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  1. bipartisanship Report: Obama to Tap Former Bush Aide for FBI Haraz Ghanbari/AP

    1. Report: Obama to Tap Former Bush Aide for FBI

    President Obama has plans to nominate former senior Justice Department official James B. Comey—who served under President George W. Bush—as director of the FBI, according to sources close to the selection process who spoke to the New York Times. Comey is a former hedge-fund executive and a Republican, making his appointment a strong message of bipartisanship. He met with Obama about the position in early May, though it is still unknown when Obama will announce the nomination. The current director, Robert Mueller, will leave his post at the beginning of September. 

    May 29, 2013 10:47 PM

  2. Not Elvis This Time Ricin Found in Bloomberg Letter Kevin Rivoli/AP

    2. Ricin Found in Bloomberg Letter

    Not this again. A letter addressed to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tested positive for the poison ricin, according to two sources who spoke to The New York Times. In addition, a similarly laced letter turned up at a Washington building where Mayors Against Illegal Guns is housed (Bloomberg helps finance and run the group). Bloomberg never received the correspondence, and there have been no reported illnesses resulting from the letters.

    May 29, 2013 6:00 PM

  3. PERSONNEL ISSUES 15 Reps Demand Answers on Benghazi Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images

    3. 15 Reps Demand Answers on Benghazi

    Fifteen House Republicans are demanding answers about whether the State Department officials blamed for the fatal Benghazi attack in an independent audit still have their jobs. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the lawmakers asked what steps the department is taking “to resolve the issue of their employment status.” An internal review found “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels” that resulted in the deaths of four American diplomats last year, but did not recommend firing anyone. So far, a few officials have been placed on administrative leave, but only one person has been let go in wake of the scandal. 

    May 29, 2013 3:47 PM

  4. LEGAL TROUBLES Bachmann Trial Date Set in Iowa Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    4. Bachmann Trial Date Set in Iowa

    Rep. Michele Bachmann may not be running for office next year, but that doesn't mean she’ll leave the spotlight behind. The congresswoman will go to court on May 14, 2014, to defend herself against allegations that her campaign stole e-mail addresses from an Iowa home-schooling organization during her run for the White House. Bachmann says her decision not to run for reelection was not influenced by the impending trial. Barbara and Richard Heki say they suffered “severe emotional distress” and lost out on business opportunities because the Bachmann camp improperly sent two emails to a distribution list they found on the Hekis’s computer. Bachmann’s former campaign chairman Kent Sorenson and five other Republican staffers were also named in the lawsuit.

    May 29, 2013 3:15 PM

  5. 'A Huge Blow' Report: U.S. Drone Strike Kills Pakistani Taliban No. 2 Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

    5. Report: U.S. Drone Strike Kills Pakistani Taliban No. 2

    Weren’t the stricter policies about drone strikes announced just last week? A U.S. drone strike killed seven suspected militants in Pakistan on Wednesday—the first attack since President Obama’s speech last week that outlined the administration’s new policy to use drones only to prevent an imminent attack. According to Pakistani security officials, one of the strike's victims was Wali-ur-Rehman, the Pakistani Taliban's number two--who was slated to eventually become the leader of the Taliban's Pakistani faction. Two others were wounded in the attack in the village of Chasma in the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan. Not only was Wednesday’s strike the first since Obama’s policy speech last week, but also the first since the May 11 election in Pakistan, where the drone strikes are incredibly unpopular.

    May 29, 2013 12:16 PM

  6. Unsolved Tsarnaev Friend Unarmed When Killed by FBI Gerardo Mora/Getty; Orange County Corrections Department/AP

    6. Tsarnaev Friend Unarmed When Killed by FBI

    We still know little about the shooting that resulted in the death of a Chechen man who knew Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but law-enforcement officials now say Ibragim Todashev was unarmed at the time. The 27-year-old was killed a week ago during an interview with FBI agents about his possible connection to a triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 2011. An anonymous official says Todashev lunged at an agent and overturned a table, but was not armed with a gun or knife.

    May 29, 2013 7:58 PM

  7. BAD NEWS Britain Confirms Extended Detention of Afghans John Stillwell/AFP-Getty

    7. Britain Confirms Detention of Afghans

    Is Britain taking cues from the U.S. here or something? Please note: President Obama has vowed to shut down Guantánamo Bay, so please don’t start your own version. British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed that between 80 to 90 Afghans have been held for at least 14 months at an army base in Afghanistan—without being charged. Hammond defended the detentions at Camp Baston, saying the detainees are considered too dangerous to be released and “exceptional circumstances” allows them to be held. Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for the prisoners to be released into Afghanistan’s custody, but Britain has not handed over any prisoners since allegations last November that detainees were being abused.

