trump adds the aggressive, litigious personality.
New York Times reporter James Risen, who fought the previous administration for seven years after being compelled to testify about a source for his book published during the George W. Bush era, wrote as much in December. Trump, he wrote, ?seems likely to enthusiastically embrace the aggressive crackdown on journalists and whistle-blowers that is an important yet little understood component of Obama?s presidential legacy.?
How we got to this place is owed to an act passed by Congress shortly after the turn of the 20th century. The Espionage Act of 1917, which criminalized the relaying of information intended ?to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation,? was used by the Obama administration in prosecuting eight leak cases ? more than all previous administrations combined. Before Obama?s term, the law had been used only four times since 1971 in relation to classified disclosures to the news media.
The Trump administration cited the Espionage Act once more on Monday.
Reality Leigh Winner, the 25-year-old federal contractor charged by the Trump administration?s Justice Department, was accused of providing an online news outlet with a top secret document from May 5. The document appears to be the one published by The Intercept on Monday that revealed an alleged Russian cyberattack was aimed at a voting software company and more than 100 local officials in the United States shortly before the 2016 election. The Intercept reported it obtained the document through the mail from an anonymous source.
Indeed, Winner ? like leakers charged during the Obama years under the Espionage Act ? is accused of giving classified materials to a journalistic entity rather than a foreign adversary, yet still faces charges under the century-old statute.
What remains to be seen is whether the current Justice Department will go where its predecessor wouldn?t and prosecute a journalist for receiving classified information.
In 2013, the Obama administration agreed to new rules in dealing with journalists after facing blowback from revelations of seizing Associated Press phone records and identifying Fox News reporter James Rosen as a co-conspirator in a leak case. Former Attorney General Eric Holder said in 2014 he would not jail journalists for doing their jobs.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been unwilling to similarly commit to not jailing journalists for obtaining classified information in the course of reporting and Trump reportedly told then-FBI Director James Comey in a private February meeting that he should imprison journalists in leak cases. The Justice Department recently declined to comment on whether journalists could be jailed.
The White House has not responded to multiple requests for comment on the matter but Goodale, like other press freedom advocates, is not optimistic.
?I believe there?s a good possibility that reporters will be prosecuted at some point in time,? Goodale said.
One early case that will indicate where the Justice Department comes down on this issue is that of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange, who remains in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
During the Obama administration, federal prosecutors opened a grand jury investigation into Assange following WikiLeaks? 2010 publication of a trove of classified documents regarding the Iran and Afghanistan wars and U.S. diplomatic efforts abroad. Chelsea Manning, the Army private who was charged under the Espionage Act for providing the documents to WikiLeaks, was recently released from prison after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.
The Obama administration did not prosecute Assange, an act which could have opened the door to charging a news organization, given that WikiLeaks is a publisher, albeit an unconventional one. But the case was not closed and the Trump Justice Department ? despite the president?s enthusiastic support for WikiLeaks during the 2016 election ? is reportedly considering charges over the 2010 disclosures and the group?s more recent publication of classified CIA documents.
Goodale said he is concerned that Assange could be charged not with the Espionage Act but for conspiring with someone violating it. ?If he is convicted on a conspiracy charge, it sets a precedent of going after reporters on a conspiracy theory,? he said.
Goodale said he could envision the Trump administration continuing to follow the Obama-era practice of prosecuting leakers but also could imagine it ignoring guidelines the previous Justice Department agreed to after criticism from news organizations ? and thus finding a way to charge journalists for conspiring with sources.
One difference between the Trump administration and its predecessor, he said, is ?they don?t care how much the press scream.?
Uber has fired 20 employees stemming from a recent inquiry into an alleged culture of harassment at the ride-sharing company.
“It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias, if it is to have any credibility,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said. She noted human rights abuses in Venezuela.
Officers cleared the square in front of the landmark. About 900 people were inside the cathedral at the time, but were reported to be safe.
An Arizona woman shared a video with an important message for neighbors — always check your shoes for tarantulas before putting them on.
We asked long-haul truck drivers what they?d tell motorists if they got the chance. They had lots to say.
The Trump Organization announced plans for a chain of three-star hotel properties across the United States.
King’s College medic Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff treated victims of the London Bridge attack.
WASHINGTON ? With the Trump administration?s hard push for increased fossil fuel production, it may come as little surprise that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would address the American Petroleum Institute, an oil and gas industry trade group.
