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Here's a brief summary of what happened on Monday night's episode of The Bachelor: Nick Viall went to the hometowns and met the families of his four remaining girlfriends. Raven Gates was charmingly southern. Vanessa Grimaldi remained as much a frontrunner as she's been all season. Rachel Lindsay charmed us despite her inevitable fate in this competition. Nick asked the women's parents for permission to marry their daughters. Andi Dorfman, of all people, showed up at Nick's door ahead of the rose ceremony.
And yes, this means the show once again pushed off the elimination for another week. We won't get to see the next eliminee — almost certainly Corinne Olympios, disaster queen of the season — sent home.
Put aside for a moment the absurdity that Corinne has come so far, or that Rachel will be obviously eliminated next week (else drain all suspense from the season). Read More
On Monday, publisher Simon & Schuster canceled right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos's upcoming book Dangerous, which was due to be published in June. Read More
Today President Donald Trump announced the appointment of Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to serve as his national security adviser. McMaster will be the first active-duty military officer to serve as NSA since Colin Powell served under President Ronald Reagan in the late 1980s.
"He is highly respected by everyone in the military and we're very honored to have him," Trump told reporters in Mar-a-Lago, his Florida gold resort, where he appeared alongside McMaster to make the announcement.
McMaster, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is known among military buffs as an officer intellectual — he boasts a weighty list of recommended reads on American foreign policy and military history.
His 1997 book, Dereliction of Duty, "critiqued the Joint Chiefs for not standing up to President Lyndon B. Read More
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On Monday, President Donald Trump stuck to his claim that Sweden is riddled by crimes committed by immigrants, blaming the "FAKE NEWS media" for saying immigration in the Scandinavian country "is working out just beautifully."
Trump defended his suggestion that there was a terror attack Saturday night in Sweden" by citing a Fox News report on crimes by immigrants in the Scandinavian country.
It turns out that Fox News segment may have been closer to "fake news" than anything from the U.S. Read More
Two men shot in January near the Mexico border in Texas were wounded by "friendly fire" from their hunting parties — not undocumented Mexican immigrants, as one of the men had claimed, according to police.
Walker Daugherty and Michael Bryant — both of whom are guides with Redwing Outfitters, which promises "a Christian atmosphere, fun hardworking professional guides and a ton of enthusiasm" — were indicted on charges of using deadly conduct by by discharging firearms in the direction of others, San Antonio's KTSA reported.
On Jan. 6, Dougherty, 26, of New Mexico, is believed to have shot Edwin Roberts, a 59-year-old Florida chiropractor who was hunting at a ranch in the border town of Candelaria, Texas. Daugherty, who was also hunting at the ranch, was apparently shot and wounded by Bryant, a member of his hunting party. Read More
Vice President Mike Pence is having a shockingly good Presidents Day weekend when it comes to his record on HIV/AIDS. Read More
On Saturday, President Donald Trump sparked confusion around the world when he insinuated during a speech that something terrible had happened "last night in Sweden."
That horrible atrocity was not a terror attack but, it seems, a story on Fox News, which alleged the Scandinavian country had seen a spike in crimes committed by immigrants.
Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj
The president doubled down on his Sweden fearmongering on Monday, tweeting that reports of Sweden's immigration and crime being under control was another case of the "FAKE NEWS media" getting it wrong.
Sweden, however, is fighting back. Read More
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There are over 80 new Gen 2 Pokémon running around in Pokémon Go. That's a lot of fresh Pokémon to get to know if you aren't familiar with the main Pokémon games and all these new species. So if you're feeling overwhelmed by this update we don't blame you.
Thankfully, Silph Research group has updated its Global Pokédex (a tool for looking up Pokémon stats) with a section for Gen 2 Pokémon. That makes it easy to get to know all the adorable little monsters you're going to track down and catch, along with which ones will make the best gym battlers.
Pokémon Go Gen 2 Update: Global Pokédex expands to cover the Johto PokémonAll members of a Pokémon species share basic stats with one another. When we talk about individual values and how they provide small bonuses to Pokémon stats, the base stats are what the IVs modify. Read More
Evolution items are special items that some Pokémon require in order to evolve. They are a staple of the main Pokémon games but were utterly absent from Pokémon Go until the recent Gen 2 update.
That means Pokémon Go players who aren't fans of the Pokémon franchise as a whole might not know what evolution items are or how they work. We're here to help with a very simple trick for procuring these hard-to-find special items.
Pokémon Go special item drop rates are low, but there's a trickEvolution items in Pokémon Go are just another component needed to evolve a Pokémon. For some Gen 2 Pokémon it's not enough just to have enough candy on hand. You'll also need a specific item.
You acquire evolution items from PokéStops, just like most other items in Pokémon Go. That can be a tedious process, though. Read More
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has ordered an investigation into his company's practices following former engineer Susan J. Fowler's decision to post a sexual harassment-filled narrative of her year working for the company, which alleges to systemic mistreatment of its female employees.
In the lengthy post, Fowler detailed how a manager attempted to have sex with her. Read More
More than 100 workers across the country were terminated from their positions for taking place in the Feb. 16 "Day Without Immigrants" protest against President Donald Trump's immigration agenda and his plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, Slate reported.
Across the U.S., media reported a number of mass firings, as well as resignations in response to those firings. Encore Boat Builders LLC in Lexington, South Carolina, fired 21 workers, KHOU reported. Meanwhile, ABC 2 reported that in Nashville, Tennessee, Bradley Coatings, Inc. terminated 18 people for taking part in the protests.
Thirty more lost their jobs in Denver, Colorado, after JVS Masonry owner Jim Serowski fired them, though he said the employees who took the day off could re-apply for their positions. Read More
Given Bono's long record of activism and his contributions to the global fight against AIDS, one might think that the last thing he would do upon meeting Mike Pence would be to commend the vice president's work in helping to end the disease.
Yet when Bono met Pence at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, that's precisely what he did.
The singer applauded the vice president for his support of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, in 2003, when Pence was just a congressman pushing an anti-abortion agenda.
"Twice on the House floor you defended that," Bono told Pence, with apparent gratitude. Read More
A police officer threatened queer rapper Mykki Blanco with jail time for nothing more than boarding a flight, Blanco claimed this weekend.
According to Blanco, she was napping on board a flight from Toronto, Canada to Detroit, Michigan and awoke to find her co-passenger had called the police to ask why Delta Airlines allowed "someone like me" to sit beside her.
Blanco added the responding officer told her a report would be filed, despite her not actually doing anything criminal.
Later, Blanco tweeted "If the story I shared earlier involving my flight from Toronto to Detroit seems vague it's because it is."
Delta responded to Blanco on Twitter, writing "Hi Mykki, I honestly can't believe what my eyes are reading. I am so very sorry to hear that you had to experience something like this on a Delta flight. Discrimination of any kind isn't tolerated. Read More
After his first attempt at instituting a Muslim ban was met with more than 20 lawsuits, President Donald Trump will try again. According to the Wall Street Journal, the replacement executive order is intended to be court-proof in a way its predecessor wasn't — and could be ready by Tuesday.