    May 29, 2013 6:51 AM

  8. Human Resources Al Qaeda Has Expense Reports AP

    8. Al Qaeda Has Expense Reports

    Apparently the inner workings of Al Qaeda are a lot like the movie Office Space. The Associated Press dug through a trove of memos (yes, al Qaeda has memos) about the terror network’s North African wing’s “most difficult employee”: he never filed expense reports on time, didn’t answer phone calls, ignored meetings, and did not undertake any spectacular operations. Pointing out that despite being given "a considerable amount of money," Moktar Belmoktar had yet to buy any weapons, the al Qaeda chapter asked, "So whose performance deserves to be called poor in this case, I wonder?" Belmoktar then carried out every disgruntled employee’s dream: he quit and went out on his own and achieved infamy. Here is where things get deadly serious: Belmoktar is credited with killing 101 people in operations that include the takeover of a BP gas plant in Algeria and bombings just last week at a military base and a French uranium mine in Niger.

    May 29, 2013 10:02 AM

  9. appetizing Soda, Meth Equally Rot Teeth Scott Olson / Getty Images

    9. Soda, Meth Equally Rot Teeth

    This should help you kick your Diet Coke addiction for at least a few hours. A new study published in General Dentistry shows that drinking enough soda could have the same effect on your teeth that methamphetamine or crack cocaine does. Temple University professor and researcher Mohamed Bassiouny spent two decades examining patients in dental clinics and found “almost identical features” in drug addicts and heavy soda drinkers. According to the study, citric acid, which is used to preserve soda’s flavor and shelf life, is behind the erosion of a tooth’s enamel and eventually its core. The American Beverage Association has denied that soda causes tooth decay.

    May 29, 2013 8:16 PM

  10. Suit Up! Neil Patrick Harris to Host Emmys Matt Sayles

    10. Neil Patrick Harris to Host Emmys

    Looks like this year's Emmys are gonna be legen ... wait for it ... dary! Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmy Awards for the second time, CBS announced on Wednesday. Harris has won several of the television award statuettes himself, four for his work on How I Met Your Mother, two for hosting the Tony Awards, and one for his “Dream On”–belting cameo on Glee. “I couldn't be more honored and excited to be hosting this year's Emmy Awards,” Harris said in a statement. “And what perfect timing—I’ll just do the exact same script I’m about to use for the Tonys. ‘And the Emmy for Best Revival of a Musical goes to ‘Breaking Bad!’ See, told you it works.” The Emmys air on CBS on Sunday September 22.

    May 29, 2013 5:49 PM

  11. INBOX OVERLORD Google Gets All Up in Your Email

    11. Google Gets All Up in Your Email

    Soon, Google boasts, it will be rummaging through your email—and you’ll like it! The Internet company unveiled a new inbox for Gmail on Wednesday that promises to put users with information overload “back in control” by sorting and organizing messages into categories, like “social” or “promotional.” Fear not, though: people who don’t prefer an omniscient organizational hand in their mailbox can always switch back to the classic look. Google will roll out the new versions on desktop, Android, and iOS within the next few weeks.

    May 29, 2013 4:05 PM

  12. THE SEARCH IS OVER College Football Star Found Dead Getty Images

    12. College Football Star Found Dead

    The body of former Grand Valley State quarterback Cullen Finnerty was found Tuesday night, bringing an end to a three-day search by local authorities and about 100 volunteers familiar with the college football player’s glory on the field. Finnerty’s family reported him missing Sunday after he failed to return from a fishing trip to their Michigan cabin. They last spoke to him Sunday, they said, during a frantic phone call he made to a family member, which led them to believe he might be “having some kind of a mental episode—that he was either afraid or something and ran off into the woods," according to the local sheriff. Authorities suspect no foul play. An autopsy is planned.

    May 29, 2013 2:21 PM


    13. Afghanistan Red Cross Attacked

    Afghan insurgents are continuing to target the offices of aid organizations, this time the Red Cross’s office in Jalalabad. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate while two gunmen entered the building. Reuters reports that all six people on the foreign staff are safe, but dozens of Afghans also work in the building. One guard was reportedly killed in the initial explosion. Less than a week ago, insurgents attacked the International Organization for Migration office in Kabul, killing three civilians and injuring four aid workers.

    May 29, 2013 11:46 AM

  14. YOU BETTER WORK Breadwinning Moms on the Rise Betsie Van Der Meer/Getty Creative

    14. Breadwinning Moms on the Rise

    More moms than ever are bringing home the bacon (and are probably still expected to fry it in a pan). According to a new study from Pew Research, women are the sole or primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of homes—up from just 11 percent in 1960. Sixty-three percent of these providing parents are single, but the rest are married mothers bringing home more than dad does. Pew also reveals conflicting attitudes about the trend: half of respondents say kids are better off in families with nonworking moms. Public perception aside, Pew says, with marriage rates declining and the job market changing, the trend of earning moms is likely to continue.

