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Qatar Won’t Host World Cup, Says FIFA Official

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A member of FIFA’s inner circle says Qatar won’t be hosting the 2022 World Cup after all.

South Park Trolls Washington Redskins

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The South Park gang is weighing in on the Washington Redskins name controversy in classic style.  TPM: South Park aired a season 18 preview in which the show takes on the controversy over the Washington Redskins’ name during the team’s Sunday game. In the promo, Redskins owner Dan Snyder asks that other companies stop using […]

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Detroit Lions Linebacker Injured Celebrating Play

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Detroit Lions Linebacker Stephen Tulloch got a little too excited after a play in today’s game against the Packers: Most Detroit Lions play ever? Linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who actually is a pretty darned good player, decided that he needed to celebrate teammate Ziggy Ansah’s tackle. After a two-yard gain. A good play. Not a great […]

‘Daily Show’ Ambushes Redskins Fans in Unfair Segment

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These segments are usually unfair; they outdid themselves this time.

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Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush laugh on stage during a Presidential Leadership Scholars program event at the Newseum in Washington

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Despite Abuse Scandals, The NFL Remains As Popular As Ever

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A new poll indicates that NFL fans plan to keep watching despite the recent domestic abuse scandals.

Gerard Depardieu Says He Drinks 12 To 14 Bottles Of Wine A Day

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French actor Gerard Depardieu claims he drinks 12 to 14 bottles of wine a day: GERARD Depardieu is tired of only getting plaudits for his acting — he wants them for his drinking too. The French movie star, 65, claims he starts tipping drinks back at 10am and downs “12, 13, 14″ bottles of wine […]

Compact Discs Still Rule The Japanese Music Business

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A nation known for adopting new technology is behind the rest of the world in one interesting way.

Texas Rangers Call Up Minor League Coach with Parkinsons So He Can Have Health Insurance

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A heartwarming story. But why don’t minor league coaches have insurance?

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Participants interact with the Alien Siege Machine during the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

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Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush laugh on stage during a Presidential Leadership Scholars program event at the Newseum in Washington

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The TMZification of Sports

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Today’s sports media more closely resemble Court TV and TMZ than the SportsCenter of yore.

N.C.A.A. Lifts All Of Its Sanctions Against Penn State

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Well, that punishment didn’t last for very long.

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Participants interact with the Alien Siege Machine during the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

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Palestinian children hold guns as they celebrate with others what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City

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NFL Punishing Victim in Ray Rice Case

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The firing actually hurts Janay Rice much more than it does Ray.

Baltimore Ravens Cut Ray Rice

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Less than a day after the release of a new surveillance video showing the full extent of the physical assault he inflicted on his then girlfriend in an Atlantic City hotel elevator, Ray Rice has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens terminated running back Ray Rice’s contract Monday after a graphic video […]

Joan Rivers Dies At 81

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Joan Rivers, who became a pioneer for women in comedy and remained popular and active literally up until the end, has died at the age of 81, one week after being admitted to a New York hospital after going into cardiac arrest during an apparently routine outpatient medical procedure: Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who […]

Today in Broken Irony Detectors

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"I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying either convert them or kill them. One or the other."—Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty on ISIS.

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Palestinian children hold guns as they celebrate with others what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City

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Hollywood Has Worst Summer In 17 Years

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The summer of 2014 was the worst Hollywood has seen since Bill Clinton was President. It’s pretty easy to figure out why.

