There was no way Tina Fey was getting out of hosting the season finale of Saturday Night Live without reviving her devastating Sarah Palin impression, but no one could have predicted a Trump-themed version of ‘What I Did for Love,‘ from A Chorus Line. Palin has mostly exited the national stage since her 2008 vice presidential run, so much so that she gave the audience a refresher: ‘I was the first female on a Republican presiden
The end of the world did not commence on this day in 2011, defying the apocalyptic expectations of Harold Camping, a Christian radio broadcaster who claimed to have discerned a biblical formula proving that a Rapture-like event would occur on May 21. You may use the comment thread on this page to wonder at the persistence of humanity, or to pursue other points of off-topic, freewheeling discourse.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School show choir joined Shawn Mendes and Khalid on stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night for a performance of ‘Youth.‘ That‘s the school where the Parkland shooting happened just over three months ago, and that‘s the song where the chorus repeatedly asserts that ‘you can‘t take my youth away,‘ so it was a defiant and energizing performance
After Golden State‘s blowout loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, questions began to bubble up about Steph Curry. Namely, was the two-time MVP feeling the effects of the MCL strain he‘d suffered in March, an injury that caused him to miss six weeks of playing time? Curry went seven-for-19 from the field and scored just 16 points during that contest, and head coach Steve Kerr was asked afterwards abou
On Sunday, the New York Times reported that a second Donald Trump Jr. Trump Tower meeting has caught the attention of Robert Mueller‘s investigators. This one, which took place in August of 2016, also had several participants: Erik Prince, the onetime Blackwater head and a confidante of Trump world; George Nader, an ‘emissary‘ for the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates; and Joel Zamel, an Israeli who clai
In their very first year of existence, the Vegas Golden Knights are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. They beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday in the Western Conference Finals to continue this most unexpected run. The greatest expansion team in the history of American sports has made playoff success look easy, and the Knights have lost only three times total throughout the postseason. That‘s a crying shame, because the truncated series have
The world‘s two biggest economies are standing down. For now. The United States is officially dropping its headline-grabbing threats of imposing huge tariffs on Chinese products as it focuses on the ongoing negotiations regarding how to best close the trade deficit with China. ‘We‘re putting the trade war on hold,‘ Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Fox News Sunday.
We think of milkshake ducks-people who are enthusiastically embraced by the public and media only to have their horrible past revealed-as a relatively new phenomenon, fueled by a fast news cycle and social media. It‘s not. In 1895, a man named Gustaf Broman made national news for announcing a brave and foolhardy scheme: he would sail across the Atlantic in a 13-foot-long sailboat crafted from a cedar log, which he christened the Gustaf Adol
The 17-year-old who opened fire at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas and killed eight studnets and two teachers had allegedly been publicly embarrassed by one of his victims after months of making aggressive advances, her mother said. Shana Fisher ‘had 4 months of problems from this boy,‘ her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, told the Los Angeles Times. ‘He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no.‘ Dimitrios Pagou
House Speaker Paul Ryan lost on Friday. He lost a high-profile vote on one of his ‘legacy‘ projects, the latest farm bill, which would have imposed additional work requirements on food stamp recipients. The decision to pursue those ‘welfare‘ cuts had lost him all Democratic and many moderate Republican votes from the outset. His lost authority on the issue of immigration, meanwhile, had led many of those same moderates-and
Incoming NRA President Oliver North proved that he‘s going to be no different than his predecessor when it comes to responding to mass shootings. The real reason why there‘s a string of school shootings in the United States, he said, had nothing to do with access to firearms but rather on movies and access to psychiatric drugs. ‘The problem we‘re trying like the dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease. An
President Donald Trump is having a busy, rage-filled Sunday. Mere hours after he sent a six-part tweetstorm that blasted everything from the New York Times to the Mueller probe, to Hillary Clinton‘s emails, the commander in chief was back at it again a few hours later.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has been calling for action over the string of mass shootings in the United States. But when that shooting happened at a high school close to his city on Friday, Acevedo said he‘s had enough and wrote a Facebook post that quickly went viral because it seems to express the frustration many people feel at the lack of action from political leaders every time there is a new mass shooting.
Turns out Donald Trump Jr. may have been willing to accept foreign help from other countries other than Russia in his quest to get his father elected president. Three months before the 2016 election, Trump Jr. met with George Nader, an emissary for the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the New York Times reveals. Erik Prince, the founder of the private military contractor formerly known as Blackwater, and an Israeli soci
President Donald Trump had taken a little break from his tradition of unhinged Sunday morning Twitter rants. But he was back with a vengeance this week, ready to spew out all the pent up frustration and served up a whopping six angry tweets that started out slamming the New York Times, went on to criticize Robert Mueller‘s probe, worry about the midterms, all to end with the cherry on the unhinged sundae: talk of Hillary Clinton‘s ema
After two feckless performances in Boston, the Cleveland Cavaliers returned to their home court on Saturday and blew out the Celtics, 116-86. Unlike in games one and two of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs seemed to be generally aware of the concept of defense and its importance, and they didn‘t trail once during the contest.
Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan thinks it‘s time to stop proposing halfway measures when it comes to gun control. School shooting have become such an epidemic that it is ‘tragically necessary‘ for parents to pull their children out of schools until the underlying situation changes. Duncan expressed that idea through a tweet that referred to an earlier message by Peter Cunningham, a former education department employee who
Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant are all female. The topic has been much discussed and researched in recent years, with data offering as one explanation for the phenomenon that both men and women prefer the sound of female voices. ‘They‘re warmer and more relatable, and make people receptive to voice-activated technology,‘ Fast Company explained in March.
Giving Nicki Minaj a verse on your song is a big risk: She‘ll be great, but she might upstage you, and before you know it, you could have a ‘Monster‘ situation on your hands and have to spend the rest of your career on empty provocations. But if you‘re a member of a fictional girl group formed for the express and limited purpose of recording a single song for a Saturday Night Live sketch, inviting Minaj is all upside. So t
Saturday Night Live has taken some criticism this season for its celebrity-cameo-heavy cold opens, which peaked earlier this month when the show united Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Fallon, Scarlett Johansson, Martin Short, Ben Stiller, and Stormy Daniels for a not-very-funny game of telephone. For this week‘s season finale, SNL limited itself to Baldwin, Stiller, and Robert De Niro in the cold open-a 50% reduction in celebrities!-but responded to cr
The 71st Cannes Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday with a closing ceremony that not only featured blunt talk from Asia Argento but also the festival‘s usual awards, Variety reports. Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda took home the Palme d‘Or, the highest honor at Cannes, for Shoplifters, a drama about a family whose larcenous secret causes a crisis. Spike Lee won the Grand Prix for BlacKkKlansman, a true story about a black police
Ben Martella and Alec Jansen had no reason to believe their ride from Butler University in Indianapolis was going to be anything out of the ordinary earlier this month. But about a mile into the ride, the Lyft driver ordered the pair to get out of the car at a red light. Why? They had dared to share a brief kiss in the back seat of the car, the couple told the Indianapolis Star.
First Lady Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday after undergoing a surgical procedure that her office said was to treat a benign kidney condition. In a statement, the White House said that ‘The First Lady returned home to the White House this morning. She is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits.‘
No more sneaking around. It‘s now official Starbucks policy that anyone can sit in their cafs and use their bathrooms without having to actually purchase anything. Store managers and baristas have long complained that the company‘s policy on the issue was vague at best, but now there should be no confusion on the issue.