The USWNT will play the Netherlands in the World Cup final. Here’s what you need to know

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Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and co. will get a chance to prove they’re the best in the world against the European champions.

The United States women’s national team defeated England on Tuesday to make its third straight World Cup final, and now we know its opponent. The Americans will face off against the Netherlands as they try to repeat as World Cup champions.

When is the World Cup final and where can I watch it?

You can watch the USWNT take on the Netherlands on Sunday, July 7. The game kicks off at 11 am ET from Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France, and can be seen on FOX and Telemundo in the United States.

The USWNT is battling injury problems

Star winger Megan Rapinoe, who has five goals so far in the World Cup, sat out the semifinal against England with a hamstring strain. Rapinoe says that her injury is minor and that she’ll be ready to play on Sunday, but USWNT manager Jill Ellis has been handed a tough selection dilemma. Christen Press played well in Rapinoe’s place, scoring a goal and turning in an excellent defensive performance.

Rose Lavelle has also picked up a minor hamstring injury, and like Rapinoe, says she will suit up for the final. However, Lavelle has a long history of hamstring injuries, so expect Ellis to turn to Sam Mewis to replace Lavelle.

Alex Morgan will need to be the star, and has a chance to cement her legacy

There’s nothing Alex Morgan hasn’t won in her career. She’s a World Cup champion, an Olympic gold medalist, a Champions League winner, a WPS champion and an NWSL champion. She’s scored 107 goals for the national team, been named the best player in North America four times, and made the FIFPro World XI.

But with tournament-leading 6 goals, she’s on track to add another accolade to that list — a World Cup golden boot.

That golden boot, and perhaps a golden ball to go along with it, would eliminate any doubts about her place among the best players of all time. She’s been as important to her teams as Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach were to theirs. On Sunday, she could get the individual hardware to prove it.

Julie Ertz vs. Danielle van de Donk is the matchup to watch

Rapinoe, Morgan and the American back line have gotten most of the publicity during this World Cup, but Ertz has been doing some serious work on the DL. Usually an all-action wrecking ball of a defensive midfielder, Ertz has been playing a more disciplined role during the knockout stage, and it’s paying off.

In the final, she’ll be matched up directly against Danielle van de Donk, the playmaker who set up the Netherlands’ goal in their 1-0 victory over Sweden in the semifinal. With former FIFA world player of the year Lieke Martens picking up a knock on Wednesday and Shanice van de Sanden struggling for form on the other wing, the Netherlands will be heavily reliant on van de Donk to create their scoring chances. It’ll be up to Ertz to stop her from getting the ball in dangerous spots.

It doesn’t get better than the defending champs vs. the European champs

If the USWNT wins on Sunday, they will have gone through the most difficult stretch of opponents that anyone has had to go through to win a World Cup. It had to, successively, defeat:

  • Sweden, who went on to make the semifinals on the other side of the bracket
  • Spain, considered the world’s best up-and-coming women’s soccer nations after regularly outperforming the United States at youth World Cups
  • France, the hosts, who have the core of the team that has won six of the last nine Champions League titles
  • England, the No. 3 ranked team in the world and winners of the SheBelieves Cup in March
  • The Netherlands, who are the reigning European champions

France and England were considered to be tougher opponents than the Netherlands coming into the tournament, and the Oranje’s struggles to score in the semifinal don’t inspire confidence that they can pull off an upset. But they are, nonetheless, the reigning champions of Europe, and beating them would be another feather in the USWNT’s now very bird-like cap.


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Jared Lorenzen performed miracles right in front of me

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Lorenzen, who tragically passed away today at age 38, was more than the largest quarterback anyone has ever seen.

I watched Jared Lorenzen, who passed away today at the age of 38, play football exactly one time. It happened in Louisville’s Old Cardinal Stadium, which most closely resembled a map from a video game you would buy from a spinning wire rack at Kroger for $4.99. I watched a baseball game there once as a kid, and I distinctly remember noticing that the pitcher’s mound was completely flat — something that can’t possibly have been true, but may as well have been. An entire section of the outfield bleachers, rusted-out and apparently on the verge of collapse, was simply cordoned off with yellow tape. This hideous place was the setting of the most incredible athletic performance I have personally witnessed in my entire life.

In the Kentucky state championship, Lorenzen quarterbacked Fort Thomas Highlands, a perennial champ that took it easy on my Waggener High School classmates by only winning 56-7. At one point he chucked the ball 70 yards in the air, a stunning distance even by NFL standards, only to see it dropped in the end zone.

He mostly ran. The papers listed him at just 240 pounds, another thing that couldn’t possibly have been true, because he appeared twice as large as any of my friends who tried to tackle him. Most simply bounced off him. One play in particular resembled a political cartoon. Two Waggener defenders grabbed him; unable to throw him down with any sort of force, they appeared to try to weigh him down by simply hanging on. It didn’t work. He just ran like that, carrying them for another 20 yards downfield. It was stunning. He was a terraformer, giving that place the bulldozing it needed so sorely.

