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October 14, 2020

Don't expect to hear Demi Lovato's new song playing at a Trump rally anytime soon.

Lovato has released a new song, "Commander In Chief," going after President Trump ahead of Election Day. The song includes lyrics like "commander in chief, honestly, if I did the things you do, I couldn't sleep."

She also sings, "We're in a state of crisis, people are dying while you line your pockets deep," and "commander in chief, how does it feel to still be able to breathe?" On Instagram, Lovato asked her followers to "please join me in voting" in the election.

The singer in an interview with CNN explained that she wrote "Commander in Chief" because "there's been so many times that I've wanted to write the president a letter or sit down with him and ask him these questions. And then I thought, I don't really actually want to do that and I thought one way that I could do that is writing a song and releasing it for the whole world to hear and then he has to answer those questions to everyone and not just me."

Lovato also expressed that celebrities are "damned if you do" and "damned if you don't" when it comes to speaking out about politics.

"You can list Taylor Swift as a perfect example of that exact saying," Lovato told CNN. "...For years she got trashed because she wasn't taking a stance and wasn't standing up for these rights and she kind of took a back seat and now she's become very political and there are people that are unhappy with that too. It's just, like, you have to live what feels authentic to you."

Lovato is reportedly set to perform "Commander in Chief" on Wednesday at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Brendan Morrow

October 31, 2019

Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) knows she made mistakes.

But she's also aware that it was more than just those mistakes that forced her out of office. There's also a "double standard" that made her leave while "men who have been credibly accused of intentional acts of sexual violence" remain in government and in power, the resigning congressmember said in her final floor speech Thursday.

Hill on Thursday reiterated that she'd came to Congress to "give a voice to the unheard," including "young people, queer people, working people," and "imperfect people." Hill "fell short of that," she said, but it's not the only reason she's resigning. "I'm leaving because of a misogynistic culture that gleefully consumed my naked pictures, capitalized on my sexuality, and enabled my abusive ex to continue that abuse," she said.

Hill's resignation, effective Friday, comes after admitting she had an "inappropriate" relationship with a campaign staffer, and after nude photos of her were published on a conservative website. Watch all of Hill's speech below. Kathryn Krawczyk

March 11, 2019

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has decided not to apologize for offensive comments he made during old radio interviews.

Carlson in a tweet Sunday said he had been "caught" saying "something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago," and that he is refusing to "express the usual ritual contrition." Instead, he plugged his Fox News show, saying anyone who wants to know what he thinks can watch it.

Media Matters for America over the weekend resurfaced a variety of old interviews with Carlson, during which he defended a man, Warren Jeffs, who was convicted over his arranging of illegal underage marriages. Carlson said "arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her" and that "the rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person so it is a little different." Carlson suggested Jeffs had been imprisoned simply because "he has a different lifestyle."

Carlson also suggested that a woman who molested a 13-year-old was "doing a service." And in other appearances, he said women are "extremely primitive," referred to one woman using the C-word, another as a "pig," and others as "whores" and "unattractive."

Carlson's old comments, which were made between 2006 and 2011, sparked outrage on social media, with some calling for another advertiser boycott. His show already lost some advertisers earlier this year after controversial comments he made about immigration.

This was just one of two Fox News controversies from the weekend; host Jeanine Pirro said that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) wearing a hijab is "indicative of her adherence to Sharia law." Fox News released a statement condemning Pirro's comments, but the network has not commented on Carlson's. Brendan Morrow

January 24, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden likes Republicans, and he doesn't care who knows it.

Biden on Wednesday defended himself after facing criticism for delivering a speech in October praising Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who was up for re-election in a tight race. The New York Times had reported that Biden was paid $200,000 to deliver these remarks, which were ultimately used in Upton's campaign advertising and may have helped him defeat his Democratic rival.

