🤦 On Friday, The Justice Department announced indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers, accusing them of hacking not only the Democratic National Committee, but also Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The agents were working in “official capacities”—i.e. they were doing their jobs—and are said to have "corresponded with several Americans during the course of the conspiracy through the internet." Mueller’s timing couldn’t possibly make things more awkward: Today in Finland, President Trump will meet with Putin, who has repeatedly denied meddling in the 2016 election. Stay tuned on how that goes.
🇬🇧 When Donald Trump visited London on Friday, he was greeted with an “F Trump” crop circle visible from the sky and a giant protest—complete with that famous baby Trump blimp—on the streets. That’s embarrassing enough, but it gets worse. He later criticized Prime Minister Theresa May on tape (then denied doing so), broke protocol during his stroll with the Queen, and complained about Europe’s so-called immigration problem. It’s especially bad since the whole point of this “working visit” was for Trump and May to collaborate. Maybe he'll have better luck in Finland?
💸 There’s nothing more 2018 than Paid Off, the new game show where winners take home cash for their student loans. And while our great nation is now carrying a whopping $1.4 trillion in student debt, new research shows that it could actually—finally!—be declining. While that's good news for students, it's bad news for parents (not to mention the creators of Paid Off...). Student debt is indeed plateauing, but new research finds that parents are actually spending more than ever *and* going deeper into debt for their kids’ education. Woof.
🎬 Despite some real progress, trans people are *still* being shut out—of jobs, of conversations, and of pop culture. So when people heard that Scarlett Johansson was set to star as a trans character in the new movie Rub & Tug, many wondered why a trans actor wasn’t cast. After weeks of backlash, the actress announced she’s withdrawing from the role. Granted, she’s not the only cis actor to be cast as trans (see: Elle Fanning), but since there were zero trans characters in major 2017 films, representation has never been more important. At least the first-ever trans Miss Universe contender is on it.