Ever since Barack and Michelle Obama left the White House in January, the couple has been living it up, yachting, signing book deals, and traveling the world. While we’re more than happy that they’re making the most out of their post-presidency life, we can’t say we don’t miss them. Thankfully, Barack and Michelle have given us plenty of sweet moments to swoon over this year. Keep reading to see them all now.
Beyoncé embarked on the road to world domination (yet again) in 2017, blowing us all away with her sexy Instagram photos, her show-stopping award show outings, and her precious family moments. Between all that and her iconic performances over the years, there’s no time like the present to spend your Halloween living the life of Beyoncé. Whether you want to rock a bunch of different looks with your girlfriends or just fly solo, we’ve got 28 different ways for you to be Queen Bey.
If you looked up «relationship goals» in the dictionary, chances are you would probably find Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay. The couple, who first met on the set of Law & Order: SVU, tied the knot in 2004 and have been giving us precious glimpses of their love life ever since. Aside from giving each other heart eyes on the red carpet, Mariska is constantly posting photos of their sweet bond on social media. From their world travels to their game-day selfies, you will no doubt swoon over their picture-perfect marriage.
You know what? Today was not a horrible day in politics. It was completely bizarre one, but not a truly heinous no good lousy day.
It began earlier today when President Trump struck a deal for $ 8 billion in Harvey relief aid and a three-month extension in the debt ceiling. What’s odd about it, however, is that Trump did not strike the deal with Republicans — he snubbed Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell — but rather, he struck the deal with … Democrats?
In fact, Trump praised both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and completely ignored McConnell, Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who were attempting to get an 18-month extension. Moreover, Trump suggested that he was prepared to strike a deal to save the DREAMers. «Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,» he said.
What’s going on?
Later in the day in a trip to North Dakota, Donald Trump also invited Senator Heidi Heitkamp up on stage during a speech and also said: «Everybody’s saying, ‘What’s she doing up here?’ But I’ll tell you what: Good woman.»
Senator Heidi Heitkamp is a Democrat. Not only that, she’s a Democrat in a state where Trump won last year by 36 points.
This is just bizarre. Why is Donald Trump suddenly siding with Democrats? Did Donald Trump pivot?
Trump siding against GOP leaders and seeing them bend over illustrates how he could get them to do this on just about everything. The path of least resistance, the path of popularity for him, is to dismiss the demands of Congressional Republicans on virtually everything except abortion, judges, education, free speech, and regulations. In almost every other way, he has the opportunity to govern like Bill Clinton and triangulate a path through this screwed up political system. He’s that much stronger than congressional Republicans, and he doesn’t even seem to know it.
According to sources speaking to The Daily Beast, it was less a «pivot,» and more a, «Fuck the GOP» move by Trump:
Multiple West Wing sources told The Daily Beast how the president was looking to strike a quick and easy deal—and that his speed reaching this specific arrangement was in part ensured by his resentment towards Republican leaders, who Trump views as hostile, insufficiently loyal, and impotent. It was well-known within the White House that President Trump, going into the meeting, was «not looking to do [Ryan and McConnell] any favors,» as one White House official put it.
Simply put, the president made a «deliberate decision not to care about Ryan’s feelings» and did what he wanted, another White House adviser said.
Huh. If Donald Trump wants to do something similar with DACA and immigration reform, I’m sure there are plenty of Democrats who could offer him a deal, and though the Dems are the minority party, I guess there are enough Republicans willing to follow Trump — no matter where he goes — to get it over the top.
It’s like bizarro world, but I ain’t mad at it.
— In other news, Ivanka Trump is still annoying Congressional leaders, including Republicans. From the Washington Examiner:
According to a Democratic aide, the conversation over spending ended when Ivanka Trump entered the room to say hello. «The meeting careened off topic,» the aide said. «Republican leaders were visibly annoyed by Ivanka’s presence.»
Maybe Ivanka — invited in by the President — came in to shut Republicans up so that Trump could make his deal with Democrats. Or maybe Donald Trump just has a creepy thing for his daughter.
"[Ivanka] wanted to make the trip. She said, 'Dad, can I go with you?' She said actually, 'Daddy, can I go with you?' I like that, right?" pic.twitter.com/fN2I8VPodZ
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 6, 2017
Yup. Definitely the second thing.
