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Benghazi Committee Wants to Talk to Hillary's Private Spy

The House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi wants to talk to Sidney Blumenthal, the former Hillary Clinton aide who ran a private intelligence network for the former secretary of state, Gawker has learned. » 4/01/15 5:41pm 10 minutes ago

500 Days of Kristin, Day 66: Kristin's Favorite Shoe by Kristin

Kristin Cavallari, whose debut book Balancing on Heels drops in 434 days, designs a line of mid-priced shoes that retail at select Nordstrom stores. Before you buy every pair of Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry shoes available, consider that she likes some more than others. What is Kristin's favorite heel to… » 4/01/15 5:40pm 11 minutes ago

A New York Nanny's Job Description Seems Kind of Psycho

Zoë Kravitz Gets Why She's Famous

The daughter of Lenny Kravitz, the divine Zoë, is on the cover of the latest issue of Complex magazine, speaking some truths about her struggles with anorexia, her embarrassing parents ("Dad—you cannot leave the house in only a blanket"), and what it was like getting into acting. Not surprisingly—it was easy! But at… » 4/01/15 5:04pm 46 minutes ago

Video Shows Cops Pulling Unarmed Black Man From Car and Pummeling Him

Michigan state police are investigating a January incident in which Floyd Dent, a black man who was unarmed, was pulled from his car and beaten and tasered during a traffic stop in the town of Inkster. Several of the charges against Dent were dropped after the release of the dashcam video above. » 4/01/15 5:02pm 48 minutes ago

Sen. Bob Menendez Indicted After Years-Long Corruption Investigation

Senator Robert Menendez, (D-N.J.), was indicted on 13 counts of corruption—including eight counts of bribery—on Wednesday, with federal prosecutors alleging he used his position to do favors for a South Florida ophthalmologist who was also a longtime campaign donor. » 4/01/15 5:00pm 51 minutes ago

Winter Is Just About Dead, Except in the Northeast, Sorry About That

Welcome to April! The next month looks like it'll be interesting, with warmer-than-average temperatures for much of the country, except the Northeast, where winter clings like tangy marinara to a plate of cold pasta. Sorry. This is no joke, either—we don't play those games. Nature really does just hate you. » 4/01/15 4:50pm Today 4:50pm

The U.S. Is Going to War Tomorrow at This Fancy Pacific Beach Resort

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On April 2, the United States is invading the nation of Isla del Sol. Marines and special forces will lead a coalition of 27 nations against organized Islamic terrorists who control the Pacific nation and its Shell Oil wells. And according to internal documents obtained by Gawker, the war will be over by next weekend. » 4/01/15 4:29pm Today 4:29pm

This Week In Tabloids: Kim Doesn't Give a Single Fuck If Rob Dies

Welcome to Midweek Madness, where we call the corners (North=Star, South=OK!, East=InTouch, West=Life & Style) and assume all the powers of Kris Jenner until eventually losing our minds and thinking we’re flying. This week: George and Amal are divorcing, Kim and Kylie are pregnant, Bradley and Jennifer are sending… » 4/01/15 4:26pm Today 4:26pm

After years of protests by its low-paid employees, McDonald's said today it "will pay at least $1 per hour more than the local legal minimum wage for employees at the roughly 1,500 restaurants it owns"—which does not include the 90% of McD's that are franchisee-owned. Still, it's something. » 4/01/15 4:02pm Today 4:02pm

Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's Ex-Wife, Dead From Cancer at 75

Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, died Wednesday of cancer, her only son Julian confirmed on his website and Twitter. Cynthia, whose maiden name was Powell, met Lennon in art school in Liverpool in 1957, right before the Beatles formed. » 4/01/15 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

The Forever War Is Always Already Here: Introducing Phase Zero

Don't forget: You can email us tips at tips@gawker.com, call them in at 646-470-4295, send them directly to any of our writers, or use our anonymous SecureDrop system. And like us on Facebook here! » 4/01/15 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Teen Playing With Cat Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself in Head

You'll Look Very Cool and Handsome Wearing This $100,000 Gold Sex Watch

You're a discerning and fashionable gentleman. You have money, power, and an insatiable appetite for breasts and other sex-type stuff. You know what time it is. You wear a watch—but you need a new one. Which watch is the watch for you? Think fast: The insufficiently manly timepiece on your wrist is ticking. » 4/01/15 2:46pm Today 2:46pm

The Flaws of Meritocracy

When questions of civil rights, or inequality, or discrimination arise, we are often reminded that we are supposed to be striving for an ideal: the ideal of meritocracy, where everyone rises and falls on their own merits. Take a moment to consider the problems with our ideal. » 4/01/15 2:28pm Today 2:28pm

Teacher Takes an Axe to the Nuts in Physics Demonstration Gone Wrong

This painful video is going around today as a story about a teacher who lost his job after accidentally bashing a student in the nuts with the flat side of an axe during a classroom demonstration. But according to someone who was there, it was actually the teacher with his sack on—or rather, just a little too close… » 4/01/15 2:05pm Today 2:05pm

What the Hell Is Going On At American Apparel? 

One by one, the remnants of "old" American Apparel have been stripped away. The company recently fired longtime creative directors Marsha Brady and Iris Alonzo—the latter of whom, according to our sources and as corroborated by an earlier report by Fashionista, was canned without warning, explanation, or… » 4/01/15 1:31pm Today 1:31pm

Jam Pals Johnny Depp and Ryan Adams Are Maybe Banging a Pair of Sisters

Scoooorrreeee YEAH: 51-year-old actor Johnny Depp and his friend, 40-year-old musician Ryan Adams, are allegedly hooking up with sisters. People reports that Ryan has recently taken up with Whitney Heard, the younger sister of Johnny's new 28-year-old wife Amber Heard. Up top! » 4/01/15 1:07pm Today 1:07pm