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Big Lies

Former President Barack Obama called President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal “an abdication of leadership.” He’s not wrong, but let’s be real, that would have to imply that 45 demonstrated any type of leadership in the first place. “The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created,” Obama said. “I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack.” But in true Obama fashion, he wrapped up his points by putting the power where it truly belongs: the people. He pointed out that even if Trump’s actions could potentially put the planet and our economy in danger, it’s up to U.S. businesses to implement actions that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their own.

You can read his full statement below.

Big News

Big Sean is giving back in a very impactful way. The Sean Anderson Foundation has donated $15,000 to benefit Wayne State University’s HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program to “provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.”

“It’s such a pleasure to support a program that has an immediate impact on students facing hardship,” said Myra Anderson, Sean’s mother and president of the foundation. Major props to Sean for working alongside his mama and making her proud.

Big Facts

Shout out to brown girl brilliance! Ananya Vinay showed up and showed out at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night and won first place. The 12-year-old from Fresno, Calif.’s winning word was “marocain,” a dress fabric that is made of ribbed silk or rayon and filling of other yarns. She’ll be taking home a nice fat $40,000 grand prize — with tons of bragging rights, too.

Watch the baby genius spell the winning word down below.

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