March 31, 2014

We've all heard of places where pollution and scarcity have forced people to purchase bottled water. But could bottled air be next? According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, residents in China's Henan province received a "treat" last weekend when they had the opportunity to line up for a breath of clean air.

A Henan travel agency brought in twenty bags of air as a publicity campaign to encourage the impoverished, smog-ridden community to take a load off and visit Laojun Mountain. According to the article, the few lucky residents, who were limited to a few minutes each with the bag, "tried to wring the bags in order to extract every bit of air possible."

If photos of people hungrily breathing in clean air aren't enough of a wake-up call, consider that Henan has been selling canned air to its residents for more than a year. The province is one of the most polluted areas of the world, but it may not be long before we see this trend happening closer to home.
Kaitlin Roberts

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Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona who has garnered national attention for his hardline approach to dealing with undocumented immigrants, was officially charged on Tuesday with criminal contempt of court.

The Department of Justice said two weeks ago Arpaio, 84, would be charged, but the misdemeanor count was not officially filed until Tuesday. Arpaio is serving his fifth term at sheriff, and is up for reelection in two weeks; if convicted, he could face up to six months in jail. In December 2011, a judge issued a court order that banned Arpaio's deputies from detaining a person based only on the suspicion they were an undocumented immigrant and without cause to believe they committed a crime, the Arizona Republic reports. The judge determined two years later that Arpaio's office had racially profiled Latinos, with officers continuing to detain undocumented immigrants for more than a year after the original court order. Arpaio has said he unintentionally defied the order. The trial is set to begin on Dec. 6.

Arpaio's opponent in the sheriff's race, Paul Penzone, called the charge "another example of the sheriff putting his own personal objectives ahead of the best interest of the community at our expense." Arpaio's lawyer, Mel McDonald, said his client will plead not guilty, and they "believe that when the final chapter is written, he will be vindicated." Arpaio has been investigated before, including four years ago when it was alleged he retaliated against two police officers and a judge by accusing them of corruption. So far, Maricopa County taxpayers have had to pay $48 million to defend Arpaio in the racial profiling case, and that number is expected to balloon up to $72 million by next summer, The Associated Press reports. Catherine Garcia

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Phil Collins officially un-retired last year, and proved it with a return to the stage in August, a two-song set to kick off the U.S. Open. He is promoting a new memoir, Not Dead Yet, going on tour next summer, and on Tuesday's Tonight Show, he played one of his darkest and arguably his best song, "In the Air Tonight," from his 1981 album, Face Value. Due to nerve damage, Collins can't play the drums himself anymore — his son Nicholas will play on tour — but Jimmy Fallon's house band The Roots backed Collins on Tuesday's show. Collins and his voice have both aged a bit in the 35 years since he first released the song, but the drum fill at the 3:25 mark — Questlove's dramatic entry in the song — is as good as ever, and there are a few tasteful new additions to the instrumentation. Peter Weber

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Following South Africa and Burundi, Gambia said Tuesday it will leave the International Criminal Court.

When announcing its exit, the Gambian government called the ICC the "international Caucasian court" and said it is just targeting countries in Africa. The primary mission of the ICC is "to help put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, and thus to contribute to the prevention of such crimes." It is based in The Hague, and the chief prosecutor is Gambian Fatou Bensouda.

Of the six ICC cases that are underway or close to starting, only Africans have been charged, but there are preliminary ICC investigations opened in other areas of the world, The Associated Press reports. Under the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa supported the ICC, but the country recently told the U.N. secretary-general it is leaving the court. Burundi did the same last week, when the president signed legislation to exit from the ICC. Catherine Garcia

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The United States appears on the verge of electing its first female president, and not everyone's cool with that, Samantha Bee said on Monday's Full Frontal. She illustrated that point with a series of clips of people talking about Hillary Clinton, from Fox News talking heads to people at Donald Trump rallies saying really gross things. "To learn more about the downside of lady leaders," Bee said, she went to meet with former secretary of state, current Clinton supporter, "and fellow nasty woman" Madeleine Albright.

