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Tearful Robbie pays tribute to Manchester

Robbie Williams fights back tears after dedicating the song to victims of the bombing.

Jo Cox’s son made up a song in her memory after she was killed

The murdered ex-MP’s husband explains how his two children have coped with the loss of their mum.

New Orleans Saints sign 1st rounder Marshon Lattimore, five others

The New Orleans Saints signed six of their seven 2017 NFL draft picks on Friday, including first-round cornerback Marshon Lattimore to a four-year rookie deal.

Child-killer Karla Homolka volunteered at Montreal school

Karla Homolka played a role in the rape and murder of three young girls, including her own sister.

3 Ex-Penn State Officials Sentenced To Jail Time For Failure To Report Sandusky Abuse

Former President Graham Spanier and former Vice President Gary Schultz were given two months in jail; former Athletic Director Tim Curley got three months. They were convicted of child endangerment.

The Supreme Court’s Options in the Travel Ban Case

The court will probably agree to hear the Justice Department?s appeal, but requests to stay lower court rulings present harder questions.

Teen’s Essay About Her Love Of Ordering Pizza Earns Her A Spot At Yale

A Tennessee teen is encouraging others to break the mold after reportedly earning a spot at Yale University with an unusual essay about ordering pizza.

Carolina Williams announced that she had been accepted to the Ivy League school on Twitter earlier this month and shared a copy of her essay that appeared to draw high praise (and laughs) from an admissions officer.

?I just want @PapaJohns to know that I wrote a college essay about how much I love to order their pizza and it got me into Yale,? she boasted in a Tweet.

The 18-year-old, who told HuffPost that she will be the first in her family to attend college, had been tasked with writing about something that she loves to do. Williams said she genuinely loves ordering pizza.

?Accepting these warm cardboard boxes at my front door is second nature to me, but I will always love ordering pizza because of the way eight slices of something so ordinary are able to evoke feelings of independence, consolation, and joy,? a portion of her essay reads.

?I came up with the idea all on my own and did not really tell anyone about it,? she told HuffPost by email on Thursday. ?When my friends found out about it though, they thought it was hilarious.?

Her admissions officer apparently did, too.

In a letter shared by the teen, the officer, who was not named, said she ?laughed so hard? while reading it.

?I want you to know that every part of your application stood out in our process and we are thrilled to be able to offer you a spot at Yale,? the officer?s accompanying message reads.

Another handwritten note, read: ?Yale would be lucky to have you.?

Of course, it wasn?t just Williams? creative essay that earned her a coveted spot among the 2,272 students accepted by Yale this year ? making a slim, 6.9% acceptance rate.

Her application contained all the right ingredients, including a high GPA, volunteer work, as well as memberships with the English Honors Society, National Honors Society, Model UN and Youth in Government, the Tennessean reported.

But just as she had many choices on what to write about, she also had choices other than Yale.

In the end, she opted to go to Auburn University instead. One big reason, she shared, is that the Alabama school is much closer to home.

?I absolutely love Yale, but I felt so at home at Auburn,? she told HuffPost. ?I love the South and the school spirit. I will be a part of the Honors College. I?m so honored to have been accepted by Yale, though!?

At Auburn, she plans to pursue a business degree while minoring in economics, she told the Tennessean, which also reported that the school provided scholarship opportunities.


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One Illustrator Captures The Intersection Of Internet Weirdness And Femininity

You might know Canadian illustrator Jillian Tamaki for This One Summer, her 2014 collaboration with cousin Mariko Tamaki that artfully chronicled a formative season between two friends and earned her a Caldecott Honor award. Now, the illustrator returns with a new book that?s all her own.

Boundless, from Drawn & Quarterly, is a series of graphic stories, some more rooted in narrative structure than others. Tamaki?s imagined scenarios ? in one, a narrator becomes over-invested in the life of a bizarre Facebook mirror; in another, a lengthy cult internet recording called ?Sex Coven? sparks a murky trend of teens gathering in the woods ? are finely drawn, part of a world that feels eerily unfamiliar and recognizable at once. There are benchmarks of our modern lives, like short-lived television that earns a fandom online, and then Tamaki twists it into something bizarre: that television show is, in fact, a sitcom porno.

This treatment is also given to notions of femininity. In one story, a character seems to be shrinking in an attractive way. One acquaintance asks her if she?s lost weight. Her shrinking doesn?t stop, however, and soon she?s unable to work and requires tiny clothes hand-sewn by her sister, before she eventually grows smaller than what is recognizable to the eye. In another, a mostly disembodied narrator extolls the virtues of a multi-level marketing beauty product.

Bedbugs, too, and the strain the invasive creatures can put on a relationship, feel relatively modern, and Tamaki handles this deftly. In ?Bedbug,? she tells the story of a couple sorting through their things, deciding which to keep for fumigation and which to toss after an infestation. The quick intimacy she creates for the reader allows you to feel the full weight of the stresses and secrets that unfurl.

Read an excerpt below:

Boundless is now available from Drawn & Quarterly.

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Trump Announces U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

President Trump followed through on his campaign-trail vow to exit the historic international agreement. But he said the U.S. would begin negotiations to possibly re-enter the pact or a similar deal.

Democrats’ Bid to Regain Hold on House Begins in California

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Giant gator Snaggletooth prowls for love on Florida trail

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French deliver armored vehicles to Lebanon

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British and Irish Lions: Warren Gatland will not repeat Graham Henry mistake

British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland says he will not repeat Graham Henry’s mistake by splitting the squad early in the tour.

Did the Nazis locate a secret U-boat base in Spain?

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Trump Expected To Delay U.S. Embassy Move To Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, May 31 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected this week to delay relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, U.S. officials and a diplomatic source said on Wednesday, despite his campaign pledge to go ahead with the controversial move.

With a deadline for a decision looming, Trump is likely to continue his predecessors? policy of signing a six-month waiver overriding a 1995 law requiring that the embassy be transferred to Jerusalem, an action that would have complicated his efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the sources said.

Trump has yet to make his decision official but is required by law to act by Friday, according to one U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Barring a last-minute surprise, Trump is expected to renew the waiver. His administration intends to make clear, however, that Trump remains committed to the promise he made during the 2016 presidential campaign, though it will not set a specific timetable for doing so, officials said.

Asked whether Trump would sign the waiver, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Wednesday:

?Once we have a decision, we?ll put it out,? adding there would be ?something very soon on that.?

While there have been divisions among Trump?s aides on the issue, the view that appears to have prevailed is that the United States should keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for now to avoid angering the Palestinians, Arab governments and Western allies while the president seeks to nurture peace efforts.

Trump avoided any public mention of a potential embassy move during his visit to Israel and the West Bank in May. Despite that, most experts are skeptical of Trump?s chances for achieving a peace deal that eluded other U.S. presidents.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the major stumbling blocks. Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed it, a move not recognized internationally. Israel considers all of the city its indivisible capital.


The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Jerusalem is home to holy sites of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions.

Shifting the U.S. Embassy would be widely seen as Washington?s recognition of the Israeli position on Jerusalem?s status, which successive U.S. administrations have said must be decided in negotiations between the two sides.

Former President Barack Obama renewed the waiver in December, setting off a six-month clock for Trump. CNN was first to report that Trump was expected to sign the waiver.

On the campaign trail, Trump?s pro-Israel rhetoric raised expectations that he would act quickly to move the embassy. But after he took office in January, the issue lost momentum as he met Arab leaders who warned it would be hard to rejuvenate long-stalled peace efforts unless he acted as a fair mediator.

Some of Trump?s top aides have pushed for him to keep his campaign promise, not only because it would be welcomed by most Israelis but to satisfy the pro-Israel, right-wing base that helped him win the presidency. The State Department, however recommended against an embassy move, one U.S. official said.

?The president is still committed to moving the embassy,? one U.S. official said. ?It?s not a question of whether but when it will be done.?

The Jerusalem Embassy Act passed by Congress in 1995 mandating relocation of embassy to Jerusalem allows the president to waive the requirement in accordance with U.S. national security interests.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and Sandra Maler)

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Sean Spicer’s Explanation Of Donald Trump’s ‘Covfefe’ Tweet Is Really Something

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had an eyebrow-raising explanation for a curious tweet sent by President Donald Trump that featured a nonsense word.

Trump tweeted ?covfefe? late Tuesday night, seemingly attempting to write the word ?coverage? in a tweet critical of the press.

He eventually deleted the tweet and joked about the meaning of the made-up word, telling his followers to ?Enjoy!?

But when asked about the implications of the president?s late-night tweeting, Spicer refused to admit the word was an innocent human error, instead commenting that ?the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.?

Trump and the White House press office are no strangers to typos and poor messaging.

Spicer has been under fire after a string of mishaps in recent weeks. At the daily White House press briefing on Tuesday, he struggled to provide any actual information to reporters who asked about climate change, his team?s ties to Russia, health care legislation and more.

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‘Like Brain Boot Camp’: Using Music To Ease Hearing Loss

Researchers in Toronto are studying whether singing in a choir and practicing pitch can help hearing-impaired people function better in noisy environments.

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Saab contracted for maintenance of Gripen fighters

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GOP Congressman Looks Down On Protesters From Roof, Becomes Instant Meme

A GOP congressman became an instant meme after taking to the roof of his district office to photograph protesters on the street below.

