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Artist Creates NYC Bodega Completely Out Of Felt

Lucy Sparrow?s art installation in New York is definitely heartfelt ? with an emphasis on the felt.

The British artist has created an authentic bodega, complete with hot dogs, sodas and vegetables. The whole thing is made from felt ? even the bodega cats.

?I wanted to create this all-encompassing art experience of a bodega, which is completely disappearing in New York City,? Sparrow says in the video above. ?And I?ve recreated this in felt.?

The felt bodega display is officially called ?8 ?Til Late,? and is located on the ground floor of The Standard hotel, High Line, in Manhattan.

Sparrow and her assistants made all 9,000 parts of the creation in London from wool pressed and rolled into felt. Then she shipped 9 tons of felt goodies to the U.S. in four planes.

The idea is to remind people of the world that existed before everything went online.

?The convenience store and bodega is where you would go and see your neighbors and have a chat and see if everything was still okay,? Sparrow says. ?I think we are all leading such narrow lives that we are living online rather than actually living in the present.?

Like a real bodega, everything in the felt one is for sale. A felt cigarette pack costs $20, while a box of felt candy is $35, according to The New York Times.

That?s more expensive than the real items at a real bodega, but Sparrow says they have lasting value.

?So you can get an original piece of art for as little as $15, and you know that?s incredible, that?s accessibility to the max,? she says in the video.

Of course, if you?ve felt the appeal of the project, you can buy the whole ?store? for $500,000.

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‘Juice’ Director Says We Can’t Let Future Generations Sleep On Classic Black Films

Twenty-five years since the release of ?Juice,? Ernest R. Dickerson is proud that his directorial debut has stood as a cultural staple in America.

This month, Paramount Home Media Distribution will commemorate the film?s anniversary with a special release of a Blu-ray disc. Starring Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins ? with cameos by Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah ? the powerful drama follows the lives of four teenage friends in pursuit of power and respect in their Harlem neighborhood as they grapple with the trials of inner-city life.

Inspired by his adolescent years growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Dickerson ? who broke into the industry as Spike Lee?s cinematographer ? tells HuffPost that he wanted the drama to accurately portray the obstacles young black men and boys face living in America.

?It took about nine years to get the film made. But it grew from out of several places,? he said. ?I wanted to talk about how kids were growing up in society and we were horrified by that. And so, in wanting to craft a thriller and a film noir around 16-, 17-year-old antagonists, it just felt like that was the way to go and the best story to tell. Peer pressure was always gonna be a part of it.?

The commemorative release will feature new and vintage interviews with members of the cast and crew, never-before-released footage and the original film?s alternate ending.

?Juice? marked Shakur?s first major starring film role. He beat out the likes of actor Donald Faison and fellow rapper Treach for the role of the troubled, gun-toting teen Bishop. Shakur?s seminal performance was applauded by fans and film critics.

?He understood the pain inside Bishop and could express that in his acting,? Dickerson recalled. ?He made Bishop a more four-dimensional character in that he knew that this anger came from someplace. The anger came from a deep hurt.?

?Part of it was the experience of having to see [Bishop?s] father brutalized and traumatized in prison; that?s one of the things that we end at in the film. That?s the thing that Pac brought, too. When he came to the audition, people believed he was Bishop. And he believed he was Bishop, too,? he said.

The filmmaker added that prior to Shakur?s untimely death in 1996, he was ?hoping to find another project? to work on with the rapper-actor.

With its January 1992 opening, the film debuted at No. 2 at the box office. It earned over $8 million in its opening weekend and has grossed $20.1 million domestically to date, according to Box Office Mojo.

Despite its relatively low earnings, Dickerson says it?s imperative to reintroduce black cult classic films ? such as ?Juice,? ?Boyz n the Hood? and ?Menace II Society? ? to enlighten a new generation of viewers. 

?These films are a part of our cultural heritage,? the filmmaker said. ?And we have to make sure that they?re there for future generations to experience, and to enjoy and learn from. These are not throwaway films, this is the cultural heritage of America, and we need to make sure that we preserve that.?

?Not just these films, but all films. Films are important,? he continued. ?It?s one of the greatest art forms of the 20th and 21st century. People need to take film much more seriously and the preservation of film much more serious.?

The special 25th anniversary edition of ?Juice? is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. It will also be released on Digital HD on June 13.

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Jared Kushner Is Becoming More Well-Known And More Disliked

The number of people who say they don?t know who Jared Kushner is has decreased, and the number of people who dislike him has increased since April, according to a new poll.

Kushner, the husband of President Donald Trump?s daughter Ivanka, has enjoyed relative anonymity in the White House despite the fact that the 36-year-old has been given an outsized role advising the president on everything from Middle East peace to criminal justice reform.

In April, a Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 47 percent of respondents had never heard of Kushner or didn?t have an opinion about him. Only 30 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of him.

But in a new Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday, 37 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of Kushner, and 38 percent said they either haven?t heard of him or don?t have any opinion about him. Only 26 percent of voters reported a favorable opinion of him. 

The poll found that 51 percent of respondents viewed the president unfavorably with 45 percent responding favorably. HuffPost Pollster?s average of polls shows Trump with a rating of 54 percent unfavorable and 40 percent favorable. Although Kushner is relatively unknown compared with his father-in-law, quite a few people dislike him. 

This likely reflects the fact that Kushner?s name has been in the news recently, as it came to light that he may have been in contact with two Russian officials in December. And James Comey, whom Trump fired last month as head of the FBI, is set to testify Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.

Trump joked on Tuesday that Kushner has ?become more famous than me? ? which Trump also said about Comey earlier this year.

The Morning Consult poll found respondents mostly split on how much they have seen, read or heard about ?senior White House advisor Jared Kushner allegedly meeting with people associated with the Russian government.? Twenty-eight percent of voters said ?a lot,? 39 percent said ?some,? 20 percent said ?not much,? and 14 percent said ?nothing at all.?

However, 51 percent of respondents said they agree that such behavior would be inappropriate. Only a quarter said they think Kushner?s alleged meeting with a Russian banker in order to ?establish a direct line of contact with Russian officials? was appropriate, while the remaining 24 percent don?t know or have no opinion.

Republicans and those who voted for Trump in 2016 were the most likely to say that the meeting was fine ? 42 and 46 percent, respectively ? while Democrats and Hillary Clinton voters were the most likely to say it was inappropriate ? 74 and 79 percent.

The Morning Consult/Politico poll was conducted June 1-2 from a national sample of 1,999 registered voters. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of registered voters based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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Donald Trump To Nominate Christopher A. Wray For FBI Director

President Donald Trump will nominate Christopher A. Wray to be the next director of the FBI, he announced on Wednesday.

Wray served as assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005. The Yale Law School graduate now works as an attorney in private practice.

Wray represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in the wake of the so-called Bridgegate scandal. Christie told that he had ?the utmost confidence in Chris.?

?He?s an outstanding lawyer,? Christie said. ?He has absolute integrity and honesty, and I think that the president certainly would not be making a mistake if he asked Chris Wray to be FBI director.?

Wray?s name came up in a 2008 Justice Department Inspector General report on allegations of politicized hiring in the Attorney General?s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program. The hiring process, the report concluded, was ?fundamentally changed? to give political appointees more input. Data showed that applicants with Democratic or liberal affiliations were ?deselected at a significantly higher rate? than candidates with conservative or neutral affiliations. Wray told the IG that politics and ideology only came up as part of an effort to make the programs more inclusive.

From the report:

He said there was a perception that in past administrations the career employees doing the screening may have weeded out candidates because the selecting officials were not ?comfortable with their political persuasion.? He said the political persuasion he was referring to pertained to candidates who had been in the military or law enforcement, ?whether you call that conservative or not.?

Wray was interviewed for the job last week, the White House said. Trump was also said to have considered politicians including Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and, mostly notably, former Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.). He appeared to reverse course following pushback from Democrats.

The president fired former FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump campaign?s ties to Russia, last month. Andrew McCabe, who started with the FBI in 1996 and served as deputy director under Comey, was named the acting director at the time.

Comey is set to testify in front of the Senate on Thursday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Calls Out Donald Trump: Stop Scapegoating. You Are The Problem.

Fox News host Neil Cavuto devoted a segment on his Tuesday show to giving some ?common sense? advice to President Donald Trump.

Following days of Twitter outbursts about ?fake news? and London Mayor Sadiq Khan?s handling of the weekend?s deadly terrorist attack, Cavuto spoke directly to Trump. ?Mr. President, it is not the fake news media that?s your problem. It?s you,? he said.

The host continued to call out the president for ?scapegoating,? ?feeding [his own] beast,? and ?acting beastly with [his] own guys.? Cavuto criticized Trump for alienating members of his own party and creating the very distractions he blames for derailing his presidential agenda. He then urged the president to listen to his once-friendly allies.

?Use these critiques you?re now hearing from usually friendly and supportive allies as sort of like an intervention,? Cavuto suggested. ?Because firing off these angry missives and tweets risk your political destruction.?

Trump has emerged on the international scene with skepticism toward longstanding U.S. diplomatic relationships. In a matter of weeks, the president has refused to reaffirm his commitment to aiding NATO allies under attack, withdrawn the U.S. from the landmark Paris Agreement and made rash comments about London?s mayor and Qatar ? moves that have all been met with backlash.

Cavuto summed up his comments by telling the president that his critics are not the issue. ?They?re not the problem, Mr. President,? he said. ?Like I said, these days, you are.?

Watch the full segment in the video above.

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Edward Snowden: Prosecuting NSA Leaker Threatens The Free Press

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is speaking out in support of Reality Winner, who was arrested by the FBI on Saturday on charges of violating the Espionage Act.

Winner, 25, a federal contractor with Pluribus International Corp. in Augusta, Georgia, is accused of ?removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet,? according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  

The arrest came after The Intercept released a classified National Security Agency report about Russian military intelligence officers? alleged attempt to carry out a cyberattack on a voting software company and on local election officials days before the 2016 U.S. election.

Snowden can relate to Winner?s experience, as he was charged in 2013 with stealing government property and violating the Espionage Act. The former Central Intelligence Agency employee and NSA contractor has been living under asylum in Russia ever since he fled the United States that year.

Winner is currently being held in a federal detention center in Lincolnton, Georgia. Her attorney Titus Nichols fears she?s being questioned when he?s not present.

Snowden, who is president of the board for the Freedom of the Press Foundation, described the Espionage Act as ?a fundamental threat to the free press? in a statement on Tuesday.

He wrote that the ?World War I era law meant for spies? explicitly forbids the jury from ?hearing why the defendant acted, and bars them from deciding whether the outcome was to the public?s benefit.?

Snowden says that?s especially chilling because Winner was allegedly a journalistic source ?for a leading American news outlet about a matter of critical public importance,? and not a spy.

According to Snowden:

?This often-condemned law provides no space to distinguish the extraordinary disclosure of inappropriately classified information in the public interest?whistleblowing ? from the malicious disclosure of secrets to foreign governments by those motivated by a specific intent to harm to their countrymen.?

Snowden said that if America truly values free trials, Winner deserves to be released on bail.

He added:

?No matter one?s opinions on the propriety of the charges against her, we should all agree Winner should be released on bail pending trial. Even if you take all the government allegations as true, it?s clear she is neither a threat to public safety nor a flight risk. To hold a citizen incommunicado and indefinitely while awaiting trial for the alleged crime of serving as a journalistic source should outrage us all.?

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Donald Trump May Find Time To Live-Tweet James Comey’s Testimony

President Donald Trump may live-tweet fired FBI Director James Comey?s highly anticipated Senate testimony on Thursday, pursuing a habit that frequently causes trouble for his administration.

Trump will weigh in ?if he feels the need to respond? to anything Comey says, The Washington Post?s Robert Costa reported on Tuesday.

?I was just talking to some White House officials this morning and their view is that the president himself wants to be the messenger, his own warrior, his own lawyer, his own spokesman,? Costa said on MSNBC. ?The president is expected to be tweeting on Thursday in response to Comey, not to stay quiet during the testimony, because he himself wants to be the one driving the process.?

When asked if Trump would be watching the hearing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who frequently defends his boss? unhinged ramblings, demurred.

?It?s going to be a very busy day, as all of his days are,? Spicer said during the daily White House press briefing.

Trump will give a speech at a conservative conference in Washington on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ? during Comey?s hearing. But it would be unsurprising for him to tune in to Comey?s testimony before or after the speech with unfiltered commentary on Twitter.

The president regularly watches cable news shows, and often cites them in his early-morning Twitter rants. He seems to follow Trump-friendly ?Fox and Friends? closely, often tweeting arguments made on the program almost verbatim and re-tweeting from the show?s Twitter account.

The White House has had difficulty defending Trump?s Twitter activity. At times, his aides claim the tweets are ?official statements? that allow the president to be ?an effective messenger for his agenda.? But they also distance themselves by dismissing the meanderings as just ?social media.? 

Spicer on Tuesday said the tweets ?are considered official statements by the president of the United States.? 

A day earlier, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Twitter gives Trump a ?communications tool that isn?t filtered through media bias.? In the same sentence, she claimed that ?the media obsesses over every period, dot.?

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday criticized the media for ?this obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little what he does as president.? 

Trump?s regularly uses Twitter to lash out at lawmakers, the courts, the media and diplomatic allies, among others.

Sometimes, his tweets land him in legal and political trouble. His rants this week promoting his executive order banning travel and immigration from six majority-Muslim countries could hurt him in the ongoing legal proceedings against the order, as several courts have already used his statements as evidence to halt the ban. 

If Trump does end up tweeting during Comey?s testimony on Thursday, creating more trouble for his administration, expect Spicer to offer this defense: The ?tweet speaks for itself.? 

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Trump Will Nominate ‘Torture Memo’ Lawyer To Transportation Post

WASHINGTON ? President Donald Trump will nominate a former George W. Bush administration official who authored legal memos authorizing interrogation techniques widely regarded as torture for a job in the Trump administration.

