With a local news interview and a heartfelt statement this morning, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski became the third GOP senator to back marriage equality. The announcement does not come as much of a surprise — in April, we predicted Murkowski would declare her support for gay marriage in "the next couple of months." She's always been an independent-minded Republican who frequently votes against the party line, and she'd even already revealed that she was "evolving" on the issue, which typically means a switch is imminent.
America's know-it-all dad Sean Hannity sat down with Playboy for one of the least sexy interviews of all time, revealing himself to be a basic white man. Asked about his pop-culture knowledge, Hannity broke with the Republican Party (and especially Newt) by declaring that he doesn't like Downtown Abbey. "I'm not oblivious to the world, but I'm not a big Downton fan," he said when asked to tell the difference between a BBC soap opera and a swimsuit model. "Kate Upton? I prefer Megan Fox. She's obviously very attractive. Angelina Jolie is very attractive. Scarlett Johansson is very attractive. But what do I know? I'm just a 51-year-old fat guy."
But, more important, has he ever smoked weed?
One of the downsides of working in a different city than most of my colleagues is that I am regularly tortured by e-mail notices of delicious treats being made available in the kitchen, 200 miles away from me. The upside is that I can avoid the horrible choice that often arises when such treats are made available in the morning.
Eight people were injured this morning when a car hopped the curb in the East Village, destroying a grocer's flower stand, sending a fire hydrant flying, and mangling a Citi Bike. "It was a scene out of a movie," a witness told Bedford + Bowery, which has more photos of the wreckage.
Two years ago, the New York State Department of Financial Services didn't exist. Today, it's becoming Wall Street's most feared enemy.
The tiny, state-run agency, which was created in late 2011, isn't supposed to be any more powerful than any other Wall Street regulator. It doesn't have the resources of the Securities and Exchange Commission or the prosecutorial power of the Justice Department. But Benjamin Lawsky, a tough-talking former terrorism prosecutor who became the agency's first head, has turned the New York DFS into a fraud-fighting machine, one that doles out real punishment to the firms it goes after.
This morning, a day after Rolling Stone quoted her partially blaming the Steubenville rape victim for being raped — "she shouldn't have put herself in that position" — Serena Williams released a statement this morning clarifying her thoughts. Some may refer to this as an apology, but it's not:
Rick Perry, who has made a political trademark of splashy campaigns to lure businesses from other states, now sets his sights on New York City. He’s spending five days in New York and Connecticut, where “he has courted, among others, gun manufacturers facing stricter laws in the wake of the Newtown shootings.” In a campaign-style ad, he portrays the town that many of us have thought of as a fairly vibrant place as a dystopian Big Government hellscape:
New Jersey Nazi Heath Campbell, who has lost custody of his four children (named Adolf Hitler, Aryan Nation, Honzlynn, and Hons Heinrich), is expecting another, just to spite us. "If it's a girl, it's gonna be Eva Braun," said his fiancée, who has also lost custody of her young child with a different man. "If it's a boy … I'm thinking Rommel." Child Protective Services probably appreciates the notice, at least.
The fans of the Miami Heat, despite being blessed with one of the NBA's top teams and the world's best player, have a reputation for being awful. They arrive after the games begin, and they leave before they end. They do this even during close, exciting playoff games. During Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals three weeks ago, an Indiana Pacers radio broadcaster summed up pretty much everyone's opinion of Heat fans:
"These losers are leaving," he said, disgusted. "They are flocking to the exits with their team down by three. This city does not only not deserve this team, they don't deserve any team.”
Last night, Heat fans did it again.
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- 2. The 10 Ways That Men Text Women
- 3. Did Kimye Name Their Baby Kaidence Donda West?
- 4. Man of Steel City Damage Professionally Estimated
- 5. Trent Franks’s Abortion Bill Passes the House, With One Last Gaffe
- 6. The Story Behind the Brazil Protest’s Shocking Pepper-Spray Photo [Updated]
- 7. Serena Williams Thinks Steubenville Rape Victim ‘Shouldn’t Have Put Herself in That Position’ [Update]
- 8. Journalist Michael Hastings, Who Profiled Stanley McChrystal, Has Died
- 9. Fucking on the First Date? How It Worked Out for 8 Women