Social media users drew instant comparisons between Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Michael Scott, the bungling boss from ?The Office,? following Tuesday?s bizarre incident at his office in Vista.

There were conflicting reports as to why Issa decided to go up on the roof in the first place. The lawmaker himself said he?d ?spent the morning talking with constituents gathered outside the office? before going up ?to take a quick pic.?

His opponents, however, alleged that he scurried up onto the roof because he was ?too afraid? to speak with the protesters below.

Constituents have been holding weekly rallies to voice concerns over President Donald Trump?s immigration and health care policies, according to NBC San Diego. Here?s a sampling of the best responses so far:

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Sterling dips after projection suggests hung parliament

A YouGov projection in The Times suggests the Conservatives could fail to win an outright majority.

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Vili Fualaau Formally Separates From His Former Teacher Mary Kay Letourneau

One of the scandalous love affairs of the last 20 years is ending.

TMZ reported Tuesday that Vili Fualaau filed for legal separation earlier this month from his wife and former sixth-grade teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau.

Letourneau was 34 and married with four kids when she and Fualaau, then 13, began having sex in 1996. She became pregnant with his child that year and gave birth to a girl in 1997, according to

Letourneau was arrested for statutory rape in February 1997, after police interviewed Fualaau following a tip, according to Seattle station KIRO TV.

Letourneau pleaded guilty to child rape in exchange for a three-month jail sentence and probation under the condition she have no contact with her former student.

Letourneau was released three months later, but arrested on a probation violation in February 1998, after officers caught her in a car with Fualaau.

Soon, she was pregnant with her second child with Fualaau.

Letourneau married Fualaau in 2005, a few months after she was released in jail, according to the New York Daily News. She was 43 and Fualaau was 22.

Barbara Walters interviewed the couple in 2015 and Fualaau admitted the relationship wasn?t always easy.

?I don?t think there?s ever a full 10 good years of marriage. … But, you know, what matters is how you pull through all the bad times,? he said.

Letourneau is 55 and Fualaau is 33.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Sweet Bedtime Ritual For His Daughter

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has identified himself as an atheist in the past, but it seems there are some spiritual traditions that he?s passing onto his daughter. 

During a commencement speech at Harvard University last week, the dad told graduates about a bedtime ritual he?s established with his 1-year-old daughter Max.

Zuckerberg, who was raised Jewish, said that he often turns to a Jewish prayer called ?Mi Shebeirach? to round out the day with his child.

?I am reminded of a prayer ?Mi Shebeirach,? that I say whenever I face a big challenge,? the 33-year-old tech entrepreneur said at the end of the speech. ?That I sing to my daughter, thinking of her future when I tuck her in at night. And it goes, ?May the source of strength who has blessed the ones before us help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.??

?I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing,? Zuckerberg told Harvard?s class of 2017 on Thursday. 

Watch the full commencement speech below.

Zuckerberg was referring to a Jewish prayer for healing that is traditionally said for friends or loved ones who are struggling with physical, emotional or spiritual challenges. The prayer can be personalized depending on the occasion or the individual needing healing, so there are a number of different versions of the Mi Shebeirach. It is customary for the person seeking God?s blessing to also pledge charity to someone else. 

The Mi Shebeirach prayer Zuckerberg uses appears to have been popularized by Rabbi Drorah Setel, a Reform Jewish leader from Rochester, New York, and the late Jewish singer-songwriter, Debbie Friedman. The Washington Post reports that many American synagogues use Friedman?s musical interpretation of the Mi Shebeirach during services. 

Listen to a recording of Mi Shebeirach by Debbie Friedman below. 

Although Zuckerberg has identified as an atheist in the past, he?s become more of a spiritual seeker in recent years. 

His openness to religion became apparent last December, when Zuckerberg wished Facebook users a ?Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.?  A commenter responded to the post by asking, ?Aren?t you an atheist?? Zuckerberg responded: ?No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.? 

H/T: The Washington Post

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‘Baywatch’ Officially Flops As ‘Pirates’ Comes In First At The Box Office

LOS ANGELES ( ? Disney?s ?Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales? is sailing into first place at the domestic box office this weekend, but the story the numbers dictate is not one of swashbuckling heroics.

Johnny Depp?s fifth outing as Jack Sparrow is looking at a three-day total of $62.2 million from 4,276 locations, and a four-day holiday weekend sum of $77 million. If not for international appeal, that would be a let down for a movie riding on a $230 million production budget.

The first place finish also can?t cover up a serious case of franchise fatigue. ?Dead Men Tell No Tales? is the lowest opening for a Pirates movie apart from the original, which earned over $46 million in its first weekend (and was also the only installation approved by critics). Last time out in 2011, ?On Stranger Tides? pulled in $90 million in its opening weekend. That?s still less than 2007?s ?At World?s End? ($114.7 million) and 2006?s ?Dead Man?s Chest? ($135.6 million). But it?s no question why Disney is still churning out sequels ? combined, the movies have made $1.3 billion domestically and $3.8 billion worldwide.

?Dead Men Tell No Tales? centers on Sparrow battling deadly ghost sailors, led by the Javier Bardem?s Captain Salazar. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg directed the film, which also sees the return of both Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, who were absent from the fourth installment.

Over time the ?Pirates? franchise has become more reliant on overseas ticket sales, and that?s certainly the case this time out. The studio should make back its production budget this weekend once worldwide ticket sales are taken into account. Since the franchise still makes money (even if U.S. grosses are dwindling) this may not be the last we see of Captain Sparrow.

Meanwhile, Paramount?s ?Baywatch? was hoping to make an oceanic summer splash, but looks to have ended up in the kiddie pool. The rebooted property should land a three-day total of $18.1 million from 3,647 locations and end the four-day holiday weekend with $22 million. That?s far below early estimates. The movie carries a $60 million production budget.

This is the latest in a string of misses for the studio this year including ?Ghost in the Shell,? ?Rings,? ?XXX: The Return of Xander Cage? and ?Monster Trucks.?

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron star in the comedy that spawned from the 1990s NBC drama starring David Hasselhoff and a team of lifeguards who patrolled the beaches of Los Angeles. This time around it?s Johnson, an experienced and devoted lifeguard, who butts heads with a new recruit, Efron, until they uncover a criminal plot.

Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach and Ilfenesh Hadera also star. Seth Gordon directed the film based on a screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon, and Robert Ben Garant all have story credits.

?Baywatch? will land in third behind Disney?s ?Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,? which has proven to be the only major hit to emerge from the summer box office so far. The sequel looks to pull in another $24.2 million over the four-day weekend, raising its domestic total close to $340 million.

Fox?s ?Alien: Covenant? should end up in fourth during its second weekend in theaters. The latest installment in the Alien franchise is looking at $13.1 million over the four-day stretch. Rounding out the top five, the YA adaptation ?Everything, Everything? looks to have been a solid low-budget investment for Warner Bros. Its four day total should be about $7.6 million.

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The Portland Heroes Who Stood Up To Hate

On the surface, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche appeared to lead very different lives. A retired Army veteran and a married father of four, 53-year-old Best worked for the city of Portland. At 23, Namkai-Meche was a recent college grad who worked at an consulting firm focused on environmental issues. 

What they shared, according to friends and family, was a willingness to put others first and stand up to wrongdoing.

On Friday, Best and Namkai-Mechei were stabbed to death while traveling on one of Portland?s MAX train ahead of Memorial Day Weekend. The men had stood up from their seats to confront a man harassing two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Police say Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, who has ties to white supremacy, targeted the girls for ?religiously and racially motivated reasons.?

?He was saying things about how Muslims should die and how they?ve been killing Christians for years,? Dyjuana Hudson, one of the girls? mothers, said. 

When Best and Namkai-Mechei tried to intervene, along with a third man, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, Christian violently attacked them. Fletcher survived the stabbing but remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Saturday called all three men heroes.

?They were attacked because they did the right thing,? Wheeler said. ?Their actions were brave and selfless and should serve as an example and inspiration to us all.?

?Man, he?s just the best person.?


Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche was a friend who would ?never forget about you,? said Christoper Landt, who grew up with him in Ashland, Oregon.

Landt told The Oregonian/Oregon Live his friend was a voice of reassurance and kindness to those who were struggling, and would look out for others even if it meant putting himself in harm?s way.

?If he knew he was going to die, he still would have done what he did,? Landt said.

?This is a guy who had so many friends and he seemed to have a special connection with every single one,? Landt said. ?We?d all say the same thing: ?Man, he?s just the best person.??

Namkai-Meche graduated in 2016 from Portland?s Reed College, where he studied economics and made a lasting impression on students and teachers.

?He was thoughtful, humble, smart, inquisitive, and compassionate,? Reed religion professor Kambiz GhaneaBassiri said in a statement. ?He was a wonderful human being. As good as they come. And now he is a hero to me.?

Namaki-Meche?s mother, Asha Deliverance, memorialized her son in a statement on Facebook. ?He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love you forever,? she wrote. 

Namkai-Meche?s sister, Vajra Alaya-Maitreya, said in a statement to HuffPost on her family?s behalf that her brother ?lived a joyous life.? 

?He was resolute in his conduct and respect of all people. In his final act of bravery, he held true to what he believed is the way forward. He will live in our hearts forever as the just, brave, loving, hilarious and beautiful soul he was.?


?I can?t stand by and do nothing.?

When his friends or family needed aid or comfort, Ricky John Best was often who they turned to. 

