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Friday, June 1
STEELY DON Mexico has hit back at the tariffs on steel and aluminum that Trump announced Thursday, imposing its own tax on pork, apples, grapes, cheeses and steel — all products from U.S. Heartland states that supported Trump in the 2016 election. Canada and the European Union said they would also fight the tariffs, sparking fears of a global trade war, while the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned that Trump’s position could put 2.6 million American jobs at risk. [Reuters]
PEDOPHILE PREACHES ‘BENEVOLENT WHITE SUPREMACY’ Nathan Larson is a 37-year-old accountant from Charlottesville, Virginia, who is running for Congress as an independent candidate in his native state. He is also a pedophile, as he admitted to us on Thursday. Larson’s campaign manifesto includes protecting gun ownership rights, establishing free trade and protecting “benevolent white supremacy,” as well as legalizing incestuous marriage and child pornography. [HuffPost]
BARR AT THE END OF THE WORLD Roseanne Barr claims she begged the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group to not cancel her show after she posted a racist tweet mocking former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. Asked for reaction to the show’s cancellation, actor John Goodman said: “I would rather say nothing than to cause more trouble.” [HuffPost]
CLEMENCY CLOWN CAR Conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza will be pardoned by Trump for a campaign finance violation he pleaded guilty to in 2014. Here are some of the racist crank’s greatest hits. [HuffPost]
FIELDS OF GOLD Sally Field had a strong take on the uproar about late-night host Samantha Bee calling Ivanka Trump that word. Earlier, Chelsea Clinton highlighted the hypocrisy in the right-wing outrage after advertisers fled “Full Frontal” and the White House leaned on TBS to cancel the show. [HuffPost]
WHEN THE PUNISHMENT FEELS LIKE A CRIME Read our latest Highline longread on convicted rapist Brock Turner’s twisted legacy — and a Stanford professor’s relentless pursuit of justice. [HuffPost]
‘HATE 24-7’ We expose Amy Jane Mekelburg, Trump’s loudest anti-Muslim Twitter troll, who tweets “hate 24-7” from Fishkill, New York. [HuffPost]
‘THERE IS NO REPUBLICAN PARTY’ Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Republican Party is “taking a nap somewhere,” claiming “There is no Republican Party … There’s a Trump Party.” [HuffPost]
HOO JOY! MSNBC host Joy Reid’s infamous and now-defunct blog is back in the news after BuzzFeed unearthed two controversial posts she apparently wrote in 2006 and 2007 which feature a 9/11 conspiracy theory and a manipulated image of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as a mass shooter. So far, the network has remained silent on the new controversy. [HuffPost]
RED FLAG RESEARCH A study on data from Connecticut and Indiana found a link between “Red Flag” laws and a decline in gun suicides. [HuffPost]
’WHAT I’M GOING TO DO TO YOU IS GOING TO BE F****** DISGUSTING’ That’s how Trump attorney Michael Cohen threatened a reporter in response to a question about a rape claim. [HuffPost]
‘WE NEED PROBLEM SOLVERS AND LEADERS’ The most interesting Democratic primary no one is talking about is in New Mexico, where big money is shaking up a clash between veterans, Latinas and Native Americans. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO Southwest Airlines says it is “deeply disturbed” by allegations from a female passenger who claims a male passenger touched himself next to her on a flight. 7 LGBTQ-friendly books to read to your kid in honor of Pride. How to stop annoying robo and scam calls once and for all. Actor Andrew Lincoln may have already spoiled Rick’s final “Walking Dead” scene. Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord made the U.S. a climate “pariah.” But America is not the only nation failing to keep its promises. Bernie Sanders tells “The Opposition” that Trump is the best president in one way. Miss Major recalls the rioting at Stonewall: “That was 3 nights of absolute terror.” These rarely seen color photographs of the Great War provide a glimpse of life on the front lines. The Atlantic takes a look at the “dazzling failures” of the “Super Mario Bros.” film, and why this grimy adaptation of Nintendo’s video game shows how Hollywood has changed. We have put together these 37 beautiful photos of LGBTQ Pride celebrations around the world. This is an epic grand piano cover of Toto’s “Africa.” What’s the most misspelled word in your state? Here are some practical Father’s Day gifts for new dads. 13 breakfast foods that have more sugar than a doughnut. And Queen Elizabeth’s previously unseen photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is too cute.
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