Lizzo is the musical artist you need to hear right now

(CNN)If you’re not familiar with Lizzo yet, you’ll be hearing a lot more about her soon. Here’s what else you should know about her. She stopped talking in order to find her voice Lizzo, born as Melissa Viviane Jefferson, grew up in Houston and stopped talking for three months when she was 20 years old. “I don’t know what was wrong. It was dark,” she told Great Big Story. The singer, who turns 31 next week, said she needed to listen to the voice inside of her to learn her life’s purpose. During her self-imposed silence, she decided she wanted to become a singer. Now signed to Atlantic Records, Lizzo wants her music to make the world a better place. …

The Latest: Egypt begins vote on extending el-Sissi’s rule

Egyptians have begun voting on constitutional amendments aimed at keeping President el-Sissi in power until 2030. The referendum comes amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi’s government has arrested thousands of people, most of them Islamists but also prominent secular activists, and rolled back freedoms won in a 2011 pro-democracy uprising. The proposed changes were blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule. ___ 8:35 a.m. Egyptians are being asked to vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. The three-day voting period for the nationwide referendum starts at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) Saturday on proposed changes that would also further enshrine the military’s role in politics. …

Democrats Ran On Lowering Drug Prices. Now They Could Cut A Bad Deal With Donald Trump.

For months now, House Congressional Progressive Caucus about how to lower prescription drug prices. But as details of negotiations between House Speaker Donald Trump have leaked into the public, frustration among progressives is boiling over. Speaking in a personal capacity on Thursday, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) told HuffPost that he and “the overwhelming majority” of his fellow CPC members “will oppose” any prescription drug bill that cedes the government’s authority to regulate drug prices to an independent arbitration firm. It’s a direct challenge to Pelosi ― who is championing arbitration in private ― and an effort to disrupt the talks with Trump, which progressives believe are ignoring their views. “Any bill that allows Pharma to engage in arbitration is inconsistent …

Suitcases stuffed with $6.7M in cash reportedly found at home of Sudan’s ousted president

Large amounts of cash were found in suitcases at the home of ousted Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, seen in this file photo. (AP Photo/Mohamed Abuamrain,) Sudan’s military ousted Bashir following four months of street protests against his rule, then appointed a military council it says will rule for no more than two years while elections are organized. Bashir’s two brothers were arrested Wednesday on charges of corruption, as part of a widespread crackdown on officials and backers of the former government. BROTHERS OF OUSTED SUDANESE RULER ARRESTED, BUT PROTESTERS REFUSE TO LEAVE MILITARY HEADQUARTERS Bashir is being held inside the high-security Kobar prison in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum after being detained at the presidential palace, according to Sky News.

NFL’s Danny Amendola lashes out at ex Olivia Culpo after reports of her getting cozy with Zed

In the post, which has since been deleted, the 33-year-old slammed Culpo, 26, for her “fishbowl lifestyle,” explaining that he chooses to nail up picture frames of the people he loves the most inside his home to protect them from ridicule rather than post about them online. “Olivia chooses and wants to be noticed on the internet and in Hollywood to make money,” Amendola said, claiming her need for media attention was hard for him to understand because he plays ball “for one reason and that’s RESPECT.” Amendola said he and Culpo both made mistakes during the course of their “loving relationship” and mentioned their “crazy” sex life. The football star said Culpo often got angry with him for not …

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Comes Up With A Whole New Way To Say She Lied

Sarah Huckabee Sanders now admits that she lied to reporters after President James Comey in 2017. But in both special counsel Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, she wouldn’t use the L-word.  After Trump fired Comey, Sanders told reporters that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in the director. She also claimed to have heard from “countless” members of the agency who were “grateful and thankful” to Trump for firing the director. However, Sanders told this Office that her reference to hearing from ‘countless members of the FBI’ was a ‘slip of the tongue.’ She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey was a comment she made ‘in the heat of the moment’ …

3 candidates vie for North Macedonia presidency

Here is a look at the three candidates, all of whom are university professors: ____ Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, 63 — The first woman to run for president since the country declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Known for her love of yoga and rock-and-roll, Siljanovska, a constitutional law professor, first emerged as a non-partisan candidate promoted by her university. Her nomination is now supported by the main conservative opposition VMRO-DPMNE party. Siljanovska campaigned under the slogan “Justice for Macedonia, fatherland calls.” She has been a vocal opponent of the deal with Greece that changed the country’s name to North Macedonia in return for Athens dropping its objections to the country joining NATO. Siljanovska served as minister without portfolio in 1992-1994 …

Giuliani slams ‘conflicts of interest’ in special counsel’s office: ‘When did Mueller become God?’

