Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator

A young Texas boy faced both praise and ridicule from adults after he opened a hot chocolate stand to raise money for President Donald Trumps’ border wall.

Benton Stevens — a seven-year-old from Austin — wanted to help raise funds for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border after watching Trump deliver the State of the Union address earlier in February. He set up a hot chocolate stand near a local strip mall as a way to collect money.


The stand, which is explicitly advertised as a fundraiser to help Trump build the wall, sells hot chocolate for $2 a cup. People can customize their drinks by paying an extra 50 cents for a big “Nancy Pelosi” marshmallow or grab smaller “Beto O’Rourke” marshmallows for free.

“I think it’s important that [our children] know what’s going on in the world, where we stand, what we believe in,” said Jennifer Stevens, Benton’s mother. Both Jennifer and her husband, Shane, are members of the Republican National Committee and say their dinner table conversations have clearly influenced Benton. The boy’s parents say he begged them to raise money for the border wall and set up the stand over the weekend.

“Every day he would get off the bus and say, ‘mom can we go do my stand,’” Jennifer stated.

The fundraiser appears to be quite successful, with Benton reportedly raising nearly $1,400 in two days.

Trump recently signed a spending bill that appropriates $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new wall on the U.S. southern border. The president has taken the controversial step of declaring a national emergency, which is allowing him to grab billions more for wall construction funding. (RELATED: Democrats Fundraise Off Trump’s Plan To Declare National Emergency)

While Benton says some adults were “really happy” to see his stand, others were not so thrilled to see him raising money for a border wall.

“Some people were mad and calling me a ‘little Hitler’ and stuff, and some people were really happy,” Benton explained.

Border Wall And Migration In Focus As Negotiations Over Border Security Continue

EL PASO, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 12: People work on the U.S./ Mexican border wall on February 12, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. U.S. President Donald Trump visited the border city yesterday as he continues to campaign for more wall to be built along the border. Democrats in Congress are asking for other additional border security measures. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

This isn’t the first time Benton has faced backlash for his political beliefs. He said that while he attended Trump’s presidential inauguration three women in pink hats ridiculed his “Make America Great Again” hat.

However, Benton’s parents want it to be a learning experience for him.

“If he’s going to do it, he needs to learn that there’s going to be a little backlash,” Shane stated. “But I just wish [the critics] would do it in a little more respectful, adult-like manner.”

Benton, in the meantime, has big plans for the money he’s raised. The young boy wants to mail the funds to Trump or deliver it to him in person “so that the illegal immigrants can’t get into our town illegally.”

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Hailey Clauson had herself a day Tuesday on Instagram.

Clauson, who has more than 500,000 followers, hit her fans with a photo of herself in a revealing white top, and it’s pretty solid. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

Everybody knows The Smoke Room is all about Clauson content, and pictures like the one below are a big reason why. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

Take a look. It might be the best decision you make all day. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

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Watching Clauson just shred up Instagram is one of the best things to do online. It’s always awesome. (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet)

Here are a few more times that she reminded everybody how elite she is online. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

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Melissa Ortiz | Independent Women’s Forum

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington has always been a favorite movie among civic-minded and nostalgic Americans, especially Baby Boomers and early Generation X. Now a new generation of Americans — millennials — are taking leadership roles in our government. But rather than mimic the admirable participatory citizenship of Mr. Smith, one prominent millennial congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is living up to the worst stereotypes about the “participation trophy generation.”

Ocasio-Cortez is not the first or only millennial to serve in Congress: In 2014, the first millennial was elected to Congress, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York. In 2016, seven other millennials were also elected. In the same way that the election of President Bill Clinton in 1992 represented a generational shift in leadership, these last three elections cycles have signaled similar transition.

It is not without concern that Americans witness this change. After all, the millennial generation is also known as the “participation trophy generation,” used to being fawned over without doing a whole lot to merit it or being given participation trophies instead of rewarded with blue ribbons based on merit.

Perhaps nothing better embodies this phenomenon than Ocasio-Cortez’s signature Green New Deal plan.

The plan is presented as a means to live with dignity in a sustainable environment to disguise what it really is: a full overhaul of the American economy and the rewarding of laziness.

