Sep 12
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Katy Tur, an NBC News reporter who was assigned to cover the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race, has spoken out before about about the abject craziness of following the unorthodox businessman who became president around the country and even to Europe. Well, now she’s written a whole book about it, the aptly-titled Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, which was released on Tuesday.

According to The Cut, in the book, Tur covers some of the ground she’s discussed in the past, most notably about how Trump constantly badgered her during the campaign, and how she needed to hire extra security after his supporters began trying to intimidate her at rallies.

But she also dropped a rather significant bombshell, saying that Trump forced a kiss on her at one point during the campaign, completely catching her off-guard. The encounter with Trump occurred inside the studios at MSNBC, just before Trump made an appearance on Morning Joe.

“Before I know what’s happening, his hands are on my shoulders and his lips are on my cheek,” Tur writes in the book. “My eyes widen. My body freezes. My heart stops. F**k. I hope the cameras didn’t see that. My bosses are never going to take me seriously,” she recalls having thought to herself at the time.

Of course, Trump apparently caught wind of the book passage and addressed it in a thinly-veiled tweet on Tuesday morning, deriding the claim as “#FAKE NEWS.”

Tur covers a number of other topics in the book, including some of the other challenges women reporters face on the campaign trail.

Read the full story at The Cut.


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Desperate times

During the very early morning hours of Sunday morning, as Hurricane Irma pummeled Florida with powerful winds, a woman living in the Little Haiti section of Miami went into labor. She called 911 and told dispatchers that the baby was coming, but paramedics were not able to safely venture out into the storm. So, The Washington Post reports, the woman delivered her new daughter on her own, with some coaching over the phone by doctors and emergency workers.

Miami Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Pete Gomez said that the [baby came out good, healthy,” and the woman, who has not been named, “was doing good too.”

Although Irma kept first responders at bay, the new mother was not entirely alone during the delivery. A dispatcher, paramedics, and a doctor at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami reportedly joined a conference call to walk the woman through the phases of childbirth, including delivering her placenta and cutting the umbilical cord. Assistant fire chief Eloy Garcia gave a few more details to The Miami Herald. “We weren’t able to respond. So she delivered the placenta, also. Dispatch told her how to tie it off.” Garcia said. “We made contact with the assistant medical director here. Talked things through.” When all was said and done, a healthy baby girl had been born. And the first experience she had in life was riding out a major hurricane.

The storm prevented emergency personnel from reaching dozens of other callers. The fire department did not respond to 81 fire calls after midnight on Saturday. Out of 41 medical calls, firefighters were only able to transport three people to the hospital.

Within a few hours, as the extreme conditions began to abate, emergency crews were able venture out and one crew transported the woman and her newborn to the hospital, which the City of Miami announced on Twitter.

Read more at The Washington Post.


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Making a difference

While promoting her new movie at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jessica Chastain opened up about her commitment to combatting “the old fashioned stereotype” of womanhood.

As The Toronto Sun reports, the actress said during a press conference that she deliberately seeks out complex roles that defy tired, but nevertheless pervasive Hollywood tropes.

“If I am part of society, if I am part of the industry, then I am part of the problem,” she said. “So what am I doing to contribute in a positive way, to move the needle in a positive way? That to me means playing characters who are complicated, women who are complicated, playing women who are not just an angelic portrait of perfection or are not just this sexy object of desire. I am interested in playing authentic women, women that I know in my life who make mistakes, are noble sometimes, are competitive sometimes, and who can get quite messy sometimes.”

Chastain’s latest role offered precisely the sort of meaty character that she craves. In Molly’s Game, directed by Aaron Sorkin, she plays Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran elite — and illegal — poker games for celebrities, athletes, and Russian mobsters.

The actress has often spoken out against problematic depictions of women on screen. In May, while speaking at the final press conference of the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival, she said that the portrayal of women in the festival’s roster of films was “disturbing.” Chastain is also at the helm of an all-female production company.

Read the full story at The Toronto Sun.


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Wonder Woman was a smash hit at the box office this summer, grossing about $400 million in the United States and more than $800 million worldwide. The film earned more domestically than any other release from the extended DC Universe, and became the world’s highest-grossing live action film directed by a woman.

It stands to reason that the woman director who crafted the movie, Patty Jenkins, would deserve a considerable pay bump when it came time to direct the Wonder Woman sequel. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins has closed a deal with Warner Bros. to earn “somewhere in the $7 million to $9 million range” for her directing services on Wonder Woman 2.

The hefty salary stands to make Jenkins the highest-paid female director of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jenkins deal also provides for her to share in the film’s profits.

But it seems that despite Wonder Woman’s success, Jenkins did not have an easy time clinching the deal with the studio. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Jenkins reached an agreement with the entertainment company after “an unusually lengthy and tough negotiation.”

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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New rules

Public schools in the state of Western Australia will now give female students the option to wear pants or shorts as part of their uniform, in part thanks to the efforts of an 11-year-old girl.

The New York Times reports that the Education Department announced last week it would adjust its dress code, which currently restricts girls’ uniforms to dresses, skirts or skorts. The move comes in response to a complaint by Perth resident Krystina Myhre, a representative of the advocacy group Girls’ Uniform Agenda, and her daughter Sofia.

“I think it’s really unfair that my brothers have been allowed to wear shorts, and all through primary school I haven’t been allowed to except when I have sport,” Sofia wrote in a letter to Sue Ellery, the state’s education minister. “I really love kicking the footy, netball and doing handstands at recess and lunch. It is annoying doing these things in a skirt.” The dress code change has been months in the making.

Most education departments in Australia allow schools to choose their own dress codes, but the codes must align with anti-discriminatory policies. After Ellery met with Myhre, she recommended that the department ensure its dress code was not discriminatory.

The new policy only applies to public schools, but several private schools in Perth are reportedly planning to implement similar rules allowing girls to wear pants and skirts.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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