When I saw how little Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton beat opponent Bernie Sanders by in the Iowa primaries this week, I was surprised. Taking less than a percentage point loss, Sanders redefined the defeat as a “virtual tie.” The U.S. Senator from Vermont has been framed as the underdog in this race, going up against a presumable front-runner who is a party favorite. Sanders’ platform speaks of a “revolution” going after the big banks while liberating the 99-percent of the...
If Bernie Sanders were a woman, he'd be unelectable
DAILY VIDEO: Bern Your Enthusiasm
When "Saturday Night Live" booked Larry David to host, this is probably the very first thing that came to mind: A spoof of David's classic HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," but about Bernie Sanders' campaign in Iowa. It's comedy gold. RELATED: Bernie Sanders supporters banned from Tinder for using app to campaign Also, this just proves we need more actual "Curb Your Enthusiasm," if only to get Leslie Jones on there sparing with David.
Geek Girl in Hollywood: Thank you, J.K. Rowling
This past week, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed the locations of four more international wizarding schools. They are Ilvermorny in America (somewhere in New England), Mahoutokoro in Japan, Castelbruxo in Brazil and Uagadou in Africa. The announcement came from Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, at the Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. In addition, Pottermore, the site for all things Harry Potter, tweeted out a map of the schools and even more information on...
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Christmas Eve feasts on a budget
Instead of spending Christmas Eve chopping and basting, enjoy perfectly prix-fixed menus sure to make the whole family happy. Atlantic Grill 1341 Third Ave., UES; 49 W. 64th St., UWS For the seafood-loving family, the $59 three-course prix-fixe menu is full of favorites including the Feast of the Seven Fish Winter Seafood Stew. You guessed it, seven fishes in a light saffron broth. Splurge and add wine pairings for $79. You can always take advantage of prix-fixe lunches during the week for $28...
Playing the field
Ronda Rousey nude pics 'leak' (new photo gallery)
Ronda Rousey is set to be featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue this month, but she won't be wearing a swimsuit. She'll be wearing body paint. You can view the photos here and here. The photos were "leaked" on the Internet Monday, but it's highly likely that this is a promotional deal. It will be the second straight year Rousey has appeared in SI's most popular annual issue. Click here to see the UFC star's first SI takes. Also, above is a gallery of some of Rousey's best shots from...
Veteran indie rockers Modest Mouse still worth a watch
When Modest Mouse began their two night sold-out run at Webster Hall last Wednesday with the stretched-out slow burner "Of Course We Know" (off of their new full-length Stranger to Ourselves), it was quickly apparent they're not going anywhere anytime soon. Strangers to Ourselves comes after an eight-year hiatus, and a decade after band-defining single "Float On," but Isaac Brock's trademark yelp-y, staccato voice only gets more refined with age. Now 39, Brock is still the same quirky...
ASK SEPTA: Loud buses on cobblestone streets and more
When are the ADA wheelchair accessible streetcars coming? Jeffrey Kneuppel: With the financial resources provided by State Act 89 funds, SEPTA has started plans for a Trolley Modernization program that will bring ADA accessibility to the trolley network. The program includes the replacement of vehicles on all trolley routes, including the 10, 11, 13, 15, 34 and 36 in the City of Philadelphia, and Routes 101 and 102 in Delaware County. Most of the current fleet dates back to the early 1980s, and...
Mountain Dew gets weird with 'Puppymonkeybaby' Super Bowl 50 ad
Mountian Dew just made the Internet weird(er). The Super Bowl usually brings out some of the best commercials of the year. Mountain Dew probably has the strangest commercial we've ever seen. The beverage company released ads for Super Bowl 50 featuring a creature that is part dog, part monkey, and part baby. They've decided to call the creature the "Puppymonkeubaby," of course. Whatever that little thing is jumping all over your screen, it will haunt you in your dreams. Thanks a lot,...
VIDEO: Pomeranian dog performs Chinese lion dance
Optimus, a two-year-old Pomeranian in Thailand, has become an Internet hit after his owner posted a video on Facebook of the tiny dog doing a traditional Chinese lion dance ahead of the Lunar New Year. RELATED: VIDEO: Dog doesn't like wearing his new boots Since the dog's owner, Natthakrita Brompunya, dedicated a Facebook page to Optimus and his canine friends the video has been viewed more than 3 million times. The Year of the Monkey begins on Feb. 8.
Philly student's bathroom beat-down video goes viral
A video depicting a bathroom beat-down at a Philadelphia high school, posted to spread awareness of bullying, has gone viral. The clip reportedly shows 16-year-old Mia Chanel DeJesus, a sophomore at Northeast High School, being punched and dragged by her hair by four other female students. Along with clips of the attack, which she said happened on Jan. 27, DeJesus speaks in a voiceover, sounding off about bullying RELATED: Viral video: Chimp can't stop laughing at magic trick “I refuse to be...