Steven G. Bradbury, the former acting head of the Justice Department?s Office of Legal Counsel, will be nominated general counsel to the Transportation Department, the White House said Monday night. He?s now a private lawyer at the Dechert LLP firm in Washington, specializing in regulatory enforcement, rulemaking and judicial review of agency actions, according to the White House. (He recently represented Verizon, which owns AOL, HuffPost?s parent company, before the Federal Communications Commission.)

?He has extensive experience with automotive safety and airline competition issues, including before the Department of Transportation,? the White House said in its announcement.

Bradbury, along with John Yoo and Jay Bybee, were the key authors of documents that came to be known as the ?torture memos? ? legal opinions that approved the use of so-called ?enhanced interrogation techniques.? 

Bradbury was coy about his job prospects in the Trump administration in March, when spotted at the White House. 

?I?m not able to confirm that I?m talking to the administration about anything,? Bradbury told HuffPost at the time. ?I?m not really in a position to comment about anything related to a position with the administration.?

Bradbury wrote four memos related to the CIA interrogation program. One memo he authored on May 10, 2005, authorized the use of 13 different techniques against high-value detainees: dietary manipulation, nudity, attention grasp, walling, facial hold, facial slap or insult slap, abdominal slap, cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, water dousing, sleep deprivation of more than 48 hours and waterboarding. 

Bradbury?s memo concluded that waterboarding did not cause ?severe physical suffering? because it would only be allowed for 40 seconds, and that any distress ?would not be expected to have the duration required to amount to severe physical suffering.? The ?panic brought on by the waterboard during the very limited time it is actually administered, combined with any residual fear that may be experienced over a somewhat longer period, could not be said to amount to the ?prolonged mental harm,?? he wrote.

A later review by the Justice Department?s ethics office found ?serious concerns? about some of Bradbury?s analysis, although the attorneys in the Office of Professional Responsibility did not conclude that the ?failings rose to the level of professional misconduct.?

Attorneys said there were indications that Bradbury?s memos ?were written with the goal of allowing the ongoing CIA program to continue? and reflected ?uncritical acceptance of the CIA?s representations regarding the method of implantation? of certain methods.

From the OPR report:

For example, in concluding that prolonged sleep deprivation, which involves shackling and diapering detainees, did not constitute cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, Bradbury noted that the CIA asserted that the use of diapers was necessary because releasing detainees from shackles to relieve themselves ?would present a security problem and would interfere with the effectiveness of the technique? and that ?diapers are used solely for sanitary and health reasons and not in order to humiliate the detainee.?… However, the CIA?s 2002 list of proposed [enhanced interrogation techniques] described diapering as a separate [enhanced interrogation techniques], in which the detainee ?is forced to wear adult diapers and is denied access to toilet facilities for an extended period, in order to humiliate him.?

In one memo, Bradbury wrote approvingly of the diaper practice as long as the diaper ?is checked regularly and changed as necessary.?

Bradbury admitted he didn?t attempt to verify the information he was given about the effectiveness of ?enhanced interrogation technics,? saying it was ?not my role, really, to do a factual investigation of that.?

The ethics attorneys in OPR were not as critical of Bradbury as they were of the other torture memo authors, saying Bradbury qualified his conclusions, circulated drafts widely, and wrote his memos in a ?careful, thorough, lawyerly manner.? But they also said he should have ?cast a more critical eye? in his work.

?Mr. Bradbury fought the law, and the law won,? said Faiz Shakir, national political director of the American Civil Liberties Union. ?The torture regime he helped put in place has been a stain on our nation?s legal, moral, and ethical credibility. He shouldn?t be allowed near a government office for the rest of his life.?

Trump recently said he ?absolutely? believes waterboarding works. 

?When ISIS is doing things that no one has ever heard of, since medieval times, would I feel strongly about waterboarding?? Trump said. ?As far as I?m concerned, we have to fight fire with fire.?

During the campaign, he said the U.S. would have to do ?unthinkable? things in battling ISIS. ?When you look at what?s happening to us, when you look at what?s going on in this country and throughout the world and we don?t want, you know they?re allowed to cut off heads and they?re allowed to chop off heads, and we can?t waterboard,? Trump said.

Yoo is now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and Bybee is a federal judge. 

S.V. Date contributed to this report.


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60 Unusual Baby Names Parents Gave Their Newborns In 2016

On May 12, the Social Security Administration released the official list of the most popular baby names of 2016 ? along with data showing all the names given to five or more infants born that year. 

The top names weren?t surprising, as Emma, Noah, Liam and Olivia continued to dominate. But there were some interesting choices at the bottom.

Examining the broader data, we looked at the names given to only five babies in 2016 and noticed some interesting choices ? from literary references to band names to adjectives in the English language.

Here are TK unusual names that appeared on just five American babies? birth certificates last year.
































































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Elizabeth Warren Might Get Her Very Own Action Figure

Calling all Elizabeth Warren fans: the Massachusetts state Senator could soon have her very own action figure and it looks pretty damn awesome. 

A Kickstarter campaign to fund an Elizabeth Warren action figure went live Tuesday afternoon featuring a six-inch Warren in a black and red pantsuit. The Kickstarter campaign has to raise $15,000 in order for the Warren action figure to go into production. 

The Kickstarter was created by the Brooklyn-based company FCTRY, which has funded and created other political action figures such as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

Jason Feinberg, the CEO and Creative Director of FCTRY, told HuffPost they chose Warren as their next action figure because she is by far ?the most exciting character? to work on right now.

?The moment Mitch McConnell spoke the words, ?Nevertheless, she persisted,? we knew Liz had to be our next figure,? Feinberg told HuffPost. ?Elizabeth Warren is a relentless fighter and it reinvigorated us to see her go toe-to-toe with the Republicans at a time when we personally were still shell-shocked.?

Feinberg said his company was shocked when Trump won the U.S. presidency on Election Day. ?Going into making [Trump?s action figure], we thought it was going to be a harmless, short-term joke,? he said. ?Like everyone else, we got thrown for a loop on Election Day and it left us selling Trumps when we were supposed to be selling Hillaries, which was just a huge bummer.?

Most of the profit from FCTRY?s political action figures are donated to the ACLU or other progressive organizations. Feinberg said Warren?s action figure will be no different: All proceeds from Warren?s political action figure will go to Emily?s List, a non-profit with  mission is to help elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. 

?We heard a number of stories around Election Day about what our Action Figures meant to young kids, especially young girls,? Feinberg added. ?We don?t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we?re hoping that seeing Warren, Obama, Hillary, and Bernie as accessible toy heroes will inspire kids during a time that must be awfully confusing for them.?

Scroll below to see a few pictures of Warren?s badass action figure.  

Head over to FCTRY?s Kickstarter to read more about their Elizabeth Warren action figure. 

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Jeffrey Lord Blames Ariana Grande For Manchester Attack

Professional troll Jeffrey Lord proved that he?ll stop at no lengths to defend Donald Trump, blaming Ariana Grande for the Manchester attack while attempting to explain the president?s recent digs at London?s mayor.

After Trump mocked London Mayor Sadiq Khan?s response to Saturday?s deadly terror attack as ?pathetic,? Lord told CNN?s Anderson Cooper that Khan was partly to blame for ?not taking care of the terrorism.? Cooper then asked Lord, ?what if [Trump] had tweeted against Ariana Grande for not providing enough security at her venue? Would that be fair too??

?Sure,? Lord responded. ?What you?re trying to illustrate is there is a serious problem here and we have collectively in this world not taken this serious enough and people are getting killed.?

Grande had been performing at a concert hall in Manchester, U.K. last month when a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including parents and children.

Later Cooper said, ?if the British prime minister had gone after the mayor of Orlando in the wake of Orlando killings, you would have been fine with it??

Lord responded, ?Sure.?

?If the PM of Pakistan had attacked Rudy Giuliani for not providing safety for the people of New York City, that would be fine with you?,? Cooper shot back. ?You think Rudy Giuliani is to blame??

?Yes,? Lord said. ?The buck stops here, as Harry Truman said.? 

Giuliani has received scrutiny for years for mistakes made when he was mayor in the lead-up to 9/11, including putting the city?s emergency command center in WTC7, a site that had been considered vulnerable to terrorism. The late investigative journalist Wayne Barrett even wrote a book about it. But it?s unclear what role Grande would have played in managing the security situation for her concert: The venue, not the artist, typically decides how much and what kind of security to provide.

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REM Sleep Cells Linked To Brain Disorders

Where do dreams come from? Researchers now say they know: A specific group of cells in the brain stem is responsible for controlling dreaming sleep, also called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, a new study says.

The study also showed that damage to those cells could lead to a sleeping disorder called REM Behavior Disorder (RBD), which makes a person act out violent dreams.

The findings have far broader implications than pinpointing the neurological source of dreams, though, said the study?s principal investigator, John Peever, a professor of cell and systems biology at the University of Toronto. Because previous studies have shown that 80 percent of people with RBD develop incurable brain diseases, the new research could give drug companies a specific group of cells to target for therapies that slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. [7 Mind-Bending Facts About Dreams]

?For some reason, the cells in the REM sleep area are the first to be sickened, and then the neurodegenerative disease spreads up into the brain and affects the other areas that cause disorders like Parkinson?s disease,? Peever told Live Science.

Peever presented his team?s results May 29 at the 2017 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting in Montreal. The findings have not been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

During a healthy night?s sleep, a person cycles through light sleep, deep sleep and REM sleep several times. During REM sleep, the neurons in the brain stem send signals to the brain?s cerebral cortex ? perhaps drawing the details for the dream from the parts of the brain responsible for learning, thinking and moving ? as well as to the body?s spinal cord, to prevent muscles from moving, Peever said.

During healthy REM sleep, most people do not move around much, although some do twitch or talk. And although some people are known to walk in their sleep, sleepwalking is not a part of REM sleep, but a part of the deep-sleep cycle, when dreaming doesn?t occur.

In contrast, people who have RBD frequently have violent dreams and act them out during their REM sleep, injuring themselves and anyone who might be sleeping next them. 

The disorder was first described by Dr. Mark Mahowald and Dr. Carlos Schenck, of the University of Minnesota. In their book, ?In Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine,? published in 1985, the two doctors presented case histories of people with the disorder, including a 77-year-old minister, who behaved violently in his sleep, sometimes injuring his wife; a 60-year-old surgeon, who reported the feeling of being attacked, and who would jump out of bed during nightmares; and a 57-year old retired school principal, who mistakenly punched and kicked his wife while having nightmares.

Peever said that studies done since then have showed that the vast majority of people who have RBD develop one of three progressive brain diseases. One is Parkinson?s disease, which is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that afflicts the motor system. The second is dementia with Lewy bodies, which causes forgetfulness, fluctuations in alertness, visual hallucinations and trouble walking. The third is a disorder called multiple system atrophy, which affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary movement as well as involuntary movements, including blood pressure and digestion.

?REM Behavior Disorder is in fact the best-known predictor of the onset of Parkinson?s disease,? Peever said. [5 Surprising Sleep Discoveries]

The brain diseases like Parkinson?s and dementia with Lewy bodies typically occur six to 15 years after a RBD diagnosis.

Until now, the link between RBD and these neurological diseases has been anecdotal, though, Peever said. Researchers who studied the brains of cadavers from people who suffered from both RBD and a brain disease found damage to the neurons in the brain stem. But that didn?t mean the damage had caused RBD.

?There was a correlation, but no causality,? Peever said. ?What our study has done is taken away the correlation and show causality.?

In the new study, Peever and his colleagues first identified which cells were responsible for healthy REM sleep. They used mice with cells in the brain stem that had been genetically modified to be sensitive to light. When they shined a light onto these cells, it activated the REM sleep in the mice. When they deactivated those cells, the mice did not have REM sleep.

Once the researchers had the cluster of neurons pinpointed, they used a genetically engineered virus to deliver a disease-causing protein ? the same one that causes Parkinson?s disease ? into the REM-generating brain cells. The protein caused the cells to become sick and the mice started to exhibit behaviors indicative of people with REM Behavior Disorder, moving around much more during REM sleep.

?We?re saying REM sleep cells get sick, and then you develop REM sleep behavior disorder,? Peever said.

The long-term strategy of this research is to develop a drug therapy that could treat patients who have been diagnosed with RBD. Such a therapy would likely not cure the patient of RBD, since the brain cells that cause that disorder would have already been damaged, but it could prevent the disease from spreading to the rest of the brain, Peever said.

?You may have RBD, which is still unfortunate, but you won?t develop one of those other brain disorders, which are far more disabling,? he said.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Tensions Come To A Head In Portland As Alt-Right, Anti-Fascists Square Off

PORTLAND, Ore. ? For days, Portland has served as ground zero for American hate, heroism and healing. Today, it served as America?s battleground.

Tensions were high Sunday as counterdemonstrations between anti-government protesters and members of the alt-right took place during a ?Trump Free Speech Rally? outside City Hall.

HuffPost reporters witnessed several scattered arrests made for disorderly conduct.

As early as 10:30 a.m., the self-proclaimed anti-fascist and alt-right groups had occupied the parks surrounding City Hall, with the former taking over Chapman Square and the latter in Terry Schrunk Plaza. Shoving and screaming ensued until police showed up, including local and state officers, riot police and Homeland Security. After that, each side hurled insults at the other.

A third crowd ? the largest ? of local liberals protesting the Trump supporters sat outside City Hall.

On each side, demonstrators braced for the moment when police would leave and barriers would fall.

It was a battle they?d been preparing for all week; longstanding tensions between anti-fascists and the alt-right were compounded by the hate-fueled slashing on May 26 that left two dead and a nation in uproar.

