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Former Playmate Dani Mathers Gets 3 Years Probation In Body-Shaming Case

Former Playboy model Dani Mathers was ordered to serve three years probation and 30 days of graffiti removal after pleading no contest Wednesday to invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor. 

Last year, the model named Playboy?s 2015 Playmate of the Year, secretly recorded a 70-year-old woman nude in the shower area at one of Los Angeles? LA Fitness branches. She posted the recording to Snapchat with the caption, ?If I can?t unsee this then you can?t either.? Mathers didn?t stop there. She posted another Snapchat apparently deriding someone who dared shower in a public space specifically meant for showering. 

The Los Angeles Police Department located the woman in the video, and she decided to press charges against the model. The woman has remained unidentified throughout the proceedings, though Mathers publicly apologized to her over Twitter.

Mathers? post caused public outcry as users on Snapchat accused the model of body shaming. She was banned from all LA Fitness locations in the U.S. and fired from her job as a radio host.

?This case was really important to me,? Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in the KTLA video above. ?I thought of the case from the outset as a dad and as a son. Body shaming is humiliating. It devastates its victims. It tears down their self-respect.?

For more on the case, check out the video above.

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Health Bill’s Score Still Breathtakingly Bad

The new Congressional Budget Office numbers are in for the House healthcare bill, and they?re almost as breathtakingly bad as the first version?s score. Instead of 24 million Americans losing health insurance in the next ten years, now ?only? 23 million will lose health insurance. The number of people who will lose health insurance next year alone stayed the same, at 14 million. Medicaid funding will be cut by $834 billion, instead of $880 billion. This would save a paltry $12 billion a year, instead of the $15 billion a year the original bill would have saved. That?s a lot of pain for not very much money saved. Which Democrats are going to be pointing out soon, in midterm ads.

This legislation had two major goals. The first was to provide a whopping tax cut for wealthy people. The second was for Republicans to be able to claim ?we repealed Obamacare.? Measured on those metrics, the bill is a success. Measured by any other metric, it is a complete disaster.

The top-line numbers do not tell this story adequately. A $12 billion change in the federal budget is peanuts, after all. But when you dig into the numbers, the intent of the legislation becomes more obvious. Here are a few crucial paragraphs from the C.B.O. report (emphasis added):

CBO and JCT estimate that, over the 2017-2026 period, enacting H.R. 1628 would reduce direct spending by $1,111 billion and reduce revenues by $992 billion, for a net reduction of $119 billion in the deficit over that period. The provisions dealing with health insurance coverage would reduce the deficit, on net, by $783 billion; the noncoverage provisions would increase the deficit by $664 billion, mostly by reducing revenues. The largest savings would come from reductions in outlays for Medicaid and from the replacement of the Affordable Care Act?s (ACA?s) subsidies for nongroup health insurance with new tax credits for nongroup health insurance (see figure below). Those savings would be partially offset by other changes in coverage provisions ? spending for a new Patient and State Stability Fund, designed to reduce premiums, and a reduction in revenues from repealing penalties on employers who do not offer insurance and on people who do not purchase insurance. The largest increases in the deficit would come from repealing or modifying tax provisions in the ACA that are not directly related to health insurance coverage ? such as repealing a surtax on net investment income, repealing annual fees imposed on health insurers, and reducing the income threshold for determining the tax deduction for medical expenses.

Below this is a chart, breaking down the impact of various parts of the bill. Medicaid is slashed a jaw-dropping $834 billion, and tax credits for people to buy insurance gets hit by $276 billion. Where does all this money go? Mostly to ?noncoverage provisions,? to the tune of $664 billion. What are ?noncoverage provisions?? Here?s the explanation (emphasis added):

Repeal or delay of taxes on high-income people, fees imposed on manufacturers, and excise taxes enacted under the ACA. Modification of various tax preferences for medical care.