Italian actor clinically dead in accidental hanging
In a theatrical stunt gone wrong, Italian actor Raphael Schumacher has been declared clinically dead after a performance involving a staged hanging went wrong. RELATED: Crane collapses in Lower Manhattan, subways rerouted According to CNN, Schumacher, 27, was performing in an experimental theater piece in Pisa, Italy. His head was covered, but one of the audience members, a medical graduate, noticed that his trembling was all too real. Running on stage, she loosened the noose and, aided by...
In contentious debate, Clinton and Sanders go on the attack
Democrat Hillary Clinton went on the attack against rival Bernie Sanders on Thursday in their most contentious presidential debate yet, questioning whether his ambitious proposals were viable and accusing him of an "artful smear" in suggesting she could be bought by political donations. Sanders fought back repeatedly, questioning Clinton's progressive credentials and portraying her as a creature of the political establishment in a debate that featured heated exchanges on health care, college...
VIDEO: Man dies during sex with prostitute, remains attached at pelvis
An online video has emerged showing a recently deceased transported on a stretcher in the street as a prostitute he was with remains attached to his corpse. A crowd of people watched as the duo, hidden under a sheet, was moved by authorities presumably to a hospital to be separated.
Beyonce, Bruno Mars join Coldplay for Super Bowl 50 halftime show
Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé rocked the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime show with epic performances. Coldplay kicked off the halftime show with a colorful performance as they played familiar hit songs including “Paradise” and “Viva La Vida.” Bruno Mars joined Coldplay on stages and performed a funky rendition of Uptown “Uptown Funk “ A few moments later, Beyonce made a grand entrance onto the field and performed her newly released, surprise single “Formation” The three joined on stage to for...
VIDEO: Betty White 'Dabs,' wins Super Bowl 50
You can forget about the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers winning Super Bowl 50, because Betty White just won it - with a single dab. During a short commercial on CBS Sports Larry King, LL Cool J, David Letterman and the beloved Betty White, they are all asked what "Dabbing" is. They all responded with their own ideas, but Betty White was clearly the best. During the commercial, something amazing happens. Betty White, 94, lowers her head into the bend of her harm and does a perfect...
Lady Gaga sings National Anthem at Super Bowl 50
Before a packed Levi's Stadium, multi-platinum recording artist and performer Lady Gaga gave a performance of a lifetime with her rendition of the National Anthem at the beginning of Super Bowl 50. RELATED: Tom Brady booed by Super Bowl 50 crowd at Levi's Stadium Gaga, dressed in an all-red sparkly pants suit with matching red eye shadow and blue nail polish, put on an amazing performance when sang the words to the Star-Spangled Banner. Many people on Twitter are already comparing...
Peyton Manning did not cry at the Super Bowl and people lost money because of it
Peyton Manning won his second Lombardi Trophy Sunday night as the Broncos toppled the Panthers, 24-10. Manning did not shed any tears on the CBS broadcast of the game, which had actually been a prop bet (Yes +600, No -1200) "I'll take some time to reflect," Manning told CBS after the game, when asked about Super Bowl 50 potentially being his final game. Manning was reportedly in tears on Saturday night when addressing the team.
Super Bowl 50: Where does the Broncos' victory rank among all-time title bouts?
If you aren't a Panthers or Broncos fan, you were probably jealous Sunday Night. And while the Broncos 24-10 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 probably won't rank among the top 10 -- and perhaps not even in the top half of everybody's 'All-Time Super Bowl Rankings,' the game was a showcase for one of the best defensive shows in recent memory. On both sides, there were pass rushes, opportunistic turnovers and forced punts. There was sound tackling, solid secondary play and -- thanks to Luke...
Super Bowl 50: Broncos closing in on title
The Panthers gained a whole lot of yard but didn't pick up a whole lot of ground as they continue to trail the Broncos 16-7 after 45 minutes in Super Bowl 50. Ted Ginn Jr. gave the Panthers the the spark they needed when the third quarter kicked off, completing a 45-yard catch and run to get Carolina cooking. But the spark didn't catch as the Panthers settled for a failed field goal attempt when Graham Gano's 44-yard try his the goal post. Brandon McManus' third field goal of the game (lifting...
US unemployment falls to 4.9 percent, lowest rate in 8 years: Report
U.S. employment gains slowed more than expected in January as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded, but surging wages and an unemployment rate at an eight-year low suggested the labor market recovery remains firm. RELATED: Jobs grow 6.4 percent in outer boroughs KEY POINTS: * Nonfarm payrolls increased by 151,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate was at 4.9 percent, the lowest since February 2008, the Labor Department said on Friday. * Data for November and December...
Nobody wears it, so why does haute couture matter?
One-of-a-kind haute couture outfits are costly for the designers, and the market for them is so small that most fashion houses make them at a loss. But that doesn't mean outlandish creations are getting pushed off runways for pieces that have more utility and mass appeal. With the second annual Men's Fashion Week underway in New York and Paris in full Spring/Summer 2016 haute couture bloom, we take a look at the enduring power of these ethereal creations. The history of haute Haute couture...