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February 23, 2019

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) argued with a group of school of children over her unwillingness to support the Green New Deal on Friday.

The Sunrise Movement, an organization which encourages young people to combat climate change, posted a video of the encounter to Facebook. More than a dozen children and adults met with Feinstein to ask her to vote yes on the proposal. Feinstein, however, informed the crowd that the resolution will never pass the senate and "there's no way to pay" for the deal.

When one girl requested she vote yes anyway, Feinstein told her that she might end up doing that, but "it's not a good resolution."

Feinstein also clashed with crowd over age and experience. A young woman told Feinstein that she was "looking at the faces of the people who will be living these consequences" of climate change. "I've been doing this for 30 years," Feinstein replied. "So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit."

Feinstein's camp released a statement about the meeting. "I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful change," Feinstein said. She said the discussion was "spirited" and she heard the children's voices "loud and clear." Tim O'Donnell

September 13, 2018

Harrison Ford made a few requests Thursday at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

The event brings together leaders from around the world to discuss tackling climate change, and while onstage, the actor begged voters to know where candidates stand on the matter before filling out their ballots. "For God's sake, stop electing leaders who don't believe in science," he said. "Or even worse, pretend they don't believe in science. Never forget who you're fighting for."

If humanity can't protect nature, "we can't protect ourselves," Ford continued, and while people work to "meet the challenge of climate change, I beg of you, don't forget nature. Because today the destruction of nature accounts for more global emissions than all the cars and trucks in the world." Watch part of his speech below. Catherine Garcia

April 18, 2018

A blast from President Trump's past had an urgent message for him on Friday: Don't trust Michael Cohen.

Jay Goldberg, Trump's former attorney, told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that Trump called him last week seeking advice, and he let the president know that on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 meaning Cohen would fully protect Trump, Cohen "isn't even a 1." Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, is under criminal investigation, and last week, FBI agents raided his home, office, and hotel room, searching for documents having to do with payments made to two women who claim they had sexual encounters with Trump, among other matters.

Cohen is known for his loyalty to Trump, but Goldberg told the Journal he let Trump know he thinks Cohen "will never stand up" for him and might even agree to wear a wire, "I don't care what Michael says." Goldberg also said he doesn't think Trump has done anything illegal, but if charged, Cohen would turn against him and begin cooperating with prosecutors. "The mob was broken by Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano caving in out of the prospect of a jail sentence," Goldberg noted. Catherine Garcia

February 5, 2018

Apple Music is on track to have more U.S. subscribers than its main competitor, Spotify, by this summer, The Wall Street Journal reports. While Sweden-based Spotify continues to dominate the global music streaming market, Apple has seen a monthly growth rate of 5 percent in America, versus Spotify's 2 percent.

Part of Apple Music's successful push in the U.S. stems from the service coming preloaded on all of the company's devices, including iPhones and Apple Watches. When Apple Music's free and discounted trial users are factored in, the service has actually already surpassed Spotify in the States, although "neither company publicly breaks out figures for the U.S. or any other single market," the Journal writes.

Both services cost $9.99 a month, with Spotify also offering a free version and a catalog of 30 million songs. Apple Music has a slightly bigger library, with 45 million songs. Spotify has almost twice as many subscribers worldwide compared to Apple, 70 million as opposed to 36 million. Jeva Lange

October 11, 2017

In a blunt PSA Wednesday night, Samantha Bee shared some tips with male Hollywood executives who constantly find themselves sexually harassing women, with the big one being to "keep your business in your pants."

Bee was speaking on good authority, as she's a "world-renowned expert on not sexually harassing her employees." Her "Penis PSA" got pretty graphic, but one thing it didn't do was name names — she never once uttered "Harvey" or "Weinstein." Watch the very saucy, NSFW clip below. Catherine Garcia

July 26, 2017

Kristin Beck knows what it's like to be in the military — over the course of her 20-year career as a Navy SEAL, she was deployed 13 times to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia, and received the Bronze Star for valor and Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat.

Beck is a transgender veteran, and wants President Trump to know that his decision to ban transgender people from the U.S. military will have a negative impact on many, and there's no reason for this policy. "Being transgender doesn't affect anyone else," Beck, a member of SEAL Team 6, told Business Insider on Wednesday. "We are liberty's light. If you can't defend that for everyone that's an American citizen, that's not right."

In 2016, the RAND Corporation estimated there are between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender people serving in the military, and Beck, who was born Christopher Beck, said any unit with a good leader wouldn't have any issues with transgender troops. "I can have a Muslim serving right beside Jerry Falwell, and we're not going to have a problem," she said. "It's a leadership issue, not a transgender issue." What really bothers Beck is that Trump claimed his decision was partly based on the cost of services that could be used by transgender service members. "The money is negligible," she told Business Insider. "You're talking about .000001 percent of the military budget. They care more about the airplane or the tank than they care about people. They don't care about people. They don't care about human beings." Catherine Garcia

December 25, 2015

Forget the cheer of Christmas classics like "Silver Bells" or "Jingle Bell Rock" — if you'd like to wallow in your sorrows this Christmas, but want to try something new, Miley Cyrus and LCD Soundsystem are here to help.

Cyrus recorded "My Sad Christmas Song" with the help of The Flaming Lips, and with lyrics like, "This is my sad Christmas song / so I rip another bong," she's surely aiming for a certain demographic.

Indie band LCD Soundsystem sounds similarly morose this Christmas, with frontman James Murphy claiming that the new single, "Christmas Will Break Your Heart," was simply the song that he had been "singing to [himself] for the past 8 years." But the fact that it exists at all is a triumph, as it's a hint that the band, which broke up in 2011, might reunite in 2016. Listen below:

And if you're perfectly happy this Christmas, try Carly Rae Jepsen's take on Wham!'s classic, "Last Christmas." Samantha Rollins

October 16, 2015

A reflective Mitt Romney is the rather surprising guest on the newest podcast from David Axelrod, the former chief strategist for both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns. Bet you didn't see that one coming.

But while there are a couple awkward moments of referring to your party verses mine, the conversation otherwise flows smoothly from topics such as Ann Romney's multiple sclerosis to Donald Trump's churlishness. The 2012 GOP nominee also weighed in on the darker side of contemporary politics, citing extremes on both sides of the aisle as the new norm:

There's no question that in our political system right now that the extremes in our respective political parties are having a louder and louder voice and demanding more attention and demanding immediate action as opposed to than collaborative action. And that, in my view, flows in part from the change in the world of media. There was a time when we all got our news with the same facts, if you will. We had three networks that we watched for the evening news, we mostly got newspapers […] So we got the same facts whether or not we agreed on them, we could pull in different directions. Now, my sons, I don't think any one of them gets a newspaper […] They get their news on the web. And they tend to read those things which they agree with […]

Google, for instance, looks at what you'd been reading last and then gives you articles it thinks you'll enjoy, so you're not seeing the other side. If you watch the news, some of us will watch Fox, some will watch MSNBC. So we're not even getting the same facts and then we have commentators who are hyperbolic in expressing their views and issues and people are becoming more and more divided […] I think that divisiveness is one of the things that's lead to Washington having such a hard time getting things done. [The Axe Files]

Romney added that if he were running now, he'd want his team to have a camera on him at all times so his statements could never be taken out of context — and so he could learn how to always say things exactly right. Hear him out for yourself below, or head over to Soundcloud for the rest.

Jeva Lange

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