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]

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

TICKETS FOR ARIANA GRANDE?S MANCHESTER BENEFIT CONCERT Sold out in under six minutes. [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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