But the location of a March 23 API board of directors meeting, where Zinke was a guest speaker, is raising eyebrows. As a recently published log of the interior secretary?s scheduled meetings shows, the speech was held at Trump International Hotel in Washington, which has been at the center of conflict-of-interest concerns.
The half-hour talk was listed on Zinke?s schedule as: ?Address API Board of Directors Meeting.?
Of all Zinke?s meetings with energy industry representatives, the API event was the only one held at a location that financially benefits President Donald Trump, the nonprofit watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington noted in a post Monday.
Trump?s D.C. hotel, which occupies the historic Old Post Office under a 60-year lease with the federal government, has been attacked as an obvious conflict of interest for the president. The hotel has drawn scores of foreign dignitaries and lobbyists since Trump?s election.
Details about the March 23 meeting, including who was present and what Zinke discussed, are not provided in the Interior Department?s calendar entry. While it?s possible Zinke addressed the board via phone or video call, the listing appears to indicate he attended in person.
Neither the Interior Department nor API responded to HuffPost?s request for comment Monday.
Zinke, like Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, has emerged as an oil-loving administration ally of the fossil fuel industry. He said in April that Trump?s executive order aimed at opening now-protected areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to oil and gas development would ?cement our nation?s position as a global energy leader.?
Zinke, who?s tasked with managing some 500 million acres of federal land, has also compared oil drilling to hunting and fishing, and has suggested natural areas can actually benefit from the extraction of oil, gas and minerals. ?We can responsibly develop our energy resources and return the land to equal or better quality than it was before extraction,? he wrote in a May op-ed for the conservative Washington Times.
Zinke, a former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL, was confirmed March 1 as interior secretary. API President and CEO Jack Gerard said after Zinke?s nomination in December that Zinke ?knows the great potential that our federal lands hold when it comes to developing our nation?s energy resources.?
Gerard told The Washington Post last month that Zinke ?has been open to constructive dialogue and has shown a willingness to work with all stakeholders.?
Four days after Zinke?s appearance at API?s board meeting, Trump signed an executive order to roll back Obama-era policies meant to curb global climate change, namely the Clean Power Plan, which limited greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Zinke praised the order in a statement, saying Trump ?took bold and decisive action to end the War on Coal and put us on track for American energy independence.?
The order was among a number of Trump actions celebrated by API.
API spent $2.7 million lobbying in the first quarter of 2017. Those efforts targeted the Interior Department on a number of issues, including offshore drilling and national monument designations.
A man who witnessed the London terror attacks Saturday night has become a social media sensation after vowing to drink more and ?flirt with handsome men? in the wake of the tragedy.
In a Sunday interview with the BBC, Richard Angell recalled being just ?six meters? from the alleged terrorists as he dined with friends at London?s Arabica Bar and Kitchen near the city?s Borough Market, where the attacks that left seven people dead and 48 injured took place.
Though the 33-year-old was shaken by the experience, he defiantly returned to the scene the next day, pledging not to give in to fear.
?If me having a gin and tonic with my friends, flirting with handsome men, hanging out with brilliant women is what offends these people so much, I?m going to do it more, not less,? he told the BBC in the interview, which can be viewed above. ?That?s what makes London so great. That?s what makes it the best city in the world.?
Angell, who is the director of the U.K.-based think tank, Progress, later told BuzzFeed that he and his friends planned to return to Arabica Bar and Kitchen. ?I?ve got to pay my bill. Also, we haven?t given the staff a tip and they looked out for us when they should have been helping themselves,? he said. ?It was lovely food and I want the rest of my main course.?
?I sincerely hope that guy is out on the town tonight, pounding down gin and tonics, and flirting with every man he sees,? Oliver quipped. ?To you sir, I say this: Cheers!?
Others chimed in on social media, too.
Turns out, Angell was true to his word. On Monday, he tweeted a photo of himself with his friends enjoying a toast at the Arabica Bar and Kitchen.
What an inspiration!
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Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and another man carried out Saturday’s terror attack, police say.
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Terrorists have struck Britain three times in the past three months, but the country has a long history of battling terrorism and extremism.
UK security services have a number of powers at their disposal to stop suspected terrorists, but is it enough?
On Thursday, President Trump announced he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. If that makes you mad, good. If that makes you outraged and disgusted, even better. We have good reason. Even for a president whose administration has quickly earned a reputation for reckless and morally bankrupt policies, this appalling decision stands out, and the reaction both here and abroad has been withering.