In the Trump camp, which had planned its rally days before the recent attack, ?celebrity? alt-righters like Pat ?Based Spartan? Washington stood among people with Nazi symbolism tattooed on their arms and civilian ?peacekeepers? in military gear.

The loudest demonstrators on each side were often the last to identify themselves.

?We?re surrounded,? one woman in a ?Make America Great Again? hat said. ?That?s Portland for ya.?

The Trump rally was already expected to attract alt-right figures from out of state ? some of whom are straight up neo-Nazis ? but rumors that that demonstrators would be exercising their right to carry guns prompted local activists to reconsider and had all sides preparing for war. Mayor Ted Wheeler?s attempt to revoke a permit for the rally was declined by the federal government.

Anti-fascists in Portland planned to hold a self-defense and group tactics seminar Saturday, but organizers told HuffPost that it was canceled after white nationalists and neo-Nazis mobilized against them.

The Trump rally?s co-organizer, Kyle ?Based Stickman? Chapman, has engaged anti-fascist protesters in battle before. His group of mostly white men called the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights was labeled a ?fight club? by The New York Times and issued a call to arms to his followers for Sunday.

Fights in Portland, just a week after known white supremacist Jeremy Joseph Christian allegedly slashed two men to death while screaming anti-Islamic hate at two teenaged women on a train, feel surprising and excessive to outsiders. But locals saw this coming a mile away ? this is a city with a white terror crisis and a storied history of racist confrontation. Sunday was a flashpoint in a decades-old fight.

Lydia O?Connor contributed reporting. 

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I Took An Adult Gap Year, I’ve Never Been Happier

Exactly one year ago, I found myself seriously facing the decision to either follow my newly-found passion for traveling, or pay rent. I couldn?t do both, because I literally only had enough money for one or the other. Since it had taken me twenty seven years to even discover this passion, and a full year after that to convince myself I could travel longer than two weeks, I ended up saying f**k it, and opting for Asia over my studio apartment in West Hollywood.

It was more than just my sudden wanderlust that fueled the decision though. At twenty eight years old, I found that I wasn?t nearly as fulfilled with life as I thought I would have been back in college. I didn?t have that token perfect relationship, and I was FAR from having a ring on my finger or dare I say, a child. I still felt like a child myself, and I knew part of that was because I never got the opportunity to travel when I was younger.

I always kind of just expected that all of our lives would fall into the same routine pattern, so when mine didn?t, I started to wonder what on Earth I was supposed to do next. It made me feel like I had failed for some reason, and that feeling made me unhappy.

All I could really think of that I knew would make me happy, was to go out in the World and figure out what did. It wasn?t exactly considered ?normal? for someone ?my age? to just drop everything and go travel, but spoiler alert, one month turned into one year, and now I?m sitting on a white pebble beach in front of the crystal clear Adriatic Sea in Croatia, with nothing but my laptop and a random cat laying behind me, getting ready to tell you exactly what happened?

Cue the ?Gap Year?. Well, in my case, and ?Adult Gap Year?

What is a gap year? If you aren?t familiar with the term, it?s probably because the gap year doesn?t exist in the U.S. Actually, it only exists in Australia and a few places in Europe, but something like it is encouraged in many other countries as well.

A gap year is when students take the year off in between high school and college to travel on their own or with friends. It?s not to party or go crazy, like most of us do the second we leave home and get to college; it?s to find themselves, learn responsibility, and discover how many possibilities are in this world.

I definitely did not get that when I was younger, as I?m sure many of you didn?t as well. I didn?t even get to travel on vacation with my family because we were poor, but even so, it?s not like I was encouraged to do so in school.

So, feeling like I needed to really experience more of this world and in my life, I put my things in storage, made a plan, and left.

Photo: During my Adult Gap Year I went to over 30 countries, mostly solo, and completed seeing all 7 World Wonders, and 6 Wonders of Nature.

Yes, it was Terrifying to take the Leap, then I Couldn?t Stop

As I mentioned, I had to put all of my stuff in storage, something I?ve never done before since I?ve had my own apartment since I was seventeen. That being said, I was also technically ?homeless? for the first time ever, which of course was beyond terrifying at first. I worried beyond belief that when I left I?d lose everything, that my friends would forget me, and that somehow, I?d miss something in LA.

But a month passed and I hadn?t had enough. I still had money left from what I had saved for months, and was making a steady income from online freelance work and being a digital nomad.

When the second month came near and I had to make the decision again, I opted for a month in India over paying for rent and a deposit on a place back home in LA (I?m originally from Florida but I call LA ?home?). Since I was ?in the area?, I figured why not make it Sri Lanka and the Maldives too? Both of which I did on an extreme budget.

I Opened Up to Opportunities, and they Came

I?ve always been what I like to call an ?outgoing introvert?. I like to be around friends, but I also like to be alone, and get things done on my own, and was always convinced I didn?t need anyone else to help me.

Well, when you travel alone for so long, you start to open up to the thought of meeting people and letting them help you. The second I changed my mindset, was when I met someone who actually ended up traveling with me to four countries. (Yes it was a steamy foreign love affair, but I?ll get to that another time).

Aside from that little foreign fling, I also opened up to the opportunity of meeting locals in almost every country I traveled in. I wanted to learn as much as possible from their perspective, and from that I learned more than I?ve ever learned in school about people, cultures, religion, politics, history, and the world in general.

This new understanding, and these exciting experiences have changed the way I think of and interact with people. It has made me friendlier, kinder, and more empathetic. This change not only made me happier, but it immensely helped strengthen and broaden my career as a digital nomad as well.

I Got Used to a Minimalist Lifestyle

Throughout my entire Adult Gap Year, I traveled with a carry-on sized bag, and a tote bag. I never once got anything out of my storage unit (not that I?d have anywhere to put it), and would only shop once a month when I would switch out my wardrobe. The clothes I had been previously wearing all got donated to a local in whatever country I finally decide to go shopping in.

I also got used to, and am very good at buying groceries at local markets; even if I have to take a few extra seconds to convert the price or translate what something is.

This type of lifestyle also made me extremely healthy, and I can tell a clear difference than from when I wasn?t traveling full time. I never get sick when I travel because I make sure to eat right, and I?m more in shape because I choose to walk everywhere?even if that?s mostly to save money?

But Maintained my Adult Comfort

I won?t lie, there?s a 0% chance that I would sleep in a shared dorm in a hostel, or couch surf. I?m a grown ass woman who makes a good income on her own, so you better believe I?m going to travel with certain standards.

Most of the time I do a really good job at finding last minute deals online for decent and even really nice hotels?even if some times they?re all sold out and I have to opt for a scary place.

I?ll also treat myself to a nice lunch or dinner now and then. I don?t think I should have to miss out on the luxuries of nice dining just because I don?t have anyone to take me out! I?m actually super proud of how confident I?ve gotten with eating out alone??Just one?? ?You?re damn right just one!? Although it?s hard to really stay alone once people realize you are?if you know what I mean.

I Was Never Afraid to say No…or Yes

Part of being comfortable as an adult is knowing exactly when you do and don?t want to do something. I?ve learned to easily say no to peddlers, promoters, all-too-charming men, etc., which has really helped in my normal life, especially with decisions I want to say yes to, but I know I really should say no to?that mostly applies to men, business, and dessert.

On the flip side, this Adult Gap Year has also taught me to easily say ?Yes? to a lot of things I probably wouldn?t have before. I don?t think twice about how long it will take me to get somewhere, especially if it?s a hike to a waterfall, and there?s literally nothing I think I can?t do.

This mentality change has not only made me a stronger, happier person, but a successful entrepreneur with a constant stream of dreams and ideas that turn to realities.

I Learned How to Adapt to Any Surrounding

One thing I can distinctly notice after my Adult Gap Year, is that no one can ever guess where I?m from. That?s because when I travel, I immediately adapt to the culture, customs, and local life, mostly because it just makes everything easier. As I said, it?s important to try to make your life as ?normal? as possible when you know it?s not normal at all.

Before I took my Adult Gap Year, I worried non-stop about what it was going to be like in another country, and so far away from home. Now I show up and assume chameleon mode, which also makes things a lot more interesting.

I Checked off a Bucketlist I Never Knew I Had

The bucket list I do have basically just includes ?travel the world? and ?get to Antarctica?. But during my Adult Gap Year I found myself constantly thinking, ?I?ve always wanted to do that?, then doing it, and then adding it to my bucketlist just so I could check it off.

Aside from traveling to almost 40 countries in a year, which I was NOT expecting to do at all (remember, I was only supposed to be gone one month), I had a lot of other firsts as well. Most of them were things I thought were too late to do since I was already almost thirty and an adult, but low and behold, I did them anyway, and couldn?t be more satisfied.

I got scuba certified and dove in five different countries including Egypt, the Maldives, Indonesia, French Polynesia, and the Bahamas. I learned to drive on the opposite side of the road in New Zealand, and live out of a camper van.

I learned ?Hello, how are you, please, and thank you? in about ten different languages. I bungee jumped, and also cliff jumped?way too many times to count. I climbed to the top of a tree in the Amazon rainforest, after swimming in the Amazon river with pink dolphins. I swam with Manta Rays in the wild in Indonesia, and also hung my feet over a volcanic crater lake. I chased so many damn waterfalls that people are starting to ask me when I?m going to make a coffee table book with all of the photos.

I completed my list of visiting all of the new 7 World Wonders, a huge achievement for me; and perfected the art of getting a photo in front of each one with absolutely no people in them. I also made it to 6 of the 7 Wonders of Nature…and continents…both of which I intend to get to the 7th of this year.

I became inspired, encouraged, and ambitious to see more, do more, and be more, not just for me, but for the people I show my new lifestyle to.

I Now Have a Solid List of Big Goals

After accidentally traveling full time for a year, mostly solo (AKA an Adult Gap Year) and achieving as much as I did, my list of life goals has not gotten shorter. It has basically grown from being the size of a lizard to the size of a dinosaur, with the aggressive behavior to match.

Thanks to this adult Gap Year, I truly feel like I can do anything now, from traveling the world, to starting my own business. I may have risked a lot; a home, a relationship, friends, family, MY DOG, but through the clarity I?ve found, I know that there?s time for that, and everything will happen when it?s supposed to. And that applies to everyone.

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Vladimir Putin Suggests American Hackers Framed Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has again denied that the Russian government intervened in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, suggesting Friday that American hackers ? and perhaps the CIA ? could have framed Russia. 

In an interview with NBC News? Megyn Kelly, an excerpt of which the network released Friday, Putin sought to shift blame away from the Russian government.

?Hackers can be anywhere,? he said. ?They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russia. Can you imagine something like that? In the midst of a political battle??

Both the FBI and the CIA have determined that Russia intervened in the election to help elect President Donald Trump. The FBI is now investigating whether Trump?s campaign team colluded with Russian officials in those efforts. (Trump and his team have vehemently denied any involvement.)

?By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russia,? Putin continued. ?Could you imagine something like that? I can.?

According to Kelly, Putin also suggested that the CIA may have framed Russia for the hacking. 

Watch the NBC News clip above.

His comments came one day after he said ?patriotic? Russian hackers may have attempted to sway the 2016 election, but again insisted there was no state involvement.

The full interview will air Sunday during the premiere of Kelly?s new primetime show, ?Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.? It?s Kelly?s first major interview for the network, following her departure from Fox News earlier this year.

Despite U.S. intelligence linking Russian officials to efforts to sway the outcome of the election in Trump?s favor ? including reports that Putin himself directed the hacks ? the Russian president has denied any state involvement in the hacks, which included breaches of Democratic National Committee servers as well as the email account of Hillary Clinton?s campaign chairman John Podesta. 

?They started this hysteria, saying that this [hacking] is in Russia?s interests. But this has nothing to do with Russia?s interests,? he said in October.

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No Audit? No Problem: Republicans Blindly Support More Defense Spending

WASHINGTON ? When President Donald Trump released a budget last week with a 10 percent Pentagon increase over current budget caps and massive cuts to the social safety net, a common reaction among congressional Republicans was this: Why didn?t Trump ask for even more defense spending?

?There was no plus-up,? Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) told HuffPost. ?It?s a 3 percent increase over the Obama budget. That doesn?t jibe with what the president said, so, frankly, I?m confused.?

So automatic ? so reflexive ? is the support for more defense spending among Republicans that they don?t seem to care that the Pentagon has never completed an audit. Or, if they care, they don?t care enough to actually make the Defense Department account for the more than $600 billion a year it already receives before they hand over even more money.

Like many Republicans, Hunter supports auditing the Pentagon. But he wouldn?t support fencing off any of the new money for the Defense Department until it completes that audit. And until Congress introduces consequences for the Pentagon?s failure to complete an audit, it?s likely that lawmakers will find themselves in the same familiar position year after year: in favor of an audit but unable to get their hands on one.

Over the past two weeks, HuffPost interviewed more than two dozen House Republicans about military spending and the Pentagon?s inability to complete an audit. Almost all of them supported breaking the budget caps that Congress set for defense in 2011 ? while simultaneously advocating large cuts to domestic programs, citing a $20 trillion national debt.

But there was scant support for delaying budget increases until the Pentagon completes an audit, with some members suggesting they would maybe sign on to such a proposal and many more outright opposing the idea.

Congress, the Pentagon, and a thriving defense contractor industry have all tied how much money the United States spends to how safe its citizens are.

The United States already spends more on defense than the next seven nations combined. In 2015, the country spent $596 billion on defense. The next closest nation, China, spent $215 billion, with Saudi Arabia ($87 billion) and Russia ($66 billion) following behind. Congress, the Pentagon, and a thriving defense contractor industry have all tied how much money the United States spends to how safe its citizens are.

But what if money spent and military capabilities aren?t necessarily bound together? If you?re really concerned about our safety, wouldn?t you want to make sure that our defense dollars are really going to defense? And how do Republicans really know the Pentagon needs more money?

