What ‘Time’ 100 Critics Have to Say About Pres. Duterte and Sen. De Lima

Time Magazine released the full list of their 100 Most Influential People, and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila De Lima are part of it. While many are celebrating Duterte’s inclusion and questioning De Lima’s, the critiques seem to say otherwise. Former Colombian President César Gaviria was tasked to write about Duterte. Right off the bat, Gaviria […]

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These Women Defended Duterte’s Catcalling, Sexist Comments, and Adultery Jokes

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, along with other government execs, ended Women’s Month yesterday with “Digong’s Day for Women.” The event was meant to honor women, and offer them educational and medical support. It’s a noble cause, but the comments weren’t on-theme. Assistant Communications Secretary Marie Banaag was asked whether Duterte’s sexist remarks and jokes about extramarital acts […]

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Peter Thiel’s surveillance company reportedly ready to help Trump’s deportation operation


Peter Thiel’s surveillance company Palantir is reportedly finalizing the digital framework for a potential mass deportation operation, should President Donald Trump decide to go that route.

The company is putting the last touches on an intelligence database called Investigative Case Management (ICM), according to The Intercept. The system won’t be polished until September, but it’s already used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency known for carrying out deportations. 

Palantir is cofounded by Thiel, who has become Trump’s go-to man for all things technology. The company apparently has a $41 million contract to construct and keep up the Investigative Case Management system, which has been deemed so vital to ICE that The Intercept reports the agency doesn’t believe it can work without it.  Read more…

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Trump finally gives Rudy Giuliani a job … kind of


Former New York City Mayor and recent Donald Trump superfan Rudy Giuliani has finally been blessed with a government job —  the small fruit, perhaps, of spending 2016 praising the president-elect at every opportunity. 

The job is not quite a job, really, but hey. Giuliani, after apparently being considered for secretary of state, will instead be an informal cybersecurity advisor to the Trump administration. 

“This is a rapidly evolving field both as to intrusions and solutions and it is critically important to get timely information from all sources,” Trump’s transition team said in a statement announcing the position. “Mr. Giuliani was asked to initiate this process because of his long and very successful government career in law enforcement and his now 16 years of work providing security solutions in the private sector.” The release also says Giuliani will help Trump conduct meetings with leaders of private companies that have faced cybersecurity challenges to help build government policy. Read more…

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The White House pulls at your heartstrings with celeb-laden Obama video


Break out the tissues.

With just two weeks left in Barack Obama’s presidency, many of us just can’t help getting emotional. And a new video released by the White House is making it worse.

A moving portrait of Obama’s time in the Oval Office, the video features everyone from children to celebrities sharing their favorite Obama moment, or more specifically, the times that made them say “Yes, we can.”

It was the slogan that helped carry Obama to presidential victory back in 2008, when he was a fresh-faced Illinois senator and not a president who’s led the country through some of its biggest triumphs, trials and tribulations of our time. Read more…

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‘Trumpgrets’ is the Tumblr page for Trump supporters who just can’t take him anymore


Throughout his campaign, supporters of Donald Trump loyally stood by his in-your-face bombast, from that very lewd Access Hollywood clip to the blunt insults he threw time and time again.

In their eyes, The Donald could do no wrong.

Now the “Trumpgrets” Tumblr is bringing to life those #MAGA voters who do have a critical thing or two to say about the President-elect. Some concerns regard equal pay, medicare funding, or the fact that Trump isn’t trying to put Hillary Clinton in jail, and even went so far as to call the Clintons “good people.” 

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A new app will grow the White House on your dollar bill


With today’s advanced technology, learning about the White House is as easy as pointing your phone camera at a dollar bill. 

With the latest White House augmented reality app, 1600, you can transform your plain old dollar bills into a nifty and insightful learning experience.

Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary, announced that the app, made available Thursday, will let users experience a digital year at The White House and get insight into the traditions, events and the life of the president.

The app was created after the White House teamed up with the White House Historical Association and Nexus Studios “to educate and inspire Americans to learn all about what the People’s House stands for.” Read more…

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Why we keep fighting: A salute to the women who got us this far


It’s official: Donald Trump is set to become the president of the United States, dashing the hopes of feminists poised to usher in the first woman president in the country’s history.

Nearly 100 years since women won the right to vote in the United States, the nation had a chance to elect a woman as its commander-in-chief. Hillary Clinton had already made history by clinching the Democratic nomination, but voters rejected her historic bid for the presidency on Tuesday. That “highest, hardest glass ceiling” remains in place, awaiting the woman who’ll shatter it. 

Clinton was hopeful in her concession speech: “Someday, someone will.” Read more…

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Melania Trump rails against the social media bullying her husband, his fans love


For someone who apparently hates social media bullying, it doesn’t appear Melania Trump knows Twitter as well as her husband. 

Melania on Thursday spoke out against social media bullying in her first campaign speech since the Republican National Convention. And though the context of her speech was mostly geared toward protecting children and teenagers from online abuse, her words could just as easily have been directed at some of her husband’s most outspoken supporters. 

“As we know now, social media is a centerpiece of our lives. It can be a useful tool” she said in Pennsylvania. “But like anything that is powerful, it can have a bad side.”  Read more…

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Trump and Clinton spend first presidential debate attacking one another’s character


Throughout the first presidential debate on Monday, both candidates seemed to stick to one strategy to discredit the other’s character. While Hillary Clinton tried to highlight Donald Trump’s straying from the facts, Trump labeled Clinton as a Washington insider who hasn’t done much with her power. Read more…

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White nationalist Twitter has exploded since 2014


White nationalists have become a dominant force on Twitter in the past two years, according to a new study published Thursday by George Washington University. 

White nationalist movements have grown their Twitter adherents by around 600 percent since 2012 and about 300 percent since 2014, swelling in size from 6,567 white nationalists in 2014 to 25,406 white nationalists as of the study’s publication.

White nationalism — often referred to under the umbrella of the alt-right movement — has become a dominant force in mainstream United States politics during the 2016 presidential election.  Read more…

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Watch How Hillary Clinton Slammed Donald Trump In Her Acceptance Speech

Over the weekend, things have been pretty historic as Hillary Clinton officially became the first female nominee for President of the United States. With Europe in crisis, a continuing threat of terrorism across all continents, and Donald Trump, the former Secretary of State faces quite a lot as a nominee. She then took a quick […]

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Netizens Weigh In on Brillante Mendoza’s Video Directing During SONA 2016

It’s been two days since President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address, but netizens are still talking about Brillante Mendoza’s directing during the ceremony. According to Bandera, fellow director Perci Intalan praised Brillante’s work, saying, “He was as asked to do something different. He did it differently. Whatever our opinion of how it […]

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WATCH: Toned Down Dress Code on the SONA 2016 Red Carpet

Curious as to how the red carpet looked during the State of the Nation Address with a more somber and downplayed dress code? Still great, we think. Besides, it’s not really what they came for, right? Most of the attendees followed the implemented dress code which cut hemlines at the knee like Heart Evangelista-Escudero, Yasmin Vargas, Taguig […]

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