The most troubling aspect of the entire boondoggle is found in the fifth goal listed in the overview of the resolution on Ocasio-Cortez’s website. It clearly says that the plan will “build on FDR’s second bill of rights by guaranteeing … economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

The dignity and importance of work has long been a point of agreement between conservatives and progressives. For example, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his 1968 speech to the trash collectors in Memphis, said, “So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in the so-called big jobs….whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity, and it has worth.”

Being unwilling to work is entirely different from being unable to work. As a woman with a lifelong disability, I understand what it is to not be able to work at certain jobs or during certain times of illness, but I have always done my best to be a productive member of society in jobs that I could do. As a result, I have always had a certain level of self-confidence, dignity even. My first job was licking stamps and envelopes in an office where my dad had responsibilities. I was paid three silver dollars for a half day of work. Even as a child, this instilled a work ethic in me that continues to this day because I came to understand that if I produced, I got paid.

For those who are truly unable to work, we should offer help: Churches, synagogues and other charities work with the citizens in each local community to provide a safety net for those who have material needs. It was never intended to be the job of the federal government to provide an income to anyone simply for just existing.

We need to open our eyes to what the Green New Deal really is. It is soft-pedaled socialism that strips us of our basic human dignity of being productive. It is the giving over of the free market economy to a bloated federal government that thrives on overregulation. It is based on the bad idea that we should replace the American Dream with meaningless participation trophies for everyone.

We need to get back to the things that matter: an honest day’s work for a fair wage in a competitive market that allows for the increase of skills and the opportunity to earn more money as a result. All Americans — regardless of ability — have inherent worth and have a role to play in our society. The most important thing we can do for those around us is to help them be the best they can be. The Green New Deal squelches the motive to do so.

Melissa Ortiz is a is a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, a nonprofit group focused on engaging and informing women.

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Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld passed away Tuesday morning at 85 years old, marking the end of a historic chapter in the fashion house’s history.

The German designer began work for Chanel in 1983. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel founded the fashion line in the 1920s. The launch of her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, brought her line to the forefront of fashion. “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done,” Lagerfeld said, according to a Tuesday press release from Chanel. “The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.”

Born in 1933, Lagerfeld emigrated to Paris as a youth and entered the fashion industry as a design assistant to Pierre Balmain. Lagerfeld worked for both famous fashion houses Fendi and Chloe in the 1960s.

“Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of CHANEL’s success throughout the world,” Chanel CEO Alain Wertheimer said according to the press release. “Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.”

“We are deeply saddened to learn the news of Karl Lagerfeld’s passing today,” British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush said, according to BBC News. “His unrivaled contribution to the fashion industry changed the way women dress and perceive fashion. He inspired generations of young designers and will continue to do so,” Rush said.

“We have lost a creative genius who helped to make Paris the fashion capital of the world, and Fendi one of the most innovative Italian houses. We owe him a great deal: his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known,” CEO of LVMH, Bernard Arnault, also said in a Tuesday statement lamenting Lagerfeld’s passsing, according to CNN.

LVMH is a French multinational luxury goods group headquartered in Paris. (RELATED: Karl Lagerfeld: ‘Paris Is A Nightmare’ – The Streets Aren’t Safe Anymore)

Lagerfeld is “one of the greatest designers in the history of fashion,”  British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful said in a statement, according to CNN. “He has exerted an incredible influence over the fashion industry over the past six decades,” Enninful added.

German designer Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2019 women’s ready-to-wear collection show for fashion house Chanel during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo

“Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally,” designer Victoria Beckham wrote in a statement, CNN reported.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Illinois apparently has the cheapest beer in America.

According to a Thrillist graphic shared by Darren Rovell, a can of beer in Illinois coming from a 24-pack costs only $0.63. (SLIDESHOW: These Are The Hottest Women On Instagram)

According to the same graphic, Alaska comes in at the most expensive at $1.30 a can.

I did not see these results coming our way. The Alaska part makes sense, but how the hell did Illinois beat out everybody else for cheapest beer?