The Wall Street Journal obtained a State Department memo on a draft of the revised order. Whereas the original, signed by Trump on Jan. 27, put a moratorium on travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim nations, the latest version would place a few qualifiers on the ban to make it more legally viable. Read More
Since 1800, the president of the United States has made his home in the White House. Though the building has remained the same, the decor has changed significantly.
From Thomas Jefferson, the home's second occupant, onwards, commanders-in-chief have had quite a bit of flexibility when it comes to how they choose to decorate their temporary home.
Congress appropriates money to renovate and maintain the White House, Slate notes, and while presidents have the freedom to renovate their living quarters as they choose, changes to public spaces or more historic rooms, such as the Lincoln bedroom, must be approved by the Committee of the Preservation of the White House. Read More
A senior National Security Council staffer has been fired over his criticism of President Donald Trump's administration.
According to the Associated Press, "current and former administration officials" said Western Hemisphere division chief Craig Deare was terminated following remarks he made Thursday at a private talk at the Wilson Center, a D.C.-based think tank. Read More
Retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward was supposed to be the guy to replace Michael Flynn as President Donald Trump's national security adviser. Then he declined the job and reportedly said the offer was a "shit sandwich," according to CNN's Jake Tapper. Harward was also supposed to appear on TV over the weekend to talk about his decision — but he backed out of that, too.
Harward was booked to appear on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. One hour before airtime Sunday, the show's Twitter account posted about the last-minute cancellation: "Vice Admiral Bob Harward committed to joining us on @ThisWeekABC, but an hour ago he said he was unable to appear. We hope to have him soon."
Following Flynn's resignation, the administration tapped Harward as his replacement. Read More
Though Presidents' Day is the time to recognize the achievements and tenures of those who've served as commander-in-chief, it's also important to celebrate the White House's other main occupant: the first lady.
First ladies, from Martha Washington to Melania Trump, are often best known for their social role, as they entertain White House guests and spearhead state events. But first ladies are often political figures in their own right, helping to shape policy and advocate for important issues.
Here are just a few of the accomplishments that first ladies throughout history have achieved.
Dolley MadisonThe wife of fourth president James Madison, Dolley Madison was an overwhelmingly popular public figure in her day. Madison is regarded as being responsible for shaping the first lady's position as it exists today. Read More
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus really hates when the media doesn't name its sources. He also wants you to know that all those stories with unnamed sources aren't true, because someone whose name he can't disclose told him so.
"The media is willing to run with unnamed sources — apparently false leaked documents — to create stories," Priebus said Sunday in an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation. "I think that the media should stop with this unnamed source stuff. Put names on a piece of paper, and print it. Read More
The GOP is bringing its fight against climate science to a new battleground: NASA. According to a report from E&E News, congressional Republicans have called for a "rebalancing" of the program's budget, which could allocate much of the roughly $2 billion that currently goes toward NASA's Earth Sciences Division to space missions.
"By rebalancing, I'd like for more funds to go into space exploration; we're not going to zero out earth sciences," Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said in hearing Thursday. Noting that some earth sciences initiatives, like weather satellites, "have been an immense help," Smith added:
... I'd like for us to remember what our priorities are, and there are another dozen agencies that study earth science and climate change, and they can continue to do that. Read More
MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — The Sunshine State became a microcosm of the national divide over President Donald Trump this weekend, with passionate protesters and fans facing off as the embattled commander-in-chief dropped in for a campaign rally.
Barely a month into his tenure, Trump took Air Force One to Florida's "Space Coast" for a stump speech that drew thousands of fans — some of whom later traded barbs with demonstrators who called the president a fascist and a Russian puppet.
Supporters filing out of the rally held at a hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport jeered "Get a job!" and catcalled that the demonstrators were paid to be there. Read More
To be very clear, Sweden does not seem to have experienced any broad-scale horrors on Friday night. As such, many people are wondering: When President Donald Trump asked the crowd at his Saturday rally to recall recent terror attacks in the Nordic country, what the hell was he talking about?
Railing against the alleged danger posed by refugees, Trump said:
Here's the bottom line: We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening — we've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?Trump, discussing terror, seamlessly mentions incident "last night in Sweden". There was NO "incident" in Sweden last night. https://t.co/XtcC4PRiNU
Sweden, for one, did not believe the president's allegation. The country's Twitter account clarified that "Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not been any terrorist attacks here. Read More
Arizona Sen. John McCain warned against President Donald Trump's criticism of the media in a recent interview with Meet the Press' Chuck Todd, saying dictators "get started by suppressing free press."
In a preview clip of the full interview, which will air on Sunday's Meet the Press, Todd read a recent tweet in which Trump claimed "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"
McCain's response, sure to strike a nerve, was "I hate the press. I hate you, especially. But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital."
"If you want to preserve — I'm very serious now — if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and, many times, adversarial press," McCain continued. "And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. Read More
President Donald Trump's first budgetary proposals would axe nine major programs from the federal government, targeting institutions that currently do everything from fighting drug addiction and providing legal aid to funding artistic grants and public broadcasting.
On the chopping block, according to the New York Times, are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which supports PBS and NPR), the Legal Services Corporation, Americorps, the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Export-Import Bank, among others.
Cumulatively, the cuts would save around $2.5 billion — a relatively small slice of the government's $4 trillion annual budget. Read More
Leaked audio obtained by Politico has shed some light on a recent incident at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, where the president and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe openly discussed a North Korean missile launch in front of fellow diners.
In the tape, recorded on Nov. 18 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., slightly more than a week after the election, Trump clearly felt at ease with the members of his club.
"So, this is my real group," Trump said in the tape. "These are the people that came here in the beginning, when nobody knew what this monster was gonna turn out to be, right?"
"We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators. Read More
Norma McCorvey, known most famously as Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff in the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States, died Saturday at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas, the Washington Post reported.
Joshua Prager, a journalist currently working on a book about the Supreme Court case, confirmed the death to the Post.
McCorvey won the legal right to an abortion by a 7-2 vote in the Supreme Court. The decision not only opened the doors for women to have an abortion in the first term of their pregnancy, but also allowed states to regulate the procedure in women's second and third trimesters. This decision saved women from unsafe procedures. Read More
Ellen DeGeneres may be doing more to help with student debt relief than the Department of Education.
On Friday's episode of The Ellen Show, DeGeneres read a letter from Muslim refugee Ekhlas Ahmed, who shared her story of coming to the U.S. unable to learn English and eventually learning the language by watching DeGeneres' daytime show and transcribing everything she said.
DeGeneres brought a tearful Ahmed, who is now a graduate student, activist and high school English teacher, onto the stage to speak with her after reading the letter Ahmed wrote to her.
