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Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) ― leading members of the new class of progressive congresswomen ― joined together Thursday to say they would not support the latest government spending package because it includes an increase in funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Late Wednesday, lawmakers reached a budget deal that, if approved, would prevent another government shutdown at the end of the week and fund the federal government through September. The legislative package does not include the more than $5 billion that President Donald Trump has long demanded to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s insistence led to a standoff with lawmakers late last year and the longest-ever government shutdown in U.S. history. However, the new deal does include increased funding for ICE and Customs and Border Protection, according to the Democratic representatives’ joint statement. “In this country, our diversity is our greatest strength. Immigrants fuel our nation’s economy, enrich our nation’s culture, and enhance our social fabric,” they said in their statement. “And yet, this Administration continues to threaten the dignity and humanity of our immigrant population,” the congresswomen said, condemning the Trump administration’s separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents at the border and its efforts to restrict entry of asylum-seekers. “The Department of Homeland Security does not deserve an increase in funding [emphasis in original], and that is why we intend to vote no on this funding package.” The lawmakers went on to name the “abusive agencies” that would be receive more money under the bill, including CBP receiving nearly $950 million above current funding levels and ICE getting an increase of more than $500 million. There would also be $1.37 billion for 55 miles of border wall and funding for an 11 percent increase in beds in migrant detention centers. // 📸: Getty Images

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She's back. 🗣 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at her office for the first time since receiving treatment for cancer in December, the court announced Friday. A spokeswoman for the court said Ginsburg would be joining the justices’ private conference, marking her return to the building after working from home since her medical procedure. The surgery, during which doctors removed two malignant nodules in her lung, caused her to miss oral arguments for the first time since she was appointed to the court in 1993. However, she kept up on cases and briefs from home, Supreme Court spokespeople said. The day of the surgery, she reportedly cast a vote from the hospital to block President Donald Trump’s restrictions on asylum-seekers. She was released from the hospital on Dec. 25. The Supreme Court announced on Jan. 11 that doctors had given Ginsburg the all-clear but that she would continue to work from home. // 📸: Getty Images

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Because of Eunique Jones Gibson ( @euniquejg ), black kids can dream, imagine, and aspire to be whatever they want to be. Photographed here by @kgprojects , Gibson shows kids their future by introducing them to their past. In 2013, she founded @Becauseofthem We Can, a platform that teaches kids about the black excellence in history ― and in the present ― that they typically don’t learn about in school or in the media. Starting out as a photo series, Jones has been able to expand the brand by making facts about the giants of black history accessible for parents, educators and everyone else. She approaches the brand by doing things “the Woodson way,” looking to the father of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson for inspiration. Gibson is reclaiming the limited narrative society has given black history by attacking revisionism head-on with facts that show our story is not monolithic. As a part of HuffPost Black Voices’ “We Built This” series, Gibson spoke to us about founding “Because Of Them We Can,” her new subscription box and the role education plays in showing black kids their potential. // Interview by: @_tarynitup // #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryBuiltThis

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Following the announcement that Trump would declare a national emergency to secure funding for his border wall, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out, reminding the president and the nation that today marks the one-year anniversary of the horrific Parkland school shooting. “The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans. And of course we will respond accordingly when we review our options.”

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Count Lady Gaga in the Cardi B camp after the rapper drew backlash over her Grammy win. Both of them walked away with trophies at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night; Cardi B even made history, becoming the first solo woman to win Best Rap Album ― but only the hip-hop superstar had to defend her win for some reason after some online critics labeled her undeserving. Gaga apparently caught wind of the controversy and showed her support for the rapper on Tuesday with a heartfelt post, praising her “brave” fellow Grammy winner. “It is so hard to be a woman in this industry. What it takes, how hard we work through the disrespectful challenges, just to make art,” the “A Star Is Born” actress wrote. “I love you Cardi. You deserve your awards. Let’s celebrate her fight. Lift her up & honor her. She is brave.” // 📸: Getty Images

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Okay, today is Valentine's Day but instead of talking about couples and *all that*, we want to just highlight the idea of 💜 LOVE 💜. This means all forms of it –– whether it's loving yourself, your friends, your chosen family, your co-workers. Love liberates. // 📸: Getty Images

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Fourteen students and three faculty members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were killed last year in one of the worst school shootings in modern U.S. history. On the one-year anniversary of the massacre, their classmates and families want the world to know the victims will never be forgotten. Many survivors were heartbroken and angry in the wake of the incident, scorning lawmakers for not doing more to prevent school shootings. A coalition of teen activists from the high school became the face of a new, younger anti-gun violence movement known as March For Our Lives. “I don’t think older generations realize what an impact the shooting here has had on our generation,” David Hogg, a Parkland survivor and one of the most prominent figures of March For Our Lives, told NPR this week. “I don’t think people realize how big the school walkouts were and how many student leaders came out of that,” he added. “I don’t think congressmen are realizing what they have coming.” Hogg tweeted that he planned to take a few days off from Twitter around the one-year anniversary of the shooting, but urged people to honor the memory of his slain classmates with action. “Please remember the people [who were] stolen from us that day,” he wrote. “They are why we fight for peace.” Aalayah Eastmond was a junior at Stoneman Douglas when she witnessed a gunman open fire on her classmates. She recalled experiences she had shared with the slain students in a tweet. “I miss having Orchestra with Carmen,” she wrote. “I miss Helena helping with Spanish homework. I miss Nick talking about swimming. We miss all of you. We will continue to honor with action!” Jaime Guttenberg was a 14-year-old freshman at Stoneman Douglas when she was killed during the shooting. Her father, Fred, has become an outspoken advocate against gun violence in the year since she was killed. “I am forever haunted by my memory of that morning, rushing my kids out the door rather than getting one last minute,” he tweeted Thursday. “Did I say I love you?” // 📸: Getty Images

