Say what?
June 9, 2014

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) on Monday pooh-poohed the notion that humans are causing climate change, saying in an interview on MSNBC that the theory makes no sense given the extinction of the dinosaurs.

After Miller expressed skepticism about whether climate change itself was even a real threat, host Richard Lui asked him about the key "man-made" distinction. (Many on the right accept climate change but deny humans are to blame for it.) Miller's response: "Then why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Were there men that were causing — were there cars running around at that point, that were causing global warming?"--Jon Terbush

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No matter how you feel about Tom Cruise, he does one helluva lip sync. But Jimmy Fallon, as genial as he seems, is also very competitive. So their lip-sync battle on Monday's Tonight Show really feels like a battle, a rarity on Fallon's jovial Tonight Show. "This is so ridiculous," Cruise said, smiling. "I love it." He then attacked the contest as intensely as he does everything else.

Cruise started things off by nailing "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weekend, but Fallon came back with a more-than-respectable Stones song. When Cruise countered with both sides of an old Meat Loaf duet, it was pretty much over. At the end, it looked like the two performers might go for love, not war, with Fallon throwing in the towel and inviting Cruise back to do a duet to the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," a throwback to Top Gun, but they just ended up fighting for the attention of a woman in the front row of the audience. You can watch the entire face-off below. Peter Weber

July 27, 2015
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While writing a piece for The Daily Beast about Donald Trump's ex-wife Ivana using "rape" to describe an incident between the pair while they were still married, writers Tim Mak and Brandy Zazrozny asked Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization, for comment. And boy, did they get a comment.

"You're talking about the front runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody," Cohen said, according to The Daily Beast. "And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can't rape your spouse.... It is true," he added. "You cannot rape your spouse. And there's very clear case law." (This is not accurate: In New York, the marital rape exemption law was struck down in 1984.)

The allegations first appeared in the 1993 book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, by Harry Hurt III. Hurt wrote that Ivana stated in a deposition from their divorce proceedings that after a fight caused by Donald having scalp-reduction surgery, things turned violent and she was raped. Before the book was published, Ivana released a statement saying that while she "felt violated" and did say during the deposition that he raped her, she did "not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense." Donald has denied the incident ever took place, and called Hurt "a guy without much talent.... He is a guy that is an unattractive guy who is a vindictive and jealous person."

Those words sound almost quaint compared to the diatribe Cohen apparently unleashed against Mak and Zazrozny. He threatened a lawsuit if the story was published, they recount, promising to "take you for every penny you still don't have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know. So I'm warning you, tread very f—ing lightly, because what I'm going to do to you is going to be f—ing disgusting. You understand me?" Cohen later reiterated the fact that he was ready to go to court, telling The Daily Beast: "You write a story that has Mr. Trump's name in it, with the word 'rape,' and I'm going to mess your life up...for as long as you're on this frickin''re going to have judgments against you, so much money, you'll never know how to get out from underneath it." So far, Cohen has yet to sue The Daily Beast or its reporters for every penny they still don't have. Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2015

A fire that quickly engulfed a pool at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday was fueled by decorative trees that are not regulated by Clark County codes.

Current codes govern structures like pool decks and cabanas, but not plants and outdoor furniture, Ron Lynn, director of the county's Department of Building and Fire Prevention, told reporters Monday. The fire started in a cabana at the Bamboo Pool, then spread to the trees, which were made from high-density foam and plastic. One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and another was treated at the scene. The fire was put out within 30 minutes, and the pool reopened Sunday.

Lynn said officials are still trying to get to the bottom of what caused the fire, and will likely take a close look at the role the trees played in the fire, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Lynn also said officials might need to establish new rules to control the use of fake trees. Catherine Garcia

the search is on
July 27, 2015

A Coast Guard official says that as long as current water conditions remain the same, two teenage boys lost at sea off the Florida coast could likely survive for four or five days.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, were last seen Friday at 1:30 p.m. buying gas at a marina in Jupiter, Florida. On Sunday, their boat was found capsized off the coast of Ponce de Leon Inlet, but there was no sign of Stephanos or Cohen. Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor said that while the water in the area is relatively warm, it's still a dangerous environment. Fedor also told ABC News that he's hopeful the boys are holding onto either a lifejacket or cooler, which was believed to be onboard the boat.

Family members told the Coast Guard that the teens mentioned going towards the Bahamas. Rescuers are focusing on the area north of where the boat was found, and by midnight Monday, crews will have searched more than 27,000 square miles, an area roughly the size of West Virginia. Catherine Garcia

This just in
July 27, 2015
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On Monday, the governing board of the Boy Scouts of America voted to end its ban on gay scout leaders.

The national executive board came to the conclusion that the policy "was no longer legally defensible," and the decision was approved by 79 percent of the board, NBC News reports. Local scouting units can still bar gay applicants from leadership positions if hiring them would violate religious beliefs. "This change allows Scouting's members and parents to select local units chartered by organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families," the Boy Scouts said in a statement. About 70 percent of local scouting units are sponsored by religious organizations, with many speaking out about the ban in the past.  Catherine Garcia

this is horrible
July 27, 2015

A tourist is suspected of paying a safari operator $55,000 in order to kill Cecil, a 13-year-old lion who lived in a national park in Zimbabwe.

Cecil was well known, and wore a GPS collar as part of a research project with Oxford University. Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told CNN that Cecil was lured out of a national park with food, shot with a crossbow, tracked for 40 more hours, and then shot and killed July 6. Rodrigues said Cecil's skin and head, which was cut off as a trophy, were found and are being held as evidence. The tourist is believed to be a Spaniard, and three other people may have been involved.

Only the operator of the safari, a member of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association, has been arrested, and has a hearing set for August 6. Cecil's death is hitting David Macdonald of Oxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit hard. "It's not many months ago that I watched Cecil with my hand on my heart as he strayed toward a hunting concession," he said. "On that occasion he turned back into the protection of the park, but this time he made a fatal mistake and I feel deeply sad, personally." Macdonald said that research has shown when a male lion is killed, it has a ripple effect and can lead to the deaths of other males and his cubs. Cecil regularly mated with about six lionesses, and leaves behind around 24 cubs. Catherine Garcia

campaign 2016
July 27, 2015
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In an interview conducted entirely in Spanish on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said he was "herido" — the Spanish word for "hurt" — by comments Donald Trump made about Mexican immigrants last month, specifically that those coming to the U.S. are "rapists" who are bringing "drugs" and "crime" to the country.

“I was hurt hearing somebody speaking in such a vulgar fashion,” Bush, whose wife is from Mexico, told MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart. "This makes solving this problem much more difficult. When we can have politicians like that we cannot progress. In a political sense it was bad, and it creates an environment that is worse."

Bush also took issue with another GOP presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, who over the weekend said President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran will "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." Bush told reporters in Orlando that he does not agree with the deal, but added, "The use of that kind of language is just wrong. This is not the way we're going to win elections and that's not how we're going to solve problems. So, unfortunate remark — not quite sure why he felt compelled to say it." Catherine Garcia

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