Irina Shayk Happily Promotes the Summer’s Biggest Bomb

Irina doing what comes natural/Sports Illustrated

Irina doing what comes natural/Sports Illustrated

The worst summer box office season in eight years will sputter along for another weekend with the release of the year’s second movie about Hercules. Hercules should be the coming out party for The Rock’s co-star, WAG and swim smoke Irina Shayk. However, her debut role is cut short right there in the trailer.

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The ‘Unbreakable Bond,’ Easily Broken

Obama literally severs U.S. link to Israel
AP

AP

President Obama has long touted his commitment to the “unbreakable bond” between the United States and Israel—in this propaganda video from 2012, for example.

At the moment, however, his administration has severed the actual, physical bond connecting the two countries. The Federal Aviation Administration recently extended its ban on U.S. commercial flights to Israel, over the objections of Israeli officials.

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More Bad News for Hillary

Voters not convinced that wealthy homeowner can feel their pain
AP

AP

A new poll from The Economist/YouGov does not look good for elderly homeowner Hillary Clinton, a potential challenger to Joe Biden in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Her favorability rating continues to slide. According to the poll, 46 percent of American view Clinton favorably, compared to 45 percent who view her unfavorably.

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Judges and Journalists Agree: Bring Back the Guillotine!

Image via Flickr user stephrog

Image via Flickr user stephrog

Via Ed Whelan, I see that Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski believes that our current system of execution—in which we strive for bloodlessness and the minimization of pain so as to aid the consciences of those who support the death penalty—is hopelessly flawed. Here’s Kozinski:

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison must read

My must read of the day is “Dems still haven’t learned Obamacare lesson,” in Politico.

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John Kerry arrives in Tel Aviv in an attempt to broker a ceasefire.

Ukraine asked U.S. last month for equipment to counter Russian anti-aircraft weapons.

David Perdue wins Georgia’s Republican Senate nomination.

Did Google purposefully fumble search results for Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ movie?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office reportedly hobbles state ethics inquiries.

Video: Pros and Cons of Decriminalizing Marijuana in D.C.

WFB Formula Derives the Next ‘Sports Illustrated’ Cover Model

ROY->Burgers->Stardom/Sports Illustrated

ROY->Burgers->Stardom/Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated swim smoke Hannah Ferguson’s future is as wide open as her mouth in this latest image promoting her upcoming ad for Carl’s Jr. You know the ads I’m talking about.

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Harry Reid Rocks Mad Bling

Elderly millionaire Harry Reid thinks about money and smiles. (AP)

Elderly millionaire Harry Reid thinks about money and smiles. (AP)

Senate Majority Harry Reid (D., Nev.) knows a thing or two about making money. He has amassed a sizable fortune since getting elected to Congress in the 1980s, although it’s hard to say how he’s gotten so rich over the years.

Reid refuses to release his tax returns—but we do know that he has been on the winning end of a number of suspicious land deals in his home state.

Last month, Reid sold his home in Searchlight, Nevada to a gold-mining company for $1.75 million. Not bad. Maybe that explains this blinging watch and ring combo:

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Why Hillary Clinton’s Massive Public Speaking Fortune Matters

AP

AP

Hillary Clinton has raked in at least $12 million since quitting her job at the State Department last year, Bloomberg reported on Monday, noting that Clinton’s “windfall” was “at odds with her party’s call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor.”

This did not sit well with Hillary’s fans, who really hate it when you mention her and Mitt Romney in the same sentence:

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Earnest: ‘You Don’t Need Fancy Legal Degree To Understand What Congress Intended’

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In response to the devastating ruling striking down Obamacare subsidies in states which opted out of exchanges, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, “You don’t need a fancy legal degree to understand that Congress intended for every eligible American to have access to tax credits that would lower their healthcare costs, regardless of whether it was state officials or federal officials who were running the marketplace.”

Has Mr. Earnest been reading Robert Bork or Antonin Scalia in his free time? Dude sounds like a Born Again Originalist.

Imagine if Mr. Earnest or his boss used the “You don’t need a fancy legal degree to understand the intent of Congress” rule to other controversial subjects of our time?

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Johnny Manziel Will Be the Browns Starter for Week One

Week One Starter, Book It/AP

Week One Starter, Book It/AP

It’s not everyday you see a NFL head coach set a deadline for himself to make decisions, especially on who’s going to quarterback his team. But Browns rookie head coach Mike Pettine set the third game of the preseason as his deadline to decide whether he’s rolling with six-year vet Brian Hoyer or rookie Johnny Manziel for the 2014 season.

Maybe Pettine is hoping Manziel’s offseason performance will translate to training camp.

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Vox: Black, Gay Community Leader Is ‘Socially Deviant’

Social deviant? Or community leader?

Social deviant? Or community leader?

Matthew Yglesias responded to my teasing* by a.) admitting that I was totally right, and then b.) writing that despite the fact that I was totally right, it actually proves his point. In other words, it’s just another day at VOX DOT COM.

Rather than getting into a long thing about anti-heroes and villainy and how they’re not at all the same, I want to drill down into a rather shocking moment in Yglesias’ piece. Specifically, his snide dismissal of True Blood‘s Lafayette as a “drug dealer” and someone who is engaged in “socially deviant” behavior. Lafayette, who happens to be gay, is best thought of as the heart and soul of True Blood—the African-American cook who provides advice in times of sorrow and throws parties when the town needs a pick-me-up. Here, for instance, is Vulture‘s Jennifer Vineyard description of the character:

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison must read

My must read of the day is “Obama Needs Larger Goal Than Securing Ukraine Crash Site,” in the Wall Street Journal.

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British Glamour Smoke Profits From Suckers

Lucy Harrold Instagram

Lucy Harrold Instagram

Lucy Harrold is circulating around the bro blogoshphere today because, despite being photogenic and a heavy spender, poor Lucy just can’t find herself a “boyfriend.”

It’d probably help to not wear a wedding veil on Instagram. That belongs on a Pintrest board. Marriage is the last thing a single feller looking at your Instagram has on his mind.

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