• Brothers implicated in attack on Jussie Smollett tell police the 'Empire' actor was upset that earlier threatening letter didn't get enough attention: Source

    The two brothers who were interrogated by police investigating the alleged Chicago street attack on actor Jussie Smollett claim they helped him concoct the assault after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent to the "Empire" show's studio, did not get enough attention, sources told ABC News on Monday. Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo have also told investigators that Smollett paid them to help him orchestrate and stage the Jan. 29 attack that he said occurred near his Chicago apartment, sources said.

  • Kirk Cousins insults Minnesotans with obtuse tweet about LeBron James, Miami

    Kirk Cousins fumbled on Twitter Monday, an occurrence Vikings fans are all too familiar with.

  • USA Today Reporter Kirsten Powers Apologizes for 'Judgmental and Condemning' Tweets About Covington Students

    After a hiatus from Twitter, CNN contributor and USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers has returned to apologize for what she says were “judgmental and condemning” tweets about an incident involving Covington High School students, a Native American elder and a group of Black Israelites last month.“I have spent the last few weeks in a mostly Twitter free zone to spend time reflecting on what role I may have played in what indisputably has become a dangerously toxic culture,” Powers wrote in a Twitter thread on Monday. “I am not proud of what I have found.”In late January, Powers announced that she was deleting her Twitter app after being harassed online over her criticism of the Covington High School students’ interaction with Native American elder Nathan Phillips in Washington, D.C.Also Read: Covington High Student Says He Never Sought Staredown With Native American Elder“I agree with [Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall] that watching all the videos (which I did) does not change the fundamental problem: the boys disrespecting an Indigenous elder,” Powers wrote on Jan. 22. “The [people] harassing me to change my mind cannot convince me I didn’t see what I saw. Learn to respect difference of opinion.”In a separate thread, Powers called “BS on the idea that [the Covington students] just burst into cheers randomly.”Also Read: National Review Pulls Article Saying Covington Students 'Might as Well Have Just Spit on the Cross'An investigation into the incident later found “no evidence of offensive or racist statements” by the students, according to a report posted on the Diocese of Covington website.On Monday, Powers said she had since realized that in her effort to call out a wrong, she had betrayed her Catholic beliefs.“As a Catholic I felt duty bound to speak up and hold them accountable, but that really isn’t my job,” she wrote. “I also don’t believe these teenagers should be tarnished forever for what amounts to one really bad day.”Powers ended her thread with a pledge “to do better.”Also Read: Covington Students Speak Out: 'I've Never Heard Such Cruel Things Wished Upon Another Human Being' (Video)“I also hope to be part of a conversation - if we ever have it as a country - about the path to redemption for people who have stumbled and even failed spectacularly,” she wrote. “This is where I plan to put my focus and not on rendering judgements [sic] about other people’s behavior.”Read her full thread below.2) I work hard to see every side of an issue and also speak up when I see a wrong. But in doing that I am too often judgmental and condemning-both on and off social media-in a way that is contrary to my belief system and my faith.- Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) February 18, 20194) Yes, this applies in the Covington case. This will please nobody because I still believe the teenagers were disrespectful, but my tweets were lacking in grace. As a Catholic I felt duty bound to speak up and hold them accountable, but that really isn't my job.- Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) February 18, 20195) I also don't believe these teenagers should be tarnished forever for what amounts to one really bad day. I know that black teenage boys don't get this benefit of the doubt or grace, but I want more black teenage boys to get this benefit, not fewer white teenage boys.- Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) February 18, 20196) It should be said I have been an equal opportunity scold, and liberals have been on the receiving end of my judgement and I regret that as well. I am rethinking my view on Al Franken, for example, after hearing from many friends on the issue of the rush to judgement.- Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) February 18, 20197) I often am too rigid in trying to be pure in my principles and don't leave enough room for this mess of life. So I'm writing this as an apology to both left and right and making a pledge to do better.- Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) February 18, 20198) I also hope to be part of a conversation - if we ever have it as a country - about the path to redemption for people who have stumbled and even failed spectacularly. This is where I plan to put my focus and not on rendering judgements about other people's behavior. THE END- Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) February 18, 2019Read original story USA Today Reporter Kirsten Powers Apologizes for ‘Judgmental and Condemning’ Tweets About Covington Students At TheWrap

  • Watch Mike Pence gasp when no one claps at his terrible applause line

    Vice President Mike Pence isn't a complicated man. He likes Chili's, using his personal AOL account for official government business, and gay conversion therapy. And so, when he addressed attendees at the Middle East conference in Poland on Feb. 14, it's clear he believed that same down-home flavor that's treated him so well in Trump Country would garner rounds of applause from his European audience. That, dear reader, is where he went wrong.Speaking about the widely supported Iran nuclear deal, Pence told those in attendance that it was time to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. and withdraw. The response, or rather lack thereof, from the crowd appeared to shock the veep. SEE ALSO: Sure looks like Trump declared a 'national emergency' via the Notes app"The time has come for our European partners to stand with us and the Iranian people, to stand with our allies and friends in the region," he told the audience. "The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region, and the world, the peace, security, and freedom they deserve."The video pretty much says it all.  OMG -- Pence was visibly shook in Poland when he received absolutely no reaction to what was clearly supposed to be an applause line about how "the time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal." pic.twitter.com/biRxARZkcM -- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 16, 2019Amazing, right? The people of the internet think so, too.  Surprised no one threw a shoe at him. -- Warren (@Rusty94582) February 17, 2019 His desperate gasp for breath is priceless!!! -- Craig Lapierre (@clspartan) February 17, 2019 Not sure what's more embarrassing: That he has so many beats for applause written into his script, or that the applause never came. -- Johnny Moonrock (@JohnnyMoonrock) February 17, 2019Notably, this has been happening to Pence a lot lately. On Feb. 15, he was speaking at the 55th annual Munich Security Conference, and told those gathered that Trump says hello."I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump."Deafening silence followed. Better luck next time.  WATCH: Cardi B speaks out on government shutdown