March 30, 2014

Since assuming control of the Catholic church last year, Pope Francis has made a habit of breaking with his predecessors. And in the latest such incident, the pope stunned those inside St. Peter's Basilica on Friday when he publicly confessed his sins to a priest during that day's service.

After reading a sermon at the service, the Pope was supposed to go hear other people's confessions. However, he instead walked over to a very surprised priest and confessed to him for several minutes. The Pope regularly goes to confession, according to Reuters, though never in public.

Here's the video, courtesy of the Catholic News Service:

3:15 p.m. ET
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Up until this point in the election, long-shot candidate Martin O'Malley had more congressional backers than Bernie Sanders — and O'Malley only has one endorsement. But now, the two are about to be neck-and-neck in terms of congressional support. The Los Angeles Times broke the news Wednesday that one member of Congress is planning to back the Vermont senator in the Democratic presidential race: Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva.

Despite the fact that Sanders has overtaken Hillary Clinton in polls of New Hampshire, this is Sanders' first endorsement from a sitting member of Congress. Still, Sanders has a long, long way to go before he could take the lead over Hillary in congressional support: FiveThirtyEight's endorsement tracker reports that Clinton is backed by "over 150 sitting senators, representatives, and governors." Becca Stanek

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The new James Bond film is just around the corner, but if you've been a fan of Daniel Craig's 007, you'll want to savor these final few hours with him — because he never, ever wants to play Bond again. In an interview with Time Out London, the actor — who's been playing Bond for almost decade now since his debut in 2006's Casino Royale — stressed that this is absolutely it. When asked if he could imagine doing another movie, Craig was incredulous: "Now?" he said. "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."

Just in case you didn't get the picture:

Do you care who plays Bond after you?
Look, I don't give a f--k. Good luck to them! All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we've left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better. Make it better, that's all.

You won’t be backseat-driving then?
Oh Christ, no. How f--king sad would that be? "Oh look, it's Daniel Craig, he's on set again!" No!

If an actor was offered Bond and came to you looking for advice, what would you say to him — or her?
Literally I'd say two things. Firstly, it's your decision. Don't listen to anybody else. Well, do listen to everybody, but you have to make the choice at the end of the day. It's your bed to lie on. And don't be s--t! Don’t be s--t. You've got to step up. People do not make movies like this any more. This is really rare now. So don't be s--t. [Time Out London]

Prepare to bid Craig farewell — Spectre hits theaters November 6. Jeva Lange

owning up
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President Barack Obama has apologized to humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders for a U.S. attack on a medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced Wednesday. The bombing killed at least 22 people, including hospital staff and patients.

Obama also reportedly offered his condolences to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for the lives lost in the incident.

Doctors Without Borders called for an independent investigation into the attack on Wednesday, charging that the attack is a war crime that violates the Geneva Conventions. Sally Gao

Ancient artifacts: Pig Edition
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A group of Scottish pigs discovered the earliest evidence of a population of 12,000-year-old hunter gatherers on Isle of Islay, Discovery News reports. While certainly archaeologists can come in all shapes, sizes, and species, the pigs weren't actually looking for Ice Age stone tools but were munching on bracken when they unwittingly dug up the artifacts. Their sharp-eyed gamekeeper reported the find.

"Previously, the earliest evidence [of humans at Islay] dated to 9,000 years ago, after the end of the Ice Age," Steven Mithen, one of the archaeologists to study the site, told Discovery News. "The new discovery puts people on Islay before the Ice Age had come to an end at 12,000 years ago."

Other discoveries made at the site included animal bones, antlers, and crystal quartz tools dating from a number of different time periods. The craftsmanship of the tools hinted that the ancient people originated from the region that is now northern Germany, back when Britain used to be connected to Europe by a landmass called "Doggerland."

The pigs had no comment on the find. Jeva Lange

desperate measures
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Donald Trump is certainly able to dish it out, but, as Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter tells it, The Donald isn't so good at taking it. In the November Vanity Fair editor's letter, Carter reveals what happened after he referred to Trump as a "short-fingered vulgarian" in Spy magazine "more than a quarter of a century ago."

Turns out, Carter writes, for a man who is concerned with power and wealth and anything "oversize," the notion of having fingers that didn't measure up was one that Trump simply could not put to rest:

To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him — generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers. I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby. The most recent offering arrived earlier this year, before his decision to go after the Republican presidential nomination. Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: "See, not so short!" I sent the picture back by return mail with a note attached, saying, "Actually, quite short." [Vanity Fair]

Read the full editor's letter over at Vanity Fair. Becca Stanek

The nightmare that was all too real
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As John Boehner prepares to make his exit at the end of the month, Republican infighting could once again trip him up. The Hill reports that the House speaker, who is poised to retire Oct. 30, told his friend Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) just last week: "I had this terrible nightmare last night that I was trying to get out and I couldn't get out."

Based on doubts that Republicans can get the requisite 218 votes to elect party favorite Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as speaker — and the rule that a speaker's resignation cannot take effect until there is a new speaker — it's looking like Boehner's worst nightmare could very well become a reality.

McCarthy's status as favorite was called into question after he implied last week on Fox News that the Benghazi committee was created to take down Hillary Clinton. And at least one of his two competitors, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) — the other contender is Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) — is seizing on these doubts. "Nobody has disagreed that the current majority leader is short of 218," Chaffetz told reporters. "It's just the reality."

If McCarthy doesn't win 218 votes in the formal floor vote, there will be additional rounds of voting. If those rounds don't produce a GOP candidate for speaker that has 218 votes, Boehner will not, in fact, be able to get out. Becca Stanek

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Nicki Minaj is known for calling people out — despite the press blitz that arises whenever she picks a fight with her fellow pop stars. But while Minaj goes ahead and clarifies why she went after Miley Cyrus at the VMAs in her latest interview with The New York Times Magazine, a much more revealing feud — one that says a lot about the state of entertainment media today — arises.

Here's how it unfolds: the Times' Vanessa Grigoridis is struggling to get Minaj to answer questions when she dips into asking about a beef between Minaj's boyfriend, Meek Mill, and Drake, Lil' Wayne, and Bryan Williams. Minaj replies: "They're men, grown-ass men, it's between them."

Grigoridis asks, "Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness—"

That's the end of the interview:

"What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama?" she asked. "Why would you even say that? That's so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you're asking me do I thrive off drama?"

She pointed my way, her extended arm all I could see other than the diamonds glinting in her ears. This wasn't over yet. "That's the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you?" she asked. "Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don't. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask?" [The New York Times]

"To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they're children and I'm responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that's not just a stupid question. That's a premeditated thing you just did," Minaj added. She finished by telling Grigoridis, "I don't care to speak to you anymore."

Another feud, or a fair point about how women are covered in the media? Read it all in The New York Times Magazine. Jeva Lange

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