Members of the British Parliament seemed to channel their inner Donald Trump as they debated whether or not to ban the Republican presidential candidate from entering the UK.
He was called — among other things — a "buffoon," "bonkers," a "fool," a "ridiculous individual," and a "wazzock" (slang for an annoying person) during Monday's three hour debate, Australia's ABC reports. Under British law, any petition that receives 100,000 signatures must be considered for parliamentary debate, and a petition calling for Trump to be banned from entering the UK was signed by more than 570,000 people. The MPs did not vote on the matter, and ABC says that the decision is now up to Prime Minister David Cameron, who has said he doesn't plan on barring Trump.
During the debate, Labour MP Paul Flynn said he was worried that by "attacking this one man," they will "fix on him a halo of victimhood," thus giving him "the role of martyrdom" among supporters. Conservative MP Paul Scully said that while he's "heard of a number of cases where people have been excluded for incitement, for hatred — I've never heard of one for stupidity. And I'm not sure that we should be starting now." Catherine Garcia
Youree Dell Harris, best known for portraying the Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo in late-1990s infomercials, died in Palm Beach, Florida, of cancer. She was 53.
— Variety (@Variety) July 27, 2016
Born in Los Angles, Harris was hired by the Psychic Readers Network in the late 1990s to play Miss Cleo. The infomercials featured her catchphrase "Call me now!" and claimed the readings were free. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission said, the toll-free number clients called was actually a 900 number, and they were charged $4.99 a minute; nearly six million people were charged on average $60 per call. The parent company of the Psychic Readers Network reached a settlement with customers in 2002, and with the Miss Cleo character retired, Harris went on to provide the voice for a character in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
After Harris came out as a lesbian, she became a gay rights activist, and she also appeared in the 2014 documentary Hotline. "She was smart as a whip and very intuitive," Tony Shaff, the film's producer, told USA Today. "There was so much negativity surrounding psychic hotlines that she wanted to tell her personal story." Catherine Garcia
On Tuesday, Democrats made history by officially nominating Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential standard bearer of a major American political party. "A hundred years from now, our grandchildren will look back on this day and say, 'Why weren't you more excited? What's wrong with you people?'" Stephen Colbert said on his post-Democratic convention Late Show. Maybe it's because even after 25 years in the public spotlight, we don't really know Hillary Clinton, he suggested, then took Bill Clinton's comment about Republicans "making a cartoon" of Hillary literally, introducing Cartoon Hillary Clinton.
"Thank you for being here, Secretary Cartoon Clinton, and congratulations on your historic achievement tonight," Colbert said. At least on her first night, Cartoon Clinton was less entertaining than Colbert's Cartoon Donald Trump, and that's really the joke. She dodged questions with platitudes and robotic gestures and jokes, and also played a harmonica version of "Low Rider." When Colbert asked about the Democratic National Committee email hack, Cartoon Clinton assured him, "Stephen, Bernie Sanders is a great friend, and has been for days now." Watch Colbert's much less momentous first for Hillary Clinton below. Peter Weber
In his new Late Night segment, "Hey!" (spoken in a stern dad voice), Seth Meyers admonished members of the Bernie or Bust movement, letting them know that "the house is on fire," and they need to "stop crying because we're not putting it out with your hose."
When he tuned into the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, "there was more white booing than the Casper movie," Meyers said. "I know you're Bernie or Bust, but the results are in. Bust won." It may seem like the right time to throw a tantrum, but with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, "we're on the cusp of electing a racist demagogue," Meyers said. "That never ends well. I don't know what class you ditched to go to those Bernie rallies, but I have a feeling it was history."
While some Sanders supporters might not be friends with anyone voting for Trump, "the crazy uncle you only see at Thanksgiving" is, Meyers warns, and "it's about to be Thanksgiving all day, every day." Although he did loosen up enough to tell Sanders fans they should "be proud" of what they did to change the Democratic Party, Meyers really, really just wants the Bernie or Bust crowd to simmer down. Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia
Bill Clinton mysteriously glossed over the last years of his presidency during Hillary convention speech
In his long, effusive speech on why Americans should elect Hillary Clinton as America's 45th president, former President Bill Clinton talked a lot about his wife's qualifications and what he has learned from her and about her in their 45 years together. He talked about their courtship, their wedding, Hillary's water breaking at daughter Chelsea's birth, her various jobs on commissions, and her stints as a U.S. senator and secretary of state. He did not mention anything between 1997 and 1999, when Clinton was approached about running for an open Senate seat.
