Trevor Noah Tears Into Fox News Over James Comey’s Bombshell Memo

Trevor Noah has spent the past few weeks eviscerating Donald Trump and the scandals that seem to plague his presidency.  

On Wednesday, ?The Daily Show? host turned his attention to Fox News and its coverage ? or lack thereof ? of bombshell reports that former FBI Director James Comey wrote a memo detailing a meeting in which Trump allegedly asked him to drop the federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

?This is by far the biggest Trump scandal, until the next one,? Noah said. ?To not acknowledge the gravity of this Comey memo, you?d have to be willfully ignorant. Aggressively ignorant. In fact, you?d have to be Fox News.?

Noah outlined several tactics that he said the conservative news channel employs to avoid giving Trump bad press, even amid undeniable scandal: 1. They?ll flat-out deny it; 2. They?ll blame it on former President Barack Obama; 3. Jesse Watters will say that the news item doesn?t have enough sex or money, thus rendering it a ?boring scandal,? as the Fox News personality called Comey?s memo during an interview Tuesday night.

?Last night I realized why Donald Trump loves Fox News so much: They?re basically his Snapchat filter,? Noah said. ?Because whatever the reality is, they?ll always make him look better than he is. And just like a Snap, we?re all hoping he disappears soon.?

Watch Noah?s takedown of the conservative news channel in the clip above.

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Dave Chappelle Apologizes For Telling Viewers To Give Donald Trump A Chance

Dave Chappelle has one big regret about his appearance on ?Saturday Night Live? last November ? and it wasn?t a punchline.

Just days after Donald Trump was elected president, Chappelle went the magnanimous route during his monologue and asked viewers to give the new leader a chance.

But that was then.

On Monday, the comedian expressed regret for his ?SNL? remarks at a charity event in New York City.

?I was the first guy on TV to say ?Give Trump a chance.? I f?ked up. Sorry,? he said at the Robin Hood Foundation benefit, according to MSNBC?s Willie Geist.

Rewind to Nov. 12, when Chappelle said on ?SNL?:

?I?m gonna wish Donald Trump luck, and I?m going to give him a chance, and we the historically disenfranchised demand that he give us one too.?

Man, that seems like a long time ago.

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Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas Assassinated

Mexican crime reporter Javier Valdez Cárdenas was assassinated Monday by an armed group that reportedly shot him while he was driving, according to both news outlets he worked for. 

Cárdenas was attacked in Sinaloa province, where he lived and worked. The area in northwestern Mexico is known as the country?s drug capital.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto condemned the slaying in a tweet, and expressed condolences to Cárdenas? family.

Cárdenas began his career in journalism in the early 1990s, according to La Jornada, a Mexican news outlet where he worked as a national correspondent. He founded RioDoce in 2003, which has won several awards. He also won an International Press Freedom award in 2011.

He compiled much of his reporting into several books, the most recent of which, Narcoperiodismo, was published late last year. It tells the stories of Mexican journalists who have been victims of crimes.

Several other journalists in Mexico have been killed in recent months. Three were slain in March.

?In Mexico a ?war? is raging against journalists,? Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said in March. ?The country has turned into a no-go zone for anyone brave enough to talk about issues including the increasing power of organized crime and the collusion of these groups with the authorities.?

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Here’s Your First Look At The 2017-2018 Pilot Trailers

While networks are still deciding which television shows will live to see another season, executives are gathering in New York this week for upfronts.

Big presentations are made, celebrities are trotted out and network execs try to dazzle advertisers with their programing slate for the upcoming year in hopes of convincing them to spend their ad dollars on the commercial breaks between what is ? fingers crossed ? the next hit show. 

Here?s your first look at some of the trailers for the new shows that will air in the 2017-2018 television season.

(This post will be updated as more networks confirm their programing schedules and release trailers.) 

?The Brave?  ? NBC

Defense Intelligence and Special Ops squads team up to save innocent lives around the world in the new drama The Brave, coming Mondays this fall to NBC.

?Law and Order: True Crime? ? NBC

From Executive Producer Dick Wolf comes a new chapter in the franchise ? ?Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,? starring Edie Falco as defense attorney Leslie Abramson. Coming Thursdays this fall to NBC.

?Will & Grace? ? NBC

An encore 11 years in the making. It?ll take Will, Jack and Karen to convince Grace it?s a good idea. Will & Grace is back Thursdays this fall on NBC. 

?The Gifted? ? FOX

?The Gifted? tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

?The Crossing? ? ABC

Refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America? and the war they are fleeing hasn?t happened yet. As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration only one thing is certain: The lives of the people here ? both the townspeople and these newcomers ? will never be the same. Writers Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie executive produce with Jason Reed.

?Marvel?s The Inhumans? ? ABC

After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.

?The Good Doctor? ? ABC

Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, ?Bates Motel?), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital?s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues. The series is from David Shore (?House?) and ?Lost? and ?Hawaii Five-O? star Daniel Dae Kim.

