Senator Cory Booker Blasts Trump For Treatment of LGBTQ People: VIDEO

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Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has said that the Trump administration has “put forth an all-out assault on the LGBTQ community.”

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Speaking on Twitter, Booker attacked Trump for his attempt to ban transgender people from the military and his position on the Colorado Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

RELATED: Cory Booker: Jeff Sessions Lacks the ‘Courageous Empathy’ to be U.S. Attorney General – WATCH

He called the attempted military ban “outrageous” and said transgender people are “qualified folks who’ve already shown a record of service that is incredible.”

“That,” he added, “is worthy of respect.”

NBC reports:

Asked about the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that was argued before the Supreme Court last Tuesday — in which a Colorado baker claims that his faith should give him a legal exemption from having to follow his state’s anti-discrimination civil rights law — Booker expressed hope that the nation’s top court would rule in favor of the gay couple that filed a discrimination complaint in the case.

“There’s many of us that are hoping the Supreme Court — like it did with marriage equality, like it’s done in discrimination cases facing African-Americans in the past — will do the right thing,” said Booker, noting that he attended Tuesday’s oral arguments.

Booker, who spent the weekend in Alabama supporting the successful run by Doug Jones against incumbent and sexual predator Roy Moore, added:

“No one should be able to discriminate against folks. At restaurants or businesses, I don’t want to see that treatment being done to anyone in this country.

“When one American is under attack, when one American is facing discrimination, we need to understand that’s an assault on all Americans.”

He has vowed to push for action in Congress if the court rules with baker Jack Phillips.

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Joe Biden Comforts Meghan McCain Over Her Father’s Cancer Diagnosis: WATCH

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Joe Biden, who lost his son Beau to the same type of aggressive cancer as Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is battling, comforted McCain’s daughter Meghan, now a co-host on The View, when she began crying after addressing the issue on Wednesday’s show.

Said Biden, getting up from his chair to sit closer to McCain: “There is hope, and if anyone can make it, your dad. Her dad is one of my best friends. We’re like two brothers who were somehow raised by two different fathers or something because of our points of view. But I know, and I mean this sincerely, even when your dad got mad at me, saying I should get the hell off the ticket, remember what I said about your dad? I said, I know if I picked up the phone tonight and called John McCain and said, ‘I’m at Second and Vine in Oshkosh and I need your help, come,’ he’d get on a plane and come, and I would for him, too…I swear, guys, we’re going to beat this damn disease.”

Watch the touching moment below:

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The Fruit Machine: New Film Details Canada’s 40 Year Anti-Gay Witch Hunt – TRAILER

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently apologized on behalf of the Canadian government for its persecution of gays and lesbians, simultaneously announcing financial reparations for those whose lives had been ruined, to the tune of more than $100 million.

AFP reported:

“For the oppression of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit communities, we apologize,” Trudeau said in a speech in parliament.

“On behalf of the government, parliament, and the people of Canada: We were wrong. We are sorry. And we will never let this happen again,” he said.

The apology was for people who were harassed or dismissed from the federal public service, the Canadian military, federal police and spy agencies from the 1950s to 1990s for what was then termed “abnormal sexuality.”

A new film, The Fruit Machine, speaks with the survivors of that four decade anti-gay witch hunt. Watch the trailer above.

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London Drag Queen Barred From Mariah Carey Concert Because She Was Dressed in Drag

A drag queen claims she was turned denied entry to a Mariah Carey Christmas concert in London on Monday because of her outfit.

Coral Deville said that despite having tickets, she was refused entry to the concert at London’s O2 Arena because she was dressed in drag.

RELATED: Mariah Carey Pays Tribute to Gay Manchester Bombing Victim Who Idolized Her

Deville wrote on Twitter:

“OMG OMG OMG turned away from 02 arena for being in drag. WHAT?????? I have valid tickets!!!!!! SOMEONE HELP!!!!!”

She said it was “entirely my fault” for turning up “as the ‘other’ me” but added she had been left upset and embarrassed by the incident.

Deville is now seeking legal advice for what she has called “a police matter.”

A spokesperson for The O2 Arena said: “We take the claims seriously and are currently investigating the circumstances around this incident.”

“Our policy is certainly not to refuse anyone entry based upon what they are wearing,” the statement added.

Deville’s Twitter account has since been deleted.

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Omarosa is Leaving Her Inscrutable Position in the Trump Administration

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Former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman is leaving her position at the White House, though no one knew quite what she did there. Her official title was director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison.