The former vice president weighed in on this report at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "I read in The New York Times today that if I run for president, one of my problems will be that I like Republicans," he said. Biden then crossed himself and sarcastically begged for forgiveness, saying, "Bless me father, for I have sinned." He also defended the remarks by saying that he was praising Upton for his work in helping to fund cancer research, per The New York Post.

The former vice president, The Washington Post reports, also complained that "we've divided the country into pieces" and asked, "How can we be one America if we continue down this road?" Watch Biden's comments below. Brendan Morrow

June 26, 2018

Why have a bunch of laws when you can just have one?

President Trump on Tuesday reportedly gave members of Congress some advice in crafting immigration laws, telling them it should be a "simple" policy that communicates to immigrants: "I'm sorry, you can't come in."

Trump told Congress that the nation's "hodgepodge of laws" is overly complicated, Bloomberg reported. "It's so simple," he said. He also said that he planned to "discuss" increased funding for a border wall, one of his many ideas for stemming immigration to the U.S.

Lawmakers are scrambling to craft new policies to address Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy, which led to separations of immigrant parents and children at the border. The president reversed the practice with an executive order, and border officials announced Monday that the retreat forces them to suspend prosecutions of undocumented immigrants until the administration sorts out how to detain them without violating federal law regarding the detention of children.

Members of Congress have been fiercely debating the Trump administration's handling of immigration, with many Republicans seeking a compromise and Democrats denouncing the zero tolerance policy as a a whole, calling it "inhumane."

At least Trump's latest proposed policy comes with an apology? Read more from Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs. Summer Meza

May 3, 2017

On Wednesday's Late Show, host Stephen Colbert didn't apologize for comments he made about President Trump on Monday and said he would do it again, albeit changing "a few words that were cruder than they needed to be."

Following Monday's show, some Trump supporters went on Twitter and, using the hashtag #FireColbert, voiced their displeasure with Colbert saying Trump's mouth would make a good "cock holster" for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Colbert explained that he was "a little upset" with Trump for "insulting a friend of mine," Face the Nation's John Dickerson (Trump walked away in the middle of an interview over the weekend with Dickerson). "So, at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don't regret that. He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it's a fair fight."

Colbert said he was not going to repeat the phrase that some found offensive, and reiterated that while he would "do it again," he would say it in a not-so-vulgar way. "I just want to say for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is to me, an American hero," Colbert concluded. "I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that." Catherine Garcia

November 18, 2016

President Obama just threw a wrench in President-elect Donald Trump's plans for offshore drilling. On Friday, the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a revised blueprint for oil drilling in federally-owned waters over the next five years — and two areas in the Arctic Ocean were notably missing from the approved list. "The plan focuses on lease sales in the best places — those with highest resource potential, lowest conflict, and established infrastructure — and removes regions that are simply not right to lease,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement. "Given the unique and challenging Arctic environment and industry's declining interest in the area, forgoing lease sales in the Arctic is the right path forward."

While the plan allows drilling to continue in Alaska's Cook Inlet, exploration will be halted in 2017 in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off the Alaskan coast. The Washington Post reported the blueprint also "dropped plans to allow companies to drill for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean off of four southeastern states, including Virginia."

Trump has vowed to increase the production of oil and gas and cut back on industry regulations during his presidency. While he could technically undo the Obama administration's plan, Politico reported it would "take at least a few years for him to do so." Becca Stanek

January 29, 2016

Even though Thursday's Fox News-hosted Republican presidential debate was the second-lowest rated GOP debate of the season, it still drew a bigger audience than Donald Trump did. The debate, which Trump boycotted after claiming that moderator Megyn Kelly was biased, drew 12.5 million viewers. Trump's counter-programmed Iowa event raising money for veterans was watched by roughly 2.7 million viewers.

However, the question remains of just how much bigger Thursday's debate audience would have been had Trump decided to participate. The first time the GOP frontrunner faced off against Kelly in the opening debate in August, Fox News drew a record 24 million viewers. Becca Stanek

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