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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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’


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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


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


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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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WATCH: Macron Cooly Ignores Trump Just Long Enough to Make It Uncomfortable


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First of all, we’re including the above video from CNN and HLN’s Holland Reid because her commentary is just that good. What’s in the video, you ask? Oh, just French president Emmanuel Macron greeting a bunch of world leaders during today’s big NATO event. You know the one: Donald Trump seemed to shove a dignitary, then he lectured the other leaders for a while when he was supposed to be talking about NATO’s Article 5, and then Angela Merkel talked shadily about not building walls. Speaking of the German chancellor, look at how Macron greets her! In Reid’s words, he shaded Trump in the process by ignoring him juuuuuuust long enough to make it kind of weird. After that, Trump and Macron engaged in Trump’s classic “power struggle” handshake, but the Frenchman Continue reading "WATCH: Macron Cooly Ignores Trump Just Long Enough to Make It Uncomfortable"

‘I Don’t Think Anybody’s Really Worried’: Carl Higbie Brushes Off Concerns About Fox News ‘Shake-Up’


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Carl Higbie is a former Navy SEAL who has the unique pleasure of being a pro-Donald Trump commentator on CNN and Fox News. Generally, he gets a warmer welcome at Fox News and spends his time at CNN pushing back against the use of anonymous sources. Don’t take our word for it, though. That’s what he just told our own Travis Irvine a few moments ago outside of Fox News. He said more than that, too! Specifically, he — just like Geraldo Rivera — brushed off the idea that Fox News is in trouble. “People are saying Fox News ratings are tanking,” Irvine led. “How does everyone feel on the inside here?” “There’s been a big shake-up. I don’t think anybody’s really nervous about it,” Higbie responded. “People have been moving around — different shows — and I think it’s going to take some time for people to Continue reading "‘I Don’t Think Anybody’s Really Worried’: Carl Higbie Brushes Off Concerns About Fox News ‘Shake-Up’"

‘She Was Immoral’: Christian School Stands by Choice Not To Let Pregnant Student Walk at Graduation


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This is a big year for viral stories of girls not being allowed by their high schools to walk at graduation. First, we had the honors student whose off-the-shoulder top got her in enough trouble that she might not get to attend graduation and may lose out on her future schooling opportunities. Now, we have a girl with a 4.0 who can’t walk graduation at Maryland’s Heritage Academy because of her pregnancy. Wait. No. According to the school, it’s not because of her pregnancy. It’s because of her lack of morality because she had sex before she was married. Totally different. “It’s because I’m pregnant and you can see the results of my mistake,” 18-year-old Maddi Runkles told the Washington Post. Principal David R. Hobbs sent out a letter to parents of students at the tiny Christian school, saying Runkles is being prevented from walking at graduation “not because she is Continue reading "‘She Was Immoral’: Christian School Stands by Choice Not To Let Pregnant Student Walk at Graduation"

Angela Merkel Tells Trump It’s Not the ‘Building of Walls That Make Us Successful’


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During a speech at NATO headquarters today, German chancellor Angela Merkel said, “It is not isolation and the building of walls that make us successful, but open societies.” Oh, and did we mention Donald Trump was there? Like, right there? She called him out to his face moments before he addressed the assembled world leaders. In case you have somehow forgotten, one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises was that he would build a wall of some sort along the southern border of the United States. Since he became president, he’s learned that the details are a little more complicated than the enduring chant of “who’s gonna pay for it? Mexico!” made them seem, but he Continue reading "Angela Merkel Tells Trump It’s Not the ‘Building of Walls That Make Us Successful’"

Ahead of Hearing, Twitter Users Pelt Education Sec. DeVos With #Questions4Betsy


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You may have noticed that our current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, is very, very much a controversial figure. Today, she was grilled during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, but Twitter users had a few questions of their own to throw out there beforehand. Using the hashtag #Questions4Betsy, they got straight to business.

John Kasich Has a Lot of Thoughts About Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Zayn


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Maintaining knowledge of both politics and pop culture is imperative if you want to be well-rounded in this day and age. Just ask John Kasich. He schooled the hosts of ABC’s The View on some celebrity-related topics today. We won’t get too deep into it, but Taylor Swift maintains a pure image but is despised by a number of celebrities who have gotten close to her. Specifically, Kim Kardashian West has called her out for her fakery, but it’s her feud with Katy Perry that’s most noteworthy. It allegedly started when Perry took some of Swift’s background dancers mid-tour, then escalated when Swift released the song, “Bad Blood.” You may remember it from its near-constant airplay about Continue reading "John Kasich Has a Lot of Thoughts About Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Zayn"

