A Tennessee woman was banned from her lifelong church after she refused to publicly condemn her lesbian daughter. The Ridgedale Church of Christ said it was exiling Linda Cooper for the sin of condoning homosexuality. "They're exiling members for unconditionally loving their children," said Cooper's gay daughter, Kat. Samantha Rollins
If you announce your president campaign in a high school gymnasium (against the high school's will, especially), you should expect a little ribbing. So on Tuesday's Nightly Show, Larry Wimore poked fun at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2016 rollout, starting with a few half-apologetic fat jokes and ending with what turned out to be a half-persuasive case for Christie's campaign, made by an actor pretending to be a high school bully and former classmate of Christie.
"Matt Caffarelli (Bully-American)" stared by explaining that "Chris Christie is the bully America has been waiting for." When Wilmore expressed some skepticism, Caffarelli explained: "Look, Larry, America is like a high school, all right? The last three presidents, there was a prom king, then we had the dumb jock, now we got a friggin' nerd running the joint, you know what I mean? It's time for a bully, all right, so the natural order can be restored." You can hear how that works out in foreign and domestic policy below. Peter Weber
On Tuesday night, the State Department released a batch of about 3,000 pages of emails from the first few months of Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. Most of the emails, previously hosted on Clinton's home server, deal with meetings, phone calls, and other logistical details, but there are some points of interest for Clinton watchers.
Clinton appears to have been pretty insecure about serving in the administration of a president who defeated her in the primaries, asking aides about several possible slights from the White House, The New York Times reports. Both White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (now the mayor of Chicago) and Obama adviser David Axelrod had to ask Clinton aides for her private email address in the first half of 2009, and her aides asked Clinton before passing them on.
Informal Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal also at least attempted to play a large role in Clinton's early months, sending her detailed memos on various parts of the world and apparently acting as liaison between the U.S. secretary of state and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Reuters reports. From other emails we learn that she calls Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) "DiFi," advised John Podesta to wear socks to bed, asked an aide about a pattern of carpet she saw in China (subject line: "Don't laugh!"), mocked her former campaign adviser Mark Penn, and was friendly with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who, The Associated Press reminds us, " is now running for president, primarily on a foreign policy platform focused heavily on attacking Clinton's credentials."
Thanks to a judge's orders, we will be getting a new batch of Clinton emails every 30 days until January 2016. Peter Weber
At least 142 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane that crashed Tuesday in a busy neighborhood of Medan, the country's third-largest city, including the remains of the 122 people on the C-130 Hercules aircraft and 20 people on the ground. Air Force Marshal Agus Suprianta said that along with 12 military personnel, the plane was carrying members of their families.
This is the sixth Indonesian Air Force crash in the past decade, and its recent history with commercial airlines isn't much better, The New York Times reports. You can watch an Associated Press report on the crash below. Peter Weber
A northern California woman experienced an intense three days, beginning Thursday when she delivered a baby in the middle of a forest and ending Saturday when she started a wildfire in order to be rescued.
— The Courier-Mail (@couriermail) June 29, 2015
Amber Pangborn, 35, was driving to her parents' house when she started to go into labor, NBC News reports. She decided to take a back road in the Plumas County National Forest, and wound up giving birth, then running out of gas in a remote area without cell phone reception. Pangborn said she survived by drinking the tiny bit of water she had with her and eating some apples. By Saturday, Pangborn was afraid she and her daughter, Marisa, would die, so she used a lighter and hairspray to start a brush fire. "The whole side of the mountain caught on fire," she said. "I was looking at Marisa and was like, 'I think Mommy just started a forest fire.'"
Pangborn's plan worked, and she was found by members of the U.S. Forest Service, who came racing to the quarter-acre blaze. Pangborn and her baby were taken to separate hospitals, and were expected to be reunited Tuesday. Although not everyone will approve of Pangborn starting a fire in a drought-stricken state, her mother, Dianna Williams, thought it was a great idea. "I'm elated and the baby's beautiful," she told NBC affiliate KCRA. "I'm glad that she's a smart kid. She's always been smart." Catherine Garcia
If all you know about Justice Antonin Scalia's blistering dissents last week is his whimsical use of "jiggery-pokery" and "pure applesauce" (ObamaCare) and his accusation that he and his colleagues are a "threat to American democracy" (same-sex marriage), you want to know more, but you don't like reading long legal documents, the band Coheed and Cambria is at your service.
In the song below, posted to Funny or Die, the band takes some of the more poetic parts of Scalia's dissents on gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act and spin them into a ballad for two acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass, a shaker, and two singers. Never has so much disappointed anger sounded so lovely.
If listening to nearly 4 minutes of prog balladry is too much, Daniela Lapidous at McSweeney's has distilled Scale's gay marriage dissent into a haiku:
You're not a poet,
Kennedy. And by the way,
Democracy’s dead. [McSweeney's]
In totally justifiable lawsuit news, Paris Hilton is reportedly planning on suing the Egyptian television host who set up an elaborate prank that tricked the socialite into thinking the plane she was traveling in was crashing.
Hilton was in Dubai when Ramez Galal, host of Ramez in Control, invited her to go on a sightseeing plane. Hilton says she had no idea that it was all a gag — the plane was under the control of a stunt pilot, who shut off the engines and took the aircraft into a nose-dive. Footage from inside the plane shows an obviously terrified Hilton screaming and crying, surrounded by actors who are playing along with the "joke" that the plane is about to crash.
TMZ reports that Hilton is "furious" over the stunt, and has contacted her lawyers, who said she has a case for emotional distress. She no longer wants to get on airplanes, and said the prank was even worse than it appears on tape, with the plane nearly hitting the water. Watch the video below, and get ready to feel sympathy for Paris Hilton. Catherine Garcia
On Tuesday, three cables that deliver internet service to Sacramento, California, were cut in what was likely a coordinated attack.
The FBI is now investigating the case, with special agent Greg Wuthrich of the Bureau's San Francisco division saying the incident could be the latest in a string of cuts that have happened in the San Francisco Bay area over the past year. The cables were severed in Livermore, 40 miles east of San Francisco, at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, Reuters reports. While repairs are underway, there is no estimated time for when internet service will be back up.
Wave Broadband spokesman Mark Peterson said only suburban areas of Sacramento have been affected by the outage. Wave is a customer of Level 3 Communications and Zayo Group Holdings Inc., the companies that own the cables. Catherine Garcia