Ekhlas AhmedSource: TheEllenShow/YouTube"I wanted to let you know how I felt. Read More
On Friday night, right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos stopped by Real Time with Bill Maher for a downright chummy talk in which the alt-right star and the television host discussed Yiannopoulos' harassment of Leslie Jones and free speech.
Maher opened the interview claiming Yiannopoulos was "colossally wrong on a number of things."
"But if I banned everyone from my show who I thought was colossally wrong, I would be talking to myself," Maher said. Yiannopoulos, who claims the mantle of free speech as cover for hateful rhetoric, expressed appreciation for Maher's words before launching into a riff on gay people. Yiannopoulos said he doesn't hire gay people because they don't show up on time because they're too involved in drugs and sex.
"I mean, not as bad as women, but no, I don't hire gays," Yiannopoulos said. Read More
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is receiving protection by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Washington Post reported Friday evening, after she was met by protesters at a public school in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Post reported that it's rare for an education secretary, who is toward the bottom of the order of presidential succession, to need protection from the Marshals Service, a federal law enforcement agency that transports federal prisoners, apprehends fugitives and protects members of the judiciary branch.
Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos was initially blocked by protesters as she tried to enter public middle school in D.C. Read More
Get ready to check back into the Bates Motel. The Psycho prequel series returns to A&E Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern for its fifth and final season — and things will never be the same. Norman is unraveling and the only person in town who knows what he's capable of is behind bars. If only there was a way to leave an online review for the quaint — but deadly — White Pine Bay motel.
Fortunately the Bates Motel is a fictional place where you can't spend your next holiday vacation. But in case you're curious about the set, here are some facts about the filming location.
Where is Bates Motel filmed?If you've ever been to Universal Studios in Hollywood then you may have seen the original Bates Motel and house that was used in Psycho. The A&E series does not film there, though. The motel and house were recreated in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read More
The third and final installment of Marvel's Wolverine origin series, Logan, directed by James Mangold, premiered Friday night at the Berlinale, or the Berlin International Film Festival. It's an anachronous headliner at a festival that also included the premieres of an unexpected sequel to Trainspotting and a 105-minute beachfront Stellan Skarsgard picture (Return to Montauk), but Logan holds its own, artistically, as the sort of superhero movie that feels uniquely suited to the international moment.
Logan opens on rock bottom for our hero — in Logan's case, sleeping in the back of the Chrysler limousine he's been driving for a ride-sharing company around El Paso. It's 2029, and the world looks largely the same, with a few significant advancements in the margins — self-driving tractor-trailers, for example, and reference to "the fence" along the border. Mutants have been eradicated insofar as no more have been born in the past 25 years. Read More
Donald Trump, not even a month into a presidency stained with scandal, hateful conduct and incompetence, is already gearing up to rally for round two. Trump has scheduled a campaign rally Saturday in Florida in an attempt to galvanize support from his dwindling fan base — a fact not lost on UltraViolet, a national woman's organization that plans to use Snapchat to damage Trump's ego.
"Trump may be obsessed with himself, but frankly, he's very unpopular," UltraViolet co-founder Nita Chaudhary said in an email, referring to the fact that Trump has a 40% approval rating.
On Saturday, UltraViolet is running a geo-targetted Snapchat filter at the rally location, the area around the Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Florida. Read More
More than likely, the Pokémon Go Gen 2 update is rekindling your fondest memories of playing the Gold and Silver games. Part of that experience was collecting all 26 of the stringy, single-eyed black floaties known as Unown. Lucky for Pokémon Go players who've updated to Gen 2, the Unown are back.
Pokémon Go Gen 2 update: Where to catch Unown?As the name suggests, many details surrounding the letter-shaped symbol Pokémon are unknown. But players across the world are chiming in with their findings.
An Unown sighting in Milwaukee comes to us from MissingNebula on Reddit. Read More
In Mic's TV club, senior arts writer Kevin O'Keeffe and arts writer Miles Surrey will watch an episode of a TV show with no regard to how familiar we are with it. The next morning, we'll dissect it in a conversation with one or two other Mic staffers. This week's show: HBO's Big Little Lies, with guest Jordyn Taylor.
Kevin O'Keeffe: I'm just gonna cut to the chase, in the spirit of Madeline Martha Mackenzie herself: I love Big Little Lies. I think it is sublime TV, maybe the most I've loved an HBO drama in years. The miniseries adaptation of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel is easy enough to summarize: Imagine if you took the cold, cutthroat, darkly comic elements from other prestige dramas, but put them in the world of suburban moms fighting over elementary school drama. Then throw in a murder mystery and a Greek chorus of bitchy moms and dads for color. Read More
Pokémon Go is awash with over 80 new Pokémon, new features and even new hacks. Pokémon trainers are dusting off their walking shoes and hitting the streets to be the very best all over again.
There's a swath of new evolution items that you can use on your quest to catch them all, and the King's Rock is one important item. Here's everything you need to know about using the King's Rock.
Pokémon Go: What to do with the King's Rock According to IGN, the King's Rock is an evolution item you can use alongside Pokemon Candy in order to evolve certain Gen 1 Pokémon. There are currently two Pokémon that you can use the item with: Slowpoke and Poliwhirl.
You can use the King's Rock, along with 50 Slowpoke Candy, to evolve Slowpoke into Slowking. Read More
On Feb. 20 the country will observe Presidents Day, a federal holiday that recognizes the accomplishments of past U.S. presidents.
Established in 1885, the holiday is still officially known as "Washington's Birthday." George Washington's birthday was Feb. 22, but with the 1971 Uniform Holiday Bill, Presidents Day came to be honored on the third Monday in February.
In observance of this holiday, here are some inspiring quotes from our past leaders.
George WashingtonGeorge WashingtonSource: Mark Lennihan/APOn teaching our youth about government:
"A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. Read More
Pokémon Go Gen 2 is here, and that means new Pokémon and new eggs to hatch. It almost means reworking all our Pokémon Go egg knowledge to include the additional pocket monsters — luckily, there's already a handy chart that does just that.
Pokemon Go Gen 2 Egg List: New chart for 10km eggs and morePokémon Go HUB has posted the preliminary results of its community research on which Gen 2 Pokémon hatch from 2km, 5km and 10km eggs. Read More
Donald Trump may be president now, but a recent crack he made at a Boeing airplane hangar on Friday proved he's still the same person who made derogatory comments about women on the campaign trail.
At a campaign-style rally in South Carolina on Friday, Trump made a sexist joke that insinuated women over the age of 30 are no longer beautiful.
"That plane, as beautiful as it looks, is 30 years old," Trump said, referring to the Air Force One jet behind him. Read More
One of the less great things about For Honor is its inclusion of real money microtransactions. After all, if you've already paid $60, you shouldn't have to pay more to get ahead, right?
You can earn steel — For Honor's in-game currency that can be used to buy character outfits, experience boosters and more — through completing missions, but you can also buy it with actual money. However, at least one player has claimed to have discovered a way to get potentially unlimited steel with a bizarre trick. Here's how it works.
