Biden: The Election Brought Up the ‘Ugliest Realities’ of America

In his speech at Cornell University today, Joe Biden made some points for the graduates. It’s worth examining one of the sentiments a little closer. He shared his thoughts on the election we all weathered last year. Specifically, he said, “This past election season churned up some of the ugliest realities that still remain in our country. Civilized discourse and real debate gave way to the coarsest rhetoric stroking our darkest emotions.” Certainly, we can see examples of that. Just last night, two men were stabbed to death after allegedly intervening when a white supremacist berated two Muslim women on a public train. Take heart, though. As we told you this morning, he also assured listeners it was a temporary state of affairs. Watch above, via CNN. [image: screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.

Amid Scandals, Don Jr. and Eric Trump Reportedly Met With GOP Leaders to Strategize

Screen Shot 2017-05-27 at 4.12.13 PM According to the Washington PostEric TrumpDonald Trump Jr., and Eric’s wife Laura Trump met privately with GOP leaders to “share their concerns and outlook” and Republican National Committee headquarters on Thursday. This is apparently all part of a strategy to engage with the party on a national level. At least “two prominent Republicans” expressed annoyance to WaPo about the Trump sons, who run the president’s businesses, being able to meet with high-ranking political organizers for two hours. Still others argued that as one-time volunteers for the Donald Trump campaign, they were allowed to be there without flouting any ethics rules. The purpose of the meeting, in fact, seemed to be to strategize about the 2020 election with RNC officials and other Trump allies:
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Everything We Know About the Fatal Stabbing on an Oregon Train

Screen Shot 2017-05-27 at 3.10.51 PM As you know from our sister site LawNewz and from Twitter, there was a fatal stabbing on a train in Portland, Oregon last night. Let’s go over everything we know so far. The Portland Police Bureau reported that yesterday at around 4:30, a call came in notifying them of an incident on the MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Station. Here’s what happened, in their words:
Preliminary information indicates that the suspect was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions. At least two of the victims attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down. The suspect attacked the men, stabbing three, before leaving the train. Witnesses described to police two young women, possibly Muslim, who were on the train at the time of the disturbance and attack, but left prior to police arrival.
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Well, Here’s the First Promo for Megyn Kelly’s New Show on NBC

After learning that Megyn Kelly‘s NBC News debut would be coming in June, we now get to see a promo for her Sunday show. This promo really plays it safe, which makes sense. Kelly had a very tumultuous time at Fox News between the never-ending attacks from then-candidate and now-president Donald Trump and the alleged sexual harassment she endured from Roger Ailes. Still, it’s very safe. The Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly teaser promises “sharp, strong journalism” and shows some pre-taped footage of her conducting interviews, but leaves it at that. There will definitely be more to unpack when the show premieres on June 4, so check Mediaite then for analysis! [image: screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.

National Recreation Area to High Schoolers: Stop Vandalizing Our Rocks For Promposals

Promposals are such a big deal these days. High schoolers love to ask one another to formal dances in elaborate and often punny or clever ways, then post about it on social media. Sometimes, it involves celebrities. Sometimes, it involves… desecration of landmarks or national parks? At the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, at least, they’d really like it not to involve any sort of graffiti. Look: Someone else even jumped in to highlight how pervasive the problem really is: Kids! Stop damaging public lands! Stop it! [image: screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.

Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump Presidency Will ‘End in Disgrace With His Impeachment’

Today, Hillary Clinton returned to her Alma Mater, Wellesley College, to give the commencement address. As Clinton fans and detractors alike know, one of her first big moments in the national spotlight was when she gave the address there during her own graduation at a time when students didn’t give commencement speeches. She used that speech almost five decades ago to target a senator, launching her into the political spotlight. Today, she targeted someone else. She went after former presidential campaign foe (and current president) Donald Trump. While ostensibly talking about how the country overcame the shame of Richard Nixon and the distrust in the government that he sowed, she mentioned “a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice — ” The assembled graduates cheered as she continued, “– after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Continue reading "Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump Presidency Will ‘End in Disgrace With His Impeachment’"

Movie Theater Adds More Women-Only Wonder Woman Sparking Twitter Outrage

A Brooklyn movie theater caused a stir online yesterday when they announced they were going to be doing special Wonder Woman screenings just for women and female-identifying folks. Is the news that femme fans of super hero comics and movies have waited a long time for this shocking? No. Is it surprising that they might want to experience it together in a group with other women who’ve waited a long time? No. Is it that strange that a theater is trying to help women and girls feel more included in a subculture that is so notoriously exclusionary we have a sister site dedicated to doing the same thing? No. Is the theater banning men from every showing?
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