Manigault Newman – who prefers to be known only by her first name – made it through nine weeks of the first series of Trump’s reality tv show. She later appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, the All-Stars edition and other reality tv shows.

The AP reports: “White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Manigault Newman’s resignation is effective Jan. 20, one year since Trump’s inauguration. Manigault Newman’s decision comes at the start of what’s expected to be a round of departures heading into the new year. The White House said last week that deputy national security adviser Dina Powell will leave the administration early next year.”

Omarosa was one of Trump’s most prominent African-American cheerleaders during Election 2016. She served as the campaign’s director of African-American outreach and has been working with the transition team.

In an interview last year, Omarosa said that Trump was exacting “the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”

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These Are the 10 Best Albums of 2017 (And Some You May Have Missed)

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2017 wasn’t quite as dramatic as 2016 in terms of legends lost but there were plenty of exciting new releases across genres.

This list aims to include relevant releases from mainstream, indie and possibly obscure artists.

Spotify play counts are unrelated to the reason they’ve been chosen, but an interesting reference.

What have we missed? Have your say below.


10. Amber Coffman – City of No Reply

What we said:

On her debut solo album, former Dirty Projectors frontwoman Amber Coffman pays tribute to 90s pop rock and the women of the genre who “partially raised” her.

Gone from City of No Reply is Coffman’s Dirty Projectors prog rock leanings in favor of classic rock with a touch of R&B.

You’ll find touches of everything from Carole King to Joni Mitchell to Melissa Etheridge.

City of No Reply is probably the most rock orientated in this list. It’s an album without pretensions – honest, poppy enough to engage mainstream audiences and almost lacking in filler.

Plays on Spotify: 5 million


9. Cat Stevens – The Laughing Apple

What we said:

Fifty years after the release of his debut album, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has surprised probably everyone but himself with one of the best albums of the year so far.

Granted it sounds like it could have been released any time in the last half century. That’s because Stevens is a legend and like Joni Mitchell his music remains pertinent and contemporary but forever timeless.

Pretty good then.

Three months after it’s release and 50 years after Steven’s debut, The Laughing Apple remains (like Coffman) wonderfully unpretentious. Timeless and contemporary at the same time, this one will still be played in another 50 years.

Plays on Spotify: 3.5 million


8. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps

What we said:

…and then we have Los Angeles native Phoebe Bridgers who on her haunting debut album Stranger in the Alps worries about the shitty life of a jobbing musician, The Smiths and David Bowie and (obviously) lost love and death.

The frankly stunning “Killer” (break-up) and “Funeral” (how funerals can make mourners feel) are highlights by an artist as talented but far more external than Laura Marling.

Phoebe Bridgers’ solo debut album documents the 23-year-old Los Angeles native’s growth from introspective kid to even more introspective young adult. Occasionally overwhelming in its honesty and depth, it’s nonetheless and album that is receiving the notice it deserves.

Plays on Spotify: 7.5 millon


7. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury

We didn’t review The Punishment of Luxury but had this to say on the release of single “La Mitrailleuse.”

The lead single certainly offers up the nostalgia/repetition in spades. A hypnotic, almost vocal-free, 2-minute loop of gun fire and dark beats, could The Punishment of Luxury be OMD’s Let England Shake.

It’s always a worry when a legendary band reforms but OMD have time and again hit the mark since their reunion proper a decade ago.

Of the album, frontman Andy McClusky said:

“On this album we have managed to make beautiful things out of noises and repetitive patterns. The trouble is, we just can’t help but write a catchy melody!”

They really can’t. Not only is The Punishment of Luxury a beautiful album in it’s own right, it’s possibly their best since Junk Culture.

Plays on Spotify: 1.7 million


 

6. Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder

What we said:

Broken Social Scene: either you are a huge fan, you maybe know it’s a massive collective of sorts or you’ve never heard of them.

That’s okay because Hug of Thunder, their first album in seven years, feels like the ultimate destination of a two-decade trip.

The album is absolutely massive, every song is an anthem. With 15 members, it sounds like everyone threw in their ideas, all of them were accepted and somehow they all came together to form a delicious whole.

Broken Social Scene, along with Stars are the acceptable face of indie pop. If you’re thinking “who?” and “what about Take That?” fret not. Imagine Gary Barlow writing songs for Bon Iver and you’ll be on the right track.

Plays on Spotify: 13.5 million


5. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

What we said:

On the latest release A Deeper Understanding, Granduciel apparently loosened up a bit and worked in the studio with a full band.

