MSNBC host FORCES Maxine Waters to explain her hypocrisy on Trump firing Comey and it’s AWESOME

An MSNBC host today had Maxine Waters twisting herself into a pretzel to explain why just a week ago a man she said wasn’t credible shouldn’t have been fired by Trump. Watch: . . .

Melissa McCarthy Is ‘Oh So Pretty’ As Sean Spicer In ‘SNL’ Promo

Melissa McCarthy is back to “spice” up “Saturday Night Live.”
The actress goes all “West Side Story” in a new promo for her upcoming “SNL” hosting gig, lip-syncing to “I Feel Pretty&rdq…

Venezuelan Protesters Fling ‘Poopootov’ Cocktails At Security Forces

Things are really getting crappy in Venezuela ― to the point where protesters are flinging poop at security forces.

There has been a wave of protests in the South American country since April, with people demanding elections to end socialists’ two-decade rule. Adding fuel to the fire is the nation’s brutal economic crisis, caused by low oil prices, which has led to triple-digit inflation, medicine shortages and food scarcity for millions.

Now, the troubles are literally hitting the fan as demonstrators are being encouraged to throw feces at security forces, along with rocks, Molotov cocktail petrol bombs and tear gas, according to Reuters.

The protesters are making what they are calling “poopootov cocktails” ― plastic or glass jars filled with a mix of human excrement and water, according to Fox News.

One 51-year-old dentist told Reuters she was helping protesters by preparing caca-filled containers in her home. 

“The kids go out with just stones. That’s their weapon. Now they have another weapon: excrement,” she told Reuters. “One of my patients is collecting excrement from her child.”

A 16-year-old high school senior who gave his name as Alejandro held his nose and showed a Bloomberg reporter three hidden mayonnaise jars of excrement mixed with water that he planned to hurl at police. 

“We’re doing it because we’ve seen that it works,” Alejandro said. “This is indeed foul.”

At least 38 people have been killed and more than 750 injured in the last six weeks, according to Fox News. Government security forces have used tear gas and water cannons on protesters.

Not all protesters embrace the dirty poopootov tactic. Some say poop bombs are unsanitary and inappropriate biological weapons. They fear the feces could spread infectious diseases when there is a shortage of medicine and basic cleaning materials, such as soaps and disinfectant.

But some lawmakers have given the poo protest tacit acceptance. Lawmaker Rafael Guzman was seen Monday throwing a tear gas canister back at security forces.

“They use their weapons against us, so people are using what they have,” Guzman told Reuters.

Reuters contributed to this article. 

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Report: John Oliver Used Tax Loophole Created by Trump On $9.5M NYC Apartment

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver has emerged as one of the leading anti-Donald Trump personalities in the entire media landscape, with his biting critiques often shared, discussed, and debated in the mainstream press. But according to a Wednesday re…

McConnell Highlights Hypocrisy of Dems Regarding Comey, Rejects Calls for Special Prosecutor

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Vermont Legislature Passes Historic Marijuana Legalization Bill

State legislators in Vermont on Wednesday passed a bill that would make marijuana legal for adults. Even if the bill does not become law, the state has already made history by becoming the first to send a marijuana legalization bill to the governor’s desk rather than legalize the drug with a referendum. 

The Vermont House of Representatives approved a version of a marijuana legalization bill that last week passed in the state Senate. If it became law, adults in Vermont could legally possess as much as an ounce of marijuana flower by mid-2018. Adults would be able to grow six marijuana plants for personal use, with up to two of them mature at any given time. The bill also creates a study commission to develop a retail marijuana scheme with regulations and taxes similar to the programs already enacted states that have legalized recreational marijuana. 

It’s not clear if Gov. Phil Scott (R) will sign the bill. He has raised concerns over safety, especially with regard to the potential for impaired driving while under the influence of marijuana. However, the bill could become a law even without Scott’s signature: In Vermont, legislation becomes law if five business days pass without a signature or veto from the governor, although there can be some delays depending on the volume of bills awaiting the governor’s attention. 

When asked if Scott will allow the bill to become law, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman said he’s not sure, partly because the governor hasn’t kept him close on his thought processes on the issue.

“There’s room for this to become law, either with or without his signature, because the majority of Vermonters, like the majority in the country, support cannabis reform,” he said. “This governor is not a right-wing ideologue as some national Republicans are, and he’s practical. I think he recognizes that the majority in our state support reform of these laws.”

According to a recent poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, Zuckerman is correct that a majority of Vermont voters support allowing people 21 and older to possess and grow a limited amount of marijuana. They also support the state taxing and regulating recreational sales of the plant similarly to alcohol. 

This governor is not a right-wing ideologue as some national Republicans are, and he’s practical.
Vermont Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman

If Vermont continues down the set by path this bill, it could become the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana. The other eight states have all legalized via ballot referendum in recent years. Twenty-nine states, including Vermont in 2004, have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the U.S., and the trend of states bucking prohibition in favor of legal regulation reflects a broad cultural shift toward greater acceptance of the plant. National support for legalization has risen dramatically in recent years, reaching historic highs in multiple polls. 

