Honestly, the tweets, the comments -- they all could have been fun little jokes. But it's no longer all that far-fetched to think that someone known primarily for their work on TV and with absolutely no governing experience could not only run for president but also win. And connecting an uber-popular name like "Oprah" with "presidential campaign" is naturally going to generate loads of excitement. (Also, let's not forget the speculation about "The Rock 2020″). For most of her time as a daytime talk show host, Winfrey avoided bringing politicians on for interviews. read more
The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire. The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services - immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons. Its vice president called for an "urgent rethink" of policies which he said were "discriminatory" and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS read more
The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, law enforcement officials and a witness tells The Hill. FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the Foundation was started, have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month, and law enforcement officials said additional activities are expected in coming weeks. read more
We don't know yet, but what we do know is Justin Timberlake is now very deep. The trailer for Timberlake's new album Man of the Woods presents the former NSYNC heartthrob looking pensive in various natural settings, hitting every note of the "white man finding himself in the empty West" trope that has long been part of America's romantic fictional past (and Levi's commercials). read more
So much for the New York Times theory that, thanks to Trumpian and Saudi bellicosity, the Iranian people have closed ranks behind their rulers. In November, the paper's Tehran bureau chief, Thomas Erdbrink, devoted an extended feature to making this case, and it proved wildly popular with the pro-nuclear deal crowd in Washington. "After years of cynicism, sneering or simply tuning out all things political," wrote Erdbrink, "Iran's urban middle classes have been swept up in a wave of nationalist fervor." He went on: "Mr. Trump and the Saudis have helped the government achieve what years of repression could never accomplish: widespread public support for the hard-line view that the United States and Riyadh cannot be trusted."