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  1. $$$ CBO: Immigration Bill Cuts Deficit Joe Raedle/Getty Images

    1. CBO: Immigration Bill Cuts Deficit

    In a report released Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office said overhauling the country's immigration system would decrease the federal budget deficit by $197 billion in the first decade. Adding new taxpayers to the rolls would overwhelmingly exceed any costs associated with increased border security and government benefits, according to the report. Between 2024 and 2033, the bill would reduce the deficit by $700 billion if it becomes law.

    June 18, 2013 6:50 PM

  2. OVERHAUL Longtime ‘Today’ Director Dropped David McNew/Getty Images

    2. Longtime ‘Today’ Director Dropped

    Since slipping in the ratings, NBC has been trying to shake things up at Today. The company’s latest move is to drop longtime director Joe Michaels, who has worked on the show since 1989. A replacement hasn’t yet been named, but Michaels will be moving on to the role of senior director, where he will oversee a redesign of the Today set. Executive Producer Don Nash said in a memo last Friday that NBC is “looking at every aspect of the show—tweaking where the show needs tweaking, overhauling where the show needs overhauling.”

     

    June 18, 2013 4:18 PM

  3. CHOICE House Passes ‘Fetal Pain’ Bill Brendan Hoffman/Getty

    3. House Passes ‘Fetal Pain’ Bill

    House Republicans on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” a far-reaching bill that would limit abortions after 20 weeks of conception. That's when, according to the measure’s supporters, a fetus can feel pain, an assertion that has been contested by the medical community. The bill passed with 228 to 196 votes in the House, but has little chance of passage in the Senate, and no chance at all of being signed by President Obama, who in a policy statement on Monday threatened to veto H.R. 1797, calling it an “assault on a woman’s right to choose.”

    Conservative politicians have made many controversial comments about abortion. Here are the most outrageous.

    June 18, 2013 8:32 PM

  4. FREE SPEECH Google Fights to Lift Prism Gag Adam Berry/Getty

    4. Google Fights to Lift Prism Gag

    Google wants to talk. The Internet giant has filed a petition with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to publish top-secret details of FISA requests—the gagging of which, the company claims, violates its First Amendment right to freedom of speech. In a statement, Google explained, “Greater transparency is needed, so today we have petitioned the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to allow us to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures, separately.” Google has joined other tech companies in the last week in a mad PR effort to distance themselves from the NSA’s Prism surveillance program.

    June 18, 2013 4:37 PM

  5. UH-OH Serena Steubenville Quote Stuns Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Burberry

    5. Serena Steubenville Quote Stuns

    A new Rolling Stone profile of Serena Williams reveals the tennis champion’s take on the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case that may have women’s groups up in arms. “I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don’t take drinks from other people,” Williams said. She went on to say that the victim shouldn’t have put herself “in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.” Williams also had some tough comments for her fellow tennis players saying that some of them need to “give it a rest.”

     

     

    June 18, 2013 5:34 PM

  6. WAR ON TERROR NSA: Program Stopped 50 Terrorist Plots Win McNamee/Getty

    6. NSA: Program Stopped 50 Terrorist Plots

    NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander testified on Tuesday that the agency’s surveillance program has stopped roughly 50 terrorist attacks around the globe. Alexander told the House Intelligence Committee that the two programs disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden are crucial to the fight against terrorism and help analysts “connect the dots.” Committee leaders, including chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R–Michigan) were supportive of the NSA’s efforts, saying the data sweeps were vital to the intelligence community.

    FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce detailed four cases in which collaboration between the FBI and the NSA successfully prevented terrorist attacks.

    June 18, 2013 1:29 PM

  7. IN SHOCK Michael Hastings Dead at 33 Paul Morigi/Getty

    7. Michael Hastings Dead at 33

    Journalist Michael Hastings died on Tuesday morning in a car accident, according to a statement from Buzzfeed’s editor in chief, Ben Smith. He was 33 years old. “We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone. Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians,” the statement read. Hastings is perhaps best known for the scathing profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal published in Rolling Stone in 2010, which ended in the Army general’s resignation. Hastings leaves behind a wife, writer Elise Jordan.

    During his impressive and too-short career, Michael Hastings was never shy about voicing his convictions or opinions.

    June 18, 2013 7:25 PM

  8. SEX IN MILITARY Columnist Decries ‘War on Men’ Scott Olson/Getty

    8. Columnist Decries ‘War on Men’

    Despite a report that nearly 26,000 U.S. military members were victims of sexual assault, one Wall Street Journal writer claims that the crackdown is “a political campaign against sexual assault in the military that shows signs of becoming an effort to criminalize male sexuality.” Uh, OK. As part of the mounting “war on men,” he uses the example of Lt. Gen. Susan J. Helms, who pardoned an officer found guilty of sexual assault. James Taranto said that Sen. Claire McCaskill has blocked Helms’s promotion. But as Hannah Groch-Begley of Media Matters puts it, McCaskill is just trying to find out why Helms “ignored her legal advisers and overturned a jury of five Air Force officers.” In his column, Taranto argues that commanders should retain the right to offer clemency, since the Helms case “demonstrates that the authority offers crucial protection for the accused.”

