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First Lady Melania Trump caused a stir with the liberal media on Thursday when she wore a questionable jacket with “I really don’t care. Do you?” written on the back. She headed off to visit the children at the border who were separated from their parents. Of course, the gossip-prone media spend a considerable about of time trying to divine the secret meaning of the wardrobe choice and there were those who suggested she was saying that to the kids. CNN’s The Lead had both.



Freeform is known for having its overblown, progressive teen dramas, so Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger using the phrase “check your privilege” only mildly annoyed me. Following up with the belief that "this whole country's trying to kill [black people] every day," however, is where I would hope to draw the line.



Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson announced Tuesday that the nation's number 3 fast-food outlet (by number of locations) is closing 150 U.S. stores. It's not difficult to read Johnson's comments as indicating that the shuttered stores will primarily be in "blue" or liberal sections of the U.S. At the same time, he has specifically targeted "middle America and the South" for expansion. The business press isn't even trying to make the obvious connection between Johnson's announcement and the respective presence or absence of high minimum-wage laws and excessive regulation.



It didn’t take long for condolences to come pouring in from people across the political spectrum and throughout the media. Even with such short notice, both CBS and NBC ran news briefs on their evening programs reporting his passing. But ABC was the lone broadcast network to skip Krauthammer’s passing. And The Washing Post, where he wrote for decades, published an obituary that partially blamed him for the Iraq War.



Debate over child detentions and family separation at the border has gone into overdrive in the wake of President Trump’s executive order. But a video from 2014 shows that discussions of coming into the United States took on a very different tone just four years ago.



On June 19, Atlantic magazine writer Uri Friedman stated that although he didn't think the Singapore Summit accomplished much last week, he now believes that the "results are actually of considerable consequence."



Sony Pictures Classics is releasing a new film starring Peter Fonda as scheduled – following the actor’s tweet threatening to “rip” the president’s 12-year-old son “from his mother’s arms” and place him in a “cage with pedophiles.” Not everyone has been so lucky after other obscene tweets (think: Roseanne Barr).



Five congressmen have signed a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai to express their “concerns” over the tech giant’s partnership with the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies. Huawei runs Google’s operating system, Android, on its phones. The lawmakers penned their letter soon after Google ended its partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense.

 


Appearing on MSNBC Live With Craig Melvin Thursday afternoon, journalist and presidential historian Jon Meacham lamented that Donald Trump’s presidency was “nasty, brutish, and longer than we would like.” He went on to wail that press was giving the president too much attention and becoming a victim of “the longest abusive relationship in American history.”



Slacktivism may have reached its final frontier. Video gaming.

Grist’s Jesse Nichols touted efforts of University of Washington scientist Dargan Frierson to create climate change video games. The lefty environmental website asked, “Could a video game help us solve climate change?”



When researchers ignore contradictory data that undermines their assumptions, junk science prevails. When police conduct investigations with predetermined outcomes, wrongful convictions abound. And when reporters cherry-pick facts and distort images to serve political agendas, media outlets become dangerous weapons of mass manipulation.



On The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell Wednesday night, MSNBC National Affairs Analyst John Heilemann wrote off Republican responses to President Trump’s immigration policy as little more than self-interested. Heilemann argued that Republicans were facing an existential crisis and that “this policy was going to put 100 Republican seats in jeopardy.”



CBS on Thursday once again showed itself to be the network that will at least consider not demonizing law-abiding firearms owners. This Morning co-host Gayle King highlighted a good guy with a gun who stopped an armed carjacker in Washington State. Pastor David George, described as a “holy hero” by the onscreen graphic, killed a gunman who was firing on others. 



The left has discovered the importance of the nuclear family -- at least until the midterms -- and they’re not going to share their newfound respect for the essential building block of society with ideological foes. Conservative’s warnings about society “destroying the family” have been “myopic and self-focused,” according to Neil J. Young, writer for Slate in the article “Family Values” Conservatism is Over.



Although the entertainment industry often mocks Christianity, it’s applauding a song popular among Christians after one 13-year-old’s performance. On Tuesday night, Jeffrey Li sang a rendition of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” in an audition for America’s Got Talent.