NO Pressure: Hillary Clinton Handles Benghazi Hearing Like A Boss Builds On Momentum

(CNN) – 11 Hours of questioning and not one sweat bead popped! For Hillary Clinton, Republicans have become the gift that keeps on giving. Mrs. Clinton owes much of her extraoHillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony in 3 minutesrdinary comeback to her own abilities, but surely she must be grateful to the GOP as well. Never in modern times has a political party done so much to rehabilitate the leading presidential candidate in the other party.

The gifts have come in rapid succession:

— The way Republicans have converted Donald Trump into GOP front-runner. For all for their misgivings about Clinton, Trump scares the bejesus out of millions of Americans. How long before we see sprouting of groups like “Republican Women for Hillary”?

— The assertion by two Republican House members — one the GOP majority leader — that the Benghazi hearings were rigged to discredit Clinton.

— The ouster of Speaker John Boehner by hard-right Republicans because he hasn’t been sufficiently tough enough, a clear signal of who is running the House. Ask Mitt Romney how damaging it was to him to be seen as a captive of the far right.

— And, of course, this week’s marathon grilling of Clinton by the Benghazi committee that fortified the widespread belief — some 70% of people on the eve of the testimony according to a CNN poll — that the hearings were a partisan witch hunt.

Marathon Benghazi hearing leaves Clinton largely unscathed

The hearings could be especially helpful to Clinton because they played out on prime-time television before a sizable audience — some 5.24 million between Fox, MSNBC and CNN — so that massive numbers of voters could judge for themselves. As it turned out, those prime-ime hours were the ones in which Republican members, tired and frustrated, did their worst badgering.

Grilling of Hillary Clinton misfired

Naturally enough, some conservatives relished the hearings. Editorial writers for the Wall Street Journal, for example, argued that instead of yielding nothing, the hearings showed that even as Clinton was telling the Egyptians that terrorists had planned and carried out Benghazi, the administration was still claiming a film had triggered a spontaneous attack.

They have a good point, just as do Republican members who complain about how slow the Obama administration has been in yielding documents. But these disputes are not the stuff of scandal. (And who has been telling the bigger lie: those who first misled us about the film — and soon corrected themselves — or those who continue to insist the Clinton hearing was impartial?)

What most Americans instinctively want are leaders who are respectful of each other, listen well aBenghazi hearing: The high-tech lynching of Hillary Clintonnd are open-minded. And for much of the post-World War II period, that was usually the norm (the McCarthy period was a great exception).

As Clinton pointed out in her opening statement, there have been numerous instances in recent years in which terrorists broke through our defenses and murdered Americans. Investigations always followed but never the kind of disrespectful treatment against a secretary of state as the nation saw this week. And never the impugning of the integrity of distinguished public servants like Ambassador Tom Pickering and Adm. Michael Mullen as we witnessed.

11 Benghazi hearing takeaways: 1 for each hour

Do you think the Benghazi committee would have conducted itself this way if the star witness had not been Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee? The question answers itself.

In this coming political year, the country needs a robust debate about our direction and plans for going forward. We are at a critical inflection point on many fronts. And we would be best-served if we could decide between two strong candidates representing two strong parties. But judging from recent events, we may not get there — the Republicans could give it away long before the vote.

Nips and Tucks: A Gallery of Who’s Real and Fake In Hollywood

(SL) – Establishing a false sense of beauty is expected in the business, but what happens when fans and the kids that look up to these stars realize that their expectations aren’t realistic.

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Angelina Jolie-Pitt is rumored to have had a nose job.

The majority of your favorite celebs have had a little bit of help to achieve those perfect looks and bodies. Take a look at some celebs that are notorious for altering their bodies and some we applaud for keeping it as close to natural as possible. Weaves excluded because everyone in Hollywood wears wigs and extensions.

Who’s Real? 

Some of our favorites may have had nose jobs but we’re not sure. The power of makeup and contouring can do wonders!

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Julie Chen reveals her plastic surgery before (l) and after in headshots on ‘ The Talk.

Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles (possible nose job, but it could be contouring), Scarlett Johannsen (possible nose job), Gisele Bundchen, Gabrielle Union, Jada Pinkett Smith, Angelina Jolie(possible nose job) Naomi Campbell, Rihanna (slight nose alteration after CB incident), Alicia Keys (possible nose job), Keri Hilson ( possible nose job), Kourtney Kardashian, Kerry Washington, Angela Bassett, Jessica Simpson(lip injections), Jennifer Anniston (possible nose job), Selena Gomez, Lupita Nyong’o, Meagan Good, Jessica Biel, Paula Patton, Chrissy Teigen

Who’s Been Nipped?

