Here’s What Obama Has To Say About Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama saved his jokes about Donald Trump for late in his White House Correspondents’ Dinner remarks, but didn’t spare the Republican frontrunner.

Trump attended last year’s dinner but was not in the room this year. Obama joked that it should be the perfect place for Trump —  a room full of reporters, celebrities and cameras.

 “Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald?” Obama said. “Is he at home eating a Trump steak, tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What is he doing?”

He praised Trump’s foreign policy chops, noting that the businessman previously owned the Miss Universe pageant and has extensive experience with “Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.”

Obama also noted one area where Trump’s experience might come in handy — closing the Guantanamo Bay detainment facility.

“Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground,” he joked.

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Rodrigo Garcia’s "Last Days in the Desert" shows more human side of Jesus

Rodrigo Garcia returns to the big screen with a sudden turnabout in his career as he strives to reveal the more human side of Jesus in “Last Days in the Desert.” The Colombian moviemaker and son of the late Nobel laureate in Literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, said he grew tired of making “realistic films about women with all that dialogue.” “I wanted a different world, to travel into the past, to the desert, in search of simple conflicts,” the 56-year-old Garcia said.

Nadal: Hard work reflected in improved results

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal said Friday he was starting to see the results of his persistent work on the practice court, noting that nothing had changed other than the “results I’ve achieved.” “For months now I’ve been saying I feel good, that I’m enjoying the competition, the training, that the feeling is different from last year, but if that’s not accompanied by results they’re just words,” Nadal, a global brand ambassador for Kia Motors, said at a publicity event for the South Korean

7 Pieces Of Marriage Advice For Realists, Not Romantics

Sick of reading the same tired relationship advice about never going to bed angry and the importance of date night? 

We hear ya. Below, relationship and marriage experts share seven unconventional pieces of marital advice.

1. Go out without your spouse and remember what it felt like to be single.

The axiom is 100 percent true: Absence makes the heart grow fonder and often leads to spouses actually missing each other — a hard feeling to recapture after years of being together, said Jenny Block, the author of Open: Love, Sex and Life in an Open Marriage

“It’s important to take some time to get back to being who you were before you got married,” she said. “Reconnect with friends. Dive back into the hobbies and pastimes you enjoyed. Do you. Not ‘couple you’ or ‘married you.’ Just you. In the process, you may be surprised at how much you’re reminded of why you fell in love with each other in the first place.” 

2. Talk to your spouse in public the same way you did on your first date.

If you love your partner, be respectful of them in public, said Deb Besinger, a life and relationship coach based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Quite simply, don’t become the loudmouth couple at dinner who has no problem berating each other between bites of salmon. (Really, no one wants to be that couple.)

“Never name call or dishonor your spouse in public,” Besinger cautioned. “This seems like a no-brainer but it’s harder to do when you’re annoyed with your spouse than you realize.” 

3. Don’t expect your spouse to fulfill your every need. 

These days, we depend on our spouses to fulfill and satisfy us in every way — and that expectation is terrible for marriages, said Greg Cason, a Los Angeles-based psychologist.

“Marriages today are folding under the weight of our own expectations: Why do we expect our spouses to be our best friend, dinner companion, dance partner, sexual playmate, money-earner, maid, cook, fix-it person, confidant, caretaker, soul mate, biggest fan, stalwart supporter, chauffeur, dog-walker and bestie, among other things?”

If you’re struggling to cut your partner some slack, Cason suggests reciting this Marriage Serenity Prayer: “Grant me the serenity to appreciate what my spouse does provide, the courage to accept the things my spouse does not provide and the wisdom to get those needs met elsewhere.”

4. Find your own definition of monogamy.

Today, many couples are exploring versions of monogamy tailored to their own needs. While an open marriage isn’t for everyone, there are happily married people who’ve pursued flings and relationships outside their marriages with their spouse’s permission, said Susan Pease Gadoua, a marriage therapist and the co-author of The New I Do, Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebel.

