The Rundown

Trump's Paris Climate Accord Pullout Would Make the US a Rogue Nation

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May 31, 2017, 2:00pm
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Au revoir, Paris: President Trump is expected to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement, the landmark 2015 deal between nearly 200 nations who promised to reduce carbon emissions around the globe. During his campaign for president, Trump promised to withdraw the country from the accord because he alleged that it would be detrimental to the US economy and his own energy agenda.

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Trump also doubts the science behind climate change. A removal from the deal would also remove the US -- the world's second largest emitter of carbon -- from serious contention in the battle against climate change. The only other two countries that do not support the deal are Nicaragua and Syria.

Speak your truth: Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron is throwing some not-so-subtle shade to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the local leaders of Chechnya for their deadly homophobia. The Russian republic of Chechnya has gained international ire for its barbaric treatment of gay men, which includes hunting them and putting them into camps. Macron met with Putin at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris to boldly speak his mind and affirm the dignity of LGBTQ Chechens and those who support their plight internationally. The US has taken a backseat on this type of advocacy since President Trump's inauguration, so it's up to the rest of the International community to fill the void.

Tipping the scales: The Supreme Court has weighed in on a case about deportation, which could signal how the courts will deal with further rulings based on the Trump administration's crackdown on immigration. The feds wanted to deport Juan Esquivel-Quintana, a lawful permanent resident of California, because he had a sexual relationship with a minor. Surprisingly, the court voted unanimously in favor of the immigrant, with Justice Clarence Thomas concluding that federal law should treat the age of consent as 16, at least where the sex was consensual. Newly appointed Justice Gorsuch did not participate in the ruling.

Not all heroes wear capes: On May 21, at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, Spider-Man actor Jake Gyllenhaal accepted a donation on behalf of the International Rescue Committee. The donation was a whopping $500,000 and will go to supporting refugees and other humanitarian causes.

That golden shower isn't lemonade: The iconic statue of a Wall Street "Charging Bull" captures the bro-y energy of the stock exchange. But last year, a female artist installed a sculpture of the "Fearless Girl," a small girl defiantly standing opposite of the bull. But New York artist Alex Gardega, who says he's totally not a misogynist, has installed a third sculpture of a dog peeing on the girl's leg. The sculpture is Gardega's response to what he thinks is faux feminism. Ugh, insert eye-roll here

Peak bigotry: An anti-Muslim group, Act for America, has reared it's ugly head, announcing that they are planning nationwide protests of Muslim communities on June 10. Ironically, the group claims to believe in the American principle of freedom of religion, but say that anyone practicing Islam can't be a loyal US citizen. Act for America relies on bullshit Islamophobia to spread fear. The event coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and comes on the heels of a deadly stabbing of two good Samaritans in Portland, Oregon who were protecting two teenagers on a train.

Holler for a dollar: The war for living wages continues, but the state of Illinois just won a major battle. On Tuesday, the state's House of Representatives became the first legislative body to pass a $15 minimum wage. A higher salary means a better quality of life for people living in poverty, but the fight is far from over. The state Senate still has to approve the bill as well. If you're from Illinois and support worker's rights, add your name to the petition for the Fight for 15 here.