*NOTE* Kelly Rowland is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met but she has clearly had a nose job.

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Jocelyn Wildenstein has had so much surgery they call her the lion lady.

Melanie Griffin, Kim Kardashian, Halle Berry, Kelly Rowland, Kimora Lee Simmons, Khloe Kardashian, NIcki Minaj, Donatella Versace, Lil Kim, Amerie, Tyra Banks, La La, Megan Fox, Nene Leakes, Heidi Montag, Posh Spice, Janet Jackson, Janet Dickinson, Fergie, Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore, Christina Aguillera, Michelle Pheiffer, Pam Anderson, Julie Chen, Ashley Simpson, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Elizabeth Hurley, Serena Williams (possible nose job), Jennifer Gray, Cher, Ellen Degeneres…the list goes on.

Nip Tuck Gallery

Criss Angel’s Son Diagnosed With Leukemia

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Criss Angel announced on twitter that not only does he have a 2-year old son but the little guy has been diagnosed with Leukemia.

(SL) – Magician Criss Angel’s son is ill. The illusionist recently canceled shows to fly from Vegas to Australia after his 20-month-old boy Johnny Crisstopher Sarantakos was diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Criss broke the news on Twitter. No one really knew he had a child. Keep the little one in your prayers.

Watermelondrea, Is That You? Rough Month For Raven Symone

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Raven Symone was spotted during a casual outing in New York.

(SL) – Raven Symone steps out looking worse for wear. The View Co-Host looks like she’s holding on by a thread after sticking her foot in her mouth multiple times and splitting from girlfriend AZMarie. Watermelondrea has probably had a better week! She was also silenced by Ann Coulter during a recent conversation on the View.

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Also watch Raven allow Molly Sims to drink from a cup she spit in. 

Too Much Too Soon! The Ever-Changing Features Of Kylie Jenner

(SL) – Kylie Jenner’s latest photo shoot might be one of her most revealing yet and one can’t help but notice all of her enhancements. The weave, bronzer 2DB59F4F00000578-0-image-m-12_1445625089050fake nails, lashes, pumped up lips, hips and derriere, granted photo shop is alive and well but Kylie obviously has some explaining to do.  One main question, why? This child is barely 18. Recent images also show her endorsing the fake magic of a waist-trainer.

The teen seemingly can’t wait for mother nature to finish her work. But, if you follow in Kim, Kris, Khloe and Bruce/Caitlyn’s footsteps, it’s nothing a good doctor can’t fix.

Whereas she doesn’t have the chiseled model features like older sister Kendall, I always thought Kylie’s looks were more commercial…little lips and all. I wonder if she knows how cute she is without the enhancements.  I just hope everything is in fact….temporary. kylie-jenner-butt-injections

She spent months denying lip injections before coming clean; and as for her more curvaceous body, the baby of the group blames a 15lb weight gain. I’m no body expert but I’ve never seen a person’s whole body take on a completely different shape because of weight gain.

Take a look at the Gallery and it’s clear there’s a little bit more going on than just added pounds. Kylie, you’re beautiful just the way you are!kylie-jenner-in-2010

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Duchess of Cambridge Takes Pride of Place At State Banquet Honoring Chinese Presidnet

(Daily Mail) – The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in the Queen Mother’s tiara as she took pride of place on the top table next to Chinese president Xi Jinping and the Queen at the state banquet held in his honor this evening.

2D99F7DF00000578-3280557-image-m-76_1445367869764The Chinese national anthem played as the 170 guests assembled in Buckingham Palace’s lavishly decorated grand ballroom for the white-tie dinner, hosted by the Queen and Prince Philip.

It was the first time the Duchess has attended a palace state dinner, which comes at the start of a four-day state visit by the Chinese leader and seen as being key to cementing economic ties between the two countries.

 

Ray Lewis Comments About Atlanta Murder Charges In New Book

(Bleacher Report) – It’s been 15 years , but former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis is opening up about a 2000 altercation that left two men dead. Lewis denied any role in the stabbing deaths of those men outside an Atlanta nightclub as part of a memoir titled, I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game and Glory, which was released Tuesday.

hi-res-65da48001ac681ce0c05ece18f7b7f4d_crop_northRana L. Cash of the Sporting News notes Lewis, who faced two charges of murder before pleading guilty to obstruction of justice, states in the new autobiography that he played no direct role in the incident, and his settlement with the victims’ families was not an admission of guilt.He admits chaos erupted as his group was leaving the club following a party on the night of Super Bowl XXXIV.