For the rest of the planet, the message is clear: Donald Trump has zero interest in being the ?leader of the free world,? much less in international cooperation to solve global problems. In the dark and self-destructive world view of Steve Bannon and Donald Trump, the U.S. has no allies?only competitors. We don?t win unless other nations lose. That isn?t foreign policy; it?s Lord of the Flies.
For those of us who do care about our planet?s future, what happened Thursday should be a movement-defining moment. ?Hold tight to your anger/And don?t fall to your fears,? is how Bruce Springsteen put it in his song ?Wrecking Ball.? Trump?s action is unforgivable, but it should only make us more determined to protect our future.
The most important thing to remember is that although Trump can try to slow climate progress in the U.S., he is powerless to stop it. It?s true that the anti-environmental ambitions of his administration have exceeded almost everyone?s worst expectations. Equally extraordinary, though, are his administration?s astounding incompetence and obstinate refusal to accept reality?and I don?t just mean the reality of climate change. I mean the reality of 21st century America.
Every day, more U.S. cities, states, and corporations are committing to reducing carbon emissions and adopting clean, renewable energy. Just before Trump?s announcement, three additional coal plants came offline, including the two biggest ones remaining in New Jersey. Yesterday, more retirements were announced in Missouri, along with a massive investment in new locally sourced wind power. This announcement was followed by the largest purchase of electric school buses in history, in Southern California.
Want more? Just hours after Trump claimed he represents ?Pittsburgh, not Paris? in his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, Mayor Bill Peduto announced his support for a goal of powering Pittsburgh entirely with clean and renewable energy by 2035. And he?s not alone. The city of Portland, Oregon, officially committed to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy on Thursday night. Dozens of cities have committed to 100 percent clean energy, and more than 60 U.S. mayors have pledged their support for a community-wide clean-energy transition
At the state level, climate leadership is nothing new, but Trump?s actions have given it new urgency and significance. The governors of California, New York, and Washington have already announced plans for a coalition of states committed to upholding the emissions reduction goals of the Paris agreement.
Trump?s withdrawal also provoked a response from corporate America, which correctly sees climate disruption as a serious economic threat. As the Washington Post reported, ?one corporate titan after another tweeted their disappointment at the announcement, companies issued statements committing to action on climate change and two high-profile members of Trump’s business advisory council said they would leave the forum in response.?
Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a $15 million contribution to help fund the operations budget of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change coordinates the Paris pact. “Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris agreement by leading from the bottom up,? he said. ?And there isn’t anything Washington can do to stop us.”
So, yes, progress on achieving our emissions reduction goals will continue. In fact, progress may actually be faster as a result of Trump?s decision?because we all just got a big bucket of ice water dumped over our heads. For the next four years, it?s up to us to provide the leadership that Donald Trump won?t.
We need to do one more thing, too. Hold tight to our anger. This year, we can elect governors in Virginia and New Jersey and state legislators across the country who will stand up to the Trump agenda. Next year, we can elect a Congress that will not only stand up to Donald Trump but push back against his regressive policies. And in 2020, we can elect a president who puts the U.S. back on track by rejoining both the Paris Agreement and the international community. Let?s keep organizing, now.
On sea cliffs in Lima, Peru, Fernando Canchari Vásquez jumps into the Pacific Ocean to solicit money, and support his family. He dresses up as a friar to embody a local legend and entertain tourists.
ISIS is calling on its followers to massacre civilians during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, saying violence is a ‘beloved” act. One Islamic expert explains, jihadists are promised this huge reward for Ramadan terrorism.
The victim becomes the eighth teenager stabbed to death in London this year.
His family says their “heart is broken in two” as an X-ray reveals the six-year-old’s cancer is rapidly spreading.
?RuPaul?s Drag Race? contestant Alexis Michelle kicked off Pride month in the ?gayest? way possible, teaming up with Broadway?s Andrew Keenan-Bolger for a spirited take on ?Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again.?
The tune is a perfect pick for Pride, of course, given its history. In 1963, Judy Garland and a 21-year-old Barbra Streisand performed the duet on ?The Judy Garland Show,? and it remains a staple of queer playlists 54 years later.