— It’s not that Trump suddenly disagrees with Republican policies. It’s that Trump has no policy preferences; he’s loyal to those who are loyal to him, and I guess he thinks he can get further with Schumer — who he apparently likes — than he can with McConnell, who he doesn’t. It also explains this:
GOP source close to WH tells me: Cohn "more likely to get electric chair than Fed Chair" https://t.co/5IGR0Db1wU
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 6, 2017
Trump has apparently turned on Cohn — a Democrat — because Cohn was not loyal to him after Charlottesville.
— Of course, it’s not like Donald Trump suddenly turned sane. He still says some stupid shit.
Trump calls for end of death tax, calling it a tremendous burden for the family farmer.
— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) September 6, 2017
— I’d like to alert you all to something else. This morning, a big deal was made out of the fact that John McCain flipped and decided to support an Obamacare repeal in the form of the Cassidy-Graham that has been floating around.
🚨 ALERT: McCain has flipped on ACA repeal. All hands on deck. We need to pummel them for the next 24 days. 🚨https://t.co/naYmFtULJg
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) September 6, 2017
Keep an eye on it, but I wouldn’t worry about it too much. There’s a deadline of September 30th to pass that repeal, and there’s only like 11 days between now and then that Congress is in session, and they have a lot to deal with before the end of the month. Plus, I seriously doubt the House Freedom Caucus would go along with it, and I very much doubt that McConnell or Trump — who apparently hate each other — are willing to float another Obamacare repeal now and risk another humiliating defeat. In fact, I’d be less surprised after today if Trump negotiated a deal with Chuck Schumer to save Obamacare. He hates Ryan and McConnell that much.
btw, I am yet to find a congressional aide or health care lobbyist who’s taking Cassidy-Graham very seriously
— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) September 6, 2017
— Madness. Even Fox News is turning hard against Paul Ryan after the deal was struck. Here’s Lou Dobbs, one of the most despicable men on the face of the planet, absolutely thrashing Paul Ryan.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) September 6, 2017
Anyway, enjoy today. I’m sure that Donald Trump will return to his same asshole self tomorrow on Twitter.
Warning: naked male butts and some thrusting ahead.
This Summer, we were blessed with a new season of Game of Thrones. And while there are many aspects to be excited about when it comes to the HBO juggernaut, one particular highlight of the series seemed to round out our anticipation, so to speak. That’s right, we were ready to see some butts. But then, we realized: oh, how limited our perspective has been! Oh, how foolish not to look to the hots stars of Insecure and other such eye-candy-filled TV shows! Westeros is not the only land ripe with peaches. Behold a few other choice butts from the year so far.
Amy Schumer Asks For (Sort Of) Equal Pay From Netflix, World Cheers Woman Overcoming Genetic Adversity
Poor [WHAT’S HIS FACE FROM GOOGLE]. First he gets fired from his job just for having the decency to explain to people why women suck at tech jobs, and now a basic tenet of his ten-page treatise has been disproven.
A couple of days ago, Variety ran a story about how women in television and film still aren’t being paid as much as their male counterparts. In cases of women of color, drastically so. And then people made a big goddamn deal about how this is only because women, as [GOOGLE GUY] pointed, aren’t as good at negotiating as men. Which is weird because I didn’t realize that actors had to be repped by only members of their own gender. I figured that actors had teams of agents and lawyers including men, women, and all degrees of non-binary/non-conforming, and that, as such, if female actors are being paid less than males, it just might be because we value women’s work less than men’s. Go figure.
All of which brings us to Amy Schumer. As the Variety story pointed out, she, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle were all paid by Netflix to do comedy specials. When Schumer found out that she’d been paid $ 11 million while both Rock and Chappelle got $ 20 million, she and her team of all-female, all-women went back to Netflix to ask for more money. CAN YOU IMAGINE? A woman, actually several women, in fact, had the balls(?) not only to negotiate, but to negotiate retroactively once she discovered how poorly she’d negotiated previously. They overcame their inherent, biological weakness and inferiority in order to do something that usually only men can do! Sisters truly are doing it for themselves. And upon hearing that a woman acted with such bravery to face down her massive genetic obstacle, the world rejoiced and that was the end of the story.
Oh wait, actually a bunch of people took to social media to call Schumer a fat pig and say she doesn’t deserve to be paid anything.
Now the fat pig thing is par for the course if you’re a woman in life. But the deserving to be paid thing is what we call in economic terms «banana shit crazy.» Not because it claims that Schumer shouldn’t get paid for her work as that’s an old, standard tenet of economic theory called «housework.» No, what I’m referring to is ability by certain members of the commentor-ariat to ascertain the inherent value of the work of Rock and Chappelle as compared to that of Schumer. Their basic argument is that Schumer hasn’t been working as long/isn’t as funny/isn’t as profitable for Netflix. And they’re able to quantify this amount to almost the penny. Chappelle and Rock, despite the five-year difference in careers, varying success with TV and movies, and recent differences in popularity and tour size, are exactly the same amount of funny, legendary and profitable. Schumer is forty-five-percent less so. This is known to them. And this somehow inverts the idea that women don’t get paid as much because they don’t ask for it. It’s almost as if women don’t get paid as much despite their abilities, demand, and willingness to negotiate aggressively because SOME ASSHOLES DON’T THINK THEY DESERVE AS MUCH.
Schumer, for her part, defended wanting equal pay for equal work by explaining that of course she didn’t ask for as much money as Rock or Chappelle because she understands she’s not as valuable as they are, and only asked for slightly more money because she’s, at most, only twenty-five-percent less good than they are or something. Because fuck it, why shouldn’t everything about this be horrible?
Point is, we’ve lost a real hero today. And his name is [GOOGLE GUY’S MEMO TITLE].
August marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley‘s death, and the world is still mourning one of music’s biggest losses to this day. Elvis passed away at age 42 when he suffered a heart attack on Aug. 16, 1977, and his funeral was held in his adopted hometown of Memphis just two days later. President Jimmy Carter issued a statement that said Elvis «permanently changed the face of American popular culture,» and thousands of mourners flocked to the streets to pay their respects as his casket was driven through town. While an estimated 80,000 people turned up to watch the processional route to Forest Hill Cemetery, more than 30,000 fans attended a public viewing of Elvis’s casket at his Graceland home, which was ordered by his father, Vernon. Elvis was buried next to his beloved mother, Gladys, but they were both later reburied at Graceland. Keep reading to see how the world mourned his heartbreaking death 40 years ago.
Hunter McGrady is making a splash in the modeling world after being named Sports Illustrated‘s «curviest» model in this year’s swimsuit issue. Not only is that a huge feat in itself, but at just 24 years old, Hunter has signed with Wilhelmina Models and booked campaigns with Lane Bryant, Forever 21, Torrid, and even Melissa McCarthy’s clothing line, Seven7. To top it all off, Hunter is working hard to inspire women to embrace their bodies and love themselves for who they are. «I would love to just continue the message of body positivity and loving yourself and loving your body and knowing that you’re worthy of everything,» she told Teen Vogue in April. «Everything is available to you, and I just want people to hopefully feel confident, feel empowered that they can go out and everything is available to them.» Hunter is certainly one to watch.
- She comes from a family of models. Hunter followed in the footsteps of her mother, grandmother, and aunt when she started modeling at 16.
- Her dad is an actor. Michael McGrady has appeared in a handful of TV shows, including Ray Donovan, American Crime Story, and Southland.
- She dislikes the term «plus-size»: «It’s almost a form of segregation. To me, it’s like why can’t I just be called a model?» she said in a March interview with Hollywood Today Live. «I do exactly what everyone else does and I think that’s something that will happen and I’ll make sure of that.»
- She has a heart of gold. Hunter works with a charity called 1 Heart 1 Mission, which supplies orphans in Haiti with food, education, water, and clothes.
- She met her boyfriend on Snapchat. «He was on a date with somebody a few months before he even started following on me Snapchat, and she said, ‘You have got to follow this model, Hunter McGrady,'» Hunter explained in a May interview. «So he followed me for a few months. I was in New York last March  and he reached out to me and said, ‘You want to get drinks?’ I was like add me on Facebook. I didn’t know what he looked like and he added me and he was super cute. I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s get drinks.'»
- She’s more than just a pretty face. Hunter received a 4.0 grade point average while in school.
Image Source: Tapout
John Cena is many things: a WWE superstar, an actor, a Tapout ambassador, and a husband-to-be. I recently got the chance to chat with him over the phone while he promoted Tapout’s recent launch of body sprays and we talked about everything from what inspired him to get involved with Tapout to his relationship with longtime love Nikki Bella. Being that I’m a big fan of him and Nikki’s, I tried not to melt over the way he spoke about her and their romance, but I have to admit, it was pretty damn hard. It’s easy to see why people are so obsessed with him and his relationship with Nikki.
