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One Direction Responds to Tabloid Claim That Harry Styles and Barack Obama Are Having a Gay Affair: VIDEO

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U.S. tabloid and paragon of exceptional journalism National Examiner has an explosive new front page story claiming the commander-in-chief has been getting intimate with One Direction's is-he-or-isn't-he-bisexual member Harry Styles.

And now, with the cat out of the bag, One Direction has been forced to address the damning allegation [via The Gay UK]

StylesWhen Harry, 20, was quizzed about the affair at last night's BBC Music Awards he seemed unaware of the rumour replying, "I honestly have no idea what you're talking about" before he then added, after a quick explanation: "I've heard some good ones in my time, but that's interesting."

Liam added: "Wow, it's all getting a bit political!" Louis then joked: "So, does that give you some power in the White House then?" as Harry said: "Yeah, maybe."

Harry, cheeky as always, followed up by saying that he ultimately wouldn't hook up with Obama because "Niall would be a bit jealous."

Check out footage of the band addressing the gay rumor, as well as their speech last night accepting the Billboard Award, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Florida State University Lecturer Resigns Following Racist, Homophobic Rant - VIDEO

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Florida State University College of Business senior lecturer Deborah O’Connor has resigned from her position following an outburst last week on Facebook in which she used racist, Islamophobic and homophobic slurs, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.

Eborah O'connor 2In response to a post by hair stylist Colin Lively last Thursday on the police killings in Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland, O’Connor’s comments included:

“YOU elected POTUS, Holder et al. And they are supposed to represent all Americans, not just blacks … why don’t these ass clowns insert themselves into their stories?”

“Take your Northern fagoot [sic] elitism and shove it up your ass.”

“I teach at a University, you asshole. What do you do?”

“You are an intellectual fraud, just like your Messiah. Obama has single-handedly turned our once great society into a Ghetto Culture, rivaling that of Europe. France is almost at war because of his filthy rodent Muslims who are attacking Native Frenchmen and women.”

O'Connor has confirmed her decision to bring a planned retirement next spring forward as “the path of least resistance.” Her comments have since been deleted.

Lively said:

"I'm surprised her employers weren't aware of her and hadn't done something about it. I feel very bad for any woman who carries that kind of rage inside her heart. I feel very bad and sorry for her."

Watch a report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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President Obama Hijacks 'The Colbert Report' - VIDEO

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President Obama dropped by The Colbert Report's broadcast from Washington, D.C. last night and decided since Colbert likes to take a swipe at how he does his job, the President would take a whack at Colbert's job. The President then took over the remainder of Colbert's cold open. By executive decree, so to speak. President Obama read Colbert's pre-planned address, opening with “I, Stephen Colbert, have never cared for our President." The segment then went on to make good comedic use of the graphics that usually display pithy jokes next to Colbert's face. Mediaite notes:

Most of the segment involved the president talking about getting rid of Obamacare, while jokes about himself, Republicans, and even Fox News popped up next to him. For example, Obama as Colbert said that appearing on a comedy show would be below his dignity; the words next to him then read “but above his approval ratings.”

And when President Obama said, “Young people don’t watch real news shows like this one,” the words next to him read “Or fake ones like Fox.”

Watch as President Obama temporarily puts Colbert on unemployment and sits down for an interview that covers everything from nuclear launch codes to Keystone XL, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Obama and Lily Tomlin Had Fingers Crossed for Drag Queen Tribute at Kennedy Center Honors: VIDEO

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The Kennedy Center Honors took place last night in Washington, D.C., and the annual performing arts honor was bestowed on Tom Hanks, Al Green, Sting, Patricia McBride, and Lily Tomlin.

Before the event took place, President Obama offered remarks for the honorees in the East Room of the White House and Obama's humor was particularly on point. Take a look at the whole speech.

Said the President of Tomlin's tribute:

"When asked what she hoped her tribute tonight would look like, she said, 'What I’d like to see is a big stream of gay drag artists come out as Ernestine.' I haven't talked to George Stevens.  I don’t know whether this has been arranged. Although, I’d like to see it, too.  I think -- "

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Labor Department Takes Final Step Towards Implementing LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order: VIDEO

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The Labor Department yesterday announced that a new rule required to implement President Obama’s executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT government employees is now final, reports the Washington Blade.

Signing the executive order on July 21st, Obama said:

"It doesn't make much sense, but today in America, millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.  And that's wrong. We're here to do what we can to make it right -- to bend that arc of justice just a little bit in a better direction."

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73defccdf970d-200wiAlthough the order was signed in July, the process wasn’t yet complete because the Labor Department and the Office of Management & Budget had to draft a rule to implement the measure.

Once this final rule is published, it will become effective 120 days later and apply to federal contracts entered into or modified on or after that date.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in a statement:

“Americans believe in fairness and opportunity. No one should live in fear of being fired or passed over or discriminated against at work simply because of who they are or who they love.

"Laws prohibiting workplace discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity are long overdue, and we’re taking a big step forward today to fix that.”

Patricia Shiu, head of the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which is responsible for enforcing the order, said:

“We are building on the work of presidents and members of Congress from both parties who have expanded opportunities for America’s workers.

"This rule will extend protections to millions of workers who are employed by or seek jobs with federal contractors and subcontractors, ensuring that sexual orientation and gender identity are never used as justification for workplace discrimination by those that profit from taxpayer dollars.”

The Labor Department has published Frequently Asked Questions for the final rule, known as EO 13672 Final Rule.

A group of about 140 religious leaders and advocates for religious freedom had petitioned the president for an exemption for faith-based groups.

Watch President Obama announce the executive order a White House reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Obama, Holder, and De Blasio React to Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Case: VIDEOS

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Attorney General Eric Holder said this evening that the U.S. Department of Justice will open a federal civil rights investigation into the Eric Garner case after a  Staten Island grand jury voted to bring no criminal charges against a white police officer who placed Garner, a black man, in an illegal chokehold which killed him in July.

Said Holder:

"All lives must be valued. All lives. Mr. Garner's death is one of several recent incidents across our great country that have tested the sense of trust that must exist between law enforcement and the communities they are charged to serve and to protect. This is not a New York issue nor a Ferguson issue alone. Those who have protested peacefully across our great country following the grand jury's decision in Ferguson have made that very clear."

President Obama and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio reacted swiftly to the news of the grand jury's decision.

De Blasio became emotional during the press conference, telling reporters that he had to warn his own son about police officers that may not be out to protect him.

Said De Blasio:

"This is profoundly personal to me. I was at the White House the other day, and the president of the United States turned to me, and he met Dante a few months ago, and he said that Dante reminded him of what he looked like as a teenager. And he said I know you see this crisis through a very personal lens....And I said to him I did. Because Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years about the dangers that he may face. A good young man, law-abiding young man who would never think to do anything wrong. And yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face, we've had to literally train him—as families have all over this city for decades—in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him."

Said Obama in a separate statement:  

"We are not going to let up until we see a strengthening of the trust and a strengthening of the accountability that exists between our communities and our law enforcement."

Watch Holder, Obama, and De Blasio speak, AFTER THE JUMP...

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