Sep 11, 2013, 3:13 pm EDT
Anthony Weiner hit a new low Tuesday night when he gave a reporter the finger after losing a much-publicized New York mayoral campaign.
CNN reports that the candidate left the event after his concession speech and gave a reporter the finger as he was leaving the event in his car. To make matters worse, the woman behind Weiner’s sex scandal showed up at the event beforehand to garner attention from the media.
Sydney Leathers showed up in front of the one and only entrance to the event before Weiner did and said that she was there to celebrate and give Weiner some sex therapy. Leathers is now in the porn industry and she arrived wearing a red dress and platform black pumps. Read
Sep 11, 2013, 12:57 pm EDT
The rising cost of biofuels has prompted the biggest U.S. independent refiner to ask the White House to waive ethanol usage requirements.
In a letter issued to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday, Valero Energy (VLO) expressed an urgent need for the waiver. The third largest ethanol producer’s CEO noted that waiving mandated ethanol volumes would “lower the cost to the consumer and make the marketplace fair,” Bloomberg noted.
Under current federal rules, refiners must add 13.8 billions of ethanol to gasoline this year and 14.4 billion gallons in 2014. The refiners receive certificates indicating compliance. Those certificates can be traded. Read
Sep 10, 2013, 3:40 pm EDT
Politico, announced on Monday, that it has reached an agreement to purchase Capital New York.
Capital New York, a political new website that covers the New York area, will receive funding from Politico to expand its staff and boost its focus on politics. Jim VandeHei, one of the Politico’s founders, will be the president of Capital New York. He will remain in Washington and Politico’s Katherine Lehr will move to New York and be Capital New York’s vice president of operations. Capital New York’s co-founders and co-editors, Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran, will continue to serve as co-editors for the site. This will be Politico’s largest expansion since the company was started in 2007. Politico bought Capital New York for an undisclosed amount, reports the Associated Press.
I have very big ambitions for this publication: to do in New York what we did in Washington with Politico,” Robert Allbritton, publisher of Politico, told The New York Times. Read
Sep 10, 2013, 2:34 pm EDT
The Agriculture Department, announced new laws on Tuesday, that will affect dog breeders that sell puppies online.
With the new laws, those who sell animals online, will either have to obtain a license to sell them or allow customers to see animals in person. The Agriculture Department estimates that the laws will affect 4,640 dog breeders, 325 cat breeders and 75 rabbit breeders. The rules were designed to stop “puppy mills”, places where pets are housed in unsanitary environments, reports the Associated Press.
“The new rule will also apply to large commercial breeders of other warm-blooded pets such as kittens and small mammals and will improve the welfare of thousands of animals across the country, including those in your own backyard,” The Humane Society of the United States, told the Patriot News. Read
Sep 10, 2013, 2:07 pm EDT
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are considering passing a law that would make people wait 24 hours to get a tattoo after they first request it.
Yahoo reports that the ‘think before you ink’ law would create a waiting period for those looking for a tattoo or piercing due to health concerns. Apart from forcing late-night drunkards to wait for that tattoo they’ve wanted for five whole minutes, the law would ensure customers respond to a questionnaire regarding whether or not it’s safe for them to get some ink.
People who have diabetes, herpes or are pregnant can be affected by tattoos or piercings so having the 24-hour waiting period could prevent these issues. Not everyone is happy with the proposal as some tattoo parlors pride themselves on offering walk-in services. However, as parenting expert Tammy Gold said, the law would give children and parents the ability to talk about this decision before making it. Read
Sep 10, 2013, 8:56 am EDT
In what must be the weirdest interview with Anthony Weiner to date, Last Call host Lawrence O’Donnell begins his MSNBC interview by asking Weiner straight off “What is wrong with you?”
Last night’s interview, as one would expect, goes rapidly downhill from there, with O’Donnell questioning Weiner’s psychological well-being and Weiner getting increasingly angry and offended. Read