- On what inspired him to get involved with Tapout: «There’s a crew of [WWE] superstars known for their dedication and work ethic to fitness and performance and it was a natural progression to go into all facets of performance and well-being.»
- On what sets Tapout body sprays apart from other sprays: «First off, it’s some kickass body spray. Second, sometimes in marketing with body sprays they showcase the weaknesses in the human facade, and with Tapout, we really want to empower [people] and [we] really want we offer a variety of scents for every portion of the day.»
Image Source: Getty / Mike Pont
- On the moment he knew he wanted to propose to Nikki: «It was long before the last time we spoke [January 2017]. I just wanted it to remain a secret. So much of our lives has been an open book and so much is talked about by everyone, including ourselves. I knew quite a while ago. I just wanted to add some element of romance and a lot of the process of an engagement is the spontaneity and the romance. I just wanted to keep that. I’m glad it worked out the way it did. It was a tremendous surprise. It’s a moment I’ll have forever.»
- On why he decided to propose at WrestleMania 33: «I messed around with the idea months before and I guess it was just me having the guts enough to do it on that stage. So many of our viewers know myself and Nicole from the WWE ring, and I’ve been in WWE for 15 years now, [so] they’re my family. WrestleMania is the one day of the year that the entire family gathers together. So, I figured it was a great way for me to tell the woman I love that she’s the one I want to spend the rest of my life in front of all the people that have followed us for all of these years.»
- On getting to propose to Nikki in front of his mom: «My mom doesn’t travel well and she was there by surprise. It was a pleasant surprise. I had no idea she was going to be there and she had no idea what was going down.»
- On how the wedding planning is coming along: «It’s going [well]. We’re at the initial stages, picking invitations and save the dates and stuff, but I found myself more involved in that stuff than I thought I would be.»
- On what he’s looking forward to the most about his wedding: «I want it to be a special day for us so I don’t want to rush into it.»
- On whether he and Nikki are planning to televise their wedding: «I’m not sure. I’m going have to divert to her on that one. She’s the boss. [Her] show is called Total Bellas, so it’s kind of about [her] life and if she decides to open up that moment to the rest of the world, I certainly support her. At the same time, if she were to decide that wants that moment just for us, I’d certainly support her with that as well.»
I know what is happening and what I’m afraid of and I refuse to address it here. Got it?
Now, let’s get into the good things happening around the interwebs.
Me 60 sec ago: God I go away for one meeting and my whole TL is talking ab porgs wtf even is a por—*porg search results come up*
Me now: pic.twitter.com/v8gjxuYONV
— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) August 9, 2017
Porgs are adorable, furry, and living with Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) August 9, 2017
I am a connoisseur of anger and absurdity. I also really love the fuck word. Put those together and these nutty quotes from Liam Gallagher have made my day!
I heard [Harry Styles’s solo single «Sign of the Times»] and thought, «Bit fuckin’ dramatic for a young man.» I know he’s been in this big band and all that but that’s still a fuckin’ bubble you’re in. He’s not had much of a fuckin’ life, has he? I thought, «Chill out, you cunt.»
I can’t swim, man. I had an accident when I was a young kid in some mad thing round our way. I can swim in a pool a bit but when it gets to that deep bit I gotta come back. And fuck the sea. I ain’t going in that. Fuck that, mate. That ain’t meant for us. That’s meant for the sharks, and the jellyfish, tadpoles and stuff. But a hot tub? I’m alright in a hot tub. Can hang about in there for a bit.
Hannibal Season 4 Is Maybe Still Going To Be A Thing
Conversations couldn't start until 2 years after the final airing of season 3. @neoprod has started those conversations. This takes time.
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) August 9, 2017
Batman vs. Two-Face Is Adam West’s Last Batman Role
Obviously I’m not stoked that Adam West has passed away. At least he got to play the Caped Crusader one last time, even if it is only his voice with the Warner Bros/DC animation.
Adam Ellis is a comic artist and he has a book coming out soon. Here is one of his comics:
He took to Twitter 2 days ago to tell the story of Dear David, a dead kid stalking him in his home. I like No Sleep, so this is right up my alley.
So, my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he's trying to kill me. (thread)
— ˗ˏˋ ᴀᴅᴀᴍ ᴇʟʟɪs ˊˎ˗ (@moby_dickhead) August 7, 2017