Got that? We?ve got to slash Medicaid to give a huge tax break to ?high-income people.? And 23 million of our fellow Americans can crawl off into the woods and die, because this entire exercise was nothing more than a way to cut taxes on the ultra-wealthy. As I said, Democrats should already be drafting their campaign ads around this basic fact.

By magnanimously allowing an extra million people to keep their health insurance, the Republicans did fix one glaring problem with their first attempt. Now the number of uninsured will be exactly what it would have been if Obamacare had never happened. Incredibly, the first draft of this bill somehow denied health insurance to a million more people than a flat Obamacare repeal would have done. So at least now Republicans can?t be accused of making things even worse than they would have been if Obama had failed to pass his law.

Still, ?things won?t be worse than the status quo before Obamacare? isn?t really a rousing campaign slogan for the GOP. Democrats will be pointing out that this bill is in no way real deficit reduction, since after slashing Medicaid by $834 billion it only saves the government $119 billion in the end ? because of the $664 billion tax windfall.

Republican senators have all but announced they?re tossing the House bill out and starting with a blank sheet of paper. They may come up with their own bill, or they may be incapable of reaching agreement among themselves (if only three Republican senators decide not to vote for a bill, it will die ? a pretty thin margin). If the Senate acts and produces a slightly-less-breathtakingly-bad bill, then the focus may shift before the election cycle really gets underway. But whether the Senate acts or not, the House votes are already on the record. They voted for this Draconian bill, and their Democratic opponents should take every opportunity to point it out to their constituents.

The House Republicans congratulated themselves for throwing 23 million people off their health insurance. They slashed Medicaid by over $800 billion. They handed most of this money out to the wealthiest Americans, for no reason whatsoever. By doing so, they are saving a grand total of $12 billion a year in a $4 trillion budget ? a deficit reduction of roughly one-third of one percent. The numbers are in, and they?re bad. Spectacularly bad. Breathtakingly bad. Whatever else happens, House GOP members won?t be able to run away from them.

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Adorable Animated Film Offers Beautiful Story Of Two Boys Falling In Love

A new animated short film is in the works that tells the story of a gay boy falling in love with the most popular boy in school.

?In A Heartbeat? follows Sherwin, an awkward young teen who is unsure of his sexuality. After crossing paths with Jonathan, a classmate, Sherwin?s heart literally pops out of his chest and chases after his new Prince Charming. Sherwin then has to try and stop his heart from revealing its true feelings ? not only to Jonathan, but the entire school.

Slated to be completed and then debut this summer thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $14,000, ?In A Heartbeat? is a completely dialogue-free and created by Esteban Bravo and Beth David.

?When we first started working on this film, we knew that we didn?t want it to be preachy,? the pair, both filmmakers at the Ringling College of Art, told HuffPost. ?There isn?t even dialogue, so we never have the characters speak to persuade the audience of anything. We simply wanted to show the audience what growing up was like for us through this story about a sweet, red-headed boy who feels just as confused and scared about his feelings as we did. Hopefully, it?ll resonate with those who identify with this character – and for those who don?t, we hope they?ll gain an understanding for people who go through this experience.?

We can?t wait!

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Danielle Brooks To Her Teenage Self: Your Stretch Marks Are ‘The Roadmap Of Your Strength’

Danielle Brooks is full of amazing advice ? and she just shared a few pieces with the world.

The ?Orange Is the New Black? star recently wrote a poignant essay for Refinery29 that details some of the advice she wishes she could give her 15-year-old self. 

?A lot of blessings and disappointments will come your way this year, and in the years to come, but I want you to continue to practice patience,? Brooks wrote to her teenage self. ?Let God write your story. It will always be brighter than you could ever dream ? so trust her.? 

Published on Tuesday, the essay is a heartwarming message about the trials and tribulations so many teen girls face: fights with parents, high school crushes, learning to love your body and figuring out how to be comfortable and happy in your own skin.  

?Love your stretch marks, Danie. They are the roadmap of your strength,? Brooks wrote for number 5 on the 11-point list. 