?If you sat through the classified briefing that I just held with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, you wouldn?t ask that question,? Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) told HuffPost.

Granger is the chairwoman of the appropriations subcommittee in charge of defense spending ? perhaps the most sought-after subcommittee position in Congress ? and although she supports an audit and said there are places in the defense budget ?where we overspend,? she doesn?t support withholding any money until the Pentagon completes one. In fact, her general belief is that Congress should give the Defense Department as much as it can.

?I?d go for the highest amount we can achieve, because it?s still not gonna be enough,? she said.

That isn?t just the position of the person doling out the Pentagon?s dollars; it?s the position of most Republicans in Congress.

?We cannot wait to fix our planes and ships until the audit is done, the budget is balanced, and the moon and the stars all align,? House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told HuffPost. ?We need ships that sail, planes that fly, today.?

Again, Thornberry supports an audit, but he doesn?t support fencing off any additional money until the Pentagon completes its accounting.

?You gotta walk and chew gum,? Thornberry said. ?You gotta make the department more efficient. You gotta improve their acquisition. And at the same time, you gotta give the people who are risking their lives the training, the equipment, the best this country can provide.?

Republicans seem to believe the military is drastically underfunded. And even if they don?t have official documentation of that, they?re certain the Pentagon needs more money.

?Just talk to any general over there, and they?ll tell you what they need,? said Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), a former Armed Services Committee member who gave up his position on the panel to become Natural Resources Committee chairman.

But if you doubt that generals are the most disinterested party when it comes to whether the U.S. needs more defense spending, there are always the lawmakers who oversee the projects that directly benefit their districts.

The open secret on Capitol Hill is that the members whose constituents most rely on defense spending often find themselves on the House Armed Services Committee or the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. In one of the last remaining vestiges of congressional logrolling, members support a slate of other defense projects to ensure that their particular program is approved.

When HuffPost talked to Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, he made it clear that he supports more defense spending, but that ?it?s not just the increase, it?s where would the increases be.?

And by that, Wittman ? who represents parts of coastal Virginia where many jobs rely on shipbuilding ? made it clear he wants the Pentagon to take care of his district.

?For Navy, for shipbuilding, I want to make sure we?re doing the right things there, getting those things taken care of,? he said.

Still, like almost every Republican we talked to, Wittman supported an audit. He just isn?t prepared to hold back any additional spending until the Pentagon completes that audit, even if there?s good evidence that the Pentagon isn?t spending as wisely as it could. 

Just talk to any general over there, and they?ll tell you what they need.
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah)

Republicans aren?t entirely to blame for these problems. It takes the cooperation of Democrats for a massive government agency like the Pentagon to never complete an audit. And perhaps part of the reason Democrats have gone along with increasing the defense budget with little accountability is that, up until just recently, Republicans have matched every dollar of defense spending over the budget caps with a dollar for other domestic programs.

While Democrats also thought the Pentagon should undergo an audit, they weren?t exactly advocating for defense cuts.

Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state, the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, thought focusing on the Pentagon?s inability to perform an audit was ?an awkward question to ask.?

Instead, he thought the more pressing issue was the GOP?s unwillingness to raise taxes to pay for the defense increases lawmakers want.

?Slashing every other aspect of the budget to plus-up defense shows misplaced priorities about what is important for a strong country,? Smith said. ?That if our infrastructure is crumbling, if we stop investing in research, if we gut education, if we take money away from poor people at a time of growing wealth disparity, that we will have a country that is worse off because of it.?

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), one of the most outspoken proponents of the social safety net in Congress, called the GOP budget ?cruel and rotten.?

?We need to redefine what we mean by ?national security,?? McGovern said. ?It needs to encompass more than just the number of bombs we have. It needs to include things like whether people have enough to eat, and whether or not people have adequate housing, and whether people have jobs. I mean, those things are important to our national security. Those are the things that people lose sleep at night worrying about.?

But if Republicans have tied increases in defense spending to increases in those other domestic programs, Democrats may have an actual interest in keeping defense spending high. And a Defense Department audit may undermine that effort.

One of the reasons we are where we are is for about 20 years, no one really cared.
Pentagon comptroller John Roth

In January 2015, an internal Pentagon study found $125 billion in administrative waste that could be eliminated over five years. Defense officials promptly buried the report to avoid the cuts ? cuts that would not have resulted in layoffs or troop reductions, but would have restricted the use of expensive contractors and streamlined information technology.

DefenseNews wrote a story on the report almost immediately, but it wasn?t until nearly a year later that the study got any major attention, after The Washington Post reported that Pentagon officials had attempted to bury it.

Most of the handful of Republicans who seemed uneasy about the Pentagon budget cited the Post story as evidence that maybe the Defense Department could spend its money a little better.

Even among those conservatives generally uneasy about any spending, however, most weren?t rushing to draft an amendment that would force the Pentagon to complete an audit by a certain date or else suffer some sort of cut. Instead, when you ask conservatives what they want to do about the Pentagon?s lack of auditing, many suggest more discussion.

?We?ll talk about it, have some hearings,? said former House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Current Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) did say that not only did the Pentagon need to be audited, but that ?we need to cut back on their staffing by as many as 100,000.?

?125 billion dollars, eventually, year after year, that adds up to real money,? Meadows joked, with a wink.

But when you press conservatives on what they?re prepared to do to ensure the Pentagon completes an audit, they resort to vague platitudes about cutting debt and talking points about the need for an audit. (Meadows, who was entering a meeting with the Freedom Caucus, said the group would talk about the issue that very night.)

No one seems all that interested in offering an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would require an audit and also have some teeth by, say, subjecting the Pentagon to the spending caps Congress set for defense in 2011 if it does not complete a full accounting.

After HuffPost asked whether he would support such a proposal, conservative Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) did say he was going to introduce such an amendment, ?just for you.?

Excusing those few Republican voices in Congress who believe we need to ?cut it all? ? as Massie has urged Congress to do for every part of government ? Republicans and Democrats seem perfectly content rubber-stamping even more defense dollars, which is exactly how the Pentagon found itself in this decades-long age of unaccountability in the first place.

When HuffPost asked acting Pentagon comptroller John Roth about the Defense Department?s auditing problems, Roth said an audit had only become a priority in the last five or six years. ?One of the reasons we are where we are is for about 20 years, no one really cared,? Roth said last week. ?So that?s why we didn?t move the ball.?

The Pentagon is closer to an audit than ever before, Roth added. Under current law, the Defense Department is supposed to have an audit ready by September 30, 2017. Officials already acknowledge they?ll blow past that deadline.

?It?s going to take more than a year to get there,? Roth said. ?But we have to start.?

Officials note that different accounting procedures and software across the massive Defense Department make it difficult to perfectly track every dollar. How bad is the problem? In July 2016, an accounting service for the Army could not find documentation for $6.5 trillion worth of transactions over the years.

That?s roughly the same amount of money Trump suggested Congress approve for the military over the next 10 years.

If lawmakers get their way, it?ll be much more than that.

David Wood contributed to this report.

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Friday’s Morning Email: The Aftermath Of Trump’s Decision To Exit Paris Agreement


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THE AFTERMATH OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP?S DECISION TO PULL OUT OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT The president made good on one of his top campaign promises, making the U.S. only the third country to be outside the global agreement to combat climate change. Here?s what former president Barack Obama had to say about Trump dismantling U.S. involvement in the pact, and what the move means for the global standing of the U.S. It appears China will be tapped to lead the climate fight. Sixty-one mayors across the country have pledged to meet the commitments under the international accord, including the mayor of Pittsburgh, which was invoked in Trump?s announcement Thursday. Tesla founder Elon Musk and Disney CEO Robert Iger announced they were withdrawing from advising Trump in light of his decision. And city halls and bridges lit up green following the announcement. [HuffPost]

TRUMP TAKES TRAVEL BAN TO THE SUPREME COURT The administration filed two emergency applications asking the highest court in the land to block two lower court rulings that essentially killed the second iteration of Trump?s travel ban. [HuffPost]

?THE FATE OF 16.8 MILLION MEDICAID ENROLLEES RESTS ON 20 GOP SENATORS FROM 14 STATES? The stakes are especially high for this group of lawmakers, as they represent the states that accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid. [HuffPost]

PUTIN: MAYBE THERE WAS RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE ELECTION AFTER ALL ?Shifting from his previous blanket denials, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Thursday that ?patriotically minded? private Russian hackers could have been involved in cyberattacks last year that meddled in the United States presidential election.? [NYT]

DOZENS DEAD AFTER BOTCHED ROBBERY OF PHILIPPINE CASINO At least 36 are dead, most of them from heavy smoke. The alleged robber killed himself shortly after the attack. [Reuters]

MEET THE 2017 U.S. SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE CHAMPION Could you spell marocain to win it all? [Reuters]


WE HAVE OUR FIRST SUPREME COURT CLASS PHOTO Since Justice Antonin Scalia?s death. [HuffPost]


WE?RE SORRY TO SAY But more of your favorite Netflix shows could be on the chopping block. [HuffPost]

JENNIFER GARNER HAS NO TIME FOR PEOPLE MAGAZINE ?I did not pose for this cover. I did not participate in or authorize this article.? [HuffPost]

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BELOVED ?90s REBOOT IS IN THE WORKS Prepare yourself for more ?Sister, Sister? fun. [HuffPost]

ADRIANA LIMA HAS DECLARED SHE?S MARRIED HERSELF And has the ring to show for it. [HuffPost]


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This Town Is So Adorable, You’re Forbidden To Take Pictures In It

One municipality in Switzerland has instituted a fine for anyone who takes photos there, saying the pictures will cause envy and extreme unhappiness for people who see them on social media.

Lawmakers in Bergün/Bravuogn claim their region is so beautiful, footage may prompt crippling FOMO.  

?It is scientifically proven [that] beautiful vacation photos on social media make the viewers unhappy, because they themselves can not be on the spot,? the tourist office said in statement. Naturally, the office recommends visiting the village of Bergün to avoid this dreaded FOMO. 

They have a point: Every Instagram already taken there is gorgeous. 

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Local lawmakers passed a law on Tuesday that threatens a fine of about $5 for anyone who takes a photo in Bergün/Bravuogn. Of course, the whole thing is mostly a marketing ploy to attract tourists, and it?s unlikely the fine will actually be enforced, tourism director Marc-Andrea Barandun told The Local. 

The ploy is clearly working: We?re newly fascinated with Bergün, a stop on the century-old Albula railway line which starts in the town of Thusis and ends in St. Moritz. Bergün boasts painted houses, an 800-year-old church and a Roman tower, and the 1952 film ?Heidi? was filmed in a village nearby. There?s skiing in winter, hiking in summer and perfect vistas all year round. 

Looks like the perfect place for a camera-free trip.

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Tuesday’s Morning Email: Understanding The New Report On Russians’ ‘Derogatory’ Info


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CNN: RUSSIANS DISCUSSED ?DEROGATORY? INFO ON TRUMP ?Russian government officials discussed having potentially ?derogatory? information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source. One source described the information as financial in nature.? [CNN]

JOHN MCCAIN: VLADIMIR PUTIN GREATER NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT THAN ISIS ?The Russians tried to destroy the very fundamental of democracy, and that is to change the outcome of an American election.? [HuffPost]

KENTUCKY?S LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER?S WINDOWS SMASHED Authorities believe someone shot into the building in another escalation of anti-press behavior. [HuffPost]

U.S. FLIES BOMBERS NEAR NORTH KOREA The U.S. and South Korea conducted ?a joint drill involving U.S. B-1B bombers? right along the Military Demarcation Line. [WSJ | Paywall]

MEET THE PORTLAND HEROES WHO STOOD UP TO HATE Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche died Friday after attempting to intervene on a Portland train when a man was harrassing two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Jeremy Joseph Christian then allegedly stabbed them. Destinee Mangum, who was one of the teenagers targeted, said she probably wouldn?t be alive today without them. [HuffPost]

FORMER PANAMANIAN DICTATOR DEAD AT 83 Manuel Noriega ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989, all while being a spy for the CIA and ?sparking a U.S. invasion.? [Reuters]

HOW TRUMP CONSUMES HIS INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS ?Sometimes,? Daniel Coats, director of national intelligence, said, ?pictures do say a thousand words.? [WaPo]


TIGER WOODS: ALCOHOL NOT INVOLVED IN DUI The professional golfer said an ?unexpected reaction to prescribed medications? led to his Monday morning arrest. [HuffPost]

U.K. EXAMINES MISSED OPPORTUNITIES IN MANCHESTER BOMBING Several people reportedly warned authorities of Salman Abedi?s extremist views. [NYT]

TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR GREGG ALLMAN Following the classic rock legend?s death at 69. [HuffPost]

SOFIA COPPOLA BECOMES SECOND WOMAN TO WIN CANNES DIRECTING PRIZE But Jessica Chastain, one of the jury judges, called out the festival for its overall depiction of women characters. [HuffPost]

GOOD THING THE LATEST ?PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN? WON THE BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND Considering the film spent over $2 million in snacks during its production. [HuffPost]

PRINCE WILLIAM OPENS UP ABOUT MOURNING HIS MOTHER ?It is not like most people?s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her.? [HuffPost]



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DHS Secretary: A Backchannel Between Trump And Russia ‘Not A Bad Thing’

WASHINGTON ? The secretary of homeland security defended on Sunday reports that President Donald Trump?s son-in-law and close adviser Jared Kushner discussed establishing a secret backchannel between Trump?s transition team and Russian officials, claiming that it was ?normal? and ?acceptable.?

?Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing,? Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told ABC?s Martha Raddatz. ?It?s not a bad thing to have multiple communication lines to any government.?

The report, published by The Washington Post late Friday, originated during a previously reported meeting between Kushner and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak in December, before Trump became president. Also present at the meeting was former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who was fired earlier this year for lying to administration officials about discussing sanctions with Russia.