?He was always the first person you would go to for help,? Kareen Perkins, one of Best?s colleagues, told The Oregonian/Oregon Live. ?I?ve talked to most of his coworkers today, and several of them said it?s just like Rick to step in and help somebody out.? 

Best, who spent part of his childhood in Salem, Oregon, served 23 years in the Army, retiring as a platoon sergeant for Corps maintenance. After his military service, Best ran for Clackamas County commissioner. 

In a 2014 profile that ran during his campaign, the Oregonian/Oregon Live said that Best ?repeatedly stresses that he stands by his moral convictions, no matter what.?

Best, a Republican, said he entered the non-partisan commissioner?s race because he wanted to seek change in the local government instead of just complain about it. ?I can?t stand by and do nothing,? Best said at the time.

Best also rejected campaign contributions, even from people who wanted to purchase a yard sign to support him in his unsuccessful bid. 

?No one can say I?m in it for the money, because I don?t want it,? Best said.

Best worked as a technician for Portland?s city Bureau of Development Services ? a job friends said he loved because it allowed him to spend more time with his four children. He was reportedly heading to his home in the Portland suburb of Happy Valley when Christian attacked on Friday afternoon. 

?I?m proud of him for standing up.?

Micah Fletcher?s mother, Margie, said she knew her son was the type to standup to wrongdoing ? for better or worse. 

?Micah?s always done that,? she told CNN. ?I?ve always worried about it.?

His mother on Saturday said he was in ?really bad condition.? Fletcher?s neck was punctured, his jaw broken and he had to undergo hours of surgery to remove bone fragments from his throat, according to CNN. 

The Portland State University student is an avid poet whose works have addressed racism, bigotry and social justice. As a high school student in 2013, Fletcher won the Verselandia poetry slam with work that included a poem condemning anti-Muslim hate. 

?I?m proud of him for standing up,? his mother said. ?I?m grateful that he?s here. It?s hard for me to say I want people to stand up, but two girls might be alive because of them.? 

Right-wing extremism on the rise 

As tributes to the men poured in over the weekend, politicians, including President Trump, were slow to respond. 

The relative silence over the Portland killings from Trump and his Republican allies has not gone unnoticed ? especially after some of the same politicians failed to rebuke a Montana Republican Congressional candidate who recently became physically violent with a reporter. 

At the same time that Islamaphobic attacks are on the rise in the U.S., with at least 385 documented instances in 2016 alone, attacks by perpetrators who are white, non-Muslim and are confirmed or suspected of holding white supremacist or white nationalist views typically receive less sustained media coverage ? and condemnation from politicians ? than acts perpetrated by a suspect believed to be motivated by an extremist Muslim ideology. 

Up until the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando where a man with views sympathetic to the self-described Islamic State slaughtered 49 people, white supremacists were a greater danger to Americans than foreign terrorists, according to a 2015 study by the New America Foundation, a non-partisan D.C.-based research firm. 

President Donald Trump has drawn criticism since his days as a candidate for his strong anti-Muslim stance and feeble efforts to distance himself from white nationalist and white supremacist supporters ? actions Muslim and other minority group advocates say have fueled more Islamaphobic incidents.  

Destinee Mangum, the 16-year-old girl who was one of the targets of Christian’s rage thanked the three men who stood up for her and her friend.

“I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me because they didn’t even know me,” a tearful Mangum said. “They lost their lives because of my friend the way we looked. Without them, we probably would be dead right now.”

On Sunday, veteran newsman Dan Rather posted a message to Facebook calling on Trump to condemn Christian?s alleged actions and recognize the slain and injured men as heroes. 

?This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House. They were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or a ?radical Islamic terrorist,?? Rather wrote.  

?This ?extremism? may be of a different type than gets most of your attention, or even the attention in the press. But that doesn?t make it any less serious, or deadly. And this kind of ?extremism? is on the rise, especially in the wake of your political ascendency,? he continued.

?Most people who study these sorts of things do not think that is a coincidence. I do not blame you directly for this incident. Nor do I think other people should. But what a President says, who he has around him, and the tone he sets can set the tone for the nation at large.?  

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Casts Doubt On Democratic Sweep In 2018

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who in 2006 helped Democrats capture their first House majority in 12 years, on Sunday cast doubt on the party?s chances of reclaiming the chamber again next year.

?It took us a long time to get this low. It ain?t going to happen in 2018,? the former White House chief of staff during President Barack Obama?s first term said on CNN?s ?State of the Union.?

?Take a chill pill, man. This is ? you got to be in this for the long haul,? he said.

Along with Republican Donald Trump?s surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton last November, Democrats suffered significant losses across the political board during Obama?s eight years in office.

Republicans took back the House in 2010 ? just two years after Obama?s first election ? and have held it easily since then. The GOP, after also losing a Senate majority in 2006, won it back in 2014 and held it last November. Between 2008 and 2016, meanwhile, Democrats lost close to 1,000 seats in state legislatures.

?You?re not going to solve? the party?s decline in 2018, said Emanuel, who is up for re-election in 2019. ?The Republicans didn?t do what they did with just one election cycle. You have to have a long horizon, obviously, and work towards that, electing people at the local level, state houses, into Congress.?

Turning around ?years of eroding Democratic support? in local races won?t happen ?entirely in just one cycle,? Emanuel warned.

?Do I think we?re going to have a good year in 2018? Yes,? Emanuel said. ?Do I think everything?s going to be solved in a single cycle? That?s not how we got here, and it?s not going to be how we get out.?

Emanuel was a House member from Illinois and head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee when the party seized the chamber?s majority for the first time since 1994. Discontent with then-President George W. Bush?s administration and the war in Iraq played a large role in the Democratic showing, but Emanuel?s candidate recruitment efforts also received credit.

Democrats have been hoping to show signs of a comeback in various elections this year. but so far the party has yet to score a signature win. 

On Thursday, Republican Greg Gianforte ? despite being charged with misdemeanor assault of a reporter on the eve of the election ? defeated Democrat Rob Quist in a special election for the Montana?s sole House seat. Earlier this month in Omaha, Nebraska, Democrat Heath Mello failed to unseat Republican Mayor Jean Stothert. In April, progressive Democrat James Thompson ran well in special election for an open House seat in heavily Republican Kansas, but still lost.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

In April, Democrat Jon Ossoff fell less than two percentage points shy of an outright win in Georgia?s 6th Congressional District. The seat was vacated by Republican Tom Price to become Health and Human Services Department secretary under Trump and was and that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich occupied for years.

The high-profile race, flooded with money by both parties, is scheduled for a runoff election on June 20. An Ossoff win over Republican Karen Handel would re-energize Democrat and potentially boost the party?s prospects in 2018.

Progressives, many aligned with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), blame Democratic Party stalwarts for neglecting down-ballot races outside coastal liberal strongholds.

?It seems clear that Gianforte?s massive edge in early funding allowed him to attack Quist?s character viciously before there were sufficient funds for Quist to respond to the vitriol,? Jeff Hauser, a veteran progressive strategist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research?s Revolving Door Project, told HuffPost ahead of the Montana election.


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Whether because he was exhausted or trying to underscore the distance between himself and other world leaders, President Donald Trump chose to use a golf cart rather than walk with the rest of the G7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily, on the final day of his international tour.

After first making the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Japan wait for a group photo Saturday in the hilltop town, according to The Times of London, Trump moved front and center for the picture.

The rest of the group then wound their way about a quarter of a mile to a piazza past small crowds and media. Trump, however, reportedly waited for the electric cart to deliver him to the site. He finally disembarked to join the other leaders for the final walk to the G7 summit venue in a former monastery, now the San Domenico hotel, The Times reported.

Trump and wife Melania also rode a golf cart with Saudi Arabia?s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud through the corridors of the National Museum during the first stop on his tour. (See the video below.)

The Times said Trump?s choice in Sicily showed the American president was ?out of step? with his fellow leaders. That same day, the president announced he would delay a decision on whether or not the U.S. would stay in the Paris climate accords, despite pressure from the other leaders. CBC?s David Cochrane called the summit ?G-6 plus Donald Trump.?

But the 70-year-old president ? the oldest of the seven leaders ? may not have been up to the walk physically. When he made gaffes at the start of his trip (telling Israel?s president that he had just left the Middle East after his first stop in Saudi Arabia), a White House aide chalked it up to exhaustion.

Trump blasted rival Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign, saying she didn?t have the stamina to be president, even though she traveled to more than 110 nations as secretary of state.

Trump has some unusual ideas about exercise. He reportedly thinks people are born with a finite amount of physical energy, and exercise dissipates the ?store? left to each human.

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The White House will decide next week on whether to remain in the Paris Agreement, the historic climate 2015 pact President Donald Trump vowed to withdraw from during his campaign last year.

In an announcement harkening to a characteristically reality TV cliffhanger, the president teased his decision in a tweet on Saturday morning during a summit with the Group of 7 industrialized nations in Italy, where the U.S. clashed with European allies over climate and trade. Trump initially delayed the decision until after the G7 meeting, which ended on Saturday.

European, Canadian and Chinese leaders have urged Trump to keep the U.S. in the accord. All but two countries ? Syria and Nicaragua ? signed the agreement committing to begin slashing planet-warming emissions. 