    June 18, 2013 6:42 PM

  9. MOST WANTED Ex-Nazi Charged With War Crimes ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP

    9. Ex-Nazi Charged With War Crimes

    Sixty-five years after he was found guilty and sentenced to death for torturing and helping send Jews to death camps from the Slovak city of Kosice, former Nazi police commander László Csatary was charged with war crimes. The 98-year-old—named the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s most wanted war-crimes suspect—was detained by Hungarian authorities last summer and put under house arrest in Budapest after decades in hiding following his death sentence. “He is charged with the unlawful execution and torture of people, [thus] committing war crimes partially as a perpetrator, partly as an accomplice,” said a spokeswoman for the Budapest Chief Prosecutor’s Office, who added that he “deliberately provided help to the unlawful executions and torture committed against Jews deported to concentration camps.”

    June 18, 2013 8:25 AM

  10. BUNNY CROSSING Playmate Guilty for Smuggling Beau Joe Corrigan/Getty, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department via Getty

    10. Playmate Guilty for Smuggling Beau

    You’d think a playmate could have any guy she wants. Playboy centerfold Colleen Shannon is in hot water for helping her Canadian boyfriend sneak into the U.S. illegally. The blonde bunny and self-described “world’s sexiest DJ” pleaded guilty in a federal court on Tuesday to a felony charge of aiding an illegal immigrant. The playmate’s paramour, Robert Skojo, has a criminal record that bars him from entering the U.S. legally. His list of convictions include drug charges and “procuring sexual services”—a legal term for pimping. She sure knows how to pick ’em.

    June 18, 2013 5:27 PM

  11. PUFF PIECES Women’s Magazines Not Taken Seriously? JOEL SAGET/AFP/GETTY

    11. Women’s Magazines Not Taken Seriously?

    Is there a place for “serious journalism” in women’s magazines? This is the question that Jessica Grose poses in New Republic, on the heels of a Port magazine cover story that featured only male editors. These are the facts: No women’s magazines have been nominated for profile writing in more than a decade, even though comparable lad mags like GQ and Esquire have. No women’s magazines have received nominations in reporting for the American Society of Magazine Editors in the past 30 years. And no women’s magazines have received an ASME nod for fiction in the past 20 years. Grose notes that publications like Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and ELLE may have ceased printing long-form literary articles because of both shifting ad placement and decreased interest level. But as writer Janet Reitman said, “The reality is, and continues to be, that the women who write those stories are ghettoized into the women’s magazine ghetto.”

    June 18, 2013 4:14 PM

  12. RALLYING CRY Protests in Brazil Turn Violent Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty

    Protests in Brazil Turn Violent

    Brazil’s widespread protests went from peaceful to violent Monday night, with police in Rio de Janeiro firing rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who were burning cars and ravaging buildings. Meanwhile, in the capital, Brasília, tens of thousands of people were seen charging on the National Congress building. Two hundred thousand people took to the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities to protest government corruption, rising public transportation costs, and the belief that billions of dollars that could have been spent on health care and education were wasted on stadiums and other preparations for the World Cup and the Olympics. The protests—some of the largest Brazil has ever had—coincide with the beginning of the Confederation Cup.

    With Brazil erupting in protests, watch footage from the streets.

    June 18, 2013 6:23 AM

  13. Can We Be Friends?

    13. U.S., Afghans to Talk With Taliban

    The United States and Afghanistan will begin peace talks with the Taliban at an office in Qatar as early as next week. This new plan was announced as President Hamid Karzai and his country's forces assumed full responsibility for Afghan security Tuesday. "Our country is in the process of a historic event, and from now on, always, all the security responsibility will be conducted and performed by our forces and will be led by our own forces," Karzai declared to military leaders and diplomats at the handoff outside Kabul. During the ceremony, a bomb targeting Mohammad Mohaqiq, a prominent Shiite member of Parliament, exploded outside the Afghan Parliament building, missing Mohaqiq but killing three people and injuring 30 others.

    June 18, 2013 10:27 AM

  14. WTF? Texas Congressman: Fetuses Masturbate Lauren Victoria Burke/AP

    14. Texas Congressman: Fetuses Masturbate

    Pro-lifers may have some compelling arguments, but lately Republicans can’t seem to find them. As the House prepares to debate outlawing all abortions after 20 weeks, Republican Michael Burgess has come out with perhaps the wackiest case for fetal sentience yet. “Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” he said. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?” Before joining Congress, Burgess was, shockingly, an ob-gyn.

    Watch the most outrageous comments on abortion.

    June 18, 2013 10:13 AM

  15. Too Soon Vice Pulls Offensive Suicide Spread AP (Woolf)

    15. Vice Pulls Offensive Suicide Spread

    Vice incited uproar in their all-female fiction issue with “Last Words,” a fashion spread showing models in character as writers from Virginia Woolf to Sylvia Plath, stylishly reenacting their own deaths. After the Internet made its outrage known, the magazine pulled the images from its site and said in a statement emailed to Women in the World:

    The fashion spreads in VICE magazine are always unconventional and approached with an art editorial point-of-view rather than a typical fashion photo-editorial one. Our main goal is to create artful images, with the fashion message following, rather than leading.

    ‘Last Words’ was created in this tradition and focused on the demise of a set of writers whose lives we very much wish weren’t cut tragically short, especially at their own hands. We will no longer display ‘Last Words’ on our website and apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended.

    June 18, 2013 11:15 AM

  16. 2006-2007 GM Recalls 200K SUVs Tim Boyle

    16. GM Recalls 200K SUVs

    Because driving while on fire doesn't sound very safe, General Motors issued a recall of nearly 200,000 midsize SUVs after it was discovered the power door and window on the driver's side can short out and catch fire. The risk is serious enough it can happen when the truck isn't in use, and GM is warning drivers not to park outside until the repairs are done. The recall spans from 2006 through 2007, and owners and dealers can have a protection coating put on it, or have it replaced.

    June 17, 2013 7:52 PM

  17. IT’S A... Did a Bollywood Star Find Out His Baby’s Sex? Rafiq Maqbool/AP

    17. Did a Bollywood Star Find Out His Baby’s Sex?

    Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and his wife could be in big trouble if they know the sex of their unborn child. Though the couple has not publicly confirmed that they’re expecting, local media has reported that they have a baby boy on the way via a surrogate. Prenatal sex tests are banned in India to prevent abortions of female fetuses motivated by a cultural preference for male heirs, and Indian officials are looking into reports about the actor’s alleged son. “We want to know the truth, and if it is true how [the gender] came out and who told it,” the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association said in its demand for an investigation. “Whoever is responsible must be punished.”

    June 18, 2013 8:08 AM

  18. INSPIRATION Report: Kim Jong-un Asked for ‘Mein Kampf’ KNS/AFP/Getty

    18. Report: Kim Jong-un Asked for ‘Mein Kampf’

    What kind of gift does a dictator give his senior officials for his own birthday? Copies of another famous dictator’s manifesto, of course. According to the North Korean news organization New Focus International, which gets its information from volunteer citizens and North Korean defectors, Kim Jong-un distributed copies of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf to high-ranking officials for his birthday back in January. The Nazi leader’s memoir was meant not as an endorsement of Hitler’s party but as a historic example of the simultaneous military and economic development Kim seeks for his own country. A source told New Focus: “Mentioning that Hitler managed to rebuild Germany in a short time following its defeat in World War One, Kim Jong-un issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and asked that practical applications be drawn from it.”

    June 18, 2013 6:55 AM

  19. LIL SH*T STARTER Lil Wayne Dances on the American Flag Jordan Strauss/Invision, via AP

    19. Lil Wayne Dances on the American Flag

    Just over a month after his latest hospitalization for sizzurp-induced seizures, Lil Wayne is back to making music and causing controversy. A clip of Wayne dancing on an American flag during a video shoot for his new song, “God Bless Amerika,” has caused quite a stir on the Internet. But the New Orleans–born rapper is not likely concerned with the public’s opinion, having already told Jimmy Kimmel just last week that he’s planning for retirement.

    June 18, 2013 7:31 AM

  20. FAR-REACHING House to Consider Sweeping Abortion Bill Mark Wilson/Getty

    20. House to Consider Sweeping Abortion Bill

    The Republican-led House of Representatives could kick-start a major challenge against Roe v. Wade on Tuesday, as it considers the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, banning almost all abortions after 20 weeks. Though the House is slated to pass the bill, which the National Right to Life Committee’s legislative director called the “most significant piece of legislation to come before the House since the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act”—President Obama has already threatened to veto it, though the Senate doesn’t even have plans to consider it. Still, eleven states have passed similar laws.