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Yes, YES, YES! 👏🏾 Leah Daughtry ( @leahdaughtry ), the former DNC CEO and current political strategist, talked with Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani ( @caro_mt ) about faith, politics and 2020 presidential candidates. 🎬 Check out @HuffPost 's new show "Between You And Me" on the site.

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Centuries before most English women could freely choose the direction of their lives, there was Joan of Leeds, a rebellious medieval nun who went to extreme lengths in an attempt to forge her own path. The 14th-century nun apparently faked her own death by creating a dummy “in the likeness of her body” before running away from her convent, according to archivists at the University of York. But her escape was discovered. “She now wanders at large to the notorious peril to her soul and to the scandal of all of her order,” Archbishop of York William Melton wrote (in Latin) about Joan in a record book dated 1318, the Guardian reports. Archivists at the University of York resurfaced details about Joan’s story last week, while translating and digitizing 16 registers in which the archbishops of York documented their business between 1304 and 1405. Joan was apparently so fed up with her life at St. Clement’s Nunnery in York that she concocted a wild plan to escape from her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. According to a marginal note in the register, Joan simulated “a bodily illness” and “pretended to be dead.” With the help of some accomplices, she tricked her fellow Benedictine sisters into burying a lookalike dummy “in a sacred space” among actual deceased members of her order. Joan fled about 30 miles away, to the town of Beverley, according to the Church Times. When rumors about her scandalous escapade finally reached Melton, the horrified archbishop ordered a church official in Beverley to send her back to the convent. Melton’s note in the register describes how Joan had “impudently cast aside the propriety of religion and the modesty of her sex” and faked her death “in a cunning, nefarious manner.” “Having turned her back on decency and the good of religion, seduced by indecency, she involved herself irreverently and perverted her path of life arrogantly to the way of carnal lust and away from poverty and obedience,” Melton wrote. University of York historian Sarah Rees Jones, who is leading the digitizing project, told HuffPost that her team isn’t sure if Joan ever returned to the convent ― either willingly or by force. // 📸: Getty Images

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The world already had so many things stacked against Ericka Hart ( @ihartericka ) when she was born a black femme who would eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at 28. And she isn’t an anomaly. Photographed here by @kgprojects , Hart is like so many black women in America and beyond. We have a higher rate of being diagnosed with and dying of breast cancer. We also are the least likely to be listened to by our doctors. Racism toward medical patients is real, and Hart is actively fighting to reverse some of these discriminatory practices with education. Ad she does so wearing different hats. She’s a professor at Columbia School of Social Work, a sex education expert, an advocate for breast cancer awareness and representation, and a model. She is the representation we don’t typically see reflected when it comes to raising awareness and gaining education about women’s physical and sexual health. For “We Built This,” Hart spoke to HuffPost about changing the face of health education, her journey with breast cancer and tearing down medical racism one brick at a time. // 📰: @_tarynitup // #BlackHistoryBuiltThis #BlackHistoryMonth

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took a dig at Trump’s reading skills after the president criticized, with falsehoods, the Green New Deal during his campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night. Trump likened the deal — a sweeping House resolution introduced last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) — to a “high school term paper that got a low mark.” He added that the resolution, which is aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and guaranteeing jobs and high-quality health care for all Americans, would result in the shutdown of “American energy” as well as a “little thing called air travel.” “They want to take away your car, reduce the value of your home and put millions of Americans out of work,” Trump said of the Democrats’ plan. Earlier in his speech, he’d suggested the deal would mean “you’re not allowed to own cows anymore.” Ocasio-Cortez reacted to Trump’s remarks with a fiery tweet. “Ah yes, a man who can’t even read briefings written in full sentences is providing literary criticism of a House Resolution,” the freshman congresswoman wrote, adding a reference to a 2018 Washington Post article about Trump’s habit of receiving oral intelligence briefings instead of reading them. Several of Trump’s assertions about the Green New Deal are false. For one thing, getting rid of planes, cars and cows are not part of the Democrats’ plan. The resolution also does not explicitly call for the end of fossil fuel development, though it does push for “meeting 100 percent of the power demand” with solar and wind energy over the next decade. // 📸: Getty Images

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A jury has ruled that a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee must pay over $1.5 million to a former Delaware employee who said she was demoted because she wanted to pump her breast milk. The News Journal reports Autumn Lampkins was awarded $25,000 in compensatory damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages Friday. A lawsuit says co-workers and supervisors at KFC and KFC/Taco Bell restaurants made it so difficult for Lampkins to pump during her shift that her milk supply dried up. Documents show she was hired months after giving birth in 2014 and was only allowed to pump about once during each 10-hour training shift. The lawsuit says she was demoted and struggled and co-workers complained she got “breaks” to pump breast milk. Lawyers representing the franchisee didn’t respond to a request for comment. // 📰: AP