    May 29, 2013 11:47 AM

  15. Sorry, He's Not Sorry Adam Levine Probably Doesn't Hate America C Flanigan

    15. Adam Levine Probably Doesn't Hate America

    Adam Levine proved that he is neither a gracious loser nor a very patriotic American Tuesday night when two of his favorite teammembers were voted off "The Voice." Clearly upset and unwilling to accept blame for his proteges' failures, the singer took it out on the millions of Americans who tune in every week to watch him sit smugly in that red swivel chair--and the millions of Americans who don't. "I hate this country," Levine muttered uknowingly into a hot mic. When the Maroon Five frontman's Twitter was inundated with the outrage of offended fans, he was hardly apologetic, tweeting the definitions of the words "joke" and "humorless."

    May 29, 2013 11:41 AM


    16. Report: Lincoln Chafee to Change Parties

    Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is reportedly looking to switch party affiliations and become a Democrat in advance of his 2014 reelection bid. Elected as an independent in 2010 in a three-way race, Chafee, a former Republican senator, has suffered from low approval ratings in the Ocean State. He will likely face a tough race against a handful of Democrats, including Angel Taveras, the mayor of Providence, and Gina Raimondo, the state treasurer.

    May 29, 2013 12:41 PM

  17. Damage Control JCPenney Drops ‘Hitler Teapot’

    17. JCPenney Drops ‘Hitler Teapot’

    Apparently not wanting to be linked with Nazis, JCPenney has wiped out all signs of the so-called Hitler teapot. The California billboard that started the meme was taken down yesterday, and the online listing for the Michael Graves kettle has been taken down. After Reddit seized on the billboard, JCPenney spent yesterday saying that any similarity between the tea kettle and Hitler was unintentional. But it wasn’t all bad news for the embattled retailer: the kettle, which cost about $40, sold out almost immediately. Now they’re going for $199 on eBay.

    May 29, 2013 11:55 AM

  18. QUEEN OF RAGE Bachmann Not Running for Reelection Alex Wong/Getty

    18. Bachmann Won't Run for Reelection

    It’s the end of an era. Michele Bachmann announced early Wednesday morning in a YouTube video on her campaign Web site (taking a cue from Anthony Weiner?) that she would not be running for reelection to the House of Representatives in 2014. Bachmann insisted her decision had nothing to do with the “recent inquiries into the activities of my presidential campaign,” but she did not address the recent congressional ethics investigation. She also said her decision “was not influenced by any concerns about being reelected,” despite her narrowest victory yet in 2012 against Democrat Jim Graves, who has already announced he is running in 2014. Never one to let her opposition to Obamacare go unmentioned, Bachmann said she will spend her last 18 months in Congress opposing the health-care law.

    May 29, 2013 6:46 AM

  19. EXCUSEZ-MOI? James Lipton: I Was a Pimp Anthony Behar/NBCU-Bravo, via Getty

    19. James Lipton: I Was a Pimp

    Is this how James Lipton books people for Inside the Actor’s Studio? The actor said Tuesday that he was a pimp in Paris in the 1960s—and he said it was “perfectly respectable” to go into that business. Um, sure, but was it respectable to get into it by a prostitute friend? Because that’s apparently how he got into it. “It was a different time,” Lipton told Parade magazine—so much so that he no longer supports people buying sex.

    James Lipton stopped by 'Today' to explain his prurient past.

    May 29, 2013 7:16 AM

  20. IS TRUE LOVE REAL? Miley Cyrus’s Wedding Is Off Jason Merritt/Getty

    20. Miley Cyrus’s Wedding Is Off

    Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus are calling it quits—for real this time. The famous fiancés had been on again, off again for a while, but their official breakup comes weeks after an intervention from Hemsworth's brothers. Chris and Luke Hemsworth were concerned about their 23-year-old brother's engagement to the 20-year-old pop star, who's inconsistently worn the 3.5-carat diamond ring he gave her when he proposed last June. Tabloids floated the rumor that Liam Hemsworth had some sort of dalliance with Mad Men star January Jones.

    May 29, 2013 11:23 AM

  21. TEN TOO MANY Depardieu: I Was Too Drunk to Understand Charges Musa Sadulayev/AP

    21. Depardieu: I Was Too Drunk to Understand Charges

    This is definitely an unusual defense. A lawyer for Gerard Depardieu said the actor was too drunk to understand charges after he fell off his moped in Paris in November. Eric de Caumont admitted Depardieu had been drinking champagne, but said that his client did not understand what was going on when he was questioned by police. Paris police said Depardieu was “conscious, lucid, and able to understand” when they questioned him. Depardieu faces being fined around $5,000 and banned from driving for 10 months under the drunk-driving charges.