?The Mayor? ? ABC

Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) needs his big break. For years, he?s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century: Running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: An election victory. With the help of his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown, ?Community?) and friends, including Valentina (?Glee?s? Lea Michele), Courtney will have to overcome his hubris if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves.  

?Ten Days in the Valley? ? ABC 

?Ten Days in the Valley? stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a separation whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted.

?For The People? ? ABC 

Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, aka ?The Mother Court,? this new Shondaland drama follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country ? all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom. The series is created by Shondaland?s Paul William Davies and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. 

?Deception? ? ABC

When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion ? the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world?s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. The series is from writer/executive producer Chris Fedak (?Chuck?) and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter. Illusionist David Kwong (?Now You See Me?) will co-produce.

?Splitting Up Together? ? ABC

Based on the Danish series, ?Splitting Up Together? is the story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Emily Kapnek (?Suburgatory?) writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres.

?The Gospel of Kevin? ? ABC

Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter, ?Parenthood?), a cluelessly self-serving person, is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, ?Once Upon a Time?) and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette (Cristela Alonzo, ?Cristela?) appears to him and presents him with a mission: to find and recruit the 35 righteous humans who can restore a sacred balance that will ultimately save the world. A light drama from executive producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (?Marvel?s Agent Carter,? ?Resurrection,? ?Reaper?).

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John Oliver Calls ‘Turbo Bulls**t’ On Trump’s Comey Claims

John Oliver isn?t buying it.

The ?Last Week Tonight? host doesn?t believe President Donald Trump?s claims that former FBI director James Comey said that Trump himself wasn?t under investigation three times. 

?I call bullshit,? Oliver said on Sunday night. ?I call turbo bullshit on that. There is no way those conversations went down in that manner.? 

The president is somehow ?both a terrible and an amazing liar, and I don?t know how that?s physically possible,? Oliver said.

Oliver also slammed the ?genuinely weird? termination letter as well as the following week of ?confusing and contradicting? explanations that were ultimately blown up by Trump?s interview with NBC?s Lester Holt on Thursday. 

That was when Trump admitted he was going to can Comey, no matter what.

?Trump is so desperate to appear dominant he will rush to take the credit for anything no matter how bad it is,? Oliver said, adding:

?If you wanted him to confess to murder, all a lawyer would have to say is ?Your honor, the killer could not possibly have been Donald Trump. It must have been someone much stronger and smarter with a much hotter daughter,? and before they finished that sentence, Trump would be yelling, ?I did it! It was me! Lock me up! Lock me up! Lock me up!?? 

Check it out above. 

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Trump Boasted About Helping 1 American Return From Egypt. He’s Ignoring The Rest.

WASHINGTON ? Four weeks after loudly celebrating its own role in bringing home an imprisoned American aid worker from Egypt, the Trump White House has taken no steps to engage the families of three other detained Americans.

Seventeen-year-old Ahmed Hassan of Pomona, New Jersey, has been held in overcrowded Egyptian facilities with adults since December. Ahmed Etwiy, 26, and Mustafa Kassem, 52, both from New York, have each been detained for nearly four years without receiving prison sentences.

In early April, President Donald Trump personally spoke with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi about the case of imprisoned American aid worker Aya Hijazi, 30, who had been jailed for almost three years. An Egyptian court acquitted her weeks later, closing a case widely seen as an unsubstantiated witch hunt devised to boost Sissi?s image as a tough ruler independent of Washington.

A U.S. military plane flew Hijazi home, and the Trump administration soon released photos of her in the Oval Office with the president and White House aides Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Later that day, Trump boasted about the accomplishment via Twitter, in the form of a bizarre, self-congratulatory video set to the song ?Proud To Be An American.?

The three other detainees and their families grew hopeful, Hassan?s pro bono lawyer and relatives of Etwiy and Kassem told HuffPost this week. But they have since been disappointed. There?s no sign that the Trump administration is treating the remaining cases as priorities, they said. And a previously unreported May 2 State Department letter to Congress about Hassan?s case avoided answering the question of whether Trump mentioned him or the other detainees when he met with Sissi.

?My expectations changed greatly,? Dr. Nagwa El Kordy, Etwiy?s mother, told HuffPost in an email. ?Seeing Aya released after all this time gave me hope that the same can happen for my son. So far nobody from the Trump administration has contacted me. And the [American] embassy in Cairo hasn?t visited him for almost 3 months.?

Praveen Madhiraju, an attorney for Hassan and the executive director of the nonprofit Pretrial Rights International, said the White House has not responded to multiple entreaties from Hassan?s family and lawyers ? including a letter the American teenager personally addressed to Trump.

