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B.B. King, R.I.P.

By on 5.15.15 | 10:38AM

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King passed away last night of complications of diabetes. He was 89.

The son of a Mississippi sharecropper, King's musical career spanned more than six decades. King was never far from his Gibson guitar, Lucille. He first named his guitar in Lucille after a fight and a fire broke out a club he was playing in Arkansas in 1949. King escaped the fire, but realized he left his guitar behind and risked his life to retrieve it. The following day he found out that two people had perished in the fire and the fight started over a woman named Lucille. He thus christened his guitar Lucille "as a reminder to never do anything as stupid as fight over a woman or enter a burning building again."

Arne Duncan Says All America’s Violent Youth Need is Jobs

By on 5.14.15 | 5:09PM

It seems that Marie Harf isn't the only one who thinks that a job creation program is necessary to quell violence that doesn't actually stem from a lack of job creation programs. 

Today, in a speech to the Summit on Youth Violence, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted that, while gang violence is a tricky situation to address, when he comes home to Chicago, he meets with gang leaders and they tell him that they would definitely put down their guns and abandon their violent ways, if only there was a job they could get up for every morning.

 Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Tuesday that he has met with gang leaders in his hometown of Chicago and they’ve told him that it’s a lack of jobs that keeps them on the streets.

“We have to have jobs for young people,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “I probably shouldn’t say this in a room like this, but occasionally when I go home I’ll sit down with some of the gang leaders – back home in Chicago.”

Obama Loses Jim McDermott & Keith Ellison

By on 5.14.15 | 5:07PM

You know the Obama presidency has reached its nadir when it loses the likes of left-wing Democratic Congressmen like Jim McDermott and Keith Ellison over TPP. Per The Hill:

“You and I can disagree about policy, but I can’t call you a bad person or impugn your motives or anything else — except at great risk,” Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.), a liberal Democrat who’s undecided but leaning against the trade bill, said Wednesday.

“Civility in this business is important, because tomorrow I have to work with you, tomorrow I may need you badly,” he added. “A lot of people are standing around saying, ‘You know something, this is getting to be a personal thing, and that’s not the way we want to go here.’ ... He went quite a ways with her and I think probably he won’t go that far again.”

Stephanopoulos Won’t Moderate ABC News Presidential Debate

By on 5.14.15 | 4:59PM

Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Mike Lee appear to be the first Republicans to officially object to George Stephanopolous's lack of neutrality, with Paul issuing a statement this afternoon calling Stephanopolous's allegiances into question and Mike Lee's communications director taking to Twitter vowing not to let his boss take to the airwaves until the matter is resolved. 

The RNC hasn't followed suit, which is odd considering that they'd lined up at least one debate with ABC news, but it seems they might not need to. Stephanopolous himself has at least acknowledged that moderating between nominees of one party while giving to the opposition has decided to bow out of that job

Lindsay Lohan Studying Up on Islam

By on 5.14.15 | 1:18PM

Honestly, I can't tell whether this is real - as in "too good to check whether it's actually happening" - or this is some sort of terrifying ruse cooked up by our government to threaten the radical Islamic forces that have started to, allegedly, mass within our borders, but Lindsay Lohan is reportedly converting to Islam.

Troubled Hollywood model, singer and actress Lindsay Lohan was spotted carrying the Holy Quran as she stepped out of a children’s center in Brooklyn, NY.

LindsAy was photographed holding the Quran after completing her first day of community service at the children’s center.

The American actress of Irish and Italian descent was raised as a Catholic. According to reports, the 28-year-old has embarked on an “emotional detox” by giving up alcohol and dating.

Earlier this year, she uploaded an Instagram image of a quote from the Quran but soon after deleted it.

Jorge Posada’s Apology to A-Rod Wasn’t Necessary

By on 5.14.15 | 1:02PM

Former New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada has an issued an apology following comments he made in an interview on CBS This Morning yesterday in which he said his former teammate Alex Rodriguez should be denied entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame due to his history with PEDs. Posada claims he was "cornered" into making that statement. Posada is promoting his memoir, The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes.

Posada took a lot of heat for these comments. It's interesting to see the media come to A-Rod's defense. Could this have to do with the fact that he's playing well and the Yankees are back in first place? It's amazing how nice people are when they see you as a winner again.

Could the Next First Lady Be Chelsea Clinton?

By on 5.14.15 | 12:32PM

The Clinton campaign is doing its level best to scuttle any mention of Bill Clinton, and to keep his as far away from the campaign trail as possible.

But while Bill might be taking a backseat (do I take the ridiculous joke that's just hanging out there about "paradise by the dashboard light?") to his wife and to her advisors, it seems the campaign is looking to another member of the family to take up the reins of the stereotypical "campaign spouse." According to professional Clinton-watchers, Chelsea Clinton, not Bill Clinton is actually the frontrunner among Clintonites to be the First Lady.

If the Clintons were to move back into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the first daughter, Chelsea, would presumably take on the traditional responsibilities of the first lady, an expert on the White House tells Daily Mail Online.

Bolton Won’t Pursue GOP White House Bid; Would Make a Fine Secretary of State

By on 5.14.15 | 12:25PM

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton announced today that he will not be making a GOP bid for the White House.

This isn't particularly surprising. Bolton had contemplated a White House bid in 2012, but ultimately did not run.

Of course, one needn't be President of the United States to make an impact.

Save for Rand Paul, Bolton would be the top candidate for Secretary of State should a Republican win in 2016.

Lord knows he would be a definite improvement over John Kerry, never mind Hillary Clinton.

Stephanopoulos Steps Into It; Donates $50,000, Er, Make That $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation UPDATED

By on 5.14.15 | 12:15PM

George Stephanopoulos has egg on his face after being forced to apologize for not disclosing $50,000 worth of contributions to the Clinton Foundation in 2013 & 2014 while interviewing, or more accurately interrogating, Peter Schweizer last month about his book Clinton Cash which documents funds donated by businesses and foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation.

Stephanopoulos has been with ABC News since 2002, but came to fame a decade earlier as Bill Clinton's communications director for his 1992 presidential campaign and would be a part of the Clinton White House during its first term in office.

Naturally, ABC News stands by Stephanopoulos saying he made an "honest mistake". When it comes to donating $50,000 to your old boss there are no honest mistakes.

Stephanopoulos Gets Clinton-y, Takes Donation Story to Friendly Outlet, Not Free Beacon

By on 5.14.15 | 12:14PM

Let's just call this one a "#ThrowbackThursday." 

George Stephanopoulos, a Clinton crony from as far back as anyone involved with the Clintons can remember, gave two $25,000 donations to the Clinton Foundation while employed by ABC News, but failed to disclose any involvement with the organization, despite his position as an independent, fair-minded, leading journalist at a major news organization.

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show.

Stephanopoulos, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, confirmed the donation to POLITICO’s Dylan Byers after the Free Beacon contacted ABC News for comment. The host acknowledge making two donations of $25,000 between 2013 and 2014. Stephanopoulos issued a statement apologizing for failing to disclose the donation.