Gal Gadot’s Unbelievable Style Evolution

Gal Gadot has cemented her status as our newest style crush, thanks largely in part to her decision to forego heels while doing press for the wildly successful ?Wonder Woman.?

Her all-flats-all-the-time habit might be new, but that keen sense of style, it turns out, is deeply rooted ? albeit a bit different than we know it today.

The former Miss Universe contestant had a handle on the corset-over-clothes trend way before Kim Kardashian, and while these days she appears to opt for glamorous gowns and tailored suiting, she has been pulling off the teeniest of tiny dresses with ease for years. 

Join us as we fangirl out over years of this superhero?s super style below. 

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Generational Gaps: Immigrant Parents And Their Children

I moved to the United States from India when I was 5 years old. My parents were older and more set in their ways due to their Indian upbringing. On the other hand, my childhood, teenage years, and now adult years have been a constant balancing act between my Indian and American identities. This is not to say I do not know who I am, but rather I have struggled with generational gaps. At times, these generational gaps in thought and actions can lead to heated discussions and misunderstandings.

Generational gaps exist between immigrant parents and their children in many forms. This is a byproduct of external forces of assimilation and culture change on both sides. Immigrant parents have been brought up in the motherland and entrenched with their native morals and values, while their children have learned the same morals and values in addition to the ones within their own society. This causes gaps to form as immigrant children start to mature and take on their own identities. Though this is true for all, the identities of immigrant children are shaped more by the balancing of two distinct cultures surrounding them.

A prime example of these differing generational viewpoints is my religious upbringing. Before entering college, I did not put too much thought into my faith. I was brought up in a Hindu household, and that was the religion I practiced. As I went through college, however, my personal viewpoints changed regarding my faith. I still do not know if I follow the doctrine of Hinduism or if I simply do not believe in anything more than a higher power, but explaining this to my family is quite the obstacle. My parents? faith in their religion has never wavered, however mine has as I have evolved and grown.

Unfortunately, my parents view this wavering and questioning as a personal attack. Their view is that their own son can no longer understand why people believe in religion. I think it?s okay for them to be angry, because their anger comes from a place of misunderstanding rather than malice. This anger and befuddlement is simply a lack of understanding of how religion is not always black and white, especially regarding simply buying into the idea of religion. By this, I mean, a slight wavering in your religion is seen as not believing in it at all, rather than simple exploration. This school of thought for immigrant parents comes from their upbringing in a culture where you either believed or did not believe in the religion with no space for exploration.

This type of generational discrepancy is difficult for my family to come to terms with. My parents cannot imagine not believing in Hinduism, as they?ve been entrenched in it since their birth since Hinduism was much more prominent throughout their daily lives in India than it is here in the United States. On the other hand, for me, religion is a conversation and exploration of my Indian identity, with some American crossover.

Religion does reveal a large generational gap for immigrant parents and their kids, however it is not the only generational gap. Another key example that has been present throughout my life is that immigrant parents tend to be harsh and judgmental when it comes to their children?s grades and success throughout their academic careers. Sometimes it is difficult to explain how grades tend to be skewed in college as professors often grade subjectively. Immigrant parents can have a tough time comprehending how a professor can subjectively score a paper, even if the paper is sound objectively. However, for me and many other students, this is commonplace. For example, I wrote a paper for one of my international political theory classes discussing the connection between India and the Cold War. My paper contained all the facts and figures necessary to support my argument, but the professor did not think so. I ended up getting a grade lower than I thought I should?ve. Explaining this to my parents, on the other hand, was much more difficult and painstaking as they did not see how a professor could give a lower grade when all the material was present. Thus, this generational gap, though a small one, causes misunderstandings to occur frequently between immigrant parents and their children as they navigate their way through school.

Though immigrant parents and their children may not see eye to eye on all things, these generational gaps can serve as a significant learning experience for both sides. Simply put, generational gaps between immigrant parents and their children help to foster a deeper cultural understanding. For me, the generational gaps between my parents and me have helped me to retain more knowledge and appreciate for my Indian heritage, as I?m not constantly surrounded by it in the States. I cannot say for sure, but I do think if I grew up in India, I would not be as curious about my heritage as I am right now.

I am a proud immigrant and child of immigrant parents, but with most of my life shaped by two distinct cultures, I am at a crossroads in my own life as I start to fully form my identity. These generational differences serve to remind me that an immigrant family carries various faces within their households and communities. Without the lessons from the intersecting cultures that I experience every day, I would not have the audacity to stand up for my beliefs in a community that is diverse in race, thought, income, age and much more.

Some generational gaps can be closed as newer generations enter this world. These newer generations will be able to utilize the experiences of older generations to better understand how to balance their identities. However, it is important to remember that there will always be generational gaps, because thought and philosophies change as time continues to move forward. Without these generational gaps, there would be no space for growth within immigrant societies.

