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Last March, Roseanne Barr was on the cusp of one of the great comebacks in television history. Twenty years after wrapping her groundbreaking sitcom “Roseanne,” Barr, 66, had signed to return with the entire cast. The reboot premiere reached more than 27 million viewers. Three days later, ABC renewed the revived “Roseanne” for another season. There was a problem, though: Barr had Twitter, and she wasn’t afraid to use it. Just after Christmas 2017, a few months before the reboot’s premiere, she tweeted: “i won’t be censored or silence chided or corrected and continue to work. I retire right now. I’ve had enough. bye!” Thus began an unusual, behind-the-scenes battle, as ABC and Barr’s producers tried to protect their TV property, and Barr continued to speak out on Twitter. The network didn’t propose a no-tweet clause in Barr’s contact. Instead, as revealed by interviews with people close to the show and messages shown to The Washington Post, they spent months nudging her to stop while also trying to keep from offending her. Despite repeated warnings — and even after her youngest son briefly hid her Twitter password — Barr stayed online. Then came one explosive tweet. Last May, Barr tweeted 11 words that managed to reference Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, the science-fiction film “Planet of the Apes” and the Muslim Brotherhood. Within hours, ABC killed her show. And Barr went from beloved sitcom star to spreader of hate. “I admit it,” she told The Post. “I’m a troll. I’m the queen of the f—ing trolls.” Read more on washingtonpost.com. (Photos by @melinamara/The Post)
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For most of history, it’s been a given that a man would set out to fulfill his destiny, and that a woman would take care of the home. Today, though, those rigid gender roles and hardened ideas of family life have shifted. Several female candidates are running for president, backed by potential first men. There’s also Sen. Cory Booker, who has never been married, and the mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg, who’s married to a man. Then, there’s Amy and Beto. Before putting her career on the back burner for her husband, Amy ran a charter school. And in truth, even though she is fully on board, this isn’t the life she would have chosen. The O’Rourkes are at once the most modern and most conventional of the families running for president in 2020. They are pioneers of social media, broadcasting much of their lives in real time. They are also affluent, white and traditional. Read about the politics of their marriage by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)
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Via @postopinions: In January, @rezaian spoke with Olivia and Yahya (@yahya_abedi), a couple separated by President Trump’s travel ban. Nine days after The Washington Post published their story, Yahya received word he was getting a waiver to the ban. Their reunion is featured in a mini-documentary you can watch at @postopinions.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller, driving himself, arrives at his office building early Thursday morning in Washington. Mueller is expected to present his report to the Justice Department any day now, outlining the findings of his nearly two-year investigation into Russian election meddling, possible collusion with Trump campaign officials and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)
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Breaking news: Just six days after 50 people were killed in the Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand has banned military-style rifles, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. "On 15 March our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too,” Ardern said. “We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.” Ardern also announced a buyback scheme to encourage people who already own such weapons to surrender them. Read more on washingtonpost.com. (Photo by Marty Melville/AFP/Getty)
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Sen. @berniesanders and Sen. @elizabethwarren share a liberal philosophy focused on helping those who’ve been hurt by the prevailing system, a message both say should resonate in black households. But both are older white candidates hailing from New England, and they often confront skepticism — if not ambivalence or indifference — from black voters, who have been notably absent from their campaign events. Their challenges provide a preview of hurdles likely to confront other white candidates, including former congressman @betoorourke and former vice president @joebiden, should he join the race. The Democratic field for the first time includes two well-known black U.S. politicians — Sen. @kamalaharris and Sen. @corybooker — both of whom are attracting diverse crowds and interest from the black community. Read more on washingtonpost.com. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht/Reuters; Steven Senne/AP)
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Via @coveringpotus: President Trump on Wednesday continued to escalate his feud with the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. Speaking to reporters, Trump said George Conway is a “wack job,” adding: “Kellyanne is a wonderful woman. He’s doing a tremendous disservice to a wife and family.” Trump’s broadside against George Conway, a conservative lawyer and frequent critic of the president, began earlier in the day on Twitter as the president responded for a second day in a row to Conway’s suggestions that his mental health is deteriorating. “George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted,” Trump tweeted. George Conway responded less than 20 minutes after Trump’s morning tweet. “You seem determined to prove my point. Good for you!” he wrote on Twitter, adding: “#narcissisticpersonalitydisorder.” In a subsequent tweet directed at Trump, he added: “You. Are. Nuts.” Kellyanne Conway defended Trump during an interview with @politico Wednesday, calling him a “counterpuncher.” “You think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a nonmedical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder?” Conway said, according to the publication. “You think he should just take that sitting down?” Read more on washingtonpost.com.
