[This post has been corrected.] This week, California and New York passed landmark bills that would increase the states’ minimum wages to $15 an hour. Hillary Clinton joined New York governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday to celebrate the win—despite advocating for only a $12 minimum wage at the national level since at least October.
On Wednesday night, The Daily Beast reported that a man named Syed Farook had been identified by police as a suspect in the mass shooting at a party among health department employees at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The article’s authors, Oliver Jones and Katie Zavadski, included a photo of Farook taken from Facebook, described him as a “business tax representative” for the California government, and linked to property records showing he had purchased a home in Corona. In fact, as the article’s 1:41 a.m. correction indicates, the photo, description, and property records were not those of the actual suspect, whose full name is Syed Rizwan Farook. They were of his brother, Syed Raheel Farook.
After several days of unflattering discussion about the Cool Pope’s date with arguably the least cool woman in America, the Vatican has finally stepped forward to try to salvage his reputation: yes, he did meet with her, but it was more of a pity thing and not, say, a papal endorsement of her backwards views.
Earlier today, we brought you the news that Ben Affleck allegedly tricked his wife into watching their kids so he could have sex with the woman they were paying to watch their kids. Now we have an update: Yeah that sort of happened, but it was a work thing!!!! say sources who are definitely not publicists employed by Ben Affleck.
Chris Brown is not a rapper. Though he does rap sometimes, he is primarily a singer, and should be identified as such in the same way that Charles Manson should be identified as a cult leader/criminal and not a musician/dude with sweet moves, and that Bugs Bunny should be identified as a talking rabbit and not a drag queen. But people continue to write "rapper Chris Brown..." which seems assumptive to the point of being oh, hmmm, what's the word? Oh yeah, racist!
Yahoo! Answers, one of the great artifacts of Internet history, is intently studied at viral news website BuzzFeed, where its trove of half-literate questions (and even less literate answers) has supplied material for at least fifty different posts and listicles. One BuzzFeed editor, however, has streamlined this aggregation process to its vanishing point: Simply copying text from Yahoo! Answers and pasting it, without attribution, into his own work.