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Freezing is the new clean
May 21, 2014
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Today, Levi's classic 501 jeans turn 104, and in celebration, the company is sharing some bold fashion advice. In an interview with Fortune Magazine, Levi's CEO Chip Bergh advised consumers to avoid the washing machine if they want to keep their denim looking sharp. Plus, Bergh added, it's a good way to protect the environment.

So how do you get rid of that smell? Reps for Levi's recently told Elle magazine that throwing your jeans in the freezer should do the trick! Freezing kills bacteria overnight, and as Bergh assured skeptics, he "has yet to get a skin disease or anything else." I'm all for getting a few wears out of my jeans and saving water, but this trend is starting to sound like Sheryl Crow's plan to beat climate change. Kaitlin Roberts

This just in
12:12 p.m. ET
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The tourist suspected of paying a safari operator $55,000 to hunt and kill Zimbabwe's famous lion, Cecil, has been identified as Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota. Though the tourist responsible was initially identified as a Spaniard, two independent sources confirmed Palmer's identity to The Telegraph.

Conservation groups in Zimbabwe are furious about the death of the 13-year-old lion, a beloved and well-known animal at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Cecil was reportedly lured out of the park with food, shot with a crossbow, and then shot and killed with a gun after the hunters tracked him for than 40 hours. Palmer then allegedly skinned and beheaded the lion, leaving its remains on the park's outskirts. Palmer's spokesman claims that Palmer says he "had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides."

Described by his spokesman as a big-game hunter who "hunts the world over," Palmer has made headlines before. In 2009, Palmer was interviewed by The New York Times for slaying "a trophy elk worthy of consideration for the archery record books." Becca Stanek

trump mania
11:48 a.m. ET
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Are you a cuckservative? 

Well, that depends. Are you, nominally, a conservative? Do you support policies that run afoul of ultra-right-wing orthodoxy? Then, yes, you might be a cuckservative, which is like a RINO (Republican In Name Only) but so much worse.

The epithet, a combination of "cuckold" and "conservative," has been gaining in popularity in fringe conservative circles thanks to the rise of Donald Trump, according to Matt Lewis. Lewis, a frequent contributor to The Week, helpfully explained the term's lurid origins in a post at The Daily Caller:

A cuckold, of course, is a legitimate word for the husband of an adulterous wife — but that doesn’t really do justice to what they’re suggesting here, either. The people who throw this term around are most likely referencing a type of pornography whereby a (usually, white) man is "humiliated" (or ironically thrilled) by being forced to watch his wife having sex with another (usually, black) man. I’m not going to link to this, but feel free to Google it.

So what does this have to do with conservatism or politics? By supporting immigration reform, criminal justice reform, etc., a white conservative is therefore surrendering his honor and masculinity (and it won’t be long before his women folk are compromised, as well!). A cuckservative is, therefore, a race traitor. [The Daily Caller]

As Lewis notes, the term is a slur against conservatives used by white supremacists — yet another gift for which we have The Donald to thank.  Ryu Spaeth

that's what the money is for
10:59 a.m. ET
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Mad Men is gone — but if you act now, you can own a small piece of it forever. Lionsgate has announced a special auction consisting of hundreds of Mad Men props, and you can check out the full catalog right now.

The Mad Men auction's Cadillac item is, quite literally, a Cadillac — the 1965 Coupe DeVille driven by Don Draper throughout the series. (Bidding starts at $1500.)

Other key props include Megan Draper's wedding ring ($150), Ken Cosgrove's eyepatch ($100), Roger Sterling's monogrammed money clip ($100), and — most bizarrely — the rope Lane Pryce used to hang himself ($50).

There are more than 1,300 Mad Men items going up for open auction, so there should be something for everyone. Bidding begins on Friday, and continues for a week. Click over to ScreenBids to check out the full roster for yourself. Scott Meslow

out with the old
10:52 a.m. ET
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The worst airport in the entire country — known colloquially to travelers as "hell on earth" but called "LaGuardia" by those who have never had to pass beneath its flickering florescent lights — will be torn down and eventually rebuilt from the ground up. Cue the choir of angels!

The $4 billion project will "replace the airport entirely," and is expected to be finished sometime around 2021. Among the planned improvements, the revamp will finally allow travelers to reach the Queens terminal via a rail link that will connect to the subway station in Willets Point. A ferry station is also in the works.

Since the delay-riddled airport is already operating close to capacity, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his plan is to appropriately streamline LaGuardia's layout to create a "single, structurally unified main terminal with expanded transportation access, significantly increased taxiway space, and best-in-class passenger amenities."

All of this is great news for haters of the notoriously terrible terminal. "If I took [someone] blindfolded and took them to LaGuardia airport in New York, he would think, 'I must be in some third world country,'" Vice President Joe Biden once famously said. Hopefully, come 2021, the LaGuardia of our nightmares will be a distant memory. Jeva Lange

Boy Scouts
10:31 a.m. ET
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Shortly after the Boy Scouts of America officially announced Monday that it would lift its national ban on gay leaders, the Mormon Church, which sponsors the most Boy Scout troops of any religion, responded with disappointment.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today's vote," the church said in a statement. "When the leadership of the church resumes its regular schedule of meetings in August, the century-long association with scouting will need to be examined."

A church spokesman added that while the church "has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation," the "admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America."

Though gay leaders will now be permitted in the BSA, churches that sponsor Scout troops still can exclude them for religious reasons. This exception was intended to appease the church, which seemed amenable to it. Just two weeks ago, the Mormon Church indicated that it "could remain in the fold so long as its units could pick their own leaders," The New York Times reports. Becca Stanek

Quotables
10:06 a.m. ET
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Today's best "well, actually" comes from none other than Mike Huckabee, who wants everyone to know that he has received an "overwhelmingly positive" response from Jews to his comments about the Iran nuclear deal taking Israelis "to the door of the oven."

Even Holocaust survivors and their children don't mind, Huckabee insisted in an interview with Today's Matt Lauer, adding that he would back his words even as president of the United States. Lauer reminded Huckabee that many Jews actually were offended by his language, which Lauer suggested was only used so that Huckabee would be heard "over the roar of Donald Trump." So, Lauer asked, would he really, truly, definitely, actually still say it all over again?

"Matt, we need to use strong words when people make strong threats against an entire group of people," Huckabee persisted. Watch the whole interview at Today.com, or below. Jeva Lange

superheroics
9:18 a.m. ET

With countless adventures and decades of back story to adapt, Hollywood was never going to going to make enough Wolverine movies to capture everything X-Men fans want to see. But if you've been waiting for a blockbuster adaptation of Old Man Logan or one of those weird Patch side stories, now's your chance to make your voice heard: Hugh Jackman wants to know what X-Men fans want to see him do as Wolverine before he hangs up the claws for good.

The poll started last night, but Jackman promised to read "as many as [he] can," so there's no reason not to weigh in now. I hope you'll join me in casting a vote for Wolverine getting ripped in half by the Hulk. Scott Meslow

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