May 8, 2014
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Before Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced earlier this year that he was gay, he was projected as perhaps a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Over the following months however, an underwhelming tryout and skepticism about whether he would be a "distraction" in the NFL pushed him further down the draft board. Sam has slipped so far in mock draft analysis that there is now a legitimate question about whether or not he'll even make it to the pros.

The question was unthinkable back in February. Sam had just been named co-defensive player of the year in the defense-first SEC. Yet when he came out as gay, he immediately plummeted on draft boards; one ranking dropped him 70 spots overnight. Anonymous execs and scouts flatly stated his homosexuality was a concern, with one saying he would "chemically imbalance" the locker room.

But for all the focus on his sexuality, Sam's on-field skills also raised red flags. He's small for his position and showed pedestrian speed and athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine, leaving scouts with little to praise beyond his "hustle."

Though Sam is still projected as a late-round pick, that doesn't guarantee he'll hear his name called. As Nate Silver noted in an analysis of pre-draft projections from years past, about half of players rated in the same vicinity as Sam weren't drafted. Jon Terbush

3:28 p.m. ET

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Tuesday during a luncheon on New York's Long Island that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Powell, who served under George W. Bush, said Clinton will serve with "distinction" and cited her "experience and stamina," Newsday's Robert Brodsky reported. Powell said Donald Trump, on the other hand, seems to be "selling people a bill of goods." He also noted the Republican candidate's lack of experience and that he's insulted a "huge swath of people," Brodsky reported.

Powell's announcement comes just one month after his emails bashing the Clinton and her husband were leaked. "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect," Powell wrote about Clinton in one email dated July 26, 2014, per The Hill. "A 70-year-old person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still dicking bimbos at home." Becca Stanek

2:59 p.m. ET

Donald Trump really, really, really hates wind power. How much? Well, Trump has been ranting online about wind farms for even longer than he's been ranting about Hillary Clinton:

Appearing on Herman Cain's morning talk show on WSB on Tuesday, Trump found himself blasting windmills once again, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Our energy companies are a disaster right now," Trump explained to Cain, adding, "Wind is very, very expensive, and it only works when it's windy."

"Right," confirmed Cain.

That was hardly the last of it:

Trump: In all fairness, wind is fine. Sometimes you go — I don't know if you've ever been to Palm Springs, California — it looks like a junkyard. They have all these different —

Cain: I have.

Trump: They have all these different companies and each one is made by a different group from, all from China and from Germany, by the way — not from here. And you look at all these windmills. Half of them are broken. They're rusting and rotting. You know, you're driving into Palm Springs, California, and it looks like a poor man's version of Disneyland. It's the worst thing you've ever seen.

And it kills all the birds. I don't know if you know that … Thousands of birds are lying on the ground. And the eagle. You know, certain parts of California — they've killed so many eagles. You know, they put you in jail if you kill an eagle. And yet these windmills [kill] them by the hundreds. [The Herman Cain Show via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

You heard the man. Make birds great again — anything short of that would be downright quixotic. Jeva Lange

2:57 p.m. ET
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When talking about his various endorsements in a Tuesday morning interview with local news station WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, Donald Trump claimed that he'd been "largely" endorsed by the military — "at least conceptually." "We've had tremendous veteran endorsements because the veterans have been treated so unfairly," Trump said.

The claim is questionable on multiple levels — namely, what is a "conceptual" endorsement? It would seem only Trump knows the answer to that.

Then there's the fact that the law explicitly prevents federal agencies from making political endorsements. The Department of Defense has a "set of guidelines that tightly restricts any active duty military or civilian personnel from publicly choosing political sides," NBC News reported, which all but rules out active military members endorsing Trump. Those laws also mean Trump couldn't possibly have that endorsement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that he often boasts about having.

As for retired members, Trump hasn't exactly won them over in droves, either. NBC News reported Trump has gotten an endorsement from about 88 retired military figures; for comparison's sake, Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was endorsed by more than 500 retired military members. Becca Stanek

12:55 p.m. ET

With just a month to go until the premiere date for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, we're finally getting our first official glimpse at modern life in Stars Hollow. On Tuesday, Netflix offered up a two-and-a-half minute glimpse into all that awaits our favorite mother-daughter pair in the four-part mini-series, which will be released Nov. 25.

While Lorelai and Rory are still noshing on obscene amounts of junk food, not much else seems to have stayed the same for the Gilmore girls. Lorelai's notoriously stuffy mother Emily is wearing a T-shirt, bookworm Rory is floating around jobless, and Luke and Lorelai are — finally! — in a relationship.

Details about what's up with the rest of the crew — including Sookie, Dean, Jess, Logan, Miss Patty, Lane, and Kirk — are scarce, but the trailer confirmed they all will definitely be making appearances.

Watch the trailer below — and be prepared to start your Thanksgiving countdown now. Becca Stanek

12:50 p.m. ET
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Nearly 70 percent of American voters think that Hillary Clinton will win the presidency in November, with only 57 percent of Donald Trump's own supporters thinking he'll be moving into the White House next year, a new CNN/ORC poll has found. But there is a catch: If Clinton wins, 61 percent of voters don't think Trump will accept the results or concede after they're certified. Trump's own supporters have a little more confidence in him, with 56 percent saying he'll accept the outcome, whereas 75 percent of Clinton backers think he will not.

Sixty-six percent of voters have at least some confidence that the ballots will be accurately cast and counted, which is actually up from 58 percent in 2008 and slightly below 2004's 72 percent.

The poll sampled 1,017 adults by landline and cell phone from Oct. 20-23. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percent. Monday's poll also showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 5 points. Jeva Lange

12:23 p.m. ET

Reddit is usually a hotbed for hoaxes, but a keen prediction in a 1993 yearbook that was shared on the website appears to be the real deal. According to the original post, a man named Michael Lee used his senior quote at Mission Viejo High School in California to predict the Chicago Cubs would be the 2016 World Champions. "You heard it here first," he bragged.


The Cubs have not won a World Series in 108 years; they will have to beat the Cleveland Indians four times in order to claim the trophy. Still, they have a solid 63 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

To dispel concerns about photoshopping, the same yearbook photo was posted by a Twitter user:

And then on Reddit, four more photos were posted to prove the image's authenticity, Sports Illustrated reports.

It's official, then. If the Cubs lose, you know who to blame. Jeva Lange

12:02 p.m. ET

The latest round of emails from the Clinton camp published by WikiLeaks indicates President Obama might not have found out about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state at "the same time everybody else" did. Shortly after Obama told CBS in March 2015 that he learned about the server "through news reports," Clinton's former chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, sent this email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta:

Mills' urging to "clean this up" suggests that Obama not only knew about Clinton's personal email address, but he knowingly communicated with her via her non-government account as well. The Washington Examiner reported FBI agents "revealed in notes from their closed investigative file that Obama communicated with Clinton on her private server using a pseudonym."

Politico noted White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest later clarified Obama's claim he was unaware of Clinton's email setup, explaining the president was simply "not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up." "The president, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office exchange emails with his secretary of state," Earnest said at a daily briefing. Becca Stanek

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