Still, the plant remains illegal under federal law, and those who favor the end of marijuana prohibition in the United States have been concerned about the future of legalization under President Donald Trump.

Trump said during his campaign that he would support medical marijuana “100 percent” and would respect states’ rights on the issue of legalization. But his selection of Jeff Sessions as attorney general ― a vocal opponent of marijuana ― was troubling to those who favor progressive drug laws. Sessions said recently that he believes Obama-era marijuana guidance, which allowed states to enact their own legalization rules, is “not too far from good policy.” Still, he’s expected to make some changes to the policy that could allow prosecutors to more aggressively pursue drug convictions.

Trump signed a government funding bill last week that contains protections for state medical marijuana programs against federal interference. But a statement he released afterward left some members of the state-legal marijuana industry on edge, as the president appeared to signal that he could ignore those protections.

Kevin Sabet, president of anti-legalization group Project SAM, said his group was “disappointed” by the vote, but that the “fight is far from over.”

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8,000 Colorado Inmates Given Computer Tablets with Games, Books, Music

8,000 prison inmates in Colorado have been given computer tablets with the ability to call loved ones from the inside, play games, read books, and listen to music.

Buddhists In Asia Are Throwing Buddha A Big, Beautiful Birthday Celebration

Buddhists around the world are honoring the birth, enlightenment, and death of their spiritual leader with a bright, colorful festival called Vesak Day. 

Vesak Day (also known as Waisak, Wesak, or Buddha Day), is one of the most important dates on the Buddhist calendar. It is believed to be the day in 567 BC that Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in Nepal.

The prince lived in luxury and opulence behind his father’s palace walls until his late 20s, when he ventured outside and was confronted with the reality of suffering in the world. The prince, overwhelmed after witnessing poverty, disease, and death, decided to leave his life of luxury and become an ascetic.

Unsatisfied with the guidance of various religious teachers he met along his way, the prince decided to sit underneath a Bodhi tree until he discovered the truth that he was seeking about suffering. He sat there for days, facing various challenges and sinking deeper into meditation, until he finally understood the answer ― in that moment becoming the Buddha, or the enlightened one. 

For the rest of his life, the Buddha sought to lead others to the path of enlightenment. He died peacefully at the age of 80. 

Vesak celebrates all three of these important events in the Buddha’s life ― his birth, enlightenment, and death. Buddhist scriptures claim all three happened on the full moon of the Indian lunar month, Vesakha. 

According to the Pew Research Center, Buddhists account for 7 percent of the world’s total population. The overwhelming majority of Buddhists (almost 99 percent) live in the Asia-Pacific region.

The United Nations marks Vesak Day on May 10, but the festivities, and the exact date of Vesak, vary greatly according to culture and region. In many regions, the celebrations center around Buddhist temples, where people gather to meditate and light lanterns.

In Indonesia, thousands of monks and pilgrims will gather at the Borobodur Temple in Java between May 9 and May 11. They will light candles, chant, and circle three times around the ancient temple, then release some 1,000 lanterns into the sky symbolizing enlightenment for the entire universe. 

In South Korea, people celebrate with a month-long Lotus Lantern Festival, which includes parades, performances, and thousands of colorful, glowing lanterns. Many devotees will gather to celebrate at the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul, the center of Korean Buddhism. 

In India, pilgrims flock to Sarnath, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India, where the Buddha is believed to have given his first public sermon after attaining enlightenment. Here, devotees wear white clothes, meditate, and leave offerings for Vesak.

Celebrations also take place in Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Malaysia, and a number of other Asian countries. 

Scroll down to see images of Buddha Day throughout Asia.

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31 Heartwarming Single Mom Selfies That Deserve All The ‘Likes’

The next time you come across a single mom’s selfie with her kids, go ahead and press that “like” button: As writer Jessica Ashley explained in a HuffPost blog a few years back, if single parents didn’t take selfies with their kids, they’d have very few pics together as a family. 

“Selfies, taken with the camera or phone held high above us at impossible angles or dangling precariously while we are jumping in the ocean or peering off the balcony, are the way my son and I both are shown living the moments we share,” Ashley wrote

Single parents need to take selfies in order to document their memories with their kiddos. 

“It’s critical for us to put ourselves front and center, to position to our best side and to stay in frame,” she added

With Ashley’s heartwarming essay in mind ― and because Mother’s Day is just around the corner ― we decided to ask HuffPost readers to share their #singlemamaselfies. See some of the sweetest pics below.

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Watch: EdSec Betsy DeVos Booed, Graduates Turn Backs at Historically Black University

Wednesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was loudly booed as she gave the commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University. Many of the graduates stood and turned their back as DeVos struggled through the jeers. The dean interrupted the education secretary’s speech, telling the crowd, “If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you!” The booing continued throughout the entire speech. Watch (Part 2): Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN