A note to the media -- if you're going to accuse a public figure of elitism, perhaps you shouldn't totally make things up in order to achieve that goal. The Telegraph of London learned this the hard way, after publishing an article which falsely reported that First Lady Michelle Obama had an entire ... More >>
Millions of people lost power and at least three deaths were reported as a result of yesterday's snowstorm along the east coast. States in the Northeast were hit the hardest and CNN reports parts of New Jersey were buried in as much as 15.5 inches of snow. Airline cancellations stranded passe ... More >>
As we freak out over possible $16 muffins purchased by the Justice Department -- how could they? Muffins? Muffins aren't even good -- and the overall implosion of the U.S. economy, let us freak out more, about something with some pretty egregious dollar signs. Back in May, Representatives Mic ... More >>
Last night, President Obama announced that congressional leaders and the White House had made a deal to raise the debt ceiling. The agreement, which is expected to be voted through today, raises the debt ceiling $900 billion to get the country through the year. A special congressional committ ... More >>
bearbooandyumyum/FlickrSoon, world, this will all be yours.Although you could be forgiven for thinking that Magnolia Bakery had already achieved worldwide domination, its reach extends only to New York, Los Angeles, and Dubai. But that's about to change.
A Cinn-a-Stack sand blast!Following in the steps of Shake Shack, the Chocolate Bar, Pinkberry, and cupcakes, IHOP is the latest US company to bank on the Middle East's appetite for all-American excess.
The Simpsons is a very influential cartoon. Influential enough that Qatar may have gotten the idea for an "artificial cloud" from a 1995 episode. In "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", Mr. Burns came up with the diabolical plan of a huge shield that would prevent sunlight from reaching Springfield. Now, for t ... More >>
At the York Theatre Company, The Road To Qatar! is a slap-happy show about the real-life saga of two nerds who got hired to write a musical in the title country in 2005. The result is genial and peppy and basically comes off like an extended bit from an old variety show. And that's the prob ... More >>
Russia has been chosen to host the 2018 World Cup, via a secret ballot vote by Fifa's executive committee today. Condolences to England, Spain and Portugal, and Belgium and the Netherlands, (the latter two in joint bids), who were all finalists.
Yeah, we're all upset because the big old strong and powerful US of A, which nobody needs help pronouncing and almost any decently educated first-grader can locate on a map, lost the World Cup 2022 hosting honors to a teensy little oil-rich Middle Eastern nation. But if this video of the five propos ... More >>
In disturbing news for clowns, people who like to do that annoying high-pitched voice at parties, and, oh yeah, people who get MRIs, the U.S. is about to sell its last stockpile of helium -- currently stored underground somewhere near Amarillo, Texas -- and allow the private sector to start t ... More >>
Sushi lovers sink the ban that could have saved this species. Despite the best efforts of Greenpeace, PETA, and OCEANA, the proposed ban on the trade of endangered bluefin tuna was rejected yesterday at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITE ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema puts newcomer An Choi's banh mi to the test; while Sarah DiGregorio ducks it up Iberian-style at Aldea. Bruni knocks two stars off of Spice Market now that the restaurant has expanded to Atlanta, Istanbul and Doha, Qatar, which could be the reason "sloppines ... More >>
Doctoroff's legacy: no Olympic Medal, no Ground Zero mettle
Giuliani's business contracts tie him to the man who let 9/11's mastermind escape the FBI
As giant robots transform all around us (!), it's good to know Michael Bay won't ever change
DeLay and Frist light the torches for a crusade against 'activist' judges
Docs about Calcutta slums, 9-11 detainees, and gay marriage evoke the power of images
A Room with a different view: Digging through the trenches of the image war at Al Jazeera
A new film goes behind the scenes at Al Jazeera
Choosing the Narrative for the GOP Convention
Give Thanks. We Can Blame Al Qaeda for Everything.
The Media-Military Complex Presents a New Genre: Hyper-Reality TV
War Reporting Is Risky Business
Free Traders and Fair Traders in Stalemate as CEOs Converge on New York
Now That We've Lost the Anti-War, We Need the Peace Movement More Than Ever
The Global Economy, as Told Through a Tee
On Eve of First WTO Meeting Since Seattle, Bush Pushes for 'Fast Track' While Activists Prepare to Agitate
Activists Weigh the Cost of Confrontation