    May 29, 2013 7:28 AM

  22. NEXT ACT Larry King to Join Russian TV Bryan Steffy / Getty Images Entertainment

    22. Larry King to Join Russian TV

    If Larry King had trouble remember the names of his American guests, imagine what it’s going to be like learning Russian names? The longtime CNN host is joining the 24-hour Russian cable network RT with a new show called Politics With Larry King. King, who hosted Larry King Live on CNN for 25 years before retiring in 2010, will still be hosting his Hulu series Larry King Now, which will also be broadcast on RT. His shows will be based in Los Angeles and Washington.

    Larry King: champion of the awkward TV interview.

    May 29, 2013 9:13 AM

  23. JUST NO Steven Seagal Wanted to Go to Chechnya Aleksey Nikolskyi/AFP-Getty

    23. Steven Seagal Wanted to Go to Chechnya

    Was Congress worried that Chechens didn’t like Under Siege? Sources told Politico that actor Steven Seagal wanted to be part of a congressional trip to Chechnya, but that lawmakers backed out at the last minute. The trip is part of a House committee’s investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, who were of Chechen origin. Seagal reportedly “facilitated” the trip (he apparently is friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin), but lawmakers were wary of traveling to the region with Putin, given his human-right records. Maybe Hollywood will decide to make a movie out of it anyway.

    May 29, 2013 7:30 AM

  24. PANIC New Virus a ‘Threat to the World’ BSIP/UIG via Getty

    24. New Virus a ‘Threat to the World’

    Don’t be alarmed. But the U.N. World Health Organization’s director-general has called a new SARS-like virus found in humans "a threat to the entire world." At the 66th World Assembly in Geneva, Margaret Chan said her "greatest concern" is encouraging countries to come together to tackle the coronavirus, which has killed 23 so far. The virus attacks the respiratory system, and its symptoms include fever and cough. "We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its potential threat," Chan said.

    May 28, 2013 9:56 PM

  25. NOT ON A PIG Obama Jokes About Lipstick on Collar Brendan Smialowski/AFP-Getty

    25. Obama Jokes About Lipstick on Collar

    Maybe now when you google “Obama lipstick,” the first thing that comes up won’t be his “lipstick on a pig” comments from 2008. The president showed up to a dinner at the White House with lipstick on his collar, which he quickly blamed on an attendee. Obama praised the “warmth” at the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month celebration, and then said the lipstick was a result of “this warmth.” “Where’s Jessica Sanchez? It wasn’t Jessica. It was her aunt,” Obama told the crowd. “Where is she? Auntie, right there. Look at this. Look at it. I just want everyone to witness. I do not want to get in trouble with Michelle, so I’m calling you out in front of everybody.” How charming.

    May 29, 2013 7:11 AM


    26. Suspect: I Stabbed French Soldier

    The man suspected of stabbing a French soldier on the street in Paris has confessed, authorities said on Wednesday. Paris prosecutor Xavier Molins said the suspect, who goes only by Alexandre, was likely acting out of “religious ideology.” The suspect is reportedly a convert to Islam and had already been on the radar of authorities since he was caught praying on a public street in 2007.

    May 29, 2013 6:56 AM

  27. NEW JOB Apple Hires Former EPA Administrator Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    27. Apple Hires Former EPA Administrator

    Apple announced Tuesday that it hired Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator during President Obama's first term, to be the company's senior environmental adviser. Jackson, who will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook, said in a statement that the company has been "raising the bar for energy efficiency in the electronics industry." Jackson oversaw many of the Obama administration's boldest environmental policies, including implementing rules that forced automakers to double fuel-efficiency standards. Apple has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint and is looking to rely more on renewable energy sources.

    May 29, 2013 11:15 AM

  28. YIKES Chinese Baby’s Mom Present During Rescue Shaanxi TV via AP Video

    28. Toilet Baby’s Mom Was at Rescue

    The story of the Chinese baby rescued from a sewage pipe just got sadder. Apparently the newborn’s mother was present the whole time during the two-hour rescue but did not admit to having given birth to the baby boy until confronted by police. Police reportedly found blood-stained toilet paper and baby toys in the woman’s apartment in the building where the baby was discovered, China’s state-run media reported. The woman reportedly told police that she could not afford an abortion—and that she tried to save the baby when he slipped into the sewer line and she alerted the landlord. She said she wanted to raise him, despite the claim that his father has denied responsibility after a one-night stand.

    May 29, 2013 7:14 AM