Comics Fans Assemble!
July 17, 2014

Marvel Comics is rolling out its latest revamp of one of its main superheroes — following up on the announcement that a woman will pick up the hammer of Thor — with an African-American character becoming the new Captain America.

In the comic's storyline an incapacitated Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, will hand off the role to his longtime friend and superhero partner the Falcon, real name Sam Wilson, to take over in the patriotic costume and iconic circular shield.

Sam Wilson has a long history as part of the Captain America mythos. The Falcon first appeared as an ally of Captain America in 1969, co-created by Marvel's legendary writer and editor Stan Lee. Then during the 1970's, a time when some Marvel books were retitled to have the main hero teamed up with a partner, the two characters shared the billing as Captain America and the Falcon. In the most recent Captain America movie, the Falcon was portrayed by Anthony Mackie.

Joe Quesada, the chief executive at Marvel Entertainment, made the announcement Wednesday night during an appearance on The Colbert Report. The company has also posted a picture of the new Captain America, with a design that combines both the traditional Captain America costume and that of the Falcon. --Eric Kleefeld

Royal baby madness
10:14 a.m. ET

If you placed your money on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge naming their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, now is the time to claim your winnings.

Will and Kate left the hospital with their new princess on Saturday evening, but at the time of her birth, the baby did not have a name. Now, the U.K.'s ITV News reports that the baby's name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Princess Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne, after Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George. According to The Guardian, Charlotte is the closest female in line for the throne since Princess Anne's birth, almost 65 years ago. Meghan DeMaria

Memory Lane
9:52 a.m. ET

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is running for president. This will be her second bid for office — in 2010, she tried and failed to win a Senate seat in California. And in the process, she released one of the most blissfully bad campaign ads in recent memory.

Watch it if you haven't. Watch it again if you have. It's that good. And bad.

The gist of the video is that Fiorina's primary opponent Tom Campbell (whom she eventually crushed by nearly 35 percentage points) is a "fiscal conservative in name only" — a wolf in sheep's clothing, if you will. But he's not actually a wolf in sheep's clothing. He's a glowing-eyed "demon sheep," as Rachel Slajda perfectly dubbed it.

The demon sheep shows up around the 2:25 mark. But really, watch the whole thing. It's great.

Fiorina went on to lose the general election to Democrat Barbara Boxer. Ben Frumin

2016 Watch
9:47 a.m. ET

Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO running for president, has no political experience. Campaigning for president will be a learning process, then, and the first lesson came Monday with the revelation that Fiorina neglected to nail down at least one obvious domain name ahead of her launch. As a result, the site displays no information about Fiorina's vision for America, but rather thousands of mocking emoticons representing HP layoffs under her watch.

Fiorina is not the first 2016 candidate to run into this problem. Domain squatters also trolled Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) with a pro-Obama, pro-immigration reform message. Jon Terbush

In a galaxy far, far away
9:15 a.m. ET

Every year, Star Wars fans celebrate what's informally known as Star Wars Day by greeting each other with the phrase "May the Fourth be with you." It's a quaint old tradition, but this year, Vanity Fair is giving fans a very generous Star Wars Day gift: a new behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The brief glimpse of Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz's visit to the set yields some intriguing new images, including shots of the new characters played by Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong'o, and Adam Driver, seen without his mask for the first time.

To look at the full portfolio of Leibovitz's Star Wars: Episode VII shoot, click over to Vanity Fair. Scott Meslow

This just in
8:59 a.m. ET
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While the Clinton Foundation has accepted millions of dollars in foreign donations while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, Bill Clinton says that if the foundation broke any rules or could be considered a conflict of interest, he wasn't aware of it.

"There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy," Clinton told NBC News. "That just hasn't happened."

Clinton added that the foundation will "come as close as we can during [Hillary Clinton's] presidential campaign to following the rules we followed when she became secretary of state." After falling under scrutiny, the foundation recently announced it will only accept donations from six Western governments.

Clinton went as far as to suggest that he would consider stepping down as head of the foundation if Hillary Clinton is elected president. "I might if I were asked to do something in the public interest that I had an obligation to do. Or I might take less of an executive role," Clinton told NBC News. "But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it." Meghan DeMaria

This just in
8:13 a.m. ET
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In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America, Carly Fiorina formally announced that she will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

"Yes, I am running for president," Fiorina told George Stephanopoulos. "I think I'm the best person for the job, because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who's in it, how the world works." She added that America's government has turned into "a giant, bloated, unaccountable, corrupt bureaucracy."

Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard executive, doesn't believe that the fact she's never held an elected office disqualifies her from being president. She said that while traveling America, she found that most people are "tired of the political class, and they believe that we need to return to a citizen government." Meghan DeMaria

campaign 2016
7:02 a.m. ET
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Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson effectively announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on a local TV show on Sunday. He won't be the new candidate on the block for long: On Monday, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will announce her candidacy, followed a day later by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. This will be Huckabee's second run for the GOP nomination, and the first bid by Carson and Fiorina.

Neither Carson nor Fiorina have ever held elected office, though Fiorina ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in California in 2010. Fiorina is expected to stake her campaign on her stint at HP — a notion many in Silicon Valley find odd, The Guardian notes — and on her gender being an asset in an expected contest with Democrat Hillary Clinton. Peter Weber

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