Preach: Pope Francis kicks off a first-of-its-kind conference today devoted to child sexual abuse among the Catholic clergy. Nearly 200 Catholic leaders from across the world have gathered at the Vatican for this four-day event that's expected to challenge the long culture of silence around clerical sexual abuse.
Get the Popcorn: Rumor has it that Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is wrapping up. The public could be seeing Mueller's final report as early as next week. Eeeee!
"I wish the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention": According to Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson, Empire actor Jussie Smollett spent $3,500 to stage a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in downtown Chicago because he was "dissatisfied with his salary." The African American superintendent called the scheme "shameful" and said Smollett "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
This Guy!: Obama said some smart stuff about toxic masculinity on Tuesday. In the words of our wisest president: "If you are confident with your sexuality, you don’t need eight women around you twerkin'."
Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about masculinity at an event for his My Brother's Keeper initiative pic.twitter.com/T3WCuwAuKo— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 21, 2019
Enemy of the People: A US Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist was arrested yesterday after the feds discovered a cache of weapons in his Maryland home that authorities say was stockpiled to launch a "widespread domestic terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists," according to the Washington Post. Much of the man's online search history and personal notes echoed anti-press and radically partisan sentiments espoused by our current president.
Completely Unrelated: The Southern Poverty Law Center has recorded a 30 percent increase in US hate groups over the past four years.
Turned Away: Donald Trump is refusing to allow a 24-year-old US citizen to return to the US and serve time in prison after joining the Islamic State, a decision she said brainwashed her.
All Shook Up: Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty introduced a new ordinance yesterday meant to ease the unexpected consequences of rules for people who own earthquake-unsafe buildings. Activists and other vulnerable building owners say it's not enough.
Jerks Get Clever: Someone's been posting signs, stamped with a City of Portland seal, threatening arrest to homeless people camping in public—and it's not the city. You have my permission to tear them down.
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