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    Throwing 'shade' at Trump: Former White House photographer Pete Souza says president doesn't have an 'ounce of empathy or compassion'

    In advance of the U.S. presidential election in November, a new film The Way I See It spotlights former White House chief photographer Pete Souza as he reflects on both the Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan presidencies, and how they differ from Donald Trump.At the core of the film directed by Dawn Porter, which was part of the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), is how respect for the office of the president and empathy for the people of America is critically important for anyone in that role. The message comes across by looking back at some of the most impactful and interesting photographs taken throughout Souza’s career at the White House.“I want people to think about what kind of person, what kind of human being do we want in the office of the presidency,” Souza told Yahoo Canada. “Do we want somebody who’s confident, respectful, dignified, ethical, moral or do we want somebody who’s a liar, who bullies people, who thinks the presidency is about him.”“Those are the two choices between the current president and Joe Biden, because Joe Biden has those same leadership qualities and human qualities as Barack Obama and Donald Trump has none of them.”Throwing ‘shade’ at TrumpSouza, who has photographed arguably the most notable Democratic and Republican presidents in U.S. history (although he had significantly more access to Obama), never sought out being featured in a documentary. He got the attention of Laura Dern and her production company’s team, who ended up attending one of Souza’s book talks and eventually convincing him to participate.The legendary photographer mostly kept his political opinions to himself but when Trump became U.S. president, he had to speak up and call out the behaviour and rhetoric he disagreed with. Souza started getting attention on social media when he began making using his images of Obama to compare the two presidents on Instagram, eventually collecting them into a book call “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.”While the “shade” is addressed throughout the film, it also shows that stark contrast between the photographs taken of Trump versus Obama. Authentic, emotional and humanizing moments that were able to be captured by Souza seemingly do not exist of President Trump.“I don’t know that they exist,” Souza said. “The one time we saw him supposedly consoling families was after those two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, and they virtually showed all the video footage behind the scenes, that was all about him wanting to be treated like a rock star, he didn’t really console anybody.”“He just doesn’t have an ounce of empathy or compassion inside of him, that’s not who he is, everything’s about himself, it’s not about other people. I don’t know that those images exist because that’s not the kind of human being he is.”The importance of the still image for historyIf anyone was at all doubting the power of a still image, The Way I See It showcases the undeniable way Souza’s images, of both joyous and upsetting moments, can instantly impact your emotions.Some of the many notable images of Obama include the former U.S. president and officials in the situation room during the Bin Laden raid, five-year-old Jacob Philadelphia touching Obama’s hair in the Oval Office, and several touching images of Obama with his daughters and wife, Michelle. Souza released another book titled “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” a visual biography of the Obama presidency.“[The still image] can evoke emotion in a more visceral way than video,” Souza explains “Everybody brings their own background and prejudices when looking at a still image, but at the same time it is a universal language and I think people can relate to an image and know that it's authentic, as soon as they see it.”Not only are these images beautiful but they also shape history, capturing moments in time for future generations to see, be informed and learn from.Moving forward, if Biden becomes the next U.S. president after the November election, Souza does plan to call Biden and “remind him that the job of the official White House photographer is to document the presidency for history.”“In order to do that, he needs to give his photographer the kind of access that I had with President Obama,” Souza said. “The Biden administration can make a determination on whether those images are made public or not, but for history, he's got to make sure that his photographer has access, and I have no doubt that Biden will understand that.”

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    Sister of Woman Found After 12 Days in Zion National Park Says Sibling Was on a 'Journey of Fasting'

    "I really think she had a mental breakdown and was not in the right state of mind when she decided to take this journey and not tell people where she was going," Jaime Strong said of her sister Holly Courtier

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    UFC 254 weigh-in results: Khabib and Gaethje make championship weight; two fighters miss the mark

    The UFC's final event of its second Fight Island stint is set following the late-night (North American time) UFC 254 weigh-in from Abu Dhabi. UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was the first fighter to the scale, stripping down to hit 155 pounds on the nose. He'll look to unify his belt with that of interim titleholder Justin Gaethje, who also weighed 155 pounds. Khabib was initially slated to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 earlier this year, but the global coronavirus pandemic scuttled that fight. After Khabib was stuck in lockdown in Russia, Gaethje stepped in and defeated Ferguson for the interim belt at UFC 249 in May. The UFC 254 co-main event features former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker squaring off with rising contender Jared Cannonier, who is staring at a title shot against current champion Israel Adesanya with a win. Whittaker weighed in at 186 pounds for the fight, while Cannonier weighed 185 pounds. Two UFC 254 fighters miss weight Though Khabib and Gaethje made weight for their headlining bout, two other UFC 254 fighters missed the mark. Alex Oliveira weighed 173 pounds for his preliminary welterweight bout opposite Shavkat Rakhmonov, who weighed 171 pounds. Oliveira was 2 pounds over the limit for the non-title fight. Oliveira will forfeit a portion of his fight purse to keep the bout on the fight card. Joel Alvarez, who is slated to open the UFC 254 prelims, missed weight by 3.5 pounds. Alvarez weighed in early during the two-hour window. He will forfeit a portion of his fight purse in order to keep the fight with Alexander Yakovlev intact. Yakovlev weighed 155.5 pounds. Several UFC 254 alternate fighters make weight There were several alternate fighters that made weight ahead of Saturday's bouts. It was widely known that former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler was inked to be the back-up in case either Khabib or Gaethje couldn't make it to the cage, which now seems unlikely. Chandler stepped on the scale at 155 pounds. Sergey Morozov was initially slated to fight Umar Nurmagomedov at UFC 254, but Nurmagomedov was forced out of the fight with a staph infection. Morozov was on hand and made weight as a back-up for the 140-pound catchweight bout between Casey Kenney and Nathaniel Wood. Kenney and Wood both made weight. Whittaker teammate Isi Fitikefu also weighed in as an alternate at 203.5 pounds. According to MMA Fighting, one of Ion Cutelaba's cornermen tested positive for COVID-19, so Fitikefu weighed in as a back-up to the UFC 254 main card opener between Magomed Ankalaev and Cutelaba, who both made weight as well. NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 11 am ET / 8 am PT. TRENDING > Dana White: Khabib vs. Gaethje trending to be biggest UFC event ever UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje weigh-in results UFC 254 Main card (2 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV) Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) vs. Justin Gaethje (155)Michael Chandler (155) – UFC 254 main event back-up fighterRobert Whittaker (186) vs. Jared Cannonier (185)Alexander Volkov (265) vs. Walt Harris (254)Jacob Malkoun (186) vs. Phil Hawes (186)Lauren Murphy (126) vs. Liliya Shakirova (126)Magomed Ankalaev (205.5) vs. Ion Cutelaba (205.5)Isi Fitikefu (203.5) – light heavyweight back-up fighter UFC 254 Prelims (12 p.m. ET on ESPN+, ESPN2) Stefan Struve (265) vs. Tai Tuivasa (265)Nathaniel Wood (140) vs. Casey Kenney (140)Sergey Morozov (139.5) – catchweight bout back-up fighterAlex Oliveira (173)* vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (171)Da Un Jung (206) vs. Sam Alvey (206) UFC 254 Early Prelims (11 a.m. ET on ESPN+) Liana Jojua (126) vs. Miranda Maverick (126)Joel Alvarez (159.5)** vs. Alexander Yakovlev (155.5) *Oliveira missed weight by 2 pounds.** Alvarez missed weight by 3.5 pounds. Trending Video > Khabib Nurmagomeodv and Justin Gaethje weigh-in (Video courtesy of ESPN MMA)

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