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Hillary Clinton's Old Campaign Twitter Springs Back To Life To Troll Trump






A Twitter account used last year by the Hillary Clinton campaign sent out its first tweet in more than seven months on Thursday.


The message? A meme fired off in response to President Donald Trump’s renewed attacks on Clinton. 


As reports of growing investigations around Trump continue to emerge, the president took to Twitter to attack his 2016 campaign opponent.






The Briefing fired back with a timeless meme:






It’s not clear who’s operating the account. But it still has nearly 75,000 followers, and at least some of them were happy with the new activity: 






















Prior to Thursday’s meme,

, one day before Trump’s surprise election win. 


(h/t The Hill

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Torch-Carrying White Nationalists Protest Removal Of Confederate Statue






White nationalists protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, stormed two of the city’s parks on Saturday chanting Nazi slogans and brandishing torches. 


Dozens of protesters led by white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered in Jackson Park on Saturday afternoon and assembled again that night in the city’s Lee Park, where they took up torches and surrounded the statue of Confederate general Lee slated for removal by the city council, according to reporters on the scene. 


The protesters chanted “You will not replace us,” “Russia is our friend,” “All white lives matter” and the Nazi slogan “Blood and soil,” MSNBC reported. 


Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer (D) condemned the protest, both lashing out at Spencer on Twitter and issuing a statement against the group’s intimidation tactics.






“This event involving torches at night in Lee Park was either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK,” Signer said. “Either way, as mayor of this City, I want everyone to know this: we reject this intimidation. We are a Welcoming City, but such intolerance is not welcome here.”


Onetime Virginia congressman Tom Perriello, who’s now running for the governor’s office on an unapologetically progressive platform, denounced the protests as acts of hatred unleashed by the election of President Donald Trump






“As much as we all wish this was an isolated incident, it’s not,” he said in an email to supporters. “Emboldened by President Trump, this racism is spreading in our communities, our Commonwealth, and our country. After Trump’s election, many of these racist leaders were given a platform and vindication. They want us to regress by decades.”


Spencer, an alumnus of the city’s University of Virginia who is credited with originating the term “alt right” in an attempt to rebrand white nationalism, claimed the protests were a way to preserve and celebrate his heritage.  


“You are not going to tear down the statue, and you are not going to replace us,” he told local NBC affiliate WVIR was his message to the city of Charlottesville.


“It’s an expression of force. It’s an expression of occupying a space,” said Spencer, who tweeted a photo of himself carrying a torch at the evening protest. 


During a conference he hosted in November, Spencer famously yelled “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” to enthusiastic Nazi salutes from the crowd.


The fate of the Lee statue remains up in the air. After the city council voted to remove it in February, plaintiffs filed a lawsuit to stop its removal. A judge issued a temporary injunction earlier this month preventing the city from going through with the removal for the next six months. 

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may 14 17, 23:37
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'Handmaid's Tale' Memes Flood Twitter As Women Respond To Health Care Bill



On Thursday, House Republicans finally voted through legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), replacing it with a bill that would, among other consequences, make things like pregnancy, postpartum depression and rape pre-existing conditions.


As a result, the new American Health Care Act (AHCA) ― yet to be passed in the Senate ― could put women in particular at risk of being denied coverage or having to pay the higher premiums that Obamacare previously banned. According to HuffPost’s Catherine Pearson, an amendment to the bill “effectively gives states permission to discriminate against women.” (Though House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has denied this.)


It didn’t take long for people on Twitter to respond with a meme that’s become terrifyingly relevant to American politics: images from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s eerily prescient 1985 novel.







Screenshots of women in red robes and white bonnets began flooding social media, accompanied by chilling parallels between today’s health care chaos and the book’s depiction of a theocratic regime that subjugates women after taking control of their reproductive rights. 


In The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood’s dire account of a near-future United States called Gilead, an authoritarian government rises to power and quickly decides to drain women’s bank accounts, the first step in a series of shockingly quick policy moves that seem to strip women of their status as equal citizens before they even had a chance to fight back.


“I was asleep before,” Offred, played by Elisabeth Moss, proclaims in a trailer for the Hulu show. “That’s how we let it happen.”


Even Atwood herself has admitted that her book seems more relevant now than ever.






