When California physicist Dmitri Krioukov was hit with a $400 traffic ticket for allegedly failing to fully brake at a stop sign, he refused to pay up without a fight. He submitted a four-page paper arguing that the ticket defied the laws of physics, given the angle and relative speed of his vehicle. His proof convinced both the officer and the judge of his innocence, and he was let off the hook.
It may have taken Adele a full week after Beyoncé's Lemonade was released to sing the visual album's praises, but she swears she's not late — the album had just left her "speechless." On Tuesday, however, the British songstress finally found her words:
Unsurprisingly, Adele — who has already proclaimed herself "Queen Bey to the day I die" — absolutely adored Beyoncé's latest record. If that caption isn't evidence enough of Adele's serious Beyoncé fandom, that photo of her literally bowing down next to Queen Bey should be. Becca Stanek
Some prominent Republicans are burning their voter registration cards rather than vote for Donald Trump
Following the news that Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, many Republicans who aren't ready to jump on the Trump train are casting about for other Election Day options.
After Ted Cruz dropped out of the race last night, Google Trends showed a sudden spike in searches for "Libertarian Party," suggesting that the 16 percent of Americans who say they'll vote third party in a Trump vs. Clinton contest are preparing to do just that.
Meanwhile, a number of prominent Republicans took to Twitter to announce their support for Hillary Clinton — or at least their exit from the GOP. Washington Examiner editor Philip Klein tweeted a picture of his voter registration change form, while Free Beacon writer Lachlan Markey shared a photo of his registration card in flames.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 4, 2016
Former John McCain strategist Mark Salter declared that if "the GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it's on the level," he's with Clinton; and former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum predicted that 2016 would see "Former Republican presidents & presidential nominees for Clinton." Bonnie Kristian
There was a time when Marco Rubio didn't work hard to hide his hatred of being a U.S. senator, although "I don't know that 'hate' is the right word," he told The Washington Post last October. "I'm frustrated."
Oh, but how times have changed. For one, Rubio has dropped out of the presidential race. He is spending more time fishing and on his boat in Florida. He has decided against running for reelection, or for governor, or for really anything else before 2020.
Oh, and he kind of loves his job.
"Since I'm not running for reelection, there's a lot of things I want to get done. I'm actually enjoying it very much. It's kind of been the most enjoyable and productive I've been," Rubio told Politico.
While Rubio has stayed out of the spotlight in recent weeks by avoiding the garbage fire that is the current Republican race, he has been quietly getting work done on the Senate floor, including urging aid for Puerto Rico and breaking with party lines to back President Obama's call for $1.9 billion in federal funding to fight the Zika epidemic. Politico reports Rubio is also working to limit some U.S. benefits for Cuban immigrants, and he has as taken on a bigger role in protecting the Everglades.
"I feel positive about being able to get good results down the stretch. None of them are the kind of things that will dominate headlines. I'm honored to serve in the Senate. I've enjoyed my work there, despite the lack of progress in the process," Rubio said. Jeva Lange
So, Donald Trump is probably going to be the Republican Party nominee for president. If that fact has you seriously Googling Canada's visa process, you might be onto something — there's some pretty cool stuff going on up in the Great White North. Last night, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry forced overtime in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Miami Heat with this ridiculous half-court heave:
Kyle Lowry hit this crazy half court shot to send last night's game to OT. https://t.co/sM9Ku6ygf0
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 4, 2016
Of course, the Raptors went cold in OT and lost to the Heat, at home, 102-96. But hey, you're heading to Canada now — you can't be rude to your guests. The Raptors will try, though, when they host the Heat again at the Air Canada Centre for Game 2 on Thursday. Kimberly Alters
Donald Trump says he plans to tap a politician to serve as his vice president. "Somebody that can help me with legislation and somebody that can help me get things passed and somebody that's been friends with the senators and congressmen and all so we don’t have to go the executive order route as much as Obama did, you know, where he can't get anything approved so he just keeps signing executive orders," Trump said in an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday morning, the day after he all but sealed the GOP nomination with his win in the Indiana primary.
But Trump isn't ready to name names. "Well, it's too soon. I just don't want to do it," Trump said. "I think that, you know, a lot of people are talking about certain names, and certainly those are the names we are thinking of." The five potential running mates The Washington Post and others have floated recently are Sen. Marco Rubio, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Watch Trump's full interview below, with his vice presidential remarks starting at the 16:05 mark. Becca Stanek
When saying goodbye to Ted Cruz's presidential aspirations last night, the nation was also unwittingly bidding adieu to a young president. With the 45-year-old out of the race, electing any of the remaining candidates will be putting the oldest (or nearly the oldest) president ever into office:
With Cruz gone, next president will be oldest or among oldest ever -- 69 if Clinton, 70 if Trump, 75 if Sanders. (Reagan was just shy of 70)
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) May 4, 2016
What happened in Paris and Brussels could possibly happen in the U.S., Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted in an exclusive interview with CNN, published Wednesday. "They do have that capacity," Clapper said of ISIS. "That's something we worry about a lot in the United States, that they could conjure up a raid like they did in Paris or Brussels." The March attacks in Brussels on a train and at an airport left at least 32 dead and 300 injured; the November attacks in Paris killed at least 130.
However, Obama pointed out, "We, here in the United States, face less of a threat than Europe" from ISIS. Still, he says, "the Paris-style attack, the Brussels style attack is the challenge that we're going to continue to face." Becca Stanek