Michelle, 32, will return to New York nightspot Feinstein?s/54 Below June 13 for a special Pride installment of ?It Takes A Woman… An Evening with Alexis Michelle.? The show, which features musical direction by Brandon James Gwinn, sees the drag queen tackling songs from Broadway musicals such as ?Cabaret,? ?Hello, Dolly!? and ?La Cage aux Folles,? as well as hits by Streisand and Lady Gaga.
?I fell in love with theater when I was 5 years old,? Michelle, whose real name is Alex Michaels, told HuffPost in May. ?The best I can do ? as a gay man, a queer performer and a drag queen ? is live my life honestly, openly and authentically, and let that authenticity be reflected in my performances. I really do believe that if we all live authentically, that behavior in and of itself has the power to change the world.?
Alexis Michelle stars in ?It Takes A Woman? An Evening with Alexis Michelle? at Feinstein?s/54 Below in New York on June 13. Head here for details.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis says China’s militarisation of man-made islands is not acceptable.
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.
States have long argued that they’re losing millions of dollars in uncollected taxes from online sales. Massachusetts is now trying a very Internet answer to this Internet problem.
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.
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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Artificial trans fats were ruled unsafe by the Food and Drug Administration partly in response to a lawsuit that Professor Kummerow filed against the agency.
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.
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.
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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You?ve probably read the stats: books by women are being reviewed more and more by prestigious outlets, but gender equity in the literary world has yet to be achieved. And, books by women are far less likely to win major awards.
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.
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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One of Tennessee?s most conservative state senators has announced her candidacy for governor on a record that includes strong support for President Donald Trump and criticism of same-sex marriage, pornography and allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.
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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A new study finds 52 genes that are related to intelligence ? a rousing success in a field that has often struggled to find correlations between smarts and genes.
The 52 genes, though, account for only about 5 percent of the variation in intelligence scores among different people. That?s because intelligence is a complex trait, said study author Danielle Posthuma, a statistical geneticist at Vrije University in Amsterdam.
These genes ?are basically a tip of the iceberg,? Posthuma told Live Science. ?But there are still a lot more genes that are important for intelligence.?
Precisely because the genetic underpinnings of intelligence are so complex, previous studies on the topic turned out to be underpowered ? most did not include enough people to detect the correlations between any given gene and people?s scores on intelligence tests.
Those earlier studies were too small because, prior to them, researchers ?didn?t know what the genetic architecture of intelligence would be,? Posthuma said. She added, ?If it had been one or two genes, we would have been able to detect them? with the sample sizes that those studies included.
Instead, those early findings suggested that intelligence probably involves thousands of genes. Various studies show that intelligence is highly heritable: Between 40 percent and 80 percent of the variations in intelligence among people are attributable to genes. In the new study, the researchers put the heritability factor at 54 percent.
The researchers pulled together data from 78,308 people, all of European descent, and scanned their DNA for single-nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs. SNPs are variations in the nucleotides that make up the genome. Most, according to the National Library of Medicine, have no effect, but some are crucial to health. [7 Diseases You Can Learn About from a Genetic Test]
Twelve of the 52 genes the researchers ended up pinpointing had been previously associated with intelligence, the researchers reported May 22 in the journal Nature Genetics. One set of genes involved with intelligence, which is also involved in cell development, included three genes already known to be involved with building or maintaining neurons: SHANK3, which is involved in the formation of the synapses, or gaps between neurons; DCC, which is involved in guiding the growth of axons, the spindly projections that neurons use as communication wires; and ZRHX3, which regulates the differentiation of neurons from other cell types during development.
What the genes mean
To avoid stumbling on false correlations in the giant data set ? there are at least 3 million SNPs in a human genome, Posthuma said ? the researchers set their standards high in running their analysis. The result of this was that for each gene they identified, the chance that it is not truly linked to intelligence is about 1 in a million, Posthuma said.
The researchers also replicated their findings on another data set that measured the highest level of education attained instead of looking at general intelligence. IQ is highly correlated with educational attainment, so genes that drive IQ should also be linked to education, they reasoned. The researchers found that almost all of the variations they uncovered were also associated with the participants? education levels.
?This is really important stuff,? said Douglas Detterman, a psychologist at Case Western Reserve University and a prominent intelligence researcher.
?What is interesting about this particular article is, it suggests what we have to do to really understand intelligence. It?s not going to be easy,? Detterman said. ?They suggest that the things they are finding are mostly implicated in neural development, so we?ll have to understand neural development and what it is about the brain that makes people smart.?