Women had already been protesting state senates by dressing as handmaids in an attempt to raise awareness of certain lawmakers’ pushes to limit reproductive health in states like Missouri,

and Texas. On Thursday, opponents of the AHCA followed suit, posting images and references to Gilead in the hours after the House decision in order to make their stance clear.


In a piece titled “Women In The U.S. Don’t Live In A Dystopian Hellscape. Yet,” HuffPost’s Emily Peck rightly pointed out that, despite the setbacks that have occurred under President Donald Trump’s administration, women in the U.S. have helped push for progress in 2017, too.


“The resistance in the U.S. is very much alive and well,” Peck wrote. “And in the first 100 days of the Trump administration, it’s been remarkably effective.” She cited the ousting of longtime Fox news host Bill O’Reilly, the “unprecedented” numbers of women considering running for office in upcoming elections, and the failure of other policies like Trump’s anti-immigration orders, which was fought by a huge number of female immigration lawyers.


Still, as Congress mulls a health care plan that could potentially put individuals’ lives at risk, women (and men!) are quick to voice their opposition to anything that resembles Gilead. 






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Melania Trump May Have Just Trolled Her Husband


First lady Melania Trump ― or whoever is running her account ― liked a tweet Tuesday that implied a chilly relationship between her and President Donald Trump


Here’s the tweet from progressive blogger Andy Ostroy that earned a like from the first lady’s official personal account: 






The like vanished shortly after it appeared, but it will survive forever in the form of a screenshot: 



The like was one of just two she’s bestowed ― the other being her first tweet.


So what’s the story? Accidental? Rogue staffer? Coded cry for help? Subtle trolling of her husband?


Twitter has no shortage of theories: 


























































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George W. Bush Gave Us Donald Trump. Now He Wants To Be Forgiven.


We’ve all seen

. It’s the opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and George W. Bush is sharing a brief snuggle with Michelle Obama. The first lady, maternal and forgiving, has both arms around the former president, who looks like he wants a tummy rub.


When the hug went viral last September, it triggered a once-unimaginable bipartisan “Awww!” that echoed throughout social and established media. Dubbed “The Embrace Seen Around the World” by The New York Times, the photo seemed to hold the power of magic, or at least the power of the most adorable cat video: It cast a spell accelerating a general public softening toward a man once widely scorned as a historic failure, dismissed by many on the left as a blood-spattered buffoon who belonged in a cell at The Hague.


Humans are nostalgic by nature, and history is full of once-reviled public figures who enjoyed later reassessments. But where reputational rehab used to take a generation or two, Bush is trying to loosen the clutches of market-fresh infamy.


If he succeeds, he will have his own presidency to thank. The immediate context for the “normalizing” of George W. Bush is the rise of Donald Trump. But Bush’s policies created the conditions that brought Trump to power, and only in the wake of his own trademarked disasters does he look tame by comparison.


The museum hug and its afterlife showcase the internet’s power to turn anything — even yesterday’s calamities — into today’s cute moments. It’s also a worrying sign about our capacity for collective memory. As such, it suggests something deeper and arguably more frightening about America than even the current administration.





Left: President Bush looks out over Hurricane Katrina’s devastation as he flies back to Washington on Aug. 31, 2005. Right: Bush sits with New Orleans high school students Ashantae Martin (left) and Ronjae Pleasant at an event marking the 10th anniversary of Katrina on Aug. 28, 2015. 


Bush’s advocates and former officials knew all along that presidential records are inevitably re-evaluated. Years ago, they began working to revamp his image in the eyes of the public. The reassessments started even before Bush left office, with the rise of the tea party and the weakening of the old Republican Party establishment. Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was the first trigger that got liberals thinking maybe W. wasn’t so bad after all. (A parallel re-evaluation was underway on the right. Among followers of Palin, who morphed into tea partiers and later into Trump die-hards, Bush was considered little better than Barack Obama.)


These early rehab efforts gained traction with the 2013 release of W.’s oil paintings. The simple portraits — including one that could have been titled “I’m taking a bath and these are my feet” — seemed to confirm old suspicions that the 43rd president was just a confused simpleton in the hands of a Cabinet of wicked Vulcans. During his presidency, this view was just another cause for derision.


During Obama’s second term, it helped spawn an ironic reconsideration widespread enough for Vanity Fair to declare Bush “a hipster icon.” BuzzFeed went further, describing the born-to-wealth Bush as an “outsider artist” and offering “15 Reasons George W. Bush Should Come Work For BuzzFeed Animals.” There was less appetite for, say, “15 Iraqi Children Who Died Agonizing Deaths During The Initial Bombardment Of Baghdad” or “15 Ways Bush Policies Helped Decimate The Wealth Of Working Americans To Benefit The Ultra-Rich.”





