June 21, 2013 at 8:54 am #91155
Go behind the scenes of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Judging as decisions are made and a winner is picked from every state and territory to earn a trip to the White House and a spot in the second-ever Kids State Dinner.
TGIF and Good Morning.
As you go through your day, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.June 21, 2013 at 8:55 am #91156
Good Morning, EveryoneJune 21, 2013 at 8:55 am #91157
Paula Deen bails on ‘Today’ show appearance
The Today show had been touting a live, Friday interview with Paula Deen, who is in the middle of a bubbling controversy over her use of racial slurs.
But at the start of the NBC morning show, Matt Lauer explained that there would be no interview.
“We just found out she’s a no-show,” he said.
He said he had chatted with her on the phone last night when she had flown in to New York, but that he hadn’t talked to her this morning. Her rep told him that she was “exhausted.”
On Twitter, Lauer added, “Hoping to get more info on the Paula Deen situation soon. Very confusing.”June 21, 2013 at 8:57 am #91158
Reports: Kim Kardashian names baby North
At last! We think we have a name.
According to TMZ.com and People.com, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have named their newborn daughter North West.
Still no official confirmation via the Kardashians themselves, but they’re known for their ability to manipulate the media and we’re sure they’ll make an announcement when they see fit.June 21, 2013 at 9:00 am #91159
One million people took part in protests in 100 cities across #Brazil on Thursday, local media report http://bbc.in/15oZ6wrJune 21, 2013 at 9:26 am #91160
“No kicking. No hitting. No throwing.” Guess my muscles are just for decoration.June 21, 2013 at 9:28 am #91161
Cantor plays the blame game (poorly)
By Steve Benen
Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:15 PM EDT.
The demise of the farm bill on the House floor today caught nearly everyone off-guard, but it’s the House Republican leaders who look like chumps. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have consistently struggled to lead effectively, but today was an especially ignominious failure — they had no idea their bill couldn’t pass.
But don’t worry; the Republican leaders (I use the word loosely) know just who to blame.
The question is: are Democrats in the House willing to govern, and today’s demonstration proves that that might not be the case,” Rory Cooper, the communications director for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told reporters.
Look, I don’t mean to belabor the point, but the first step towards recovery is admitting you have a problem. About a third of the House Republican caucus broke ranks today and voted to kill their own caucus’ farm bill. Some did so for ideological reasons (they wanted deeper cuts), some were motived by regional concerns (the agricultural industry in their areas would be adversely affected).
The bottom line was a clear defeat — the House farm bill garnered 195 votes, 23 short of what was needed for passage.
Cantor’s office is right to feel embarrassed, but it’s time GOP leaders at least considered taking responsibility. It is, after all, what holding “leadership” positions is all about.June 21, 2013 at 9:30 am #91162
Janet Jackson Looking to Cut Brothers Off Financially
June 20, 2013 by PJ
*Janet Jackson may not technically be a billionaire but the fact is that she’s loaded and has managed to do pretty well for herself over the years.
Because of this, the Jackson brothers have turned to her as their new form of income since their initial source, The Michael Jackson Bank, went under new management.
The National Enquirer reported that Janet is tired of fronting the cost for the brothers foreclosures, tax liens, and back child support. The fact that she married a billionaire on top of having her own money isn’t an open invitation to the boys. That’s still her money.
The tabloid claims:
“Janet has been very generous whenever one of her family came to her for a handout,” a source told Enquirer.
“But it seemed like the money she gave them was never enough, and it was only a matter of time before Janet felt like she was being taken advantage of. Eventually, Janet had to change her phone number so that her mom, Katherine, was the only family member with direct access to her. But now Janet’s brothers try to get to her through their mom!”
Janet revealed her secret marriage back in February to Wissam Al Mana. The Middle East business tycoon is nine years younger than her.
“He wants Janet to cut off her family and he supports her decision one hundred percent,” says the insider. Of Janet’s siblings, her five brothers – Jackie, 62, Tito, 59, Jermaine, 58, Marlon, 56, and Randy, 51 – are the most demanding, a source says.
“They’ve asked Janet to help them with everything from late child-support payments to home foreclosures and tax liens,” the source said. “But now she’s drawn a line and let them know enough is enough.”
http://www.eurweb.com/2013/06/janet-jackson-looking-to-cut-brothers-off-financially/?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EUR%20news%3A%20Janet%20Jackson%20Looking%20to%20Cut%20Brothers%20Off%20FinanciallyJune 21, 2013 at 9:44 am #91163
Boehner struggles with the economic basics
By Steve Benen
Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:10 AM EDT
To serve effectively in Congress, one does not need a post-graduate degree. When it comes to economics, there’s no reason to expect leading lawmakers to be Nobel laureates or be experts in every nuance of complex policies.
But to be taken seriously, policymakers should have some basic understanding of current events, especially if officials hold leadership posts. It’s why I’ve always found it unsettling to see House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) economic illiteracy on display.
House Speaker John Boehner blamed the markets sell-off Thursday on the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying policies. [...]
“The sell-off is in large part due to the policies that we’ve had coming out of the Federal Reserve,” Boehner said. “You can’t continue to deflate our money and deflate it and deflate it have the equity markets go up without some change.”
