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Cher Calls Nancy Pelosi a ‘True Icon’

Former entertainer Cher described Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Wednesday as a “true icon” in a political system “almost exclusively run by white guys.”

Collecting an award at the VH1 Trailblazer Honors award ceremony in Los Angeles, Cher said, “We hear the word ‘icon’ a lot, you know, describing people like me, and as far as I’m concerned, the one true icon in this room tonight is the woman we’re honoring. Since the days of our founding fathers, since they signed the Declaration of Independence, our country has been run almost exclusively by old white guys.”

“When I see Trump spew his hate and tell his gazillion lies, I get pissed off and I feel uneasy at the same time,” she added. “I see Nancy come on TV and I think, ‘OK, this is all good, Nancy is in the house.’”

Warren, Harris Support Reparations for Blacks

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) have told the New York Times they support reparations for black Americans affected by slavery.

“We have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities,” Harris said in a statement to the Times. “I’m serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in black communities.”

“We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences, including undermining the ability of black families to build wealth in America for generations,” Warren told the Times. “We need systemic, structural changes to address that.”

Largest ISIS Mass Grave Ever Found in Syria

Syrian first responders discovered the largest Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) mass grave so far, holding at least 3,500 bodies and located outside the Syrian city of Raqqa, once the de facto capital of the terrorist group’s nearly completely fallen self-declared caliphate.

“These are individual graves, but behind us, by the trees, are the mass graves of those executed by Daesh,” said a forensic assistant at Raqqa’s al-Fukheikha agricultural suburb housing the grave.

“There are some 2,500-3,000 bodies estimated there, plus between 900 and 1,100 bodies in the individual graves, so at least 3,500 total,” he added. “Al-Fukheikha is the largest grave since IS came to Raqqa” in 2014.

Couple Sues Planned Parenthood Over Failed Abortion

An Idaho couple who sought a drug-induced abortion from Planned Parenthood in 2016 is suing the abortion vendor for failing to end the life of their son and leaving with them the costs of raising “an additional unplanned child.”

Bianca Coons and her partner Cristobal Ruiz filed a lawsuit filed last week claiming that Planned Parenthood’s “failure to properly supervise and administer the abortion service directly resulted in the failure of the pregnancy termination which resulted in injury to plaintiffs’ interests in family planning and their interests in financial planning for the future of their family.”

Maxine Waters Speaks Out on Smollett Scandal

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Thursday that she couldn’t yet “make sense” of actor Jussie Smollett being arrested for filing a false police report about being attacked by Trump supporters in Chicago.

“I don’t think we can, at this point, make sense of it,” Maxine Waters told Variety. “He’s a friend… and so, I believed him, when I heard about it.”

“If in fact it’s a hoax, of course, I would be disappointed, but I’m just hopeful, that whatever goes on, and if he finds that he’s in trouble, that his life will be changed, then he has to re-do it all over again,” she added.

Kamala Harris Breaks Silence on Smollett Arrest

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) who had called the hate crime attack on Jussie Smollett an “attempted modern day lynching,” finally spoke about the actor being charged and arrested for filing a false police report.

The 2020 presidential hopeful tweeted a statement which read, in part, “When anyone makes false claims to police, it not only diverts resources away from serious investigations but it makes it more difficult for other victims of crime to come forward.

“At the same time, we must speak the truth: hate crimes are on the rise in America,” she added.

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