The accord is not legally binding. And even if every country reached its promised goals, the targets set out in the agreement would not prevent the Earth from warming beyond the 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels, after which scientists predict the most catastrophic effects of climate change would become irreversible. But the United Nations-brokered deal marked the first time the world, including the U.S. and China, the biggest polluters by far, agreed to slash emissions with the intent of halting global warming.

Still, Trump pledged to ?cancel? the agreement during his openly nationalist presidential run last year, insisting multilateral deals like it were harmful to U.S. economic interests. In March, he ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to review the Clean Power Plan ? the only U.S. policy for cutting emissions from the electricity sector. Without this sweeping regulation, which puts limits on coal-fired power plants and encourages the proliferation of renewable energy, the U.S. won?t even come close to meeting its emissions goals.

?It seems President Trump is seeking to build the kind of suspense that is usually reserved for reality shows,? Heather Coleman, climate and energy director at the charity giant Oxfam America, told HuffPost by email on Saturday morning. ?Climate change is not a TV show, it is and will continue to have devastating consequences for all of us on this planet, especially the poorest and most vulnerable among us.?

The White House has split over the future of the Paris Agreement. Like climate science itself, which Trump has dismissed as a ?hoax?, the pact has overwhelming support. Sixty-one percent of Americans said the country should remain in the deal, while just 17 percent support withdrawing and 21 percent weren?t sure, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted last week. Already, more than 400 U.S. cities, 37 states, 800 universities and nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies have set clean energy and emissions targets.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and familial advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump back the deal. Big corporations, including coal, oil and gas companies, also support remaining in the agreement. 

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon want to pull out of the pact. Aside from the usual cadre of once-fringe climate science deniers, they are joined by a handful of House Republicans and at least three GOP senators.  

Sources told HuffPost this month that Trump was leaning toward withdrawing. But since then, world and corporate leaders have increased pressure for the U.S. to remain in the deal. During his first visit to the Vatican this week, Pope Francis gave Trump a 184-page letter on climate change. 

In the president?s best-known business book The Art of the Deal, he outlines a strategy for negotiating based on making aggressive opening salvos. Vowing to withdraw could be an initial step toward reworking the Paris Agreement to get what his administration considers more favorable terms.  

Pulling out of the agreement could have major economic consequences. The U.S. could lose jobs in a clean energy industry estimated to be worth $6 trillion by 2030. Countries could put a tariff on American-made imports. And investors could sour on the U.S. amid what they see as instability sown by sclerotic regulation of carbon emissions.

The diplomatic ramifications could be worse. Quitting the deal could brand the nation as a ?rogue country? and a ?climate pariah? as it loses its seat at the negotiating table on global climate policy. Moreover, the U.S. risks ceding global influence to rival superpower China, which has already promised to support poorer countries? efforts to adapt to climate change.

?Trump has heard now very clearly from world leaders, CEOs, and even the Pope,? David Waskow, director of international climate policy for the World Resources Institute, told HuffPost by email. ?It?s time for him to make the right decision.?

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San Francisco Begins Providing Attorneys For Immigrants Who Can’t Afford Them

SAN FRANCISCO ? City officials this week began providing public defenders to immigrants unable to afford an attorney to help fight deportation attempts in court. 

The new program is the third immigration unit in the U.S. run by a public defender?s office. Supporters say it?s an indispensable service for San Francisco, where immigrants make up one-third of the population, as President Donald Trump?s administration rolls out its aggressive border enforcement and deportation agenda. 

Immigrants without attorneys are more likely to lose deportation cases than people defended by a lawyer, according to studies. Yet, in nearly 40 percent of cases, people take their chances without representation, according to Department of Justice figures. 

Without legal guidance, immigrants are pressured into making decisions that affect their ability to stay in the country before understanding all of their options, according to critics.

?Miguel,? a man in his 20s from Central America, stood in front of a camera and video screen at a California detention center early last year. He?s a legal resident, and had lived in the Bay Area for almost nine years. But for months, he?d been held in a detention center, targeted for deportation because of his first criminal conviction. 

The video in front of him connected to a courtroom in San Francisco, showing a federal judge and a prosecutor who argued for Miguel?s removal.

Miguel, a native Spanish speaker, could not afford a lawyer. He struggled with the judge?s repeated questions about his asylum application, according to transcripts of his case. 

?Okay. Sir, I asked you if you have that application filled out today. Did I not?? the judge said. 

Miguel, speaking in English even though an interpreter was available, appeared overwhelmed by the proceedings. 

?Yes, but I wasn?t able to get any help. I tried to get an attorney, but there was no answer, and I couldn?t fill it out because I didn?t have any help. And that?s why I didn?t do it,? Miguel said. 

It had been a month since Miguel?s previous appearance before the judge, who had given him additional time to fill out the forms to fight his removal from the U.S. At that earlier hearing, Miguel told the judge he found no attorney who would take his case from the list of free and reduced-fee immigration lawyers provided by the court, according to a transcript. 

Frustration crept into the judge?s comments.

?Sir, you and I had a conversation. You were supposed to fill out that application today. So I can find today that you?ve given up your application and find you removed,? the judge said. ?Sir, you can be removed right now from the United States. Because I don?t appreciate people not following the court?s orders. And you made a promise that that application was going to be filled out and sent today. And now you come with nothing.?

?What can I do? I don?t know how to read. I don?t know how to write. I couldn?t fill it out,? Miguel said. 

The scene is Kafkaesque. A legal resident is threatened with immediate deportation by a judge impatient with his inability to fill out documents thrust in front of him. The judge ultimately relented and allowed the man additional time to complete the forms.

Details about Miguel?s identity have been withheld by his current attorney, who worried that criticizing immigration procedures could negatively affect his chances of remaining in the U.S. on appeal.

The case shows typical challenges non-citizens face in immigration courts, where there is no right to a court-appointed lawyer. Immigration cases are classified as civil matters. People who can?t afford to hire a lawyer are only entitled to a public defender in criminal court.  

?To a person undergoing them, they feel like a criminal process. The government brings up everything it can,? said Raha Jorjani, an Alameda County public defender in nearby Oakland who now represents Miguel. ?It?s an absolutely bewildering process. We?re talking about some of the most complicated laws in the nation.? 

Only New York City and Alameda County public defenders? offices established immigration units before San Francisco. Other localities are devoting resources to hire lawyers for immigrants. Los Angeles announced a $10-million fund for local immigrants facing deportation in December. Chicago put together $1.3 million for a defense fund around the same time. Austin, Texas, put up emergency funds in February. Nonprofits and some law firms have offered pro bono legal aid for years. 

Access to an attorney could have immense benefits for detainees. Studies have shown that in immigration court, having a lawyer makes a defendant six times more likely to prevail than counterparts defending themselves, according to the San Francisco Public Defender?s office. Yet, more than 73,000 immigrants ? almost 40 percent of all cases ? ventured into immigration court without a lawyer in 2016, according to Department of Justice figures. 

?Having a lawyer evens the playing field,? said UCLA professor Hiroshi Motomura, an expert in immigration law. ?Procedurally, it becomes a much more fair fight.?

It?s a critical time for immigrants. Arrests by immigration officials have risen 38 percent this year under Trump?s administration, and the White House budget proposal seeks $2.7 billion in additional funding for border security and immigration enforcement. Trump also has threatened to slash funds to so-called sanctuary cities that don?t cooperate with federal immigration policy. 

The Trump administration?s hostile attitude toward immigrants, ironically, made it easier for San Francisco city officials to reach agreement on spending $200,000 on three lawyers and a paralegal for the rest of the year, according to Francisco Ugarte, head of the public defender?s immigration unit. 

?Our goal is to create some semblance of due process in the immigration court,? Ugarte said. ?There?s one thing that we can bank on. He [Trump] wants to deport more people and be aggressive. He?s put a ton of fear into immigrant communities.?

Ugarte?s team of three lawyers each will balance about 50 cases at a time. That?s not enough to provide every detainee with a lawyer, as about 1,500 detained immigrants have court dates in San Francisco each year, but it?s a start, the public defender?s office said. 

Critics say the program is a waste of government resources. ?I don?t believe there is an appetite among the citizens in California to use their taxpayer dollars to defend undocumented immigrants who may have committed crimes,? Sue Caro, a state Republican Party official, told The Mercury News.

Even with attorneys on hand, immigrants lack many of the other familiar protections against unfairness in criminal courts. There is no right to a speedy trial or statute of limitations, for instance. 

?Having representation is significant, huge and would go a long way,? said Jorjani. ?But unfortunately, I don?t think the system is that fair.?

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Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State, al Qaeda and the Taliban. It would give Congress new oversight over military action against those groups and over the countries in which U.S. bombings can take place. It would also repeal old AUMFs still in effect. The senators paired up on a similar bill in 2015, and it went nowhere. There?s no clear indication that this latest incarnation will have success, either.

Yet, the two senators insisted that times are different.

Flake enthusiastically said the Senate Foreign Relations Committee could take up their bill soon after the Memorial Day break. Kaine said he expects, now that they?ve filed a bill, that Trump administration officials may start working with them on the specifics of a new AUMF. A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Their problem isn?t that they lack ambition, or are making a weak case. After all, many lawmakers don?t like that the White House currently can use a sweeping 2001 AUMF to justify military action against al Qaeda or ISIS anywhere, anytime, without congressional oversight.

Their problem is, outside of a motley crew of rank-and-file lawmakers, nobody particularly cares.

