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August 19, 2014
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Taylor Swift's new music video for her song "Shake It Off" debuted yesterday, and many people have taken to Twitter to mock Swift's cultural insensitivity.

The new song comes from Swift's forthcoming album, 1989, which will be released in October. Unlike most of Swift's videos, though, "Shake It Off" has produced arguments of racism. The video shows Swift wearing heavy jewelry and imitating hip-hop dance moves, including twerking, and crawling beneath twerking women.

Among those offended by the video is Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt, who tweeted that the video is "inherently offensive and harmful." Earl Sweatshirt said Swift is using faux-appreciation to disguise her prejudice:

You'd think that after the reactions to Miley Cyrus' video for "We Can't Stop," Swift would have thought twice before making this video. But maybe the song's lyrics summarize her response best: "Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate." Meghan DeMaria

10:37 p.m. ET
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He just came right out and said it — on Tuesday, in front of 1,300 bankers and lobbyists at the American Bankers Association conference, Mick Mulvaney let them know that if they want lawmakers to vote in their favor, they better make some campaign donations, The New York Times reports.

Now the acting interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mulvaney used to be a Republican congressman from South Carolina. During his speech at the conference in Washington, Mulvaney shared that there was a "hierarchy in my office in Congress. If you're a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn't talk to you. If you're a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you."

Mulvaney is a critic of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created in 2010 in order to keep banks from exploiting vulnerable consumers. He wants Congress to pull funding of the independent watchdog group from the Federal Reserve, and told the audience on Tuesday that he needs their help making this happen, and that's where their donations come into play. Since becoming acting interim director, Mulvaney has frozen new investigations and slowed down existing ones, the Times reports, and has curtailed efforts to go after payday lenders — an industry that donated to his congressional campaigns — and other financial services companies that prey on the poor.

His spokesman, John Czwartacki, told the Times Mulvaney was just "making the point that hearing from people back home is vital to our democratic process and the most important thing our representatives can do. It's more important than lobbyists and it's more important than money." Catherine Garcia

9:36 p.m. ET
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U.S. District Judge John Bates on Tuesday rejected the Department of Homeland Security's legal reasoning for the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In his opinion, Bates, a Republican appointee, said the agency "failed adequately to explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful." He gave the Department of Homeland Security three months to come up with a better reason for ending the program, and said if they couldn't do this, DACA would be restored. One argument was that conservative state attorneys general planned on suing to end DACA, but Bates said this was "so implausible that it fails even under the deferential arbitrary and capricious standard."

In September, President Trump announced he would wind down DACA, only allowing renewals through March 5, but this has been challenged in court several times, and Bates is the third judge to rule against the administration. DACA, created by former President Barack Obama, protects certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children from deportation and makes them eligible for work permits. Catherine Garcia

8:44 p.m. ET
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During a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday afternoon, President Trump told White House physician Ronny Jackson, his nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, that he will continue to support him, two senior administration officials told CBS News.

Jackson is under fire, accused of drinking on the job, improperly dispensing drugs, and creating a hostile work environment, and his confirmation hearing has been postponed. Jackson has said he wants to share his side of the story, but the White House cannot force the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to hold a hearing.

Earlier Tuesday, when asked about whether Jackson will pull his name from consideration, Trump told reporters he let the doctor know "if I were him, I wouldn't" go through the vetting process. Catherine Garcia

8:01 p.m. ET
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Rapper Meek Mill was released from prison on Tuesday, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court directed a judge to release him immediately on unsecured bail.

Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, was sentenced in November to two to four years in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2009 gun and drugs case. Mill was arrested in St. Louis, after allegedly getting into an altercation at the airport, and also in New York City, accused of recklessly driving a dirt bike. The prosecutor recommended not sending Mill to prison, but the judge disagreed.

The 30-year-old had a variety of public advocates, from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to comedian Kevin Hart. On Twitter, Mill said he plans to "work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction," and will use his platform to "shine a light" on the issue of people of color being unfairly sent to prison. Catherine Garcia

7:05 p.m. ET
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On Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed a rule that would restrict the scientific research used by the agency to make regulatory decisions.

Under the rule, only studies where the data is publicly available could be used, something conservatives have long wanted. "The science that we use is going to be transparent," Pruitt said. "It's going to be reproducible." Scientists and public health experts are concerned because long-standing studies on pollution and pesticides often rely on confidential personal and medical data, and they'll likely struggle to find participants if they know their information will be made public.

"The best studies follow individuals under time, so that you can control all the factors except for the ones you're measuring," former EPA head Gina McCarthy told The Washington Post. "But it means following people's personal history, their medical history. And nobody would want somebody to expose all of their private information." There will be a 30-day comment period, and if the rule goes through, it's expected to be challenged in court. Catherine Garcia

5:22 p.m. ET
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Video may have killed the radio star, but Spotify and Apple Music are poised to resurrect him.

Streaming services are bringing in more revenue than CD sales and digital downloads for the first time in recording industry history, Reuters reported Tuesday.

A trade group released an annual music industry report that showed revenues up to $17.3 billion in 2017, an 8.1 percent jump from the year before. Paid music streaming services, like Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal, have specifically helped move music lovers away from illegal downloads, which robbed the industry of sorely needed revenue.

Reuters reports that music sales dropped by 40 percent between 1999 and 2014, when download sales from programs like iTunes didn't compensate for the sudden drop in CD purchases and rise in music piracy. Now, the industry reports that 176 million users were paying for streaming subscriptions in 2017 — funneling that cash back to the industry. Read more at Reuters. Summer Meza

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MSNBC host Joy Reid is under fire for shockingly bigoted posts that appeared on her now-defunct blog under her byline. Reid has claimed that hackers conspired to make her appear homophobic, telling Mediaite on Monday that a trove of anti-LGBT posts on her old blog were "fabricated" by nefarious actors who want to "taint her character."

Reid apologized last December for a series of homophobic posts that were unearthed by Twitter user @Jamie_Maz from her website The Reid Report, explaining that her views on LGBT issues had changed over the years. The offending posts were written between 2007 and 2009. But last week, Maz reported finding several more anti-gay posts using the Wayback Machine, which pulls archives of old internet content even if it's been deleted. While Reid has taken her old blog off of the internet, Maz was able to find posts that included references to finding gay sex "gross," suggestions that gay men are prone to pedophilia, and lists of people in politics and media who Reid joked or suggested were gay.

Reid denied writing the posts, telling Mediaite that "an unknown, external party accessed and manipulated material" from her old blog "to include offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology." Reid said she notified law enforcement officials of the activity.

But the Wayback Machine did not find any evidence of hacking, the site explained in a blog post Tuesday, after conducting a review at the request of Reid's lawyers in December. Read more at Mediaite. Summer Meza

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