Not everyone agrees that studies like these can shed much light on what makes people smart, though. [6 Foods That Are Good For Your Brain]
?The basic premise is that each gene operates to do something in particular, independent of the environment and all the other genes,? said Wendy Johnson, a psychologist at The University of Edinburgh. ?There is so much evidence that there are many, many problems with this, that I?m not even sure where to start.?
Focusing on development and the modeling of the dynamics of the gene-environment system would be more enlightening, Johnson said.
Detterman said the natural next step in this line of work is to push the sample sizes of genome-wide studies into the millions.
?That is what it?s going to take to get really good information,? he said.
Posthuma and her colleagues are already planning to include more people in their next studies, hoping to find genes with even smaller contributions to general intelligence. They also plan to look more closely at the genes they?ve already uncovered, to see what they do, and if they really are involved with intelligence ? and, hopefully, to discover what makes someone intelligent in the first place. [5 Experts Answer: Can Your IQ Change Over Time?]
?The genes have a certain function, so it will help us get an idea of the underlying biological mechanism,? Posthuma said. ?Why do people with different intelligence differ from one another? Are the cells behaving different, or is the information processing faster??
Original article on Live Science.
A rising high school senior is being commended for laying down his life to protect his younger cousin during a mass shooting in southwest Mississippi that killed eight people, including a sheriff?s deputy, on Saturday night.
Jordan Blackwell, 18, was at his Brookhaven home with his cousins Caleb Edwards, 15, Austin Edwards, 11, and a number of other young people, when authorities say Willie Godbolt, 35, began shooting his way inside inside amid a deadly domestic dispute.
?Where?s your mama and daddy?? Caleb recalled Godbolt asking Blackwell, whose mother was friends with Godbolt?s estranged wife, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
After Blackwell answered that they were in Bogue Chitto, a neighboring town about 69 miles south of Jackson, Godbolt started shooting again, Caleb said. The gunfire killed Austin, pictured below on the left.
Blackwell, pictured above on the right, played football at school and had started receiving offer letters from universities. His father, Shon Blackwell, said the teen blocked the path of a bullet that was heading toward Caleb. That selfless act cost him his life.
?I know we always say what we will do in a situation like that. He did it,? the elder Blackwell told the Daily Leader of his son. ?He?s my young hero.?
Caleb also reflected on the incredible act, telling The Associated Press on Monday: ?He loved me enough to take some bullets for me.?
Godbolt?s stop at the Brookhaven home was the second of three he would make that night, authorities said.
Earlier in the evening, police say he fatally shot his mother-in-law, Barbara Mitchell, 55; her daughter, Toccarra May, 35; and Mitchell?s sister, Brenda May, 53. Godbolt?s wife was able to escape with their two children.
Afterward, Godbolt allegedly went on to kill his wife?s sister, Shelia Burage, 46, and her husband, Ferral Burage, 45.
He also allegedly shot and killed responding Lincoln County Sheriff?s Deputy William Durr, 36, a two-year sheriff?s department veteran and former Brookhaven police officer. Durr leaves behind an 11-year-old son and a wife who described him to the AP as ?a good Christian man.?
?He was a youth minister and a pastor before going into law enforcement,? said Durr?s wife, Debbie Durr. During his off-duty hours, Durr visited schools and churches where he performed with puppets for children, the principal of Brookhaven Academy told the AP.
In a Facebook video shared by Brookhaven Academy earlier this month, Durr is seen speaking to preschoolers about spreading happiness to others, telling them: ?You?re fireflies, and you can light up for the world.?
Despite the tragic events, family and friends of the victims have expressed love and forgiveness.
Tommy Clopton, Blackwell?s football coach, remembered the teen as a fierce competitor who challenged himself and others to be their best at all times.
?He understood what it meant to his brother?s keeper and take care of his family and we?re going to miss him for a long time,? Clopton told a Clarion-Ledger reporter.
Blackwell?s father echoed that description.
?He loved easy and he loved hard. It was easy for him to love you and he would do anything, even if it was something hard, to prove that he loved you, and in his dying moment, he was showing the hard side,? he told the Daily Leader.
He went on to stress the importance of practicing forgiveness and reaching out to someone when they?re in distress.
?Love from family is one thing, help from family is one thing, but sometimes we all need professional help,? he said.
