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Megyn Kelly demands swimsuits in Miss America pageant: ‘Is it objectification if the woman wants it?’

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Today Show host Megyn Kelly complained on Monday that the Miss America pageant recently announced that it would remove the swimsuit portion of the annual competition.

Kelly noted that some state pageant leaders are looking to oust Miss America President Gretchen Carlson because they argue: “We want the competition.” The pageant, however, has pushed back, noting that over 30 former winners want to abolish the swimsuit competition.

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“Can we get rid of beauty pageants?” political analyst Zerlina Maxwell asked. “It’s 2018. It’s a complete antiquated idea, the idea that we’re going to value — literally — your abs over whether or not you’re a kind and compassionate person seems like something that’s completely out of date.”

NBC analyst Dan Goldman asserted that the contestants “are choosing” to participate in the swimsuit competition.

“It’s a potential career,” he said, “to make a lot more money than they would make.”

“The scholarship is a ruse,” Maxwell interrupted. “The excuse always — we need to show women in their bikinis because they’re getting a scholarship. Really?”

“What’s wrong with showing women in bikinis?” Kelly exclaimed.

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“Women are people?” Maxwell replied. “They should be valued for what’s inside their brains, not whether not they have abs… Nobody’s obituary says they had great abs.”

“I hope mine does,” Kelly quipped.

“I feel like we’re getting to the point where femininity is no longer consistent with feminism, and to that I object,” Kelly continued. “What’s wrong with showing women in bathing suits. They look amazing, they worked hard for it. They’re fit. I find it inspirational to see a very fit woman.”

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“Because we objectify women in this way, they’re treated like less than human,” Maxwell shot back.

“Is it objectification if the woman wants it?” Kelly asked. “If she says, ‘I am rocking this bathing suit, I want to walk that runway, I want to bring it. And you know what, I got brains too.'”

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“Not in front of judges,” Maxwell observed. “In front of judges, it’s different.”

“If you don’t want to be judged on your looks then you don’t join,” Kelly offered. “But these women are not forced to join. They do it because they enjoy it.”

“The reality is, no one is going to watch the pageant with the women choosing [what they want to wear],” the NBC host added. “You’re looking for the smartest woman in America? You should be at MIT. You shouldn’t be at the Miss America [pageant]. With all due respect, like what has the pageant become?”

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Chinese fans grieve for NBA superstar Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

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NBA star Kobe Bryant's death triggered an outpouring of grief on Monday in China, where he was beloved by fans, with a hashtag of the news drawing more than a billion views.

Nine people were killed in a helicopter crash including Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Los Angeles officials confirmed on Sunday.

Basketball is arguably the most popular sport in China, and Bryant -- a five-time NBA champion who blogged for Chinese internet giant SINA in 2009 -- was among the first American stars to garner a large fan base in the country.

He remained popular in China after his retirement in 2016, frequently engaging via social media with Chinese fans.

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Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe agreed that the recent revelations from John Bolton, puts Republicans in a difficult position. Bolton's manuscript confirmed that President Donald Trump's bribery scheme puts senators in the difficult position of being faced with firsthand witnesses they've tried to block.

Republicans were given multiple opportunities to agree that they would like to hear witnesses and new evidence as part of the impeachment trial in the Senate, but each time, they voted against it. But with the news Bolton released Sunday night, it forces senators to acknowledge they deny even firsthand evidence of Trump's guilt.

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Democratic senator says she gets more ‘disheartened’ every day hearing GOP deny evidence and witnesses

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Day after day, Republicans senators find new excuses to dismiss the evidence they hear that in any courtroom would convict an ordinary American citizen. It was enough to make normally happy Sen. Debbie Stabenow (R-MI) feel "disheartened" by the whole process.

"As somebody from Michigan, we believe in commonsense, and you can't look at all this and say, 'is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?'" said Stabenow. "And you can't look at this and say, 'Is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?' All of this coming out over and over again. I'll never forget Adam Schiff on the floor saying to all of us, 'Nobody's saying, well, gosh, Donald Trump would never do that.' The truth is it's all about will he get away with it? It's all about, are they going to be successful in hiding it and so on?"

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