John Oliver and the Leader of Chechnya Have a Catfight: WATCH

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Poor Ramzan Kadyrov can’t catch a break.

The head of the Chechen Republic has been accused of corruption, theft, torture and murder; he’s aligned with one of the world’s least favorite people, Vladimir Putin; he’s been called a “threat to national security,” by his own people. And now, he can’t find his cat.

kadyrovKadyrov, whose scruffy beard, army attire and baseball caps would make him a serious contender for the coveted title of International Mr. Leather in Chicago this weekend (or at very least he’d be a hit at The Eagle in New York City) posted a photo of his cute little kitty to Instagram, and made an emotional plea to his 1.8 million followers to see if anybody had any kind of information. He thinks nobody would’ve stolen his furry friend, however, as he is “sure that no one needs someone else’s cat,” notes the Huffington Post.

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John Oliver couldn’t resist. Sunday, on his HBO show Last Week Tonight, the comedian made fun of the former-rebel-turned-head-of-Chechnya, who likes to portray an image of a strong and aggressive leader on the social media network by posting “videos of his workout routine set to the finest European rave music” and by showing his devotion to Putin. He’s such a bad-ass, Oliver noted, that he once had 1,000 people interrogated after a wedding which he attended, when he couldn’t find his phone.

During the five-minute segment, Oliver started a campaign with his viewers and encouraged them to respond to Kadyrov’s plea by Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #FindKadyrovsCat  and saying “I have seen your cat” or “I have not seen your cat.”

Apparently, Kadyrovs is also an HBO subscriber.  Yesterday he posted on Instagram a photo of John Oliver with Putin’s face photoshopped onto his shirt. The caption in English read: “I’m tired of jokes, I want to care for cats in Chechnya. By the way, Putin is our leader!”

kadyrovBut it’s nice to see that at least he’s still hopeful. His cat probably just went to look for a “familiar she-cat with which he’s going to start a family. I’m sure that after spring affairs, the cat will return to native walls. Perhaps, he’ll bring his sweet love with him.”

That’s sweet.

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Photos from Ramzan Kadyrov’s Instagram.

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Texas AG Ken Paxton Will Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Students

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will announce a lawsuit against the federal government on Wednesday over the Obama administration’s guidance on transgender students.

Paxton will make the announcement at a press conference at 2 P.M. local time.

FOX 4 reports:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will hold a press conference in Austin Wednesday to discuss what he calls a major lawsuit filed by Texas.

It is believed the state will go to court to challenge the Obama administration over its controversial school bathroom directive. Governor Greg Abbott seemed to confirm that speculation on Twitter.

“Texas will sue to stop Obama’s transgender directive to schools. Thanks @KenPaxtonTX #tcot #txlege #PJNET,” he wrote.

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The Houston Chronicle adds: 

The suit is an attempt to ensure Texas can ignore the federal government’s directive on transgender bathroom policies. The guidance, emailed to schools across the country earlier this month, does not carry the force of law but delivered the message that denying students access to the bathroom that best matches their gender identity could come at the price of losing federal dollars.

The legal challenge follows weeks of consternation in Texas over which bathrooms transgender students and adults should use, including insistence from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick the legislature tackle that issue next legislative session.

North Carolina also announced it would sue the federal government over the administration’s guidance on transgender students, a move which triggered the Department of Justice to countersue the Tar Heel State. 

Paxton is currently under indictment on charges of securities fraud.

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Anne Hathaway and James Corden Get Shady in Hilarious Rap Battle – WATCH

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Anne Hathaway and James Corden faced off for a rap battle on Tuesday night and the tea being served was scalding.

Corden opened with a light offensive: “The only cat woman I acknowledge is Hale Berry.” To which Hathaway retorted, “A ‘cat woman’ diss, gosh, what do I do? I can’t make fun of you, James, ‘cuz no one’s heard of you!” Referencing one of Corden’s late night competitors, Hathaway rapped, “I’m like your wife, I watch Seth Meyers instead.”