Like Trump and his top aides, Kelly dismissed the mounting scandals facing the administration by insisting that the real problem is the leaking of information, which is ?darn close to treason,? the retired general said Sunday on NBC?s ?Meet the Press.?

Trump himself reportedly leaked classified information to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting earlier this month.

The reports about Kushner come as he is being investigated as part of the FBI?s probe into ties between Trump?s team and Russia. In addition to the meeting with Kislyak, Kushner also met with the head of a Russian state-owned bank.

Kelly on Sunday defended Kushner as ?a great guy,? saying that there was no ?big issue here.?

?I know Jared. He?s a great guy, decent guy,? he said on ?Meet the Press.? ?His number one interest, really, is the nation. So you know there?s a lot of different ways to communicate, backchannel, publicly with other countries. I don?t see any big issue here relative to Jared.?

Earlier this month, Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, who had been leading the Russia probe. Before firing him, he had reportedly told Comey to stop his investigation of Flynn?s ties to Russia, according to Comey?s notes documenting a meeting with Trump.

The day after firing Comey, Trump met with Kislyak and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in an Oval Office meeting that was only accessible to Russian state media and closed to American reporters. In addition to leaking classified information, Trump reportedly bragged to them about firing ?real nut job? Comey and claimed that the sudden move lessened the ?great pressure? on his administration.

Amid the mounting scandals, Trump on Saturday returned from his first foreign trip as president. Administration officials refused to comment on Kushner while on the trip, trying to deflect attention by characterizing the president?s meetings abroad as ?going unbelievably well.?

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Thursday’s Morning Email: What The Latest Health Care Numbers Mean For You


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CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE?S NEW ESTIMATE ON HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AFTER OBAMACARE REPEAL BILL Comes out to 23 million people losing insurance. And here?s where Senate Republicans stand on the health care bill negotiations. [HuffPost]

MONTANA GOP CANDIDATE CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT For reportedly ?body-slamming? a reporter on Election Day eve. And here?s why this Montana race matters for candidates in the Trump era. [HuffPost]

UK REPORTEDLY STOPPED SHARING INTELLIGENCE WITH U.S. ON MANCHESTER CASE After U.S. leaks to the media. And here?s what we know so far on the possible terror network involved in the Monday attack. [HuffPost]

RUSSIAN OFFICIALS TALKED ABOUT HOW TO SWAY TRUMP AIDES ?Three American officials told The New York Times that Russian officials discussed how to influence top advisers to Donald Trump?s presidential campaign last summer. The report, based on intelligence gathered by U.S. spies, says Russian intelligence and political officials sought to sway Trump through Paul Manafort, his campaign manager at the time, and Michael Flynn, the retired general advising Trump?s campaign on foreign policy issues.? [HuffPost]

ADVERTISERS HAVE BEGUN PULLING ADS FROM SEAN HANNITY?S FOX NEWS SHOW Following controversy over his coverage of the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. Hannity is calling it ?the kill shot.? [HuffPost]

A U.S. WARSHIP SAILED WITHIN 12 MILES OF A CHINA-CLAIMED REEF This is the first challenge of its kind to Beijing under President Trump. [Reuters]

YES, THE POPE TROLLED THE TRUMPS First, there was the photo. Then there was the question about Melania?s cooking. And finally, he gave Trump his encyclical on climate change. [HuffPost]


WHY TELEGRAM IS THE APP OF CHOICE FOR ISIS ?Since around 2015, analysts say there has been an exodus of extremists to the app in search of better privacy and the freedom from being shut down by moderators. ? [HuffPost]

UBER: WHOOPS, WE ACCIDENTALLY SHORTED DRIVERS TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS The average New York City driver should receive about $900. [HuffPost]

?I ATE MY PLACENTA AND DIDN?T FEEL ANY DIFFERENT? What you need to know about placenta pills. [HuffPost]

WE FINALLY HAVE A ?GAME OF THRONES? TRAILER And it has some glorious dragon scenes, the return of our favorites and the usual warnings about winter ? 52 days people. [HuffPost]

ELLEN HAS BEEN KILLING THE GAME LATELY She announced she?ll be doing a standup special for Netflix AND gave Andy Cohen a custom RompHim, which was as great as you?d imagine. [HuffPost]

UNDERSTANDING THE YOUTHS? OBSESSION WITH SNAPSTREAKS This is a real, albeit ridiculous, thing. [WSJ | Paywall]


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There’s A Big Difference Between A Plant-Based Diet And A Vegan Diet

Reducetarian, flexitarian, vegetarian ? there?s a diet out there for everyone. That?s why it?s more important than ever to make sure we get it all straight.

One diet (or lifestyle) that?s been gaining in popularity among nutritionists, celebrities and millennials is the plant-based diet. The diet mostly appeals to anyone who?s looking to live a healthier lifestyle, but its smaller environmental footprint makes it particularly appealing to millennials.

If you?ve heard people talking about a plant-based diet, you may have thought this was basically just another word for veganism, but you?d be wrong. Really wrong. And we?re going to explain why.

Vegans abstain from eating any animal products. According to The Vegan Society, ?Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.? This means that many vegans also don?t purchase leather goods. But it doesn?t necessarily mean they?re eating lots of plant-based meals. Vegans could get through life eating processed foods and snubbing their veggies just like anyone else. Think potato chips, gummy candy, and even Oreos.

A plant-based diet, on the other hand, emphasizes eating whole fruits and vegetables, consuming lots of whole grains, and staying away from (or at least minimizing) the intake of animal products and processed foods for health reasons. That means that even vegan desserts made with refined sugar or bleached flour are out.

There are no strict guidelines or definitions for what constitute a plant-based diet other than focusing on eating lots of fresh produce and minimally processed foods. Some people on a plant-based diet don?t eat any animal products, while others will eat a restricted amount. It?s flexible in that way, but strict in its focus on eating whole foods.

We?re not saying that a vegan can?t be on a plant-based diet or vice versa, but the two are not interchangeable and we want to make sure you know it. 

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‘Complicit Ivanka’ Johansson Joins Alec Baldwin For Final ‘SNL’ Hallelujah

The entire ?White House? crew of ?Saturday Night Live? gathered, one by one, around Alec Baldwin?s Donald Trump at the piano for a soulful rendition of a last ?Hallelujah? on the finale of one of the most memorable and politically charged seasons of the 42-year series.

At the lyric ?I told the truth, I didn?t come to fool ya,? Baldwin took his hands from the piano keys but the piano continued to play. Kate McKinnon?s Kellyanne Conway held up crossed fingers.

The cold open ?Hallejulah? wrapped up a season skewering the White House. It could have been a farewell to the besieged Trump administration ? or it may have marked Baldwin?s last turn at playing the president.

Gathered around the piano were the Grim Reaper playing Steve Bannon, and Mikey Day?s and Alex Moffatt?s dopey Trump bothers. Cecily Strong turned up as first lady Melania Trump and Scarlett Johansson was back as daughter Ivanka in a gold lame gown from her March skit plugging her perfume Complicit (?a fragrance for the woman who could stop all this ? but won?t?).

Beck Bennett was Mike Pence ? instead of his usual Vladimir Putin ? and Aidy Bryant stood in for Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Putin was represented by the Russian flag pin on Baldwin?s lapel.)

The song came full circle from the ?SNL? episode following the presidential election when McKinnon sadly sat at the same piano to sing the song to honor the late Leonard Cohen ? and lament the loss of Hillary Clinton. ?I?m not giving up, and neither should you,? McKinnon told her audience then.

This time Baldwin wrapped up his ?Hallelujah? and declared: ?I?m not giving up because i didn?t do anything wrong …. but i can?t speak for these people.?

The episode was bittersweet with many wondering if Baldwin will ever return as Trump. He has said the role was getting depressing because of the ?maliciousness? of the administration, and worried that people won?t be amused much longer by the president. ?If everything stays the same in the country … I don?t think people will be in the mood to laugh about it,? he said.

But he has since left the door slightly ajar that he might return. ?Look, I?d love to keep doing this per my availability, but I have other things I?m going to do, so I guess we?ll figure it out,? Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter last week.

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Hillary Clinton Practiced Dodging Trump’s ‘Hugs’ Before The Debates

A former Hillary Clinton staffer, Philippe Reines, tweeted a video of himself and Clinton practicing how to properly dodge a Donald Trump hug.

The video was taken on Sept. 24 as a prep session for the Hofstra University debate that would take place a few days later. 

It?s entertaining and clearly lighthearted, but also slightly unnerving:

On the one hand, the video doesn?t appear to be all that serious, as you can hear laughter in the background, and the imagery itself is entertaining: Reines-as-Trump and Clinton are basically play-wrestling. Clinton herself even retweeted the video, adding that she ?burst out laughing? when she saw it:

But on the other, it?s likely that Clinton had to legitimately prepare for having to physically engage with Trump. It makes sense that you?d have to formulate some sort of plan to go up against someone with a history of being verbally violent and physically threatening ? especially towards women.

Even ex-FBI Director James Comey was reportedly ?disgusted? by Trump?s aggressive gestures when the president embraced him during a Jan. 22 White House ceremony.

Reines, who plays Trump in the video, talked about his portrayal of him in Clinton?s debate preparation to Politico back in January and, apparently, he went ?full method actor? with the job. Though, he didn?t mention any specific Trumpian actions he practiced on Clinton, he mimicked Trump?s physicality ?so that Clinton would grow accustomed to Trump?s looming presence when she saw Reines in her peripheral vision.?

We?re not sure anyone can ?grow accustomed to Trump?s looming presence? anymore.

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Study Confirms That Most American Women Have Experienced Sexual Harassment

A new study has found that a vast majority of American women have experienced sexual harassment, from catcalling to unwanted touching.

Researchers at Harvard University surveyed more than 3,000 high school students and young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 in a study about healthy sexual relationships and sexual harassment prevention.

In the study, called ?The Talk,? researchers discovered that 87 percent of young women have had to endure sexual harassment in its many forms. The study also found that, though most women have been sexually harassed and more than half of the men surveyed admitted to having harassed a woman before, almost half of all people surveyed ?don?t see certain types of gender-based degradation and subordination as problems in our society.? 

The study connected these statistics to the greater issue of sexual violence and campus rape culture, as well as conversations that students are ? or aren?t ? having with parents and educators about healthy sexual relationships, consent, and ethical behavior. According to the study, failures in sex education, as well as lack of conversation about sexuality in the home, are leading young people astray when it comes to respectful sexual behavior.

Researchers found that 76 percent of young people haven?t had conversations with their parents about healthy sexual and romantic relationships, but that almost the same amount, 70 percent, wish that they would have. 

Danielle Lucksted, Prevention and Education Program Manager at Safe Haven Ministries in Grand Rapids, Mich., told HuffPost that young people should be engaging in conversations about respectful sex and relationships at a young age.

?To me, as a sexual and dating violence prevention educator, the ?sex talk? falls under a larger umbrella of talking to kids about relationships in general, and this is something that should start as early as possible,? she said. ?I?m talking toddler-age. There is no age that is too early to start teaching kids about things like body boundaries, respect, asking permission, and letting them know that they can come to us (as positive adult role models) if they are ever made to feel uncomfortable.?

Lucksted also said that when these conversations don?t occur in the home or at school, young people absorb societal messages instead ? and those messages aren?t always positive or healthy. 

?The unfortunate reality is that if parents aren?t initiating conversations with their children or allowing experts to talk to their kids while at school, they are learning about sex from their television, their peers, or possibly pornography,? she said.

And the stats certainly back this up. Research has shown that abstinence-only education (in which topics of consent and healthy relationships and sexuality are left out of the conversation entirely) results in more unwanted pregnancies and STIs, and that abstinence-only attitudes can do incredible damage to survivors of sexual violence or harassment. 

As researchers in the Harvard study put it, ?it is imperative that parents and sex educators proactively address healthy relationships with young people and that parents and other adults intervene when they witness degrading words or behavior. Silence can be understood as permission.? 

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Need help? Visit RAINN?s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center?s website.

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James Comey Reportedly Tried To Blend Into The Curtains So Trump Wouldn’t Spot Him

Former FBI Director James Comey was once so uncomfortable about meeting President Donald Trump that he once tried to blend into the White House curtains to avoid being noticed, The New York Times reported Thursday. 

Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Comey friend, told the Times of a January White House ceremony to thank law enforcement for providing security at the inauguration.

The newspaper reported: 

?Mr. Comey ? who is 6 feet 8 inches tall and was wearing a dark blue suit that day ? told Mr. Wittes that he tried to blend in with the blue curtains in the back of the room, in the hopes that Mr. Trump would not spot him and call him out.?

It didn?t work.

Trump not only spotted Comey, he called to him by name and appeared to blow him a kiss. He also beckoned Comey over for a handshake ? but the then-FBI director was ?determined? not to hug him, Wittes said. 

That led to another awkward moment.

?It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake. And Comey has long arms so Comey said he preemptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president?s hand,? Wittes was quoted as saying. ?But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn?t reciprocate. If you look at the video, it?s one person shaking hands and another hugging.? 

Trump fired Comey last week. Trump said it was at least in part due to the FBI director?s Russia investigation. 

The news about Comey trying to blend into the curtains was met with no small amount of amusement on social media: 


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8 Healthy Habits Of Couples Who Attend Marriage Therapy

Marriage therapy isn?t just for couples in dire straits. In fact, therapists say that going early on ? and continuing to go ? can help spouses stay happy and in love. 

What healthy habits do couples who attend therapy practice? Below, eight tips from married folks who swear by marriage therapy. 

