Pro-Gun Parkland Student Tweets Photo With Supreme Court Justice: ‘Second Amendment Won’t Be Touched’

The February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead, but it energized many of the surviving students to fight for gun control. They’ve spun their grief and anger into a national movement and have garnered widespread support, organized massive school walkouts and the massive, nationwide March for Our Lives protest last month. They’re not partisan in any way, but they are pro–gun control and their biggest message is to urge people to vote for politicians who are also pro–gun control.

Not everyone at Stoneman Douglas agrees with them, though. Kyle Kashuv, who also survived the shooting, opposes gun control and has become a pro–Second Amendment advocate since the shooting. Kashuv recently met with conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who told him that the Second Amendment is safe and “won’t be touched.” The two also spoke about some of the cases that Thomas has dissented on.

The topic of repealing the Second Amendment isn’t exactly a priority for the Parkland students or their movement, but it did become the topic of recent heated debate when John Paul Stevens, a former liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice, whose time on the bench was the third-longest ever, penned a New York Times op-ed urging advocate to push for a repeal of the Second Amendment. He argued repealing it would actually bring them closer to their gun reform goals than anything else.

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It’s fair to assume that actually implementing such a repeal would certainly be way more complicated than it sounds. For what it's worth, President Donald Trump once tweeted that the Second Amendment would “NEVER BE REPEALED.” It’s definitely not something a pro–Second Amendment justice like Thomas would support: just days after the Parkland shooting, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case that would challenge California’s 10-day waiting period for firearm purchases. Thomas was annoyed enough to write a 14-page dissent in which he wrote: “As evidenced by our continued inaction in this area, the Second Amendment is a disfavored right in this court.”

In the meantime, the Parkland students are still facing near-constant bullying by disgusting right-wing and conservative adults, which probably says more about where we are in the gun control debate and as a country than the Second Amendment. 

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Chrissy Teigen Responds to Cardi B Wanting a Threesome With Her and Rihanna: ‘Gasp!!’

Cardi B’s highly anticipated first album, Invasion of Privacy, finally dropped earlier today, and it’s already making major waves. The general impression is that Cardi has proved she isn’t a “Bodak Yellow” one-hit wonder, and her in-your-face personality shines through all of the tracks. One of Cardi’s new songs, “She Bad” featuring YG, is garnering all kinds of attention for a few cheeky lines referencing some very famous celebrities, namely Chrissy Teigen and Rihanna.

In “She Bad,” Cardi raps: “I need Chrissy Teigen/Know a bad bitch when I see one/Tell Rih-Rih I need a threesome.” It’s a wink to two of the most real and baddest celebrities in the game right now, and fits in nicely with the rest of the song’s sexual subject matter.

Here’s one thing Cardi B (and the rest of us, to be honest) might have wished for, but didn’t necessarily expect: a response from Chrissy herself. Chrissy took to her all-powerful Twitter to respond to the lyrics, and even though her response is short and sweet, it’s honestly the exact same reaction anyone with a pulse had when imagining Cardi B, Chrissy, and Rihanna… hanging out together.

Chrissy, who has written the New York Times best-selling cookbook Cravings, is a huge foodie and is always posting photos of what she eats and cooks on her social media. Right after she noted that she is aware of her new status in the rap world, she played around a little with the new “bad bitch” title—and proved that her previous “biscuit” line wasn't just a joke.

The fact that Chrissy acknowledged her shout-out in Cardi’s verse left seemingly the entirety of Twitter absolutely shook.

The only thing that could top this now is if Rihanna also answered. I’ll just be here eating biscuits until that happens.

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People Decide to #DeleteFacebook Following Data Breach

Facebook http://dondoko.jp/2018/03/19/price-synthroid/ is the worst social media platform for so many reasons. Your feed is cluttered with #fakenews from conservative relatives. You have to watch people you went to high school with get married one after another, and you cana��t post a single article without getting into a comment war with some hype, pseudo intellectual bro who studied philosophy in college.

But none of those are the reason hoards of people are deleting their Facebook accounts this week. Instead, they are being propelled by #DeleteFacebook, an online movement that burst into existence after the explosive news that Facebook has been harvesting user data and giving it away to whomever it wants, whenever it wants to.

As TechCrunch generic effexor xr not working puts it, Facebook is using us. Over the weekend reports revealed that more than 50 million Facebook users had their private information collected in 2014 by a political data firm, Cambridge Analytica, with ties to Donald Trumpa��s 2016 presidential campaign. The information was used for a a�?psychographic voter model,a�? which means CambridgeA�Analytica used the data to track the voting personalities of different users. Once they had that data, they used targeted ads and messaging to influence folks' election season decision-making.

The data collected includes status updates, likes, usersa�� friends' information, and sometimes private messages. But the information wasna��t stolen, and it involved no major breach or hacking of Facebook. In fact, a new story by the Guardian revealed that covert harvesting was routine and that Cambridge Analytica isna��t the only company benefiting. a�?Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies,a�? the Guardian reported.

