NPR announced that its website and some of its Twitter accounts were hacked yesterday by the group known as the Syrian Electronic army. According to a statement released by NPR, “Several stories on the NPR website were defaced with headlines and text that said ‘Syrian Electronic Army Was Here’…Similar statements were posted on several NPR Twitter accounts. Those Twitter accounts have been addressed. We are closely monitoring the situation.” The Twitter page which allegedly belongs to the SEA tweeted: “We will not say why we attacked @NPR … They know the reason and that enough.” NPR recently won a Peabody Award in part for its coverage of the Syrian conflict.
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When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died yesterday at age 58, Venezuela lost a polarizing political leader, but Sean Penn lost a friend, the actor said.
Penn has voiced his support for Chávez in the past, describing him as “one of the most important forces we’ve had on this planet” and condemning American media outlets for calling Chávez a dictator.
Here is Penn’s statement about Chávez’s death that the actor’s reps released to EW: READ FULL STORY »
Robert H. Bork, legal scholar and former nominee for the Supreme Court, died on Wednesday at 85. His son said he succumbed to complications from a heart ailment.
Ronald Reagan nominated Bork in 1987 to fill the seat vacated by Justice Lewis F. Powell, but a national political and lobbying effort to block his nomination — the first of its kind for a US Supreme Court nominee — which included television ads and pointed televised speeches from prominent members of the Senate, was ultimately successful and led to a 58-42 vote against him. READ FULL STORY »
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney poked gentle but sharp fun at one another Thursday night during an esteemed New York Catholic charity dinner that has long been a required stop for presidential candidates. Romney mocked his own wealth while taking aim at the president for running up the federal debt while Obama noted the “nice long nap” he had taken during the first presidential debate.
The two rivals donned tuxedos and white ties to share the dais at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual gala that has drawn political leaders and other notables since the end of World War II.
The event was a comedic pause in a contest that has drawn increasingly nasty and close with less than three weeks left before the Nov. 6 election. On Tuesday, Obama and Romney sparred in a nationally televised debate in which each questioned the other’s character and truthfulness. READ FULL STORY »
Humans and little felt animals alike will descend on Washington D.C.’s National Mall on Nov. 3 to defend PBS, longtime home to Sesame Street’s beloved denizens and current target of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s proposed budget cuts.
The Million Muppet March was founded by Michael Bellavia, 43, an L.A. animation executive, and Chris Mecham, 46, a university student in Idaho, who each came up with the idea separately. According to Reuters, Bellavia bought the url millionmuppetmarch.com during the debate, following Romney’s comments that he would stop the government subsidy to PBS, and discovered that Mecham had already started a Facebook page by the same name.
The page, which states, “We are Muppets and Muppet Sympathizers committed to keeping full employment for all Muppets through support of public funding for public broadcasting. Join us on the National Mall on November 3rd, 2012. Puppet Power!” currently has some 11,000 likes.
Catwoman, a powerful studio chief, and the master of the walk-and-talk are joining forces to host a $35,800-per-person fundraiser for President Obama tonight. As the Hartford Courant writes, the event will be held at producer Harvey Weinstein’s beachfront home in Westport, Connecticut this evening. The Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway and The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin will serve as the fundraiser’s co-hosts. Fifty guests, including Academy Award winner Joanne Woodward, are expected to attend. Hathaway and Sorkin’s event will follow a less exclusive, $500-per-person reception at Stamford’s Marriott Hotel.
President Obama is no stranger to events hosted by Hollywood royalty: Both George Clooney and Sarah Jessica Parker made headlines when they threw separate fundraisers for Obama this past spring. These dinners combined raised around $17 million for the Democrat’s reelection campaign. Mitt Romney, the president’s Republican challenger, has also secured the support of several high-profile names; Donald Trump announced that he was hosting a Romney fundraiser in June, while Oscar-winning multihyphenate Clint Eastwood recently endorsed the GOP candidate. READ FULL STORY »
Mitt Romney now has Dirty Harry on his side.
The Oscar-winning director, venerable actor, and former mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif, endorsed the Republican presidential candidate on Friday while appearing at a Sun Valley, Idaho fundraiser for Romney, according to Reuters.
Telling reporters that he was supporting the all-but-official nominee because “the country needs a boost somewhere,” Eastwood praised Romney’s tax plan in his remarks, declaring that the former Massachusetts governor will “restore a decent tax system … so there’s a fairness and people are not pitted against each other.” He also applauded his physical attributes, quipping that when he first saw Romney in ads during the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial race, he thought, “God, this guy, he’s too handsome to be governor. But it does look like he could be president.”
Said Romney of this high-wattage endorsement: “He just made my day.” READ FULL STORY »
British police stood poised Wednesday to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should he step out of Ecuador’s London embassy — but authorities conceded he is beyond their grasp as long as he stays inside. Assange says he is seeking political asylum at the South American nation’s diplomatic mission.
Police said that he had violated the terms of his bail, which include an overnight curfew, and “is now subject to arrest.” Police officers were stationed outside the Edwardian apartment block in the tony Knightsbridge district that houses the embassy, along with small group of pro-Assange protesters waving “Free Assange” placards. READ FULL STORY »
Rodney King, the man whose 1991 beating by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department made headlines and later sparked the LA Riots, has been found dead, according to reports.
King was found dead in his swimming pool on Sunday, CNN reports. He was 47.
In 1991, King was beaten by seven LAPD officers following a high-speed chase, and the incident, caught on camera by a bystander, quickly drew the attention of news media and increased racial tensions in the city. The next year, some of the officers involved were tried and acquitted, sparking six days of riots in the city of Los Angeles.
President Barack Obama soaked in the support — and the campaign cash — of Manhattan’s elite entertainers Thursday as his re-election team sought to fill its fundraising coffers. The president and first lady Michelle Obama made a rare joint fundraising appearance when they visited the home of actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. The intimate dinner banked about $2 million, with 50 people paying $40,000 each. The dinner was the Obama campaign’s latest attempt to bank on celebrities for fundraising help in countering the growing donor enthusiasm from Republicans supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid.
Speaking in a dimly lighted, art-filled room, Obama told supporters they would play a critical role in an election that would determine a vision for the nation’s future. “You’re the tie-breaker,” he said. “You’re the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes.” READ FULL STORY »
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