Three Women Arrested in al Shabaab Financing Conspiracy

Three women were arrested and two more are being sought in connection to an alleged financing conspiracy for the extremist Muslim group al Shabaab, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The women arrested today were allegedly the heads of a network of mostly women that would funnel money to the insurgents in… » 7/23/14 7:16pm 39 minutes ago

Video Surfaces of NYPD Choking Another Handcuffed Black Man

The NYPD technically bans itself from using chokeholds on suspects, but in practice its officers have a demonstrated history of ignoring that rule. It became clear this past weekend when a Staten Island man named Eric Garner was killed after being choked by two officers, and now a new video has surfaced showing two… » 7/23/14 5:55pm Today 5:55pm

Twitter Buries Pathetic Diversity Numbers Behind Facebook News

After initially dragging their feet, Twitter has finally released their diversity numbers, one minute before the industry's biggest financial news. It's easy to see why: the company is just as lily white as every other big tech player. » 7/23/14 5:47pm Today 5:47pm

Associated Press Dutifully Reports Twitter Parody as Fact

In a place as strange and wonderful as the Internet, it can be tough even for web-native publications to get all the facts straight, but old media seems to have a special talent for fucking them completely sideways. Take, for example, the Associated Press and New York Daily News, who yesterday reported a brazen… » 7/23/14 5:11pm Today 5:11pm

This Week in Tabloids: Kim's Failed Marriage Has Given Her 'Elbow Fat'

Welcome back to Midweek Madness, in which in which we gleefully wallow in the filth contained within the pages of Star, Us Weekly, OK!, Life & Style and InTouch. This week: Kim and Kanye are already falling apart, causing her to eat pasta on top of ice cream; Kate Middleton is pregnant again; and Charlize Theron was… » 7/23/14 4:26pm Today 4:26pm

This Chris Pratt Interview Turned Into a French-Braiding Pop Quiz

Chris Pratt, the Guardians of the Galaxy star who will always be Parks and Rec's earnest Andy in our hearts, is probably sick to death of answering questions about his physical transformation into a superhero. But just when he's about to fall asleep mid-interview, someone brings him an intern's hair and asks him to… » 7/23/14 4:05pm Today 4:05pm

Why Not Tell Us Your Theory About the Brooklyn Bridge's White Flags?

We've been getting a lot of tips lately, which makes sense because we are seemingly pleading for them. Some of them are good, and of course most are bad and you should be ashamed, but lately, what with the Brooklyn Bridge being adorned by two new white flags, you're showing a different side to you, friends of Gawker:… » 7/23/14 3:55pm Today 3:55pm

I'm Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work

Ira Glass is a writer, producer, storyteller, performer, and a familiar voice. His show This American Life has set the contemporary standard of nonfiction radio shows, and has influenced and inspired countless others to grab a mic and give podcasting a try. » 7/23/14 3:43pm Today 3:43pm

Questlove Gives Definitive Take on Iggy Azalea's Hip-Hop Posturing

Is platinum-certified, platinum-haired Australian rapper Iggy Azalea a racist, or a harmless drag queen? Is she a racist drag queen? Are all drag queens racists? Are all racists drag queens? Who knows! Well, one man does, certainly: Roots drummer/author/curator Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. Questlove is just about… » 7/23/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

Paget Brewster Returns to Drunk History With Charlie Day

Paget Brewster, always intense, finally returned to Drunk History last night, for a mesmerizing take on the story of a failed attempt on Abraham Lincoln's life starring Charlie Day, Bill from Freaks And Geeks and Tyra from Friday Night Lights, among others. While it's not quite as rip-roaring as some of her previous… » 7/23/14 3:21pm Today 3:21pm

John Oliver Spotted a Crucial Flaw in This Anti-Gambling PSA

When Singapore legalized casinos back in 2005, it also established a National Council on Problem Gambling to produce educational messages about the devastation gambling addiction can cause to lives and families. Leading up to the World Cup, the Council released a heartbreaking PSA to discourage football fans from… » 7/23/14 3:05pm Today 3:05pm