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June 3, 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday slammed a United Nations human rights expert who issued a warning about his country's judicial integrity.

"Tell him not to interfere with the affairs of my country. He can go to hell," Duterte said of Diego Garcia-Sayan, a U.N. special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers. "He is not a special person, and I do not recognize his rapporteur title."

Garcia-Sayan was critical of the ouster of the Philippines' chief justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno, whom Duterte has publicly labeled his "enemy" because she voted against policies Duterte supports. Her removal has created "a climate of intimidation" among the court's justices, Garcia-Sayan charged.

Duterte is best known for encouraging thousands of extrajudicial murders of suspected drug dealers as part of his controversial war on drugs. Bonnie Kristian

August 13, 2017

The Trump campaign released a new attack ad Sunday entitled, "Let President Trump Do His Job." The 30-second spot decries "the president's enemies" — namely, Democrats, the media, and career politicians — and suggests average Americans would be happy were Trump's agenda simply allowed to move forward unhindered. (Trump's approval rating is a historically low 38 percent.)

The ad also credits Trump for achievements including "more Americans working than ever before" and "the strongest military in decades."

Initial responses to the clip suggested its tone was inappropriate so soon after lethal violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Others noted the ad's incongruity with Trump's own calls for unity, and that the "enemy" language offered an arguably harsher denunciation of the press than of the suspected domestic terrorism in Virginia.

Watch the ad below to see for yourself. Bonnie Kristian

July 26, 2017

Rolling Stone on Wednesday published its latest cover story, a profile of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the language is ... sympathetic. Very sympathetic. Here are 10 embarrassingly fawning lines from this love letter to "the north star," presented without further comment:

1. "His dark hair is a color found in nature."

2. "His words are coherent and will not need to be run through Google Translate when he is done (except if you want to translate his French into English)."

3. "Where are we? Narnia? Coachella recovery tent? 2009? We are in Ottawa, Ontario, a mere 560 miles from Washington, D.C. And yet, we are half a world away."

4. "Trudeau has a tat of a raven and, sigh, the planet Earth."

5. "[A]t times Trudeau and his young staff give off the aura of a well-meaning Netflix adaptation about a young, idealistic Canadian prime minister."

6. "Is he the free world's best hope?"

7. "Trudeau reminds me of, well, Obama as he smiles and listens patiently to me droning on about my Canadian wife as if it is actually interesting. For Trudeau, listening is seducing."

8. "Justin Trudeau is now the adult in the room."

9. "As we chat, he smiles and locks in with his blue eyes ... "

10. "Trudeau doesn't play golf; he snowboards. There is a real person inside him."

Read the full profile here. Bonnie Kristian

December 8, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is "disgusted" with Donald Trump's increasingly divisive rhetoric, particularly the Republican presidential frontrunner's proposed ban on all Muslim immigrants and tourists into the United States.

Graham didn't mince words in addressing Trump's supporters during an appearance on CNN: "I don't know who you are and I don't know why you like this guy. I think what you like about him, he appears to be strong and the rest of us are weak. He's a very successful businessman and he's gonna make everything great. He's gonna take all the problems of the world and put 'em in a box and make your life better. That's what he's selling."

"Here's what you're buying," Graham continued. "He's a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. He doesn't represent my party. He doesn't represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for... He's the ISIL man of the year."

Graham, who has long struggled in the GOP presidential polls, has been one of the few Republican candidates to show fearlessness in calling Donald Trump out. Watch below. Jeva Lange

May 18, 2015

Despite launching to much fanfare back in March, Jay Z's Tidal streaming service has struggled to gain ground in the crowded music-streaming industry. And while points about Tidal's lack of a free, lower-tier option or the limited appeal of its promised "exclusive content" can be made, the hip-hop mogul behind it all isn't afraid to call out hypocritical consumers for Tidal's struggles, as he did Saturday night in a show exclusively for the service's subscribers:

Yes, you heard that right: Jay Z called out fellow entrepreneurs in the music business for prioritizing money and name-checked three high-profile black victims of violence before calling black consumers hypocritical for not supporting him, as a black musician. Not sure that's a sustainable marketing pitch — but hey, maybe if Tidal can bring some more freestyles from Jigga, it'll gain ground. Kimberly Alters

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