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U.S. WASHINGTON SECURITY THREATS HEARING

Well, I was wrong. I kept saying that people were reading the Trump-Russia tea leaves the wrong way, and that Robert Mueller was going to be investigating for months longer. Nope. Friday afternoon, Mueller submitted his final report to the Department of Justice. Cable news was in full meltdown about what the report *could* say, like the connections between Donald Trump and Russia are still some giant unknown, like we haven’t seen ample evidence of criminality and impeachable offenses and outright treason for the past three years.

On Saturday, Attorney General William Barr spent more than nine hours in his DOJ office, reviewing the report. Rod Rosenstein was called in to work on Saturday too. We got the message that they would not release anything yesterday, and the idea is that they might release something vague – like an outline of Mueller’s findings – at some point today.

House members and senators are freaking out and offering statements about how the Mueller Report just needs to be released, in full, to the general public. The Democratic leadership at one point was asking for their highest-security level members to be briefed on the report, but that tactic has changed over the weekend. Now Nancy Pelosi is leading the charge for the report to just be released in full, publicly:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats on Saturday she’ll rebuff any efforts by the Justice Department to reveal details of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings in a highly classified setting — a tactic she warned could be employed to shield the report’s conclusions from the public.

Three sources who participated in a conference call among House Democrats said Pelosi (D-Calif.) told lawmakers she worried the Justice Department would seek to disclose Mueller’s conclusions to the so-called Gang of Eight — the top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate — which handles the nation’s most sensitive secrets. The substance of Gang of Eight briefings are heavily guarded.

“Everyone pounded the transparency drum continuously,” said a source who was on the Saturday afternoon call.

Pelosi said it was her belief that the findings of the report should be unclassified, a consistent theme from Democrats who said they wanted Attorney General William Barr to share virtually every scrap of paper connected to the Mueller report with Congress.

[From Politico]

While the two aren’t comparable whatsoever, I remember Ken Starr’s special counsel investigation into Bill Clinton and Whitewater (massive eyeroll) and that was released publicly very quickly. They published excerpts in the New York Times and Washington Post, and they released the report in book form too, so everyone could read it. They should do the same with the Mueller report.

I wonder if the Mueller report will have anything REALLY explosive in it, like Donald Trump standing in front of reporters and asking Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails

— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) March 22, 2019

AG Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers, or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Special Counsel Mueller’s findings or evidence.

The White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public. #ReleaseTheReport

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 23, 2019

Presidents of Russia and the USA meet in Helsinki

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Presidents of Russia and the USA meet in Helsinki
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U.S. WASHINGTON SECURITY THREATS HEARING

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Gala Dinner To Support East Anglia's Children's Hospices' Nook Appeal

These photos are from 2016, when the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley hosted a fundraiser for East Anglia Children’s Hospices’ Nook Appeal. The Duchess of Cambridge is the royal patron of EACH, and the promise of William and Kate attending the black-tie fundraiser was one of the big reasons why the Marquess and Marchioness hosted the event. The Cambridges’ country home, Anmer Hall, is just a few miles away from Houghton Hall, the ancestral Cholmondeley home (Houghton is a palatial 106-room abode, while Anmer Hall is more of a nice family home). The Marquess and Marchioness are named David Rocksavage (awesome name, Ned Rocknroll is jelly) and Rose Hanbury. Rose is a former model and now an aristocrat’s much-younger wife. Rose and Kate are close in age (35 and 37, respectively) and they reportedly enjoyed a warm friendship in the “turnip toff” society that exists in Norfolk. Norfolk is where a lot of William and Kate’s posh/aristocratic/new money friends live now and so they’re all part of that “set.”

