News Round-Up: January 19, 2018

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Some news items you might have missed:

• Can we start the weekend admiring Nick Jonas (above) admiring his NY Yankees hat in the background? #TheresAHat?

• Indonesia’s IT Ministry is asking Google to block  LGBT-related networking apps.

• Check out the newly-announced list of nominees for the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards here.

• House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be a guest judge on an upcoming episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” #YouBettaWerk

• And speaking of, on the latest episode of Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast, RuPaul shares what he’s learned from drag: “What it teaches people is that all things are temporary. Everything’s temporary: just clothes, some paint, powder – this body, even, is temporary.”

• The FBI is looking into whether a top Russian banker funneled money through the National Rifle Association to help elect Donald Trump. It’s illegal to use foreign funds to influence federal elections, and the NRA spent $30 million on Trump’s behalf in 2016.

• Warning: NSFW – Fischerspooner shares their new single and music video, “TopBrazil,” from their upcoming album, Sir, produced by Michael Stipe due out February 16.

In the video, shadow and light create a collage of naked male bodies becoming one, all the while blurring the lines of masculinity and femininity.

Spooner explains, “The video celebrates a pop aesthetic typically reserved for the female archetype and liberates the male form to be sexual, expressive and fearless.”

I think it’s a very cool video, but again – Adult Content.

Democratic Leaders Announce Deal With Trump To Protect DACA “Dreamers”

Via Reuters:

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress have agreed to work together on legislation to protect “Dreamers,” the illegal immigrants who were children when they entered the United States, the lawmakers said on Wednesday, although a dispute erupted over exactly what had been agreed.

Following a dinner with Trump at the White House, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the “productive meeting” focused on “DACA,” a program established by former President Barack Obama.

“We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back on the idea that “The Wall” was part of the agreement:

Nancy Pelosi On Steve Bannon: A White Supremacist In The White House

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement via press release:

“After winning the presidency but losing the popular vote, President-elect Trump must try to bring Americans together – not continue to fan the flames of division and bigotry.

“Bringing Steve Bannon into the White House is an alarming signal that President-elect Trump remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign. There must be no sugarcoating the reality that a white nationalist has been named chief strategist for the Trump Administration.

“Democrats are committed to finding common ground for hard-working families. But we will stand our ground and strongly oppose attempts by this Administration to scapegoat and persecute Americans because of who they are, how they worship, or who they love.”

On the other side of politics, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said of Bannon joining Trump’s team, “I think that’s excellent.”

Nancy Pelosi Crushes Abortion Question From Conservative Reporter

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will not suffer fools well when pushed.

CNS News’ Sam Dorman tried to question Pelosi for her past defense of Planned Parenthood by asking, “is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?”

Pelosi was quick to slap the question down, saying that it was ideologically-baited, and has, “no basis in what public policy is.”

Dorman attempted to push farther but Pelosi would not stand for it. She paused, then addressed the reporter: “I want to say something to you. I don’t know who you are… but I am a devout, practicing Catholic. A mother of five children.”

Pelosi continued, “I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect, and I do not intend to respond to your questions”.

House Speaker Boehner refuses to negotiate after getting half his demands

Rep. Nancy Pelosi told reporters that the two items the Republicans demanded were “delaying” Obamacare for a year and an agreed upon budget at a figure of $986 billion.  Pelosi and 100 colleagues assembled today to say they would agree to the budget number – meeting the Republicans on one of their two demands – and John Boehner said “no.”

Kids, that’s called “negotiating.”  And the Republicans said “no.”  

The stories you keep hearing being filtered out by the Republican party saying Democrats won’t “negotiate” are untrue.  Even though House Democrats don’t like the budget number put forward by the House GOP, they agreed to it if Speaker Boehner would reopen the government.  According to reports, Boehner needed an “all or nothing” answer.

President Obama and congressional Republican leaders did not resolve the government shutdown during a 70-minute meeting at the White House on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said his chamber will negotiate with House Republicans on health care and other issues as soon as they vote to re-open the government.

Boehner “cannot take yes for an answer,” Reid told reporters after the White House meeting with Obama.

And there you have it folks.  “Negotiation” at it’s worse.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Michele Bachmann – “Who cares?”

Ultra-conservative Congresswoman Michele Bachmann released a statement today on the marriage equality rulings by SCOTUS:

“No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted,” Ms. Bachmann said in a statement. “For thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman.” She said the court action “will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States.”

Asked to react to Bachmann’s statement, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi summed up what increasing majorities of Americans feel about such strident opposition with a dismissive “Who cares?”

Here’s the video: