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Sophia Loren's first film in 11 years generating serious Oscar buzz

Sophia Loren might have a new man in her life soon — and his name is Oscar. The 86-year-old, silver-screen legend is generating serious awards buzz for her performance in “The Life Ahead," her first major film role in 11 years. The Netflix feature, directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, has Loren playing Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who befriends a Senegalese boy while raising children of prostitutes. Loren's most recent cinematic role was in the 2009 Daniel Day-Lewis musical “Nine." “In my career, I've worked with the biggest studios but I can safely say that none have had the breadth of reach a...

This is the core cause of pervasive discrimination and sexual harassment

Anti-feminist politicos and talk show yakkers try to ridicule the reality that women in our rich and advanced society might endure any "oppression." America isn't Afghanistan, they snort. Women here get to vote. Girls play all kinds of sports and can grow up to be astronauts or CEOs or anything. Why, we even had one nominated for president two years ago! Well, women certainly have made strides from the colonial chauvinism of 1789, and they've escaped much of the suffocating paternalism of the "Father Knows Best" years. But is that our highest standard? It's ridiculous, dishonest and socially destructive to pretend that the 51 percent majority of us are getting anywhere near the fair share of power and respect they're due.

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Trump Openly Celebrates the Assault of a Journalist While Campaigning in Montana

Revealing his party's pleas for "civility" to be a complete farce, President Donald Trump brazenly celebrated a brutal attack on an American reporter Thursday night at a rally in Montana.

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Powerful Trump Staffer: ‘We’d Be More Inclined to Believe’ White House Staffers than Beaten Wives

White House Budget Chief Mick Mulvaney on Sunday argued that it was “normal and reasonable” for the White House to defend a staffer who had been accused of spousal abuse.

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Trump Is the Nation's Abuser-in-Chief

As an emotional abuse survivor, I get an eerie feeling watching Donald Trump.

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WATCH: Ex-Chicago Cop Chews out Asheville Police for Not Arresting Trump Fan Who Punched Woman

A man who said that he was a 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department this week confronted officers in Asheville, North Carolina after they declined to arrest a Donald Trump supporter who allegedly punched a 69-year-old woman in the face.

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Judge Spares Prison for Iowa Teen Who Raped Toddler Girl in Live Video - and Plotted to Assault Boy

An Iowa teenager who recorded live streaming video of himself raping a toddler will not spend any time in prison after pleading guilty.

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A Tough Choice for Feminist Black Lives Matter Activists

The circumstance was all too familiar: public outrage concentrated on yet another Black victim killed by a bullet from a police officer’s gun. 

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Cops Not Punished After Beating Innocent Child So Bad with Flashlight He’s Permanently Disabled

Grand Rapids, MI — Suffering permanent physical and mental damage after a Michigan police officer savagely beat his head bloody with a flashlight, an unarmed teen recently filed a federal lawsuit against the cops for violating his Fourth Amendment rights. Although the teen was cleared of the charges against him, none of the officers involved in the beating received any disciplinary action.

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Border Patrol Officer Viciously Beats Elderly Couple for Helping an Injured Woman

Brasher, NY — On the night of December 4, Carol LaDue and her husband Richard were travelling along County Route 37 near Massena, when they saw an injured woman lying in the road.

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Video Shows Raging Cop Ram SUV into Man’s Car for Trying to Hold Him Accountable

Montreal, CA — A man is facing charges after a police officer was seen ramming his SUV into his car for attempting to report his dangerous driving.

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