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.

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3 Teens Charged In Shaneku McCurty Gas Station Murder

(AJC) – Three DeKalb County teenagers have been charged with murder in the Friday morning shooting death of Shaneku 9083487_GMcCurty outside a gas station on Redan Road.

McCurty, 25, was outside the Chevron Food Mart at Redan Road and South Indian Creek Drive when she was confronted by several suspects. She resisted and was shot.

DeKalb County Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Public Safety Cedric Alexander said Saturday that two brothers — ages 15 and 16 — were arrested in the case, as well as another 16-year-old. The latter is believed to be the shooter.

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Surveillance video show Shaneku standing next to her car.

All three suspects have been charged with felony murder, and the district attorney’s office will ultimately decide whether or not to charge them as adults, Alexander said. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is not naming the suspects because it was unclear if that decision had been made.

Alexander said the brothers turned themselves in to the homicide unit late Friday, and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office fugitive unit, U.S. Marshals task force and Atlanta Police Department continued to pursue leads through the night.

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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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Nice Try! Media Uses Mathew Knowles’ Words To Fuel Beyonce Age Rumors

(SL) –  Beyonce’s father should probably start using a disclaimer when he references his superstar daughter in Interviews. First, the father and former manager of one of the world’s biggest stars tried to imply that Beyonce and Jay Z made up divorce rumors for publicity.  022750F50000044D-0-image-a-90_1445389441061Very possible, but no surprise.  Now, the father of four is being accused of fueling Beyonce age conspiracy theories.

Well, guess what?

We already knew that more than likely Beyonce was a little bit older than reports claim.  It’s a Hollywood thing. And Mr. Knowles probably encouraged his daughter to lie about her age when he helped groom the group Destiny’s Child.

In this business, the younger you are the better. Why do you think a 13-year old model has a better chance at hitting the runway than a 25 -year old.  The business considers you old at that point.

It’s called marketing. Something Mr. Knowles knows all about.

The Daily Mail Reports, Beyonce‘s father Mathew Knowles  declared she was the ‘exact same age’ as someone two years older.

Mathew, who used to manage Beyonce and her former band Destiny’s Child, described his daughter – whose birth date is listed as September 1981 – as being the same age as fellow pop star Pink, who was born in September 1979.

The 63-year-old also referred to his 34-year-old daughter as being the same age as R&B singer Usher, who was born in October 1978.

Back in 2008, actress Gabrielle Union, who turns 43 next week, said she knew Beyonce when they ‘were teenagers’ – despite a nine year gap between the women.

The two women co-starred alongside each other in the 2008 film Cadillac Records.

She said at the time: ‘Beyonce and I have been friends since we were teenagers. We go to the same hairstylist now and you know how those bonds are! B is such a polite, nurturing person and a joy to work with. It’s easy to work with her because she is a good friend of mine.’

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Former Good Morning America host Bianna Golodryga, 37, also confirmed several years ago she went to high school with Beyonce in their native Texas, which some critics took as supposed ‘evidence’ Beyonce was older.

Despite the bad press, Mathew insists his relationship with the Multi-Grammy winner is intact. Saying he recently spent the day with Beyonce and Blue Ivy and plans on seeing them again real soon.

Watch his full interview with the Breakfast Club below:

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.

Oscar Pistorius Going Home After Just One Year

(Johannesburg, South Africa)  – After just one year of jail time Oscar Pistorius is going home.

A picture taken on January 26th, 2013 shows Pistorius and Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg
A picture taken on January 26th, 2013 shows Pistorius and Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg

CNN reports relatives say they’re happy to have the former Olympic athlete home from prison as he begins the house arrest portion of his sentence.

“The family will support Oscar as he serves out the remainder of the 5-year sentence handed down by the trial judge,” spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said Tuesday.

Get the full story at www.sportswiremag.com.