I had never seen anything like it, and I have never seen anything like it in the 20 years since. He is a hero I never met and will dearly miss. He performed supernatural events in front of me, and he will have my gratitude forever.

Old Cardinal Stadium was finally demolished a few months ago. It’s very appropriate. That afternoon, it became certain that Jared Lorenzen would outlast every beam in that building.


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Netflix scrubs 66 episodes of gay joke-cracking Chelsea Handler’s failed talk show

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Well, this is awkward. And possibly cryptic. But also maybe nothing. Who knows? But it’s certainly gotten our attention.

Netflix has quietly and inexplicably removed 66 of 120 episodes of Chelsea Handler’s now-cancelled original series “Chelsea” from its platform.

This might not seem like such a big deal except that it’s the only time the streaming giant has ever scrubbed content that it owned and created. And the fact that they’re not saying why they did it is also, well, kinda strange.

“Chelsea” ran for two seasons from 2016-2017 and received mixed reviews from critics before having the plug pulled.

In a statement this week, Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s vice president of nonfiction series and comedy specials, said that coming up with successful talk shows has been a difficult task.

Related: Nick Cannon points out all those times white female comedians used antigay slurs and no one cared

Over the last two years, the company has canceled three shows in the genre– “The Break With Michelle Wolf,” “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” and “Chelsea”–with two others currently on life support–“Norm Macdonald Has a Show” and “The Fix,” starring Jimmy Carr, D. L. Hughley and Katherine Ryan.

“The timeliness of the genre is a challenge for us as an on-demand service,” Riegg said. “We’ve worked with many talented artists to pioneer talk shows for streaming audiences, and although some shows ended, we hope everyone involved is proud of what they created.”

But that doesn’t explain why, of all those failed talk shows, only Handler’s has been yanked.

Earlier this year, Handler defended fellow comedian Kevin Hart’s homophobic past, saying she “honestly respects” him, despite the fact that he never apologized for cracking antigay jokes and writing antigay tweets, though he falsely claimed he had.

Last December, an old tweet Handler had written in which she used an antigay slur resurfaced, prompting criticism from comedian Nick Cannon.

Also last year, Handler was criticized for repeatedly cracking jokes about Sen. Lindsay Graham, calling him “gay” and a “bottom” and tweeting that he had a “d*ck sucking” video in an attempt to humiliate him.

All this from a woman who claims to be an LGBTQ “ally.”

Handler has not yet commented on Netflix scrubbing her show from the platform.

Related: People are so over Chelsea Handler’s gay jokes about Lindsey Graham


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Millennial man lands sponsored content gig aboard the Titanic

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Sometimes bad things happen. Imagine yourself a young model slash commercial actor in London with an expired work visa. You’re attempting to fly home to the states on standby during busy season. Brexit (or something) has broken the airlines’ computer systems and flights are delayed globally. You are marooned in the land of Mary Poppins on an Oliver Twist budget. And your luggage has mysteriously disappeared.

This is a story of changing fortunes while trying to get home in time for Pride. Few things are more miserable than being broke and stranded. Dejected for the last time at Heathrow, my mind viciously recalled the horrible and shameless things I’d subjected myself to during the last running aground. It was during this worrisome spiral of self flagellation that it suddenly occurred: I’m an Influencer now. Influencers don’t pay for things. Therefore, one doesn’t need money if one never pays for anything for one’s self in the first place. This might work. Enthusiastically phoning my closest agency (in this case a small group in the Ukraine), I beseeched them to help me get home. They chuckled as they usually do following my extraction requests. Within an hour they had a booking departing immediately. Luck had finally turned! My magical agents had me heading home on a #MegaLuxury cruise ship. The timing couldn’t have been more serendipitous. This cruise promised to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. White Star Line’s newest, grandest, most record shattering boat was making its maiden transatlantic voyage. This big boat’s name… was the #Titanic.

The launch ceremony date was set for April 10, 1912. Getting to the port in Liverpool on time was terribly difficult, maybe scientifically unsound, but through Jesus all things are possible.

Upon first impression the Titanic showed promise, but things slowly started to take a turn that retroactively tainted the overall experience. As a fair and professional critic, I’ll deliver the good news first and showcase the more positive aspects of the journey before illuminating where things could be improved.

First and foremost, as a first time first class passenger, I can definitely say that the service onboard the Titanic was glorious. Everyone adhered to a very strict dress code. The mustache game was on point. The spotted dick unparalleled. In keeping with their dedication to theme the gymnasium didn’t have a Crossfit, however, the staff was kind in allowing me to conduct the WOD on deck. They even let me drive for a minute on the 4th night of the trip in exchange for letting them play Angry Birds on my phone!

The food was exceptional (even by British standards) and the Turkish baths proved fruitful. What really struck me with this experience was the Swag Bags. Mine literally contained the Heart of the Ocean, a rare jewel that I’m pretty sure more than a hundred people died for.