And Mustafa Hussain Ahmed, Kassem?s brother-in-law, said he had no idea how to even contact Trump?s team. He asked if HuffPost could connect him.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment. Will Cocks, a spokesman for the State Department?s consular affairs bureau, said he could not comment on the three Americans? cases because of ?privacy considerations.?

?We?re aware of media reports of U.S. citizens detained in Egypt,? Cocks wrote in a Friday email. ?One of the most important tasks of the Department of State and U.S. embassies and consulates abroad is to provide assistance to U.S. citizens who are detained abroad.?

?When a U.S. citizen is detained overseas, the Department works to provide all appropriate consular assistance… [which] may include attempting to ensure that the detained/arrested U.S. citizens receive a fair and speedy trial with the benefit of legal counsel; visiting detained/arrested U.S. nationals in prison to ensure that they are receiving humane treatment, including medical treatment if needed; facilitating communications with their families or others as they wish; and assisting with the transfer of funds from family and friends in the United States to pay for attorneys? fees, food, and medicine while incarcerated,? Cocks went on.

Representatives for the three jailed Americans say they are dealing with the challenges Cocks describes with only minimal U.S. government support.

Hassan?s last appeals hearing, an opportunity for him to gain an early reprieve on his one-year sentence for challenging police officers who wanted to arrest his uncle, was meant to be on April 19. But authorities pushed it to July because, they claimed, not enough police officers were available to escort the 17-year-old to the courthouse.

Etwiy and Kassem have been charged but not sentenced. Both have been in prison for nearly four years since being swept up in mass arrests during 2013 political protests. Etwiy has experienced depression and severe food poisoning, according to his mother; Kassem has had to wait up to two weeks for deliveries of the blood sugar control drug, NovoLog, that he uses to manage his diabetes, according to Ahmed, his brother-in law. Ahmed said the American consular visits were ?useless? because officials told Kassem they could not be helpful beyond ensuring he does not die.

The U.S. has maintained a close relationship with Egypt despite growing human rights concerns. At least 30,000 people have been arrested since the military took control in a Sissi-directed 2013 coup. Mass trials, beatings and solitary confinement have become common, and hundreds of prisoners remain behind bars long beyond legal limits on pre-trial detention. Human rights advocates say Egypt is experiencing the worst government repression in its contemporary history. Cairo claims the actions are necessary to combat terror, while outside analysts say Egypt is actually allowing the militant group known as the Islamic State to thrive.

Estimates vary on how many Americans have been affected by the surge in state-sponsored violence. NPR reported a figure of 20 in April, but the Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan, himself a former prisoner, told HuffPost this week that he thinks the number is now nine. The State Department refused to provide details. Egypt?s embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.

It?s unclear what Trump and his team are willing to do for these Americans. Soltan believes Egypt?s regime is more likely to respond to requests from Trump because of the personal praise he has showered on Sissi, one of the many authoritarian leaders Trump frequently mentions as favorite peers. The two presidents may see each other later this month when Trump meets with a group of Muslim leaders from around the world in Saudi Arabia.

But the White House?s approach thus far does not suggest such personal requests are forthcoming. Hassan?s congressional representatives, Sens. Cory Booker (D) and Bob Menendez (D) and Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R) of New Jersey, sent Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a letter on April 25 inquiring about whether Trump or Tillerson had raised the young American?s case during meetings with Sissi earlier that month.

On May 2, State Department official Joseph McManus responded to LoBiondo in a message the congressman?s office shared with those of the two senators. (No similar response was sent to Booker; Menendez?s office did not respond to a request for comment. Madhiraju, Hassan?s lawyer, said he was not aware of the contents of the message.)

?We have been closely monitoring Ahmed?s case, including ensuring fair trial guarantees are respected,? McManus wrote in his letter to LoBiondo.

McManus acknowledged that Egyptian authorities had delayed Hassan?s appeals hearing. ?We have contacted Egyptian authorities to request an earlier hearing,? he wrote. He also said consular officials had visited the young American twice and requested a third visit. Hassan had not been moved to a juvenile facility because his family wanted him to stay at the police station where he was originally detained, McManus said.

?We are in frequent contact with Ahmed?s family here and in Egypt,? he wrote. ?During the consular visits mentioned above, Ahmed has not made any allegations of mistreatment during his incarceration… The family has told us they have regular access to him and that he has been treated fairly well. Ahmed?s father recently expressed concern to a consular officer about crowded and uncomfortable conditions at the police station, but told the officer he would confirm with Ahmed before for assistance to have him moved. If Ahmed requests a move during his next consular visit or through his father, we will contact the appropriate Egyptian authorities to facilitate that request.?

The letter did not respond to the third question in the lawmakers? original letter to Tillerson: ?Did you or President Trump raise Ahmed?s case and those of other American citizens when President Sissi visited Washington in early April??

Despite Trump?s talk of always putting America and Americans first, advocates believe more high-profile attention is necessary to really prompt a U.S. government push.

?It?s important to note how crucial public opinion is in creating pressure on the administration to act more intentionally on behalf of these citizens,? Soltan and his sister, Middle East strategy consultant Hanaa Soltan, wrote to HuffPost. ?Mohamed?s and Aya?s case both garnered quite a bit of attention before the administrations were moved to act on them as they did.? (The Obama administration lobbied for Mohamed Soltan?s release in 2015.)

?Every case is a combination of factors, of sustained public and private engagement with the Egyptians at multiple levels from multiple actors. The strategy also depends upon what stage the case has reached in Egypt,? said Wade McMullen, an attorney for Hijazi, the freed aid worker, at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights nonprofit. ?President Trump and his administration deserve credit for personally engaging on Aya and [her husband] Mohamed?s case with President Sisi and other Egyptian officials. But a lot of people deserve credit for Aya?s and Mohamed?s freedom.?

In a Wednesday email, McMullen cited the Egyptian legal team, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and advocacy organizations and U.S. officials.

For now, the other Americans remain behind bars.

?Trump is spending his weekends golfing in Bedminster, N.J., while Ahmed will spend his 18th birthday in jail,? Madhiraju said, noting that Hassan?s birthday is on May 25 and that the president is legally required to make inquiries to any foreign government that unjustly detains an American.  

Hassan described the conditions in his March letter to Trump.

?I?ve been in jail in Egypt since December 1, 2016, and am laughed at and mistreated by the police here because I am American. Please help me,? he wrote. ?I am in a jail cell with more than 20 adults. It is scary to be here with these people and the police… I am proud to be an American. I beg you to defend my right to be free.?

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified Hanaa Soltan as a lawyer. She is a consultant focused on Middle East affairs who works closely with lawyers and advocates on issues like helping Americans detained abroad; she is not an attorney.

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We have all had all sorts of fun with our friends around. But, things can go off hands like this one right here – Man faints after drinking beer upside down . Most of the people don’t think twice before doing something and They have bridal shops in Portland, Beaverton and Woodburn that give tips to help you find your perfect dress.. It is pretty unfortunate in this person’s case. But it is a valuable lesson / awareness to everyone watching this video.

Cheers! Christian Siriano Reveals New Wine Bottles Bearing His Designs

Christian Siriano helped give New York a head start on summer with the release of his new, custom-designed wine bottle. 

The 31-year-old ?Project Runway? veteran gave Ecco Domani?s Pinot Grigio bottles a colorfully retro, Californian spin just in time for the warmer months. The new designs, which were unveiled Wednesday at The Pavilion in Manhattan?s Union Square, were inspired by midcentury Palm Springs, with opulent flowers and palm branches in pink and purple.  

?I wanted to create a label design that would make the bottle stand out on the shelf and be this must-have piece for all of summer?s celebrations?whether it?s a big group dinner party or a casual time with friends,? Siriano told HuffPost. ?It can spark conversation from just being on the table, and can serve as a piece of décor long after the wine inside is finished.? 

Calling Palm Springs one of his favorite destinations, he added, ?I?m always drawn to the 1960s era, its beautiful textiles and the bold, bright colors that was everywhere from the architecture to the florals… I wanted to represent through this that idea of the romantic, whimsical, at-home soiree.?

Though Siriano and his husband, Brad Walsh, maintain busy schedules, the men still find time for date nights ? and wine is usually part of their leisure time. ?I tend to go for an Italian Pinot Grigio, I enjoy it on its own but it also goes well with a variety of dishes?especially in the summertime when we often go for light, homemade pastas and salads,? Siriano, who named the Waverly Inn, the Beatrice Inn and the Soho Grand Hotel as among his favorite Manhattan hot spots, said. ?Brad is more of a Malbec and Pinot Noir drinker, but he won?t say no to a refreshing glass of white wine!? 

Take a look at some photos from Ecco Domani?s Pinot Grigio unveiling with Christian Siriano below. 

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I’m Pregnant (On Purpose!) But I’d Rather Talk About The Abortion I Had Three Years Ago

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By Mélanie Berliet

As I watched a blue cross dare to emerge on the second stick I peed on within ten minutes, I grew more and more aggravated. It was July 16th, 2014, six days after I was supposed to get my period.

?I?m fucking pregnant!!!? I screamed with more than a hint of accusation towards my boyfriend, who was waiting patiently for my signal in the next room. Then I slammed the bathroom door shut and sat back down on the toilet.

I was mad at my boyfriend for impregnating me, mad at the injustice of being born a woman, and mad at my reproductive organs for doing exactly what they were designed to do. Mostly, however, I was mad at myself for trusting in the pull-out method for five straight years.

Staring at my reflection in the medicine cabinet mirror, I recalled the disapproval on my gynecologist?s face as she asked me about birth control during my previous annual exam.

?The only thing your boyfriend should be pulling out of regularly is a parking space,? she?d said.

