OMFG! Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Announces Retirement

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OMFG! Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Announces Retirement
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The Lead
Anthony Kennedy to Retire from Supreme Court
Get ready to fight for your rights (abortion, immigration, healthcare) like you’ve never had to!

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the Supreme Court, a move that gives President Trump the chance to replace the court’s pivotal justice and dramatically shift the court to the right, setting up a bitter partisan showdown on Kennedy’s successor.

Given Trump’s judicial appointments – already appointing judges at a record rate! – and now his second (!) Supreme Court appointment, and possibly a third to come, he could go down as one of the most influential/consequential presidents in modern U.S. history. That is scary as hell.

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Pop Culture by Miu von Furstenberg
Why Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Album Didn’t Debut at No. 1
Blame it on Tidal.
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Suri Cruise sets up lemonade stand at NYC pride parade. Well played Suri Cruise, well played.

Adele said to be working on new album. The album will reportedly be released in late 2019! 🎶

Sofia Vergara’s ex moves to Louisiana to continue fight for frozen embryos. Dude. Seriously. You’ve gotta move on.

Lindsay Lohan is profiled by The New York Times. Lindsay Lohan has been living in Dubai for a while now and she wants to launch a Vanderpump Rules–style reality show about her nightclub. I am SO in for that!

Netflix Making a Murderer case won’t be heard by Supreme Court. Brendan Dassey cannot seem to get a break. Many people, including myself, believe coerced Dassey into giving a false confession.

What’s up RNC? Comedian Kathy Griffin thinks it is quite bizarre that the RNC used her decapitated head photoshoot in ad if it “terrifies” Barron Trump. Great question.

Pop Culture Bits
Supreme Court Rules That Trump’s Travel Ban Is Constitutional
The Supreme Court upheld Donald Trump’s travel ban. Trump wins. Immigrants lose once again.
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Trump says all illegal migrants should be deported without trial. He wants to deny anyone deems an illegal migrant (even asylum seekers) the right to due process. 🙈

Trump sets date for playdate with Putin. President Donald Trump and his Russian handler Vladimir Putin will meet July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, less than a week after what figures to be a tense meeting between the U.S. president and NATO allies.

#SadTrump Residue
News & Politics
‘Families Belong Together’ Rallies Protest Trump Immigration Policies Nationwide
Dozens of activist organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, came together to organize the protests, which included more than 600 events on what was a sweltering hot Saturday in much of the country.
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Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beats Joe Crowley in huge New York upset. In a seismic political upset, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district. It is time for new blood in the Democratic Party.

Sean Hannity blames Maxine Waters for Capital Gazette shootings minutes after it happened. Not surprisingly he does not call out Milo Yiannopoulos who told at least two news outlets that he wanted vigilantes to start shooting journalists.

Man accused of plowing car into Charlottesville protesters facing federal hate crime charges. Federal hate crime charges were filed Wednesday against a man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring dozens more. Throw the book at him.

Talk show host Sean Spicer? Former White House screamer, Sean Spicer, is reportedly developing a talk show called Sean Spicer’s Common Ground. No thank you.


News & Politics Remains

Curt & Frank Recommends
  1. The Lemone Leather Notebook. It is all about the paper quality.
  2. Three Identical Strangers is one fascinating, sad, shocking and fucked up documentary
  3. Australian comic Hannah Gadsby reshapes standard stand-up by pairing punchlines with personal revelations on gender, sexuality and childhood turmoil. Hannah Gadsby: Nanette is captivating and a must-see. 
  4. Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Pens. I am obsessed with these pens.
  5. Song of the week: “Apeshit” from The Carters. Possibly the best Beyoncé and Jay-Z collaboration ever. This is on repeat.
  6. Incredibles 2. We had to wait 14 years, but this thrilling, moving and impeccably designed movie was worth the wait!
The More You Know
Ruth Coker Burks Is a True American Hero
Earlier this week it was National HIV Testing Day. Meet Ruth Coker Burks, the Arkansas woman who looked after hundreds of gay men who died during the AIDS crisis.

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Patricia Clarkson cheekily confirms Friends with Benefits costar Justin Timberlake is “gifted below the waist.” Clarkson got very candid during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Thursday night, where she played a round of “How Big Was It?”

Sorry millennials, you suck at tipping. That is what happens when you don’t work before you graduate from college.

#PermitPatty: A White Woman Called Police on an 8-Year-Old Girl Selling Water
Attention white people! Stop doing this.
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Trump supporter berates landscapers because they’re ‘Mexican,’ calls them ‘rapists and animals. “You’re rapists, and animals,” she said. “Drug dealers, rapists and animals.” Gee, I wonder who she got that idea from?

Viral video shows Pennsylvania cop using Taser on unarmed man sitting on sidewalk. The man was calm, non-confrontational and was trying to comply to confusing orders. If it wasn’t 2018, I’d say that this is unbelievable.

White woman hit black teen, told him to leave pool because “he didn’t belong.” The woman dubbed “Pool Patrol Paula” on social media has been charged with assaulting a black teenager at a community pool in South Carolina.

#Aww #Cute #LOL
French Bulldog Obeys No Dogs Allowed Sign
Meet Max. The most patient dog in the world.

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15-year-old girl shows what it means to care. The sweet story of a teen girl helping a blind and deaf man communicate on an Alaska Airlines flight is going viral because of how lovely it is.

Your moment of zen. It is all about the bears.


End Notes
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