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09.17.18 | Nominees and Winners Singing Emmy's Praises

Tonight, TV fans will be tuning in to the 70th Annual Emmy Awards ceremony.

Actors and actresses and those behind the scenes and the camera will be decked out in their designer duds, cheer for small screen celebs, and hope to take home a shiny statuette. But there's more to television than scripts and storylines…make room for MUSIC! What better way to kick off this week than with a Music Monday dedicated to the songs and all things surrounding them that made this TV season music to our ears?!

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NEWS | Obama slams Trump for moving to end DACA

Click here to read the full statement

"Ultimately, this is about basic decency."

WASHINGTON (Popdust) - Quick recap: today Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Trump's decision to rescind DACA, the Obama-era program that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the country.

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And basically everyone from Mark Zuckerberg, to celebrities like Lauren Jauregui, to politicians (both democrat and republican) responded being like, "that's mad f*cked up, bro."

But the response people were really waiting for was Obama's, because back during his last press conference as president, Obama warned that he would be vocal if Trump threatened the 'DREAMers.'

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So it wasn't a huge surprise when hours after the announcement, Obama released a written statement via facebook. And while Obama fails to call Trump out by name, the letter is a clear, calling the Trump administration's decision "cruel," and "self-defeating."

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Below, we've provided the full B.S. (Barack statement), without commercial interruption, for your reading and self-informing pleasure.

Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.

But that's not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America -- kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they're undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver's license.

Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people -- our young people -- that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you've been here a certain number of years, and if you're willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you'll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.

That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.

    But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong -- because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating -- because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid's science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn't know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?

    Let's be clear: the action taken today isn't required legally. It's a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn't threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid's softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won't lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone's taxes, or raise anybody's wages.

    It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it's up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I'm heartened by those who've suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.

    Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we'd want our own kids to be treated. It's about who we are as a people -- and who we want to be.

    What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals -- that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That's how America has traveled this far. That's how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.

    - Barry-O

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    Iggy Azalea's Fancy is perhaps the most addictive song of the summer, so of course the fine folks at baracksdubs are covering it.

    What's scary is how convincing the President sounds - this version might even be better than the original!

    Yes, this actually happened.

    In an effort to promote his Affordable Care Act to a younger audience, President Obama stopped by comedian Zach Galifianakis' interview/roast show on Funny Or Die "Between Two Ferns."

    "That's the thing that doesn't work?" the actor quipped when Obama mentioned Healthcare.gov.

    Other topics of mockery included the whole birth certificate thing and Obama's "nerdiness."

    Don't worry—POTUS got the last laugh when he lauded Bradley Cooper for essentially "carrying" the Hangover series.

    This is definitely Funny.

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    So "Let's Stay Togehter" is kinda Barack's all-time jam, huh? Hard to argue with that. Our president and his First Lady went for a spin last night at the Inaugural Ball to the strains of Al Green's signature jam, as performed by all-purpose diva-for-hire Jennifer Hudson. It sounded like J-Hud might break into "And I Am Telling You That I'm Not Going" during the song's slowed-down intro—and frankly, whenever Hudson starts singing, we're conditioned to sorta expect her to do that, for no reason—but the song quickly hits its groove, and even the millions of spectators filming the dance in the audience can't help but boogie a little.

    One complaint, though: Why not get Green himself to sing his soul classic? Dude's still around, he's only 66, he even had a new ?uestlove-produced album not all that long ago. You're the president, man. If you can't go straight to the source, who can?

    "Because...he's president and he's on fiii-rrrre...." Alicia Keys was a featured performer at last night's Inaugural Ball, and unlike the rest of those hired guns who just sang their songs in honor of our 44th President's re-election, Keys actually re-wrote the lyrics to her most recent hit, turning her "Girl on Fire" into "O...bama's on fiiiiyahhhhhh!!!!"

    The results were about as awkward as can be expected, containing lyrics like "He's living in a world in it's on fire / Filled with catastrophe, but he knows he can fly away." Uhh, he can? We sorta hope that he doesn't have a built-in exit strategy like that. Still, Keys is always so sincere and invested with her performances that it's hard to be too cynical about it.

    "Everybody knows that Michelle is his girl / And together they run the world / And we gonna let it burn, baby, burn..." Hopefully not literally?