?Okay, then. Let?s just say he withdraws,? I?d replied, a little too cheekily.

?What are you, an ATM??

Deaf to reason, I politely declined a prescription for the pill yet again.

* * *

Although I wasn?t sexually active until age 19, I started taking oral contraceptives at 16, shortly after I began menstruating. Back then, it was cool to be ?on the pill.? I wanted to tuck that circular nude plastic case with the rotating knob inside my backpack, and whine about how hard it was to remember to pop that little pill every single day at the exact same time. So I hit up my gyno for a prescription, casually citing an irregular cycle and cramps I?d never really had.

At 27, suddenly uncomfortable with the fact that I?d been popping a daily dose of hormones for over a decade, I decided to stop taking the pill altogether.

It took six months for my sex drive to skyrocket.

I was hooking up with an impossibly attractive, charismatic guy (the one who would later become my life partner) on a lawn chair late one summer night when I realized how much more I had come to enjoy sex over the last few months ? even the random, no-strings-attached kind. It was as if I?d reclaimed some critical piece of my identity that had been buried way too long, and I attributed this sudden awakening to my personal birth control ban.

Unwilling to ditch my inner nymph once we were acquainted, I swore off the pill for good. I made this decision singlehandedly ? without consulting a medical professional, or considering that something else might account for my enhanced sexuality, such as age, or the fact that I?d just abandoned a stressful Wall Street career that depressed the fuck out of me.

There were always condoms, I figured.

I relied on good old-fashioned penis sheaths for several years, always armed with my own supply in case a dude pulled that lame ?I don?t have any? line.

In 2011, however, when I started dating the man I knew I could grow old with, condoms started to seem a lot more like barriers to pleasure than barriers to unwanted pregnancies. As an exclusive, disease-free couple, we decided to ditch condoms altogether (what the polyamorous call ?fluid bonding,? I hear). Bareback sex felt a lot better. Plus, I?d read somewhere that pulling out was 99 percent effective when executed correctly, which sounded like a pretty sweet stat to me.

Until, of course, I got pregnant.

* * *

Still isolated in the bathroom, I placed both hands on my lower abdomen. Looking down, I considered the little fucker of a fertilized egg inside my uterus ? a true one-percenter. Also proof that I?d been a glib idiot.

With a sigh of disbelief, I stood, ?positive? sticks in hand. It was time to face reality, and my sperminator of a boyfriend.

?Let?s talk about this,? my boyfriend urged, radiating kindness and concern. In response to my silence: ?We want a baby one day anyway? Maybe this isn?t such a bad thing??

A reasonable statement, given the facts. At 32, I was smack in the middle of my prime childbearing years. I was in a healthy, long-term relationship with the man I?d long considered the Love Of My Life and The Future Father Of My Children. As a couple, we were financially stable, with a wide network of supportive friends and family members living within last-minute babysitting range. We had the means and the desire to raise a child together.

The thing is, I wasn?t ready ? yet. I didn?t want to have an abortion. But, far more importantly, I didn?t want to have a baby.

?I?m getting an abortion,? I blurted. ?That?s my decision.?

Then I marched right out the front door, aching for alone time.

On a bench outside our apartment building, I thought about the abortion I knew I had to get. I had several deadlines looming and a photo shoot planned for later that day. I felt fortunate to live in New York, where women?s reproductive rights are protected more steadfastly than in other states. Still, it seemed so damn inconvenient, not to mention terrifying, to undergo a surgical procedure. I?m squeamish by nature, and I had no idea what an abortion actually entailed.

I also must admit that I didn?t want to be a woman ?who?s had an abortion.? As a longtime supporter of the pro-choice movement, my aversion to this hypothetical label didn?t make much sense. And yet, it did. As certain as I was in my mind and heart that abortion was the right choice for me, I must have internalized some of the poisonous stigma out there. That would have to change, effective immediately.

Could my boyfriend and I have been more careful? Absolutely! But it was my unequivocal right to terminate this unplanned pregnancy.

I headed back upstairs to apologize to my well-meaning boyfriend so we could tackle the situation together, without any shame whatsoever.

Before I could utter the word ?sorry,? he was holding me tight.

In the time I?d been gone, he had made several calls and done extensive research. He briefed me on my options: taking a pill and bleeding out at home, or ?aspiration,? which sounded a lot like high-powered uterine vacuuming.

?I want this done as soon as possible, and I want to be out cold for it,? I said.

?We can get you in tomorrow morning,? my boyfriend replied, rubbing my back.

* * *

Twenty-four hours later, I was seated in a waiting room with three other young women, all of us dressed in medical gowns and booties ? and starving. If you elect for full anesthesia during aspiration, you have to fast for at least twelve hours in advance to avoid choking on your own vomit during the procedure.