He states men approached them and started “making noise, making trouble,” but he worked to get everybody from his group into a limo as shots were fired at the vehicle.

Lewis makes a point in the book that his clothing for the event made it clear he had no interest in becoming involved in a fight, according to Cash:

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Remember, I was dressed out, had my jewelry on, my fine mink coat. I wasn’t about to start mixing it up looking like that. That’s the general rule of thumb when you’re doing the town and looking good. The nicer you’re dressed, the less inclined you are to get in a fight — that is, if you’re even inclined in that way to begin with.

The 13-time Pro Bowler says he didn’t call police because nobody in the limo was seriously hurt.

It wasn’t until he returned to the hotel and turned on the television that he found out police were looking for the car after two men were stabbed.

He was arrested and spent time in jail, where he states he heard the voice of God. It led him down the path to settling with the families because he “answered the way God laid it on my heart,” as noted in an excerpt from the Sporting News:

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I could not bring those two young men back. I had no hand in their deaths, I could not ease the suffering of those families.

But I had so many blessings in my life, I told myself I could use some of those blessings for those good people.

They were hurting. I was hurting. It was not an admission of guilt — it was an expression of love, of sympathy. I gave because I had it to give.

I knew that money would never bring back what the families wanted most. But they asked for it so I gave.

Ebony Editor-In-Chief Talks Shattered Cosby Cover And Backlash

(SL) – The Ebony magazine cover featuring a shattered image of America’s favorite TV family has been more than a topic of discussion.

cosby_ebony-400x300The image has caused a lot of controversy. Leading many to believe that the Cosby Show’s reputation is ruined. The two shouldn’t be blended. The Cosby show was just that…a show. Television.

Bill Cosby is not Dr.Cliff Huxtable. But somehow, people want to directly correlate the two when one has no bearing on the other .

It was a TV show. Part of Bill Cosby’s legacy yes, but it was a TV show.

Whether or not Bill Cosby is guilty of the accusations presented has nothing to do with what The Cosby show did forMV5BMzA3NDIwMjU3Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTcxODgyMQ@@._V1_UY1200_CR84,0,630,1200_AL_ society and the way black people were being portrayed on Television until he produced what became one of the most popular shows in history.

It is partially because of the Cosby show that characters/roles for black actors and actresses have been upgraded from criminals and drug addicts to doctors and lawyers.

Nevertheless, the running question is, has the Cosby Show’s reputation been ruined?

Ebony editor-in-chief Kierna Mayo discusses this month’s controversial Bill Cosby cover and the backlash the magazine received with Wendy Williams.

Go to the 17:30 mark and watch!

Kid Sensation: 7-Year Old Entrepreneur Blows Steve Harvey Away With His Mushroom Farm

(SL) – I don’t know about you, but when I was 7-years old I was running through country fields and playing with barbie dolls. kid 4The closest platform I had for a career choice was dance class, cheerleading and Girl Scouts.

However, I didn’t quite turn those extra curricular activities into business ventures like this kid sensation.

Meet Te’Lario. The 7-year old entrepreneur who recently gave Steve Harvey a run for hiskid 9 money and business when he made an appearance on Steve’s Act Like A Success segment, the JR. Edition.

Te’Lario is a mushroom farmer who has turned his basement and spare room into an in-house farm space.

Yes, at 7-years old he has mastered growing shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

As the baby genius explains, his interest was piqued after growing cat grass and basil in his Cub Scout troop.

From there, he wanted to cultivate something else and when his parents asked him what could he sustain during the winter mkid 5onths, he said mushrooms.

Why? Because they can sprout in the dark, of course.

And…they’re full of Vitamin D! Did you know that?

lol What an amazing and beautiful little boy and when he gives Steve his business plan….priceless!  Hey, kid! I love mushrooms too!

Watch the creator/owner of Tiger Mushroom Farms  explain to Steve how his business blossomed from one single mushroom growing kit!

Epicurious: Grilled Lamb Chops

(SL) – If you’re short on dinner ideas for Monday night try this recipe for grilled lamb chops.

Directions :In a food processor fitted with a metal blade add the garlic, rosemary, thyme, cayenne, and salt. Pulse until combined. Pour in olive oil and pulse into a paste. Rub the paste on both sides of the lamb chops and let them marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator and allow the chops to come to room temperature; it will take about 20 minutes.

Heat a grill pan over high heat until almost smoking, add the chops and sear for about 2 minutes. Flip the chops over and cook for another 3 minutes for medium-rare and 3 1/2 minutes for medium.

Watch How To Make This Recipe:

 Ingredients
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Pinch cayenne pepper
Coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 lamb chops, about 3/4-inch thick

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis