New NCAA Initiatives Attempt to Maintain College Sports Status Quo

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For all of the boundless optimism college football is emanating heading into the 2014 with its shiny new playoff system, there’s an even greater sense of uncertain dread threatening to unravel the whole machine. An early casualty is the cancelation of the acclaimed NCAA Football video game franchise due to litigation regarding whether players should be compensated for their likeness.

It’s much too early to speculate about how the courts or Congress will impact college sports, but the NCAA has proactively taken some steps to satiate ornery players and an increasingly vocal public.

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EXCLUSIVE Transcript of President Obama’s Call With Vladimir Putin

World leaders discuss plane shot down in Ukraine
President Obama talks with Vladimir Putting outside the "Charcoal Pit." (AP)

The Washington Free Beacon has obtained an exclusive transcript of President Obama’s brief phone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin regarding the Malaysian Airline plane reportedly shot down in eastern Ukraine. The president ate lunch at the Charcoal Pit ahead of an infrastructure speech in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Lady Angling on the Rise Thanks to Delayne Collins

Delayne Collins Twitter

Delayne Collins Twitter

Last week, a photogenic Belgian fan lost her endorsement deal because her Facebook page was mined for a pic of her posing next to a gazelle she had killed. Meanwhile, the Interwebs is littered with all sorts lady anglers hoisting their hard-earned prizes and no one says peep. Is it because all fish look the same?

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Our Piecemeal Culture

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I was surfing the Internet yesterday when I stumbled across this piece at the Daily Dot. It was an interesting quick hit and contained information previously unknown to me. And yet I found myself incredibly annoyed by it. Bear with me for a moment while I try to discern why.

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In Praise of Vox Media, Max Fisher, and Zack Beauchamp

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Let’s take a moment out of this busy day to savor the presence of Vox Media, and, in particular, its two writers who are obsessed with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Max Fisher and Zack Beauchamp. The two privileged, white, non-Middle Eastern Americans are not obsessed with this conflict out of curiosity or a desire to learn more about a topic on which their knowledge is sparse and their personal experience is nonexistent. Reader and writer are not on a journey of discovery together. Since they already know everything about it, they write “explainers” that contain “everything you need to know,” weaving history, current events, and analysis into a rich journalistic tapestry that is displayed on easy-to-understand online “cards” where you will be shown, for example, where the Middle East is located on a map of the world.

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Tesla: It’s Not Just For Rich D-Bags Anymore

Tesla Model S Sedan

Tesla Model S Sedan / Wikimedia Commons

Tesla, the trendy electric car manufacturer, has announced they’ll be releasing a new model priced at about $35,000. This is a huge drop from the $100,000+ models they’ve manufactured to date.

The media frenzy over the announcement has been near-orgasmic as some (such as Gizmodo.com) are hailing the new, affordable model as being the most significant automotive release since the Model T.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “One of the ‘Important People’,” by Elizabeth Harrington, in the Washington Free Beacon.

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Despite Israel’s humanitarian truce with Palestine, an Israeli official says a ground invasion of Gaza is still likely.

Jay Carney joins the ranks of high-paid Washington speakers.

A VA official testified that fixing the agency will cost $17.6 billion over the next three years.

The FAA is investigating whether a congressman’s drone wedding video may have violated their regulations.

C.D.C. : “We missed the broader pattern” of unsafe handling of substances like flu viruses and anthrax.

A beer pour Ed Schultz could learn a thing or two from:

Kate Upton’s Old Mexican Vacation

Not Express but she sold magazines/rricheung Instagram

Not Express but she sold magazines/rricheung Instagram

The trick about the “the super smoke sports curse” is that it’s not really a curse. While Tom Brady hasn’t been able to cash in the two Super Bowls he’s played in since marrying Gisele Bündchen, he still gets to go home as Tom Brady.

Justin Verlander may have missed his first All-Star Game since 2009, but he didn’t stay in Detroit to wallow in self-pity or lock himself in the gym. Like any dude with a couple days off from work, he hightailed it to the beach over the All-Star break with his girlfriend.

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Get Ready For ‘Clinton: The Musical’

In this image taken from video, Monica Lewinsky embraces President Clinton as he greeted well-wishers at a White House lawn party in Washington Nov. 6, 1996

In this image taken from video, Monica Lewinsky embraces President Clinton as he greeted well-wishers at a White House lawn party in Washington Nov. 6, 1996 / AP

There’s no doubt the Clinton presidency was like a soap opera with infidelity, lying, over-the-top acting (complete with lip biting), betrayal, and the occasional thrown lamp.

But now, the reality series that was the “Bill and Hill Show” is being adapted as a different kind of opera … well, a musical theatre production, to be precise.

“Clinton: The Musical” opens this weekend in New York at the New York Musical Theater Festival.

The Paul and Michael Hodge musical features a duet between Bill and Hillary in which they work on the 1998 State of the Union address. It was a critical speech meant to divert the American people’s attention away from the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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Comic Book Creators Love PC Stunts

Instead of Lady Thor, Marvel should just promote Sif (AP)

Instead of Lady Thor, Marvel should just promote Sif (AP)

I wrote an essay last year for National Review about the absurdly liberal nature of the modern comic book industry. And, as if to prove my point—comic books have a pretty long lead time; eight months from idea to your grubby little hands isn’t an unreasonable amount of time—this week saw two of the most idiotically PC announcements in recent memory.

First came news that Archie, of Riverdale fame, would die. While saving his gay friend. Who is married. And a senator. Who was pushing for gun control. And who was being shot at by a pro-gun nut when Archie went down.

It’s as if the manatees who write for Family Guy picked every PC idea ball at once to create the most laughably politically correct storyline that they could. I’m not even mad—it’s hard to get particularly mad about something no one reads. I’m impressed!

The second bit of stunt PC storytelling involved Thor, the Norse God of Thunder.

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Who Needs Lady Thor When We Have Kacy Catanzaro?

Kacy Catanzaro Instagram

Kacy Catanzaro Instagram

Marvel Comics generated free publicity yesterday, both positive and negative, right before Comic Con by announcing they were changing Thor’s gender to that of a lady’s. We’ll see if Marvel can follow through with the gambit, but iIf anyone should be P.O.’d, it should be Chris Hemsworth because he found out he might be out of a job after Avengers 3.

At the end of the day, a female Thor is just ink on a page. Last night we saw a real live ass-kicking lady worth celebrating on our television sets.

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What We Learned From Hillary Clinton’s Daily Show Interview

Multimillionaire public speaker attempts to connect with America's youth. (AP)

Multimillionaire public speaker attempts to connect with America's youth. (AP)

Hillary Clinton’s underwhelming book tour is still going on, in case you hadn’t noticed. The celebrity homeowner and child rapist defender appeared on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday, where she (quite literally) laughed her way through an interview with host Jon Stewart:

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “Diane Ravitch: Campbell Brown Shouldn’t Worry Her Pretty Little Head About Education Policy,” in New York Magazine.

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Jon Stewart brings an original line of questioning to Hillary Clinton interview.

The White House refuses to make a top adviser available to House Oversight.

Israel targets homes of senior Hamas leaders.

What if you resigned from Congress and never left?

Adam Wainwright grooved pitches to Derek Jeter during the All-Star Game.

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