Left: Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, President Bush declares major fighting over in Iraq. The banner reads “Mission Accomplished.” Right: Bush’s paintings of wounded veterans hang at his presidential library in Dallas on Feb. 28, 2017. He also released a book with 66 portraits of vets who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.


By the time Trump clinched the GOP nomination last year, Bush’s approval numbers equaled Bill Clinton’s ― a huge turnaround since Bush’s ignominious departure from office. Among Republicans, a narrow majority had returned to rating his presidency “a success.” Then came the cute-bomb of the “Embrace Seen Around the World,” followed more recently by the release of Bush’s coffee table art book, a sit-down on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and a People interview about his besties status with Michelle.


In these and other forums, Bush declared racism bad and criticized Trump’s ban on travelers from seven (now six) Muslim-majority countries. It all contrasted nicely with Trump’s blatant Islamophobia. For those desperate to escape the awful reality of the present, Bush’s comments reinforced the comforting delusion of a big-tent bipartisan #resistance that will return everything to the halcyon days of a completely sane and not-at-all racist Republican Party.


“Bush worked hard to sow tolerance for Muslim-Americans, convinced — like President Obama — that respect and openness was an asset in the fight against jihadists,” Slate’s Jamelle Bouie wrote in November 2015, as Trump’s candidacy rose on the back of his proposed Muslim ban. “Now more than ever, this is what the Republican Party needs to hear.”


As president, Trump has shifted Americans’ vantage point on Bush, who seems competent, well-spoken, tolerant and humane by comparison. The first Trump-era host of “Saturday Night Live,” Aziz Ansari, addressed this collective confusion in his monologue.


“What the hell has happened? I’m sitting here wistfully watching old George W. Bush speeches,” Ansari said. “Just sitting there like, ‘What a leader he was!’ Sixteen years ago, I was certain this dude was a dildo. Now, I’m sitting there like, ‘He guided us with his eloquence!’”





Left: Ignoring reporters’ questions, President Bush turns to leave after announcing his support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on Feb. 24, 2004. Right: Bush appears as a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on March 2, 2017. 


Missing amid much of the reaction to Bush’s sensible words was the memory of his deeds. Americans have a gift for bathing the past in a warm light. A few generations back, things were better, we always seem to imagine — the children more respectful, the adults harder working, the institutions less corrupt, the population more unified.


This knack for rewriting is what allowed Richard Nixon, a divisive president who left a trail of carnage in his wake and barely escaped federal prison at the mercy of a presidential pardon, to die a respected statesman and geo-strategist. It’s what allows his scheming secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, to grow old on vacations with Democratic presidential candidates and bask in laughs during musical numbers on Comedy Central. It’s also what’s helping Bush.


There are, at least, a growing number of backlash pieces. They point out that Bush did much to create the very conditions that gave rise to Trump ― which, in turn, is driving his own expedited rehab.


Much has been made of the idea that the current president is a reaction to the previous one ― a “whitelash” against eight years of Obama, in Van Jones’ phrase. While the argument contains a grain of truth, it is an oversimplification that misses the deeper relationship between Trump and the chaos left behind by Obama’s predecessors. This would be the same chaos that hatched the Islamic State and crashed the economy, lighting a spark beneath a transatlantic, right-wing, ethno-populist movement.



What the hell has happened? ... Sixteen years ago, I was certain this dude was a dildo. Now, I’m sitting there like, ‘He guided us with his eloquence!’
Aziz Ansari, hosting "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 21, 2017


Consider the yawning wealth gap in the U.S. The 2007-2008 financial crisis erased the stored wealth of millions of lower- and middle-income people around the world, the vast majority of whom have yet to recover. Nationalist movements date their current surge to that global crisis, which was preceded and followed by Democratic administrations that also pursued pro-Wall Street policies.


Bush bears a more direct responsibility for the misery in the Middle East. When he took office, al Qaeda was a fringe factor in the Muslim world. The Bush administration’s failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks, followed by the non-sequitur invasion and occupation of Iraq, gave rise to ISIS and the world we know today. Bush, it should be remembered, had plenty of warning: Millions marched in opposition to the Iraq invasion, a street echo of the Arab League’s ominous admonition that such a move would “open the gates of hell.”



