Stop the presses! Just hours before being arrested for DUI and drag racing, Justin Bieber was with DeSean Jackson’s ex-girlfriend, Chantel Jeffries.
Chris Christie, once the darling of the media and the frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination, is now the national whipping boy. He hasn’t just been knocked down a few pegs; he has been knocked to the ground. And now every hack with a political grudge is ready to kick him while he’s down.
Enter Olympic star and wannabe political hack Carl Lewis. From Houston he delivers another kick to the gut claiming that Christie bullied him out of the New Jersey Senate primary race against Christie friend and supporter State Senator Dawn Addiego. According to Lewis, the Governor threatened to drop a plan to appoint the gold medalist as the state’s first physical fitness ambassador.
I am certain that some will express Captain Renault-like shock at the story. Renault was the character in Casablanca who was “shocked that there is gambling going on in here” as he collected his winnings. Are we supposed to be shocked that this kind of backroom deal-making happens in politics? My reaction to this faux-scandal is a yawn so big that the National Weather Service may have to name it.
As I’m typing this column, there’s fury on Twitter about a ridiculous tweet from animal-rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), that attempts to be topical by coalescing the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its own agenda.
— PETA (@peta) January 20, 2014
January 22 will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. There’s been little discussion surrounding it, despite the emergence of a case over Arizona’s attempt to reinstate a ban on abortions after 20 weeks that might have sent the decision back to the Supreme Court. And maybe that’s because there’s simply no “discussing” the topic. The way we talk about abortion — or don’t talk about abortion — has made finding common ground on the complicated issue impossible.
I have four close friends who have been impacted by abortion. Not all of them are women.
It is the best of times, it is the worst of times… for the lowly intern.
As the economy improves, there are certainly more internship opportunities. And many of those opportunities are now paid positions, particularly in light of a ruling last year in favor of interns who accused Fox Pictures of violating minimum wage laws. But unfortunately, interns continue to suffer abuse. Recently, Bank of America promised to improve working conditions for its junior bankers after one of its summer interns died, allegedly from working 72 hours straight. And just this past week it was revealed that exhausted interns at Barclay’s Bank were forced to take naps on toilets, prompting another financial services executive to offer his valuable words of wisdom: “If you love what you do, it’s not work.”
On New Year’s Day, the New York Times’s Jack Healy tweeted a tender family portrait of a father and son who had trekked all the way from Georgia to Colorado (sleeping in their van!) to be among the first legal par-tokers of marijuana now that recreational use of the drug is permitted there. I showed the tweet to my son Jake, who was home from college for the holidays, and his immediate response was to ask my husband Doug why the two of them hadn’t taken such a road trip.
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President Barack Obama has nominated former Mumia Abu-Jamal lawyer Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, and a lot of people are not OK with that. Read more »
Chris Christie issued only one statement yesterday about bridgegate (he is outraged) and declined interview requests.