Skimm for April 4th
"What can we suggest to our American colleagues? To spend more time outdoors, practice yoga, separate their food groups and perhaps watch comedies on television." -- Russia's deputy foreign minister on the US's "childish tantrums" over Crimea. Namaste.
A US soldier, who had served in Iraq, killed four people including himself and injured 16 at Fort Hood Wednesday. He reportedly had a history of mental health issues.
The shooter, a military truck driver, was being treated for depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and was under psychiatric evaluation for PTSD. No motive has been identified yet, but terrorism has been ruled out.
The shooting reignites the debate about mental health reform and gun control. There were reportedly no indications before the shooting that the gunman could be violent. He purchased his gun at the same store as the 2009 Fort Hood shooter who killed 13 people.
The Senate got in on TBT by voting to release parts of a classified 2012 report about the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program. The CIA isn't looking forward to this.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is pretty confident in its report that the CIA, under Bush 43, misled Congress about the program when it comes to things like waterboarding and other harsh tactics; some believe those weren't that helpful. Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said the tactics stand "in sharp contrast to our values."
This report revisits a dark time in the CIA's history, and is Congress' attempt to set the record straight on what actually happened in the program. Meanwhile, former President George W. Bush is hoping you'll find his artistic side more appealing.
March Madness knows no monthly bounds. Tomorrow is the semifinals known as the Final Four. And yes, your bracket was wrong. The winners of the games will face off in the finals next week to determine the best in men's college basketball. Women's Final Four is on Sunday.
The final four teams left in the tournament compete to have the chance to play in the Championship Game. Kind of like four women fighting for the last pair of Manolo Blahnik's at a discount sale.
The University of Florida against the University of Connecticut. The University of Kentucky versus the University of Wisconsin.
On TBS tomorrow night. It's OK to choose favorites. You can check out team-specific broadcasts, "team casts," to catch everything about the teams you care about on TNT and truTV.
I'm surprised and excited for Kevin Ollie, my former teammate from the Indiana Pacers, who's now UConn's head coach.
Talk about Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky (call him Frank the Tank) and Florida's Scottie Wilbekin, one of the best closers in college basketball. And throw in 'Defense always wins championships.'
REPEAT AFTER ME...
Did you do that just to annoy me? The US government created a secret Cuban 'Twitter' -- a communication platform designed to piss off Cuba's government. Cuba's communist government isn't really down with the Interwebs and likes to control info. The project reportedly lasted over two years and had about 40,000 subscribers. The goal was to push them towards an uprising that could lead to changing up the government -- think 'Cuban Spring.' Users weren't aware that it was created by a US agency. It's unclear if the program was illegal, but the White House says it was definitely not covert. One Congressional Dem described the effort as "dumb, dumb, dumb."
Good news, pens are all the rage now. The FDA approved an emergency drug overdose treatment that regular people can use. It's an injector filled with medication that combats ODs, similar to what an EpiPen does for allergic reactions. The device contains naloxone, which treats overdoses from powerful painkillers but has mainly been available in hospitals. The new treatment is trying to prevent deaths caused by prescription drugs, a big problem in the US. Some are worried that by making this available, drug abusers will be more inclined to keep on using.
It's the end of an era. David Letterman is signing off after over 30-years of late night. The TV vet dropped the news during yesterday's taping, just after calling up CBS exec Les Moonves to say, "you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring." Letterman's exit, which will happen in 2015, comes after long-time rival Jay Leno left in February. No word yet on who will replace Letterman. We're sure the Jimmys don't mind the wait.
No more work. Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich said that yesterday -- when he resigned shortly after taking the job. Eich once donated to a campaign to ban gay marriage in California and some people, including many Mozilla employees, were very upset by his appointment. OKCupid protested by not so gently encouraging users to run the site on a browser other than Firefox, which Mozilla owns. Mozilla says it's discussing future plans and that it's sorry.
Apparently even Reggie Miller knows shoes are close to our heart. Which is why we've decided to be nice and give you some. Enter here for your last chance to win $1000 to go shoe shopping. This is not a drill.
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