Trump is an admirer of torture and other Bush deeds that have only driven extremists’ recruitment. Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, waterboarding, contempt for international law — surely we all remember the list.


Or do we? Given the media’s role in rehabbing him, it seems necessary to note that Bush also hated the press. As Jacobin’s Branko Marcetic reminds us, U.S. forces under the Bush administration killed multiple journalists, including shelling a hotel known to be full of international reporters. Two Reuters photographers died that time. Maybe this is what Trump had in mind when he told Bill O’Reilly, “We have a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?”


Without Bush’s two most fateful decisions ― letting Wall Street run amok and invading Iraq ― it’s hard to imagine Trump’s metamorphosis from a second-rate reality TV star to president of the United States.





Left: President Bush disavows anti-Muslim sentiment after 9/11, speaking at the Islamic Center of Washington on Sept. 17, 2001. Right: At Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Spc. Charles Graner and Spc. Sabrina Harman pose with naked, hooded prisoners who were forced to form a human pyramid.


Hazy nostalgia for George W. Bush carries broader risks. If Bush really wasn’t so bad, then Trump is more of a dramatic switch from ages past than he’s already been judged. His administration is a comet carrying alien life, as opposed to the edge of a continuum stretching back through decades of Democratic and Republican misrule. Normalizing Bush weakens our already weak grip on history, making it that much harder to see how today’s political harvest was also cultivated by the administrations of Clinton, who signed NAFTA and unleashed Wall Street, and Obama, who continued the Wall Street bailouts and allowed 90 percent of wealth creation during his tenure to accrue to the top 1 percent.


If Bush had never been president, or an execution-happy Texas governor, he might be a great buddy to talk baseball with. Even now, despite everything, it’s possible to empathize with his anguished conscience and maybe grant him whatever fleeting solace he finds in his paints and his bubble baths. But that’s really between him, his minister and his therapist. The country cannot afford any more sentimentalized politics.



If Trump’s election has any value, it’s as a wakeup call to stay focused on the forces and interests behind the masks. This was never going to be easy. Humanity is blessed and cursed with an ability to repress memories, especially traumatic ones. Voluntary and enforced forgetting has long been used to strengthen social cohesion. In ancient Athens, statues of Lethe, the god of forgetting, were erected as reminders of official decrees to let go of recent civil wars.


The “Embrace Seen Around the World” has shown us how much harder remembering will be under the spell of social media, which may be shrinking our historical depth of field faster than Bush’s secret energy task force helped melt the Antarctic ice sheets. The habits of mind encouraged by social media are part of the new velocity, the constant internet-powered churning and re-appropriation, that is driving our great forgetting. A decade ago, The Onion imagined the U.S. Department of Retro warning that the nation “may be running out of past.” The joke concerned recycling yesterday’s fashions at Urban Outfitters, but it hinted at a world where George W. Bush is recycled on national television and the pages of Time magazine.  


The internet can also be a tool for resisting memory loss. In the past, scholars, columnists and other elite gatekeepers drove public rehabilitations, re-tailoring reputations for acceptance at the latest dinner party. But those gates are no longer kept, and the public that chooses to forget can also choose not to. In the leveled, noisy fields of the internet, they can say, “No, this must be remembered.”


Bush helped birth Trump, but he also revived the soul of national resistance. That resistance can’t stop Bush and his fellow ex-presidents from trying to rewrite history and making tens of millions of dollars on the lecture circuit. But Americans can remember what these presidents did and why they belong on the other side of the barricades. Or at least back at the ranch, standing before an easel.


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mar 19 17, 00:50
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Parents Shift From Fear To Defiance As Bomb Threats Target Jewish Centers


Kara Nelson has been going to the New Orleans Jewish Community Center for more than 20 years. She likes that they have karate and ballet courses. Sometimes she takes art classes. Her children, 5 and 7, have attended camp there. Nelson and her kids aren’t Jewish.


“It’s the best place,” Nelson told The Huffington Post. “It’s like a second home to me since I’ve been in New Orleans. People are super friendly and I like that my kids are learning about Jewish traditions.”


On Thursday morning, Nelson was taking her exercise class at the JCC when an evacuation was announced on the overhead speakers. Someone had called in a bomb threat to the community center, which also acts as a nursery and preschool.


