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Banned CNN reporter is back at the White House in a major victory for freedom of the press.

Jim Acosta isn’t the best or most important journalist in the world. But his personal feud with President Trump proved to be another vital stress test for democracy as this White House continues to stretch the historic norms that have guided America.

Instead of reporting the news, Acosta himself became an international story after President Trump ordered the White House to revoke Acosta’s press credentials after the CNN reporter got into a verbal confrontation with Trump during the president’s news conference after the 2018 midterm elections.

CNN was straightforward in its response, saying in a statement:


“Today the White House fully restored Jim Acosta’s press pass. As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary. We look forward to continuing to cover the White House.”

CNN filed a lawsuit against Trump and several members of his administration. Then a federal judge, nominated by Trump no less, ordered the White House to restore Acosta’s access saying that it was illegal to allow reporters into the White House press room but then selectively prohibit others from entry.

On Monday, the White House admitted total defeat, restoring Acosta’s press credentials but insisting it could still revoke them at a latter date if he fails to abide by new “rules” of conduct established by the White House.

Those new rules include only asking one question at a time, a guideline seemingly created with no other purpose than to make it seem like Trump and the White House press team accomplished something in this dispute.

It was a fight that never should have happened. But let’s be clear: Donald Trump and the White House lost that fight spectacularly.

CNN was supported in its lawsuit by sources across the political spectrum, including Fox News, its chief rival and the biggest media supporter of President Trump and his agenda.

We’ve all heard enough about Trump’s threat to American institutions and democracy itself but this was a powerful reminder that when people stick together for a good cause it’s incredibly hard for anyone, even the president himself, to defy the Constitution and the freedoms so many hold dear.

Jim Acosta isn’t a hero, even if some people will no doubt portray him as one. The real journalistic heroes are the ones who risk their lives and integrity in the pursuit of truth. But he’s become yet another symbol of the real heroes fighting to stand up for democracy.

And that’s a victory worth celebrating no matter where you fall on the political spectrum.

A map of the United States post land-ice melt.


Land ice: We got a lot of it.

Considering the two largest ice sheets on earth — the one on Antarctica and the one on Greenland — extend more than 6 million square miles combined ... yeah, we're talkin' a lot of ice.

But what if it was all just ... gone? Not like gone gone, but melted?

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Toronto-based animator and video wizard Kevin Parry has gone mega-viral for his mind-boggling collection of videos where he turns himself into random objects.

In a series of quick clips he changes into everything from a pumpkin to a bright yellow banana and in most of the videos, he appears to suffer a ridiculous death. The videos combine studio trickery with a magician's flair.

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A brave fan asks Patrick Stewart a question he doesn't usually get and is given a beautiful answer

Patrick Stewart often talks about his childhood and the torment his father put him and his mother through.

Patrick Stewart often talks about his childhood and the torment his father put him and his mother through. However, how he answered this vulnerable and brave fan's question is one of the most eloquent, passionate responses about domestic violence I've ever seen.

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Chloé was born at 32 weeks.


Every single day, babies across the world are born prematurely, which means that they're born before 37 weeks of gestation.

In Canada, about 29,000 infants are born prematurely each year, roughly 1 in every 13. But in the United States, around 400,000 to 500,000 are born early. That's about 1 in every 8 to 10 babies born in the U.S.!

Red Méthot, a Canadian photographer and student, decided to capture the resilience of many of these kids for a school photography project.

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Teacher tries to simulate a dictatorship in her classroom, but the students crushed her

"I’ve done this experiment numerous times, and each year I have similar results. This year, however, was different."

Each year that I teach the book "1984" I turn my classroom into a totalitarian regime under the guise of the "common good."

I run a simulation in which I become a dictator. I tell my students that in order to battle "Senioritis," the teachers and admin have adapted an evidence-based strategy, a strategy that has "been implemented in many schools throughout the country and has had immense success." I hang posters with motivational quotes and falsified statistics, and provide a false narrative for the problem that is "Senioritis."

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The MC Hammer dance though.

Father and daughter dances are a traditional staple of weddings. They tend to range somewhere between tearfully sweet and hilariously cringey. But sometimes, as was the case of Brittany Revell and her dad Kelly, they can be so freakin’ cool that millions of people become captivated.

Brittany and Kelly’s video, which amassed, I kid you not, more than 40 million views on TikTok, shows the pair grooving in sneakers (Brittany’s were white because, hello, wedding dress) to their “dance through the decades.”

It all began with Young MC’s “Bust a Move,” to give you a clear picture. And bust a move, they did.

Though the duo did a handful of iconic moves—the tootsie roll, the MC Hammer dance, the Carlton, just to name a few—“the dougie,” made famous by Cali Swag District, was the obvious fan favorite.
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