Trump Invites Philippine President to White House, Correspondents’ Dinner, and More

President Donald Trump had a “very friendly” chat with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the phone over the weekend.

He then invited Duterte to visit the White House. 

Duterte has a toxic reputation. Since taking office last year, Duterte’s presidency has been marked by his war against the country’s drug offenders, with him giving law enforcement free license to kill any suspected offenders. As of April, police had killed 2,500 people, and vigilantes had killed 3,600.

His invitation is giving some in the White House, as well as human rights advocates, pause. Read the story from The Atlantic

White House Correspondents’ Dinner

This weekend was the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual event that supports the White House Correspondents’ Association and press freedom. But there was one thing missing: the president. Read the story from The AP

Chechnya’s Persecuted LGBTQ Population

Reports surfaced last month that there’s a systemic effort by the government of Chechnya to abuse and imprison the country’s gay men. And now human rights groups are stepping in. Read the story from Mic.