2014 Watch
July 28, 2014

Natalie Tennant, West Virginia's Secretary of State and now the Democratic nominee for a U.S. Senate seat, is widely seen as a serious underdog against the Republican nominee, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, in the race to succeed retiring Democrat Jay Rockefeller. So in her debut TV ad, Tennant promises to cut off power for President Obama — literally.

"Where do they think their electricity comes from?" an indignant Tennant says, over a visual of the White House.

"You and I know it's our hard-working West Virginia coal miners that power America," Tennant adds, as she is shown standing proudly outside a power plant. "I've fought to protect our coal jobs right alongside [Democratic Sen.] Joe Manchin, and I'll stand up to leaders of both parties who threaten our way of life."

"I'll make sure President Obama gets the message," she concludes, as she then flips a large switch downward at the power plant — setting off a series of events that result in the lights going out at the White House.

Literally cutting off power to Obama might actually be kind of mild in comparison to what Joe Manchin previously did to distance himself from the national Democrats. Back in West Virginia's 2010 race for the U.S. Senate, Manchin ran an ad in which he told the voters, "I'll take dead aim at the cap-and-trade bill," as he fired his rifle into a printed representation of the proposed bill. And it worked for him, at least in that particular election. Eric Kleefeld

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If you've ever wondered what the Joker would look like if he shopped at Hot Topic, now you know.

To celebrate the Joker's 75th anniversary, Suicide Squad director David Ayer on Friday shared a teaser image of Jared Leto as the film's interpretation of the iconic Batman character.

In contrast to previous takes on the villain, the film seems to be going for more of a hip, edgy Joker who could just as easily be seen burning down Gotham as he could be seen sneaking cigarettes behind the high school while cursing his parents. The content of the tattoos may scream "crazy!", but the neat artistry of the designs whispers "Crazytown." Jon Terbush

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Famed Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner on Friday came out as transgender in an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, saying he is transitioning from male to female.

"For all intents and purposes, I'm a woman," Jenner said.

"Bruce lives a lie," the 65-year-old Jenner added. "She is not a lie. I can't do it anymore."

Jenner said his struggles with gender identity began as a child when he would try on his mother's clothing, and it continued in private for decades even as he became a masculine icon while winning gold in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. In recent months, tabloid rumors abounded surrounding Jenner's then-alleged transition. Jon Terbush

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A powerful earthquake on Saturday struck Nepal near the capital Kathmandu, killing hundreds of people and leaving extensive damage across the area. Rescuers are picking through the rubble, and the death toll, which rapidly rose to around 700 in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, is expected to rise further.The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the initial quake's magnitude at 7.8, with at least 15 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or above. Jon Terbush

Quotables
April 24, 2015
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If there's one person who's glad the Senate gridlock over Loretta Lynch's attorney general nomination is over, it's the man she's set to replace.

The Senate finally voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general yesterday, five months after President Obama named her his nominee. Eric Holder, the outgoing attorney general, had announced he would stay at the Justice Department until a successor was named when he resigned in September — but he probably didn't anticipate another half-year in Washington. As months passed and Holder's term dragged on, some of his staff started circulating black rubber wristbands with the message "Free Eric Holder" as a protest of Lynch's protracted nomination.

Now, seven months after announcing his resignation, Holder finally made his goodbye speech Friday. In it, he proclaimed: "I think we can officially say now that Eric Holder is free." He then reportedly took the "Free Eric Holder" wristbands off his wrist and threw them into the audience.

Consider Eric Holder's mic dropped. Kimberly Alters

This doesn't look good
April 24, 2015
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Robert Downey Jr. walked out of an interview with London's Channel 4 News earlier this week, and the rest of his Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour hasn't fared much better.

In an interview with The Guardian on Thursday, Downey was asked about a 2014 statement by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who said that superhero films were a form of "cultural genocide" for promoting a right-wing agenda.

Downey's response? "Look, I respect the hell out of him, and I think for a man whose native tongue is Spanish to be able to put together a phrase like 'cultural genocide' just speaks to how bright he is," he told The Guardian.

Cosmopolitan for Latinas has deemed Downey's remarks "racist," and E! Online adds that the comment suggests "that native Spanish speakers couldn't be as smart as native English speakers." Downey isn't the only one struggling on this press junket, though: His co-stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner called Scarlett Johansson's Avengers character, Black Widow, a "slut" and a "whore" in an interview this week, for which they have since apologized. Meghan DeMaria

America the Beautiful
April 24, 2015
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It turns out the real threat to America's children is that they don't have enough deep-fried food.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller (R) wrote a letter to the editor of The Houston Chronicle on Thursday, calling for a 10-year ban on deep-fat fryers and soda machines in Texas public schools to be overturned. Miller wrote that the fight is "not about French fries, it's about freedom."

In response to arguments about childhood obesity and health, Miller stated that school districts, not the state, should have the freedom to make these decisions. "I will always support decision-making at the local level," Miller wrote.

Miller officially proposed reinstating deep fryers in public schools in March, and The Texas Tribune reports that he is expected to announce this summer whether the Texas Department of Agriculture will repeal the ban. Meghan DeMaria

Only in America
April 24, 2015

Ohio middle-school officials erased the word "feminist" from an eighth-grader's T-shirt in a class photo to "prevent any unintended controversies."

Sophie Thomas was shocked to see that her shirt had been photoshopped to erase the word, but the principal explained it might be "offensive" to some people. "I just want to spread equality," Thomas said. The Week Staff

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