The result: the Bryan Adams influences are to the fore, so much so that you could honestly listen to this blind and assume it was the Canadian singer songwriter, complete with guitar solos.

That all sounds terrible but it really isn’t. A Deeper Understanding isn’t clever like the previous album, it’s just a somewhat tortured soul letting rip on some really great rock songs. Nothing wrong with that.

Bryan Adams? Seriously? Well, yes but don’t let that put you off. While it’s not quite as accessible as anything by the Canadian it’s an album that will grow on you slowly and incrementally. One of the best rock albums of the year.

Plays on Spotify: 47 million


4. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION

What we said:

In terms of sound, Clark hasn’t quite abandoned her performance persona on MASSEDUCTION. However, beneath the sometimes grimish production, the introduction of brass of all things the aping 80s-era Prince synth overkill, this is quite simply an excellent, fascinating and eclectic collection of frankly brilliant songs.

While MASSEDUCTION isn’t quite as accessible as her previous release, St. Vincent’s latest presses all the appropriate buttons. Probably best appreciated live, see Annie Clark live if you get the chance.

Plays on Spotify: 26 million


3. Lorde – Melodrama

What we said:

While Pure Heroine was all about the star struck ingenue on the outskirts looking in, Melodrama is about the shit storm that came in the album’s wake.

Gone are the hip-hopish influences to be replaced with genius pop in all it’s glory. Opening track “Green Light” is massive pop with echo chorus and all, “Liability” is a perfectly assembled ballad and closing track “Perfect Places” sums up Lorde’s experiences. Everything in between is also expertly plotted but with great feeling.

Reviewing a Lorde album is pointless because people will stream it in their millions regardless. Nonetheless it’s worth reiterating that Ella Yelich-O’Connor is the anti-Taylor Swift if you need one. While many of your favorite singers make perfect albums by committee, Melodrama is nothing but perfect, perfect pop.

Plays on Spotify: 700 million


2. Perfume Genius – No Shape

For reasons unknown we didn’t review No Shape but had this to say about lead tracks “Slip Away” and “Go Ahead”:

While the latter is a more glitchy affair you can certainly hear what Hadrea means by stadium rock.

Think Jonsi meets Blood Orange.

A beautiful album in every way, Mike Hadreas is as much an artist as St Vincent without quite receiving the same adulation or attention. Much like Annie Clark, also best seen live if you get the chance.

Plays on Spotify: 19 million


1. Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

What we said:

An early shoe-in for the Mercury Prize 2017, on his debut album Yesterday’s Gone London-based rapper Loyle Carner continues his concerns with the dark themes on his debut single “BFG.”

That track came out in 2014 and stood out because of Carner’s approach – downbeat, sad, direct – and subject matter – the death of his stepfather. “Of course I’m fucking sad,” he rapped “I miss my fucking dad.”

Carner’s work is a reflection of South London as has recently been seen with poet/rapper/novelist/playwright Kate Tempest and easily on a par with her. Whereas Tempest is angry at the state of the world, Carner is grim faced at his own life.

It’s not all doom and gloom. There are enough R&B/pop touches in there to smooth out the harsh edges.

Close to a year after its release, Loyle Carner‘s debut album is oddly possibly the most accessible on this list. Carner represents a new breed of London rapper – his concerns are personal yet global, he’ll take on his little brother irritating him as soon as he will homophobic bullying.

Heartbreaking and wildly outspoken in equal measure, Yesterday’s Gone is an album that’s close to hitting the mainstream but likely to be ignored by an older audience. Please give it a listen and (as with St. Vincent and Perfume Genius) see him live if you get a chance.

Plays on Spotify: 43 million


…and some albums worth checking out…

Seamus Fogarty – The Curious Hand


Little Simz – Stillness in Wonderland


Björk – Utopia


Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now 


Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy


First Hate – A Prayer for the Unemployed


Lil Yachty – Teenage Emotions


Declan McKenna – What Do You Think About the Car?


 

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USA Today: Trump ‘Not Fit to Clean the Toilets’ in Obama’s Library or Shine George W. Bush’s Shoes

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USA Today‘s editorial board rips Donald Trump in a new editorial reacting to his sexist attack on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Wrote Trump in the tweet: “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

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USA Today:

A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.

This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions. Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never in doubt.

Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed.

…It is a shock that only six Democratic senators are calling for our unstable president to resign.

The nation doesn’t seek nor expect perfect presidents, and some have certainly been deeply flawed. But a president who shows such disrespect for the truth, for ethics, for the basic duties of the job and for decency toward others fails at the very essence of what has always made America great.

Read it all HERE.

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