Congress has been notified that the United States will acknowledge that Syria has used chemical weapons on a small scale multiple times and a “red line” has been crossed, according to congressional sources.

The intelligence community has concluded that sarin gas was used and 100-150 people have died, a senior intelligence official said Thursday.

The Syrian government and rebels have accused each other of using chemical weapons on the battlefield, prompting the United Nations to call for the deployment of an international team of investigators. Both sides have denied using chemical weapons.

The Syrian government has been battling a rebellion for more than two years.

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Can’t Find a Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe? The Salted Caramel Pretzel Doughnut Is Up Next!


Hot on the heels of National Doughnut Day and the launch of Dunkin’ Donuts’ Glazed Doughnut Breakfast Sandwich, a Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe debuted at the San Diego County Fair last weekend. Chicken Charlie’s is dishing out ground beef topped with melted cheese, all sandwiched between two halves of a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut until the fair ends on July 4.

The hearty sandwich is just the latest artery-clogging fair food to make headlines, following in a long tradition that includes everything from Kool-Aid pickles to corn dogs. In fact, this particular vendor – a mainstay at California fairs – has also served up deep-fried Twinkies, Girl Scout cookies, even frog legs.

(LIST: Top 10 State Fair Foods)

Krispy Kreme had nothing to do with this particular incarnation, however, so you won’t find it in a nearby franchise. “I don’t foresee the inclusion of this type…

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Beer Bellies Are a Myth


Consider the cliché: a darkened room, a bleary-eyed middle-aged man collapsed into a couch, beer in hand, TV-flicker illuminating his sallow stubbled face, and a stomach threatening to escape from his pants like a giant mutant amoeba.

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Blame that belly on the beer? Not so fast. According to University of California Davis food science professor Charles Bamforth, the colloquial notion of the beer belly — that beer somehow uniquely targets the gut — doesn’t jibe with medical science.

“The beer belly is a complete myth. The main source of calories in any alcoholic beverage is alcohol,” Bamforth told Popular Science. “There’s nothing magical about the alcohol in beer, it’s just alcohol.”

Alcohol doesn’t have V.I.P. dibs on abdominal fat in other words (any more than spot exercises like sit-ups burn stomach chub), it’s just another ingredient in your caloric regimen, though…

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“Obamacare Is Killing The GOP”: Republicans’ Opiate Obsession With The Law Will Be The Party’s Undoing

It’s not an exaggeration to say Republicans have bet their future on the disaster they expect from Obamacare. “The implementation of the law over the next year is going to reveal a lot of kinks, a lot of red tape, a lot of taxes, a lot of price increases,” RNC spokesman Brad Dayspring told The New York Times last month. “It’s going to be an issue that’s front and center [in 2014].” GOP intellectuals see Obamacare as the centerpiece of the party’s strategy even well beyond then. “Republicans are likely to seize on every sad [implementation] story as justification for dramatic changes—and in 2016, mount campaigns designed to replace the system in whole or in part with plenty of material to use in their cause,” the conservative wonk Ben Domenech wrote approvingly in March.

And, of course, the party’s base is completely, unremittingly, obsessed with the issue. The…

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Reputed mob boss trial begins

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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin talks with former mobster and author John “Red” Shea about the Whitey Bulger trial.

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$27,500 rifle turns anyone into a sniper

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Brooke Baldwin talks with the CEO behind this expensive rifle and the director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

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Surprise! Narcissism Linked to Frequent Facebook and Twitter Use


You know those people who are always posting deep thoughts on Twitter and dumb jokes, pet photos, and the mind-numbing minutiae of their daily lives on Facebook? If a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan is to be believed, oversharing is the least of their problems. Published in Computers in Human Behaviorthe paper found that college students who post relatively frequently on Twitter are more narcissistic than their peers who post less often. In contrast, adults with certain narcissistic tendencies favor Facebook as the virtual venue of choice for their humble brags.

Why the disconnect? “Middle-aged adults usually have already formed their social selves, and they use social media to gain approval from those who are already in their social circles,” said Eliot Panek, one of the study’s authors, in a press release. College students, by contrast, are “trying to broaden their social…

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How To Tell Race-Related Jokes in a ‘Post-Racial’ Society


Some Americans may believe we live in a color-blind society, but they’re probably not stand-up comedians. In fact, one aspiring sociologist believes that stand-up comedy is only going to get more racial. Race is still a huge issue in America, says University of California, Irvine’s Raul Pérez. But if it’s less acceptable to talk about race in public places, that increases the workload of comedians who can tackle taboos on stage.

For his new study in the journal of Discourse & Society, Pérez spent seven months in comedy classes. Based on more than 200 hours of fledgling routines and guidance from instructors, the doctoral student outlined techniques jokesters use when trying to make race funny in a “post-racism” world. “The novice comic and the professional comic alike need to invoke these strategies,” Pérez says. “Otherwise you get Michael Richards,” i.e. a reputation-wilting act that yields more empty tables…

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