1. Recognize when you?re telling a ?story.?

?The first time we went to therapy as an engaged couple, I perched on the couch and eagerly told my side of events in one fell swoop. Then I sat back and waited for the therapist to respond, which basically just meant I wanted her to side with me. Sometimes we tell ourselves stories that may or may not be accurate because we want things to be or sound a certain way. We want to be viewed as the main character (aka the most important one). The thing is, in a healthy relationship, both people are equally important and both sides of a story matter. These days, I try really hard to notice when I?m building a narrative and make sure it aligns with what?s real. I recognize that my husband?s ?story? may be as legitimate as my own.? ? Julia Dellitt, a writer, editor and yoga teacher

2. Listen more than you talk. 

?I am a talker. Therapy has taught me and my husband to listen more than talk. Active listening helps us to feel heard and understood. This is a practice we use everyday. We strive to listen, be attentive and validate feelings. After we both settle down we are able to work on the root issues and make a plan. It builds more trust.? ?Mikki Bey Crawford, writer at Dope Elope

3. Create couple time, even if it means waking up earlier.

?Through [going to therapy with my wife], I?ve learned that date nights and scheduled time together creates structure and improves emotional engagement. More importantly, it builds a sense of togetherness. One of my favorites? Wake up ten minutes early in the morning to connect ? cuddle with each other. Whether it leads to sex or not, the morning sets an atmosphere for a loving day.? ? Moshe Ratson, a marriage and family therapist in New York City 

4. Don?t assume you know everything about your partner.

?My husband and I have been together five years now and sometimes it?s tempting to assume I know everything there is to know about him ? which isn?t true ? especially when it comes to conflict. I remember going to therapy once and thinking, ?Oh, this is what he?s going to say and I bet he wants to handle it this way.? Then the conversation started and I realized I was way off, because he is his own person with his own thoughts and feelings. Remember to be open minded and give your partner space to be a nuanced individual, for better or worse.? ? Julia Dellitt

5. Give up the right to be right. 

?I feel I am usually right, although I sometimes let my husband think he is. While the truth is probably somewhere in the middle of us, we have learned not to allow the need to assert our ?rightness? get in the way of loving each other. Who cares who is right?? ?Mikki Bey Crawford

6. Call a timeout if things are getting too intense. 

?This is a ground rule to avoid escalation. If for whatever reason a discussion or disagreement escalates to a high degree and you feel overwhelmed, you have the right to ask for a ?timeout.? Feel free to say, ?this isn?t a good time, I feel overwhelmed and need a break.? But be sure to reschedule time to talk about the subject within 24-48 hours.?  ? Moshe Ratson

7. You can be honest now or honest later but eventually, you have to tell the truth if you want to move on.

?I?m a people-pleaser at heart, so in relationships I frequently feel the need to hide information. Why? I want everyone to like me. I quickly learned in therapy there?s no other path forward but an honest one. You?re actually wasting time and money if you show up to a counseling session without being willing to share your truth. There?s no need to be bluntly honest 24/7, but when you?re having an issue with the person you love, it?s better to deal with it sooner or later. Addressing the problem immediately in a compassionate way, rather than procrastinating a conversation, is the fastest way to start getting back on track.?? Julia Dellitt

8. When all else fails, give each other hug or a kiss. 

?Therapy has emphasized the importance of physical touch our marriage. It is healing. When all else fails kiss. It works like a charm.? ? Mikki Bey Crawford

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28 Couples Boudoir Photos That Capture The Steamier Side Of Love

Solo boudoir photo shoots can be steamy, but couples boudoir shoots are double the fun.

These days, more couples are putting on sexy outfits, stripping down to their undies or ? if they feel so inclined ? going buck naked for a photo shoot that?s all about kindling passion and keeping their connection strong. 

?With couples boudoir, it?s all about the connection the couple shares in the present,? wedding and boudoir photographer Mike Allebach wrote in a blog for Offbeat Bride. ?We take the love, feelings and emotions of the couple and make them come to life on camera.?

Below, we?ve rounded up 28 boudoir photos from real couples that beautifully capture the sensual side of love. 

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Kindergarten Teacher Explains Online Dating To Her Class

Ms. Jessie is back, and this time she?s explaining to her kindergartners the ins and outs of online dating. Whether it?s Tinder or Bumble, dating in the digital age is full of pitfalls, but these youngsters have a knowledgable teacher.

Jessie Jolles of comedy duo Soren & Jolles has a few dating app jingles to prepare her class for the brutal and unforgiving landscape of online dating.

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This Is The ‘Secret’ To Brian Austin Green And Megan Fox’s Marriage

Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox have been together for 13 years, and they?re clear-eyed when it comes to what makes a marriage work.

?I don?t know what the secret is. Just stick it out. Like fighting and making up, believing in each other,? Green told People magazine at the Women?s Choice Awards on Wednesday. ?I?ve dated people before and you kind of get to that point where you go, ?You know what, I don?t feel the same way,? and I?ve never reached that with her.?

?I mean we fight, we disagree on things,? he added. ?But I don?t want to go anywhere and she doesn?t, you know? So we stick it out.?

The pair, who have three children together, married in 2010 and split in 2015, when Fox filed for divorce citing ?irreconcilable differences.? The two reconciled last year while Fox was pregnant with their third child. 

While Fox has not spoken publicly about her relationship recently, in a 2014 Cosmo interview she echoed a similar sentiment. 

?You have to be with someone who loves you at your absolute worst, because you can?t be an actress every moment of the day forever,? she said. ?Brian and I have done everything you can do to ruin a relationship and we still love each other. I don?t want to be boastful and say that we would never divorce, but I can?t imagine a scenario we couldn?t work through.?

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Police Investigating Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell’s Death As A Possible Suicide

Detroit police are investigating the death of musician Chris Cornell, 52, as a ?possible suicide,? police spokesman Michael Woody told The Associated Press Thursday morning. 

The Soundgarden singer was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit early Thursday night. He was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene, according to The New York Times. 

?When the units arrived they were met by a gentleman who indicated that Chris Cornell had been found in his room,? Woody said. ?When officers went to the room they found Chris Cornell laying [sic] in his bathroom, unresponsive and he had passed away.?

?We are investigating it as a possible suicide but we need to wait on the medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of death,? he added. 

Woody said there were ?basic things observed at the scene? that led police to conduct an investigation but could not provide further details at this time. 

?We are at the beginning stages of the investigation and we can?t say anything about the scene,? Woody said.

Cornell?s wife had called a friend and asked that he check on Cornell after he performed at the Fox Theatre earlier in the night. The friend proceeded to force open the door and find the singer in the bathroom, leading to an anonymous call to 911 for help.

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Fox Stands By DNC Murder Conspiracy Theory Even After Main Source Changes Story

Fox News and its Washington, D.C., affiliate, Fox 5, are standing by their conspiracy-mongering reports that slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was connected to WikiLeaks before he was shot to death in July ? even as those stories fall apart.

Fox News and Fox 5 published separate stories about the supposed links Tuesday. But since then, the main source has changed his story, D.C. police and the FBI have disputed the most explosive claims, and Rich?s family has called on the network and station to issue retractions, saying that ?inaccurate reporting? is ?damaging the legacy? of Rich, a 27-year-old DNC staffer who was slain as he walked to his Washington home.

Fox 5 didn?t respond to multiple HuffPost requests for comment about its report. A spokesperson for the station told DCist it was standing by the story.

Earlier Wednesday, Refet Kaplan, managing director of Fox News Digital, said in an email to HuffPost: ?We continue to track developments in the story and will update further when the situation warrants. The network has not addressed the questions and apparent discrepancies surrounding its story.

Washington police believe Rich was killed in a botched robbery attempt and continue to investigate, the Metro Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.

But since Rich?s death, right-wing websites have pushed the conspiracy theory that the Democratic Party, DNC or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was somehow responsible for the killing because of Rich?s supposed ties to WikiLeaks. The theory rests on WikiLeaks? release of a trove of internal DNC emails weeks after Rich was killed.

There is no evidence to support the theories. U.S. intelligence officials said in January that the leaks were the work of Russian hackers, who provided the information to WikiLeaks. But Fox 5 and Fox News gave the theories fresh life in stories published Monday night and Tuesday morning, respectively.

The Fox 5 story was based on the claims of Rod Wheeler, a former D.C. homicide detective hired by a third party to privately investigate Rich?s murder. Wheeler?s bona fides were questionable from the start: A Fox News contributor since 2002, he has a history of making outlandish and baseless claims. During one appearance on Fox News, he asserted that armed bands of lesbians were roaming American cities and assaulting children.

Wheeler claimed to the local station that a source in law enforcement told him there was credible and confirmed evidence on Rich?s laptop computer that Rich had communicated with WikiLeaks before his death. Wheeler also said law enforcement officials told him that D.C. political figures had told them to ?stand down? on his investigation.

Tuesday morning, Fox News published a version of the story that also relied on Wheeler as its sole named source. But it added information from an anonymous ?federal investigator,? who said that ?44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016, were transferred from Rich? to WikiLeaks.

The explosive headlines quickly spread across conservative media ? from Breitbart to The Drudge Report to Fox News? Sean Hannity ? throughout the day Tuesday. But soon after the stories gained traction, they began to unravel.

Rich?s family, in a pointed statement, dismissed possible connections between their son and WikiLeaks, and accused Wheeler and the outlets of ?pushing conspiracies.?

Metro Police said Wheeler?s claims were false. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser called allegations of a cover-up ?preposterous? in an interview with The Daily Caller.

Tuesday night, meanwhile, Wheeler changed his own story, telling CNN that he  ?only got? the information about a possible connection between Rich and WikiLeaks ?from the reporter at Fox News,? and that he had no evidence of such a connection himself.

It was always clear that Wheeler was repeating information that he had heard from another source, instead of relaying the results of his own ?probe.? But his revised version doesn?t necessarily mesh with the timeline of the stories? publication. The Fox 5 story went live Monday evening; the first Fox News version posted on Tuesday, just after 6 a.m. EDT, and relied on the Fox 5 piece as a source.

It was only later that the Fox News piece was revised, adding investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman?s byline and reporting, including claims made by the anonymous federal investigator.

Zimmerman posted the article to her public Facebook page early Tuesday, and said she had ?worked on this story for 10 months? ? a time frame that aligns with Rich?s July murder. Zimmerman?s Fox News archives, however, include no other published pieces about the Rich case.

Further, there are potential holes in the reporting Zimmerman added. Her story asserts that the FBI ran a ?forensic report? on Rich?s laptop within 96 hours of his murder. NBC reported Wednesday that the FBI never possessed or examined Rich?s laptop, raising doubts about the forensic report and how the unnamed federal investigator would be aware of such details about the contents of Rich?s computer.

Efforts to reach Zimmerman by phone on Wednesday afternoon were unsuccessful. She did not respond to an email request for comment.

Neither Fox 5 nor Fox News have issued corrections to their pieces, though Fox News altered its version Tuesday afternoon to note the Rich family?s dismissal of the claims and to remove a quote suggesting a cover-up by police. Fox 5 published a subsequent piece Wednesday morning titled, ?Seth Rich Murder: What we know and what we don?t know.?

Late Wednesday, Fox 5 published another story (and aired a TV report) to ?make an important clarification.? It acknowledged that Wheeler had ?backtracked? on his claims and said that he ?characterizes his on-the-record and on-camera statements as ?miscommunication.?? Fox 5, however, still hasn?t fully retracted its initial story.

Brad Bauman, a spokesman for the Rich family, said Tuesday that the stories were an effort to spread a ?political agenda.? He said the family was calling for a full retraction of both stories.

?They need to retract the story or issue an apology, or the family will consider other options, including legal, to clear their son?s name and get Fox to do what?s right,? Bauman told CNN.

UPDATED with the Fox 5 ?clarification? aired late Wednesday.

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Lena Waithe Celebrates Coming Out In A Black Family In ‘Master Of None’

Arguably the best episode of Netflix?s ?Master of None? isn?t about the main character, Dev, played by Aziz Ansari, but about his best friend Denise.

Denise, who is played by Lena Waithe, is Dev?s stylish, laid-back black friend who identifies as a lesbian. Throughout the series, viewers see a confident Denise who is comfortable with her sexuality. But the ?Thanksgiving? episode of the second season showed a more vulnerable side of her. Creators take a look into the past to follow Denise?s character as she realizes she?s attracted to women and comes out to her mom, Catherine, played by Angela Bassett.

Waithe, who co-wrote the episode along with Ansari, revealed that it was based on her personal story of growing up and coming out to her family. 

The producer/actor told USA Today that the episode came to fruition after co-creator Alan Yang asked Waithe about her coming out story while in the writers? room.   

?I started to tell the story about what it was like to grow up in a house with all black women, never even hearing the word ?gay? or ?lesbian,? but not being super Christian. [It was] just all about appearances and how people perceive you,? she said.

Waithe said that she hadn?t intended on bringing elements of her personal experiences to the show, but Ansari called her shortly after she left to ask if they could tell her story ? with her guidance, of course.

The episode follows Denise through a series of Thanksgiving dinners with her mom, aunt (played by Kym Whitley), grandmother and Dev. It starts with Denise as a child and progresses into her teenage and adult years, exploring the nuances of what happens when blackness intersects with gender and sexuality.

One year, Denise spends the holiday with her mom at a diner, where she decides to tell her mom that she?s gay. Catherine?s response is mostly worry over her black daughter having to deal with another part of her identity that may make life even more difficult.

?I don?t want life to be hard for you,? her mom said through tears. ?It is hard enough being a black woman in this world, now you wanna add something else to that.? 

Waithe, who actually did come out to her mom in a diner about 10 years ago, said that those words were actually said to her.  

?It?s very difficult being a gay kid coming out to a parent. I can speak to that from personal experience,? she told TV Guide. ?But I think what I learned in making the episode is that it?s also difficult being a parent, having to have your kid come out to you.”

“In writing the episode, I got a chance to step into my mother?s shoes a little bit and try to understand where she was coming from,” she continued. “I realized that was a very difficult thing for her to go through. Not because she doesn?t like gay people and not because she?s homophobic, but because she got a kid with an added element that she didn?t quite bargain for. And it?s also an element that no one ever taught her how to deal with.?