For Honor Steel Glitch: Unlimited steel exploitSource: Sir Meme/YouTubeIf you don't feel like watching a seven-minute video, here's a quick synopsis. The trick requires a bit of effort on your part. First, start a duel versus an AI opponent and make sure you win. Once the victory screen begins to transition to the rewards screen, quickly disconnect from the internet. Read More
On Thursday, Secretary Tom Price's Department of Health and Human Services issued new rules it says will strengthen the Affordable Care Act.
But if the secretary's past remarks are any indication, his tenure will likely be a disaster for the nearly 1.5 million transgender Americans who need access to lifesaving medical care. That's because Price wants to dissolve the two pillars of the unprecedented surge in transgender health care availability: Medicaid and the ACA.
Prior to his swearing-in, Price was chairman of the House Budget Committee. In 2016, he submitted a plan to slash Medicaid by $1 trillion over 10 years, leaving — according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities — up to 20 million people without insurance. Read More
Full disclosure: I have never watched an episode of CBS's The Good Wife, and similarly, not a minute of its new spinoff The Good Fight. But I can appreciate a good opening credits sequence when I see one, and the opening credits for The Good Fight deserve to be dissected by academics for several decades.
It is, unequivocally, one of the most batshit things I have ever seen. It requires several viewings, and even after those, we may never fully understand what CBS was thinking aside from the fact that slow-motion explosions of well-lit, luxuriant office furniture is extremely satisfying. Read More
Britney Spears is undeniably one of the biggest pop stars of our time. In 2016, Billboard bestowed upon her the Millennium Award, recognizing the impact of her career on the music industry. From her early days performing on Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club to becoming a MTV staple and reaching international stardom, the singer has been a spotlight magnet for years.
Britney Spears in "... Baby One More Time"Source: YouTube/GiphyWhen the "... Baby One More Time" music video debuted, Spears had the winning combination of great choreography paired with catchy lyrics that can still be easily recalled years later. She's had six no. Read More
It is unfortunate, but celebrity relationships never seem to last as long as we, or the celebs in question, would like. The more famous you are, the harder it seems to maintain a normal personal life; paparazzi and media scrutiny probably don't help. And in the late '90s and continuing into the next decade, there were few people as famous as Britney Spears.
On Saturday, the iconic pop star is set to get the Lifetime movie treatment, with the premiere of Britney Ever After. Read More
The Good Fight is set to premiere on CBS All Access on Sunday. With The Good Wife spinoff focusing on Diane Lockhart and briefly touching on Will Gardner, viewers might need a refresher on what happened to Gardner. The short answer: He died.
A reminder from The Good WifeWill died in a Chicago courtroom shootout in episode 15 of season five. In fact, his own very disturbed client, Jeffrey Grant — played by Weeds alumnus Hunter Parrish — killed him.
Jeffrey was accused of murder, and Diane and Kalinda doubted his innocence. Will fought for him, though, and with Kalinda's help found some evidence that would help their case. But before Will could free Jeffrey of the murder charges, Jeffrey had a meltdown and stole a gun from a courtroom police officer. Jeffrey went on a shooting spree, killing Will in the process. Read More
The pervasiveness of American culture means that people around the world are constantly confronted with U.S. exports, whether through global corporations, entertainment, American cuisine or other aspects of everyday life.
But what do those in other countries know about America's history? Probably not as much as you'd think.
Professor Tim Roberts writes in the Journal of American History, "Like many college students around the world, students in Turkey are familiar with American popular culture ... but have little sense of American history, particularly history before the Cold War."
This lack of knowledge was echoed by British 17-year-old Sooanne Berger, who told the Washington Post, "We don't get taught anything about America."
And what students do know is often tied into the narrative of their own nations.
Dana Lindaman and Kyle Ward, authors of History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. Read More
Blizzard just announced big changes to the way it will roll out expansions for Hearthstone in 2017, which it's calling "Year of the Mammoth." Instead of alternating between two different types of add-on content — Expansions, which introduce new cards, and Adventures, which introduce new storytelling missions — they'll now be combined into one expansion that incorporates elements of both.
Hearthstone's Year of the Mammoth will also introduce a brand-new Rogue character, Maiev Shadowsong. Read on for everything you need to know.
Hearthstone Year of the Mammoth: 3 new expansions on the way in 2017Blizzard's goal with this new model for its expansions is to make the new cards it introduces more meaningful to its players in terms of their place within the Hearthstone lore.
"At their core, Adventures paint colorful and thematic stories about the Hearthstone universe," Blizzard said. Read More
Russell Simmons left his mark on the hip-hop world when he co-founded Def Jam Records, but now the influencer and entrepreneur is leaving behind a legacy as a powerful organizer and activist.
On Sunday, Simmons will be on-the-ground in Times Square in New York City between noon and 4 p.m. for the "Today, I Am A Muslim Too" rally to protest President Donald Trump's anti-Muslim policies. The rally is in partnership with Jamaica Muslim Center's Imam Shamsi Ali, America Rabbi Marc Schneider and on behalf of the nonprofit organization Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. Simmons serves as chairman of FEEU. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Muslim activist Linda Sarsour are expected to attend.
All Def Digital founder Russell SimmonsSource: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images"I am a member of all of the spiritual communities," Simmons said in a phone interview. "I feel that I am a Muslim today if you need me to be. I am a Jew today if you need me to be. Read More
Pete Buttigieg has a vision for how Democrats can win back white working class voters living in the Rust Belt.
"Step one is to show up," Buttigieg told Mic in an interview. "There was a sense that Donald Trump was talking to rural America [during the 2016 presidential election]. Even though it was all bullshit, you get credit for showing up and talking. Even in the counties we're never going to win, we've got to show up."
The 35-year-old South Bend, Indiana, mayor is running to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, the organizing body of the Democratic Party. Read More
The status of reproductive rights is precarious in the United States, thanks in no small part to the tireless efforts of abortion opponents to undermine them.
Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, commonly referred to as TRAP laws, pile unwieldy regulations on providers of reproductive health care and are intended to shutter abortion clinics while not outlawing the procedure outright.
By making abortion a more expensive endeavor for medical professionals and a logistical nightmare for patients, legislators aim to make terminating a pregnancy prohibitively difficult.
Health care providers and reproductive rights advocates continue to challenge TRAP laws in court, but as quickly as the Supreme Court strikes down particular maneuvers, crafty politicians devise new ones to replace them. Read More
If you've seen photos from the Lifetime Britney Spears biopic and freaked out, it's okay. The casting does appear to be a major injustice to both Britney Spears and NSYNC (probably Justin Timberlake more than anyone.) But how high can our hopes for Lifetime movies really be, anyway? Regardless, chances are good that you're going to indulge your nostalgia anyway — '90s music hits us '90s kids hard.