As amazing as all of this sounds, there was an unfortunate event where the ship hit a whale or something and sunk. That very unprofessional display cast quite a negative light on the whole experience retroactively. In fact, had I not been in first class it would probably have resulted in an even lower overall score. 3 and 1/2 stars. More in video below:


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‘Philadelphia,’ ‘First Wives Club,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Everything Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO this Month

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Looking for something to stream while you Netflix and chill? Check out our picks for new films streaming this month below, including First Wives Club, Bohemian Rhapsody and more.

Philadelphia (1993), available July 1 on Netflix

The first widespread, big-budget, Hollywood film to address AIDS in America, this ground-breaking film used big name stars like Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington to bridge the empathy gap with mainstream audiences. By no means a perfect depiction of LGBTQ people (intimate scenes between Hanks and Antonio Banderas were cut from what was screened in theaters), it’s still an important film in LGBTQ history.

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), available July 1 on Hulu

Madonna’s big-screen debut pairs the pop star with Rosanna Arquette in a farcical film about a bored housewife, an artsy ingenue and the newspaper personals.

The First Wives Club (1996), available July 1 on Hulu

Before Marianne Williamson was running a Presidential campaign on love, Dr. Leslie Rosen (Marcia Gay Harden) was already teaching us how to “Grow from love.” (It didn’t work out great for her, either.) Keaton, Midler and Hawn are an incredible trio, turning this revenge comedy into a total camp classic.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), available July 6 on HBO

Rami Malek’s Oscar-winning turn as queer Queen frontman Freddie Mercury comes to streaming this month. While some took issue with the film’s treatment of Mercury’s sexuality, the biopic nailed the musical performances.

A Very Brady Sequel (1996), available July 31 on Amazon Prime

Before Mama Ru was dominating the world of drag, the host of RuPaul’s Drag Race appeared in this quirky comedic take on one of TV’s most beloved families.

What are you streaming this month?

All films coming to Netflix
Available July 1
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Astro Boy
Caddyshack
Caddyshack 2
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke
Cloverfield
Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain
Frozen River
Inkheart
Kill the Irishman
Lady in the Water
Little Monsters
Mean Dreams
Mean Streets
Megamind
Nights in Rodanthe
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Philadelphia
Rain Man
Road House
Room on the Broom
Scream 3
Starsky & Hutch
Swiped
Swordfish
Taxi Driver
The Accountant of Auschwitz
The American
The Book of Eli
The Brothers Grimm
The Hangover
The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther 2
War Against Women
Who’s That Knocking at My Door?

Available July 6
The Iron Lady
Sicilian Ghost Story

Available July 9
Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns
Kinky

Available July 11
Cities of Last Things – Netflix Film

Available July 12
4 latas – Netflix Film
Kidnapping Stella – Netflix Film
Point Blank – Netflix Film
Smart People

Available July 13
Sorry Angel

Available July 16
The Break-Up
Disney’s The Princess and the Frog
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein – Netflix Original

Available July 22
Inglourious Basterds

Available July 26
Boi – Netflix Film
The Exception
Girls With Balls – Netflix Film
The Son – Netflix Film

Available July 29
The Croods

Available July 31
The Red Sea Diving Resort – Netflix Film

All films coming to Amazon
Available July 1
Under the Silver Lake

Available July 2
Phoenix

Available July 3
Peterloo (Amazon Original movie)

Available July 4
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny

Available July 7
Marshall

Available July 9
Witless Protections

Available July 12
Gone Baby Gone

Available July 13
Never Grow Old

Available July 14
Moose
True Grit

Available July 15
Love Happens

Available July 19
Trading Paint

Available July 21
Time Freak

Available July 23
Serenity
Hellboy

Available July 27
A Vigilante

Available July 28
After Darkness

Available July 29
The Haunting of Sharon Tate

Available July 31
A Very Brady Sequel
A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day
Arctic
American Heart
Chinese Box
Corpse Bride
Dumb and Dumber
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Eight Men Out
Furry Vengeance
Good Advice
Hackers
Ingenious
Jeepers Creepers 2
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
My Bloody Valentine
Rat Race
Rosemary’s Baby
S.W.A.T.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Nemesis
The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold
The Rainmaker
Tracker
Twelve Monkeys
Urban Cowboy

