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July 26, 2017

Is Trump’s Trans Ban Even Legal? Probably Not.

President Donald Trump pledged Wednesday morning to ban transgender individuals from the military, surprising the Pentagon and prompting anger, fear and outrage from people across the country. But, as with so many Trump tweets, it is far from clear whether there’s any substance underneath the bluster. His words have no actual policy power ― and it’s not clear whether anything will change at all, LGBT advocates and civil rights lawyers told HuffPost Wednesday. But if his tweets do lead to a…

Researchers: Trump Tweets Reveal ‘Neurotic’ and ‘Unstable’ Leader

What do the frequent tweets from Donald Trump say about his online personality? According to a team of international researchers, they indicate he's an "emotionally unstable motivator." The study was conducted before Trump took office, analyzing 3,200 tweets he issued by October 2016, and was led by Martin Obschonka from the Australian Center for Entrepreneurship Research at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, and Christian Fisch from Trier University in Germany. They also compared Trump's tweets…

Heartland Voters Are Waking Up To Trump’s Long Con

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time. — James Thurber Out here in flyover country, you can’t hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories. Seems like they could have saved themselves a bunch of trouble by listening to a Hank Williams, Jr. album instead. “I live back in the woods, you see My woman and the kids and the dogs, and me I got a shotgun, a rifle, and a 4-wheel drive And a country boy can survive …” Until a few…

Caitlyn Jenner Lashes Out At President Trump For Banning Transgender People From Military Service

After President Trump’s unilateral announcement that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military, criticism has been coming from all directions — including from Republicans in Congress and a former Navy SEAL. Now one of Trump’s most prominent LGBT supporters, Caitlyn Jenner, who is considering a run for Senate, is blasting the President for his decision as well. Quote-retweeting something President Trump wrote in support of the LGBT community while still a candidate, Jenner noted the 15,000…

Iranian chador-wearing newscaster outed in Switzerland—unveiled and drinking beer « Why Evolution Is True

Never forget: social media is forever, and even if you remove something embarrassing you posted in an unwise or inebriated moment, somebody will have taken a screenshot. Or if you’re in public doing something you don’t want publicized, remember that everyone has a camera with a cellphone. That’s what happened here. It’s been reported by the BBC, so the woman has already been publicly “outed.” Her name is Azadeh Namdari, whom the Beeb identifies as a “conservative Iranian television host”. They also report this:…

Pence’s $1 Million Fundraiser Featured Ivanka Trump

Washington (AP) -- While the president was in Ohio for a political rally late Tuesday, his daughter was in Washington helping Vice President Mike Pence raise money for his own political effort. Pence collected about $1 million from donors for his new leadership committee, which can, in turn, dole out checks to political candidates. Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to the president, introduced Pence at the rooftop terrace event near the Capitol. A former Indiana congressman, Pence serves as the White House's…

Blogger, Jonathan Acosta Abi Haasan, Shares His Dope Genderfluid Style

JonnyOnTheGo There are a lot of things to admire on Jonathan Acosta Abi Hassan’s Instagram. There are the plus size, genderfluid style blogger’s eyebrows, perfectly filled and arched above dark eyes. There are the struts and the poses, ranging from the coquettish cocked head to the casual glance over the shoulder with full smize (it’s a style post; I was gonna mention smizing if it killed me). And, of course, there are the well-styled garments and accoutrements, which include Jeremy Scott kicks, a lot of ASOS, and…

Play the Only Known Nintendo-Playstation Hybrid Console at Irving’s Let’s Play Gaming Expo

The Nintendo PlayStation console was just a gaming fable until Terry Diebold and his son Dan discovered a working prototype in a box purchased at a bankruptcy auction. Courtesy of Terry Diebold The gaming world may be new compared to movies and music, but it already has some interesting myths. Lost and fabled relics are being uncovered, like Atari's "E.T." cartridge landfill dump and the infamous "Hot Coffee" mode in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which sparked another national debate about children…

Kobach Statements ‘Demonstrate a Pattern’ of Misleading Claims

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach could use a little credibility at the moment. President Trump’s so-called election-integrity commission, of which he is the de facto chief, has come under suspicion for both its methods and its purpose. But citizens seeking assurance about Kobach’s motives won’t find that from the federal courts. In a ruling yesterday, flagged by the indefatigable Rick Hasen, Judge Julie Robinson of the U.S. District Court of Kansas rejected Kobach’s request that she overturn a $1,000 fine…

Putin Meets Finland’s President for a Steamboat Ride and Opera Diplomacy

After the stiff formality of the G-20 summit earlier this month, President Vladimir Putin is engaging in some more relaxed diplomacy with the west. Russia’s leader will be in Finland on Thursday, celebrating the former duchy’s century of independence. Together with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Putin will hop on a steamboat built in 1893 for an hour-long lake cruise near the southern part of the border between the two countries. He’ll then head to a medieval castle, Olavinlinna, where the visiting Bolshoi…

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