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Ivanka Meets Queen Rania

Ivanka Trump Met With Queen Rania in Trump Tower Vanity Fair

As a devoted Queen Rania fan for many years, it pains me to see her walking into Trump Tower. She must, of course, as a leading voice trying to keep President Obama and Hillary Clinton's international women's agenda alive. And she represents the Palestinians, with her own heritage and with Jordan having the largest number of Palestinian refugees in the region.

Ivanka Trump can quickly make her mark on women's issues, standing against House Speaker Ryan's intention to defund Planned Parenthood in the budget reconciliation process.

Some Republicans like Susan Collins in the Senate and Pa's Charlie Dent in the House totally object to making the defunding of women's health care via Planned Parenthood a priority. And new research indicates that 50% of Trump voters are opposed to defunding PP.

Under the Bush administration, all US aid to women internationally carried a no contraception mandate. We'll see if Ivanka Trump stands against the ultra-religious right-wing that doesn't even believe in birth control in America or around the world. Surely, they will want to implement the same policy again under Trump.

It's noteworthy that some of Trump's generals will attest to the fact that the emancipation of women worldwide is considered to be the strongest deterrent to terrorism. Both Secy Clinton (State) and Secy Gates (Defense) testified together on women's rights being the most effective deterrent. It's very possible that Trump's military leaders will also intercede when Republicans try to roll back the progress in international women's rights made under the Obama Administration. ~ Anne

Streep Denounces Trump Without Saying His Name

Meryl Streep Just Denounced Trump and Called for Freedom of the Press in One Truly Epic Golden Globes Speech Marie Claire

"This instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in the public platform . . . filtered into everybody's life."

Actor Meryl Streep chose her platform of receiving her Golden Globe Cecil B. Demille Award to speak about America's president-elect Donald Trump. 

"There was one performance this year that stunned me," she said. "It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life."

With real tears -- that the president-elect would most surely mock as representing the fake tears of liberal Hollywood and liberal, pc Hillary supporters -- flowing in the room, Streep continued:

"And this instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing," she continued. "Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose...This brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That's why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood foreign press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the committee to protect journalists. Because we're going to need them going forward. And they'll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing: Once, when I was standing around on the set one day whining about something—we were going to work through supper, or the long hours, or whatever—Tommy Lee Jones said to me, 'Isn't it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?' Yeah, it is. And we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight. As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, "Take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you."

Follow Trump's totally predictable Twitter response with Donald Trump Calls Meryl Streep An 'Overrated Actress' and 'Hillary Flunky'.

A New Girl In Town?

Which Michelle Obama Will We Get When She Leaves the White House? The New York Times

Both Obamas, two of the few unifying figures in a fractured Democratic Party, will face enormous pressure to help oppose and rebuild. For years, she has mostly bottled up her critiques of Republicans, but they are scorching, say those who have heard the private version. Some Democrats dream of her running for president in 2020, and though Mrs. Obama and those close to her say the idea is out of the question, the general appetite to hear from her may not be as easy for her to dismiss.

The themes of the hour — unfairness, opportunity, whether to have even a shred of faith in the system — are ones she has thought about her entire adult life. Being in the White House has given her eight years’ worth of insights she has barely shared. She may be the most powerful black woman in the country, a position that begs to be used. Michelle Obama cares about representation — for example, insisting on appearing on the cover of Vogue even when some of her advisers questioned the decision. The world has only one observant, original, wildly popular African-American first lady, and for her to hoard her ideas and views would be a waste.


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