"So, does playing into her woman-ness help Hillary, or does reminding people that she's a woman hurt her chances of winning the election?" Bee asked Albright, after they settled in at a mythical U.N. ladies' lounge. "I think it's very hard to tell, frankly," Albright said, but Trump making disparaging comments on Clinton's voice or looks sort of feeds the beast. "Does this pulsing cancer of misogyny go away, or does it just embolden people, like the racists during Obama's presidency?" Bee asked. "I think that you might ask some of the women heads of state what's happened in their countries," Albright said, reasonably.

"Women heads of state — I forgot other countries have those," Bee said, but she found several who would go on camera with her: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands, and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Based on their experiences, a President Hillary could expect a little added indignity in her first few months in office, but nothing worse than she has experienced during the campaign. Still, she should be grateful she doesn't have any celebrity doppelgängers, and it looks like she would get the most respect from her nation if her nation were the Marshall Islands. Watch below. Peter Weber

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The Cleveland Indians took Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Cleveland, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-0 thanks largely to catcher Roberto Perez's bat and starting pitcher Corey Kluber's arm. Kluber faced off against Cubs ace Jon Lester, but while Lester had a rough start, allowing two runs in the first inning thanks to a series of walks and a hit by pitch, Kluber pitched six scoreless innings to earn the win. Perez hit a solo homer in the fourth off Lester, then drove in three more runs with a second homer in the bottom of the eighth.

The Cubs and Indians have a combined 176-year championship drought; the Indians last won the World Series in 1948, and the Cubs in 1908. They meet again for Game 2 on Wednesday night, also in Cleveland. Peter Weber

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A testy exchange between Newt Gingrich and Megyn Kelly descended into chaos Tuesday night, ending with Kelly suggesting the former Speaker of the House work on his "anger issues."

On Tuesday night's Kelly File, Gingrich, a Donald Trump surrogate, started his segment by declaring that the media is showing bias against the Republican nominee, and he doesn't trust any of the polls. When Kelly began discussing allegations of sexual misconduct made against Trump, she started her sentence by saying, "If Trump is a sexual predator...." Gingrich jumped in: "He's not a sexual predator! You can't defend that statement!" Kelly said she was not taking a position, and Gingrich was not mollified: "I'm sick and tired of people like you using language that's inflammatory. That's not true."

Kelly told Gingrich neither one of them know if the allegations are true, and his "defensiveness on this might speak volumes." Gingrich then went on the attack, telling Kelly that if "you go back through the tapes of your show recently, you are fascinated by sex. You don't care about public policy." Kelly scoffed at Gingrich, and said the only thing she is fascinated by is the "protection of women and understanding what we're getting in the Oval Office, and I think the American voters would like to know."

That opened up a whole new path for Gingrich, who launched into a tirade against Bill Clinton and demanded that Kelly say the words "Bill Clinton sexual predator." Kelly warned Gingrich that he shouldn't summarily dismiss any of the women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, and said The Kelly File has reported on Bill Clinton and the accusations made against him. Clearly irritated, Kelly had the last word: "We're going to leave it at that, and you can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them." Watch the fiery back-and-forth below. Catherine Garcia

October 25, 2016

Donald Trump has a message for Vice President Joe Biden: You. Me. Behind the barn. Be there.

Last week during a Hillary Clinton rally in Pennsylvania, Biden said he was often asked by reporters if he wished he were the one debating Trump. "No," he said. "I wish we were in high school. I could take him behind the gym. That's what I wish." During a rally Tuesday night in Tallahassee, Trump mangled Biden's dream — "did you see Biden wants to take me to the back of the barn?" he asked the crowd — but agreed that he would be down to brawl. "I'd love that," he said. "Oh, some things in life you could really love doing." (It should be noted that Trump is 70 and the vice president is 73.) Trump also called Biden "Mr. Tough Guy when he's standing behind a microphone by himself."

If he's looking for a rumpus, should he lose the election, Trump could always make like the last Republican presidential nominee and hop into the boxing ring. Catherine Garcia

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