That Jon Stewart and HBO Animation Collab Isn’t Happening Anymore


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Last July, we told you that Jon Stewart and HBO were teaming up to produce funny animated shorts that parodied newscasts. Let’s allow Joanne the Scammer to tell you how that turned out: giphy (2) “18 months after signing the deal, the two have agreed to shelve it, saying that the project was significantly more complicated than both sides expected. Mr. Stewart signed a four-year contract, and he will remain at HBO to pursue other efforts,” reports the New York Times. Apparently, the shorts were supposed to roll out with the presidential election and HBO began cautioning Stewart against setting “arbitrary” deadlines for the project. That sounds frustrating for everyone involved. Still, Stewart has been spotted around in recent months, making appearances alongside Stephen Colbert and such. (Most recently he was part of Colbert’s big Daily Show reunion.) We hope he has some other good stuff up his sleeve. [image: Featureflash Continue reading "That Jon Stewart and HBO Animation Collab Isn’t Happening Anymore"

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Now Basically Obsessed With Trolling Donald Trump


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Today, Super Deluxe released a video featuring none other than Donald Trump‘s chief international troll, Vicente Fox. The former president of Mexico joined forces with the company to deliver some of the burns he usually reserves for his own Twitter account. Specifically, he tore into Trump’s preoccupation with the crowd size at his inauguration. Fox pulled out a photo of himself at his inauguration, saying it was “one of the proudest days of [his] life” because he was thinking, “I have been honored with the massive burden of millions of expectations and I must do my absolute best to be worthy of that trust.” He contrasted that with a photo of Trump at his inauguration, saying the American president had been worried “that the last guy had a bigger one” than he did. “Donald,” he said cheekily, “his is much bigger.” Then, he took aim at Trump’s seeming affinity Continue reading "Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Now Basically Obsessed With Trolling Donald Trump"

Howie Kurtz: Trump Covering Up Russia Stuff Is OK…If There’s No Russia Stuff


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In case you hadn’t noticed, the story of possible Russian collusion from Donald Trump‘s campaign and administration has been a big one everywhere in the media… except for Fox News. At Fox, they’ve preferred to talk about how that isn’t a story, giving various reasons and even trying to turn other non-stories into stories in the process. (Notably, that led to a firestorm and a retraction on one occasion.) Today, though, Fox News’ top media reporter framed the Russia conversation in a new and even more convoluted way. Howard Kurtz wrote that there is no Russia story, so it’s totally fine that evidence keeps emerging that suggests Trump has been trying to shut down investigations into it all. Here, look at his words:
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Rep. Elijah Cummings: ‘There is an Air of Deception Going On’ with White House and Russia Investigation


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Don’t hold back, Representative! During an appearance on CNN’s New Day today, Elijah Cummings condemned the White House in some pretty serious ways. “Whether you want to admit it or not — whether others want to admit it — there is an air of deception going on,” he explained. “I mean, all you got to do is look at what the president has been doing over and over again.” He went on to criticize the ties that have seemingly been sprouting up between Russia and members of Donald Trump‘s administration, noting that Trump has been insisting those ties don’t even exist. Specifically, Cummings was referring to Mike Flynn, the former national security advisor who was ousted after his possible Russian connections came to light. Cummings is asking House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz to subpoena the White House for documents related to Flynn. He was quick to tell Chris Continue reading "Rep. Elijah Cummings: ‘There is an Air of Deception Going On’ with White House and Russia Investigation"

WATCH LIVE: Mick Mulvaney Testifies About Donald Trump’s Budget


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Joe Scarborough called Donald Trump‘s new budget “hateful,” but in a briefing on it yesterday. Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney set it up as a new way to measure compassion. Today, he’ll be tasked with testifying about the hateful/compassionate budget in front of the House Budget Committee. Watch it live right here and stick around for some analysis, too.

Reaction to Daily Mail Posting Paparazzi Shot of Ariana Grande Post-Attack Is What You’d Expect


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ariana grande Paparazzi pictures are complicated for fans. To enjoy one, you have to like a celebrity, but not really love them. If you’re a casual celebrity observer, photos of Kim Kardashian taking North West to ballet are fun. If you’re an actual fan of the family, you might want to see the photos, but feel conflicted knowing a mother and small child had to fight a hoard of photographers to get to their engagement. Today, the Daily Mail ran a photo of Ariana Grande back in America after the terrorist attack that took place during one of her concerts in the U.K. last night. The people who replied to the tweet fall beyond that second camp of guilty-pleasure-seeking fans who love to hate and hate to love the paps. The people who responded to this tweet were diehard Grande defenders who were not happy to see a photo of their
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