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Priscilla Renea Refuses To Be Quiet About Racism In Country Music

Priscilla Renea has just two solo albums, but she's written chart-topping pop songs for years: Rihanna's "California King Bed," Pitbull's "Timber," Fifth Harmony's "Worth It" and dozens more.<p>It was always Renea's goal to make her own music, she says, but she wrote for six years to sustain herself …

Country Music

More than 200 undocumented workers rounded up in Ohio immigration crackdown

ICE enforcement agents targeted undocumented workers at meat processing plants and nurseries in five Ohio cities. The families of those arrested, including children who are American citizens, are reeling after the crackdown.

Immigration

Rhode Island Senate Passes Bill Requiring Presidential Candidates To Reveal Tax Information, Or Be Left Off Election Ballot

On Tuesday, the Rhode Island state Senate voted overwhelmingly (34-3) in favor of a bill (2018-S 2612A) that would require presidential candidates to …

Rhode Island

The U.S. Open Announces Female Athletes Will No Longer Get Penalized for Pregnancy Leave

The U.S. Open is making a major change to how it seeds female players for upcoming tennis tournaments: namely, by no longer penalizing female players who return to the sport after having children. It's an institutional breakthrough and major win for women in tennis—and it comes after backlash …

Women's Sports

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Could Be In Legal Trouble For Tweet Attacking The Restaurant That Threw Her Out

The tweet could be in violation of ethics laws, former White House ethics chief claims.<p>Sarah Huckabee Sanders wasn’t too happy about being thrown out …

Donald Trump

How Stephen Miller, the architect behind Trump's immigration policies, rose to power

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Nearly ever present by the President's side, perhaps no one is more responsible for the Trump agenda than Stephen Miller.<p>President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at keeping families together at the border, but not before several days of public outcry …

Donald Trump

In Nevada, Trump goes after ‘Wacky Jacky’

President Donald Trump tried to give a boost to Sen. Dean Heller in Las Vegas on Saturday, dubbing his opponent “Wacky Jacky” while brushing past the immigration controversy that has overwhelmed his presidency in recent days.<p>"You don't want her as your senator," Trump said of Heller’s opponent, …

Framing

China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem

Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and …

Pollution

Quentin Tarantino Cast Every White Person He Could Find In His New Movie

Film provocateur and #MeToo target Quentin Tarantino is working on a new film. <i>Once Upon a Time in Hollywood</i> is set in 1969 in Los Angeles, and …

Rotten Tomatoes

At least 1 dead, over 150 hurt in Ethiopia after grenade attack at massive rally for new reformist leader

ADDIS ABABA, Ethi­o­pia — A grenade was thrown Saturday at a massive rally in support of Ethiopia’s young new reformist leader, killing one and wounding dozens, but leaving the prime minister unharmed.<p>Abiy Ahmed, 42, had just finished speaking to a rapturous audience of tens of thousands of …

Extremism

BNSF: Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment

DOON, Iowa (AP) — An estimated 230,000 gallons (870,619 liters) of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following a train derailment, a railroad official said Saturday.<p>BNSF spokesman Andy Williams said 14 of 32 oil tanker cars just south of Doon in Lyon County …

Floods

Mike Huckabee accused of bigotry and racism after tweet touting Pelosi's 'campaign committee'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former Arkansas Republican governor Mike Huckabee is facing allegations of racism after he tweeted a photo on Saturday of five men who appear to be using hand signs associated with the MS-13 gang with the caption, "Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee for the take back of the …

Donald Trump

White Woman Allegedly Calls Cops After Seeing 8-Year-Old Girl Selling Water

I guess minding her own business was out of the question for this white woman.<p>An apparent competition over who can call the police on people of color for no good reason is really ramping up.<p>In a video posted to Instagram on Saturday, an unidentified white woman in San Francisco was captured …

Selling

Racist punches black child in the back, throws skateboard at him, then calls police—they arrest HIM

It’s all in the video. What’s disturbing is this disgusting POS racist believes he can get away with it. What’s great is the video proves he’s …

