By Ashley Majeski
It’s been a long year since Kristen Wiig ditched “Saturday Night Live” for Hollywood movie stardom, but at long last she’s finally coming back! The star is returning this weekend to bring the funny back … er … host the show that made her famous.
During her seven seasons, she was responsible for some of “SNL’s” most memorable characters, a few of which she will hopefully be resurrecting during her guest appearance, as the episode’s promos hint.
We’ll have to wait until Saturday night to see which oldies but goodies are resurrected, but fingers crossed these gems are allowed to shine again.
By Mark Murray, Senior Political Editor, NBC News
With automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin Friday, majorities of Americans believe that approach is not a good idea and also say the contentious budget negotiations make them less confident about the U.S. economy, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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Despite those findings, a majority still supports Congress moving ahead with either the current cuts or a plan containing even more cuts as a way to reduce the deficit, suggesting the public’s general appetite for reducing spending.
But the poll also shows that as the nation’s political actors once again quarrel over these automatic cuts totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years – commonly referred to as sequestration or the sequester – President Barack Obama finds himself in a much stronger position than his Republican adversaries.
Related: NBC/WSJ poll: Public says GOP less interested in unity than Obama is
John McCain shocked this blogger when he went on Fox and candidly told the nation the real reason why Republicans are unfairly withholding confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense: Revenge! Pure and naked! Yesterday, McCain appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Moderator, David Gregory, played video of McCain’s revenge admission…and the senator refused to own up to his statement and reverted to a sane politically correct response. Did McCain lose his balls or does he not realize that the public follows every word of his frequent appearances on TV? John, we know what you said. You cannot now disavow your quest for revenge against your alleged friend, Chuck Hagel, and, against the entire Democratic Party for the way past Republicans were treated in confirmation hearings, e.g., John Bolton. In some instances like this a doctor is called in to adjust the patient’s medication. Simply looking into his mirror does not work for Senator John McCain. Once again our war hero is acting badly. —GoodOleWoody
By PATRICK HICKEY JR.
Below-freezing temperatures and the possibility of 10 to14 inches of snow is no match for the fever that is Justin Bieber.
With the pop star’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” a day away, dozens of hardcore fans camped outside 30 Rockefeller Center for a chance to snag tickets to the show.
Olivia Bee, Allyssa Yohana and Ashley Avila have been outside NBC Studios since 1 p.m Thursday. They even slept in a tent in the cold.
“We just snuggled up together,” Bee, 18, said. “Like little bunnies. We just burrowed together. We were really comfortable.”
Once the rain began around 6:30 a.m., their sweet slumber was over. Bee said the trio at one point was sleeping in a puddle and authorities asked them to move. They weren’t sure who had given them the boot.
“The snow isn’t that bad,” Yohana, 20, said. “It was the rain that was killing us.”
TODAY IS NATIONAL WEATHERPERSONS DAY
William J. “Bill” Karins (born April 14, 1974) is an American meteorologist. He reports weekdays for NBC’s Early Today, MSNBC‘s First Look, Morning Joe, Jansing and Company and CNBC. Prior to being named NBC Meteorologist Karins was one of the original meteorologists for the now shuttered NBC Weather Plus. He is MSNBC and NBC News Chief Meteorologist. From 2009 to 2012, Karins had been the meteorologist on Weekend Today on Saturdays.
Karins was born in Albany, New York. Prior to working at NBC, he was a meteorologist at KSNT in Topeka, Kansas and at WTCI in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Additionally, he also worked with former Maine State Representative Chris Greeley in Bangor for WABI-TV.
By Mike Brunker, NBC News
NBC News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and members of his network production team were freed from captors in Syria after a firefight at a checkpoint on Monday, five days after they were taken prisoner, NBC News said early Tuesday.
“After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country,” the network said in a statement.
The captors were unidentified and were not believed to be loyal to the Assad regime.
Engel, 39, along with other employees the network did not identify, disappeared shortly after crossing into northwest Syria from Turkey on Thursday. The network had not been able to contact them until learning that they had been freed on Monday.
The network said there was no claim of responsibility, no contact with the captors and no request for ransom during the time the crew was missing.
After entering Syria, Engel and his team were abducted, tossed into the back of a truck and blindfolded before being transported to an unknown location believed to be near the small town of Ma’arrat Misrin. During their captivity, they were blindfolded and bound, but otherwise not physically harmed, the network said. FULL ARTICLE