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Ashley Austrew is a freelance writer who loves tacos, Target and screen time. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, The Stir, Mommyish and more.

7 Stories you don't want to miss this morning

It's time to start another week. Here are the trending news stories everyone will be talking about today:

1. He's leaving on a jet plane.

President Obama took a trip to Kenya over the weekend where he talked about taking pride in his Kenyan heritage and made an impassioned plea to Kenyans to end the oppression of women, specifically domestic violence, sexual assault and genital mutilation. The president also took the opportunity to crack a few jokes. "I suspect that some of my critics back home think I'm here to look for my birth certificate," he mused. Obama is not like a regular president; he's a cool president. - CNN

More: President Obama defines rape amid Bill Cosby scandal (VIDEO)

2. Heartbreaking.

Yesterday Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, passed away at age 22. She was found unresponsive in a bathtub almost six months ago and has basically been in the hospital ever since. Three years ago, Whitney Houston was also found unresponsive in a bathtub and was pronounced dead shortly after. It's the saddest coincidence in the world and our hearts go out to their friends and family today. - The New York Times

More: Bobbi Kristina's aunt is finally saying goodbye in an undeniable way

3. Sit down, Rick Perry.

In an interview on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry talked about the Louisiana movie theater shooting and offered some controversial opinions. He called gun-free zones a "bad idea" and said he believes everyone should be able to take their firearms to the movies. Most people would say that sounds like an accident waiting to happen, so the gun control debate rages on.  - CNN

4. Shocking.

Thirty-five of Bill Cosby's rape accusers appear on the cover of New York Magazine this week in a startling photograph that demonstrates the scope and breadth of his alleged crimes. Cosby denies the allegations and has never been formally charged, but three weeks ago a 2005 court deposition surfaced in which the comedian admits his intentions to give Quaaludes to women he wants have sex with. - Washington Post

More: How Bill Cosby and rape culture are about to end my 8-year relationship

5. Taking it off for a good cause.

Over the weekend a group of Marines marched in nothing but their "silkies" (very short shorts) to raise awareness about the high rates of suicide in the military. The men wore 22 kilograms — about 50 pounds — of gear strapped to their backs and marched for 22 kilometers, or about 13.5 miles. The emphasis on the number 22 comes from the startling statistic that 22 service members commit suicide every day. Numbers like that are nothing less than a crisis. - TIME

6. Train, win, repeat.

Yesterday British cyclist Chris Froome won the Tour de France for a second time. Froome made it look easy, but there were some tense moments during the race. The cyclist had to stop inside the last six miles to remove a paper bag that was caught in his spokes and could've caused him to crash. He also claims he had urine thrown on him during stage 14 of the competition. Despite the setbacks, Froome still managed to make history as the only Brit ever to take home the trophy twice. - BBC

More: Beginner's guide to the Tour de France

7. Twitter

Twitter is cracking down on joke theft by deleting stolen tweets. Many have said copying tweets is tantamount to copyright infringement and apparently the social media platform agrees. If you want to tell a bad joke, you're going to have to come up with it all by yourself just like the rest of us. - The Verge

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