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Trump Sets Obstruction Of Justice Terms: It’s His Credibility Against Comey’s

WASHINGTON ? With a possible obstruction-of-justice probe on the line that could determine the future of his presidency, Donald Trump Friday set the terms: It will be his word against that of the FBI director he fired.

It?s a match-up Trump may come to regret.

James Comey is a 30-year career law enforcement officer and prosecutor with a reputation as straight shooter. Trump has been known for decades for unhesitatingly dispensing falsehoods ? a habit that has not diminished with his taking of the Oval Office.

?It?s difficult to look at Comey and besmirch his reputation,? said Rick Tyler, a Republican consultant who worked for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during the 2016 GOP primaries. ?I don?t think Trump would recognize the truth if he stumbled across it.?

Comey on Thursday testified under oath that Trump had asked him for his personal loyalty and pressured him into dropping an investigation into Trump?s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, over his undisclosed discussions with Russian officials.

Comey had already been conducting an investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence agencies, which the U.S. intelligence community concluded worked to help Trump win the presidency.

Over the course of two-and-a-half hours before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey matter-of-factly called the president a liar. Asked why he took such detailed notes about his meetings with Trump, when he hadn?t done so after meetings with former presidents George W. Bush or Barack Obama, Comey answered that it was ?the nature of the person.?

?I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document,? Comey testified.

On Friday, during a warm afternoon in the White House Rose Garden, Trump followed up on a earlier statement on Twitter and claimed it was Comey who was lying.

?I didn?t say that,? Trump said about asking Comey to drop the Flynn probe at a private White House meeting ? as visiting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis stood a few feet away at their joint news conference.

?I hardly know the man. I?m not going to say, ?I want you to pledge allegiance,?? Trump said about asking Comey for his loyalty. ?Who would do that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? I mean ? think of it, I hardly know the man. It doesn?t make sense. No, I didn?t say that and I didn?t say the other.?

Trump went on to say that he would provide those answers under oath: ?One hundred percent.?

Whether he ever gives a full statement to special counsel Robert Mueller is unclear. Trump frequently promises things but then reneges ? he promised, for example, to release his tax returns if he ran for president, which he has subsequently refused to do. 

In any event, the veracity of any such statements is also unclear. Trump has been known for decades for his willingness to say false things to advance his interests, including in legal depositions taken under oath. In the 1990s, he was even known for calling reporters and pretending to be non-existent Trump Organization subordinates to plant favorable stories about himself.

He called People Magazine once posing as ?John Barron? to claim that his employer ? that is, Trump himself ? was dating Italian model Carla Bruni. (Bruni denied she?d had anything to do with Trump and called him a ?lunatic.?)

His readiness to deliver falsehoods to his audiences and journalists frustrated his primary campaign rivals, who saw GOP voters seem to accept Trump at his word, regardless of evidence to the contrary.

One of Trump?s last opponents to drop out was Ted Cruz, who on the morning of the pivotal Indiana primary let loose a three-minute tirade about Trump?s lack of honesty.

?This man is a pathological liar. He doesn?t know the difference between truth and lies,? Cruz told reporters. ?He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth. And he had a pattern that I think is straight out of a psychology textbook. His response is to accuse everybody else of lying?. I say pathological because I actually think Donald?if you hooked him up to a lie-detector pass, he could say one thing in the morning, one thing at noon, and one thing in the evening, all contradictory, and he?d pass the lie-detector test each time. Whatever lie he?s telling, at that minute he believes it, but the man is utterly amoral.?

Trump won the Indiana primary, the GOP nomination and then, against improbable odds, the presidency with the assistance of Russian intelligence agencies working to sabotage his Democratic rival, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

The false statements, though, have continued, right from his first full day on the job when he told CIA employees that some 1.5 million people had attended his inauguration, when the actual number had been a fraction of that.

The fact-checking site PolitiFact showed Trump with the highest rate of false statements of any candidate in the 2016 campaign. As of Friday, of the 410 Trump statements PolitiFact has analyzed since he entered the race in 2015 through this week, a full 69 percent are rated ?mostly false,? ?false,? or ?pants on fire.?

Trump?s long and troubled history with the truth may overwhelm whatever advantage the imprimatur of the White House might otherwise afford. Polling shows that a majority of Americans find Trump dishonest ? an impression that his staff is unlikely to be able to counter.

Thursday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, asked about Comey?s testimony calling Trump a liar, responded: ?I can definitively say the president is not a liar. I think it is frankly insulting that question would be asked.?

That kind of answer, said Tyler, was not helpful, given Trump?s long and storied record of untruths through the years. All she had to do was answer that she wasn?t going to dignify that sort of question and to move on, rather than defend Trump so combatively and damage her own credibility.

?It?s the most fundamental mistake you can make in communications,? Tyler said. ?And she went and did it.?

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