Flake and Kaine unveiled their bill to a room of a dozen or so reporters, and as many empty seats. Their 2015 AUMF bill never got a Senate committee hearing, never mind a floor debate or vote. Similar AUMF proposals in the House haven?t gone anywhere, either. The two senators said they told their respective party leaders about their latest plan to push the AUMF issue again, and said neither had much of a reaction.

?He?s not opposed to it or in favor it,? Flake said of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

?He knows it?s an obsession of mine,? Kaine said of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). ?His attitude is ? we?ll see what comes out of committee.?

McConnell spokesman Don Stewart didn?t say how McConnell feels generally about the need for an AUMF debate. But he noted the administration is in the middle of reviewing its strategy for fighting ISIS, and once that?s done, President Donald Trump may need additional authorities to carry out his mission.

?One could envision, in that scenario, that they?d ask for an AUMF that supported the strategy,? said Stewart. ?But as that hasn?t happened yet, I don?t have any guidance on what the review will yield.?

A Schumer aide did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Constitution says that it?s the role of Congress to declare wars, and that the president has to get lawmakers? approval for any sustained military action. But Congress ceded some of its power in 2001, when it hastily passed the broad AUMF allowing President George W. Bush to attack anyone connected to al Qaeda, anywhere, at any time. That AUMF never expired, and President Barack Obama stretched its limits to argue he could unilaterally take military action against the Islamic State, too, since the terror group is an offshoot of al Qaeda.

Today, that means Trump can use a 16-year-old war authorization to bomb people anywhere, at any time, without Congress signing off, so long as he can make the case that Islamic State or al Qaeda targets are there.

That makes some lawmakers uneasy. But for all their discomfort with how the 2001 AUMF is being used, most are simply afraid to take a war vote ? one that would shape the duration, scope or troop levels in forthcoming military actions ? that could come back to haunt them.

Kaine and Flake are holding out hope that responsibility will prevail over cowardice in Congress. They won?t concede that this is a fruitless task.

?Why do I have hope …? began Kaine, relaying a story about his multiple failed attempts as a Richmond City Council member to move city elections from May to November.

?It took me seven years, and now we have November elections,? he said. ?I don?t give up easy.?

Flake rattled off his own reasons for optimism. More than half the members of Congress are new since their previous AUMF, he explained, which means fresh votes to recruit. There?s a new administration in the White House. And the new defense secretary has signaled support for a new AUMF. (Then again, so did the last one).

?I believe they will want it because it strengthens their hand as they enter negotiations, or just diplomacy,? Flake said of the Trump administration. ?We think that this bipartisan language does a good job.?

But didn?t his last AUMF bill have good language, too?

?This is better,? Flake said.

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Usman Ally is the quintessential Hollywood ?everyman? as he blazes through roles that give him the freedom to exhibit the training he garnered after graduating with honors in Acting from the University of Florida.

Before then Ally enjoyed a vibrant upbringing that began with his birth in Swaziland, and expanded to Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Pakistan, which all served as vital hosts to his upbringing for the first 18 years of his life.

Ally eventually headed to Chicago to flex his acting muscles by immersing himself in the theater scene.

The training and experience has clearly paid off as Ally?s career trajectory in an industry that demands more than most are able to give is on track for a perfect landing.

The actor is currently starring in TV Land?s much-hyped comedy series, Nobodies, which premiered on March 29th, and is executive-produced by the one and only Melissa McCarthy. Ally has garnered praise for his flawless portrayal of ?troublemaker? studio exec Gavin, who ?makes it his mission in life to destroy the three ?nobodies.?

Ally is also gearing up to reprise his role on HBO?s hit show Veep ? where he plays Ambassador Al Jaffar opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus? Selina Meyer. There is also a strong possibility that the role of Jaffar will expand considerably, which is a true testimony of Ally?s undeniable charisma.

Ally has also been attached to additional projects like Netflix?s A Series of Unfortunate Events opposite Neil Patrick Harris and most recently the Dwayne Johnson produced YouTube series, Lifeline ? that centers around ? a little known life insurance company that sends its agents forward 33 days in time to prevent the accidental deaths of its clients.?

Based on such a diverse group of projects, it?s obvious why Ally seems to be on the radar of major players in Hollywood.

We spoke to him recently to get a more in depth look into what drives his creative choices and where he hopes to end up in the not so distant future.

You have quite the diverse background, how did you get into show business and what are some of the obstacles you still face as an actor of color.

I was very fortunate that from a young age I had teachers who saw that I had a talent for interpreting the written word. When I was 11 years old, an English teacher by the name of Mrs. Lee at Saint Austin?s Academy in Nairobi, Kenya really encouraged me towards performance art. She introduced me to Shakespeare, and coached me through Mark Antony?s eulogy in Julius Caesar. She then made me perform it in front of the entire school, and that was the beginning of a long journey in the arts. There are several obstacles that actors of color still face in our industry, but it?s my belief that all of them stem from the fact that the people who have the platform, financial resource and agency to tell stories are generally part of a pretty homogenous group, and therefore, the gaze and scope of which we tell stories of people of color becomes rather skewed in one direction. Simply put, once more people of color are ?at the table? in writers and producer rooms, I think we will start to see more accurate representation and inclusive storytelling.

The landscape of television has evolved over the years to accommodate more in-depth programming, are you at all attracted to film or do you prefer the freedom of the small screen?

I am absolutely eager to find opportunities to perform on the larger screen, particularly in independent films that cover stories from segments of society that are under-represented. I think the power of good filmmaking still has a huge influence on our culture. I do think that we are in an era where television has tremendous reach, what with all the various platforms from streaming to cable and network. All of this competition has encouraged studios to give the artists more license to create work that you probably wouldn?t have seen a few years ago. Shows like ?Dear White People? exist because of more empowerment of diverse voices and the variety of platforms that are pushing out new content at what seems like record speed.

Who are your role models in the industry and why?

This is a tough question! I try not to idolize people because you eventually start to project certain characteristics on them without really knowing them. With that said, there are several people that I look to with admiration, respect and for inspiration. I find Ava Duvernay to be a pretty remarkable woman for her commitment to social justice and how she has climbed to a position of authority as a woman of color in a male dominated environment. For similar reasons, I would include theatre director Liesl Tommy for how she breaks open so many stories that were previously not available to certain segments of our population. As for writers, I?m a big fan of fellow Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, and I recently watched a film called Christine starring Rebecca Hall, who gave the kind of performance that reminds me of the kind of actor I would like to be. I?m sure I?m forgetting some people, but I?m pleased to see so many of my peers doing such important work.

What are you currently working on and where do you see your career in five years?

Currently, I?m in the middle of season 2 of ?A Series of Unfortunate Events? for Netflix up in beautiful Vancouver, and wrapping up some final touches on the video game Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. It?s been a busy year with a wide range of projects, so I?m quite pleased about that. In five years, I hope to have developed enough as a writer where I will have written and produced either a play, or an independent film. That?s the goal really: to stay active in all three forms of media (television, film and theatre) and continue to work on shows, both as an actor and writer, that allow me to thrive artistically. Oh, and continuing to pay my mortgage on time would be FANTASTIC.

Is diversity in Hollywood just a myth or do you believe that that change is inevitable and if so how have you been affected by the current climate?

I think change is afoot, but it?s important that whatever momentum we gain in creating more inclusive conversations is converted into something concrete and lasting as opposed to simply being a passing fad. Social media has played a massive role in helping us reach new ground. While white-washing of characters and recycling certain tropes such as the ?white savior role? still happen in Hollywood, it is no longer tolerated or considered as acceptable as it once was because social tools like Twitter and Facebook allow people the space to voice their concern and displeasure. The more people who speak up about wanting to see more accurate representation and more inclusive storytelling, the more studios and networks are able to see that there is a demand and financial sustainability and reward to be found in diversity on screen and behind it. While there is much work to be done, I can say that in the last few years, I have found that roles have opened up to me that were never possible only a few years ago. My character on ?A Series of Unfortunate Events,? Youtube Red?s ?Lifeline? and TV Land?s ?Nobodies,? for example, were not the kinds of roles I ever found myself auditioning for up until about 2014 or so. There are characters that have little to do with my ethnic background (without ignoring the fact that I am a person of color) and everything to do with my ability to interpret the character in a way that fits in the world of the show. So, there is absolutely incremental progress, and it is my hope that as we see more writers and producers of color, more actors of color will begin to share in the experiences that I have had recently.

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Rihanna And Lupita Nyong’o Are Officially Making A Film With Ava DuVernay

It all started with a tweet. 

The Rihanna and Lupita Nyong?o movie dreamt up by Twitter users and propelled to viral fame is set to become a reality. Netflix nabbed the rights in ?a very aggressive bid? at the Cannes Film Festival, Entertainment Weekly reported. 

Back in April, @blaquepink shared an iconic 2014 photo of Rihanna and Nyong?o seated together at Paris Fashion Week. 

User @1800SADGAL responded that the pair looked like the perfect duo. 

And thus a movie idea was born. Rihanna and Nyong?o were game. 

Ava DuVernay will direct and Issa Rae is set to write, according to EW. DuVernay and Rae were also recruited by determined Twitter users. 

 ?I really think it shows the power of people wanting to see stories that are women-centered, women of color-centered that are made by women of color,? DuVernay told TIME last month. ?I think it was really interesting that after Rihanna and Lupita were in the picture and the story went viral, it wasn?t about who?s the male lead or who?s the sidekick, it was about who?s going to write it? Who?s going to direct it??

