On Sunday, the relatively reputable gossip magazines People and Us Weekly both reported that George Clooney, one of the world's most eligible (and presumably hard to tie down) bachelors, is officially off the market. Clooney is engaged to British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. Clooney, 52, and Alamuddin, 36, have been dating for about a year, but Clooney has dated quite a number of women since his first marriage to Talia Balsam ended in 1993. He married none of them.
So, who is Amal Alamuddin? She is an international lawyer who earned her law degree at Oxford and NYU and now practices as a barrister with London firm Doughty Street Chambers. While at NYU, Alamuddin clerked for federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is now a Supreme Court justice. Alamuddin's clients have included WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, former Ukrainian Prime Minister (and current presidential candidate) Yulia Tymoshenko, and the country of Cambodia. She has served on a number of United Nations commissions and advisory boards.
Alamuddin was born in Beirut, but left for England with her family at age two. Her mother is foreign news editor at the Arab language newspaper al-Hayat, and her father is a retired business professor. She speaks French, English, and Arabic. She is very smart, very accomplished, and — assuming that the rumors are true and the wedding happens — she will be best known as Mrs. George Clooney.
Several students from the University of Miami decided to have a different kind of spring break, leaving the beach for Colorado, where they volunteered for a week at the Chelsea Place memory care facility.
The students spent their days in Aurora getting to know the residents, who have dementia. They ate lunch together, shared stories, and at the end of the week, split up into pairs and created paintings that represented their experience, with the artwork then placed in a small gallery set up by the facility staff.
Junior Amanda Lorenzo told CBS Denver spending the week getting to know the residents of Chelsea Place was unforgettable. "They have had more of an impact on me than I would have realized and I'm so thankful that I came on this trip," she said. Catherine Garcia
"Man, crazy s--t happens so fast in this presidency, sometimes it feels like I'm binge-watching it," Seth Meyers said on Monday's Late Night, trying to digest the weekend's news. "It's like, 'He's suing the porn star? Two hours ago he said he didn't even know her! Where's my Chinese food?'" He compared Trump's shifting story on whether he had a relationship with Stormy Daniels to Trump's shifting story on whether he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin, with a compelling video montage. And he briefly ran through Cambridge Analytica's harvesting of 50 million Facebook accounts, apparently to help Trump win — something Facebook has known about for two years.
But mostly Meyers focused on firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, "an object of paranoid fixation for Trump," and Trump's attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump "has spent months trying to discredit McCabe because McCabe is a key witness in the Mueller investigation, specifically with regard to the firing of FBI Director James Comey — which is the central question when it comes to possible obstruction of justice charges," Meyers said. And like the Comey case, firing McCabe may backfire. "Trump is such an idiot — he keeps firing dudes who take meticulous notes," he said. "We don't know what's in those memos, nor do we know what Robert Mueller knows, but what we do know is that Trump's public behavior is very much the behavior of a guilty man."
Firing McCabe 26 hours before he can collect his pension — on his 50th birthday no less — seems "extra vindictive" on Trump's part, Trevor Noah said on The Daily Show. We don't know what happened, but Trump's behavior is definitely "suspicious," and it points to firing Mueller. "He's definitely considering it," Noah said. "You know how they say men thing about sex every 8 seconds? That's what Trump does with firing people. ... So Robert Mueller, I don't know when your next birthday is, but something tells me the president may be planning a surprise." Peter Weber
The suspected serial bomber targeting Austin, believed to have set up explosions that killed two people and injured five, is "showing that he's quite good," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday.
Since March 2, four bombs have gone off around the city — three were left on doorsteps, and one was triggered Sunday night when two men on their bicycles hit a trip wire; they were seriously injured, but are expected to survive. Due to similarities between the devices, it's believed that all four bombings are linked, and only a few hours before the fourth bomb went off, law enforcement officials pleaded with the bomber to give them a call. "We've opened ourselves up for a message, and that's why we asked him to contact us and gave him phone numbers for him to contact us at," Manley told CBS News.