Justice

Restaurant Gets Thousands Of Bad Reviews After One Tweet From Sarah Huckabee Sanders

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used her official Twitter account to call out a restaurant she was asked to leave, she says …

Donald Trump

Teenager uses sign language to communicate with blind and deaf man during flight

<b>Programming note:</b> <i>To learn more about the disability community, watch "</i><i>United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell" on</i> <i>CNN Go</i><i>.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> A 15-year-old is being widely praised for an act of kindness during a cross-country flight.<p>Clara Daly was traveling with her mother Jane from Boston to Los Angeles on …

Tim Cook

The Hypocrisy Of Eating At Mexican Restaurants

This past Sunday, as many Americans wrapped up their Father's Day celebrations, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller — purported architect of the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy at the southern border — had a hankering for Mexican food.<p>He decided on Espita …

Immigration

Border patrol agents are stopping people on highways in New England to check their citizenship

<b>(CNN) —</b> Far from ground zero in the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration along the southern border, US Customs and Border Protection checkpoints on highways in Maine and New Hampshire are catching the eye of civil liberties groups.<p>On Interstate 95 near the remote northern Maine …

Immigration

Go deeper: The story behind Sarah Sanders' boot from a VA restaurant

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' dismissal from The Red Hen, a small Lexington, Virginia restaurant, went viral on Saturday morning — …

Sarah Sanders

Kansas lawmaker says legal team will help immigrant children

A Kansas legislative leader says a former federal prosecutor has assembled a team of attorneys to provide legal services to immigrant children …

Immigration

Reports: HUD failed to track lead paint cases, ensure fixes

WASHINGTON — Two federal reports released this month blast the Department of Housing and Urban Development for failing to have procedures to …

Housing

This Was the Week That Finally Broke Trump’s Spell

He was defeated by the two things he hates most: immigrants, and the media.<p>Donald Trump can’t define or pronounce the word Manichaean, but he knows …

Donald Trump

How Will Trump Lead During the Next Global Pandemic?

“There is a real reason for us to be scared,” President Obama’s Ebola czar said.<p>The next global epidemic is likely around the corner—and no amount of U.S. retrenchment from globalization will halt that outbreak at the U.S. border.<p>“There is a real reason for us to be scared of the idea of facing …

Disease

A famous scientist first warned Congress about climate change exactly 30 years ago today. James Hansen wishes he'd been wrong.

Thirty years ago today, NASA climate scientist James Hansen gave a Senate committee a dire warning: the Earth's temperature was rising, and humans were to blame.<p>"'It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here," Hansen told …

Climate Change

Trump's go-it-alone immigration strategy ends in chaos, confusion

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> On Wednesday morning, White House cooks were flipping steaks and unboxing popcorn machines ahead of the yearly congressional picnic. Within the hour, the picnic was scrubbed, the steaks on ice, and the popcorn machines trucked away.<p>A day earlier, President Donald Trump …

Donald Trump

Young Trump staffers can't get laid, and no one feels bad for them

Look, dating can be hard enough in the age of a million different apps. Apparently it's even worse if you live in Washington, D.C. and you support …

Donald Trump

Jogger detained for 2 weeks after accidentally crossing US border from Canada

<b>Programming note:</b> <i>To learn more about Canada, watch "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell</i>" Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> A woman jogging along a beach accidentally crossed the US border from Canada, and ended up detained in Washington state.<p>Cedella Roman, 19, was visiting her mother from …

Immigration

Chinese leaders ‘absolutely confused’ by Trump’s demands on trade

Beyond the feints and jabs, Trump has raised so many different issues that it’s hard to know what his priorities might really be.<p>Donald Trump has called on China to capitulate to U.S. demands on trade. The problem is nobody knows exactly what Trump actually wants — including the Chinese.<p>One week, …

Intellectual Property

Trump renews sanctions on N Korea citing 'extraordinary threat'

Extension of punitive measures comes despite Trump previously saying Pyongyang no longer posed a 'nuclear threat'.<p>US President Donald Trump extended sanctions against North Korea for one year, saying the country still posed an "extraordinary threat" despite insisting just days earlier that …

North Korea