Piers Morgan responded with fury after BBC satire 'The Mash Report' broadcast a cartoon image of him pleasuring US President Donald Trump. He wrote: "The BBC thinks this is OK to broadcast. But if it depicted high profile women, there would be outrage. Why the double standard?" The BBC 2 programme used the cartoon after criticism of Morgan's interviewing style and accusations he "brown nosed" Trump during the groundbreaking Q and A. But this did little to appease Morgan who claimed the image would not have aired had it involved two prominent women or gay men. read more
An FDNY first responder, who was immortalized in an iconic 9/11 photograph, has accused an 'all-black' color-guard of anti-white discrimination. Lt Dan McWilliams said was kicked out of the procession being led by the Vulcan Society, a fraternal organization of black firefighters. McWilliams filed an equal employment opportunity complaint with the department after the president of the Vulcan Society asked him to 'help in a different capacity' at a church service on November 19 instead of holding a flag. read more
Chelsea Manning has released the first campaign ad in her bid for a Maryland Senate seat. Manning will run against Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in the November Democratic primary. The whistleblower was sentenced to 35 years for releasing confidential military and State Department documents, but former President Obama commuted her sentence to seven years, leading to her release in 2017. Manning has been a visible activist for LGBTQ rights and other causes since her release. She would become the first openly transgender member of Congress if elected to the Senate. read more
A Russian historian whose exposure of Soviet leader Josef Stalin's crimes angered state officials is due to begin enforced psychiatric testing this week amid fears he will be falsely declared insane, his lawyer said on Tuesday. ... Some of Russia's leading cultural figures say [Yuri] Dmitriev was framed because his focus on Stalin's crimes -- he found a mass grave with up to 9,000 bodies dating from the Soviet dictator's Great Terror in the 1930s -- jars with the latter-day Kremlin narrative that Russia must not be ashamed of its past. read more
President Trump has nominated Josephine "Jody" Olsen to become the next Peace Corps Director. If confirmed by the Senate, Olsen would become the 20th person to lead the agency. Olsen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia from 1966 - 1968 and was Togo Country Director from 1979 - 1981. She was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Deputy Director of the agency and later served as Acting Director.