EXCLUSIVE – ‘Separation of Church and State!’: Leftist Activists Disrupt Michigan Town Hall

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17 Alleged Mexican Cartel Operatives Charged in Colorado

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Calls Grow to Use National Guard to Protect Coulter, Free Speech at Berkeley

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Lucy Hale Confirms There Will Be Two Weddings In The Final Episodes Of ‘Pretty Little Liars’

After seven years on the air, “Pretty Little Liars” is coming to an end this June. But for the first time in the series’ run, there will finally be answers ― and happy endings, too.

During a conversation with The Huffington Post on Build Series Thursday, Lucy Hale confirmed the news that they’ll be “more than one wedding” in Season 7B.

“This whole season, in general, is just very romantic. You get to see all of the couples together and there’s a wedding … or are there two weddings? Yes, there’s one main wedding … hmmm, I don’t know if I was supposed to say there are two weddings, but whatever, we’ll just let that slide,” Hale joked, getting a bit nervous about her spoilery slip before putting it behind her, adding, “Pregnancies, kids, yeah. The girls are grown up.”

But whose nuptials will be featured on the show? Spoby? Haleb? Or will Aria and Ezra take the cake?

Last October, Ian Harding, who plays Ezra, shared a photo of Hale on Instagram, thanking her for being his sidekick throughout the series. But, he apparently forgot that she was wearing a veil, and fans, obviously, freaked out. So, Aria is probably going to be one of the brides, right?

“It’s been such a roller coaster of a romance, but I want to say there’s a happy ending,” Hale said of engaged couple Ezria. 

According to Hale, weddings aren’t all we have to look forward to. It sounds like Aria turns to the “dark side” (which just makes us think she’s definitely, most likely, maybe A/A.D./Uber A).

“The board game plays a big part in the last nine episodes,” she explained. Obviously, all of the girls will get a turn and it puts them in very uncomfortable situations ― life-or-death situations. And, Aria, it really pits her against the girls. For the first time it’s little Aria against the rest of them, so things get weird.”

Hale continued, “Aria gets to do some real cool stuff this season. This was the first time in the course of the show that I went to [showrunner I. Marlene King] and I went to the writers and was like, ‘Please, can Aria just do something really cool and different for the last 10 episodes?’ And they gave me my way, and I was really surprised. Not only was it stuff I never got to do on the show, but I got to do things I’ve never done in acting, period.”

Green-screen action? Yup, they’ll be some of that. 

Things are getting …weird at work. Do I have something on my face ?

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Hale said playing a different, darker side of Aria was fun and challenging, but it will for sure shift the dynamic between the Liars. 

“She does some crazy stuff,” she told HuffPost. “It puts everything at stake ― it puts her friendships, her relationships at stake ― and there are times when you’re like, ‘Whose side is she on?’” 

The 27-year-old actress loves to read all of the theories fans of the show come up with, and appreciates every wacky, illogical moment the “Pretty Little Liars” writers decide to toss their way. Still, she has a favorite storyline (and she can’t wait for you to watch it unfold).

“This sounds cliché, but, the very ending is just my favorite of all,” Hale said. “A is a lot closer than we think, you guys … it’s nuts!” 

“Pretty Little Liars” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform. Watch the full Build Series interview with Lucy Hale below. 

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Bernie Sanders, Al Franken and Sherrod Brown Quietly Owned Trump On High Drug Prices

WASHINGTON ― The pharmaceutical industry consistently ranks as the most hated sector of the economy. It is also the most profitable. This is not a coincidence: Sick people need medicine to live, and drug companies charge ludicrous prices to extract their margins. This puts Big Pharma in a class by itself, even among deeply unpopular companies. People can’t stand dealing with cable providers, but TV doesn’t keep anyone above ground. At least Walmart has low prices.

Drugs are ridiculously expensive for two reasons, both imposed by the federal government. First, the government grants pharmaceutical firms long-term monopolies on prescription medication. Second, the government bans itself from regulating the prices these monopolists choose to charge ― or even allowing Medicare or Medicaid to negotiate with them.

No other country in the world does business this way, because it is economically inefficient and bad for public health. President Donald Trump spent much of the 2016 campaign saying as much — vowing to stick it to the drug companies if he was elected.

“When it comes time to negotiate the cost of drugs, we are going to negotiate like crazy,” Trump said on the campaign trail. After winning the election, he ratcheted up the rhetoric, telling reporters at a press conference that pharmaceutical companies were “getting away with murder.”

Now Democrats are seizing on Trump’s bombast to burnish their own prescription drug credentials. In just a few months, a handful of progressive Senate Democrats have effectively reversed the friendliness with Big Pharma that former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had fostered for decades. Two of the usual suspects are leading the charge ― longtime pharma critics Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) ― along with a relative newcomer to power politics, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

In December, Franken and Brown rounded up 18 other Democratic Senators to sign a letter to Trump that vowed to help him pass measures to lower drug prices. They were ready to support legislation allowing Medicare to negotiate with Big Pharma, cap price increases and speed up the entrance of generic drugs to the market.

