President Donald Trump on Wednesday said transgender people will be barred from serving in the U.S. military, writing on Twitter that such service would cause "disruption" and burden the U.S. with "tremendous medical costs." Current Department of Defense policy allows for transgender service members to serve openly and says "they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals." ... Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized the decision in a tweet Wednesday, writing that "Every patriotic American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to serve. Full stop." ... There are an estimated 15,500 transgender people serving in the military, according to a 2014 report from the Palm Center research institute. read more
Whenever questions of time travel arise, talk inevitably drifts toward killing Hitler and stopping the Holocaust. The New York Times Magazine ran with a twist on this popular hypothetical on a slow Friday news day in the form of a Twitter poll: Could you kill a baby Hitler?
Naturally, Twitter users were quick to put in their 140 characters. MSNBC host Chris Hayes wrote "Was baby Hitler the inventor of peas in guacamole?" in a reference to a New York Times Twitter post earlier this year that lit up the internet. Former Gakwer editor-in-chief Max Read read into the question a little more deeply, tweeting, "the nyt magazine literally keeps an ethicist on retainer and its asking *twitter* about killing baby hitler. no wonder print is dying."
John Heard, the actor best known for his role as the dad in the original "Home Alone" movies, died on Friday, July 21. He was 72.
According to TMZ, he was found in a hotel in Palo Alto, California by the maid service and was pronounced dead at the scene after police were called. The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office confirmed his death.
"I can confirm that our officers responded with the fire department to a hotel in our city yesterday on a report of a person in need of medical aid," a spokesperson from the Palo Alto Police Department told People. "The person was determined to be deceased. While still under investigation, the death is not considered suspicious at this time."
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday in a move apparently tied to the hiring of a new top communications aide, marking a major shakeup in the president's press shop at an already tumultuous time.
Spicer's departure was confirmed just moments after President Trump met with the man being tapped for White House communications director, Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci.
Speculation about Spicer's status with the White House has run rampant for months, but the appointment of Scaramucci was seen as a deciding factor in his resignation.
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 a.m. Bennington was married with 6 children from 2 wives. The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. ... The band has had a string of hits over the years, including "Faint," "In the End" and "Crawling." read more