“The kids were all out first and taken to the high school across the street,” Nelson said. “That seemed to be the first priority, to hustle them out and away from everybody.”


Within minutes, New Orleans police arrived and swept the building. Unwilling to let the threats destroy their day, Nelson’s classmates continued their exercise outside. Police eventually gave the all-clear.






The last two months haven’t been easy for parents who have children attending classes at Jewish Community Centers. At least 69 bomb threats have been called into 55 JCCs across the country since Jan. 9, sometimes forcing kids and adults to evacuate and wait for police officers to sweep buildings. 


Fear has mixed with aggravation as authorities have deemed the bomb threats to be hoaxes so far. Gordon JCC in Nashville, Tennessee, has received three threatening calls, the most targeting any one location. 


“We have no idea why we were singled out,” Leslie Sax, executive director of the center, told HuffPost. “It’s such a disruption. We’ve had to spend too much time on security protocol recently rather than what we do here every day.”


She said parents haven’t pulled their kids from her center’s programming in light of the threats, but suggested that other JCCs haven’t been so lucky.


“I think they’re more sad and frustrated that it’s going on,” Sax said. “The important thing to note is that the kids have not been traumatized by this. I credit the staff for that. The time we did evacuate, the kids thought they were on a field trip ― they were having fun.”


Some officials at the JCC Association of North America have found comfort in the fact that FBI is looking into the series of bomb threats, although the agency doesn’t comment on active investigations. Members of Congress have called on the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to aid local investigators.






But parental nerves are still strung tight.


On Thursday, a suspicious package was reported at the Newton JCC in Massachusetts, a center that had already been the victim of an earlier bomb threat. Authorities deemed it a false alarm, and no threat was called in this time. But it was enough to shake up Sean Roche, a father and one of the people evacuated (his kids weren’t there at the time). Initially, he’d called the incident “terrorism” on Twitter.


“This is a direct consequence of threats that JCCs all over the country have received,” Roche told HuffPost. “There’s a heightened awareness and sensitivity.” 


Although there have been no bombs yet, every threat is taken seriously by local authorities and the JCC Association. The calls themselves can be terrifying and have often involved a disguised voice that sounds robotic.


The Jewish Telegraphic Agency obtained audio from one call made to an unidentified JCC. The voice said, “In a short time, a large number of Jews are going to be slaughtered. Their heads are going to be blown off from the shrapnel.”





Anti-Semitic hate crimes make up the largest portion of religiously motivated attacks in the United States. Bomb threats are all too easy for the perpetrators and harmful to communities all over the country.


“We want the threats to stop so we can continue working for our community,” Sax said. “We hope to find someone responsible. We realize that with today’s technology it could be difficult to find them, but we can’t have this hanging over our heads.”

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USDA Starts Reposting Some Of Their Deleted Animal Welfare Records






The Department of Agriculture has started to repost some animal welfare data previously deleted from its website, after two weeks of public outcry over the removal.






On Feb. 3, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service deleted thousands of previously publicly searchable records from its website, including inspection records for places like zoos, research laboratories, commercial breeders and circuses. They cited privacy concerns as the reason, though they clarified several days later that the decision was “not final.”


The data was a crucial resource for journalists and animal advocacy groups in uncovering animal cruelty, and the decision sparked immediate backlash. The Humane Society of the United States threatened legal action if the data was not reinstated, a Harvard animal law expert filed a joint lawsuit with several animal rights groups, 18 senators and 101 U.S. representatives condemned the decision in open letters, and everyday animal lovers tweeted photos of their pets in a social media campaign against the decision.


On Friday, USDA APHIS restored some records to the site. Specifically, they posted what they referred to as the “first batch” of annual reports and inspection records from USDA-registered research facilities. Their statement also said they would “continue to review records and determine which information is appropriate for reposting.”


The Humane Society of the United States called the portion of restored records a “step in the right direction,” but continues to demand the agency bring back the data in full. The records still missing include “additional materials and inspection reports for many research laboratories that use animals, puppy mills, zoos, horse soring scofflaws, and others whose activities are the subject of enforcement records related to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act,” according to an HSUS statement.


Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, similarly called on the USDA to bring back their whole database.


“While I’m glad USDA is starting the process of restoring some information online, there is no excuse for the agency’s abrupt actions to reduce transparency and prevent Americans from knowing about animal abuse,” he said in a statement. “I call on the agency to do the right thing and restore the remaining information so that animal abusers are held accountable for their actions.” 