Franken and Brown went further last month, when they introduced legislation that combines just about every policy idea drug lobbyists hate. The bill includes old standbys like Medicare negotiations and permitting imports of safe prescription drugs from Canada (where prices are lower, because Canada regulates them). But it also features more radical moves, including expanded federal funding for clinical trials, which would prevent private companies from monopolizing taxpayer-funded research. Typically, the government pays for early drug research, with pharmaceutical firms supporting the final steps in the process.

As Democrats stand up to Big Pharma, Trump is backing down.

The top prescription drug lobbying organization, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, did not respond to a request to comment for this article.

Nobody on Capitol Hill expects the Franken-Brown bill to become law. Democrats are in the minority in both chambers of Congress, and even if they weren’t, legislation specifically targeting an entrenched special interest is usually impossible to pass on its own. But the legislation’s 14 cosponsors demonstrate a shift in party thinking. The list includes Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a moderate with a checkered record on corporate accountability issues who is rumored to be considering a 2020 presidential bid. It also includes freshmen Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and newbies rarely poke potential corporate donors in the eye just to make a statement.

Franken and Brown’s offices say they hope the bill serves as a “menu” of options for Trump should he decide to actually do something about high drug prices. If the president decides to go after Big Pharma, he could demand a provision or two from the Democratic legislation and truthfully claim to have bipartisan support for the move.

Leaders in both parties have been doing favors for Big Pharma for decades. The law prohibiting Medicare from negotiating drug prices was passed by a GOP-controlled Congress and signed by then-President George W. Bush. Bill Clinton tried to use trade policy to help drug companies gouge AIDS and HIV patients in South Africa. Obama pursued longer and stronger drug monopolies through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, backtracked on campaign promises to allow imports of safe prescription drugs from Canada and sicced the State Department on India’s generic drug industry in an effort to elevate prices abroad. In January, 13 Democrats including Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, sided with Big Pharma and 39 Republicans to knock down a bill to allow Canadian prescription drug imports.

Progressive Democrats who were unhappy with Obama’s drug platform are using the party’s minority status to reshape its agenda. But as they stand up to Big Pharma, Trump is backing down.

After excoriating drug companies in early January, Trump held a meeting with top executives. He left parroting drug lobbyist talking points: tough negotiations with Big Pharma had transmuted into nefarious government “price-fixing.” He’s been quiet about drug prices in the weeks since, ignoring them during the GOP’s disastrous internal negotiations over an Obamacare replacement.

But a full flip-flop from Trump would be a political boon for progressive Democrats. Brown and other co-sponsors including Gillibrand and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) are all up for re-election in 2018, with Brown and Baldwin representing states Trump carried in 2016. If Trump doesn’t deliver on drug prices, Democrats will have a simple message: Return us to power and we will.

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Illegal Alien Charged for Alleged Rape, Murder of Sanctuary City Woman

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You Can Soon Buy Tickets To The ‘Mean Girls’ Musical, You Pathetic Loser

Good news, people who were in high school in 2004 and still feel like they are in high school in 2017.

“Mean Girls,” Tina Fey’s classic comedy exploring the many creative ways young women torture one another to rise up on the food chain of popularity, is headed to Broadway.

But first, it’s stopping in D.C.

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On April 28, tickets go on sale for the world premiere of the highly anticipated musical adaptation, which follows fresh blood Cady Heron who, after starting at a new school in Illinois, is seemingly adopted by a trio of popular girls called The Plastics. Spoiler alert: they aren’t very nice. 

The Broadway plot description sounds pretty familiar:

After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of The Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

Thankfully, Fey herself adapted the “Mean Girls” screenplay for the stage, so it’s probably sticking true to the original. Jeff Richmond, the Emmy-winning composer with TV credits like “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” under his belt (who’s also Fey’s husband), wrote the music, with lyrics by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. 

Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw is directing and choreographing the show. Lorne Michaels is co-producing, because of course he is.

“Mean Girls” will premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31, and travel to Broadway soon after. Our advice: Dress appropriately.

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Hillary Clinton Hits Trump Administration For Approach To LGBTQ Issues

Former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton cast doubt on the willingness of President Donald Trump’s administration to help LGBTQ Americans.

While giving a speech Thursday evening at a dinner for an LGBTQ community organization in New York, Clinton argued any progress made on LGBTQ issues “may not be as secure as we once expected.” She called out Trump’s administration for appointing outspoken opponents of LGBTQ rights to positions of power.

“I think we have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” Clinton said.

Clinton also spoke about the “terrifying accounts” of alleged abuse of gay men in Chechnya and called on the U.S. government to “demand an end to the persecution of innocent people across the world.”

The New York Times editorial board criticized Trump’s “record of empty talk” on LGBTQ rights earlier this week. During her presidential campaign, Clinton received the endorsements of several LGBTQ rights groups, including the Human Rights Campaign.

Watch a clip of Clinton’s remarks above.

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