All films coming to Hulu
Available July 1
88 Minutes
A Little Princess
A Year Ago in Winter
Accomplices
Airplane!
Airplanes II: The Sequel
American Gun
An American Werewolf in London
The Amityville Horror
Antiviral
The Appeared
Apres Lui
Arbitrage
Are We Done Yet?
Are We There Yet?
Astro Boy
Bad Lieutenant
Bad Santa
The Benchwarmers
Beyond the Gates (of Hell)
Big Fish
Brotherhood of Justice
Bull Durham
Bunny and the Bull
The Chateau
The Childhood of a Leader
Child’s Play
Coffin Rock
Con Air
Cooties
CSA: Confederate States of America
Curse of the Zodiac
Dans Paris
Death Bell
Desperately Seeking Susan
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Endless Love
Errors of the Human Body
Evolution
Fainheart
Fighter
The First Wives Club
Gangster No. 1
The Girl Under the Waves
Good Luck Chuck
Good Time Max
Hard Candy
Hellions
Hero (“Ying Xiong”)
Home of the Brave
Honey 2
The Housemaid
The Human Stain
I Remember You
The Imperialists are Still Alive
Into The Blue
Into The Blue 2: The Reef
Johnny Mad Dog
Killing them Safely
King Kong
The Last Days
Leaving
Letters to Juliet
Man About Town
Man in the Moon
Manglehorn
Married to the Mob
Minority Report
Mission: Impossible III
My Best Friend’s Girl
Myth of the American Sleepover
No One Knows about Persian Cats
Open Water
Open Water 2: Adrift
Operation Condor
Operation Condor II: The Armour of the Gods
The Overbrook Brothers
Paper Covers Rock
Paranoid Park
The Panic in Needle Park
The Polar Express
The Princess of Montpensier
Primal
Prime
Proof
Pumpkin
Puzzle
The Quiet American
Quigley Down Under
Rain
Reservoir Dogs
Revenge of the Nerds
Rocky
Rocky II
Rocky III
Rocky IV
Rocky V
Rules of Attraction
Rules of Engagement
Running Scared
Sangre de mi Sangre
Shanghai Surprise
Sleepy Hollow
Sling Blade
Someone Else
Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary
Spaceballs
Species
Species II
Species III
Species: The Awakening
Stalked By My Patients
Stigmata
Stung
Superbad
Swimfan
Swingers
The Silence of the Lambs
The Sum of all Fears
Terror in the Woods
The Time that Remains
The Uninvited
The Wraith
Thomas in Love
Traitor
Turtles Can Fly
Unmade Beds
Uptown Girls
Vampires
Vincere
Walk Away Renee
We Are What We Are
White Night Wedding
With a Friend like Harry
Women of Brewster Place

Available July 2
The Last Word

Available July 3
Phoenix

Available July 4
The Brink
Woman at War

Available July 5
Drop Dead Gorgeous

Available July 10
Witness Protection

Available July 12
Gone Baby Gone

Available July 18
The Last Man

Available July 20
Apollo 11

Available July 21
The Wave

Available July 22
Time Freak

Available July 23
Planet 51

Available July 26
I Trapped the Devil
The Field Guide to Evil

Available July 31
Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days
Dior and I

All films coming to HBO
Available July 1

The A-Team (Extended Version)
A Nightmare on Elm Street
American Nightmares
An Ideal Husband
By the Sea
Cyrus
Dead Man on Campus
Doppelganger
Elektra (Director’s Cut)
The Hoax
I, Robot
Justice League
Keeping Up With the Steins
Little Fockers
The Manchurian Candidate
Me, Myself & Irene
The Mother
Mr. Right
MXP: Most Xtreme Primate
Notting Hill
The Ring Two (Extended Version)
Rush Hour 2
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
Term Life
Victor Crowley
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
When We Were Kings
Without a Paddle

Available July 5
Thoroughbreds

Available July 6
Bohemian Rhapsody

Available July 13
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Available July 20
First Man

Available July 23
Red Sparrow

Available July 27
Widows

Available July 31
Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist

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Disturbing video shows unhinged man ripping down Pride flag while shouting antigay slurs

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A Washington D.C. resident posted disturbing surveillance video of an unidentified man defacing the Pride Flag outside his home while screaming homophobic slurs.

The resident, identified on Twitter as @MJasonRhodes, shared a 30-second video of a man yelling “f*ggot motherf*cker” and “drag queen motherf*ckers” among other antigay slurs while tearing down the flag on July 2.

In the video, the man violently rips the flag pole off the exterior wall of the home, smashes it against a fence, and leaves it on the sidewalk before stomping away.

“This happened in broad daylight at our house on Independence at 17th St SE this morning while my wife was walking our dog,” the resident noted. “People like this should not be on our streets.”

Police are investigating the incident of vandalism, and welcome tips from witnesses.

“We saw the Popville post as well and have attempted to make contact with and have the property owner make a report,” said D.C. Police Lt. Brett Parson, who oversees the department’s LGBT liaison unit. “They were encouraged to contact the LGBT Liaison Unit Duty Phone or call 911. We stand ready to respond, investigate, and provide support.”

Watch.

Related: Church responds to Pride flag vandalism by displaying hundreds more


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Guess what the “mysterious substance” in those letters mailed to Straight Pride turned out to be

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Investigators of unmarked envelopes containing a powdery substance sent to organizers of Boston’s “Straight Pride” have announced the packages did not contain a dangerous substance after all. Instead, they held only Bible verses… and glitter.

Super Fun Happy America, the organizers of the event, notified the FBI after receiving the envelopes earlier this week.

The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad, FBI and three area fire departments all converged on the scene to investigate the packages, suspecting they might contain a dangerous substance. You know, like anthrax.

“We, of course, called the police,” Super Fun Happy America president John Hugo said. “I mean, why would we open something like that?”

Hugo, along with two other organization volunteers, received the envelopes. Boston City Hall received a similar letter, though police have yet to connect it to the other mailings.

Despite the benign nature of the letters, Hugo has decried the mailing as one of intimidation.