Fellow co-chair Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), however, had harsher words.


“There’s no reason to hold back this vita information,” he said in statement. “This website protects animals and the database should be fully restored. At the end of the day, putting a few documents back online is not  good enough.” 

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19 Tweets That Show Love Can Be A Radical Act

For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. What will you stand up for? Tell us with #LoveTakesAction.


This Valentine’s Day, in addition to the usual barrage of couple photos and “single life” memes, another theme emerged on social media: love as a radical, political act.


On Feb. 14, the Women’s March and other groups launched the hashtag #RevolutionaryLove, asking followers “to fight for social justice through the ethic of love” and post love letters on social media written to others, to themselves and even to their opponents. On the same day, The Huffington Post launched the hashtag #LoveTakesAction, asking people what issues they’ll stand up for. 


The hashtags seemed to resonate with people online ― #RevolutionaryLove trended on Twitter at various times throughout the day ― at a time when most Americans are stressed about the country’s future, and waves of protesters are taking to the streets to oppose everything from President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigrants, to the Dakota Access Pipeline, to recent immigration enforcement raids.


Here are 19 tweets from people declaring that, in the face of hateful acts and discriminatory policies, love can be a powerful act of resistance.


People showed love means standing up to hate and bigotry 


















 


People spread love to those most affected by hate and injustice






































 


People practiced self-love in the face of hate














 


People showed love of country means pushing America to be better














Know a story from your community of people fighting hate and supporting groups who need it? Send news tips to lovetips@huffingtonpost.com.

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feb 15 17, 21:30
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The Grammys Were Chock-Full Of Messages Of Resistance






On this weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” Cecily Strong, while playing a visibly annoyed judge overseeing a court case involving Donald Trump, joked, “I want one day without a CNN alert that scares the hell out of me, all right? I just want to relax and watch the Grammys.”


But these days, nothing, not even the Grammys, can be completely free of politics. As such, the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday were chock-full of subtle messages of resistance against the Trump administration.


Host James Corden started the night off on a political bent during his opening monologue, when he said, “

and with President Trump we don’t know what comes next.”


But the political messages actually started rolling in before the show started. Schoolboy Q arrived on the red carpet wearing a pink hoodie that read “GIRL POWER.” His daughter, Joy Hanley, was wearing a matching suit. 



Early on in the show,

, while introducing The Weeknd and Daft Punk, said, “We could really used this kind of excitement at a pipeline protest, guys,” a reference to the movement to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline. And before announcing the winner of Best New Artist, Jennifer Lopez quoted Toni Morrison’s message for artists working during politically difficult times:



This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.



Katy Perry wore an armband that read “PERSIST” during her performance and stood in front of a backdrop of the Constitution, yelling “No hate!



While accepting the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Beyoncé explained why she believed representation in the arts was so important to young boys and girls, saying, “It’s important for me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror ― first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys ― and see themselves.”


She then added, “I want that for every child of every race, and I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.” 



Laverne Cox asked for people to learn more about transgender male Gavin Grimm, whose battle to use the bathroom of the gender with which he identifies will soon reach the Supreme Court






But perhaps the most remarkable political moment of the night came during A Tribe Called Quest’s performance, when Busta Rhymes joined the hip-hop group and quickly started taking shots at the president, repeatedly referring to him as “President Agent Orange.”


“I wanna thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil that you’ve been perpetuating throughout the United States. I wanna thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban. Now we come together!” he said. “We the people! We the people! We the people!”






Soon thereafter, Anderson .Paak joined the stage along with multiple women dressed in hijab. The performance then ended with A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip shouting one word repeatedly to the crowd: “Resist, resist, resist.”


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Harvard Book Store Creates Bowling Green Massacre Section

The people at Harvard Book Store want readers to remember the victims of the Bowling Green massacre. You know, that massacre that never happened?


Last week, Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, used the nonexistent massacre to justify Trump’s highly controversial immigration ban



So, Harvard Book Store clearly wanted to have a little bit of fun and created an area of their shop that includes literature that may appeal to readers looking to honor those “lost” in Bowling Green.


The subtlety of this shade throwing is the best part.





The reads they suggest range in topic, but some of our favorites include:



Twitter is loving the new addition to the shop, too.






















 Long live Harvard Book Store.


 

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