White House counsel Don McGahn looks on as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) “You’re treating these people as if they’re fair,” Giuliani told Wallace at one point when asked why Trump didn’t agree to a sit-down interview with special counsel prosecutors. “They’re not.” Elaborating on Mueller’s failure to “exonerate” Trump, Giuliani pointed out that prosecutors are tasked with determining whether there is evidence of a chargeable offense, and aren’t typically in the business of publicly exonerating anyone — especially when complex constitutional considerations are involved, and would make such an exoneration difficult in any event. Giuliani also noted that Mueller’s investigation had concluded unimpeded, …

What The Mueller Report Says About The Trump ‘Pee Tape’ Rumors

According to the report released Thursday, there were tapes, though it’s unclear whether they featured Trump at all, much less the future president  While Mueller’s report doesn’t say definitively whether the pee tape is real, it reveals in a footnote that there was a Russian businessman working with then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen to hold the “flow.” On October 30, 2016, Michael Cohen received a text from Russian businessman Giorgi Rtskhiladze that said, “Stopped flow of tapes from Russia but not sure if there’s anything else. Just so you know…” Rtskhiladze said “tapes” referred to compromising tapes of Trump rumored to be held by persons associated with the Russian real estate conglomerate Crocus Group, which had helped host the 2013 Miss Universe …

Mueller’s report leaves open possibility of post-White House criminal exposure for Trump

Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller abided by Justice Department guidelines that a sitting president can’t be indicted, but in preparing the detailed 448-page report, the long-time law enforcement official has teed up an investigation into obstruction that could outlive President Donald Trump’s time in the White House and his temporary immunity. Trump’s immediate criminal exposure is protected by his status as president and also by the decision of Attorney General William Barr, whom Trump appointed, to not bring a case. Barr said “the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.” Mueller rejected the legal defenses put forward by Trump’s lawyers about his authority to investigate the president for …

United States’ Press Freedom Gets Labeled ‘Problematic’ For The First Time: Report

The United States has become a “problematic” place for journalists as they continue to face a stream of threats and attacks on their safety, according to a new report about press freedom released Thursday. The , compiled by Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), downgraded the U.S. by three spots compared with last year. The drop, which puts them at 48 out of 180 countries, changes the U.S. press freedom status from “satisfactory” to “problematic.” It’s the first time the country has received that label. “As a result of an increasingly hostile climate that goes beyond According to , 10 journalists so far have faced physical attacks in the country this year. Since 2017, 46 journalists have been attacked while covering protests, …

Why the Notre Dame fire was so hard to put out

(CNN)Notre Dame’s centuries-old wooden roof beams, stone exterior and soaring Gothic architecture made Monday’s blaze especially difficult to tackle and Paris firefighters deserve praise for their efforts, experts say. “It was pretty evident in the first 20 minutes that it was going to be a bad fire,” said Gregg Favre, a former firefighter with the St. Louis Fire Department in the United States. The fire fighters would have been at a disadvantage “before they ever even pulled out of the firehouse,” added Favre. Once the beams start burning, the stone exterior makes it harder for firefighters outside the building to get to the source of the flames. The stone traps heat and smoke, preventing them from working inside. The Notre …

The liquor industry is incredibly male dominated. She’s helping to change that

When Tiffany Hall conducts tastings for her Empower Cocktails Cosmopolitans she’s often asked the same question. She came up with the idea for Empower Cocktails while she was working as legal counsel for French liquor giant Pernod Ricard, where she reviewed marketing and commercial contracts.When it came to developing new products, she noticed that women were often an afterthought. “Men are the primary target consumers for brands in this industry and women are second tier,” said Hall. “Women should have the opportunity to have multiple choices for the drinks they want to buy, other than wine.” In 2013, Hall left her job to create a cocktail she hoped women would like. “I wanted to redefine what this category looked like …

Time’s 100 most influential people issue includes Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Dwayne Johnson and more

Rami Malek, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “Bohemian Rhapsody”, poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP) Portraying Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Rami Malek captured the heart and soul of what made Queen the legendary band that they are today. Earning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Malek’s haunting portrayal of Mercury took Hollywood by storm and garnered attention for the 15-year acting veteran. In his write-up of Malek, actor Robert Downey Jr. stated, “He developed the skill without which his many attributes as an artist might have …

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Lied About Details Of James Comey’s Firing: Mueller Report

Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied about the circumstances surrounding Robert Mueller’s newly released report. But Mueller’s nearly 400-page report, a redacted version of which was released to the public on Thursday, states otherwise. “In the immediate aftermath of the firing, the President dictated a press statement suggesting that he had acted based on the [Department of Justice] recommendations, and White House press officials repeated that story,” Mueller wrote in his report. “But the President had decided to fire Comey before the White House solicited those recommendations.” What’s more, Huckabee Sanders claimed during that White House press briefing that the “rank-and-file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director.” A day later, on May 11, then-acting FBI Director McCabe testified before a …