She told USA Today that retelling her mom?s initially resistant reaction wasn?t to villainize her, but to celebrate ?what it means to come out and be brave.? She added, ?We were also celebrating my mom and all moms who have been come out to, who try and say the right thing and want to know the best way to love their kid.?

Waithe said that Bassett really elevated that narrative.

Bassett told HuffPost that she accepted the role because she felt it was an important story that needed to be told. The mother of two said it?s a parent?s duty to love and support their children no matter what, and Waithe?s story does a good job of showing that. 

?It just meant so much to me because I know that it emanated out of the life of this beautiful, talented, gorgeous, amazing young woman and how important it is for her and for those [whose stories are] like hers, akin to hers,? she said. ?I was very proud to be asked to be a part of it.?

Waithe, who?s currently in a relationship with a black woman, told TV Guide that she hopes the episode has a positive impact on the perception of the black LGBTQ community.

?I feel very honored and proud that I get to tell this story from my point of view,? she said. ?I hope that we?re changing the way mothers, daughters, families, view what it means to be gay and black in America now.?

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Lawmakers Move To Recognize ‘Stealthing’ As Sexual Assault

Lawmakers in two states have introduced legislation that would make the practice of stealthing, or nonconsensual condom removal, illegal in their states.

State rep. Melissa Sargent announced her bill, LRB-3346 in a press release on May 4. ?It?s time to get serious about consent and sexual assault,? she said in the release. ?This behavior is predatory and disturbing, and people should know we [legislators] not only find it reprehensible, but that we won?t tolerate it.?

Sargent told HuffPost on Tuesday that the act of stealthing is ?creepy and egregious,? and that she also made sure to use gender-neutral language in the law to ensure that victims of all genders and gender identities are supported. 

The press release did not provide specific language about what the punishment for those found guilty of stealthing would be, but under current Wisconsin law, sexual assault falls into the group of Class B and C felonies ? Class B felonies are punishable by up to 60 years in prison and Class C felonies are punishable by up to 40 years in prison and a fine of $100,000.

Sargent told HuffPost that she worked with Alexandra Brodsky when drafting the legislation; Brodky?s April study of the phenomenon went viral, and inspired Sargent to write the new law in the first place. Sargent also told HuffPost that she is working with Brodsky on a separate piece of legislation that would support victims of stealthing, particularly with unexpected costs of AIDS and STI testing, pregnancy, or therapy and mental health services, which are unfortunately very real consequences of the practice

In California on Tuesday, Los Angeles Count-based Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia announced similar legislation ? AB 1033 would change the state?s legal definition of rape to include the practice of nonconsensual condom removal. 

?Stealthing is another sign that some men think they can still own our bodies,? Garcia, who also serves as Chair of the Legislative Women?s Caucus, said when she announced the bill. ?I hope all the men out there blogging are paying attention because in California we?re going to lead the nation in ending the ?trend? now.?

But one expert in the field of sexual assault prevention and awareness isn?t convinced that legislation like this will have a profound effect on the issue. 

?Our culture overall has this incredible over-reliance on the justice system to fix sexual violence,? Kristen Houser, the chief public affairs officer for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, told HuffPost.

Houser said that the burden of proof is difficult enough for pre-existing laws on sexual assault and rape, and that that over-reliance on the criminal justice system can stop citizens and lawmakers from making the small changes that would prevent sexual violence, like discussions of consent and bodily autonomy, and more progressive sex education. Laws such as these, she said, are focused much more on the response rather than the prevention.

In other words, leaving the issue of sexual violence up to the legal system works much like placing a Band-Aid over a broken bone ? it?s a small gesture that doesn?t truly fix the problem. 

Houser did acknowledge that legislation like LRB-3346 and AB 1033 is certainly a positive way for state legislators to take a public stand against insidious forms sexual violence like stealthing, but that the work can?t stop there. 

?I?m not suggesting that we don?t pass [laws],? she said. ?But we forget that there are other ways to be addressing the issue.?

Need help? Visit RAINN?s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center?s website.

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Senate GOP Bill Would Give Industry ‘Veto Power’ Over New Rules, Critics Warn

Senate Republicans advanced a bill on Wednesday that environmentalists say would thwart rules to protect public health and wildlife by making it easier for companies to tie up regulations in expensive lawsuits.

Shrouded by the political chaos surrounding the White House, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the Regulatory Accountability Act that would impose dozens of new requirements on the government rule-making process. That will make it easier for businesses to trip up regulators with unnecessary steps, environmentalists say.

?This bill is for polluters and others who want to escape accountability ? not for the American people,? Scott Slesinger, legislative director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. ?It would make it virtually impossible to safeguard the public from dirty air, unsafe food, contaminated drinking water and other threats.?

The act proposes adding 53 requirements to the regulatory process, including a mandate that all rules with an economic impact exceeding $110 million go through a lengthy review. The bill would, for example, make it harder for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update meat and poultry safety standards, the Food and Drug Administration to issue new rules on opioids and the Mine Safety and Health Association to upgrade protections for workers without clearing high hurdles set by deep-pocketed meat, pharmaceutical and mining companies.  

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the bill?s sponsor, said it would ?provide certainty for businesses? and ensure regulations are cost effective.

?This bill would create a smarter regulatory process that promotes job creation, innovation, and economic growth, while also continuing to protect public health and safety and the environment,? Portman said in a statement. ?We will continue to work with members on both sides of the aisle to get their input, and I would urge the Senate to take up this common-sense, bipartisan bill.?

The Center for Biological Diversity, though, argued the act would effectively give ?powerful corporate interests like pesticide companies and the oil industry veto power over new regulations.?

?This is a disturbing and deceptive attack on core environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act,? Jamie Pang, endangered species campaigner and policy specialist at the center, said in a statement after the committee vote. ?Republicans know conservation laws are popular, so they use cynical bills with misleading titles to confuse the public. Their real goal is to make it almost impossible to create new protections for our air, water and imperiled wildlife.?

The bill is part of a larger assault by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans on the standards used by agencies to draft rules, giving industries more say over the regulations meant to govern them. In March, Trump repealed a regulation to protect workers from wage theft. That same month, the EPA scrapped a rule requiring oil and gas drillers to report leaks of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Last month, the White House killed a regulation meant to help workers save for retirement. 

The Senate panel also pushed forward two other bills on Wednesday to buttress the Regulatory Accountability Act.

The Midnight Rules Review Act would allow Congress to overturn new regulations en masse, circumventing specific debate on issues such as federal overtime protections, financial regulations and offshore drilling rights.

The American Sustainable Business Council came out against bill in January. ?This would be like taking a chainsaw into surgery,? David Levine, the group?s chief executive said in a statement at the time.

The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny bill ? known as the REINS Act ? would require new regulations with an economic impact larger than $100 million to be approved by Congress. It also would require at least one chamber of Congress to approve any new regulation within 70 days of the rule?s proposal.

?This process would effectively give a small number of senators veto power over any new significant public health and safety protection,? said Jack Pratt, chemicals campaign director at the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Most Americans Are Bothered By Reports Trump Revealed Intelligence To Russians

Most Americans are taken aback that President Donald Trump reportedly revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds.

A 57 percent majority of Americans say they?re bothered at least somewhat by The Washington Post?s Monday report that President Trump disclosed highly classified information to the Russian officials in a White House meeting last week, with just 29 percent bothered only a little or not at all. A plurality, 42 percent, say they?re bothered a lot by the news.

At the time the survey was taken, more than three-quarters of the respondents said they?d heard at least something about the story, although just 37 percent had heard a lot.

Views are deeply polarized, although Trump?s opponents are more united than his defenders. Ninety-three percent of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton are at least somewhat bothered by the allegation, with 86 percent bothered ?a lot.? A majority of non-voters, 56 percent, also say they?re at least somewhat bothered.

In contrast, voters who supported Trump say, 68 percent to 17 percent, that they?re largely unbothered. Most, 57 percent, say they?re not bothered at all, and just 7 percent that they?re bothered a lot by the story.


Half of all those taking the survey were told that the report came ?according to recent news stories,? while half were told it was first reported by The Washington Post. Responses to the credibility of the story were overall similar in both groups.

Thirty-nine percent of those who read the vaguer language said that the assertion made about Trump was credible, 22 percent that it was not credible, and 40 percent that they didn?t know enough to say or weren?t sure. Among those who read the language naming The Washington Post, 36 percent found it credible and 21 percent not credible, with 43 percent not yet sure or haven?t heard enough.

Views of Trump?s decision to fire FBI director James Comey have hardened somewhat in the course of the past week. In the previous HuffPost/YouGov survey, the public was about evenly split on that decision, with 33 percent saying he made the right choice, 34 percent the wrong choice, and 33 percent undecided.

Some of those who were on the fence now feel that the decision was made in error. Americans now say by a modest 8-point margin, 40 percent to 32 percent, that Trump made the wrong decision in firing Comey, with 28 percent still unsure. Just under half believe that Comey was fired in part to disrupt the Russia investigation, a similar finding to the previous survey.

Overall, concerns about the Russia story, which had previously remained stable, seem to have risen modestly, according to a series of questions asked previously to this survey.

Half of the country now says that the Trump administration?s relationship with Russia is a legitimate issue, up from 46 percent. A 54 percent majority say that relationship between the White House and Russia is at least a somewhat serious problem, up from 48 percent.

The shift comes largely among the less politically engaged. Fifty-five percent of Americans who didn?t vote in last year?s election now see an at least somewhat serious problem, up 11 points from last week. Both this week and last, more than 90 percent of Clinton voters, but just about a tenth of Trump voters, considered the story at least a somewhat serious problem.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted May 15-17 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov?s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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How To Embrace College As A Feminist Experience

I thought I was prepared for my freshman year of college. I had spent the past four years fastidiously studying and dreaming of the day when I?d finally get to eschew classes like geometry and physics in favor of women?s studies and Marxist social theory. I endured my awkward social standing, sure that once I left my hometown I?d find my ?people.?

My freshman year ended up being something of a disaster. It turns out a good SAT score and vague knowledge of a dorm-friendly packing list hardly prepared me for what ended up being an emotionally challenging transition to an entirely new life, in a new place, with new people. I emerged from my first year of college alive, but confused as to why I had been so completely unprepared for the reality of it, especially as a woman.

But instead of feeling defeated, I tried to leverage everything I learned that year and wrote the book I wished I'd had as a rising freshwoman. It turns out a lot of people saw the value in that book, College 101: A Girl's Guide to Freshman Year, as the second edition was just released? an excerpt of which is below.

There?s a popular theory that college is the ultimate opportunity to reinvent oneself. But I?d argue that college actually facilitates the first real opportunity to get to know who we?ve always been, but have been encouraged to repress. Women are especially bred to please others. We?re raised to feel that we must eat, dress, and exist in a way that leads others to perceive us as beautiful. We?re taught that our good grades aren?t so much an indication of our personal knowledge and passion but of how ?competitive? we are to attend a certain school. But if we continue to attempt to be flawless ideals rather than authentic, flawed humans, how are we ever supposed to know what we truly want beyond what we?re expected to want?

Applying and going to college may very well be the first time young women, in a society that regularly objectifies and demeans us, are asked to invest in ourselves, to make a choice that will benefit us and revolves around our own self-fulfillment. But we can only take advantage of this opportunity if we have established an identity complete with self-confidence, self-esteem, and assertiveness.

Luckily, college is full of opportunities to freely allow ourselves to figure out who we are. Here are just a few ways you can embrace this opportunity.

Speak your mind. My entire first semester of freshman year, I was too terrified to speak up in any of my classes. I was worried that my peers would judge what I was saying and think it wasn?t insightful enough. I was hyperaware of my freshman status and assumed that upperclassmen had access to a wealth of knowledge that a lowly freshman like me couldn?t comprehend, and therefore shouldn?t challenge by speaking. And, of course, I was just one of many women similarly afraid to overtly project any sort of confidence, while our male freshman peers didn?t think twice about doing so.

In retrospect, holding myself back from speaking was ridiculous. I was being hypercritical of myself: When I finally started speaking in my seminar classes, I never embarrassed myself; I just benefited from contributing to a discussion, which, it turns out, is a really valuable part of your education. I also realized there wasn?t any blinking neon sign following me around, demarcating my freshman status?my comments and presence in class were taken at face value. A college education is not about sitting lifelessly in a lecture, alternating between taking notes, daydreaming about guest-starring on Jane The Virgin and befriending Gina Rodriguez, and online shopping. It?s about engaging. And I recognize that sounds like very official, textbook advice, but it?s so true: You gain so much more by actively participating in your classes?it?s the difference between being taught and learning. Also, being able to offer your opinion and speak in front of a group are really vital life skills?they?ll be relevant and hugely important to whatever work you end up doing, especially as a woman. I promise you that.

Try something you?re afraid you?ll be horrible at. Young women often view the college experience as another step in their quest for perfection. We envision a perfect experience because that?s the standard to which young women are held to generally in this society: The prospect of anything less is a failure because there is no intermediary alternative. And so, we often hold ourselves back. We restrain ourselves to doing only what we know we can out of a fear of failure.

College is the perfect time to embrace this fear. If doing something terrifies you, it?s one of the best reasons to pursue it. One of the things you?ll likely find in college is that everything is at your fingertips if only you embrace fear and gather the courage to reach for it.

Have you always loved singing, but only to the audience of your shampoo and showerhead? Have you always had strong opinions, but a fear of public speaking? Now is seriously one of your last chances to truly explore a hidden talent or unexplored interest. Any adult will tell you that once you?re a ?real person? with a ?real job,? it becomes infinitely more difficult to pursue such things. And who knows? You could get involved with something that changes your life?whether it changes the course of your study, shapes your social life, or just makes you feel fulfilled and happy, you wouldn?t be the first person to be positively impacted by embracing the possibility of failure.

