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July 29th, 2013
11:09 PM ET

Amanda Berry steps out on public stage at Nelly concert

Over the weekend,  27 year-old Amanda Berry - who was held captive in Cleveland for a decade - stepped out into the public spotlight as she joined rapper Nelly on stage during a concert.

"I know your strong after everything you've been through. Shoutout to Amanda Berry for fighting like that. Want to make sure we get that in. That's how you tell the pulse of the city by the people that live there. Appreciate it," Nelly said.

Berry appeared with a friend and while she didn't speak, she smiled and danced as Nelly performed at the annual Roverfest.

Outfront: Nelly, in his first interview since the concert. He has a new album called "Mo," which is coming out in September.

July 29th, 2013
09:36 PM ET

Pope Francis on gays: "Who am I to judge?"

Pope Francis may have opened the door to accepting gay priests during a news conference Monday after telling reporters he won't judge priests based on their sexual orientation.

Pope Francis on gays: `Who am I to judge?'

"If a person is gay and accepts the lord, and has good will, who am I to judge them?" Francis said.

The Pope also said that if a priest has committed a sin, "the Lord forgives and when the lord forgives, the lord forgets, and this is very important for our lives," which of course still leaves being gay as wrong in the eyes of the church.

So is this really a change?

The comments don't reflect an official change in church policy which opposes homosexuality, but is it a significant shift in tone towards accepting gay priests?

Outfront: Father Gary Meier is an openly gay priest in St. Louis, Brian Finnerty is U.S. Communications Director, OPUS DEI and John Avlon is a CNN political contributor.


Filed under: News • Pope Francis • Religion
July 29th, 2013
09:25 PM ET

NPR host tweets mother's dying moments

Over the past few days NPR host, Scott Simon, has been tweeting from his mother's bedside at Chicago hospital where she is dying.

A son tweets his goodbyes

The tweets to his 1.2 million followers are both heartwarming and sad.

For instance:

No doubt an emotional and very public farewell. But when is something too private to share?

OutFront: Former practicing attorney Dean Obeidallah, Radio Show Host Stephanie Miller and CNN Contributor Reihan Salam.

 


Filed under: Social Media
July 29th, 2013
09:03 PM ET

Source: Clintons livid with Weiner personally

President Barack Obama had lunch Monday with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

A White House spokesman said friendship was the only thing on the agenda.

Erin Burnett highlights the timing and says "we have to wonder whether the two caught up on the scandal that's engulfed the woman Clinton has called a 'second daughter.'

Clinton's long-time aide Huma Abedin, wife of New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner. A source close to Bill and Hillary Clinton tells CNN's Jessica Yellin that the couple is "livid" with Weiner but strictly on a personal front.

The Clintons, we're told, are angry only at how Weiner treated Abedin. They aren't angry at all about how Weiner's sexting scandal could impact Clinton's potential 2016 presidential bid, as some have claimed.

OutFront: Democratic Strategist Kiki McLean and Tim Carney, senior political columnist for the Washington Examiner.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Politics
July 29th, 2013
08:27 PM ET

Woman refuses to testify against her wife citing spousal privilege

A hearing in a landmark case that we've been following here on OutFront - whether same-sex partners can refuse to testify against each other.

It's a right given to every married couple.

But in Kentucky, one woman is being forced to testify against her wife in an upcoming murder trial, because their marriage is not recognized by the state.

John Zarrella is OutFront with why this legal test could mean the difference between life and death row.


Filed under: Gay Marriage • Justice