Wisconsin, the home of Miller, comes in at nearly 76 cents-a-can. Missouri, which is the state of Budweiser, has a cost-per-can of 72 cents (RELATED: It’s So Cold In Wisconsin That Bars Are Closing, Alcohol Shipments Halted)

As a Wisconsin man, I am disappointed and embarrassed by my home state. I refuse to let Illinois beat us at anything, especially when beer is involved.

I’m legit seething right now. Illinois? Are you kidding me? As a nation, we can’t tolerate letting Illinois be good at anything. We just can’t have it.

I’m dialing up all my connections in Wisconsin, of which there are many, and I will do everything I can to right this wrong.

Lowering beer prices back home is now my burden to carry. Am I a hero? Only time will tell.

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Kevin Daley | Supreme Court Reporter

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the bench at the Supreme Court Tuesday, the first time she has heard arguments since her treatment for lung cancer in December 2018.

The justice’s presence at Tuesday’s arguments was expected — the high court’s public information office announced Friday that Ginsburg would participate in a private conference among the justices to discuss pending petitions.

At 85, Ginsburg sometimes appears frail, moving at a slow shuffle with her head slumped at the shoulders. But her entrance in the courtroom Tuesday was unusually vigorous. She darted quickly to her seat beside Chief Justice John Roberts with her head aloft, cheeks locked in a broad smile.

As is often the case, Ginsburg asked the first question at Tuesday’s argument, pressing attorneys just moments after the proceedings began. Though she is usually a subdued presence — and sometimes almost inaudible — Ginsburg advanced her question Tuesday with strength and clarity. (RELATED: Supreme Court To Decide If Trump Can Include A Citizenship Question In The 2020 Census)

All told, Ginsburg’s demeanor strongly suggested that she is aware of untoward speculation as to her health in recent weeks, which she sought to immediately dismiss as unfounded. The Daily Caller reported in January that “gingerly preparations” for another Supreme Court vacancy were underway at the White House and among conservative legal groups, in view of Ginsburg’s continued health struggles.

The justice has been seen twice publicly since the December procedure, called a pulmonary lobectomy, at the Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in New York. TMZ spotted Ginsburg Monday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Virginia, where she told reporters that she is doing “just fine.”


Ginsburg also attended an event honoring her life and professional accomplishments at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington on Feb. 4.

Though Ginsburg was not present for the court’s January sitting, she continued to participate in cases by reading argument transcripts and legal briefs from the parties.

Ginsburg’s doctors have indicated that there is no evidence of remaining disease following the surgery.

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FILE PHOTO: Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference on Yemen resolution
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference on Yemen resolution on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

February 19, 2019

By Susan Heavey, James Oliphant and John Whitesides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive populist who mounted a fierce challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton in the 2016 White House campaign, said on Tuesday he will again seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

Sanders, 77, a self-described democratic socialist who caucuses with the Democrats, joins an already-crowded Democratic race that includes fellow Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

The Brooklyn native announced his candidacy in an email to supporters, pledging to build a vast grassroots movement to confront the special interests that he said dominate government and politics.

Sanders said he would push for many of the same issues that powered his 2016 bid and resonated with younger voters, including universal healthcare, raising the hourly minimum wage to $15, and free public college tuition.

“Our campaign is about creating a government and economy that works for the many, not just the few,” Sanders said, asking for 1 million people to sign up to kick off his bid.

In an interview with Vermont Public Radio, the Vermont senator promised a “very different campaign” in an effort to unseat Republican President Donald Trump.

Trump’s campaign weighed in on Sanders’ run in a statement.

“Bernie Sanders has already won the debate in the (Democratic) primary, because every candidate is embracing his brand of socialism,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said.


Sanders’ insurgent 2016 candidacy against Clinton was a long shot, but he ended up capturing 23 state nominating contests and pushing the party to the left, generating tension between its establishment and liberal wings that has not entirely abated.

This time around, Sanders has been among the leaders in opinion polls of prospective 2020 candidates, but he faces other liberal progressives touting many of the same ideas he brought into the party mainstream.

That could make it harder for him to generate the same level of fervent support he did four years ago.

Sanders is also likely to face questions about his age and relevance in a party that is increasingly advancing more diverse and fresh voices, including those of women and minorities – groups that Sanders struggled to win over in 2016.

