Former Sixer Dikembe Mutombo Was in Brussels Airport at Time of Attack

New York Knicks Dikembe Mutombo pats Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson on the head after the Knicks defeated the 76ers 99-88, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

New York Knicks Dikembe Mutombo pats Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson on the head after the Knicks defeated the 76ers 99-88, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Hall of Fame NBA player and former Philadelphia 76er Dikembe Mutombo was inside the airport in Brussels where deadly terrorist attacks killed 31 people on Tuesday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Mutombo posted on his Facebook page indicating that he was unharmed.

Thank you everyone. I am safe here. God is good.

Posted by Dikembe Mutombo on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mutombo’s charity also confirmed on Facebook that he was not hurt.

Mutombo was returning to the United States from the Congo, where he was born and where his foundation has a hospital, and was traveling through Brussels. Mutombo described the chaos he experienced inside the airport to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. Read more »

Joe Biden, Lady Gaga Teaming Up at the Oscars

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VP Joe Biden is taking to the Oscars to promote his message against campus sexual assault. Biden will be introducing Lady Gaga before her performance of Oscar-nominated “Til it Happens to You.” The song, which was released last year and is featured in the film The Hunting Ground, focuses on the act of sexual assault, the response of victims and friends, and the prominence of sexual assaults at colleges.  Read more »

How to Talk About Hillary Clinton Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Texas Southern University Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Houston.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Texas Southern University Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Houston.

Maybe you love Hillary. Maybe you can’t stand her. Maybe you want to stick a series of tiny pins into her effigy until you feel sweet, sweet release.

It doesn’t really matter. After comfortably winning Saturday’s Nevada caucus, it looks like she’s sticking around, and if you’re the type who talks politics, you’ll be talking about Hillary for the foreseeable future.

And that, well, that’s a bit of a problem. Because even though Hillary has been running for political office for 16 years now, we have no idea how to talk about her. From Team Trump to the Bernie Bros, from 2008 to 2016, the misogyny buffet that’s being served up is impressive: Blatant. Grossly blatant. Yawn. Is it or isn’t it? Girl on girl. This guy. NOPE. Good Christ, really?

Ideally, you want to speak about Hillary respectfully because she’s a human being. But it also pays to remember that every time you say something sexist about Hillary, a feminist HuffPost writer gets her wings and pens a new column about how the patriarchy is holding down her cat.

Do you want more cat lady columns? Of course you don’t. With that in mind, here’s what not to say over the next few months. Read more »

Donald Trump Polls Best in N.J. Among Remaining Primary States

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver last night tweeted out the best remaining states for Donald Trump. Guess which state Trump performs best in?

That’s right: The state where Trump left a trail of casinos in his wake is his No. 1 supporter, according to Morning Consult Polling.

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Here’s Why Donald Trump’s Opponents Keep Attacking Him Over This Tiny Atlantic City House

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The Vera Coking House in Atlantic City, photographed by Jack E. Boucher in the early 1990s. (Photo via the Library of Congress)

Jeb Bush attacked Donald Trump about his treatment of a widow in the 1990s on Saturday night.

This isn’t the first time it’s come up. Bush was talking about the saga of Vera Coking, a woman in Atlantic City who refused to sell her home to developers building casinos in the 1980s and ’90s. It wasn’t the first time Trump has been hit with this attack. Ted Cruz, currently Trump’s chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination according to polls, even put out an ad attacking Trump for his battle with Coking.

So why is this battle from the early 1990s getting such attention in the Republican primary? It’s all about Trump’s attempt to use eminent domain on Coking’s Atlantic City house. Read more »

Christie Gets Down on One Knee to Woo Undecided New Hampshire Voter

Screen grab via ABC News.

Screen grab via ABC News.

New Hampshire, Chris Christie needs your vote, and he is prepared to show you just how badly. The New Jersey governor got down on one knee to appeal to an undecided voter at his town hall in Hudson, New Hampshire, Monday morning.

The normally brash, occasionally caustic Christie displayed his softer side, and it paid off. Read more »

Chris Christie Really Only Beat Rick Santorum in Iowa

Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.

John Kasich phoned in his Iowa campaign. Literally.

The Ohio governor and presidential candidate held three “tele-town halls” in Iowa, where he talked with voters over the phone. At one point, he flew into Iowa to hold one rally, which The Des Moines Register called “unusual” and said he “alternately complimented and playfully antagonized the people who had come to listen to him speak.”

Kasich has concentrated most of his campaigning in New Hampshire, where according to polls he’s in a race for second place. New York Times politics writer tweeted Kasich ignored Iowa.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also focused on New Hampshire, but he did not ignore Iowa. He was there for all or part of 42 days, costing New Jersey taxpayers millions. Christie first visited the state back in 2010, and famously vetoed a symbolic pig crate ban in 2014 in order to appease Iowa voters. On Sunday night, he campaigned with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

His campaign manager said Kasich, who had already left the state, was making the wrong choice. “You fight for every vote,” Christie’s campaign manager, Mike DuHaime, told the Washington Post. “I know John Kasich decided to leave, and that’s fine, that’s their strategy. But you have to respect the process.” Christie told Good Morning America he wouldn’t win, but he’d do well: “What I’ve wanted all along is to come out of Iowa as the number one governor. Polls show that I will be the number one governor.”

Whoops. Read more »

False Alarm in “Active Shooter” Situation in San Diego

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UPDATE 1/26/2016 2 p.m.: On Tuesday morning in California, shots were reported inside a San Diego naval facility, but it looks like it was a false alarm, with multiple press outlets reporting that there’s no evidence that a shooting occurred.

“Apparently someone said they heard three shots in the basement of Building 26. Maybe they did or not is not the point; that’s what they reported, so that’s why we responded accordingly,” Navy spokesperson Jon Nylander said. “We haven’t gotten any reports of any injuries.”

ORIGINAL:

Reports coming out of San Diego, California indicate that an active shooter has been reported at the Naval Medical Center there. Read more »

Christie: Obama Lax on Weed Because He Used to Smoke Pot

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As we all know, Chris Christie isn’t spending much time in New Jersey, which is racking up quite the tab for his state security detail. But what do you expect: He’s running for president, and to win early-nominating states you have to spend a lot of time in Iowa and New Hampshire to talk about corn and freedom and whatever. This is how we choose our president.

So. Chris Christie was in Council Bluffs, Iowa, this morning — it’s just two weeks until Iowa’s first-in-the-nation nominating caucuses — and spoke before a standing-room-only crowd of about 100 people.

He told Iowans he would eliminate healthy school lunches if he became president. He also talked about his staunch anti-marijuana stance, and how when he’s president he will be cracking down on states that have legalized weed.

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