Here's how you can experience Britney Ever After, starring Natasha Bassett, this weekend.
When and whereBritney Ever After premieres on Lifetime Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. Eastern. The two-hour biopic will be followed by the Britney Spears documentary special I Am Britney Jean, at 10:04 p.m. Eastern. Britney Ever After will air again at 12:02 a.m., with I Am Britney Jean to follow at 2:06 a.m.
If you miss those air times, there are plenty of others. Read More
The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency is an avowed critic of the federal organization he will now lead. The Oklahoma attorney general will take over an EPA that has spent eight years putting restrictions on fossil fuel companies in order to fight climate change. Pruitt and most Republican legislators have pledged to roll back those regulations.
In a near-party-line vote, with just one Republican joining Democrats in opposing Pruitt, the fossil fuel industry saw one of its closest political supporters elevated to oversight of its operations. (Pruitt has sued the EPA 14 times.) For a third time, Democrats held the Senate floor for a day to highlight their disapproval of Pruitt. "This billionaire Cabinet is not being put in place to do right for the American people," Sen. Chris Murphy said early Friday on the Senate floor. Read More
The Pokémon Go Gen 2 update has, in some ways, changed the rules of the game. Catching Pokémon and conquering gyms occurs pretty much like before, but certain pocket monsters require a special evolution item before they can become stronger.
While you'll still need to stock up on candies, obtaining Pokémon Go gen 2 special items for evolving, like the Sun Stone, will help you in completing your PokéDex. But how exactly do you get the Sun Stone?
Sun Stone Pokémon Go: How to get the evolutionary stoneThe Sun Stone in Pokémon Go Gen 2 can be obtained from a PokéStop. Unfortunately, whether or not a PokéStop actually yields a Sun Stone is totally random. Read More
For those active on social media, it can be unsettling to think about how many brands and third-party companies have information about you. Now Facebook can tell you what it's sharing.
The social media giant has yet to officially announce this feature, but Vocativ reported that Facebook, which makes money off of "targeted advertising," rolled out an option a few months back allowing its users to access the list of advertisers that have their contact information.
To find out more, Vocativ said users need to sign into their Facebook account and go to Settings>Account Settings>General>Settings, then scroll to “Download a copy of your Facebook data.” Here, users will be prompted to enter their password. Read More
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was enormously popular, so it only makes sense that people are wondering when we'll get to return to Bethesda's fantasy universe. Unfortunately, it seems like it's going to be quite a while.
While The Elder Scrolls 6 isn't a real game for all intents and purposes, it's still fun to think about what it might be when it comes out... someday. On that note, we're here to address some of the info floating around regarding Valenwood, a rumored location for the new game. Let's dive in.
The Elder Scrolls 6 Valenwood Location: RumorsOne of the rumors that's been around for a while is that the next Elder Scrolls game will be set in Valenwood: a heavily forested, elven land. This appears to be based on a YouTube video analyzing a seemingly flimsy Bethesda "leak" from last year.
Whether or not that leak is legitimate, Valenwood is an interesting possibility to consider. Read More
President Donald Trump is famously not much of a reader.
In response to a question from Axios about what he was currently reading, Trump said, "I like a lot of books. I like reading books. I don't have the time to read very much now in terms of the books, but I like reading them."
Q: What books are you reading?A: Look over there. There are some books. pic.twitter.com/9cItkOPMQ7
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) January 18, 2017A number of the 44 presidents who came before Trump talked publicly about their favorite written works. Here are 10 of their favorites to check out ahead of Presidents Day, which is Feb. 20.
Song of Solomon by Toni MorrisonBarack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to novelist Toni Morrison. Source: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesBarack Obama has been called the "reader in chief" because of his notable passion for literature. Read More
Last July, Snapchat released a feature called "Memories" that allows users to save Snaps and Stories on the social media app. Users simply swipe up from the camera to open Memories and can search through their saved content by typing in keywords.
"Memories is a new way to save Snaps and Stories on Snapchat," Snapchat wrote when announcing the feature. "It’s a personal collection of your favorite moments that lives below the camera screen."
Memories saved to Snapchat, which ended 2016 with 161 million daily active users, can be used to create new Stories, combined to create larger Stories, sent to friends or posted to your Story — Snaps taken more than 24 hours ago will appear with a frame around them.
Source: Snapchat/YouTubeThe Memories feature is backed up and saved by Snapchat. As for who can see it, only the user with access to a given account can see the account’s Memories. Read More
For those of you in the Overwatch fandom who were looking forward to playing its rumored new hero Doomfist in the near future, we have bad news. The next Overwatch hero is almost certainly not Doomfist, according to Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan's comments in a post on Blizzard's forums.
"Twenty-four is not who you think it is," Kaplan responded to a post that jokingly asked him to divulge top-secret information about the next Overwatch character, referring to the fact that said character will be Overwatch's 24th.
Though Kaplan didn't mention Doomfist explicitly, it's pretty clear that's who he was referencing. Read More
As if Rick and the rest of Alexandria didn't have enough on their plate with the Saviors, the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead's seventh season introduced a new group that ambushed them before the end credits. While we have some theories as to who the new community could be, we won't know for sure until Sunday.
The 10th episode of season seven, "New Best Friends," should identify this new community and if they will be friend or foe (the episode's title could always be misleading). Here is the synopsis for the new episode, per AMC:
On the search for a missing Alexandrian, Rick and his group encounter a mysterious collective, its inhabitants unlike any they have come across.
But Walking Dead fans that don't have access to a TV come Sunday might be wondering how can you watch the new episode online.
Source: AMC/YouTubeIt's a bit tricky for fans who don't currently have a cable subscription. Read More
Any time an actor or actress gets in front of the camera there is some pressure. They have to pour out their heart and soul for everyone to see, while always risking the possibility of rejection. There is a different kind of pressure, though, when you have to play a real-life person. There is less room for interpretation, and certainly a greater chance to get it wrong.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, Britney Spears fans will be able to judge for themselves whether Natasha Bassett captured the illustrious pop star's signature attributes. For Bassett, Britney Ever After is probably her biggest role yet. So, before you watch the Lifetime movie, here are a few things to know about its star.
Bassett was born in Australia When you watch Britney Ever After and hear Natasha Bassett's southern accent, you may forget that she was actually born in Australia. Read More
With Lifetime scheduled to premiere Britney Ever After on Saturday, '90s boy band fans have a pressing question: Who's playing Justin Timberlake? Surely, you can't have a Britney Spears biopic without NSYNC. And what's NSYNC without J.T.? For many '90s kids, Spears and Timberlake were the teen celebrity couple. We can't help but be emotionally invested in this casting decision. So who has the role of NSYNC's golden boy?
The answer is Nathan Keyes.