“Even if it’s nothing in it, it’s still terrorism as far as I’m concerned because obviously it’s meant to intimidate us,” he said.

Boston Straight Pride has attracted controversy from its inception. John Hugo, as well as other members of Super Fun Happy America, have ties to the noted white supremacist group The Proud Boys.

Somewhat ironically, the group has also named gay provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos as the Grand Marshall of the Straight Pride Parade.

Related: The Straight Pride Parade organizers have received suspicious envelopes in the mail


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Antigay pastor has breakdown in pulpit, admits to having “affair” with underage boy to entire church

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The pastor of a Baptist church in Alabama has been arrested after admitting to his entire congregation that he molested at least one young boy from the church on multiple occasions.

41-year-old John Martin is a married father of five and the lead pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church where he has regularly preached about the evils of homosexuality since 2010.

On Monday, he confessed to four counts of child sexual abuse after church members reported him to authorities.

According to local news station WAFF48, Martin first made the confession from the pulpit during a Sunday sermon in June. According to court records, he told churchgoers that his molestation of the boy child was an “affair.”

Martin said the abuse happened on multiple occasions at his home and on a road trip. He also sent the boy explicit text messages.

After sharing the story with stunned churchgoers, the pastor checked himself into a psychiatric unit and turned over two guns.

According to its website, Lighthouse Baptist Church believes that marriage is “between a man and a woman” and that “intimate sexual activity” that happens outside of a marriage is a sin.

It goes on to say: “We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.”

A photo on the church’s website shows Marin and his family–his wife and their two young daughters and three sons–along with a memo that reads: “We are proud to have Pastor Martin and his family with us. Since Pastor Martin came to Lighthouse, we have seen a growth that can only come from God. Pastor and his family would love for you to visit Lighthouse Baptist Church very soon!”

Angie Hamilton, an assistant district attorney in Lauderdale County, says more victims may be involved.

“We have identified several potential victims,” she told local media this week. “We believe other charges are forthcoming.”

Martin is currently being held in the Lauderdale County jail. His bail is set at $60,000.


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Man wonders if he should tell wife he hooked up with dudes for 12 years while in the military

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Man sits on the edge of his bed thinking.

A married man has reached out for advice regarding his bisexual past. In a letter to Dear Abby, he wants to know: should he tell his wife he used to hook up with guys on a regular basis?

“I have been married 36 years to a woman who has saved my life and soul,” the man, identified only as “Different Person Now” writes. “We are both faithful to God and to our marriage, sharing the love of our family.”

“Prior to meeting her, for nearly 12 years through my military service and college years, I was actively bisexual. I’m not proud of this fact but learned it was more out of loneliness and experimentation than need.”

We’re not sure about that last bit… but anyway…

The man continues: “It weighs heavy on my heart. It melts me when she says ‘I love you’ and thanks me for sharing my life with her. I have prayed to God about this. Should I share this with my wife?”

Abby, as usual, gives sound advice.

“I see nothing positive to be gained by opening this long-closed chapter of your life with your wife at this late date,” she writes. “Because you feel the need to talk about this, do it with your spiritual adviser.”

Obviously, this man is suffering from some nasty guilt over his past same-sex experiences.

Though we wish Abby had pointed out that people are never formerly bisexual–once a queer, always a queer, as they say–her empathy shines through. The guy definitely needs some counseling.

That said, we can’t help but wonder: why, exactly, is this so bothersome to “Different Person” now? Could he be feeling lonely and craving some experimentation now?

Related: Read the horrible advice Billy Graham gave to a gay youth


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MIKE PENCE. Abruptly canceled trip to New Hampshire aboard Air Force Two is a mystery: “It is rare that something causes a vice president to abandon a publicized trip once aboard a plane. Mr. Pence’s aides said that there was no national security emergency or personal health issue that prompted the change. They said that he had boarded the plane but that it never took off. They would not say much else.”

RECORD BREAKER OF THE DAY. The $120 million Spelling mansion in L.A. County.

GUN SWEATS. Trump officials alarmed as NRA is in meltdown: “In recent weeks, the NRA has seen everything from a failed coup attempt to the departure of its longtime political architect to embarrassing tales of self-dealing by top leaders. The turmoil is fueling fears that the organization will be profoundly diminished heading into the election, leaving the Republican Party with a gaping hole in its political machinery.”

THE VIEW. Meghan McCain may be on the way out.

PROVINCETOWN TRAVELERSYou can download our annual 2019 Ptown Hacks gay guide to Provincetown right HERE and find out everything that is new and different in town this summer!

RIP. Lee Iacocca dead.

BORDER PATROL. Malice is the agenda.

FASCIST FOURTH. MSNBC won’t air Trump’s National Mall spectacle. ‘Fox News is planning to cover “Salute to America” during a two-hour edition of “Special Report,” which airs from 6 to 8 p.m. And C-SPAN is planning to carry the event live, beginning at 6:15 p.m. CNN representatives did not respond to requests for comment.’