Godbolt was arrested early Sunday morning and faces one count of capital murder and seven counts of first-degree murder.
During an interview with a Clarion-Ledger reporter, filmed as he sat at the edge of the road with his hands cuffed behind him, Godbolt said he only meant to talk to his wife and recover his children.
He added, ?I ain?t fit to live, not after what I?ve done.?
?The Bachelor? and ?The Bachelorette? aren?t exactly known for pushing positive mental health habits. (In fact, it?s usually quite the opposite.) But on Monday night?s episode of Rachel Lindsay?s season of ?The Bachelorette,? a routine exchange during a date turned into a refreshing endorsement for therapy.
Rachel goes on her first one-on-one date of the season with 31-year-old business owner, Peter Kraus. They have an idyllic time as they play with dogs at ?Bark Fest,? hang out in a ball pit, bond over their gap teeth and generally become ?smitten? with each other. During the second half of the date ? traditionally the time when contestants are encouraged to ?open up? and ?be vulnerable? ? Rachel asks Peter why he?s still single. Peter explains that he?s been brokenhearted a few times, specifically citing a relationship he jumped into after moving from L.A. back to Wisconsin, which didn?t work out and left him ?really confused.?
?So, I decided to go see someone for it,? he continued. ?I saw a relationship therapist, and it actually helped me a lot, and I think it?s helping me a lot now to be more calm in my thoughts.?
Rachel responded enthusiastically, talking about the end of her own long-term relationship, and how therapy helped her work on herself after it ended.
?I went to a therapist,? she said, ?and it was the best decision that I made that entire year and again it prepared me to realize what I really want for myself and what wasn?t working for me.?
(Watch the exchange above, beginning around to 50-second mark.)
The scene is a sweet and romantic one, in which therapy is presented as a dating plus! Rachel is totally taken with Peter?s anecdote, especially because she relates to it. She even jumps right from discussing mental health care to giving him the rose ? any ?Bachelorette? one-on-one date?s ultimate prize.
Viewers reacted enthusiastically to the therapy talk, noting how unusual it is to hear mental health spoken about candidly:
In an ideal world, this wouldn?t even be notable. After all, mental health struggles are incredibly common in this country. Anxiety disorders alone impact 40 million adults in the U.S. ? that?s about 18 percent of the population. However, only about one-third of those people get treatment.
This gap exists for a few reasons: a lack of comprehensive coverage for quality mental health care, the persistent idea that mental health isn?t ?real? health, and the stigma that still follows admitting that you might need mental health care in the first place. (Incidentally, there are still few worse labels in ?The Bachelor(ette)? dating world ? and the real dating world ? than ?crazy.?)
Because of the persistence of this stigma and the tangible impact it has on people seeking help, it?s notable that a show like ?The Bachelorette,? which brings in millions of viewers from across the country each week, is normalizing therapy ? even making it something romantic. And truly, why shouldn?t it be? Recognizing that sometimes you need help, and having the wherewithal to seek that help out when needed, can only be a positive in a new relationship.
If even ?The Bachelorette? gets that mental health care is both necessary and pretty damn sexy, maybe the rest of America can get on board.
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You?d think that being the voice of Elsa from ?Frozen? might help you reach parenting perfection. But Idina Menzel says she still deals with ups and downs as a divorced working mom dealing with guilt and double standards.
The actress and singer and her ex-husband, Taye Diggs, have a 7-year-old son named Walker. Following their 2014 divorce, she and Diggs have committed themselves to amicable co-parenting as they balance their careers as performers with giving Walker a childhood filled with love and support.
In honor of Menzel?s 46th birthday today, we?ve compiled some of her standout parenting quotes ? from her thoughts on mom guilt and the messy reality of motherhood to her son?s relationship with ?Frozen.?
?Your child comes first, that?s all. It?s all about that. He comes first and you have to get past your own egos and you never talk bad about each other.?
On the double standards moms face:
?The guilt is the thing we as women all feel, whether we stay at home or we work. There are a lot of double standards with the way the men in our lives see how we make those choices. I think there?s an accounting for how much time I spend with my son, and men don?t have to account for how much time they spend with their child. It hurts to feel that?s a judgment being made. Because we?re already judging ourselves.?
On the messy reality of motherhood:
?I?m a mom ? I?m lucky if I get to shower in the morning. Luckily, nail polish stays on my toes. I?ve been so bad on the upkeep, though.?
