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Sesame Street Issues Statement Denying Bert and Ernie Are a Gay Couple – Here’s Why This Is a Problem



Are Bert and Ernie a same-sex couple?

According to their award-winning Sesame Street writer, yes. According to the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, no. And that’s a problem.

“I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were” a gay couple, writer Mark Saltzman told Queerty in an exclusive interview.

The Internet over the past few days has exploded – mostly with joy.

The New Yorker reposted a 2013 cover:

Ellen’s executive producer weighed in:

Others expressed their thoughts:

But not everyone is expressing joy. Some conservatives seem to be outraged.

Meanwhile, Sesame Workshop, the folks who actually produce Sesame Street, felt the disturbing need to issue a statement denouncing and denying the news Bert and Ernie are gay and in a relationship.

Their claim doesn’t hold water.

“Bert and Ernie are best friends,” Sesame Workshop states, insisting, “they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

But that seems to be false, because it’s actually not in keeping with other Sesame Street characters. For example, Clementine is Forgetful Jones’ girlfriend.

And Ingrid and Humphrey are married hoteliers.

Also, Mae, Elmo’s mother, is married to Louie.

Sesame Workshop needs to come up with a better denial, or let Bert and Ernie be gay.


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Trump Just Appointed Right Wing Extremist Ken Cuccinelli as Head of Immigration – Legal Experts Say Not So Fast



‘By What Statutory Authority Did the President Purport to Appoint Cuccinelli as Acting Director of USCIS?’

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli without notice showed up for work today as the Acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USCIS) agency, after President Donald Trump appointed him to the post.

Some legal experts are warning that Trump does not have the authority to make the appointment.

Cuccinelli is best known for his extreme positions on issues ranging from abortion to climate change to homosexuality and marriage. He has called homosexuality “against nature and are harmful to society,” and even worked to make oral sex illegal, only to be shot down at the Supreme Court. During his tenure as Virginia’s Attorney General he investigated climate scientists, arguing they were engaged in fraud, and has worked to rescind birthright citizenship – which is in the U.S. Constitution – and even tried to force employees to speak only English in the workplace.

Saying he is “honored to be given the opportunity,” Cuccinelli via a press release announced that USCIS “has the extraordinary responsibility to administer and protect the integrity of our nation’s lawful immigration system. Our nation has the most generous legal immigration system in the world and we must zealously safeguard its promise for those who lawfully come here,” echoing President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

But some legal experts question if President Trump has the authority to appoint Cuccinelli Acting Director of USCIS.

Cuccinelli, in an email to USCIS employees, said he wants to “work to find longterm solutions to close asylum loopholes that encourage many to make the dangers journey into the united states so that those who truly need humanitarian protections and meet the criteria under the law receive them,” as Buzzfeed’s Hamed Aleaziz reported.

Aleaziz adds DHS officials aren’t sure this is even legal.

Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law is also calling in to question the legality of the appointment. He took to Twitter to make his case, saying Cuccinelli “doesn’t meet any of the criteria under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998.”

Attorney George Conway retweeted Vladeck’s post:

Here’s a self-described lawyer calling the appointment illegal:





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‘Doing What I Can for the Next Few Days’: Kirstjen Nielsen Trying to Live Her Best Life – Now Not a Care in the World



“For the rest of her life people will look at her and think, ‘Oh, that’s the woman who put children in cages.’”

Soon-to-be-former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen appeared outside her Virginia home around noon Monday, about 18 hours after President Donald Trump forced her out.

She tried to appear to have not a care in the world.

“I’m on my way to keep doing what I can for the next few days,” Nielsen told reporters. Her “resignation” was originally effective immediately as Trump tweeted, but hours later she announced she would stay through Wednesday to assure a “smooth transition.”

Nielsen appeared as a loyal soldier, not offering any disagreement with Trump’s policy demands, including as Americans have now learned that he was pressuring her to break the law by restarting the program to separate migrant children from families.

Sec. Nielsen’s tenure will go down as the worst in the short history of the Dept. of Homeland Security. There are active efforts to ensure she does not land a cushy corporate job.

Washingtonian Today reports Nielsen “was spotted at the Hummingbird Bar & Kitchen in Old Town Alexandria as news broke last night.” Politico adds she “was with an entourage, seated at an outdoor table.”

Despite her efforts to enjoy her new life, many are working hard to ensure her actions of separating children from their families and caging them do not go unforgotten.




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Adam Schiff ‘Absolutely’ Prepared to Subpoena Mueller Report



Adam Schiff on This Week

Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, took to ABC’s “This Week” to make it clear that House Democrats would opt to subpoena the Mueller Investigations final report if the Justice Department refuses to make the full report public.

“Well we will obviously subpoena the report, we will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress, we will take it to court if necessary,” said Schiff. “And in the end, I think the department understands they’re going to have to make this public. I think Barr will ultimately understand that as well.”

Schiff noted that, in contrary to Justice Department statements that evidence should remain confidential if no charges are brought forth, Schiff noted the “thousands and thousands of pages of discovery” released on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

“I’ve had this conversation with Rod Rosenstein and others down at the Justice Department as they turned over thousands and thousands of pages of discovery in the Clinton e-mail investigation and there was no indictment in that investigation, that this was a new precedent they were setting and they were going to have to live by this precedent whether it was a Congress controlled by the Democrats or Republicans,” said Schiff

Schiff has also said that he is “absolutely” prepared to take the administration to court to force the release.

“We are going to get to the bottom of this,” said Schiff. “We are going to share this information with the public and if the president is serious about all of his claims of exoneration, then he should welcome the publication of this report.”

View a portion of the exchange below

Image via screen capture from video source.

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