Corden came back with a Devil Wears Prada burn: “Call me Meryl Streep, ‘cuz you my assistant. This isn’t just for me it’s for the whole UK / mad at your awful British accent in the movie One Day.”

But Hathaway came through to Hatha-slay: “I was hated and shaded, but now I’ve been liberated. Now you know what it’s like to get Hatha-slayed.”

Watch, below.

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Rocco Steele Explains Why He Became an Adult Performer After 40 – WATCH

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Rocco Steele has only been a gay adult performer for the past two years, yet in that short time he’s amassed a large following of fans. And while Steele possesses certain attributes that you might expect of a gay adult film star, his journey to become an adult performer has been anything but ordinary.

In an interview with Gay Star News, Steele talks about why he got into adult entertainment in his 40s, his relationship to his body image, and the connection between working in adult entertainment and self-confidence.

B_08R-ONSteele explains that he used to work in corporate America but wanted to start his own business. Working as an adult performer helped him raise money to start his own underwear line, 10seven. 

Steele also says that there are a lot of misconceptions about what it’s like to be a gay adult performer: “I think people think that it’s a lot of–like it’s nothing but hot sex. But it’s not true. It’s a lot of work. I can only count on maybe two fingers scenes that were actually not uncomfortable.”

Discussing body image and what he would say to someone who’s self-conscious about their appearances, Steele says, “You have to accept the things you cannot change. If there’s something about yourself that you really can change, set a plan and work towards it.” Of his own experience with insecurity as a performer he adds, “Coming into the [adult entertainment] industry at the age of almost 50 years old, I do not have the body that the 20-year-olds have. So there was a lot about myself I had to come to terms with very quickly.”

He also cautions against getting into adult entertainment to boost your confidence. “You need to find that validation from within before you seek it in [adult films] or whatever it is,” he says.

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Hillary Clinton, Tesla, Vince Foster, Sean Hayes, Xavier Dolan, Blake Shelton: NEWS

2016 ELECTION. State Department says Clinton violated rules in use of private server for emails. “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department issues before leaving government service,” says an audit by the State Department Inspector General, obtained by NBC News. “Because she did not do so, she did not comply with the [State] Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”

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NEW MEXICO. Violence breaks out at Trump rally in Albuquerque. “Albuquerque Police, who later called the evening’s events a riot, said on Twitter that some protesters were throwing bottles and rocks at mounted officers. Damage was reported to the glass doors of the center.”

VINCE FOSTER. Wolf Blitzer rips Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson over Trump’s decision to resurrect tired story.

DogHOT DOGS. New bill would allow Californians to free them from cars: “…a new bill would give her another option, allowing Californians to smash car windows and break imperiled animals out of vehicles that are too hot or cold without facing a civil lawsuit.”

BROOKLYN. Police accused of changing stories about man’s beating at Gay Pride house party: “Jabbar Campbell was busted on trumped-up charges three years ago, when homophobic cops brutally beat him before a failed attempt to trash his reputation, his lawyer says. With Campbell now acquitted on all counts, the Daily News has learned the officers in his case provided testimony contradicting both their initial version of the arrest — and their fellow cops.”

thielGAWKER VS. Was billionaire Peter Thiel behind Hulk Hogan’s Gawker lawsuit? “For months, the Gawker Media owner and people around him had speculated that the pro wrestler had a wealthy backer footing the legal bill for his fight against Denton and Gawker, which had published an excerpt of a Hogan sex tape. And in recent weeks, Denton had been more specific — he believed that Thiel was the one pushing the case forward, according to people familiar with Denton’s thinking. Now Forbes says Denton is right.”

TESLA. Model S driver caught sleeping while car is on auto pilot. “Tesla’s Autopilot requires the driver to always monitor the vehicle and be ready to take control. If the system lacks data to continue to actively steer the vehicle safely, it will show an alert on the dashboard.”

Fort PeckFORT PECK. Native American tribal leaders implement bathroom policy mirroring NC: “With a majority vote in favor, the tribal executive board approved a policy Monday that requires people use the bathroom according to the gender on their birth certificate, not the gender they identify as.”

SOUTH KOREA. Court dismisses same-sex marriage appeal: “A South Korean court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by two male filmmakers to legally recognize their marriage, saying that same-sex marriage cannot be accepted without due “legislative” action. Kim Chokwangsu and Kim Seung-hwan tied the knot in a public wedding in September 2013 but are still seeking to get legal status as the country does not recognize same-sex marriages.”

XAVIER DOLAN. The director rips Cannes critics after the reception of his film Only the End of the World.

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GIVING BIRTH. Sean Hayes on his kidney stone adventure:

MATT MCGORRY. Secure in his masculinity.

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FIRST TIMES. Blake Shelton tries sushi.

HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Seoul stud Mondo Grosso.

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See What Happens When Europeans Look Into the Eyes of Refugees for 4 Minutes: VIDEO

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The first step to understanding someone’s story is to look them in the eyes, as Look Beyond Borders, this powerful new video about the European/refugee divide from Amnesty International, illustrates.

Writes the organization:

When talking about the problem of refugees, we use dehumanised language, which reduces human tragedy to numbers and statistics. But this suffering concerns real people, who – just like us – have families, loved ones, friends; their own stories, dreams, goals… Only when you sit down opposite a specific person and look into their eyes, you no longer see an anonymous refugee, one of the migrants, and notice the human before you, just like yourself – loving, suffering, dreaming…

20 years ago, psychologist Arthur Aron discovered that 4 minutes of looking into each other’s eyes can bring people closer. Using this discovery, we decided to carry out a simple experiment, during which refugees and Europeans sat opposite each other and looked into each other’s eyes. Clearly, it is most important to give each other time to better understand and get to know each other.

The experiment was conducted in Berlin: the city, which – first of all – is a symbol of overcoming the divisions, and secondly, seems to be the centre of the contemporary Europe. We wanted the movie created on the basis of the experiment to be as symbolic as possible – and to touch upon the general divisions between people.

The experiment participants were ordinary people. The situations were not staged; we wanted to get natural, spontaneous reactions. The people sitting opposite each other had not known each other before and saw each other for the first time during the experiment. What is important, the refugees mostly came from Syria and had not been living in Europe for longer than a year.

Watch:

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Carjackers Use Grindr to Lure Victims

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Police in San Bernardino, California have arrested two carjackers suspected of using Grindr to lure their victims, according to their news release:

Over the last two weeks deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff Station have conducted two separate carjacking investigations. On both occasions the victim’s had blindly met the suspects using the dating application “Grindr.”

The first carjacking occurred May 15, 2016, near the intersection of Muskrat Avenue and Air Expressway in the City of Adelanto. During this investigation the suspect, identified as Steven Thomas, allegedly used a firearm to steal the victim’s vehicle and wallet. Thomas who had recently been paroled for possession of stolen property, was arrested by the Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division in the City of Desert Hot Springs a few days after the incident.

The second carjacking occurred May 23, 2016, near Yates Rd and Ridgecrest Rd in Victorville.The suspect, identified as Allan Soto, allegedly stole the victim’s vehicle using force. Soto was located a few hours later and arrested with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Departments Aviation Division. Both victims’ vehicles were recovered by deputies and returned to them.

Anyone with information about criminal or suspicious activity is encouraged to contact their local Sheriff Station or WE-TIP at 1-800-78CRIME (www.wetip.com) and can remain anonymous.

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The Sheriff’s Department said “citizens are encouraged to be diligent and safe when using any type of social media dating applications.”

A Grindr representative had this to say:

“As part of both joining the app, and on our page, we educate users on best practices around safety. It’s important to have fun, but be smart and do it safely.”

It is not known if Thomas and Soto were working together. The vehicles were later returned to the victims.

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