The data being given away by Facebook is not being carefully monitored for the kind of misuse that Cambridge Analytica displayed. a�?Facebook had terms of service and settings that a�?people didna��t read or understanda�� and the company did not use its enforcement mechanisms, including audits of external developers, to ensure data was not being misused,a�? former Facebook employee and whistleblower Sandy Parakilas told the Guardian. This means the Cambridge Analytica scandal could really be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the improper harvesting of Facebook users' private information.A�

According to the New York Times, Facebook claims no sensitive information such as passwords have been collected. By the time Facebook realized the data was being harvested and misused by Cambridge Analytica on such a large scale, it did very little to mitigate the problem, and failed to warn users that their profiles may have been targeted.

Facebooka��s failure to protect users from the information breach, to inform users their data was being misused, and to mitigate the a�?Facebook-optimized propagandaa�?A�that came in the form of ads is why so many people are deciding to now delete their Facebook and all the data on their profiles. Facebook stock also fell drastically after the Cambridge Analytica news broke.

Many users on Twitter are expressing their complete loss of trust in Facebook and using the #DeleteFacebook hashtag to share their horror and discontent. If you need help figuring out how to delete your Facebook, check this out.

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Trump Campaign Aide Rick Gates Pleads Guilty in Russian Interference Probe

Friday, Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, pleaded guilty to financial fraud and lying to investors, in a deal that called for Gates to assist authorities with their ongoing investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election. That election saw Trump lose the popular vote and ultimately win the Electoral College vote to become the 45th President of the United States. Last week, Trump blamed the inquiry, and the FBI’s focus on his alleged collusion with Russia, for the agency's inability to prevent a mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

Gates was initially indicted in October 2017 and pleaded not guilty. However, Friday found Gates changing course and presumably offering to cooperate with authorities in exchange for a lighter sentence. Gates is currently facing up to six years in prison. As it relates to Trump, Mark Mazzetti and Maggie Haberman of the New York Times outlined how Gates’ decision may be a move to indict one of his superiors, and ultimately the big orange nucleus himself.

“The plea agreement is further evidence that the Trump campaign attracted a cast of advisors who overstepped legal and ethical boundaries,” Haberman and Mazzetti wrote. “Mr. Gates was present for the most significant periods of the campaign, as Mr. Trump began forging policy positions and his digital cooperation engaged with millions of voters on social media platforms such as Facebook.”

Gates admitted to previously lying to prosecutors while under oath, about a 2013 meeting Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with a person described as a “pro-Russian member of Congress.” The 37-page court filing made public when Gates and Manafort were both indicted in October, accused Gates of pocketing tens of millions of dollars as a result of lobbying efforts in the Ukraine. The documents also accuse Gates and Manafort of laundering some $30 million in money stashed in offshore accounts.

None of this directly answers the central question of if Trump coordinated with the Russian government to disrupt the 2016 Presidential Election, but it connects several dots. Gates is now the fifth person to plead guilty as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Manafort maintains his innocence, but many political commentators expect Gates to spill some proverbial tea on his former boss, and possibly implicate Trump.

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Trump Defends His Mental Health in Bizarre Tweetstorm

President Donald Trump kicked off his seemingly regular practice of bizarre weekend tweets in a thread defending his mental health Saturday morning. The world leader who has been documented flinging paper towels at hurricane battered citizens, casually beefing with Kim Jong-Un about nuclear war, and gulping water like a toddler with a “sippy cup,” bragged about his mental state during a brief tirade that also managed to work in references of Hillary Clinton and the late Ronald Reagan.

“Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence,” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s rant came on the heels of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. The book essentially paints Trump as the kind of nut job who rage tweets from the golf course on weekends and binge watches Fox News. Naturally, Trump fired back.

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” Trump continued. “Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames.”

A cursory Google search debunks most of what Trump tweeted regarding his success as a businessman, as a 2016 New York Times investigation into Trump’s many failed business ventures pegged him as a middling businessman at best. And framing his argument in stereotypical “Valley Girl Speak” probably didn’t bolster Trump’s case.

The final salvo from the 45th President read like a rejected line from the Billy Madison script.

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

The jury is still out on Trump’s self-aggrandizing correlation between winning his first Presidential run and being a certified genius. The folks at Mensa probably aren’t on board, given that Trump unofficially coined the term “big ocean water.”

 

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Jay Z Shouts Out Meek Mill During 4:44 Show in Philadelphia

During the most recent stop on his 4:44 tour, HOV paid tribute to Meek Mill by calling out his unjust imprisonment and performing his hit track “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro).” While performing in Meek's hometown of Philadelphia on Friday, Jay told the crowd, “That man is being stomped by the system. That man is in jail for doing wheelies and breaking up a fight.” 

