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5 Things to Know This Weekend: April 28, 2017

5 Things to Know This Weekend: April 28, 2017

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

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A lot happened this week. Here’s what you need to know.

On Monday, in the middle of the night, New Orleans began dismantling confederate monuments. 

Photo via NOLA

Photo via NOLA

Monuments constructed during the Confederate and Jim Crow eras are finally in the process of being removed. The Liberty Place monument—the one that originally hailed “White supremacy in the south” was the first to go, and construction workers wore flak jackets and helmets to protect themselves in case one of the many death threats they received came to fruition. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, “"We will no longer allow the Confederacy to literally be put on a pedestal in the heart of our city.” The next monuments to be removed include statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard. 

Tuesday, Trump lost (again) in his war against sanctuary cities.

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

“Sanctuary cities” are municipalities where local officials refuse to pursue undocumented immigrants for the feds. In an executive order, Trump promised to cut funding to these places, saying they’re not following immigration laws. However, a federal judge decided this order was unconstitutional, and temporarily blocked it saying that taking away funding was a power "exclusive to Congress," that couldn't be wielded by the Executive branch. 

On Wednesday, Trump announced the new tax reform plan.

Photo via Getty Images

Photo via Getty Images

The Trump Administration is marketing the proposal as “the biggest tax cut” in U.S. history. The plan cuts the number of income tax brackets from seven to three—the top rate is 35 percent, and then the lower rates are 25 percent and 10 percent, with no specifics yet on which incomes would fall under each bracket. The new plan also gets rid of a bunch of tax deductions, excluding the popular mortgage interest and charitable contribution deductions. The plan also cuts corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 15 percent. Critics maintain that the generous corporate tax cuts will pile on the national deficit and the streamlined system would likely hurt middle class and low-income Americans. 

Question of the week: When do women get their own sex robot? 

Photo via iKitit

Photo via iKitit

Harmony is a prototype for a super-realistic silicone sex doll. She blinks, frowns, holds conversations, tells jokes, quotes Shakespeare, remembers your birthday and the names of your family members, and will have sex with you whenever you want, all for the low, low price of $15,000. In fact, numerous companies around the world are racing to release sexbots like Harmony, all geared toward straight (lonely) men.

An anatomically perfect companion who recites poetry, appears to listen and engage in conversation, and remembers important dates and family relationships? Definitely only a market for men, amiright?

The question is: when do women get the life-sized Ken Doll of their dreams?

On Thursday, Heineken released an ad that puts Pepsi's failed effort at being politically relevant to shame. 

The ad shows two strangers with opposing political and personal views getting to know each other by assembling furniture, asking questions, and learning each other’s backgrounds. Then they both watch pre-recorded videos of themselves stating their deeply held beliefs, about the environment, gender inequality, and human rights, and the pair have the chance to walk away, or discuss their differences over a Heineken.

This is what happened: 

Here’s some good news for Friday: there’s a new website offering membership “applications” to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.

How are you going to afford to join the tony "Winter White House" in Florida? Well, turns out you’re already paying for it. The anonymous people behind the site mar.alago.me created it as a joke, but they have a real point: the site links to Mar-a-Lago’s many security problems, how it costs taxpayers, and how it’s able to influence politics. 

Apply here and have a good weekend!

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