After joking that I?d considered postponing my appointment just so I could eat breakfast that morning, I bonded with my peers. Of the group, I was the only one without at least one child to care for already. I was also the only one whose ?pregnancy sack? was too minuscule to spot on a regular ultrasound. And the only one who?d told the nurse, somewhat regrettably, that she was ?such a baby? about needles.

But our similarities are what stood out. We were all relaxed, and glad to be moments away from getting the medical attention we needed so we could move on with our lives as usual.

Soon enough, an amiable aid ushered me into the operating room and an anesthesiologist sedated me so the doctor could clear my womb of its unwanted contents. The entire procedure took all of three minutes.

I woke up in a chair alongside a few other women, wearing paper panties lined with a pad in case of spotting. Though zonked from the anesthetic, I was astute enough to feel intense relief. And gratitude.

Over the next 48 hours, my boyfriend catered to my every need while I recuperated.

?What should I tell Gary about this weekend?? he asked, understanding that I wasn?t in any shape to spend time at our friend?s beach house as we?d planned.

?Tell him I got an abortion,? I said.

* * *

So it?s official. I am a woman who?s had an abortion ? not because circumstances dictated that it was medically necessary, or because she didn?t love the man who impregnated her, or because she couldn?t afford to raise a kid, or because she?s decided to remain childless forever. I am a woman who?s had an abortion, and it doesn?t really matter why. It was my choice, and one that my boyfriend and I (we?re still very much together and happier than ever, if that even matters) proudly stand by.

Maybe there is no ?right time? to get pregnant, but in my case, I knew there?d be a time more right than July of 2014.

And guess what? That more-right time arrived in the fall of 2016, when we decided, very mindfully, to start trying. Today, I am nearly 18 weeks pregnant, and I couldn?t be more psyched about becoming a mom.

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After the successful run of the legendary shooter game DOOM, the next old school shooter that is going to see a relaunch is Quake in the form of Quake Champions. This time it is coming in the form of a hero shooter where each playable character has certain powers that the players can use according to their playing style. Previously this game was instrumental The tours in Louisville, KY, often stretch beyond the city boundaries in developing the deatmatch style gameplay and emphasized on skill. Let?s hope that the new iteration of the game ushers in a new era of gaming.

South Carolina Wins First Ever NCAA National Title

DALLAS ? South Carolina fended off Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi State for the biggest prize in women?s college basketball.

The Gamecocks led by as many as 14 points in the second half, then survived a Bulldogs charge to claim a 67-55 victory in the NCAA Tournament championship game on Sunday evening at the American Airlines Center.

In doing so, South Carolina (33-4), making its second Final Four appearance under head coach Dawn Staley, won its first national championship.

The Bulldogs couldn?t solve South Carolina, falling to the Gamecocks for the third time this season. But Mississippi State (34-5) can hold onto the distinction of being the team that ended Connecticut?s 111-game winning streak as the Bulldogs prevailed in 64-62 in overtime during a Friday semifinal.

Forward A?ja Wilson powered the Gamecocks on both offense and defense as she finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Guard Allisha Gray pitched in 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Guard Victoria Vivians led Mississippi State with 12 points, and guard Dominique Dillingham added 11.

South Carolina held Bulldogs guard Morgan William, the hero in Mississippi State?s Elite Eight and national semifinal wins, to eight points on 2-of-6 shooting.

South Carolina was threatening to run away with the title before Mississippi State clawed back into the contest in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs grabbed momentum with a 9-0 run to slice into South Carolina?s 14-point lead. William?s made a steal and layup to highlight the run, then forward Ketara Chapel hit a jumper that cut the Gamecocks? lead to 45-40 with 3:37 to go in the third quarter.

But Wilson and Gray made the key baskets South Carolina needed in the fourth quarter to keep the Gamecocks in the lead. They combined for baskets on back-to-back possessions in the middle of the fourth to restore an eight-point Gamecocks lead with 4:56 remaining, and Mississippi State never got back within six points.

South Carolina stretched out a 13-point lead in the first half as it dominated the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second.

The Gamecocks trailed by two before they went on a 19-4 run to take control.

Gray scored seven points during the surge as she consistently drove into the lane. Wilson helped fuel the run with a layup and a pair of free throws to give South Carolina a 25-16 lead with 6:49 remaining until halftime.

Guard Tyasha Harris went to the basket for a layup to cap the run and stake the Gamecocks to a 13-point margin.

But Mississippi State battled back despite foul trouble and a scoring drought of more than four minutes in the first half.

Reserve forward Chinwe Okorie hit a jumper from the free-throw line, then Dillingham, who played most of the first half with two fouls, drove for a basket. And Vivians made a shot to cut South Carolina?s lead to nine.

Wilson and Gray each scored 11 to lead the Gamecocks in the first half. Wilson hit a free throw that put South Carolina ahead 36-26 at the break.