KEN MEHLMAN. Why gay rights is a Republican value: “This year, more than two dozen Republican lawmakers in over a dozen states sponsored L.G.B.T.Q. nondiscrimination legislation; and many Republicans refused to pass discriminatory, anti-L.G.B.T.Q. legislation in places like Texas, Georgia and South Dakota. That’s why I’m proud to file a friend-of-the-court brief that makes the conservative argument for these protections. I’m in good company, alongside 34 other high-ranking Republicans, including former members of Congress, political advisers and formerlongstanding members of Republican administrations. Our brief argues that interpreting Title VII’s plain text in accordance with conservative textualist principles makes it clear that the law bans discrimination against L.G.B.T.Q. workers.”

SHOPPING TRIP OF THE DAY. Coco Peru.

READY TO RUN. Remembering John F. Kennedy Jr’s death 30 years ago.

SEATTLE. New gay bar The Swallow opens in White Center: “This LGBTQ bar has been one of the surprise hits this year, drawing crowds late at night along a usually quiet strip of White Center, with drag shows and techno, punk and disco parties on Fridays and Saturdays. The spot has created enough buzz from the LGBTQ community that The Swallow started opening on Mondays and will soon turn its back parking lot into a 25-seat patio.”

70 QUESTIONS WITH. Roger Federer.

NAILED. Michael Henry nails Meatball.

UNDER A ROCK OF THE DAY. Tig Notaro tries to figure out who Wolfgang Puck is.

HUMPDAY HOTTIE. Matteo Menicocci.

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“Don Jr. and Jared Really Dislike Each Other”: In the Trump Campaign, It’s Son Versus Son-in-Law

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After a 2020 campaign rollout that included weak polls and a pair of disastrous network interviews, Donald Trump needed some good news. He got some Tuesday when his campaign and the Republican National Committee announced they had raised $105 million in the second quarter, a number that far surpassed where Barack Obama and the DNC were at this point in Obama’s reelection bid. The massive fund-raising haul, a former West Wing official told me, “showed money isn’t going to be a problem.”

What is a problem for the campaign, though, is the escalating cold war between Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. for control of the reelection, five sources close to the White House told me in recent days. Brad Parscale is the nominal campaign manager—but Jared and Don Jr., who both have good relationships with Parscale, are jockeying to be the ultimate decision makers. “Jared wants to take control of the campaign,” a person close to Don Jr. told me. “It’s about power,” the former West Wing official said. One place the fight is playing out is over fund-raising. According to sources, Kushner has been seeking to marginalize Don Jr.’s close friend Tommy Hicks Jr., who serves as co-chairman of the RNC. According to a source, Jared has told RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel not to be in touch with Hicks.

“None of this is true,” Ronna McDaniel replied in an email. “The president’s family, the campaign and RNC couldn’t be working any better together. This is a total team effort to re-elect the president and Tommy is an integral part of it.” Donald Trump Jr. and the White House did not respond to requests for comment by the time this article was published.

The tensions between Don Jr. and Kushner amplified beneath the glare of the Mueller investigation. “Don Jr. and Jared really dislike each other,” a Republican close to the White House told me. According to the source, Don Jr. has told people he suspected Kushner was behind the initial leak of Don Jr.’s infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. “Don was telling people Jared leaked it to hurt him. No one could figure out how it leaked. It was a closely guarded secret.” The source said Kushner has also told foreign dignitaries to steer clear of Don Jr. “Jared has told foreign people not to work through Don Jr. And Jared has said it’s on orders from the president,” the source said.

Paranoia about Kushner has set in among Don Jr.’s allies. According to one person close to Don Jr., his advisers were alarmed by Don Jr.’s now-deleted tweet questioning Senator Kamala Harris’s race. They worried Kushner would push the scandal to damage Don Jr. “We need to clean this up,” one adviser emailed another shortly after Don Jr. sent the tweet, according to the person, who was briefed on the exchange. “Don doesn’t want to give Jared any excuses to delegitimize him,” the person told me.


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German prosecutors intensify Deutsche Bank client investigation: source

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German prosecutors are escalating a money laundering inquiry involving Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE), including planned raids on wealthy former clients, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Police vehicles are parked in front of Deutsche Bank headquarters as roughly 170 criminal police officers, prosecutors and tax inspectors searched Deutsche Bank offices in and around Frankfurt, Germany, November 29, 2018, on money laundering allegations, the public prosecutor said in a statement. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

Frankfurt’s state prosecutors will in the coming months search the homes of people who it suspects of using a company formerly owned by Germany’s biggest bank for tax evasion and money laundering, the person said.

The intensified scrutiny of Deutsche Bank, which has said it has no indication of any misconduct, comes at a delicate time as the Frankfurt-based bank seeks to revamp its struggling business and repair a reputation ravaged by a series of scandals.

Deutsche Bank declined to comment on the investigation but referred to earlier comments by a senior official in which he defended its record, saying that it has invested in fighting money laundering and that it is cooperating with investigators.

Police searched the homes of eight people in Germany as part of the investigation in May, after a two-day search of Deutsche Bank’s headquarters by 170 police and investigators in November.