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A rebel fighter sits on chairs as he aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek in Hama province

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Being Jerry Jones

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While Doug Mataconis will love this interview, James Joyner and I need a stiff drink or two after reading (however, I cannot afford the Johnny Walker Blue):  Jerry Football The facts: Since the start of the 1997 season, the Cowboys have established themselves as the NFL’s masters of mediocrity, with a record of 136-136 and […]

Phil Hartman’s Audition For Saturday Night Live

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Thanks to the wonders of Facebook and the Intertubes, this evening I discovered the audition tape that the late, great Phil Hartman did for Saturday Night Live: Along with Robin Williams, this was another great comedic genius silenced far too soon. And while others will disagree, this will always be my favorite Phil Hartman SNL […]

Billy Crystal Honors Robin Williams At The Emmys

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Hollywood’s first real public remembrance of Robin Williams to date came tonight at the Emmy Awards when his Comedy Relief compatriot and friend Billy Crystal brought the house down:

Washington Post Won’t Use ‘Redskins’ in Editorials–But Will on Sports Pages

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The capital’s paper has issued a partial ban on the controversial nickname of the local NFL franchise.

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A Timely Thought On The Militarization Of Police Forces

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“There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state. The other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”   – Cmdr. William Adama, Battlestar Galactica “Water” Season One, Episode 2

Screen Legend Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

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Lauren Bacall, who came to Hollywood as a young actress and went on to become one of the most iconic stars of its Golden Era, has died at the age of 89: Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a […]

L.A. Clippers Officially Sold To Steve Ballmer

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The N.B.A. has announced that the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been completed: It’s official. Donald Sterling no longer owns the Los Angeles Clippers. The NBA sent out a news release this afternoon confirming the sale of the team to ex-Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. It reads: […]

Robin Williams Commits Suicide

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A man who brought joy and laughter to millions has ended his own life because he was too depressed to go on.

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A person wearing a costume to resemble the Star Wars character of Boba Fett crosses the street during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego

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NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Hits And Kills Driver In Apparent Accident

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Last night during a race in upstate New York, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver in an incident that seems bizarre from beginning to end: CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to […]

SNL’s Victoria Jackson Loses Tea Party Bid

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Victoria Jackson has thus far been less successful in politics than her fellow SNL alum Al Franken.

San Antonio Spurs Hire NBA’s First Full-Time Female Assistant Coach

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Yesterday, the San Antonio Spurs became the first NBA team to hire a woman as a full-time assistant coach: On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs announced the hire of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the NBA’s first full-time female coach. The 37-year-old will become the second woman to serve on the league’s coaching […]

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance during his visit to the Wonsan Shoe Factory

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance during his visit to the Wonsan Shoe Factory

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Morgan Freeman Reads LeBron James’ ‘Coming Home’ Letter

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I heard this on the way in to work this morning: Frank Caliendo reads LeBron James’ “letter” explaining why he chose to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the voice of Morgan Freeman’s “Shawshank Redemption” character. My familiarity with Caliendo was from the often lame bits he did on the Fox NFL pregame show […]

Darth Vader More Popular Than Anyone Who Might Run For President In 2016

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  The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham looks at some recent polling and finds that a Dark Lord of the Sith is apparently more popular than the people who will possibly run for President in 2016: On Tuesday FiveThirtyEight released the results of a poll of Americans’ opinions on the “Star Wars” universe. Not surprisingly, Jar Jar Binks is […]

Black And White Stripes Are The New Orange

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A jail in Michigan is switching prison garb to old-style black and white stripes because prisoners have become enamored of the orange they had been wearing due to the popularity of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black: SAGINAW, MI — If orange is the new black, as the popular TV show title says, then black-and-white stripes are […]

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Actor James Garner Dies At 86

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James Garner, the star of television hits in the 1950s and 1970s, has passed away at the age of 86: James Garner, the wry and handsome leading man who slid seamlessly between television and the movies but was best known as the amiable gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950s western “Maverick” and the cranky sleuth […]

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets people as she signs copies of her book "Hard Choices" at a Costco store in Arlington, Virginia

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Rupert Murdoch Rebuffed In Initial Bid To Buy Time Warner, But It’s Not Over Yet

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Big news, and potentially a big merger, in the entertainment industry.

New College Football Championship Trophy Unveiled

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With the BCS officially dead as the means of determining the national College Football Champion, and a new playoff system set to debut with the season that starts later this year, it’s time for a new trophy: IRVING, Texas — College football now has a new championship trophy as it embarks on the start of […]

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