NOTES: The all-SEC national championship game between Mississippi State and South Carolina was the sixth time two teams from the same conference met for the tournament title. It was the third time two SEC teams played in the championship game ? Tennessee vs. Georgia in 1996 and Tennessee vs. Auburn in 1989. … South Carolina and Mississippi State were each making their first appearance in the national championship game. That marked the first time that two first-timers met in the tournament final since 2005 when Baylor defeated Michigan State. … South Carolina leads Mississippi State 19-16 in the all-time series. The Gamecocks have a 10-game winning streak in the rivalry that dates to Mississippi State?s last victory over South Carolina on Feb. 11, 2010.

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Police Arrest 14-Year-Old In Sexual Assault Streamed On Facebook Live

the sexual assault of a teenage girl by multiple young men that was seen on Facebook Live in March, officials said on Sunday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 15-year-old boy, and several people are expected to face charges in the incident, police told reporters.

?The young men responsible, they should be ashamed of themselves,? Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. ?Now they are going to be held accountable.?

He said many details could not be disclosed, citing the sensitivity of the case and the fact that some of the offenders are juveniles.

At least one adult was also involved, authorities added at a news conference.

Officials said the girl had been lured to the residence where she was assaulted and not allowed to leave.

The girl?s mother had approached police after an unrelated news conference and shown them images of her daughter being assaulted by five or six young men.

The mother said the girl?s uncle had told her about a video on Facebook Live that showed the assault. The high school freshman had gone to the store and her mother became concerned when she did not return.

The incident was among several in recent months in Chicago in which the social media site played a role in broadcasting apparent crimes.

The shooting death in February on the city?s West Side of a 2-year-old boy was captured on Facebook Live by his aunt, who was also shot. In January, an attack by four people on a 19-year-old man with special needs was partially broadcast on the social media site. The four accused in the attack have pleaded not guilty.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud in New York and Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla.; Editing by Randy Fabi and Peter Cooney)

This story has been updated with new information from Sunday?s press conference.

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Mitch McConnell: Democrats Would Have Blocked A GOP Supreme Court Nominee Too

WASHINGTON ? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday defended his decision not to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that Democrats would have done the same thing if they?d controlled the Senate and a vacancy on the court had opened up during an election year. 

?If the shoe had been on the other foot, they wouldn?t have filled a Republican president?s vacancy,? McConnell said during an interview with NBC?s ?Meet the Press,? when asked if he had any regrets over the matter.

At least 14 Supreme Court justices were confirmed during an election year throughout U.S. history. Most recently, a Senate controlled by Democrats confirmed President Ronald Reagan?s nominee Anthony Kennedy in 1988 ? the final year of Reagan?s presidency. The example is not perfect, however: Kennedy was Reagan?s second choice after Democrats had rejected the nomination of Robert Bork a year earlier.

Several Democrats cited the blockade of Garland, a highly respected judge, in statements regarding the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump?s nominee to the Supreme Court. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who announced this week that she would vote to confirm Gorsuch, said her decision does not ?diminish how disturbed I am by what Republicans did to Judge Garland.?

During a separate interview on ?Fox News Sunday,? McConnell would not say whether Republicans would unilaterally change the Senate rules via what is known as the ?nuclear option? in order to confirm Gorsuch. 

?Judge Gorsuch will be confirmed,? he said. ?The way in which that occurs is in the hands of the Democratic minority.?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that ?it looks like? Gorsuch would not receive enough votes to overcome a filibuster.

?When a nominee doesn?t get 60 votes, you shouldn?t change the rules ? you should change the nominee,? he said on on NBC?s ?Meet the Press.?

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Paris Hilton Stars In Weird April Fools’ Ad For Super Hydrating Water

If you?ve been wondering what Paris Hilton has been up to, you?re in luck. She?s currently the star of a branded April Fools? Day prank video on behalf of SodaStream.

However, in another video featuring Hilton?s description of NanoDrop at the beginning, there?s a shift halfway through.

?So… Apparently NanoDrop is not 5,000 times as hydrating as regular sparkling water. Yeah. It?s kinda like the same. I became suspicious when my chief scientist Phil became severely dehydrated. He will be missed,? Hilton says, stroking a shiny gold urn, presumably filled with Phil?s ashes.


Hilton goes on to say that her newer solution to rid the world of plastic bottles is to use SodaStream?s sparkling water maker.

We gotta hand it to you, Paris. This is pretty hot.

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Starbucks Fans Are Oddly Excited About New Avocado ‘Spread’

Starbucks now offers an ?organic avocado spread? for coffee connoisseurs who also crave some DIY avocado toast.

The Starbucks Organic Avocado Spread dropped in all U.S. stores on March 21 ?with the arrival of spring,? and is part of a bunch of new food the company is introducing to ?fuel the warmer days ahead.? 

The spread had been quietly rolled out in some locations as of August last year, but this time, it?s avocado for all!