That high-profile raid tainted it for months, hitting its share price as well shaking confidence in the bank among government officials and its customers.

During the raid, police obtained the names of 900 clients suspected of using its Regula subsidiary to avoid taxes, the person said.

Prosecutors said at the time that they suspected Deutsche Bank had helped clients shift criminal money, identifying more than 300 million euros ($339 million) that had flowed to a British Virgin Islands registered vehicle in 2016.

The prosecutors also said they were investigating two members of Deutsche Bank staff.

Deutsche Bank executive Karl von Rohr said in February that it had acted to ensure the “tax honesty” of clients, and had no indication of any misconduct by the bank or staff.

Regula was highlighted in data leaks including the Panama Papers, which were uncovered by a consortium of journalists.

The regional government in the German state of Hesse and German federal police bought this data, which includes almost 290,000 documents relating to 1,500 offshore firms, in 2017. It is now in the hands of Frankfurt public prosecutors.

‘FLAGRANT OFFENDER’

Although Deutsche Bank sold Regula in early 2018 to a Bermuda-based bank, the evolving investigation puts it under further pressure following years of scrutiny and billions of dollars in fines for schemes, including so-called mirror trades.

Deutsche has agreed to pay more than $600 million in fines to the New York and British authorities for that scheme, one of its most recent scandals, that regulators said allowed Russian clients to covertly move money abroad.

That prompted lawmakers in the United States to send the bank a questionnaire asking about its money laundering controls.

“Deutsche Bank has been a flagrant offender of our money laundering laws,” U.S. Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen told Reuters. “They are in a league of their own. So we want to look at it for that reason.”

Von Rohr said in a speech that Deutsche Bank had improved controls, tripling staff who fight money laundering and financial crime since 2015 and was maintaining close contact with regulators.

U.S. lawmakers have also asked questions about the bank’s relationship with Donald Trump, but Deutsche’s response has been held up by a legal challenge by the U.S. president, in which he accused House leaders of harassment.

In addition, the U.S. lawmakers are also seeking information about Deutsche Bank’s links to prominent Russians as well as its money laundering controls, one person with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The German bank has also come under pressure in a separate money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO), prompting European lawmakers to call for it to reappear before the European Parliament over its money laundering controls.

Ana Gomes, a Portuguese EU parliamentarian, and Sven Giegold, a German EU lawmaker, said they were disappointed by an earlier appearance in parliament by Deutsche Bank.

“They did not answer in a way that would suggest they were reforming,” Gomes said.

($1 = 0.8861 euros)

Editing by Alexander Smith


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mikenov on Twitter: Beyer seeks details on meeting between Ross and prominent white nationalist, Holocaust denier augustafreepress.com/beyer-seeks-de… via @AugFreePress

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Beyer seeks details on meeting between Ross and prominent white nationalist, Holocaust denier : Augusta Free Press

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Don BeyerRep. Don Beyer today sent an oversight letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross seeking details about communications and at least one meeting between Ross and white nationalist and Holocaust denier Charles C. Johnson.

The meeting was first revealed in emails, enclosed in Beyer’s letter and copied below, which were obtained by Democracy Forward via a Freedom of Information Act request.

Beyer wrote:

“I write seeking details on meeting(s) you held last year with Charles C. Johnson. Johnson, a white nationalist,  conspiracy theorist,  fake news purveyor,  and Holocaust denier,  exchanged emails with you requesting two separate meetings in June and October of 2018. … the meeting reportedly took place and you exchanged details about it with him from your personal email account.  I believe you owe the American people and their Representatives an explanation about this meeting, given the position of public trust which you hold.

“Johnson addressed requests to both your personal and official email accounts for meetings which Commerce Department staff seemed to regard as having a bearing on official business. …Conducting official business of this kind via personal email would be inappropriate and potentially illegal, as you are doubtless aware.

“Given the lack of clarity around these meetings, I ask that you respond with answers to the following questions:

1. How many times have you met with Charles C. Johnson, whether in your official capacity as Secretary of Commerce, or informally, since you became Secretary?

2. Where have these meetings taken place, and when?

3. Who participated in the June 25, 2018 meeting between Charles C. Johnson and yourself? What topics did you discuss, and what subsequent dialogue or policy changes resulted from the meeting(s)?

4. Please provide any emails sent from your personal account related to official business which you exchanged with Charles C. Johnson.

5. What came of Charles C. Johnson’s October 2018 request to discuss a “national security matter” with you? Why did he direct such a request to the Commerce Department?

Rep. Beyer is the sponsor in the House of the bipartisan NO HATE Act, legislation to strengthen the response by local, state, and federal law enforcement to the rising incidence of hate crimes.

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, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.


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UConn basketball just had the best week ever

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NCAA sanctions, a decrease in TV revenue; it’s all good news for the Huskies.

The woes of a program that has won four national championships since 1999 won’t elicit much pity from the average college basketball fan, but it’s still fair to say that it’s been a rough few years for UConn men’s basketball. The Huskies were probably overdue for a week like the one they just had.

Without context, the events in question don’t seem to be cause for much celebration.