A former mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders won a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 1990, making him the first independent elected to the House in 40 years. In 2006, he won a U.S. Senate seat and in 2018 was voted in for a third six-year term.

His push against Clinton, a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state, was notable because few Democrats seemed inclined to challenge her claim on the nomination. Sanders’ candidacy swiftly became a phenomenon, as he spoke to swelling crowds and garnered passionate support on social media.

Unlike Clinton, he refused to take money from corporate political action committees, or PACs, relying on a flood of small-dollar donations.

When he ultimately conceded and spoke at the Democratic National Convention in support of Clinton, he was jeered by some of his supporters. At the time, Sanders said his populist platform would endure.

The primaries and caucuses that determine the party’s nominee will begin in February 2020 in Iowa, and the Democratic winner is likely to face Trump in the general election in November.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey, James Oliphant and John Whitesides; Additional reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Jonathan Oatis and Bernadette Baum)

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Camila Oliveira cut loose with a recent Instagram post.

The Brazilian-born UFC Octagon Girl posted a photo of herself in a revealing bikini, and I have no doubt that her fans enjoyed it. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

If they didn’t like the snap, then it probably wouldn’t have thousands and thousands of likes. I think we can all agree on that. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

Give it a look below. Something tells me that all of you are going to like it a lot, too. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

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I really don’t know what to tell you if you’re not a fan of Oliveira’s work. What’s not to love? (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet)

All she does is drop fire on a regular basis. Check out a few more of her golden pictures while you’re here. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

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FILE PHOTO: Actor and comedian Cosby in Montgomery County Correctional Facility Maryland booking photo
FILE PHOTO: Actor and comedian Bill Cosby is seen in this booking photo released by Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Maryland U.S., September 25, 2018. Courtesy Montgomery County Correctional Facility/Handout via REUTERS

February 19, 2019

By Andrew Chung

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday for a second time declined to take up a case related to sexual misconduct allegations against Bill Cosby, refusing to consider reviving a defamation lawsuit against the comedian filed by a woman who said he falsely called her a liar after she accused him of raping her in 1974.

The justices turned away an appeal by Kathrine McKee, an actress and former Las Vegas showgirl, of a lower court ruling in Massachusetts that threw out her lawsuit. Separately, Cosby was sentenced last September to three to 10 years in prison in Pennsylvania for sexually assaulting another woman in 2004.

The Supreme Court last October snubbed an appeal by Cosby in another defamation case, allowing a lawsuit brought by former model Janice Dickinson to go forward against the entertainer best known for his starring role in the 1980s hit television series “The Cosby Show.”

McKee went public with her rape accusation against Cosby in a 2014 interview with the New York Daily News. She is one of more than 50 women who in recent years have accused Cosby of sexual assault dating back to the 1960s by using drugs to incapacitate them.

An attorney for Cosby then sent a letter to the newspaper, suggesting McKee was a liar and calling her an unreliable source. In the letter, Cosby’s lawyer said McKee had admitted lying to get hired as a showgirl.

McKee sued Cosby for defamation in 2015 in federal court in Boston, saying the letter made false statements and harmed her reputation.

A trial judge in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2017 dismissed her claims, saying the lawsuit was barred by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of free speech. The Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling.

The appeals court said that by deliberately wading into the controversy, McKee had become a public figure, requiring her to prove Cosby acted with malice – meaning he knew his statements were false – to win a defamation claim.

McKee told the justices that she “should not be victimized twice over” by making it harder for her to prove defamation merely because she went public as an alleged victim.

Cosby, 81, was found guilty in April 2018 of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University administrator, at his Philadelphia home in 2004. He was sentenced in that case on Sept. 25.

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Allie Ayers lit up Instagram with a recent post.

Ayers dropped two shots Monday night of herself in a black bra, and they’re pretty easy on the eyes. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

Are they the spiciest snaps that we’ve ever seen out of her? Not even close, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not still pretty impressive. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

Give the photos a look below, and decide for yourself just how great they are. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

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Ayers is one of the best in the game when it comes to dominating the Instagram game. It’s without a doubt one of her best qualities. (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet)

Here are a few more times she brought her A-game to the web. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

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