Manley said he believes the person is "showing that he's quite good. This person is taunting law enforcement in the city, that he's one step ahead." Former counterterrorism agent Fred Burton told CBS News the suspect is likely watching the news to see what people are saying about the attacks, and "knows explosives," possibly learning while in the military. There are now 500 federal agents working the case in Austin, and officials are offering a reward of $115,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Catherine Garcia
The Weinstein Co. has filed for bankruptcy, the company announced Monday, after dozens of women accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct and harassment.
Several women came forward last fall with their allegations of abuse against Weinstein, at the time one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, and as more and more accusations were made, the company couldn't stay afloat. Earlier this month, a group of investors announced they made a deal to buy the Weinstein Co., but that collapsed after it was determined the company had more debt than previously disclosed.
The Weinstein Co.'s board announced Monday that the private equity firm Lantern Capital has made a "stalking horse" bid for the company's assets, which sets a floor for a bankruptcy auction. As part of its negotiations with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, some of the Weinstein Co.'s employees have also been released from nondisclosure agreements. "No one should be afraid to speak out or be coerced to stay quiet," the Weinstein Co. said in a statement. "The company thanks the courageous individuals who have already come forward. Your voices have inspired a movement for change across the country and around the world." Catherine Garcia
Executives at Facebook are at odds over how to best respond to the spread of disinformation on the platform, several current and former Facebook employees told The New York Times.
The Times reports that Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer, is leaving the company by August because of the tension. Stamos has been vocal about how important it is for the public to know how Russians used Facebook to spread fake news and propaganda before the 2016 presidential election, the current and former employees said, but he's been met with resistance from other leaders, primarily on the legal and policy teams.
Stamos came to Facebook from Yahoo in 2015, and in June 2016, he had engineers start to look for suspicious Russian activity on Facebook. By November, they found evidence of Russian operatives pushing leaks from the Democratic National Committee, the Times reports, but that same month, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said it was a "pretty crazy idea" to think Russia influenced the election. More evidence was found by the spring of 2017, leading to internal arguments between Stamos, who wanted to disclose as much information as possible, and others like Elliot Schrage, vice president of communications and policy, who did not want to share anything without more "ironclad" evidence, the Times reports.
In a statement, Stamos said these are "really challenging issues," and he's had "some disagreements" with his colleagues. In response to the Times' story, he tweeted that he's "still fully engaged with my work at Facebook," and is "spending more time exploring emerging security risks and working on election security." You can read more on the backlash to Facebook's secrecy and the internal arguments at The New York Times. Catherine Garcia
The world has shooting to thank for the Eric Trump we know today.
This is sad. Shooting was a big part of my youth - it kept me away from drinking/drugs, taught me safety, discipline, consentration and so many other positive life lessons. It has brought generations of children together with parents, grandparents and other role models. #Why #2A https://t.co/LshUt6IEDX
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 19, 2018
On Monday, President Trump's middle son responded to a Fox and Friends tweet about a New Jersey high school that allegedly suspended students over a photo taken at a gun range. Shooting guns "was a big part of my youth — it kept me away from drinking/drugs, taught me safety, discipline, consentration [sic], and so many other positive life lessons," he tweeted.
Several Twitter users helpfully pointed out that shooting didn't help Trump with his spelling, and also blasted him for a 2012 hunting trip to Zimbabwe, where he was photographed alongside his brother Donald Trump Jr., holding a dead leopard. Catherine Garcia
The teen accessories chain Claire's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday and will close 92 stores this month and in April.
The company announced it has reached an agreement with creditors to restructure $1.9 billion in debt, and is "confident" it will emerge from bankruptcy protection in September. The chain has 1,600 locations in the United States, mostly in malls, which don't have the foot traffic they used to due to competition from big box stores and online merchants. Just remember this: You may be able to buy glittery nail polish and bejeweled headbands online, but good luck getting Alexa to pierce your ears. Catherine Garcia