So, what’s the problem? Apparently, Rose and Kate had some kind of falling out. A week ago, the Daily Mail buried this story in their gossip pages – unnamed friends claimed that Kate always viewed herself as the Queen Bee of those Turnip Toffs, only to find out that many like Rose as much as Kate, or even more than Kate. A source told the DM: “On the face of it, it’s bizarre, but Kate seems to see Rose as a rival.” The sources claim that they don’t know why there seems to have been some kind of dramatic falling out between Rose and Kate, but there is definitely a rivalry. One week later, the story has gotten even more dramatic:

A falling out between Kate and one of her long-term best friends has stunned royal insiders. Last week it emerged that the Duchess of Cambridge views Rose Hanbury as a “rural rival” while at home in Sandringham, Norfolk. Now we have learned the falling out between Kate, 37, and her ex-close pal — who is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley — is much worse than first thought.

Prince William has even stepped in to try to broker peace because he and Kate have enjoyed double dates with 35-year-old Rose and her posh husband David Rock­savage — who at 58 is 23 years his wife’s senior — as the royal heir gets on with him. However, royal insiders say Kate has refused and told William, 36, that former model Rose needs to be “phased out” as one of the ­couple’s closest confidantes.

Our source revealed: “It is well known that Kate and Rose have had a terrible falling out. They used to be close but that is not the case any more. William wants to play peacemaker so the two couples can remain friends, given they live so close to each other and share many mutual friends. But Kate has been clear that she doesn’t want to see them any more and wants William to phase them out, despite their social status.”

The fall-out has rocked the North Norfolk set, dubbed the “turnip toffs” after Kate and Wills moved to Anmer Hall, their country bolthole gifted to them by the Queen.

[From The Sun]

Doesn’t this sound… shady and amazing? For years, there have been rumors and whispers about the fact that Kate… doesn’t really get along with many women, especially women she sees as “competition.” I’m not saying Kate has no female friends – she does. But over the years, she’s phased out a lot of women, and we’ve seen over the past year and a half how utterly competitive she gets when another woman (Meghan) gets any kind of attention. Perhaps the Daily Mail was a bit hasty (or just racist) by declaring Meghan to be “Duchess Difficult” especially considering Kate is sitting in Norfolk and trying to Mean Girl the f–k out of marchioness.

Here’s something else: I’ve always completely believed that Kate loves her status and wields her title over people. She waity’d for so many years and now that she’s a duchess (and “future queen”) she gets off on lording it over people. I wonder what was at the heart of the falling out between Kate and Rose? And I wonder if William and Kate are vastly overestimating their social power and authority by thinking they can “phase out” the current Lord Great Chamberlain and his wife.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Gala Dinner To Support East Anglia's Children's Hospices' Nook Appeal

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The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Gala Dinner To Support East Anglia's Children's Hospices' Nook Appeal
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Gala Dinner To Support East Anglia's Children's Hospices' Nook Appeal
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Gala Dinner To Support East Anglia's Children's Hospices' Nook Appeal
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Gala Dinner To Support East Anglia's Children's Hospices' Nook Appeal
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Gala Dinner To Support East Anglia's Children's Hospices' Nook Appeal

CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC

Things I wish I could unsee: all of these quotes from Barbra Streisand. Streisand was doing good for a while – she turned up at the Oscars and befriended Spike Lee. It felt like Barbra was chilled out and just enjoying life. But then she has to butt into a discussion she really shouldn’t have. The discussion is “Michael Jackson was a serial child molester, and we’ve always known that.” Certainly people of Barbra’s generation knew that too. The thing is, Barbra isn’t DENYING that. She believes that MJ was a child molester. She just thinks it’s the fault of the victims’ parents, and then she shrugged off the physical and emotional abuse those kids dealt with because, in her words, “it didn’t kill them.” Wade Robson and James Safechuck were 7 and 10 years old when MJ molested them. And Babs is all *shrug* about it. The quotes from her Times interview:

Whether she believes MJ’s victims: She says that she believes Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege in the documentary that they were abused by Jackson as children. “Oh absolutely. That was too painful.”

Her thoughts on Michael Jackson: Streisand says that on the occasions she met Jackson, he was “very sweet, very childlike.” But despite the material being painful to watch, she seems to have some sympathy for the late pop star. “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” she told the Times.

