From the beginning of its first trailer, Justin Simien's Dear White People takes its satirical target head-on. "Dear white people: the minimum requirement of black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, but your weed man Tyrone does not count," says a college radio DJ played by Tessa Thompson. "Dear white people: please stop touching my hair. Does this look like a petting zoo to you?"
Thompson's fiery broadcast sparks a campus-wide debate between black students and white students alike over the state of modern American race relations — and the issues are much thornier and more complex than most are eager to acknowledge.
Fortunately, Dear White People seems primed to kick-start a similar cultural discussion. It was a major hit with critics when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and the rest of America will get the chance to check it out when it hits theaters on October 17. --Scott Meslow
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Tuesday during a luncheon on New York's Long Island that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Powell, who served under George W. Bush, said Clinton will serve with "distinction" and cited her "experience and stamina," Newsday's Robert Brodsky reported. Powell said Donald Trump, on the other hand, seems to be "selling people a bill of goods." He also noted the Republican candidate's lack of experience and that he's insulted a "huge swath of people," Brodsky reported.
Powell's announcement comes just one month after his emails bashing the Clinton and her husband were leaked. "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect," Powell wrote about Clinton in one email dated July 26, 2014, per The Hill. "A 70-year-old person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still dicking bimbos at home." Becca Stanek
Donald Trump really, really, really hates wind power. How much? Well, Trump has been ranting online about wind farms for even longer than he's been ranting about Hillary Clinton:
Terrible. Wind farms are provided permits by the US government, which causes the "programmatic" killing of bald eagles.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2012
Wind farms are killing many thousands of birds. They make hunters look like nice people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2012
It's Friday. How many bald eagles did wind turbines kill today? They are an environmental & aesthetic disaster.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2012
Appearing on Herman Cain's morning talk show on WSB on Tuesday, Trump found himself blasting windmills once again, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Our energy companies are a disaster right now," Trump explained to Cain, adding, "Wind is very, very expensive, and it only works when it's windy."
"Right," confirmed Cain.
That was hardly the last of it:
Trump: In all fairness, wind is fine. Sometimes you go — I don't know if you've ever been to Palm Springs, California — it looks like a junkyard. They have all these different —
Cain: I have.
Trump: They have all these different companies and each one is made by a different group from, all from China and from Germany, by the way — not from here. And you look at all these windmills. Half of them are broken. They're rusting and rotting. You know, you're driving into Palm Springs, California, and it looks like a poor man's version of Disneyland. It's the worst thing you've ever seen.
And it kills all the birds. I don't know if you know that … Thousands of birds are lying on the ground. And the eagle. You know, certain parts of California — they've killed so many eagles. You know, they put you in jail if you kill an eagle. And yet these windmills [kill] them by the hundreds. [The Herman Cain Show via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
You heard the man. Make birds great again — anything short of that would be downright quixotic. Jeva Lange
When talking about his various endorsements in a Tuesday morning interview with local news station WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, Donald Trump claimed that he'd been "largely" endorsed by the military — "at least conceptually." "We've had tremendous veteran endorsements because the veterans have been treated so unfairly," Trump said.
The claim is questionable on multiple levels — namely, what is a "conceptual" endorsement? It would seem only Trump knows the answer to that.
Then there's the fact that the law explicitly prevents federal agencies from making political endorsements. The Department of Defense has a "set of guidelines that tightly restricts any active duty military or civilian personnel from publicly choosing political sides," NBC News reported, which all but rules out active military members endorsing Trump. Those laws also mean Trump couldn't possibly have that endorsement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that he often boasts about having.
As for retired members, Trump hasn't exactly won them over in droves, either. NBC News reported Trump has gotten an endorsement from about 88 retired military figures; for comparison's sake, Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was endorsed by more than 500 retired military members. Becca Stanek
With just a month to go until the premiere date for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, we're finally getting our first official glimpse at modern life in Stars Hollow. On Tuesday, Netflix offered up a two-and-a-half minute glimpse into all that awaits our favorite mother-daughter pair in the four-part mini-series, which will be released Nov. 25.
While Lorelai and Rory are still noshing on obscene amounts of junk food, not much else seems to have stayed the same for the Gilmore girls. Lorelai's notoriously stuffy mother Emily is wearing a T-shirt, bookworm Rory is floating around jobless, and Luke and Lorelai are — finally! — in a relationship.
Details about what's up with the rest of the crew — including Sookie, Dean, Jess, Logan, Miss Patty, Lane, and Kirk — are scarce, but the trailer confirmed they all will definitely be making appearances.
Watch the trailer below — and be prepared to start your Thanksgiving countdown now. Becca Stanek
Nearly 70 percent of American voters think that Hillary Clinton will win the presidency in November, with only 57 percent of Donald Trump's own supporters thinking he'll be moving into the White House next year, a new CNN/ORC poll has found. But there is a catch: If Clinton wins, 61 percent of voters don't think Trump will accept the results or concede after they're certified. Trump's own supporters have a little more confidence in him, with 56 percent saying he'll accept the outcome, whereas 75 percent of Clinton backers think he will not.
Sixty-six percent of voters have at least some confidence that the ballots will be accurately cast and counted, which is actually up from 58 percent in 2008 and slightly below 2004's 72 percent.
The poll sampled 1,017 adults by landline and cell phone from Oct. 20-23. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percent. Monday's poll also showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 5 points. Jeva Lange
This guy definitely jinxed the Cubs by predicting they'd win the 2016 World Series in his 1993 yearbook
Reddit is usually a hotbed for hoaxes, but a keen prediction in a 1993 yearbook that was shared on the website appears to be the real deal. According to the original post, a man named Michael Lee used his senior quote at Mission Viejo High School in California to predict the Chicago Cubs would be the 2016 World Champions. "You heard it here first," he bragged.
The Cubs have not won a World Series in 108 years; they will have to beat the Cleveland Indians four times in order to claim the trophy. Still, they have a solid 63 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.
To dispel concerns about photoshopping, the same yearbook photo was posted by a Twitter user:
*mom walks into my room* -look at my yearbook from '93 #...
This dude called the cubs winning the series in 2016 for his senior quote. pic.twitter.com/Dq4kWFIziy
— ThomAss j Dale (@tommydale33) October 25, 2016
It's official, then. If the Cubs lose, you know who to blame. Jeva Lange
The latest round of emails from the Clinton camp published by WikiLeaks indicates President Obama might not have found out about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state at "the same time everybody else" did. Shortly after Obama told CBS in March 2015 that he learned about the server "through news reports," Clinton's former chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, sent this email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta:
Here's how top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills reacted to news that Obama claimed he didn't know about Clinton's private server. pic.twitter.com/Q7B4Nwd2yq
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) October 25, 2016
Mills' urging to "clean this up" suggests that Obama not only knew about Clinton's personal email address, but he knowingly communicated with her via her non-government account as well. The Washington Examiner reported FBI agents "revealed in notes from their closed investigative file that Obama communicated with Clinton on her private server using a pseudonym."
Politico noted White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest later clarified Obama's claim he was unaware of Clinton's email setup, explaining the president was simply "not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up." "The president, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office exchange emails with his secretary of state," Earnest said at a daily briefing. Becca Stanek