Number six? Don?t cry too much when you?re not asked out to prom. 

?One day that boy you had a crush on, you?ll run into him at the grocery store and discover he has three baby mamas and works at Verizon. Not even as a manager,? Brooks wrote. ?And the other dude, you?ll realize he doesn?t even have enough courage to pursue his dreams. How would he ever be able to handle yours? Again, be patient. One day you will bring all the boys to the yard. They will be sliding in those DMs, girl. That phrase will make more sense in 2017.?

The OITNB actress is no stranger to preaching self-love and body acceptance. Brooks modeled for Lane Bryant for the clothing company?s body positive campaign #ThisBody in 2016. The actress is also a spokesperson for R29?s The 67% Project, a multimedia initiative promoting body positivity and plus-size visibility that launched in September. 

In her R29 essay, Brooks reminded her teenage self that no matter what happens in life, she always needs to ?operate out of love.? 

?You are not an ordinary 15 year old, and that is okay. That doesn?t make you better or less than anyone. But what you must not do is dim your light,? she wrote. ?You have a lot of love to give and believe it or not, it is not as easily accessible for others to give the same. People have a lot of hang ups that will make them guarded, but continue to operate out of love. It will always win.?

Head over to Refinery29 to read Brooks? full essay. 

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Lisa Spoonauer, ‘Clerks’ Actress, Dead At 44

Lisa Spoonauer, the New Jersey?born actress known for her role as Caitlin Bree in ?Clerks,? died Saturday. She was 44. 

A cause of death was not released, but TMZ reports police responded to a 911 call to her house around 11:05 p.m. Saturday night, but she wasn?t breathing when EMTs arrived. 

Kevin Smith, who directed Spoonauer in ?Clerks,? shared the sad news on Instagram Tuesday, with a photo collage and touching caption. 

?Devastated to report that [Lisa Spoonauer], who played Caitlin in [?Clerks?], has passed away,? he wrote. ?In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she?d play in my life.? 

Smith continued, telling the story of how he discovered Spoonauer in an acting class at Brookdale Community College.

?Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room. She didn?t sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was inventing her conversation in the moment, like people do in real life,? he added. 

You can read his entire tribute below: 

Devastated to report that #LisaSpoonauer, who played Caitlin in #clerks, has passed away. In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she'd play in my life. I'd held a night of open auditions at the #firstavenueplayhouse (where we found @briancohalloran and @marilynghigliotti) but the perfect Caitlin Bree never walked through the door. So I popped into an acting class at Brookdale Community College and watched the students from the back. Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room. She didn't sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was inventing her conversation in the moment, like people do in real life. Captivated, I approached Lisa cold in the parking lot after the class and said “This is gonna sound creepy but… Do you wanna be in a movie?” Fearlessly, she replied “Not if it's porn.” I told her a bit about Clerks and gave her a copy of the script and my phone number. She called me a few days later and said “Well it's not porn, but everybody talks like it is. It's funny. I'll do it.” A complete stranger at first, Lisa quickly became one of the most important people I'd ever meet when she joined Brian, #JeffAnderson, Marilyn, @jaymewes, @samosier, @davidkleinasc and me as one of the chief architects of my first film. We rehearsed for a month straight in the store after hours, where Lisa perfected Caitlin (and fell in love with Jeff). The first night of the shoot, Lisa had to maneuver her way through a seven minute scene with Brian in the video store, when Caitlin finally shows up in the movie. Lisa and Brian CRUSHED it in one long take that still remains one of my favorite scenes I've ever shot – not because it shows off any directorial flare (it doesn't) but because it exemplified how great the performers were since we never had to cut away from their 2-shot. But as strong an actress as she was, Lisa was an even more excellent Mother to her daughter Mia. Whenever we'd Facebook later in life, she'd gush about her baby girl proudly. My heart goes out to Tom, Mia and Lisa's family. Thank you for dreaming my dream with me. You changed my life, Lisa.

