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July 15, 2014

After just six short weeks on the Great White Way, the Tupac Shakur–themed musical Holler if Ya Hear Me is ending its Broadway run on Sunday. Granted, it is notoriously difficult to predict what will be a hit on Broadway — before it was a huge Broadway success itself, Mel Brooks' The Producers was wryly noting the fickleness of Broadway crowds — but surely a musical about a political rapper was a bigger risk than most.

Last week's half-empty audiences were the last straw, but the $8 million production never brought in more than $175,000 a week, The New York Times reports, making it "one of the worst-selling musicals of recent years." Lead producer Eric L. Gold hinted at the challenge last week, telling Variety that "if we don't succeed, it's going to be difficult to do another rap or hip hop show on Broadway."

In fact, another rap musical, Hamilton, is expected on Broadway in the 2015-16 season. Maybe it will do better against the Disney juggernauts and musicals based on the music of Billy Joel, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and Abba. If you don't get a chance to see Holler before Sunday, here's a taste of the show — and a bullish assessment of its chances — from some of its stars. --Peter Weber

12:16 p.m. ET

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Tuesday that there is "no evidence" that President Trump's ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "complied with the law" when he worked on behalf of foreign governments and then failed to fully disclose his payments in his security clearance application. Flynn does not appear to have asked permission or informed the U.S. government before accepting payments for his appearances before Russian organizations or his company's lobbying work for a firm linked to the Turkish government, ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said.

Flynn did not register as a foreign agent until after he was forced to resign from the Trump administration in February. "Personally I see no evidence or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law," Chaffetz said Tuesday, after the committee met to review its first batch of documents on Flynn. Chaffetz called Flynn's actions "inappropriate" and warned "there are repercussions for the violation of the law."

Watch Chaffetz's announcement below. Becca Stanek

11:52 a.m. ET
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White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short has refused the House Oversight Committee's request for documents regarding ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The House committee is investigating whether Flynn, who registered as a foreign agent after he was forced to resign from Trump's administration over his dealings with Russia, fully disclosed his work for foreign governments on his security clearance application.

In a letter, Short said some of the requested documents were in the custody of the Department of Defense, not the White House. In the case of other documents, Short wrote that the White House was "unable to accommodate" the requests. Short's response arrived as the committee convened Tuesday to review its first set of documents on Flynn, provided by the Pentagon.

Previous documents released by the White House at the beginning of April revealed Flynn had not disclosed income he'd received from three Russia-linked firms. Flynn's lobbying company has also been found to have worked for a firm linked to the Turkish government while Flynn was serving as a top adviser to Trump's presidential campaign.

Flynn is one of the major players from the Trump administration being looked at in FBI, House, and Senate investigations into the Trump team's ties to Russia's election meddling. Becca Stanek

10:51 a.m. ET

A 101-year-old woman won the 100-meter dash in New Zealand's World Masters Games — although admittedly, there was no one else in the 100+ age category competing against her.

Man Kaur, of India, completed the race in one minute and 14 seconds, The New Zealand Herald reports. While elite sprinters can finish the distance in a dozen seconds or less, at least one onlooker couldn't believe her eyes. "It was something special," said Clasina van der Veeken, 85, who won a silver medal in her own age category. "I was very pleased she was so healthy and still can do it."

Kaur began training in track and field with her son at the age of 94, so you will never have an excuse not to get started. "She is very happy being here," her translator told the Herald. "She feels like everybody here is her son."

Watch Kaur cross the finish line — admittedly not very quickly, although it is riveting to watch — below. Jeva Lange

10:35 a.m. ET
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Beyoncé's visual album Lemonade is the gift that keeps on giving. To celebrate the album's one-year anniversary, the pop icon announced Tuesday that she's founded "Formation Scholars," a program that will award college scholarships to four young women for the 2017-2018 academic year. Beyoncé said the point of the program is to celebrate young women who are "unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious, and confident."

Participating schools are historically black colleges Howard University and Spelman College, as well as Berklee College of Music and Parsons School of Design; one student per college will be chosen to receive Beyoncé's scholarship. Female "incoming, current or graduate students pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies" are eligible to apply, per Beyoncé's website. More information about the application process can be found on the schools' websites.

Eligible young ladies, get in formation. Becca Stanek

9:39 a.m. ET

During his show's opening monologue Monday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity vehemently denied allegations of sexual harassment and blasted the left for pushing such "slander" in an effort to silence "conservative voices." "I can no longer let the left's slander against me slide," Hannity said.

"If there's any person, any group, any organization, any media outlet that slanders, lies about me, besmirches me, my character, I'm going to be calling them out. Because at this point, enough is enough."

Hannity's denouncement followed former Fox News guest Debbie Schlussel's claim in a recent radio interview that Hannity retaliated against her after she declined his invitation to go back to his hotel room by never again inviting her to appear on the network. She has since clarified that she would not characterize Hannity's actions as sexual harassment; she said she simply found Hannity "weird and creepy."

Hannity read aloud the statement he'd provided to LawNewz adamantly denying the claims, which he reiterated were made by an individual who "for over a decade has made the most outrageous, unfair, untrue allegations against me." While he fully intends to fight "every single lie" by "all legal means available," he suggested the recent allegations were about more than just him.

He described it as part of a "coordinated attempt to silence the voice of every outspoken conservative in this country." "Liberal fascism is alive and well in America today," Hannity said, warning that "everyone who has publicly supported President Trump is a target."

Watch Hannity's opening monologue below. Becca Stanek

9:36 a.m. ET
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NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring from racing at the end of the 2017 season, Hendrick Motorsports reported Tuesday.

Earnhardt, 42, spent 18 seasons behind the wheel, totaling more than 600 races. He has won two Daytona 500 crowns and two championships, and has been voted NASCAR's Most Popular Driver a record 14 consecutive times. Earnhardt's father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., was a NASCAR Hall of Famer who died in 2001 in a collision in the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Earnhardt missed the final 18 races of 2016 due to a concussion. In his eight starts this year, he has one top-10 finish. Earnhardt's final NASCAR Cup Series race will take place on Nov. 19, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeva Lange

9:18 a.m. ET
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Ivanka Trump was grilled and booed at a summit on women entrepreneurship in Berlin on Tuesday during what marked her international debut as an official representative of the United States, Politico reports. Trump was at "W20," a women-centric forum at the G20 conference, at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trump was put on the defensive from the first question. "You're the first daughter of the United States, and you're also an assistant to the president," the moderator, Miriam Meckel, said. "The German audience is not that familiar with the concept of a first daughter. I'd like to ask you, what is your role, and who are you representing, your father as president of the United States, the American people, or your business?"

Politico reports Trump seemed to be put on the spot. "Certainly not the latter," she replied. "I'm rather unfamiliar with this role as well ... It has been a little under 100 days and it has just been a remarkable and incredible journey."

The crowd apparently did not warm to Trump as the conversation went on; she was later booed when she praised her father as a "tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive." "You hear the reaction from the audience," the moderator challenged. "I need to address one more point — some attitudes toward women your father has displayed might leave one questioning whether he's such an empowerer for women."

Throughout the conversation, Trump dodged a number of questions by claiming she is still learning and listening. "I'm striving to think about how best to empower women in the economy," she said. "I have no doubt that coming out of this trip I'll be more informed." Jeva Lange

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