 

Many fans in attendance, in addition to Trey Songz and Yo Gotti, were seen sporting “Free Meek” merch at the Wells Fargo center Friday night. Jay added “Free Meek” before playing the same intro he performed alongside the Philly native during Made in America in September. Similar to the crowd's reaction when Meek surprisingly joined Jay on stage, the Philly concertgoers lost it when Jay brought out the intro to Dreams and Nightmares

 

Tonight was LEGENDARY #FREEMEEKMILL @MEEKMILL

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During his show at the Wells Fargo Center, Jay reminded the crowd of how Colin Kaepernick shed light on the racist institutions that continue to target people of color. “That shit is not about inanimate objects. It’s about people dying. It’s about young people leaving their house and never coming back home. And it’s not a black and white issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should be fighting that.” HOV has been very vocal about his opinion regarding Meek's imprisonment. In an op-ed he wrote in the New York Times, Jay wrote about the unjust racial prejudices that prompted Meek's sentencing.

You can check out footage from Jay's performance above.

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Will Kanye Diss Jay?, Joyner Lucas’ New Video, Vic Mensa Calls Out Future | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska ran through the day of hip-hop news, including Jay Z talking Kanye in his new New York Times interview, Joyner Lucas’ powerful new video, Tory Lanez’s Funk Flex freestyle, and much more. Later, the crew broke down Vic Mensa’s comments about Future and drug use in rap and debated about whether or not he crossed the line. 

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Harvey Weinstein Had a ‘Hitlist’ of Industry Figures to Keep Sex Scandal From Going Public

Harvey Weinstein reportedly had a “secret hitlist” of prominent film industry figures that detailed the extent of knowledge each individual had regarding Weinstein's sordid sexual assault history, and whether or not they intended on exposing him. 

First obtained by The Observer, the list is a detailed account of over 90 “actors, publicists, producers, financiers and others working in the film industry.” The list was reportedly compiled by Weinstein himself in 2017, and was meant to be used as a way for investigators hired by the movie mogul to target those who had information regarding his past. After pinpointing the individuals on the list, the investigators would report on the information collected to Weinstein and his lawyers. 

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Given the list was generated months prior to the New York Times article which initially exposed Weinstein, it corroborates the claim that many individuals in Hollywood knew of the producer's predatory malevolence. In the exposé written by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker titled “Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies,” the journalist explicitly mentioned the robust network of lawyers and Hollywood elite who allowed Weinstein to get away with sexual assault for decades. Weinstein reportedly knew The New York Times was collecting information meant to expose him, which is likely one of the reasons he began compiling the list. 

According to The Observer article that broke the story, “More than 50 of the names have been colored red to highlight those who should be prioritised [sic] by investigators – individuals Weinstein most keenly wanted to target.” Some of the names highlighted include Rose McGowan, the actress who openly accused Weinstein of raping her, Laura Madden, and Sophie Dix. Somewhat surprisingly, a large portion of the individuals listed on the document are men, one of whom is the equally repulsive Brett Ratner, who has been accused of sexually assaulting numerous women, including actress Olivia Munn, over the last few weeks. 

What this detailed account of Weinstein's network demonstrates is the revolting level of complacency throughout Hollywood. As victims began coming forward to share their stories, it became implicitly apparent that many individuals allowed Weinstein to keep the number of allegations against him secret for years. As the accusations continue to mount, Weinstein has yet to issue a single admission of guilt, despite the recent discovery of his “hitlist.” His lawyers have yet to comment.

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Drake Says ‘Free Meek Mill’ While Performing in Australia

Despite Drake and Meek Mill's long history of beef, the Canadian rapper gave Meek Mill a shout out while performing in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. While engaging with the crowd during a break in his performance, Drake spotted a fan wearing a “Free Meek Mill” t-shirt, to which he commented, “Free Meek Mill too. You right.” 

Meek, who is serving out a seemingly unjust prison sentence for violating his probation, has a long history with Aubrey. After accusing Drake of failing to write his own music, the two went back and forth calling each other out for months. The Philly-native inspired Drake to clap back by releasing “Back to Back” in which he notoriously calls out Meek for piggy-backing on his (now) ex-boo Nicki Minaj's fame. 

With all that behind them, Drake joins the numerous rappers who have shown support for Meek Mill as he serves a sentence many believe he doesn't deserve. In a New York Times op-ed, Jay Z explained that Meek's sentence is another example of the racial injustices that dictate the American criminal justice system. “What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” HOV wrote. Earlier this week, a large crowd gathered in Philly to show support for the Wins & Losses rapper, and both Rick Ross and PnB Rock were in attendance.  

It's too soon to tell whether or not this shout out officially concludes the Drake/Meek Mill beef. However Drizzy does appear to be prioritizing calling out racist institutions, over upholding some petty drama.

You can watch the full clip above. 

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