Disney has officially given a name to the next chapter of the “Skywalker saga.”
Star Wars: Episode VIII will be titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The film will debut with its original cast, including the late Carrie Fisher, as well as introduce some new characters played by Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro and Kelly Marie Tran. The Last Jedi is set pick up shortly after The Force Awakens and will hit theaters on December 15, 2017.
Today, President Trump signed an executive order, reinstating the controversial “Mexico City Policy.” The order says that no U.S. funding can go to NGOs around the world that provide abortions or even give referrals for women seeking abortions. The rule does not effect abortions in cases of incest, rape or when the mother’s life may be in danger.
USAID currently gives about $600 million aid to organizations in countries around the world that provide health and reproductive services to women and families, with the ultimate goal of reducing mortality rates for infants and mothers.
The move isn’t a major surprise. The policy was first created by the Reagan administration, was tossed out by President Clinton, revived by President Bush and once again removed by President Obama—who, like Trump, signed the order in the days after he took office. Discuss
People across the world marched in their respective cities as a unified showcase of resistance for women's rights. How many exactly? Just about 2 million.
There are no official numbers yet, but city officials are using estimates to figure out how many participated in Saturday’s march. There were reportedly around 500,000 people who marched in Washington, DC. alone. According to Washington’s subway officials, Saturday was the second busiest day in the metro’s history with 1,001,613 trips taken.
Other cities participated in large numbers as well. There has been an estimate of 250,000 marching in both Chicago and Boston, 200,000-500,000 in New York and somewhere between 200,000-750,000 in Los Angeles.
Not only were there sister marches in all 50 states, but in cities all over the world such as London, Buenos Aires and even a large group of women in New Delhi.
Officials are still crunching numbers to figure out exactly how many participants marched on Saturday, but the event could have possibly been the largest one-day protest in U.S. history. Discuss
On Friday, Pope Francis sent incoming President Donald Trump a letter, letting him know that he is praying for him, and asking God to grant him wisdom and strength. He wrote,
Upon your inauguration as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America.
I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.
At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation's commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide.
Under your leadership, may America's stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door. With these sentiments, I ask the Lord to grant you and your family, and all the beloved American people, his blessings of peace, concord and every material and spiritual prosperity.
On inauguration day, he also tweeted a call to unity, reminding followers however, that it does not come from “human efforts":
Christian unity is not the fruit of our human efforts but a gift that comes from above.
New White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is a man of deep convictions and strong opinions. For years, he has engaged in a private war with Dippin’ Dots, taking personal offense to their claim of being the ice cream future. It’s now been revealed that back in 2014 he, “an early” fan of the duo “Daft Funk,” believes that the band must ditch the helmets and grow up. Emphatically adding, “come on.”
Hopefully he is able to remain objective and keep his Daft Funk hot takes to himself while in his new role of national influence.