“When couples fall out of love or lust, they think the only ‘right’ option is to end it,” she said. “But some partners become monogamish (a term coined by Dan Savage): they give each other permission to go outside the marriage in order to get their sexual needs met.” 

5. Stop holding your spouse to an impossible standard. 

Your spouse is a flawed, imperfect person who acts out when they’re hangry and will disappoint you time and time again. The same holds true for you. Don’t set yourself up for failure by expecting each other to be soulmates who rarely fight and read each other’s minds, Block said. 

“Marriage is not about perfection: It’s not about finding someone who completes you and makes you feel like a princess,” she said. “Marriage is about being perfectly imperfect for and with one another. It’s about loving each other and the life you have built together because of all the delightful imperfections, not in spite of them.” 

6. Take a vacation from your marriage.

It’s not going to kill you to spend a weekend — or a few weeks — away from your spouse. In fact, it could benefit your marriage, especially if you’re experiencing a rough patch, Cason said. 

“Sometimes what you really need is a break,” he said. “Some couples schedule one weekend a year to take a real break from each other. Others, a week or so. If things are very bad, consider living separately for a few months. Work with a therapist to set up rules including how much contact to have with each other and what you’re going to tell your mothers when they ask about it.”

7. Recognize that you’re not immune to infidelity. 

Anyone is susceptible to cheating. If you’re in it for the long haul, it’s almost inevitable that one or both of you may struggle to stay faithful, whether it’s the temptation of an emotional affair or something more physical, Besinger said. 

“While no one wakes up one morning and decides, ‘this is the day I’m going to cheat on my spouse,’ the perfect storm of circumstances, emotions and opportunity can cause an affair to happen for just about anyone.” 

To stave off infidelity as much as possible, try having an open, honest discussion about it: What’s missing from your relationship that might potentially cause you to cheat? How would you handle the fallout of an affair? 

“Talk about it and become very intentional about preventing the opportunity,” she said. “Be honest with each other: if something unavoidable came up, how would we handle it and if we stayed together, what would our future look like?”

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A Call for Latino Votes Over Violence

Young Latinos in Costa Mesa, California, wanted to be heard last night. They gathered at the OC Fair and Event Center as a political rally took place inside, but the protest escalated and got out of control. In the end, some 20 young people were arrested as fights erupted and property was damaged. I want these young Latino and Latina protesters to know: we hear you and we see you. But I submit to them and all frustrated Hispanics across the country that there is a better way.

Our community has heard candidates spew hatred against Latinos, yet rise in the polls. We have heard the most offensive comments toward women and other minority communities, and these candidates still win their elections. The struggle of the protesters in Costa Mesa was to be heard and to prevent these offensive messages from entering their community. I believe we should all take offense to the hateful rhetoric that is dominating our political conversation. And we should all take action to ensure that the highest office in the country, if not the world, stays out of the hands of someone who does not represent the best interests of all Americans.

Make no mistake, violence should not be condoned. Peaceful protests will always have a valid place in our society, but violence is not acceptable. What we do have to acknowledge, however, is that the Hispanic community in the United States is reaching a critical level where we feel at best invisible and at worst hated. This is not about a revolution. We do not have to lower ourselves to crime in order to be heard.

There are approximately 54 million Hispanics in the United States. 44% of Hispanic eligible voters are Millenials. Every 30 seconds, a Latino U.S. citizen turns 18. Yet, only 50% of Hispanic Millenials were registered to vote in 2012. Rather than protesting in the streets, we need to register to vote. And spend our energy making sure our family, friends and neighbors are registered to vote. We need to work smarter and harder at exercising our rights as citizens. We need to make sure that they all know what is at stake and why it is important to cast a vote. We need concerted efforts to get everyone to their polling places on election day.

That is how we make our voice heard. In one collective pull of the proverbial voting lever, we can speak in a clear, unified voice and let those who aspire to serve our country know that we do not tolerate hatred or fearmongering or sexism or racism. Know your power. Choose voting over violence.

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