Some news items you might have missed:
• The Advocate: After demonizing abortion services and marriage rights, Republicans now take aim at PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief), which has saved millions of lives from HIV/AIDS.
• Queerty: A new drug shows promise in eliminating HIV from the body and could bring us one step closer to a potential cure.
• Pink News: Paris is Burning star, ballroom legend, trans activist and “undeniable icon” Carmen Xtravaganza has died aged 62 after a battle with lung cancer.
• Boy Culture: A nude male tintype image circa 1863 sold at auction for almost $50,000 yesterday, more than 10 times its estimate. Nude physique images like this are unheard of in this time period. Hit link for photo.
• Variety: Barbie, Greta Gerwig’s pink-coated fantasy comedy, has surpassed $1 billion at the global box office, including $459 million in North America and $572 million internationally.
.@BenShapiro: “My prediction: [Barbie] is just absolutely going to fall off a cliff after [week one]. The repeat business on this movie is going to be nonexistent.” https://t.co/9GOYC60qjT pic.twitter.com/ofn1HvleHS
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) August 6, 2023
• The Hill: Former Attorney General Bill Barr, who was appointed by Donald Trump, says “of course” he is willing to testify against former President Trump at his Jan. 6 trial.
• JoeMyGod: During an appearance on Meet The Press this morning, Trump lawyer John Lauro told host Chuck Todd that Donald Trump never ordered anyone to break the law in regard to overturning the 2020 election. Instead, Lauro called Trump’s speech “an aspirational ask.”
WATCH: Why did fmr. Pres. Trump threaten Georgia Sec. of State Raffensperger with a criminal charge? @chucktodd asks.
Trump lawyer John Lauro: "That wasn't a threat at all. … He was asking for [him] to get the truth. … That was an aspirational ask." pic.twitter.com/fqAOqlCOda
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 6, 2023