A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) - What do people love more than Bill Cosby and The Cosby Show?
The sweaters: Wonderfully tacky and brilliantly designed Father's Day tops that would make Mr. Rogers (RIP, neighbor) hang his head in shame.
For that love and appreciation, Cosby began the Cosby Sweater Tournament – a competition in the mold of the NCAA basketball tournament – where the brackets were created in appreciation of the styles he made famous: The Argyles, The Cashmeres, The Cardigans and The Pullovers.
The 64-sweater tournament even took on great names by the round: The Sweat 16, The Fleecy 8, and the tournament is currently in The Warmest 4.
Once fans vote, they in the running for an autographed book.
People have two days left, with the winner being announced Monday on NBC's Today and Cosby's website.
For those who can't decide on their favorite, The Cosby Sweater Project is a Tumblr blog that gives a brief synopsis of all the fashionable finds from the iconic show.
For a sweater in motion, check out the Season 3 opening. Ugly sweaters are in the eye of the beholder.
'Despicable Me 2' takes top spot
Despite bad reviews, Disney's The Lone Ranger debuted in the No. 2 spot on its opening weekend. Despicable Me 2 knocked another animated movie, Monsters University, out of the top spot its opening weekend as well.
These films helped knock out YWIPC's favorite superhero, Man of Steel, out of the top five all together. Here is the list, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to last week's spot and weekend gross):
Despicable Me 2 (NR) $83,517,315
The Lone Ranger (NR) $29,210,849
The Heat (2) $24,763,907
Monsters University (1) $19,716,347
World War Z (3) $18,408,963
Here is what's coming up this weekend:
Pacific Rim - The science fiction movie details the West Coast and Pacific Ocean of the future being taken over by monstrous creatures called the Kaiju. It's up to Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) to save us from these crazy creatures. Our lives have never been in better hands. It also stars Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland), Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) and is directed by Guillermo del Toro. It's best explained in its official trailer.
Grown Ups 2 - The sequel of the 2010 film (minus Rob Schneider) follows best friends (Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade) and their wives (Selma Hayek, Maya Rudolph) as they raise their families in their home town.
Fruitvale Station - COOL INDIE FLICK ALERT - Based on a true story, it follows Oscar (Michael B. Jordan) trying to change his luck for his family on the last day of 2008 when his subway train is hijacked, putting him in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also stars Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Oscar award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) and the adorable Ariana Neal.
Selena Gomez shows how whipped Justin Bieber was
Selena Gomez's new album, Stars Dance, doesn't come out until July 23, but one track, Come & Get It, is already a huge hit.
One leaked song, however, is the most anticipated of any on the track list.
Gomez's ballad to true love ending, Love Will Remember, featured one voice familiar to pop music: ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. According to E! Online, both parties confirmed Wednesday the song's introduction is a leaked voicemail Bieber left Gomez during their romance.
"Hey babe, it's me," the song's intro says. "I just want to call and tell you that I love you so, so, so, so much. I just wanted to let you know that you are my princess. You are worthy of all the love in the world. You are the love of my life."
Sounds like a love-stricken boy to YWIPC. Maybe the Biebs isn't so bad after all (sarcasm).
Despite "Jelena" not officially a couple since November 2012, they have been on and off again since and photographed their time together on July 4, permitting whispers of rekindled love. Both deny it, saying they are just friends. Classic young Hollywood.
Many things equal the beginning of summer for YWIPC: Memorial Day, pools opening, the urge to go to the gym to prepare our beach bodies, blockbuster movies and Will Smith's 1991 hit with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Summertime. It is indeed "a groove slightly transformed, just a bit of a break from the norm."
The blog is the brain child of Matt Binder, and his premise is pretty clear.
"I started re-tweeting people complaining about welfare, food stamps, etc. and then following it up with a previous tweet of theirs that makes them look hypocritical/dumb/etc," said Binder.
Good for Matt, because those who don't see how outlandish they really are may be doomed to repeat themselves, out loud, in front of people who may agree. Once people caught on, they would delete the offending message, but unfortunately for them, Binder took screen shots and posted them on his blog.
"It's pretty amazing what absurdity people not only believe, but put out in the open on a public forum," Binder said.
Binder says some have come after him after being put on display, but it's not an everyday thing. Even when it does happen, it amuses him as much as the tweets do. Some offenders have even deleted their accounts in shame - but the good thing about the internet (and this blog) is that their words live forever for others to mock and laugh at.
Kudos, Matt Binder. Kudos.
A little something from YouTube
How cute is Zach Braff?
Really cute, that's obvious. But the Scrubs star is not as cute as Matt Hulbert proposing to his girlfriend, Janice, with the help of bunnies, family members and friends. And Zach Braff.
The MLB All-Star game makes fans ... scratch their heads?
Sometimes fans don't know whether to laugh or cry at baseball's midsummer classic.
It's either a yearly disparaging comment on whether it should count toward home-field advantage in the World Series, where the game is played, and what starting pitchers will play or sit at their manager's request.
This year's absurdity comes in the "last man voted in" contest. The American League's last men in contestants were five relief pitchers - not a position player on its ballot. In the National League, it comes down to five position players, with one - Yasiel Puig - making his MLB debut on June 3 that ESPN and Dodger homers some fans feel is deserving of an all-star appearance because he's spent the last month channeling the ghost of Ted Williams.
A lot of MLB players and fans don't feel the same way. Powerhouse reliever Jonathan Papelbon said Puig's acceptance in the game would be an "injustice" and a "joke," and many are throwing their support to deserving Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman just to spite the rookie.
The fans-only vote ends Thursday afternoon on MLB.com. The MLB All-Star game will be Tuesday at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.