On parenting as a performer:
?I?m pretty disciplined. I really take care of my voice. But what do you do when you have a show and your kid wakes up with a fever in the middle of the night before? You go on stage, you think you?re never going to get through this, and that?s when you say to yourself, ?Well, you weren?t going to not sleep next to your sick son, were you?? Are you going to be mad at yourself because your voice is scratchy? No. You?re just going to change the melody a little and people will care because you?ve made them feel something, not because you?ve hit a certain note.?
On ?Let It Go?:
?I just feel bad that some parents may be sick of me because of it.?
On dating as a single mom:
?It all sucks. I don?t want to keep introducing [my son] to people and having him form bonds and then take ?em away, you know. It?s bad enough his mom and dad are getting divorced.?
On parenting guilt and divorce:
?You have a lot of regret with a child, and feeling like you?re failing them in some way. Not giving them the idealistic scenario.?
On singing for her son:
?He doesn?t like to hear Mommy sing! The few times I?ve tried ? I?d say, ?Want to hear what Mommy did in the studio today?? ? the first song on the album is called ?Small World? and he started cry! He said, ?Mommy, it makes me miss you.? I said, ?What do you mean? I?m here!? He said, ?It just makes me think about when you go onstage and I miss you!??
On telling her son about current events:
?It?s hard to know what?s age-appropriate as far as educating your child and how much to teach him about what?s out there, and that there are bad people out there and there are people who don?t like other people. You want to keep him insulated and safe and not ruin his perspective of the world.?
On work-life balance:
?I?ve struggled with putting off having a child, worried that it would distract me from my ambition and my career. And then I realized once I had a child how that enriched my life, and me as an artist and as a woman. It?s constant, the balancing motherhood now with my performing and my career and the guilt that I?m constantly slaying myself with. But it?s wonderful to have a show that I can at least go and assess those things and work through them on stage.?
On her son?s relationship with ?Frozen?:
?The only time he really likes it is when I was volunteering in this kindergarten class last year and doing arts and crafts and he started talking to one of the little girls. The girl is looking at me and he says, ?Do you want my mom?s autograph? She?s Elsa!? That?s like his game, he?s got game.?
On raising a son:
?I want to do the right thing by my son, and that means balancing my work and my quality time with him. I know he needs to grow up seeing a really happy, confident mother, then he?ll be drawn to those kinds of women.?
On reliving childhood through parenting:
?You get to relive your childhood when you have a baby and you see these toys and these books you read when you were little ? the innocence that you are able to maintain ? to connect with your child keeps you in a special state of mind.?
On how parenthood changes you:
?Motherhood has helped me to stop overanalyzing things. It?s been liberating because I used to be somewhat neurotic. I attribute that to having something bigger than myself.?
On living in the moment:
?[I] better about myself because I like who I am as a mother … Between changing diapers and touring preschools, I?m still getting some other stuff done. I think that?s why being a mommy keeps you in the moment more. You can?t really think much about other stuff because you have life happening right in front of you ? you have to feed him, and change his diapers, and play with him, and read to him.?
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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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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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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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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?
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Surrender now, ?Game of Thrones.?
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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??
?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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A former US treasury secretary says it is the “most egregious” mistake he has seen in four decades.
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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.
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.
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.
A review of child deaths after fatal car crashes found wide variations by state and region, and suggests state authorities could radically decrease child deaths by changing traffic safety laws.
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Trump provided few specifics about how a deal might be achieved in a peace process that has been stalled for years. He said it could “begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East.”
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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Manchester United cannot allow Ajax to grow in confidence in Wednesday’s Europa League final, says former defender Phil Neville.
A “possible” terrorist incident killed at least 19 people were killed and 50 injured Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in Britain, authorities said.
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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.
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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.
Afghanistan’s Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum left the country for Turkey amid accusations of the kidnapping, torture and rape of a political rival.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.?
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.?
Rosales said she decided to use such a familiar painting in order to provoke conversations about thinking critically and challenging social norms.
?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.
To keep up with updates, you can subscribe to her mailing list at harmoniarosales.com.
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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.
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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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:
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RIP, online prom dress shopping.
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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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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.
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.
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.?
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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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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?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.
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?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.?
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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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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.
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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.
The Toronto Blue Jays signed manager John Gibbons to a contract extension through at least the 2019 season, the team announced Saturday.
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.