?I think that is really interesting about people?s interest in who?s creating and who?s telling the story and especially on Twitter where everyone is telling their own story,? she continued. ?We?ll see what happens.?

Reps for Rae told Vanity Fair that the Twitter users who came up with the idea ?will be credited and included in some form.?  

Needless to say, everyone is pretty excited. 

This article has been updated with info from Issa Rae?s team.

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Despite one of its most successful seasons in recent memory, ?Saturday Night Live? experienced another cast shakeup over the weekend.

Sasheer Zamata has left the show, Variety reported Sunday, following the announced departures of Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer before Saturday?s season finale.

Zamata, who joined the show in 2014 as the first black woman since Maya Rudolph exited in 2007, did impressions of Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Solange Knowles, Lupita Nyong?o and Taraji P. Henson.

She also became known for her vlogger character Janelle on ?How 2 Dance With Janelle.?

Deadline reported that while Zamata was not given an on-air adieu, she did receive a ?hero?s hoist? later.

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Zamata hailed from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comedy troupe. She was hired by ?SNL? in 2014 amid controversy over the show?s lack of black female comedians over the decades.

Just a handful have been cast regulars in the show?s 42 seasons.

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A pothole near Trump Tower in Chicago has been fixed, but not by the city: Jim Bachor, an artist known for his pothole installations of whimsical mosaic designs, recently installed a new piece that pointedly reads, ?LIAR.?

The street art was his small but durable protest against the current president, Bachor told The Chicago Tribune on Wednesday. The artist, a stay-at-home father to 11-year-old twin boys, told HuffPost via email, ?If [my sons] asked if I did anything to protest those dark Trump months he was in office ? I didn?t want my answer to be ?nothing.??

The red, white and blue striped mosaic is bordered by real gold tiles, bringing together America?s flag with President Donald Trump?s magpie-like obsession with precious metal. Bachor also pointed out that the piece was installed ?near a drain (for that swamp)? and, thanks to being ensconced in the road itself, will be difficult to remove quickly.

?I call it a semipermanent ?visual scream? that can state what I think 24 hours a day,? he told HuffPost. Plus, it does an undeniable social good: filling in a pothole that had thus far gone unfixed by the government.

Bachor actually finished the mosaic in January, around the time of the inauguration, but he was finally able to get it in the street this month; he needs the temperature to be above 60 degrees to set his pothole installations properly. As it turns out, the weather provided impeccable timing, as the stream of concerning news out of the White House has recently escalated to a torrent.

Most of Bachor?s past pothole mosaics have been apolitical, featuring stylized popsicles, ice cream cones and other innocent images. This might not be his last protest work, however. He told HuffPost he has ?a couple more ready to go,? but said, ?I?m gonna probably let this cool down a bit before doing another political piece.?

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These Profound Photos Masterfully Turn Racial Stereotypes On Their Head

?Let?s Talk About Race? is a powerful photo essay published in the latest issue of O, The Oprah Magazine that challenges the ways we view race in a masterful way. 

The magazine?s editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin, who oversaw all production of the publication?s ?Race Issue,? commissioned photographer Chris Buck to help bring Oprah?s vision for the feature to life. Each of the three photos in the essay shows women or girls of color in a role reversal from the ways in which they are stereotypically seen ? or not seen ? compared to white women or girls.

One image shows several East Asian women at a nail salon being pampered by white female beauticians. Another shows a young white girl at a toy store standing before a row of shelves stocked only with black dolls, and the last image shows a posh Hispanic woman on the phone as her white maid tends to her. 

?The story grew out of a big ideas meeting we had with Oprah; it was a topic on all of our minds and she was eager for us to tackle it,? Kaylin said in a statement to HuffPost. ?The main thing we wanted to do was deal with the elephant in the room ? that race is a thorny issue in our culture, and tensions are on the rise. So let?s do our part to get an honest, compassionate conversation going, in which people feel heard and we all learn something ? especially how we can all do better and move forward. Boldly, with open hearts and minds.? 

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The pictures are indeed eye-opening, and force us to reexamine damaging stereotypes and explore how race, class and power can intersect. (The terms ?Hispanic? and ?Latino? refer to ethnicity, and those of Latin American heritage can belong to any race.) The opposing realities captured in the images also call into question the ways in which women of color are often portrayed. 

Buck, who has worked with Kaylin and her team before, said producing the photos for the magazine felt entirely fitting because he sees Oprah as one of the best people to explore and talk about race ? and to prompt others to do the same. 

?The fact that they?re coming from O, The Oprah Magazine was part of the real allure for me,? he told HuffPost. ?Oprah is someone who both white women and black women connect and relate to and she?s in a unique place to talk about race in this country because she has a strong and loyal audience among all demographics of women.?

?I knew that there was a vision to raise questions [about race] without being heavy-handed or mean-spirited,? he added. ?That?s the way in which I approached the execution and helped them to create the images.? 

However, Buck, who is a white man, acknowledged that producing the photos led him to interrogate his own relationship with race, and that the images can mean many things to many people. But he says the photos, at their core, serve as means to help spark a healthy discussion around race and the ways we perceive it.

?For white people like me, we need to understand just because we?re talking about race doesn?t mean fingers are being pointed at us,? he said. ?To me what?s great is that it?s made conversation. I want people of color and white people to be able to have a dialogue. I don?t want white people to feel like they?re being talked at or black people to feel like they?re being shut down either.? 

?All parties need to feel welcome at the table in this discussion,? he added, ?that?s how we move forward and to me, at their best, that?s what these pictures can do.?

Jessica Prois contributed to this piece. 

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Ailes’ Ugliest Legacy Is The 10 Women Who Publicly Accused Him Of Sexual Harassment

Roger Ailes, the 77-year-old co-creator of Fox News, died Thursday. His legacy includes a running list of sexual harassment and coercion accusations that span his 50-plus-year career.

The public allegations first began when former ?Fox & Friends? co-host Gretchen Carlson filed a damning lawsuit in July 2016 accusing Ailes of sexual harassment and sexism. Soon after, several current and former Fox employees, including big names like Megyn Kelly, came forward with stories of harassment and sexual coercion.

Ten women have publicly come forward with their personal accounts, while at least 20 women have privately accused Ailes of some form of workplace harassment, according to Carlson?s legal team. Some of those women spoke out about their experiences using pseudonyms to New York Magazine last July.

The accusations range in time from Ailes? stint as an executive producer on ?The Mike Douglas Show? in the 1960s up to his time as Fox News? CEO in 2016. Ailes stepped down as CEO in July 2016 and was given a $40 million exit package, which was reportedly twice as much as the payout Carlson received.  

The allegations became the story of the summer in 2016, and events transpired quickly. Only 15 days after Carlson filed her initial lawsuit, Ailes stepped down from his position at Fox. 

Below, in chronological order, is a list of women who came forward to publicly accuse and hold accountable the late Ailes for his alleged sexual harassment. 

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Netflix’s New True Crime Series ‘The Keepers’ Searches For Answers In 47-Year-Old Cold Case

There were a lot of things for true crime junkies to get excited about when Netflix released the teaser for its new series ?The Keepers?: an unsolved murder, a missing nun, corruption, a possible Catholic school cover-up.

For all its promises, the series ? from documentary veteran Ryan White, who also directed ?The Case Against 8? and ?Good Ol? Freda? ? delivers. The seven episodes center around the 1969 disappearance and death of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a young nun who taught English at a Baltimore-area Catholic high school and was beloved by students. Two months after Cesnik failed to return home from a routine shopping trip, her body was found by hunters in a remote wooded area five miles from her apartment. Investigations revealed she had suffered a mortal wound to her head. Her killer was never found.

?The Keepers? is as addictive and compelling as ?Making a Murderer,? the documentary series that ran on the streaming network in late 2015, spurring theories, sprawling message board discussions and an acute hunger for more true crime stories. (The docuseries are entirely different, of course, but comparisons will be inevitable.)

Any good documentary needs narration, especially for one as layered, and with as many individuals involved, as this. While some of the key players in the story that unfolds surrounding Cesnik?s death have also since died, many are still around to keep the story alive ? namely, a group of students at Archbishop Keough High School where the nun taught. It?s been more than 40 years, but the women are able to recount their memories of their former teacher as though they had just graduated.

Perhaps their sharpness is a result of running through those formative years over and over in their heads, trying to search their memories for anything that could explain Cesnik?s abrupt disappearance. Years after graduating, her former students have created a circle of amateur detectives, knocking on doors, looking up records and sharing information. They want to find out something, anything, about who killed their teacher.

Leading the crew are Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, a retired teacher and nurse, respectively. In the series, we meet Hoskins sitting down at a restaurant and inquiring about their chardonnay. When she discovers that they serve Yellow Tail, she answers with a laugh, ?Oh, that?s fine, that?s what I drink at home. Only.?

Meanwhile, we are introduced to Schaub as she waits in line at a local library, stack of papers in hand. ?We?ve been using your excellent services for about two years,? she tells the librarian in a high, warm voice when it?s her turn. ?We?ve been looking into an unsolved murder case.?