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Spoonauer only appeared in one other film during her acting career: 1997?s ?Bartender.? However, she did reprise the role of Caitlin Bree for an episode of the 2001 animated ?Clerks? series.  

An obituary posted by a New Jersey funeral home describes Spoonauer as ?a devoted mother and loving wife … known for her strength, selflessness and faith.? 

It continues, ?Lisa loved spending time with family and friends, helping anyone she could and laughing as much as she made other people laugh.?

The obituary also notes Spoonauer went on to become a restaurant manager and event planner following her acting career. 

Spoonauer is survived by her husband, daughter, stepson, mother, twin brothers and her grandfather. 

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Boy Comes Home From School And Finds Dad Has Been Deported

Joel Massie came home from school last week only to realize something was different. His father was no longer around.

Arino Massie, of Metuchen, New Jersey, was deported back to his native country of Indonesia, a place he fled 16 years ago because of religious persecution.

Now Joel is going to grow up without a father in the U.S., where he was born. He still finds it hard to accept this.

?He?s been with me for 13 years, because I was born with him, of course. And for those 13 years, he?s been kind, happy and loving,? Joel told WPIX TV. ?It?s been sad, stressing. We?ve been fighting for the past week and a half to stay.?

Arino Massie is a Chinese Christian who lived in Indonesia, but missed a deadline to apply for asylum shortly after his arrival in the U.S.

After he overstayed his tourist visa, Massie was ordered to leave the country in 2006. However, the Reformed Church of Highland Park struck a deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to allow him three other Indonesian-born Christians stays of removal if they checked in with ICE every year. 

But this year ICE took the men into custody, and on May 18 an immigration judge ordered that Massie and the others be deported, according to News12.com. 

A spokesperson for ICE released this statement:

Arino Massie, who was a visa overstay, was ordered removed on July 17, 2006 by an immigration judge with the Department of Justice?s Executive Office of Immigration Review. After exhausting all legal remedies, on May 18, 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Officers removed Arino Massie to Indonesia.

Frederick Rattu, a friend of Massie?s who came to the U.S. from Indonesia in 1994 with a tourist visa and became a legal resident a few years later, worries about what might happen to Massie when he to Indonesia.

?Can you imagine someone applying for asylum and then going back to Indonesia? How are they going to treat him,? Rattu told USA Today.

The newspaper notes that Massie is one of 41,000 suspected undocumented immigrants who were arrested during President Donald Trump?s first 100 days. That?s a 40 percent increase from the same period last year.

The Trump administration has broadened the scope of those subject to deportation to include people such as Massie, who don?t have criminal records.

That?s a misuse of resources, according to Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, of the Reformed Church of Highland Park.

?There?s no reason to send him away right now; he?s absolutely not a criminal. These are family people who happen to have final deportation orders,? Kaper-Dale told the Associated Press. ?Our folks got caught up in that new dragnet.?

An immigration attorney is arguing to legal authorities that Massie needs to come back to America to be with his son, Joel.

He may have a harder time explaining what?s happening to Joel.

?What I don?t understand is why he?s being deported,? Joel told News12.com. ?He?s been cooperative. He hasn?t done anything against the law. He has a clear record.? 

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Remember When Republicans Wanted To Punish Officials For ‘Carelessness’ With Intel?

WASHINGTON ? Last summer, in an effort to hurt Hillary Clinton?s presidential candidacy, Senate Republicans introduced a bill to strip security clearance from ?any officer or employee of the federal government who has exercised extreme carelessness with classified information.?

The bill was never going anywhere. It was a political jab at Clinton, who was mired in drama over her use of a private email server for official communications when she was secretary of state. Republicans unveiled the bill one day after then-FBI Director James Comey concluded that Clinton had committed no criminal wrongdoing, though he said she and her team were ?extremely careless? with sensitive information.

