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Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump transgender decision 'a disaster'

Caitlyn Jenner is taking President Donald Trump to task for his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms.

Jenner addresses Trump in a video posted Thursday night on Twitter. She says, "From one Republican to another, this is a disaster."

The Trump White House has ended a directive issued during Barack Obama's presidency that told public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender.

Jenner is particularly critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying, "Apparently even becoming attorney general isn't enough to cure some people of their insecurities."

Addressing Trump, the former Olympic champion says: "You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me."

Jenner came out as a transgender woman in 2015.

The Latest: Jenner calls transgender decision 'a disaster'

The Latest on the Trump administration's decision on public school bathrooms and transgender students. (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

Caitlyn Jenner is taking President Donald Trump to task for his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms.

Jenner addresses Trump in a video posted Thursday night on Twitter. She says, "From one Republican to another, this is a disaster."

The Trump White House has ended a directive issued during Barack Obama's presidency that told public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender.

Jenner is particularly critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying, "Apparently even becoming attorney general isn't enough to cure some people of their insecurities."

Addressing Trump, the former Olympic champion says: "You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me."

Jenner came out as a transgender woman in 2015.

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7:30 a.m.

The singer who performed at President Donald Trump's inauguration says she wants to meet with the president to "enlighten him" on what her transgender sister endures at her high school.

The Trump administration has ended an Obama directive telling public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms of their chosen gender.

Singer Jackie Evancho says she was disappointed by that. Evancho tells ABC's "Good Morning America" she has not heard from Trump after asking him via Twitter to meet with her and 18-year-old transgender sister Juliet, who was born "Jacob."

Evancho says she wanted to enlighten trump on what her sister and people like her endure. Evancho's sister says she deals with discrimination "every day" with people saying "horrible things" to her.

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Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide. Transgender rights advocates, meanwhile, are vowing to overcome a major setback.

"We're not discouraged. And we're going to keep fighting like we have been and keep fighting for the right thing," said Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen who sued his Virginia high school over its bathroom access policy.

The Justice and Education departments said Wednesday that public schools no longer need to abide by the Obama-era directive instructing them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender.

2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

We know the struggle. Every year, when the Oscars get close, it goes something like this:

You: This year, I'm going to see every nominee for Best Picture.

Inner You: TBH, I'm really just in to see best dressed and who gives the most shocking speech.

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Well you don't have to worry this year because we've got you covered. Without further ado, here's the lowdown on every single Oscar-nominated film for Best Picture -- in easily digestible two-sentence summaries:

"Manchester By the Sea"

This is a film where the least devastating plot line is that a miserable handyman, Lee, has to go home to plan his brother's funeral and take care of his equally miserable teenage nephew. We won't spoil the rest, but we are not sure we will ever recover from the ridiculously depressing reveal of Lee's past (and yet, the whole thing is kind of beautiful).

"Arrival"

Apparently, aliens are actually interested in saving humankind -- if we learn to talk to them. A linguistics professor (Amy Adams) is called in to attempt to communicate with shadowy, ink-dispensing giant squid monsters after they land their spacecrafts on Earth -- and all it really takes is a teeny, human-sized whiteboard.  

"Hidden Figures"

A group of lady geniuses are really the human computers quietly running NASA behind the scenes and simultaneously nailing 60s fashion -- all while putting up with rampant sexism and racism with utter class. In other words, two hours and seven minutes of gloriously nerdy girl power wrapped in a powerful story about the quiet civil-rights heroines who, thankfully, are hidden no more.

"La La Land"

This is a musical -- where, natch, characters do very old-school, romantic musically things like traipsing around L.A. and breaking into random song and dance like no one is watching. But really, the true love story here is that Hollywood is deeply, unabashedly in love with itself.

"Fences"

Denzel Washington is just super, super mean to his son and goddess of a wife Viola Davis for the entire (2+ hour) movie because he's still mad at the world about the end of his baseball career. His son isn't having it, but alas, Davis' character loves him anyway and puts up with all of his nonsense, and we're cool with that, because TBH, the world just needs every second of Davis/Washington screentime it can get.

"Hacksaw Ridge"

This is the incredible true story of a soldier-turned-conscientious objector who managed to save 75 men during WWII without ever firing a single shot. Or -- that movie where Mel Gibson finally managed to get back into Hollywood's good graces after years of exile.

"Lion"

This true story is proof that Google Maps is literally everywhere and can find anyone and anything. A lost child in India who got adopted as a child by an Australian couple grows up to be the seriously good-looking Dev Patel and uses “the Google” to try to find his birth parents, thanks Google, did we mention Google? Google.

"Moonlight"

If this heart-wrenching coming-of-age film doesn't make you cry (like, a lot) then you are not a real human person. A gay man struggles through 3 different phases in his life while dealing with drugs, his sexuality and his emotionally abusive, drug-addicted mother.

"Hell or High Water"

A modern-day western Robin Hood with some pretty epic 'stashes and Jeff Bridges playing the grizzled Texas Ranger he was always meant to be. Two brothers who are about to get their home foreclosed on ingeniously rob the same banks they owe and use the spoils to pay them back.

