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  1. Kanye West once again came to the defense of President Donald Trump and his supporters in an interview with the famously anti-Trump celebrity David Letterman.

    West launched into a defense of his relationship with the president in the interview set to premiere on Netflix.

    "This is like my thing with Trump—we don't have to feel the same way, but we have the right to feel what we feel," West told Letterman while opining on the "Me Too" movement.

    He went on to explain that he wore a "Make America Great Again" hat not in support of the president's politics, but as an attempt to remove the stigma surrounding support of the president.

    "Did you vote for Trump?" Letterman asked.

    "I've never voted in my life," West responded.

    "Then you don't have a say in this," Letterman said.

    Later, West argued with Letterman when the host attempted to get him to condemn what some call voter suppression efforts by Republican lawmakers.

    West instead defended supporters of Trump who were being "treated like enemies of America because that's what they felt."

    "Have you ever been beat up in your high school for wearing the wrong hat?" West challenged Letterman.

    Letterman asked him who the majority of bullies were, in his opinion.

    "Liberals bully people who are Trump supporters!" responded West.

    The interview of West will be released on Netflix on May 31.

    Here's the trailer for the Netflix show:

    My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman | Season 2 Trailer | Netflix www.youtube.com



  2. The Muslim advocacy group CAIR says that releasing the "Aladdin" film during the presidency of President Donald Trump will worsen racism and Islamophobia, and they want critics to say so.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations says that the story that Aladdin is based on is racist and bigoted.

    "The Aladdin myth is rooted by racism, Orientalism and Islamophobia," read the statement from CAIR.

    "To release it during the Trump era of rapidly rising anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and racist animus only serves to normalize stereotyping and to marginalize minority communities," it continued.

    The live-action movie is based on the Disney hit animated movie released in 1992 with the late Robin Williams voicing the iconic "genie" character.

    But CAIR says that the original story and any movies based on it carry problematic and bigoted depictions of Middle Eastern culture.

    "The overall setting, tone and character development in the 'Aladdin' story continues to promote stereotypes, resulting in a perpetuation of Islamophobic ideas and images," the CAIR statement explained. "We urge the public and film critics to scrutinize the new production of 'Aladdin' in light of its historical context and today's toxic environment for all minority communities."

    A lengthy Vox articleexplained the "ridiculously racist" aspects of the original 1992 film:

    The 1992 film revels in a lot of Orientalist stereotypes: Its mythos reeks of mystical exoticism, with Agrabah explicitly described as a "city of mystery." Jasmine is a princess who longs to escape an oppressive and controlling culture; her ultimate aim is to gain enough independence to marry for love rather than political expediency, which made her strikingly evolved for the time but seems hopelessly limiting now. Meanwhile, her father, the sultan, is a babbling, easily manipulated man-child. The citizens of Agrabah are frequently depicted as barbarous sword-wielders and sexualized belly dancers.

    The live-action remake of Aladdin opened on Friday in theaters.

    Here's the preview for the problematic Aladdin film:

    Aladdin - Official Trailer www.youtube.com



  3. A federal judge cited the dignity of women in his decision Friday to block Mississippi's pro-life "heartbeat bill" that would place stringent restrictions on abortions.

    "Here we go again," said Judge Carlton Reeves. "Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability."

    Mississippi was just one state that has passed bills banning abortion of unborn children once a heartbeat can be detected. Opponents of such bills say a heartbeat can be detected often before the woman can suspect she's pregnant.

    "By banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, SB 226 prevents a woman's free choice, which is central to personal dignity and autonomy," added Judge Reeves.

    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill in March, but the court order places a preliminary injunction that prevents the law from being implemented.

    The Mississippi law has exceptions for when the life of the mother is threatened by the pregnancy, but not for pregnancies as a result of rape or incest.

    Some pro-life advocates hope that a challenge of a heartbeat bill will lead to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1963.

    Here's the latest on the abortion debate:

    Federal judge blocks law making most Mississippi abortions illegal www.youtube.com



  4. Democratic leader Rep. Adam Schiff of California was criticized by many on social media after his apparently contradictory tweets on declassification of the Russian investigation were discovered.

    Schiff, a vehement opponent of President Donald Trump, denounced the memorandum issued by the president on Thursday giving full declassification power to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on the documents that led to the Russian investigation.

    "While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies," Schiff tweeted.

    "The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase," he added. "This is un-American."

    But online sleuths almost instantly discovered a previous tweet where Schiff appeared to support the declassification of all documents related to the Russian investigation. And, he cited Trump's reticence against it as evidence of wrongdoing.

    "President Obama can and must declassify as much as possible about Russia hacking our elections. Rest assured, Trump won't," he tweeted in 2016.

    The president and his allies have alleged that the investigation in Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign was begun under dubious evidence and motivated by political partisanship.

    Here's the latest on the declassification debacle:

    Trump gives Barr sweeping power to declassify intel related to Russia probe www.youtube.com



  5. Transgender powerlifter Mary Gregory checked the box that said "female" while filling out form to compete in the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation competition last month, the Washington Post reported.

    "I mean, that's my gender," Gregory told the paper. "I didn't even think about it. That's who I am."

    But when Gregory — a biological male competing as a female — smashed four women's records in one day, an automatic drug test followed, the Post said.

    After an initial test, Gregory was told there was a problem with the sample, the paper reported, adding that an official said, "We need another one, but this time we need to watch you."

    Gregory added to the Post that "it was a female referee. I told her, 'This is kind of awkward. My anatomy doesn't match who I am. But if that's what you need to do, fine.'"

    According to Paul Bossi, the powerlifting federation's president, the tests revealed Gregory had male anatomy and had improperly competed in the female division, the paper said.

    And with that, Gregory's titles were stripped.

    Reflections

    "I felt like they were invalidating my gender and my identity," Gregory told the Post, which added that the 44-year-old began hormone replacement treatment a year ago and feels she should be allowed to compete alongside women.

    "There's this sense out there that I put on a dress and just stepped on the platform," Gregory added to the paper. "That's the furthest thing from the truth. I mean, I've had to work my ass off."

    Parker Michels-Boyce for The Washington Post via Getty Images

    Gregory also told the Post that strangers began sending vile comments on the lifter's Instagram post about the record-setting wins: "They'd tell me to go kill myself, just all these nasty things. I honestly think that the only reason they decided to take the actions they took was because of all the negative attention that it got — I mean, because there were so many people that just don't understand."

    Transgender competition category?

    Bossi told the paper that the powerlifting federation would create a transgender category in which Gregory could complete — but the spurned lifter wants nothing to do with it.

    "Because it segregates us," Gregory told the Post. "I think it's discrimination. It's not that different than having a category for tall people or for African Americans or for Hispanics."

    Here's a peek at Gregory in action: