Margaret Cho: America Is Very Ageist, ‘Body Shaming’ Is ‘A Fascism Against Women’s Bodies’

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Comedian and co-host of E!’s “Fashion Police,” Margaret Cho argued that the US is very ageist and “body shaming is…a fascism against women’s bodies” on Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time.” After host Bill Maher said, “[Y]ou do talk about how America is very ageist.” Cho responded, “It is.” She later added, “[B]ody shaming is — I think it’s a fascism, it’s a fascism against women’s bodies. I’m a longtime survivor of eating disorders, so I know that you can be dragged back into the disease anyway. So, you know, I’m in remission now, because I’ve done a lot of work on it. But it’s hard.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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George Clooney Praises Merkel’s Openness to Migrants as He Seeks Greater Seclusion in Italy

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George Clooney, and his wife Amal, met in private with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday and praised her leadership during the migrant crisis, as rumors circulate that the American actor may sell his luxurious Lake Como property because it isn’t isolated enough. Clooney, who was accompanied to the Merkel meeting by former UK foreign secretary David Miliband, told reporters that he “absolutely” agrees with Merkel’s handling of the crisis and her acceptance of many migrants into the country.  Merkel has spearheaded Germany’s response to the greatest influx of refugees into Europe since the Second World War, with Germany taking nearly half of all asylum applications made by Syrians in EU member states last year. After the 40-minute meeting, Clooney criticized the U.S. policy toward migrants on German television. “You know in the United States, we aren’t doing enough,” he said. “We are a little less involved than we should be.” Later Friday, the Clooneys, who are in Germany to promote the actor’s new film Hail, Caesar, also visited a Berlin refugee shelter. He had said he wished to meet a group of asylum seekers, “to talk about and ask what messages and what things we can do… to help.” The Clooneys’
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George Clooney Nailed America’s Hate-Speech Problem – BusinessInsider

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George Clooney while promoting “Hail, Caesar!” at the Berlin Film Festival, explained that “hate speech” frequently heard on the campaign trails in American presidential politics are just “extreme voices” and “don’t survive.” In an interview reported at Business Insider the actor commented: “I mean there are some extreme voices out there. I always have to caution people when they watch American politics that we go a little crazy during the political season and it’s a very long season. And the xenophobic, fascist sort of ‘no muslims are going to come into the United States’ that’s never going to happen, you know, that’s not going to happen in the United States. That’s not who we are, that’s not who we have ever been, that’s not how this country was formed.” Clooney adds that these voices don’t represent  America, “So you are going to hear some of these louder voices that are extreme, and a much smaller percentage of the country that always come up during these moments, but they don’t ever survive and we get past this.”
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Maher: The Last Jew Who Hurt Hillary As Bad As Bernie ‘Was Monica Lewinsky’

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On Friday, HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher commented on Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) victory over fellow candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by saying that Clinton hadn’t been hurt this badly by a Jewish person since Monica Lewinsky. Maher stated, “Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton by 22 points. The last time, I got to say a Jew hurt Hillary this bad, was Monica Lewinsky.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Van Jones: Clintons ‘Acting Like Obama’s Like Our Dear Leader, Like In North Korea’

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CNN Political Contributor and former green jobs advisor Van Jones to President Obama argued that the Clintons “are acting like Obama’s like our dear leader, like in North Korea” in their attacks on Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for his criticisms of President Obama on Friday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight.” Jones said, “I’m starting to be very concerned about the way that the Clintons are almost making it seem, if you oppose Hillary Clinton, or if you like Sanders, you somehow hate Obama. And that is nuts. I mean, it’s so funny to me, Bernie is supposed to be the Socialist, but the Clintons are acting like Obama’s like our dear leader, like in North Korea, if you criticize the dear leader. That’s nuts. You can have, and you should have, if you’re in public life, a critique of the status quo –.” After host Don Lemon reacted, “I can’t wait to see the right-wing blogs get ahold of what you just said, but go on.” Jones then responded, “Hey, fine! Hey, blow it up! Blow it up! That’s my point, the Clintons need to back off of this, if you — it’s like she’s like Hillary Rodham Obama,
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Lawmakers Call for Investigation of Millionaires Enrolling in Medicaid

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Melissa Quinn writes in the Daily Signal: Conservative lawmakers say Congress should investigate the number of millionaires who qualify for and enroll in government-sponsored health insurance under Obamacare, a trend exposed in a Daily Signal report earlier this week. At the monthly Capitol Hill event Conversations with Conservatives, lawmakers in attendance discussed a recent Daily Signal report involving people with high net worths who legally enroll in Medicaid, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., suggested the “loophole” should receive further congressional scrutiny. “This is what happens. You open the door. You don’t do your verification. You don’t know who is coming into the program, and yes, you’re going to see a program like this balloon and get out of control quickly,” Blackburn said when asked if Congress should investigate the findings. “Is it an issue? Yes. It was an issue for TennCare, it will be an issue for Obamacare.” Similarly, Darin Miller, spokesman for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told The Daily Signal the congressman would be “open to investigating the [Medicaid] expansions that allow this sort of thing to happen.” “This is just another reason why Obamacare needs to be repealed,” he said. You can read the rest of the story
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