Befriend somebody you don?t think you?ll get along with. It?s so easy to relegate yourself to hanging out with the same type of people you did in high school: If you?re a theater person, it?s easy to gravitate toward other people in the drama program; if you?re an environmentalist, there are undoubtedly countless eco-enthusiasts ready to reach out to you. But college campuses are full of passionate students with unique talents and great intellect. Make it your personal mission to find somebody radically different from yourself and befriend him or her. Although it?s great to find people who understand you on an intimate level, who can relate to you in a specific way, it?s also vitally important to meet people who can expose you to completely different perspectives and values. Maybe the friendship will work in the long term and maybe it won?t, but it will definitely be a valuable experience in some way.

Because you are a special snowflake, I can?t tell you exactly what to do to fully take advantage of your college experience. But I will encourage you to try some of the aforementioned things so you can figure out who the hell you are. Our society does a good enough job of actively sexualizing women and breeding us to believe that there is no deeper self to invest in beyond our bodies, which only exist to please and/or attract men, without us giving in and helping them. And what better venue to try to figure this out than one that?s pretty forgiving and full of a bunch of diverse options and influencing forces, both academic and social?

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College Grad Remixes Kendrick Lamar Song In Salute To Her Higher Ed Hustle

There?s something hella empowering flowing between the bars of Kendrick Lamar?s latest banger, ?DNA.? So for recent college graduate Nahla Ward, the song was the perfect backdrop for rapping about the transformative power of higher education. 

In the below video, which Ward posted to Instagram on Monday, the Temple University grad is fully clad in graduation attire as she spits all she?s been able to accomplish throughout her collegiate years. 

The 21-year old Connecticut native doesn?t leave behind the song?s most noteworthy verse (?I got loyalty, got royalty inside my DNA?) before putting a collegiate spin on the song.

?I just graduated college, bachelor?s in CLA, studied Spanish and CJ, see my God, he makes a way,? she raps. 

Ward, who studied criminal justice and Spanish, said she was very intentional in using ?DNA? as the rap?s beat. 

?The song highlights different pieces of what made him, him,? she told HuffPost on Tuesday in reference to Lamar. ?I wanted to share how my experience in college has helped mold me into a young woman.?

And those experiences were pretty intensive. While at Temple, Ward won the university?s Diamond Award for exceptional students and the 2017 Criminal Justice Faculty Award.

?GPA over 3.5, that?s right, I came to slay.?

She was also crowned Ms. Temple Africa and the Pi Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity?s Miss Black and Gold 2016.

?I got honors and awards flowing in my DNA.?

Ward told Temple Now that she plans to pursue a music career ? and with good reason. 

In August, she was chosen by singer Monica as the winner of the viral #SoGoneChallenge, where social media users posted videos of themselves rapping over the instrumental version of the 2003 song.

?Even though music is a form of entertainment, to me personally, through my music, I want to educate, inspire and encourage,? Ward told Temple Now. ?To me, if there?s no message, it doesn?t make sense.?

Or as she says in her ?DNA? remix: ?Uplift each other now, there?s no time for the delay.?

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Mom’s Post Goes Out To Anyone Who Thinks C-Sections Are ‘The Easy Way Out’

After hearing multiple people say her caesarean section delivery ?wasn?t a real birth,? an Australian mom decided to put to bed the myth that C-sections are ?the easy way out.?

On May 11, Olivia White, who blogs at House of White, posted a postpartum photo of herself on Instagram.

Look I know it might not be my best angle (or is it?) but who wouldn't take selfies hours post birth so they can see where they sliced you open and yanked out a whole person (if you couldn't tell I still couldn't see past my still inflated uterus) This is what you really look like a few hours post c-section To anyone who thinks it's the easy way out, we'll try having a 6 inch gash in your abdomen like a gutted shark who had the body parts of the surfer it ate retrieved! That's then sewn back together with fishing wire while it feels like your vital organs are trying to escape! I mean sure, everything is and till the spinal wears off! After that it's like you've been hit by a bus which then backed over you just to make sure it didn't miss you the first time! If you don't time the Endone exactly before the previous lot wore off then you will most certainly know you are alive (while wishing you were dead) ?? and worst of all you'll feel as if you'll spend your entire life wearing nanna knickers up around your waist because the thought of anything settling in the canyon between your gut and pubic region is the stuff nightmares are made of Anyone who's ever had c section knows that you'll forever be dependant on your friends Nancy, Dr 90210 and Spanx because you cannot for the life of you get rise of the ditch that is left by the scar But for all the skin tight Kookai dresses I bought while pregnant that now make me look like I have a Kangaroo pouch – I wouldn't change it! Because if it wasn't for the ability to deliver my babies this way they might not be here today plus I recon getting cut from A to B sounds way worse

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?This is what you really look like a few hours post C-section,? she wrote in the caption. ?To anyone who thinks it?s the easy way out, well try having a 6 inch gash in your abdomen like a gutted shark who had the body parts of the surfer it ate retrieved! That?s then sewn back together with fishing wire while it feels like your vital organs are trying to escape!?

White recalled the agony she felt after the pain medication wore off and in between doses she took after her two daughters? births.

?And worst of all you?ll feel as if you?ll spend your entire life wearing nanna knickers up around your waist because the thought of anything settling in the canyon between your gut and pubic region is the stuff nightmares are made of,? she wrote. ?Anyone who?s ever had C-section knows that you?ll forever be dependent on your friends Nancy, Dr 90210 and Spanx because you cannot for the life of you get rise of the ditch that is left by the scar.?

Though she dealt with physical pain and still has a ?kangaroo pouch,? White said she wouldn?t change a thing about her two daughters? C-section births. 

?Because if it wasn?t for the ability to deliver my babies this way they might not be here today,? she concluded.

White?s post received over 1,800 likes on Instagram and over 3,500 on Facebook. Many fellow C-section mamas shared their experiences in the comments sections.

White has two daughters, 3-year-old Annabelle and 1-year-old Theodora. Both were born via C-section. The mom told HuffPost she was inspired to write the honest post after feeling fed up with hearing people say C-sections weren?t ?real? births. 

?Mostly, I just want people to know the reality of a C-section and make those who had C-section know they don?t need to defend themselves!? she said.

?It doesn?t matter how you birth a baby!? she added. ?We are all mothers and we need to stick together.?

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Hospitals On The Brink As Cholera Kills 184 In Yemen’s Capital In Mere Days

When Ahmed Algohbary?s little brother Hamzah woke up on Saturday in Yemen?s capital, Sanaa, with severe diarrhea and unbearable abdominal pain, he knew the 9-year-old didn?t just catch a stomach bug.

Algohbary rushed his sibling to the Sabeen hospital, a facility in the war-torn country backed by the international relief organization Save The Children. Soon his fear was confirmed. Hamzah was diagnosed with cholera, and so were many of the other patients in the overcrowded emergency ward. With every hospital bed taken, Algohbary took his brother in his lap, holding the IV tube while on the floor.  

At least 184 Yemenis have died of cholera just this weekend in the capital, which Houthi rebels have controlled for the past three years. On Sunday, the city declared a state of emergency and called for international help to deal with the crisis. Yemen?s health ministry, run by Houthi rebels, said on its news agency Saba that the outbreak was ?unprecedented? and had become impossible ?to contain.? There have also been cases of the disease have been reported in other major cities including Hodeidah, Taiz and Aden.

?There are hundreds of patients here,? Ahmad Algobary told Huffpost over the phone while describing the scenes at the hospital. ?A lot of patients came from villages, from Sanaa city and around Sanaa. It is horrible situation. I can?t even walk through the hospital hallway.?

The cholera outbreak in Sanaa is the second in less than a year in Yemen. More than 100 civilians died from the disease in the first outbreak in October 2016, according to the Yemeni Minister of Health and the World Health Organization.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that can be fatal if left untreated. It is caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Two-thirds of the Yemeni population does not have access to clean water. Population displacement, overcrowding and inadequate sanitary conditions, especially in larger cities like Sanaa with uncollected garbage, also contribute to the rapid spread of the disease.

Oftentimes, civilians in the villages assume the symptoms are a case of bad diarrhea, leaving it untreated until it?s too late, Algohbary said.

The outbreak poses a significant threat given the drastic deterioration of the health care infrastructure after three years of civil war between forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi?s government, supported by a Saudi-led multinational coalition, and Iranian backed Houthi rebels.

More than half of the health facilities in Yemen are closed or partially functioning due to severe shortages in medicines, infrastructure, equipment and staff. Saudi Arabia?s imposed de facto blockade also contributes to the shortage of pain medication, antibiotics, vaccines, and other surgical equipment, according to a report by Watchlist for Children and Armed Conflict 2017 on attacks on humanitarian and medical infrastructure.

In response to the outbreak, Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, has set up cholera treatment centers in five hospitals. The organization is also supporting several Yemeni medical centers within the country. MSF teams have received or treated more than 780 cholera patients in the past three months. MSF also reported a sharp increase in cholera cases over the the last two weeks.

?We have patients coming from many different districts, tens of kilometers away,? said Shinjiro Murata, MSF head of mission in Yemen, in a statement. ?We are very concerned that the disease will continue to spread and become out of control.?

Of around 27 million Yemini citizens, 19 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. That figure includes 17 million people who don?t have enough food to eat.

Members of the international community pledged to meet just over half of the United Nations? $2.1 billion appeal to Yemenis at a summit in Geneva, Switzerland, last month.   

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Disney Wants A ‘Hannah Montana’ Spinoff As Much As You Do

If you?re eagerly awaiting a ?Hannah Montana? spinoff, you probably shouldn?t hold your breath. 

In an interview with Zach Sang, Cyrus revealed that Disney has, in fact, approached her about rebooting the series that made her famous.

?Dude, I had to go to Disney the other day to promote, and you know that was the first thing they said,? Cyrus told Sang. 

Unfortunately for Disney (and for ?Hannah Montana? fans everywhere), Cyrus has one big problem with returning to Disney Channel.

?It?s a lot of time to be [spending] with my Dad,? Cyrus said.

?That was really hard, every day, from like 11 to 18,? Cyrus added. ?I didn?t get a school escape like most people.?

Ouch. Sorry, Billy Ray.

While the Stewart fam may not be returning to the small screen, at least Disney Channel fans can fill their early 2000s TV void with Raven-Symoné?s ?That?s So Raven? reboot. Can we get an ?Oh, snap??

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Every day as a child I would dream of visiting Disneyland. I would go to sleep dreaming of myself as the princess in my favorite stories and wake up smiling. I never got to go, but I am working really hard to ensure my daughter gets the chance to visit at least once in her lifetime. My fingers are crossed- I hope this particular dream comes true.

James Corden Sparkles In Spoof Version Of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’

James Corden celebrated achieving a YouTube landmark with a glittering parody performance of Rihanna?s ?Diamonds.?

The video-sharing site awarded the ?Late Late Show? host its prestigious Diamond Play Button after he garnered 10 million subscribers to his channel. And there was only one sparkling way for him to mark the occasion Friday.

Check out the spoof clip above, and see how it compares to Rihanna?s original below: 

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Harry Styles Just Revealed The Artwork For His New Single

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It looks like it?s almost time for new Harry Styles music to bless the ears of Directioners around the world.

In anticipation of his solo-career debut on ?Saturday Night Live? this weekend, Styles shared the artwork for his new single, ?Sign of the Times,? on Instagram Friday. 


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The image seems to feature Styles sitting in shallow water, staring at a sunset (or sunrise?). We?re not entirely sure of the symbolism here, but we dig it.

Earlier this week, the former One Direction star hinted at a major release on April 7, and this Instagram post only further confirms fans? suspicions that new music is coming their way. 

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Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live

You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit for terms. #StandForRights2017

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Selena Gomez Tells The Worst Joke You’ve Ever Heard In Vogue’s 73 Questions

She?s a talented singer, actress and the most-followed person on Instagram, but even Selena Gomez isn?t immune to a bad joke.

The 24-year-old star recently landed her first American Vogue cover for the magazine?s April issue. Vogue?s 73 Questions team swung by Gomez?s pad to do a rapid-fire interview. Selena spoke candidly about her fame, where she sees herself in 10 years and the best piece of advice she?s received. When asked to tell the worst joke she?d ever heard, she had a real doozy prepared.

?What did the pirate say on his 80th birthday?? Gomez asked. ?Aye, matey!?

Go ahead, sound it out. 

The joke is about as cringeworthy as they come, but we have to admit, Selena got a chuckle out of us. 

The ?It Ain?t Me? singer had some other juicy tidbits to share. Meryl Streep is her spirit animal, she can?t live without chocolate cake and she has one piece of advice for her 15-year-old self:

?Go ahead and do it, because you?re going to do it anyway,? Gomez chuckled.

Watch Selena?s full interview below. 

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Wall Street rally chugs along on Trump’s tax talk, strong data

(Reuters) – Wall Street rose on Wednesday, with the S&P on course for a 7-day winning streak for the first time since September 2013, after President Donald Trump repeated his promise of tax cuts and upbeat economic data increased the odds of a rate hike.

Reuters) – Wall Street rose on Wednesday, with the S&P on course for a 7-day winning streak for the first time since September 2013, after President Donald Trump repeated his promise of tax cuts and upbeat economic data increased the odds of a rate hike.

Algeria’s Presidential Election and the Challenges Ahead

A woman stands at a bus stop beside election campaign posters of Algerian president and presidential candidate Abdelaziz Bouteflika at Bab El Oued district in Algiers, April 14, 2014. (Zohra Bensemra/Courtesy Reuters)

Algerians head to the polls today to vote in presidential elections. Although six candidates are running, the country’s long-serving president,….
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Algerians head to the polls today to vote in presidential elections. Although six candidates are running, the country’s long-serving president,…