October 9, 2019

The rumors are true, Rihanna has confirmed: she turned down the Super Bowl halftime show to support Colin Kaepernick.

Rihanna spoke with Vogue for a cover story published Wednesday and was asked about reports last year that she declined an offer to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show "because of the kneeling controversy," as US Weekly reported. Kaepernick in 2016 sparked a movement to kneel during the national anthem at NFL games to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

"Absolutely," she told Vogue when asked if she turned the offer down in solidarity with Kaepernick. "I couldn't dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn't be a sellout. I couldn't be an enabler."

Rihanna went on to say of the NFL that "there's things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way." Maroon 5 ultimately performed at Super Bowl LIII.

While on politics, Rihanna also slammed President Trump for talking about the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio as a mental health problems, calling this line of thinking "completely racist" because "put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem."

"The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president," she added. Read the full cover story at Vogue. Brendan Morrow

August 27, 2018

Manu Ginobili, the veteran shooting guard for the San Antonio Spurs, officially announced his retirement Monday after 16 years with the Texas team. In a reflective tweet, the 41-year-old shared his "immense gratitude" for everyone who contributed to his "fabulous journey":

Ginobili spent his entire NBA career with the Spurs, winning four titles alongside forward Tim Duncan and point guard Tony Parker. Duncan retired a lifelong Spur in 2016, while Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets as a free agent last month. The trio, along with head coach Gregg Popovich, stood as an original "Big Three" that was often lauded for its staid demeanor and beautiful basketball. The Spurs will now begin a season without Duncan, Parker, or Ginobili — not to mention the loss of their Finals MVP forward Kawhi Leonard over the offseason — for the first time since 1997.

In addition to playing in San Antonio, Ginobili was a member of the Argentine national team. He was known for his craftiness with the ball and his admittedly receding hairline. See some of Ginobili's best plays over his 16-year career below. Kimberly Alters

August 11, 2018

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) suspended his re-election campaign Saturday, four days after he was arrested by the FBI on insider trading charges.

"After extensive discussions with my family and friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party, and President Trump's agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress," Collins said in a statement. "I will also continue to fight the meritless charges against me and I look forward to having my good name cleared of any wrongdoing."

Collins was President Trump's first congressional endorser. He allegedly dumped stock in a drug company after privately learning, before the public found out, that its signature multiple sclerosis product did not work. Bonnie Kristian

June 5, 2018

Citing health issues, billionaire David Koch, 78, will step down from his roles at Koch Industries and the political activism network he runs with his brother, Charles Koch.

"Unfortunately, these issues have not been resolved, and his health has continued to deteriorate," Charles wrote in a letter sent to Koch Industries employees Tuesday. "As a result, he is unable to be involved in business and other organizational activities." Charles praised David's "guidance and loyalty, especially in our most troubling times."

This news comes just one day after the Kochs' political network announced a major new campaign against President Trump's tariffs. Long reviled on the left for their economic policy, in recent years the Kochs have made allies on both sides of the aisle on issues like immigration and criminal justice reform.

Koch Industries is the second-largest private company in the United States. David Koch will be named director emeritus. Bonnie Kristian

April 11, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) confirmed Wednesday that he will not run for re-election this year, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has some advice for the departing congressman.

"With his newfound political freedom, I hope the speaker uses his remaining time in Congress to break free from the hard-right factions of his caucus that have kept Congress from getting real things done," said Schumer in a statement. Schumer said that, while other top Republicans jockeying for Ryan's spot will make the end of his term complicated, he's confident Ryan is "up to the job."

Ryan, who has been House speaker since 2015, doesn't have a clear successor poised to take his spot. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) are reportedly angling for the job, but nobody has officially thrown their hat into the ring.

Schumer was frequently at odds with Ryan, often trading barbs over everything from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program to the handling of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and his infamous memo regarding Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Schumer and Ryan also blamed each other for the government shutdown in January.

Meanwhile, Ryan's Democratic counterpart in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), has yet to address the retirement news. Still, her last tweet happens to mention Ryan anyway: "[Speaker Ryan] and [the GOP] seem to have forgotten that Americans will not stand for their attacks on #Medicare & #SocialSecurity," she wrote. Summer Meza

November 20, 2017

Janet Yellen, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, will step down from the central bank's Board of Governors when her successor assumes the chairmanship in February. President Trump announced he would nominate Fed governor Jerome Powell to succeed Yellen as chair when her term comes to an end early next year.

Yellen's term as governor would run until 2024, but she announced Monday that she would step down from the board as well when Powell takes over. "As I prepare to leave the board, I am gratified that the financial system is much stronger than a decade ago," Yellen wrote in a letter informing Trump of her decision. "I am also gratified by the substantial improvement in the economy since the crisis."

Yellen's departure will leave Trump with four vacancies on the Fed's governing board. He has nominated just one replacement, Randal Quarles, who has been confirmed by the Senate. The remaining open governorships have yet to see any replacement nominees. Kimberly Alters

January 20, 2017

The official White House Twitter account posted its final message of the Obama era on Friday morning, shortly before President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural ceremony began.

The tweet, notably, featured a picture showing Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hand-in-hand with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the congressman who feuded last week with Trump after questioning the legitimacy of his presidency. Lewis is not attending the inauguration.

Earlier Friday, President Obama tweeted one last time from the @POTUS account. The handle will be passed to Trump later Friday. Becca Stanek

November 25, 2016

Actress Florence Henderson, known for her role as mom Carol Brady on TV sitcom The Brady Bunch, died Thursday night. She was 82, and reportedly suffered heart failure.

After The Brady Bunch ended in 1974, Henderson went on to guest star in shows like Ally McBeal and 30 Rock, and reprised her role as mother of the big, blended family in various spinoffs, including The Brady Bunch Variety Hour. "It represents what people always wanted: a loving family," Henderson said in 1999 about The Brady Bunch. "It's such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there's always an audience for that."

Henderson got her start as a singer, debuting on Broadway in 1952 at age 18. In 1962, she became the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show. She was hosting a cooking show on Retirement Living TV at the time of her death.

"Florence was not only America's favorite TV mom, but television royalty," The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said in a statement. Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch, tweeted a farewell to her "dear friend for so very many years." Becca Stanek

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