Now, Clinton also skipped the late 1980s, and maybe Hillary was busy adjusting to life as an empty-nester after Chelsea left for college. But the last few years of Bill's presidency were hardly uneventful. Twitter was coy:
Bill Clinton just went from 1997 to 2000. Moving right along...
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) July 27, 2016
"So the '90s, yada yada yada, anyway come the year 2000..."
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 27, 2016
— Kerry Coil (@bugeaters1995) July 27, 2016
Cable news talking heads were more explicit, and The Atlantic's Ron Fournier forewent the niceties. In an otherwise "uneven but effective" speech, he writes, Bill Clinton "left one big hole in the retelling of his family story: the pain he caused his wife by cheating on her with a White House intern, an affair the became public in a most humiliating way." Yes, oddly, in talking about how wonderful is wife is, Bill Clinton left out Monica Lewinsky. Of course, Twitter is never of one mind on anything, and there was a clear "there's a time and place" sentiment as well.
Talk about his faults instead of her accomplishments and publicly relitigate a private matter 18 years later? Nah https://t.co/oaxhTGAAk4
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) July 27, 2016
@jamisonfoser Nobody said Trump should talk about his infidelity at his convention, right?
— Amy Fried (@ASFried) July 27, 2016
or DONALD TRUMP, who PUBLICLY cheated on first 2 wives and boasted of it to any tabloid that would pick up the phone https://t.co/eSXINqxKh3
— Christopher Orr (@OrrChris) July 27, 2016
It is going to be a long few months until the election. Peter Weber
A group of Bernie Sanders supporters who felt their voices weren't being heard at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday decided to walk out, a move one organizer compared to the 250,000-person strong 1963 political rally that culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
"The March on Washington was an example of a movement at a high point, and I'd say this is one of those," Shyla Nelson, a Sanders delegate from Vermont, told BuzzFeed News. Nelson said the supporters decided to leave the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia during the middle of roll call, as it became increasingly clear that Sanders did not have enough votes to win the Democratic nomination. The delegates chanted "Walk out!" and "This is what democracy looks like!" as they made their way off the floor, with some starting a sit-in in the media area and others putting tape over their mouths.
When asked by BuzzFeed News what the goal of the walkout was, Nelson couldn't say, but did explain that the protesters "don't think the voices of the grassroots, everyday Americans have been heard in this election." Catherine Garcia
Elizabeth Banks brought Pitch Perfect to the Democratic convention with all-star version of 'Fight Song'
Elizabeth Banks, the host of Tuesday night's Democratic National Convention, starred in the a cappella hit Pitch Perfect and directed its sequel, and she put those skills to good use for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, with what Banks described as a surprise video of her and other celebrities singing Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," voices only:
Platten was one of those voices, along with singers Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore, Aisha Tyler, Kristin Chenoweth, Renee Felming, and Sia, plus non-singers Rob Reiner and Jane Fonda, among others. Now, Donald Trump did not need to borrow someone else's catchy song, getting singer Dave Fenley to debut an original number, "Make America Great Again," at last week's Republican National Convention. Both songs are pretty catchy, and now, along with choosing which candidate you want for president, you can pick which tune you want stuck in your head until November.
You're welcome, America. Peter Weber
Meryl Streep began her speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday with a little history lesson.
Streep discussed Deborah Sampson, a woman who disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. "Deborah Sampson was the first woman to take a bullet for the United States," Streep said. "Hillary Clinton has taken some fire over 40 years for her fight for families and children. How does she do it? That's what I want to know. Where does she get her grit and grace?"
Streep name checked notable women in American history, including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, Amelia Earhart, Shirley Chisholm, and Eleanor Roosevelt. "These women share something in common: Capacity of mind, fullness of heart, and a burning passion for their cause," she said. "They have forged new paths so others can follow them, men and women, generation on generation. That's Hillary. That's America." Streep told the crowd they "made history" by nominating Clinton and will "make history again in November because Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president. … She will be the first but she won't be the last." Sure, it wasn't a Scott Baio speech, but Streep did her best. Catherine Garcia