'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

The AMC's show "The Walking Dead" is stirring up emotions, but not for gruesome scenes or unexpected endings.  

This time, it's for T-shirts. 

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The Huffington Post reported that Primark, an international clothing retailer, stopped selling the shirt.

The Warwick Courier reported that Ian Lucraft wrote a letter to the store's CEO Paul Marchant, saying it was "fantastically offensive" and "racist."

#Primark removes #WalkingDead t-shirt from its stores after it was branded "fantastically offensive" and "racist".https://t.co/anuuCeQlZd pic.twitter.com/9PiJsJLp3A— Warwick Courier (@Warwick_Courier) February 22, 2017

The problem? The phrase "eeny meeny miny moe," which in the show is followed by the line, "catch a tiger by his toe." However, some historical versions of the rhyme include a racial slur instead of the word "tiger," which sparked the complaint, according to the Huffington Post. 

The phrase is said by Negan, a character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the show. EW reported Morgan responded with a tweet, saying, "people are stupid."

BBC News reported that the retailer said it removed the product.

Primark apoligized in a statement:

The T-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the US television series, "The Walking Dead," and the quote and image are taken directly from the show. Any offense caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologizes for this.

Oprah Winfrey slated to address graduates at 2 colleges

Oprah Winfrey has agreed to give commencement speeches at colleges in Massachusetts and New York.

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, both say Winfrey will address students at their spring graduation ceremonies.

One of Smith's graduating students and another from Skidmore previously attended the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, a boarding school that the media mogul opened in 2007 for poor girls in South Africa.

Winfrey, a graduate of Tennessee State University, is scheduled to speak May 20 at Skidmore and a day later at Smith. Each school says it will award her an honorary degree.

Winfrey also was at Skidmore in October 2013 to visit two graduates of her South African school.

Oprah Winfrey slated to address graduates at 2 colleges

Oprah Winfrey has agreed to give commencement speeches at colleges in Massachusetts and New York.

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, both say Winfrey will address students at their spring graduation ceremonies.

One of Smith's graduating students and another from Skidmore previously attended the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, a boarding school that the media mogul opened in 2007 for poor girls in South Africa.

Winfrey, a graduate of Tennessee State University, is scheduled to speak May 20 at Skidmore and a day later at Smith. Each school says it will award her an honorary degree.

Winfrey also was at Skidmore in October 2013 to visit two graduates of her South African school.

McDonald’s giving away high-tech limited edition straws at select locations

McDonald’s USA announced Feb. 15 that they would be giving away some super high-tech limited edition straws for customers who purchase a chocolate Shamrock Shake.

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The "probably-more-revolutionary-than-actually-needed" Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal -- or STRAW --was designed by San Francisco-bases design studio JACE and Massachusetts-based NK Labs.

According to Forbes, the high-tech straw is meant to deliver an ideal flavor ratio of 50 percent chocolate and 50 percent mint in each sip of the Shamrock Shake.

The restaurant posted a spoof video promoting the item and the new chocolate Shamrock Shake on its YouTube channel Feb. 16.

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Select locations worldwide will be giving them away starting Feb. 24, at select locations including restaurants in Georgia, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Pennsylvania in the United States. Those not near those locations can follow McDonald’s on Facebook or their local resturant on Twitter for a chance to win a straw.

The full list of locations, dates and times is located at the McDonald's website.

Yale professor's guide to resisting tyranny coming next week

A Yale University history professor's suggestions for resisting Donald Trump's presidency and his warnings about the demise of democracy, a list widely shared on social media, have been expanded into a book.

Timothy Snyder's "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century" will be published next Tuesday, according to the Penguin Random House imprint Tim Duggan Books. "Tyranny" is based on a Facebook posting by Snyder that he wrote after the election last November.

Snyder's advice ranges from "Do not obey in advance" to "Learn from others in other countries." He is a specialist in European history. His other books include "Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin" and "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning."

Yale professor's guide to resisting tyranny coming next week

A Yale University history professor's suggestions for resisting Donald Trump's presidency and his warnings about the demise of democracy, a list widely shared on social media, have been expanded into a book.

Timothy Snyder's "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century" will be published next Tuesday, according to the Penguin Random House imprint Tim Duggan Books. "Tyranny" is based on a Facebook posting by Snyder that he wrote after the election last November.

Snyder's advice ranges from "Do not obey in advance" to "Learn from others in other countries." He is a specialist in European history. His other books include "Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin" and "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning."

Matt Reeves steps in to direct 'The Batman'

"Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves has stepped in to direct "The Batman" for Warner Bros. just a few weeks after star Ben Affleck left the post. Warner Bros. said Thursday that Reeves would also produce the stand-alone film.

Reeves, also known for directing "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," said he's loved the Batman story since he was a child and is honored and excited to "bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen."

Affleck, who is also writing the screenplay, dropped out of directing the project in late January citing the focus required to play the superhero. He'll appear next as Batman in "Justice League" which comes out in November.

There is no release date set for "The Batman."

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