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WATCH: Seth Meyers compares Republicans’ rough town halls to Trump’s golfing weekends

Meyers takes on Trump’s golfing habits and Republicans’ wish that they could be golfing, too<p>As the Republicans in Congress are dealing with town halls — facing constituents who are voicing their concerns — Meyers pointed to town halls in Kentucky, Louisiana and Iowa, which are deep red …

Donald Trump

Wiley House

Houses

Philippines senator who branded President Duterte 'serial killer' arrested

The highest-profile critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war was arrested on Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the “sociopathic serial killer”.<p>Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of …

Asia

Why On-Screen Representation Actually Matters

We know the stories we watch on screen tend to marginalize people of color and women. But we might not realize how it affects us.<p>The conversation about diversity in Hollywood often centers on fairness. It’s unfair that just over a quarter of speaking roles went to people of color in 2015’s top …

Feminism

Colbert's Response To Trump Revoking Trans Bathroom Rights Is 'Golden'

Colbert dumps on Trump.<p>The Trump administration issued an order this week that would repeal an Obama administration policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.<p>It’s a decision that could cause irreparable harm to trans students, so regardless …

Donald Trump

Steve Bannon says Trump’s Cabinet of billionaires has been “selected for a reason . . . deconstruction”

Bannon confirmed that Trump’s Cabinet appointments aren’t there to govern. They’re there to destroy<p>On Thursday, Steve Bannon — the Breitbart CEO turned White House adviser — confirmed that President Donald Trump selected his Cabinet of billionaires for the specific purpose of "[deconstructing] the …

Donald Trump

Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki comes out of retirement

<b>Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki, known for Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, has officially come out of retirement.</b><p>That's according to Kyodo News, one of the biggest news agencies in Asia.<p>Speaking in an interview with Ghibli's Toshio Suzuki, Hayao confirmed he is …

Anime

Witnesses: Kansas bar shooting was racially motivated

A man charged with murder and attempted murder for opening fire in a crowded Kansas City area bar, killing one Indian man and wounding two other men, is being investigated for a possible racially motivated hate crime.<p>Witnesses said Adam Purinton, 51, used racial slurs before he began shooting …

Kansas City

Donald Trump says he wants to expand US nuclear arsenal, make it 'top of the pack'

Donald Trump has promised a new era of American nuclear dominance with an expanded arsenal of atomic weapons in his first comments on the subject since taking office.<p>In an interview with Reuters he said he wanted to see a world where nobody had nuclear weapons but until then the US should be “at …

Donald Trump

Kim Jong Nam's death: Body has no puncture wounds

<b>Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) —</b> Kim Jong Nam didn't have a heart attack and the medics who conducted his autopsy found no obvious puncture marks or wounds, a top Malaysian health official said Tuesday, compounding the mystery over the North Korean's death.<p>Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, the …

North Korea

Ukraine oligarch Dmytro Firtash faces extradition to US

<b>An Austrian court has ruled that one of Ukraine's richest men, Dmytro Firtash, can be extradited to the US to face corruption charges.</b><p>The decision overturns an earlier court ruling, although the justice minister will have the final say.<p>The oligarch, who has been in Austria since the US made the …

Russia

Bomb threats, cemetery desecration further wave of anti-Semitic hate crimes

The series of anti-Semitic incidents that have marred 2017 are only getting worse<p>The wave of anti-Semitic hate crime that has swept through America in 2017 has had some new installments: the desecration of a cemetery in Missouri and nearly a dozen bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the …

Rights & Freedoms

Extinguishing Donald Trump’s Swedish Immigration 'Fire'

They have problems. But they also have solutions.<p>As a former intelligence officer, I am a major advocate of the maxim, “facts matter.” As such, I often find myself cringing when listening to President Trump wax philosophically – and creatively – on any number of issues. The most recent example of …

The Powerful Question Changing Everything for Cops and the People They Serve

Veteran cop Kim Bogucki was divided from the people she serves by fear and mistrust. Then she asked them a question and the IF Project—captured in a …

Idiocracy Director Says It's 'Scary' How Accurate His Movie Has Become

These days Mike Judge is busy with his HBO show <i>Silicon Valley</i>, but back in 2006 he made a movie that would become an instant cult classic. Set in a …

Style findings: 2016's dispatches from the Wallpaper* fashion team

The Latest: UN says Syrian Red Crescent evacuated 39 people

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local):<p>9 p.m.<p>The United Nations says the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has …

Middle East

John Turturro is Shooting a Big Lebowski Spinoff

In the near-20 years since <i>The Big</i> <i>Lebowski</i> made its premiere in 1998, Joel and Ethan Coen’s film about a dude looking for his rug has become a cult …

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ISIS Fulfills Promise of Deadly Ramadan as Holy Month Comes to an End

With Ramadan drawing to a close on Tuesday, ISIS has fulfilled its promise of staining the Muslim holy month with bloodshed around the globe—taking credit for some of the deadly attacks that have killed hundreds in several countries, including in Iraq, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Turkey, Saudi Arabia.<p>The …

Extremism

Soda Tax Passes in Philadelphia. Advocates Ask: Who’s Next?

PHILADELPHIA — Forty times, city or state governments had proposed taxes on sugary soft drinks, failing each time. Then, in 2014, liberal Berkeley, Calif., passed such a tax, but most people saw it as an aberration. Several measures, including one in New York, never won much support.<p>But on …

Pre-kindergarten

Democrats end filibuster, announce GOP to hold gun votes

A deal on legislation to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists still looks unlikely.<p>Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and fellow Senate Democrats officially relinquished the floor early Thursday morning after spending nearly 15 hours straight talking about gun control, paving the way for high-profile …

Guns

Health agency reports U.S. babies with Zika-related birth defects | Reuters

(Reuters) - Three babies have been born in the United States with birth defects linked to likely Zika virus infections in the mothers during pregnancy, along with three cases of lost pregnancies linked to Zika, federal health officials said on Thursday.<p>A mosquito is seen under a microscope at the …

Public Health