Last Thursday, UConn officially announced that it was leaving a conference (the AAC) with a $7 million TV deal for another one (the Big East) with a $4 million TV deal. The school is also saddled with a $10 million exit fee and no home or plan for its football program. On Tuesday, the NCAA ruled that the UConn men’s basketball program had committed multiple Level III violations, and hit the program with sanctions that included a vacation of records and a three-year show cause penalty for the program’s former head coach.

Yes, this was the best week David Benedict’s athletic program has enjoyed in quite some time.


You can’t go back to a conference you’ve never been in, but the prodigal son air surrounding UConn’s move from the American Athletic to the Big East is understandable. The Huskies won’t be resuming conference rivalries with Syraucse and Pittsburgh, but they will be reuniting with the brand that accompanied their meteoric rise from national irrelevance to perennial powerhouse in both men’s and women’s basketball.

Even over the last six years, UConn has remained one of the first programs that comes to mind when the words “Big East basketball” are uttered. With all due respect to the quadruple OT thriller that the Huskies played against Cincinnati in the 2016 AAC tournament quarterfinals, the images of Ray Allen going toe-to-toe with Allen Iverson and Kemba Walker breaking the ankles of poor Gary McGhee still resonate more strongly with a larger segment of the American sports populace.

Since day one, UConn playing in the AAC has always felt a little like Joe Montana playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. It felt wrong. It was almost unsettling. A year from now, order will be restored.

Unsurprisingly, UConn fans seem to be nearly unanimous in their support of the move. The Big East represents familiarity, the return of longtime rivals like Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova, and an umbrella under which the Huskies won a total of 136 conference championships across seven sports.

And the finances?

It’s true that the current television contracts mean that UConn is technically leaving for less money (the rarest of rarities in the world of conference realignment), but there’s also money to be made for the Huskies in the move. For starters, the unconventional geography of the AAC resulted in UConn spending $7,320,041 on travel costs in 2018. In the Big East, the school expects that number to be trimmed by about $2 million.

In the AAC, UConn’s attendance dipped to historically low numbers across multiple sports. In men’s basketball, the 2017-18 season saw the lowest home attendance in 30 years, with an average of just 7,829 making it out to games at Gampel Pavilion or the XL Center. With a fiery new coach in Danny Hurley coupled with the move to the Big East, momentum appears to be headed back in a more familiar direction.

As far as football is concerned, that was always going to be more of a secondary concern at UConn than it would be at 99 percent of FBS schools. Sure, the Huskies beat Notre Dame one time and played in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, but that’s where the program’s history begins and ends.

Three of the four lowest attended UConn home games since 2010 came last season, when the Huskies barely averaged more than 10,000 fans per home game. The team has been below average more times than not since it made the jump to FBS at the turn of the century, and a healthy chunk of the fan base hasn’t seemed to care. That’s unlikely to change whether the Huskies make the move to another conference, play as an independent, or hops back down to the FCS level.

Like every other member of the Big East, hoops drives the conversation at UConn. The fact that the Huskies play football at the FBS level is the only major departure from the rest of the league, but it’s not a departure so defined that it keeps the move from making sense.


Let’s get to the NCAA punishments, which shockingly, are even easier to spin as a win for UConn athletics.

To begin with, the rule-breaking in question would be considered minor at just about any point in modern history. It seems especially trivial when juxtaposed with some of the details that have emerged across the sport over the course of the past couple of years. We’re talking about having too many organized pickup games, a video coordinator performing what is considered a coaching duty, and recruits talking to Ray Allen (who is technically considered a school booster) on the phone.

The result of these crimes against duty and humanity are that UConn loses a scholarship for next season, gets hit with some recruiting limitations, and perhaps most notably, will have to vacate all its records from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Understandably, Husky fans have been overly eager to part ways with the records from both campaigns. UConn finished below .500 in both seasons, produced a combined record of 30-35, and played in zero postseason tournaments outside of the AAC tournament.

The most significant punishment handed out by the AAC was a three-year show cause penalty leveled against former head coach Kevin Ollie. The punishment wasn’t the result of the transgressions in question, it came about because NCAA officers determined that Ollie wasn’t entirely forthcoming with them, and then denied their requests to interview him a second time.

None of this would be pertinent to UConn’s interests anymore, except for the fact that the school and Ollie are in the midst of an ongoing legal battle.

Ollie has sued the school, claiming it owes him the remaining $10 million that was on his contract when he was fired in 2018. He is also seeking additional money for damages he claims were made to his reputation by the school. UConn has countered by saying that it fired Ollie for cause and that it doesn’t owe him the money remaining on his contract because he broke said contract in part by breaking multiple NCAA rules. With this being the case, it’s not hard to spin the NCAA’s ruling against UConn as a win for the school.

To sum up, UConn gets to erase two of the most embarrassing seasons in program history from the record books forever because of minor violations, it received serious leverage in a high-profile legal battle against its former head coach, and it’s “re-joining” a conference that had always felt like its true home even when the pair were separated.

Don’t let anyone tell you the only good news for college programs in the summer is no news.


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