Get ready for a wild week

(CNN)If you thought this past week’s news cycle — dominated by President Donald Trump’s “Saturday Night Live” Twitter rant, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s media blitz and court appearances by Jussie Smollett and Roger Stone — was a whirlwind, just wait for this coming week. While Trump wished Sanders well as a fellow rival of Hillary Clinton’s in his 2016 run, it’s unlikely the President will have too much time to focus on the Democratic candidates this week, as he heads to Vietnam for a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. David Reynolds, Professor of International History at Cambridge University, saidin an exchange with CNN military and diplomatic analyst John Kirby that there are pros and …

Hillary Clinton tweets approval of ‘immigrants and women’ line at the 2019 Oscars

OSCARS 2019: SPIKE LEE URGES CROWD TO ‘DO THE RIGHT THING’ IN CHARGED PLEA AHEAD OF 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION “Immigrants and women move humanity forward.” Well said, @chefjoseandres. #Oscars,” Clinton wrote. “People of the world. Each person’s life is a recipe all on its own, with different measures of joy and sadness, struggle and success, love and loss. The results are unique every time, even though all of the ingredients are universal,” he said. Andres continued: “This beautiful, intimate film, one that gives a voice to the voiceless, reminds us of the understanding and compassion that we all owe to the invisible people in our lives. Immigrants and women who move humanity forward!” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS …

Jussie Smollett’s race card is about to be declined

(CNN)I received an odd text from an African-American friend this week who wanted to offer his take on the plight of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Simpson was able to rally support for himself during and after his murder trial by “deciding to become a black man.” He attended black churches for support, huddled with civil right activists, said he was a victim of a racist conspiracy — he did everything but don a dashiki. Smollett, too, has claimed he is a victim of white racism and gained initial support from black leaders. But in a new era where Donald Trump is in the Oval Office, Bill Cosby is in jail and R&B singer R. Kelly is headed to court, Smollett …

How Queer as Folk broke the mould for gay people on TV

‘It showed gay men being unapologetic’ Owen Corrigan was 15 and living in rural Ireland when he chanced upon Queer as Folk while channel-hopping at home on a Friday night. “I had never really met a gay person, I’d just heard the schoolyard taunts. I didn’t know I was gay at the time, or I hadn’t acknowledged it,” he says. As a teenager, Mr Corrigan says he was a “bit of a mummy’s boy” and normally he would wait up for his mother to return from her job where she worked nights. Now he found himself being drawn into this portrayal of a “sexy and slightly outrageous and exciting” world, clutching the remote control and hoping he could finish watching …

Jamie Genevieve: Don’t call me an ‘influencer’

Image copyright Jamie Genevieve Image caption Jamie with her dad when she was aged 3. She is fiercely protective of her parents and doesn’t ever name them in her vlogs Image copyright Jamie Genevieve Image caption Jamie at her grandparents’ home at the age of five, and already comfortable in front of the camera Image copyright Jamie Genevieve Image caption Jamie at 15 – she does not hide the fact she has had botox and fillers – in fact she shares the experiences on her YouTube channel She worked her way up the hierarchy of Glasgow’s make-up counters and it soon became apparent she had a way with people. “I just loved talking to people and I think that’s how …

Jussie Smollett case shines light on Chicago’s litany of unsolved crimes

(CNN)Rashad Pratt had been sitting in his SUV nearly seven years ago, near his mother’s Chicago home, when a man approached with a gun and shot him in the chest, fatally piercing his heart. Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.” He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him. Police superintendent lamented resources could have been deployed elsewhere A team of detectives investigating the possible hate crime canvassed the area and interviewed more than 100 people, police said. They located more than 20 private-sector surveillance cameras and about 35 police cameras, and viewed hours of footage. Investigators …

Harry and Meghan arrive in Morocco

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe couple were offered the traditional welcome of milk and dates The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Morocco for their first official visit to north Africa. The royal couple’s three-day trip is aimed at strengthening the UK’s links with Morocco – which is one of the few stable countries in the region. Their visit will also focus on gender equality, with the pair discussing Morocco’s attitudes towards women with British ambassador Thomas Reilly. Mr Reilly said the issue is “close to their royal highnesses’ hearts”. Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, touched down in Casablanca airport on Saturday evening, although flight delays meant they were two hours late for …

Sean Hannity: Smollett case proves that journalism in this country is dead and buried

