The Ron Paul family hasn't exactly been warmly embraced by the Republican establishment, and it's fair to say that the former congressman/paterfamilias was neither the presidential choice of Fox News nor The Wall Street Journal. His son Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), has fared a little bit better, but Rand Paul's noninterventionist foreign policy and other Republican heterodoxies have not endeared him much to Rupert Murdoch's influential right-leaning media outlets.
And then, at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day, this happened:
— Mike Liberation (@mikeliberation) May 5, 2014
The story, according to The New York Times' Jason Horowitz, is that Paul invited Murdoch to be his guest at the Derby about a month ago, and Murdoch — who'd never been to the first of the big American horse races — accepted eagerly (for an octogenarian billionaire power broker). "I said absolutely," Murdoch told the Times, indicating that it wasn't all about playing the ponies: "It's a good thing for me. He's a very interesting man.... I'm very open minded."
Horowitz describes the public spectacle of Paul leading Murdoch around the seersucker-suited set as "part getting-to-know-you and part political audition, and marked a potential turn in the race for president." That may or may not be true, but expect Fox News and The Wall Street Journal editorial page to give Paul a fairer hearing from now on — maybe. In the marquee race, Murdoch bet (a lot, it seems) on Wicked Strong; Paul wagered on Danza. Which means neither man picked a winning horse on Saturday, at least not literally. --Peter Weber
Rand Paul convincing his guest at Derby, Rupert Murdoch, to place a bet. Paul's horse came in last. pic.twitter.com/h9lWDO6T6q
— Jason Horowitz (@jasondhorowitz) May 3, 2014
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.
A Copycat Art Scratcher (approximately $190) is expensive as scratching posts go, but buying one a month is "a lot cheaper than your cat destroying an actual priceless piece of artwork," says Andrew Liszewski at Gizmodo. Dutch designer Erik Stehmann had lost only an embroidered painting to his pets' claws when he decided he might be able to rechannel their artistic interests and did so by reproducing famous paintings on embroidered twine. A replica of the Mona Lisa will be the first scratchboard offered when the product begins shipping in May. Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring will soon follow.