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Trump Picks Michelle Obama’s Birthday to Announce He’s Gutting Her School Lunch Rules and Allowing More Unhealthy Food

The Trump administration chose Friday — Michelle Obama’s birthday — to announce plans to roll back some of the stricter nutrition guidelines for school lunches that the former First Lady championed.

The Hill reports: The new standards will allow schools more flexibility “because they know their children best,” the Agriculture Department said in a press release. Under the new rules, schools would be allowed to reduce the number of fruits and vegetables required at each meal. The latest change follows a 2019 rollback of restrictions on milk and sodium content in school lunches. Critics said the change will pave the way for greasier, more unhealthy foods such as pizza, french fries and burgers.

More from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is part of lawsuits against the Trump administration over previous changes to the school lunch standard:

The Trump administration proposal also would limit the variety of vegetables served at lunch and allow schools to reduce the amount of fruit served with some breakfasts. (If past is prologue, lobbyists for the potato industry likely have replacements in mind.) And this is hardly the Trump administration’s first attempt to weaken school nutrition. It earlier rolled back requirements for whole grains and sodium in kids’ meals—moves that are now the subject of two ongoing lawsuits by CSPI and partners and by a group of state attorneys general.

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 has been called one of the most important obesity-prevention policy achievements in recent decades. Yet the Trump administration seems intent on sabotaging it. While there’s plenty of room to strengthen school nutrition further, these proposals instead are basically aiming a flamethrower at it.

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I’m gay, Asian American and up to my eyeballs in student debt. Here’s why I support Elizabeth Warren for President.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking with attendees at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People hosted by the Center for the American Progress Action Fund and the SEIU at the Enclave in…

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That Night – ATC – Medium

It was a Saturday night. A group of friends and I were all drinking and having fun. There weren’t many people but it was a blast. I remember smoking as well and felt great. We were all dancing,…

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Billy Porter Rocks Butterfly Body Art At Critics' Choice Awards To Honor Transgender People

The “Pose” star said his hand-painted temporary tattoos represented “being released from the bondage of masculinity.”

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Les Mots à La Bouche, Top LGBTQ Bookshop in Paris, Forced Out by Rising Rents

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Les Mots à La Bouche, the top LGBTQ bookshop in Paris, is being forced out of the Marais due to rising rents, to be replaced by a Doc Marten shoe shop, according to reports. It’s a knife in the heart of the area’s cultural identity, say residents, and the district’s gay heritage.

The Guardian reports: “Les Mots à La Bouche, a 40-year-old Paris institution, is the top LGBT bookshop in France and considered one of the best in the world – a focal point of Paris’s historic gay neighbourhood in the Marais district. But as property speculation in central Paris reaches dizzying heights – it is estimated that at certain times of year there are more Airbnb rentals than residents in the Marais – the bookshop is being forced out by rising rents. … The shop, which has been in the Marais since 1983, is open seven days a week until 11pm and stocks more than 16,000 titles. But like many historic gay bars that closed under pressure from rising rents, the shop has been given until March to find a new location elsewhere in Paris.”

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Trump Thrills Base With Moves To Protect School Prayer, Funding For Religious Groups

The White House announced it is strengthening protections for prayer in public schools and protecting the flow of federal funds to religious organizations.

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Stereo Dawn's New Song Is Called 'Bad Idea,' But This Indie Pop Duo Is Worth Your Time

Chris Dwan and Will Van Dyke aim to strike a balance of “tongue-in-cheek optimism” and “pound-the-pavement angst” on their latest single and video.

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Adorable Gay-Themed Viral Ad for Belgian Coffee Is a Tearjerker

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The new ad for the Belgian coffee maker Douwe Egberts features a surprising ending that has some viewers choked up. 

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National Archives Censors Images Containing Protest Signs Critical of Trump

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The National Archives admitted it doctored the lead image at an exhibition marking the centennial of women’s suffrage, censoring protest signs in a photograph of the 2017 women’s march to remove phrases and imagery critical of Donald Trump.

The Washington Post reports: :In the original version of the 2017 photograph, taken by Getty Images photographer Mario Tama, the street is packed with marchers carrying a variety of signs, with the Capitol in the background. In the Archives version, at least four of those signs are altered. A placard that proclaims ‘God Hates Trump’ has ‘Trump’ blotted out so that it reads ‘God Hates.’ A sign that reads ‘Trump & GOP — Hands Off Women’ has the word Trump blurred out. Signs with messages that referenced women’s anatomy — which were prevalent at the march — are also digitally altered. One that reads ‘If my vagina could shoot bullets, it’d be less REGULATED’ has ‘vagina’ blurred out. And another that says ‘This Pussy Grabs Back’ has the word ‘Pussy’ erased.”

The Archives said it removed Trump from the signs to avoid political controversy and appear non-partisan.

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Former State Teacher Of The Year Kneels During Anthem At Game Attended By Trump

Kelly D. Holstine of Minnesota said she knelt during the football game to “stand up for marginalized and oppressed people.”

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