Photo: Outgoing Press Secretary Sean Spicer waves as he walks into the White House in Washington, U.S., July 21, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
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The White House is reportedly looking into the president’s pardoning powers when it comes to his aides, family, and himself; and Trump’s lawyers are reportedly exploring ways to undercut the Dept. of Justice’s Russia investigation by finding conflicts of interest among Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators.
Sean Spicer resigned today after President Trump named hedge fund millionaire Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House Communications Director. Will that change the White House?
San Clemente Councilman Tim Brown refused two surfers’ request for a 12-foot-tall Paul Walker statue on the San Clemente Pier. Then the Orange County beach town had a lot more shark sightings and beach closures. So he bought a one-foot-tall Paul Walker figure on eBay, and now it sits at San Clemente City Hall.
The Department of Health and Human Services recently cut more than $213 million from teen pregnancy prevention programs nationwide. They were five-year grants that began during the Obama administration. Grantees were mostly professors or community health organizers. Some researchers in Los Angeles were shocked they were cut off with no notice.
The “Swab and Send” Facebook page features lots of pictures of petri dishes in various stages of color and fuzz. They are bacteria samples from the dirtiest places around the world. They’re part of an effort to fight drug resistant bacteria.
What are the highlights from Comic Con? We also get reviews of “Dunkirk,” about an epic battle and troop evacuation in World War II; “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” a sci-fi thriller in which 1000 planets are threatened by a dark force; and “Landline,” an indie about a family in Manhattan.
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Taylor Mac takes on U.S. history in 246 songs, two dozen costume changes Taylor Mac will perform his “24-Decade History of Popular Music” starting Thursday in LA. It’s divided into four shows on four separate nights. It’s about this history of oppression and activism in the U.S. -- from 1776 to present day.
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