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A Visit from the Goop Squad

Why settle for reading Gwyneth’s tips for living like Gwyneth and purchasing Gwyneth-endorsed products from a webshop when you can go to a shopable, brick-and-mortar version?

South Carolina congressman tapped to lead House panel on Benghazi

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former prosecutor and critic of the Obama administration's handling of the 2012 Benghazi attacks was picked on Monday to head a Republican-led congressional investigation of the deadly assault that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy, a member of the House Oversight Committee, will lead a new panel investigating the attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. "I know he shares my commitment to get to the bottom of this tragedy and will not tolerate any stonewalling from the Obama administration," House Speaker John Boehner said, announcing Gowdy as his pick as chairman of the select committee. Boehner had announced he was forming the new panel on Friday, the same day the Oversight Committee announced a rare subpoena of a cabinet official, Secretary of State John Kerry, to testify about Benghazi.

Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling

Did Donald Sterling ever try to use the power of the state to annul the marriages of thousands of people he never met because he disapproved of them? Ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich did.

New York City mayor unveils affordable housing plan

By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released a plan on Monday to create and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade - a centerpiece of his strategy to address economic inequality in the nation's largest city. The liberal mayor's proposal, requiring a $41 billion investment to build 80,000 units and preserve 120,000 more, would provide enough housing for more than half a million New Yorkers. "And so we are marshaling every corner of government and the private sector in an unprecedented response." De Blasio, who took office in January as the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades, campaigned for office decrying the "tale of two cities" that has emerged as New York is torn by a yawning gap between rich and poor. A report released last month by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer found that almost half of all New Yorkers spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing, while a third spend at least half on housing.

Condi Backs Out Of Rutgers Commencement

After protests by students and faculty, former Secretary of State under George W. Bush announced she will not be giving the Rutgers University commencement speech.

Hollywood's Hotel Fatwa

After the owner of The Beverly Hills Hotel, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, said he'd implement strict Sharia Law—like stoning homosexuals to death—Hollywood is boycotting the establishment.

Alanis Composes Song For CA Candidate

Canadian pop singer Alanis Morissette composed a campaign song for self-help guru Marianne Williamson who is running for Congress in California.

High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings on Monday, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has grown more religiously diverse.

High court nixes NJ appeal on gun rights in public

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday let stand New Jersey's requirement that gun owners demonstrate a justifiable need in order to carry firearms in public, turning away another case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to be armed outside the home.

Conservatives Can’t Take a Joke

They complain the president and Joel McHale were too mean, but what about all the hate the right heaps on liberals and minorities?

Maryland latest U.S. state to hike minimum wage to $10.10 per hour

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Monday approved a gradual hike in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour as fellow Democrats seek to make raising the wage an issue ahead of this year's midterm congressional elections. O'Malley's signature will raise the state's base wage to the new rate by July 2018 in stages from its current level of $7.25 an hour, which is also the federal minimum. Maryland joins California, Hawaii, Connecticut and the District of Columbia in passing legislation or signing into law increases in the minimum wage. "Strengthening Maryland's middle class has been the North Star of my administration," O'Malley, who is weighing a run for the presidency, said in a statement.

Patients, Put Down Your Smartphones

When you take your child to the doctor, part of your job as a parent is to be aware—and available for questions. So step away from the smartphone.

Here's Why Congress Is Losing 660 Years of Experience

Before the first Star Wars movie, before Microsoft was founded and before John Paul II became Pope, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., was elected to Congress. And now, after 40 years in the House, Waxman is calling it quits. But he’s not the only one: A...

Teens Blame Michelle Obama for Their 'Nasty' Tater Tot-Free Lunches

Caitlin Tagner, a high school sophomore from North Carolina, is very clear about who she blames for her school's "nasty" lunches: "I blame Michelle Obama." It's great that schools are trying to make lunches better, they're not doing a very good job of it. "I feel like it's just been taken too far." On Monday, the Associated Press reported that some school nutrition directors want the Department of Agriculture of loosen up the new-ish lunch requirements so students will stop throwing away their food.  Anthony Gallimore, a high school senior from Georgia, was more willing to acknowledge others might be at fault. The food even LOOKED more presentable before," he wrote.

Kerry continues to push for South Sudan talks

LUANDA, Angola (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he expects peace talks for South Sudan to begin as planned, despite reluctance by the top rebel leader who has called immediate negotiations premature and meaningless.

Slovenia PM formally resigns post

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's prime minister has resigned and is urging early elections in the small EU nation next month, which is grappling with an acute banking crisis.

You Gotta Win Your Home States, GOP

Losing at home is not the way to win the White House. Just ask Al Gore or Mitt Romney. So the Republican contenders all have some work to do—and some cultural baggage to deal with.

Pistorius Would Get a Mistrial in U.S.

The Oscar Pistorius trial resumes in court Monday, but the prosecution’s cross-examination would never have held up in an American court of law.