Nathan Keyes arrives at the Ermenegildo Zegna Boutique opening on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.Source: Richard Shotwell/APHere's Keyes as Timberlake:
Nathan Keyes as Justin Timberlake.Source: Jenna Berman/Lifetime Press SiteIt's OK if you're disappointed or rolling over with laughter; you're not the only one. Read More
As the GOP-led fight against reproductive rights wears on, House Republicans have resurrected a little-known measure to make defunding Planned Parenthood that much easier.
According to Vox, House legislators used the little-known 1996 Congressional Review Act to repeal former President Barack Obama's last-minute effort to prevent discrimination against family planning providers like Planned Parenthood with a 230-188 vote on Thursday.
GOP Congress members used the same strategy earlier this month to roll back Obama-era legislation prohibiting mining companies from dumping coal into streams. Read More
Pokémon Go Gen 2 is here, and that means two new evolution options for Eevee: Espeon and Umbreon. Here's how to pick which new eeveelution you get via the naming trick.
Pokémon Go Umbreon vs Espeon: The Eevee naming trick still worksRemember how awesome it was when you discovered that you could force Eevee in Pokémon Go to evolve into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon just by changing the Eevee's name?
You can do the same thing now for the two new Eeveelutions! The two names you need to learn to evolve the new evolutions, Espeon and Umbreon, are once again a reference to the Pokémon anime.
Before we dive in, it's important to note that this trick only works once for Espeon and once for Umbreon. You won't be able to guarantee any more evolutions than that. Read More
A state judge in Oklahoma just ruled that President Donald Trump's choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency will have to release more than 2,500 documents showing correspondences between his office and big oil companies — and Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to make sure everyone knows about it.
In a nearly hour-long speech on the Senate floor late Thursday, Warren blasted Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, attacking Republican Senators' plans to quickly confirm him as head of the EPA.
"In a choice between corporate polluters and people who want to breathe air and drink water, Scott Pruitt sides with the corporate polluters," Sen. Read More
Pokémon Go changes are coming in hot, and with the release of over 80 new Pokémon, players are looking for ways to augment their experience. You'll need to play the game correctly for the most part if you want to get the most out of it, but a new hack for Pokémon Go version 1.27.2 makes it possible to cheat your way through Pokémon Go Gen 2.
Source: PokeBee/YouTubePokémon Go 1.27.2 Hack: Everything we knowThe Pokémon Go 1.27.2 Hack relies on a special iOS .IPA file or Android .APK file that you'll need to find online and download to your device. You'll want to make sure you're using devices that will allow you to sideload apps, meaning a jailbroken iPhone or a rooted Android device. Read More
On Friday, an essay titled "Why Liberals Are Wrong About Trump" went viral on Twitter.
Written by Glenn Rockowitz, a former Saturday Night Live writer, the essay calls Trump "a fucking sociopath" in the second sentence and then goes on to provide readers with a scone recipe Rockowitz found on Chowhound.
Trolling the internet with a scone recipe feels appropriate — a stick of butter, cream and sugar could help momentarily quell anxieties liberals may have. Read More
Dating platform Tinder has acquired social media app Wheel, a free collaborative video messaging app, Business Insider reported. The specifics of the deal have not been disclosed, but the merger suggests the dating app is looking to add a social element to its platform.
Wheel, which launched in 2015, is similar to Snapchat. Like Snapchat and Instagram, Wheel allows users to add text, emojis and other graphics to their videos. Unlike Snapchat and Instagram, however, Wheel permits collaboration so anyone can join in on modifying the video. Or, as a Tinder spokesperson described it to Fortune, it is a "continuous 'wheel' of creative storytelling."
Dating app Tinder has acquired social media startup Wheel.Source: Wheel"What we were doing with content was all about connecting a young demographic around creating content together," Tinder co-founder Paul Boukadakis told Business Insider. Read More
The week of Feb. 12 had barely begun when, on Monday night, Michael Flynn — President Donald Trump's national security adviser — submitted his resignation amid reports that he had discussed sanctions with Russia prior to Trump's inauguration.
The scandal whipped up a media frenzy, prompting Trump to schedule an impromptu press conference — which incited its own separate media frenzy.
Needless to say, in all the chaos the Trump administration manages to drum up week in and week out, important stories will invariably get lost in the shuffle. Read More
Sony San Diego Studios has provided fans with a steady diet of information on the upcoming MLB the Show 17 leading up to the launch. The game releases on March 28 and PlayStation 4. Much to the chagrin of Xbox owners, the game is a PlayStation exclusive.
MLB the Show 17 PS4 release date: How to keep up with the newsSony also released this handy schedule that shows the publisher's planned rollout of information for various modes and features in this year's game. (We previously rounded up some of the most important events in that calendar here.)
MLB The Show 17 Dev Blog + Twitch Schedule released! and more juicy deets: https://t.co/OmnyAkQez2
Following the Twitch streams, YouTube video releases and additional third-party analysis is the best way to stay abreast of the latest information on MLB the Show 17.
Twitter is another source of information. Read More
Lance Bass just hinted at an NSYNC get-together and the timing could not be better. During a recent ET interview, Bass simply said that members of the 90s boy band will be reuniting for the Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony this year. And that's not all. NSYNC also will be re-releasing some of its songs on vinyl.
"We're coming out with a really cool vinyl edition of our Christmas album because it's coming up on the 20 years of that [Home for Christmas] album," Bass told ET. "And then we're going to be getting our star on the Walk of Fame this year at some point."
When exactly will the NSYNC reunion be? He says he's not sure.
"We're five guys, so for us to make a decision about anything is really hard, so we just need to do it," Bass told ET. "So hopefully maybe around Christmas time. Read More
Once upon a time, Star Wars creator George Lucas said that "Jar Jar is the key to all of this," when discussing the new Star Wars prequel trilogy. Well, the talkative Gungan was a major factor, to be sure, but not in the way Lucas would've hoped. Jar Jar, who, aside from the potentially racial stereotypes he embodies, is considered to be the most hated character in the Star Wars universe.
Not that anyone is asking, but what happens to Jar Jar after the events of the prequels? He isn't a secret Sith Lord, despite the mounting evidence that "Darth Jar Jar" could've been a thing. The canonical answer to Jar Jar's fate, however, is immensely satisfying.
According to Mashable, the latest Star Wars novel, Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End, reveals what happens to Jar Jar after the events of Return of the Jedi and prior to The Force Awakens. Read More
As U.S. presidents take their place in the history books, their lives and terms in office are usually accompanied by a fair share of urban legends.
From George Washington to Barack Obama, presidencies have been marked as much by their accomplishments as the false narratives others try to keep alive.
Here are four presidential myths that just don't stand up to scrutiny.
George Washington and the cherry treeBeyond his role as the nation's first president and commander of American troops in the Revolutionary War, many likely remember Washington as the honest boy who couldn't tell a lie. As a child, the story goes, Washington chopped down his father's cherry tree. When asked if he knew what happened to the tree, Washington confessed he was the culprit, explaining, "I cannot tell a lie ... I did cut it with my hatchet."