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When Ron and Diana Watson walk into Texas Roadhouse in Wichita each day, the servers immediately notify the kitchen to start their dinners. With rare exception, the Watsons have ordered the same meal six days a week, for 15 years. He gets barbecue chicken, and she opts for the cheese-smothered steak. They have trained themselves to eat almost nothing else, day or night, except this meal. The food they eat while at the restaurant sustains them until it’s time to go back the next day, always at the same time, for the early bird special. It’s been this way since 2004. It does not get old for the Watsons because they believe in the comfort of sameness. They have simplified their lives with such precision that they no longer have the mundane life tasks of grocery store trips, washing dishes and meal planning. The Watsons only skip the Texas Roadhouse on Saturdays because Diana Watson works late at the Old Town Architectural Salvage antique store. By the time she finishes work on Saturdays, the restaurant is too crowded. So the Watsons head over to Hog Wild Pit BBQ, where Diana Watson likes the macaroni and cheese. Read more on washingtonpost.com. (Photos by Haley Graham; Clint Watson)
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James Jeffs is a basketball star in his town of Hildale, Utah. But his last name — Jeffs — is striking for many throughout the state for something off the court. His family members led what many called a polygamist cult for generations. And his incarcerated uncle, Warren Jeffs, one of the country’s most notorious criminals, is still viewed as a prophet by pockets of believers in his community. Sometimes James wonders whether any kid would be able to get recruited for sports in his town, let alone one with his last name. But he always reminds himself that he is the same kid who escaped the cult and is now doing everything that was once banned: attending and excelling at a public high school, becoming its first sports star, and bringing together a community of people. His last name for years had evoked memories of backward evil, but James knows he represents progress. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photos by @jabinbotsford /The Washington Post)
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Via @coveringpotus: President Trump took fresh aim Tuesday at the late senator John McCain, calling his 2017 vote on a health-care bill “a disgrace” and saying he never was and never would be a fan of the Arizona Republican, who died of brain cancer seven months ago. “I’m very unhappy that he didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, as you know,” Trump said, referring to McCain’s vote against overhauling the Affordable Care Act in July 2017. “He campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare for years, and then he got to a vote, and he said thumbs down.” Trump asserted that McCain had told the White House hours before his no vote that he would support the president. “I think that’s a disgrace, plus there are other things,” Trump said. “I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be.” Despite his assertion that he was never a fan, Trump made multiple campaign donations to McCain in 2008, the year he was the Republican presidential nominee.
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Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is finalizing a contract extension Tuesday with the team worth “roughly” $430 million over 12 years, according to two people familiar with the negotiation. Trout's deal is $100 million more than the 13-year, $330 million deal Bryce Harper signed March 2 with the Philadelphia Phillies, which previously stood as the largest in North American sports history. The new deal effectively adds 10 years and roughly $360 million to the $66.5 million Trout was already owed for 2019 and 2020 from the extension he signed in 2014. Trout, a seven-time all-star and two-time American League most valuable player, is already considered the best player of his generation, and at his current trajectory could rank as the best of all time by the time he is done. (Photo by Jaime Squire/Getty)
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Via @coveringpotus: Following the anti-Muslim massacre in New Zealand on Friday, President Trump did not condemn the white supremacy that the alleged shooter was driven by, nor did he express explicit sympathy with Muslims around the globe. Instead, he spent the days that followed on the offensive — averaging just over a tweet per hour through the weekend. He decried various subjects, from unflattering television coverage to the late senator John McCain. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, took to the airwaves with an unusual declaration that “the president is not a white supremacist.” In a broader planning meeting, Trump officials briefly considered holding a roundtable featuring persecuted religious minorities, but the idea was struck when the group decided they couldn’t pull off such an event on short notice, a White House official told The Post. By Monday morning, Trump still had not heeded the plea of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — whom he spoke with on the phone Friday — to offer his nation’s “sympathy and love for all Muslim communities.” But he had contorted himself into a victim of the tragedy, griping on Twitter: “The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand.” Read more on washingtonpost.com. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)