So, in the Speaker’s mind, the major Wall Street indexes took a tumble on Wednesday and Thursday because of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing.
For everyone in Grown-Up Land, the major Wall Street indexes took a tumble on Wednesday and Thursday because the Federal Reserve signaled an end to quantitative easing. Boehner sees the markets falling and thinks he understands why, but in fact has the entire story backwards.June 21, 2013 at 9:54 am #91164
Anyone going to watch this show?
Eva Longoria is an Executive Producer of this show.
Marc Cherry’s ‘Devious Maids’ find a home on Lifetime
By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY
The Desperate Housewives have departed. Say hello to the Devious Maids.
Lifetime today picked up 13 episodes of the new series from Housewives creator Marc Cherry. It will premiere in 2013.
ABC, Housewives’ home, did not pick up the project when it recently chose new shows for the fall schedule. Disney, ABC’s owner, is also a part owner of Lifetime. Maids will be produced by ABC Studios.
Based on the Mexican telenovela Ellas son la Alegria del Hogar, the new show follows five maids who work for the rich in Beverly Hills. Stars include Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez and Roselyn Sanchez.
In a joint statement, Lifetime executives Nancy Dubuc and Rob Sharenow said: “We are thrilled to be getting into business with one of entertainment’s true visionaries. This show and Marc Cherry’s unique storytelling voice perfectly articulate Lifetime’s strategy of attracting top-tier creatives with their most original and exciting projects.”June 21, 2013 at 9:55 am #91165
when she started with him, he was BARELY LEGAL!!!!
Director, 45, marries 22-year-old husband
By Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY
Sam Taylor-Wood, the British director behind 2010′s John Lennon flick Nowhere Boy, is now a blushing bride, having married her 22-year-old boyfriend of three years, actor Aaron Johnson.
They married in Somerset, England on Thursday, the Associated Press reports, with Taylor-Wood wearing a gown from the Alexander McQueen fashion house. They’ve also decided to both go by the last name Taylor-Johnson.
The couple met in 2009 on the set of Nowhere Boy and have two young daughters together, Wylda Rae, 23 months and Romy Hero, 5 months. Taylor-Wood also has two older daughters from a previous marriage.June 21, 2013 at 9:59 am #91166
Dark Girls: A World Television Premiere Event – First Look
June 11, 2013 .
Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.
Watch the world television premiere of Dark Girls on OWN. Tune in Sunday, June 23, at 10/9c.June 21, 2013 at 10:00 am #91167
First Look: White Men Discuss Their Attraction to African-American Women
June 14, 2013 .
In Dark Girls, hip-hop author and journalist Soren Baker, a white man who’s married to an African-American woman, describes his early attraction to women of all races—and shares his father’s reaction. Plus, another man in an interracial relationship discusses his wife’s skin tone.
Watch the world television premiere of Dark Girls on OWN. Tune in Sunday, June 23, at 10/9c.June 21, 2013 at 10:03 am #91168
Why isn’t the LEAD STORY on every broadcast and every newspaper?
HHS: ObamaCare policy has saved consumers nearly $5 billion
By Sam Baker - 06/20/13 11:24 AM ET
Consumers saved nearly $4 billion on their insurance premiums last year because of new rules in President Obama’s healthcare law, the administration said Thursday.
The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) said consumers saved $3.9 billion last year from new rules that govern insurance companies’ spending. The rules have saved consumers roughly $5 billion over the past two years, HHS said.
HHS highlighted the savings Thursday as an immediate benefit of the Affordable Care Act and evidence that the law will help make insurance more affordable.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/306805-hhs-obamacare-saved-consumers-nearly-4-billion#ixzz2WrLTn4FW
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John Oliver Savages Paula Deen Over ‘N-Word’ Controversy: She Might Just Be Suffering From Type-Two Racism
by Josh Feldman | 11:38 pm, June 20th, 2013
John Oliver opened tonight’s Daily Show targeting celebrity chef Paula Deen for allegedly using the n-word, and for her incredibly unhelpful explanations for it. Oliver also used the opportunity to remind viewers that Deen recently revealed she suffers from type-two diabetes, and found it’s possible Deen was not intentionally trying to hurt anyone’s feelings, she just also suffers from “type-two racism.”
Oliver first took a swipe at Deen’s cooking by saying the n-word she used couldn’t have possibly been “non-fat.” When Deen was asked about ever using the n-word, she said that “of course” she did, to which Oliver said in her voice, “That’s just a given, come on!”
Oliver tried to defend Deen, suggesting “maybe the word just slipped out when she was rapping along to the Wu-Tang Clan.” And Oliver did admit that the idea of a plantation-themed wedding might appeal to Deen’s particular sensibilities, where “the bride and groom exchange slaves” and “the Union army comes through and burns everything to the ground.”
He took a dig at Deen’s diabetes diagnosis, suggesting they should just rename it the “Paula Deen syndrome,” before turning it over to correspondent Jessica Williams, who said that Deen suffers from either type-one racism (inherited) or type-two (“adult onset racism”). She said the second is what happens after years and years of indulging in too much Dixie nostalgia, and ended with a firing shot: “Paula Deen’s words aren’t hurting black people anywhere near as much as her recipes are.”
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