"Today Show" host Megyn Kelly questioned whether white people dressing in blackface was offensive, asking "what is racist" about the costume and claiming, "back when I was a kid that was OK as long as you were dressing up as a character," during a discussion about inappropriate and offensive Halloween costumes.

Why it matters: Blackface is often offensive because it has been used to perpetuate caricatures and offensive stereotypes of black people for centuries. Later in the discussion Tuesday morning, Kelly discussed the Halloween costume of a character on "Real Housewives of New York" who dressed up as Diana Ross. Kelly explains, "she made her skin look darker than it really is and people said it was racist. And I don't know, I thought who doesn't love Diana Ross? She wanted to look like Diana Ross for one day."

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany clashed repeatedly with members of the media on Thursday over whether or not President Trump has forcefully condemned white supremacy, at one pointing accusing CNN's Kaitlan Collins of asking a "partisan attack question."

Why it matters: It was one of the most confrontational press conferences yet by a White House press secretary brought in for the express purpose of sparring with a Washington press corps that the president has attacked as "the enemy of the people."

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The Senate Commerce Committee has voted to authorize subpoenas compelling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai to testify before the panel.

Why it matters: The tech giants are yet again facing a potential grilling on Capitol Hill sometime before the end of the year, at a time when tech is being used as a punching bag from both the left and right.