The legislation expired last year, and it?s largely forgotten now. But in light of President Donald Trump?s reported revelation of highly classified intelligence to Russian officials in the Oval Office this month, which potentially jeopardized critical intelligence sources embedded with ISIS, HuffPost tracked down co-sponsors of the bill to see if they think their ?carelessness? standard should apply to Trump.

Unsurprisingly, they did not.

?The president?s ability to communicate whatever he wants to, without it being a breach of the law, is very clear,? said Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). ?An employee has a very different function.?

Asked if he considers it ?extremely careless? that Trump leaked classified intelligence to Russian officials,? Scott dryly repeated, ?I don?t think the president broke the law.?

?Call Alex in my office,? said Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the bill?s author.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said the bill applies to all federal employees except the president. Rounds said he still trusts Trump with classified information, but conceded that Trump?s missteps on this front could be diminishing his political capital.

?It never helps,? he said. ?It never helps.?

Some senators were less amused by this story than others. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) said the bill only applies to people who carelessly handle information, not someone ?who has the right and intentionally discloses? such information.

Getting a bit testy, Risch said he has no opinion on whether it was careless for Trump to share classified intelligence with Russian officials because he wasn?t part of that conversation.

?I?ve heard speculation. I?ve heard them say, ?Oh, it could have endangered someone, oh, it could have done?,? I don?t know what the conversation was,? said Risch. ?His job is to coordinate with other countries, just as the intelligence community is, to share information about mutual threats.?

Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) both emphasized that Trump has only been accused of revealing classified information to the Russians, and that people should wait until investigations into the matter are finished before drawing conclusions. There are currently House, Senate and Justice Department probes into whether Trump and his team had ties to Russians who interfered in last year?s election to help Trump win.

?Let?s wait on the special counsel and the two intelligence committees, and then they?ll figure all that out,? Roberts said.

Asked if he sees irony in Republicans? backing of legislation to go after Clinton for carelessness while backing off when it comes to Trump, Roberts replied, ?There?s irony in every corner and closet in Washington.?

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Ariana Grande On British Concert Horror: ‘Broken.’

Ariana Grande, the singer whose Manchester, England, concert ended in tragedy Monday, said she is ?broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry,? adding, ?i don?t have words.?

The 23-year-old star was unharmed in an attack just outside the Manchester Arena by a suspected suicide bomber. At least 19 people were killed and 50 injured in the explosion.

Scooter Braun, the New York company that represents Grande, also said in statement: ?Our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. We mourn the live of children and loved ones taken in this cowardly act.?

The statement also thanked Manchester?s first responders and asked the public to ?hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.?

Grande?s international Dangerous Woman Tour has been ?postponed indefinitely,? according to an event statement. Grande had been scheduled to appear next in London on Thursday in the O2 Arena.

The bomb exploded just as people were leaving the concert at 10:35 p.m. and Grande was still inside. The explosion was so powerful that the ?whole building shook,? a parent arriving to pick up her two teenage daughters told BBC Radio Manchester.

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3 Easy Hacks For Hiding That Litter Box Right Meow [VIDEO]

While we adore and would do almost anything for our favorite felines, a common frustration for cat owners is finding a way to hide an unsightly litter box. The furball?s lavatory is not the first thing you want your guests to notice when they walk into any room in your house. Well, we?ve got your litter box covered ? literally! For this video, HuffPost has partnered with Tidy Cats to create a few easy methods to hide the litter box in plain sight. From clever furniture fixes, to sneaky planters, to getting downright crafty, we outline three comely, convenient and creative ways to house your purring pals? potty. Best of all, these designs can be easily adapted to create a model that aligns with your taste and aesthetic. Just grab your glue gun and get creative so that your precious puss can get down to business in style. 

If you are the type of cat owner who, not only insists on hiding the litter box in an attractive way, but who also makes kitty-cat?s commode from scratch, you are clearly a cat owner who cares! So, why not fill the distinctive feline facility with amazing litter? New Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Clean Blossoms keeps your home, and pussycat?s privy, at its very best. Now that?s the power of pleasant.

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