Look at what they did to the 16-year-old Covington high school student, Nick Sandmann. Off a 15-second blurb, they accused him of being a racist, harassed him, accused him of assaulting a 65-year-old activist and getting in his face. They tried to ruin this kid’s life with slander, smearing, besmirching, character assassination. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ENTIRE EPISODE. They accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of gang rape, saying that every other weekend, he and his friends were drugging teenage girls and literally, you know, lining up in the hall for gang rapes that nobody ever reported. They tried to ruin his life, tried to call him an alcoholic. We know how that ended. He is now a Supreme Court justice. …

Bear Grylls in hot water after boiling frog in Bulgaria

(CNN)Bear Grylls has landed himself in hot water and faces a potential fine after killing and cooking a frog while filming in a protected national park in Bulgaria. Officials from the department said they were considering fining Grylls and Hough between €250 and €2,500 ($284-$2,834), while the production companies, Bear Grylls Ventures and Electus, could face a fine of between €500 and €5,000 ($567-$5,670). The department reported that Grylls and his film crew had been briefed over the rules governing the park. It added that it would also investigate the park authority, in order to determine whether officials who accompanied Grylls had failed to enforce the regulations. Both Bulgaria’s environment ministry and Grylls’ representatives did not immediately respond to CNN’s …

Prosecutors hoping for 3-year sentence for suspect in ‘celebgate’ nude photo hacking case

Actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are among the celebrities who said they were victims. Brannon is a former teacher at Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that prosecutors have asked the judge to sentence Brannan to 34 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 1 in U.S. District Court in Richmond. On Our Radar

Here’s what 2020 candidates should learn from Jussie Smollett

(CNN)“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett made the whole thing up. From a criminal perspective, next steps seem simple. Smollett has been charged with a felony for filing a false police report. He will, presumably, be tried and sentenced — unless he can offer evidence that clears him. What’s harder to sort through is the political reaction to the case — and how we can avoid going down this same road in the future. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve,” Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Thursday. “To make things worse, the accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators, even presidential candidates weighed in on something that …

How Target is trying to woo mom and dads

New York (CNN Business)Moms and dads are some of the best shoppers for retailers. Target has a plan to win them over: Focus on the kids. A combination of factors has buoyed growth. Many parents today are having children later in life and are further along in their careers. That means they have more disposable income to spend and room to trade up for flashy clothes for their little ones, according to Ayako Homma, an analyst who covers the children’s clothing market at Euromonitor International. Target has taken aggressive steps to woo parents and capitalize on an opening in the market. Former heavyweights Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us are gone, Gymboree has filed for bankruptcy a second time …

Jussie Smollett paid $3,500 to stage his attack, hoping to promote his career, police allege

Chicago (CNN)Jussie Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage an attack on him last month, taking “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson alleged Thursday. The “Empire” actor was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of filing a false report about the January 29 incident and appeared in court in the afternoon. He paid a bond later and was released. Smollett then went to work on the “Empire” set to shoot some scenes, CNN contributor Nichelle Turner said. The company behind “Empire,” 20th Century Fox Television, has previously backed the actor. On Thursday, it said it was “evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.” Rush to judgment in the …

Al Sharpton says Jussie Smollett should face accountability to the maximum if attack was orchestrated

But amid multiple reports this weekend that Smollett may have been involved in orchestrating the attack, Sharpton, who made his name in the 1980s as the spokesperson for Tawana Brawley in what turned out to be false claims she was raped by four white men, changed his tune on-air on Sunday. ROBIN ROBERTS SAYS COPS FELT JUSSIE SMOLLETT WAS CREDIBLE AT TIME OF INTERVIEW “If it is found that Smollett and these gentlemen did, in some way, perpetrate something that is not true, they ought to face accountability to the maximum,” Sharpton said referring to the actor and two men linked to him who have been questioned by police. “Let us get to the bottom of it, and let justice …

Science being ‘debunked:’ Why are some countries making a vaccine U-turn?

(CNN)More than a century before Facebook, anti-vaccination campaigners had another method for spreading their message — an eye-catching march through town with tiny children’s coffins emblazoned with the words: “Another victim of vaccination.” British parents in the 19th century didn’t take kindly to government-mandated smallpox vaccinations although the gruesome process — a series of deep cuts in the arms of the child — was a world away from today’s sterile practices. But the anti-vaxxers of the time were also joined by libertarians, who believed the compulsory vaccinations violated their personal freedoms. Today, that anti-government control sentiment “continues to be a thread in the anti-vaccine movement — particularly in this era of mistrust in government,” Professor Heidi Larson, director of the …