In what is essentially hermetically-sealed, grab-and-go guacamole, the spread?s ingredient list includes: ?fresh, organic Hass avocados, sea salt, onion, garlic, jalapeño pepper, and lime juice.? It is also labeled USDA Organic.

Starbucks told The Huffington Post that the spread contains 90 calories, 1 gram of protein and no sugar.

From the photos, the spread looks borderline radioactive, but on the upswing, it?s only a dollar and people do seem to be liking it.

In addition to the spread, there is a gluten-free breakfast sandwich, a vegan bagel, lemon chiffon yogurt, and, most bizarrely, a parrot cake pop. Yes, a literal cake pop that is meant to look like a parrot (Editor?s note: I saw one in Starbucks this morning and the feathers are multicolored sprinkles. It is both confusing and weirdly enticing). 

Well… Who?s down for a latte and some avocado spread?

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52 Percent Of Men Said They Don’t Benefit From Birth Control, Women Lost Their Chill

According to a recent survey, more than half of American men don?t believe they have benefited personally from women having access to affordable birth control. The women of Twitter were quick to point out why this is so ridiculous.

On Wednesday, non-partisan polling group PerryUndem released a study about contraceptives and contraceptive policy ?through a gender lens.? PerryUndem polled over one thousand registered voters in the U.S. earlier this month, and found that generally, voters have fairly progressive views about reproductive health care. The survey found that a majority of Americans opposed defunding Planned Parenthood, and that 80 percent of voters believed women should be able to have sex for non-procreative purposes without fear of getting pregnant. 

But the study also found that many male voters weren?t able to make the connection between the thing that allows women to have that non-procreative sex (birth control) and the ways that men benefit from it (not having to deal with the mental, emotional and financial costs of unplanned pregnancies, for example).

The study found that only 37 percent of men said that affordable birth control access benefitted them personally, while 52 percent said that it did not, and 9 percent weren?t sure. (It?s worth pointing out that the men most likely to not recognize a personal benefit were over the age of 60, and that men ages 18 to 44 were more likely to see a benefit.)

Considering it?s men who seem to make a majority of the decisions about the issue of access to reproductive care, and it?s also men who often report on these decisions, one might hope they had a broader view on the impact access to birth control has on everyone.

As usual, the women of Twitter were quick to respond.

Check out 15 of the best responses below: 

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Crisis management

A number of companies and experts explore how businesses should best react to a disaster, be it a cyber-attack, financial scandal or other series issue.


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School stuff

We are making apple dumplings for dessert tonight. I’ve had them but I’ve never made them. It seems like it would be an easy recipe. Here’s for trying something new. I just looked at a scholarship entry that was posted by Joanas at school. It was pretty good actually.

keeping me happy

We are going to the waterpark over the weekend. It’s so nice to take some time off to relax. It should be a nice and sunny day. We’ll just sit in the lazy river and relax all afternoon. We are looking forward to a fantastic day. Jamie at TRUground is someone we just heard about and they are in ATL area.

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Lice Removal Brookhaven

Question: We got rid of the head lice, but my head is still itchy. Does this mean I still have lice?+

Answer: Not necessarily. If you’ve done the combing over the appropriate amount of time and have no signs of the bugs, you’re probably still reacting to the bite. When you get a mosquito bite, the bug doesn’t have to be around for you to itch, right? But the itch bothers you for quite a while. Same with lice. You also could be itchy because combing and blow drying and picking can irritate your scalp. And if you are a person who also did some sort of chemical treatment, this could be irritating as well. And then there is simply the possibility that after having head lice, you are now hyper-sensitive to any itch on your head. Hey, I’m scratching my head right now just writing this. This is normal. But when in doubt, call a professional.

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At Lice Happens Atlanta our goal is to safely and effectively rid your family of head lice using only pesticide-free products, so that your life can return to normal!

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I combed and got rid of the lice but found no nits. Am I lice free?

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Do Selfies Spread Head Lice? Take your best shot.

Are you creeped out by cautionary tales of kids getting head lice from group selfies? Some say the cultural phenomenon has reached new heights in popularity and originality, but the concern over selfie-spread lice takes it to new lows. Isn’t it just like adults to spoil all the kids’ fun? Sheesh. If you are looking for lice removal Alpharetta , just give us a call!

Lice have a strong will to live. Head lice are highly contagious and they are, in fact, passed by head-to-head contact. There is a slight, though unlikely chance that shared pillows, hairbrushes and hats can facilitate their transfer. But the human scalp is not simply where head lice prefer to live, it is required for survival. Human heads are a lifeline. The louse will hold on for dear life rather than give up a wellspring of food to go on some haphazard search for better eats.

The louse is a wingless insect that cannot fly. It moves by crawling and cannot jump from person to person—or anywhere, for that matter! When paired with the low desire to move away from prime real estate, they’re not winning any marathons in the world of bugs. “Slow as a louse,” should be an expression more people use.+
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