It?s not the kind of thing you?d immediately expect to hear from Schaub, who comes off as a studious, cheerful grandmotherly type. She and Hoskins make an unlikely team, but one that easily becomes central to the series. In the first episode, Hoskins recalls her excitement upon walking into Cesnik?s class at 13 to learn they?d be reading The Scarlet Letter, describing her wonder that ?a cool nun? would be teaching the somewhat scandalous classic. Cesnik, we learn, was supportive and eager to listen to her students, a rare source of comfort in a strict religious and academic environment.

?Gemma?s been the Nancy Drew, I think,? Schaub tells the camera while she and Hoskins are sitting side-by-side at a kitchen table, discussing their efforts to find more information about those fateful months in 1969. ?She?s good at getting people to talk to her.?

?Abby does amazing research, like no one I?ve ever met,? Hoskins adds. Hoskins likes to pick up the phone and talk to people, which Schaub says is perfect ? she does not. It?s hard not to fall in love with the idea of two old high school acquaintances teaming up to solve a long-cold case, proving that the yearning to solve a grisly crime is not confined to whatever notions of detectives we typically see on screen. Other former classmates, journalists and retired law enforcement join the two women in their search for answers.

Hoskins and Schaub?s passion for justice is inspiring, a torch through the darkness that will emerge most pointedly in the series? second episode. It?d be inaccurate to paint the series solely as a thrilling caper ? real traumas occurred within the halls of Archbishop Keough, the effects of which carry through to the present day. The pair of women leading the amateur search for answers provides a framework for the rest of the shocking narrative to reveal itself, a positive and endearing aspect of a tale with much abuse of power and darkness, where the possibility for true justice feels as long buried as its subject.

?The Keepers? begins streaming on Netflix Friday, May 19.

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Semper Paratus, the Latin phrase on the parade standard of the U.S. Coast Guard, loosely translates as ?always ready.? But just how prepared could this year?s graduates of the Coast Guard Academy have been for a commencement address from their commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump?

Actually, considering that he ended up giving yet another proto-campaign speech in which he bragged about his electoral triumph, I?d wager ?very.? This is the same speech Trump always gives, whether he?s addressing the Coast Guard or ordering a Coke.

Nevertheless, there was one indelible moment in Trump?s remarks to America?s next generation of Coasties. It came during the traditional part of his oratory that we might as well start calling ?The Airing of Grievances?:

Over the course of your life, you will find things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted. But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine. Look at the way I?ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can?t let them get you down. You can?t let the critics and naysayers get in the way of your dreams. I guess that?s why I won.

Fairness is a pretty interesting topic of conversation to be raising in front of men and women who will one day be jumping into the damn ocean in the middle of hurricanes to rescue people, in the service of an organization whose unofficial motto is, ?You have to go out, but you don?t have to come back.?

But let?s leave that aside for the moment and examine the contention that ?No politician in history … has been treated worse or more unfairly.? I?m no Doris Kearns Goodwin, but I feel ? with great surety! ? that this is not the case.

Let?s just think about other presidents. Off the top of my head, here are some people who were treated more unfairly than Donald Trump.

James Madison: On Aug. 12, 1814, British troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Robert Ross straight up set fire to the presidential mansion, which to my mind is just mad disrespectful. They literally burned down his house and he had no Mar-a-Lago to fall back on.

William Henry Harrison: Shortly after he was elected, he became ill with what is now presumed to be enteric fever. History records that ?Harrison sought to rest in the White House, but could not find a quiet room because of the steady crowd of office seekers.? Fair? Surely not.

Abraham Lincoln: Did you know that half of the country seceded from the Union after Lincoln was elected? Well, they did! And Lincoln had to spend the bulk of his presidency fighting a civil war to ?restore the Union.? For his trouble, he was assassinated during a performance of ?Our American Cousin? by actor John Wilkes Booth. Now, throughout the country, neo-Nazis stage demonstrations to preserve statuary depicting the very secessionists who ruined Lincoln?s life. Maybe I?m being Pollyannaish, but that just feels a little below the belt to me.

James Garfield: Garfield was assassinated by Charles Guiteau, who was angry because he felt he was being treated shabbily when Garfield didn?t give him plum overseas appointments in Vienna or Paris. Guiteau didn?t even speak a foreign language! Come on, man! But after pestering Garfield?s administration about it, he finally decided that the president had to die. Being murdered by a guy who wrongly thought you were being unfair is double-plus unfair ? there?s just no getting around that.

William McKinley: McKinley was shot twice in the gut by anarchist Leon Czolgosz after greeting him in a receiving line at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York. In an act of tremendous magnanimity, the wounded McKinley instructed the mob who set upon Czolgosz to ?go easy on him.? That?s probably why Czolgosz wasn?t immediately torn to pieces. You?d think that an act of mercy would be rewarded by a moral universe, wouldn?t you? Well, you?d be wrong: McKinley died of gangrene eight days later. Seems pretty cruel.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Check it ? Roosevelt was basically trying to help dig America out of the crater of the Great Depression when Adolf Hitler decided to try to conquer Europe through war and mass genocide, and Hitler?s Japanese allies bombed Pearl Harbor. Umm ? rude much?

John F. Kennedy: Kennedy wasn?t just assassinated; his death became enmeshed in a web of conspiracy theories that persists to this day. For a time, it was even deemed acceptable to request three shots of espresso by ordering a ?JFK.? Wow, people, think about what you?re doing.

Gerald Ford: Had to follow the Nixon administration. My man just never had a chance.

Ronald Reagan: Reagan was nearly killed by an insane man who thought that murdering the president would impress actress Jodie Foster. And I?m sorry, no matter how many times I watch ?Taxi Driver? or ?The Silence of the Lambs? or ?The Accused? ? which are all fine movies, I?m not disputing this ? this will never feel right to me. It?s a wholly unmerited thing to do to Reagan. Verdict: Not fair!

Barack Obama: People may not remember this, but President Obama was relentlessly accused of not having been born in the United States of America. In my humble opinion, this was pretty ungracious! And here?s an interesting historical detail: One of the ringleaders of the movement to unfairly discredit Obama?s American-ness was future President Trump.

As you can plainly see, Donald Trump, by virtue of not being shot in the abdomen or head, not having his mansion burned down, and not being accused of birth in a foreign country in order to question his legitimacy, is making out pretty good on the spectrum of ?being treated fairly.?

One final thing to note about this matter is that President Trump?s budget originally called for a 14 percent cut to the U.S. Coast Guard. He?s since backed off that plan and has promised to maintain current budget levels. As Breaking Defense?s Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. reports, ?The bad news is that ?current funding levels? are already too low.? But as Trump said, ?You can?t let the critics and naysayers get in the way of your dreams.?

?Enjoy your life,? he concluded.


Jason Linkins edits ?Eat The Press? for HuffPost and co-hosts the HuffPost Politics podcast ?So, That Happened.? Subscribe here, and listen to the latest episode below.  

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Puerto Rican Nationalist Oscar López Rivera Is Released

López Rivera had been in custody since 1981. He was imprisoned over his connection with a militant group that fought for Puerto Rican independence and claimed responsibility for dozens of bombings.


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Migrants By The Border Reveal Their Most Prized Possessions In Raw Photo Series

When visual journalist Melissa Lyttle moved to Los Angeles just before the U.S. presidential election last year, she found herself drawn to the border and all the political rhetoric wrapped into it.

The 40-year-old Floridian?s curiosity about both immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border eventually led her to Mexico City in December. Lyttle visited a migrant shelter for youth and began taking portraits of migrants making their way to the United States.

But Lyttle, who worked as a staff photojournalist for 15 years, did more than just take a few shots of each person. The photographer also learned a little bit about what motivated each person to make the treacherous journey to the U.S.

?It?s all about introducing yourself, stating your intentions, and allowing people the space to share their stories,? Lyttle told HuffPost about how she approached each migrant with the help of a translator. ?Almost everyone I talked to allowed me to make a portrait of them.?

With the help of a reporting fellowship from International Women?s Media Foundation, Lyttle was also able to visit Ciudad Juárez and Nogales as part of her project. At one point, she asked one migrant about the most important thing he carried with him on the journey.

?I wasn?t really expecting anything when I asked them about their prized possession,? she told HuffPost. ?It was more a curiosity, initially, and I asked one person, thinking it?d stoke an interesting conversation. And boy, did it ever.?

?He told me about a photograph of his girlfriend that he carried with him in his wallet,? she continued. ?And then how he was robbed on his journey, and he was more sad about losing the picture than the money in his wallet. If his answer wasn?t so touching, I may have not asked again. But it made me even more curious what others would say.? 

In the end, the physical things didn?t surprise me nearly as much as the mental ones: faith, hope, phone numbers committed to memory.”

One by one, she asked at least a dozen migrants about their most prized possessions, and included it in the captions of their portraits along with information about why they decided to leave their own country behind.

?In the end, the physical things didn?t surprise me nearly as much as the mental ones: faith, hope, phone numbers committed to memory,? she said. ?And of course, I adored the guy who told me ?himself.??

Lyttle recently returned to Ciudad Juárez and traveled to Chihuahua City to continue working on stories about migrants. She hopes reading their stories and seeing the faces of the individuals risking their lives will give people some perspective when discussing immigrants.

?I really hope that people realize and can relate to the fact that people are simply searching for a better life ? and that?s not a good reason to prosecute them,? she told HuffPost. ?I also hope people realize that there are economic migrants, who want the chance to make money and support their families and they?re not being granted it where they?re from, and then there are refugees … people fleeing violence, persecution, and worse. And lastly, I hope people realize that we?re all the same deep down inside.?