    June 18, 2013 7:28 AM

  21. TOURISTS FLOTUS, Daughters Lunch With Bono AFP

    21. FLOTUS, Daughters Lunch With Bono

    With President Obama in meetings all day during a two-day trip to Ireland, the first lady and their daughters have been taking in the sites in and around Dublin—and meeting for a pub lunch with Bono on the last leg of their trip Tuesday. A crowd of locals gathered outside as Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, arrived with two children before Mrs. Obama, Malia, and Sasha rolled up in their Secret Service cars. The first family got a private guided tour of the Wicklow Mountains National Park before lunch after visiting Trinity College Dublin yesterday. Michelle Obama also spoke to some 2,000 schoolchildren, university students, and graduates in Belfast on Monday, urging the nation’s youth to instigate change for their country’s future.

    June 18, 2013 10:56 AM

  22. TECHNOLOGY! Now You Can 3-D-Print Prosthetic Hands Makerbot

    22. Now You Can 3-D-Print Prosthetic Hands

    Thanks to the work of a Washington puppeteer and a South African carpenter, all it takes is a 3-D printer and about $150 to make a functioning hand. After losing two of his fingers to his table saw in Johannesburg, Richard Van As searched for a way to create prosthetic fingers that he could afford. He reached out to special-effects artist and puppeteer Ivan Owen after discovering a YouTube video Owen posted of one of his puppets—a large hand with bending metal digits. The pair embarked on a cross-continental collaboration that ultimately led them to create Robohands: prosthetic, 3-D-printed hands that they’ve already provided to over 100 children, free of charge.

    June 18, 2013 8:14 AM

  23. BREAKING BARRIERS Military Readies for Women in Combat Scott Olson/Getty

    23. Military Readies for Women in Combat

    As early as 2015, women could finally start preparing for combat roles in the military. New plans, already approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, lay out a timetable for female soldiers to begin training as Army Rangers and Navy SEALs and include possible changes to mental and physical standards—one for male soldiers, one for female—to qualify for certain front-line jobs. The initiative comes after the suggestion, made earlier this year, that the disparity caused by keeping women out of combat might have something to do with the military’s rampant sexual-assault problem.

    June 18, 2013 6:57 AM

  24. SLOW DOWN Boehner Seeks GOP Majority on Immigration Win McNamee/Getty Images

    24. Boehner Seeks GOP Majority on Immigration

    Those who were hoping House Speaker John Boehner would cobble together a coalition on immigration reform that cut out the most conservative members of his party got some bad news Tuesday morning. Boehner has been reassuring his caucus that he's not going to advance the bill without their support. “I have no intention of putting a bill on the floor that will violate the principles of our majority and divide our conference,” Boehner reportedly said during a private meeting. The congressman said he wants to see an immigration-reform bill succeed, and blamed the Democrats for slowing down progress.

     

     

    June 18, 2013 11:59 AM

  25. NOT EVEN CLOSE Obama: I’m No Dick Cheney Mark Wilson/Getty

    25. Obama: I’m No Dick Cheney

    In addition to insisting that the NSA’s not-so-top-secret spying program “is transparent,” President Obama countered the suggestion that he is “Bush-Cheney lite,” during his interview with Charlie Rose Monday night. The president pointed to his deliberation over taking action in Syria—which has also been criticized—as proof that his is a more thoughtful administration than the one before him. “We know what it’s like to rush into war in the Middle East without having thought it through,” he said.

    June 18, 2013 6:28 AM

  26. MAKE WAY Report: Bieber in Car Crash Francois Mori/AP

    26. Report: Bieber in Car Crash

    For someone who is already under investigation for reckless driving, hitting a paparazzo with his Ferrari and then fleeing the scene doesn't seem like the best idea. But that's what Justin Bieber reportedly did on his way out of L.A.'s Laugh Factory Monday night. According to a CBS reporter who saw video footage of the collision, Bieber was trying to get the swarm of paparazzi that surrounded his car outside the Hollywood comedy club to move when he reportedly hit one of the photographers with his Ferrari and drove away. Police have not confimed the hit-and-run report, only that Bieber was involved in an incident Monday night. The paparazzo was treated for a leg injury at a local hospital.   

    June 18, 2013 8:49 AM

  27. STILL SEARCHING Feds Digging for Jimmy Hoffa in Detroit Carlos Osorio/AP

    27. Feds Digging for Jimmy Hoffa in Detroit

    An octogenarian mobster has FBI agents digging holes in a field outside Detroit in hopes of finding the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, the notorious Teamsters boss who went missing in 1975. But while the information provided by alleged gangster-turned-informant Tony Zerilli is believed to be “highly credible,” several hours into the search the agents hadn’t reported finding anything. Still, the head of the FBI’s Detroit office insisted that the digging was justified, telling CNN that Zerilli’s intel—which they’d pored over for months before seeking the court’s permission to take their shovels to the ground—“reached the threshold of probable cause, which was sufficient to allow us to obtain a search warrant. If it didn’t rise to that level, then, certainly, we wouldn’t be out here.”

    June 18, 2013 8:11 AM