However, while it makes for a good anecdote, the story simply isn't true. Read More
The Pokémon Go Gen 2 update was a long-awaited concept for Pokémon fans everywhere, and now it's finally a reality. As of Pokémon Go's most recent update, at least 80 new Pokémon are now available. Read More
President Donald Trump plans to spend the coming weekend at his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida — and it will be the third weekend in a row that the president spends at his Florida club. Read More
President Donald Trump lambasted the press on Thursday for depicting his administration as being mired in "chaos" when in fact it is operating like a "fine-tuned machine" — a bold claim, given that he made it while announcing his replacement pick for labor secretary after his previous nominee, Andrew Puzder, was forced to withdraw from consideration over unearthed domestic abuse allegations.
Indeed, the Trump administration has had a rocky go of it recently — and it is being reflected in recent approval polls.
A Gallup poll released Friday showed Trump had just a 40% approval rating — consistent with a Pew Research Center poll released Thursday that had 39% of adults approving of the president's job performance thus far.
Rasmussen Reports — which tends to cast Republicans in a more favorable light than other surveys — was an outlier among major polls, notching Trump's approval at a positive 55%. Read More
Behind the pristine business attire and impeccable offices, banks in the United States have a secret: Their public faces — tellers and salespeople — are harried working-class people. These bank employees don wide smiles and deliver well-rehearsed pitches in their daily dealings with customers, but they earn low wages, face job instability and contend with demands that make them choose between ethical practices and keeping their jobs.
Now, bank tellers in the United States will ask for the same protections enjoyed by workers across the world: a union — and they're fighting not only to take care of themselves, but also to take care of their customers.
On Tuesday, over 15,000 U.S. bank workers with the Spain-based bank Santander will declare their intent to establish this country's first bank workers' union. Read More
Overnight, Pokémon Go added over 80 new Gen 2 Pokémon in a huge new update, meaning tons of potential new nests. Right on schedule, nest migration 14 has arrived, sending Pokémon Go mappers scrambling to see where these new Pokémon are spawning.
Will Gen 2 Pokémon overrun old nests? Will Gen 1 spawns be choked out? Here's what we know so far about the first nest migration of Pokémon Go Gen 2.
Pokémon Go Nest Migration 14: What's a nest migration anyway?Pokémon nests, or areas where a particular species of Pokémon will reliably spawn, rotate every two weeks or so. Old nests are deleted, and new nests spawn across the game map. Read More
This is not fake news — Nicole Kidman and Lenny Kravitz were once engaged. The 49-year-old actress shocked fans when she revealed a juicy piece of her dating history in an interview with The Edit.
After her divorce from Tom Cruise and prior to marrying country singer Keith Urban, Kidman and the "American Woman" singer were an item. Things got so serious, apparently, that they were engaged to be married. Kidman didn't reveal why they ended their engagement, but she went on to wed Urban in 2006.
In honor of Kidman and Kravitz' once-upon-a-time engagement, we're taking a walk down memory lane with other forgotten celebrity relationships from the past.
Ryan Reynolds and Alanis MorissetteRyan Reynolds and Alanis Morissette in 2003Source: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesRyan Reynolds and goddess Blake Lively are so perfect together, it's hard to remember a time when they weren't a couple. Read More
It's been almost one month since President Donald Trump took office, and his administration is grappling with a string of leaks that reveal the chaos within the White House.
But none have caused as big a firestorm as the intelligence leaks that led to the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Fortune reported that Flynn's resignation will not put an end to the questions regarding the alleged connections between Russia and Trump's inner circle. But as usual, Trump used Twitter as his bully pulpit to make a series of accusations while wondering which agency is leaking information. He wrote, "Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Read More
Just last week, The Walking Dead proved it can still be creative with its zombie kills after Rick and Michonne set a series record and killed over 300 with a steel cable stretched across two cars. So perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that we're seeing Rick fight an armor-clad walker, gladiator-style, in a coliseum that doubles as a junkyard.
Ah, right, how did we get there? Well, turns out the mysterious new group that ambushed Rick and the group are junkyard folk, in that, they literally live in a junkyard. They weren't given a name in the latest episode, "New Best Friends," so I'd like to formally refer to this group as the "Junkies." This nickname is perfect and non-negotiable.
So the Junkies and their mysterious leader — a woman with some questionable bangs and an outfit that looks suitable at a Matrix convention in Las Vegas — reveal to Rick that they did kidnap Father Gabriel, who they've held as a prisoner. Read More
While being mostly low-key from the mainstream music scene following his fourth studio album, Evol, which hit No. 1 following its release in 2016, Future was "preparing the feast" — his new self-titled project that he rolled out today. You can find out how to purchase and stream the new release here.
On Future's new opus, the artist utilizes his trademark formula of high-energy beats and infectious melody-driven deliveries, while embracing his Future Hendrix persona (which is influenced by the late rock musician). He's all about putting more imagery from his new lifestyle into his music while still reminding folks of his rags-to-riches narrative. Read More
Another week of the Trump administration, another week with a few glimpses of Melania Trump to assure use that she is still our first lady, despite her reported unhappiness in the role.
This week was particularly action-packed, with two visits from prime ministers and their wives. First was Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe, and then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara Netanyahu.
The visitors meant Trump was out and about more. She must have hated it.
What we learned from this week, however, is that while she's started to wear more U.S. designers, unlike most of last week, she still seems to be obsessed with trying to channel Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
Here's what Melania Trump wore this week:
Friday, Feb. Read More
The Good Fight, which lives up to its title, premieres Sunday night on CBS All Access. Those of you who were Good Wife fans may be wondering: How does this new show compare? Those of you who weren't fans might ask: What's the difference?
Besides Julianna Margulies' Alicia Florrick being absent, and not airing on CBS proper, there are a few key ways the new series differs from its originator. Here are the biggest four.
Diane is the lead character, but Maia is the Alicia figureChristine Baranski and Rose Leslie in 'The Good Fight'Source: CBSThe Good Fight pilot hinges on Diane's life developments, making her the lead character. Yes, Maia and Lucca are also leads, but they're more primary in the case-of-the-week plots. Diane is the emotional backbone of the show, and The Good Fight will live or die on how attention grabbing she is. Read More
Big Little Lies premieres Sunday night on HBO at 9 p.m. Eastern, bringing to TV a collection of some of the strongest television performances of 2017. Film actors like Reese Witherspoon (who plays Madeline) and Nicole Kidman (Celeste) meet hybrid stars like Shailene Woodley (Jane) and Alexander Skarsgård (Perry) — and the combination is magical.
But among a stellar group of actors, who delivers the best performance? Let's rank it out.
The rankings are based on the performances of the principal adult cast members (no kids, though some of them are delightful) in the first six episodes of the series made available for critics. We'll start with the least impressive and work our way up to the elites.
