Brie Larson doesn’t want you reviewing her superhero movie, white males

 washingtonexaminer.com  2/13/2019 11:15:00 AM 

    • A transgender pride flag is shown.
      Even though USA Powerlifting has banned all transgender women from competing as women, powerlifter JayCee Cooper, a Minnesotan, recently won a state championship with the U.S. Powerlifting Association, setting a state record. While there’s no need to single out or vilify Cooper, the insistence of the transgender community to play sports as the gender with which they identify, even when it provides unfair advantages to transgender women, is a troubling trend.
    • Former secretary Ryan Zinke
      The swamp just got a little swampier.
    • Ilhan Omar
      A controversial speaker advertised as sharing a podium later this month with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was removed late yesterday afternoon from the promotional materials for the event after my Washington Examiner piece (and a similar story by the Jerusalem Post) highlighted Omar’s scheduled participation.
    • Cory Booker
      Being friends with a vegan means never being able to take them to a normal restaurant without peppering the nice server with a litany of questions on whether each ingredient of each dish is cooked separately from anything that touched an animal.
    • Activision Blizzard Layoffs
      Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will be along to tell us soon there's something wrong with capitalism. Activision Blizzard, the games studio, has just had a record year in terms of revenues, profits are good, and yet, it's laying off 8 percent of its workforce. How can this be?
    • Ralph Northam and Gayle King.jpg
      Chattel slavery is indeed vile, we should not suffer its existence and, far too late, we didn't and did something about it. But how it came about is important too.
    • 012918 Beltway Golf pic
      President Trump personally paid to upgrade a “golf simulator” originally installed in the White House by former President Barack Obama, according to an anonymously sourced Washington Post report.
    • Kamala Harris
      Harris should be commended for her honesty and criticized for her policy.
    • Esquire.jpg
      Esquire Magazine found itself under fire this week for putting not a controversial celebrity or model, but a teenaged white male on its cover. Esquire assured readers that this was but the first in a series of profiles that would examine American life, but critics were still baffled at the decision, in this era of intersectionality and representing marginalized voices, to open with the story of life as a white boy in Wisconsin’s Trump Country. (After all, in the words of the philosopher Homer Simpson, “I’m a white male, aged 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are.”)
    • Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, sitting next to Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., right, asks a question during a hearing.
      John Adams reminded jurors in his famous summation of the Boston Massacre trials in 1770, "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” Adams was speaking in defense of eight British soldiers who were accused of killing several people in a Boston riot earlier that year. The future statesman and president had agreed to take the unpopular case on principle, even though doing so jeopardized his career. Adams believed the soldiers were entitled to a fair and impartial trial, and he did not think the evidence against them supported their conviction for murder.
    • Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker are pictured.
      There’s an old joke about an egotistical politician whose disgruntled speechwriter, just before quitting, prepares a draft that promises the moon, and specifics for how to pay for it, on the first two pages. The third page is left blank, except for the words “you’re on your own now.”
    • Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group
      As I suggested earlier on Wednesday, President Trump is likely to deploy U.S. military forces to Colombia before Feb. 23. But where might those forces come from? One possible answer is the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, or MEU, embarked on the USS Boxer.
    • Aziz Ansari
      Just over a year after the Babe article that hobbled his career and left many asking if #MeToo had gone too far, Aziz Ansari has returned.
    • A two-day international conference on the Middle East, co-organized by Poland and the United States, is pictured in Warsaw.
      It’s becoming harder to envision the disagreements over Iran mending unless the White House or European governments radically change their position.
    • Jim Inhofe
      On Tuesday, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, pushed back on one potential source of extra-congressional funding for President Trump’s border wall: the military construction budget.
    • Donald Trump Green New Deal
      Thanks to the release of the "Green New Deal," President Trump will be able to sign on to the latest plan to fund the government without his border wall funding at a much lower political cost.

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