On his victims: “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard them say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuk], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Whether she feels anger towards MJ: “It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shows and the dancing and the hats?”

On the MeToo movement: She calls it “very powerful.” But she says, “Unfortunately, it’s going to cause a lot of women not being hired because men are worried they’ll be attacked.” The interviewer explains that she seems to mean that the men will be worried about being accused of sexual impropriety.

[From Variety]

This is the part which I found the most horrifying: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.” No. It’s just wrong on so many levels – she’s treating MJ’s pedophilia as if it was just “unconventional” rather than a severe criminal perversion. Of course I also found the “they were thrilled to be there” and “it didn’t kill them” statement to be equally terrifying too – they were CHILDREN. They were traumatized for YEARS. They still carry those emotional scars. Anyway, Streisand came out with a clarification after everyone freaked out about this interview:

“To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone. The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children. It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings. I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way. Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”

[From Deadline]

That statement still doesn’t address the most problematic parts of her interview, but sure, I also agree that MJ’s victims’ parents were at fault too. You could make the argument that seducing the parents was also part of Michael Jackson’s grooming of his victims, and he selected his victims based on how easily he could manipulate not only the children, but their parents too. That still doesn’t excuse many of the choices the parents made though. Ugh. Streisand is hoping we’ll just focus on that aspect of her interview rather than her *shrug* about pedophilia.

Photos courtesy of WENN.
CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC
CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC

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Launch of ROXYxSister is here. Something special just dropped with my girl @keliamoniz and @roxy

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Hailey Baldwin just keeps cutting sponsorship deals and getting more and more work. I believe Hailey married Justin Bieber because she loves him, but hey, it’s also pretty great that her star is on the rise significantly over the past year. Hailey has a feature in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan where she chats about various things as a way to promote her new collection with ROXY Sister. Some highlights:

On her pro tips for handling social media pressure: “I’ve found that I got to a place where I don’t read the comments. You still care to a certain extent. You really have to train your brain to be like, ‘Okay, why do I even care? I don’t know these people, they don’t know me, they’re not a part of my life or my relationship or whatever it is.’ People can just be mean, and I feel like if you don’t want it to get to you, then don’t read it and allow it to affect your soul.”

Sometimes she’ll completely delete the ‘gram: “Sometimes I delete Instagram for a couple days at a time, which is really nice. I’ve done that when I’ve felt like I really couldn’t handle what people were saying or it was like what I was looking at was unavoidable.”

The relationship between fan & celebrity: “The problem too is kids become possessive over people and feel like if they think they’re hurt, they feel hurt for them and they’re hurt too, or whatever it is. They just think they know these people who are famous because their life is so exposed. And that’s what gets me I think the most frustrated. I’m like, you actually don’t know me. You don’t know him. You don’t know her, you don’t know these people for real. What’s really weird to me is they create scenarios in their head of what they think is happening or what they think should happen, and I’m just like, ‘This is just so dumb. It’s so dumb.’”

Hailey’s opinion on media: “But media itself is just awful. They just really want to see you fail, for whatever reason. I don’t know if it’s because they want to be able to say, ‘I told you so’ or because they want to be right, I don’t really know what the idea is behind trying to tear somebody’s relationship down, or person down, whatever it may be. I guess it’s just kind of an evil world, at the core of it, and humanity is just struggling.”

[From Cosmopolitan]

“But media itself is just awful. They just really want to see you fail, for whatever reason.” She sounds like her Trump-supporting dad here. Next she’s going to label everything #FakeNews whenever something inconveniences her? Anyway, I don’t think the media is out to get her or that the media is rooting for her to fail. There’s a difference between “wanting a celebrity to fail” and “saying that a celebrity will likely fail.” I don’t want Hailey and Justin Bieber’s marriage to fail, but I think that it will. See the difference, Hailey? As for the stuff about fan-culture and all of that… I actually agree with her completely, and I’m glad that she has some distance from it.

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need some sun

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What Else for March 22, 2019

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What Else for March 22, 2019

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What Else for March 22, 2019

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What Else for March 22, 2019

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