The Bustle Huddle: What Bustle's Editors Are Talking About On Jan. 17
Three days to go, everyone. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, you might be living under a rock, because the presidential inauguration occurring this Friday is all anyone can talk about. Whether it's the less-than-stellar musical line-up or the number of Democrats deciding not to attend, the event is taking over the news this week, and the talk will only get louder as Friday comes closer.
But Trump's swearing-in is not the only event making waves on Tuesday. Check out what Bustle's editors were talking about today, Jan. 17:
Chelsea Manning + Her Jail Sentence
In a major move on Tuesday, President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst who was convicted in 2013 of violating the Espionage Act by leaking classified information to Wikileaks. Thanks to the commutation, Manning will be released in May 2017, not 2045. It's a major win both for Manning and her many supporters.
What's Next: Although the pardon is undoubtedly great news for Manning, it still leaves a few questions in the air, such as whether Trump can reverse the decision once he's president and if Obama will pardon Manning's fellow whistleblower, Edward Snowden, too. POTUS has only a few days left in office, so if anything's going to happen there, it'll have to be ASAP.
The Women's March + Feminists On The Fence
Although many women are planning on heading to Washington, D.C. (or their nearest cities) to join the Women's March on Saturday, others are unsure if protesting is the right choice or worth the effort. If you're a feminist on the fence about joining the event, this essay explains why the Women's March is so crucial, even if it can't change the fact that Trump will be our next president.
Deal Of The Day: If you're heading to a March, pick up one of these nine Women's March shirts to wear as you make your voice heard.
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Betty White + A Big Birthday
If your heart started pounding the moment you saw Betty White trending on Twitter, you're not alone. But thankfully, the Hollywood icon is only making headlines today because it's her 95th (!) birthday. Take today to celebrate White's incredible, gif-worthy life and career and be grateful that the beloved star is still going strong.
Cameo Alert: As if the upcoming all-female Ocean's Eight didn't already sound amazing, it's reported that Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner might have cameos in a Met Ball-set scene. Can I buy my tickets now?!
J.K. Rowling + Donald Trump
Leave it to J.K. Rowling to put Trump in his place. The Harry Potter author has always been a vocal presence when it comes to politics, but she's definitely not holding back now. On Tuesday morning, Rowling hilariously called out Trump for a quote the president-elect gave about his hero (spoiler alert: he picked himself), and it proved, once again, that the writer's brilliance is not to be taken for granted.
Obama Recs: Need some new additions to your reading list? You could do worse than listening to the book recommendations Obama gives his daughters, which includes Gabriel García Márquez's classic One Hundred Years of Solitude and Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior. Readers, take note.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events + Meta Moments
Spent the weekend marathoning Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events? Same. But even if you went through every episode, you might've missed some of the many meta references in A Series of Unfortunate Events that wink to both the book series and the actors starring in the show. Seriously, this show is genius.
Fun Fact: According to a new study by University of Illinois at Chicago, the state with the happiest relationships is... Mississippi. Who knew?
Today's WTF Moment: "The Autobiographer" — one of the three types of selfie-takers in the world, according to a new study. Which one are you?
What to Watch: Grab some Kleenex and settle down at 9 p.m. for a new excuse to stare at Milo Ventimiglia's face — I mean, episode of NBC's This is Us.