Check out 12 portraits of migrants and captions by Lyttle below.  

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Axe’s Powerful New Commercial Questions What It Means To Be A Man

Popular men?s grooming brand Axe is, once again, challenging masculine stereotypes with a powerful new ad and social media initiative. 

Released Wednesday, the ?Is It OK For Guys?? commercial highlights a number of tough questions that many men privately struggle with. The identity-based questions are heard in voiceover (?Is it OK to not like sports? Is it OK for guys to wear pink??) as images of diverse men appear onscreen. Some reference sexuality head on: ?Is it OK to be a virgin? To experiment with other guys?? 

The new commercial is a follow-up of sorts to 2016?s ?Find Your Magic? ad, which featured a vogue-ing dancer and two men sharing a flirtatious glance in an effort to to deconstruct ?outdated views of masculinity.?

The ?Is It OK For Guys?? clip was based, in part, on a study produced by Axe?s research partner Promundo, which examined what many real-life men were searching for on Google. ?We know that young guys are struggling with their own masculinity,? Axe?s Global Vice President Rik Strubel told HuffPost, ?but what their research uncovered was truly eye-opening.? 

The commercial kicks off Axe?s Find Your Magic Initiative, which aims to ?create a society where there is no wrong way to be a man.? The company will partner with Ditch the Label, an anti-bullying organization, to launch a ?new digital network? in support of men who are struggling with ?toxic masculinity.? Additional activities and resources will be announced throughout the year, Strubel said. 

?We believe guys should embrace what makes them truly unique and authentic,? he explained. ?Our aim is to create a healthier, more equal world by reaching men and women with this message.? 

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Cedric the Entertainer, Tracy Morgan to star in ‘The Last O.G.’

Cedric the Entertainer, Taylor Mosby and Dante Hoagland have been cast as regulars in the upcoming comedy series “The Last O.G.”

Vladimir Putin Denies Donald Trump Revealed Classified Information In Russia Meeting

SOCHI, Russia, May 17 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not passed on any secrets to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Washington last week and that he could prove it.

Speaking at a news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin quipped that Lavrov was remiss for not passing on what he made clear he believed were non-existent secrets.

?I spoke to him (Lavrov) today,? said Putin with a smile. ?I?ll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia?s intelligence services. It was very bad of him.?

Putin, who said Moscow rated Lavrov?s meeting with Trump ?highly,? said Russia was ready to hand a transcript of Trump?s meeting with Lavrov over to U.S. lawmakers if that would help reassure them.

A Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, later told reporters that Moscow had in its possession a written record of the conversation, not an audio recording.

Complaining about what he said were signs of ?political schizophrenia? in the United States, Putinsaid Trump was not being allowed to do his job properly.

?It?s hard to imagine what else can these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next,? said Putin.

?What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don?t understand the damage they?re doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.?

Two U.S. officials said on Monday that Trump had disclosed highly classified information to Lavrov about a planned Islamic State operation, plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump?s short tenure in office.

Russia has repeatedly said that anti-Russian politicians in the United States are using groundless fears of closer ties with Moscow to sabotage any rapprochement and damage Trump in the process.


(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk/Jack Stubbs/Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Christian Lowe)

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Google is celebrating the 115th anniversary of the Antikythera Mechanism’s discovery with a new Doodle.

A wild week for Trump in Washington

What started with the president firing the FBI chief ended with alleged leaks to Russian officials.


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Tucker Carlson: No Special Prosecutor Until Penn Station Men’s Room Is Clean

Fox News host Tucker Carlson seems to believe there shouldn?t be a special prosecutor to investigate President Donald Trump until the restrooms in New York?s Penn Station are clean.

New York City Councilman Corey Johnson, a Democrat, was on ?Tucker Carlson Tonight? on Tuesday night to talk about a bill that would compel Trump to release his tax returns

But hours after a report surfaced that Trump had asked James Comey, then director of the FBI, to shut down a probe into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Carlson wanted Johnson to talk about issues much closer to home.

?It?s OK if you don?t like Trump, I?m not mad about that,? he said. ?But how about filling some potholes and arresting some public urinators. Seriously!?

Carlson said Johnson?s law would amount to an abuse of power, since it?s aimed at an individual, but then took aim at Penn Station, which is in Johnson?s district. 

?Have you been in Penn Station recently?? Carlson asked. ?It?s like a homeless shelter. It?s disgusting.? 

He added: 

?I?m serious. I go there every week. And that?s yours? Penn Station is yours? And you?re worrying about Trump?s tax returns? Are you joking? Have you been in the men?s room there? Dead serious question, have you been in the men?s room in Penn Station??

?I am focused on all the issues that affect my district,? Johnson said after some crosstalk.

?Wait a minute, what?? an incredulous Carlson replied. 

?You?re the one that brought up men?s rooms, not me,? Johnson shot back as the two talked over each other, which led to more crosstalk, with Carlson yelling about bathrooms as Johnson attempted to discuss Trump?s tax returns. 

?One last thing, I know we have to go, we need an independent prosecutor, that?s what we need,? Johnson conclude.

?First we need clean men?s rooms at Penn Station,? Carlson said. ?And you?re the guy in charge of that.? 

See the full exchange above. 

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Babies From Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts

Researchers say that scientists may soon be able to create a baby from human skin cells that have been coaxed to grow into eggs and sperm.


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Within Days Of Taking Office, Trump Set The Stage For His Current Crisis

WASHINGTON ? If only White House aides had kept their mouths shut, there might never have been a scandal over what President Donald Trump said to Russian officials in the Oval Office.

But Trump?s staffers leaked to the press, and the result was an explosive story in The Washington Post describing how the president shared ?highly classified? information from an ally in the Middle East with Russia?s foreign minister and ambassador to Washington.

The repercussions were swift and severe: Republican lawmakers publicly questioned the president?s fitness for office; intelligence officials said Trump?s actions compromised national security; and longstanding allies suggested they will reconsider how much intelligence to share with American spy agencies in the future.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster defended the president at a press conference Tuesday, telling reporters that whatever Trump shared with the Russians was ?wholly appropriate.? He also claimed that the real culprits were White House aides who leaked Trump?s comments to The Washington Post. ?National security is put at risk by this leak and leaks like this,? McMaster said.

But the roots of this leak, and of The Washington Post?s bombshell report, were already visible in February, just two weeks into Trump?s presidency. That?s when HuffPost reported that Trump?s volatile behavior had created an environment that was especially conducive to leaks, both from executive agencies and from inside Trump?s own White House.

As Trump embarks on his first foreign trip as president later this week, he does so under a cloud, with a number of U.S. allies openly concerned over whether he can be trusted with sensitive information.  

One of the first stops on Trump?s tour will be Israel, which provided some of the intelligence that Trump shared with the Russians, according to a New York Times report Tuesday. By sharing Israeli intelligence with Russia, Trump effectively shared it with Iran, Russia?s close ally in the Middle East. Israel considers Iran to be its greatest enemy.

But Trump apparently didn?t know any of this when he spoke to Russian officials in the Oval Office. ?The president wasn?t even aware of where this information came from,? McMaster said Tuesday, and ?he wasn?t briefed on the source of information.?

Why Trump was never briefed on the source of this highly classified information is unclear ?- the origin of intelligence reports is often key to understanding them.  A White House spokeswoman did not respond to a question from HuffPost about why Trump was unaware of who provided this information.

But Trump?s ignorance might have something to do with his longstanding demand that his daily intelligence briefings be limited to a single page, and formatted in bullet points. The maximum number of bullet points per page that Trump will read is nine, a senior White House official told HuffPost.

?I?ve been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like this,? Eliot Cohen, a member of the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, told HuffPost.

Until now, Cohen said, high-level leaks from the White House typically fell into one of two categories: either they were White House aides sabotaging one another in order to improve their own standings; or staffers trying to scuttle policy ideas that they found genuinely problematic.

But Trump?s administration has created a third category: leaks from White House staff and federal officials who are alarmed by the president?s conduct.

The idea that Trump is temperamentally ill-suited for the presidency is nothing new. It was the main argument against him during both the GOP primaries a year ago and the general election last summer and fall. At times, Trump seemed to embrace the characterization, wearing it as a badge of honor for his status as an anti-establishment ?outsider.?

But concerns that seemed merely hypothetical while Trump was on the campaign trail are now life-and-death decisions being made inside the White House.

And as long as Trump continues to shift his loyalties, experts say we haven?t seen the last big leaks coming out of the West Wing. To Cohen, who now teaches at Johns Hopkins University?s School of Advanced International Studies, the problem is not the leakers, it?s the president.

?Trump has shown very little true affection or respect for anyone on his staff outside his immediate family,? Cohen said. Therefore, he cannot expect devotion from his staff in return. ?This is what happens when you have a narcissist as president,? Cohen said.

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French Open denies Maria Sharapova’s wild-card bid

Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova has been denied a wild-card entry for the 116th French Open following her 15-month ban for using a performance-enhancing substance.

In Trump Era, Men Have Grown Far More Confident Than Women About The U.S. Future

Among Americans, Republican men are the only ones overwhelmingly confident about the future of the U.S. And they happen to feel that way now ? while Trump is president.

When Trump slammed Clinton over classified material

President Trump is accused of giving Russian top secret information. Here?s how he attacked Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified material.