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,…