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April 6, 2017
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Israel's Labor Party isn't even going to try to compete with Britney Spears. The political party, one of the biggest in Israel, recently decided to change the date of its upcoming July 3 election because it fell on the same date as the pop star's first-ever concert in Tel Aviv. Instead, the Labor Party will cast ballots for its new chairperson one day later, on July 4.

A party spokesperson said the adjustment was made to "make it easier for people to reach polling stations" without fighting concert traffic, and also because they'd had "difficulty recruiting security guards" for the vote, as many were tied up with Spears' concert. The spokesperson did not say whether Labor Party members' burning desire to finally hear "Oops! ... I Did It Again" performed live factored into the decision. Becca Stanek

March 20, 2017

This week marks a big one for President Trump, with the Senate set to begin confirmation hearings Monday for his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and the House eyeing Thursday to vote on the GOP health-care proposal to replace ObamaCare.

But none of that seems to be on the forefront of the president's mind, given he began the week with these tweets early Monday morning:

Granted, also Monday, the House Intelligence Committee will hold a rare public hearing on Russian involvement in the U.S. election, featuring testimonies from FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers. The intelligence community has concluded that Russia did meddle in last year's election, but to what extent and ends is unclear. But rather than redirect attention to his widely praised Supreme Court pick or replacing ObamaCare — a signature campaign promise — Trump insisted the "real story" is the leaking of classified information:

Later in the morning, the president took time to blast "Fake News CNN" for continuing its polling operation despite being a "WAY OFF disaster" during the election. He also made sure to praise Fox News for its "much higher ratings":

The Trump presidency is entering its ninth week — a week that could deliver its first major victories in Gorsuch and the American Health Care Act. But so far, Trump's last message of the morning is a simple one: Never forget he beat Hillary Clinton to win the presidency. Kimberly Alters

October 5, 2016
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The Islamic State knows what it takes to successfully conquer territory, put down insurrection, and maintain religious purity, and the answer, of course, is to not allow cats to have sex inside of houses.

Learning from the mistakes of empires past — Rome, for instance, was notorious for letting cats get it on wherever they wanted — ISIS's Central Fatwa Committee has issued a ban on indoor cat breeding in Mosul, the last major city the terrorist organization controls in Iraq. "ISIS called on the residents of Mosul to obey the fatwa and not violate it," reported Al Sumaria News, an Iraqi outlet. "ISIS issued dozens of fatwas in Mosul based on its vision, ideology, and beliefs."

The ban comes as something of a surprise, since kittens have played a key role in ISIS's social media presence; fighters often pose with cats as a recruitment ploy to suggest life with ISIS has a lot of murder but also cute cuddle times. "Soft towards the creation of Allah," wrote one militant in the caption of a cat photo, "but fierce and harsh towards the disbelievers." Bonnie Kristian

October 2, 2014
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Ben Affleck will do a lot of things for a role — but wearing a Yankees cap isn't one of them.

Affleck told The New York Times that "the only fight" he had on the Gone Girl set with director David Fincher was over a baseball cap. But according to Affleck, the argument was "a legitimate fight."

In one scene in the film, Nick Dunne, Affleck's character, "tries to evade recognition by donning a baseball hat" at an airport, according to the Times. Fincher wanted Dunne to wear a Yankees cap, but Affleck, a Red Sox fan, "would have none of it."

"I said, 'David, I love you, I would do anything for you,'" Affleck told the Times. "'But I will not wear a Yankees hat. I just can't. I can't wear it, because it's going to become a thing, David. I will never hear the end of it. I can't do it.' And I couldn't put it on my head."

In the end, Fincher and Affleck reached a compromise, and Affleck wore a Mets hat during the scene. Meghan DeMaria