Source: HBO U.K./YouTube8. Nathan Carlson, played by James TupperNathan, Madeline's ex-husband, is a character who fulfills basically every trope of the "fun divorced dad who pushes responsibility onto his ex-wife" stereotype. Read More
Few dramas in the age of Peak TV have been as overlooked as A&E's Bates Motel, which is a damn shame. It's not perfect — and certainly not an annual Emmys snub — but the series is a thrilling prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, and features one of television's most underrated lead roles in Vera Farmiga's Norma Bates. Plus, if the tense, disturbingly prophetic scenes between Norma and Norman Bates wasn't enough, the show concluded its fourth season by killing off Norma. Read More
When you overdo it with adult beverages, it's sometimes a kid's drink that may be able to help the most.
Kid's medicine or hangover helper?Source: PedialytePedialyte has long been touted as the perfect hangover cure. But is there any science explaining what makes this colorful kid's beverage help you feel better the morning after, or is it just the comfort of something sweet and vibrant that can help ease your hungover woes?
While a bartender told Mic that Pedialyte cocktails were a bad idea (taste-wise, not hangover-wise), we went to a medical doctor to weigh in on the health benefits of adults drinking Pedialyte.
Pedialyte helps you rehydrateYour hangover needs hydration.Source: Giphy"Alcohol is a diuretic, causing you to produce more urine and take more trips to the bathroom when drinking," Erick Miranda of GoHealth Urgent Care explained. Read More
Now that Donald Trump is president, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started to ramp up its enforcement actions. Many of the people getting swept up in deportation machine, though, are those Trump claimed would not be a priority for deportation.
On Feb. 10, ICE officials detained a 23-year-old Mexico-born man, who had lived in the U.S. since he was 7 years old, had no criminal record and was covered by former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. DACA creates protections against deportation for a class of immigrants known as Dreamers, who came to the U.S. without documents as children. The El Paso Times reported that on Feb. 9, ICE agents entered a courthouse to detain a Texas woman who was seeking a protective order against an alleged domestic abuser.
These detentions have sent shockwaves through the immigrant rights and legal world. Read More
FBI agents "interviewed" national security adviser Michael Flynn about an ill-advised conversation between him and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the days following President Donald Trump's inauguration, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
The revelation Flynn was personally approached by federal investigators comes one day after his resignation and similar reveals officials at the Department of Justice, including then-acting attorney general Sally Yates, believed the pre-inaugural Jan. 26 call over sanctions had opened up Flynn to the possibility of blackmail. Flynn lied to fellow White House officials including Vice President Mike Pence over the nature of the calls, and if he lied to the FBI, he could face felony charges.
"It is not clear whether Mr. Read More
By day, Shannon Coulter is a 45-year-old woman at the helm of her own marketing agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. By night, she is at the helm of one of the most powerful and impactful campaigns against President Donald Trump the internet has seen thus far.
Coulter is the leader of the #GrabYourWallet movement, which calls on American citizens to not only boycott the Trump brand but brands and companies that partner with them and companies that have high-ranking employees that donated to Trump's presidential campaign as well.
To put it lightly, Coulter has had a very good past few weeks.
At first, her meticulously kept list of companies affiliated with the Trump family was more than 50 companies long. Eighteen companies have since dropped from the list because they've either cut ties with the Trump family or plan to. Read More
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will be the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency, after the Senate confirmed his nomination on Friday by a 52-46 vote.
Pruitt was confirmed despite protests from Democrats, who demanded his confirmation be delayed after a judge on Thursday issued an order to force Pruitt to release thousands of documents that show his communications with the oil industry.
Democrats, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, say the emails could show "corruption" with "big oil," and said his confirmation should be delayed until the documents could be reviewed. Read More
Sticking to a budget is challenging — just like sticking to your New Year's resolution to eat better (more greens and whole grains, less red meat and sugar) has not been especially easy. Or successful.
It doesn't help that shopping healthy has a reputation for being expensive, a perception that (ironically) makes it easier for companies to overcharge for "health food." Whether or not it's true that you need to drop a lot of coin to get the glowing skin, heart health and fit physique promised by fresh produce, lean protein and foods naturally loaded in fiber? That's another matter.
In fact, there are clever ways to save money while still eating more salubriously. Read More
"I cannot tell a lie," President George Washington once famously declared.
Or could he? The folkloric tale of a young Washington chopping down his father's cherry tree with a hatchet may be completely presidential fan fiction, rather than truth (the first alternative fact?), but the image of a cherry tree has stuck with America as a symbol of juvenile honor and honesty.
So as we memorialize the accomplishments of presidents like Honest Abe and Washington, on a holiday during their birthday month, celebrate with a sugary symbol of integrity and ethics: the cherry pie. We need it.
National Cherry Pie Day also happens to be Feb. 20 — so you have no excuse not to celebrate!
Cherry pie with fresh fillingCherry pieSource: Gimme Some OvenIf you're in the mood to pit some cherries — it can be therapeutic, really — this pie is for you. Read More
In its boldest move against reproductive health care to date, Congress took significant steps toward defunding Planned Parenthood, which would leave millions without access to affordable health care, according to Mother Jones.
On Thursday, the House voted to approve HJ Resolution 43, which allows states to withhold funds from any facility that provides abortion services, which means medical clinics like Planned Parenthood would lose approximately $300 million in annual funding.
In December, the Obama administration took preemptive steps to prevent states from denying federal grant funding to facilities that provide family planning, like Planned Parenthood. The House proposed upending this rule using the 1996 Congressional Review Act that gives Congress leeway to overturn new legislation passed within 60 days.
Supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered for the Capitol Pink Out Day 2017 rally Tuesday, Jan. Read More
On Wednesday, left-leaning website BipartisanReport.com published a story falsely claiming that the impeachment process against President Donald Trump had begun.
The story, titled "Donald Trump Impeachment Process Begins – FEC Paperwork Filed – Tantrum Imminent" claims that Boyd Roberts, a California Democrat who's looking to challenge incumbent Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher, has launched a political action committee called Impeach Trump.
But creating a PAC and beginning the process of impeachment are vastly different things.
Article I of the Constitution states that impeachment proceedings are initiated by the House of Representatives – not a single person with a PAC hoping to win a seat in the House in the next election.
The House must have a simple majority vote on whether or not to proceed with an impeachment trial and after that vote, it falls the Senate to try the case. Read More
Americans who care about food and health have wrung their hands worrying about genetically modified organisms in recent years. GMO labeling dominated conversations in 2016, when then President Barack Obama signed a GMO label law that will allow companies to use a QR code to disclose products with GMOs. But worrying about GMOs, which most scientists deem to be safe for consumption, shouldn't be keeping you up at night in 2017.
The scarier threat to public health? Pesticides. Farmers use chemicals to kill organisms that feast on their crops, but these chemicals stay in soil and groundwater for decades — potentially endangering us and generations to come.
A crop duster sprays crops in OklahomaSource: Brandi Simons/APOne such example: A study published in July found that pesticide use might interfere with neurodevelopment in young children. Read More