May 7, 2014

I buy everything the WWE wrestlers are selling — they're husky, mean, people-chucking machines who fancy Lycra.

But, it turns out there's more than meets the ill-fitting leotards. These wrestling stars are a bunch of adorable softies who are willing to bend over backward for a young, cancer-stricken super fan.

In 2012, Connor "The Crusher" Michalek, a 7-year-old cancer patient from Pennsylvania, met his favorite pro wrestler, Daniel Bryan, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The diminutive, straight-talking fan made quite the impression on Bryan and the WWE crew.

"Connor was special for a million reasons," Bryan says in the video as he wipes away tears. "His smile, he was so quick-witted, he was nice to everybody, but sometimes brutally honest."

This past March, Connor's dad got the tragic news that his son didn't have long to live. To make Connor's last days memorable, the WWE gave the father and son front-row tickets to WrestleMania 30 in Washington D.C. From that vantage point, Connor witnessed his hero, Daniel Bryan, win the heavyweight championship. Afterwards, Bryan crawled out of the ring, gave Connor a bear hug, and said he couldn't have won without him. "I truly believe that the whole experience extended Connor's time with me," Connor's father Steve Michalek says in the video.

Connor succumbed to his battle with pediatric brain cancer on April 25. Watch the WWE's touching tribute to one inspiring mega fan below. --Lauren Hansen

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Donald Trump is cruising into the final week ahead of South Carolina's Republican presidential primary with a comfortable 17-point lead. A new poll by Opinion Savvy out Friday indicates Trump's chances of repeating his New Hampshire victory in the Palmetto State are strong in the upcoming Feb. 20 primary, with 36 percent support to second-place Sen. Ted Cruz's 19 percent.

Sen. Marco Rubio is in third with 15 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (11 percent), Ohio Gov. John Kasich (9 percent), and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (5 percent). Five percent of voters remain undecided. The poll's margin of error is 3.5 percent. Becca Stanek

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If you want more affordable housing available to low-income renters, the best solution can be to build more expensive apartments. This isn't as counterintuitive as it first sounds. In fact, it's based in simple rules of supply and demand: If you increase the overall supply of housing — even by adding on the high end — competition for low-end units declines and so do their prices (or, at least, the rate of price growth).

A new report from the California Legislative Analyst's Office provides the data to back this up. In the San Francisco area, the study found, neighborhoods with heavy construction of market-rate buildings saw half the displacement of low-income residents that low-construction neighborhoods suffered since 2000:

The report concludes that boosting private construction would do more to broadly help poor households than expanding small and costly affordable housing programs that can serve only a fraction of them. Those programs also don't resolve the underlying cause of high rents — the housing shortage itself.

And that shortage actually undermines affordable programs like housing vouchers, because it's a lot harder for the poor to use vouchers in a market where they're fiercely competing with everyone else. [Washington Post]

Building new housing also allows older units to look worse by comparison, so old housing becomes affordable to the poor and middle class while the rich move into new luxury options. Bonnie Kristian

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is fine with any of the current GOP candidates becoming president — even Donald Trump. In an interview Friday with CBS This Morning, Priebus denied rumors that the Republican establishment has been fretting about Trump possibly winning the nomination.

"I'm not afraid of any of these folks running for president," he said. "I think all of them can beat [Democratic presidential front-runner] Hillary Clinton, who is under investigation by the FBI, or a socialist from Vermont," he added about the Democratic competition, Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

As far as any rumors that may be going around about establishment anxiety, Priebus dismissed those as just part of the competition. "In a competition, sure, candidates say, 'I'm going to be the best choice, this person isn't going to be that great,'" Priebus said. "That happens all the time. After a while, when you have six serious competitors out there on the campaign stump every day, you hear all kinds of things." Becca Stanek

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Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to question whether fellow Republican candidate Ted Cruz is really a Christian. His tweet followed up on a post from Thursday night in which Trump said Cruz "is the worst liar, crazy or very dishonest. Perhaps all 3?"

Both tweets come in response to Cruz's suggestion that Trump (along with Marco Rubio) shared "the talking points of Barack Obama" on gay marriage. Trump's actual record on the issue is more complicated than Cruz implied.

Most of Trump's statements on the subject have been negative. In August, for instance, Trump said he is "against [same-sex unions] from the standpoint of Bible," and if he had a child who was gay he "wouldn't speak to them at all about it." Back in 2000, however, Trump said he supported a robust domestic partnership law, because "I think it's important for gay couples who are committed to each other to not be hassled when it comes to... simple everyday rights." More recently, he said gay marriage should have been left to the states, but that post-Obergefell it is the law of the land. Bonnie Kristian

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Ted Cruz is never one to miss the opportunity to take a swipe at Hillary Clinton over her email scandal, but his campaign took it to a hilarious new level on Friday with an ad that spoofs the printer-destroying scene in Office Space.

As a woman in a pantsuit and two male companions take bats, feet, and fists to a server in a field, a man raps, "Damn it feels good to be a Clinton":

A Clinton never needs to explain what, why it is, what they've done or with who

A real Clinton knows that they're entitled and you don't get to know what they do.

Watch the shenanigans below. Jeva Lange

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It's been less than 24 hours since Kanye West debuted his new album, The Life of Pablo, in a splashy live show at Madison Square Garden — but true to form, the album is already stirring up controversy. Much of the backlash has stemmed from a couplet from the song "Famous," which seems to throw a cup of gasoline on the dying embers of West's long-standing feud with Taylor Swift: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that b---h famous."

In the hours that followed, several members of the Swift camp reacted; her brother Austin posted a video of himself throwing away a pair of shoes from West's Yeezy fashion line, and friend Jaime King deleted her initial, enthusiastic posts about West's show, declaring herself, "so sad right now & disappointed right now."

Kanye West, being Kanye West, responded to the controversy via his preferred medium: a typo-laden tweetstorm, in which he claimed (1) that he ran the lyric by wife Kim Kardashian first; (2) that he had an hour-long phone conversation with Swift, in which she said the line "was funny" and "gave her blessings"; (3) that the line originated with Swift anyway, who allegedly told a mutual friend that she couldn't be mad at Kanye because he "made [her] famous!"

Does that settle things? Probably not, since Swift's rep has already issued a statement claiming that Swift was totally unaware of the specifics of the lyric. Instead, the rep says, she declined a request from West to promote the song via her Twitter account, and "cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message." For now, it's he-said/she-said — until West starts tweeting again. Scott Meslow

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Widely despised 'pharma bro' Martin Shkreli strikes again and this time, he's after Kanye West's new album The Life of Pablo. As if hiking the price of a cancer and HIV drug by 5,000 percent wasn't bad enough, Shkreli now wants to ensure that no one but him can listen to West's new album.

On Thursday — the day West debuted his album alongside his latest fashion line, Yeezy Season 3, at a Madison Square Garden event — Shkreli offered on Twitter to buy it for $10 million. Shkreli assured West and his partners that they will find this offer "more attractive" than their "current course of action."

Then, Shkreli contends, if he can't get his way, he could at least delay the rest of the world hearing The Life of Pablo "by a few days."

In his offer letter, Shkreli says that that he should own the album because he has "been a tremendous fan of [West's] music for many years." He cites West's album, The College Dropout, as integral to inspiring him to "succeed at a young age."

Shkreli is the sole owner Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. He reportedly paid $2 million for the single existing copy of the album. Becca Stanek

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